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THE DESIGN OF CONSCIOUS LIVING

Join us May 18th and 19th at the beautiful Chateau Sonoma Farm for a non-residential retreat created for Vedic meditators to relax, restore, and rejuvenate in the California wine country.

During our Wellness Weekend, you’ll experience The Design of Conscious Living to bring more peace, presence, and purpose into your life.

You’ll learn advanced Vedic meditation techniques, knowledge, and holistic eating designed to elevate your mind, body, and spirit, becoming a more vibrant, authentic, and fulfilled version of yourself.

You’ll get to learn and practice an advanced technique called Rounding (aka ‘industrial-strength meditation’), explore the power of new mantras, learn about traditional Vaastu architecture, and get to discover your unique pranic diet from Ayurveda.

Farm-to-table cuisine will be prepared for you by a local gourmet chef while you relax by the pool and enjoy the May Spring gardens.

Please review all the retreat details below and register today before it sells out. Space is limited to ensure the intimate nature of this weekend.

With gratitude,

Hunter Cressman + Yashoda Devi Ma

★★★★★

I loved learning and connecting with others on retreat. The food was incredible, the location 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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About the Farm

 
 
Sarah Anderson

Living a simple and purposeful life includes a passion for sustainability and preservation. Sarah Anderson’s home, Chateau Sonoma Farm, was born out of this passion, along with a thirst for healthy living, a sense of community and a desire to give back.

Located in Sonoma, Sarah is inspired by the idea of growing as much as she can in her own back yard to eat according to the seasons and provide locally grown produce to her favorite restaurants and purveyors. She also preserves as much of the produce as she can to supply her pantry at home and Chateau Sonoma throughout the year. Based on the season, she grows cherry tomatoes for her Moroccan Tomato Jam, plums trees supply her with fruit for their Plum/Elderflower jam, and the honey provided by her bees is harvested annually from the hives and jarred up for your enjoyment. During the peak season, the farm supplies Chateau Sonoma with vibrant greens, flowers and eggs.

She continues to add products to the Chateau Sonoma pantry that are inspired by her love of France including olive oil, specialty salts, fig vinegar and herbs de Provence.

@ChateauSonoma

 
 

Contact us if you haven’t learned Vedic Meditation yet, and you wish to join a future wellness retreat at Chateau Sonoma Farm.

We’ll keep you informed with upcoming retreats and opportunities to get started with meditation.

 
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The Design of Conscious Living

Conscious Living means to live as your most vibrant, authentic, and fulfilled self. Through advanced Vedic techniques, knowledge, and holistic eating, you’ll learn how to further elevate your consciousness, and design a life of greater peace, presence, and purpose.

Activating the full potential of your mind, body, and spirit also benefits your community and the world as your true nature begins to radiate through your work, your passion, your relationships, and simple day-to-day interactions.

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During our Wellness Weekend for meditators, you’ll learn and practice an advanced technique called Rounding (aka ‘industrial-strength meditation’).

You’ll also get to experience the Three Powers of Conscious Living: Sound, Space, and Energy.

  • The Power of Sound: Learn new mantras and master their vibrational benefits with Yashoda Devi Ma

  • The Power of Space: Learn about traditional Vaastu architecture for home design with Hunter Cressman

  • The Power of Energy: Discover your unique pranic diet with guest teacher, Meredith Hart

You’ll have a moment to relax by the pool after enjoying a gourmet garden lunch with farm-to-table vegetables prepared by our local renown chef.

There are the options to attend both days, Saturday only, or Sunday only. Rounding instruction will be consistent on both days, however knowledge talks will be different on each day. The preference is to attend both days, as you will get the most out of the full experience. If you haven’t learned Rounding yet, you must attend on Saturday in order to learn.

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 work (pranayama), meditation, and horizontal rest.

The simplicity and efficiency of the technique produces powerful results when done back-to-back, in a group, and regularly at home. 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 calm and clarity more quickly. It's easy to learn regardless of your physical fitness, and you can incorporate this advanced practice into your daily life at home for enhanced benefits.

★★★★★

The retreat helped me advance my meditation practice and I gained more knowledge to live a more peaceful, graceful life. I feel elevated and uplifted with a greater sense of equanimity. It’s become much easier not to be reactive in challenging situations.

I really enjoy the simplicity, depth and authenticity of Vedic meditation and Vedic knowledge. Hunter and Yashoda make a great team. They are both wonderful people with incredible insight. I will definitely join a retreat with them again.
— 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’s 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 evolution of your wellbeing.

 
 
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, independent 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.thesubtlemind.com

@thesubtlemind

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.


 
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Meredith Ann Hart, Guest Teacher

Meredith is ERYT500, CIAYT, LMT, SME, YACEP certified. She is an avid student, practitioner and teacher of consciousness, healing and holistic medicine with focused attention on these subjects for over twenty years. She began studying yoga and herbalism at the age of 16 and hasn’t turned back since. As a senior teacher at the age of 39, she currently holds several degrees and certifications in the field of Yoga, Meditation, Ayurveda and Consciousness including a BA in Transpersonal Psychology with an emphasis on Yoga Therapy & Somatics and an MS in Classical Ayurveda & Integrative Medicine. She has been an enthusiastic student and disseminator of consciousness-based health and healing for as long as she can remember; her whole adult life has been completely devoted to this field of study and work.

Her specialty is working with those who suffer from chronic pain, stress and imbalances. She integrates many tools, catered to the needs of her clients and students which include Mantra and Sound, Asanas (poses), Pranayama (breath), Mudra (sacred hand gestures) Herbal Remedies, Ayurvedic Body Treatments, Marma (acupressure) Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy and Nutrition/Food Sciences to enhance potency, clear imbalances and unwind the blocks that are in the way of revealing life itself. Her group events and classes are led with curiosity and wonder as she is driven to channel the questioning that comes with all of life’s unfoldings. She lives and offers her private consultations and sessions in Mill Valley, a place she easily calls Home.

 
 

A weekend to reinvigorate your spirit and inspire creativity.

DAY PACKAGES INCLUDE:

  • Guided Rounding instruction

  • Farm-to-table garden lunch

  • Knowledge talks on the Power of Sound, Space, and Energy

  • Additional Surprises

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

  • Overnight accommodations

  • Travel expenses

  • Massage or additional amenities


RETREAT PACKAGE OPTIONS FOR MEDITATORS:

  1. Saturday + Sunday: $795 per person

    You will get the most out of this full program, which includes 2 days of Rounding, 2 days of knowledge talks, and gourmet farm-to-table lunches for both days.

  2. Saturday only: $465 per person

    You’ll learn how to do Rounding on this day. Also included is 1 day of knowledge talks on pranic diet and Ayurveda, and a gourmet farm-to-table lunch.

  3. Sunday only: $465 per person

    If you can’t make it on Saturday and you have experience Rounding, then you can join Sunday only. This includes Rounding, 1 day of knowledge talks on the power of mantras and vaastu architecture, and a gourmet farm-to-table lunch.

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Haven’t learned Vedic Meditation yet?

Contact us and we’ll help get you started.

 
 

What time does the day retreat start and end?

The daily activities begin at 9am and end at 6pm on both days. If you need to make arrangements to arrive late or leave early, please let us know in advance.

 

Are accommodations available?

This is a non-residential retreat, so accommodations are not included. If you are traveling, we recommend booking a hotel or Airbnb in Sonoma. If you stay an extra night before and/or after the weekend, this will give you time to unwind, acclimate, and explore all that Sonoma Valley has to offer. We recommend staying at Carneros Resort & Spa, Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, The Lodge, MacArther Place, or any venue in close proximity to downtown Sonoma Square. Chateau Sonoma Farm is a 5 minute drive South of Sonoma Square.

  

What if I’m a Vedic meditator, but my friend/spouse/partner hasn’t learned yet?

This is an advanced retreat for graduates of the 4-day Vedic Meditation Course or TM Course. For friends and family who’d like to join, please invite them take the course prior to the retreat.

What kind of food and drink will be available on retreat?

Our menu is plant-based and alcohol-free. Organic, farm-fresh dairy may be available in some dishes and prepared following Ayurvedic principles. Although we’ll be in wine country, we recommend refraining from using alcohol before, during, and right after the retreat. As a part of our program to elevate your consciousness, this will be a great opportunity to detox from everyday indulgences, including technology too.