Mountain Retreat – Shiva Ratri 2020
Thursday, Feb 20, 2020
771 Center Blvd.
February 20 -24, 2020 join Shambhavi Sarasvati for a five-day immersion into meditation, movement, ritual, mantra, and kirtan on the occasion of Shiva Ratri 2020.
MYSTIC LORD SHIVA
During this retreat, Shambhavi will give transmission teachings on the mysteries of Lord Shiva: the mountain yogi, the householder, the signifier of light, of renunciation, the dark void, and the ecstasy of destruction and creation.
We will read stories of Lord Shiva, chant his names and mantras, sing his songs, read his poetry, meditate on his forms and the formless, and participate in a traditional puja devoted to him.
expect the unexpected
The Mountain Retreat is offered as a gateway to mystical experience. There will be no formal schedule. Shambhavi will spontaneously respond to whatever is transpiring and will structure the days accordingly.
Shambhavi will offer instruction in Shamatha meditation and other practices as needed.
KIRTAN AND CHANTING
The Shiva Ratri Mountain Retreat will offer nightly kirtan and chanting. We will learn traditional Kashmiri chants to Shiva from the lineage of Swami Lakshmanjoo.
Due to the nature of this retreat, participants must arrive and leave at the start and end times of the retreat.
Thursday, February 20: 1pm – 9pm. THEME: MYSTICISM & MAGIC
Friday, February 21: 9am – 9pm. THEME: LIGHT, SOUND & WISDOM. Evening event: Shiva Ratri
Saturday, February 22: 9am – 9pm. THEME: DESIRE, ASHES & ERECTIONS
Sunday, February 23: 2pm – 9pm. THEME: POISON & MEDICINE
Monday, February 24: 9am – 5pm at Sukhasiddhi. THEME: CREATION & DESTRUCTION
Monday, February 24: 6:30pm – 9pm dinner and kirtan. Location TBA.
This non-residential retreat will be held at the Sukhasiddhi Foundation in Fairfax, California in Marin County. All pre-arranged housing with local students has been assigned. The area offers many options from Airbnb to motels and hotels.
The retreat will offer ample time for eating in the surrounding area. There will be a retreat dinner catered and hosted by Jaya Kula on Monday evening, February 24.
About the teacher
Shambhavi Sarasvati is the spiritual director of Jaya Kula. Her principle training is in the View and practices of Trika Shaivism, the Tantrik tradition of Kashmir, and the Dzogchen tradition of Tibet.
“Spiritual practice is a way to find out who you really are and to live in the fullness of Reality. This is Self-realization. Nothing more or less.” —Shambhavi
You can read more about Shambhavi’s background, training and publications here.
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NEW! We are offering two new options in addition to “regular” and “low-income.”
The “sponsoring” option is a higher donation amount. 100% of the difference between the “regular” fee and the “sponsoring” amount will be used to assist students who cannot afford the low-income fee. Sponsor donation will be used to both offer deeper discounts and to reimburse low-income students or people experiencing temporary financial hardships for part or all of their airfare to the retreat.
The “Lakshmi’s Cupboard” option is for people not attending the retreat who wish to assist others to attend. Please write “Lakshmi” in the message line when making your donation so that your contribution can be earmarked for students in need.
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