Mehndi, also known as henna across the globe, is a paste often associated with good fortune and positivity. It is one of the oldest forms of body art originated by humans. Women and girls get their hands and feet laden with this paste on auspicious occasions. Be it weddings or festivals like Diwali, Bhai Dooj, Teej or Eid – Mehendi is an extremely cherished way to drench into the celebratory feels for most girls. While some women swoon over its aromatic fragrance, others absolutely love their hands adorned with pretty and intricate mehndi designs. But now, as the time has advanced, it is common for men to apply mehendi as well. Mehndi Designs For Beginners


At this time, all intensives are being live-streamed, as we are not able to offer programs in person. Please see the Calendar tab of this website for upcoming events. More, shorter retreats are being added, so the list below may not be accurate.

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Heart of Consciousness offers three four-day meditation intensives each year at Rudramandir in Berkeley. They provide an ideal environment for deepening our practice and our commitment to spiritual growth. During these intensives, Swami Khecaranatha leads silent and guided meditations, teaches powerful meditation techniques, and gives śakti transmission.

Discussion and Q&A topics range from scriptural discourse to the practical application of the teachings in students’ daily lives. Some of the intensives include the opportunity to participate in the exquisitely beautiful Parā Devi Ceremony—an ancient ritual that provides a powerful transmission of grace. The Ceremony is usually scheduled for the July intensive, but please check with the office to confirm when it will be offered.

Included in the registration fee are daily snacks, lunches Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and dinner Saturday night. Course participants engage in seva—performing simple tasks that help the event run smoothly—creating an enjoyable and meaningful opportunity to work alongside other participants. See below for dates and detailed retreat schedules.

Upcoming Berkeley 4-Day Intensives

2020 Schedule:
Oct 29 - Nov 1

Specific information about the next intensive, including cost and registration, can be found on the Calendar tab of the website. (To learn about our annual immersions, click here.)

A Typical Intensive Schedule

Thursday Evening
Required Intro Meeting (for those new to the practice) — 6:00 pm
Open-Eyes Śakti Transmission — 7 - 8:00 pm
Opening Talk — 8 - 8:30 pm
Light Snack 8:30 pm

Meditation, Transmission, Talks — 9:00 am - Noon
Lunch — Noon - 2:00 pm
Meditation and Talk — 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Nityananda and Rudi Movies — 3:45 - 4:45 pm
Yoga and Break — 4:45 - 7:00 pm
Open-Eyes Śakti Transmission — 7 - 8:00 pm

Meditation, Transmission, Talks — 9:00 am - Noon
Lunch — Noon - 2:00 pm
Meditation and Talk — 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Yoga and Break — 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Open-Eyes Śakti Transmission — 5 - 6:00 pm
Dinner — 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Meditation, Talks, Open-Eyes Transmission (or Parā Devi Ceremony) — 9 am - Noon
— Noon - 1:30 pm