Yogaville Presents Open Your Heart: A Bhakti & Creativity Retreat with Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band
For details and registration visit: https://www.yogaville.org/programs/6884/open-your-heart-a-bhakti-yoga-and-creativity-immersion/
Join critically acclaimed spiritual music artists Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band for a Bhakti Yoga and creativity immersion that will open your heart and rekindle your soul.
Sometimes in life and Yoga practice we yearn for creative inspiration that reinvigorates our spirit. This retreat is an invitation to drink from the life-giving well of Bhakti Yoga, the Yoga of the heart. Sing your heart out, tap into your inner poet, and rejoice in the awakening of your unique voice and creativity during this heart-opening weekend.
Sean and the band will create a safe and invigorating space for you to:
- Tune your being with singing meditation, kirtan chanting, song, and dance
- Explore your own life story more deeply through interactive storytelling, mythology, coloring, and journaling
- Merge your physical and emotional consciousness with heart-centered vinyasa Yoga practice accompanied by enchanting live music
- Spark a romance with life itself and explore the love poetry of the Bhakti tradition
The retreat will be accompanied by the live grooves of The Wild Lotus Band—a favorite headliner at Yoga and music festivals nationwide—featuring guitar and bass player Alvin Young and percussionist and vocalist Gwendolyn Colman.
All are welcome to attend.
If you can’t attend the full workshop but would still like to see Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band live,
join us for the Saturday night Satsang Concert
Tickets: $30 in advance and $40 at the door
Doors open at 7 pm
Friday 7:45–9:30 pm
Open the Heart: An Evening of Storytelling and Kirtan with Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band
Tonight we open the gates of our heart and set the tone for our weekend retreat with an intimate evening of storytelling, live music, and kirtan. Sean will share stories both from the mythology of Yoga as well as from his personal journey to help bring more meaning and depth to the songs and chants we’ll sing together.
Saturday 9:30–11:30 am
Bhakti on the Mat: The Mythic World of Yoga
Merge the heart-opening qualities of Bhakti Yoga with the sensuality and vitality of asana. This deep and playful all-levels practice includes storytelling from the mythical world of Yoga, soul-stirring kirtan, graceful vinyasa sequences, imaginative meditations, and evocative live music. Some experience with asana is recommended. Sean and the band have guided this workshop at festivals and conferences across the country, including sold-out attendance at The Yoga Journal Conference and Bhakti Fest.
Saturday 3–5:30 pm
Yoga of Sound Playshop
Explore one of the most ancient and powerful forms of Yoga—the Yoga of sound vibration. Learn about how sound has been used to shift consciousness in cultures around the world as well as in the fields of science and medicine. Experience a special vocal Yoga singing practice designed to help you tune the instrument of your body. Dive into a playful rhythm session guided by Gwendolyn to help you get in touch with your inner drummer, and savor the power of delightfully bringing song and dance together to awaken joy and brighten your soul.
An Evening of Mantra Music with Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band
Free your heart and stir your soul in this interactive evening of ancient mantras given new voice through dynamic songs that merge New Orleans roots, rock, gospel, and world grooves.
Sunday 9:45 am–12:15 pm
Bhakti on the Mat: Poetry of the Heart and Body
Join Sean and the band for another deep and playful all-levels practice that includes storytelling, heart-opening poetry, soul-stirring kirtan, graceful vinyasa sequences, imaginative meditations, evocative live music, and a safe space for you to awaken your inner poet. Bring a journal and crayons or magic markers.
Continuing Education Opportunities
Fri, Jul, 5th - Sun, Jul, 7th
108 Yogaville Way
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Sat, Jul, 6th 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
108 Yogaville Way
Thu, Jul, 25th - Sun, Jul, 28th
Asheville Yoga Festival
Fri, Sep, 13th - Mon, Sep, 16th
59700 29 Palms Hwy
Joshua Tree, CA
Thu, Sep, 19th - Sun, Sep, 22nd
Midwest Yoga & Kirtan Fest
Jefferson County Fairgrounds
• Super Early Bird Discount Rate – $1559 ($400 savings) if registered by St. Patrick’s Day March 17th. The last retreat sold out by St. Patrick’s Day, so early registration is highly recommended.
Wild Lotus & Celtic Journeys presents
Celtic Spirituality Retreat
On a wild and beautiful island off the west coast of Ireland
Renew your spirit, kindle your soul, and stir your imagination on this one-of-a-kind, intimate, spiritual retreat in one of Ireland’s most enchanting places. We’ll retreat on Inis Mor– a small island off the west coast of Ireland– where Gaeilge (Irish) is the native language and Celtic traditions flourish.
Celtic spirituality is the indigenous spirituality of Ireland. It is a gentle, nature based way of being that invites us to be our authentic selves and to live from our heart.
On this retreat, experience the depth and profoundly simple inspiration of Celtic Spirituality through Irish blessings, songs, poems, stories, chants, music, meditations, rituals, visits to sacred sites, connection with locals, gentle candlelit evening yoga sessions inspired by Celtic wisdom, and free time to wander the island.
Mon, Sep, 30th - Fri, Oct, 4th
Bhakti Yoga & Soul Celebration In The Heart Of New Orleans with Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band
For more details and registration click here.
Sean and the band’s 8 Day BHAKTImmersion attracts yogis and yoga teachers who wish to experience the inspiration of bhakti yoga in a deep, fun, integrated way. The sessions are educational, experiential, and help participants to empower their creativity through the arts of bhakti yoga. Participants in the BHAKTImmersion have hailed from Italy, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, across the country, and of course the New Orleans region.
PLEASE NOTE: Space is limited. The last few BHAKTImmersions have sold out several months in advance. Early registration highly recommended.
Sing your heart out, rekindle your soul, awaken the gods and goddesses within you, tap into your inner poet, dance like a child, feel your fingers tickle the harmonium as you accompany your chanting, get your hands on a drum and find your rhythm, explore the beauty, romance, and celebration of New Orleans, rejoice in the awakening of your unique voice and creativity.
Enhance your connection to Life through Bhakti yoga and kirtan. This 8 Day Intensive is for anyone who wants to steep in bhakti- the yoga of the heart, for yogis who are seeking to deepen their practice, and for yoga teachers seeking inspiration in integrating more bhakti into their classes.
The week kicks off with the band sharing a Saturday evening mantra music concert at Cafe Istanbul performance hall. Starting on Sunday, mornings are focused on self-exploration and satsang through singing meditation, interactive chanting, exploration of the archetypes of the gods and goddesses, guidance on how to bring more bhakti into your life; dancing, storytelling, mythology, journaling, and love poetry from the Bhakti tradition. Through the week there will also be a couple of bhakti on the mat asana practices led by Sean and accompanied by Alvin and Gwendolyn. Afternoons include more kirtan and supportive instruction in: basic harmonium with Sean; intermediate harmonium with guest teacher Joe Ashlar; basic rhythm and drumming workshops with Gwendolyn; and basic guitar-and-bass-for-kirtan with Alvin. Evening celebrations include opening dinner gathering; house party with live local music; and NOLA music outing with Gwendolyn.
For more details and registration click here.
Sat, Nov, 16th - Sat, Nov, 23rd
Wild Lotus Yoga Downtown
2372 Saint Claude Ave Suite 200
New Orleans, LA
Sat, Nov, 16th 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
2372 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA
Fri, Dec, 13th
Soul Of Yoga
627 Encinitas Blvd