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Here Comes the Sun: New Year's Dharma, Yoga & Devotional Chanting Retreat

December 27 - January 01, 2020

Krishna Das

Robert A.F. Thurman

Carolyn Christie

Brooke Myers

Nina Rao

Alexander Mallon

On this retreat we will invoke Krishna-Radha, Sita-Ram, Lokeshvara, Tara, and Hanuman, celebrating their tireless divine efforts to save the world from needless suffering with chanting, learning, meditating, and energizing and healing the body.This retreat combines Krishna Das’ bhakti and universal love teachings—descended from his guru, Maharaj Neem Karoli Baba—with Bob's teachings on mindful metta in the spirit of our annual new year’s retreat’s co-founder, Sharon Salzberg. Bob will also draw from the Indo-Tibetan nondual wisdom and compassion tradition of the great Bodhisattvas, whose selfless love and compassion for all beings contributed in ancient India to the wondrous river of bhakti devotion and liberating joy.We will learn together from the Bhagavad Gita, the Shrimad Bhagavatam, the Ramayana, the Metta Sutta and the Vimalakirti Sutra, among key ancient sources. To build motivation for the coming year, we will look to the teachings of Neem Karoli Baba via Krishna Das and Ram Dass and of H. H. Dalai Lama via Bob to revitalize ourselves together to deal joyfully and successfully with the challenges of these pivotal times.In addition to the teachings, stories, kirtans, and meditations led by KD and Bob, each day Carolyn Christie and Brooke Myers will offer pranayama and expert Iyengar yoga instruction, Nina Rao will lead Hanuman chaleesa chanting, and Paul Bloom will teach Qi Gong. On New Year’s Eve, we will enjoy a spectacular sound healing session performed by Woodstock’s Sage Academy of Sound. Finally, two illuminating astrology classes—with master astrologer and astronomer Alexander Mallon—will help shed light on cosmic patterns we can expect in the near future, our “astrological forecast,” as we come together to let go of constricting habit-patterns and set meaningfully expansive intentions for the coming year.Open to all levels of experience.We encourage you to register early as space is limited!
ScheduleFriday, December 27th
  • 3 - 8pm  Arrival and Check-in
  • 6 - 7pm  Dinner
  • 7:30pm  Welcome, Evening Class, and Song and Mantra with KD & Bob (Conference Center Main Hall)
Saturday, December 28th
  • 6:30am  Tea and Coffee Available (Lhasa Inn)
  • 7 - 8 am  Pranayama with Carolyn & Brooke (Yoga Studio)
  • 8 - 9am  Breakfast
  • 9:15 - 10:15am  Hanuman Chaleesa Chanting with Nina (Main Hall)
  • 10:30am - 12pm  Movement Classes
    • Yoga Asanas with Carolyn and Brooke (Yoga Studio)
    • Qi Gong with Paul (Conf. Center Devi Room)
  • 12 – 1:15pm  Lunch
  • 1 - 3pm  Free Time
  • 3 - 5pm  Afternoon Class with KD and Bob (Main Hall)
  • 5 - 6pm  Free Time
  • 6 - 7:15pm  Dinner
  • 7:30pm  Kirtan and Mantra Chanting with KD and Bob (Main Hall)Open to General Public
Sunday, December 29th
  • 6:30am  Tea and Coffee Available (Lhasa Inn)
  • 7 - 8 am  Pranayama with Carolyn & Brooke (Yoga Studio)
  • 8 - 9am  Breakfast
  • 9:15 - 10:15am  Hanuman Chaleesa Chanting with Nina (Main Hall)
  • 10:30am - 12pm  Movement Classes
    • Yoga Asanas with Carolyn and Brooke (Yoga Studio)
    • Qi Gong with Paul (Devi Room)
  • 12 – 1:15pm  Lunch
  • 1 - 3pm  Free Time
  • 3 - 5pm  Afternoon Class with KD and Bob (Main Hall)
  • 5 - 6pm  Free Time
  • 6 - 7:15pm  Dinner
  • 7:30pm  Kirtan and Mantra Chanting with KD and Bob (Main Hall)Open to General Public
Monday, December 30th
  • 6:30am  Tea and Coffee Available (Lhasa Inn)
  • 7 - 8 am  Pranayama with Carolyn & Brooke (Yoga Studio)
  • 8 - 9am  Breakfast
  • 9 - 10:30am  Naga Puja with Bob (Main Hall)
  • 10:30am - 12pm  Movement Classes
    • Yoga Asanas with Carolyn and Brooke (Yoga Studio)
    • Qi Gong with Paul (Devi Room)
  • 12 – 1:15pm  Lunch
  • 1 - 3pm  Free Time
  • 3 - 5pm  Afternoon Class with KD and Bob (Main Hall)
  • 5 - 6pm  Free Time
  • 6 - 7:15pm  Dinner
  • 7:30pm  Kirtan and Mantra Chanting with KD and Bob (Main Hall)
Tuesday, December 31st
  • 6:30am  Tea and Coffee Available (Lhasa Inn)
  • 7 - 8 am  Pranayama with Carolyn & Brooke (Yoga Studio)
  • 8 - 9am  Breakfast
  • 9:15 - 10:15am  Morning Class (Main Hall)
  • 10:30am - 12pm  Movement Classes
    • Yoga Asanas with Carolyn and Brooke (Yoga Studio)
    • Qi Gong with Paul (Devi Room)
  • 12 – 1:15pm  Lunch
  • 1 - 3pm  Free Time
  • 1 - 3pm  Cosmic Mirror Astrology Intensive with Alexander (Devi Room – limit of 7 people, sign up at front desk, $60/person)
  • 3 - 5pm  Closing Class with KD and Bob (Main Hall)
  • 5 - 6pm  Free Time
  • 6 - 7:15pm  Dinner
  • 7:30 - 9pm  2020 Astrology Forecast w/ Alexander Mallon (Devi Room)
  • 9 - 11pm  Sound Healing with Sage Academy of Sound (Main Hall)
  • 11:15pm - 12am  Ring in the New Year and Set Intentions, Hors D’oeuvres and Non-alcoholic Toast (Lhasa Inn)
Wednesday, January 1st
  • 6:30am  Tea and Coffee Available (Lhasa Inn)
  • 8 - 11 am  Brunch
  • 9:30 - 11:30am  Open Astrology Class with Alexander (Devi Room)
  • 12 - 1pm  Check-out and Departure
Schedule subject to change at any time

ABOUT THE TEACHERs

Krishna Das

Krishna Das is a Grammy-nominated chant artist and has sung with people all around the world for over 35 years. His music offers the practice of chanting mantras– mostly in the Indian tradition, with some Buddhist and Gospel infusions. By sharing his life experiences on the pa...

Robert A.F. Thurman

Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University as well as co-founder and President of Tibet House US and its Menla Retreat & Spa in service of HH Dalai Lama & the people of Tibet. A close friend of the Dalai Lama’s for over 50 years, he is ...

Carolyn Christie

Carolyn Christie began her study of both Buddhism and yoga in 1987 while working for the Peace Corp in Thailand. In 1998 she was initiated into the Kalachakra Tantra by H.H. the XIV Dalai Lama in India and began studying with Khen Rinpoche Lobsang Tharchin in New York. She prese...

Brooke Myers

Brooke Myers began the study of yoga in her 20s as a member of an experimental theatre company. She studied Iyengar Yoga with the late Mary Dunn and with the Iyengar family. She is a founding member of The Iyengar Institute of NY, and has a wide knowledge of yoga for special nee...

Nina Rao

Nina Rao learned traditional chants (bhajans) from her grandfather in a village in south India when she nine years old. The chants quietly stayed with her until she rediscovered chanting with Krishna Das in New York in 1996. For many years Nina has been Krishna Das' business mana...

Alexander Mallon

A celebrated astrologer and intuitive, Alexander Mallon has practiced for over 45 years, sharing his gifts with clientele spanning the globe, from NY to New Zealand. Alexander has been an avid telescope builder and amateur astronomer for nearly 50 years as well and incorporates h...

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