Vedanta Catskills Retreat
Upstate NY

May 19-21, 2023


The purpose of this retreat is to give you an insight into the astounding wisdom of Vedanta. Vedanta is ancient, universal wisdom that contains eternal principles of life and living. Under the personal guidance of Gautamji, head of Vedanta USA and senior disciple of Swami Parthasarathy, you will undergo a comprehensive program over three days in the serene setting of the beautiful Catskills in Upstate NY. 
The retreat is open to adults as well as children aged 9 and over.

Lectures by Gautamji 

Custom Vegetarian menu

QA sessions

Morning Trail Walk

Topics Covered

 Bhaja Govindam

The Bhaja Govindam consists of 31 verses written by Adi Sankaracharya in the 8th century AD. It is a highly acclaimed Vedanta text that beautifully conveys the practical and deeper philosophical truths of life. The futility of mundane existence versus the magnificence of the spiritual pursuit culminating in the ultimate state of Self- Realization.

Discussions with Peers

Kids Sessions


Group discussions 

Event Details

Frost Valley YMCA in the Catskills, Claryville, NY 
Friday May 19 – Sunday May 21, 2023

Course Directors

Gautam Jain (Main Session)
Adults and young adults 16 and over
Ritika Jain (Youth Session)
Ages 9 to 15

A day at the retreat

(subject to change) 

4:45 am Wake up (Optional)
5:00 am Individual Study
6:00 am Tea
6:30 am Yoga
7:00 am Sports, Jog, Trail Walk
8:00 am Shower
8:45 am Breakfast
9:30 am Morning Lecture
10:45 am Small Group Interactive

12:00 pm Q&A session
1:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Rest/ Campus Activities
3:30 pm Evening Lecture
4:45 pm Tea
5:00 pm Philosophical Movie
7:30 pm Devotional Singing
8:00 pm Dinner
9:00 pm Retire