Hanuman's Heart: The Essence of Bhakti and Service
Hanuman’s Heart: The Essence of Bhakti and Service
Retreat June 7 – 9, 2024
The Neem Karoli Baba Ashram is hosting a retreat at the ashram in collaboration with the Ram Dass Love Serve Remember Foundation. This will be a three-day retreat featuring the notable bhakta and kirtan singer Jai Uttal; RamDev Borglum, the founder and director of The Living/Dying Project, author, teacher, lecturer, and meditation guide; and Nubia Teixeira, yogini, teacher trainer, Odissi dancer, and founder of Bhakti Nova School of Yoga.
The focus of the retreat will be on service and devotion and their interconnectedness. Neem Karoli Baba said “Love everyone, serve everyone and remember God”. The teachers will talk about and explore ways in which selfless service is devotion in action and how serving others deepens our love for God and one another. There will be opportunities during the retreat to do seva (service) at the ashram. One of the main focuses of the ashram is to feed people and the seva will revolve around serving in the kitchen and garden, where the ashram grows the vegetables for the prasad (blessed food) it serves to all who come.
The retreat will begin on Friday afternoon June 7, at 2 p.m. with registration and culminate on Sunday night June 9, at 9 p.m. with Kirtan by Jai Uttal.
The retreat will be on the ashram grounds and will be limited to 100 participants. All retreat activities will take place at the ashram. Vegetarian (Satvic, no eggs, onions or garlic) breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided. There will be up to 40 campsites available for those who would like to spend the whole time at the ashram. Campers must provide their own camping gear (i.e., tent, towel and bedding etc.). Campsites will be assigned at registration on Friday, June 7. Showers and bathroom facilities are provided. Those who do not camp at the ashram will have to provide their own off-site housing. A list of recommended hotels and B&Bs will be provided upon request. Offsite participants will have to provide their own transportation to and from the ashram. Parking will be provided for retreant vehicles.
Ashram website link for more information about the retreat and to see the schedule.
Jai Uttal is a Grammy nominee, kirtan artist, multi-instrumentalist, and ecstatic vocalist. He is considered a pioneer in World Music and Bhakti communities and has been leading, teaching, and performing around the world for 50 years.
Jai has been a leading influence in the Bhakti tradition for the past 50 years. Jai considers devotion to be the core of his musical and spiritual life, and he whole-heartedly shares his passionate heart through his voice and songs.
Jai creates a safe environment for people to open their hearts and voices.
No previous experience is needed. This is an exploration and expression of the heart and the spirit.
RamDev Dale Borglum
After returning from India with Maharaj-ji, RamDev Dale Borglum helped found the conscious dying movement in the West while working with Ram Dass and Stephen Levine. He has been the Executive Director of the Living/Dying Project in Santa Fe and since 1986 in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the co-author with Ram Dass, Daniel Goleman, and Dwarka Bonner of Journey of Awakening: A Meditator’s Guidebook, Bantam Books, and has taught meditation since 1974. RamDev lectures and gives workshops on the topics of meditation, healing, spiritual support for those with life-threatening illnesses, and caregiving as a spiritual practice. He has taught with Ram Dass, Stephen Levine, Joan Halifax, Robert Thurman, Joanna Macy, Jack Kornfield, Annie Lamott, Jai Uttal, Nikki Walton, Duncan Trussell and many others. He has a doctorate degree from Stanford University.
Author, yogini, teacher trainer, Odissi dancer, and founder of Bhakti Nova School of Yoga, Nubia Teixeira has devoted herself to teaching different aspects of yoga for the past 33 years. Perceiving yoga as a healing art, Nubia’s refinement and unique style overflows with sacred meaning and heartfelt inspiration. Nubia leads workshops, teacher training, and retreats locally and around the world.
Nubia, a Brazilian-born yogini, has devoted herself to teaching many different aspects of yoga and dance for the past 33 years. Her refinement and devotion to this ancient practice are reflected in her unique teaching, centered around heartfelt compassion and inspiration. Drawing from the universe of symbols, myths, deities, mudras, and sacred geometry she teaches embodied Bhakti (devotional yoga).
Known for her fierce heart, uplifting humor, and keen intuition, her classes are rooted in her extensive knowledge, gained from years of devotional study and practice in yoga and dance. She helps students connect with their deeper selves, fully inhabit their bodies, and live with deep awareness.
Nubia is also a Reiki instructor and practitioner.
Thursday, February 1, 2024 – Saturday, April 7, 2024 – Full Refund by Method of Payment
Friday, April 6 – Tuesday, May 7, 2024 – Partial Payment Refund – Less $200, Cancellation Donation to Neem Karoli Baba Ashram. A donation Acknowledgement Letter will be provided for tax purposes.
Wednesday, May 8 – Sunday, June 9, 2024, No Refund of Retreat Registration or Deposits will be made. Donation acknowledgment of the full amount paid will be provided for tax purposes.