Dissolving Your Barriers to Joyful Living

About This Event

Has the stress of daily living begun to keep you from living a joyful life? This experiential workshop provides a safe, nurturing, and playful environment in which you will learn and practice life-affirming ways to honor and celebrate your life.

Interweaving her skills as a psychotherapist, Yoga teacher, and laughter leader, Sam will help you rediscover your radiant, joyful heart. Practice ways to overcome discontent or anxiety that may have reduced your happiness, no matter their origin.

Like a wise, compassionate friend, she will teach several highly effective practices that promote joy, personal empowerment, and the ability to laugh, sing, and dance with the flow of life.

 

Testimonials

Sam’s classes are filled with wisdom, compassion, humor, and connectedness! She is knowledgeable and experienced. — Joann Whiteley

Great Program. Open, honest, authentic presenter and an incredible format. Amazing in-person training. — Ritu Patel

[This was] absolutely one of the best programs and teachers I’ve ever enjoyed at Yogaville. [The program] truly helped me resolve some life issues and had me laughing and dancing—both rare in my life. Sampada is wonderful!!! — John Ward Jr.

Sam Desai is an awesome teacher—compassionate, wise, and very, very fun! I’ve taken many self-growth classes and have taught my own (as a health and life coach and psychotherapist) and I can honestly say that Sam’s class is one of my favorite experiences! — Karen Schachter

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.

Accommodations

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.

Dormitory
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.

Tenting
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.

Amenities

  • Air Conditioning 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

Menu/Cuisine

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

Directions

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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Why Retreat?

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

To give my ego a break from all these construction projects. Layth
 

Retreat Guru's Vision

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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