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ANNOUNCING: The 1st annual Wolfe Island Yoga & Bhakti Festival
May 16-19, 2014 Featuring Kirtan Artists:
David Newman
Brenda McMorrow
Lana Sugarman
John de Kadt
Adam Bauer
Lea Longo

A 4 day celebration of love and devotion
Over 17 hours of Kirtan performances & workshops
Daily yoga classes
Delicious local, organic vegetarian cuisine
Come Together & celebrate the call of the heart!

venue: Shanti Retreat, Wolfe Island, Ontario, Canada

For bookings or more information email us at or call 613-777-0247 For more information about sponsorship and advertising options, please contact us at the email or number above.

KIRTAN Artists:
David Newman
David Newman or Durga Das, as he is also known, is a Kirtan chant artist, sacred singer songwriter and a practitioner and educator of Bhakti Yoga – the Yoga of Love. David travels extensively sharing Kirtan, devotional music and the spiritual, meditative and musical aspects of Yoga. His music embodies a devotional mysticism, distinctive musicality, po- etic intimacy and a joyous, often ecstatic quality. David is a recording artist for White Swan Records, the author of Merg- ing with Grace, and the founder of The Stay Strong Project and Yoga On Main. He lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife Mira and daughter Tulsi. •

Brenda McMorrow
Warm and inviting, crystalline and pure, Brenda McMorrow’s voice expresses the soul of a lifetime seeker and musical pilgrim. Brenda has had a rich and diverse musical career, embracing styles ranging from folk to jazz to bluegrass. She brings all of that experience to her devotional music and singing, making it a heartfelt unveiling and celebration of our true beings through the power of sound. Brenda is a featured artist on the White Swan Records roster, a Colorado label well known for high-profile yoga-inspired artists like Deva Premal. A valued musical collaborator, Brenda has accompa- nied Grammy award winning cellist David Darling and esteemed kirtan musicians Jai Uttal, Shyam Das, Wah!, David Newman, Girish and Dave Stringer. She has been invited to festivals and events across the U.S., Canada, South Korea and Europe as part of her most recent tour schedule.

Adam Bauer
A longtime student of spiritual practice and musical magic, Adam Bauer is an emerging presence in the healing and de- votional music realms. His first solo record, Shyam Lila, will debut in the fall of 2013. A kirtan musician for the past twelve years, Adam played bass with Krishna Das from 2001 to 2008, and with Shyamdas from 2005 until his untimely passing in 2013. He has performed at hundreds of gatherings over the years, sharing stages with Ram Dass, Jai Uttal, Deva Pre- mal and Radhanath Swami, among many others. He has played at Bhakti Fest and at every Omega Ecstatic Chant since its inception in 2004 (except for that lost week at Burning Man in 2006), and has accompanied esteemed singers like Brenda McMorrow, Gaura Vani, Karnamrita, David Newman and the Kirtan Rabbi, just to name a few. Through bhakti yoga, the practice of kirtan and satsang in community, Adam has strengthened his commitment to collective healing and transformation, and has reaped deeply nourishing benefits through these simple yet powerful ancient devotional practices.

John de Kadt
John de Kadtis a perfessional percussionist, poet, and licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. He has studied with percus- sion masters throughout the world and has played ethnic hand percussive instruments for 30 years. He’s performed with, Glen Velez, Eugene Friesen, Robert Bly, Baba Olatunji, Colman Barks, Jai Uttal, Subash Chandran, and many others. John has played on numerous recordings and has released three CD’s: This Rhythm Is Not Mine, Rhythms of the Infinite, and One River co-created with Benjy Wertheimer.

Lea Longo
“If you can imagine it, you can create it, if you can dream it, you can become it.” William Arthur Ward’s inspirational words best describe the path in life that Lea Longo has chosen. The Canadian singer songwriter/Chantress /yogini has always taken an honest approach. Her chill, zen attitude, openness and warm personality underscore her enduring commitment to her craft. The results can be heard on her music reflected upon her life and experiences. Her Kirtan CD, “Peace Chants” is a collection of sanskrit, english and gurmuk mantras blended with world beats, melodic guitars,traditional per- sian and turkish instruments. Lea’s voice is captivating and pure, leading the listener to a peaceful and meditative state of bliss.

Lana Sugarman
As a yoga instructor, actor and musician, Lana merges her love for Sanskrit and song with the practice of kirtan (call and response chanting). You can find her creating good vibrations at studios throughout Toronto, sharing the magic of man- tras. She has had the opportunity to sing and play with Brenda McMorrow, Mike Cohen, Swaha, Jim Gelcer, and John William Bauld, and is currently working on her first album.

Weekend Schedule
Friday May 16
4:30 pm Yoga with Darin
6:30 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Kirtan with Brenda McMorrow

Saturday May 17
7:00 am Breakfast
8:30 am Yoga with Wendy
10:30 am Kirtan with Lana Sugarman
12 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Kirtan with Lea Longo
3:30 pm Kirtan with Brenda & Friends
6pm Dinner
7:30 pm Kirtan with David Newman (Durga Das)

Sunday, May 18
7:00 am Breakfast
8:30 am Yoga with Wendy
10:30 am SELF LOVE, SELF INQUIRY, SELF LESS—Wisdom Teachings and Exchange of Heart with David Newman Join David (Durga Das) for an informal gathering exploring the nature of be- ing, unity, love and self-inquiry. The gathering is offered with the intention of offering insight and inspiration for nourishing one’s inner longing for spiritual truth and for living with an open heart. It will comprise wisdom sharings, chanting, Q & A, and discussion.
1:00 pm Lunch
Departure for 3 day package guests
2:00 pm Kirtan with Lea Longo
4:00 pm Kirtan with Adam Bauer
6:00 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Kirtan with Brenda & Friends

Monday, May 19
7:00 am Breakfast
8:30 am Yoga with Lacey
10:30 am Closing Kirtan
12 pm Lunch Departure for 4 day package guests

3 day package includes accommodation, 3 yoga classes, 6 delicious vegetarian meals, ticket to 5 kirtan per- formances & workshop with David Newman (Durga Das) – Self Love, Self Inquiry, Self Less (more information below) as well as the use of Shanti’s amenities (canoe, kayak, infrared sauna, hammocks, wifi, wellness tea bar, meditation garden).
Off site rate includes all of the above excluding accommodation at Shanti Retreat.

4 day package includes accommodation, 4 yoga classes, 9 delicious vegetarian meals, ticket to 9 kirtan per- formances & workshop with David Newman (Durga Das) – Self Love, Self Inquiry, Self Less (more information below) as well as the use of Shanti’s amenities (canoe, kayak, infrared sauna, hammocks, wifi, wellness tea bar, meditation garden).
Off site rate includes all of the above excluding accommodation at Shanti Retreat.

Room Type  3 Day Package (Fri—Sun)
Semi-private $ 495 + HST
Shared          $ 465 + HST
Tent City / Yoga Yurt Slumber Party  $ 395 + HST

Room Type   4 Day Package (Fri– Mon)
Semi-private $ 670 + HST
Shared          $ 640 + HST
Tent City / Yoga Yurt Slumber Party $ 535 + HST

3 Day Pkg  $ 385 + HST
4 Day Pkg  $ 525 + HST

For more information for off site accommodation on Wolfe Island, please visit
Many hotels are also available in Kingston close to the ferry terminal.

Day Pass

Saturday Day Pass includes 2 buffet vegetarian meals; morning, afternoon and evening Kirtan & use of Shanti’s amenities. (10am – 10pm) $100 + HST

Sunday Day Pass includes 2 buffet vegetarian meals, workshop with David Newman (Durga Das), afternoon and evening Kirtan & use of Shanti’s amenities. (10am-10pm) $100 + HST

This beautiful property has stunning views of the St. Lawrence River and sunsets from the waterfront patio are memorable. The inn’s timbered ceilings and wood stove provide a natural country charm. – Commune with mother earth on this waterfront property and enjoy watching the wildlife that lives waterside. You may even be blessed by a visit from our resident heron. Connect with the majesty of the maples, oaks, weeping willows, and extensive gardens that surround us. 

Find Us

A scenic ferry ride will bring you to us…
From Toronto and Montreal it takes about 3 hours to reach the Wolfe Island ferry dock in downtown Kingston where the free ferry (Wolfe Island Ferry) departs hourly.
Coming from Ottawa the drive is about 2 hours.
Americans from New York State can conveniently reach Shanti by ferry (Hornes Ferry) from Cape Vincent, NY. This service operates approximately from mid May to mid October. Otherwise, the 1000 Islands International Bridge is nearby.  Alternatively, there is  a shuttle service available from Syracuse airport and watertown, NY, to Kingston and the Wolfe Island ferry terminal.
Driving Directions
Coming from the East or West on the 401 turn off at exit 623. Travel South on highway 15 until it ends at highway 2. Turn right on highway 2, continue for a few kilometers, cross the drawbridge, after the drawbridge enter the left lane and prepare to turn left into the Wolfe Island Ferry Dock (next to Tim Hortons).
Once you’re on Wolfe Island, we’re only a 5 minute drive away.  We highly recommend setting your tripmeter to zero once you arrive. After leaving the ferry continue straight 100 meters until you reach a stop sign. Turn left and continue 4 kilometers. Along the way you will pass the 9th line. Continue 400 meters past the 9th line and turn left  at Waldo’s Lane. Continue straight 500 meters to reach Shanti. ( You’ve gone too far if you reach the 10th line).
Upon arrival,  please unload your bags at the front of the house, and afterwards park in the designated parking area. Welcome to Shanti!
Wolfe Island Ferry Tips
Durin the peak summer months and holiday long weekends we recommend you arrive one hour before the ferry departs. At other times of the year arrive at least half an hour before. If you’re waiting for the ferry why not enjoy what beautiful downtown Kingston has to offer. Leave your car in the ferry lineup while you enjoy one of the many cafes, shops, and restaurants on Princess Street only a few minutes’ walk away. Once aboard the Wolfe Island Ferry memories of the 401 will be far behind you.
Alternative Travel Options
The most economical way to reach Kingston is by bus. Megabus Bus Line offers exceptional fares from Toronto’s downtown terminal at Bay and Dundas as well as from Scarborough, Whitby, Brockville and Montreal.
You can also reach Kingston by Via Rail
From either the bus or train station it’s a short 15 minute taxi ride ($15) to the Wolfe Island Ferry.
No car, no problem. Call us to arrange a complimentary pick up when you board the ferry.  We’ll look for you at the corner bench next to Fargo’s General Store (this is a 100 meter walk from the ferry).
Contact Shanti – 613-777-0247

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