September 11, 2014
Wow, what a date! I wasn’t thinking of that when I started to write this note, but as I typed in September 11, I couldn’t help but remember. But aside from the tragic attack on the World Trade Center, there was another huge event that happened on this date. My Guru, Neem Karoli Baba, left his body in Vrindavan, India, on 9/11/1973. Was this a tragedy or a divinely cosmic expansion? Well, for me, it’s both; I feel his energy everywhere now; all over the world people are still seeing him and meeting him; I know with all my being that he lives inside of me. But I sure do wish I could take my family to his temples in India and sit at his feet and gaze at his form…. Oh well…..
Anyway, here we are in 2014! Have you heard how awesome our Kirtan Camp at Harbin Hot Springs was? What a completely beautiful time we had! Being a born and raised New Yorker, I never had much connection to camping so I actually stayed in a room while Nubia and Ezra camped, but our Kirtanistas completely blissed out sleeping under the stars, soaking in the pools and spending hours singing, doing Yoga, learning harmonium, laughing and crying…
We even had an amazing kids’ band led by Ezra Gopal singing “Jay Jay Sita Ram!!! Jay Jay Hanuman!!!” to the tune of Mission Impossible! Really fun and really deep…. Right now we’re waiting to hear back from Harbin about next summer’s available dates.
So here we are in mid-September and it’s time to look forward and tune into our Winter Camp at Blue Spirit in Costa Rica. This will be the third time bringing our Bhakti week to this lovely retreat center. Personally, I LOVE the tropics — warm weather, beach, pool, rich green vegetation, fresh mangoes and papayas…. Well, I love kirtan, too, and I love sharing my experiences and learning from other people’s experiences. So when we put all of this together it adds up to paradise! Of course my sweet Nubia will be teaching Asana, pranayama, dance and sharing her deep understanding of Bhakti, and Visvambhar Seth of the Mayapuris will be drumming, singing and dancing with us, along with his beloved Vrinda and little Naimi. Last but definitely not least, our Ezra Gopal will be running in and out causing as much delightful trouble as he possibly can…….
We have only a few more spots left for this great adventure, so, if you’re interested, please contact us ASAP. This is also important for making travel plans as the airlines get very filled up over the holidays.
That’s it for now. We wish everyone a beautiful transition into the chilly days of autumn (unless you’re in the Southern Hemisphere and you’re moving into spring!) and hope to see you soon.
Lots of love,
New Year’s Bhakti Retreat ~ Kirtan & Yoga
with Jai Uttal & Nubia Teixeira and Guest Teacher Visvambhar Sheth
Where: Blue Spirit
Details: Bring in the New Year in a wave of prayer and song with the joy-filled and healing practices of chanting and Yoga! We will deeply explore these ancient devotional expressions, weaving together our hearts and voices in celebration and invocation of the Divine.
Bhakti Yoga is the path of personal relationship with Spirit, with God, with Goddess; a relationship that includes all the flavors and moods of the human heart. In the journey of Bhakti our emotions become the fuel to reconnect us with the Divine and, in so doing, to find healing and wholeness within ourselves.
Join Nubia Teixeira and Jai Uttal for a week of Bhakti Yoga. We will explore how the body, the heart, and the mind support and complement each other in our journey towards the realm of infinite love and grace. Nubia will lead the asana and pranayama sessions, which will anchor us in our bodies and open us to the meditative practice of calling to the divine. Jai and Vish will lead us in the ancient practice of Kirtan, or chanting, the heart and soul of devotional yoga. Together they will guide us in a heart- opening adventure through breath, movement and sacred sound, blending these traditions in a deep and playful way.
More info on Nubia: www.bhaktinova.com
More info on Vish: www.mayapuris.com/about/visvambhar
Rates for Accommodations & Meals per Week (7 nights)
Platform Tent with Shared Bath-House, Queen size air mattress, linens provided
$1,950 per person single occupancy
Eco Cottage with Shared Bath-House & 2 Twin beds
$2,050 per person double occupancy only
Hermitage Twin with Private Bath & 2 Twin beds
$2,150 per person double occupancy only
Hermitage Single/ Couple w/ Private Bath & Queen size bed
$3,100 per pers single occupancy / $2,250 per person double occupancy for couples
Nature Suite with A/C, Private Bath & King or 2 Twin beds
$3,150 per person single occupancy / $2,350 per person double occupancy
Mountain View Room with A/C, Private Bath, King size bed OR 2 Twin beds
$3,450 per person single occupancy / $2,550 per person double occupancy
Ocean View Room with A/C, Private Bath, King size bed OR 2 Twin beds
$3,450 per person single occupancy / $2,750 per person double occupancy
Superior Room with A/C, Superior Ocean views, Private Bath, King size bed
$4,150 per person single occupancy / $2,850 per person double occupancy
• Deposit of $800 is non-refundable to hold your spot
• Remainder due by October 1.