EVENTS – WILTSHIRE | Living Love: Bhakti Yoga Retreat
A Kirtan–Bhakti Yoga Retreat
with Sivani Mata
Thursday 17 October (17:00) –
Sunday 20 October (15:00) 2019
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 an artist who is blessed to be a student of Bhakti (the yoga of love and devotion) and began her journey with this practice through attending various Kirtan evenings in London and on her travels. She is grateful for the many teachers and traditions that have influenced her journey, and is particularly inspired by the teachings of Babaji: to live in Truth, Simplicity and Love. She began to share Kirtan in her local London community in 2009 and has continued regularly ever since, there and around the UK and Europe. During this time Sivani Mata has released four Kirtan albums, the most recent titled Jasmine Garden which blends Kirtan with her passion for mystic poetry.
Sivani Mata organised the UK’s first ever Bhakti Music Festival (in August 2011), and subsequent BE LOVE Bhakti Immersion days in London, which have brought devotional musical practices from various traditions together as one, in the spirit of universal love and devotion. Inspired by her Bhakti practice, Sivani Mata also shares responsive yoga practice honouring naturally arising internal rhythms, including yoga nidra, nourishing asana and dance predominantly for woman, and co-teaches on Uma Dinsmore-Tuli’s “Well Woman Yoga Therapy Teacher Training”.
Sivani Mata is also currently working on an exploration for ancient Goddess traditions from around the world through drawing, and is writing a book on this theme called “Faces of the Feminine”.
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 2nd 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