The workshop is based on the book, The Life of ‘I’ – On the Sadhana Trail written by Swamiji himself. It details the discovery of the True Self that is made through the story of an agnostic who becomes an ardent seeker. Workshop will be interactive with group discussions and activities. Workshop will cover the four paths of Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Dhyana Yoga and Jnana Yoga.

Swami Ishwarananda is one of the Directors of Chinmaya Mission West (CMW) which oversees the activities of Chinmaya Mission in North America and Swamiji is the resident Acharya of Chinmaya Mission Los Angeles. An accomplished master of Vedantic philosophy, Swamiji explains the universality of spiritual teachings in an extremely simplified manner to enable the audience to grasp the concepts and for a seeker to implement the teachings in day-to-day living. Several companies, universities and inter-faith consortiums routinely reach out to Swamiji for delivering talks to their employees, students and congregations on several topics.

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Swami Ishwarananda:

Swami Ishwarananda is the Head Acharya of Chinmaya Mission, Los Angeles and one of the Directors of Chinmaya Mission West (CMW). An accomplished master of Vedantic philosophy, Swamiji explains the universality of spiritual teachings in an extremely simplified manner for seekers to implement the teachings in day-to-day living. He is a popular spiritual and management speaker in the US.
Swamiji is also a very discerning author providing deep scriptural imports in well-known books like Conscious Living, Silent Search, Mukunda Mala, Dew Drops, Pathways to Peace, Guru Stotram and The Life of I. Swamiji’s teachings are full of light, love, humor and practical wisdom.

Amita Jain:

Amita Jain will be offering yoga and pranayama classes at the retreat.

Amita is a certified Hatha Yoga and Yoga Therapy teacher, certified Ayurvedic Medicine Practitioner, and certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. Amita has studied and practiced Ayurveda, Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy for over 20 years and in 2017 founded a nonprofit, Vedic Health. Amita's work is dedicated to Chinmaya Mission and Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda for his selfless service and loving guidance to millions and to Swami Dheerananda for his tireless, continuous pursuit in leading Chinmaya Mission DC chapter, as the resident Acharya of CMWRC.



This workshop is for everyone from non-believers to serious students of Vedanta.

  1. It is the story of how an atheist finds meaning in life and spirituality, so if you are an atheist do come and see how this story may shape your own thinking.
  2. If you are a dabbler in spirituality then come and learn how to strengthen your sadhana and..
  3. If you are a practicing sadhak, then use this opportunity to delve into the questions, reflect on the answers and make a leap in your understanding and spiritual practice.

You will learn from one of the most dynamic and engaging speakers of our time; And Swamiji has written the book he will be using so you will hear from the author himself.

The yoga and pranayama lessons will further calm and invigorate your body and mind.

We will take care of the tea/snacks/meals – you just need to come, immerse yourself in the teachings, engage your BMI (Body, Mind, Intellect), learn and grow.

If one weekend can change your life then this maybe that weekend…. don’t miss this golden opportunity to learn from one of the most inspiring, modern sages of our time.

We hope to see you at the workshop, come join us!


a. What is Chinmaya Mission?
Chinmaya Mission is an International spiritual organization founded by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda, in the early 1950’s. Today there are hundreds of Mission centers around the world. The goal of the Mission is to share teachings from Hindu scriptures to all citizens of the world; young and old, men and women, of any cultural background. Through lecture series and satsangs, the teachers in the Mission help individuals interpret the scriptures, and incorporate that which is meaningful into our lives.

b. What is Life of I Workshop?
This workshop is a weekend get-away, to gain an enriching, holistic experience through spiritual discourses and group discussion, based on Hindu philosophy. From this workshop we hope participants will get an opportunity to renew and rejuvenate one’s mind, and find a natural balance and confidence in managing the many activities of their daily lives. The retreat is based on the book, Life of ‘I’, by Swami Ishwarananda and offered in a workshop format with yoga classes that complement the teachings.

c. What are the benefits I will gain from this retreat?
This is a weekend get-away from your routine responsibilities, where you will enjoy the company of other sadhaks, listen to learned teachers of Hindu philosophy, and understand ways to manage everyday pressures of work, family, and life mindfully, and with less stress.

d. Who is the target audience for this retreat?
People of any age, culture, denomination or religion are welcome to attend this retreat. There will be a limited availability so register at your earliest convenience.

e. Is it necessary to attend the whole weekend retreat, Saturday and Sunday?
Participation for the entire retreat is not mandatory. Participants can attend as much of the retreat as they are able. In order to gain the maximum benefit from this retreat attendance at all the workshop sessions held throughout the weekend is recommended. Since we are planning meals as part of the retreat it would really be helpful if you can register in advance.

f. Where is the retreat being held?
The CMWRC Life of I workshop is being held in Chinmayam, the Silver Spring chapter of Chinmaya Mission Washington Regional Center. The address is 46 Norwood Road, Silver Spring, MD , 20905.

g. Who will conduct this workshop?
The workshop will be conducted by Swami Ishwarananda who is the resident Acharya of CMLA. Swamiji is a senior monk of Chinmaya Mission, the resident Acharya of Chinmaya Mission Los Angeles, an avid traveler and a very inspiring, motivational speaker, not to be missed. Yoga classes will be taught by Amita Jain who is the yoga teacher for Silver Spring chapter of CMWRC.

h. What does my registration fee include?
Your registration fee of $108 pays for all the workshops sessions, textbook, yoga classes, vegetarian meals, and Acharya expenses. Payment can be made by Check to Chinmaya Mission Washington Regional Center, or by credit card or e-check at the website. Payment by credit card will include the processing fee. If you want to mail a check, please make it payable to CMWRC and mail to Deepa Krishnan, 7819 Stable Way, Potomac, MD, 20854.

i. What is the cancellation policy?
Registration fees are refundable up to April 1st. There will be a processing charge of $50 for any cancellations.

j. Where can I stay if I am coming from out of town?
If you are an out of town resident, we can find a host family for you to stay with. Also if you are coming from Virginia or Frederick and want to stay closer to the venue, we can find a family to host you.

k. Which airport do I arrive to, if I am flying in for the retreat?
Please fly into Washington Reagan or Washington Dulles airports. Please send us your flight details and our transportation coordinator maybe able to arrange pick up by a volunteer. We recommend that that your flight arrive on Friday evening and depart after 5 pm Sunday.

l. What should I bring to the workshop?
Comfortable, casual clothing for the weekend, yoga clothes, yoga mat, a notebook and pen and a reusable water bottle for your use.

m. Is there childcare available at the workshop?
There will be no childcare available.

n. Who do I contact for more information about the workshop, lodging, etc.….?
Please contact the organizers at OR you can call one of the contacts mentioned in the flyer.

For queries and further details, please contact

Hari Om!
CMWRC Life of I Workshop Team