The tradition repeatedly proclaims “Meditation does that which nothing else can—it introduces you to yourself.” This self-revealing power of Vishoka Meditation is what makes it so precious, and this is the capacity which unfolds as we deepen access at the ajna chakra. Learn more about the deeper significance of this gateway of consciousness, and how its discerning power can illuminate our inner and outer life.

In this in-person, experiential retreat, immerse yourself in the practice of Vishoka Meditation through daily personal practice, guided group practices, and inspirational lectures with Panditji and HI Faculty. Enjoy this inspiring long-weekend retreat in the company of fellow practitioners, and the vibrancy of the Sri Vidya Shrine.

This retreat is only for Vishokis—those practitioners who have taken the Vishoka Meditation Course —to deepen their practice. During certain sessions, we’ll have a separate concurrent advanced offering for those who have taken the Vishoka Meditation Self-Mastery Series.

Program features:
  • Daily guided yoga and Vishoka Meditation practices
  • Personal and group meditation in the Sri Vidya Shrine
  • Special lecture with Panditji
  • Advanced practicums for those who have taken Vishoka Meditation Self-Mastery Series
  • Appointments with HI Faculty for personal guidance
  • Community fellowship (chai social, bonfire) and time in nature

Friday, May 24th

  • 7:30pm – The Self-Revealing Power of Vishoka Meditation with Ishan Tigunait

Saturday, May 25th

  • 7am – Yoga and Vishoka Meditation Guided Practice with Shari Friedrichsen
  • 10am **
    • Vishoka Meditation Practicum with Judy Moulton
    • Advanced practicum with Sandra Anderson for VM SMS students
  • 4pm – Chai Social
  • 7:30pm – The Living Experience of Vishoka Meditation with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait

Sunday, May 26th

  • 7am – Yoga and Vishoka Meditation Guided Practice with Greg Capitolo
  • 10am **
    • Vishoka Meditation Practicum with Shari Friedrichsen
    • Advanced practicum with Sandra Anderson for VM SMS students
  • 5pm – Vishoka Meditation Group Meditation in the Sri Vidya Shrine
  • 7:30pm – Bonfire

Monday May 27th

  • 7am – Yoga and Vishoka Meditation Guided Practice with Judy Moulton
  • 10am – A Blossoming of Life: Concluding Reflections on Bringing Vishoka Home with You with Ishan Tigunait

**Note for the 10am sessions, they are approx 90 minutes; approx 15-30 minute context/lecture and 60-75 minute practice; or mixed style practicum.

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Sacred Space

The Sri Vidya Shrine serves as the spiritual heart of the Himalayan Institute campus. This spiritually-awakened sacred space is ideally suited to silent meditation and group spiritual practice, which has been a cornerstone of the Himalayan Tradition for thousands of years. The Sri Vidya Shrine is open to seekers from all spiritual traditions.

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Award-Winning Center

For over 50 years, our stunning 400-acre campus in the Poconos has been a gathering place for people from around the globe seeking inspiration, healing, and inner balance. USA Today recently honored us as the #1 Yoga Retreat Center in the nation. Come savor for yourself the goodness our campus and community provide.

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Nourishing Meals

Our nutritionally balanced vegetarian meals are consciously prepared with the intention to nourish body, mind, and spirit. Our three daily meals are designed to be easily digestible and to support a meditative lifestyle. Meals are a catalyst for community and deep nourishment.

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Rest in Nature

Nestled in the rolling hills of the Poconos in North East Pennsylvania, the Himalayan Institute’s 400-acre park-like campus offers breathtaking views, scenic hiking trails, and peaceful spaces for reflection and contemplation. Walking is a favorite activity here, either on our groomed hiking trails or on our meandering paved roads.

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Wellness Center

Our Pure Rejuv Wellness Center offers integrative health services and therapeutic treatments designed for accelerated healing, disease prevention, and long-lasting vitality. Explore our many Massage Therapy services and book your appointment. The Shirodhara Treatment is our most popular service, and is an excellent way to allow your mind to arrive here fully.

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Treat Yourself

Our Himalayan Cafe offers the Institute’s signature chai tea, coffee, and homemade cookies and treats on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The Tea Lounge is open 24/7 for self-serve hot teas. The Moka Origins Factory, located on campus, is open daily from 9-4 and serves handcrafted, ethically sourced chocolate and coffee products. Free tours and tastings on Saturdays.