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14 Days Inspirational Bhakti Yoga Retreat in Ecuador

  • Canción del Corazón Wholistic Lifepath Center, Vilcabamba, Ecuador

Overview

Bhakti Yoga Soul Adventure Ecuador

Come and get deeply nourished and inspired with two weeks of soul communion, loving kindness, and natural beauty. Finding heights of joy within depth of purpose, holistic wellness, and co-evolution of self, humanity, biosphere, and cosmos.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Unity dance pilgrimages into sacred natural places
  • Full moon drumming, native flute, and didgeridoo gathering
  • Excursion to Vilcabamba's organic and artisan markets
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • Airport transfers
  • 12 days with instruction
  • English
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Accommodations at Canción del Corazón Wholistic Lifepath Center are comfortable and connected to the permaculture landscape with intelligent, healthy design, and breathtaking vistas. It offers private rooms, shared rooms, and tenting options.

Bhakti Yoga Flow

Daily contemplative yoga class accompanied by mantra, moving through asana as an experience of mantra in the body. Experiencing vibrational energy, as it moves through the chakras and kindles the soul. Thus they offer their yoga practice as a prayer of embodiment, as an invocation to creation for the greater good of all.

Each mantra generates an intention and a sound field that connects you through the heart to a guided asana sequence, engaging the body, breath, and awareness, in a unified dance of synchronicity and sanctity, within the vibration of the mantra. While engendering all the beneficial qualities of Hatha yoga, Bhakti yoga flow also invokes a transcendence of physicality and personality, taking the practice into the refined energetics of soul devotion.

Kirtan, mantra, and sound meditation soul journeys

The mysteries of creation and the mysteries of sound are one, both are vast realms of vibrational frequency, both have limitless expression, both arise from a profound intelligence beyond rational knowing.

The power of sacred music to move the soul, open the heart, and alter consciousness is an ancient Vedic science, nada yoga.

The essence of Om, the primal vibration, gives rise to all phenomena, and all states of consciousness.

Chanting mantras and singing kirtan create sacred space and devotional consciousness through contemplative group coherence. Fields of sound that are rich in harmonics and primal in nature can induce deep meditation, healing experiences, and profound visionary journeys in expanded consciousness.

Mantra, kirtan, and sound meditation will play a central role in the Bhakti Yoga Soul Adventure. Participants will gain a large repertoire of mantras and bhajans, will receive a comprehensive songbook and recording for future reference, and will have opportunity to experience and learn drumming, native flute, and didgeridoo.

Contemplative movement and unity dance pilgrimage

Conscious movement grounds the awareness into the present moment, freeing the mind to rest, and allowing the authentic self to lovingly express in reverent heart, centered gestures of devotion.

The program will include daily practice of an awareness through movement sequence called infinity wave re-patterning, and the profoundly beautiful unity dance, which you will take on pilgrimage to sacred places in nature as a ceremony of reverence and communion with pacha mama and her biospheric web of life.

The unity dance is a gentle integrated practice for sustaining your physical and energetic centering, and for opening your awareness to experience, your unity with the greater whole. It serves to weave your awareness into the fabric of creation and to enter into a state of holistic coherence.

The unity dance also gently stretches muscles, circulates lymph fluids, and invigorates the nervous system with flowing movements, it oxygenates and enlivens the tissues with pranic breathing, and brings the mind into focused presence with the heart, body, and soul intention.

Integral awareness

Opening awareness and refining perception to align our life-paths with greater truth and higher potential. As you progress on your journey of self-development, it’s helpful to refine your lens of self-perception and see into yourselves ever more deeply, to have fresh perspectives on how your reality and ultimate potentials are configured, and to fine-tune your way of being in the world. Integral awareness practices are a form of Jnana, a yoga of contemplation for accessing transcendental wisdom.

You re-pattern your mental framework to align with greater truth to better facilitate the authentic journey of the soul, and infuse daily life with more consciousness, intentionality and grace.

Conscious touch

Harmonizing the inward with outward, honoring the body as sacred offering and receiving touch from the heart of being. Experiencing the power of touch to center awareness and engage the healing processes of the body, feeling into the sanctity of each shared moment, and the eternal kindness of soul communion. Conscious touch is a deeply meditative and intuitive approach to bodywork that doesn't require much knowledge of anatomy.

When you are loving and spacious within, and fully conscious in the present moment, your hands are guided from the soul level and your touch is graced by its depth of caring.

Holistic permaculture

The act of feeding yourselves is the act of creating your bodies, and by being self-responsible for the entire process, in caring for the soil, planting, and tending your gardens, preparing your meals, and eating highly nutritious and vital foods, you create yourselves in a deliberately wholesome and reverent way.

Holistic permaculture is the Bhakti way to steward the earth and commune with your habitat, the ecosystems that so graciously sustain us. Intelligent design of infrastructure, a thriving bio-diverse landscape, conscious, and sustainable ways of living, that arise from your devotion to the well-being of the whole. Your growing awareness of the subtle aspects of nature’s design, such as the cycling of life energies, and the consciousness of plants, enables you to honor these aspects of the process as well, increasing the depth and richness of your relationship with the natural world and your ability to live in harmony and sustain its wellness.

The price includes four excursions into sacred natural places, and two trips to Vilcabamba's organic and artisan markets.

  • Philip Larstone

    Phil's personal quest for realization has included life-long investigations into fields of self-development, human consciousness, and wisdom traditions. His capacity to synthesize information and "connect the dots" to further his own understandings of the human condition, and the nature of creation has given rise to personal revelations and unique ways of communicating concepts that can distill what can seem like a complex configuration of disparate elements into a succinct unifying essence. Phil received his yoga teacher training from the Sat Yam School of Yoga Studies in 2014.

  • Suzannah Ohlune

    Her love of life combines with keen insight and deep caring to offer a spacious, nurturing, and supported experience as participants move through their personal process and open to transformation. Suzannah received her yoga teacher training certification from the Sat Yam School of Yoga Studies in 2014.

Canción del Corazón Wholistic Lifepath Center is located at Vilcabamba, Ecuador, and has comfortable accommodations within a thriving permaculture landscape. It boasts gorgeous Andean mountain vistas, solar electricity, wastewater bioremediation, and abundant organic gardens and orchards supplying garden to table cuisine.

Vilcabamba rests at 5000 feet elevation in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador, about five degrees south of the equator.

The climate is as good as it gets and is commonly referred to as eternal spring. It is known as the Valley of Longevity and the playground of the Incas, where Incan royalty would go for rejuvenating retreats. This theme carries forward to present times, it is a healthy environment that energetically supports self-development, spiritual awakening, and earth stewardship values.

Activities
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Hot spring nearby
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking / trekking nearby
General
  • Balcony
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga deck
Services
  • Local market
  • Tour assistance

Gourmet, vegetarian garden to table, loving meals are included in the price. Vegan, raw and gluten free options are available upon request.

  • Artisan market
  • Contact improvisation dance
  • Cultural heritage tour of Cuenca (five hour travel time; before or after retreat program)
  • Dining at Vilcabamba's diversity of fine eating restaurants
  • Drumming, didjeridu, or native flute lessons
  • Ecstatic dance
  • Exploring Ecuador's amazing South Andean region
  • Hike to Andean waterfall
  • Hiking and birding in Zamora (two hour travel time; before or after retreat program)
  • Hiking in Podocarpus National Park
  • Horse trail riding
  • Organic food market
  • Papallacta hot springs (before or after retreat program)
  • Tropical fruit and vegetable market

Optional treatments

  • Acupuncture treatment
  • Arun conscious touch
  • Biomat sound journey sessions
  • Chi Nei Tsang Chinese organ massage
  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Essential oil raindrop therapy
  • Plant medicine ceremony
  • Rolfing
  • Shiatsu massage
  • Spirit medicine treatment
  • Swedish massage
  • Thai yoga massage
  • Transformational breath work
  • Wholistic life-path coaching

These optional treatments are available in Vilcabamba at an additional cost.

  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Excursion to Vilcabamba's organic and artisan markets
  • Full moon drumming, native flute, and didgeridoo gathering
  • Transfer from and to the Ciudad de Catamayo Airport (LOH)
  • Unity dance pilgrimages into sacred natural places

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) or Aeropuerto Jose Joaquin De Olmedo (GYE), then a regional flight to Ciudad de Catamayo Airport (LOH). Transfer from and to the Ciudad de Catamayo Airport (LOH) is included. The Canción del Corazón Wholistic Lifepath Center will pick you up from the airport.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Canción del Corazón Wholistic Lifepath Center an inquiry.
  • Review by Shannon Baksh
    10 out of 10

    "Cancin del Corazn and Suzannah and Phil were absolutely incredible. I could not have asked for a more enjoyable and welcoming experience. Having had a rather unique circumstance my trip could have very easily turned out to be a disaster, but it was quite the opposite. They went above and beyond to show me what Vilcabamba, Ecuador had to offer, and they made my trip a memorable and positive experience. The connections, experiences, and knowledge I gained during those two weeks will be ones that I hold in my heart for a lifetime."

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  • Review by Kayla from Canada
    10 out of 10

    " Cancin del Corazn Wholistic Lifepath Center is a very special place. The hosts are grounded, attentive, and wise, and create an intentional, and light space for yoga retreats, personal retreats, and permaculture courses. Their land is stunning, they've created a permaculture haven, with food gardens and forests everywhere, and where their land stewardship is infused in their everyday life practices. Their knowledge about physical wellbeing and holistic health (i.e. whole and raw foods, fermented foods, natural remedies etc.) is wealthy. Set in a beautiful mountain setting with ideal weather, Cancin del Corazn is well worth a day, week or month. Your body, mind and spirit will be grateful."

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  • Review by Shannon Baksh
    10 out of 10

    "I will hold in my heart for a lifetime all the connections, experiences, and knowledge I gained during those two weeks."

    Cancin del Corazn Wholistic Lifepath Center website, edited

  • Review by Duncan Autrey
    10 out of 10

    "Between the gracious hosts, the extensive permaculture land, and the beautiful spaces, the center offers all that you might need for reflection and development of mind, body, and spirit."

    Cancin del Corazn Wholistic Lifepath Center website, edited

Vilcabamba, Ecuador

Canción del Corazón Wholistic Lifepath Center is a center for self-development and evolution of consciousness through integrated life practices, wholistic wellness, permaculture, and integral awareness.

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14 days / 13 nights

Availability

Arrival: Wednesday January 11, 2017
Departure: Tuesday January 24, 2017

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