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YOGADVENTURES Presents:

Tending the Sacred Fire - Fall Rejuvenation Retreat + Kalari Shakti Immersion (optional)

"To be nourished by the healing art of Ayurveda, combined with deep daily prana flow practice is a precious gift every yogi should experience. Every layer of being being felt full of vitality and a deep peace that exudes from the swaying palm trees and the constant soundtrack of ocean waves. To experience the ritual and reverence of south India, with Shiva as our guide in the motherland of yoga has enriched my understanding of the teachings and of myself." - Amanda retreat participant

 

Join us for our annual pilgrimage to India during one of the most auspicious and healing times of the year to visit Kerala -the Fall Navaratri. From new moon towards full moon, we will follow the ritual cycle for rejuvenation as we enter the Vata season of Fall with greater grounding and self-care..   From our spiritual home of Kerala overlooking the Indian Ocean on the Malabar Coast of Kerala India.  Throughout our journey you will cultivate the rejuvenation practices of the "living flow asharam".  We balance the solar and lunar arts of healing yoga, meditation, prana vinyasa flows, kalarippayatu, and cultural programs so that we open to both the magic and peace of this sacred place.  

Our special India Yatra (sacred journey) is for the art of life rejuvenation while opening to pilgrimages of ancient power and giving back.  A portion of your teacher training fees goes to supporting the clinic attached to the CVN Kalari Chikilsa Kendram. 

  • Name:  Tending the Sacred Fire - Fall Rejuvenation Retreat + Kalari Shakti Immersion (optional)
  • Guides:  Shiva Rea
  • Deposit:  $500 
  • Price:  Starting at $1900
  • Dates:  September 22 - October 1, 2017
  • Early Bird Specials:  $100 off until June 24, 2017
  • Facebook Page:  HERE


 

Teacher Training (optional)

 

SAMUDRA TEACHER TRAINING:

"The Kalari Pyatu practice in the traditional shala completely flipped my perspective of embodying the Vira, warrior energy.  This ancient practice made me feel simultaneously grounded and empowered like nothing ever has before!  Plus it is so rare to find traditional teachers of this martial arts form that are so warm and welcoming as the CVN teachers are!" - Guest A.N.

Experience our world-renown teacher immersion with Shiva and the global vinyasa collective focused on embodying flow, awakening the heart of yoga and living vinyasa in teacher community. Be empowered to teach through our Prana Vinyasa Mandala of Vinyasas for creative and effective sequencing as well as understand the root practices and meditations from the Tantras, Krishmacharya lineage.

Evolve your Yoga Practice through sunrise meditation, transformational solar-lunar prana vinyasa, movement meditation, daily living yoga guidance, evening “deep dives” into ayurvedic self-massage, mystic heart/roots of yoga visual teachings, bonfire mantra and ritual and healing fun. Everyday includes open time to surf, learn to surf, explore the local adventures or just relax deeply into the primal beauty of Nosara.

Learn how to be a Movement Alchemist and work with the five elements, solar-lunar and flow of prana for all levels and backgrounds as you teach dynamic and regenerative movement meditation. Every week you will focus on five new Prana Vinyasa Namaskars & Solar-Lunar Wave Sequences, root practices, energetic alignment, hands-on-assist for 60 hours of teacher training credit that accompanies our Yoga Alchemy on-line courses for home integration.

TEACHER TRAINING STEPS:

Complete the Samudra Teacher Training Application - $54 application fee includes your lifetime membership to Yoga Alchemy and Living in Rhythm new moon meditations, eight seasonal meditations, live calls and Facebook group.

Set up your free Yoga Alchemy account, then email us at yogaalchemy108@gmail.com to request the required corresponding online courses to the modules you are taking to be added to your account. We offer special "bundle" pricing ($108) for the (required for 200 hour) These are self-guided, reference tools and a ten video practice to study the foundation of energetic alignment at your own pace ~ connected to your live study.

We encourage you to review our Teacher Information pages HERE and connect with our Teacher Training FACEBOOK page

Optional Evolutionary Vinyasa Core Module Teacher Training Offerings:

 


 

Rejuvenation + Kalari Shakti Teacher Immersion - study Kalarippayatu and Kalari Prana Vinyasa and optional temple puja.

Experience an immersion into the art, practices, and realization of the yogic-tantric view of the "body as temple". Your immersion will bring you into the capital city of Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuram for several Kalari Shakti daily practices at CVN Kalari with Shiva's teachers leading to the practice sequence of the "Puttara Vandanam" or core namaskar of Kalarippayatu. These sessions will be complemented by sunset yoga sessions for the entire retreat with Shiva as well as special programs. This will deepen your experience of yogic embodiment and initiate you into the practice of Kalarippayatu - a requirement for teaching any aspect of the KalariVinyasa pathway in Prana Flow.

Teacher Intensive Includes:

Tantric Prana Vinyasa, Kalari Vinyasa, Prana Danda Yoga I, Living Ayurveda

  • Kalari practice at CVN Kalari with Sathyan Narayan and Rajeshekaranarayan and workshops with Shiva
  • Navaratri rituals at Saraswati and Devi temples
  • Video sequence of the Kalari Vinyasa developed by Shiva to practice in preparation to teach
  • Daily transportation to and from Trivandrum for Kalari in private taxis (this is an interesting 30 min drive each way)
  • Teacher training credit including opportunity for permission to teach the Kalari Vinyasa developed as a preparation to Kalarippayatu by Shiva with video certification post-training (This option is for 200-500 hour program electives, cannot be substituted for core modules)

Juicy Prana Vinyasa teacher training is an option for those wanting to add 3 hours of study to their retreat a day.

Modules: Kalari Vinaysa

Hours:  108 contact hours to be applied to your certification via Samudra School of Living Yoga

Pre Requisites: Suggested but not required Embodying the Flow, Elemental, Chakra or Rasa Prana Vinyasa

Required Yoga Alchemy Online Course:
Flow Like a River: Intro to Kalarippayttu in the tradition of CVN Kalari

Required Reading:

  1. When the Body Becomes All Eyes: Paradigms, Discourses and Practices of Power in Kalarippayattu, a South Indian Martial Art
  2. Tending the Heart Fire: Shiva Rea

About Kalarippayatu:

Experience a dynamic introduction to the ancient Indian martial art form kalaripayattu, or kalari, and its shared roots within yoga and Ayurveda. Kalari is an embodied art form that is considered to be one of the oldest "martial art" forms in the world as warrior training is part of this profound and beautiful fluid form. Practiced in a Kalari - a temple created on the raw earth - this form complements the sacred relationship to the body in yoga while giving expression to the embodied power of shakti that is received from the earth and liberated through movement flow, meditation and marma massage. Shiva's roots are part of CVN Kalari in Thiruvanathapuram with her teachers Sathya Narayan and Rajashekaran Nayar who will be leading the intensive. The fees support the clinic of CVN Kalari which treats patients at a low cost.

Click HERE for full description / required reading / required online course

PRICE: $350

Email:  Teachertrainings@yogadventures.com with any Teacher Training questions  We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 



Registration

Tending the Sacred Fire - Fall REJUVENATION Yogadventure Retreat

September 22nd - October 1, 2017

Rejuvenation Program - Yoga, Kerala-style massage, twice daily meditation and prana vinyasa & classical yoga, ayurvedic consulation, peak festival and temple pilgrimage and opportunity to go deeper in ayurvedic treatments and rest.

Rejuvenation + Kalari Shakti Teacher Immersion - All of the above plus the opportunity to study Kalarippayatu and Kalari Prana Vinyasa and optional temple puja - please choose "optional item" Teacher Fee at check out

*If your desired retreat is sold out please add yourself to the wait list as we will offer advanced registration opportunity to the wait listed for next year*

CANCELLATION POLICY:
A non-refundable deposit of $500 PER person is required to hold your space for this retreat and is due at the time of registration.

Full balance due must be paid 30 days prior to event start date - if we do not receive by this time we will automatically charge to the card we have on file from your initial registration

In the event of cancellation:
60 days or more prior to the retreat: your entire payment will be refunded, less $500 non-refundable deposit plus a $50 administration fee.
59-30 days prior to the retreat: less your $500 non-refundable deposit, your remaining balance can be applied to a future retreat only within 2 years.
29 days or less prior to the retreat: forfeit all retreat money rendered.

*We have limited practice space connected to the hotels we reserve. Booking the Teacher Training portion of our program only is not an option unless you also have booked with our accommodations listed. 

 

Sanctuary

 


Our retreat center sits atop a hill overlooking the Indian Ocean, spreading over an area of 15 acres of lush greenery. Traditionally-styled Kerala wooden houses, bungalows and cottages are widely scattered down the contoured hills among the coconut groves and other naturally preserved plants.

  • Relax in a swinging hammock beneath the shady coconut palms.
  • Bathe in the brilliant sun on the beach.
  • Swim in the soothing waves or pool overlooking the ocean.
  • At sundown, soak in the beauty of a thousand lamps as they gleam from fishing rafts at sea.
  • Enjoy the beautiful sunsets!!

Amenities & Services:

  • Telephone
  • Safe Deposit Locker
  • Mail and Message Handling
  • Safe Keeping of Baggage
  • Doctor on Call
  • Money Change
  • Gift Shop
  • Tours and Travel Division
  • Car Parking
  • Room Service
  • Hot Water
  • Laundry
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Beach Decks
  • Indoor and Outdoor Games
  • Boating
  • Ayurveda Treatment and Massage (optional)
  • Credit Cards Accepted
About Ayurveda Centre

At the Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Centre, ayurvedic therapy is integral to the very spirit and essence, offering a variety of treatments including rejuvenation therapy, shirodhara, ayurvedic massages, and panchakarma. Our retreat includes three (one and half hour) Kerala style Ayurvedic massage.

Other optional treatments include, shirodhara, marma massage, abhyanga and more. You may book optional treatments after your initial consultation when you arrive.

For additional nights stay outside our listed retreat dates, please contact the retreat center directly at: mail@manaltheeram.com and their website is: http://www.manaltheeram.com/

*We have limited practice space connected to the hotels we reserve. Booking the Teacher Training portion of our program only is not an option unless you also have booked with our accommodations listed.




Travel Information


INDIA VISA:

Effective January 15th, 2010, the Indian government has introduced new requirements for all visa applicants. All applicants, regardless of nationality or visa type requested, must submit a copy of their birth certificate or school diploma. Please do not submit the originals. If submitting a diploma, it must be a High School Diploma or above.

You will need a visa for travel to India, please begin this process soon. We have used both www.travisaindia.com and indiavisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html

AIR TRAVEL:

Trivandrum Airport (TRV) is the nearest airport to Somatheeram. Ground transport is included in the retreat package from TRV airport only on the listed start and end dates of the retreat.

GROUND TRANSPORTATION:

All transfers to and from Trivandrum airport to Somatheeram are included in the price of the retreat. Please send your flight itinerary to our retreat coordinator for ground transportation so we can arrange with retreat center. Arrival time is preferred by 2 pm. Departure time is preferred after 2pm, if possible. 

TRAVEL INSURANCE:

Travel insurance for all of our Yoadventure retreats is mandatory. We are unable to have your participation unless proof of travel insurance is sent to us. Purchase your travel insurance within a week of purchasing your plane flight. You can find many options at SquareMouth.com. Please send proof of insurance to retreats@yogadventures.com

For more info on India check out: www.incredibleindia.org




Your Guides

About Your Guide: Shiva Rea

Shiva's retreats explore the art of yoga in practical, creative and life transforming ways. Her studies in the Krishnamacharya lineage, tantra, ayurveda, bhakti, kalaripayattu, world dance, yogic art and somatic movement infuse her approach to living yoga and embodying the flow. She is a leading teacher of Prana Flow yoga worldwide. Shiva is known for bringing the roots of yoga alive for modern practitioners in creative, dynamic and life-transforming ways and for offering the synthesis form of vinyasa flow out in the world.

As a global adventurer, she has lead over 80 retreats and pilgrimages nationally and internationally as well as served as a creative catalyst for conferences, festivals and actions for the environment, yoga and the arts including the third annual Yogini Conference of Kripalu and Omega. Shiva writes for Yoga Journal and is the author of award-winning CD's and DVD's to empower and transform yoga home practice.

About Your Guide: Demetri Velisarius

Demetri Velisarius, BSW, RYT 200, is a social worker, personal trainer, ex-boxer, bicycle racer, and Prana Flow Yoga teacher and a tantric meditator in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of Vajrayana and Dzogchen. He has accomplished numerous meditation/yoga retreats and pilgrimages worldwide over the past 12 years including a silent 108 day Tibetan Yoga and Mahamudra Retreat. He has studied with numerous yoga, meditation and tantric masters including H.H. 12th Gyalwang Drukpa Rinpoche, Lama Surya Das, Paul Mueller Ortega and Lama Tsultrim Allione.

Retreat Flow

Our spiritual home of Kerala overlooking the Indian Ocean on the Malabar Coast of Kerala. Throughout our journey, you will cultivate the rejuvenation practices of the “living flow ashram” Shiva has designed from 15 pilgrimages to India where we balance the solar and lunar arts of healing yoga, meditation, prana vinyasa flow and cultural programs so that we open to both the magic and peace of these sacred places.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Transformative, evolutionary Prana Vinyasa Yoga
  • Kalari Vinyasa Immersion (optional)
  • Rejuvenating Massages
  • Daily Meditation
  • Evening Cultural Programs
  • Fire Ritual
  • Temple Offerings
  • Aryuvedic Teachings

INCLUDED:

  • Daily yoga/teacher training
  • Three rejuvenating Ayurveda massages
  • Pilgrimages to local temples
  • Two daily Ayurvedic Southern India cuisine buffets
  • Daily meditation practices
  • Your chosen accommodations
  • Airport transfers
  • A portion of your fees support the clinic of CVN Kalari which treats local patients at low cost.

ADDITIONAL:

  • Yoga Alchemy online courses (required for certification)
  • Required reading books (for certification)
  • Samudra School of Living Yoga teacher training application (for certification)
  • Your transportation to India and TRV airport
  • Any additional stay dates outside our retreat dates

RETREAT FLOW:

  • Welcome Letter from Yogadventures will arrive several weeks before retreat.
  • A retreat itinerary will be available on the 1st day of retreat.
  • Check-in is at 4pm on the first day listed. Program ends at 8am on final day - no morning practice check out day
  • If you would like to enjoy the resort outside of our retreat time together please arrange additional night accommodations directly with the Mandaltheeram



FAQs

What can I expect on a Yogadventures retreat?

Fun, connection, transformational yoga, celebration, nourishment, relaxation, release, uncovering self discovery layers, embracing the prana of nature, sacred living, rituals, living flow....

Do I need yoga experience?

No, we welcome all! Depending on if you chose the teacher training portion there may be some prerequisites and required reading and prepatory online courses. See Teacher Training Tab

When will I receive trip details?

You will receive a welcome letter from us approximately two weeks before the retreat, you will also receive a confirmation letter upon registration and a prep letter about a month before the event.

Can I arrive early and stay late?

Unfortunately we are unable to book any additional stays outside our retreat dates. Any addition stays need to be arranged directly with the venue. Please see Venue Tab

What’s Included?

Please refer to the Retreat Flow Tab for more details, but typically we include all lodging, breakfasts/brunch and most dinner meals. Each event varies, but we often include 1-2 excusions and a few other special treats. Yoga and meditation classes are included, however the teacher training yoga portion is additional

Can I go on a Yogadventure by myself?

Yes! May of our Yogadventurers our come alone and leave with lifelong friends. If you’re traveling alone, a yoga retreat is the best way to meet new people with similar interests in a safe and healthy environment.

How many people will be on the retreats?

Depending upon the retreat but we host typically ~50 yogis!

What type of food is offered?

We always enjoy delicious food on our retreats and strive to include organic, fresh ingredients, vegetarian/vega options as often as possible.

What should I bring?

You will receive a more extensive list in your welcome letter, however some suggestions are yoga mat/props, sunscreen, comfortable clothes and shoes, layers for all weather, sunglasses, headlamp, book, journal, reusable water bottle, and an openness to flow!

How much free time do we have?

We offer a healthy balance between our group time and solo free exploratory time. Depending on the Yogadventure we will be in nature, we may be inside some of the time, we always have long breaks mid- day ... staying open to the flow of all and needs of the group.

Do I need extra cash? How much?

See the event Retreat Flow Tab to see all that is included. If you choose to go on any optional excursions you will be responsible for the costs and the retreat center can help you arrange for your needs. Please see Venue Tab

How do I get from the airport to the retreat center?

For most of our retreats you will be responsible for your own airport transfer unless stated otherwise. Our facebook page for each retreat is a good place to connect with other to arrange shared travel.

Do I need to book my own flight?

Yes, you are responsible for your flights and travel arrangements and details. You can find helpful suggestions on our Travel Tab and itineraries can be found on our Summary Tab

When should I book?

We are big fans of "the sooner the better" - we also often have Early Bird Specials for those to register early - more often than not our retreats sell out!

Is travel insurance mandatory? How do I purchase it?

Yes!  Travel insurance for all of our Yoadventure retreats is mandatory. We are unable to have your participation unless proof of travel insurance is sent to us. Purchase your travel insurance within a week of purchasing your plane flight. You can find many options at SquareMouth.com. Please send proof of travel insurance to retreats@yogadventures.com

Is my ticket refundable?

In the event of cancellation:
60 days or more prior to the retreat: your entire payment will be refunded, less $500 non-refundable deposit plus a $50 administration fee.
59-30 days prior to the retreat: less your $500 non-refundable deposit, your remaining balance can be applied to a future retreat only within 2 years.
29 days or less prior to the retreat: forfeit all retreat money rendered.

Do you have discounts available?

We offer a limited number of early-bird prices to make our trips as accessible as possible. We also offer occasional giveaways and specials on Shiva's facebook page and in our PULSE newsletter

What is the teacher training portion?

 This is for those wishing to gain hours towards certification in our Samudra School of Living Yoga - you can find more details on our Teacher Training webpage and our Teacher Training Tab  

 



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What People are Saying: Testimonials


"To be nourished by the healing art of Ayurveda, combined with deep daily prana flow practice is a precious gift every yogi should experience. Every layer of being being felt full of vitality and a deep peace that exudes from the swaying palm trees and the constant soundtrack of ocean waves. To experience the ritual and reverence of south India, with Shiva as our guide in the motherland of yoga has enriched my understanding of the teachings and of myself." - A.N.
 
"I had been waiting for years for just the "right" invitation to visit India, and the one from Shiva/Yogadventures was IT!  I am so glad that I had my inaugural visit to India with Shiva and the tribe.  They showed me parts and places of myself I was not aware of.  I had a deep uncovering of layer upon layer each day of the retreat.  Shedding so much, unraveling so much, day by day becoming more and more authentic with myself.  In India it is hard not to  unfurl your precious self, but with the guidance and experience of Shiva, it was truly a blessing and an experience I will always treasure"  KR
 
"The Kalari Pyatu practice in the traditional shala completely flipped my perspective of emobodying the Vira, warrior energy. This ancient practice made me feel simultaneously grounded and empowered like nothing ever has before! Plus, it is so rare to find traditional teachers of this martial art that are so warm and welcoming and the CVN teachers are!"  - Amanda
 
"To experience Shivaratrii Festival in Varanasi was a long held dream and in reality it was one of the most rich and awe inspiring initiations of my life! To be immersed in the culture and celebrations as they have been for thousands of years will stay with me forever, a privilege for any yogi to behold.A wild ride into the heart of real shiva shakti worship!"