Vedic Meditation Retreats

For a sustained Practice

Meditation and Rounding Retreat

Nourish your inner potential in the beautiful hills of Ojai.  Advance your Vedic Meditation practice, or learn this traditional technique of meditation surrounded by abundant fruit and nut orchards in a ranch-style accommodation.

Gentle yoga stretches and breath work classes will multiply the depth of your practice.  You will work one-on-one with skilled instructors to develop strategies to integrate the benefits of daily meditation into modern living.  Develop your experience and understanding of the mind-body dynamics of meditation using a retreat program specifically tailored to your needs.

Enjoy the comfort and support of a loving community of meditators and experienced teachers.  Retreat settings are an ideal way to relax, unplug and unwind.

After savoring delicious Ayurvedic meals, you can enjoy beautiful nature walks or a casual dip in the pool or jacuzzi.

Our daily knowledge talks, group discussions and personal mentoring sessions are designed to elevate you to a whole new level.


After the retreat, I felt rainbows coursing through me. Literally, rainbows and stars were pumping through me and there was nothing in life that could bring me down. Pure bliss! I definitely recommend anyone who is looking for a way to release stress and refocus to make the time to go on a retreat. It is definitely worth it!
— Ruby

New Meditators 

Vedic Meditation is one of the oldest and most natural forms of meditation. It is practiced for 20 minutes twice a day, while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. Over four personalized sessions, you will learn how to meditate in an easy and effortless fashion using a mantra that resonates with you.  Most students notice benefits right away, including lowered blood pressure, better sleep, increased efficiency and overall happiness.

New Meditators Program

  • Personalized instruction in Vedic Meditation

  • Designed for those new to meditation and those who struggle with their current meditation practice.

  • Take the mystery and hardship out of meditation

  • Learn how to easily incorporate meditation into your day

  • Ongoing support includes free group meditations, refresher courses and check-in sessions.

  • Bonus: You'll get to learn the technique of rounding and practice along with everyone else. You’ll also participate in the knowledge meetings on How to Maximize Your Relationship Potential

To learn more about Vedic Meditation, please email Vi at or call (310) 709-7235.

Experienced Meditators

Vedic Meditators will learn and practice Rounding, an advanced technique which combines simple, gentle yoga and breath work with your current meditation program.  Rounding retreats are a unique opportunity to take your practice to a new level by gaining the deepest levels of rest available.  Releasing layers of accumulated stress will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalized for months to come. You will come home feeling ready to take on the world.

Experienced Meditators Program

  • Learn the advanced technique of rounding with personalized instruction to adjust for your specific body.

  • Understand the mechanics of why rounding causes the body to have such profound rest.

  • Learn how to incorporate rounding into your routine at home.

  • Participate in knowledge meetings on How to Maximize Your Potential

  • Includes post-retreat follow-up and support.


Retreat Topic

Maximize Your Relationship Potential

Any inability to flourish within our relationships is caused by our own mistaken perception of them.  Whether romantic, work-related, familial or otherwise - failure is due to roadblocks within ourself. 

To maximize our relationship potential, first we must understand their uniquely individual nature and purpose.  Not all relationships are created equal.  Learn how to progress beyond the desire merely to relate, and to embrace the underlying common purpose that is the basis of true relationship mastery.





Located about 10 minutes from Ojai village, the property sits on 10 acres of beautiful land overlooking the Topa Topa Mountains. We will have the property to ourselves to enjoy the orchards, pool, jacuzzi and yoga studio.

The property includes 5 acres of orchards consisting of various fruit & nut trees: peach, nectarine, Asian pear, persimmon, orange, lemon, mandarin, cherry, walnut, and different varieties of apples.

What's included: 

  • 4 days / 3 nights

  • Private and shared rooms

  • Nourishing vegetarian meals

  • Delicious snacks and teas

  • Refreshing pool and jacuzzi

  • Beautiful walking trails and mountain views

  • Daily lecture and instruction by Christian Bevacqua and Vi Rucks

  • A lifetime of support with free group meditations, free refresher courses and free one-on-one check-ins.

Does not include:

  • Flights and transfers

(Shared bath unless otherwise indicated)


Twin Bed / Shared room
King Bed / Private couples room
King Couples Suite


Queen Bed / Private single room
King Bed / Private single room
King Suite / Private bath



*For Vedic Meditation instruction or Advanced Mantra Technique training, add $400.
**Deposit of 50% is non-refundable. 

Exterior of house

Yoga studio

Yoga studio

King suite with private bath

King suite with private bath

Shared bathroom

Private queen bedroom

Private queen bedroom

Shared bedroom with single beds

Cherry blossom orchard

Yoga studio supplies

Yoga studio supplies

King suite with private bath

King suite with private bath

Dining area

King bedroom for a couple or as a private

Shared room with single beds

Shared room with single beds

Pool and jacuzzi

Meeting area

Meeting area

King suite with private bath

King suite with private bath

Private king bedroom for a couple or as a private room

Shared room with single beds

Shared bathroom

Shared bathroom


Your Teachers

We are honored to uphold the 5,000 year old Vedic Meditation tradition. We pride ourselves on teaching with the utmost integrity and providing the best positive experience for our students.

Together, we have studied with and been mentored by Thom Knoles for over two decades, and have a combined experience of teaching of over 15 years.  Thom Knoles is the acknowledged world authority on Vedic Meditation.  


Vi Rucks

Vi Rucks is the founder of Effortless Glow and an independent teacher of Vedic Meditation based in Laguna Beach, CA. After years of advanced studies of Vedic Meditation, she spent 3 months in the Indian Himalayas to learn the art of teaching this practice.

Vi is passionate about teaching people the tools for personal transformation to improve their career, health and lifestyle. Her approach of complex situations and her ability to make them approachable to her students has earned her their trust and confidence.

She has a background in finance after 8 years of working at a hedge fund in Los Angeles.

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Christian Bevacqua

Christian Bevacqua works with individuals to sustain balance and achieve success in all areas of their personal and professional lives. He has taught Vedic Meditation full time for nearly 10 years.

Since 2014, Christian has worked closely with his mentor Thom Knoles to train over 50 new teachers of Vedic Meditation.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Christian was born in Brooklyn, New York. He served as a technical consultant to several Wall Street firms throughout the 1990s while also nurturing a successful music career. A father of two, he teaches full time in Venice, CA.

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