Wednesdays, January 10 – February 21, 2018
5:00-7pm Pacific / 8:00-10pm Eastern
NEW TELECOURSE: Your Heart is the Divine Heart: Exploring the Tantric Teachings on Self-Recognition.
“Stay where you are without worrying
For the goal is assured!
And who but the Self could teach this?
And to whom?”
—9th Century Shaivite Sage
The course is based on the incomparable text, the Heart of the Doctrine of Recognition (in Sanskrit, Pratyabhijnahrydayam). This short work—it’s only 20 sutras—describes how Consciousness manifests universes within herself, condenses her vastness to become your human mind, then unfolds and expands back into complete embodied awareness of your own divinity.
Basically, it’s about our journey, yours and mine. I don’t mean our journey as psychological beings. Our journey as embodied divinity.
May 24-June 1, 2018
Mount Madonna Center
445 Summit Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
Awakened Heart Meditation Immersion: A 9-day Deep Practice Retreat
An in-depth exploration of meditation as a practice and a way of life, based on the most essential teachings of the Tantric and Yogic Meditation Traditions. Designed for teachers as well as practitioners who want to deepen and expand your practice. The retreat will include long practice sessions, deep journaling, small group for depth conversation on meditation, lectures on the philosophical basis of awakened heart meditation, chanting, and yoga.
1440 Multiversity in the Santa Cruz Mountains
August 30-Sept 3
Yoga International Conference
Big Sur, CA
Embodying Shakti: Awakening Sacred Power through Sound, Mantra, Meditation, and Voice
With Sally Kempton and Silvia Nakaach
Practical mysticism is deep and wild, and we need it now more than ever. This five-day workshop offers a series of initiations into core sacred technologies from the tantric traditions of goddess-wisdom. We’ll unfold a process of ongoing transmission, based on sacred traditions of both eastern mysticism and western shamanic healing. Silvia’s profound work with healing sounds, voice and Indian ragas will combine with Sally’s meditative and mythopoetic transmission. We’ll chant medicine melodies, move as yogis, discover the deep lore around mantra practice, meditate with deity qualities and deepen our relationship with devotional sound. Through contemplative visualization and subtle touch, we’ll open our inner body. This work can dissolve subtle energetic blocks and awaken sacred energies. During this week you’ll receive mantra initiations and have the opportunity to discover both your personal and transpersonal connections to goddesses like Saraswati (sacred inspiration and flow), Durga (warrior strength), Lalita (fully empowered sacred sexuality) and Chinnamasta (pure Awareness).
Sally’s partner in this 5-day retreat is Silvia Nakkach, MA, MMT. Silvia is a brilliant, Grammy-nominated musician and a renowned vocal artist with many CDs to her credit, including the recent Liminal. She is also a powerful shaman and teacher of sound therapy and vocal healing, who created the California Institute of Integral Studies’ Sound, Voice, and Music in the Healing Arts certificate program. Silvia studied and taught at the Ali Akhbar Khan school of Indian music, and currently studies with the Dagar Brothers, master-adepts of classical devotional singing. A long-time practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, she founded the international Vox Mundi School to teach and preserve indigenous musical traditions. She is the author of Free Your Voice. www.voxmundiproject.com.
Registration will be through Esalen’s website here.
October 5-7: Weekend Program
October 8-9: Teachers’ Immersion