Restoring Ojas Retreat2020-01-09T21:38:29-05:00
Spend a Weekend Relaxing and Restoring Your Inner Vitality Using the Practical Wisdom and Ancient Secrets of Ayurveda

What Is Ojas?

According to ayurveda, ojas (pronounced oh-jus) is the vital sap that gives us vitality, resilience, and strong immunity. It also promotes creativity, mental clarity, compassion and spiritual strength. In our youth, ojas is plentiful—giving us energy and vibrancy. As we age and begin to feel the effects of stress, we can become more vulnerable to fatigue, weakened immunity, and disease.

How Do You Know if Your Ojas Is Low?

Ayurveda says that low ojas can manifest in many ways: low energy, increased susceptibility to colds and flus, weak digestion, poor focus, increased anxiety, or just a lack of enthusiasm. Chances are, we all could use a healthy boost to our ojas!

How Do We Rebuild Our Ojas?

Since much of our ojas is depleted through stress, the major way to replenish ojas is through relaxation. Therefore, this weekend retreat provides an opportunity to unwind through massage and stress-reducing classes focused on breathing, relaxation, and meditation.

Strong ojas also arises from living in harmony with your particular nature—your ayurvedic constitution (dosha), or Prakriti. This weekend will give you insight into your personal Prakriti, and your personal tendencies that either help or thwart your inherent healing capacity. With this knowledge, you will begin to understand how to increase ojas effectively, restoring balance and harmony to your whole system.


$279 *Not including accommodations and meals.

The program begins with orientation on Friday evening and concludes at lunch on Sunday.

Amenities Beyond Your Daily Treatment Schedule

In addition to the weekend retreat schedule of lecture, practicum and massage, you will have access to:

  • Morning yoga classes
  • 3 Vegetarian meals daily
  • Explorations in self-awareness
  • 400 acres of wooded hiking trails and vistas
  • Sacred Grove Cafe
  • The MarketPlace Bookstore and Giftshop
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi
Add Ons
  • Private Guided Meditation (30 minutes): $50
  • Private Guided Systematic Relaxation (30 minutes): $50
  • Additional massage treatments including ayurvedic Garshana, Shirodhara and/or steam; Thai Yoga massage; Jin Shin Jyutsu, Reiki or Craniosacral therapy
  • Biofeedback therapy to assess vagal tone, heart rate variability and improve relaxation skills
  • Personalized one-on-one yoga sessions to create or refine a home practice
  • A consultation with an integrative medicine health professional (physician or nurse practitioner)
Call (570) 647-1500 to reserve your retreat now!

3 Day / 2 Night Retreat Includes:

Our experienced massage and bodywork therapists work with you to personalize your massage for maximum comfort and relaxation. Additional treatments or sessions are available throughout the weekend as add-ons.
These gentle classes are designed to help you experience deep relaxation and peace; offered twice daily.
Evening discussions are organized to help you understand your particular nature and develop ayurvedic self-care routines including dietary choices, relaxation practices, and herbal medicines.


The Restoring Ojas Retreat is located at The Himalayan Institute Retreat Center in northeastern Pennsylvania, nestled in the rolling Pocono Mountains and surrounded by lush, green forests.

Who Manages the Program?

Board-certified in both internal medicine and integrative medicine, Carrie Demers, MD, is a holistic physician who blends modern medicine with traditional approaches to health. After receiving her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Demers went on to study massage, homeopathy, nutrition, herbal medicine, yoga, and ayurveda. She has been the medical director of the Himalayan Institute’s PureRejuv Wellness Center (formerly the Total Health Center) for the last 20 years. Widely recognized for her expertise, Dr. Demers has been interviewed by numerous magazines and newspapers, and lectures nationally on holistic health and ayurveda. She is a frequent contributor to and the Himalayan Institute online Wisdom Library.

Upcoming Restoring Ojas Retreats

Carrie Demers, MD & Bill Ryan, PhD
August 7–9, 2020
Restoring Ojas
with Carrie Demers, MD & Bill Ryan, PhD
Health & Healing
Carrie Demers, MD & Bill Ryan, PhD
September 25–27, 2020
Restoring Ojas
with Carrie Demers, MD & Bill Ryan, PhD
Health & Healing
Carrie Demers, MD & Bill Ryan, PhD
November 20–22, 2020
Restoring Ojas
with Carrie Demers, MD & Bill Ryan, PhD
Health & Healing