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Mindfulness, Compassion, and Difficult Emotions

  • Yogaville - Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville - Satchidananda Ashram
  • 108 Yogaville Way, Buckingham, VA 23921, United States
  • Apr 26 - 28, 2019 (3 days)
  • Shared Dorm - Bottom Bunk - $420.00 Shared Dorm - Top Bunk - $420.00 Dormitory - Private - $510.00 LGH - Single (Full Bed) - $560.00 LGH - Double (2 twin beds) - $560.00 LGH - Family room (Queen Bed) - $560.00 Tent-Site - $360.00 (All prices includ

About This Event

We all want love and happiness to illuminate our lives, but, without recognizing it, we often stand in our own way. This program focuses on working kindly with our difficult emotions by cultivating the practices of mindfulness—becoming more aware of our reactions—and compassion, especially self-compassion. These time-honored practices, which are now confirmed by science to be effective, are being adopted worldwide and integrated into spiritual and religious programs, healthcare facilities, schools at all levels, and even the military.

In this experience-based, interactive workshop, you will:

Learn time-tested mindfulness and compassion practices as a means of coping with difficult emotions

Establish a personal mindfulness program

Learn to develop a wholesome, kinder relationship with your critical inner voice

Explore why it is essential to hold difficult emotions with compassion

Be able to take these powerful practices home so that they can support you long-term in your daily life

Mindfulness practice can powerfully complement therapy work. If you are in therapy, it is advisable to consult with your therapist before enrolling. An ability to stay with your difficult emotions as they arise is a prerequisite for enrollment.

This program is appropriate for newcomers as well as seasoned mindfulness practitioners. Individual conferences with Susan will be available. Silence will be encouraged outside workshop sessions.



Everyone should take this course. It gives you a new way to create some space for yourself and others. Everyone can benefit from mindfulness, compassion, and working with your difficult emotions. — Jessy Farrell

There are no words to describe the beautiful effect this teacher and program has had on my life. Dr. Stone is profoundly experienced in reaching the heart and offering practical ways to be kind and loving. — Min Karuna Dahn

Dr. Stone did an amazing job unlocking emotions I’ve been holding in for years. I feel like a burden has been lifted. — Robin Leenders

This was my first time for such an experience, and it was excellent. Dr. Stone is very authentic. Her teachings come out naturally from her intellect, knowledge, and spiritual understanding. — Raj Patil, Past Participant

Truth is One, Paths are Many. ~Sri Swami Satchidananda, Yogaville Founder

Venue Highlights

Yogaville is home to the Light of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS). The LOTUS is a unique temple dedicated to interfaith understanding and the Light within all faiths. Individual altars represent and honor the different world faiths and spiritual paths. The vision, design and inspiration of Sri Swami Satchidananda, LOTUS was dedicated in 1986. It demonstrates, “Truth is One, Paths are Many.” In the peaceful countryside of Virginia, the doors of LOTUS are open to welcome people of all backgrounds and beliefs.


The all-inclusive prices of our accommodations provides you with three delicious buffet-style vegetarian meals daily, meditation, and Hatha Yoga classes in addition to other activities.

The most popular accommodations we have are Dormitory Accommodations – shared room and shared bath. We have two dormitories, Vivekananda Vihar and Ramalinga Nilayam, which are centrally heated and air-conditioned and convenient to meals and programs.

Lotus Guest House (Private Room)
Each room in our six unit guest house is equipped with a small refrigerator, queen size bed and full bath. Each room in our nine unit guest house is equipped with a queen sized bed and full bath, and no refrigerator.

Set off in a quiet, wooded area adjacent to the Lotus Guest Houses are twelve campsites. Campers have use of the bathroom, shower, and laundry facilities nearby Vivekananda Vihar dormitory. Camping is available from March 15th to December 1st.


  • A/C in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Yoga Studio
  • House Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


Organic, vegetarian/vegan food
Labeled ingredients
Gluten-free and vegan options
Salad bar
Large herbal tea selection
Coffee is available for purchase at Mandala Cafe


Yogaville offers transportation from the airport, train and bus stations in Charlottesville, VA. If you are driving Google Maps has reliable turn-by-turn directions.

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We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

To find peace and renewal while going through a huge change in my life. Empty nest and the end of a 27 year marriage all at once. Susan

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