Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q. Why is Vivekananda Retreat, Ridgely important?

    Swami Vivekananda, the first person to bring the message of Vedanta to the West, stayed at Ridgely on three occasions. He felt he could be himself there, relax and recover from the strain of his intense work. Now, this serene atmosphere – made so by Swami Vivekananda’s extended stays there – is available for spiritual seekers.

  • Q. Who has been living at Ridgely for the last 100 years?

    Until 1997 Ridgely was the home to three generation of the Leggett family. The buildings, particularly the Manor House, remain very much as they were in the days of Swami Vivekananda. Some of the furniture used by Swamiji remains in the houses.

  • Q. What happens at Vivekananda Retreat, Ridgely?

    The resident minister and a small volunteer staff live there and serve the retreatants, pilgrims and local seekers. In addition to classes and other events, spiritual advice and guidance are also available. Two group meditation periods are part of the daily routine along with other scheduled retreat programs. Retreatants may participate in any of Ridgely’s programs or they may wish to design their own private retreat. See our Calendar for more information on Classes and Events.

  • Q. When and how can I come to visit or stay at Ridgely?

    Please call, fax, write or e-mail us to find out availability. For day visits you must call at least a day in advance. The Retreat is open year-round, and is accessible by air, rail, bus or auto. See our visitors page for more information. For overnight stays you must apply a minimum of five days in advance.

  • Q. How long can I stay at Ridgely?

    Arrangements can be made to stay from a few days to a few months. Contact for details.

  • Q. Where can I get more information about retreats, conferences and seminars, and other activities?

    Sign up for our newsletter, friend us on facebook and add us to twitter. You can also see our Calendar for more information on Classes and Events.

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