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Only when human beings are able to perceive and acknowledge the Self in each other can there be real peace. – Amma

Bhakti Fest is honored to present our 2017 Workshop Leaders!

 
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Krishna Das

Layering traditional kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, Krishna Das has been called yoga’s “rock star.” With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, Krishna Das – known to friends, family, and fans as simply KD – has taken the call-and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the best-selling western chant artist of all time. His album ‘Live Ananda’ (released January 2012) was nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Age album category.

KD spent the late ’60’s traveling across the country as a student of Ram Dass, and in August 1970, he finally made the journey to India, which led him to Ram Dass’ own beloved guru, Neem Karoli Baba, known to most as Maharaj-ji.

Given the name Krishna Das, KD began to chant as part of following the path of Bhakti yoga – the yoga of devotion.

Radhanath Swami


Through near-death encounters, apprenticeships with advanced yogis, and years of travel along the pilgrim’s path, Radhanath Swami eventually reaches the inner sanctum of India’s mystic culture and finds the love he has been seeking. It is a tale told with rare candor, immersing the reader in a journey that is at once engaging, humorous and heartwarming.

 
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The Power of Choice: Cultivating our True Potential
How does our karma work to inform our choices in everyday life? We are all born into the world with karmic coding, from our family, background, and culture that informs how we make choices in our lives. If we choose to act in a way that is in alignment with our true nature, then we plant healthy karmic seeds. However, any time we act in contraction, involving the mind, ego, or intellect, our actions create more karmic seeds that will grow into weeds. Surrounded by too many weeds, our original true nature is obscured; it is not able to grow and flourish.
In this workshop, we will explore ways to keep ourselves aligned with our true nature everyday. The tools for this maintenance are our yoga practice, our environment, relationships, and a connection to inspiration. This time spent in dedication to ourselves cultivates the conditions so that our true potential may blossom.

The Five Koshas ~ A Holistic Yogic Journey
Akhanda means whole, indivisible and unbroken tradition. Akhanda Yoga is an all-encompassing holistic practice; Vishva-ji will delve into The Five Koshas and their applications in asana, pranayama and meditation practices, to enhance your knowledge of the relationship between The Five Koshas and your yoga practice. This knowledge will undoubtedly refine and redefine the way you practice and, if applicable, how you teach yoga. Join Vishva-ji as he guides you through an ever-deepening journey through these five layers of being.

Larisa Stow

Larisa Stow & Shakti Tribe are creating a vibration-raising revolution with their edgy blend of mantra-infused rock.  Fronted by Los Angeles Music Award’s “Singer/Songwriter of the Year” and force of nature Larisa Stow, the Tribe’s music is an East meets West fusion of English and Sanskrit. Shakti Tribe is Kimo Estores on lead guitar, Benj Clarke on bass & vocals,  Richard Hardy (Carole King, Dave Matthews Band, Lyle Lovett, David Lindley) on woodwinds, Bethany Grace on Violin, and Keith Larsen on drums.

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Syamarani

After graduating from Music and Art High School in 1964, Syamarani dasi became a student at New York City College, majoring in art and history. In 1966, at the age of 19, she met her spiritual master. Her spiritual master is His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder-acarya of ISKCON, and world-famous preacher of Krsna Consciousness and Vedic culture, and the saintly spiritual master of millions of spiritual seekers. Soon after meeting him, she was initiated and given the name Jadurani dasi. (Later on, in 1992, he inspired his spiritual successor, Srila Narayana Maharaja, to give her the additional spiritual name of Syamarani dasi, and she became one of his first few disciples.

Srila Prabhupada taught her the philosophy of Krsna consciousness, also known as Sanatana-dharma and bhakti-yoga – the timeless ancient wisdom of spiritual India. Even when she was still new to Prabhupada and Krsna Consciousness he sent her to various yoga groups, schools and universities, including Harvard University. There she represented her spiritual master’s words in the mission to spread the science of God.

Swami Premodaya

Transcending Ego:  An Owner’s Manual
Absolute Truth is attainable.  To get there, you don’t need a better religion or a new philosophy; nobody needs to teach you “the secret.”  Join Swami Premodaya for absolute, direct, experience of going beyond self.
A genuine spiritual master is far more than a teacher or healer. One difference is that they often provide seekers with the ideal method or direction that will work best for each individual’s uniqueness—whether the goal is genuine happiness, permanent inner peace, or true self-realization. The purpose of life is lasting happiness (which once permanently established, inevitably leads to God-consciousness). But this happiness is not achievable through solely material means, which is the method most people pursue. It’s only possible once the spiritual basis has been actually put into place. I-CODA.org
 
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Manoj Chalam

Murti Scholar

Manoj Chalam uses humor and personal anecdotes in his lectures and workshops to illuminate Hindu mythology. An Indian-born scientist with a PhD from Cornell University, Manoj helps individuals find their archetypes in Hindu Yogic deities and teaches the 4 ways to work with an archetype as a Vedantic practice. He has also compiled a book on the symbolisms of Hindu and Buddhist deities. Manoj presents workshops on Hindu symbolisms and Tantra at yoga studios, keynotes at festivals, ashrams, and universities.

Jyothi Chalam is a scholar of Vedanta, the philosophy of self realization. Jyothi teaches workshops on the Upanishads at ashrams, yoga studios and yoga conferences. Jyothi is also an accomplished musician of the South Indian Classical tradition. Her music is the culmination of both her philosophical meditations and deep spiritual devotion.

Dawn Cartwright

Dawn Cartwright is a Tantric visionary, sacred writer, world traveler, and innovator in bio-energetic Tantra fusion. She discovered the path of Tantra by accident shortly after a period of life-changing mystical experiences in lovemaking more than twenty years ago.

Divine Lovers Rose Petal Puja & Cacao Ceremony 

You’ll be guided through a beautiful puja. You’ll discover a spherical place where every desire, wish and attainment is knowable and touchable at once. Singles & couples welcome.

 

Tantra: The Path of Divine Love 

You’ll be guided through the most exquisite practices I’ve yet to discover. A journey into the far reaches of human sexuality and Tantra. The path of divine love. Singles and couples welcome.

 

The Red Tent: Sacred Sexuality for Women

Since ancient times women have gathered together to dream mystical dreams, share wisdom, renew sexual power and explore the secrets of the cosmos through the gateway of their wombs.

 
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Jeffrey Armstrong

Jeffrey has a unique gift to speak the ancient Vedic/Yogic audiences of all ages. Featured in the CBC documentary Planet Yoga, Wings of Yoga, and Take Back Your Power.


Experience Divine Love as Vedic Scholar, mystic poet, Jeffrey Armstrong/Kavindra takes you on a sacred initiation into the emotions of mystical romance and the deep mysteries of the Feminine Divine. A meditation and mantra practitioner for over 40 years, he initiates students into the sublime emotions of Bhakti Yoga. Jeffrey Armstrong teaches with humor and deep insight into our human and divine natures.


Jeffrey Armstrong (Kavindra Rishi) is the founder of VASA – Vedic Academy of Sciences & Arts – an on-line portal for Yoga Philosophy – programs that offer a complete system of lifestyle tools which include personal relationship skills, spiritual knowledge and health and healing practices. Best-selling author and ex-monk, Armstrong is a philosopher, practitioner and scholar of the Vedas with degrees in Psychology, History & Comparative Religions, and Literature. After a successful career as an executive in Silicon Valley and corporate speaker for Fortune 500 Companies he turned to teaching what he was passionate about: the Philosophy and Lifestyle of Yoga full time. He is also a world-renown AyurVedic Astrologer with over 40+ yrs. experience who will be available for private chart consultations. Contact: vasa@JeffreyArmstrong.com www.JeffreyArmstrong.com

Saul David Raye

Saul David Raye is an internationally acclaimed teacher, healer and spiritual activist known for his empowering and transformational approach to yoga, healing and spirituality. Saul’s teaching draws on the depth of the Yoga tradition, Bhakti, Tantra and all forms of universal light, love and wisdom. Through the grace of his teachers and guides he is able to bring alive the ancient wisdom teachings for modern seekers.  The depth of Saul’s teaching allows students to connect deeply with their own authentic power, spirit and truth.

 
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Sri Kirtan

With decades of musical & spiritual dedication, SRI Kirtan comes as, a duo of refreshing fun and spiritual devotion in the expanding kirtan/chant scene. Exploding out of Woodstock in 2004, Sruti Ram and Ishwari, now known as SRI Kirtan have been a staple of many of the most prestigious kirtan events including the Omega Ecstatic Chant, Bhakti Fest as well as regular appearances at Kripalu and Jivamukti Yoga NYC.

NAVIGATING KARMA AND DHARMA– with Sruti Ram & Ishwari (SRI Kirtan)

Karma and dharma are the vehicles that drive your life. Maintaining your bhava (spiritual mood) is the key to flowing with grace, being of service, and staying true to yourself. Come explore the potency of surrendering to your highest good.

Nina Rao

Nina Rao learned traditional chants from her grandfather in a village in south India when she was nine years old. The chants quietly stayed with her until she rediscovered chanting with Krishna Das in New York in 1996. She is Krishna Das’ assistant and tours with him, playing cymbals and singing. In 2007, she recorded a track “Nina Chalisa” on Krishna Das’ CD, Flow of Grace. In Jan 2013, Nina released her own debut double-CD, Antarayaami – Knower of All Hearts, which includes kirtan, bhajan, a variety of Hanuman Chalisa chants and a brand new duet with Krishna Das. Nina is based in Brooklyn, NY with her daughter, and chants with her friends and satsang in the New York area and beyond.

 
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Mirabai Devi

Mirabai Devi is an international spiritual teacher, healer, author and mentor for thousands of people around the world and the founder of the Mirabai Devi Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to her mission of raising world consciousness through the awakening and healing of humanity.

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bai innately sensed such suffering in humanity that her gifts of compassion began to develop. She then started to receive inner training from the Divine Light and Divine Masters. Later, she traveled to study with teachers in India and the West until she realized her purpose was to use her gifts to serve, heal and awaken. Since that time, she has been traveling the world giving darshan to awaken and help all who come to her.

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Clarity Breathwork

Clarity Breathwork is a gentle, safe and profound tool for healing and transformation on all levels — physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. This practice is able to increase the available energy in the physical body, improve the clarity of the mind and allow a release of blocked emotional energy to gently uplift the spirit. It uses the ancient practice of circular, connected breathing that has been utilized in many cultures around the world for thousands of years, for healing and attaining higher states of consciousness. For eons of time yogis, saints and sages alike have expounded on the power and importance of the breath to bring us to greater awareness and presence.

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has been active in the Global Breathwork Community for over 35 years as co-founder of Clarity Breathwork, a Certified Clarity Breathwork Trainer and Practitioner, inspirational spiritual teacher and guide. She travels the world, sharing the power of Clarity Breathwork~ Sacred Breath & Embodiment- A feminine form of Breathwork that is lead with gentle compassion and deep presence. She is also certified by ARTI (Association of Rebirthers and Trainers Int’l.), as well as Condor Blanco in Chile-a holistic and ecological mystery school. She owns Clarity Productions, producing seminars, retreats and musical events around the globe, including many treks to India to immerse in the Divine Mother Festival.

 
 
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Lorin Roche, PH.D.

The Radiance Sutras
The Radiance Sutras is a playful and poetic version of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, a classic yoga text describing 112 meditation techniques for being intimate with the life force. A wide variety of practices are included: dance, singing, exercising to exhaustion, falling asleep, lovemaking, listening to the silence, communing with nature, and celebrating desire and emotion. As we go through life, we need access to a wide variety of inner doorways to meditation, to keep ourselves juicy, vibrant, and capable of tolerating intimacy.
In this workshop, we will be improvising with the Sutras, exploring the relationship we have in this moment with life’s inward and outward call, letting the text remind us of the richness of the life force permeating our bodies at all times.
Lorin Roche has been teaching meditation for 44 years and his work centers on how to customize the practices to suit individual nature. He holds a PhD from the University of California for his work on the language of meditative experience. He is the author of Meditation Made Easy (Harper 1998), and The Radiance Sutras (Sounds True 2014). With his wife, Camille Maurine, he wrote Meditation Secrets for Women (Harper 2001) He lives in Los Angeles and bodysurfs daily.
Camille Maurine began practicing yoga and meditation in 1972 and in 1975 created her own fusion of dance, yoga, and meditation called TransDanceFormations. Camille works with women worldwide to develop their own female meditation practice, suited to their individual nature and life. Camille is the author, along with Lorin, of Meditation Secrets for Women: Discovering Your Passion, Pleasure, and Inner Peace (Harper 2001), and trains meditation teachers in that approach.
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Gina Sala

 Gina Salá

Gina Salá is a vocalist, composer, music director, sound healer, and teacher from Seattle whose love of the human voice has taken her to performing and studying throughout much of the world. She has been chanting since early childhood and studies, and shares cross-cultural singing, sanskrit, mantra and chant. She has performed at the US Pentagon, the US Capital, the United Nations, and s principal singer for Cirque du Soleil’s “O”. With humor, devotion and a repertoire spanning 23 languages, Gina Salá shares her passion for singing us awake to who we are! 
Pleasure and Power of Nada Yoga: Who Sings?
Relax in the bliss of nada yoga/sound tantra as long-term sound yogi Gina Salá offers precise mouth choreography for mantra, doorways into delicious raga, and vocal empowerment in a bhakti bhav. www.ginasala.com

 

Monika Nataraj

Monika Nataraj has spent the past 15 years as a “nomadic, dancing, mystic Shakti adventurer of the soul,” leading sacred dance, tantra and yoga workshops in 20 countries throughout Asia, Europe and North America. Monika is a senior teacher of Agama Yoga and runs a yoga and meditation school in Dharamsala, India. She is the creatrix of the 200-hour Mystical Dance® and Shakti Spirit® women’s teacher trainings held annually in Koh Phangan, Thailand and co-leads the Mystical Yogini women’s teacher training in India. Monika also pioneers goddess dance journeys in Turkey, and studies and performs classical Indian temple dance, Sufi whirling and ritual belly dance. She is the co-director of the Dharamsala Film Festival. Monika took the name Nataraj – Shiva in the dancing form – to remind her that consciousness and creativity are eternally moving as One. www.monikanataraj.com
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Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band

New Orleans’ Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band (Alvin Young and Gwendolyn Colman) are regarded as one of the guiding voices of kirtan music in America. They put a New Orleans and American stamp on kirtan by merging ancient mantras with rock, funk, gospel, and world grooves. Their dynamic music has opened peoples’ ears and hearts to the power of mantra music within and beyond the yoga world.

Their latest album Unity debuted #1 on the iTunes World Music Chart and #3 on Billboard’s Chart. Their songs have also appeared on three Putumayo World Music compilations. They are a favorite headliner at yoga and music festivals nationwide. This year they will make their third trip to the New Orleans Jazz Festival stage, where last year GoNOLA.com named them a top pick of the day, along with Robert Plant and Phish.

Sean is also a well-loved yoga teacher and storyteller who savors bringing together the creative, heart-opening qualities of bhakti yoga with the sensuality and vitality of asana. He’s the founder of Wild Lotus Yoga studios in New Orleans, and Soul School an interdisciplinary yoga teacher-training program that focuses on teaching yoga with imagination and skill. Visit the band’s website at www.SeanJohnsonAndTheWildLotusBand.com

Allison Prince and Katie Allen

Katie and Allison opened Orange County’s first donation-based yoga studio: Be The Change Yoga in 2013. They teach that Yoga is so much richer than a physical practice and integrate the wisdom of the Yoga Sutras in every class along with the more subtle practices of Yoga, including kirtan, mantra, mudra and mediation. They also founded Orange County’s first 800hr Yoga Therapist Training Program and have implemented yoga therapy programs in hospitals and health systems throughout Orange County. They have been attending Bhakti Fest since its inception and are honored to be teaching at the festival.

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Govind Das & Radha

Govind Das and Radha are California-based Bhakti yogis and Kirtan singers. They are a husband and wife team with great love and devotion for the Divine, their Guru, each other, and life itself. This is the essence which is reflected and transmitted through their music.
Through the sacred practice of Kirtan, repetitiously chanting the names of God/Goddess from ancient India, they will guide you on a musical meditation and yogic adventure deep into the essence of Bhakti – the yoga of the Heart, the yoga of Love.
Through the grace of their teachers, they have uniquely melded ancient Indian mantras with western melodies, yet still playing traditional Indian instruments. Their music has been described as a trance inducing mandala, where organic ambiance, meditation, art, and prayer merge together as One. They lead Kirtan concerts, Bhakti yoga workshops, and transformative retreats throughout the world.

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Prajna Viera

“Mukti” is the acclaimed kirtan ensemble fronted by vocalist Prajna Vieira, guitarist Donald Fontowitz and tabla player Ramana Erickson. Their sensuous blend of tabla rhythms, Hindustani slide guitar, harmonium and extraordinary vocals create a rich foundation for both traditional Indian and modern original kirtans.

“A journey of devotion & inspiration infused with incredible songwriting, masterful musicianship, a myriad of world music flavors & intertwining vocals that soar into the heavens, yet overflow with earthly delights and words that come straight from the heart. Prajna Vieira has a beautiful voice that is rich, soulfully sweet, and prone to taking off into divine spaces.” —Common Ground Magazine

Demetri Velisarius

Demetri Velisarius is a moving~meditation teacher in the Prana Flow Arts tradition. Demetri has been fortunate to have studied with many masters of Hatha Yoga, Himalayan Tantra and Tibetan Dzogchen meditation. Inspired by their example, he’s dedicated his life to the study and practice of meditation and yoga and loves sharing his passion for conscious, spirited movement through empowering flow art forms such as PranaDandaYoga.

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Joanne Ameya Cohen

Joanne Ameya Cohen is shifting the current paradigms in Women’s Health and Feminine Leadership. Through her background as a Certified Women’s Herbalist and Flower Essence Therapist, Plant Spirit Medicine Practitioner, Feminine Embodiment Mentor, Counselor, and Shamanic Practitioner, Joanne supports women to Remember their truths, beauty, wisdom, and power.

She is most passionate about helping women to let go of past pains and hurts in order to reclaim their Wild Feminine Hearts. Anchoring this in wisdom traditions, women are invited to coax out their radiance. They are set off on a path of reclamation.

Joanne Ameya teaches women’s wisdom and embodiment workshops throughout the year and has founded and teaches at the Woman Rising School for Flower Essence and Shamanic Studies. Other courses include Priestesses of the Moon which is an Online Women’s Mystery School & Women’s Initiation Training and she co-hosts Wild Sacred Women Retreats.

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Divine Harmony

Divine Harmony is an astrologer, writer and teacher with her Masters in Depth Psychology.  She is dedicated to communicating with one’s Higher Self by way of the celestial realms, intuition and inspiration. Just as the microcosm is contained in the macrocosm and vice versa- Divine Harmony believes that the stars and planets have connections to the people, places and things that inhabit planet earth, and there is a way to find the pattern of communication and connection by divining the stars. In addition, she is an activist for the Soul and writes inspired articles on spirituality, sacred Union, and the evolution of consciousness. She is available for astrology readings, workshops, and lectures, and is in the midst of writing a book on the Dark Feminine.

Sam Geppi

Vedic astrologer Sam Geppi will explore the connection between the sister sciences of Yoga and Vedic astrology. This talk begins with an overview of Vedic Cosmology and will touch on themes common to both Yoga and Vedic astrology, including Karma, the Yugas, the Chakras, the sacred number 108 and many more. We will examine important Sutras from the most sacred Vedic astrology text, which describes how (and why) Spirit takes form – as YOU and everything. We will also examine the (Western) scientific basis of Vedic astrology and all participants will leave knowing why and how astrology works – beyond just being told to just “believe in it”.
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Gabriel Logan Braun

 

Gabriel Logan Braun is a movement and yoga instructor, life coach, sound healer and musician, who rediscovered his unique purpose and gifts through spiritual study and extensive travel. Gabriel has been offering his healing work to individuals and groups for the last 7 years and most recently to rehab clients coping with drug addiction. Gabriel is deeply committed to helping others awaken to their own innate gifts and inner knowledge, and inspiring others to rediscover their connection to the sacredness of life.
Enter the Sound Temple: A Sound Healing Experience is part interactive and part restorative experience where the participants get to explore their own unique voice and sound through breathing, toning and movement exercises.
Each workshop completes with a 45-minute sound bath. Entering the Sound Temple, we will relax, de-stress, harmonize and embrace the depth of our sacred inner world within a womb of healing soundscapes.
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Renee Baribeau

Marketing, Community Outreach, Event Planning, Sales, Public Speaking, Teaching, and Public Relations

Renee Baribeau, the “Practical Shaman,” is an accomplished mentor, respected business coach, dynamic spiritual teacher, and published author who injects humor and practical wisdom into her dynamic, inspirational WindWork® workshops. The “Awakening Compass®” is a simple, yet powerful navigational tool designed by Renee to provide guidance, focus and clarity of direction in your life, no matter which way the wind is blowing.  Her book Winds of Spirit is now under contract with Hay House Publishing Co.

Siva Mohan

Resolving Internal Conflict with Ayurveda
Understand emotional wellness from an ayurvedic perspective. As ayurveda understand the effects of various energetic patterns, we can map the effects of internal conflict on the emotional and physical bodies. Dr. Mohan will present emotions as a guidance system, and offer practical approaches to resolving internal conflict
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Zat Baraka

Zat Baraka

Zat Baraka is a unique and highly sought after teacher and speaker in the personal and spiritual growth movement, his passion is to help others radically transform their relationships and sex lives, their spiritual lives, and to live in integrity with their true purpose. Over 25 years of continent spanning personal spiritual growth work including conscious sexuality and relationship, and emotional mastery training. For the past 15 years his path has been training in the Tibetan Buddhist non-monastic Nyingma tradition of tantric yogis. He has also completed the Spiritual Psychology Masters programs from the esteemed University of Santa Monica.

Zat encourages his clients to push their growth edge, his work is to train people to be life practitioners. To navigate the raging waters of sex, money, relationship, and life purpose. His current focus is to help men to step out of the confines of their societal conditionings and into the New Masculine way of being. He currently teaches and presents workshops on relationship and gender dynamics within his Men’s Groups and at festivals and conferences; throughout North America and Asia.

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Mas Vidal

Mas Vidal’s yoga practices combine aspects of the Hatha-Bhakti-Raja yoga’s and are infused with the wisdom of Ayurveda. All classes will also include some chanting of mantras and meditation.As director of the International Organization Dancing Shiva, his certification programs, clinical ayurvedic sessions and specialized workshops have improved the lives of many through out the world.

Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda

Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda are Oregon based musical artists in the genre of mantra music.  Their music is a combination of kirtan (call and response singing), bhajan (devotional hymns) and original singer/song writer compositions in the languages of English, Sanskrit and Gurbani.  Alternating guitar, harmonium, keyboard, bansuri flutes and vocal weaving, they create a profound healing and balanced sound current (Naad) brimming with bhakti (devotion).  In just over 5 years together, they have released 8 albums on Sounds True, Spirit Voyage and independently.  They tour nationally and internationally holding their own events and retreats.  In addition, they perform and teach at festivals and regularly offer Kirtronica at ecstatic dances.  They have been pioneers in bringing music and conscious businesses together, especially on their USA west coast tours. Their sponsors this year include Coconut Bliss, Jem Organics, Organic India and Medicinal Foods.
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Loop of the Lotus: Hoop Dance Trilogy Workshop Series

Day 1: Seed of Beauty

Basics of Hoop Dance with a spiritual twist. A spiral of splendor. Up from the mire we work our way from ground to crown and everything in between. The Lotus Seed represents the way of the Earth and Water. New beginnings: from one seed, hope, potential, and creative presence emerge.

All levels of practice welcome.

Day 2: Unfolding

Feeling the light of the sun we open our wings, exploring our arms and circular extensions…our hoops! Flying and folding, weaving and creating, we learn tricks and combinations of easy movements to reveal a dance of birds and bounty. Unfolding represents Fire and Air…out of the murky waters we Rise. With Wings!

All levels of practice welcome.

Day 3: Full Bloom

Finding our flow, free from attachments or thought. In the Full Bloom of our expression, we rise! Exploring all of the different elements, hoopers incorporate intuition and instruction, creating their own fully blossomed flower of flow. All of the shapes come together and a lovely mandala unfolds as we enter together the Cosmic Circle. The Sacred Hoop is at the center of all, everything Unfolding and Budding around it.

Hoop Dance with an Existential twist ~ :)

All levels of practice welcome.

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Vallabhdas

Vallabhdas – Find The Beloved

Find the Beloved with Bhava & Kirtan:

A revolutionary, non-stop Bhakti Fest spread throughout 15th century India, creating lineages, texts and kirtans that continue to empower us to dedicate our body, wealth and mind-heart, to revive our eternal relationship with the all-attractive Beloved known by many names. The formless Absolute Brahman described in Vedic scriptures, the aim of the yogi’s abstract meditation, appears also with a beautiful smiling face, in the solid-bliss nectar forms known as Shri Radha-Krishna.

Vallabhdas (M.A., Asian Languages and Literature), director of the Shyamdas Foundation, lives in Braj, India. He is a scholar of Sanskrit, Brajbhasha, Hindi and Persian and a practicing Vaishnava bhakta from the 500 year-old Pushti Marg tradition. His guru, Shri Milan Goswami, is an 18th generation descendant of the non-dual bhakti philosopher Shri Vallabhacharya.

After apprenticing for 10 years with Shyamdas as his editor and co-translator, publishing eight books on bhakti literature, Vallabhdas now hosts bhakti tours in India and teaches workshops and online courses in Brajbhasha, the premier Indian language for devotional poetry. www.FindtheBeloved.com

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Thursday – 5:00 – 6:30 pm Workshop Hall 2

Jesus, Mary & the Masters of India

All saints, learned and practiced the ancient sacred mantras and discipline of Yoga, which allowed him to have a direct connection to Mother Divine. Jesus as a young yogi still had to practice many austerities in order for his consciousness to wake up. All saints, learned and practiced the ancient sacred mantras and discipline of Yoga, which allowed him to have a direct connection to Mother Divine. Jesus as a young yogi still had to practice many austerities in order for his consciousness to wake up.

Friday – 11-12:30 pm Men’s Lodge

“Spiritual Relationships for Men”

How can we improve ourselves so that we can experience greater intimacy. Plus:

How can we find our soul-mate?
How can we open these channels to heal ourselves?
What are the techniques to transform our relationships?
Learn simple yogic mantras & techniques to increase our inner power.

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Jennica Mills

Jennica Mills, MSW, E-RYT, Sexual Wellness Educator

Reawaken your innate ability to unlock long held tension patterns and embody joy and pleasure. Come tune in to your body’s deep longing for authentic movement and learn self-induced tension release techniques.

Jennica’s eclectic background in the healing field gives way to a unique perspective of how we can rediscover our balance by integrating the mind, body, and spirit.

 

After receiving her Master’s in Social Work in 2005, Jennica began working as a trauma therapist in a sexual assault recovery program. This experience helped her to develop a much deeper understanding of the pervasive effects of trauma on the entire being.

Jennica has a private practice in San Diego, CA where she facilitates Neurogenic Yoga, TRE, and sexual wellness sessions with individuals and groups. Jennica also facilitates Neurogenic Yoga and TRE workshops and certification trainings globally. Find out more at NeurogenicYoga.com.

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Samuel Kiwasz

The Universe is a mathematical pattern repeating itself in countless ways. Learn to see and understand the Divine Intelligence working behind and through all manifest reality. Samuel teaches Sacred Geometry workshops, assisting people to their next level of spiritual development.

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A trained professional in many arts, he blends Yoga, Chinese Medicine, Holistic Nutrition, Chi Kung, Kinesiology, Tantric and Toltech Philosophy, Reiki, Sound Healing, Shamanism and Holistic Therapies, to lead his audience though an extraordinary healing introspectional journey. He has been leading inspirational talks, workshops, retreats, immersions and teacher trainings around the globe for over 15 years and is an eternal student of Love and Life. www.consciouslivingschool.com

Shamanic yoga class: Accesing your Divine Self

Welcome to the conscious living journey of Transformation. Let yourself submerge into ancestral wisdom, sound healing, empowered asana, flowing kriyas, universal mantras, pranic vinyasa , sacred dance, meditation and other holistic tools that will serve as a doorway to your Infinite Self!
Sacred healing music by Marianela Ortiz, Jim Beckwith, Matthew Hufscmidt and Gabo Loynaz


Shamanic yoga class: The Goddess Shines from Within

We surrender to Divine sacred feminine that will guide us to that Infinite love that we Are! Guided by the energies of different qualities is the Divine mother we will submerge into the shamanic flow of the water, awakening all our sacred centers and celebrating her grace through sound healing, mantras, pranayamas, vinyasa prana, creative movement and meditation. Sacred healing music by Marianela Ortiz, Jim Beckwith, Matthew Hufscmidt and Gabo Loynaz

A trained professional in many arts, he blends Yoga, Chinese Medicine, Holistic Nutrition, Chi Kung, Kinesiology, Tantric and Toltech Philosophy, Reiki, Sound Healing, Shamanism and Holistic Therapies, to lead his audience though an extraordinary healing introspectional journey. He has been leading inspirational talks, workshops, retreats, immersions and teacher trainings around the globe for over 15 years and is an eternal student of Love and Life. www.consciouslivingschool.com

Shamanic yoga class: Accesing your Divine Self

Welcome to the conscious living journey of Transformation. Let yourself submerge into ancestral wisdom, sound healing, empowered asana, flowing kriyas, universal mantras, pranic vinyasa , sacred dance, meditation and other holistic tools that will serve as a doorway to your Infinite Self!
Sacred healing music by Marianela Ortiz, Jim Beckwith, Matthew Hufscmidt and Gabo Loynaz


Shamanic yoga class: The Goddess Shines from Within

We surrender to Divine sacred feminine that will guide us to that Infinite love that we Are! Guided by the energies of different qualities is the Divine mother we will submerge into the shamanic flow of the water, awakening all our sacred centers and celebrating her grace through sound healing, mantras, pranayamas, vinyasa prana, creative movement and meditation. Sacred healing music by Marianela Ortiz, Jim Beckwith, Matthew Hufscmidt and Gabo Loynaz

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BHAKTI FEST WEST              JOSHUA TREE, CA               SEPTEMBER 7-12, 2016