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Vowed Order Retreat

July 8 - 13

Lokananda Retreat Center, Downingtown PA

Reaffirm and renew your Svaroopa® Vidya Order vows while supporting your honored peers. Our annual retreat, exclusively for Vowed Members, helps you dive in deeper. Eligible members include vratins, brahmacharins, sannyasins and the Vows Candidates who will be taking their vows.

The sage Narada speaks of the immense value of good company, urging you to spend time with saints and other yogis. He says, “There is no difference between God and his true devotees.” (Bhakti Sutras 41) — Gurudevi Nirmalananda

This retreat features:

  • Lots of time with Gurudevi, for practices and formal teachings as well as informal time with her.
  • The formal Vows Ceremony for our newest Vowed Members. They will have just completed their final three days of preparation in their own retreat. You are invited to join them at their Vows Prep Retreat from July 8-11 to support their studies and final stages of cultivating readiness.
  • Renewal of your Vows in a formal ceremony with Gurudevi.
  • And, best of all, the daily Ashram schedule and seva to support our program.

This retreat is for those who have already made their vows and relish the opportunity to practice and study together. Attendance is not mandatory, but any Vowed Member who does not make this annual retreat a priority will be questioned about their commitment to and participation in the Vowed Order.

It was such a rich, beautiful and deep program that helps you to go deeper within your Self and share experiences with others who are on the same path. - Ellen M

If you want to know about our Vowed Order, click here to learn about the different levels of vows for yogis' differing situations.


Gurudevi Nirmalananda



Svaroopa® Vidya Vratin, Brahmacharin, Sannyasin or approved Vows Candidate who has completed the Vows Prep Retreat

Dates & Times 

Saturday July 8 2023 begins with Dinner at 5:30 pm, with retreat going from 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Sunday July 9 from 5:15 am - 9:00 pm with Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner included

Monday July 10 from 5:15 am - 9:00 pm with Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner

Tuesday July 11 from 5:15 am - 9:00 pm with Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner 

Wednesday July 12 from 5:15 am - 9:00 pm with Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner 

Thursday July 13 from 6:30 am - 12:30 pm with Breakfast, also including Lunch (served at 12:30 pm)


Lokananda Retreat Center

116 E. Lancaster Ave, Downingtown PA

Course Confirmation Date

June 24 2023

We confirm the course on or before this date, when we have enough enrollments to confirm. Early rates are available until this date. We will email you with the latest updates.


Enrollment Fees include course tuition, materials and your housing and meals, with details on each below.

Early Tuition (on or before June 24 2023): Members*: $1,351.00

Standard Tuition: $1,641.00

 Materials Fees: $10.00; Housing and Meals: $605.00 (5 nights)

NOTE: Need to add a note here about hotel costs for those who register later and that we cannot accomodate at Lokananda. Get messaging from Gurudevi.

Total Enrollment Fees:

Early Totals (on or before June 24 2023): Members*: $1,966.00

Standard Totals: $2,256.00

Payment Plans:

Postponed H&M: Postpone your Housing & Meals until just before your arrival. Pay for your tuition (early or standard) & materials now, then pay for your Housing & Meals 1 week before your program begins. Contact our Enrollment Team at 610-806-2119 or email.

Course fee on enrolllment: Members* early: $1,361.00; Standard $1,651.00

Housing and Meals payment: 1 week before you arrive: $605.00

Monthly Payment Plan: First payment on enrollment $621.00 plus 10 monthly payments of $186.00, on your preauthorized credit card or bank account. Payment plan total: $2,481.00.

Financial support was offered as part of our semi-annual Financial Support Program (click for more info - use your password).

*Memberships that qualify for the discounted early rate: All those meeting prerequisites.

Scholarships are not available for the Vowed Order Retreat, and SATYA GTCs do not apply. Instead, we offer many free services and free programs with Swami Nirmalananda. You can easily access the teachings and do the Svaroopa Vidya practices without any out-of-pocket cost to you.

More Info

Our Enrollment Advisors will be happy to connect with you and answer any questions - programs@svaroopayoga.org or 610.806.2119

When events beyond our control cause unavoidable changes, locations and fees are subject to change without notice.

When events beyond our control cause unavoidable changes, locations and fees are subject to change without notice.

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