Since ancient times, solstices and equinoxes have been essential and sacred points in the year to honor the flow of life on earth. They are times for us to come back into balance and harmony. Right now it is more important than ever to come together to amplify the positive and healing energies. Now is the time to reconnect to the light within ourselves. This light is the essence of our being, and each one of us can share that light with the world.
As the Earth moves through its cycles of darkness into light and back again, our souls move through a parallel journey. When the Sun rises to the highest point in the sky, we can be reminded of our own radiance, strength, and power to ascend to our fullest potential. During this week of yoga, we'll embark on a journey from darkness to light, contraction to expansion, and discover ways to access the light that is already emanating from us and bring it more fully into the world. This festival is a rare opportunity to study with innovative yoga teachers from various traditions in an intimate environment where your deepest being can be nourished on every level.
Immersed in the natural splendor of Esalen, we will experience yoga asana, pranayama, kirtan, meditation, dance, and satsang. The festival begins on Sunday evening with an opening gathering for everyone to come together in community to set our collective intention for the week. Each morning will be open for rest, taking a meditative walk around the grounds, joining in a sunrise yoga class, or spending time in the Esalen baths. After breakfast, there will be offerings of asana classes from Janet Stone, Saul David Raye, and Sianna Sherman, including one "workshop" each day that explores the different ways we can support our practice of living yoga. Live music will be offered every day in the Leonard Pavilion, inviting us to step deeper into the soul's awakening rhythm. After a nourishing lunch, we'll be free to receive massages, soak in the baths overlooking the Pacific, rest, recharge, and connect with other companions on this journey. Renowned tantric teacher Laura Amazzone will offer late afternoon meditation and satsang gatherings that bring the ancient practices of tantra into our modern lives. Other afternoon sessions will include partner Thai yoga, restorative practice, and in-depth emotional awareness and meditation. Evenings will include kirtan, rituals, and the final evening will be a celebration and a reflection of our week spent together.
This retreat will be full and spirited. Come begin the journey and let your light lead the way! Please bring a yoga mat.