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Arrival: Thursday, November 28
Departure: Sunday, December 1, 2013

Tuition: $120

Accommodation options for the 3 night stay, per person:
Tent - $150
Dorm (4 person) - $195
Cabin (2 person) - $255
Cabin (1 person) - $420
Deluxe Shared (3 person) - $285
Deluxe Shared (2 person) - $360
Deluxe Cabin (1 person) - $585

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Dates given are when you should plan to arrive and leave and may not be actual dates of instruction. All deposits and payments are non-refundable.

Adwaita Dasa speaks at Yoga farm 2012.

 

Teachers and guest speakers.

Swami Sita and Karnamrita dasi

 

Adwaita dasa at the Yoga Farm

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday play on Krishna and Radha 

Group Meal Prayers

Eating at Picnic table

Thanksgiving Retreat: Bhagavata Purana and stories of Divine Love

Thursday, November 28—Sunday, December 1, 2013
Edwin F. Bryant (Adwaita das) • Karnamrita Dasi •

Description

This highly inspiring Yoga retreat will be a delight to your heart, intellect and soul as you learn from story teller and teacher Adwaita Das and devotional singer Karnamrita Dasi who will be sharing with you their deep devotion to Sri Krishna through stories and songs. . We will hear stories from the 10th book of the Bhagavata Purana, which is the primary literary source for the incarnation of Lord Krishna.  The extracts will feature the amazing lilas, or childhood pastimes of Sri Krishna, which are the most popular narratives of perhaps the most beloved of all Hindu deities, reputed to have taken place when he incarnated on earth.  In the last period of his life, Swami Vishnudevananda, the founder of the Sivananda Organization, wanted nothing other than to immerse his mind in hearing these stories.  These lilas are easy to grasp, delightful to hear and contemplate, and yet are considered by practitioners of Krishna bhakti to be the most powerful and transformative of all yogic processes.   

Hinduism in India

Hinduism in India is essentially bhakti (devotional): traditionally, Indians have not imbibed the yogic world view from dense philosophical texts like the Yoga Sutras, but from the colorful and popular narratives and tales derived from a genre of texts called the Puranas. It is in these texts that bhakti yoga, the path of devotion to a Supreme Being, is outlined and exemplified, and it is through these Puranic tales and legends percolating across the Indian subcontinent since well before the common era that Hinduism has spread and remained vibrant across the centuries.  From the 18 ‘great’ Puranas, the Srimad Bhagavata Purana’ is by far the most important, and, indeed, its 10th book is one of the two most important texts in Hinduism (along with the Ramayana). 

Story telling and Kirtan

The story telling workshops are lead by Edwin Bryant (Advaita Prabhu Dasa), professor of Hindu Religion and Philosophy at Rutgers University, who has been a practitioner of bhakti yoga for 35 years, many of them spent in India. There will be evening kirtan concerts by renown Karnamrita dasi who was deeply immersed in the Bhakti culture of Krishna and India since her childhood. The Thanksgiving Retreat meditation is by Swami Sitaramananda, who was introduced to the Bhagavatam by her beloved Guru, Swami Vishnudevananda.  The Yoga retreat includes daily Yoga class , meditation, story telling, kirtan and delicious vegetarian Thanksgiving Feast.

What to Bring

Textbook:

Daily Schedule

6am Satsang
8am Adwaita das talk on Krishna
10am Brunch
12 - 3pm Adwaita das continued
4pm Yoga class
6pm Dinner
8pm Concert with Karnamrita dasi

Cost

$120 plus accommodations for 3 nights.

Arrival and Departure

The course will begin on Thursday November 28th with orientation followed by satsang, and will end on Sunday December 1st.

We encourage you to arrive by 4pm on Thursday, making the most out of the afternoon by joining us for the Asana class and dinner. You are always welcome and encouraged to extend your stay to any length before or after the course. Please indicate your desired arrival and departure dates on your registration form (click 'register' below).

Reservations

To reserve a place for this course, please register online or email yogafarmregistration@sivananda.org. Then please call to give us your credit card deposit and confirm your reservation. A deposit paying for your first night's stay is required for your reservation. Please note that in case of cancellation, no refund will be given. A credit note for other programs at the Yoga Farm (valid for one year) will be given.

Edwin F. Bryant (Adwaita das)About Edwin F. Bryant (Adwaita das)
Edwin Bryant received his Ph.D in Indic languages and Cultures from Columbia University. He taught Hinduism at Harvard University for three years, and is presently the professor of Hinduism at Rutgers University where he teaches courses on Hindu philosophy and religion. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, published six books and authored a number of articles on Vedic history, yoga, and the Krishna tradition. In addition to his academic work for the scholarly community, Edwin's Penguin World Classics translation of the Srimad Bhagavata Purana, the traditional source for the story of Krishna's incarnation, is both for Indology specialists as well as students and those interested in Hinduism from the general reading public and the yoga community.  www.edwinbryant.org/

Karnamrita DasiAbout Karnamrita Dasi
Karnamrita Dasi, international performer featured in her well acclaimed CD - Dasi, Prayers by Women - grew up in an ashram and has spent 10 years in Vrindavan, where she trained in the classical music of India and in Bhakti scriptures. Her uplifting voice and presence stem from great depth of devotion and her musical, spiritual discourses are uniquely sweet and touch your heart with important life lessons.  www.karnamrita.com