Upcoming Retreats

Upcoming Retreats

  • Maya Rose Group Rate Single – $1,190.00
  • Maya Rose Group Rate Double – $840.00
  • Skyline Bungalow Group Rate Single – $1,190.00
  • Skyline Bungalow Group Rate Double – $840.00
  • Lotus House Group Rate Single – $1,260.00
  • Lotus House Group Rate Double – $910.00

Guatemala Altar of Love Retreat-7 Days of Chanting, Kundalini Yoga and Cultural Adventures / Ananda Yogiji & Jaya Lakshmi

December 14 - 21, 2019

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Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda are Oregon based musical artists in the genre of mantra music and heart songs. As inspired singer/songwriters, they are best known for their English devotional lyrics infused with vedic mantras but are also well known for their enchanting acoustic kirtans. They also offer Mantra/Kirtan based electronic dance music they call “Kirtronica”. They both play guitar and harmonium while weaving vocal melodies. In addition, Jaya Lakshmi plays keyboard and Ananda captivates audiences via the bansuri flute. They are known for their powerful blend of modern and ancient soundscapes that touches the heart and invokes a meditative connected state.
About the Leaders:
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Ananda has been a dedicated practitioner and teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan since 2006. He also completed and taught at numerous holistic yoga and leadership immersions at the Dharmalaya (a holistic yoga, permaculture and meditation center in Eugene, Oregon). In addition to his BA in international and sustainable business, he has a minor in East Asian Religions and studied yogic philosophy at the University of Oregon and the Dharmalaya. Ananda Yogiji has studied under the guidance of master teachers Gurucharan Singh, Gurmukh, Guru Singh, Krishna Kaur, Ravi Logan and many more. He spent 4 years learning with Viriam Singh and Kaur in Eugene, Oregon. He has attended nine, nine day Kundalini Yoga summer solstice intensives in New Mexico.

Jaya Lakshmi has regularly practiced hatha-based yoga since 1996, including Pattabhi-Jois style Ashtanga yoga and Anusara Yoga. Since meeting Ananda in 2010 she integrated Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan into her daily practice, regularly attending the Summer Solstice Sadhana gathering in Espanola, NM. Her most influential teachers have been Kia Miller, Janet Stone, Sianna Sherman, Anand Mehotra (Rishikesh, India) , and Saul David Raye. 

Cacao Ceremony Bio:
Ananda Yogiji connected with a cacao shaman in Lake Atitlán, Guatemala, who shared with him his way of holding cacao ceremonies and how to connect with the spirit of cacao. Inspired by this wisdom, he began sharing cacao ceremonies with Jaya Lakshmi in their own unique and heart felt format with their music. Jaya Lakshmi has been attending Native American tipi ceremonies since 1996. From this she developed a deep understanding of holding sacred space and ceremony. For them, the cacao ceremony is about celebration, connection, heart opening and community. Together they have held over 100 cacao ceremonies worldwide.
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