Nordic Summer of Bhakti, Yoga, Love w/ Sanna Devi and Vijay Krsna

nickole gonzalez
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Aug 7 - 11, 2019
Group size: 1 - 20
Nordic Summer of Bhakti, Yoga, Love w/ Sanna Devi and Vijay Krsna

nickole gonzalez
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Aug 7 - 11, 2019
Group size: 1 - 20

About this trip

A unique opportunity to dive into the sweet ocean of Bhakti and create real transformation in your life.  Practice yoga, learn about the ancient wisdom of yoga philosophy and sing/chant your heart out and experience the tranquil & serene setting of the Finnish archipelago.

Bhakti is intense yearning for spiritual love and devotion for the divine. One of the corner stones of Bhakti is devotional singing. We lose ourselves in music and get a glimpse of the state of higher-self (non ego). Bhakti Yoga is the most direct method to experience the unity of mind, body and spirit.

The complete retreat will be held in English.

  • De-stress on a private island in the Finnish archipelago
  • Enjoy healthy & delicious home made cooking including Finnish specialities
  • Experience the soothing ambience of Finnish rustic country living - pick blue berries and mushrooms in the forest
  • Daily practice of yoga asana and a wide variety of yoga styles including Gentle flow, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Tibetan Heart Yoga, Yin Yoga led by the international teacher Sanna (aka Yoga Mamma).
  • Daily morning and evening practice of kirtan led by the one and only kirtan-rock star Vijay Krsna
  • Delve deep into the heart of yoga philosophy
  • Daily pranayama and meditation sessions
  • A personal gift (made in Bali) to remind you of your retreat and support you with your home practice
  • Connect with other liked minded people in a safe & supportive environment
  • Relax, take time to simply slow down and reconnect with yourself feeling the pure Finnish nature
  • Sit on the pier, soak your toes in the clean Finnish sea and day dream
  • Sauna Finnish style! It goes like this: sauna, sea, sauna, sea, sauna, sea and repeat!


07:00 - 07:30 | Guided Meditation and/or Pranayama
07:30 - 09:00 | Yoga Class
09:00 - 10:00 | Breakfast
10:00 - 11:00 | Yoga Philosophy #1
11:00 - 12:00 | Free time: enjoy morning sun & swim
12:00 - 13:00 | Kirtan with Vijay
13:00 - 14:00 | Lunch
14:00 - 16:00 | Siesta or Nature: take a nap or enjoy the nature
16:00 - 17:00 | Yoga Philosophy #2
17:00 - 18:00 | Kirtan #2 with Vijay
18:00 - 19:00 | Dinner
19:30 - 21:30 | Sauna for women & men


Imagine a small island in Finnish archipelago. It is summer and you are in the land of the midnight sun. You are surrounded by lush green pristine nature. It is totally tranquil. All you can hear is the sound of the Finnish forest. You can feel & smell the ocean. You are free to enjoy the Finnish sauna and refreshing dips in the Baltic sea.

This is a complete back-to-nature experience and the venue offers a very basic and rustic yet cosy country style living with outdoor showers, etc. 

Other activities to enjoy are rowing and kayaking, forest trails, cycling, sun bathing and swimming. You’ll return home from this retreat refreshed, energized and with a joyful heart.

              Sanna Kokkonen (Sushila Devi Dasi)

Sanna, a native Finn, is a yoga instructor, yoga teacher trainer and mentor at Radiantly Alive, Ubud, Bali. She started Ashtanga yoga in the early 90’s with Petri Raisanen and later became a student of Hinduism, Buddhism, Asian Spiritual Classics & Yoga Philosophy. Bhakti & devotional chanting has always been close to her heart. Sanna is certified in the Principle Teachings of Tibetan Buddhism and holds a E-RYT 500 and YACEP.

Sanna will be leading the yoga asana and -philosophy sessions in our retreat.

“Sanna is a wonderful, experienced teacher and the class has a safe, accepting atmosphere. I feel like I can be just who I am and be exactly where I am in my practice. No need to pretend to be a “perfect yogi”. Sanna also has a great sense of humor and her jokes crack me up every time!"
- Kati -
Vijay Krsna

Vijay Krsna is the front man of the California based band Kirtaniyas. Vijay studied devotional Indian folk music, known as “kirtan” in the sacred Indian city of Vrindavana. This rare traditional art form is an ancient call-and-response mantra chanting practice that originated in the Indian sub-continent over 5000 years ago. Vijay formed the Kirtaniyas 2009. Since then Vijay and his band have toured round the world and collaborated and recorded with names such as Jai Utal, Mc Yogi & Dj Drez.

This retreat is the book-end to Vijay Krsna’s extensive Europe Tour and provides an opportunity to ‘bliss out’ in a unique setting. Vijay will be leading daily morning & evening kirtan sessions which will leave you with the feeling of a warm blissful heart.

“We had one of the greatest experience of my life traveling with Vijay Krsna and the Kirtan musicians. I got to experience a whole new spiritual and local side of India that most people never get to see. Everyone was welcoming and made us feel like part of the Kirtan family. I would jump at the chance to travel with Vijay and his Kirtan family again. Wonderful fun loving people that will always be in my heart and some of my most cherished memories."
- Lila -


  • 4 nights and 5 days accommodation at Villa Solhaga (the room sizes vary from 5 people rooms to twin rooms, extremely limited space - “first come, first serve”)
  • 3 delicious healthy home cooked meals Thu, Fri, Sat. Dinner on arrival day Wednesday and breakfast on leaving day Sunday.
  • Daily yoga, pranayma, meditation, yoga philosophy classes with a world class teacher
  • Daily 2 Kirtan sessions with Vijay
  • Use of the sauna, sea and the surroundings
  • A personal gift (hand made in Bali with love)to bring home
  • There will be an opportunity for you to join a group transfer from the airport to the retreat center. If you are interested, please contact us and we will let you know about the details, date and time. If you can not join this one transfer, it will be up to you to get to the retreat center at your own costs. 
  • Note: Price does not include airline tickets. 

Your Organizer

nickole gonzalez
Internationally based KIRTANIYAS are a global collective of energetic, multitalented artists. These twenty-somethings grew up in a Vedic culture of song, dance, philosophy and devotion between ashrams and temples both in India and the western world. They now enjoy sharing devotional culture of Bhakti Yoga with retreats, adventures and educational programs.


I was lucky and blessed to join the amazing Kirtaniyas India Bhakti Yatra (tour) in Jan 2019. Being 7 days in Vrindavan and 3 days in Risikesh with Kirtaniyas was the greatest gift. India is already a wonderful place to visit, but doing so with Kirtaniyas and the group we made there is a unique opportunity that I strongly recommend to those who want to experience the deepest India through devotional (bhakti) yoga. Hare Krisna!!
By Marc O on 06 Jun, 2019
I was blessed to join the Kirtaniyas for the 2019 India Bhakti yatra. This experience was magical and beyond my imagination life-changing. It meant so much to have Vijay, Malini, Rasika and Sita as retreat leaders. They each have a deep and known connection to India - relationships with the land we traveled to, communities we engaged with (ashrams, temples, people etc) and with lineages and bhakti we practiced together. As a person who is Indian born (living in America), this was especially important to me. It supported my intentions to deepen spiritual practice (with leaders who are not themselves perpetuating cultural appropriation) and be a mindful tourist (even in a place that is my ancestral motherland). Bhakti radiates so freely and lovingly from Vijay, Malini, Rasika and Sita (Kirtaniyas band members + other retreat leader/yoga facilitator). They each were so generous in sharing devotional stories and learnings, and also held our group as a beloved community and family. These exchanges opened my heart, deepened my practice and inspired much joy and personal healing. As someone traveling with the group, I felt taken care of… they arranged all needed details and we found synergy as a group with space for personal practice as needed. And have I mentioned that this retreat was so much FUN! I joked to a friend ~ with the Kirtaniyas there is bhakti and kirtan all the time and everywhere. This way of being is precious and soulful. My life is forever transformed from this trip and more so now with the connection and bonds formed on this yatra. I highly recommend experiencing a yatra or event with the Kirtaniyas. Words can’t express the love and sweet nectar that comes from this bhakti and community family experience.
By Kirthi N on 30 May, 2019
I want to talk with u ... kirtanyas....yr servant sumanta from sri jaganath Puri dham...hare Krishna
By sumanta m on 24 May, 2019
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