The time has come to turn your heart into a temple of fire. -Rumi
“Join our annual Thanksgiving retreat to tend your heart fire authentically as the center of your creativity, vision, inspiration, wisdom, and most of all the transforming power of love,” writes Shiva Rea. “For many years, we have retreated to the warm springs of Esalen during the Thanksgiving weekend for a ritual deepening and renewal of the heart fire. This popular retreat is open to those returning from previous years and newcomers who are transforming Thanksgiving weekend into an ideal time for unwinding, healing, and tending the sacred fire of the heart.”
Together we will explore:
• The universal and ancient understanding and practices of our heart center from tantra, Hatha, and Bhakti yoga, integrated with our heart’s intelligence for releasing our capacity for healing wisdom and love
• Dynamic and meditative vinyasa flow yoga to awaken the body mandala and heart fire
• Chanting of the bija mantras of the heart chakra and the body mandala
• Simple householders homa for connecting to the heart fire in daily life
This immersive retreat is for practical mystics seeking equal parts transformational vinyasa yoga, meditation, ecstatic movement meditation, and group exploration. Every year has been a great adventure that weaves live music, chanting, and ritual into a heart-based approach to the flow of yoga. Please bring a yoga mat.