Setu Half-Week Online Retreat

Find meaning and depth in your later years

This retreat is based on Easwaran’s concept of setu (Sanskrit for “bridge”). Death is not the end of life but the closing of a chapter, and what comes next is shaped by how we think and live today. Setu retreats are for people who are 65 and older, or for anyone facing a life-threatening illness (see the prerequisites tab below).

Senior Online
Onlineretreat

4 days

Each year’s retreat has a different theme, for example “Forgiveness” or “Detachment”, drawn from the aspirations in our “Essence of Setu” worksheet.

Retreat Content

Morning workshops include

  • Reading and video studies
  • Setu activities: listening to recordings of Easwaran and Christine reading passages, and reading passages aloud
  • Small group discussions and exercises.

Afternoon and evening individual study time includes

  • Reflection time using worksheets
  • Video selections from the Easwaran Digital Library
  • Recordings of Easwaran and Christine reading passages.

Your retreat will be facilitated by four BMCM presenters who are longtime passage meditators, have completed a five-year training program, and have many years of experience with the Setu Program.

This retreat consists of four half day Zoom sessions ( Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday) with recommended afternoon activities to work on at home.

  • 9:00     Silent study offline (in-home, optional)
  • 9:30     Zoom-based workshops (with break)
  • 12:00   Zoom call ends, meditation begins, followed by self-selected afternoon spiritual enrichment activities

Note** We also ask that you attend a half-hour retreat orientation a week before the retreat.

“The dramatic moment comes when your meditation and japam together amount to over twelve hours. When it becomes about thirteen hours, you will have a say in what you are going to think; you have a say in what you are going to feel…”

These words from Easwaran describe what we are aiming for in a Setu retreat. Your retreat will be quiet and contemplative – you will spend a lot of time with your practice and become more comfortable with your passages and mantram as your constant companions. 

If you are aged 65 or over, we ask that

  • You have systematically practiced the eight points for 3–5 years and
  • You have a solid spiritual schedule which includes turning to Easwaran’s talks or writings daily and
  • You are using a mantram from Easwaran’s list of mantrams and
  • You have attended a BMCM Weeklong in-person or online retreat or Setu retreat in the last year and
  • You are actively participating in BMCM Satsang Live, or a BMCM satsang, or the BMCM eSatsang.

If you have a life-threatening illness or progressively debilitating condition, at any age, we ask that 

  • You have been meditating daily using passage meditation for the past six months, and
  • You are using a mantram from Easwaran’s list of mantrams and
  • In the past year you have attended a BMCM weekend or weeklong in-person or online meditation retreat, and
  • You are actively participating in BMCM Satsang Live, or a BMCM satsang, or the BMCM eSatsang.

Fee

The standard fee is $200. The sliding scale is $100–$300.

The maximum enrollment for this retreat is 20. Enrollment requests over 20 will be put on a waiting list. The minimum enrollment to hold this retreat is 8.

Explanation of Sliding Scale

  • Our sliding scale means that you can choose the price that's right for you. If you can pay the standard fee, that will cover the cost of your retreat.
  • Please choose a lower fee if the standard fee is too much for you to afford.
  • If you add a donation to the standard fee, that will help others to attend – thank you!

The BMCM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. All of our work is made possible by donations. While income from books and retreats covers a portion of our costs, everything we do depends on the generosity of those who benefit from Easwaran’s teachings.

Each dollar paid over the standard fee is a tax-deductible contribution. We keep all donations and fee payments confidential.

Financial Aid

You're welcome to attend this program with a scholarship if you need to pay less than the lowest end of the sliding scale. Our scholarship fund is created out of donations from generous friends to help more people attend programs.

We also offer payment plans, so you can pay your fee in installments.                                           

For either a scholarship or payment plan, please don’t register online, and instead write to financial.aid@easwaran.org or call us at 800.475.2369. We’ll get back to you within three days.

Refund

If you need to cancel your retreat, please let us know as soon as possible and we’ll refund your full fee.