Event Highlights

  • Learn about Kedarji's Ecology of Wellness
  • Experience practical application of Kedarji's 4 Pillars of Total Well-Being to address your health conditions
  • Learn the tools you need to take charge of your health and wellness
  • Enjoy one-on-one, private coaching with Certified Soma Essential Healing Practitioners
  • Access to ongoing support after the Challenge has ended
  • And so much more!


Schedule provided with application.

About This Event


Reverse Diabesity, Reverse Metabolic Syndrome, Feel Great All The Time!

Experience the Ecology of Wellness!

Learn The Habits of The Healthiest, Happiest and Most Spiritually Powerful People On The Planet!

Are you are suffering from any of the following health conditions?:

Lack of Energy or Chronic FatigueDeteriorating Wellness, Poor Mental StateLack of Happiness and ContentHigh Blood Sugar, Type 1.5, Type 2 or Type 3 DiabetesHigh Blood Pressure, High CholesterolAuto Immune SymptomsProblems With Weight LossPoor Metabolism/Metabolic SyndromeSeasonal Allergies/Food Allergies

Our 90-day Diabesity Challenge is a fun-filled, educational and transformative experience that gets results!

6 Group Sessions. Weekly Private Coaching. 2 Ways To Attend, In-Person or Via Live Webinars From Anywhere In The World. 

On top of the weekly, private sessions stated on this page, Check out these additional benefits  – yours Free. You also get:

Video Recordings of All 6 Group Sessions As MP4 Downloads – Yours To Keep, Free. ($600 Value)!1 Post Challenge Private Consultation With Our Founder, Kedarji, Free. ($350 Value)Kedarji’s New Release, The Ecology of Wellness, in eBook Format, Free! ($12.95 Value)First Year’s Membership In Our Facebook, private support community (a $79.95 value, absolutely Free).Copies of Research Studies.Course Handouts.Recommended Reading Lists.You will also get wonderful food recipes and be coached in how to create your own highly nutritious, daily meal plans.

You will learn:

Kedarji's Ecology of WellnessPractical application of Kedarji's 4 Pillars of Total Well-Being (Spiritual Power, Improved Mental State, Emotional Resilience, Vibrant Health of the Physical Body) to address your health conditions and establish long-term wellness.

You'll be taught:

How to increase your Spiritual Power.How to attain an Improved Mental State and Emotional Resilience.How to lose and manage your weight (drop 10-30 pounds in 90 days).How to eat for energy and holistic nutrition for healthy cells.How to reverse and even cure obesity, diabetes, advanced metabolic syndrome, poor metabolism, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, autoimmune symptoms, chronic fatigue, and more.

Plus, you'll get weekly, private coaching sessions with a Soma Essential Healing Certified (contact info blocked) so much more!

If you're suffering from any of the above health conditions, or you just want to improve your overall wellness in all 4 Pillars of Total Well-Being... then this program is for YOU!

**Applications are due by April 10th.  Early enrollment deadline (for a 43% discount) is April 15th.

“With respect to wellness and health, what you don’t know will definitely hurt you. The reason people everywhere are experiencing deteriorating wellness, the reason they get sick and stay sick, is because they just don’t know what their options are with respect to alternatives to the standard medical/wellness approach. And there are so many wellness and medical myths that feed into this ignorance. Once you become aware of the many viable, alternative options to the standard approach to wellness, this will be a game changer for you, for life. It is for these reasons that Soma Essential Healing has been established.” ~ Kedarji, Founder of Soma Essential Healing

Venue Highlights

Holistic Wellness Center
Welcome To Soma Essential Healing!
Holistic Wellness Retreats

Our holistic wellness retreats are offered at our international wellness center in Youngstown, Ohio. People travel here form all over the world to get well and stay well. In this way, they are able to get off the medical treadmill permanently.

We offer proved holistic wellness alternatives that provide alternative medicine approaches. People come here to experience the lifestyle medicine offered in our holistic wellness retreats for complete wellness. Attendees also benefit from counseling that includes proved methods for vibrant health. Our holistic wellness retreats are the core of our programming. These retreats are offered on weekends. Longer retreats and holistic wellness alternatives such as our annual Diabesity Challenge are also offered here.

Holistic Wellness Retreats
Our holistic wellness retreat center is also the regional hub for all of our programs, counseling and healing sessions. We are located in the greater Youngstown area of Boardman, Ohio. Our holistic wellness retreats take place in a large, bright and beautiful hall. There is a separate kitchen and dining area. Accommodations are provided for courses, retreats and other programs offered throughout the year. Additional accommodations are provided in nearby hotels. **The hall is handicapped accessible.

Easily Accessible
**Soma Essential Healing’s holistic wellness center is only a 60-minute drive from Pittsburgh, PA. 60 minutes or less from Venango and Mercer county, PA. 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 holistic retreat center.

Attendees love to frequent the renowned Mill Creek Park, 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 4,400 acres with a variety of bridges, ponds, streams, well-tended gardens, and waterfalls.

This environment makes our Holistic Wellness Retreats a great place for solitude, learning and experiencing the beauty of nature – in an area where all the necessary amenities are easily accessible.


Accommodations are available at our wellness retreat center. Additional accommodations are provided in nearby hotels when we are full. Accommodations are offered on a first come, first served basis. All retreat packages include options for enrolling with accommodations and meals included.

All rooms for overnight stays are shared accommodations of 2-3 people to a room, male/male and female/female. 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.


Freshly cooked Vegan meals, organic and Non-GMO.


We are easily accessible by air, bus, train and car. See our website for more info or contact us from the website.

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  • Ben Anthony   December 12, 2018

      Eyes openened to a new path

    I've attended one Shaktipat intensive with Sadguru Kedarji. This time was one that expanded in meaning beyond the physical standard of time. Two days showed me much about the world, people, myself, and everything I see or feel or think. I found knowing in the presence of a Sadguru Kedarji. I feel that experiencing Shaktipat has opened my eyes and offered a solid base for following the spiritual path. Having had the opportunity to be in the Guru's presence is a was a great opportunity for me. It will always be appreciated.

  • Gwen Edenfield   November 29, 2018


    A true spiritual leader; Sadguru Kedarji has transformed my life through the Grace of his Shaktipat Blessing. Prior to crossing paths with Kedarji, I spent over twenty years searching and seeking for answers to questions like; what is my purpose and why am I here? The search always returned the same empty results and posed more questions. The answer was elusive until 2016 when I crossed paths with Sadguru Kedarji. In May of 2016, I had my first Shaktipat Blessing. This experience was “my answer”; for the first time I was joyful, blissful and at peace. There is not words proficient to succinctly describe my inner experience. What I understood was that I wanted more and set my intention to follow this blissful, joyful path. From that point forward, I am inspired within to maintain this state of Grace through humility, reverence and Gratitude.

  • Synthia Fagen   November 28, 2018

      Got Me Disciplined!

    My friends and I were looking for a Shaktipat guru. They're hard to find! I did a lot of searching over many months and though I found a few potential Shaktipat gurus, one even super helpful, I just wasn't connecting with what I was finding. One day I was listening to a Buddha at the Gas Pump interview of someone I trust and admire. In this interview, he was talking about Shaktipat and about how few authentic Shaktipat gurus there are in the world. He then recommended Sadguru Kedarji but gave no more information. I then searched and found his website, did my own research and asked my friends if they'd do the same. We all decided to travel to his center in Ohio for an upcoming 2 1/2 day Shaktipat weekend retreat. We're glad we did! It's in Ohio, so not in Costa Rica or some other exotic location that might be more beautiful nature-wise but frankly, I appreciate that we were able to hop in the car from Chicago for a quick, purpose-filled road trip that accomplished so much, in so little time, without breaking the bank. The package deal of food and accommodations is a great way to go. Again, not a resort but more like a homey B&B. Nothing super fancy but very comfortable (but not so comfortable you don't want to get out of bed for the early morning meditation! :) ) It's a good combination of comfort and austerity because you're there to get your sadhana on not to be engrossed in or preoccupied with the pleasures of the body! The schedule is so packed that worrying about food would not have been a good option for us so I am glad we just did the full thing. What to Expect: You'll meet a guru who is in a long lineage of Shaktipat adepts and who served a lineage for many, many years. Tradition and lineage matter here. The non-dual teachings of Kashmir Shaivism are strongly featured. You'll meet wonderful, kind, compassionate people. You'll receive food conscientiously made with love and care but maybe not what you're used to if you're not a vegan. Lots of beans, tofu, veggies. Had we known, we would have brought our own cream for coffee (which is totally allowed) because it wasn't served. You'll be a participant and not a spectator. In other words, you will be served and be in service to others too...help with dishes, etc. It's all good and the perfect balance for the spirit. Meditation and of course, receiving Shaktipat. Kirtan! Chanting! Shakti. At meal times, if you ask, you'll hear lots of inspiring accounts of other people's experiences with Sadguru Kedarji over the years. I found this helpful but not overwhelming. The continuous admonishment by all is to test things for yourself. No one asked us for a thing or was in any way pushy. Everyone was "normal". No glassy-eyed or cowed cult members. That said, there is great love for Kedarji and this is a Bhakta School. Reverence and humility are not the same as blind adherence (which is not expected or at all encouraged) but reverence to Divine intelligence and humility are exactly what the ego needs to dissolve. Feel any resistance there? Yeah? Lean into that... there's gold in them there hills. I'm not going to detail my actual spiritual experiences that occurred while I was there because should you choose to come, you'll have your own experiences and you don't need mine in your head. I had them, they were beautiful, personal and significant. What I would tell you is that for all 3 of us (myself and my friends), our practice became much more disciplined. It's been 3 1/2 months (at the time of this writing) since I've been back from the retreat and I've logged 128 hours of seated meditation (as well as other daily sadhana) have missed only 2 days of seated meditation (and even those I was still in a meditative state anyway). My results have been astounding. It gave us greater purpose and a boost in our resolve to become Self/God-realized and for me, more clarity in terms of what that really requires (I can't speak for my friends' inner realizations). The 2 1/2 day retreat is wonderful but it's what you do with it afterward that counts. No one is going to doggedly follow up with you after you leave. That's all on you. You can sign up for more information or participation or not. This is your journey. You'll know.

  • Sarah E. Porter   November 27, 2018

      It's about Spiritual Power

    My experience of receiving Shaktipat is literally mind blowing in so many good ways and having had the great good fortune of receiving Shaktipat from two other amazing masters in the same Shaivism lineage prior to meeting Kedarji, I can honestly say Kedarji is truly an authentic Shaktipat giver. I had gotten to the point in my spiritual practice (which had been a ‘pick and choose’ one) where I realized I truly wanted to exist as the Self and not just as my ego. I want to experience the higher Self on a permanent basis. In addition I wanted a spiritual leader that I could meet in person, one who could be accessible and who could help me ‘wrestle down my clever ego’. It took about six years before I would cross paths with Kedarji. When I first met him on his tour to Maui, I knew instantly that I wanted him as my spiritual leader, my Sadguru. Over the next several years he tested me to see if I was serious and committed and he said I should test him to see if I found him to be a true Guru. I found that he was a true Guru. His integrity around money and keeping his word, his utter devotion to his own Guru, his humility and honesty about his own spiritual path were key elements for me. Now eight years later, I am calmer, more joyful and able to master my restless mind quickly. I experience a welling up of love as a state of being more and more. My tendency to be cynical has dissolved into compassion. Kedarji has the uncanny ability to give me a direct experience of that which I need to learn and the patience while I realize the learning. I feel so very blessed.

  • Rekhini Smith   November 19, 2018

      Lost and Found

    My exsistance leading up to crossing paths with Sadguru Kedarji, I guess you could say, was not for the faint of heart. If I could pick a song that depicted my existence (then), it would be Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day. I was lost and always alone. Though, in the depths of darkness, there was this small glimmer if hope. A small flame that kept me going, when all else failed. In early 2016 I crossed paths with Sadguru Kedarji. I received Sadguru Kedarji's Blessing of Grace by attending my first weekend Shaktipat Meditation Retreat. While experiencing Shaktipat, spontaneously I became full of unending Joy and Love. It was so intense that I was brought to tears. I was finally...FINALLY found! I was no longer faint, but experiencing an inner strength that came straight from the heart. Sadguru Kedarji radiates Grace through compassionate and firm Leadership, as only a Spiritually Perfected Master can. The little glimmer, that small flame of hope, has turned into a fire of faith. When I am weak or in dispare, Kedarji shows me through Direct Experience, that I am strong and courageous. When I stumble and fall, Sadguru Kedarji is there offering me Grace to get back up. To keep going. It is Sadguru Kedarji's Grace that has me singing a different tune....Amazing Grace. Oh what Grace indeed! I once, was lost but now I'm found.

  • Ben Tucker   November 19, 2018

      Sadguru Kedarji

    From my following Sadguru Kedarji I now understand what Yoga really is, the transformation of human consciousness into divine consciousness. Previous to finding Sadguru Kedarji, I had looked at other paths and religions, but I had never experienced results. It is one thing to read about what historical figures experienced or to hear about lofty goals or ambitions from teachers on youtube. But, I am certain that what Sadguru Kedarji offers is special. It works. This path that is offered by Sadguru Kedarji was taught to him by his teacher, who was taught directly by his teacher, and so on - this path is a path of science. This is a science that is not separate from God's grace. The most important thing I have learned is to apply the scientific method in this path, testing the statements of the saints and learning the truth through personally experiencing what the saints spoke and wrote about. Sadguru Kedarji really does offer that "secret path" that is claimed in so many places but never seems to materialize. In my personal observation, Sadguru Kedarji makes available an authentic yoga from a lineage of saints who have learned and taught this yoga to others.

  • Ben Tucker   November 19, 2018

      Soma ESSENTIAL Healing

    I am thrilled to review this business and this center! I participated in the 90 day Soma Essential Healing Diabesity Challenge and lost over 50 lbs of weight, reversed some other health issues, and I feel so much better than before the challenge. I wholeheartedly recommend Soma Essential Healing to anyone with any health problem whatsoever. They are honest, truthful, and their program works. 100%

  • David Gottlieb   November 19, 2018

      Bliss beyond words!

    How can I express in words the bliss that can only be experienced inwardly? There are many ways to experience transient “bliss”, but permanent spiritual transformation requires an ongoing inner and outer relationship with a true Sadguru who transmits an energy field that that can gradually transform his or her students’ awareness from identification with their individual and illusory egos into the permanent experience of the bliss of the Absolute. I have followed many different spiritual paths, teachings, and teachers in the last 45 years, and in Sadguru Kedarji, I have finally found a true living Sadguru. He transmits the Shakti of a lineage which is one of the few genuine living Shaivite lineages on the planet. It is a rare and precious experience to imbibe the Grace that flows through his Shaktipat transmission, and experiences of bliss, stillness, and witnessing awareness have become part of my daily experience. For the first time in my life, I have hope that under his leadership I can attain Liberation in this lifetime.

  • David Gottlieb   November 19, 2018

      Wonderful program!

    I participated in Soma Essential Healing's 90-day Diabesity Challenge. Here is my experience. I lost 25-30 pounds, I was able to cut my blood pressure medications nearly in half, I have more energy, and fewer allergies. Equally important, the program is a holistic program, with emphasis being placed on developing spiritual power, improved mental state, and emotional resilience, in addition to vibrant health of the physical body. I experienced all of these benefits. Over the years, I have tried many different programs for weight loss and overall well-being - this is the most effective one to date, and I am able to eat a wide variety of delicious and healthy food, without ever feeling I am denying myself something or "dieting". Through the proof of my own experience, I can actually envision my health improving, rather than deteriorating, as I age. Soma Essential Healing has provided me with a lifestyle blueprint I can follow for many more years of healthful living!

  • Amanda Harkness   November 16, 2018

      There aren't enough stars in the sky for this review!

    How do I describe something so indescribable as the Grace and leadership of a Sadguru, a True Guru? I was like a terrified drop of rain, crying out "I'm so scared! I'm falling! I'm so afraid of falling into that ocean - it's so vast and deep and unknown and that scares me!" It's the Sadguru that reminds us that we are not that scared drop of rain - we ARE that vast and endless Ocean - the Ocean of Bliss, Peace, and unending Joy (we just need to stop identifying ourselves as the drop of rain). I had no idea what that meant before meeting Sadguru Kedarji. I had no idea that those feelings were even actually possible - Bliss, Peace and true Happiness... no amount of self-help books, psychic readings, or any other spiritual practice I engaged in previously ever led me to have any of those experiences... but Sadguru Kedarji has not only taught me, but by his Grace, has also given me the direct experience of those states... and also the understandings/realization that those are my natural, free state of being... it is my restless mind and false beliefs and notions that conceals that peace, bliss and happiness from myself. Sadguru Kedarji's expert leadership is helping me to stop reaching for those falsehoods and wrong understandings, allowing me to have more and more experiences of my natural, free state of being - as Bliss, Love and Happiness... words cannot adequately express my gratitude. Stop reaching for fear and identification with the rain drop... as Sadguru Kedarji tells us... "You are so much greater than you think you are!" Spend time in his company and experience it for yourself! Your life will forever be changed!

  • Amanda Harkness   November 16, 2018

      They mean it when they say TOTAL well-being!

    I participated in Soma Essential Healing's Diabesity Challenge earlier this year, and what an amazing experience that was! I am a Public Health Educator by trade, but I was amazed at how much I learned in the 3 months of the program (and continue to learn)! It was perfect for the average person, and also perfect for someone like myself that also had background knowledge in nutrition, health and wellness. Everything was presented, not as an opinion or belief of someone, but always from the point of, "Here is what the research says, and here is a list of 200+ research studies that you can check out for yourself that confirm everything you are being taught here..." This science-based approach was fascinating and engaging, but not overwhelming. All of my questions were thoroughly answered, and I was given explanations for everything that took place. By following the instructions and guidance I received from Kedarji and Soma Essential Healing, I was able to drop 25 pounds in 3 months, lowered my A1C, cholesterol, and triglycerides to healthy ranges, re-established my daily spiritual practices, increased my physical activity, decreased my mood swings, stabilized my emotions, and calmed my restless, agitated mind so that true wellness could begin to unfold. I am so, so grateful for what Kedarji and Soma Essential Healing have to offer. If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, I STRONGLY recommend that you consider enrolling in one of their wellness retreats! You won't be disappointed!

  • Jamie Dawid Walker   November 15, 2018

      A True Shaktipat Guru!

    I have been a student of Kedarji since 2010. The journey has been incredible. Through Sadguru's teachings and Weekend Shaktipat Blessing Intensives, and week-long retreats, I have had experiences that words can't describe--unfathomable joy, peace, bliss, and an open heart. Worry and fear don't exist when Sadguru Kedarji's teachings are applied. For the first time, I understand what Love is--the Love of the inner Self--that is far greater than anything I could have imagined. Sadguru Kedarji clearly studied for years and years under a Guru, because unlike other teachers I've listened to, he doesn't try to invent his own path or methods. His teachings are not about repeating affirmations or making yourself feel better for a day or 2. He leads his students so that they can experience content, peace, and unconditional love on an ongoing, undisturbed basis. No matter your background, religion, beliefs, or lack of beliefs, THIS is the teacher to listen to and follow!

  • Jamie Dawid Walker   November 15, 2018

      Forget The Rest! The Answers To Your Health Questions Are HERE!

    Soma Essential Healing is the ONLY place I have found that was able to improve my health in a way where there have been lasting improvements. After participating in the 2018 Diabesity Challenge, I lost 35 lbs in 3 months, and outside of the 3 month Challenge period, lost an additional 15. My energy level is through the roof, blood glucose and cholesterol levels are down, and mysterious joint pain and aches are gone. TRUST ME, the Certified Soma Essential Healing Practitioners and Kedarji know what they are doing! Prior to the Diabesity Challenge, I had read different books and tried different popular diets to help my weight and health issues. And while some of those methods worked, they were always short-term, and I was essentially yo-yo dieting, while ultimately gaining more and more weight in the long run. 6 months after the Diabesity Challenge ended, I am still feeling the benefits (and improving upon them!) for long-lasting health using the 4 Pillars of Total Well-Being that Soma Essential Healing teaches. I highly recommend Soma Essential Healing services and total well-being retreats.

  • Rekhini Smith   November 14, 2018

      Healing: When the Impossible Became Possible.

    I recently participated in Soma Essential Healing's Diabesity Challenge. Wow! Let me just share how a few month's has changed my health. Before this Challenge, I had been experiencing chronic knee pain, fibromyalsia, debilitating migraines, sweet tooth cravings, and extreme fatigue, just to name a few. I had been offered gastric bypass surgery for the morbid obesity. I had been told that loosing weight with surgery would ease the sympotoms of the knee pain, fibromyalsia, and fatigue. I gave the surgery some consideration and researched it. The surgery was too invasive and there would be too much down time as I have four children to care for. My situatation and need for health seemed impossible. I found Soma Essential Healing Wellness Center and enrolled in the Diabesity Challenge. I realized that the lifestyle I was leading was effecting my health in serious ways. While egnaged in the Diabesity Challenge, to made useful lifestyle changes and my health situation then became possible. I was loosing weight and chronic health sympotms were fading away. I was eating for energy and health, no longer eating to satisfy my sweet tooth cravings. When I was eating for health, I experienced that I no longer had cravings for sweets. The chronic migraines were significantly reduced in duration, frequency, and symptoms. I went from a size 22/24 (2-3XL) clothing to a juniors size 11 to 12, which I haven't wore since highschool. My impossible situation became possible with Soma Essential Healing and Wellness Center. I am so grateful!

  • Deana Tareshawty   November 13, 2018

      Calm and Comforting Space

    The moment I walked in the door, I felt peaceful. The staff was friendly and engaging. They went out of their way to make sure I was comfortable. They took the time to get to know me and make me feel like family. It made my retreat experience not only enjoyable, but relaxing. The food offered for retreats and programs was exceptional. It was healthy, vegan food, made in house. I really appreciated that I was not being served a catered restaurant meal, as this is a healing and wellness center. The content of the programs were just what I was looking for. I learned a lot. I experienced a weekend of peace and calm. I will go back again.

  • Kambra McConnel   November 13, 2018

      Very grateful for Sadguru Kedarji's offerings!

    I am very grateful for the privilege of crossing paths with Sadguru Kedarji. I have participated in countless programs, courses, and retreats offered under his dignified, respectful and compassionate spiritual leadership. In the past, even when I would focus on self-improvement or increasing my self-awareness, inevitably, I would wonder why I still felt limited, or overwhelmed, or stuck. Eventually, I always slid back in some way. The changes I tried to make were not lasting. Now, I feel that I am experiencing lasting change as a better person. Not just glimpses of change, or a quick fix. Lasting change!

  • Kambra McConnel   November 13, 2018

      Truly transformational program!

    I have participated in numerous programs offered by the Soma Essential Healing & Wellness Center, most notably the Diabesity Challenge, and I cannot speak highly enough about my experiences. What a truly transformational holistic healing program, at all levels, from the inside-out! My spiritual, mental, emotional and physical well-being have benefited tremendously, and I am very grateful for the privilege of this offering.

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