Meditation-Siddhi Retreat with Ajayan & Dr. Keesha
When: March 19 – 22, Thursday eve to Sunday noon
Location: Samadhi House on San Juan Island, Washington state
Also available online! The live retreat will also be available online (at 44% discount) for those who cannot attend in person.
(See pricing, registration, accommodation details, and teacher bios below.)
Join Ajayan and Dr. Keesha Ewers for three days of pure Being, rest, rejuvenation, and inspiration! This retreat is designed to immediately bring you accelerated benefits of deep meditation, plus you will learn traditional powerful practices designed to gradually develop yogic siddhis (as described by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras).
Note: This retreat is open to everyone; however, it is designed for practicing meditators. If you do not have previous meditation experience, you will receive free access to Ajayan’s Meditation Membership site where you can easily learn Effortless Mind® meditation in just a few hours and practice daily prior to the retreat. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive access.
What are the Siddhis and what will I learn?
Effortless Mind® Siddhi Meditation retreat is based upon Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the authoritative text on Yoga Philosophy. The 3rd chapter of his Yoga Sutras is entirely dedicated to the siddhis (supernormal yogic abilities, such as levitation, invisibility, etc.). Though Patanjali is commonly cited in Yoga classes, few outside of a handful of advanced yogis scattered around India fully understand this most esoteric of Patanjali’s teachings.
Although rarely understood or experienced today, Patanjali focused fully one-fourth of his Yoga Sutras on the siddhis. Why? Because the technique that unlocks the siddhis, samyama, offers a breakthrough in human potential, growth, and healing. Although you won’t soon find yourself flying through the skies like an ancient adept, samyama will systematically suffuse your mind and body with blissful prana (life-force), awaken refined perception and enhanced intuition, and bring your life into a Flow of grace such that Nature will spontaneously support your desires and heal your body, mind, heart, and spirit.
You can expect this retreat to help you develop:
- Heightened intuition and perception.
- Loving kindness, compassion, and empathetic joy, for yourself and others.
- Tangible access to more creative levels of mind.
- Deepened meditation that will heal and soothe you at all levels.
- Facility with samyama, the experiential basis of the legendary yogic powers.
- Greatly deepened meditation and accelerated benefits of meditation.
- An understanding of the more esoteric principles of the Yoga Sutras.
Ajayan’s approach, gained over nearly 50 years of his dedicated practice based on instruction received from yogis of India’s Himalayas, offers easy, systematic access to this profound level of experience and knowledge expounded by the great sage Patanjali. Transform the quality of your life by attending Effortless Mind Siddhi Meditation Retreat on beautiful San Juan Island, WA or by participating online from the convenience of your own home. Either way, the depth of experience and knowledge you will gain from this retreat will benefit you for years to come. Hope you can join us!
I learned more effective meditation techniques at Ajayan’s weekend retreat than months of learning with other teachers and methods. If you’re serious about improving the quality of your life, learn from the best to be the best possible you. – Susie A.
Since the retreat, I’ve been amazed at the energy I feel. It has completely up-leveled my energy, my joy, and a sense of overall well-being and lightness. What an unexpected gift! – Jyoti Paramjyoti
The Monday morning after the retreat, I felt so calm while doing some activity (such as driving). I normally feel this calmness during a good meditation, but never felt this during activity. It felt really good. Since the retreat I’ve felt more mental clarity; I’m transcending almost everyday with the personal mantra (this never happened before); and I feel much more motivated towards my spiritual development. I am SO glad I attended the retreat. Thank you for doing it! – Chenthil Kumar
I would like to express my gratitude to Ajayan for hosting a awesome retreat. I gained so much more than I had expected from the experience, and loved meeting and getting to everyone there! It is so much fun to come together with like minded souls and share an experience like this retreat. I hope to return for another retreat soon. Thank you! – Melissa Guise
Ajayan discusses how to develop the supernormal yogic powers, siddhis, described by Patanjali in the 3rd chapter of the Yoga Sutras. He also discusses the practical benefit of practicing samyama–the technique Patanjali prescribes for developing the siddhis–in terms of developing our full potential and activating the whole brain. Practicing Samyama as described by Patanjali offers breakthrough potential for developing greater intuition, perception, creativity, compassion and loving kindness, and improved health. (8 minutes)
Facilities – on-site
- A beautiful remote retreat on San Juan Island with gorgeous views of Haro Straight. Consistently gets 5-star reviews.
- On-site, we offer a mix of private rooms and dormitory accommodations. Private rooms are normally reserved for couples; if no couples, then private rooms are allocated to those who sign up first. All accommodations are very comfortable and newly remodeled and refurnished.
- Shared baths.
- Sleeps a maximum of 10 people. Register soon!
- Cost of staying onsite is $795. Includes retreat, room (single, double, or dormitory), and meals.
Facilities – off-site
You may also attend the retreat and participate in meals but find your own accommodations, either in Friday Harbor or Roche Harbor (Samadhi House is almost equidistant between the two, about 15 to 20 minutes drive.) As San Juan Island is a hot tourist destination, and March is the off season, you can easily find accommodations on island. There is even camping just 7 minutes away. Cost of the retreat if you stay off-site is reduced to $645.00.
Attend the live retreat online
You may also attend the live retreat online (audio and video) via Zoom. The online retreat will include the same instruction as if you were right here on the island with us. Sessions start Thursday evening, with sessions Friday and Saturday morning, afternoon, and evening. The final session will be Sunday morning. Cost of the online retreat is $495.00.
- Vegetarian/pescatarian meals are provided and included in the cost of the course.
- Dinner will be available Thursday night until the meeting at 7:30 p.m.
- The retreat ends Sunday after brunch to allow you to play on the island or catch a mid-day ferry back to Anacortes. (See section below on travel.)
Travel to and from the course
- Access to San Juan Island from Washington State is via the Anacortes ferry. See the current ferry schedule. We strongly recommend you make reservations to ensure you get on the ferry. Contact us if you want to car pool. For more information, contact us.
Ajayan’s meditation journey
Ajayan has been exploring and teaching a variety of meditation practices since 1970 and is the founder of Effortless Mind® meditation.
In the early 70’s, he spent years studying in residence under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Transcendental Meditation Program®, and for nearly a decade, taught the TM Program®. Since then he has traveled the globe continuing an impassioned exploration of consciousness and developing human potential through various meditation and yogic practices, specializing in traditional Tantric meditation practices as well as Advaitic (non-dual) meditation.
From 1994 to 1998 Ajayan studied with India’s most widely revered living woman saint, Mata Amritanandamayi (Ammachi, the “hugging saint”), living at her main ashram in Kerala, India, and serving as the meditation teacher there. While in India, Ajayan also spent time with holy men and yogis in the Himalayas of Uttarakhand—a haven for saints throughout the ages—and researched the spiritual practices indigenous to that area. Later, he studied under the Tantric teacher, Swami Anandakapila.
Having made a study of meditation his life, and having instructed and guided thousands in meditation in North America, Australia, Europe, and India, Ajayan has gained a reputation as a consummate meditation teacher.
Dr. Keesha’s meditation journey
Dr. Keesha’s mystical experiences started when she was a young child.
Her first formal training in meditation was through Swami Rama’s Himalayan Institute in 1998. Since then she has been an avid and passionate meditator. She went on to become a yoga teacher and studied meditation and pranayama (as well as Ayurveda) with Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. Vivek Shanbhag, and Dr. Light Miller.
In 2005 she was called to Arunachala in Tamil Nadu, India, by her deceased master, Ramana Maharishi, where she went into intensive retreat and downloaded much of what she teaches and writes about today. Later, she studied under the Tantric teacher, Swami Anandakapila.
Keesha’s interest in meditation and spirituality has crossed many cultural boundaries and taken her from Australia’s Outback to the Andes and jungles of Peru, to the Himalayas of Kashmir, to traditional Lakota vision quests in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Colorado. Her path has been primarily Nondual Tantric Trika Shaivism and more recently Tibetan Buddhism—her current practices are informed by Tara, Mother of Compassion.
Is this the TM Sidhi Program?
Short answer: No. Ajayan feels immense gratitude to his first teacher, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who he considers a modern enlightened sage. (Dr. Keesha was never associated with TM or Maharishi.) Yet, Ajayan does not teach the TM Program® or TM-Sidhi® Program. Instead, what you will learn in this retreat is based directly on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. It is also based on instruction and experience intimately related to the Yoga Sutras that Ajayan and Dr. Keesha received outside of Ajayan’s association with Maharishi. In Ajayan’s experience, the unique, systematic, and accessible approach to samyama you will learn on this retreat is aligned with Patanjali’s deepest teachings, which accounts for its special effectiveness. For this reason, anyone, even if you have learned the TM-Sidhi Program, will benefit greatly from this retreat and are encouraged to attend. If you have any questions, or for more information, please email email@example.com.