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Wisteria Acres, Fort Langley, Vancouver, July 2020

Meditation Retreat Program


Integrating Self-Awareness and Meditation in Daily Life


Meditation Retreat VancouverABOUT SHIKHAA
Shikhaa is a guiding light to all who wish for freedom from the mind’s limited view. For thirty-five years, Shikhaa has lived in India, immersed in a yogic lifestyle of meditation and Satang (Self knowledge).

Having imbibed teachings from the Vedic tradition of non-dualism (Advaita Vedanta) she is a modern spiritual teacher who shares this ancient knowledge in a relevant and accessible format.

Shikhaa is a living example of what she teaches. Join her to meditate and integrate healthy thinking in order to live a conscious and loving life. “Meditation is natural and allows the revelation of your true and ever-free Self to unfold. There are no steps, no stages, no attaining, no striving, no labels, no dogmas.” — Shikhaa

During July, Shikhaa will be at Wisteria Acres, offering meditation – a rare opportunity to directly experience inner silence and the inherent wisdom that is our true Self.

Friday 3rd, 10th & 17th @ 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday 11th & Sunday 26th: A full day immersion program @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Due to Covid safety regulations, there is a limit of 15 participants per session. Register early to save your place.

COST: (per person)
Evening session = $45 +gst
Full day immersion = $135 +gst

PROGRAM: (full program details see below)
Pranayam (Conscious Breathing Practice)
Satsang (Self Enquiry based on the non-dual wisdom tradition – Advaita Vedanta)
Kirtan (Singing simple Sanskrit mantra)

Shikhaa’s guided meditation leads the mind directly to the ever-present awareness, free from identification with the troubles of the thinking mind. After meditating with Shikhaa, one is able to effortlessly and joyfully integrate meditation in their daily lives and witness the upliftment of their well-being.

PRANAYAM (Conscious Breathing Practice)
When you live in a fast-paced and pressured environment, you need to make time to consciously rest and relax. Shikhaa has customized four simple breathing exercises, derived from traditional breathing practices, to help balance, ground and relax an overloaded and misaligned nervous system.

Her simple and innovative breathing program can be completed in a few minutes – perfect for adapting to a busy lifestyle – or extended for longer periods to deepen your meditation practice. “Pranayam is one of the great gifts from the ancient yogis who realised peace, love, truth and harmony in their lives, and who, through mastering the pran (subtle energy) could live a blessed state of Being.” –Shikhaa

SATSANG (Self Enquiry)
Satsang ignites the enquiry into life’s deeper purpose, based on non-dual teachings (Advaita Vedanta) by way of discussion, contemplation, meditation and techniques how to apply wisdom in action.

Shikhaa teaches in the spirit of spontaneity. Using every-day examples, her satsang cultivates freedom from the mind's limited perspective and opens our potential to live an integrated and fulfilled life. “Satsang and meditation are like two wings of a bird; in unison they turn the attention of the mind to rediscover our true nature - ever-present, ever-lit, ever-free.” –Shikhaa

KIRTAN (Singing simple Sanskrit mantra)
Kirtan is not about performing, rather it heals the past impressions that have been built in the mind due to the pressures to perform, to succeed, or to impress others.

Kirtan simply uplifts the spirit. Through the powerful resonance of the Sanskrit sounds, one’s body and mind can be transformed. At the end of the day, the program is completed with a celebration of our purpose – to live in freedom, love and joy.

DATE: July 3rd, 10th & 17th
TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm 
PROGRAM: To enquire, what do we truly seek? What is Advaita Vedanta (non-dual wisdom) and how does it illumine the way to live in the awareness of freedom and love.  
TECHNIQUES & PRACTICES: Conscious breathing and mantra repetition to concentrate the mind’s attention.
KIRTAN: Singing simple Sanskrit mantras as a means to integrate the knowledge of joy and freedom into our direct experience.

Day Retreat Program 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 11th July & Sunday 26th July
9:30: Arrive at Wisteria Acres retreat centre. (8648 Armstrong Rd, Langley, BC, V1M 2R3)
9:45: Meet and Greet
10:00: Pranayam & meditation
10:45: Morning tea
11:15: Satsang. Exploration in our life’s purpose, followed by a guided meditation.
12:30: Lunch time, followed by free time to sit or walk in the beautiful Wisteria Acres’ garden.
14:15: Q & A
15:30: Afternoon tea
16:00: Kirtan: Singing mantra and meditation
17:00 End of Day

There are no levels in meditation; the Wisdom of Meditation program is suitable for all.
For any inquiries, write to Uma.

© Vedic Awareness 2020