After giving it much thought, we have decided to keep Vivekananda Retreat closed for the rest of the season. If something changes we will let you know. Even though the states in the NE, including NY, have managed to control the Covid-19 virus, there are still localized outbreaks of the virus that make re-opening too much of a risk for our staff (most of us are in the high risk category) and our visitors. We do miss your visits. We miss our monthly retreat programs. Although the staff is keeping very busy with many projects , it is not the same and, like everyone else, we are waiting and waiting for circumstances to change.
As I have mentioned before, I am following the lead of the other local religious/spiritual centers who have visitor accommodations similar to ours. They have all remained closed to visitors. When staff and visitors share the same living space, when giving tours means opening our own living space to visitors, it presents too much of a risk.
I will say that we have been able to provide some service during the pandemic. We have welcomed our neighbors and other local Stone Ridge residents to take walks on our property throughout the pandemic. There have been more people walking on our Shrine Trail than ever before. Everyone understands that they are required to follow the NY mask and social distancing requirements and that there is no entry to any of the houses. We also have been able to send whatever surplus produce we have in our organic vegetable garden to the local food bank. Since we are not cooking any large meals, we have been able to donate much more than we keep for ourselves.
We really do look forward to the day when we can resume our normal schedule. We look forward to welcoming our visitors and friends back to the retreat. When that will be is still unknown.
A note from Gitaprana: Dear Friends, Vivekananda Retreat, Ridgely will remain closed throughout the month of August, 2020. I have to admit that the question of how safe it is to open the retreat has hijacked many of my morning meditations. It has really weighed on my mind. Many people have asked us when we … Continue reading August 2020: The Retreat Remains Closed All This Month
Dear Friends, Vivekananda Retreat Ridgely will remain closed to all visitors for the entire month of July. This is still because of the Covid-19 pandemic. If all goes well in NY we are looking at a very limited re-opening with HUGE restrictions some time in the month of July. We will let you know. Until … Continue reading Ridgely is closed to all visitors
Every winter we close the retreat due to the build-up of snow and ice on our internal roads. As of today, Dec. 3, we are closed until conditions improve. Depending on the winter, that could mean for a few weeks or it could mean all the way to March/April. We won’t be allowing any … Continue reading Ridgely is now closed until winter conditions improve
Ridgely’s annual board meeting brings the benefit of being able to hold a retreat with these three sadhus. Swami Sarvadevananda is the Head Minister of the Vedanta Society of Southern Calif. Swami Tyagananda is the Head Minister of the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society in Boston. Swami Atmajnanananda is the Resident Minister of the Vedanta Center of … Continue reading Retreat w/Swamis Sarvadevananda,Tyagananda,Atmajnanananda Nov. 15-16 Guidelines for Spiritual Life
Friday, Oct. 4 Informal retreat with Swami Ishtananda 10:30-4 Swami Ishtananda , Head Minister of the Vedanta Society of St. Petersburg, FL, will be visiting Ridgely with a group of St. Petersburg friends during the first week of October. The beginning of October usually is also the beginning of the gorgeous display of Fall foliage … Continue reading Fall Events at Ridgely
FOUR YOGA RETREAT AUG. 3-4 PRAVRAJIKAS BHAVANIPRANA, GITAPRANA, SHUDDHATMAPRANA, DIVYANANDAPRANA 10:30-4:30 We are happy to welcome 2 sannyasinis from Sri Sarada Math, India to Ridgely in August. Sri Sarada Math is the women’s independent monastic organization founded by the Ramakrishna Math and Mission in 1954. The sisters in the West are not part of Sri … Continue reading Two Upcoming Retreats Aug. 3-4 and Aug. 31-Sept. 1
Swami Sarvadevananda, Head Minister of the Vedanta Society of Southern California (which also includes Ridgely), will be visiting from June 13 to 15. He will give a retreat on the Amritabindu Upanishad. Here is the schedule: June 13 7pm satsang June 14 10:30-4:30 3 sessions on the Amritabindu Upanishad (lunch included) June 15 10:30-1pm Final … Continue reading June 13-15 Retreat w/ Swami Sarvadevananda Amritabindu Upanishad
Ritual plays an important role in every religious and spiritual tradition. It is a way to link the individual seeker with Divine Reality in a particular setting, using an established ritual structure. In India, the ritual usually is called ‘puja’ and has been practiced in various forms for millennia. Over this vast amount of time … Continue reading May 4: Retreat on the Meaning of Puja/Traditional Ritual with Pravrajika Gitaprana. 10:30-4:30
As of Monday, March 25, the retreat will is open to day visitors. On April 1 we will resume taking overnight guests. If you are coming as a day visitor you must call us first to make sure we have someone available to give you a tour. This is a residence and a retreat center, … Continue reading WINTER IS OVER: THE RETREAT IS OPEN