Our latest yoga retreat at Pandavas Paradise (our environmental reserve and bhakti yoga ashram in Chapada dos Veadeiros) was held over the long weekend of October 30th to November 2nd.
Most of the participants were first-timers and had previously had no previous contact with Vaishnavism. It’s a blessing to be able to meet new people, coming from many different paths. We had people from Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia.
During the retreat I gave a seminar on “The Path of Knowledge and Peace in Yoga”. In this seminar we studied the definition of knowledge and peace given by Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita, and how to achieve it, as well as techniques to achieve peace given by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutra. Due to rain, instead of the walk that we had scheduled for Sunday, I presented another seminar, “Karma: what it is and how to get rid of it.”
As always, we had two aratiks and 30 minutes of japa every day. It was the first time that most had tried mantra meditation but they liked it!
We had Radharani DD as our yoga teacher. This time she also brought her fiancé, Tulasi Prabhu. Our guests always appreciate her yoga classes, as well as her ayurvedic and thai massages. No stress can survive a few days in nature, with mantras, yoga and massages!
The guests loved the prasada. We used several products from our organic garden, including sweet passion fruit, strawberries, blackberries, mulberries, bananas, chilis and a variety of herbs.
It was mostly rainy, but we managed to get enough sunshine on the last day for nice walk and a swim at our invigorating water falls.
Here are some comments we received from the guests after the retreat:
“I would like to thank you for sharing this Paradise! It was wonderful! I was in need of a refreshing moment of pause to remind me of myself and to connect with this important aspect of life. “- Cecilia
“… I came back feeling very well, as if I had taken a one month vacation. I am very grateful to you all for the hospitality. I hope to always come back and to bring more people to enjoy such wonderful retreats. “- Gina
“I can only thank you for letting me know and spend some time in this Paradise G_d has lent you.” – Claudia
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