Begin Your 2023 Soul Pilgrimage





Thu. Dec 29, '22 - Sun. Jan 1, '23

Center for Spiritual Enlightenment - San Jose, CA

Undertake the pilgrimage rooted in dharma. To pursue knowledge and to live a self-disciplined life is a great pilgrimage. In the pilgrimage of the mind, bathe in the water of truth that holds the heart with faith in what endures. –Mahabharata

Experience the complete practice of Kriya Yoga which includes contemplation of higher realities, instruction in pranayama and superconscious meditation, and essential guidelines for health, vitality, and harmonious relationships.




Discover a sense of spaciousness in a pristine natural environment to restore vitality and bring greater clarity to mind and body.



Create a sacred, private space at home to experience the retreat and focus on spiritual and physical self-care.



Immersive Experience

The New Year stretches out before us as a dharmic field of divine possibility. Enter that field purposefully with your innate soul powers of intention, clear discernment, and surrendered devotion.


Join Yogacharya O'Brian for this opportunity to be immersed in spiritual practices that illumine the mind, balance the body, support well-being, and offer the life-enhancing keys to Self- and God-realization.

The Retreat Includes

Kriya Yoga philosophy, practice, & initiation
A sankalpa (intention) mantra ritual to begin the New Year
Instruction in mantra, pranayama, and superconscious meditation
Tools and guidelines for increasing vitality and overall well-being
Methods for insight and experience of higher realities
Daily meditation sessions
Easy to follow gentle Hatha Yoga sessions and dietary guidelines
Instruction for creating a conducive home environment for retreat

Additional Support Features

Supplemental Material

Get access to exclusive written material such as downloadable booklets, session handouts, practice instructions, and other inspirational material to support you during and after the retreat.

Q&A with Yogacharya

Sincere inquiry and engagement with a spiritual teacher brings these timeless teachings and methods into the present moment of our lives in a personal and relevant way.

Session Recordings

All live session recordings will be available for viewing shortly after the end of each session to accommodate participation in different time zones.

About the Experience

Onsite Retreat

An onsite retreat offers a sense of spaciousness in a pristine natural environment to restore vitality and bring greater clarity to mind and body. The structure of the retreat program provides the opportunity to immerse yourself in spiritual practices and directly experience the transformation that is possible as you explore the unfolding of the true Self.

NOTE: Early morning meditation, Hatha Yoga, and evening sessions are offered online only for all retreat participants. See schedule for details.

Enjoy the ease of commuting to the Center for the morning and afternoon sessions and returning home to sleep in your own bed.

Limited onsite retreat housing available.

In-person study, practice & initiation by Yogacharya

An opportunity to be with Yogacharya as she opens a doorway to seekers around the globe to imbibe the spiritual possibilities of radiant living through the life-transforming practices of Kriya Yoga.

Find yourself in the oasis of peace

The onsite community setting provides a safe and uplifting environment for discovering the self, avoiding distractions, and being nurtured with comfortable surroundings and nutritious meals.

COVID-19 health and safety protocols are in place. Refer to CSE's website for details.

Experience Satsang

Sitting in the actual presence of the teacher and other spiritual practitioners is an uplifting, beneficial environment for spiritual study, practice, and initiation. The intentionality of the group energy supports focus and profound meditation experiences.

Explore the Gardens

Enjoy the beautiful and serene meditation gardens. Walk the Labyrinth and the Radiant Path, access an expansive perspective beneath the vast ancient oak in the Oak Tree Garden, be renewed at the Fountain, or sit on one of the benches throughout the garden.

Meditate in the Temple

As a sanctuary dedicated to meditation and prayer, the pristine temple resounds with the sacred silence of divine communion. Just to sit in the temple is a prayer that resonates with healing energy for the body, mind, and spirit.

Online (at-home) Retreat

Online (at-home) participation provides an opportunity to experience the retreat from the comfort of your home and focus on spiritual and physical self-care. The structure of the retreat program supports complete immersion in spiritual practices and the direct experience of transformation that is possible as you explore the unfolding of the true Self.

Initiation into Kriya Yoga during the retreat is available for those participating online.

Be part of the global community

Tune in to live sessions and connect to the teacher’s energy and the lineage of the teachings. The online experience makes it possible to witness the universal approach and accessibility of Kriya Yoga for practitioners worldwide. Experience the profound connection across space and time.

Unique benefits that can only be experienced in an online retreat

Create a sacred, private space at home to support your meditation and self-care practices during the retreat and beyond. The retreat teachings for setting up your practice space at home will have a lasting, valuable impact on your environment.

You don't have to travel far to have a connected, deep, and profound experience of being on a spiritual retreat. Post-retreat integration of the teachings and practices into your home can be seamless.

Create a Practice Space

Learn how to create an intentional space to make it easy for you to build and sustain your daily practice during the retreat and beyond.

Uplift Your Environment

Build positive spiritual energy in your home by engaging in a consistent practice of meditation and other spiritual disciplines.

Integrate Self-Care

Bring healthy self-care practices into your home environment and seamlessly integrate them into your daily life.

About Kriya Yoga

Kriya Yoga, brought to the West from India by the great yoga master, Paramahansa Yogananda, is a way to sanctify one's life through four essential disciplines—contemplation, meditation, dharmic living in harmony with all life, and surrender of the sense of separate existence.

'Kriya' means 'action,' and 'yoga' means conscious union of body, mind, soul, and Spirit. In the highest sense, Yoga is realizing we are one with the Infinite—integrally connected with all that is. 'Kriya Yoga' indicates those actions we take that contribute to the realization of this innate wholeness.

Live Simply

Kriya Yoga is a way of life, a path for intentional, spiritually conscious living. Receive guidelines, inspiration, and practices for discovering your life purpose, living fully, and living well. Learn the art of self-mastery and arrange conditions for your highest success.

Love Abundantly

Yoga is Self-realization. It is the experience of conscious connection with the divine Self within and all around us. Kriya Yoga supports an awakened life that includes body, mind, heart, soul, and relationships.

Awaken Fully

To awaken fully is to realize the truth of our essence of being and that of Ultimate Reality. It makes the unencumbered life possible. We are free to thrive and contribute in dynamic and positive ways to the well-being of all. This is the goal of Kriya Yoga.

About Yogacharya O'Brian

Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian, spiritual director of Center for Spiritual Enlightenment—a Kriya Yoga Meditation Center with headquarters in San Jose, California—is a meditation teacher, poet, and writer who has been teaching Kriya Yoga for more than 40 years. Ordained in 1982 by Roy Eugene Davis, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, her message is “engaged enlightenment,” an invitation to live an awakened, creatively inspired, and fulfilled life.

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Begin Your 2023 soul pilgrimage

Live Simply ~ Love Abundantly~ Awaken Fully

With the opening of the New Year, all the closed portals of limitations will be thrown open and I shall move through them to vaster fields, where my worthwhile dreams of life will be fulfilled.

—Paramahansa Yogananda

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