what to expect

  • wise, kindhearted & experienced group leader

  • wisdom from the bhakti tradition

  • friendly sincere seekers

  • group size approx. 15-25 ladies

Rukmini Walker met her guru, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, at the age of 16 and began a lifelong study in Bhakti-yoga under his guidance. Today she is an activist in interfaith dialogue and women’s spiritual empowerment, an artist, and a successful entrepreneur. Her business, As Kindred Spirits aims to connect the finest American designers with charitable and fair trade ventures. The beloved kirtan artist, Gaura Vani, is her son. She lives with her husband in the Washington, DC metro area.


a women’s one-day retreat

presenters: rukmini walker and special guests

date – sunday. march 26

time – 9:00am – 5:00pm

location – the bhakti center / 2w and 3w

admission – suggested donation $50 (see donation policy below)

register and donate here

The Urban Devi Retreat is an opportunity for women to come together, connect and grow in spiritual life together.  During this retreat participants will explore questions dealing with relationships, community, and genuine love.  We will also look at practical ways that can assist us bringing the answers to these questions into our daily life.

Some of the questions we will discuss are:

How does our desire for deep, authentic, and satisfying relationships inform and influence our lives, and what prevents us from having these quality relationships?

How do we become aware of the true love that is within us and all around us, and build and strengthen our relationship with the Source of that love?

What is the importance of community in this process?

9:00am – Heart Opening Yoga Class with guided meditation led by Tiffany Cooper
10:00am – Welcoming and Open Discussion led by Rukmini Walker
12:00pm – Mantra Meditation (Japa) Workshop led by Rukmini Walker
12:30pm – Vegetarian Lunch – provided by The Bhakti Center
1:30pm – Kirtan Workshop with instrument tutorial led by Julie Pasqual
2:30pm – Saree Party and workshop
3:15pm – Garland Making Workshop led by Tatiana Kiseleva
4:15pm – Closing and final sharing

The Bhakti Centers Donation Policy

The principle of bhakti is to do for others without motive. In yoga’s spiritual culture a teacher shares the wisdom of the sacred texts as an act of devotion rather than for profit. This is especially important in the Bhakti tradition where teaching and learning are essential ways bhakti is exchanged in daily life. It also keeps affordable for all this most important activity, sharing knowledge for upliftment.

At The Bhakti Center we honor these important principles of education: that teaching is done purely out of love, and that it is kept affordable. Therefore, for all of our classes on the sacred texts we don’t charge a set price.

So how do teachers survive? The answer is that pure teachers depend on God and good students honor that by sharing a donation from the heart and according to their means. Gratitude and generosity from student to teacher is also part of the yoga tradition.

For the event “Urban Devi – Finding True Love” we suggest a donation of $50, although all donations will be welcomed.

All students must be registered online for this event.