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Kavi Sangeet Bhakti

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Program Description

Creating Meaningful Lives of Great Feeling in Words and Music

Hosted by Stuart Sovatsky PhD, Author of the Amazon bestseller “Advanced Spiritual Intimacy”

Drawing from the ways of the poet and indian and western music, we explore how to deepen the emotional and felt-meaning of the lives we have already lived as family-members, friends to and with others, as students and, perhaps most beautifully of all, as human-beings.

Every family, relationship, and activity reveals that it is indeed holy when viewed via Bhakti devotion.

We will tell stories and learn how to convert the events of our lives into everyday heroic moments by how we put them into evermore beautiful and inspiring words. We become the Kavi [poet-yogis] of our own enlightenments of deep-feelings.

We bless each other in holy forehead bhakti anointment of nyasa. We will practice mantra, asanas and pranayama as poignantly as any tear-brimming wedding, filled with the profundities of prayer and of prana, the breath which is life itself.

We chant with dazzling world-level musicians and burn holy ceremonial fires of consecration to our parents, children, children-to-be, deceased relatives, friends and ancestors. New marriages are most welcome! Just let us know your intentions!

We give thanks to everyone imaginable and well-up with depths of self-pride as Walt Whitman sang, “I did not know I held so much goodness. All seems beautiful to me.”

We will overcome our sorrows by seeing into their depths. We will tell the silliest stories that have ever happened in our lives.

By the close of our bhakti retreat of deeply felt meaning, we will have redeemed our humanity just as it has been and is. We will have new friends and deepened old ones. We will feel ourselves going forward into our futures energized with the ways of the poet now inside of us, the vibrations of holy kirtan far-beyond what we may have previously believed ourselves capable of. We will be whole and wondrous to ourselves and to one another.

Please check page frequently for new musicians, poets and artists.


Venue Highlights

We are located in Salt Springs, Florida, amid the tranquil beauty of the Ocala National Forest on Lake Kerr, a spring-fed lake of nearly 3,000 acres. Beneath a canopy of towering Live Oaks, the six-acre campus features lush tropical gardens, stone decks and walkway, and a peaceful sand beach. The property includes a main house, lodge, main office, guest cabin, and brand new Healing Arts Center. We run programs year-long in service of our mission to bring authentic yogic wisdom to the world. If you’re not sure about taking a program yet, we also welcome guests for R&R.


We offer dorm-style housing as well as private/shared accomodations for an additional charge.


  • A/C in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


All our programs include 3-vegetarian meals daily. Meals are prepared fresh and served buffet-style with a fresh salad bar included during lunch and dinner.

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Reviews     To review this event, visit the page for the venue or retreat leaders (above).

  • Kelly Thompson   May 21, 2019


    Enjoyed a retreat two weeks ago on the Sadhana of Prana with Chandrakant and then returned this past weekend for a short Rest & Relaxation. Was hoping for Darshan with Gurudev, but though we missed out on that, we were grateful for Nirali’s Sunday morning presentation on the foundation for I AM Yoga. She is a wonderful teacher full of grace and embodied spirit. It was a gift to sit on the dock and watch the sunset and the full moon rise. We look forward to our next visit!

  • Joe DiScala   February 12, 2019


    Started in my mind (while feeling what was and not being able to quite my mind) seeing what's not there, over my stay I realized what was there was so much more I was a close friend to the Kripalu Ashram I had many friends, I consider myself very sensitive, so when Guru Dev was ousted I withdrew! My whole attraction was to practice non-judgment and here the institution that introduced me to the concept was being judgemental Kripalu since and the experience was wonderful just not the same spiritually but to the general, public the commercial customer it's got all the bells and whistles extremely well managed or was the last time typical of the corporate retreats around the world with a little less spirituality Amrit Yoga is for me the exception in a world that is attracted to bling I have revisited all the various methods I've tried and from this day forward become a devote I can't say enough words won't provide the essence of the feeling which is what it's all about God Bless and keep you in this world Amrit Yoga

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