Tantric Concentrations in Vijnana-Bhairava

Dr. Mark (Sadashaya) Dyczkowski

We are excited to invite you to join us at Loyola Retreat & Ecology Campus in Woodstock, IL on September 27th, 28th & 29th for our 2019 HYMTA Retreat.

shiva 2773379 1920SVijnana-Bhairava is an esoteric text of Kashmiri Shaivism. It depicts a dialog between Lord Shiva and his consort Shakti wherein Lord Shiva teaches 112 dharanas (concentrations) leading to deep meditative states.

The Shaivite Tantric philosophy is codified in Shiva Sutras which were revealed to Sage Vasugupta in circa 800 AD in a dream. Shiva Sutras present a nun-dualistic metaphysics and methodology leading to enlightenment and to awareness of one's true identity as the Param Shiva, the ultimate divine deity. Swami Lakshmanjoo, a modern enlightened Kashmiri mystic and scholar of the tradition of the great Kashmiri sage Abhinavagupta revived and re-introduced Kashmiri Shaivism. Through his teachings and the work of his disciples, Kashmiri Shaivism its texts are being practiced by spiritual seekers today.

Our guest speaker and retreat host will be Dr. Mark Sadashaya Dyczkowski. Mark-ji is a disciple of Swami Lakshmanjoo, a meditator and scholar. He is a prolific author on Kashmiri Shaivism and has published texts including The Aphorisms of Shiva (Shiva Sutras), The Doctrine of Vibration (Spandakarika), The Stanzas of Vibration, A Journey in the World of Tantras. Mark-ji is also a Sitar player and has performed for large audiences in 11 countries. He has agreed to delight us with a Sitar performance during the retreat.

The retreat will feature an Ashram style daily schedule.

The space is limited, please register and reserve your space now.  Registration requires a log-in (creating a log-in is free).


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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the Center at 847.221.5250 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. See you in Loyola Retreat and Ecology Center (LUREC) in Woodstock, IL!


Charlotte Mogensen
Retreat Director


 Dr. Mark (Sadashaya) Dyczkowski


Dr. Mark Dyczkowski is the world’s foremost scholar on Tantra and Kashmiri Trika Shaivism and has lived and worked in India for close to forty years. Both a scholar and a practitioner, he was initiated by the great Indian teacher Swami Laksmanjoo in the year 1976. He has an undergraduate degree from Banaras Hindu University and a Ph.D. from Oxford University, where he researched Kashmir Shaivism under the guidance of Professor Alexis Sanderson. Mark has published extensively including the 12 volume Manthanabhairava Tantra and is considered to be one of the world’s leading authorities on Tantric Shaivism. He is affiliated with several major academic institutions in India and has lectured in Universities in Europe, the States and India.

In addition to his academic pursuits, Mark has studied sitar throughout this period, and his present teacher is the great maestro Budhadiya Mukherjee. During these years of musical study he collected over 1,500 compositions for sitar, and, since the mid 1970s, has given public performances in many countries, including India. He has performed and lectured in several countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas, including the United States. He is a well-known sitarist in Benares where he regularly performs in public and is highly regarded there by the community of musicians and lovers of music. Here is a link to an interview with Dr. Mark (Sadashaya) Dyczkowski.

Dr. Mark Dyczkowski lives in Varanasi on the ghats of the Ganges where he teaches students on Kashmiri Shaivism and practices music.

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Guest Information


All discounts are reflected in fees listed on front page.


If, after registering you determine you are unable to attend, please let a member of the Retreat Committee know. Prior to September 15th, a refund will be provided less a $25 reservation fee. Cancellations September 15th thru September 26th will be less a $100 reservation fee. Any cancellations after September 26th, early departure or non-attendance without notification, no refund will be available.

Arrival and Departure:

On Friday, check-in will begin at 4:00 pm. After which there will be a supper at

6:00 pm. On Sunday check out at 9:30 am and departure by 2:00 pm.

What to Bring:

For your comfort, we would like to recom­mend that you bring your yoga mat, meditation pillow or blanket, comfortable clothes, walking shoes, a water resistant jacket, a robe, slippers, toiletries, alarm clock, and sun screen (just in case out- doors.) Casual dress is suggested. You may also want to bring bottled water and snacks for between meals.


Our bookstore will be open to provide books, CD’s, etc. Hours will be posted.

Loyola Retreat and Ecology Center (LUREC):

2710 S. Country Club Road,
Woodstock, IL 60098







4:00 pm Arrival & Registration
6:00 pm SUPPER
7:15 pm Orientation
7:30 pm Tantric Sadhana, Kashmiri Shaivism, and Vijnana-Bhairava Tantra
9:45 pm Guided Prayers


6:15 am Guided Prayers
6:30 am Guided Meditation with Mark Dyczkawski
7:00 am Himalayan Hatha Yoga
10:00 am Vijnana-Bhairava: Practices and Awakening
12:00 pm LUNCH
1:30 pm Vijnana-Bhairava: Dharanas (Concentrations) I
3:30 pm Himalayan Hatha Yoga
4:30 pm Sitar recital by Mark Dyczkowski with Tabla (Indian drums)
6:00 pm SUPPER
8:00 pm Vijnana-Bhairava: Dharanas (Concentrations) II
10:00 pm Guided Prayers


6:15 am Guided Prayers
6:30 am Guided Meditation with Mark Dyczkowski
7:00 am Himalayan Hatha Yoga
9:30 am Check Out
10:00 am Vijnana-Bhairava: Dharanas (Concentrations) III and Q&A
12:00 pm LUNCH and Departure


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