This weekend retreat is for people who already have a meditation practice and would like to deepen their personal spiritual life.

How to be a channel for Divine Grace

This weekend you’ll learn how to:

  • Raise your energy and attune to a higher Source
  • Use healing prayers effectively
  • Draw on deep inner resources and allow them to flow through you

The weekend will include lecture, guided experiences, and discussion. Some of the topics we’ll discuss:

  • How to tune into guidance
  • How to open a channel within you for divine grace to flow to others
  • Can your prayers help others?
  • How to use meditation, visualization, and affirmation to help others
  • How to transmit cosmic energy and divine love from a distance
  • How can you help those who are seriously ill or dying?
  • Finding the right words to comfort others
  • Using the hands, eyes, and voice to transmit energy, comfort, and hope
  • How to strengthen your aura and protect yourself from negativity and burnout.
  • How to be loving and effective without becoming emotionally and egotistically involved

Nayaswami Maria has over 30 years of experience on the spiritual path to share with you during this deeply informative retreat.

During this weekend, you’ll learn how to connect with the source of divine grace, and become a channel for a power far beyond your human strength and knowledge.

Paramhansa Yogananda said, “The instrument is blessed by what flows through it.” As you feel God’s energy flowing through you to others, you will be blessed by that very energy.

The weekend schedule:


evening:  Introductions and exploration: Where are you in your spiritual journey? How would you like to better serve and give to others?


morning:  What does it mean to be a channel for divine grace? And how to raise our energy in attunement to divine grace. The morning will also include discussion and experiential techniques to deepen our attunement to the highest within us and to channel purely the energy of the heart.

afternoon:  At Crystal Hermitage’s Shrine of the Masters. In the vibration of this sacred shrine and the inspiration of great Masters and saints, we will open ourselves to our own highest potential as instruments of grace and blessing as we practice Yogananda's healing prayer techniques, sharing with others through them.

4:30 pm:  Special guided practices for recharging spiritually.

evening:  Evening of informal discussion in the home of Nityananda and Lalaan


morning:  A chance to re-explore the deepening of your own spiritual journey.

"The feelings experienced when the heart is restless are like a storm in a thimble compared to the oceanic love that bursts upon the soul when the heart is calm. Only when you relax your heart’s feelings can you channel them upward. And only then will they expand to embrace Infinity."

—Paramhansa Yogananda

From past guest:

"As a longtime leader in the Ananda spiritual community, Maria brings enormous depth and knowledge to her program, How to Be a Channel of Divine Grace. Her intention is to help people receive what they need and want, not from her, but from God, and she truly lives that credo. I would strongly recommend this retreat to anyone."

—Luc B., Tiburon, CA

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Nayaswami Maria

Nayaswami Maria

Kriyacharya, Ananda Minister and Counselor, Meditation and Raja Yoga Teacher What is a nayaswami?

Nayaswami Maria is a deep soul who rests her life in the Divine Spirit - her service to others as a teacher, spiritual guide, musician, gardener are all roles she plays while centered in her heart. Over more than 40 years she has studied yoga philosophy such as the Bhagavad Gita and teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and then she has lived those teachings through a lifestyle of daily Kriya Yoga meditation and service to others. Maria's grounded and open heart allow her to make new friends easily as she gently meets people wherever they are at in their lives as they seek to grow their spiritual path.

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Costs (CDG)
Costs are on a per person basis.

  • Jul 19 – 21, 2019
  • Sep 20 – 22, 2019
$252 $330 $458 $420 $592

Prices are all-inclusive and cover accommodations, meals, classes or activities, and course materials.

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How to Be a Channel of Divine Grace & Healing starts the afternoon of the first date listed and ends with lunch on the last date. Please see:

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You can add extra personal retreat days before and/or after your program. Check availability and costs for the days and accommodations that you require.

How to Be a Channel of Divine Grace & Healing starts the afternoon of the first date listed. It’s ideal to arrive before 4 pm, if you are able to. That way, you can join in the afternoon session of yoga and meditation, which begins at 4:45 pm. Dinner is at 6:30. The first real gathering of your group is at 7:30 pm. If you need to arrive here after 5 pm, that’s fine, but it helps us if you let us know at 800-346-5350. We can also put aside a dinner for you if you need to arrive after 7 pm. The program ends with lunch on the last date. Please see our Daily Schedule.

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