Embodying Devi: Yoga & Dance of Tantric Goddesses

Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Stephanie Renee dos Santos
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Mar 15 - 24, 2019
Group size: 5 - 11
Embodying Devi: Yoga & Dance of Tantric Goddesses
Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India

Stephanie Renee dos Santos
  • Email address verified
3 reviews

$1549
Deposit: $500
Mar 15 - 24, 2019
Group size: 5 - 11

About this trip

  

“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 style of the Thanjavur lineage.

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.


"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 fully embody your best-self 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 shares this ancient dance tradition which is always associated with developing self-knowledge through art. She is co-founder of "Devidance Yoga" focused sharing the synergy goddess wisdom of 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 and 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 one of us a few more days after the pilgrimage.


Two different options will be available:


Option 1:  Gwalior - Agra to visit the Taj Mahal  - Delhi - with Stephanie 

Option 2:  Gwalior - Delhi visit the Ganga river & temple  - with Ganga 


Dates, details and costs will be sent with your "Waiver" form once you sign up. 



What’s included

  • 9 Nights/10 Day stay
    2 nights in Dehli, 6 nights in UNESCO city Khajuraho, 1 nights in Gwalior
  • Daily Devi Yoga
    Goddess-based Hatha Yoga
  • 7 Days dance instruction
    Devotional Indian dance of 5 goddesses
  • 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
  • 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
    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.

Available Packages

Early Bird "Double Room"
Available until Jan 05, 20197 left

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

 * Balcony 6 nights of stay

* This is a great option for two friends or we will pair you up with another woman attending whose also chosen this option-- make a new friend! 


* Regular price $1749

$1549
Deposit: $500
Early Bird "Single Room"
Available until Jan 05, 20197 left

 * Queen bed and private bathroom. 

 * Balcony 6 nights of stay


* Regular price $1949

$1749
Deposit: $500
Early Bird "Double Deluxe Room"
Available until Jan 05, 2019only 3 left

* Shared room for two people, two twin beds and private bathroom. 

 * Private yoga/dance space and balcony in room 6 nights of stay

 * This is a great option for two friends or we will pair you up with another woman attending whose also chosen this option-- make a new friend!  


* Regular price $1949

$1749
Deposit: $500
Early Bird "Single Deluxe Room"
Available until Jan 05, 2019only 3 left

 * Over-sized Queen bed and private bathroom

 * Private yoga/dance space and balcony in room 6 nights of stay


*Regular price $2149

$1949
Deposit: $500
$1549
Deposit: $500

Early Bird "Double 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!

Your Organizer


SS
Stephanie Renee dos Santos
3 reviews
Stephanie Renee dos Santos passion is empowering people to fully embody and heal body and soul through nondual Tantric goddess wisdom and aligning with natural cycles so, you can thrive in life. She’s known as an inspiring, loving, creative, compassionate and uplifting yoga teacher, who possesses the Hindu goddess Bhuvaneshwari-like quality to create sacred healing, creative-expressive and meditative spaces. Certified in Integrative Yoga and Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga), she also is a follower of Sally Kempton’s nondual Shiva/Shakti and Shakta teachings, with a focus in the divine feminine and Kundalini. Stephanie holds a B.A in Studio Arts from Whitman College. In addition, she studies Bharathanatyam classical Indian dance and contributes spiritual writing to literary journal Lalitamba. She offers pathways to create healthy life rhythms, access your innate intuition, creativity and healing capacity, while connecting with others, the Divine and caring for our Mother Earth.

Reviews

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.
Such an enriching and energizing retreat. We were surrounded by stunning panoramic views of jagged mountains and lush green valleys. I developed new friendships with a wonderful community of women. The retreat was well organized and Stephanie was extremely knowledgeable about the area and backcountry backpacking and camping and was always willing to help any of us who had questions about gear, set up, etc. The North Cascades National Park is a gorgeous area to learn about and invoke the divine feminine. I would definitely recommend this retreat to others looking to deepen their spirituality, yoga practice and commune with nature.
DJ
The trip was amazing. The people were wonderful, Stephanie was an amazing leader, the views were incredible and the backpacking was really fun. Our campsites were gorgeous. I had the best time.