I AM Yoga® Weekend Retreat

Schedule

7am Yoga / Meditation
Breakfast
10am Darshan with Shri Amritji or Senior I AM Yoga® teacher
12:15pm Yoga Nidra or Nature Walk
Lunch
2pm Yogic Philisophy lecture or experiential learning
5pm Dinner
7pm Evening Lecture / Chanting or Music

About This Event

A Return to Balance & Peace

Need a weekend away? Want to get to know us?

Join us for a weekend of relaxation, regeneration, and self-exploration! Experience and learn unique practices that will empower you to skillfully handle personal and professional life challenges that create chronic stress and rob you of your vital life force. This retreat serves as an ideal introduction for those who have been advised to reduce stress levels by providing simple yet profound techniques that can be applied in any situation or circumstance.

No prior experience? No problem! Our program is appropriate for beginners and seasoned practitioners alike! This retreat offers a perfect blend of easily accessible guidance linked with the experience and insight to the inner dimension of yoga as a way to return to lasting balance and peace, on the mat and in life.

This immersive weekend retreat is the ideal opportunity to experience the essence of the Integrative Amrit Methods™ approach to Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Yoga Therapy. Receive these rare and ancient teachings from our expert teachers, and, from our spiritual founder, the pioneer of delivering authentic Yogic practice to the West, Gurudev Shri Amritji.

“If it does not change your life, it is not Yoga”

~ Gurudev Shri Amritji

What to expect:

A typical retreat offers

Organic, vegetarian meals

Daily Yoga classes and Yoga Nidra (guided sleep meditation) experiences

High-quality experiential and classroom learning

Mindfulness practices giving rise to greater health, happiness, and overall well-being

Darshan (wisdom talk) with Gurudev Shri Amritji*

The opportunity to nurture your body, mind, and soul with our exceptional holistic wellness services

Learn to:

Reduce stress and manage anxiety

Improve Sleep

Harness and harmonize the restless mind

Neutralize habitual reactions and develop the capacity to live in appropriate response to life

Effortlessly recalibrate the nervous system to a felt sense of lasting balance and peace

Awaken your body's healing potential

Enroll today and escape the demands and stresses of everyday life by treating yourself to a mini-vacation. Our Yoga Retreat Center, nestled in the serene setting of the Ocala National Forest, offers the optimal environment for nourishing the body, managing the mind and nurturing the soul. Come home to yourself and feel revitalized, refreshed, and inspired to realize lasting balance and peace.

Easy to practice

Accessible to beginners and seasoned practitioners alike

Profound in its impact

Testimonials

Still wondering what makes a weekend stay with us a uniquely worthwhile investment of your time and resources towards your well-being?

Unlike many get-aways, our yoga retreat is not just about a change of scene, but about a change of heart into a more meaningful and fulfilling experience of life. It opens the door to experience the profound, transformational impact that authentic yoga is intended to reveal. Our expert staff intimately guides you through this journey of Self-discovery, not to become a 'better', more flexible you, but a 'realer', more confident you. It reveals how yoga can reverse the effects of stress, conflict, and anxiety, allowing you to access a life of greater relaxation, harmony, and balance.

Whether you are looking for rest and relaxation, personal growth, or a refreshing approach to yoga as a way of life - discover the possibilities and be inspired by what others share about this evolutionary experience!

“I came to this program not at all knowing what to expect and was totally surprised and pleased with a wonderful life-changing experience.” ~ Mary Hofmann

“This experience has furthered my healing process. I have found myself again.” ~ Rhonda Woodard

“I learned a enormous amount of information to help me become a better [and] more fulfilled me.” ~ Betty Townsel

“I had a spirit filled weekend building community, learning new ways to practice living a conflict-less life and finding more peace within myself and the world around me.” ~ Julie Schafer

 

Example Daily Schedule

Friday

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Registration

Up until 3:30pm Optional Wellness Appointments

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm Welcome Yoga

5:15 pm – 7:00 pm Free time/Optional Wellness Treatments

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Evening Session

9:00 pm – 10:30 pm Free time/Optional Wellness Treatments

10:00 pm Lights out & Silence begins

Saturday

7:00 am – 8:30 am Morning Yoga

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Morning Session

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm Optional Yoga Nidra

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Free time/Optional Wellness Treatments

3:30 pm – 5.30 pm Afternoon Session

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Free time/Optional Wellness Treatments

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Evening Session

9:00 pm – 10:30 pm Free time/Optional Wellness Treatments

10:00 pm Lights out & Silence begins

Sunday

7:00 am – 8:30 am Morning Yoga

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Morning Session/Darshan with Gurudev (when in residence)

12:00 – 12:30 pm Closing Session

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm Optional Yoga Nidra

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch

12:30 pm onward Optional Wellness Treatments

"If it doesn't change your life, it's not yoga!" - Gurudev Shri Amritji

Venue Highlights

We are located in Salt Springs, Florida, amid the tranquil beauty of the Ocala National Forest on Lake Kerr, a spring-fed lake of nearly 3,000 acres. Beneath a canopy of towering Live Oaks, the six-acre campus features lush tropical gardens, stone decks and walkway, and a peaceful sand beach. The property includes a main house, lodge, main office, guest cabin, and brand new Healing Arts Center. We run programs year-long in service of our mission to bring authentic yogic wisdom to the world. If you’re not sure about taking a program yet, we also welcome guests for R&R.

Accommodations

We offer dorm-style, private rooms with shared bathrooms and private suite options. All rooms are air-conditioned.

Amenities

  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

We serve organic vegetarian cuisine and can accomodate vegan and dairy-free diets as well. We do not serve meat or fish.

Directions

The following is a list of professional drivers who are familiar with AYI. Prices may vary from the different providers. On average it is $125 one way per person (ranges from $100 to $150).

Balanced4Life, Inc, Patti Carpenter (contact info blocked) (contact info blocked)
Titan Airport Ride Service, Alex Lucero (contact info blocked) (contact info blocked)
You may also contact our local Amrit Community member(s) for a ride:

Bhagya Dina Maru, (contact info blocked), (contact info blocked). Can pick you up at the DOTS Daytona Shuttle Daytona office Location and drive you to AYI. For The DOTS Daytona Shuttle, you can call (contact info blocked) to schedule the shuttle to pick you up from the Orlando airport and take them to the Daytona office location for $32 (need to call them at least 24 hours before your arrival to MCO). The reverse can happen if you wish to go back the same way.
Other Transportation:

(contact info blocked) – You can take a Greyhound bus (90 minutes) from MCO to the Ocala Bus Station – Hwy 326 W, Ocala FL. $50 each way
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Then from Ocala to AYI (30 minutes), you can call a Taxi or (contact info blocked). ~$70 each way

Ride Share:

The Amrit Yoga Institute does not sponsor transportation to or from our campus. However, if you would like to coordinate a ride share with another who is traveling to/from A.Y.I. you may visit this public Facebook page: (contact info blocked)(contact info blocked)/

The page was created specifically for ridesharing to and from A.Y.I. Simply click or copy and paste the URL into your search browser, or on Facebook search for “AYI Ride Sharing Group.”

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Reviews  
  Write a review - tell others about your experience.

  • Kelly Thompson   May 21, 2019

      R&R

    Enjoyed a retreat two weeks ago on the Sadhana of Prana with Chandrakant and then returned this past weekend for a short Rest & Relaxation. Was hoping for Darshan with Gurudev, but though we missed out on that, we were grateful for Nirali’s Sunday morning presentation on the foundation for I AM Yoga. She is a wonderful teacher full of grace and embodied spirit. It was a gift to sit on the dock and watch the sunset and the full moon rise. We look forward to our next visit!

  • Joe DiScala   February 12, 2019

      Transformational

    Started in my mind (while feeling what was and not being able to quite my mind) seeing what's not there, over my stay I realized what was there was so much more I was a close friend to the Kripalu Ashram I had many friends, I consider myself very sensitive, so when Guru Dev was ousted I withdrew! My whole attraction was to practice non-judgment and here the institution that introduced me to the concept was being judgemental Kripalu since and the experience was wonderful just not the same spiritually but to the general, public the commercial customer it's got all the bells and whistles extremely well managed or was the last time typical of the corporate retreats around the world with a little less spirituality Amrit Yoga is for me the exception in a world that is attracted to bling I have revisited all the various methods I've tried and from this day forward become a devote I can't say enough words won't provide the essence of the feeling which is what it's all about God Bless and keep you in this world Amrit Yoga

Thank you!

We're glad you've joined our retreat community. See you around :)

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Why Retreat?

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

After having just completed my RYT 200 I have been inspired to further my yoga journey and my own personal journey inward. I have fallen in love with yoga and how it has changed my life and I just want to continue to explore so I can share this beautiful gift with as many as possible. Jessica
 

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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