Embodying Devi: Yoga & Dance of Tantric Goddesses

Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Mountain Shakti
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Feb 29 - Mar 9, 2020
Group size: 5 - 11
Embodying Devi: Yoga & Dance of Tantric Goddesses
Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India

Mountain Shakti
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7 reviews

$1897
Feb 29 - Mar 9, 2020
Group size: 5 - 11

About this trip

We have one open spot for this pilgrimage. Registration closes November 15, 2020. Namaste! 


“You are Goddess. You are Divine!”


Join us in India to explore the roots of Devi wisdom through sacred sites, five faces of Tantric goddesses, yoga and devotional Indian dance.:.


For yoga and dance are ancient spiritual paths to self-realization, to live in wholeness, access our innate wisdom and well-being. There is a natural synergy between the two disciplines. Throughout history they've endlessly inspired and influenced the other, ultimately they are One. 


The practices and studies in this ten day immersion into Goddess are based on the teachings of non-dual Shaiva/Shakta Tantra and Shaktism, and the Indian Classical Dance of the Bharata Natyam.

We'll explore the different aspects of Devi Shakti (goddess energy/power), through goddesses: Kali, Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati, and Parvati, exploring sculpture-like posture, fluid asana and dance movement, pranayama, mudra, mantras, mythology, symbolism, signature qualities of each goddess, mediation and yantra.


We'll do so first in Dehli and then at ancient goddess worship sites and temples throughout the region of the state of Madhya Pradesh, the heart of India. Visiting circular Yogini and secret forest temples, and ancient places of goddess practices at the world famous UNESCO World Heritage site of Khajuraho legendary for Tantric worship. 


In addition, we'll have the amazing chance to view live a local dance festival with many famous dancers in attendance. To experience firsthand the "bhava", the  “ecstasy" or “emotion" these revelatory dance forms bring forth in ourselves.  


"Woman is the basis of the world, the Universe is her form" ~ Shaktisangama Tantra (II.52)


You'll learn :


- What really is Devi Shakti

- How Devi works in our lives and cosmos

- Five forms of Devi and their inner functions

- Introduction to the most important ancient texts on Shakti

- Visions of different Yoga philosophies in relation to Shakti

- Mantras, mudras, yantra and pranayama to align and invoke Shakti, as tools for healing and transformation

- Devotional dance and asanas to awaken and embody Devi which can release tension/trauma and integrate the benefits of all practices

- Meditations and contemplations that allow you to access, energize and release your inner Shakti


These practices will reveal sacred powers within you to:


- Heal, transform and activate your inner power

- Balance and awaken the different faces of Devi within and how to recognize Shakti's signature energies within yourself

- Shift the feeling of physical and mental exhaustion to the feeling of energy and balance

- Incorporate ancient Feminine Wisdom into you daily life

- Develop self-confidence and empowerment in various areas of your life

Your Devidance Yoga Guides

Stephanie Renee dos Santos passion is empowering people to come into contact and potentially embody one's full Awareness through nondual Tantric wisdom and aligning with natural cycles. She’s known as an inspiring, loving, creative and compassionate teacher with the Hindu goddess Bhuvaneshwari-like quality to create sacred healing, creative-expressive and meditative spaces. Certified in Integrative Yoga and she's been given permission by beloved teacher Sally Kempton to share these teachings of the nondual Shaiva/Shakta and Shakta traditions. She holds a B.A in Studio Arts from Whitman College and is a working artist. In addition, she studies Bharathanatyam classical Indian dance and contributes spiritual writing to literary journal Lalitamba. She is a co-founder of "Devidance Yoga" with Ganga Devi.  She guides sacred yoga backpacking pilgrimages around the world and is the creator of Ashram of Arts.


Gabriela Lopez (Ganga Devi) seeks tools for healing through Feminine Divine teachings, one's that bring empowerment. She is a Homeopath and Iridologist Therapist, focused on the care of women, mothers and children. She has been practicing Indian Classical Dance since 2008. She studies with Professor Krishna Sharana, and conducts workshops, lectures and presentations throughout Brazil.  She also studies with Guru Mithun Shyam of the Vaishnavi Natyashala School in Bangalore, India. She shares this ancient dance tradition which is always associated with developing self-knowledge through art. She is co-founder of "Devidance Yoga" focused on sharing the synergy of goddess wisdom through dance and yoga. 


 

Additional Information

Seasonal information

March tempratures on average are in the 60 to 70's.


Weather information

Everywhere we are going in general is on the dry side.


Responsible travel

Patience and lightheartedness are two excellent qualities for visiting Indian. Also, it is important to not hand out candy to children as it encourages begging. It is fine to give food or change as you feel to those in need as each situation arises. This is a deep journey of listening to the heart and one of compassion, offering a smile and kind words is always welcome. 


Electricity and outlets

220 volts we recommend to bring adapters (one or two)

*despite that where we are staying your room may have outlets that already accommodate your devices


How to get there (flights, airport transfers, buses, trains)

All pilgrimage travel information will be sent to you once you've registared for the retreat. But please feel free to contact us with question prior should you need clarification on something beforehand.


Visa stuff

You will need an E-Visa for India. Details on how to get this will be sent to you once you've registered. 


What to bring

All list of recommended items to bring on this journey will be sent to you upon registration. 


Vaccinations requirements

Please check your country of orgin to see what vaccinations are required for your nationality before arriving in India. 


Travel insurance suggestions

We highly recommend having travel insurance for this journey. Often it can be purchased along with your plane ticket or please check with your insurance provider. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a dancer or already practice yoga to attend?  No, prior dance nor yoga experience is a requirement to join us.  Just an open heart!  


How can I get back to Delhi for my flight home once the pilgrimage is over?   Travel back by train to Delhi with Ganga Devi (cost for the return train to Delhi is included in the overall price) and opt to join other women who are continuing on guided travel with her. Or catch a direct flight from Gwalior back to Delhi. 


What if I'd like to keep travel with you?  There is the option for you to continue guided travel with  us a few more days after the pilgrimage from March 9-15, 2020 to visit the Taj Mahal, Ganges River, and more Shakti Peethas.


Details and costs will be sent to you once you sign up for the main retreat. 



What’s included

  • 9 Nights/10 Day stay
    2 nights in Dehli, 5 nights in UNESCO city Khajuraho, 2 nights in Gwalior
  • Daily Devi Yoga
    Goddess-based Hatha Yoga
  • 5 Days dance instruction
    Devotional Indian dance of 5 goddesses
  • Devidance Yoga Sequence
    Everyone will receive a copy of a Devidance Yoga sequence for home practice. If you are a certified yoga or dance teacher you can share and teach this sequence with your students back home.
  • Daily Meditation
    Each day we will explore a meditation, allowing you to relax into your inner world of self-discovery
  • National Museum visit
    Private lecture & discussion with preeminent Shakti scholar on Tantric Art
  • Attend Dance Festival
    Khajuraho Dance Festival were we'll have the grand chance to view live performances of famous Indian classical dancers.
  • 2 hr Ayurveda Treatment
    This is personal royal care that all goddesses deserve: Abhyangam, Shirodhara, Potli massage, Synchronize massage, steam bath & shower with herbal scrub.
  • Visit 2 Yogini Temples
    Visit and practice in two Yogini Temples, connecting with our ancient Yogini Sisters and the power of these places
  • Dance Performance
    Bharatanatyam Performance by Ganga Devi
  • Closing Ceremony
    On the full moon at a special Yogini Temple location!
  • Mythology & Symbolism
    Learn within an actual temple each goddesses mythology and symbolism and the wisdom tools She offers you and your life path
  • All Entry Fees
    All entry fees into various sites we'll be visiting
  • Shopping
    Barter at Indian bazaars for colorful treasures
  • Daily Breakfast & dinner
    Traditional Indian breakfast & dinners
  • Goddess gift bag
    Full of surprise adornments!
  • All land transport
    airport pick-up, rickshaws, taxis, and trains
  • Trip preparation info
    Once you are signed up you will receive detailed information on how to prep for this transformational journey.
  • Loving guidance
    With care and ongoing assistance we'll help you along as you prepare to come to India (inclusive of flight recommendations and any help needed applying for your E-Visa) and throughout our pilgrimage
  • E-Visa for India
    Each person needs to obtain an E-Visa prior to arriving to India. Details on how to do so will be sent out to each registrant.
  • Airfare to & from India
    Each person must arrange their own flights to and from India. Entry points and recommended departure airports will be recommended.
  • Lunches
    This is left open for everyone to sample what foods call to you and to have some food selection autonomy. Budget about $5-10 a day.
  • Bottle water
    All drinking water (cost about 5 cents a litter). All water must be treated. Also, recommended is traveling with a "Lifestraw" water bottle.
  • Travel Insurance
    We highly recommend each person get travel insurance for overseas travel.
  • Souvenirs
    Goodies for yourself, friends & family!
  • Any extra baggage fees
    coming and/or going
  • Return to airport
    Because of varying personal schedules of departure from India each person will handle your return to the airport. But we will assist as you like and as needed.

Available Packages

Early Bird "Double Room"
Available until Nov 15, 2019only 2 left

 * Shared room for two people, two twins and private bathroom 

 * Balcony 5 nights of stay

* This is a great option. We will pair you up with another woman attending whose also chosen this option-- make a new friend! 


* Regular price $1797 after November 15, 2019

$1697
Early Bird "Single Room"
only 1 left

* Queen bed and own private bathroom  

* Balcony 5 nights of stay


* Regular price $1997 after November 15, 2019

$1897
$1897

Early Bird "Single Room"

Itinerary

10 Day Embodying Devi
Yoga & Dance of Tantric Goddesses

Dance and practice yoga in ancient temples of India while exploring the wisdom of five aspects of Devi (goddess) that liberate and empower us to embody our fullest innate potential. Jai Ma!

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MS
Mountain Shakti
7 reviews
Stephanie Renee dos Santos passion is empowering people to come into contact and potentially embody one's full Awareness through nondual Tantric wisdom and aligning with natural cycles. She’s known as an inspiring, loving, creative and compassionate teacher with the Hindu goddess Bhuvaneshwari-like quality to create sacred healing, creative-expressive and meditative spaces. Certified in Integrative Yoga and she's been given permission by beloved teacher Sally Kempton to share these teachings of the nondual Shaiva/Shakta and Shakta traditions. She holds a B.A in Studio Arts from Whitman College and is a working artist. In addition, she studies Bharathanatyam classical Indian dance and contributes spiritual writing to literary journal Lalitamba. She is a co-founder of "Devidance Yoga" with Ganga Devi. She guides "Mountain Shakti" sacred yoga backpacking pilgrimages around the world.

Reviews

My experience backpacking with Stephanie and her Goddess teachings have expedited myself to pure bliss. She takes us high up on top of mountains with spectacular views. Her guided meditations connects your soul to the earth in such a way that it lasts a long time. I've done two trips with her and each one was special and meaningful. Stephanie is very experienced and knowledgeable and I only wish she was my local Yogini teacher! I highly recommend going on a Goddess pilgrimage with her. It's life changing. Namaste.
This was an amazing retreat, you will not regret it. Stephanie was an amazing host and I’m lucky to have met her. We laughed, cried, danced, mediated, did yoga and had an amazing time. It was great to meet like-minded spiritual women and conquer the mountains together. This is what everyone needs in their life. I have developed life long friendships and experiences to never forget! Thank you Stephanie!
One of the best experiences of my life. I think this might just be one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Stephanie was delightful and made my first backpacking trip so great I can't wait to go again. She is compassionate, organized and very thoughtful. She has put a lot of effort into making this experience the best it can be. Better than a 5 🌟experience. Words can not express how grateful I am that I met Stephanie and was a part of this pilgrimage. 🙏
NB
The wildernesses goddess pilgrimage was everything I could have hoped for. I was desperately needing spiritual guidance and to connect to nature in a major way, and the universe led me to Stephanie like magic! I don’t know how many women in the world want to spend days far from civilization AND spend nights connecting to the Divine feminine in themselves( and all around us) , but Stephanie found them and brought us all together. It was so amazing meeting such deeply like minded women. During our hike we bonded in a raw authentic way that was deeply healing for everyone. I learned so much about the goddesses and the Tantric path from Stephanie! I’m so grateful to have found her as a teacher because I had been seeking knowledge on this subject for awhile. And as we joked about on the trail “ there’s only so much google can tell you!” This trip also gave me the knowledge and confidence to start backpacking on my own in my corner of the world! I’m so thankful to have Stephanie as a teacher and I hope I can go on another trip with her and reunite with the amazing sisters I made on our pilgrimage!!
MK
This is beyond a simple backpacking trip. It is truly an inspired divine experience. Stephanie is a Yogini, an author and an outdoor enthusiast. Her energy and enthusiasm to bring women of diverse backgrounds to experience the enchanting wilderness and an inner transformation with the help of Goddess teachings and Yoga is very special. I feel fortunate to be part of this very unique experience. This was my second backpacking trip with Stephanie exploring the inner self and the outdoors in the North Cascades National Park. On our first trip we explored Thundercreek trail and studied Goddesses Lakshmi, Saraswati and Matangi. This year we explored Mount Baker Wilderness with the Goddesses Bhuvaneswari, Durga and Parvati. The energies invoked with the Goddess work and Yoga were in perfect harmony with the nature outside. Personally it allows me to check in with myself and be inspired on my life journey. It is indeed such a blessing that Stephanie is able to bring all her unique talents in such a perfect offering.... With much gratitude.
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