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Program Description

The combined practices of meditation and yoga help you achieve a relaxed body, a focused mind, and inner peace. They work together to achieve a body-mind-spirit balance in life.  This retreat will explore practical meditation and yoga teachings that you can practice at home or wherever you are. While working on your inner self, you will also enjoy nourishing and delicious food and the beauty and serenity that surrounds the Prama Institute.

What makes this retreat special?

  • Check out meditation and yoga with experienced teachers
  •  Add meditation to your practice of yoga
  • Learn to de-stress whenever you want to
  • Navigate difficulties in your life
  • Learn about the neuro-science of meditation practice
  • Find your inner balance
  • Develop a regular home practice of meditation and yoga
  • Have fun, eat good food, and enjoy nature


When:  July 28 – 30, 2017

Location:  Prama Institute

Program: Find Your Mantra – Meditation Retreat

Faculty:  Howard Nemon, Sid Jordan

Cost & Registration

Shared Accommodation

Early Bird – $350 (Before June 28)

Regular Price – $395 (After June 28)

Private Accommodation

Early Bird – $450 (Before June 28)

Early Bird – $495 (After June 28)


Retreat Highlights


Silence is observed from Friday night and ends at lunch on Sunday.  Guided meditation classes are given throughout the weekend.  This program is ideal for beginners and those with an established meditation practice.

Yoga Asanas

This weekend also features 4 yoga classes.  Yoga is a great compliment to meditation.  Not only does it help to stretch the joints and muscles after siting, but it also helps to balance the glands and hormones; making concentration easier.

Delicious Vegetarian Cusine

Prama is well known for it’s delicious meals, prepared with love and intention.  Your tuition includes all meals and accommodation.  We can accommodate almost any diet.  Please let us know any dietary restrictions you have.

Education & Support

A key component to this retreat is the knowledge, support and guidance from our facilitators.  We take the time to explain our techniques and the philosophy behind them.  In addition, the group support is helpful in deepening your practice.

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Prama Facilities

Our 1300 sq ft dome features bamboo floors with in-floor, passive solar heating, air conditioning, and space for up to 30 yoga mats.  This sacred space is where all the group meditations and classes are held.

The Prama Institute’s eco-friendly dorm rooms feature 28 beds with privacy curtains, pillows, fitted bottom sheets and personal reading lamps.  Full linen service is available on request for a small fee.  Dorms are heated with in-floor heating.  Bathrooms are conveniently located down the hall and feature granite counter tops and warm tile flooring.

Prama also features 3 beautiful private rooms with semi-private showers and bathrooms.  These rooms can be booked for an additional fee if space is available.

What To Expect

  • 4 yoga classes (All levels welcome)
  • 4 meditation classes (All levels welcome)
  • 4 workshops on meditation (All levels welcome)
  • Access to 120 acres of natural beauty and hiking trails
  • Shared accommodation
  • All delicious gourmet vegetarian meals

Cancellation Policy

Prama Institute reserves the right to cancel a ‘Prama Institute Organized’ program at any time.  If the Prama Intsitute cancels a program, you will be given a  minimum of 1 weeks notice and receive a full refund.  Cancellations by Prama Institute can be transferred to other Prama organized programs.

Refunds are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to fourteen days before the start date of the program.  If a cancellation occurs between fourteen and two days before the start date of the program, your fee can be transferred to any other Prama organized program (less a $50 cancellation fee) within one year.  No credits or refunds are available for cancellations two days or less before the start date of a program, or for no-shows, or for leaving an event early.  People cancelling 14 days or less before the start of a program can also transfer their space and fee to an unregistered participant.  Please allow seven days for processing of fees.   Refunds will be issued by check.

Event Tickets are non-refundable.

For any questions regarding this Cancellation Policy, please contact info@pramainstitute.org or (828) 649-9408.

Sample Schedule

Arrival Day

3:00 – 5:00    Arrival/Registration

5:00 – 6:30    Yoga Class

6:30 – 7:00    Retreat Orientation

7:00 – 7:30    Group Meditation

7:30 – 8:30    Dinner

8:30 – 9:30    Evening Program

9:30 – 10:00    Free Time

Full Retreat Days

6:30 – 7:00    Wake-up

7:00 – 8:15    Yoga class

8:15 – 9:00    Group Meditation

9:00 – 10:00    Breakfast

10:00 –12:00    Morning Workshop

12:00 – 12:30    Free Time

12:30 – 1:30    Lunch

1:30 – 2:00    Free time

2:00 – 4:00    Afternoon Workshop

4:00 – 5:30    Yoga Class

5:30 – 7:00    Group Meditation, Talk

7:00 – 8:00    Dinner

8:00 – 9:00    Evening Program

9:00 – 10:00    Free Time

10:00    Lights out

Departure Day

6:30 – 7:00    Wake-up

7:00 – 8:15    Yoga class

8:15 – 9:00    Group Meditation

9:00 – 10:00    Breakfast

10:00 –12:00    Morning Workshop

12:00 – 1:00    Meditation

1:00 – 2:00    Lunch and Departure


Dr. Sid Jordan

Sid Jordan has combined a career as a licensed clinical psychologist and yoga teacher since 1971. As a clinical psychologist, he taught psychotherapy and community psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and served as director of the Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Services in a community center at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC over a period of 25 years. Since 1994, he has been developing a green intentional community north of Asheville on 140 acres of land.

howard2Howard Nemon

Howard was initiated into yoga meditation in 1972. He recevied extensive training in yoga philosophy and practices in the US and in India. For over 35 years, he has shared his deep knowledge of yogic practices through lectures, workshops and retreats in Asia, South America, and the US.  Howard has assisted hundreds of people in adopting a diet that is more conducive to their physical, mental, and spiritual development.

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