~  Swami Vishnudevananda  ~

"The Flying Swami"

A Yoga Day Retreat with Laurel, Dan & Friends

Saturday Oct. 18th, 2014 

Center for Spiritual Living

4100 Benfield Dr. in Kettering Ohio

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

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Our next "Dayville Yoga retreat will be dedicated to the lifework of Swami Vishnudevananda (1927-1993). In 1957 Swami Vishnu-devananda set out from the foothills of the Himalayas to carry out the bidding of his teacher Swami Sivananda. Sivananda placed 10 rupees in Vishnudevananda's palm and instructed him to bring the ancient teachings of Yoga to the West. "People are waiting," he said. For 37 years, he worked tirelessly as a dedicated spiritual teacher travelling around the world establishing city centres and ashrams.  He was known as the "Flying Swami" for the different peace missions he accomplished around the world in his colorful peace plane, painted by Peter Max in 1971.  His Vedantic message was "Man is free as a bird." Vishnudevananda founded the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres and Ashrams. He established the Sivananda training programs in the West. He wrote The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga (1959) and Meditation and Mantras (1978) which  established him as an authority on Hatha and Raja yoga.

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

The day will conclude around 5:30 pm with a communal vegetarian meal of kitchiri. In the evening we will have satsang (meditation & chanting) from 7 to 9 pm continuing the theme of Swami Vishnudevananda. $5 donation for satsang is appreciated.

"Health is wealth. Peace of mind is happiness. Yoga shows the way." - Swami Vishnudevananda

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.


2014 Grailville Fall Yoga Retreat
September 12th to 14th
The cost is $175 for the weekend which includes vegetarian food, lodging & classes. A check secures registration. Retreat is full. A waiting list is available in the event of cancellations. Cancellations made before August 12th can be refunded. No refunds will be made after August 12th unless we can fill your space.
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

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