Revered Pravrajika Vivekaprana, a senior sannyasini of Sri Sarada Math, has accepted an invitation to travel to the East and West coasts of the U.S. in the fall of 2016. Her visit will herald the beginning of Sister Nivedita’s 150th birth anniversary. A tour outline with contact information is given below.

The organizers of Pravrajika Vivekaprana’s visit invite you to help with the expenses of the tour, including airline tickets, travel insurance, and visa costs. Tax-deductible donations may be given by a check payable to Sri Sarada Society and sent to P. O. Box 38116, Albany, NY 12203. Please note “Vivekaprana’s visit 2016” on the check.

Pravrajika Vivekaprana is presently head of the retreat center of the Ramakrishna Sarada Mission at Pangot, district Nainital. She first lectured abroad in 1989 and since then has visited Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Holland, the United States, and Uruguay. She speaks from her own realization and understanding of Swamiji’s teachings and does so in a way that this ancient Indian philosophy becomes relevant and practical to our daily lives.formed.

East Coast Retreats: August 27–September 20

Contact: Caroline Williams by email at or phone 732-456-4015

For accommodations at Vivekananda Retreat Ridgely in Stone Ridge, New York,

please apply online at

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.


Pravrajika Vivekaprana Returns to the West in 2016

Retreat 1—The Relationship between Sri Ramakrishna and Narendranath

Tuesday, August 30 through Friday, September 2, 2016 (Four-day retreat)

Symposium—Inspired to Action: Western Women and

Swami Vivekananda

Sunday, September 4 through Monday, September 5, 2016

  1. Sunday AM: Pravrajika Vivekaprana will speak on how Sister Nivedita presented

  2. the message of Swami Vivekananda in The Master as I Saw Him.

  3. Sunday PM: An informal session on Western women inspired to action, including

  4. Pravrajika Gitaprana’s  presentation on “Events at Ridgely: Western Women and Swamiji.”

  5. Monday AM: Swami Yogatmananda speaks on “Swami Vivekananda and

  6. Western Women Disciples.”

Retreat 2—Action, or Karma, As a Path to Freedom

Thursday, September 8 through Saturday, September 17, 2016

(Nine-day retreat—No class on September 12)


Special PresentationThe Guru–Disciple Relationship between

Sister Nivedita (Margaret Noble) and Swami Vivekananda

Saturday, September 24, 2016

At the First Unitarian Church, in Oakland,

where Swami Vivekananda spoke in March 1900

Retreat 1—Understanding Raja Yoga for the West

Monday, September 26 through Friday, September 30, 2016

Retreat 2—The Universe and the Individual: The Macrocosm

and the Microcosm

Monday, October 3 through Friday, October 7, 2016

Retreat 3—Inquiry into the Nature of the Seer and What is Seen

Monday, October 10 through Friday, October 14, 2016

All West Coast retreats begin with a community lunch on Monday

and end after a community lunch on Friday.

West Coast Retreats: September 21–October 17

Contact: Mary (Archana) Tamraz by email at or phone 209-217-4026

For accommodations at Mercy Retreat Center in Auburn, California, please contact Mary Tamraz.

Reservations made before May 1, 2016, will receive a discount.

Vivekananda Retreat, Ridgely


Mercy Retreat Center