Kriya Yoga and The Path of Light in Rochester, New York

July 2024 – In Person Kriya Yoga Learning Retreat – @the Assisi Institute in Rochester, NY

Dates: July 22nd-26th, 2024

Location: 1400 North Winton Rd., Rochester, NY 14609 (

During this retreat we will meditate together daily, and participate in lectures and workshops to enable you to effectively practice and understand the process of Kriya Yoga. Kriya Initiation will be given for those who are prepared.

You are warmly invited to participate in a five-day intensive retreat rooted in the principals and practices of Kriya Yoga as taught by Paramahansa Yogananda and Roy Eugene Davis. Together, we will explore Kriya Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and meditation practices. Each day will also feature two group meditations, devotional chanting, and opportunities to take part in Qi Gong classes. Kriya initiation will be offered to individuals who are sincerely committed to this path. The retreat promises to be inspirational, informative, and enlightening for newcomers as well as seasoned kriyabans seeking to deepen their practice. Please plan to join us!

Cost: This retreat is offered on a donation basis. Donations will be accepted at the time of the retreat.

Registration: Registration begins March 1st, 2024. You can register through this link:

Housing and meals: There are many hotels available in the area. No meals will be provided; participants will be given ample time to find lunches and/or dinners off-campus.

Retreat Leaders

Isha Das
Craig Bullock (Isha Das) is an accomplished teacher, writer, lecturer, practicing psychotherapist, and spiritual director of The Assisi Institute in Rochester, New York. A former pastoral administrator at the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Rochester, Isha Das earned graduate degrees in Religious Studies from the University of Notre Dame and Clinical Psychology from the University of Duquesne. His education includes extensive study in psychology, spirituality, mysticism, world religions, and yoga. He counts Richard Rohr among his life-long friends and mentors. Isha Das was made a minister and official Kriya Yoga teacher by Roy Eugene Davis, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda.

Swami Nirvananda
Internationally-known musical and spiritual recording artist Swami Nirvanananda Saraswati will be joining us virtually (and in-person if possible) to lead devotional chanting. Merging the teachings of Kriya Yoga with the devotional aspect of Bhakti Yoga and the charitable path of Karma Yoga, Swami expresses unity in the diversity of many paths and religions which all lead to the same goal: Universal Love and Oneness With Spirit.

Ryan Kurczak
Ryan Kurczak is an international meditation teacher in the Kriya Yoga tradition. He was taught and ordained to teach by a direct student of Paramahansa Yogananda, Roy Eugene Davis. Ryan has authored several books on meditation and spirituality and hosts “The Kriya Yoga Podcast,” a bimonthly podcast dedicated to meditation and yoga. He is the director of the 2-year Kriya Yoga Apprenticeship Program and regularly leads retreats in the US and abroad.

Specific retreat agenda will be provided upon successful registration for the course.

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