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Heart Songs in the Himalayas is a retreat held in the incredible and sacred Himalayas of Ladakh, in northern India. This retreat will be the fourth time that Yak Trak, as an intentional group supported in Heartsong by Kevin James Carroll, will share their time with each other connecting through music, chant and heart-centred practices in the Himalayas. Building on the amazing experiences they have had with the previous retreats, they have refined yet again the formula to create an incredible and potent life energizing retreat drawing on the power of voice, mantra, vibration, heartsong, dance, yoga, meditation and nature.
You will be accommodated in shared twin or private rooms at No Mind Retreat Space.
With 14 rooms directly facing the incredible views of the Himalayan ranges and another six rooms with side views of mountains, there is enough space to accommodate up to 40 in twin share rooms. The beds can be arranged together as doubles or separate as twin singles according to requirements. Artistic features highlight each room and furniture.
There are three main dining situations: the indoor hall with traditional style Ladakhi low to the ground carpeted seated around the walls, the outdoor patio space with tables and chairs and plenty of space to spread out, and the garden setting under the walnut tree next to the wood fired pizza oven. You can choose where to sit for each meal!
There is spacious meditation hall large enough for yoga classes, chant circles, and dance events and other various outdoor and semi-outdoor locations you can also utilize for your activities. Depending on the weather, temperature, time of day, and degree of privacy required, you will be able to find a space suitable for you.
This is a journey both inwards and outwards. There will be time and space for inward inquiry with daily practices of yoga, meditation, music, and dance, as well as your regular practice of deepening into the heart space with chanting, toning, and voice led skilfully by Kevin James.
Outwardly, you will explore some of the special locations right on your doorstep, including the local stream with a secret picnic spot, walks though the old village, silent meditative walks to the old monastery on the hilltop nearby, where you can also chant in the ancient Tantric temple. You will enjoy a day trip to a nearby village with sacred caves, lush gardens with flowing streams, abundant apricot trees and nurturing nature to relax in.
As a retreat based journey, you have the opportunity to enjoy yoga, meditation, dance, nature walks, daily heart-song, voice training and chanting practice. Group activities will be facilitated to assist the process of connecting and merging as a group, so that the time spent together is light-hearted, fun and joyful, as well as deep and meaningful.
Kevin will share his gift of music and voice, guiding you through chanting each day into ever deepen heart space. This both enhances your connection as a group, and also your connection to the incredible environment through which you will be travelling.
You will begin your day with Kevin sharing what he simply calls his “morning practice” which involves a deep journey into the Aum and toning sacred sounds as he shares his profound insight into the nature of sound and the connections it has to every part of your lives.
You will be supported to open up to an effortless way of singing in your natural voice with emotion and feeling (the essence of Bhakti) and Kevin will explain how this has a direct connection to your true authentic self.
In the daily chanting sessions, you will explore some of the blissful trance states that come from certain mantras with the possibility to learn some of the more difficult mantras he doesn’t normally share in the circles. Also there will be the element of co-creation where Kevin will do his best to accommodate the desires of the group including some ‘one on one’ help if needed.
Kevin James Carroll
Weaving ancient mantra’s with his own prayers and hearts song, Kevin draws upon influences from traditional Indian Kirtan, Bhajans, Celtic and Sufi chants mixed with western folk sounds and world instruments. Since 2003, he has been leading chanting circles in and around Byron Bay, Australia as well as many other parts of the world as he travels the globe sharing his vision of heart centered connection and oneness.
Yak Trak are very happy to be returning to the No Mind Retreat Space in Likir village, just one hour west of Leh in the Indus River valley of Ladakh. It’s a very special place and yak Trak are now proud to be working with the new management to create a purpose built retreat space environment that is totally conducive to their kind of travel experience.
You have included in the price most meals, but there will be occasions where you get to go and explore on your own.
Please book flights to Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in Delhi. From there you will need to arrange your flights up to Leh, Ladakh where Yak Trak will meet you to transfer directly from the airport to your guesthouse.