• Deluxe Queen – $1,425.00
  • Private Queen – $1,305.00
  • Private Queen Shared Bath – $1,275.00
  • Deluxe Double (Shared Room) – $1,155.00
  • Deluxe Double - Shared bath (Shared Room) – $1,125.00
  • Deluxe Quad (Shared Room) – $1,080.00
  • Standard Single – $1,125.00
  • Standard Double (Shared Room) – $960.00
  • Standard Triple (Shared Room) – $930.00
  • Standard Quad (Shared Room) – $930.00
  • Shared Dorm Housing – $855.00
  • Camping – $825.00
  • Commuter – $795.00

Please note that rates include Meals, Accommodations and Program Tuition.

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Real Love: Buddhist & Bhakti Practices of the Heart

With Krishna Das, Sharon Salzberg and Robert AF Thurman

September 21 - 24, 2017

Join Krishna Das, Sharon Salzberg and guest teacher Robert Thurman for a weekend immersion exploring a world of great possibility in Real Love: Buddhist & Bhakti Practices of the Heart. These three friends and colleague bring a lifetime of experience nurturing a greater capacity for love rooted in both the Buddhist and Bhakti traditions. In this weekend retreat, they offer practical tools and techniques to learn to distinguish between the skillful habits that lead to awareness and deeper connection, and the unskillful habits that reinforce our sense of separation.

Whether consciously or unconsciously, we all live our lives searching for a sense of belonging, yet still find ourselves feeling cut off and alone. What holds us back from connecting to ourselves, to our core emotional needs – as well as to one another and to our individual and shared experiences alike? What keeps us from realizing our essential need for real love? Complimentary chanting and meditation practices allows us to reach into our hearts, open them, and take risks by breaking free of the limits and expectations of love we usually carry. In doing so, we create a spacious balance of mind that allows us a more direct, experiential relationship with love. Join us for an immersive weekend to explore the magnitude of the heart and the transformative power of love within us.

YOGA with Lily Cushman:  Learn how to integrate and deepen the heart practices of chanting and meditation into your body for greater balance and ease. Our bodies can serve as the vehicle to help us ground these tools into a new way of being by gently exploring how we relate to ourselves and our inherent limitations in action! Lily guides an integrative yoga practice designed to bridge our habitual way of experiencing life with the newfound curiosity and connection that heart practices allow for. Classes are for all levels of student, no previous yoga experience is necessary. Some yoga mats will be provided, however, you are welcome to bring your own.

HANUMAN CHALISAS with Nina Rao:  This an opportunity for beginners and experienced chants to dive deep into this practice of chanting this 40-verse prayer in praise of Hanuman, together as a group. The prayer is from the Indian tradition with Hanuman invoked as the very breath of the Divine – our own Divine nature. Many believe that chanting this prayer gives us the strength to get through difficult times with compassion and grace. We will read through the prayer to review pronunciation and translation, and chant the prayer together an auspicious number of repetitions. Word sheets will be provided.


Thursday, September 21st

2 – 8pm Arrival and Check-in
4 – 6pm Spa Treatments (must be booked in advance)
6:15 – 7:15pm Dinner – Lhasa Inn
7:30pm Doors Open – Nalanda Conference Center
8 – 10pm Opening Welcome with Bob and Sharon, Opening Kirtan with KD

Friday,  September 22nd

6:30 – 7am Coffee, Tea, Fruit – Lhasa Inn
7 – 8:30am Yoga Asanas with Lily Cushman
8:30 – 9:30am Breakfast
10am – 12:30pm Program with Sharon
12:30 – 2:30pm Free Time for Spa Treatments, Hiking, etc.
1 – 2:15pm Lunch
2:30 – 5pm Workshop with Sharon & KD
5:30 – 6:30pm Yoga Asanas with Lily Cushman
6:30 – 7:30pm Dinner
7pm Will Call for Public Kirtan Ticket Holders – Nalada Conference Center
7:30pm Doors Open for Kirtan
8 – 10:30pm Kirtan with Krishna Das (open to public)

Saturday,  September 23rd

6:30 – 7am Coffee, Tea, Fruit
7 – 8:30am Yoga Asanas with Lily Cushman
8:30 – 9:30am Breakfast
9:45 – 11:30am Hanuman Chalisas with Nina
11:30am – 2:30pm Free Time for Spa Treatments, Hiking, etc
1 – 2:15pm Lunch
2:30 – 5pm Workshop with KD and Bob
5:30 – 6:30pm Yoga Asanas with Lily Cushman
6:30 – 7:30pm Dinner
7pm Will Call for Public Kirtan Ticket Holders
7:30pm Doors Open for Kirtan
8 – 10:30pm Kirtan with Krishna Das (open to public)

Sunday, September 24th

6:30 – 7am Coffee, Tea, Fruit
7 – 8:30am Yoga Asanas with Lily Cushman
8:30 – 9:45am Breakfast
10:15am – 12:45pm Closing Program with Sharon, KD, and Bob
1:00 -2:15pm Lunch, Check-out & Departure

 * Please note schedule is subject to change at any time


Krishna Das
Krishna Das has been called yoga’s “rock star,” layering traditional kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation. With a remarkably soulful voice KD has taken the call-and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming the best-selling western chant artist of all time. In 2012, his album ‘Live Ananda’ was nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Age album category. KD now travels the world sharing his kirtan practice and wonderful stories of his life on the spiritual path, and discusses bringing chanting into our lives through retreats and workshops. Full bio is available on
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Sharon Salzberg
Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and NY Times bestselling author. She has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness practices to the West and into mainstream culture since 1974, when she first began teaching. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and the author of ten books including NY Times bestseller, Real Happiness, her seminal work, Lovingkindness and her forthcoming release by Flatiron Books, Real Love. Renowned for her down-to-earth teaching style, Sharon offers a secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings, making them instantly accessible. She is a regular columnist for On Being, a…
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Robert AF Thurman
Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University as well as co-founder and President of Tibet House U.S. and its Menla retreat and spa in service of H. H. the Dalai Lama and the people of Tibet. A close friend of the Dalai Lama’s for over 50 years, he is a leading world-wide lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, a passionate activist for the plight of the Tibetan people, a skilled translator of Buddhist texts, and inspiring writer of popular Buddhist books. His most recent book is the newly published 300 page graphic novel, Man of Peace: the Illustrated Life…
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