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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Meditation, Chanting and Winter Solstice Ritual

Jai Uttal and Debra Chamberlin-Taylor

When: 6:30pm
Where: Spirit Rock Meditation Center
5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Woodacre, CA
Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Register here.
Website: www.spiritrock.org
Details: The great Love and sacred light that this season celebrates are found within our own hearts. We will use the powerful and sublime blend of chanting and meditation to carry us from the frenzy of “holiday mind” to the ocean of the awakened heart.

This evening will include chanting (call and response) and meditation. We will conclude with a beautiful candlelight ritual to honor the winter solstice.


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Reggae Samba Kirtan Holiday Dance Party

Jai Uttal & the Queen of Hearts Orchestra

When: 7pm
Where: Yoga Tree
67 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA
Tickets: $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Register here.
Website: www.yogatreesf.com
Details: Join Jai Uttal and the latest incarnation of his Queen Of Hearts Orchestra for an ecstatic Kirtan Dance Party!!! Instead of harmonium and Mridanga, let’s pull out the electric guitars and drums and get loud for the holidays. What better way to usher in the season then dancing wildly and joyously singing the Divine Names. And who knows, maybe we’ll throw in a little gentle meditative song or two, just for fun…
See you there!


Saturday, December 27, 2014 – Saturday, January 3, 2015

New Year’s Bhakti Retreat ~ Kirtan & Yoga

with Jai Uttal & Nubia Teixeira and Guest Teacher Visvambhar Sheth

New Year's Kirtan

Where: Blue Spirit
Costa Rica
Website: www.bluespiritcostarica.com
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

PAYMENT
• Deposit of $800 is non-refundable to hold your spot
• Remainder due by October 1.




CANCELLATION POLICY
• Deposit of $800 is non-refundable.
• 50% of remainder, if cancelation is done by November 1.
• Non-refundable after November 1.


Saturday, January 3 – Saturday, January 10, 2015

Omega Institute Winter Program Week One

Jai Uttal, Nubia Teixeria, Joan Halifax Roshi, Richard Leider, Jack Saul, PhD, Annette Knopp, Stephan Rechtschaffen, MD, Steven Michael Pague

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Where: Blue Spirit
Nosara
Costa Rica
Website: www.bluespiritcostarica.com
Details: This week at Omega Costa Rica, you can explore a contemporary approach to Buddhism, prepare for the next exciting stage of life, learn to awaken love through chant, or clarify your life-purpose and find ways to become more resilient. You can also rediscover your wholeness through spiritual inquiry, practice healing yoga or qigong, or learn the fundamentals of longevity.

Throughout the week, enjoy a workshop in the morning, try another in the afternoon, or abandon your schedule and head to the beach.

Sample from any or all of the following workshops during Week 1.

Giving Life to Life
Exploring Buddhism & Its Gifts to the West
Joan Halifax Roshi
Join engaged Buddhism advocate and Zen Buddhist teacher and priest, Joan Halifax Roshi, for a contemporary approach to the teachings and practices of Buddhism. Explore two very special teachings—the first on the great paramitas (or perfections) and how bodhisattvas apply their realizations in service to others, and the second on selected koans or enigmatic Zen stories that point to awakening. As always, Joan Halifax Roshi shares her insightful perspective on meditation practice and how to bring these teachings into your daily life.

What’s Next?
The Age of Life Reimagined
Richard Leider
Are you ready to explore your real potential? Transitions can feel overwhelming even to the most successful people. Many of us face an uncharted second half of life and we often end up navigating strange new landscapes without a map. If you are experiencing unexpected life changes or contemplating a transition into a new phase of your life, What’s Next? can help you turn challenges and confusion into possibility and purpose. Led by Richard Leider, coauthor of Repacking Your Bags and The Power of Purpose, you gain the life map, seasoned guidance, and tools to design the next phase of your life and forge connections that will support you in living your life with purpose.

Awakening Bhakti Workshop
A Celebration of Divine & Human Love
Jai Uttal
Celebrate and connect with the divine through bhakti yoga—the yoga of divine love. In the practice of bhakti yoga, kirtan (devotional chanting) becomes our teacher, reconnecting us with spirit and helping us find healing and wholeness within ourselves. Guided by Grammy Award-nominated kirtan artist Jai Uttal, we explore, express, and share the deepest caverns of our souls, and ultimately find the eternal spring of love, service, and surrender.

Nova Yoga
A Healing Practice for Daily Life
Nubia Teixeira
Explore accessible yogic techniques and bring healing into your life through mindful movement, breathwork, and prayer. Pranayama (breathwork) and bhakti yoga (spiritual devotion) are two profound ways to connect with the divine source. While our breath connects our “inner and outer” environments, bhakti yoga creates an inseparable link with spirit throughout our daily life. Breathing, singing, praying, and moving our bodies through asana, we learn to cultivate a nurturing practice to help navigate our everyday life.

Bouncing Back & Bouncing Forward
Transforming Crisis Into Growth
Jack Saul, PhD
Resilience is our capacity to bounce back from challenges and adversity, and to bounce forward to new stages of growth and self-transformation. Learn to tap into numerous sources for greater resilience—in your neurophysiology, body, mind, relationships, culture, spirituality, and physical environment.

The Free Heart™
Annette Knopp
As human beings living in a conditional world, we tend to look outside ourselves for perfect love and acceptance, and we overlook what is already present in the core of our being and heart. Guided by spiritual counselor Annette Knopp, we learn through meditative inquiry and experiential exercises how to rediscover our natural wholeness, befriend ourselves, and use the challenges in our life as a doorway to come home to our true self.

Longevity & Beyond
Living Fully in This Moment
Stephan Rechtschaffen, MD
Physician and cofounder of Omega, Stephan Rechtschaffen, teaches holistic approaches to time, longevity, stress reduction, and well-being. Learn the fundamental basis for vitality and long life while finding fulfillment in the moment. Through lecture, visualization techniques, and mindfulness practices, the author of Timeshifting and coauthor of Vitality and Wellness, shows you how to slow down and come into a more authentic and balanced rhythm of life that is the result of living fully in the present moment.

Waterfall Qigong
Free Fall of the Laughing Stream
Steven Michael Pague
While practicing qigong—using a simple yet profound system of breathwork, mental focus, movement, and stillness—you learn to let go, allowing your life force to flow. Experience the laughing free fall of the mystery of qi (chi) to increase general health and strengthen immune function, while also enhancing intuition, creativity, sexual vitality, and more. Come away with a real sense of the promise of qi and a practical understanding of how to bring these restorative practices into daily life.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Evening of Kirtan

Jai Uttal

When: 7pm
Where: Nandi Yoga
309 8th Avenue
San Mateo, CA
Tickets: $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Register here.
Website: www.nandiyoga.com


Friday, March 13 – Sunday, March 15, 2015

Awakening Bhakti Workshop

Jai Uttal

Where: Lotus Hall at Radha Madhav Dham Ashram
400 Barsana Road
Austin, TX, 78737
Tickets: Advance tix price (until Jan 15, 2015 will increase $50 after Jan 15):
Commuters: $420
Shared Overnight: $480
Pvt Quarters: $570
Prices include Saturday concert and vegetarian meals
Note: Base retreat/workshop fee is $300 advanced.
Fees above reflect the retreat center’s additional cost room/board/3 meals
Register here.
Website: www.bhaktimasala.com
Details: 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 to find healing and wholeness within us. Through singing Kirtan we explore, express and share the deepest caverns of our souls and ultimately find the eternal spring of love.

For everyone who loves and practices Kirtan; or chanting the ecstatic songs of ancient India, Jai will share and demystify some of their secrets particularly the ‘fact’ that with just a little understanding of music and rhythm and a lot of self-acceptance we all can sing and lead and share our hearts with others.


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Evening of Kirtan

Jai Uttal

When: 8pm
Where: Lotus Hall at Radha Madhav Dham Ashram
400 Barsana Road
Austin, TX, 78737
Tickets: $30 advance, $35 at the door. Register here.
Website: www.bhaktimasala.com


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Chanting and Meditation: Entering the Still and Boundless Heart

Jai Uttal

When: 7:30pm
Where: Spirit Rock Meditation Center
5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Woodacre, CA
Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Register here.
Website: www.spiritrock.org
Details: The heart is an honored gateway to our most profound and boundless nature. Using the ancient and sublime blend of kirtan (chanting), we can open the heart of infinite love. Kirtan in the Bhakti tradition taps the nectar of spiritual longing and devotion, and invites us to surrender everything into the Sacred. Used together, kirtan and meditation can reveal the expansive view of our sky-like nature.


Thursday, April 9 – Sunday, April 12, 2015

Awakening Bhakti: A Celebration of Divine and Human Love

Jai Uttal

Where: Breitenbush Hot Springs
Highway 224
Detroit, OR
Website: www.breitenbush.com
Phone: 503-854-3320
Details: 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 to find healing and wholeness within ourselves. Through singing Kirtan we explore, express and share the deepest caverns of our souls and ultimately find the eternal spring of love.

For everyone who loves and practices Kirtan, Jai and Ankush will share and demystify some of their secrets particularly the ‘fact’ that with just a little understanding of music and rhythm and a lot of self acceptance we all can sing and lead and share our hearts with others. The practice of chanting, itself, can become our teacher, guiding us home.


Monday, April 27 – Thursday, April 30, 2015

Awakening Bhakti: Chanting Retreat

Jai Uttal

Where: Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat
Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas
Price: Varies by accommodations. See website.
Website: www.sivanandabahamas.org
Details: Learn to chant and tune your voice and heart to that which is sacred. Ride on the wings of Kirtan to feel whole and to feel free. Jai Uttal, accompanied by Daniel Paul, will invoke a space of prayer and heartfelt expression through music and chant. For everyone who loves and practices Kirtan or chanting the ecstatic songs of ancient India, Jai will share and demystify some of their secrets particularly the ‘fact’ that with just a little understanding of music and rhythm and a lot of self acceptance we all can sing and lead and share our hearts with others. The practice of chanting itself can become our teacher, guiding us home.


Tuesday, July 21 – Sunday, July 26, 2015

ANNUAL RESIDENTIAL SUMMER BHAKTI KIRTAN CAMP!

Jai Uttal and co-teachers Daniel Paul and Nubia Teixeira

This training is for those who aspire to lead Kirtan; those who wish to enhance their Yoga teaching with chanting; and those who simply wish to immerse themselves in the vast ocean of Bhakti.

In this workshop we will share some of the many tools that we use in our Bhakti practices. Our hope is that everyone will leave this retreat with the inner experience and knowledge that we are all able to dive into this world of devotion and sing and share our hearts with others.

Subjects to be covered:

Kirtan – As the essential practice of Bhakti, Kirtan will be the main focus of this training.
Bhakti Yoga – Understanding the path of Bhakti as a journey of surrender and offering of one’s entire being to the the Divine will.
Mantras – Experiencing the invocational power of the ancient Sanskrit syllables and names in ecstatic song and silent contemplation.
Gods and Goddesses – An exploration of the energies embodied by the different deities of Hinduism.
Ramayana – Studying and reciting the multi-leveled epic adventures of Ram, Sita and Hanuman; and how this story relates to our daily lives.
Saints – Reflecting upon the lives of some of the saints of modern India, particularly Neem Karoli Baba.
Vocal Training – Opening the voice and learning to love the sound that comes from our bodies.
Rhythm – Beginning to understand the rhythms associated with Kirtan.
Learning Harmonium – Gaining a beginning understanding of the rudiments of harmonium for accompanying Kirtans.

Hatha Yoga classes will be offered daily by Nubia Teixeira.

~~~~~~~~~~ Hari Om ~~~~~~~~~~

Harbin Conference Center Harbin Garden Harbin Pool Harbin Spring Pool

Where: Harbin Hotsprings
Middletown, CA
Website: http://www.harbin.org
Price:
Early Christmas Bird Price: $1,500.00 IF PAID IN FULL BY 12-25-14
Early Bird Price: $1,800.00 IF PAID IN FULL BY 04-25 -15
Price: $2,050.00 AFTER 04-25-15





RETREAT INCLUDES:
Camping (bring your own camp supplies for sleeping dorm or tent) + using Harbin Facilities for 5 nights – 6 days
3 daily meals + snacks
2 daily Bhakti/Kirtan 2hrs sessions with Jai Uttal & Daniel Paul
1 daily rhythm session with Daniel Paul
1 daily Bhakti- Hatha Yoga with Nubia Teixeira

More info: nubia@bhaktinova.com