Shanti Retreat 2015 Aug Kirtan Festival on Wolfe Island

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NEW!! 2015 Aug Shanti Retreat Kirtan Festival –

~August Long Weekend ~ Friday July 31st – Monday August 3rd, 2015 ~

Come celebrate the call of the heart at Shanti Retreat, Wolfe Island for an unforgettable, heart-centered August Long Weekend. A celebration dedicated to music, chanting, yoga, dancing, meditation, inspiring workshops, delicious vegetarian meals, community, devotion, friends, laughter and Love! Spend free time swimming, lounging on the water trampoline, relaxing waterside in a hammock, canoeing, kayaking, hula hooping, swinging under the oak tree, or visiting the henna booth. Last year, over 70 souls gathered to celebrate and raise consciousness! Experience Summer’s breathtaking sunsets, morning birdsong and an abundance of local, seasonal and organic produce lovingly prepared and served.
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Choose from 3 or 4 day retreat packages, offsite accommodation or Day Passes. Please see below for rates, accommodation options, schedule, artist bios and more.  Please add hst to all rates.

3 day Retreat Rates (Friday – Sunday )
Semi-private accommodation (2/room) $495
Shared accommodation (3-4/room) $465
Tenting/yurt $405
tent not included; towels and washroom/shower facilities provided

Rates are per person and include accommodation, meals, morning meditation & yoga, kirtan with Brenda McMorrow, Adam Bauer, Nina Rao, Abby Blythe & The Bhakti Connection, (over 8 hours of kirtan!), group chanting of The Hanuman Chalisa lead by Nina Rao and use of Shanti’s amenities.

Want to stay Sunday night?
Special Rate: Add $150 to the above rates for the complete 4 day Retreat Package!
4 Day package includes offerings listed above plus a 2 hour kirtan/workshop with Brenda McMorrow “Bhakti and Jnana: the Yoga of Devotion and Self-Inquiry,” evening Kirtan with Adam Bauer, Bhakti Dance Party, Monday closing Kirtan, accommodation, dinner, brunch, Monday morning yoga and use of Shanti’s amenities. Rate is per person. Please add hst.

Off site Accommodation
3 day Retreat (Friday – Sunday) $370

Rate is indicated per person and includes meals, morning meditation or silent walk, afternoon and evening kirtan with Adam Bauer, Brenda McMorrow, Abby Blythe, The Bhakti Connection (over 8 hours of kirtan!), group chanting of The Hanuman Chalisa lead by Nina Rao and use of Shanti’s amenities. Yoga is not included in this rate, but may be added based on space and availability for $15/class.
We are more than happy to assist you in an offsite booking, please let us know your preferred location.
Blue Horizon B&B (waterside farmhouse, 15 minute drive from Shanti)
Dreamcatcher’s Inn (Marysville, 5 minute drive from Shanti)
General Wolfe hotel (Marysville, 5 minute drive from Shanti)

Day Passes:

Saturday Day Pass $125
Day pass is valid from 10 am – 11pm Saturday and includes meals, afternoon kirtan with Abby Blythe, The Bhakti Connection and Nina Rao, plus evening kirtan with Brenda McMorrow, and use of Shanti’s amenities. Yoga is not included. Rate is indicated per person; please add hst.

Sunday Day Pass $125
Day Pass is valid from 10am – 11pm Sunday and includes meals, 2 hour workshop with Brenda Mcmorrow “Bhakti and Jnana: the Yoga of Devotion and Self-Inquiry” group chanting of The Hanuman Chalisa lead by Nina Rao, evening kirtan with Adam Bauer, Bhakti Dance Party and use of Shanti’s amenities. Yoga is not included. Rate is indicated per person; please add hst.

Shanti’s amenities include use of infrared sauna, canoes, kayaks, water trampoline, swimming dock, labyrinth, meditation garden, slack line, hula hoops, wellness tea bar & wifi.

Arrival after 2 pm.. Ensure to line up early for the ferry during this holiday weekend!
4:30 – 6 pm yoga with Darin (yurt)
6:30 Dinner
8:00 – 9:30 Kirtan with Adam Bauer
9:45 Bhakti Bon Fire Bring out your personal instrument fireside and take your turn leading a chant.

Morning snack available upon rising (tea, fruit, oatmeal, trail mix)
8:00 am meditation at the Timor hut with Darin (30 minutes)
8:45 am – 10:15 yoga with Wendy (yurt)
10:30 Brunch
Free time for swimming, water trampoline, hammock therapy, canoe/kayak, slack line, hula hoop, henna booth, sauna, relaxing and more!
12 – 1:30 Kirtan with Abby Blythe
2-3:30pm Kirtan with Bhakti Connection (outdoors if weather permits)
Afternoon complimentary snack
4:30-6:30 pm Kirtan with Nina Rao
6:30 Dinner
8:00 Kirtan with Brenda McMorrow

Light morning snack available upon rising
8:00 am meditation at the hut with Wendy or silent morning walk with Darin
8:45 – 10:15 am Yoga with Lacey
10:30 am brunch
12- 2pm Group Chanting of the Hanuman Chalisa lead by Nina Rao
Departure for 3 day guests
Afternoon complimentary snack
4-6 Workshop with Brenda McMorrow: “Bhakti and Jnana: the Yogas of Devotion and Self-Inquiry”
6:30 pm Dinner
8pm Kirtan with Adam Bauer
9:45 Bhakti Dance Party with Lacey

Light morning snack available upon rising
8:15 – 9:15 morning yoga with Wendy or silent walk meditation with Darin
9:30 – 10:30 am Closing kirtan
10:45 am brunch

About the Workshops
Chanting Hanuman Chalisa
The hanuman chalisa is a 40 verse prayer invoking Lord Hanuman. Krishna Das shares that “The practice of chanting the “Hanuman Chalisa” helps participants to connect with the spiritual aspects of Service and Devotion, as personified by Lord Hanuman.”

Bhakti and Jnana: the Yogas of Devotion and Self-Inquiry with Brenda McMorrow
This workshop will include mantra, devotional song, self-inquiry exercises and discussion about how we can use both Bhakti and Jnana as tools towards opening to a direct realization of Truth!

About the Artists

Brenda McMorrow
Devotional Chant Artist Brenda McMorrow travels worldwide sharing her deep devotion to the celebration of our true beings through the joyous Bhakti Yoga practice of Kirtan. Brenda is invited to share her music at events across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. With 3 celebrated devotional chant albums, Brenda is a featured artist on the White Swan Records roster, a Colorado label well known for it’s high-profile yoga-inspired artists like Deva Premal. She has accompanied Grammy award winning cellist David Darling and esteemed Kirtan musicians Jai Uttal, Wah!, David Newman, Dave Stringer and more.
“Brenda McMorrow has a gift. When she sings, Maharaji (Neem Karoli Baba) is there” – Ram Dass
“…Brenda McMorrow has forged her own unique and welcoming style of mantra music, blending elements of acoustic folk, world rhythms, with a sweetly introspective singer-songwriter’s sensibility. Her new album, Igniting the Beauty, blends inspired reinterpretations of some of her best repertoire material with meditative new compositions that explore gorgeous vistas of dreamlike melodies” – Yoga Journal.

Nina Rao
Nina Rao learned traditional chants (bhajans) from her grandfather in a village in south India when she nine years old. The chants quietly stayed with her until she rediscovered chanting with Krishna Das in New York in 1996. Her childhood was spent living in and moving between many countries around the world and when she settled in New York her working life began in the banking world, switched to organizing and leading photographic wildlife safaris in Africa and India, and now for many years, is Krishna Das’ business manager and assistant. Nina tours with Krishna Das, playing cymbals and singing with him, and was honored in 2013 to accompany him at the Grammy Awards webcast performance. In 2007, she recorded the track ‘Nina Chalisa’ on Krishna Das’ CD“Flow of Grace – Chanting the Hanuman Chalisa”. In January 2013, she released her debut album, “Antarayaami – Knower of All Hearts”. The double CD includes devotional kirtan, bhajan, and a variety of Hanuman Chalisa melodies including a duet with Krishna Das. Nina regularly leads kirtan, chanting of the Hanuman Chalisa, and sings for yoga classes in her hometown of Brooklyn, NY and beyond.

Adam Bauer
Adam played bass for years supporting artists like Krishna Das and Shyamdas, among many others. Now accompanying himself on harmonium singing his own original kirtan compositions, he is emerging as a compelling and deeply soulful kirtan wala in his own right. His critically-acclaimed first solo record, Shyam Lila, debuted on Mantralogy Records in April 2014, and is available at and Additionally, Adam has a unique online store, Dharma Boutique, filled with sacred and sensual treasures collected on his travels in India.

Abby Blythe
Abby Blythe’s life and career as both a musician and yogi started in early adolescence. She began her formal vocal training at the age of 10, and carried on these studies into adulthood, eventually studying vocal performance at Queen’s university, performing in Opera, Musical Theatre, and numerous recitals along the way.
Around the same age, and seemingly by chance, Abby also took her first lessons in Yoga. Through both of these practices Abby learned the power and value of a good breath early in life.
It was the discovery of Kirtan (sacred chanting in Sanskrit of the names of the Divine) that brought the missing link- soul- to Abby Blythe’s singing. It inspired her to finally start sharing her voice more publicly, eventually even making recordings.
Abby Blythe is so delighted to have made this discovery and joyfully offers these sacred songs any chance she can get- from venues as small as a private living room to venues as large as the the Metro Toronto Convention Center (Toronto Yoga Conference).
Abby Blythe’s voice and music can be enjoyed live at any Kirtan event, or can be enjoyed in your home via recordings offered for sale here.

The Bhakti Connection
The Bhakti Connection have been sharing the spirit of kirtan and chant in Ottawa, Canada since 2007. Together they bring a multi cultural ‘unity’ kirtan to new heights, using voice and music as the key to bring spiritual unity. The Bhakti Connection’s musical background brings together a variety of styles and influences to create a vibration and energy that is unique. They have released their second album, “For All the Beings” in 2013. To listen to The Bhakti Connection:

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