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Joshua Tree Retreat


Joshua Tree Retreat

Meditation and Rounding Retreat – Joshua Tree

Thursday, April 20 to Sunday, April 23, 2017

Nourish your inner potential.  Joshua Tree is sacred land known for its healing and restorative power.  Learn traditional Vedic techniques of meditation immersed in the unique beauty of California's high desert.  Gentle yoga and pranayama classes multiply the depth of your practice.  Develop strategies to integrate daily meditation with modern living and expertise in the mind-body dynamics of meditation. 

You will be surrounded by beautiful scenery while being supported by a lovely community of meditators and experienced teachers.  Savor delicious vegetarian cuisine that you will talk about for months to come.  Enjoy soaking in salt water pools, day hikes in Joshua Tree National Park and a sonic healing session at the world-famous Integratron.

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New Meditators

Vedic Meditation is one of the oldest and most natural forms of meditation. It is practiced for 20 minutes twice a day, while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. Even children learn this technique with ease and yet, students report results in a matter of weeks. Benefits include lowered blood pressure, increased efficiency, better sleep and overall happiness.

You will receive a personal mantra and personalized instruction for four days ensuring that you have a sustainable practice for a lifetime. Once you have finished the course, you will be a self-sufficient meditator, but will continue to receive support for a lifetime by way of free group meditations and email check-ins.

The Joshua Tree Retreat is a great opportunity for total immersion into your new practice. In addition to the course, you can participate in Rounding and group meditations. To learn more about the meditation practice, please email Vi at

Experienced Meditators - The Rounding Technique

You will learn the technique of Rounding, a process of gentle stretches, breathing exercises and deep and prolonged meditation that allows for the deepest rest and relaxation.  A three-day weekend Rounding retreat is the equivalent of six months of morning and evening meditations. Meditation retreats provide an opportunity to gain deep layers of rest and release accumulated stress, leaving you feeling refreshed and revitalized for months to come. You will come home feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the world.

We will also have nightly discussions on advanced Vedic knowledge.


Your Teachers

Your Teachers


Christian Bevacqua

Christian Bevacqua is an independent teacher of Vedic Meditation, working with individuals to sustain balance and achieve success in all areas of their personal and professional lives.  He was taught Vedic Meditation by Thom Knoles, and in 2007 and has been teaching the Vedic Meditation technique full time for nearly 10 years.  

Since 2014, Christian has worked closely with his mentor Thom Knoles to train over 50 new teachers of Vedic Meditation.  

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Christian was born in Brooklyn, New York.  He served as a technical consultant to several Wall Street firms throughout the 1990s while also nurturing a successful music career.  A father of two, he teaches full time in Venice, CA. 


Vi Rucks 

Vi Rucks is the founder of Effortless Glow and a qualified independent teacher of Vedic Meditation based in Laguna Beach, CA. After years of advanced studies of Vedic Meditation, she spent 3 months in the Indian Himalayas to learn the art of teaching this practice.

Vi is passionate about teaching people the tools for personal transformation to improve their career, health and lifestyle. Her approach of complex situations and her ability to make them approachable to her students has earned her their trust and confidence.

She has a background in finance after 8 years of working at a boutique hedge fund in Los Angeles. This experience highlighted the improvements that meditation provides and the capacity of a mind that is well rested.


Retreat Information

Retreat Information

What is included

-    Daily lecture and instruction
-    Sonic Healing at the world-renowned
-    Gentle hikes in Joshua Tree National Park (New
     meditators only)

-        3 nights of accommodations
-        Nourishing vegetarian meals By Chef Kat
-     Refreshing outdoor saltwater pool and jacuzzi
-     Beautiful walking trails

REtreat Packages

Rounding Retreat (Vedic Meditators)
Shared: $795 per person
Private: $1225

Learn Vedic Meditation
Shared: $1495 Per Person
Private: $1825


 * Spaces are limited. Prices increase by $200 after March 13 for Rounding Retreat participants.
**All participants will have the opportunity to learn how to practice Rounding




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