Open Your Heart: A Bhakti Yoga and Creativity Immersion

  • Yogaville - Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville - Satchidananda Ashram
  • 108 Yogaville Way, Buckingham, VA 23921, United States
  • Jul 5 - 7, 2019 (3 days)
  • Dorm - Bottom Bunk - $440.00 Dorm - Top Bunk - $440.00 Dormitory - Private - $510.00 LGH - Single - $560.00 LGH - Double - $560.00 LGH - Family room - $560.00 Tent-Site - $380.00 (All prices include $260.00 base amount)

About us

Join critically acclaimed spiritual music artists Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band for a Bhakti Yoga and creativity immersion that will open your heart and rekindle your soul.

Sometimes in life and Yoga practice, we yearn for creative inspiration that reinvigorates our spirit. This retreat is an invitation to drink from the life-giving well of Bhakti Yoga, the Yoga of the heart. Sing your heart out, tap into your inner poet, and rejoice in the awakening of your unique voice and creativity during this heart-opening weekend.

Sean and the band will create a safe and invigorating space for you to:

  • Tune your being with singing meditation, kirtan chanting, song, and dance
  • Explore your own life story more deeply through interactive storytelling, mythology, coloring, and journaling
  • Merge your physical and emotional consciousness with heart-centered vinyasa Yoga practice accompanied by enchanting live music
  • Spark a romance with life itself and explore the love poetry of the Bhakti tradition

The retreat will be accompanied by the live grooves of The Wild Lotus Band—a favorite headliner at Yoga and music festivals nationwide—featuring guitar and bass player Alvin Young and percussionist and vocalist Gwendolyn Colman.

All are welcome to attend.

Continuing Education Opportunities

Concert

If you can’t attend the full workshop but would still like to see Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band live, join us for the Saturday night Satsang Concert

Tickets: $30 in advance and $40 at the door

Doors open at 6:45 pm

 

Tentative Schedule

Friday Evening

Open the Heart: An Evening of Storytelling and Kirtan with Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band

Tonight we open the gates of our heart and set the tone for our weekend retreat with an intimate evening of storytelling, live music, and kirtan. Sean will share stories both from the mythology of Yoga as well as from his personal journey to help bring more meaning and depth to the songs and chants we’ll sing together.

Saturday Morning

Bhakti on the Mat: The Mythic World of Yoga

Merge the heart-opening qualities of Bhakti Yoga with the sensuality and vitality of asana. This deep and playful all-levels practice includes storytelling from the mythical world of Yoga, soul-stirring kirtan, graceful vinyasa sequences, imaginative meditations, and evocative live music. Some experience with asana is recommended. Sean and the band have guided this workshop at festivals and conferences across the country, including sold-out attendance at The Yoga Journal Conference and Bhakti Fest.

Saturday Afternoon

Yoga of Sound Playshop

Explore one of the most ancient and powerful forms of Yoga—the Yoga of sound vibration. Learn about how sound has been used to shift consciousness in cultures around the world as well as in the fields of science and medicine. Experience a special vocal Yoga singing practice designed to help you tune the instrument of your body. Dive into a playful rhythm session guided by Gwendolyn to help you get in touch with your inner drummer, and savor the power of delightfully bringing song and dance together to awaken joy and brighten your soul.

Saturday Evening

An Evening of Mantra Music with Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band

Free your heart and stir your soul in this interactive evening of ancient mantras given new voice through dynamic songs that merge New Orleans roots, rock, gospel, and world grooves.

Sunday Morning

Bhakti on the Mat: Poetry of the Heart and Body

Join Sean and the band for another deep and playful all-levels practice that includes storytelling, heart-opening poetry, soul-stirring kirtan, graceful vinyasa sequences, imaginative meditations, evocative live music, and a safe space for you to awaken your inner poet. Bring a journal and crayons or magic markers.

 

Testimonials

I’m now completely addicted to [their] CD. It starts my every morning! — Valli

The kirtan music on instant replay in my dreamland is by Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band. — Deborah

Recognizing some of the mantras [on their CD] allowed me to deepen my practice spiritually…perfect integration for practices rooted in vinyasa. — Laura

Bhakti Fest Attendees

Truth is One, Paths are Many. ~Sri Swami Satchidananda, Yogaville Founder

Venue Highlights

Yogaville is home to the Light of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS). The LOTUS is a unique temple dedicated to interfaith understanding and the Light within all faiths. Individual altars represent and honor the different world faiths and spiritual paths. The vision, design and inspiration of Sri Swami Satchidananda, LOTUS was dedicated in 1986. It demonstrates, “Truth is One, Paths are Many.” In the peaceful countryside of Virginia, the doors of LOTUS are open to welcome people of all backgrounds and beliefs.

Amenities

  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free

Menu/Cuisine

Organic, vegetarian/vegan food
Labeled ingredients
Lacto-vegetarian
Gluten-free and vegan options
Salad bar
Large herbal tea selection
Coffee is available for purchase at Mandala Cafe

Accommodations

The all-inclusive prices of our accommodations provides you with three delicious buffet-style vegetarian meals daily, meditation, and Hatha Yoga classes in addition to other activities.

Dormitory
The most popular accommodations we have are Dormitory Accommodations – shared room and shared bath. We have two dormitories, Vivekananda Vihar and Ramalinga Nilayam, which are centrally heated and air-conditioned and convenient to meals and programs.

Lotus Guest House (Private Room)
Each room in our six unit guest house is equipped with a small refrigerator, queen size bed and full bath. Each room in our nine unit guest house is equipped with a queen sized bed and full bath, and no refrigerator.

Tenting
Set off in a quiet, wooded area adjacent to the Lotus Guest Houses are twelve campsites. Campers have use of the bathroom, shower, and laundry facilities nearby Vivekananda Vihar dormitory. Camping is available from March 15th to December 1st.

Directions

Yogaville offers transportation from the airport, train and bus stations in Charlottesville, VA. If you are driving Google Maps has reliable turn-by-turn directions. https://goo.gl/maps/HyMby4mr74t

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Open Your Heart: A Bhakti Yoga and Creativity Immersion

at Yogaville - Satchidananda Ashram

  • Jul 5, 2019 - Jul 7, 2019 (3 days)

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