In modern life, many of us are caught in patterns of distraction and dissatisfaction, unable to find lasting peace and inner fulfillment. This discontentment often stems from ignorance of our essential nature, leading to personal and planetary suffering. But without knowing how to access that we look everywhere for it, in ways that do not satisfy the heart.
Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian helps people from all walks of life discover a path to knowing and embodying our essential nature, and with it a profound experience of freedom, wisdom and inner wholeness. Her time-tested method, rooted in the tradition of Kriya Yoga, is accessible and inspiring both for newcomers to inner work as well as experienced spiritual practitioners.
The programs below offer a variety of entry points to this path, with classes, courses, and events designed to empower your growth toward a more awakened and soul-nourishing life.
A Year of Living Purposefully - Online Course
Capture the vision of your extraordinary life, then live it—thought by thought, word by word, action by action. Every day, delight in the beauty and grace of being fully alive.
This year long web-based program with Yogacharya O’Brian is a comprehensive immersion in dharma studies and practices for discovering your higher purpose and living it every day with heart and meaning.Learn More
Meditation Retreat & Kriya Yoga Workshop
August 19-20, 2017 - Raleigh, NC
Why not live in the highest way? –Paramahansa Yogananda
A spiritual path emphasizing Self-realization suitable for seekers of truth from all religious backgrounds, Kriya will help you focus and attain your highest aspirations.
Workshop will include
• the three essential practices for enlightened living
• techniques of superconscious meditation practice brought to the West by Paramahansa Yogananda.
The Moon in Jewels: An Evening of Poetry
September 12, 2017 - San Jose, CA
Join poets Ellen Grace O’Brian and Parthenia Kavita Hicks for an evening of poetry that weaves the spiritual and the personal. That observes longing, grief, and absolute joy as co-existing states. That explores Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s belief that “we are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.”Learn More
Dharma and Peace - Thanksgiving Yoga Retreat
November 22-26, 2017 - Grass Valley, CA
Join this uplifting Thanksgiving Yoga Retreat with spiritual leaders sharing about Unity in Diversity, Dharma and Peace. Realize that the paths are many but the Truth is One. Celebrate our diversity and commune in our common goal! Learn to apply the sacred ancient wisdoms of Yoga and dharma practice in daily life, guided by teachers who have dedicated their lives to peace of mind and Self-realization.Learn More
Mystical Poetry and Awakened Heart
December 2, 2017 - Morro Bay, CA
Poetry says what the mind can only glimpse but the heart knows full well. It is the ancient language of the soul spoken by all mystic bards of Bhakti, the yoga of devotion calling us to awaken to divine Love. Through the ages, poetry persists as the soul insists on revealing itself again and again. Ellen Grace O’Brian’s reading from her award-winning collection of poems, The Moon Reminded Me, invites the mind to sink into the heart of divine remembrance.Learn More
Fall in Love with Your Life - Workshop
December 3, 2017 - Los Osos, CA
To know true fulfillment in life we all must learn to live from the inside-out, rather than from the outside in.This is the way of spiritual awakening, of living from the soul. When we live from the soul, we access our power of discernment, innate vitality, radiance, and joy. There is no need to let outer conditions determine our lives. We have the ability to bring forth our inner light and power to overcome any obstacle and realize our highest potential.Learn More