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Postponed Until September – Virtual Five-Day Summer Silence Retreat 2021 with Swami Radha Bharati, Jim Nelson, Emilio Bettaglio, and Daya Seeley, August 13 – August 17, 2021

Postponed Until September – Virtual Summer Silence Retreat 2021

with Swami Radha Bharati, Jim Nelson, Emilio Bettaglio, and Daya Seeley


AUGUST 13 – AUGUST 17, 2021

COST: $179.00

“Only those who have learnt to merge their speech into the sea of silence have found the fount of wisdom. Immerse yourself in that sea.” -Swami Veda Bharati-(Silence Light Beyond Mind, page 160)


“Silence gives us ultimate peace, happiness and bliss.” “There is no other way for peace but to go to the deep silence where She resides in Her majesty. Joy lies in silence and stillness.” -H.H.S. Swami Rama – (The Ancient Traveler Writings on Love, pages 78-79)  

“Silence is the deepest and most authentic form of communication, both with others and within ourselves. It is the language that transcends the constant noise of our minds and allows us to experience our true Self, that purest state of Being, a state of peace, joy, and love.” – Quotation from Jim Nelson –

Guided by Swami Radha Bharati, Jim Nelson, Emilio Bettaglio, Daya Seeley, and the light of Swami Veda Bharati, the schedule will include daily meditations, hatha yoga, and contemplative walks. Subtle body sessions will add depth to your silence experience. Staff will provide every support to guide your experience of silence.

Swami Ma Radha Bharati took her vows of Sanyasa in 2007 from Swami Veda Bharati.  She earned an M.A. Degree and further formal studies in Comparative Philosophy at the University of Hawaii and an M.A. in Public Policy at the University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Policy.  Swami Ma Radha has been a disciple of Swami Rama of the Himalayas since 1971, and has been serving as Academic Director of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama in Rishikesh, India, for the past ten years.

Jim Nelson has taught psychology and worked as a Consulting Psychologist for over twenty-five years at a Mental Health Clinic and in the Public School Systems.  He has spent the past twelve years working with at-risk youth until his recent retirement.  He was a member of the Who’s Who of American Teachers and was one of the first recipients of Medtronic’s Outstanding Teacher Award.  He has taught yoga and meditation for thirty years and currently is Vice President of AHYMS-A an association of North and South American Meditation Centers dedicated to non-violence and spreading the teachings of the Himalayan Tradition.  Jim has hosted many Silence retreats and spoken nationally and internationally on a broad range of Philosophical and Psychological topics.  He has recently completed his Book:  Running on Empty—The Seduction, Destruction, and Transformation of Our Youth.

Emilio Bettaglio was initiated into the Himalayan Yoga Tradition in 1971 by then Pandit Usharbudh Arya, and has been a regular practitioner since. He has received instruction on Pranayama practices from various teachers in the tradition over the years and most recently from Pandit Dabral. In 2019, Emilio took Vanaprastha vows and is currently a member of the Meditation Center’s Spiritual Committee. 

Daya Seeley has been teaching Hatha Yoga classes since 2002. In late 2000, Daya found yoga/meditation courses offered through the Community Education programs in her town. Soon after, Daya collaborated with her yoga teacher in teaching small classes in a space that had been the local funeral home. This was before it was required to have a yoga certification. Daya went on to study yoga with a popular fitness-center-based teacher training program that required 11 levels of courses. She took them all, but wanted more. In 2002, Daya discovered the Institute of the Himalayan Tradition and was taught classical Hatha Yoga by Ma Devi, Swami Jaidev, and Maynard Speece. In 2007, Daya was initiated. This milestone was followed by a trip to India in 2009. In 2010, Daya entered a year-long Meditation Teaching Certification course through IHT. Since then she has been teaching yoga and meditation classes in the traditional way and has taught hatha yoga in silence retreats for both IHT and The Meditation Center. Daya continues her education through seminars and classes from fabulous teachers within the Himalayan Tradition Yoga community.

Virtual Silence Retreat Schedule coming soon.