Awaken the Bhakti, bliss and divine nature within the heart space during this celebratory week in BALI! On and off the mat, Bhakti yoga is a devotional practice of gratitude and faith, surrendering to the most powerful tool of all, our heart.
Join Loren Lotus with Lotus Retreats, Pavana Das & Ryan Narayan of The Hanuman Project, and Sita Devi for a divine week of Yoga, Kirtan, Cacao, ceremony and dance! All while exploring the beauty of Balinese culture & tradition with our group.
Whether you’re new to the path of Bhakti or not, this will be an expansive, juicy and devotional week of nourishment and celebratory abundance!
Explore the path of Bhakti with daily ecstatic chanting (Kirtan), musical vinyasa flows and Yin Yoga, cacao and ceremonial rituals and the opening of our hearts through song, vocal toning, mantra and a deepened understanding of the Bhakti Yoga.
Our daily enchantments of music and Kirtan, exploring musicality, voice and expression will help us reconnect to the essence of our own voices and sacred body expressions.
This is a retreat for anyone and everyone who is ready to live life more fully, to celebrate the divine essence within us and to come into alignment from a place of awakening! This retreat is also good for yoga teachers and practitioners interested in integrating sacred chanting, music, bhakti, song and rituals into their own offerings. What is shared is meant to serve you personally and to overflow and fulfill those around us.
Bali is an island of natural, cultural, and spiritual wonders. Retreat yourself to a week of Balinese culture, Buddhist and Hindu spirituality and an abundance of unique offerings from the island of Bali. Offered daily are excursions to explore the The Ubud Monkey Forest, Mt. Batur Volcano, the Titra Empul Water Temple, Waterfalls and surrounding Rice Fields.
Free time will also be offered to reflect and ground throughout the week’s retreat; next to the pool, on the rooftop yoga shalas or in your own space.
2 yoga classes a day; vinyasa flow & yin accompanied by music & kirtan by Sita Devi & Loren Lotus
Ceremonial cacao ritual to infuse our daily practices
4 themed practices diving into the path & understanding of Bhakti
Yoga of Sound and Voice - ‘ceremonial playshops’ supporting releasing blockages around voice and accessing creative expression.
Chanting / Bhakti 101 to harness the magic of Bhakti Yoga, meet the deities, explore the power and understanding of mantra
Expressive Movement & dance, break down of bit by bit body movement and expression to paint a picture of art with the body
Purification and intention setting through the Titra Empul Water Temple midweek for a full integration and understanding of the week’s impact
Daily breakfast & lunch gatherings as a group or individually if preferred
Additional daily excursions to the surrounding rice fields, waterfalls, volcanoes, Ubud Monkey Forest and shops will be offered to explore the beauty of Bali!
HOSTS & MUSICIANS
Hanuman Project / Patita Pavanji Das
A lifelong musician and with many lifetimes as a Bhakta, Paul splits his time between Ashram living and life on the road, spreading the vibration of devotion. The past few years have been a year of blossoming for Paul's current focus, the Hanuman Project, from birthing 'EnChanted' a unique Bhakti & Sound Healing Festival-Retreat to sharing Kirtan and Ceremony around the world. In 2017 Paul visited 7 countries to share his passion for sacred song and ceremony, highlights include: Offering at sacred music festivals; Beloved, Singing Alive & Bhakti Fest (USA), Recording the debut Hanuman Project Album in Los Angeles, Supporting medicine retreats and ceremony in the high Andes of Southern Peru and of course the 3 week Yoga of Sound an Chocolate programme in Guatemala.
Paul's approach to sound and chant is that they are the keys to unlock the power and beauty of the heart, and as such are available to each and every one of us at all times. He is passionate about creating devotional music both powerful and accessible, hoping invoking courage to live from the heart always and to support with solely love .
Sita Devi 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, completed her 500 hours of training in Kona, Hawaii in 2007, and has been teaching yoga for 10 years most exclusively at Namaste Yoga + Wellness in Oakland, Yoga Tree in Berkeley, Bhakti Yoga Shala in Santa Monica, and at festivals and conferences worldwide. She teaches various modalities of Yoga including Vinyasa Flow, Bhakti Vinyasa Flow, and Restorative Yin. As a Kirtan Walli, Sita sings and plays the harmonium, guitar, kartals, and the mrdanga. She has a weekly community Kirtan at Yoga Tree Telegraph and a monthly Kirtan at Namaste Rockridge with Adam Kurzfeld. Sita has performed and taught at San Francisco Yoga Journal Conference, Lightning in a Bottle, Wanderlust and several events.
Her mission is to share this heart opening practice and make it easily accessible for everyone. It is her dream and goal to make Bhakti, devotional service, something that anyone can do, without limitation, expectation, discrimination or judgement. Sita’s devotional service is intended to include all beings in experiencing divine love and light.
Loren Lotus / Lotus Retreats
Loren is a devotional curator whose true love and passion is sharing the beauty of the world and the unity of Yoga with those who are seeking it. Loren holds a B.S in Kinesiology where her fascination of the human body first stemmed. She began traveling in 2014 and was completely eye-opened by the diversity & beauty of our world. Loren obtained her first teaching certificate from the Passion Yoga School in Costa Rica, then continued with several trainings in Los Angeles with Yogaworks, as well as Pre-Natal, Yin & Restorative trainings. She visited Colombia for the first time in 2016 and birthed the vision of Lotus Retreats.
Creator of Lotus Retreats, Loren aims to curate self-realizing, empowering, heart opening and unique gatherings all over the world to share the practice of yoga & travel exposure with everyone.
Offered daily are excursions to explore the The Ubud Monkey Forest, Mt. Batur, the Titra Empul Water Temple, Waterfalls, surrounding Rice Fields and evening Balinese Kekac dances.
All activities are optional to explore with the group or individually!
Titra Empul Water Temple
We will attend a purification ceremony at the Titra Empul Water Temple to cleanse & purify midway through the week, guided by your hosts and the temple keeper.
To allow for sacred purification to take place, we will be led through a 10 step process of water dunking and breath clarity to reawaken a refreshed and purified self.
Join an adventurous group for the sunrise hike to the top of Bali’s iconic Mt. Batur. Early to rise and trek to the top, you’ll overlook the entirety of Bali’s oasis in bliss during this challenging and rewarding experience. This is a one-of-a-kind excursion in Bali and unforgettable to all. Accompanied by a breakfast buffet and hot springs for those who endure the hike!
Additional Excursions optionally offered throughout the week:
Titra Empul Water Temple
Mt. Batur Sunrise Hike
Lotus Temple / Saraswati Temple
The Ubud Monkey Forest
Tegalalang Rice Fields
Campuhan Sunset Ridge Walk
Kecak Fire Dance Thursday Evening
The Bali Swing
Retreat for 7-days and 6-nights at the Narasoma Oasis in the heart of Ubud. Narasoma means the “eternal spirit encompassing the nectar of life.” Nara = someone and Soma = elixir of life.
Narasoma is a human who has awakened, purified and full with the essence of spiritual knowledge.
Narasoma is made up of 2 sections, the traditional Balinese family compound with homestay accommodation reflecting the true art and beauty of the Balinese culture and the retreat centre located in a tranquil oasis set behind the homestay reflecting the true nature and yoga spirit that lies in the heart of Bali.
Just off the busy street on monkey forest road down beji lane, it is a quiet oasis, but within minutes walk of shops, restaurants and coffee shops. Beautifully hidden with a tropical landscape and is the last bit of natural sanctuary, besides the monkey forest, in the centre of Ubud.
Within this space is an outdoor yoga Shala overlooking a running river with a natural breeze. Several of our morning yoga classes with take place in this space to welcome the day. There is also an indoor yoga Shala for our musical jam sessions and Kirtan, dance and chanting for a fuller sound. Some ceremonies and themed practices will be hosted in this special space.
Narasoma has 22 rooms and 3 yoga shalas as well as Spa facilities to hold our group.