Vedic Meditation Retreats

For a sustained Practice

Meditation and Rounding Retreat

Come nourish your inner potential in the beautiful high desert of Joshua Tree. Learn the traditional Vedic technique of meditation immersed in the unique beauty of the gardens.  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 daily meditation into modern living.   We’ll enhance your understanding of the mind-body dynamics of meditation, specifically tailored to your experiences.

You will be surrounded by beautiful scenery while being supported by a lovely community of meditators and experienced teachers.  Savor delicious vegetarian cuisine that will nourish the body and enjoy beautiful nature walks or a dip in the pool.

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

Personalized Programs

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.

To learn more about Vedic Meditation, please email Vi at or (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.

Participate in nightly discussions on advanced Vedic knowledge

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 nightly discussions on advanced Vedic knowledge. 
  • Includes post-retreat follow-up and support."


Joshua Tree


Located near Joshua Tree National Park, we will be surrounded by beautiful desert. The accommodations are a sanctuary for the heart, mind and spirit. With hundreds of acres of land on the property, you can walk through meditation labyrinths, cactus gardens, or gaze at the stars, free of any surrounding buildings.

Our accommodations were designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. It is the perfect place for us to meditate, rejuvenate and find peace.

What's included: 

  • 4 days / 3 nights
  • Private and shared rooms with private bath
  • Nourishing vegetarian meals by Chef Kat
  • Delicious snacks and teas
  • Refreshing salt water pool
  • Beautiful walking trails and mountain views
  • Daily lecture and instruction by Christian Bevacqua, Peter Spoerri 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
  • Additional nights stay

Rounding Retreat
Shared: $995 per person
Private $1425 per person

*Discount of $200 before March 31 or $100 before April 30.
**New meditators please add $400 for meditation instruction.



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.

We have all trained for over 2 years both in the US and in the Indian Himalayas under the guidance of Thom Knoles, the world renowned Vedic Meditation teacher.

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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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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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Peter Spoerri

Peter Spoerri is based in Los Angeles, offering private instruction and courses in Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, & Washington, DC. Peter is a skilled expert, and trained in the Himalayas in Northern India under the guidance of Thom Knoles. 

Peter learned to meditate in 2010, in the midst of building a successful television production company. His heavy travel schedule and increasing job responsibilities left him stressed out, prone to insomnia, & with a short temper. He discovered Vedic Meditation during a business trip to London and found the practice very simple to do and fit into his busy lifestyle.

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