First of all, we are happy to show people this wonderful place where Swami Vivekananda stayed. If you would like to visit Ridgely, you must schedule a tour at least a day in advance. Right now we have so many day visitors we are asking groups to come at the same time so we can give one tour instead of many. Ridgely is not a museum; it is a private residence and retreat center. We live here and there are usually people on retreat, enjoying the peace and quiet of our shrine room and retreat houses. The same people who give tours are also the people who do most of the interior and exterior work at Ridgely. We are very happy to arrange our schedules to accommodate tours if you call in advance. We always ask people to call us if it is necessary to cancel or if you will be late. Please do this.
When Ridgely is holding an organized retreat or some other program like a meditation day, we do not give tours. You are welcome to attend the program and, if we have time, we usually show people around in a limited way.It all depends on the retreat schedule.
Once in a long while we will tell you that it will not be possible for you to visit on a particular day. It could be that we are all scheduled to attend an event off-site. Or, we know that the weather is going to be dangerous-tornado warnings, snow and ice etc. We do not want to have extra people here when we know there are going to be dangerous conditions. If we ask you not to come, please don’t come anyway! We have had visitors ignore this and drive for 2 hours only to find the place closed and locked.
And, last but not least, please be aware that we live in an area where there are many ticks that carry Lyme Disease. If you are planning to walk on our property, especially the shrine trail, you need to come dressed appropriately-long pants, socks and enclosed shoes. You need to check yourself and your children for ticks when you return home.
please join us for this one-day retreat with Pravrajika Sevaprana, a senior nun of the Vedanta Society of Southern California. Here is her description of the retreat: Why do we Suffer? Can suffering actually broaden our hearts and lead us to compassionate action whichin turn can free us from our isolation? We see so much suffering … Continue reading Pravrajika Sevaprana Retreat Sunday, June 25 10:30-4:00
Many of our local friends have not met Swami Sarvapriyananda, the new Head Minister of the Vedanta Society of New York,recently transferred from the Vedanta Society of Southern California where he served as Asst. Minister.He is a monk of the Ramakrishna Order who has held many posts in India, including serving as teacher at the … Continue reading Retreat w/Swami Sarvapriyananda: May 13 10:30-4 THIS RETREAT IS NOW CLOSED TO FURTHER ENROLLMENT
Ridgely will be open with a retreat given by Swami Sarvadevananda on Life After Death. WITH A HUGE CAVEAT: IF THE WEATHER IS SNOWY OR ICY, WE WILL CANCEL SO CHECK THE WEATHER AND CHECK WITH US IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND. Here is the schedule: March 28 7:30pm Session 1 March 29 … Continue reading Swami Sarvadevananda Retreat “Life After Death” March 28 and 29.
A winter blizzard dumped more than 2 feet of snow here yesterday, March 14. More snow is forecast for later on this week. There is no chance of the snow melting. Instead it will slowly turn to ice on our roads and make conditions very unsafe for visitors. We will post again when the snow … Continue reading Ridgely is closed again due to big snow
Weather has kept us from opening the retreat. We hope to open on March 11. Please see our calendar section and blog for schedule information. Please remember: YOU MUST CALL US TO SCHEDULE A VISIT. Ridgely is our residence as well as a retreat. It is not a museum where one can walk freely through … Continue reading Vivekananda Retreat Will Open Saturday March 11
Dear Friends, Every year the winter weather creates conditions that make it necessary for us to close the retreat to all visitors. Right now we already have snow and ice building up on our roads. Another snow followed by ice is expected this weekend. WE ARE CLOSED TO ALL VISITORS. Please do not try to … Continue reading Ridgely will be closed starting December 16
Join us for a 2-day retreat on finding inner peace, a topic we chose specifically because of election day! Here is the schedule: Nov. 8 10:30 -4:00 10:30-12:30 Swami Sarvadevananda-talks on finding inner peace, session 1 12:30 Lunch 2-4 Session 2 Nov. 9 10:30-4:00 10:30 Swami Atmajnanananda-talks on finding inner peace 12 noon- mini … Continue reading Nov. 8-9 Retreat w/ Swami Sarvadevananda and Swami Atmajnanananda on Inner Peace
This is our big, elaborate, all-night traditional worship of the Mother in Her form as Dakshina Kali. And the good news is, this time it’s on a Saturday night! So please come one and all! As always, we will provide places to rest after the puja, waiving the usual overnight fee. We hope to see … Continue reading Kali Puja on Saturday, Oct. 29 10pm
Oct. 8 11am Durga Puja Oct. 15-16 Retreat with Swami Atmavidyananda Oct. 29 10pm Kali Puja Nov. 8-9 Retreat with Swami Sarvadevananda and Swami Atmajnanananda We will post complete info in our blog section