EVENTS – WILTSHIRE | Living Love: Bhakti Yoga Retreat
A Kirtan–Bhakti Yoga Retreat
with Sivani Mata
Thursday 1st November (5pm) –
Sunday 4th November (3pm) 2018
at Cleeve House, Seend,
Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 6PG
❤︎ DIVE DEEP INTO THE HEART WITH KIRTAN ❤︎
This retreat is an opportunity to dive deep with the practice of KIRTAN in the beautiful English countryside. KIRTAN is a practice of BHAKTI YOGA (pure love and compassion) in which the power of song is used as the key to unlock the door of the heart and come home.
This weekend is a celebration of the love that lives in each and every one of us, manifesting in unique and individual ways. With BHAKTI YOGA there is the invitation to embrace all that we are, particularly those parts that are not so easy to accept. To welcome and celebrate every face that manifests within us and within nature, is to truly be LIVING LOVE.
During the retreat we will experience:
❤︎ KIRTAN – singing the healing sounds of sanskrit accompanied by live music. The Saturday night Kirtan will include some extra musical offerings from our Shakti Soul Family TBA
❤︎ PUJA and ARATI – sacred ceremony using the elements of creation offered to our alter, the mirror of our own hearts
❤︎ YOGASANA – nourishing asana (movement/shapes) from the tradition of yoga including practice in nature (weather permitting) and restorative yoga offerings
❤︎ TOTAL YOGA NIDRA – deep relaxation through guided meditation
❤︎ RHYTHMS OF LIFE – exploration of our inner rhythms and cycles through a yoga and dance medicine journey
❤︎ SACRED CACAO CEREMONY – a journey into the truth of the heart using the ancient plant medicine Cacao
❤︎ SANSKRIT SOUNDING – basic introduction to the sounds of sanskrit, the language of Kirtan
The invitation with all these practices is to delve deep into the deep hearts core, and to allow the love in your heart to shine through your expression. All are welcome.
“Don't forget love; it will bring all the madness you need
to unfurl yourself across the universe.” – Mirabai
Testimonials from our last Living Love Retreats:
“The Living Love Bhakti Yoga Retreat was utterly delicious on every level!
Sivani Mata holds such a beautiful nurturing space allowing you be nourished by the wonderful practices she teaches. The weekend was the best gift I could have given myself.” – Surya Sue
"Sivani's Living Love retreat was a beautiful experience. Sivani is highly skilled at holding space and creating an environment where everyone feels safe to let go and express themselves freely, whether it is singing kirtan, practising self-honouring rituals, sharing feelings and reflections in a group or learning new practices. Her singing voice is divine, and the truth and sincerity of her commitment to the path of universal love is palpable. On a practical level, she is grounded, well-organised, professional and reliable. And she is so much fun to be with! It was both inspiring and humbling. Sivani has something really special, and her willingness to share and include others on her path of self-realisation is a thing of beauty." – Lesley
“The retreat with Sivani Mata felt like homecoming, coming back to a space of pure, unconditional and inclusive being where love is given and does not have to be deserved. Her chanting invites into surrendering and the beautiful flow of the yoga practices allows for rest, nourishment and spontaneous expression connected to all that is. It is such a gentle but determined welcoming back of deep feminine power.” – Carine
“Thank you so much Sivani Mata, the weekend was blissful and I came home recharged” – Jo
Photo Credits: Main image above from postcard from my Mother's fridge (unknown source). Below three photos, 1. Sivani Mata playing harmonium – Yoga and Photo by Cecille, 2. Living Love altar – Sivani Mata, 3. Yoga Nidra – Murray Ballard.
Sivani Mata is a student of Bhakti Yoga (the yoga of love and devotion) and began her journey with this practice through attending various Kirtan (yogic singing) evenings in London and on her travels. Particularly with family band GOMA, who inspired her to live in trust and bhakti spirit in all aspects of life. She began to lead Kirtan after spending New Year 2009 with Jai Uttal on his Kirtan camp, followed by a Yoga Teacher Training in Mexico at the Yandara Yoga Institute, where an incredible resident kirtan band, Jaya made chanting a key element.
Since then Sivani has been running Kirtan circles and gatherings in the UK, and has released three kirtan albums produced by bhakti musical magician Tabla Tom: I AM (2012), Shakti Live (2015) and Surrender (2016). As well as her most recent release Jasmine Garden (2017) which blends Kirtan with mystic poetry.
Having fallen in love with the path of Bhakti Yoga, Sivani organised the UK’s first ever Bhakti Music Festival (in August 2011), which brought devotional musical practices from various traditions together as one, in the spirit of universal love and devotion. Following on from this she now organises BE LOVE ~ 11hour Bhakti Immersions in London. Inspired by her Bhakti Practice, Sivani also shares Yoga Nidra, Women's Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Shakti Dance with bhakti spirit, centring these practices in the heart to unveil ones true nature.
Sivani Mata feels incredibly blessed to have found this divine practice and be able to share it with others.
Photo of Sivani Mata thanks to Murray Ballard
Accommodation on the retreat is at the retreat venue, Cleeve House. All the rooms have fantastic views, high ceilings and pine wood floors. Most rooms will be shared.
The lovely Gabriella (Planted) will be cooking our delicious vegan food for the retreat. There will be 2 main meals a day, a nourishing brunch and wholesome early dinner, and there will be fruit/snacks available for breakfast for those who need to eat before brunch.
£350 earlybird by 7th September, £380 full price (includes the full programme of offerings, all meals, and three nights shared accommodation)
For booking please contact Sivani using the contact form or call 07734 593 284
Photo Credits: Below two photos: 1. Living Love Bhakti Retreat in Glastonbury 2017 – Ianthe Alexander, 2. Sivani Mata offering the Arati lamp – Phil Wildcroft