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Finding Freedom: How Wild It Is to Let It Be

About This Event

Navigate toward freedom from discontentment, attachments, and self-doubt by cultivating trust and acceptance during this weekend of self-exploration.

Do you spend more time moving toward where you want to be than being content with where you are? What do you cling to mentally, physically, or emotionally? How could letting go of what you’re clinging to allow you to live more fully and deeply?

Explore these questions and begin to work towards answers as you contemplate yogic philosophy and the chakras (energy centers) for guidance in trust and acceptance.

Gain an understanding of the manipura (power center) and anahata (heart center) chakras in relation to the idea of trusting and letting go

Apply to your life the philosophy of two of the niyamas (observances): santosha (contentment) and isvara pranidhana (surrender)

Learn to listen to the voice of truth that lies within

Find acceptance and contentment as you partake in visualization, discussion, journaling, and Yoga Nidra

Experience a blissful Vinyasa flow accompanied by Narayani’s soulful musical offerings

Stripping away the distractions of everyday life, we will tune in to the ever-present and universal truth that lies inside all of us.

If you can't take the whole weekend workshop, you have the option to drop-in a session. Please see the coordinator for a $60 payment per session.

Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

Yoga Alliance (YA):  Approximately 7 contact hours. You can input your contact hours using your YA login information.

Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) can provide you a CE certificate with your program’s total contact hours for a $10 fee (free for IYTA members.) For more information, email (contact info blocked).


The space was incredible, music was magical, and Yoga was awesome. Tara is very inspiring. — Past Participant

If you are looking for a way to heal and begin to restart your life, this is your place. Be open and find your true self despite expectations from others. Reconnect with yourself, authentically. — Bruna Cavinuotte

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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