12–14 July 2019
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva Ashram
Soquel, California

A prelude to Sri Govinda Mela 2019


The retreat is open to anyone regardless of age, ethnicity, or faith and is an ideal opportunity to:

  • Immerse yourself in the practice of bhakti-yoga
  • Reflect on your path in life and how you can go forward
  • Develop friendships with fellow spiritual seekers


We have an inspiring lined up of activities which includes:

  • Classes on bhakti-yoga
  • Kirtan workshops
  • Devotional cooking workshops
  • Sanskrit mantra workshop
  • Devotional ceremonies
  • Time for personal reflection
  • Free Spirit Theatre
  • Nature walks
  • Beach bonfire

You can view the full schedule of activities in the Retreat Guidelines.


The retreat will take place in the foothills of the Santa Cruz mountains in a picturesque gorge on the 28 acre premises of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva Ashram, a sacred place dedicated to the practice of bhakti-yoga.

The ashram was founded by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj and is the spiritual home of a large devotional community.


We are offering a limited number of dorm rooms and camping space on the ashram grounds for all retreat guests to pitch tents or park recreational vehicles. Our facilities are rustic but we hope to make everyone feel at home, and we can provide camping equipment for anyone who requires it.


During your stay, we will provide you with a full meal plan of prasadam (sanctified food). If you have any special dietary needs, let us know and we will be happy to accommodate you.


The retreat is free as an offering from our hearts to any who would like to participate.

We simply ask that at the end of the retreat you make a contribution to help cover the expenses if indeed you are able and inclined to do so.

An initial deposit of $20 is requested, however, from each participant at the time of registering to confirm everyone’s participation.


For more information on all aspects of the retreat, please read the Retreat Guidelines.

Reserve your spot

Space is limited for this retreat, so please register as soon as you are able, and if you have any questions about the retreat, please feel free to send an email.