Bhakti Retreat celebrates the devotional paths of yoga, Kirtan (sacred music), and meditation. Our festival aims at the evolution of human consciousness.
In Zorba’s Bhakti retreat, we will delve into the depths of this heart- centered practice through kirtan, music, sound healing, yoga, chanting, dance, movement, and transformational workshops by celebrated teachers.
Yoga is the art work of awareness on the canvas of body, mind, and soul. We will explore the various forms of yoga and use it as a medium to connect with the Universal energy and radiate bliss.
Zorba the Buddha is situated on the lush, green outskirts of Delhi. With its earthen buildings, gardens and water bodies it forms the perfect backdrop for this journey. Come join us in this 4-day residential retreat as we grow and expand together!
Highlights Of The Retreat
Mantra chanting is a process that has been practised for millenniums throughout the world bringing community together in Unity and Diversity. California based Kirtaniyas will be sharing their experiences in Kirtan as well as techniques and chants on Harmonium, Caratals and Mridanga drum. We will learn enchanting melodies from Vrindavan and Navadvipa Krishna Bhakti traditions.
Bhakti yoga has been called “love for love’s sake” and “union through love and devotion.” Bhakti yoga, like any other form of yoga, is a path to self-realisation, to having an experience of oneness with everything.We will flow into the elements that surround us and connect with the divine through the ancient practice of yoga.
Under the guidance of Swami Ashwin Bharti, we are going to explore a host of transformational meditations like Atisha’s Heart Meditation in which we take in sorrow from the world and turn it into bliss and Third-eye Opening, which opens us to the beyond by activating the power of pineal gland.
A melody starts, wistful and longing. It sweeps the crowd. The singer closes his eyes and his song bursts forth. It is wrenched from his heart, it seems. We call out in response. It is an easy mantra. Cymbals clash and punctuate a rhythm. Drums begin to throb and thunder. They say the drum beat represents the heartbeat of God maddened by love. Kirtaniyas will enchant you by mixing traditional sanskrit mantras with electronic dance music and subsonic bass until you’re dancing to the flavors of Bhakti Yoga.
The singing and dancing will accompanied by divine offerings—Vrindavan style—from the Bhakti Kitchen. As a part of Sattvik Cookout, we will come together to prepare a delicious meal as community and offer it to Radha Krishna.
Since ancient times, in Hindu thought dance was one of the most beautiful expressions of the divine, the eternal rhythms of the universe, powerfully and exquisitely symbolised in the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva. Once sustained and nurtured in temples as part of a rich and vibrant temple tradition, classical dance in South India has remained over centuries a dynamic, living tradition that is continuously renewed. Dive deep into ancient temple dance from South India and explore how to become a channel for devotion.
Kalbeliya dance from Rajasthan is now generally conceptualised as an ancient tradition from India. However, this same dance practice, also known as a form of “Indian Gypsy” or “snake charmers’” folk dance, appears to have originated as recently as the 1980s. Experience the fiery dynamism of the desert.
Japa meditation, also called mantra meditation, is a technique that uses a mantra or the power of chanting to focus your thoughts while soothing the mind. Meditation is thought to be a powerful and effective method to help your mind focus, connect to the inner self and combat stress. Spiritual discussions and close analysis of the bhakti texts such as Bhagavad-Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam and how such philosophical imports and stories can be brought into our life as a daily practice.
With a deep immersion in Bhakti culture since childhood, Vijay Krsna witnessed the dawn of his musical vocation when his beloved guru ordered him to “always be engaged in kirtan.” What followed was years of extensive international travel with various spiritual teachers, with whom he studied the philosophy that underpins the Kirtan movement. Living under the tutelage of illustrious musicians, saints, mendicants, villagers and singing strangers in the temples of Vrindavana, India, Vijay developed a notable prowess on the mrdanga drum. Imbibing a wealth of stylistic techniques from these masters, he sought to imbue his own Kirtan with the deep spiritual moods and teachings revealed by his guru.
Being the youngest of the KIRTANIYAS, Malini Taneja is a ball of energy always ready to move her feet. By the blessings of her spiritual guru, she has dedicated her life to exploring dance as a means to connect and express devotional sentiments to the Divine. Trained in various Indian dance styles, such as Bharatnatyam and Kalbelia, Malini synthesises the graceful discipline and spontaneous playfulness of Indian dance in her performances and hopes to share her love for dance and evoke others to feel liberated in their own expression of devotional movement.
So much of Malini’s inspiration comes from spending time living in the ashram in Vrindavan, India year after year, studying the deep philosophical truths of Bhakti, bringing them into her own practice and sharing its beauty and simplicity to people of all ages. She is the founder of Bhakti Kids Camp, a sleep-away camp for children and is a touring solo artist on the Festival of Colors USA—both of which are full of silliness and fun!
Ashwin Bharti became a disciple of Osho in 1977 and is an ambassador of Osho’s vision. From being a successful businessman, he became a philanthropist and started helping himself & others in their spiritual journey. Being a channel for Osho’s energy, Ashwin created Zorba the Buddha, one of the world’s largest open faith spiritual centre and cultural hub. Over the years, he has received transmissions from various masters in Sufism, Tantra, Zen, Shamanism, Pulsing, Osho therapies & meditations, bodywork, biodanza, contact improvisation, art and music.
She is a yogini, kirtan artist and ecstatic dance facilitator in service to the divine. She holds a BFA in dance from the University of California Santa Barbara. She completed her 500 hours of yoga teacher training in Kona, Hawaii in 2007 and has been teaching yoga for 10 years most exclusively at Yoga Tree in Berkeley, CA, Bhakti Yoga Shala in Santa Monica, CA and at festivals and conferences worldwide.
While performing at the first Bhakti Fest in Joshua Tree she met Vijay Krsna and he invited her to the Rose Temple in Venice. When she arrived to the temple her heart melted, she was home. There she deepened her practice and knowledge of bhakti yoga and developed her teaching style at Bhakti Yoga Shala.
Sita is eternally grateful she had the auspicious opportunity to receive darshan of Srila Narayan Maharaja in his final journey in California. She teaches various modalities of Yoga ranging from Vinyasa Flow to Restorative Yin. Her most unique offering is Bhakti Vinyasa Flow Yoga. Bhakti Vinyasa Flow is a heart opening intentional practice combining Kirtan, the art of ecstatic chanting with Hatha Vinyasa Flow Yoga.
The goal of this practice is to experience Bhava, the nectar of devotion, through union of the body mind and soul.
With his technical grounded rhythm, and his enchanting flute playing, the tapestry of the Kirtan sound becomes complete. Born in Mississippi, the southern boy could never stop tapping to the beats in his head. Nakula grew up in a Hare Krsna farm community where the beginning of his interest in Kirtan and Vedic philosophy started. When he was 18 he moved into an ashram in Vrndavan, India dedicated to keeping Kirtan in the temple. Three years later he hit the world, and hasn’t stopped doing Kirtan. The job of rhythm is to keep everyone in the band locked together and grooving. This translates to Nakula’s personal life as his favorite thing is to do is to bring people together.
Born and raised in Delhi, Aakansha spent many years training in Bharatnatyam under Srimati Padmashree Geeta Chandran, from 1997-2012, and performed throughout India, in both sacred and concert spaces. She was part of the classical ensemble in a Natya Nectar Dance Company production, directed by Goura Prema Riggan from 2012-2013. Since 2014, she continues her Bharatnatyam training and performing with world-renowned Srimati Viji Prakash’s Shakti Dance Company and school based in Los Angeles.
Aakansha has trained in Indian folk dance styles such as Garba, Kalbelia and Bhangra with various Delhi-based teachers who are specialists in their field. Her fitness program BollyPop, which she created in 2015 is a fusion of Bollywood music with American Pop, Hip Hop, Latin and Arabic music. Aakansha’s devotion to her art is for the purpose of spreading happiness wherever she goes.
California based Kirtaniyas are a global collective of energetic, multitalented artists. These twenty-something grew up in a Vedic culture of song, dance, philosophy and devotion between ashrams and temples both in India and the western world.
Vijay Krsna, band leader, a student of devotional Indian folk music known as “Kirtan” in the sacred village of Vrindavana, India. This rare traditional art form is an ancient call-and-response mantra chanting practice that originated in the Indian subcontinent over 5000 years ago.
Joined together with his musically gifted friend Sarasvati, soulful vocalist Rasika and drummer Nitai, Vijay Krsna formed the Kirtaniyas in 2009. Together with members including Malini , Nakula Das and Jamuna Sheth, they have since travelled the World to over 20 countries infusing new life to these ancient chants with youthful spirit and energy. A full Kirtaniyas presentation features up to seven of its members.
Besides the largely traditional approach to their acoustic sets, Kirtaniyas now push the boundaries of genre to combine all of their passions into one new and unique sound. Melodious dance orientated “Worldbeat” music and subsonic bass meets the call and response singing of ancient Sanskrit mantras, accompanied by live acoustic instruments. This is where the boundaries between performers and audience become blurred, everybody is united in one voice and everybody becomes the band.
Early 2012 saw the release of the long anticipated first acoustic album called “Heart & Soul” with distribution through Silenzio (Europe) and White Swan Records (USA).
The band members are multi-instrumentalists accomplished in traditional Indian style vocals, Harmonium, classical Violin, Tabla and Mrdanga drums, hand cymbals, bells, Gub gubi, music production, Hip-Hop and classical Bharatnatyam, Odissi dance forms.
Date & Time : 31st Jan – 4th Feb, 2018
Check in: 12 pm on 31st Jan 2018
Check Out: 2 pm on 4th Feb 2018
Contact : Kamayani
Phone : +91 9250361909
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