Essence of Being Retreat

We all have a natural spirituality, a natural presence that is blissful. The problem is that we don’t give it space and have forgotten how to be with it. Instead, we are busy chasing after things that make us suffer. We are most often looking for the wrong thing in the wrong place. In this retreat, we will learn how to distance ourselves from limiting assumptions that block our natural awareness.
We will learn how to support and cultivate our natural awareness through sharing and discussion, meditation and reflection and sometimes just being still. The retreat will be guided by Dada Krsnasevananda, a lifetime monk and meditation teacher with years of experience helping people on the path of self-realisation.
Nestled on 13 hectares of farmland just an hour away from Copenhagen, you’ll find Ananda Gaorii Ashram – a peaceful oasis for those seeking a rejuvenating escape. Our serene retreat boasts a range of amenities, including a small orchard, vegetable garden, organic bakery, sauna, meditation hall, dining hall, and more.
At Ananda Gaorii Ashram, we offer separate dormitories for both men and women. These spacious rooms can comfortably accommodate up to 10 people. Alternatively, if you prefer to be closer to nature, you’re also welcome to camp on our beautiful grounds.
Our cuisine follows a yogic vegetarian diet, based on foods that are not only beneficial for the body but also calming for the mind. Tea and light snacks are available at different times during the day. The yogic diet excludes seafood/fish, eggs, onion, garlic, and mushrooms, as these foods are believed to be disturbing to the mind during meditation.
Friday ⏰
Afternoon Sessions
☀︎Welcoming and Registration
☀︎Guided Meditation: Some Tools for Seeing Oneself Differently –
☀︎Visualisation and Mantra
Evening Sessions
☀︎Presentation and Discussion:
☀︎The Essence of Being – Allowing Your Natural Spirituality
☀︎Guided Meditation: Finding the “I am”
Before Breakfast
☀︎Yoga Asana Class: Creating Positive Conditions for Self-Awareness
☀︎Guided Meditation: “Letting go of what you are not”
Morning Sessions (Who am I?)
☀︎Workshop: Self-Enquiry and Identity Exploration
☀︎Reflective exercises and discussions.
☀︎Meditation: Exploring layers of identity and connecting with the authentic self.
☀︎Group Sharing: Participants have an opportunity to share their reflections on personal identity.
Afternoon Sessions (Why am I here?)
☀︎Walk in Nature: While holding a question – What does the universe want to tell me?
☀︎Workshop: Contemplating Life’s Purpose
☀︎Insights on the purpose of life from Eastern Wisdom (Yoga, Ikigai, Zen).
☀︎Guided Meditation: Connecting with Inner Purpose
☀︎Group Discussion: Sharing Perspectives on the Meaning of Life
☀︎Guided Meditation: (Making the choice of Absolute Happiness)
Evening Sessions (What am I capable of?)
☀︎Workshop: You are Perfect (and you need some improvement)
☀︎Finding the balance between self-acceptance and self-improvement.
☀︎Understanding the difference between spirit and personality.
☀︎Guided Meditation: I am not a person, I am light, I am happiness, I am awareness
Before Breakfast
☀︎Yoga Asana Class: Grounding Your Awareness in the Body
☀︎Guided Meditation: Opening up the Space – “I am not the doer”
Morning Sessions
☀︎Workshop: The Tools for Becoming – Letting go of what limits you, focusing on what liberates you.
☀︎Guided Meditation: Gratitude and Service – Becoming by Giving
☀︎Discussion: Sharing your peace – the Social Element of Self-Realisation
☀︎Closing Circle
Afternoon: Packing up and Departure
*You will receive a registration email after payment.
💆 Spa Treatments by Shivanii 💆🏽‍♀️:
• SharOasis Signature® Back Massage (60 min) – 250 DKK
• Mini Serenity® Face/Neck/Shoulder Massage (15 min) – 150 DKK
• Touch by an Angel® Aromatherapy Facial (30 min) – 275 DKK
• Touch by an Angel® Aromatherapy Facial (60 min) – 550 DKK
*Note: To schedule an appointment, please visit us in person. We look forward to treating you!
A fitted bed sheet, a duvet (comforter) cover, a pillow case, a bath towel, toiletries, comfortable warm loose-fitting clothing, indoor slippers, warm socks and warm clothes for outdoor activities. *A pillow and duvet (comforter) will be provided. A set of sheets and a towel can be provided for the cost of 50DKK.
Buy a ticket from Copenhagen Central Station to “Vig”, change in “Holbæk”. You have an option to take two buses; “560 and 566” to Ananda Gaorii. If you come by car, use your navigation to: Holbækvej 56, 4560 Vig.
*Please note: If you arrive too late in Vig to catch the bus, please call or message us 30 minutes before you are due to arrive at Vig station. We can arrange for someone to pick you up.
Happy travels!
Depending on your location and circumstances, there may be varying testing requirements. However, if you are feeling sick, please take precautions by staying home and following local health guidelines. Thank you for your cooperation.
• 100% refund if cancelled two weeks prior to the retreat.
• 80% refund if cancelled more than one week prior to the retreat.
• 50% refund if cancelled less than one week prior to the retreat.
Write to:
Call Dada at: +4571881273
Message Shivanii on Telegram: @bevshar
✨We look forward to welcoming you to this enriching experience!


Feb 23 - 25 2024


15:00 - 15:00


Holbækvej 56
4560 Vig


Ananda Gaorii