Annual Retreats

Annual Retreats with Pravrajikas of America

A pravrajika is a woman, a nun, who has taken her final monastic vows in the Indian tradition. Sannyasa is considered to be the final stage of life wherein a person totally renounces all possessions and takes to a mendicant life. Pravrajika is a Sanskrit word which literally means "a wandering religious mendicant" and can be used as an honorific title. Sannyasini is a Sanskrit word describing a woman religious mendicant.

In the United States there are three convents for women monastics operated in the tradition of the Ramakrishna Order of India. The convents in Hollywood and Santa Barbara are a part of the Vedanta Society of Southern California. The Vedanta Society of Northern California has one convent with locations in San Francisco and San Rafael, California. Women monastics dedicate their lives to the service of Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother, and Swamiji. That service differs depending on the need and circumstances.

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Vedanta Society of Northern California

Two Annual Samiti Retreats are held each year; one in Sacramento and one at the Olema Women's Retreat House. Pravrajikas of the Vedanta Society of Northern and Southern California Convents guide these retreats for our members and friends. These have included:


Retreats with Pravrajika Virajaprana

Pravrajika Virajaprana is a senior sannyasini of the Vedanta Society of Northern California Convent. She gives lectures and serves in various capacities both in the San Francisco temple as well as the Olema Retreat.

  • 2017 "Practical Vedanta"
  • 2015 "Mother's Untold Stories: Making them our Own"
              "Worship of the Spirit by the Spirit"
  • 2013 "How did Holy Mother and Swamiji integrate all Aspects of their Lives: Spiritual Practice, Work, and Relationships?"
  • 2012 "The Spiritual Relationship between Swami Vivekananda and the Holy Mother"
  • 2011 "Holy Mother: Human and Divine"
  • 2010 "Mother's Life: Our Paradigm"
  • 2009 "Mother's Simple Path to Liberation"
  • 2008 "Spiritual Practice according to the Holy Mother"
  • 2007 "Following in the Footsteps of the Holy Mother"
  • 2006 "Holy Mother's Prescription for the Stages of Life"
  • 2004 "In the Company of the Holy Mother"
 

Retreats with Pravrajika Dayaprana

Pravrajika Dayaprana is a sannyasini of the Vedanta Society of Southern California's Sarada Convent. She guides retreats; leads a chanting and music group, Vedanta Bhakti; and serves in various capacities both in the Hollywood temple, in the Pinon Hills Desert Retreat, and in Japan.

  • 2016 "Antar Yoga Contemplative Retreat on The Master as I Saw Him by Sister Nivedita"
              "Pilgrimage to the Himalayas: Kedarnath, Gangotri, and the Source of the Ganges River"
  • 2014 "Purusha Suktam Retreat"
  • 2013 "Purusha Suktam Intensive Retreat"
  • 2012 "Antar Yoga Retreats on Swami Vivekananda"
 

Retreat with Pravrajika Vedaprana

Pravrajika Vedaprana is a senior sannyasini of the Vedanta Society of Northern California Convent. She composes music; participates in chanting and music; and serves in various capacities at the Vedanta Society and the Olema Retreat.

  • 2017 "Sister Nivedita: An Ideal Disciple"
  • 2016 "Sister Nivedita: Her Life with Swami Vivekananda and the Holy Mother"
  • 2015 "The Poetry of Swami Vivekananda"
 

Retreat with Pravrajika Madhavaprana

Pravrajika Madhavaprana is a senior sannyasini of the Vedanta Society of Northern California Convent. She gives lectures and serves in various capacities both in the San Francisco temple as well as the Olema Retreat.

  • 2003 "Stories of Courage and Strength"