During the winter season, feel the warmth in your heart by cultivating a deep love for the Divine and for all creation. Join this three-night Winter retreat, Thursday through Sunday, which includes time in nature, prayer, mantra meditation, philosophy, vegetarian Ayurvedic meals, observing the milking of sacred cows and serving them, and lots of yoga. Enjoy the winter in the quiet snowy hills of New Vrindaban, West Virginia, a Bhakti Yoga community with beautiful cows and hundreds of acres of natural beauty.
Imagine learning new practices that will empower you to make the changes you want and need in your life. At New Vrindaban’s winter retreats, we will teach you that you are a beautiful, powerful person in charge of your own well-being.
In addition to our retreat components and delicious meals, there will be free time to book a massage (at an additional cost), rest, hike, meditate, or get to know other retreatants in a dedicated gathering space.
include vegetarian meals, lodging, and sessions
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
Learn recipes for delicious clean vegetarian meals that you can easily prepare at home. You will also learn how to pray over your food and see cooking as a meditation of gratitude and a sacred offering.
Yoga classes are designed for all levels, incorporating breathing, stretching, and fluid movements. The postures and techniques help to stabilize and calm the nervous system, strengthen muscles, and tone the organs, bringing more ease and circulation throughout the body. Explore Nidra-yoga, a practice of conscious relaxation where you will feel more rejuvenated, aware, and stronger.
Lose yourself in the vast and picturesque Appalachian landscapes and find yourself in contemplation and reflection.
A Sweat Lodge (Inipi) is a spiritual, therapeutic, and transformative practice rooted in the native cultures of our area. It is a place to connect with the yourself, nature and the Divine. You will be guided through this OPTIONAL wonderful experience by one of our teachers Vrindavan Priya. This activity will be weather permitting.
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.
We begin our mornings cleansing our consciousness by chanting the great mantra, which include the names of God: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. When we repeat this mantra, we experience transcendental vibrations and connect with Spirit, praying to serve with devotion.
ABOUT OUR TEAM
Born in Kentucky and transplanted to south Florida, Sarah grew up exploring the Smokey Mountains and the warm Atlantic ocean. She was a quiet, contemplative middle child often appreciated for her insightful introspection. This led her to explore eastern religions and commit to a plant-based life early in life. Although she started out as a chemistry major, on track to be an environmental engineer, her variegated interests in philosophy, sociology, sports and nutrition led her to question her career choices and she ended up graduating in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences, hoping to contribute in some small way in improving the world. She is an avid cyclist having competed in regional and state biking competitions—and is also certified as a bike mechanic which came in handy as the co-owner of a high-end biking shop in Delray Beach, FL. Her interest and exploration of healthy nutrition and exercise was a natural by-product of her pursuance of a plant-based lifestyle, Brazilian martial arts, yoga and competitive exploits. Sarah graduated with her 200-hour teacher training in the spring of 2021 and currently lives with her charismatic labradoodle Shanti in New Vrindaban, WV where she manages the Palace Lodge, makes garlands for the daily worship, helps take care of Tulasidevi, and assists the priests in their sacred services.
Anuradha Imseng was born to an Indian family in an African hospital in the midlands of Natal, South Africa, where she grew up climbing trees, hiding newborn kittens in her room, and driving tires with sticks. She loves reading—and listening to audio books, teaching cooking classes, cooking brunches, and organizing meaningful events. She loves to cook for friends and family, regarding sharing sacred food as a means to healing the heart. She is able to quickly transform various recipes into delicious healthy plant-based dishes. She studied yoga under Lex Gillan in Houston in 2005 and most recently received her teaching certification with Gopi Manjari Kinnicutt, owner of Bhakti Yoga DC. She entered into the Bhakti tradition in 1990 where she embraced the practices of meditation. She has lived and served in India and Europe and is now based in New Vrindaban, West Virginia, where she is married to Jaya Krsna Imseng who manages the Krishna temple in which they live. She is the Communications Director, organizes festivals, worships the Deities, and helps wherever needed.
Nikunja Vilasini Kislitsina
Originally from Moscow, Russia, Nikunja Vilasini is a dedicated yoga practitioner and graphic designer. She traveled all over the world from Hong Kong to Cuba before moving to New York City in 2014. Her yoga journey started in the Himalayan mountains in Rishikesh, India in 2016 and since then continued her traveling to embark on a deeper spiritual journey through bhakti and landed in America where she continues to practice traditional hatha yoga and vinyasa flow practices. Inspired by the inner dimension of yoga and the change that this ancient practice creates in the body and heart, Nikunja was eager to share her knowledge and practices with others so she joined the Bhakti Yoga DC training academy in 2019 where she completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training course with Gopi Manjari. She continued and deepened her studies taking 500-hour yoga teacher training, Yoga Nidra teacher training and Prana Vidya training with Yogi Charu, the director of the yoga studio at the Bhakti Center. She leads soft traditional hatha yoga classes with elements of vinyasa flow, incorporated with breath work and kriyas (energetic exercises to release blocked energy). Her classes invites one to cultivate a conscious relationship between body, mind, breath and the source of happiness within. Nikunja lives in New Vrindaban, West Virginia, where she also studies Vedic philosophy, practices mantra meditation, engages in support services to the worship activities, organizes festivals, and makes beautiful garlands for the deities.
Vrindavan Priya Popelarova
Vrindavan Priya is a multi-disciplinary artist —fluent in music and the visual arts. She is most known for her kirtan offering (an emerging genre based on ancient Indian mantras or chants). Although (or maybe because of) born in Czechoslovakia, in the heart of the communistic era, she was searching for the meaning of life since she was a teenager. She met practitioners of bhakti in 1989 when she was only 15 as the Iron Curtain was crumbling all over Eastern Europe. Captured by the mesmerizing chant she found their music unifying, soothing and transporting—a mix of participatory rhythm, song and dance. Soon she discovered that behind exotic music there was a whole spiritual culture, lifestyle and profound philosophy based on ancient scriptures like the Bhagavad-gita. She was drawn to the sound of the Indian drum (khol) and hand cymbals (karatalas) and over the years developed a deep interest in learning the tradition and science behind playing sacred music. Using eastern as well as western instruments, she performs regularly at venues like private homes, temples, yoga studios as well as at festivals and retreats. Vrindavan Priya loves bringing gatherings of people together in rhythmic singing of mantras or poetic names of God—which is an age old practice to connect with, to experience and to feel our soul and God. You can hardly find a more powerful medium which makes our hearts dance than in music. Vrindavan Priya lives in the bhakti ashram in New Vrindaban, West Virginia, where she studies Vedic philosophy, leads kirtan, trains members in the science of kirtan and how to play sacred instruments, worships the Deities, and helps in the distribution of spiritual literature.
Ananta Gauranga das
Born in the Bronx, NY to a Black/Hispanic family steeped in the music and art cultural watershed of the early 90s; Ananta Gauranga’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 Gauranga is now a world traveled percussionist, singer and devotee specializing in Bhakti chants.
Yamunacarya das lived as a monk for ten years before marrying his Peruvian wife in India, where they met. He and his wife, Radha Kishori Sundari, have two beautiful children: Dainya and Gokul Kishor.
In India, Yamunacarya studied marma therapy with a local healer and later trained in multiple massage therapies, including Shiatsu, Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, fascia massage, chiropractic adjustments, and the dorn method.
From the ancient spiritual texts, Yamunacharya learned that though we are eternal souls, we exist within a material body that is just like a machine. If the body is out of alignment, causing pain or stress, it's challenging to focus on a spiritual path. He loves to help people successfully journey toward spiritual enlightenment through massage and Ayurvedic cooking principles.
Subject to Change
3:00-7:00pm. Check-in at Lodge/schedule Body Work appointments
6:00pm. Light Dinner (Bhakti Lounge)
7:00pm Opening Circle (Yoga Shala)
6:00 am Morning Beverages (Bhakti Lounge)
7am Cow Therapy with Sarah (Goshala, dress warmly)
8:00-9:00am Yoga with Nikunja (Yoga Shala)
9:00am Breakfast (Bhakti Lounge)
10:15 am Discovery Session (Bhakti Lounge)
11:00 am Discovery Session (Bhakti Lounge)
1:30 pm Lunch (Prasadam Hall)
1:30-6:00pm Individual Time (Body work by appt 1:30-4pm, Palace Tours 1:00-4:00pm by appt. hike, rest,
peacock walk, etc)
6:00-7:00pm Dinner (Bhakti Lounge)
7:00-9:00pm Kirtan Experience (Yoga Shala)
6am Morning Beverages (Bhakti Lounge)
8:00-9:15 am Yoga with Nikunja (Yoga Shala)
9:30 am Breakfast & Sweat Lodge Q&A (Bhakti Lounge)
10:00am Discovery Session (Bhakti Lounge)
11:30am Culinary Experience and Lunch (70 Vrindaville Lane)
2:00 pm Individual Time (Body work by appt, hike, peacock walk, etc)
SWEAT LODGE (Inipi Ceremony) *weather permitting
3pm Preparing the sacred site, igniting the fire, cleansing the space
4-5pm Hydration/Light Food will be available (Bhakti Lounge)
6-8:00pm Sacred Sweat Lodge w/Vrinde
8:30pm Light dinner (Bhakti Lounge)
(*if weather conditions do not permit a sweat lodge, we will have an alternative activity and dinner will be served at 6pm in the Bhakti Lounge)
7:30-9am Yoga & Closing Circle (Yoga Shala)
9:00am Breakfast (Govinda's Express)
11am Check-out from Lodge
*later check-out when possible
CHOOSE YOUR DATES
100% refund for cancellation 3+ days before the retreat start date. (No refund after this time frame)
To cancel your retreat, email us directly at email@example.com