Open Your Heart: A Bhakti Yoga and Creativity Immersion
with Sean Johnson, E-RYT 500 and The Wild Lotus Band
August 21 - 23, 2020
Join critically acclaimed spiritual music artists Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band for a Bhakti Yoga immersion. Sing your heart out, tap into your inner poet, and rejoice in the awakening of your unique voice and creativity during this heart-opening weekend.
Are you yearning for creative inspiration that reinvigorates your spirit? This retreat is an invitation to drink from the life-giving well of Bhakti Yoga, the Yoga of the heart.
Sean and the band will create a safe and invigorating space for you to:
- Tune your being with singing meditation, kirtan chanting, song, and dance
- Explore your own life story more deeply through interactive storytelling, mythology, coloring, and journaling
- Merge your physical and emotional consciousness with heart-centered vinyasa Yoga practice accompanied by enchanting live music
- Spark a romance with life itself and explore the love poetry of the Bhakti tradition
The retreat will be accompanied by the live grooves of The Wild Lotus Band—a favorite headliner at Yoga and music festivals nationwide—featuring guitar and bass player Alvin Young and percussionist and vocalist Gwendolyn Colman.
All are welcome to attend.
If you can’t attend the full workshop but would still like to see Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band live, join us for the Saturday night Satsang Concert.
Tickets: $30 in advance and $40 at the door
Doors open at 7 pm
Tentative Weekend Schedule
Open the Heart: Storytelling and Kirtan
Tonight we open the gates of our heart and set the tone for our weekend retreat with an intimate evening of storytelling, live music, and kirtan. Sean will share stories both from the mythology of Yoga as well as from his personal journey to help bring more meaning and depth to the songs and chants we’ll sing together.
Bhakti on the Mat: The Mythic World of Yoga
Merge the heart-opening qualities of Bhakti Yoga with the sensuality and vitality of asana. This deep and playful all-levels practice includes storytelling from the mythical world of Yoga, soul-stirring kirtan, graceful vinyasa sequences, imaginative meditations, and evocative live music. Some experience with asana is recommended. Sean and the band have guided this workshop at festivals and conferences across the country, including sold-out attendance at The Yoga Journal Conference and Bhakti Fest.
Yoga of Sound Playshop
Explore one of the most ancient and powerful forms of Yoga—the Yoga of sound vibration. Learn about how sound has been used to shift consciousness in cultures around the world as well as in the fields of science and medicine. Experience a special vocal Yoga singing practice designed to help you tune the instrument of your body. Dive into a playful rhythm session guided by Gwendolyn to help you get in touch with your inner drummer, and savor the power of delightfully bringing song and dance together to awaken joy and brighten your soul.
An Evening of Mantra Music
Free your heart and stir your soul in this interactive evening of ancient mantras given new voice through dynamic songs that merge New Orleans roots, rock, gospel, and world grooves.
Bhakti on the Mat: Poetry of the Heart and Body
Join Sean and the band for another deep and playful all-levels practice that includes storytelling, heart-opening poetry, soul-stirring kirtan, graceful Vinyasa Yoga sequences, imaginative meditations, evocative live music, and a safe space for you to awaken your inner poet. Bring a journal and crayons or magic markers.
Continuing Education Opportunities
- Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 10 contact hours. You can input your contact hours using your YA login information.
- Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) can provide you a CE certificate with your program’s total contact hours for a $10 fee (free for IYTA members.) For more information, email [email protected].
I’m now completely addicted to [their] CD. It starts my every morning! — Valli
The kirtan music on instant replay in my dreamland is by Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band. — Deborah
Recognizing some of the mantras [on their CD] allowed me to deepen my practice spiritually… perfect integration for practices rooted in vinyasa. — Laura
Sean has been teaching Yoga and guiding kirtan for over twenty years. He is the founder of Wild Lotus Yoga studios in his native New Orleans, and Soul School, an interdisciplinary Yoga teacher training program that focuses on teaching Yoga with skill and imagination. He has a master’s degree from Naropa Institute- Oakland, with focus on teaching chant as spiritual practice. He has written for Yoga Journal and is the co-curator of Putumayo World Music’s music-for-Yoga compilations including Yoga, World Yoga, Yoga Lounge, and Acoustic Yoga. In 2005, he founded the Wild Lotus Band as a post-Hurricane Katrina philanthropic music project, raising funds across…
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