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Spring Four-Day Online Study Retreat

Date: 10-13 May 2024

Join us online for our four-day spring retreat and study the oral tradition of Swami Lakshmanjoo. The online study retreat will be held during the days following the May 9th birthday celebration of our beloved Gurudev Swami Lakshmanjoo. All are warmly welcomed regardless of their knowledge of Kashmir Shaivism. Register below.


Date: 10-13 of May 2024
Location: Online
Cost: $400 (one-time payment or two installments)
Scholarships available here

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We hope you will join us for this unique opportunity to study Kashmir Shaivism with John & Denise Hughes and George Barselaar (long-term devotees of Swamiji). This four-day workshop - Spring Retreat starts Friday, May 10th through Monday, May 13th.

Drawing from the oral tradition of Kashmir Shaivism as revealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo, we will examine several important texts central to the philosophy and practice of this great tradition of Kashmir Shaivism. We will have in-depth discussions, and Q&A, to make the teachings more applicable to your spiritual practice and life.

Each day begins at 8 am with yoga, followed by meditation and recitation of Sanskrit verses specially selected for worship (puja) by Swamiji.

Sample Retreat Schedule (subject to change)


Livestream online and recordings will be provided at the end of the day. Information will be sent to you upon registration. To join this retreat it requires you to have a computer (ideally) or a smartphone with the Zoom app, an internet connection, and a headphone set (optional).


The cost is $400 for the four-day retreat from May 10th through May 13th. 

If you are not able to make it to the Livestream retreat recordings will be provided at the end of each day.

Course leaders:

Discussions will be led by John and Denise Hughes and George Barselaar, all of whom studied directly with Swami Lakshmanjoo. The emcee is Shanna Hughes. Claudia Dose works in the background.

Swami Lakshmanjoo:

Born in 1907, Swami Lakshmanjoo was the last in an unbroken line of Kashmir Shaiva masters. As a boy, his life was filled with a spiritual thirst to know and realize God. From a very early age, he was filled with spiritual experiences. As Swamiji grew older his desire to completely realize and apprehend the world of spirituality became paramount. He devoted his whole life to teaching Kashmir Shaivism to those who asked and translating and commenting on what he considered to be the most important texts of this system. He became renowned as a philosopher saint steeped in the tradition of Kashmir Shaivism. With the growing interest in Kashmir Shaivism over the last thirty years, hardly any publication has appeared without a mention of his name. He left his body in 1991. Read more...

We will be listening to the recordings of his teachings and study along with the transcripts.

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