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
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.
Daily activities include morning prayer at 5:15 a.m. and evening vesper service at 6:00 p.m.
A comprehensive library and a museum of religious artifacts from India are on the premises. An extensive bookstore is also available.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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