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“Christ was resurrected not only on Easter morning, but He reanimates Himself in the dawn of each soul’s awakening. Resurrect your soul in the ever-reigning Light of immortality. Let this be your Easter awakening.” -Paramhansa Yogananda
Join guest ministers Jitendra and Brahmachari Sagar from Ananda Village for an uplifting and joy-filled Easter Celebration as we enjoy the beauty and quiet of the Springhill Retreat Center located in Richardson, Texas.
This four day, three night retreat offers numerous avenues to deepen your connection with Jesus Christ and Paramhansa Yogananda, as we explore the deeper meaning of Easter. Not to mention ample time for meditation and nature in this wonderful, immersive natural setting. On Sunday everyone is invited to join us for Sunday Service and a celebration of Easter that will include an egg hunt for children and adults alike!
You will have the opportunity to experience:
- Full length classes with Jitendra and Sagar, based on Yogananda’s Bible commentaries
- Yoga sadhanas and meditations
- Ceremonies, including the Purification Ceremony and Easter
- Sunday Service
- Kirtan, bonfire, and gathering to watch a recorded offering of Swami Kriyananda’s Christ Lives Oratorio, performed at Ananda Village.
- Time for seclusion, silence and introspection
- Group activities, sharing and satsang
- With special dietary needs taken into consideration.
- Establishing new friendships and deepening existing ones
View our FAQ page here: Easter Retreat FAQ page
View the retreat schedule here: Easter Retreat Schedule
|Two-Day Pass (Fri & Sat) $198 includes all meals, sadhana plus Easter Sunday Banquet|
|Easter Banquet (Adults) $30|
|Easter Banquet (Children under 15 years) $15|
Following current local and state guidelines, we encourage everyone to join us that is healthy and symptom-free of fever and other outward signs of sickness. If any symptoms occur just prior to the retreat, we request that infected participants responsibly get COVID tested. Masks and social distancing are encouraged indoors for those unvaccinated. In general, protocol relies on personal responsibility and discretion at this time.
3991 E. Renner Rd, Richardson, TX 75082
Easter Retreat Schedule
|Thursday, Apr 14|
|5:00 – 6:00pm
||Sadhana in Chapel
|6:30 – 7:30pm||Dinner on your own
|7:30pm||Welcome, Maundy Thursday Presentation and Orientation
|Good Friday, Apr 15|
|6:30 – 8:30am||Morning Sadhana in Chapel|
|8:45 – 9:15am||Breakfast|
|9:30 – 12:00pm||Class: From Crucifixion to Resurrection: The Soul’s Journey to Self-Realization|
|12:00 – 12:30pm||Meditation in Chapel|
|12:30 – 1:00pm||Outdoor labyrinth (Stations of the Cross)|
|1:00 – 1:30pm||Lunch (In Silence)|
|1:30 – 4:15pm||Free Afternoon in Silence|
|4:15 – 5:30pm||Evening Sadhana|
|5:45 – 6:45pm||Dinner|
|7:00 – 8:30pm||Kirtan followed by Bonfire Fire Ceremony|
|Saturday, Apr 16|
|6:30 – 9:00am||Longer Morning Sadhana|
|9:00 – 9:30am||Breakfast|
|9:45am – 12:00pm||Class: Sharing the Light: How to Live as an Instrument of Christ in Daily Life|
|12:00 – 12:30pm||Meditation|
|12:45 – 1:30pm||Lunch|
|2:00 – 3:30pm||Sharing Nature Exercise|
|3:30- 4:30pm||Free Time|
|4:30 – 6:00pm||Evening Sadhana|
|6:15 – 7:00pm||Dinner|
|Sunday, Apr 17|
|6:30 – 8:30am||Easter Sunrise Meditation with Purification|
|9:00 – 9:30am||Breakfast|
|10am – 11:30am||Sunday Service + Online|
|12:00 – 2:00pm||Banquet/Egg Hunts/etc.|
|2:00pm||Good Byes and then Clean up!|
About our Presenters
Brahmachari Sagar resides in the Ananda Monastery located at Ananda Village in Northern California. Born into a family of kriya yogis, Sagar read Paramhansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi at a young age, an influence that culminated in his decision to serve Yogananda’s mission through Ananda. Sagar led Ananda’s work in Mumbai for about five years and has served Ananda’s work in India and the US as a teacher and counselor to students and as a meditation and stress-relief workshop facilitator for corporates. Sagar currently serves in Ananda’s Online Ministry. He is one of the principal instructors for the Ananda Course in Meditation and has helped create several online offerings such as the full-length courses The Yoga Teachings of Jesus, Karma and Reincarnation and the webinars The Anatomy of the Astral Body, Losing the Fear of Death Through the Science of Yoga, and How to Stand Unshaken amidst Life’s Challenges. You can read some of his articles here. Prior to commencing his life of service at Ananda, Sagar was a graduate student with full scholarship at Boston University and holds advanced degrees in Engineering.
Jitendra Guidon, Director of Online with Ananda’s Online Outreach ministry, is a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda living at Ananda Village in Northern California. While serving with Ananda, he enjoys spreading the ancient teachings of Yoga to all truth seekers around the world and look forward to connecting with new friends from different backgrounds and affiliations. After reading Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda, Jitendra began his journey with the teachings and meditation in 2006. He continues to feel the inner transformation that comes with the power of the techniques. He is a certified Yoga and Meditation Teacher with Yoga Alliance (RYT 200). Jitendra is originally from Rhode Island, where he helped lead the Ananda Yoga and Meditation Center and aided in spreading the path of Self-realization in Boston and New York City. He has taught meditation in diverse settings including yoga studios, colleges, high schools, rehabilitation centers and more.