Here Comes the Sun: New Year's Dharma, Yoga & Devotional Chanting Retreat

  • Menla Retreat & Spa Menla Retreat & Spa
  • 375 Panterkill Road PO Box 70 Phoenicia, NY 12464 United States
  • Dec 27, 2019 - Jan 1, 2020 (6 days)

About This Event

On this retreat we will invoke Krishna-Radha, Sita-Ram, Lokeshvara, Tara, and Hanuman, celebrating their tireless divine efforts to save the world from needless suffering with chanting, learning, meditating, and energizing and healing the body.

This retreat combines Krishna Das’ bhakti and universal love teachings—descended from his guru, Maharaj Neem Karoli Baba—with Bob's teachings on mindful metta in the spirit of our annual new year’s retreat’s co-founder, Sharon Salzberg. Bob will also draw from the Indo-Tibetan nondual wisdom and compassion tradition of the great Bodhisattvas, whose selfless love and compassion for all beings contributed in ancient India to the wondrous river of bhakti devotion and liberating joy.

We will learn together from the Bhagavad Gita, the Shrimad Bhagavatam, the Ramayana, the Metta Sutta and the Vimalakirti Sutra, among key ancient sources. To build motivation for the coming year, we will look to the teachings of Neem Karoli Baba via Krishna Das and Ram Dass and of H. H. Dalai Lama via Bob to revitalize ourselves together to deal joyfully and successfully with the challenges of these pivotal times.

In addition to the teachings, stories, kirtans, and meditations led by KD and Bob, each day Carolyn Christie and Brooke Myers will offer pranayama and expert Iyengar yoga instruction, Nina Rao will lead Hanuman chaleesa chanting, and Paul Bloom will teach Qi Gong. On New Year’s Eve, we will enjoy a spectacular sound healing session performed by Woodstock’s Sage Academy of Sound. Finally, two illuminating astrology classes—with master astrologer and astronomer Alexander Mallon—will help shed light on cosmic patterns we can expect in the near future, our “astrological forecast,” as we come together to let go of constricting habit-patterns and set meaningfully expansive intentions for the coming year.

Open to all levels of experience.

We encourage you to register early as space is limited!

Schedule

Friday, December 27th

3 - 8pm  Arrival and Check-in

6 - 7pm  Dinner

7:30pm  Welcome, Evening Class, and Song and Mantra with KD & Bob (Conference Center Main Hall)

Saturday, December 28th

6:30am  Tea and Coffee Available (Lhasa Inn)

7 - 8 am  Pranayama with Carolyn & Brooke (Yoga Studio)

8 - 9am  Breakfast

9:15 - 10:15am  Hanuman Chaleesa Chanting with Nina (Main Hall)

10:30am - 12pm  Movement Classes

Yoga Asanas with Carolyn and Brooke (Yoga Studio)

Qi Gong with Paul (Conf. Center Devi Room)

12 – 1:15pm  Lunch

1 - 3pm  Free Time

3 - 5pm  Afternoon Class with KD and Bob (Main Hall)

5 - 6pm  Free Time

6 - 7:15pm  Dinner

7:30pm  Kirtan and Mantra Chanting with KD and Bob (Main Hall)

Open to General Public

Sunday, December 29th

6:30am  Tea and Coffee Available (Lhasa Inn)

7 - 8 am  Pranayama with Carolyn & Brooke (Yoga Studio)

8 - 9am  Breakfast

9:15 - 10:15am  Hanuman Chaleesa Chanting with Nina (Main Hall)

10:30am - 12pm  Movement Classes

Yoga Asanas with Carolyn and Brooke (Yoga Studio)

Qi Gong with Paul (Devi Room)

12 – 1:15pm  Lunch

1 - 3pm  Free Time

3 - 5pm  Afternoon Class with KD and Bob (Main Hall)

5 - 6pm  Free Time

6 - 7:15pm  Dinner

7:30pm  Kirtan and Mantra Chanting with KD and Bob (Main Hall)

Open to General Public

Monday, December 30th

6:30am  Tea and Coffee Available (Lhasa Inn)

7 - 8 am  Pranayama with Carolyn & Brooke (Yoga Studio)

8 - 9am  Breakfast

9 - 10:30am  Naga Puja with Bob (Main Hall)

10:30am - 12pm  Movement Classes

Yoga Asanas with Carolyn and Brooke (Yoga Studio)

Qi Gong with Paul (Devi Room)

12 – 1:15pm  Lunch

1 - 3pm  Free Time

3 - 5pm  Afternoon Class with KD and Bob (Main Hall)

5 - 6pm  Free Time

6 - 7:15pm  Dinner

7:30pm  Kirtan and Mantra Chanting with KD and Bob (Main Hall)

Tuesday, December 31st

6:30am  Tea and Coffee Available (Lhasa Inn)

7 - 8 am  Pranayama with Carolyn & Brooke (Yoga Studio)

8 - 9am  Breakfast

9:15 - 10:15am  Morning Class (Main Hall)

10:30am - 12pm  Movement Classes

Yoga Asanas with Carolyn and Brooke (Yoga Studio)

Qi Gong with Paul (Devi Room)

12 – 1:15pm  Lunch

1 - 3pm  Free Time

1 - 3pm  Cosmic Mirror Astrology Intensive with Alexander (Devi Room – limit of 7 people, sign up at front desk, $60/person)

3 - 5pm  Closing Class with KD and Bob (Main Hall)

5 - 6pm  Free Time

6 - 7:15pm  Dinner

7:30 - 9pm  2020 Astrology Forecast w/ Alexander Mallon (Devi Room)

9 - 11pm  Sound Healing with Sage Academy of Sound (Main Hall)

11:15pm - 12am  Ring in the New Year and Set Intentions, Hors D’oeuvres and Non-alcoholic Toast (Lhasa Inn)

Wednesday, January 1st

6:30am  Tea and Coffee Available (Lhasa Inn)

8 - 11 am  Brunch

9:30 - 11:30am  Open Astrology Class with Alexander (Devi Room)

12 - 1pm  Check-out and Departure

Schedule subject to change at any time

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