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Arrival: Monday, September 9
Departure: Friday, September 13, 2013

Tuition: $150

Accommodation options for the 4 night stay, per person:
Tent - $200
Dorm (4 person) - $260
Cabin (2 person) - $340
Cabin (1 person) - $560
Deluxe Shared (3 person) - $380
Deluxe Shared (2 person) - $480
Deluxe Cabin (1 person) - $780

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Dates given are when you should plan to arrive and leave and may not be actual dates of instruction. All deposits and payments are non-refundable.

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Swami Omkarananda



The New Cosmology and Universe Story - An interfaith dialog retreat

Monday, September 9—Friday, September 13, 2013
Joseph Mitchell, CP • Swami Omkarananda • Rev. Peter Rood • Michael Nagler •

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What is the new cosmology?

A cosmology is the assumption a culture has about the nature of the world and the role of the human within it.  In 1543, Copernicus articulated a cosmology - he announced to a startled Europe that the Earth was not stationary, but was sailing rapidly through space as it spun around the Sun.  This was difficult news to take in all at once, but over time the Europeans reinvented their entire civilization in light of this strange new fact about the Universe. The fundamental institutions of the medieval world, including the monarchies, the church, the feudal economic system, and the medieval sense of self, melted away as a radically different civilization was constructed.

Today's World

We live in a similar moment of breakdown and creativity. The cosmological discovery that shatters nearly everything upon which the modern age was built is the discovery that the universe came into existence 13.7 billion years ago and is so complex that life and intelligence are now seen to be a nearly inevitable construction of evolutionary dynamics.

Brian Swimme, The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos

Retreat Description

During this interfaith dialog retreat, Fr. Joe Mitchell will help us explore the concept that while humans may be a unique dimension of the Earth and universe, we are not separate from it.  Learn about the extraordinary shift taking place in our understanding of the world and our place as humans within it.

The recent discovery of the birth and evolution of the universe represents a dramatic change in human self-understanding. We humans are just waking up and beginning to consider what it means to be part of a universe that is alive. In down-to-earth terms, this workshop will examine the shift that is taking place in our understanding of the world, the opportunities it presents to the human community, and the implication it has for people of faith.

Daily Schedule

6-8am Satsang: Silent meditation, chanting and lecture on New Cosmology

8.00 light breakfast
8.30-10am  Dialog session on New Cosmology
10am Brunch, 11am Karma Yoga, selfless service
12-1.30pm New Cosmology workshop
2-4pm Dialog session on New Cosmology

4-6pm Yoga Class or Free Time and Nature walks
6pm Dinner, 7-8pm Free Time
8-10pm Satsang: meditation, chanting and lecture on New Cosmology

The workshops and lectures are open to all staff and guests. The dialog sessions are for those who are registered on the retreat.

Arrival and Departure

The course will begin at 7pm on Monday September 9th with Orientation followed by Satsang, and will end on September 13th.

We encourage you to arrive by 4pm on Monday, making the most out of the afternoon by joining us for the Asana class and dinner. You are always welcome and encouraged to extend your stay to any length before or after the course. Please indicate your desired arrival and departure dates on your registration form (click 'register' on left).

What to Bring

slip on shoes, loose comfortable clothing, writing materials, meditation shawl or blanket, yoga mat, flashlight.

All books and materials are available in our boutique.


To reserve a place for this course, please register online or email Then please call to give us your credit card deposit and confirm your reservation. A deposit paying for your first night's stay is required for your reservation. Please note that in case of cancellation, no refund will be given. A credit note for other programs at the Yoga Farm (valid for one year) will be given.

Presented by

Joseph Mitchell, CP About Joseph Mitchell, CP
Joe Mitchell is a Catholic priest and member of the Passionist religious community. He studied theology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and earned a graduate degree in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies. His ministry includes presenting retreats in Christian spirituality, meditation courses, religious environmental programs, as well as workshops in the new cosmology and Great Work.  

Swami OmkaranandaAbout Swami Omkarananda
Swami Omkarananda is a radiant Yogini renunciate who has more than 20 years of experience in Yoga and meditation. She is the current director of the Sivananda Los Angeles Yoga Center and was assistant director at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm for many years. She had a medical background in England and hails from Australia originally. She earned her Certificate in Permaculture Design and Advanced Permaculture from Mid West Permaculture and is now passionate about bringing Yoga and the Environment together at this exciting time of Transition. Her practical lectures are about Yoga philosophy, Vedanta and how to deal with emotions and mind in times of transition.

Rev. Peter RoodAbout Rev. Peter Rood
Peter was ordained in 1994 and became rector of Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, Westchester in Los Angeles in 2002. He is active in peace and justice causes in his local area and is engaged in and enriched by dialogue with those of other faiths. He is the director of the World Community for Christian Meditation, California Center; a board member of The Guibord Center, Religion Inside Out; and a member of the Hindu-Episcopal Dialogue Group of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. He also coordinates a very active Community Garden in the church grounds.  

Michael NaglerAbout Michael Nagler
Michael Nagler is Professor emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature at UC, Berkeley, where he co-founded the Peace and Conflict Studies Program in which he taught the immensely popular nonviolence course that was webcast in its entirety as well as PACS 90, “Meditation” and a sophomore seminar called “Why Are We Here? Great Writing on the Meaning of Life” for fifteen years.