Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training 2020 Govardhan Eco Village India

GET 300 $ EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT + RECEIVE A 270€ NEW TEACHER STARTER PACK FROM JIVAMUKTI YOGA BERLIN
Taking the Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training is the best you can do and a great step. We hope that, afterwards, you continue your journey and deepen your knowledge as a new Jivamukti Yoga Teacher and take your yoga studies and practice to the next level. But we also know that the training with travel costs and all can be draining to your finances which is why we developed the 270 €* New Teacher Starter Pack by Jivamukti Yoga Berlin, which you will receive from Jivamukti Yoga Berlin after you graduate from the training if you sign up for any 300hr Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training using promo code JYTT2020BERLIN. This would be in addition to any 300 $/€ early bird discount if still applicable.

▲▼ HOW TO GET THE 270 € NEW TEACHER STARTER PACK & BENEFITS, TERMS + CONDITIONS

All you have to do is enter JYTT2020BERLIN as your Promo Code when signing up for any of the 2020 Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Trainings here. After you graduated from the 300hr Jivamukti Yoga Training, you just have to get in touch with Jivamukti Yoga Berlin showing us your certificate and, voila, you receive 270 €* worth of studio credit at Jivamukti Yoga Berlin free of charge* that you can use for paying any Jivamukti yoga products, classes, workshops, retreats or trainings (like the Jivamukti Yoga Immersions or the Jivamukti Yoga Apprenticeship or the Wild Woodstock Retreat) offered, hosted or organized by Jivamukti Yoga Berlin. 

Pretty straightforward!? *A few rules and conditions apply, so please make sure to read them to avoid any disappointments:

 

Jivamukti Focus of the Month

DECEMBER

JIVAMUKTI YOGA FOCUS OF THE MONTH: UNLOCKING WISDOM WITHIN

Each month Jivamukti Yoga has a special Focus of the Month, which is reflected in our yoga classes. Ever changing new inspirations help to change your perspective on the way of Yoga so you can come to new conclusions on your yoga practice.

▲▼ THE CURRENT FOCUS OF THE MONTH IN ENGLISH:

Brahmanandam parma-sukhadam kevalam jnana-murtim dvandvatitam gagana-sadrsam tat-tvam-asyadi-laksyam ekam nityam vimalam acalam sarva-dhi-saksi-bhutam bhavatitam tri-guna-rahitam sad-gurum tam namami

Salutations to that inner Guru, the inner guiding light, which is never-ending bliss, the giver of supreme happiness, one-without-a-second, the pulsation of Consciousness, beyond dualism, beyond subject and object; which is like the blue sky and is indicated by such statements as “Thou art That” and “I and my Father are one”, and which is the final aim of life; one, eternal, pure, without pollution, all the time with you, the witness of all the wisdom, beyond all the states of being and beyond the three gunas (sattva, rajas, tamas), electronic, protonic, and neutronic forces. I bow to that Guru.

From Tantrik Text and The Guru Stotram, translation by Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati

Lord Shiva gives this mantra to Parvati after his teachings of Yoga. He tells his loving wife and student that by reciting the mantra she will find true liberation and understand that she and he are one.

Tantra Yoga is probably the most misunderstood form of yoga in the yogic system. Most westerners, removed from the roots of Tantra (India), think of Tantra as what Georg Feuerstein calls “Neo-Tantra,” a misguided mixture of western interpretation of ritual and mysticism. Tantra is a late system of Yoga appearance around 500 CE. It was the first of the “New Age” movements of the ancient Yogic traditions. Tantra was a system that was created during the Kali Yuga, a time of spiritual darkness (this is the time we live in now). Tantra system founders believed that during the Kali Yuga, the older Vedic rituals had lost their potency. This movement set out to completely change and shake up the establishment.

Tantra Yoga was the first Yoga system to focus on the human body — with great intensity — as the vehicle for liberation while living in the body. The traditions of Hatha Yoga are Tantra in their full scope. Hatha Yoga Pradipika is a Tantrik text. The Tantra system explores the human body and its connection to the natural world as a profound way of connecting to God. Tantra points out that if all that is around us is part of Param Brahma (Ultimate Reality), then how can the human body, which hosts the Atman (soul) be anything but Param Brahma also. The older Vedic system felt that the human body was weak and trapped the seeker in Maya (illusion). In Tantra, the body was to be kept in peak condition, so that it could be of full service to God and Guru. This newfound system pointed out that liberation could be found within the human body, both within pain and suffering, or pleasure and bliss, and that both experiences were only a flip side of the same coin: Purusha (unchanging Universal Principle) and Prakriti (material reality). Enlightenment only came through the understanding of both extremes and understanding that cosmic consciousness is within the DNA of the body. Tantra expressed that the human body and the natural world were the laboratories to understand divinity – and to understand that the body could not be overlooked as the tool to obtain Moksha (liberation).

Tantra Yoga always insisted that a seeker needs a living Guru. Through the teaching and guidance of that Guru the seeker would learn that all teaching came from within. Students only had to understand that God, Guru, and student are one, just as Lord Shiva and Parvati are one. The Brahmanandam Parama clearly states that the Ultimate Reality in the universe, or as Paul Jakob Deussen put it, “the creative principle which lies realized in the whole world” is within. This is non-dualism at its most extreme.

Earlier systems focused more on meditation and pranayama as the mode to self-realization. Few asanas were given. Tantra used all tools to get Kundalini Shakti to awaken, move upward, opening the chakras until it reached the Sahasrara Chakra the seat of the inner Guru (Param Shiva), creating a union between Shiva and his Shakti. This became a science in moving energy through the subtle body. All tools were used: Asana, mantra, meditation, bhakti, pranayama, ritual, and personal conduct, working together in the divine laboratory, the human body, to obtain union. This is Yoga as many of us still practice today, an integrated system rooted in the Tantrik traditions.

Once this awaking happens, the yogi finds true bliss, within the natural world. In a system that does not require the demise of the body-mind experience, but one in which object and subject are completely realized and celebrated. This liberation from human bondage, while still alive, is the Jivanmukta.

Austin Sanderson

https://jivamuktiyoga.com/fotm/unlocking-wisdom-within/

26.12.2019: @ JIVAMUKTI YOGA X-BERG

YIN & JIVA XL-HOLIDAY CLASS with Jennifer & BenICP at JYB

On December 26th, Jennifer and Ben will host a special XL-Holiday-Class, combining Jivamukti & Yin Yoga. The path of Yoga, which means union, is paradoxically both a path of effort and relaxation. Yoga is not what we do, it’s who we are - it’s the state where nothing is missing. Sometimes we might experience this state, and other times we might feel the opposite - disconnected, anxious, or bent out of shape. Sometimes we need to apply virya - heroic effort - to our path, and sometimes we need to just rest in the great expanse of who we truly are, which goes by many names, including Satchidananda, God, or Buddha nature.

In this class we will experience both sides of this yogic path - that of effort, yang or solar energy with a Jivamukti yoga practice led by Ben, and that of being, yin or lunar energy, led by Jennifer, while you will be serenaded with live music by Ben.

In becoming more familiar with both the yin and yang aspects of ourselves, we are exercising the ability to discern between when to apply effort and when to effortlessly rest.

Please join Ben and Jennifer for this special 2-hour XL class at JYB-Xberg. We invite you to chant with us, move your energy, let go of stress and tension and allow you to release into a deep state of being - being who you truly are.

This class will be held in English - all levels welcome!

LOCATION: Jivamukti X-Berg Oranienstraße 25, 10999 Berlin

DATE & TIME: Thursday, Dezember 26th , 2019. 15:15-17:15

PRICE: 27 EUR regular; 18 EUR with one USC Check-in, 9 EUR with JYB Unlimited Contract (not valid for class packs or Fanta4)

▲▼ COSTS, REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT FOR THIS WORKSHOP

RESERVATION PROCEDURE: Due to the limited number of spaces available for workshops we only accept binding reservations with full pre-payment of the workshop fees. With full payment of the workshop fee you are firmly booked for the workshop (we reserve the right to turn down registrations in case an event is sold out; in this case the date/time of receipt of the full payment is relevant). In case you cannot come, you can name another person who can come instead of you.

By booking workshops with us, you are accepting our standard booking conditions for workshops and seminars. You can read these conditions by clicking here. Please note: Once we received your payment your spot at the workshop is firmly booked and the workshop fee cannot be refunded. However, if you are prevented to come, you can name a replacement person, who has not yet registered with us, who can come instead of you. In case the workshops sell out, spots will be given in the order the payment is received. We suggest to reduce your financial risks that you cannot come to a workshop you booked by buying a workshop- and seminar insurance, which you can buy for little money by clicking here.

FOR A BINDING RESERVATION WITH ADVANCE PAYMENT WE OFFER THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS:

1. Directly at the Jivamukti Yoga Berlin with cash or all major debit and credit cards

2. By sending the applicable amount (see above) to our bank account as follows:

Jivamukti Berlin GmbH
Konto-Nr. 0020011610
BLZ 70022200
IBAN DE66700222000020011610
BIC/SWIFT FDDODEMMXXX
Fidor Bank AG
Verwendungszweck: "YIN & JIVA" + name of the participant + email-adress if you'd like to recieve a confirmation

3. By Major Credit Cards directly through our MindBody registration system:
=> Just click SIGN UP next to the class you want to sign up for

31.12. @ JIVAMUKTI YOGA MITTE
SILVESTER THE JIVAMUKTI WAY

This New Year’s Celebration Jivamukti Open XXL class and Fire Puja will set us up for a beautiful New Year’s Eve and an auspicious start into the New Year 2020. What better is there to do on a day like this than to practice Yoga and dive deep into the teachings? We all want to be infinitely happy and we want everyone else around us to be happy. The yogic scriptures teach that happiness and everything else we are looking for in truth lies within us and is not depending on any outer circumstances or someone else making us happy. Let’s make the connection! Through our own efforts and discipline, tapasya, we as yogis work on the purification of body, mind and intellect and clean ourselves from avidya, misunderstanding of our true essence, which is truth, consciousness and bliss.

LANGUAGE: This workshop will be taught in English.

PLACE: Jivamukti Yoga Berlin-Mitte

DATE & TIME (XXL CLASS): Tuesday, December 31st, 2019. 12:30-15:00

PRICE (XXL CLASS): 27 EUR regular; 18 EUR with JYB Unlimited Contract. No booking via class pack/Fanta4 available. LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE**PLEASE BOOK ONLINE!

▲▼12:30-15:00 SPECIAL XXL CLASS **LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE** PLEASE BOOK ONLINE!

It will get very hot in these few hours we have together. Not just because of the sweat of our asana practice, but also because of the free ceremony and the chanting of beautiful ancient mantras. Fire, agni, is the first word in the ancient Vedas. The fire takes the mantras and all the good things as an oblation up to the sky of infinity and truth and helps us to manifest what we want to manifest in us and in the world around us. Thus, let us form our good intentions for 2020. Let us make the New Year 2020 a magnificent year with lots of inspirations and uplifting things happening and may all beings everywhere be happy and free.

▲▼21:30-0:45 OPEN HOUSE: Silvester Party Jivamukti Style (Free)

Say goodbye to the old year and begin the New Year “Jivamukti Style” together with our Jivamukti Berlin community. A 30 year tradition at the NY Jivamukti School, we want to give everybody interested the opportunity to start into the New Year with an open heart and a clear and calm mind. Our yoga rooms in Mitte will be open for free to everyone starting at 21:30, in order to reflect and meditate together with like-minded people in silence (Mauna!) on this auspicious evening. The Jivamukti Canteen will have tasty vegan organic chai, soups, Silvester snacks and non-alcoholic drinks available for sale. At the beginning of the New Year, we will break the silence by chanting the traditional mantra of the Jivamukti lineage, Lokah Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu, for 108 times followed by some other auspicious mantras and a Kirtan with Anja and The Jivamuktis celebrating the arrival of the new year.

▲▼ COSTS, REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT FOR THIS WORKSHOP

RESERVATION PROCEDURE: Due to the limited number of spaces available for workshops we only accept binding reservations with full pre-payment of the workshop fees. With full payment of the workshop fee you are firmly booked for the workshop (we reserve the right to turn down registrations in case an event is sold out; in this case the date/time of receipt of the full payment is relevant). In case you cannot come, you can name another person who can come instead of you.

By booking workshops with us, you are accepting our standard booking conditions for workshops and seminars. You can read these conditions by clicking here. Please note: Once we received your payment your spot at the workshop is firmly booked and the workshop fee cannot be refunded. However, if you are prevented to come, you can name a replacement person, who has not yet registered with us, who can come instead of you. In case the workshops sell out, spots will be given in the order the payment is received. We suggest to reduce your financial risks that you cannot come to a workshop you booked by buying a workshop- and seminar insurance, which you can buy for little money by clicking here.

FOR A BINDING RESERVATION WITH ADVANCE PAYMENT WE OFFER THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS:

1. Directly at the Jivamukti Yoga Berlin with cash or all major debit and credit cards

2. By sending the applicable amount (see above) to our bank account as follows:

Jivamukti Berlin GmbH
Konto-Nr. 0020011610
BLZ 70022200
IBAN DE66700222000020011610
BIC/SWIFT FDDODEMMXXX
Fidor Bank AG
Verwendungszweck: "SILVESTER" + name of the participant + one day/both days + email-adress if you'd like to recieve a confirmation

3. By Major Credit Cards directly through our MindBody registration system:
=> Just click SIGN UP next to the class you want to sign up for

 

JANUARY 2020

01.01.2020: @ JIVAMUKTI YOGA MITTE

108 SUN SALUTATIONS with DAVIDICP at JYB

We will be breathing together in a continuous moving prayer, placing our bodies with consciousness and purpose in vinyasa, while locking our mind and heart on our intention: Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu May all beings everywhere be happy and free and may the thoughts words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all. Jivamukti Yoga Berlin will be jump-starting our New Year's intention by donating 50% of the proceeds of this class to our beloved Setterburg dog-shelter (www.setterburg.de) and rescue organization where all JYB dogs of the past years came from. Additional donations for Setterburg are very welcome as for all other XL classes at JYB (donation bottles at the checkin area). We will practice 108 Ashtanga Surya Namaskar A (without holding 5 breath in Downward Facing Dog). Resting in child's pose is allowed in case you need to take a break! We will finish our practice with an extended Savasana.

LOCATION: Jivamukti Yoga Berlin Mitte, Brunnenstraße 29, 10119 Berlin

DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 1st , 2020. 14:15-16:15.

PRICE: 18€ regular price, free with JYB Unlimited Contract, free with Urban Sports Club Checkin or 1 unit of your JYB card packs/Fanta4 contract. No online reservation possible.

▲▼ABOUT DAVID

During my training as a stage dancer, I came in contact with yoga for the first time and was fascinated by the inner strength and calm that I experienced through practice. For about 10 years I sporadically went to yoga classes, mostly when I was mentally or physically not so well. While working as a performer in London, I discovered Jivamukti Yoga. It was the first style that got me on the mat every day and made me develop a steady practice. In 2015 I completed the 300h Teacher Training and started the 800h Jivamukti Teacher Apprentice Program (JTAP) under the supervision of my mentor Anja Kühnel at Jivamukti Berlin. Meanwhile I decided to end my dance career and started studying Osteopathy in 2017. Since October 2018 I am an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher and more recently a mentor in the JTAP program.

लक समस्त सुखन भवन्तु

lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavant

(16.)17.-19.(20.) January 2020:
taught by Anja Kühnel (Jivamukti Yoga Berlin)
powered by The JiVamukti Canteen
A 114 year old granary on Germany's biggest island (Rügen)

THE 2020 JIVAMUKTI YOGA NEW YEAR DETOX RETREAT
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For the sixth time, Anja Kühnel (Director Jivamukti Yoga Berlin) and The JiVamukti Canteen are happy to offer a long weekend retreat, hosted on Germany's biggest Island, Rügen.
Fill your energy reserves, detox your system, and set new resolutions for the new year with an intense yoga weekend on the island Rügen's pristine environment. With inspiring Jivamukti Asana workshops with Anja Kühnel and healthy and nutritious vegan food prepared by The JiVamukti Canteen, this is exactly what you need for a cold and grey January!

Spaces are limited. We recommend early registration in order to secure the Early Bird Discounts (72€ off until October 31 or 36€ off until November 30).

CORE RETREAT: Fri., January 17th, 2020 - Sun., January 19th, 2020

OPTIONAL+BETTER=RECOMMENDED!: From Thu., 16/01/2020 - Mon., 20/01/2020 , which still includes yoga and the detox program. You can arrive a day earlier (Thursday) or stay a day longer (until Monday), or both. Perfect for everyone who wants to take more time than a weekend for themselves and wants to go deeper than the core program, all within a smaller and even more intimate group setting. See details below.

Registration FormRegistration Form REGISTRATION AND PRICES:
Prices start at 333 EUR p.p. with our super early bird discount with various rooming options, length of stay and upgrades available in the registration form. We recommend early booking, not only for the early bird discount, but also because spots are limited and our Rügen retreats are always very popular.

More information on the program and prices in the drop-down menus below.

Please check out the registration form for detailed prices, discounts and accommodation options.
To register, please download the registration form in German (here or click on the image on the left), in English (here or click on the image on the right) fill it in and send it via fax (+49 03 48491950) or E-mail (info@jivamuktiberlin.de), or drop it off at one of our Berliner Jivamukti Studios.

▲▼ BIO AND MORE INFO ABOUT TEACHERS AND DETOX-SPECIALISTS FOR THIS RETREAT: ANJA KUEHNEL+TEAM & CANTEAM

Anja KühnelANJA KÜHNEL + TEAM = JIVAMUKTI YOGA CLASSES
Anja has been a devoted student of Jivamukti Yoga founders Sharon Gannon and David Life since she first met them in 2000 while temporarily living in New York. She has been directing her two Berlin Jivamukti Yoga Centers and their Jivamukti Apprenticeship Teacher Training program since 2008 and is a regular facilitator of the international Jivamukti Teacher Trainings. If time allows, she accepts one of the many invitations to teach workshops worldwide. She also has been teaching intensive international Jivamukti Yoga retreats worldwide for a number of years now, often together with internationally renowned teachers like Sharon Gannon, David Life, Manorama and Dechen Thurman. Privately, she has a special interest in studying the teachings of Vedanta and Sanskrit and adopting rescued dogs.

As often on international retreats and at home in Berlin, Anja will be assisted by a Jivamukti teacher, to make sure that everyone will be guided and assisted individually.

 

DETOX MASSAGE WITH JULI WERNER (OPTIONAL)
I love to touch. It is unbelievable what is possible through a touch. Awareness can grow with a conscious touch. Far away from concepts, beliefs or judgement, we get in touch with simplicity. Then total relaxation is possible. Everything is okay as it is. We are arriving in our inner home with ourselves. Massage is always leading inwards. I am supporting this inner acceptance through touch, so you can check in with yourself and be okay with your inner state. I am looking forward to a common travel into the now, towards Love.

JULI'S MASSAGE TECHNIQUES:

AYURVEDIC YOGA MASSAGE: Relaxing whole body massage, to soften the body and dissolve old and deep rooted tensions. For straightening the body and bringing you back to balance through soft stretches. Stimulating your blood circulation and deepening and relaxing your breath.

DEEP TISSUE MESSAGE: Loosening up deep tissues with stroking movements.

REBALANCING: Was developed in the Osho-community and is taught since 1980. It was the first real connection of deep tissue massage, soft touch, “flowing” touch and meditation. The focus here is always on loving the body and becoming more aware of the body.

JOINT-RELEASE-TECHNIQUE: Joint release through rhythmic swinging and shaking. The body is moved in a passive way by becoming aware of holding and movement patterns.

DETOX RETREAT MASSAGE PRICES: 60min=99 EUR, 30min=63 EUR.

▲▼ MORE INFORMATION ON THE RETREAT LOCATION AND ACCOMODATION

Jivamukti Yoga Rügen Retreat

Tucked away in a remote corner of Rügen, amongst wheat fields, paddocks, arrays of bird nests, and bays of the Baltic, at the end of a tiny road, there is small village with a great historic granary, constructed in 1904.

Today the granary has been sensibly restored, keeping most of the details from the old design and thus retaining a generous and enchanting air with bright loft-like spaces that are perfect for practice and relaxation. Just the right space for those who seek to breathe deeply again.

Jivamukti Yoga Rügen Retreat

In addition to the cozy rooms, there are numerous lounges and fireplaces all over the building for hanging out and having interesting conversations as well as quiet alcoves to read a book. In the evenings we can warm ourselves in front of the fireplaces or in the sauna and can also enjoy the view from the big wooden terraces over the virtually untouched nature around us.

Generous 1.000 sqm over two stories, a 150+ sqm loft for yoga classes, huge open style kitchen, saunas and fireplaces, huge terraces: Our 1904 granary which we have exclusively for our groups just embodies freedom, luxury, and coziness. A perfect venue to retreat, detox and immerse into the teachings of Jivamukti Yoga.

Jivamukti Yoga Rügen Retreat

The nearby bird colony and beaches allow for spectacular walks and swims under the big skies of Germany's north. The short walk to the beach alone allows one to dive back into nature. In the evenings, there are a number of places to take it easy: in the sauna, around the fireplaces, or on the many terraces the site has to offer.

Jivamukti Yoga Rügen Retreat

This is the ideal setting to enjoy the clear air in between yoga classes before coming back into our cozy space with Sauna and radiant floor heating, which you might recognize from our Jivamukti Studio in Berlin Mitte.

Jivamukti Yoga Rügen Retreat

Our old yet very modern granary on Rügen is spoiling us with its warm atmosphere, sauna and a lot of space to arrive. In pure and remote nature we can recharge our energies and relax and detox together with Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation in order to leave behind the old year and start fresh in 2019.

Jivamukti Yoga Rügen Retreat

Jivamukti Yoga Rügen Retreat

▲▼ MORE INFORMATION ON JIVAMUKTI YOGA AND THE DETOX-PROGRAM

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THE JIVAMUKTI YOGA PROGRAM: Advanced Certified Jivamukti teacher Anja Kühnel will teach a 2-3 hour Jivamukti Yoga class every morning and evening with the exception of arrival and departure days; see preliminary program below. These will be intense and deep “workshop-style” classes with a focus on detox, in which Anja is using her years-long experience in teaching numerous international Jivamukti yoga retreats. We will experience different aspects of Jivamukti Yoga, like Asanas, Kriyas, Pranayama and Yoga Philosophy. Guided meditations will be offered every morning and Satsang/ chanting every evening.

The yoga practice will be perfectly complemented with carefully chosen detox food, made by the Jivamukti Canteen, as well as hikes, jogging, sauna sessions and massages for an extra charge; please let us know in the registration form. Every day we offer special detox sauna infusions and you can book special purging sauna and spa treatments and personal detox coachings for an extra charge.

As we recommended, there is the option of arriving a day earlier, Thursday, January 24 and leave a day later, Monday January 28, so we planned ahead for everyone who wants to have an even more deep experience.

If there are non-german-speaking friend among us, we will make sure that all classes are understood by everyone.

Jivamukti Rügen Retreat THE FOOD: All ingredients in the kitchen of the Jivamukti Canteen are 100% plant-based – vegan, organic and nutritious. During our detox retreat, you won't find any  sugar, gluten or other unhealthy things on your plate. We will increase the use of alkaline-rich foods to neutralize and support your body's natural detoxification process. The balanced relation between raw and cooked/ baked ingredients and the chosen times for group meals are designed to support the biorhythm of your body and will also help your yoga practice, leaving you grounded and well rested. Seasonal fresh fruits and veggies as our main energy provider, accompanied by optimal protein sources with a high organic availability as well as the healthiest fats and oils, spices and herbs, will inspire us to the greatest creations in canteen style, so that we can fully express ourselves in the open retreat kitchen. Colorful salad creations, creamy soups and purees, savory and crunchy stews and side dishes, surprising toppings, sweets without guilt… But always tasty and filling, and always made with Love.
All meals, drinks and snacks are arranged and well-balanced to harmonize your digestive system and support the purging that starts in your intestines. Don't worry! We are not talking of uncomfortable, smelly methods, but the softest and most comfortable way to leverage your digestion. You will be surprised what mother nature has to offer, in order to bring more detox in your life, even after the retreat.

 

 

Jivamukti Yoga Rügen Retreat

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:

  • Hiking and jogging at the Baltic sea (free of charge)
  • Bike rental (18 EUR)
  • Visiting the local tourist highlights of Rügen Island (organize yourself)
  • Reading, self study or hang around the fireplace (free of charge)
  • In-Class-Private class with assisting Jivamukti Yoga teacher (99EUR: Please book in registration form!)
  • Detox massage (99EUR/60min, 63EUR/30min: Please book in registration form!)

Jivamukti Rügen Retreat

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY

From 14:30 on, check-in for everyone with early arrival

17:00-19:00: Teatime

19:30 Class

20:30 Dinner

20:30-22:30 Fireplace Talks and Sauna Time

FRIDAY

7:00-7:45 Morning Satsang + Meditation

7:45-8:00 Pre-Class Juices + Detox snacks

8:00-11:00 Morning class

11:15 Brunch

14:00-16:00 Sauna time

From 14:30 Check-in for everyone without early arrival

15:30 Teatime

17:00-19:00 Class

19:30-20:30 Dinner

20:30-22:00 Sauna Time

SATURDAY

7:00-7:45 Morning satsang + meditation

7:45-8:00 Pre-class juices + detox snacks

8:00-11:00 Morning class

11:15 Brunch

14:00-16:00 Sauna time

15:30: Teatime

17:00-19:00 Class

19:30-20:30 Dinner

20:30 Satsang

20:30-22:30 Saunazeit

SUNDAY

7:00-7:45 Morning satsang + meditation

7:45-8:00 Pre-class juices + detox snacks

8:00-11:00 Morning class

11:15 Brunch

12:00 Check-out for everyone without additional night/ late departure

13:00-17:00 Sauna time

15:30: Teatime

17:00-19:00 Class

19:30-20:30 Dinner

20:30-22:00 Sauna time

MONDAY

7:00-7:45 Morning satsang + meditation

7:45-8:00 Pre-class juices + detox snacks

8:00-11:00 Morning class

11:15 Brunch

12:00 Check-out for eyerone with late departure

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▲▼ DETAILED INFORMATION ON PRICING AND HOW TO REGISTER FOR THIS RETREAT

Registration FormRegistration FormREGISTRATION AND PRICES:
Prices start from 333 EUR per person with super early bird discount before 30.10.19, or 369 EUR per person with early bird discount before 31.11.19, depending on the length of your stay. We recommend early booking, not only for the early bird discounts, but also because spots are limited and our Rügen retreats are always very popular. Last year it was booked out before the early bird discount ended.

More information on the program etc. in the drop-down menus above.

In order to register, please download the registration form in German (here or click on the image on the left) and in English (here or click on the image on the right), fill it in and send it via Fax (+40-30-48491950) or Scan-E-Mail info@jivamuktiberlin.de or drop it off at one of our Berliner Jivamukti Studios.

 

PRICE FOR FRIDAY 14:30 - SUNDAY 12:00:

Sign Up Deposit for registration: 99 EUR p.p.

Super-Early Bird Price (registered and paid before 31.10.19): 333 EUR p.P.

Early Bird Price (registered and paid before 30.11.19): 369 EUR p.p.

Regular Price (registered and paid after 30.11.19): 405 EUR p.p.

Early Bird discount is valid only if you sign up before the above mentioned dates AND pay the full retreat price within 5 days after receipt of our booking confirmation and invoice. In any case we recommend an early booking, since the different room categories are limited.

The Base Price is per person and includes accommodation in a shared 3-bed room* in a shared apartment** in a
shared queen size double bed*** in a great luxury restored old granary. It includes accommodation and food as well as all yoga activities in the core retreat time, from Friday 14:30 (earliest arrival possible at that price) until Sunday 12:00 (latest departure possible at that price). Find all details for the program/daily schedule in drop-down-menu above. Travel costs to and from location is not included in this offer and has to be organized by yourself. We can help with shuttle reservations for example, with an extra charge.

*Shared bedroom means that we may assign the maximum number of occupants to the room size you booked (i.e. 2 other participants to a 3-bed room or 1 other participant to a 2-bed room). Of course, as far as possible, we will try to accommodate your special wishes if you want to share your room with someone specific, but keep in mind that normally we will need to have only participants of the same sex sharing a room unless all people in the room agree otherwise. There are a limited number of room upgrades available below for a surcharge.

**Shared apartment means that 2-3 bedrooms share a common living area with bathroom(s) and toilet(s). Optional there is one apartment in the house that can be used by only three persons alone (see above).

***Shared double bed means that if you do not request a special room partner, we will pick one with your same gender, that you will share a room. Optional it is possible to request a single bed in a shared room or single room. Optional there are separate beds available in the house (see above).

Optional other room choices are available for an extra charge. See right above.

ROOM/ BED/ UPGRADES:
In addition to the base price (shared queen-size double bed in a 3-bed room), we offer a limited number of “more intimate” accommodation options ranging from a single room for one to double rooms or single beds in double or 3-bed rooms. The applicable surcharges apply per person and are in addition to the base price. PLEASE NOTE: There are only a limited number of spots for each setup, which is why we can only guarantee the rooming selection after we receive your sign-up deposit.

Own (separate) single bed in a 3-bed room: +27 EUR p.p. and night

Shared Double Bed in a double room: +36 EUR p.p. and night

Own (separate) single bed in a 2-bed-room: +45 EUR p.p. and night

Single Room for just yourself: +72 EUR p.P. und Nacht

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: FOR PROLONGING YOUR STAY (INCL. YOGA AND FOOD ON THESE DAYS):
A long weekend is over too fast and we get sad to have to return too quickly, especially considering the travel effort to arrive. For everyone who shares our opinion and is able to invest a bit more time, we rented the granary for 5 days so you can start this retreat softly on Thursday let it fade away into Monday afternoon. We would be thrilled if you are arriving early with us and/or leave later and offer the following options (including additional detox food and yoga program) for a deeper experience:

Arrive 1 day earlier – Thursday from 14:30 on: +99 EUR
This small surcharge includes 1 additional night (plus your chosen room upgrade option), 2 additional yoga classes, 3 additional meals and 24 hours more at the sea. This means a more intimate setting, since usually there are fewer participants, and gives the advantage of arriving during an off-peak time, avoiding the stress of rush hour. See also the preliminary schedule in the drop-down-menu higher above.

Arrive ½ day earlier – Friday from 08:00 on: +45 EUR
This small surcharge includes 1 additional yoga class, 1 additional brunch and a couple of hours more at the sea. Please know that you can move into your room only after 14:00 of your arrival day, even though we try our best to have your rooms ready before. There is a train ride at 4:48 from Berlin that arrives at 8:18 in Samtens. If people book this train, we will adapt the schedule for the morning class accordingly.

Stay ½ day longer – until Sunday evening: +45 EUR
This small surcharge includes 1 additional yoga class + Satsang, 2 additional meals (Tea-time + dinner) and a couple of hours more at the sea for everyone who wants to leave Sunday evening or night. Please be aware that you have to check out from your booked room at 12:00 on your departure day. Although we will try to arrange a late check-out for you, it cannot be guaranteed. The latest train departs at 19:41 from Samtens and will arrive in Berlin at 23:28 or in Hamburg at 23:50.

Stay 1 day longer – until Monday 12:00: +99 EUR
For everyone who wants to leave calmly on Monday, this small surcharge includes 2 additional nights (plus your chosen room upgrade option), 2 additional yoga classes + Satsang, 3 additional meals and 24 hours more at the sea. This means a more intimate setting, since usually there are fewer participants, and with the advantage of arriving during an off-peak time, avoiding the stress of rush hour. See also the preliminary schedule in the drop-down-menu higher above.

Stay 2 full days longer – from Thursday 14:30 until Monday 12:00: +180 EUR
For everyone who wants to arrive and leave calmly on Thursday/Monday, this surcharge includes 2 additional nights (plus your chosen room upgrade option), 4 additional yoga classes + Satsang, 6 additional meals and 48 hours more at the sea. This means a more intimate setting, since usually there are fewer participants, and with the advantage of arriving during an off-peak time, avoiding the stress of rush hour. See also the preliminary schedule in the drop-down-menu higher above.

LOYALITY DISCOUNTS: 18 EUR discount for these reasons (cumulative): (1) You have an ongoing Jivamukti Berlin Unlimited contract. (2)You have been part of one (or more) Jivamukti Yoga Retreats (sorry, only 1x 18 EUR discount, even though you have been part of numerous retreats) (3) You are a registered Jivamukti Yoga Teacher.

OPTIONAL TRAVEL SERVICES THAT ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE BASE PRICE:

  • Travel costs to and from the granary are NOT included in the price and has to be organized and paid for on your own. We recommend the train connection Berlin-Hbf. => Samtens, which leaves Thursday and Friday with a transit in Stralsund at 10:32 from Berlin-Hbf and arrives in time for Check-in at 14:18. This train departs every hour and whoever wants to arrive very early on Friday to participate at the morning yoga class (see Early Checkin), could take the train at 4:42 to arrive in Samtens at 8:18.For the departure day, there is a train connection at 12:37 that arrives in Berlin at 16:15. There are similar good connections from all Germany cities, as Hamburg 10:17 => 14:18 and so on. The regular price per ride with Deutsche Bahn is around 46EUR, but with a clever combination of sharing a ‘Quer-durchs-Land-Ticket’ (on Thursday) and a ‘Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket) back to Berlin on Sunday, 5 persons can travel for 120 EUR (24 EUR p.p. for the round trip).
  • It is 16km from Samtens to the granary. We can offer you a pick-up shuttle service for 18 EUR p.p., if there are minimum two persons arriving at the same time.
  • Alternatively it is definitely possible to arrive by car – approximately 3,5hrs drive from Berlin
  • We are happy to help with carpooling organization. We can help you with finding people to share a car and can offer a limited number of shuttle spots from Berlin (108 EUR p.p.)

CANCELLATION AND CURTAILMENT INSURANCE: As we do need to be able to depend on your booking, there is a cancellation fee charged if you cannot take part in the retreat/intensive booked due to reason out of our control (like sickness etc.). Please read the details in the registration form on this. This is why we strongly recommend that you book a cancellation and curtailment insurance (starts under 20 EUR and is one of the three best curtailment insurances, by Stiftung Warentest), which you can do in the registration form.

Jivamukti Yoga Rügen Retreat

26.01.2020: @ JIVAMUKTI YOGA MITTE

YOGA FOUNDATIONS FOR MEN – A Jivamukti Yoga WorkshopICP at JYB

This 2.5-hour workshop is offered just for men who are interested in yoga but have hesitated to practice because they think they might not be “good” (read: flexible) enough. It’s also open to more experienced yogis who would like to practice together in a unique and supportive setting.

Yoga is for every body, and this workshop is designed to give men the knowledge and confidence they need to work with their bodies without any judgement or fear. Participants will leave with a foundation that creates the possibility for a more regular or deep practice, whether at home or in class.

Besides being a great complement for other physical activities such as running, sports, or bodybuilding, Yoga may also bring greater confidence, acceptance, awareness, and vitality into your life. Discover for yourself how Yoga can help you to become a better man. All levels welcome!

LOCATION: Jivamukti Yoga Berlin Mitte, Brunnenstraße 29, 10119 Berlin

DATE & TIME: Sunday, January 26th , 2020. 13:30-16:00.

PRICE: 36 EUR regular; 27 EUR with JYB Unlimited Contract (not valid for Introductory month or JYB class pack/Fanta4); 27 EUR with 1 USC Checkin.

▲▼ ABOUT BEN

Benjamin Beirs is an American musician and yoga teacher who has been living in Europe since 2013. He has toured internationally as a classical guitarist in Europe, North America, India, South Korea, and Dubai. He met his mentor and spiritual guide, Lama Surya Das, the best-selling author of “Awakening the Buddha Within,” at Omega Institute in 2005 and regularly studies with him during his silent, intensive meditation retreats held at the Garrison Institute in New York state. Ben enjoys combining his music and spiritual practice in various ways, including Kirtan. He currently lives in Berlin, where he recently completed a 500-hour mentorship program at Jivamukti Yoga Berlin under the guidance of David Essing. Ben brings a candid, joyful, and precise approach to teaching, and through the influence of mentors both musical and spiritual, encourages others to integrate yoga and meditation into their daily lives.

▲▼ COSTS, REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT FOR THIS WORKSHOP

RESERVATION PROCEDURE: Due to the limited number of spaces available for workshops we only accept binding reservations with full pre-payment of the workshop fees. With full payment of the workshop fee you are firmly booked for the workshop (we reserve the right to turn down registrations in case an event is sold out; in this case the date/time of receipt of the full payment is relevant). In case you cannot come, you can name another person who can come instead of you.

By booking workshops with us, you are accepting our standard booking conditions for workshops and seminars. You can read these conditions by clicking here. Please note: Once we received your payment your spot at the workshop is firmly booked and the workshop fee cannot be refunded. However, if you are prevented to come, you can name a replacement person, who has not yet registered with us, who can come instead of you. In case the workshops sell out, spots will be given in the order the payment is received. We suggest to reduce your financial risks that you cannot come to a workshop you booked by buying a workshop- and seminar insurance, which you can buy for little money by clicking here.

FOR A BINDING RESERVATION WITH ADVANCE PAYMENT WE OFFER THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS:

1. Directly at the Jivamukti Yoga Berlin with cash or all major debit and credit cards

2. By sending the applicable amount (see above) to our bank account as follows:

Jivamukti Berlin GmbH
Konto-Nr. 0020011610
BLZ 70022200
IBAN DE66700222000020011610
BIC/SWIFT FDDODEMMXXX
Fidor Bank AG
Verwendungszweck: "YOGA FOUNDATIONS FOR MEN " + name of the participant + email-adress if you like to recieve a confirmation

* NB: The reduced early bird fees are only valid if full payment is received by the deadline.

3. By Major Credit Cards directly through our MindBody registration system:
=> Just click SIGN UP next to the class you want to sign up for

APRIL 2020

7.-9.04.2020: @ JIVAMUKTI YOGA BERLIN
GREGOR MAEHLE - 8LIMBS

3-Day Ashtanga Immersion in Berlin

Gregor Maehle

Jivamukti Yoga Berlin is grateful to offer the opportunity to study with Gregor Maehle, a yoga practitioner for over 40 years, as well as a sought-after teacher and author. During these 3 enlightening days, Gregor will offer both Mysore-style and led (guided) asana classes, Yoga Sutra and Sanskrit chanting, Pranayama and Kriya practices, and Yogic meditation practice. Learning more about these practices, including but not limited to asana (postures) can help students to have a holistic understanding of the practice and science of Yoga, allowing for more freedom, health, balance, and spiritual insight.

LANGUAGE: This workshop will be taught in English.

PLACE: Jivamukti Yoga Berlin-Mitte

DATE & TIME: Tuesday until Thursday, April 7th-9th, 2020

PRICE FULL WORKSHOP: 279 EUR regular price; 225 EUR early bird (paid by 02.02.2020)

PRICE SINGLE SESSIONS: 54 EUR regular price; 45 EUR early bird (paid by 02.02.2020)

▲▼ ABOUT GREGOR MAEHLE

Gregor Maehle began his yogic practices forty years ago. In the mid-1980s he commenced annual travels to India, where he studied with various yogic and tantric masters, traditional Indian sadhus and ascetics. He spent fourteen months in Mysore, and in 1997 was authorised to teach Ashtanga Yoga by K. Pattabhi Jois. Since then he has branched out into researching the anatomical alignment of postures and the higher limbs of yoga. In India, Gregor also received eight months of mostly one-on-one instruction in scripture and the higher limbs of Yoga through B.N.S. Iyengar, a student of T. Krishnamacharya, and he studied Sanskrit under Professor Narayanachar and Dr Chandrasekhar. Today he teaches an anatomically sophisticated interpretation of traditional vinyasa yoga, integrated into the practice of the higher limbs in the spirit of Patanjali and T. Krishnamacharya. His zany sense of humour, his manifold personal experiences, and his vast and deep knowledge of scripture, Indian philosophies and yogic techniques combine to make his teachings applicable, relevant and easily accessible to all his students.

▲▼ GENERAL INFO ON THE WORKSHOP PROGRAM

SCHEDULE:

DAY 1: Yoga Sutras

07:00-10:00 Ashtanga Mysore Class (Mysore and/or Led Class and insights)

13:30-16:30 Led Workshop Class

DAY 2: Pranayama and Kriyas

07:00-10:00 Ashtanga Mysore Class (Mysore and/or Led Class and insights)

13:30-16:30 Led Workshop Class

DAY 3: Yogic Meditation

07:00-10:00 Ashtanga Mysore Class (Mysore and/or Led Class and insights)

13:30-16:30 Led Workshop Class

▲▼ COSTS, REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT FOR THIS WORKSHOP

RESERVATION PROCEDURE: Due to the limited number of spaces available for workshops we only accept binding reservations with full pre-payment of the workshop fees. With full payment of the workshop fee you are firmly booked for the workshop (we reserve the right to turn down registrations in case an event is sold out; in this case the date/time of receipt of the full payment is relevant). In case you cannot come, you can name another person who can come instead of you.

By booking workshops with us, you are accepting our standard booking conditions for workshops and seminars. You can read these conditions by clicking here. Please note: Once we received your payment your spot at the workshop is firmly booked and the workshop fee cannot be refunded. However, if you are prevented to come, you can name a replacement person, who has not yet registered with us, who can come instead of you. In case the workshops sell out, spots will be given in the order the payment is received. We suggest to reduce your financial risks that you cannot come to a workshop you booked by buying a workshop- and seminar insurance, which you can buy for little money by clicking here.

FOR A BINDING RESERVATION WITH ADVANCE PAYMENT WE OFFER THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS:

1. Directly at the Jivamukti Yoga Berlin with cash or all major debit and credit cards

2. By sending the applicable amount (see above) to our bank account as follows:

Jivamukti Berlin GmbH
Konto-Nr. 0020011610
BLZ 70022200
IBAN DE66700222000020011610
BIC/SWIFT FDDODEMMXXX
Fidor Bank AG
Verwendungszweck: "GREGOR MAEHLE FULL WORKSHOP/SINGLE CLASS + DATE" + name of the participant + email-adress if you like to recieve a confirmation

* NB: The reduced early bird fees are only valid if full payment is received by the deadline.

3. By Major Credit Cards directly through our MindBody registration system:
=> Just click SIGN UP next to the class you want to sign up for

25.04.2020: @ JIVAMUKTI YOGA MITTE
ABSOLUTE INVERSIONS - A Jivamukti Yoga Workshop with Juan Sierra
Juan Inversions Workshop

Feel lighter! Overcome fears and develop deep inner confidence. Bring balance and poise into every aspect of your life. Inversions are the most powerful group of yoga postures. When we turn our bodies upside down, we are literally turning our world upside down. Turning upside down allows us to experience the advantage of different attitudes and ways to perceive. Everything we know as right side up, typical and normal is pulled out from underneath us.

PLACE: Jivamutki Yoga Berlin-Mitte

DATE & TIME: Saturday, April 25, 2020; 13:30-16:00

PRICE: 36 EUR regular; 27 EUR with JYB Unlimited Contract (not valid for Introductory month or JYB class pass/Fanta4); 27 EUR with 1 USC Checkin

▲▼ ABOUT JUAN

ABOUT JUAN: Juan, born in Peru and raised in NYC, is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher and a Mentor for Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Trainings. He was introduced to Yoga by a friend, and that was the turning point in his life. Yoga contributed to peeling away the layers of avidya (illusion, ignorance) and to have compassion for all beings. His classes are filled with “crisp” humor and endearing humility, skillful hands-on assists, and thoughtful choice of music. Juan offers a witty yet challenging practice that strives to inspire and empower, giving students tools to develop consciousness - and maintain undisrupted when faced with the calamities of everyday life. Juan is eternally grateful to his Teachers who have influenced him: David Swenson, Sharon Gannon, David Life, and his mentor, Rima Rani Rabbath.

▲▼ COSTS, REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT FOR THIS WORKSHOP

PRICE: 36 EUR regular; 27 EUR with JYB Unlimited Contract (not valid for Introductory month or JYB class pass/Fanta4); 27 EUR with 1 USC Checkin

RESERVATION PROCEDURE: Due to the limited number of spaces available for workshops we only accept binding reservations with full pre-payment of the workshop fees. With full payment of the workshop fee you are firmly booked for the workshop (we reserve the right to turn down registrations in case an event is sold out; in this case the date/time of receipt of the full payment is relevant). In case you cannot come, you can name another person who can come instead of you.

By booking workshops with us, you are accepting our standard booking conditions for workshops and seminars. You can read these conditions by clicking here. Please note: Once we received your payment your spot at the workshop is firmly booked and the workshop fee cannot be refunded. However, if you are prevented to come, you can name a replacement person, who has not yet registered with us, who can come instead of you. In case the workshops sell out, spots will be given in the order the payment is received. We suggest to reduce your financial risks that you cannot come to a workshop you booked by buying a workshop- and seminar insurance, which you can buy for little money by clicking here.

FOR A BINDING RESERVATION WITH ADVANCE PAYMENT WE OFFER THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS:

1. Directly at the Jivamukti Yoga Berlin with cash or all major debit and credit cards

2. By sending the applicable amount (see above) to our bank account as follows:

Jivamukti Berlin GmbH
Konto-Nr. 0020011610
BLZ 70022200
IBAN DE66700222000020011610
BIC/SWIFT FDDODEMMXXX
Fidor Bank AG
Verwendungszweck: "INVERSIONS WORKSHOP JUAN " + name of the participant + email-adress if you like to recieve a confirmation

3. By Major Credit Cards directly through our MindBody registration system:
=> Just click SIGN UP next to the class you want to sign up for

JUNI 2020

13./15.-22.06.2020:
Anja Kuehnel + The JYB Team

THE 2019 JIVAMUKTI YOGA SICILY SUMMER SOLSTICE RETREAT
Jivamukti Wild Woodstock Retreat

Jivamukti Yoga Berlin is pleased to announce The 2019 Jivamukti Yoga Sicily Summer Solstice Retreat, hosted in an ancient Italian villa in the historic and dramatic landscape of Sicily. Join us for the breathtaking expanses of the Sicilian landscape, sun, and sea. The retreat will be powered by Jivamukti Berlin Director and Jivamukti Global Teacher Training facilitator, Anja Kuehnel, and supported by select members of the Jivamukti Berlin teacher faculty. Fresh, local, and vegan dishes will be prepared daily by our Italian chef and Jivamukti Canteen head, Alessia Cecconi. Celebrate a week of joy and abundance around the sacred apex of the year culminating on the Summer Solstice. Nourish your body, mind, and spirit in this hermetical location, hidden away from the world within date palms and olive groves. Our newest discovery of rugged terrain and refined accommodation makes for the ideal summer retreat. The culmination of the year is perfect for this rebuilt 17th century villa, situated on the 40 acre Sicilian Masseria where we will be having our exclusive retreat, which was intentionally laid out by its original builders to be totally aligned with the daily and yearly solar cycle.

RETREAT LANGUAGE: English (Anja teaches in English but also speaks German for individual tips/assistis/questions)

THE DATES: Saturday, June 15 until Saturday, June 22 with optional early arrival/slow start on the 13th or 14th of June

THE ISLAND: “Italy without Sicily leaves no image. Sicily is the key to everything.“ - Johann Wolfgang Goethe - A Trip to Sicily

▲▼ GENERAL INFO ON THE YOGA PROGRAM & OTHER ACTIVITIES

THE THEME: As the Summer Solstice on June 21 is the astronomical marker of the height of the year, symbolically it represents the fullness of life and light. Yoga is a celebration of the Sun, the supreme consciousness that illuminates all things and makes them clear. We will deepen our practice by honoring the light and connecting to the powerful energy of the time. The same solar energy that brings seeds forth, can ripen our highest intentions into manifestation. In this celebration of life-giving fire and light, our goal is to give participants the opportunity to burn away any burdens, immerse themselves in the dynamic vastness of nature, to eat vibrant and nourishing food, and to enjoy the company of uplifting community with our Jivamukti Yoga community.

THE PROGRAM: Anja will lead a morning 3-hour asana practice, prededed by optional morning meditation, chanting, and scripture reading. These will be intensive “workshop style” classes focused around the theme of warmth, light, and abundance, preparing you for the culmination of this retreat, the summer solstice on Friday, June 21st. Anja will infuse her many years of experience from teacheing international Jivamukti Yoga retreats and Jivamukti Teacher Trainings to offer a distilled vision of the purpose of the practice. You will experience and explore different aspects of Jivamukti Yoga like asanas, kriyas, pranayama, and yogic scriptures. Each afternoon we will offer shorter asana sessions, led by one of our members of the Jivamukti Berlin teaching faculty. Afternoons will also be filled with trips to the sea, swimming in the pool, and lounging in the sun.

▲▼ ALL INFO ON HOW TO SIGN UP, PRICES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS

Registration FormREGISTRATION AND PRICES:
Prices start at 900 EUR with SUPER EARLY BIRD (until March 11) and 990 EUR with EARLY BIRD (until April 11). BASE PRICE: 1089 EUR. SIGN-UP DEPOSIT: 198 EUR.

Please check out the registration form for detailed prices, discounts and accommodation options.

THE 2-STEP REGISTRATION PROCESS FOR THIS RETREAT: For registering, we have a 2-step registration process:

STEP 0: Download the registration form (click on the little image to the left), and make sure the offering, dates, prices and terms are agreable for you.

STEP 1: Make the applicable non-refundable sign-up deposit to hold your spot in the retreat and initiate the registration process. See in registraion for payment options and instructions for the sign-up deposit.

STEP 2: Fill in and sign the registration form you downloaded in Step 0. We highly recommend to use the free iPhone/Android App “Adobe Fill & Sign”! Alternatively, you can also print it out and fill and sign it and then either snail mail, or fax it to +49-30-48491950 or scan and email it to info@jivamuktiberlin.de. Download Adobe Fill&Sign for iPhone/ipad here and for Android here

PLEASE NOTE: Spaces are strictly limited due to the size of the intimate yoga shala at the Wild Woodstock Forest Sanctuary which also guarantees participants a very intimate experience with the teachers in a comparatively (relative to their usual class size) very small group. Please reserve you spot early to avoid frustration.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE: Your sign-up deposit is non-refundable, if you later change your mind and/or cannot come and/or cannot pay the full retreat price, however, you may find another person to take the retreat instead and who did not pay the sign-up deposit yet and transfer you deposit to this person.

MAKE YOUR FIRST STEP TOWARDS THE SICILY ADVENTURE: Secure your spot now by downloading the registration form and sending us your non-refundable sign-up deposit to hold your spot.

▲▼ BIO AND MORE INFO ON THE TEACHER AND THE CANTEAM OF THIS RETREAT: ANJA KUEHNEL AND THE JYB BERLIN

Anja KühnelANJA KÜHNEL has been a devoted student of Sharon Gannon and David Life since she first met them while temporarily living in New York. She has been directing the two Berlin Jivamukti Yoga Centers and their Jivamukti Apprenticeship Teacher Training program since 2008. After 15 years of study with Sharon and David, Anja is more than grateful for all she has learned and all that she is still going to learn. Anja has been practicing yoga with teachers of various yoga styles and has traveled the world to do so. But in her heart, Anja knew immediately after her first Jivamukti class, that it was where she belonged. She teaches at her two Berlin Jivamukti Yoga Centers, is regularly invited as a guest teacher worldwide and leads the 800-hour Jivamukti Apprenticeship Teacher Training Program in Berlin. She has also been a regularly invited to mentor and facilitator at the international Jivamukti Teacher Trainings.

"The only thing that gives me credibility as a yoga teacher is the graceful association with my teachers." - David Life

THE JIVAMUKTI CANTEAM and its Italian head chef, Alessia Cecconi will be responsible for preparing local and vegan food to fuel your retreat. During an extensive and intense yoga practice, a healthy and nutritious diet is essential. This vegan selection with a high content of raw foods gives you all the vital nutrients in forms that are both delicious and digestible! We will use only super fresh, healthy and primarily local produce and products during this retreat, thus dramatically reducing our intake of toxins, providing a great stimulus for the natural detoxification of the body, and protecting the environment all at the same time. Experience how a super-healthy vegan lifestyle can offer so many colourful and tasty food options, and gain new inspirations for your own yoga and cooking practice at home! We will plan meals that are traditionally inspired, both classic Italian dishes and contemporary renditions. Celebrate the fullness of the season with the ripest local fare that is bound to keep you vital, fit, and satisfied.

▲▼ MORE INFO ON THE LOCATION

THE LOCATION: Cloistered away upon a lonely hill in southeast Sicily between the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ragusa Ibla and the popular summer beach destination of Marina di Ragusa , our historic 17th century Sicilian Masseria is an oasis with lush gardens, vast patios, beautifully restored rooms, and a grand swimming pool. The entire complex is enclosed by restored ancient stone walls, featuring within them the central courtyard, the ancient villa, and surrounding suites. Situated only 10 minutes away from the Mediterranean Sea and close to a small town for shopping and exploring, the Villa is surrounded by a serene natural park with centuries-old olive, carob and almond trees, embodying the quintessential Sicilian countryside with all its historical hand cut stone masonry, pre-Christian caves, breathtaking views and hills leading to sandy beaches of the Mediterranean Sea. During the peak of the year, experience coming to full flourishing with the Scilian hills as they abound with green and vibrance.

Our Masseria grounds and a brief history of the ancient Sicilian knowledge of mathematics and astronomy

The 17th century villa that we will be exclusively having as our retreat headquarters was designed to align with the sun, featuring the summer solstice sunrise at an approximate azimuth of 54 degrees and sunset at approximate azimuth of 305 degrees. The front of the house features a round holed stone window paired with an identical feature in the back of the house. These were constructed in such a mathematically precise fashion as to capture the intense sun on the solstice. The villa was built around these markers, and means that the sun will perfectly intersect and be directly over the grounds during the solstice. We should not consider these holed stones as a precise calendars or an instruments to observe the sun’s cycle, but rather monuments that provided information on the solstices for practical and agricultural purposes. The summer solstice is often considered to be a celebration of Apollo and the upcoming harvest. Thus it is a time of light, fullness, power, and abundance.

It is fascinating to discover how our ancestors already thousands of years ago, were able to apply precise astronomical canons to their constructions and living quarters. They would plan the axis of their living quarters at the moment of the laying of the foundation. They would divide the arch of the daily itinerary of the sun through projecting on the ground the shade of the sun itself on a fixed pole in the style of the ancient meridian clocks. In Sicily, the sun was an object of veneration and people felt always in a position of inferiority to the Sun and all its related and inexplicable events. At the center of their lives was the Sun, the Morning star that dictated the rhythm of nature and conditioned their everyday life. It was certainly a reason of great anxiety for Sicilian people at the start of winter to see the Sun getting lower and lower on the horizon while the daylight would diminish and the dark night extend its duration. At one point the Sun seemed to fall into darkness and the fear that it might not come back was always a tragic experience that seemed to threaten life itself. With time, Sicilians noticed that on the occasion of the winter solstice the Sun would always regain its strength as an invisible force over darkness which they celebrated with rituals starting fires symbolizing their effort to give heat and light to the weakened Sun. The celebration of the returning sun continued until it reaches its pinnacle in June, where fires are burnt and the fullness of the cycle is embraced. To understand the level of mathematical and existential knowledge in the old days we need simply to look into the life and writings of some of the Sicilian people of the time. Especially to Pythagoras who founded a school on Sicily, in which initiates were sworn to secrecy and lived a communal, ascetic lifestyle. This lifestyle entailed a number of dietary prohibitions, traditionally said to have included vegetarianism, although modern scholars doubt that he ever advocated for complete vegetarianism.

The teaching most securely identified with Pythagoras is metempsychosis, or the "transmigration of souls", which holds that every soul is immortal and, upon death, enters into a new body. He may have also devised the doctrine of musica universalis, which holds that the planets move according to mathematical equations and thus resonate to produce an inaudible symphony of music. Pythagoras was credited with many mathematical and scientific discoveries, including the Pythagorean theorem, Pythagorean tuning, the five regular solids, the Theory of Proportions, the sphericity of the Earth, and the identity of the morning and evening stars as the planet Venus. In addition, to the astronomical markings, the Masseria features its own small cave cemetery or necropolis located to the west of the Villa itself in the Egyptian tradition of building cemetery and pyramids west of the village / living quarters. This cave is visible on the immediate north side of the hill halfway along the main driveway and it is aligned with the winter solstice sunrise.

Luminous Shabda Retreat

AUGUST 2020 - WOODSTOCK, NY

15.-22. & 23.-30.08.2020:
Jivamukti Yoga founders Sharon Gannon & David Life + Jivamukti Berlin director Anja Kuehnel

THE 2020 JIVAMUKTI YOGA WILD WOODSTOCK INTENSIVE RETREAT@ WOODSTOCK, NY (USA)
Jivamukti Venice Retreat

For the fifth time in a row, Jivamukti Yoga Berlin humbly presents The 2020 Jivamukti Yoga Wild Woodstock Intensive Retreat at the Wild Woodstock Forrest Sanctuary in Woodstock, NY (USA) taught by Jivamukti Yoga co-founders Sharon Gannon & David Life and Jivamukti Yoga Berlin director Anja Kuehnel as well as selected guest teachers and presenters.

Do not miss this great opportunity to experience one or two weeks of close and intensive study and practice with living masters and Jivamukti Yoga co-founders Sharon Gannon and David Life at their home in Woodstock, NY (USA). Here they have established the magical Wild Woodstock Forest Sanctuary which also holds a beautiful intimate yoga shala right next to their house where all yoga classes and events of this retreat will be held.

THE 2020 DATES:
Week I: Sat. August 15, 3pm – Sat. August 22, 2pm (8days, 7nights)

Week II:
Sun. August 23, 3pm – Sun August 30, 2pm (8days, 7nights)

Both Weeks: Sat. August 15, 3pm – Sun August 30, 2pm (16days, 15nights)

HALF WEEK SPOTS AVAILABLE FOR THESE DATES:
(1)
Sat. 08/15, 5pm–Tue. 08/18, 7pm  
(2) Tue. 08/18, 5pm–Sat. 08/22, 7pm 
(3) Sun. 08/23, 5pm–Wed. 08/26, 7pm 
(4) Wed. 08/26, 5pm–Sun. 08/30, 2pm

RETREAT LANGUAGE: English (Anja teaches in English but also speaks German for individual tips/assistis/questions)

▲▼ ALL INFO ON HOW TO SIGN UP, PRICES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS

Registration FormREGISTRATION AND PRICES:
Prices start at 1,098 EUR/1,215 USD per week without accommodation or 1,440EUR/1,629USD with accommodation. Half week prices 585 EUR/666 USD.

Please check out the registration form for detailed prices, discounts and accommodation options.

THE 2-STEP REGISTRATION PROCESS FOR THIS RETREAT: For registering, we have a 2-step registration process:

STEP 0: Download the registration form (click on the little image to the left), and make sure the offering, dates, prices and terms are agreable for you.

STEP 1: Make the applicable non-refundable sign-up deposit to hold your spot in the retreat and initiate the registration process. See below for payment options and instructions for the sign-up deposit.

STEP 2: Fill in and sign the registration form you downloaded in Step 0. We kindly recommend to use the free iPhone/Android App “Adobe Fill & Sign”! Alternatively, you can also print it out and fill and sign it and then either snail mail, or fax it to +49-30-48491950 or scan and email it to info@jivamuktiberlin.de. Download Adobe Fill&Sign for iPhone/ipad here and for Android here

PLEASE NOTE 1: Spaces are strictly limited due to the size of the intimate yoga shala at the Wild Woodstock Forest Sanctuary which also guarantees participants a very intimate experience with the teachers in a comparatively (in relation to the usual size of their classes) very small group. Please reserve you spot early to avoid frustration.

PLEASE NOTE 2: Your sign-up deposit is non-refundable, if you later change your mind and/or cannot come and/or cannot pay the full retreat price, however, you may find another person to take the retreat instead and who did not pay the sign-up deposit yet and transfer you deposit to this person.

MAKE YOUR FIRST STEP TOWARDS THE WILD WOODSTOCK 2020 ADVENTURE: Secure your spot now by sending us your non-refundable sign-up deposit. These are your payment options and instructions:

Attention: We give you 18 EUR/22.50 USD discount (9EUR/11.25 for half-weeks) on your final retreat invoice if you send your sign-up deposit by bank transfer or Transferwise to our German or US bank account using options 4-6 below.

OPTION 1=No Discount:
Pay your deposit in EUR via Paypal with all major credit cards (also works if you do not have a Paypal account, just click on Create an Account and then it gives you the option to make a GUEST CHECKOUT).

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Name of Participant

OPTION 2=No Discount:
Pay your deposit in USD via Paypal with all major credit cards (also works if you do not have a Paypal account, just click on Create an Account and then it gives you the option to make a GUEST CHECKOUT)

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Selection
Name of Participant

OPTION 3=No Discount:
Pay your deposit in EUR by Visa or Mastercard through our Mindbody Booking System by clicking here

SIGN UP DEPOSIT AMOUNT:
135EUR/162USD for 1/2 week without accommodation +++ 180EUR/225USD for 1/2 week with accommodation +++ 270EUR/333USD for 1 week without accommodation +++ 360EUR/450USD for 1 week with accommodation +++ 540EUR/666USD for both weeks without accommodation +++ 720EUR/900USD for both weeks with accommodation

OPTION 4=18 EUR DISCOUNT=TRANSFERWISE.COM:
Send the applicable deposit in EUR to our German bank account with Transferwise.com. Best option if you do do not have a EU or US account as Transferwise fees are much lower than bank fees and their exchange rates are much better than the banks'. If you are new to Transferwise, get your first transfer for free if you click on this link to sign up for Transferwise. When sending your payment to Jivamukti Yoga Berlin with Transferwise, just enter info@jivamuktiberlin.de as the recipients email, alternatively, you could also manually enter either of our bank account details specified unter no. 5 below.

OPTION 5=18 EUR DISCOUNT=EUR BANK TRANSFER:
Send the applicable deposit by bank transfar in EUR to our German bank account as follows (ATTENTION: This only makes sense if you have a German or European bank account that does not charge you nor Jivamukti Berlin extra bank fees for the bank wire):

IBAN #: DE66700222000020011610
BIC/SWIFT#: FDDODEMMXXX
Account holder: Jivamukti Berlin GmbH, Brunnenstr. 29, 10119 Berlin
Bank: Fidor Bank AG, Sandstr. 33, 80335 München, Germany
Payment note: Wild Woodstock Week 1/2/both

OPTION 6=22.5 USD DISCOUNT = USD BANK TRANSFER:
Send the applicable deposit in USD to our US bank account as follows (ATTENTION: THIS ACCOUNT ONLY WORKS IF YOU SEND A WIRE OR ACH PAYMENT FROM A US BANK ACCOUNT, BUT NOT FROM NON-US BANKS!! If you want to wire from a non-US and non-EU bank account please use Transferwise as described in option 4 above):

Account Number: 8310007894
ACH Routing Number: 026073150
Wire Routing Number: 026073008
Account Holder & Address: Jivamukti Berlin GmbH, c/o TransferWise, 19 W 24th Street, New York 10010 USA
Payment note: Wild Woodstock Week 1/2/both

Luminous Shabda Retreat


▲▼ BIO AND MORE INFO ON THE TEACHERS OF THIS RETREAT: SHARON GANNON, DAVID LIFE & ANJA KUEHNEL

Luminous Shabda Retreat

"MEET THE INNOVATORS...SHARON GANNON AND DAVID LIFE" (Yoga Journal, USA)
Jivamukti Yoga founded by Sharon Gannon and David Life, is one of the fastest growing and most highly regarded modern approaches to the ancient art of yoga. Sharon Gannon together with David Life have certified hundreds of students to teach the Jivamukti method through the intense one month residential 300 hour Teacher Training course which is offered each year in the US, Costa Rica and/or Europe/India. With their Yoga DVDs and the books "Jivamukti Yoga" (also translated into German, Russian & Italian), "The Art of Yoga", "Yoga and Vegetarianism", "Cats and Dogs are People, too!", "Simple Recipes for Joy", Sharon and David are changing the way that people view spirituality, life, themselves, each other, animals and the environment.

Sharon Gannon David LifeSHARON GANNON started her quest for liberation upon her birth on July 4th in Washington, DC. Sharon views art as a means for uplifting the soul and her artistic pursuits enriched the community by educating and inspiring. In 1984 she shifted her main focus from the performing arts to teaching yoga in the hope of giving practical methods that would benefit people more directly and immediately. Sharon has studied yoga since 1976 with many teachers around the globe, most notably with Shri Brahmananda Saraswati, Swami Nirmalanada, Shri K. Pattabhi Jois, Swami Shankarananda, Shyam Das and Bhagavan Das. She brings a rare blend of scholarly study, artistic pursuits and a highly disciplined asana and meditation practice to her offerings as a teacher.

DAVID LIFE: Bios are hard for me to digest. The idea that a picture could be painted of me with some little list of factoids is untenable. The only thing that gives me credibility as a yoga teacher is the graceful association with my teachers. Sometimes I like to read bios because it tells me things about a person that I didn't know and to that end, here is a list of all the significant jobs that have come my way over the past 60 years, in order: Lawnmowing and snowshoveling, Paper delivery, Beer and Wine store stockboy, Forklift driver in Corrugated box company, Phone order taker, Dishwasher, Cafeteria manager, Welder in Steel MIll, Apartment building super, Silk screen production and designer, Graphic designer, Illustrator, Artist, Poet, Life Cafe owner, Yoga teacher, Bio writer!

JIVAMUKTI YOGA, founded by Sharon Gannon and David Life, is one of the fastest growing and most highly regarded modern approaches to the ancient art of yoga. Both have certified hundreds of students to teach the Jivamukti method through the intense one month residential 300 hour Teacher Training course which is offered each year in the US, Costa Rica and/or Europe/India. With their Yoga DVDs and the books "Jivamukti Yoga", "The Art of Yoga", "Yoga and Vegetarianism", "Cats and Dogs are People, too!", "Simple Recipes for Joy", Sharon and David are changing the way that people view spirituality, life, themselves, each other, animals and the environment.

Anja KühnelANJA KÜHNEL has been a devoted student of Sharon Gannon and David Life since she first met them while temporarily living in New York. She has been directing the two Berlin Jivamukti Yoga Centers and their Jivamukti Apprenticeship Teacher Training program since 2008. After 15 years of study with Sharon and David, Anja is more than grateful for all she has learned and all that she is still going to learn. Anja has been practicing yoga with teachers of various yoga styles and has traveled the world to do so. But in her heart, Anja knew immediately after her first Jivamukti class, that it was where she belonged. She teaches at her two Berlin Jivamukti Yoga Centers, is regularly invited as a guest teacher worldwide and leads the 800-hour Jivamukti Apprenticeship Teacher Training Program in Berlin. She has also been a regularly invited to mentor and teach at the international Jivamukti Teacher Trainings. In November 2020 she will again co-faclitate the German Jivamukti Teacher Training together with Yogeswari.

"The only thing that gives me credibility as a yoga teacher is the graceful association with my teachers." - David Life

Everyone is talking about Sharon & David's Jivamukti Yoga method….
“Sharon Gannon und David Life who founded their own yoga method called Jivamukti Yoga in the late 80ies and, with it, made Yoga for the first time ever socially acceptable for western urban dwellers. Among their students are Sting, Madonna, Christy Turlington and basically all other non-overweight famous american actors and musicians. Many speak about them as Gurus. With their mixture of old Indian tradition and modern lifestyle like rock music they were the ones who were majorly responsible for the Yoga boom, which from New York has long spilled over to Germany: Three million Germans are said to regularly practice Yoga these days ... in Berlin-Mitte it appear to be two million alone.'
--Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Germany
"David Life looks like Iggy Pop, is widely tatooed, has an incredible power in his stringy tiny arms and the great luck to have a woman on his side who has a delphine blue streak in her black hair and who is radiating a mild wisdom that makes one want to start crying immediately as soon as she opens her mouth. With their headsets, the two contrive to get every hall to boil.... – Oh My Guru!"
--DIE WELT, Germany
“..holistic vision extending to strict vegetarianism and hard-core animal rights activism'
--Vanity Fair USA
“David and Sharon have inspired and encouraged us to think of yoga not just as a system of exercises but also as a door to the infinite.”
--Sting
"It has the full package, more than just exercise. I always learn something at Jivamukti; they really educate the students."
-- Christy Turlington
“Without Sharon and David, yoga in the US would still be the obscure practice of a few devotees.”
--The New York Times, USA
“The pioneers of yoga in the United States, inspire us to appreciate life’s depth and breadth.”
--25, Japan
“Jivamukti Yoga offers the tantalizing promise of not only a well-toned body, but salvation too.”
--Hinduism Today, USA
“Es handelt sich dabei um eine kraftvolle Praxis, die Körper und Intellect stimuliert und zu spirituelleum Bewusstsein führen möchte.”
--Yoga Aktuell, Germany
“Meshing the spiritual and psychological elements of yoga with the physical ones, Jivamukti yoga forces students to confront both their bodily and emotional limitations.”
--Harpers and Queens, UK
“Lean, flexible, vegetarian, poetry writing, theosophist, celestial American yogis…their salutes to the sun are done by the stars.”
--Sunday Morning Post, Hong Kong
"These two pioneers, (Sharon Gannon and David Life) are consummate showmen as well as shamans, injecting yoga with a healthy dose of New York Chutzpah along the way."
--Vanity Fair USA
“Meet the innovators, David Life and Sharon Gannon are American originals who are shaping yoga today. Looking for a highly meditative but physically challenging form of yoga? Try jivamukti.”
--Yoga Journal, USA
“The shape of things to come.”
--London Observer, UK
“Lo yoga e uno stile di vita: fatto di meditazione, di posizione, di musica, canti, letture.”
--Corriere Della Sera, Italy
"There's a level of spiritual activism here. It's not just what you do on the mat. You are surrounded by it the second you walked into the door, and it's infectious."
--Yoga Journal USA
"Once you make Jivamukti yoga part of your life, you will look different to the world and the world will look different to you"

- -Yogi Times USA

"Gannon and Life work hard to show that yoga is not just about health and fitness, and that spirituality can be congruent with the high-energy, vibrant lifestyle of New York."
--Yoga Journal
"Jivamukti Yoga (which means "liberation while living") fuses Dynamic vinyasa, music, chanting, and the embodied commitment to yoga's ultimate goal, enlightenment."
--Fit Yoga USA

 

Interview with Sharon Gannon & David Life @ JYB in 2009:

SHARON GANNON IN BERLIN 2010 on Vimeo.

 

▲▼ MORE INFO ON THE RETREAT LOCATION AND ACCOMODATION

Wild Woodstock Retreat

OUR LOCATION FOR THE YOGA CLASSES AND EVENTS:
Jivamukti Yoga co-founders Sharon Gannon and David Life open part of their home in Woodstock, NY (USA) for this special retreat. Here they have established the magical Wild Woodstock Forest Sanctuary which also holds a beautiful intimate yoga shala right next to their house where all yoga classes and events of this retreat will be held.

The Wild Woodstock Jivamukti Forest Sanctuary is a magical 125-acre sanctuary established in 2003 and located in the beautiful Catskill Mountains near Woodstock in upstate New York (about 2 hours north of New York City and 3.5 miles from downtown Woodstock).

The Sanctuary serves as a safe haven and unpolluted habitat for diverse plant and animal communities, including white tail deer, black bear, foxes, porcupines, possums, raccoons, turkeys, as well as a large variety of wild birds, fish, snakes and other reptiles and amphibians. In present culture, the word wild is usually used to mean "chaotic" or "disorganized," but the word actually means "living true to one's nature; not restrained, controlled or tamed by others." The quest for enlightenment is a quest for wildness—to return to the natural state in which we know ourselves as one with all that is and we live that truth fully.

Sharon Gannon often teaches that we can have anything we want so long as we are willing to provide it to others first. She and David Life live that teaching by having established and by maintaining the Wild Woodstock Jivamukti Forest Sanctuary, which is the country ashram for the Jivamukti Yoga School.

Wild Woodstock Retreat

YOUR ACCOMMODATION DURING THIS RETREAT will be provided in handpicked high quality properties/houses in the Woodstock area. All houses are shared (2 to 5 twin/double or single rooms in one property), i.e. you will share a common living area, a fully equipped self-catered kitchen and 1 to 3 bathrooms with up to 4-10 other retreat participants (depending on the size of the house, number of single rooms booked etc.). All properties and rooms are individual with their special treats so it is hard to compare them. We also offer a number of optional upgrades to the standard accommodation to better suit your individual requirements. Check registration form for details.

Wild Woodstock Retreat

BOARD DURING THIS RETREAT: All houses come with well equipment self-catered kitchens and are strictly vegan, i.e. no diary, egg or meat products may be brought into any of the houses.  The idea of this retreat is to also create a Satsang experience by cooking together delicious vegan meals in groups of likeminded vegan yogis. All houses will be equipped with a copy of Sharon Gannon’s cookbook “Simple Recipes for Joy”. For days/nights out, there are also some very nice vegan restaurants in Woodstock.

Sharon Gannon David Life Woodstock Retreat

▲▼ GENERAL INFO ON THE YOGA PROGRAM & OTHER ACTIVITIES

Sharon Gannon David Life Woodstock Retreat

BEING WILD, the underlying theme of this first of its kind retreat, in present culture, is usually used to mean "chaotic" or "disorganized". But the word actually means "living true to one's nature; not restrained, controlled or tamed by others". The quest for enlightenment is a quest for wildness - to return to the natural state in which we know ourselves as one with all that is and we live that truth fully. Reaching this state actually requires the oposite of "chaos" and "disorganization": A regular intensive yoga practice, not only asana wise but also by studying the other legs of yoga and having satsang with other like minded yogis and most importantly, your teachers.

 

Sharon Gannon David Life Woodstock Retreat

This is why we have designed this one of a kind Jivamukti Yoga Intensive Retreat in Woodstock in order to provide you the opportunity to immerse for up to two weeks in intensive dalily study and practice right from the source with the founders of the Jivamukti Yoga method. Every morning of this retreat, Sharon Gannon and/or David Life will teach a 4 hour intensive Jivamukt Yoga workshop from 10am to 2pm (ca. 3 hour asana practice and ca. 1 hour yoga philosophy teachings). These workshop style morning classes will be complemented by daily 2hour Jivamukti Yoga Open XL classes with Jivamukti Yoga Berlin director Anja Kuehnel and occassionally also other international Jivamukti Yoga teachers in the late afternoon and, occasionally Satsangs, Kirtans and other special events with Sharon Gannon, David Life, Anja Kuehnel and other presenters.

Sharon Gannon David Life Woodstock Retreat

Special Bonus Events: Approximately 1-2 times per week, we hope to offer special events in the late afternoon/evening, such as Satsangs or Kirtans or Yoga Philosophy lectures with Sharon Gannon, David Life and other presenters, which in some cases due to time constraints will be offered INSTEAD of the afternoon Open XL class (i.e. sometimes no Open XL class on special events days). Once during each of the two weeks of this retreat, we invite you to a Karma Yoga session to benefit the Wild Woodstock Forrest Sanctuary area. Exact daily schedule TBA at the retreat venue.

Sharon Gannon David Life Woodstock Retreat

Please note for your planning: On the arrival days there is NO morning class nor Q&A conference with Sharon Gannon and/or David Life, i.e. the first class on your arrival day is the afternoon class with Anja. This also applies if your arrival day is August 20 even though Sharon and David teach on this day in the morning, as this class is only for the people who also booked Part I of the retreat. On August 19 and 27 (final days), there is no evening class with Anja, last class on August 19 and 27 is the morning workshop with Sharon Gannon and/or David Life from 10am-2pm. If you booked both weeks, August 19 in the evening and August 20 in the morning provides a welcome opportunity to take "a day off" and explore Woodstock and its surroundings. For instance, you could visit Ananda Ashram or the Farm Sanctuary. Or go swimming.

As normal with renowned teachers like Sharon Gannon and David Life, the practice space included in this retreat strictly is the size of one regularly sized yoga mat (ca. 0,65x1,8m) only. All practice spots are marked and mats must be placed within the markers. You should bring your own yoga mat as there are only a limited number of rental mats. The yoga room has blankets and straps for your use. It also has a limited number of blocks. If you anticipate using blocks, please bring your own, as we cannot guarantee to have enough for everyone.

 

Yoga philosophy talk by David Life at the Wild Woodstock Forest sanctuary (recorded, we have to admit, on someones iphone).

Posted by Jivamukti Yoga Berlin on Sunday, August 10, 2014

 

Sharon Gannon David Life Woodstock Retreat

▲▼ WELCOME LETTER BY ANJA FOR THE RETREAT + DETAILLED SCHEDULE + TRAVEL INFO

Dear Wild Woodstock Retreat participants!

Please find below a personal message for you from Anja along with an outline of the official schedule.
In case you booked shuttle services through us, please do get back to me at studentsupport@jiivamuktiberlin.de with your arrival time at the Woodstock Village Green bus stop.
In case you booked housing through us (i.e. no discount for no-accommodation), please tell us your expected arrival times in Woodstock so we can organize the checkin schedule.

Please note that checkin generally is at 3pm but we can maybe plan around that a bit if we know everyone's expected arrival time. Once we have this information, we will get back to you with further information on checkin. Please also let me know by which means of transportation so we can give you the address of your house, in case you did not book a shuttle pickup service from the bus station.

Please note that below you find directions to Sharon and David's Yoga Shala. However this is NOT WHERE YOUR ACCOMMODATION IS. So please DO NOT GO THERE UPON ARRIVAL but only at the scheduled class times.

This year, we are again planning to do a little bit of Karma Yoga in the Wild Woodstock Forest in order to give back to nature. For this, please bring with you a pair of suitable protective shoes and gloves (e.g. flimsy flip-flops or open-toed sandals, and bare hands would not be protective for someone hiking in the woods or picking up trash e.g. glass, garbage etc.)  

To get in touch with other retreat participants (for example for car-sharing), you can use our Facebook events page: https://www.facebook.com/events/149144075935419/

Remember to ensure that you fulfill the necessary requirements for entering the USA if you are travelling from abroad. I.e. you probably have to obtain a US Visa or ESTA Authorization before you travel. If you booked housing through us and are asked for an address in the US, you may just state the adress of the Wild Woodstock Sanctuary which is 3651 Route 212, Shady, NY 12409 phone number (212) 555-1212.

Many greetings
Anne-Christine

Message from Anja

अोम् ।। सह नाववतु । सह नौ भुनक्तु
सह वीर्यं करवावहै ।
तेजस्वि नावधीतमस्तु । मा विद्विषावहै ।।
अों शान्ति: शान्ति: शान्ति: ।।

Accept us both together, protect us both together, may our knowledge and strength increase together, may we not resent each other.

Dear ones,

I am thanking all of you for making an effort to create the time and space to be together! We hold precious and dear in our hearts whatever we put our energy into. It is 100% up to us. Life is pulling us in all these different directions. It is wonderful that we are all meeting here at Sharon ji's and David ji's beautiful home and at the sanctuary they have created for the animals, plants and us human people, and that all of us together get the chance to immerse into our practice in this beautiful natural environment which is supporting us on all levels. This year Wild Woodstock will be very special as we beginn on a New Moon and end on a Full Moon. And for me personally, it will the the 11th time in a row that I am coming to Wild Woodstock.


Let us put all of our love into what we do! Let us always remind each other that this is what truly matters in life. To uplift each other, to enjoy each other's company, to learn from each other, to see the beauty in each moment and to be grateful for the gift of life. Putting our prāṇa in what we truly care about: to be as natural and loving as one can possibly be, taking rest in our true nature, to truly be free and to serve with each breath.

लोका: समस्ता: सुखिनो भवन्तु ।।
May all beings everywhere be happy and free and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.

Love.
Anja

THE 2020 WILD WOODSTOCK INTENSIVE RETREAT - SCHEDULE

Normal Daily Schedule
10am-1pm: Morning workshop with Sharon ji/David ji
Every other day 1pm-2pm: Q&A with Sharon ji/David ji
5pm-7pm: Afternoon class with Anja

Arrival and Departure Days Special Schedule:
Sat., August 11=Week I Arrival Day+ NEW MOON: There will be a welcome class taught by Anja with Sharon ji/David ji present at the usual afternoon time, i.e. from 5 pm - 7 pm.
=> Morning workshops with Sharon ji/David ji start on Sunday, August 12 if you booked Week I
=> The 10am-2pm class with Sharon ji/David ji on Sat. August 18 is the last class for Week I only participants. You have to check out of your room before coming to that class if you booked accommadtion through us


Sun., August 19=Week II Arrival Day: There will be a welcome class taught by Anja with Sharon ji/David ji present at the usual afternoon time, i.e. from 5 pm - 7 pm.
=> Morning workshops with Sharon ji/David ji start on Monday, August 20 if you booked Week II

Sun., August 26= FULL MOON => The 10am-2pm class on Sunday. August 26 is the last class of this retreat. You have to check out of your room before coming to that class if you booked accommadtion through us.

Special Afternoon Events:

Mon., August 13: Lady Ruth is teaching the afternoon Open XL class instead of Anja
Tue., August 14: 6pm-7:30pm Satsang with David-ji (no 5pm afternoon Asana class with Anja on this day)
Fri., August 17: 2pm-4:30pm Wild Woodstock Karma Yoga Session IWe team up to clean up the Wild Woodstock Forrest for ca. 1.5 hours under the guidance of David-ji/Banka-ji. We start right after Q&A and includes a lunch break, so please bring some vegan lunch to class. Please also bring with you a pair of suitable protective shoes and gloves (e.g. flimsy flip-flops or open-toed sandals, and bare hands would not be protective for someone hiking in the woods or picking up trash e.g. glass, garbage etc.)
Fri., August 17: 7pm-8:30pm Magic 10 and Beyond Bookreading with Sharon-ji (no 5pm afternoon Asana class with Anja on this day)
Sat., August 18: Free Afternoon: Anja+Christian invite you to visit the Catskill Animal Sancturary with them (ca. 20mins by car). Suggested to organize rides among retreat participants. 
Sun., August 19: Free Morning: 7:00am-3pm: Anja invites you to visit Ananada Ashram with her and take part in the morning ceremony there. (5-7pm afternoon class in Woodstock with Anja is also taking place)
Wed., August 22: 6pm-7:30pm Satsang with Sharon-ji (no 5pm afternoon Asana class with Anja on this day)
Fri., August 24: Jules Febre is teaching the afternoon Open XL class instead of Anja
Sat., August 25: 2pm-4:30pm Wild Woodstock Karma Yoga Session II: We team up to clean up the Wild Woodstock Forrest for ca. 1.5 hours under the guidance of David-ji/Banka-ji. We start right after Q&A and includes a lunch break, so please bring some vegan lunch to class. Please also bring with you a pair of suitable protective shoes and gloves (e.g. flimsy flip-flops or open-toed sandals, and bare hands would not be protective for someone hiking in the woods or picking up trash e.g. glass, garbage etc.) 
Sat., August 25: 6pm-7:30pm Singer-Songwriter Satsang/Concert with Woodstock legend folk singer Paul McMahon (no 5pm afternoon Asana class with Anja on this day): 

Be a yogi be on time!

Changes of the schedule will be announced before the morning class.
Be in the moment!

▲▼ CARBON (CO2) OFFSET – WE WILL HAVE 20 TREES PLANTED FOR YOU

Planting treesAs of 2020, your Wild Woodstock retreat tuition already includes a carbon offset for the estimated CO2 produced by the retreat participants travelling to Woodstock and back. For each Wild Woodstock 2020 participant, JYB will have 20 trees planted. A tree absorbs approx. 11.7lbs of CO2 every year, or approx. 468lbs. of CO2 over 40 years, so 20 trees for each participant will absorb roughly 9,360lbs of CO2 over this time, which is about the same amount of CO2 from a round-trip flight from Europe to New York. We know this is a lot of CO2 and we commit to CO2 reduction whenever possible. As of 2020, we will try at the very least to offset the CO2-related travel costs of our non-local retreats through having trees planted. In no way do we want to white-wash the impact on the climate that our Jivamukti Yoga retreats have, and we are committed to offering more local yoga retreats going forward. However, the Wild Woodstock retreat is especially dear to us and to the world-wide Jivamukti Yoga Community as it allows Jivamukti Yoga teachers from all over the world to re-connect “back to the source” of their teachers, the co-founders of the Jivamukti Yoga method, enabling our worldwide Jivamukti teacher community to become even better communicators of the core principles of our method, being Ahimsa, social activism and ethical veganism. It is not an exaggeration to say that Jivamukti Yoga has made countless yoga students worldwide aware of the benefits of a vegetarian and better vegan diet for the planet as a whole as well as for their individual yoga practice and their general well-being. Converting to a vegan diet has prominently been named by The University of Oxford, among others, “as the single biggest way to reduce your environmental impact on earth”, “reducing an individual’s carbon footprint from food by up to 73%”. In addition to this, the proceeds from the Wild Woodstock Intensive Retreat help to maintain The Wild Woodstock Sanctuary by paying for its yearly property taxes which are quite high due to its sheer size. With its 125 acres of protected wild forest, the Wild Woodstock Forest sanctuary does not only give shelter to countless wild animals, like deer, bears, wild turkeys and many more, but it also absorbs more than 5 million lbs. of CO2 from the atmosphere every year (equivalent to 555 roundtrip flights from the US to Europe) while giving back 22,000lbs of O2 at the same time. In addition, all electricity used at the retreat is supplied by solar energy produced on the premises, saving approx. 4,000 lbs. of CO2 per year.

▲▼ MORE INFO ON THE VENUE/LOCATION OF THE DAILY CLASSES - WILD WOODSTOCK FOREST SANCTUARY

Wild Woodstock Retreat

THE VENUE FOR THE DAILY CLASSES OF THE RETREAT:
Jivamukti Yoga co-founders Sharon Gannon and David Life open part of their home in Woodstock, NY (USA) for this special retreat. Here they have established the magical Wild Woodstock Forrest Sanctuary which also holds a beautiful intimate yoga shala right next to their house where The 2020 Jivamukti Yoga Wild Woodstock Intensive Retreat will be held.

The Wild Woodstock Jivamukti Forest Sanctuary is a magical 125-acre sanctuary established in 2003 and located in the beautiful Catskill Mountains near Woodstock in upstate New York (about 2 hours north of New York City and 3.5 miles from downtown Woodstock).

The Sanctuary serves as a safe haven and unpolluted habitat for diverse plant and animal communities, including white tail deer, black bear, foxes, porcupines, possums, raccoons, turkeys, as well as a large variety of wild birds, fish, snakes and other reptiles and amphibians. In present culture, the word wild is usually used to mean "chaotic" or "disorganized," but the word actually means "living true to one's nature; not restrained, controlled or tamed by others." The quest for enlightenment is a quest for wildness—to return to the natural state in which we know ourselves as one with all that is and we live that truth fully.

Sharon Gannon often teaches that we can have anything we want so long as we are willing to provide it to others first. She and David Life live that teaching by having established and by maintaining the Wild Woodstock Jivamukti Forest Sanctuary, which is the country ashram for the Jivamukti Yoga School.

Doors open 30mins before the classes. Please respect the Wild Woodstock Forrest Sanctuary and its inhabitants by keeping the noise level down during checkin and by not arriving much earlier than the doors open. Please bring your own mat if possible, other props (blocks etc.) are available in limited quantity. Please make sure to park your car properly and follow the instructions of the parking attendant.

DIRECTIONS to Wild Woodstock Forest Sanctuary From NYC BY CAR:
The Wild Woodstock Jivamukti Forest Sanctuary is approximately 2.5 hours from New York City
Address: 3651 Route 212 Shady, NY 12409

Take George Washington Bridge top level (from West Side Highway)
Exit right at end of bridge to Palisades Parkway North(Alternately, you could drive up I-87 North to exit #19 Kingston)
Exit #9W to 87 North toward Albany(NOT exit #2 to Route 9W)
Stay on I-87 North (New York State Thruway) TOLL ROAD
Take exit #19 Kingston, Woodstock
After paying toll at Kingston exit, exit right onto Route 28, Pine Hill.
After about 7 min. turn right onto route #375 toward Woodstock (there is a clear sign at the intersection)
After about 5 min. you will come to a stop sign. Turn left toward "Bearsville.". You are now on Route 212.
You will drive through the town of Woodstock. Stay on the same road, Route 212. You will come to "Bearsville" (look for small 212 roadside sign on right or Bear Cafe on left)
Just after the Bear Cafe, turn right, following the signs for Route 212.
In about 5 min. you will reach 3651 Route 212. Driveway is on the left.
Details:
When the road gets curvy, you will see a road called Church Road (on the right). Just past Church Road is one more "S" curve. You will see a red barn on the right, near the road, with a red mailbox that has a carved wooden cat on top. The driveway to the Sanctuary is directly opposite the barn and mailbox. YOU WILL SEE "LIFE/GANNON" NEXT TO DRIVEWAY, AS WELL AS A SIGN THAT SAYS "YOGA." pull into the driveway and find a parking spot in the wooded parking area marked with the sign: "yoga parking"

The 2015 Wild Woodstcok Chant Weekend

The Wild Woodstock Forest Sanctuary by BUS:

2 hours 20 minutes from Port Authority, NYC.

Pine Hill /Adirondack Trailways
www.trailwaysny.com (tickets can be pre-purchased online)
1-800-858-8555
Call or check online for fares and schedule. Check the schedule before traveling, as there may be seasonal and holiday changes!

Woodstock Taxi phone# 845-679-7766
The bus from NYC can take you to Woodstock (10 minutes from the Sanctuary) or to Kingston (20 minutes from the Sanctuary). Then you would have to take a taxi to the Wild Woodstock Forest Sanctuary (3651 route 212, Shady, NY) or to the location you will be staying at.

Some buses from NYC go all the way to Shady, which is where the Wild WDST Forest Sanctuary is, but you have to purchase your ticket in NYC to Shady, then you have to let the bus driver know where to let you off when you ask him or her to stop. Tell the driver, "in Shady, just past Church Road, near an old red barn."

The old red barn will be on the right side of the road just after the first curve of an "S" curve past Church Road. There will be a red mailbox with the numbers 3651 and a black & white painted wooden cat on top of the mailbox, the cat is pointing across the road to our driveway. Next to our driveway at the entrance to the sanctuary will be a tall pole with a winged Siamese cat on top and a sign that says "LIFE/GANNON." Also look for a white and black painted sign that says "YOGA" Walk all the way to the top of the driveway.

We suggest for first time visitors that you take the bus to Woodstock and call the taxi to bring you to the Sanctuary and not tell the bus driver to take you to Shady as you may get lost.

Sharon Gannon David Life Woodstock Retreat

IN-CLASS PRIVATES (ICPs) AT JIVAMUKTI YOGA BERLINICP at JYB

An In-class Private (ICP) may be the best yoga class you’ve ever taken. During your regular group class, another teacher individually assists you throughout, refining and adding depth to your practice. In the hands of a certified Jivamukti teacher, you are comfortably guided through each and every movement of the class experience. Whether you are sitting, standing or moving through vinyasa, the teacher skillfully offers hands-on assists that take the recipient deeper into their practice. It is not just the physical form that benefits, as the subtle body is also energetically moved into alignment.Often psychological blockages prevent us from experiencing the inherent bliss of yoga. Sometimes, no matter how long we practice or how hard we try, we are unable to reach the next level. Through the guidance and trust created during an ICP, anxiety and fear diminish and self-confidence grows, allowing for major breakthroughs to occur. The ICP experience is unique to the Jivamukti Method and as therapeutic as a full body massage.

▲▼ PRICES, REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT

PRICING:

ICP Special Offer (JYP choses the teacher): 36 EUR

300 Hours Certified Jivamukti Teacher: 63 EUR

800 Hours/Long Time Certified Jivamukti Teacher: 72 EUR

Advanced Certified Jivamukti Teacher: 81 EUR

The ICP-price is in addition to the tuition fee for the class. 9% discount on ICPs with JYB-Unlimited Contract (except for special offer ICPs). 18% additional for ICPs in XL classes. By email appointment only, please write to info@jivamuktiberlin.de.

GUITAR LESSON AT JYB WITH BEN BEIRSBen Beirs Guitarrenunterricht

Jivamukti Yoga Berlin is happy to offer a rare chance to learn the guitar and how to incorporate it into yoga / meditation or sacred chanting with one of our new teachers, Benjamin Beirs, aka the “Yogitarist”. In order to make it accessible for all, Ben is offering group lessons with options for 2, 3, or 4 person classes.

Students in groups will start with one trial lesson, and if they would like to continue, will commit to a 4-week curriculum that is optionally renewable. Ben has been teaching the guitar for 15 years and earned a master’s degree in guitar performance/pedagogy at Peabody Conservatory in the USA. He has also studied in Paris, France and regularly performs internationally. Since meeting his teacher, Lama Surya Das, at Omega in 2005, he also plays music at yoga and meditation retreats and enjoys contributing music to Kirtan (sacred chanting) as well.

Private classes are offered in English or French and can be held either in the yoga studio or possibly elsewhere – bring your own guitar. Students can learn how to accompany themselves while chanting, accompany others, or delve into more advanced finger style and / or classical guitar technique.

PRICING: Groups of two: 36EUR per person; Groups of three: 27EUR per person; Groups of four: 18EUR per person;

CONTACT: privates@jivamuktiberlin.de

 

 

 

 

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