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Retreat Overview 

Deepen and uplift your experience of Life through silence, meditation, chanting, yoga asana and introspection. The retreat is guided by Swami Sankarananda in accordance with the tradition and precepts set forth by the great Yogi Swami Sivananda. All participants will observe & respect silence as guided during the full retreat. The program is specifically developed to aid participants in their evolution from fear to fearlessness, from discord to Harmony, and from pieces to Peace.  Join us for this special opportunity for all sincere truth seekers to experience and imbibe in the sacred Silence within.

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To learn more about Triple Crane Retreat Center Follow This Link.  

Retreat Fees/Donation  

Our intent is to offer the retreat in a way that is affordable to all. For this reason you will see below two buttons that you can click to book and/or donate in support of the retreat and the Peace mission of Swami Sankarananda.

First we have set a very low suggested minimum donation to book your participation in the retreat. This includes the retreat itself, all meals and accommodations (dorm room or camper) for the weekend program.  We do not want to send away anyone wishing to participate in the retreat, so if the $108 donation suggested is too much for you please contact Trevor at to discuss with him; he’ll work with you to get you in.


The booking system may seem unfamiliar; after you click the “Sign Up Here” button you will be taken to a new page. Scroll down to click “Register Now”, and then click “Next availability” on the next page. From there enter your information and you will reserve your spot.

Secondly we encourage you to consider an additional donation to help “pay it forward” for this and other retreats, as well as the continuing Peace mission supported by Triple Crane Retreat Center and Swami Sankarananda. When you click “Pay it Forward” you will be taken to Triple Crane’s PayPal Donation page, where you can select “Be Still and Know” and enter whatever amount you would like. Or you can make an additional donation at the retreat if you would like.

Finally, as part of the deepening of awareness and practices, opportunities for Karma Yoga will be available throughout the weekend.  This event will be run mostly by volunteers.  Service, therefore, functions as both a great spiritual practice and allows these retreats to function smoothly.  Typically seva includes support with meal prep, after-meal clean-up, and other offerings that will be discussed Friday evening. A sign-up sheet will be posted.

Overnight Accommodations & Commuting 


At this time only 20 beds and RV camping are available.  Tenting options will be made available pending Township approval.  While commuters are welcome we suggest that you maintain silence during your commutes and while at home.  This is very important to support your retreat experience. 

Once TCRC reaches maximum capacity, our friends at Earth Well Retreat Center are approximately 15 minutes from TCRC and offers lovely rustic cabins and a pleasant environment that will be supportive to your silent retreat experience. 

Triple Crane Retreat Center


The retreat will be taking place at the main building at TCRC called Chan Hall.  Chan Hall has a large Yoga and Meditation room, a full kitchen, and a dining room, as well as 20 beds for overnight accommodations. 


There are facilities for showers and plenty of space for outdoor walks.  Beds are in shared rooms holding 2 to 3 participants. If you would like to share a room with a specific person please notify TCRC when you book.  



A simple and wholesome diet of vegan and vegetarian, gluten-free food will be provided. Two full meals are served each day, and all participants gather to eat at that time. Fruits and light snacks will be available throughout the day; hot water, coffee and tea will also be available.

Spiritual Counseling w/Swami


Throughout the weekend Swami will offer one-on-one counseling sessions for all who are interested. You will have an opportunity to sign up on the daily Spiritual Counseling Sheet that will be posted. 


During counseling sessions, those not involved will be free to select any of the offered reading material and take up a comfortable location, walk silently in nature, or perhaps journal or reflect on experiences thus far.


Space is Limited

Space for this retreat is limited. Reserve your space at our earliest convenience. 

What to Bring

What to Bring (All items to be kept in your room when not in use):

  • Toothbrush/toothpaste

  • While Triple Crane Offers hypoallergenic soap and shampoo feel free to bring your own scent free bath soap, shampoo and any other toiletries.  Please make sure to only bring scent free hygiene products as many individuals suffer from allergies. 

  • Washcloth and towel are provided by TCRC for those who have reserved a bed. 

  • Appropriate clothing

    • Loose, breathable clothing for yoga classes is recommended.

    • Comfortable light-colored clothing is recommended for the rest of the retreat. 

    • No tank tops or shorts above the knee are allowed. 

  • In-door shoes are suggested for used in Chan Hall. Outdoor shoes are not allowed in the retreat facilities.

  • Walking shoes

  • Your own personal water bottle and thermos. In reverence to our Mother Earth, we will do our best to avoid disposable dish-ware that is not biodegradable. We adopt this minimalist concept to invite you deeper into a simple, yogic lifestyle.

  • Any medications you are taking

  • Triple Crane offers meditation cushions. Please bring your own yoga mats, and other yoga support items blocks, straps as needed. 

General Guidelines 


Silence is to be maintained during the retreat, except for chanting and discussions with the teacher. All of these are, in fact, practices of silence, including chanting and exploration of Yoga philosophy and practices. If anyone does not feel well or needs to discuss anything, please let Swami know. (Please do your best not to disturb other participants.) All communication devices (phones, computers, etc.) are to be turned off at the beginning of the retreat, or left at home.

Please let family and friends know that you are going to be in retreat. If need be, they may contact the Triple Crane Retreat Centers office or Swami at (234) 262-1086. We strongly recommend that you detach from your device for the weekend.

Retreat Schedule


Friday, Day 1

3-6 PM Arrival Check-In

6:00 PM Dinner

7:00 PM Opening Prayer, Introductions, Retreat Overview

7:30 PM Satsang (silence begins) -Silent Meditation/Chanting Dharma Talk Topic: Silence

10:00 PM Lights Out Saturday,


Saturday, Day 2

5:30 AM Wake up bell

6:15 AM Satsang -Silent Meditation/Chanting Dharma Talk Topic: From Sound to Silence

8:15 AM Break 8:45AM Yoga Asana / Pranayama Class

10:30 AM Brunch 11:30 AM Discernment Workshop #1

12:30PM Individual Sadhana Spiritual Counseling with Swamiji Practice on your own (rest, meditate, journal..) Seva

4:30-6:00 PM Gentle Yoga Class

6:00 PM Dinner

7:00 PM Peace Chanting

7:30 PM Satsang - Silent Meditation/Chanting Dharma Talk Topic : Sadhana 10 PM Lights Out Sunday,


Sunday, Day 3

5:30 AM Wake up bell

6:15 AM Satsang -Silent Meditation/Chanting Dharma Talk Topic: Steps Towards Inner Peace

8:15 AM Break

8:30 AM Yoga Asana / Pranayama Class

10:30 AM Brunch

11:30 AM Discernment Workshop #2

12:30 PM Peace Walk

2:00 PM Closing Discussions, Prayers, and Arati - Practice of Silence Ends Share your insights & experiences of the weekend!

3:30 PM Program Ends

Space for this retreat is limited. Reserve your space at your earliest convenience. 

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