Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago

Vivekananda Retreat

Ganges Retreat

Vivekananda Retreat, Ganges, MI

Sri Ramakrishna used to say, Whenever you have leisure, go into solitude for a day or two. At that time, don't hold any conversation on worldly affairs. Live either in solitude or in the company of the holy.

The Vivekananda Retreat at Ganges, Michigan, provides a place for spiritual seekers to engage in prayer, meditation and study away from the distractions and cares of daily life. The Ganges retreat provides an atmosphere conducive to solitude and meditation in a non-sectarian context of reverence for all faiths, embodying the all-encompassing outlook of Sri Ramakrishna.

Ganges Retreat

The Chapel

Ganges Retreat

Evening vespers

Ganges Retreat

Devotees at the evening service

Daily activities include morning prayer at 5:15 a.m. and evening vesper service at 6:00 p.m.

Ganges Retreat

Conference room

A comprehensive library and a museum of religious artifacts from India are on the premises. An extensive bookstore is also available.

Ganges Retreat

Museum

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Dining Hall

In keeping with the monastic tradition, separate accommodations and facilities exist for men and women retreatants. Children, accompanied by their parents, are also welcome. For more information about our Ganges retreat center, you can email us at ganges@chicagovedanta.org.

On November 7, 2013, a Shrine Trail was inaugurated by Swami Suhitananda, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math and Mission. The mile-long trek along the trail takes one past shrines dedicated to the major religions of the world.

Ganges Retreat

Shrine Trail

Ganges Retreat

Shrine Trail

 

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