Autumn 2020 dates have been postponed due to Covid-19. New dates in spring/summer 2021 are being arranged.
~ Creating a Space for the inner journey
SAMARPAN MEDITATION FUNDRAISING RETREATS 2021
Join us for these historic meditation retreats with His Holiness Shivkrupanand Swamiji in the peaceful country setting of Academy St Albans, Hertfordshire.
This is a unique opportunity to spend time in the company of the enlightened spiritual teacher and founder of Samarpan Meditation, to experience meditation with him, and gain the wisdom and vibrations of his teaching on many practical and spiritual matters in life
About the retreats
Experience over 3 days the simple but powerful meditation for daily life with His Holiness Shivkrupanand Swamiji. During the weekend, there will be focused teaching sessions, along with question and answer sessions with him. The retreat programme will include a number of other activities to enjoy and that will help and support your meditation.
You will also get the benefit of meditating with a group of positive like-minded people, which increases our capacity to receive and absorb the high vibrations experienced with the meditation ~ connecting us more strongly with our own source of inner energy and wisdom.
Samarpan Meditation initiates a process of cleansing and spiritual awakening, connecting us with the soul ~ our own inner guru and guide. Once this connection is made in collectivity, we can more easily continue to develop the experience through our own regular meditation, and supported by the free weekly group meditations that are held in locations in the UK and the Samarpan daily online meditation platform.
When we meditate regularly, our aura ~ our own field of vibration, or 'subtle body' ~ becomes pure and strong, and keeps us safe when we are faced with difficult situations or bad places ~ it becomes our protective shield.
A unique legacy for the future
As well as being a wonderful personal experience in meditation, these retreats also support our fundraising campaign for the construction of a Guru Shakti Dham ~ a special kind of Meditation Hall ~ in the UK. It is part of Swamiji's extraordinary endeavour to establish a network of high positive vibrations of consciousness across the world.
The creation of sacred energy points around the globe, not only supports our own progress in life but will give many generations of spiritual seekers a place to experience the transformative power of a meditation that brings genuine satisfaction and lasting inner peace
Learn more about this development project and the sacred energy points.
An enchanting Victorian retreat centre
The venue for all four retreats is Academy St Albans, an elegant listed Victorian building, formerly a convent that has been sensitively adapted to modern needs whilst retaining its original charm. It is set in beautiful and extensive grounds in the village of London Colney in Hertfordshire. This natural and secluded setting is only four miles from the centre of St Albans and 20 miles from Central London; with easy access to the motorway network (M25, M4, M40, M1) and Heathrow and Luton Airports. The venue has ample parking for travellers by car.
With a beautiful central quad garden and chapel, Academy St Albans has a natural charm. The bedrooms in St Raphael’s Residence are mainly simple shared rooms and shared bathrooms; and full board includes wholesome vegetarian meals. This all supports the emphasis of these retreats ~ to turn our attention within and discover inner stillness through meditation.
If in the presence of a live Satguru you wish to have the flow of Universal Consciousness within you, which is flowing inside of him, then with your strong desire and by his pure wish it is possible.
By sitting near to him our questions and thoughts come to rest. We forget our mundane problems in his presence; we feel waves moving inside and around us. Then we can be sure…this is the feeling of pure Consciousness, and we can let ourselves bathe in it.
The retreats will begin on Friday evening, with arrival Friday afternoon, and will end on Sunday after lunch. They will include teaching and meditation sessions with Swamiji and other activities that support our progress in meditation (to be arranged).
The cost includes:
two nights shared accommodation in simple rooms, with shared bathrooms and toilets close to the rooms (there are a number of accessible rooms available);
all meals, which will be vegetarian (dietary requirements will be catered for); and
all sessions and organised activities during the retreat.
Retreat 1: Friday 2 - Sunday 4 October 2020
Note: small number of spaces still available
Retreat 2: Friday 9 - Sunday 11 October 2020
Retreat 3: Friday 16 - Sunday 18 October 2020
Retreat 4: Friday 30 October - Sunday 1 November 2020
The dates below have been postponed due to Covid-19. New dates are being arranged spring/summer 2021
We recommend those travelling internationally attend the 4th retreat so that attendees travelling a long distance can have Darshan at the UK Ashram just before the retreat.
The UK Ashram will be closed on Swamiji’s arrival and most of the month of October 2020 and will open for Darshan on the 25 October 2020. Darshan will be available by registration only nearer the time.
Cost of attending a retreat
Price for attending your first retreat
Adult - £275 GBP (GB Pound Sterling)
Children age 4-14 - £150 GBP
Children 3 and under go free (parents to bring travel cot)
Price for attending additional retreats
Adult - £195 GBP (GB Pound Sterling)
Children age 4-14 - £105 GBP
Children 3 and under go free (parents to bring travel cot)
Once you have registered and made payment your booking is secure.
There are two options for payment:
Payment option 1 - Payment of the total amount on booking
Payment option 2 - Payment of deposit on booking of £125 for adults, £70 for children for each retreat booked, with the balance due within 30 days.
*Please note our cancellation terms below.
We also welcome donations towards the construction, which can be added to your payments. If you’d like to give a donation as well, please let us know by email so we can allocate your payments correctly ().
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Account Name: Shree Shivkrupanand Swami Trust UK
Account No: 21834960
Sort Code: 30 84 23
SWIFT/BIC: LOYD GB21748
IBAN: GB21 LOYD30842321834960
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Post by cheque
Alternatively, you can pay by cheque and post to:
Samarpan Meditation UK Retreat 2020
Surendra Pisavadia, Trustee
16 Grosvenor Avenue
Academy, St Albans
All Saints Pastoral Centre
Tel: 01727 827547
The venue has ample car parking for travellers by car.
By car – If travelling on the M25 from Watford, exit Junction 22 and take the 5th exit on the roundabout on to A1081 flyover. At the roundabout over the M25 flyover, take the 2nd exit on to Bell Lane/B556 towards Shenley. If travelling on the M25 from Potters Bar, exit at junction 22 and take the 2nd exit on to Bell Lane/B556 towards Shenley. Carry on over roundabout along Bell Lane/B556. At the next roundabout, take the 3rd exit signposted to St Albans on to Shenley Lane/B5378. Academy St Albans is on the left approximately 500 yards from roundabout.
By rail – Nearest railway stations are Radlett (2.9 miles), St Albans city (3.9 miles), Borehamwood (4.9 miles) and Potters Bar (5.8 miles).
*Cancellation of booking terms:
As these retreats are specifically for fundraising and the funds will be used for construction work ahead of the retreats taking place, and also due to the retreat size and number, managing any changes and cancellations will be challenging for the organising team, who give their time voluntarily to make these retreats special. We therefore ask for consideration and early notice of any changes once we have allocated the spaces at the retreats.
If you are unable to attend the retreat, please advise us as soon as possible so that we can re-allocate your space. We will do our best to accommodate you on another retreat if you need to change, but we cannot guarantee to be able to once spaces have been allocated. We will be unable to make any changes to bookings or take new bookings after 21 September 2020.
A full refund will be given on written request of a cancellation up to 28 August 2020, after which the refund reduces to 50% of the cost until 11 September 2020. From 11 September 0% refund will be given for any retreat.
If you wish, you may choose to convert some or all of your retreat refund to a donation, by advising us in writing also.