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KIRTAN RETREATS

Our Winter Kirtan Retreats will guide guests into the rich culture, profound philosophy, and devotional music theory of Kirtan. Participants will receive a deep understanding of the “why” of Kirtan, insight into how Kirtan is performed, what makes it unique in devotional music, and an introduction to the unique instruments traditionally used. 

In addition to this deep dive into Kirtan culture, there is daily yoga, delicious vegetarian meals, free time for hiking, meditation, and time for rest and rejuvenation. You will also receive special VIP tours of the Palace and the Temple through the lens of Kirtan.

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DATES

Jan

Jan 5-8

Jan 19-22

February

Feb 9-12
Feb 23-26

March

March 9-12
 

 

RATES 

include vegetarian meals, lodging, and sessions

$750

for a Double Occupancy Room (Limit 2 people per room, $375 per person) This shared bedroom includes an attached bathroom, single beds, This package incudes 3 nights (Thursday to Sunday),all meals/snacks, and retreat sessions (bodywork appointments are not included).

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$485

for a Private Room with attached bathroom, queen bed and outdoor entrance. This package incudes 3 nights (Thursday to Sunday),all meals/snacks, and retreat sessions (bodywork appointments are not included).

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About New Vrindaban

New Vrindaban is set in 2,200 acres of the majestic, peaceful Appalachian Mountains in rural West Virginia. This Bhakti community has been a place of pilgrimage for many thousands of visitors each year. Founded by students of Srila Prabhupada in 1968, this sacred village is world renowned for cow protection, simple living, holy pilgrimage, spiritual education, and above all, loving Krishna.

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OFFERINGS

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FOOD

Three complete plant-based Ayurvedic meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner). Including fresh daily juices (from fruits and vegetables), herbal teas, fruit, salads, and light snacks available throughout the day in our gathering space. 

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NATURE WALKS

Lose yourself in the vast and picturesque Appalachian landscapes and find yourself in contemplation and reflection.

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COW THERAPY

The practice of cow therapy is centered on the inherent healing propensities of the cow—considered to be one of the seven mothers in the ancient Vedas. The cow’s warmer body temperature, slower heartbeat and mammoth size can make associating with them an incredibly soothing experience, and giving the animal a brushing or even getting licked is all part of the therapeutic encounter. Protecting cows is one of the most important activities of the New Vrindaban community. 

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THE BHAKTI PATH

Meet the residents of New Vrindaban and learn about their lifestyle and commitment to service. Discover new ways to see and celebrate the Divine and to honor all life.

 
 

ABOUT OUR LEAD TEACHER

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Ananta Guaranga das

music

Born in the Bronx, NY to a Black/Hispanic family steeped in the music and art cultural watershed of the early 90s; Ananta’s artistic journey started early. His grandfather- an avid dancer- peppering the weekends with salsa parties. His uncle roamed the streets of NY tagging subway cars and making t-shirts- blurring the lines between fashion, graffiti and even hip hop. At age 9 his mother, a single mother of 5 and spiritual seeker, moved her family to Florida for a safer upbringing. 

Moving to the Hare Krsna community in Central Florida dialed up the music.  It took away the distractions of the city and replaced it with the deep, rich culture of Bhakti. The result? A lifelong dedication to a colorful blend of yoga practice, meditation and divine song.

 

Ananta is now a world traveled percussionist, singer and devotee specializing in Bhakti chants.

 
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Retreat Schedule

Subject to Change

Thursday   

3:00-7:00pm        Check-in at Lodge
6:00pm                Light Dinner (Bhakti Lounge)
7:00pm                Opening Circle and Kirtan

Friday

6:00 am              Morning Beverages (Bhakti Lounge)

6:00 am              Bhakti Lounge opens
9:00am               Breakfast (Bhakti Lounge) 
9:45 am              Session One: Welcome, Introduction to the Retreat
10:45                  Break
11:15am             Session Two
12:30 pm            Lunch (Govinda’s Express) 
1:30pm               Individual Time (Practice session, Bodywork by appt 1:30-4 pm, hike, rest, peacock walk,                                snacks, etc.)
4:30 pm              Session Three: Kirtan Instrumentation
5:30 pm              Kirtan 
6:30 pm              Dinner 

Saturday

6:00 am              Bhakti Lounge opens
9:00am              Breakfast (Bhakti Lounge) 
9:45 am              Session Four: VIP Palace Tour through Lense of Kirtan
10:45                  Break
11:15am             Session Five 
12:30 pm            Lunch (Govinda’s Express) 
1:30pm               Individual Time (Practice session, Body work by appt 1:30- 4pm,
                           hike, rest, peacock walk, snacks, etc.)
4:30 pm              Session Six
5:30 pm              Kirtan 
6:30 pm              Dinner 

Sunday

7:30-9am            Taking it Home (Yoga Shala) 
9:30am               Breakfast (Govinda's Express)
11am                  Check-out from Lodge

 

CHOOSE YOUR DATES

  • Winter Retreat
    Thu 05 Jan
    Jan 05, 2023, 3:00 PM EST – Jan 08, 2023, 11:00 AM EST
    New Vrindaban, New Vrindaban, WV, USA