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Shaktipat meditation

The Shaktipat Retreat

Experience a transmission of spiritual energy


29 November – 13 December 2020
Rishikesh, India

In the tradition of Kashmiri Shaivism shaktipat refers to the transmission of energy from a spiritual teacher to a spiritual aspirant. It is an event that not only takes place in the consciousness but also refers to subtle beneficial forces taking root within the disciple, according to the will of the Divine. A disciple’s elevated consciousness and deepened level of spirituality are the intended effects.

According to Tantra, shaktipat from a great soul helps tantric devotees in their evolution and changes patterns in their lives by cleaning up areas of the subconscious mind that they could not potentially have done for themselves.

During our Shaktipat Retreat, Somananda offers himself as a spiritual channel to impart divine love and energy to each individual. This energetic transfer, which may possibly elevate one’s resonance and increase inner peace, may also act as a catalyst for profound spiritual awakening.

This retreat operates at the level of the soul. It is indescribable and simply must be experienced firsthand.


Benefits include:

  • The rare opportunity to experience a natural spiritual awakening, blissful stillness, and true contentment
  • Possible insights into higher levels of self-perception and self-refinement
  • Powerful permanent shifts, inner transformation, and life realizations
  • A lifting of the veils of delusion from the darker areas of the mind which allow the practitioner to soar within
  • Receiving divine grace with the potential of untying the knots of personal karma, both known and unknown
  • Being in the presence of a spiritual teacher who is entering elevated states of mind and offering himself as a conduit for manifestations of the Divine
Shaktipat meditation

This retreat is led by our senior teacher Somananda and supported by other team members. The retreat language is English.


First day (29 November 2020): Arrival to the retreat venue starting from 15:00 onwards. Group welcome dinner is scheduled for 19:00, followed by retreat introduction.

Your transfer from Dehradun airport or from Rishikesh to the retreat venue on 29 November is included in the retreat fee. Details of the transfer will be discussed individually with every participant a few days before the beginning of the retreat.

Retreat days (30 November – 12 December 2020): Full practice and meditation days. Silence or mauna is practiced every day from 21:00 until lunch break of the next day.

06:00 Morning meditation and yoga in a group
09:00 Breakfast
10:00 Self-study or svadhyaya with spiritual books
12:00 Individual practice
14:00 Lunch and rest
17:00 Meditation and satsang with Somananda
20:00 Dinner
21:00 Lights out

Sunday 6 December is a free day with no official schedule. You may choose to spend this day in individual practice or visit many of the spiritual sites in Rishikesh.

Last day (13 December 2020): Conclusion of the retreat and departure after lunch. Transfer to Dehradun airport or to Rishikesh on13 December is included in your retreat fee.

Unique format

The Shaktipat Retreat will assume a unique format, unlike any of our other offerings.

In this retreat you will customize your own experience in terms of your daily sadhana, or spiritual practice. You will choose the framework of your practice and techniques, and the level or degree of your introspection and contemplation.

There will be introductory teachings for beginners who do not yet have a spiritual practice, optional daily Hatha Yoga and self-study (svadhyaya) sessions, designated hours of meditation with Somananda every day, and scheduled evening satsangs. Silence, or mauna, will be practiced every day until lunch break.

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Will I experience kundalini rising in this retreat?

Shaktipat is mistakenly understood to be a spontaneous kundalini awakening or rising by way of initiation from a master or teacher. In fact, shaktipat is, according to the authentic traditions, a transmission of spiritual energy of varying degrees and manifestations that is determined by and according to the grace of the Divine. Commonly, shaktipat is transferred through a medium or channel, such as a spiritual teacher who has reached certain levels of spiritual achievement.

During this retreat, Somananda will access elevated states of consciousness and offer himself as a conduit of manifestation for divine grace and action. During the process of shaktipat, each individual participant receives something different which is perfectly designed for and catered to his or her own karma and unique path.

Will there be a daily schedule?

This retreat is meant to be a personally crafted experience based on the spiritual aspiration, aptitude, and motivation of each individual participant. Certain daily schedule is suggested and can be followed, however it is not compulsory.

While this schedule forms an elective framework of support, each day is yours to determine how you would like to spend it and to which degree you wish to focus on your own spiritual practice and evolution. 

Ultimately this retreat experience has been created with independence and autonomy in mind. You will have the rare opportunity to withdraw from everyday life and dedicate ample time in a remote, spiritual location for deep contemplation and the gift of meditating in the company of a competent and spiritually accomplished teacher.

What can I expect to receive in this retreat?

It is recommended to come to this retreat with an open mind, a fundamentally humble attitude, no expectations, and an inner mood of devotion and gratitude.

These attributes create fertile soil for divine grace and miracles to take root. We can offer no guarantees as to the effects or results of this Shaktipat Retreat as these outcomes are very much dependent upon individual factors and karma, as well as – most of all – on the will and grace of the Divine itself.

Is this retreat fitting for a beginner practitioner?

Yes, it is. This retreat is designed with both beginner and advanced practitioners alike. If you do not yet have a personal spiritual practice and/or are not familiar with authentic techniques, then you may attend introductory teachings at the beginning of the retreat and learn from the guided group yoga and meditation sessions. Regardless of your level you will feel comfortable and supported at all times.

Who is this retreat for?

This retreat is for anyone – beginners and advanced practitioners alike – who wish to partake in an intensive spiritual retreat experience in the presence and under the guidance of an advanced teacher. Each attendee will have the possibility and opportunity to benefit from shaktipat – a transmission of divine energy through the conduit of a spiritual teacher. A disciple’s elevated consciousness and deepened level of spirituality are the intended effects.

Does Somananda need to be my guru to join this retreat?
No, this is not necessary. For some students they find it beneficial to align themselves with a specific guru and/or spiritual lineage. Doing so can help elevate their faith, devotion and spiritual practice to the next level. However, this is something that is voluntary and a process that should take place organically over time and with spiritual maturity. It should not be forced nor occur at the level of the mind or ego, but rather from the heart.

We welcome all to join this retreat and there are no expectations or demands for any participant to align themselves to the STS lineage or our teachers, nor is this a requirement in order to benefit from the transmission of spiritual energy that has the potential to take root in this retreat. As mentioned in the retreat description this transmission is not left to the discretion of our teachers but strictly imparted according to the will of the Divine.

More about this unique offering

The spiritual transmission of shaktipat is considered an act of grace on the part of the guru, and ultimately it is a revelation from the Divine. It cannot be forced or manipulated.

The energy or light which you receive in shaktipat acts in its own way according to the will of the Divine and through the universal law of karma, and not according to the discernment of the teacher or the expectations or hopes of the disciple.

A certain divine contact may be transmitted, which can enter the disciple, initiating a thrust forward along the authentic spiritual path, catapulting a student to the next stage of evolution.

Shaktipat cleans the dust and dirt from the mirror of your soul so that you can reflect the light more and more. Each individual participant receives something different, perfectly designed and applicable for him or her.

Retreat fee

Early-early bird fee: 1560€ available until 29 July 2020
Early bird fee: 1760€ available until 29 September 2020
Regular fee: 1960€ starting from 30 September 2020

The retreat fee includes: All teachings and practices, accommodation on a shared occupancy basis, rejuvenating vegetarian meals three times a day, unlimited filtered drinking water and tea, transfer from Dehradun or Rishikesh to the venue and back.

The course fee does not include: Flights and other transportation to India, the cost of personal supplies for each participant (e.g. yoga mat, yoga clothes, and other items – a list will be sent prior to the course start date).

This retreat is limited to only 40 participants. To secure your place well in advance a minimum deposit of €450 is required (Payment 1). This amount is included in the prices listed under “Retreat fee”.

Your total amount depends on when you choose to complete your Payment 2 and what price level is available at that time. For example, to benefit from the Early-early bird fee both Payment 1 and Payment 2 have to be completed by 29 July 2020 (the expiration date of Early-early bird ticket).

Please read and affirm that you fully understand our Terms of Service and Liability Waiver and Course Participation Agreement before making your payments.

Retreat venue

Veda5 is an Ayurvedic healing center nestled in the foothills of the mighty Himalayan mountains, just 10 kilometres from the town of Rishikesh. Here you will be enveloped by lush landscapes, exquisite natural beauty and a rare atmosphere of serenity, peace and calmness.

This exclusive retreat venue offers a world class Ayurveda center and spa, where you can book various rejuvenating massages. You will be nourished by pure vegetarian satvik dining with ingredients harvested from the resident organic farm. Relish and enjoy a swimming pool, picturesque trekking nearby, a spacious yoga pavilion, warm and inviting common spaces, plus much more, all at our disposal for the entire retreat. Veda 5 is where nature meets luxury.

All rooms are tastefully decorated with natural materials and provide unobstructed views of the Himalayan peaks, which you can view from your own private balcony. To maintain tranquility and deep introspection, rooms do not include TV. All accommodations will be shared with 2-3 people per room.


Veda5 Wellness Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat
Neelkanth Temple Rd
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249307 India
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Unlimited available
Payment 1, Deposit (The Shaktipat Retreat, 29 Nov-13 Dec 2020, Rishikesh, India)450.00
Unlimited available
Payment 2, Early-Early-Bird Ticket (The Shaktipat Retreat, 29 Nov-13 Dec 2020, Rishikesh, India)1,110.00Available if full payment is made by 29 July 2020 (later €1310).
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