Himalayan Bhakti Immersion with David Newman and Shantala
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Start time: 12:00 pm on Tuesday, October 03, 2017

“In India, yoga flows with the blood of the people.”
–Neem Karoli Baba

Madhuban means “Abode of Honey”, and it’s nestled on a Himalayan hillside among orchards, overlooking a river that meanders between looming hills. It’s just 12 km from Kainchi Ashram, where Neem Karoli Baba’s presence still resonates from the sacred Earth.

This trip is an offering from our hearts to yours. We will gather in the sacred and beautiful atmosphere of the Himalayas, and inhale the deep resonating hum that permeates the majestic mountainous region known as the Kumaon Hills. We will bathe in the grace of Neem Karoli Baba, and other great Indian Saints who have walked these sacred mountains, leaving their blessings to inspire spiritual aspirants for millennia. Staying at the pristine Madhuban retreat center, nestled in the exalted Himalayan foothills, we will meditate, chant, and pray together, while embarking on day trips to the many sacred sites in the region, including Neem Karoli Baba’s magical Kainchi Ashram!

This Retreat will include:

Meet at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi Branch on October 3rd at noon and stay overnight
On October 4th travel together by train to Kathgodam and then on by car to Madhuban
8 Day Bhakti Yoga immersion with David Newman and Shantala (Benjy and Heather Wertheimer), including daily chanting and kirtan, workshops, and satsang
Daily morning asana sessions with Yoga Center Amherst director Matthew Andrews
Day trips to Neem Karoli Baba’s Kainchi Ashram
Guided trips to local temples and sacred sites
Hiking trips in the majestic Kumaon Hills
Return to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi Branch on October 13th, stay overnight, and closing circle on October 14th

David Newman is a renowned sacred mantra artist, singer-songwriter, author, and inspirational teacher. David, also known as Durga Das, travels extensively sharing his music, and teachings on the path of love as a vehicle for spiritual awakening. He has released numerous chart-topping world music albums, and is the author of the #1 Amazon bestseller The Timebound Traveler.

David teaches with passion and spontaneity. Whether in an informal setting, through his music, or as part of his workshops, retreats, and satsangs, he shares the many facets of truth that he has discovered along the way with generosity of spirit. His teaching style is provocative yet compassionate and nurturing, with sensitivity to the needs of those present. David’s gift is to lovingly guide others to awakening as a means of fulfilling their greater life’s purpose.

Benjy and Heather Wertheimer have been leading kirtan (sacred chanting) worldwide since 2001 as the duo Shantala. They are known for their special gift of bringing the audience into a vast and loving experience through their unique blend of exquisite voices with instruments of India and the West. Together they create music with beauty, passion, and reverence. Shantala has performed and recorded internationally with David Newman, Krishna Das, Deva Premal & Miten, and Jai Uttal. They were named as one of the top Kirtan “Wallahs to Watch” by Yoga + Joyful Living Magazine.

Heather Wertheimer is a kirtan artist, singer, songwriter, and guitarist who combines her special love of both music and yoga to lead devotional chanting internationally. She brings the richness of her healing background as a therapist, meditator and yoga teacher into the practice of kirtan. Master musician Benjy Wertheimer is an award-winning songwriter, vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist (playing tabla, congas, percussion, esraj, guitar, and keyboards). He studied Indian classical music for over 25 years with some of the greatest masters of that tradition (including Alla Rakha, Zakir Hussain, Ali Akbar Khan and Z. M. Dagar), and his extraordinary and unique musical gifts from East and West create a sense of wonder and awe in the listener.

Please send us an email with any specific questions or for details.

Upon registration, you will receive a comprehensive Welcome Packet with detailed information about travel itinerary, accommodations, health and safety, weather, travel documents, and a packing list. We will support you through the process of getting an Indian Tourist Visa and arranging your travel as needed, and with any questions or concerns you may have along the way.

Payment Details
The total cost is $2200 for a shared room and $2600 for a single. You can pay in installments or as a lump sum any time before July 1, 2017. Full payment must be received by July 1 to guarantee your spot.

The initial $500 deposit is fully refundable until March 1, and then $200 is refundable until June 1. All payments are nonrefundable after July 1, 2017.

Single rooms are limited and available on a first come first serve basis.

We do require that you purchase traveler’s insurance. There are numerous options to choose from, including World Nomads and Travel Guard.

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Start time: 12:00 pm on Friday, March 02, 2018

Crossing the Divide: Exploring Unity through Yoga, Sacred Sound, and Nature

With Jo Tastula, Stuart Watkins & Shantala

Join Jo Tastula, Stuart Watkins and Benjy and Heather Wertheimer on Hawaii Island to renew, refresh and revitalize in paradise at the picturesque Hawaii Island Retreat.

Silent meditation every day in the rhythms of nature, overlooking the ocean. Dive into sacred chanting with Benjy & Heather Wertheimer of Shantala and enjoy an abundance of yoga classes by Stuart and Jo.

Throughout the retreat will also be regular satsangs with insights, contemplations, reflections and sharings by Benjy, Heather, Stuart, Jo and the group.

March is whale season in Hawaii, so you can enjoy whale viewing right in front of the yoga studio… Possibly right outside your bedroom window.

Experience and practice Hawaiian ritual and prayer. The spirit of Aloha pulsates deeply throughout this land.

You will enjoy delicious and organic farm-to-table cuisine fresh from the pristine Hawaiian land. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and non-dairy options are available at each meal.

Relax in the infinity pool and hot tub, enjoy impeccable ocean swimming, snorkeling with turtles, delightful ocean front hiking trails and embrace the opportunity to explore live volcanoes waterfalls and so much more.

We warmly welcome you to this deep, full and heart opening week in paradise!

To register please email stuwat108@gmail.com

The early bird prices for room options are:

Bungalow Single- $2,900USD www.hawaiiislandretreat.com/accommodations/rooms-and-suites

Bungalow Twinshare-$2,150USD Per person

Hotel Room Single- $2700USD

Hotel Twinshare- $2,000 Per person

Hotel Tripleshare- $1,550 per person

Yurt Single $1955 USD www.hawaiiislandretreat.com/accommodations/yurt-village

Yurt Twinshare: $1455 USD Per person

All of these prices include 3 meals per day and all yoga classes etc.

A deposit of $500USD will secure your place upon registration.

Please email info@stuartwatkinsyoga.com for payment options.