Divya Shakti Retreat 2020


Shri Vivek of Niagara Falls, Canada, and Srimati Vilasini of CMWRC expound
upon ‘Finding Your Faith’ through Original Bhagavata.

This residential camp for Devis 21 and older will be held during Columbus Day
weekend from Friday, Oct 9th, 2020 through Monday, Oct 12th, 2020 at Chinmaya
Somnath in Chantilly, Virginia.
Early Registration: April 1 until June 30, - $200;
Regular Registration: July 1 until August 15, 2020 - $225;
Late Registration from August 16, 2020 - $250

Please note that this fee only covers the camp related expenses associated with the
camp including field trip arrangements and food during the camp.
Contact us: Divyashakti@chinmayadc.org

Shri Vivek

Having experienced much of what the world has to offer, from studying at the Ivy School of Business to traveling to almost fifty countries, Shri Vivek still sought more. Tired of the inconsistent peace associated with extrovert pursuits, he decided to turn his journey within.

In 2005, Shri Vivek was accepted to the intensive residential Vedanta Course at Chinmaya Mission’s Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in India. There he studied and lived under the guidance of Pujya Swami Tejomayananda for over two years!

Discovering that the only purpose of life is to be infinitely, constantly and unconditionally happy, Shri Vivek continues to explore this purpose by sharing the same with others.

Through his inspiring, innovative and insightful style, Shri Vivek makes Vedanta relevant, relatable and reachable. Intrigued that a young-adult born and raised in Canada would walk such an untraveled path, an array of community groups, academic forums, professional associations, medical departments and religious organizations around the world (i.e. The Office of the Pentagon in Washington, Regional Mental Health Care Hospital in London, etc.) have invited Shri Vivek to share his wisdom on Life and Living.

​Amidst all his efforts, Pujya Swami Tejomayananda has continuously blessed Shri Vivek with greater responsibilities: in 2008 as the Resident Acharya of Chinmaya Mission Niagara, in 2011 as the Deputy Director of Chinmaya Yuva Kendra West and in 2013 as the Visiting Acharya of Chinmaya Mission Pittsburgh.

Srimati Vilasini


Vilasini Balakrishnan, of Chinmaya Mission Washington Regional Center (CMWRC), spent her teen years questing for the meaning of life, and found her answer in India during her Junior semester abroad as a comparative philosophy student.  The greatest fortune of her life was meeting Swami Chinmayananda and beginning her Vedanta sadhana in 1975.  She graduated from Tufts with a B.S in philosophy, and in 1978, she graduated from the Mission's two-year Vedanta course at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in Mumbai.
Vilasiniji and her family organized Pujya Gurudev's first Jnana Yajna and Study Group in Washington D.C. in 1978.  Until 1981, Vilasiniji served Chinmaya Mission in Flint, Chicago, Boston, and Bay Area, where she taught Vedanta, Bala Vihar, and Study Groups.
From 1981 to 1984, Vilasiniji had the great blessing to serve as Pujya Gurudev's secretary, traveling with Gurudev to all his yajnas, videotaping his talks, and performing secretarial duties.
In 1984, she was assigned as Editor of CMW's (Chinmaya Mission West)  Mananam series. In 1986, Vilasiniji and her husband Suresh moved back to Washington, DC.  Both were founding members of CMWRC.  Gurudev also placed Vilasiniji on CMW's Board of Directors and later appointed her as CMW's Executive Secretary.
Vilasiniji became a licensed professional counselor and practices family and marriage counseling, in addition to teaching Vedanta classes for adults and serving as CMWRC's Regional Bala Vihar Director.  She loves teaching meditation and also Yoga Nidra to adults as well as youth.  Her Spiritual Parenting workshops are extremely popular.
People say of Vilasiniji, “She is always smiling, just as Gurudev tells us to Keep Smiling.”   She brings a natural wisdom and compassion to her classes and loves sharing with people the Science of Happiness that is Vedanta.

Our preferred method of payment is by e-Check. This also helps the payee avoid
the service charge levied by the credit card company. (We do not accept American

For details on cancellation policy please click here

Early Registration Open April 1 Until June 30, 2020 - $200
Regular Registration Open July 1 Until August 15, 2020 - $225
Late Registration from August 16, 2020 - $250

Applicable for Canadian Residents ONLY:
The payment portal DOES NOT accept Canadian e-checks.
For payment using checks, please calculate the Canadian equivalent of the
registration amount in US dollars. The check should be payable to "CMWRC”.
For any questions or issues with registration or address for mailing check, please
email us at divyashaktireg@chinmayadc.org.

If financial assistance is needed, please email divyashakti@chinmayadc.org.

From July 15th till Sept 15th, 50% of the registration fee will be refunded.

Starting Oct 1st, NO REFUNDS will be provided.

Cancellation requests must be submitted by filling the form valid
Click Here to cancel Registration!

The refund check will be made and mailed to the address provided in the registration.

Daily Packing List -

All participants must bring these items to camp daily:

● A notebook

● Pencils/Pens

● Refillable Water bottle

● Athletic clothes

● Running shoes and socks

Email: divyashakti@chinmayadc.org

Chinmaya Somnath: https://chinmayasomnath.chinmayadc.org

Chinmaya Mission Washington Regional center:  https://www.chinmayadc.org