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MAY 10-12, 2019

In order to calm the restless mind, silence is necessary to wean the mind into a state of peace and serenity. Keeping silence requires establishing an environment of solitude in which practicing silence is supported and nurtured. Chanting calms the restless mind and prepares it for enjoying and taking refuge in silence. So, these three are interdependent where making the restless mind quiet is concerned. And, if you don’t address your restless mind, you can never know God.

But what is silence? What is true solitude and how does the power of sound, combined with Mantra carry us to the direct experience of Solitude and Silence?

Price range is $385-$495 dependent on whether or not you take accommodations with us.


Vegan meals included at no cost. ($50 value)Free participation in monthly teleconference satsangs each and every month, post retreat (priceless)Two of Sadguru Kedarji’s books – Vibration of Divine Consciousness and The Ecology of Wellness – eBook downloads, free ($25 value)3 of Sadguru Kedarji’s talks on video, as MP4 downloads (2 talks on Humility, Reverence and Longing/Bhakti + 1 New years Message talk, $89 value)


Receiving Sadguru Kedarji’s Shaktipat Blessing has changed my life in a profound way. I now know from personal experience what has lasting importance. I know God exists, God’s location, and have a sense of God’s identity. This is not blind faith or repeating what other people have written. It is an ongoing scientific experiment in the laboratory of my life. My life has changed for the better. The retreat center is a calm, serene and very nurturing environment with all amenities and a wonderful park nearby!

Event Highlights

  • Shaktipat Meditation & Blessing Retreat
  • In this 2.5-day weekend Shaktipat Meditation retreat Sadguru Kedarji’s Shaktipat Blessing will be given. This entire retreat will then be devoted to the practice of creating an environment of solitude, keeping silence and the use of the chanting of powerful, live Mantras for carrying us to the experience of silence and solitude. There will be long periods of silence and meditation during this retreat.
  • In the second, full day of this weekend meditation retreat, you will also get a glimpse of what is in store for you in The Exceptional Learning Series of courses.

Venue Highlights

Nileshwar (it means the abode of the Supreme Being) is our wonderful meditation retreat center located in the greater Youngstown area of Ohio. Nileshwar includes a large, bright and beautiful meditation hall with separate kitchen and dining area. Accommodations are provided for courses, weekend Shaktipat Blessing retreats and retreats of up to a week in length. Accommodations are also provided for short stays for people from out-of-town wanting to attend programs and mini courses, and to perform Guruseva. Additional accommodations are provided in nearby hotels. **The meditation hall is handicapped accessible.

The Nityananda Shaktipat Yoga curriculum is taught here. Nileshwar also serves as a spiritual retreat center for those wanting to spend time in Sadguru Kedarji’s company, basking in the solitude and serenity that comes with immersing oneself in meditation, chanting, selfless service, contemplative study and more. Sadguru Kedarji’s Shaktipat Blessing is offered here. Programs in health and wellness are also offered.

**Nileshwar retreat center is only a 60-minute drive from Pittsburgh, PA, 60 minutes or less from Venango and Mercer county, PA and 75 minutes from the greater Cleveland, OH area.

Nearby airports are Pittsburgh International airport, Youngstown/Warren regional airport and Cleveland Hopkins International airport – all within 60-90 minutes or less from our meditation retreat center.

The renowned Mill Creek Park is located just minutes away. The Mill Creek Nature Preserve is also nearby. Mill Creek Park is a metropolitan park located in Youngstown, Ohio. It is ranked as one of the largest parks located within the limits of a US city. With beautiful walking trails and open fields, it encompasses approximately 4400 acres with a variety of bridges, ponds, streams, well-tended gardens, and waterfalls.

This environment makes our Nileshwar retreat center a great place for solitude, meditation and the beauty of nature – in an area where all the necessary amenities are easily accessible.


  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free


Vegan meals are served during all retreats and courses. See our website for further details.


Accommodations are available at Nileshwar in Shakti Mandir. Accommodations are offered on a first come, first served basis. All retreat packages include options for enrolling with or without accommodations and meals included.

All rooms for overnight stays are shared accommodations of 2-3 people to a room, male/male and female/female. Bathrooms are shared. If you want a room by yourself, at times when accommodations are not completely booked, we may be able to assign such a room. There is an additional fee for singles (see below). Contact us well in advance of your stay to check on this option before purchasing on this page.

For married couples and families who wish to stay in the same room, contact us in advance about room availability.

In addition to accommodations for courses, weekend retreats and weeklong retreats, accommodations are available for short stays of one night or more, up to 2 weeks.


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We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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