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Please join us for our first spring Rounding Retreat at the beautiful Ratna Ling Retreat Center in coastal Sonoma county.

Whether you're an advanced meditator or brand new to meditation, we have a program created for you.

During our four days together we will share Vedic knowledge and techniques that will expand your consciousness and empower you to live with greater health and happiness.

You'll learn and practice ‘industrial-strength’ meditation called Rounding. If you've learned Rounding before, we will refine your technique to enhance your experience and its benefits.

Healthy, delicious vegetarian cuisine will be prepared for you each day. You'll get to enjoy walks in nature amongst the redwood groves.

We are also offering an Introductory Course in Vedic Meditation for anyone ready to learn Vedic meditation for the first time. This is a great opportunity and environment to begin this powerful practice.

Please review all the retreat details below and sign up today. Space is limited.

With gratitude,

Hunter Cressman + Yashoda Devi Ma

★★★★★

I really enjoyed diving deep into Vedic meditation for the first time on the retreat after being inspired by my friends who practice it.

I loved the group dynamic, learning from peers, connecting with others and being in nature. The food was incredible, the ranch was beautiful and the people spectacular.

Both Hunter and Yashoda embody light, connection, and groundedness. I knew I wanted whatever they were having!

Since the retreat, I feel energized when I start my day with meditation and I feel more grounded and energized when I pause to meditate in the afternoon.
— Alexis Wolfer, founder of TheBeautyBean.com
 
 
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“A peaceful sanctuary amongst the coastal redwoods.”

Ratna Ling Retreat Center is located in the towering redwoods of coastal Sonoma County. It’s a spectacular 90 mile drive north of San Francisco. Come escape into a quiet, naturally sacred space, in elegant private cottages, each with an expansive view of the surrounding countryside, replete with deer, wild turkeys, rabbits and quail.

The suite-style accommodations allow guests to retreat with relaxed ease and privacy. A collection of private cottage spreads out across their majestic landscape, each providing an inspiring view of the surrounding countryside.

Each cottage is a home unto itself, including a living room, dining area, full bathroom, stocked kitchenette and outdoor deck.  You will discover details that create comfort and allow you to luxuriate in serenity, like fine linens, gas-burning wood stoves, quality furnishings, and modern bathrooms with spacious Jacuzzi tubs.

[Text and images courtesy of Ratna Ling]

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What is Rounding?

Rounding is a systematic procedure derived from the ancient Veda* that's designed to purify the mind and body at the deepest level. This process consists of a specific sequence of easy yoga poses (asanas), balancing breath technique (pranayama), meditation, and horizontal rest.

The simplicity and effortless nature of the technique produces powerful results. Performing the proper progression with the correct intention allows deep-rooted stresses to release and brings the nervous system back into balance.

Effortless purification of the mind and body through Rounding can bring you to a greater state of happiness, clarity and peace more quickly. Practicing multiple Rounds on this retreat weekend is equivalent to 3-6 months of meditation.

It's easy to learn Rounding regardless of your physical fitness. Custom modifications are available for those with physical limitations. You’ll learn how to incorporate this advanced practice into your daily life at home for continued benefit.

★★★★★

I joined the retreat to advance my meditation practice with Rounding and gain more knowledge to live a more peaceful, graceful life.

I really enjoyed the simplicity, depth and authenticity of Vedic meditation and Vedic knowledge. The intimate group size was ideal, the hot mineral pools were wonderful to soak in and Ayurvedic food was amazing. Hunter and Yashoda make a great team. They are both wonderful people with incredible insight. I will definitely join a retreat with them again.

Since the retreat I feel elevated and uplifted with a greater sense of equanimity. It’s become much easier not to be reactive in challenging situations.
— Victoria, Yogi and Philanthropist
 
Step 1. YOGA POSES (ASANAS)

Step 1. YOGA POSES (ASANAS)

Step 2. BALANCING BREATH WORK (PRANAYAMA)

Step 2. BALANCING BREATH WORK (PRANAYAMA)

Step 3. MEDITATION

Step 3. MEDITATION

Step 4. HORIZONTAL REST

Step 4. HORIZONTAL REST

 

*What is the Veda?

The Veda is the ancient record of spiritual experiences and the source of the arts and sciences of meditation, yoga, Ayurvedic medicine and Eastern philosophy. It is a multi-faceted body of knowledge that contains many universal applications relevant to modern living. This complete system of knowledge is made available to compliment your meditation practice and support the expansion of inner fulfillment.

 
 
Yashoda and Hunter are both extremely knowledgeable and serene to be around. They created a warm atmosphere and their recommendations allow us retreaters to have choices, which gave me space to grow into my independence.
— Margaret, student
 

Yashoda Devi Ma and Hunter Cressman are both qualified teachers of Vedic Meditation. For over a decade they have both studied under preeminent Vedic masters of the Shankaracharya tradition. After years of advanced Vedic studies and practice, in 2014 together they completed the 108-day residential Vedic Meditation teacher-training program in the Himalayas of India to become Initiators of Vedic Meditation.

 
 
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Yashoda Devi Ma

Vedic Meditation Teacher

Based in Boulder, CO

www.yashodadevima.com

@yashodadevima

Yashoda is the co-founder of The Subtle Mind in Boulder, CO and founder of Cosmic Women's Tribe. Her life passion lies in facilitating healing transformation in mind/body, evolution of consciousness, going beyond thought and providing the tools for those to truly become a Master of their mind.

She has studied yoga and meditation in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas for the past decade. Yashoda is also certified in STOTT Pilates, AFFA, ACSM, NASM, and EatWize. She worked with physical therapists, chiropractors, doctors and celebrities as a Fitness Expert and Lifestyle Consultant in Beverly Hills, CA for 13 years.

After working with the body for more than a decade she transferred her passion for transformation of body to transformation of consciousness through Vedic Meditation and Sattva Yoga.

Yashoda has also taught at Yoga Festivals, facilitates workshops internationally and has been hired to travel the world personally with private clients for retreats and one-on-one guidance into a deeper practice.

 
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Hunter Cressman

Vedic Meditation Teacher

Based in California & New York

www.themodernmind.com

@themodernmind

Since 2014, Hunter has taught monthly meditation courses and events in the SF Bay Area and NYC. Prior to teaching, he worked as an engineer for the jewelry enterprise David Yurman. His years of engineering experience lend to his practical teaching style and ability to help students understand complex concepts.

Hunter is passionate about sharing ancient knowledge in a relevant way that empowers students to create a life of purpose and service for the well-being of their community and the world. He facilitates advanced courses and retreats to further elevate the creative leadership potential of his students.

In addition to teaching and leading retreats, Hunter consults with startups seeking to incorporate well-being into their mission, values, and programming. Ventures have included WeGrow, the new conscious elementary school, and The Spring Meditation center in NYC.

Currently, Hunter is completing a two-year degree in the science of Vaastu design through the American University of Mayonic Science & Technology. He’ll begin sharing this unique method of architecture in 2019 to compliment his meditation curriculum and expand his well-being services.

 

“A serene spring getaway for a restorative mind-body reset.”

RETREAT PACKAGES INCLUDE:

  • Accommodations for 3 nights / 4 days

  • All vegetarian meals and tea

  • Knowledge talks

  • High quality Rounding instruction

  • Additional surprises

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

  • Flights

  • Transportation

  • Additional nights stay

  • Massage or additional amenities


RETREAT PACKAGES

Private bedroom in a shared lux cottage : $1,650 per person

Each suite-style cottage has two private bedrooms each with a queen bed. A home unto itself, every cottage includes a living room, dining area, one full bathroom, stocked kitchenette and outdoor deck.

You’ll discover details that create comfort and allow you to luxuriate in serenity, like fine linens, gas-burning wood stoves, quality furnishings, and modern bathrooms with spacious Jacuzzi tubs. 

You may request to share a cottage with a friend, partner or spouse when you register. There is one ADA compliant cottage available upon request.

If you are learning Vedic Meditation for the first time or if you are receiving an Advanced Technique, please add $500 to your package total.

Rounding instruction is included for everyone. Your program may differ depending on your level of experience.

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Images courtesy of Ratna Ling

Images courtesy of Ratna Ling

 
 

What time does the retreat start and end?

The retreat starts at 3:00pm on Friday, March 20, 2020 and ends at 11:30am on Monday, March 23, 2020. Please plan to arrive and depart on time. If you need to make arrangements to arrive late or leave early, please let us know well in advance.

 

When should I plan to arrive in California?

If you are flying in from out of town, we recommend adding a day or two to your trip before and/or after the retreat. This gives you time to enjoy and explore the beautiful counties of Sonoma and Marin. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Sonoma: https://www.sonomacounty.com/

Marin: https://www.visitmarin.org/

 

Which airport is closest to the retreat center?

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is the nearest major airport. It’s a 3 hour drive to Ratna Ling Retreat Center from SFO. The smaller Sonoma County Airport (STS) is the closest airport with a drive of only 1 1/2 hours to Ratna Ling. Please book your flight to arrive in the morning before 10:30am on Friday, March 20th. This will give you enough time to get to the retreat center and avoid afternoon rush hour traffic.

What if I want to meditate, but my friend/spouse/partner does not want to?

This is a meditation retreat, so while there will be free time to enjoy the location, we strongly encourage everyone to participate in the retreat. We will be offering classes for new meditators as well, so everyone is welcome!

What if I am learning Vedic Meditation for the first time?

If you are learning Vedic Meditation for the first time, please add $500 to your package total. The Introductory Course in Vedic Meditation is an additional offering and prerequisite for learning Rounding. Rounding instruction is included for everyone, so you will get to learn this advanced practice too, and your retreat program will be customized accordingly.

 

What should I expect at Ratna Ling?

The March spring weather at Ratna Ling can be cool and wet. There’s an equal chance of rain or shine. Warm, cozy clothing and rain jackets are recommended. The retreat center is off-grid so there is no mobile phone service. Please plan to disconnect from work and technology during the entire retreat. The cottages are situated throughout the hillside with paved pathways, so please bring good walking shoes that are waterproof in case it rains.

 
 
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