Bhakti Yoga Winter Solstice Retreat
with Gloria Baraquio
At New Vrindaban, WV
December 18-22, 2019
During the holiday season, feel the warmth in your heart by cultivating a deep love for the Divine and for all creation. Join this five-day Bhakti Yoga retreat, which includes time in nature, prayer, mantra meditation, philosophy, vegetarian Ayurvedic cooking, milking of sacred cows, and lots of yoga. Enjoy the winter solstice in the quiet snowy hills of New Vrindaban, West Virginia, a spiritual community with beautiful cows and hundreds of acres of natural beauty.
Rates include vegetarian meals, lodging, and sessions:
$499 for a room with attached bathroom, single beds, sharing with two other participants
$599 for a room with attached bathroom, single beds, sharing with one other participant
$699 for a private room with attached bathroom, queen bed and outdoor entrance
All rooms are on the ground floor.
About Lead Teacher Gloria Baraquio:
Born and raised in Hawaii, Gloria has been teaching vinyasa yoga since 2006, chanting with bhakti communities since 2008, and singing devotional music since she was a child. She earned her 200-hour yoga certificate from Yoga Hawaii and her 300-hour certificate from Raghunath Cappo and Radhanath Swami at Govardhan EcoVillage in India. Her aim is to help others cultivate an intimate relationship with themselves and their surroundings so that they live with fulfillment, love, peace, gratitude, and well-being. Gloria is the Director of Programs at Ratna Ling Retreat Center and the Lead Trainer for Shivakali Yoga School. For more information please contact her at www.gloriabaraquio.com
About New Vrindaban:
New Vrindaban is set in 500 acres of the majestic, peaceful Appalachian Mountains in rural West Virginia. This spiritual community has been a place of pilgrimage for many thousands of visitors each year. Founded by devotees 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 (God).
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. You can expect to feel more relaxed, aware, and stronger from this yoga practice.
THE BHAKTI PATH
Meet residents of New Vrindaban and learn about their lifestyle, their mission, and their devotion to service. Who is Krishna? What is kirtan? Why do they protect cows? Discover new ways to see and celebrate the Divine and to honor all life.
Together after breakfast, we can explore the outdoors in contemplation and reflection. Parikrama is the Sanskrit word for pilgrimage or circumambulation of a sacred place, a common practice for Hindu pilgrims.
MILKING THE COWS
Protecting cows is one of the most important activities of the New Vrindaban Community. The Vedas, saints and sadhus, and Lord Krishna Himself proclaim that service and protection of Mother Cow is the greatest solution for mankind’s suffering and is the path to real peace. Since 1969, the New Vrindaban Community has been protecting and serving its resident cows with a similar standard to what Lord Krishna himself practiced five thousand years ago. The cows are lovingly cared for throughout their happy lives and are provided with all needs. Experience a deep connection and care for this sacred animal.
LILA & KIRTAN
In a satsang (spiritual gathering) we hear the pastimes of Krishna (lila) and sing the names of the Divine (kirtan), transcending time and space and entering a place of magic, wonder, and bliss.
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.
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.
We gather together for the Winter Solstice to honor the darkest day of the year and our inherent light within. We will use fire to let go of the year and set intentions for 2020.