India Retreat – November 1-15, 2018

India Calling

If you have always dreamed of visiting the birthplace of Yoga, journey with us this November 1-15, 2018.  We will be staying at Sattva Retreat Center, enjoying morning practice satsang with our guru, Anand Mehrotra, immersing ourselves into the culture, visiting temples, attending the Sattva Summit and experiencing our own radiant expansion.  Investment of $2999.00 includes all activities listed below, food, lodging and transportation in country.  Airfare is not included in the retreat fee.

  • The Taj Mahal
  • Original Sivinanda Ashram
  • Vasistha’s Cave
  • Arrti at Parmath Miketan
  • Puja Ceremony (fire purification)
  • Daily meditation and asana practice
  • Attend the Second Annual Sattva Summit

To Register visit : India Calling

Spiritualities of East and West

Join us for a restful week– taken at your own pace.  Each day’s offerings will include optional…

  • Group meditation/prayer in mornings and evenings
  • Period of gentle yoga
  • Creative experience with simple art  or poetry
  • Opportunities to speak one-on-one with a spiritual guide
  • Opportunity to attend liturgy with the Dominican Sisters community
  • Opportunity to have a discussion and input on living out one’s path-Dharma talk time
  • Time to walk, take a nap, spend time at the Lake.  Make this retreat what your soul is longing for …

June 25 – June 30, 2017
Retreat begins at 3:30pm on Sunday and concludes with the noon meal on Friday.  Cost of $435 includes $50 non-refundable deposit, accommodations, and meals. Massage ($60/hr or $35/30min) and reiki ($60/hr) available, payable to therapist by check or cash.

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Retreat Presenters…

Vimala Bhikkhuni is a Buddhist nun and assistant abbess at Mahapajapati Monastery, Joshua Tree, CA. Vimala leads meditation groups and retreats.

Donna Mosca is owner and teacher at Peace Tree Yoga in Burlington, Wisconsin, and adjunct faculty in Exercise and Sport Science at Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin.  Donna adds elements of mindfulness meditation to her yoga teachings.

Steve Rys is a graduate of Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where he studied Eastern and Western painting methods.  He has been developing and teaching art programs for the past 18 years.  He teaches at the Racine Art Museum and at the Peninsula School of Art in Door County.  Steve is currently developing an extensive art-as-meditation program combining the benefits of East-West contemplative practices.

Pat Shutts has a BA in Theology and an MA in Pastoral Studies, and received certification in spiritual guidance from Creighton University and bereavement ministry from the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois.  Pat brings her gift of compassionate listening and openness to the Spirit, and companions seekers as they acknowledge and discover God’s presence in all of life’s journey.  Pat is a lay covenant member of the Wheaton Franciscans and a member of the Sophia Zen Sangha. She loves art, play, and prayer.

Moving Into Silence Retreat – October 2017

Blue Lotus Temple and Peace Tree Yoga Present

Moving Into Silence Retreat
October 13 – 15th 2017

Join us for a weekend of quiet reflection as we learn how a gentle yoga practice, sitting and walking meditation and a variety of guided mindfulness practices can increase awareness of the physical body, the compulsive thinking mind, interactions with others, and the world we live in.

You will have the opportunity to experience active relaxation, a more stabilized mind, better alignment on a physical, mental, and emotional level, and feel vibrantly alive.

Come away with a stillness and peace that will enhance your life and assist you in applying mindfulness and meaning to daily activities and interactions.

The weekend will begin with conversation and increase in silence and stillness on Saturday.  A Code of Conduct and schedule will be provided upon registration.

Cost includes a private room with bath and meals.

When: Friday, October 13 – 15, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 3:00pm
Where: Siena Retreat Center, 5636 Erie Street, Racine, WI
Cost: Pre-registration Fee $300 if paid by September 13th/ $350 thereafter.


  • Donna Mosca at 262-758-0658 or email
  • Vimala Bhikkhuni at 262-203-0120 or email

Mail Registration to Vimala Bhikkhuni, 81 S Williams St., #115, Crystal Lake, Il 60014