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Vows Prep Retreat

July 6 - 9 2022

Downingtown Yoga & Meditation Center, Downingtown PA

This retreat is for yogis who have completed our Vows Preparation Course and have been invited to take Vows.  Three days of deep preparation lay the groundwork for the inner shift that vows provide, as well as the opportunity to gain clarity on your commitment and goal.

This retreat is for those who will be making their formal vows in the Vows Retreat that follows, which means that Vows Candidates must enroll in both retreats.  The two retreats give you a full week of deep practice, along with other yogis who share your lifestyle and commitment, under Gurudevi Nirmalananda’s guidance.

This Retreat is now also open to Vratins and Brahmacharins who want to be present and support the Vows Candidates in their preparation.

Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram is an Ashram, which means it is a monastery.  Our residential facility is home to yogis who have taken vows of deep practice within our tradition, while other vowed yogis live the same yogic lifestyle but live in their own home. 

If you want to know about our Vowed Order, click here to learn about the different levels of vows for yogis' differing situations. Those who want to take vows must complete an application, with some levels also including an interview.  Our Vows Preparation course, whic is a prerequisite for some levels, is a phone course designed to help you clarify your commitment and your goal.  


 Gurudevi Nirmalananda


Prerequisite - one of the following: 

  • Shishya Member & Monthly Donor Member who has formal approval and invitation to take vows.This means you have completed your application, interview, developing a yogic lifestyle and Vows Preparation phone course, and been invited to take vows in the reterat that follows this one.
  • Vratin, Brahmacharin or Sannyasin in the Svaroopa Vidya Vowed Order

Course Confirmation Date: June 14 2022

Program begins at 5:30 pm on its first day, the last day ends at 11:45 am pm (Eastern Time)

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

Tuition Rates:   

Early tuition: (on or before June 21 2021)  Members* $781.00

Standard tuition:  $951.00

Housing and Meals: $363.00; Materials Fees $75.00

Total Enrollment Fees: 

Early Total: (on or before June 21 2021) Members* $1,219.00

Standard Total:  $1,389.00

Payment Plans:

Postponed H&M:  Take advantage of the early tuition or standard rate while postponing your Housing & Meals until just before your arrival.  Pay for your tuition and materials now and your Housing & Meals 1 week before your program begins.  Contact the Enrollment Team at 610-806-2119 or Turn on Javascript!.

Course fee on enrollment:  Member early $856.00; Standard $1,026.00

Housing and Meals payment:  1 week before you arrive:  $363.00

* Membership that qualifies for the discounted early rate:  Monthly Donor Member

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

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