Advaitamritam ( अद्वैतामृतम् )

The Nectar of Advaitic Knowledge

Spiritual Retreat at Advaita Ashrama, Mayavati

Swami Vivekananda had founded Advaita Ashrama at Mayavati to facilitate the practice and preaching of Advaita Vedanta. He envisioned the coming of serious spiritual aspirants to this holy place with the intention of seeking the Ultimate Truth.

In line with his wish, Advaita Ashrama will be conducting spiritual retreats in the months of March, April, May and June 2023  respectively. These retreats are meant only for serious spiritual aspirants (jijnasus) desirous to learn the way to atma-jnana or Self-realization. Please note that the discussions will be mainly from the point of view Advaita Vedanta (jnana-marga or the path of Self-enquiry).

Who can participate?

Both Men and women under the age group of 18 to 70 can participate. It is strongly recommended that only those who are inclined towards the path of Advaita Vedanta (the path of Self-enquiry or jnana-marga) should take part in these retreats, because the discussions will be purely from that point of view. The participant should be free from any physical or other ailments, so that he or she can fully focus on the course without any hindrance. All the retreats are going to be held in English language.

Further, only those participants should enrol for this retreat who are ready to strictly abide by the daily routine and the discipline of the Ashrama. Please see the daily routine which is given towards the end. All the sessions are mandatory for the participants.

One who has already taken part in one of these retreats will not be permitted to take part again in the other retreat in the same year.

Enrolment Form

Those interested to take part in one of these retreats will have to enrol themselves by filling up the form given below:

After the submission of the form, the participant will be informed (through email) whether he/she has been allowed to take part in the retreat. Only then should he/she pay the fee.

Enrolment Fees

For the 6 days of his/her stay in the Ashrama for any one of these retreats, the participant will have to pay a nominal fee of rupees 6000/- (six-thousand rupees only), which will include arrangements for his/her stay, breakfast, lunch, morning/evening tea, and dinner.

In each group of these three retreats, only a limited number of 20 participants will be allowed. Place in this retreat will be reserved on “first come first basis”.

After the payment of the fee, if the member cancels his participation for some reason, the fee will not be refunded.

daily schedule of the retreats

The daily schedule of the retreat has been chalked out to give ample scope for the three steps involved in the process of Self-enquiry, viz shravanam (listening), mananam (thinking), and nididhyasanam (meditation). The day will start with the chanting of the Vedic mantras. Every day there will be three sessions of shravanam (of 90 minutes each). Shravanam will involve the study of the text of Vivekachudamani under the guidance of a monk. There will be two sessions of mananam (time for deep thinking), and two sessions of nididhyasanam (meditation). Out of the two sessions of nididhyasanam (meditation), one will be guided meditation (by a monk). The details of the day are as follows:

Morning session

Post lunch session

The schedule given above is open to further modification for the sake of improvement or for the sake of workability.

We pray to the Supreme Divinity to shower his grace (anugraha) on every member of this retreat so that he/she can uplift himself/herself and rediscover oneself in a NEW LIGHT.


Swami Shuddhidananda
Advaita Ashrama