Kirtan Forever Retreats

Kirtan Forever supports and promotes spiritual practices, through mantra chanting and Vedic lifestyle, to free the mind and liberate the soul from physical constraints.

BHAKTI YOGA RETREAT

11 – 15 March 2021

Alentejo – Portugal

A short trip into old-age, authentic Vedic Culture. Live the practices of a true Bhakti Yogi.

Kirtan Forever, with Madhava, Radhika & Debbie offer a practice of authentic yoga, unchanged since thousands of years, passing down to us through an eternal line of Gaudiya Vaisnava spiritual masters. Uncover I, the soul, through Bhakti yoga. Bhakti Yoga is also know as Yoga of Devotion.
We will access ancient India, experience a traditional way of mantra meditation guided on musical Indian instruments, share recipes adapted to our current times, explore the Ancient, Timeless Vedas and practice yoga asanas to align the physical, mental and subtle bodies.
We invite you to link up in Yoga. Access your unique and individual soul. Define your personal quests. Mantra is sound vibration, so powerful that it touches the subtle personal, and universal spheres. Experience transformation at the deepest, and on highest levels thru Mantra chanting. Mantras are eternal and when done correctly, they unlock the true state of bliss.

Come for a retreat of Sadhana, live as a Bhakti Yogi and Transform your life.

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WE GIVE YOU

    • Interactive vegan Cooking demos
    • Kirtan Yoga – sound immersion to reveal the Spirit
    • Timeless knowledge of I, the soul
    • Freedom thru control
    • Observe the transitory, the Eternal and the individual freewill
    • 5000-year-old Yoga for physical and spiritual wellness
    • Practice with like-minded people

Yoga Wellness

You will practice asanas, pranayama, bandhas, kriyas and cleansing routines and learn about proper form, alignment and the reasons why these aspects of yoga are so important.

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Japa Meditation

Chanting sacred mantras on beads screens and regulates thoughts entering the mind.  It’s an eternal method that uncovers I, the Soul and connects to the Origin of Life.

Kirtan Yoga

Call and response chant of divine mantras enabling mental and sensual immersion in Spiritual Sound.  Chanters channel the mind to capture the Sacred Sound in the heart. A perceptible awareness of the Spirit awakens and pure bliss takes over, obliterating the insignificant. 

Practical Bhakti yoga

Sanskrit is the language of the extensive Vedas. Through millenniums an unbroken line of masters have handed down the secrets of the origin and practice of Bhakti, Yoga, and sadhana according to authentic sanskrit texts. They reveal knowledge about the soul, mind, intelligence, senses, physical nature, Karma and God. 

Vegetarian Cooking Demo

Over 2 days we offer a 90 minutes cooking demo each day, of vegan and lacto-vegetarian fares adapted from various cuisines of the world. We highlight taste, presentation and nutritionally balanced dishes using everyday ingredients.

Karatal Practice and Rhythm

Karatals, or cymbals are more than 5000 years old. They are probably one of the oldest rhythm instruments ranging from a few centimeters to a foot in diameter. For ½ hour each day, during 2 days you will learn and practice some of the simple rhythms but fast learners could progress to intricate rhythms with a variety of sounds and beats. 

Location

This isolated evergreen valley creates an abundant oasis where two creeks come together as a womb to nourish an ancient lush forest and wildlife.

The name Orada, from the 16th century means “prayed for.” According to local parish records, one of the oldest buildings in this remote protected regionpredates the town, São Teotónio. Legend goes that both people and animals who came would stay until their vital life force was fully replenished. This gave rise to the cult of the Madonna of Orada (Nossa Senhora da Orada).

Orada is a family run, eco-sustainable, permaculture-based retreat centre, nestled in 71 ha of nature. The aim is to expand health with purposeful transformation. Orada is a force for innovative possibilities, new mindsets. The luxury is its Naturalsetting and inclusive informal atmosphere.

For details on the place, visit www.orada.eu

Accomodation

Main Retreat House
Dorm room : 8 bunkbeds – € 425 per person
Mezzanine : 6 futon beds – € 425 person
Suit A:  double bed – € 525 per person
Suit B: Twin bed – € 525 person
(suit A & B both share the same bathroom)
The retreat main house has a living room with kitchen and 4 bathrooms

Bungalows
Comfortable bungalows have amazing views on the forest. They are in a private, quiet area and host maximum 4 guests.
Outdoor showers, bathtubs and toilets add to a rustic experience.
Price per person – € 475

Suites
Serene wooden interior creates intimate comfort for 2 people. Twin/double beds with attached private bathroom and small kitchen.
Price per person – € 610

Single Occupancy of Suite
Price per person – € 750

Check also : www.orada.eu

Meals

We carefully prepare your meals with love, using the best ingredients. Liladhar will be making you breakfast. Radhika will take care of lunch and supper. Our meals are vegan/lacto-vegetarian. When registering, please let us know if you have special dietary requirements.

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Madhava
Madhava, born on the island of Mauritius, grew up amidst devotional activities. At 18 he went to Vrindavan, the land of Krishna in India, to pursue his own spiritual practices under the guidance of legendary 24-hour Kirtan director Aindra das, where he stayed for 6 years. His mentor then instructed him to always make chanting and distribution of the sacred mantra, his life’s goal.

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Radhika
was born in Mauritius and has been practicing Bhakti yoga for over 35 years. She is also the wife of Madhava, travelling the world at his side. She is experienced in different Bhakti arts and is a cooking instructor for delicious vegetarian fares from various cuisines. She also serves as a facilitator in workshops detailing Bhakti yoga and Sadhana Bhakti.

Debbie
is building a retreat centre / permacultural farm in Algarve together with her husband Liladhar. She is founder of OHMat
and has been practicing Yoga for more than 16 years. An unforeseen illness turned her into a spiritual seeker. Besides, studying yoga in the Far East, she has been practicing bhakti yoga since 7 years. A teacher of Hatha Yoga, her teachings are described as a gentle Hatha flow with much attention to the subtle energy.

Schedule

THURSDAY – 11 March ’21
12:00 Pick up from Lisbon airport upon request
16.00 – 17.25    Opening and welcoming
17.30 – 18.25    Kirtan awakening
18.30 – 20.00    Supper

FRIDAY – 12 March ’21

6.30 – 8:00 Hatha Yoga by Debbie
8:00 – 9:00 Break
9:00 – 10:30 Breakfast
10:45 – 11:45 Seminar on Kirtan Yoga by Radhika
11:45 – 12:55 Mantra Meditation Kirtan by Madhava
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch & Rest/Free time
14:30 – 16:00 Vegan cooking demo by Radhika
16:10 – 17:00 History of Vedic Culture & Contemporary Kirtan expansion
17:00 – 17:55 Yin Yoga by Debbie
18:00 – 19.00 Mantra Awakening
19.00 – 20:00 Light supper

SATURDAY – 13 March ’21

6:30 – 8:00 Hatha Yoga by Debbie
8:00 – 9:00 Break
9:00 – 10:30 Breakfast
10:45 – 11:45 Seminar on Kirtan by Radhika
11.45 – 12.55 Mantra Meditation Kirtan by Madhava
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch & Rest/free time
14:30 – 16:00 Vegetarian Cooking demo by Radhika
16:10 – 17:00 History of Vedic Culture & Contemporary Kirtan expansion
17:00 – 17:55 Yin Yoga by Debbie
18:00 – 19:00 Mantra Awakening
19:00 – 20:00 Light supper

SUNDAY – 14 MARCH ’21

6:30 – 8:00 Hatha Yoga by Debbie
8:00 – 9:00 Break
9:00 – 10.30 Breakfast
10:45 – 11:45 Bhakti yoga and Sadhana based on Bhagavad Gita
11:45 -12:55 Mantra Awakening
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch & free activities
18:30 – 20:00 Light Supper

MONDAY – 15 MARCH ’21

6:30 – 7:30 Hatha Yoga by Debbie

9:30 – 10:00 Closing Ceremony and Breakfast

11:00 Departure

Info & Details

LOCATION

Orada is situated in the middle of unspoilt, protected nature. It was conceived to draw the mind away from the mad rush of our current way of life. Time stops here. Ruins on the propertydate back to the 12th century. A chemical-free, bio pool relaxes the body and cleans the consciousness, if you desire to dip in. An uplifting atmosphere, in harmony with Earth, instils in us the essence of the Spiritual. Come and nurture your soul in this sublime oasis in Europe, not far from home.

GETTING THERE:

Pickups are 12 noon from Lisbon airport and cost euros 30, per person, one way. We ask that everyone be on time for pickup. If you want your own private transportation, reserve in advance from car rentals, for as little as € 10 per day and pick your car from the airport. If you need help, please contact Debbie, info@ohmat.nl – 0031629404163.

Accommodation

Main Retreat House
Dorm room : 8 bunkbeds – € 425 per person
Mezzanine : 6 futon beds – € 425 person
Suit A:  double bed – € 525 per person
Suit B: Twin bed – € 525 per person
(suit A & B both share the same bathroom)
The retreat main house has a living room with kitchen and 4 bathrooms

Suites
Serene wooden interior creates intimate comfort for 2 people. Twin/double beds with attached private bathroom and small kitchen.
Price per person – € 610

Single Occupancy of Suite
Price per person – € 750

Bungalows
Comfortable bungalows have amazing views on the forest. They are in a private, quiet area and host maximum 4 guests.
Outdoor showers, bathtubs and toilets add to a rustic experience.
Price per person – € 475

Pricing and Payment

Please refer to the accommodation section to choose the facility you prefer.

A minimum of 40% of your total amount secures your spot. You will receive confirmation of payment thru email. Remaining balance is due by Jan 15, 2021.

Pay into the Paypal account of madhava@kirtanForever.com

Please send the money as friends and family so as to avoid additional charges from Paypal. When filling in details, please mention “gift/bhakti”.

Note: Prices include accommodation for 4 nights and 5 days, 3 meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner, use of all the facilities on the ground and all the retreat activities.

IMPORTANT:
We chose an isolated location to avoid Covid-19 related surprises. We guarantee you a safe environment at this retreat. Still, we’ll be coming together as a group and should be mindful of others. However, a world still under virus threat in March is unnatural and alarming. We will refund you the money paid minus any Pay Pal fee, if such is the case. You will not be refunded for no-shows or any other reasons.

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