Watering the Roots Retreat
A weekend of wellness & friend-raising!
September 8-10, 2017
Have you seen the practices of yoga benefit yourself and others? Do you wish the teachings of the Bihar School of Yoga were better known and utilized in North America? Do you want to be part of a larger community which supports collaboration of events and ideas?
If you answered “Yes!” to any or all of these, please join us for the inaugural, invitation-only “Watering the Roots Retreat”. This event will be held at Hope Springs Institute, located in Southern Ohio near the powerful and compelling ancient burial grounds named “Serpent Mounds”. Hope Springs provides a beautiful, natural setting for connecting with each other and the yoga tradition we have grown to love.
The Wise Heart Community of Baltimore will be this year’s host. Sannyasi Atmadarshan from Cleveland, who was the instructor for Wise Heart’s 2016 Introduction to Yoga Psychology weekend, joins us to give a keynote address on “The Plan Of Yogic Science". This topic is inspired by Swami Sivanada’s satsang offered as the first discourse of the 9-booklet series Water the Roots, which is given only as prasad in India (Yoga Publications Trust). In the course of the weekend traveling teachers Atmadarshan and Jignasu Nityatara of Cleveland, along with Sannyasi Shambhavi from Wise Heart will hold the space for you to release into healing practices, connect with like-minded people and create a greater vision for yourself, our tradition, and the world.
This retreat will also serve as a springboard for teachers from the Bihar community in North America, who wish to offer their knowledge and expertise, to be able to expand the wisdom of this tradition through workshops and other events. We will work to create a vision of this future as well as a potential community calendar of events.
Retreat participants will receive daily chanting, asana and pranayama classes; yoga nidras and meditations; havan; and a free copy of the first Water the Roots booklet. Upon the conclusion of the event recordings of the retreat practices will be given to use at home; an invitation to a Facebook group will be sent in order to continue to grow your connections and vision; and advanced notification and registration opportunities for future events will be offered.
(CEUs can be earned for both Yoga Alliance and Satyananda Yoga accreditation for attending this course.)
Cost & Location
The $300 retreat fee includes lodging and 6 meals. Air travel can be made through Cincinnati (1.25 hr away) or Columbus (1.75 hr). Pick-up from airports can be arranged for an additional fee of $75-85.
Registration closes August 11th
Atmadarshan (“Vision of the true Self”) teaches workshops and retreats around the world. Initiated as a Karma Sannyasin in the Bihar tradition in 2005, Atmadarshan is passionate about sharing the benefits and extensive wisdom of yoga. She attended the month-long Progressive Teacher Training in Bihar in 2015, is a Level 2 Accredited Teacher and holds an E-RYT500 and YACEP designation with Yoga Alliance.
Nityatara was initiated in the Bihar tradition in 2012. She is a Level 2 Accredited Teacher, ERYT 500, RPYT, RCYT and YACEP with Yoga Alliance, a C-IAYT with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and a NAMA-registered Ayurvedic Practitioner. She has been on the faculty for Integrative Yoga Therapy for over a decade and an instructor for the Yoga Academy of North America since 2014. Her mission is to help others integrate these universal principles in their lives and in their teaching to promote personal and global wellbeing.
Shambhavi has traveled to India yearly since 2010 and was initiated as Karma Sannyasin in the Bihar tradition in 2011. She has worked since her first trip to help establish and co-facilitate the Wise Heart Community. She brings a keen devotion to the bhakti and karma yoga practices of Wise Heart's activities. Shambhavi has studied at the Yoga Academy of North America and is a Level 1 Accredited teacher. She also holds a E-RYT 200 and RYT 500 designation with Yoga Alliance.
Schedule of Events
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