~  Swami Chinmayananda Saraswati  ~

"The Vedantan"

A Yoga Day Retreat with Laurel, Dan & Friends

Saturday March 21st, 2015

Center for Spiritual Living

4100 Benfield Dr. in Kettering Ohio

12:30 to 5:30 pm - cost is $35

Registration has started.

Our next "Dayville" Yoga retreat will be dedicated to the lifework of Swami Chinmayananda (1916-1993). For over 40 years, Swami Chinmayananda was responsible for bringing the teachings of Advaita Vedanta to the masses, & making what had previously been reserved for the very few, freely available to all, regardless of gender, nationality, religion or position in life. He worked to rejuvenate Hinduism by making previously unavailable insights of the Upanishads & Gita accessible to the general population. He was instrumental in bringing the wisdom of Hindu heritage to everyone. He was given Sanyas by Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh in 1949 on Shivaratri. Swami Chinmayananda later lived an austere life in the Himalayas for many years, studying with the renouned Vedanta master Swami Tapovanam. Swami Chinmayananda then came down from the mountains, eloquently spreading the knowledge of Vedanta and transforming the lives of tens of thousands that came to listen to him. 

The retreat will include stories about Swami Chinmayananda's life and his Vedantic teachings. We'll immerse ourselves in yogic practices of hatha yoga, pranayam, yoga nidra, chanting, meditation, live music and theatric reenactments from Swami Chinmayananda's very inspiring and energetic life.  

There will be a 15 minute silent break with snacks in the middle of the day. The day will conclude around 5:30 pm with a communal vegetarian meal of kitchiri. There will not be satsang following the Dayville Retreat.

"Children are not vessels to be filled, but lamps to be lit."

Swami Chinmayananda

We are continuing to appreciate and reap benefits from the Yogic Day Retreats that have been referred to as "Dayville" by participants. People who have been to the Grailville Retreats over the past 18 years have commented, "It's like Grailville, only in one day." Hence, the name "Dayville!" The energy of the groups in the day retreats have been highly enlivening and offers the opportunity for great insight, peace and awakening to the Self. The intent of these yogic retreats for the past three years has been to create a series of "pilgrimages" to Indian sages and Ashrams "in our own backyard". Connecting with Self-Realized sages through stories, teachings, traditional yogic practices, natya yoga (yoga of theatre) and inspiring music is a beautiful gateway to our True Self. Each "Dayville" is a unique experience of exploring the many ways we can live in our Natural Selves. Whether you've been attending "Dayville" all along or decide to join in the pilgrimage at this point, it doesn't matter; each day and evening of these immersions in the Self are complete in themselves. 

In Divine Presence - October 2012
Moments before the inspirational presentation of "Come and Listen"

Dayville Retreat Participant Comments

"The darshan of the Master moves us . . . to the place where we yearn only to be in the cave of his heart. To hear the drop of the cave water like a clear single bell. To rest in the heart of meditation. We are transformed in the cave of the heart." - Janaki's poetic reflection on her participation in the recent "In Divine Presence" day retreat.

"Thank you for Saturday's bliss! I felt such a deep feeling of returning home....The message and spirit of Papaji and Maharishi "Already Free!" and a god that never disappears were so accessible and ALIVE! - AC

"Thank you both for the truly wonderful Buddha Day. I have not felt such deep stillness in a very long time. You create the perfect atmosphere for spiritual deepening. Dan's music is a perfect compliment to Laurel's teaching. It's just exquisite." -  MM

"The beauty & deep peace of the day, like a roadway one can follow back into that inner space of silence. Thank you Dan & Laurel for continuing to open that path to the heart of stillness for us all." - JV

"Thank you so much for Buddha Day. Not having to think of formulating words for a few hours was so powerful. I am reaping many blessings from the workshop." - SS

"I enjoyed all the retreat days I have attended. I loved walking meditation & plan to continue that. You & Dan do a great job. Knowing you has helped me grow spiritually & professionally." - SK

"Thank you so much for the learning & experience no one could ever get with mere reading. Nowhere else on earth I'd rather be but in this state .... of Bliss!" - KS

K I R T A N  &  S A T S A N G



devotional call & response chanting 

1st Saturday of each month

7:00-9:00 pm 

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(Satsang means association with Reality.)

chanting & meditation 

3rd Saturday of each month

7:00-9:00 pm


4100 Benfield Dr in Kettering

$5 donation appreciated.


2015 Grailville Spring Yoga Retreat
April 17th - 19th 2015
The cost is $175 for the weekend, which includes vegetarian food, lodging, and classes. A check secures registration. Retreat is full, waiting list is available in event of cancellation. Cancellations made before March 17th can be refunded. No refunds will be made 
March 17th unless we can fill your space.
Location: Grailville Retreat Center 
932 O'Bannonville Road, Loveland OH 45140
This will be our last Grailville Retreat after meeting twice a year for 20 years. Grailville will no longer be a retreat Center. They are shifting to organic farming.

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