New Year's Eve represents a special moment in the year, where large groups of people become synchronized in their awareness, creating strong energetic environments. Such moments offer great
New Year's Eve represents a special moment in the year, where large groups of people become synchronized in their awareness, creating strong energetic environments. Such moments offer great opportunities for meditative insights and to positively influence the future of the world.
Sometimes there are especially privileged moments for meditation when cosmic forces or the energetic environment create an exceptional atmosphere and profound effects or insights are possible. For Yogis, spiritual practice in those moments not only propels one’s personal evolution but also can be dedicated to benefiting others.
The week of Christmas and New Year’s – and especially New Year’s Eve – represents such a period of privileged moments, when the synchronized collective energies of large groups of the population set into action forces of a cosmic scope at precisely determined instants. We should never lose the opportunity to meditate in such situations. This year, as every year according to an Agama Yoga tradition established in 2001, we wish to offer students serious about their spiritual evolution the opportunity to choose meditation instead of social hoopla.
This retreat is inspired by the classical Buddhist-style Vipassana retreat yet with fundamental differences such that, actually, it forms the Yogic and Tantric reply to that style. It is meant to offer a powerful, creative, and flexible alternative to the more staid approach of the Buddhist system of practice.
What you will practice:
Among the forms of practice, we will integrate into our retreat: Laya Yoga meditation, Kashmir Shaivism techniques, practice, music and sound meditation, rare Vijnana Bhairava Tantra treasures and guided meditation, plus Hatha Yoga practice for a 10-day marathon of spiritual awakening.
The retreat, held annually from 23 December-1 January, is divided into two sessions. One hour of Hatha Yoga practice is incorporated in the morning session.
We are very happy to provide video recordings for most of our workshops, but we strongly recommend attending them LIVE and using the videos as support. As the method used for the recordings is Zoom, we don’t guarantee high-quality performance. Recordings are available for one week after the workshop has finishe
(thursday) 23 december 0:00 - (saturday) 1 january 23:59 (GMT+07:00) View in my time
Shiva Hall + Zoom
We are very happy to provide video recordings for most of our workshops, but we strongly recommend attending them LIVE and using the videos as support. As the method used for the recordings is Zoom, we don’t guarantee high-quality performance. Recordings are available during the retreat and for one week after the workshop has finished.
We will gather in Shiva Hall, from the reception follow the stone path to your right until the end. You will pass through Enlightment Hall, Shakti at your left, Ganesha at your right Hall and finally arrive to Shiva!
23 to 30 December
>7:30 to 8:20 Meditation 1
>8:20 to 8:30 Break
>8:30 to 9:20 Meditation 2
>9:20 to 9:30 Break
>9:30 to 10:30 Hatha Yoga
>10:30 to 11:00 Meditation 3 (Music Meditation)
>17 to 17:50 Meditation 4
>17:50 to 18 Break
> 18 to 18:20 Sun Salutation
> 18:30 to 20:30 Lecture and meditation
Extra Meditation for European time zone (online only)
22 to 22:50 Meditation 1
> 23 to midnight Meditation 2
Special events (Free to join online and onsite, no need to be on the retreat to join / online via Youtube)
18:30 - 19::30 Evocation In Akasha Of The Birth Of Christ
19:30 - 20:30 Christmas Carols
> Christ-like sphere of Consciousnesses
25 December Meditation 9:30 to 11:00am
> Invocation Of Shambala Meditation
31 December 10:00 to 11:00am
> New Year’s Meditation With All Time Zones
31 December from 22hs until 1st January
> Echo meditation
1st January 20 to 22hs Echo meditation
Amritesha grew up in a very loving and protected environment, in Germany. An early death in the family, led to him investing his time into profound personal study. The topics he researched were Mysticism, Philosophy, and World Religion. At this time, he simultaneously developed a passion for both the violoncello, and the grand piano. Nevertheless, his affinity to Physics, led to him pursuing a university degree. After receiving his Ph.D, he worked in different high-tech companies. First, as a scientist. Later, as a strategic manager. At this point, the enjoyment which stemmed from attempting to understand the universe as a whole, introduced change into his life. Amritesha's marriage dissolved. Onwards, he delved into the mysteries of psychic powers, energetic massage, and numerous forms of yoga. It wasn't until some years later, that he found Agama in Thailand.There, he found so much love, inspiration, and depth, that he decided to stay with this path as his principal and only focus. He became a yoga teacher, completed all 23 Levels of Agama, and continues his studies with the deeper aspects of Tantra Yoga.
As a young girl, Bhavani sought secrets of the unknown. She was easily moved to contemplate the deeper meaning of life. Thus, she pursued the mysteries of the forest, stars, and sky. Spending her days in nature, she felt her calling towards a way of life that was very different to the usual. The tests of youth led her to Tantra as a teen, to embrace her sexuality (which was fragile, and in need of nourishment and healing). Meeting Agama and her Guru Swamiji Vivekananda (2011), was a huge turning point in her life. She transformed, and felt exhilarated, by the profound teachings and tradition of Tantra Yoga. Additionally, Bhavani is a good and loving mother to a wonderful child, who she gracefully grows up with love, spiritual principles, and wisdom. She has dedicated her life, towards teaching Spirituality, and helping to serve others - so they may evolve on this path. Bhavani is a Senior Teacher of Agama Yoga.
Carla 'began teaching' as a little girl, always wishing to share what she found meaningful and transformative. Initially, she was prone to all physical activities. She practiced gymnastics throughout her childhood, giving her a wonderful awareness of her physical body. Carla was also a committed Christian practitioner. Yet, as she continually sought connection through touch, she found herself frustrated with religious dogma surrounding sex. Thus, she became an Atheist. She left her home country to travel overseas, and an inner journey began. After four years of travelling and living abroad, she was guided to Agama. She came in search of Sexual Tantra, and the discovery of meaningful relationships. The first lecture she attended, was Isvara Pranidana. She felt so touched, that she then knew she had found her place in the world. Bhakti Yoga, Hatha Yoga, and Sexual Tantra, are Carla's favourite tools to access the Divine.
Lucila's spiritual journey began in her early childhood, at a Catholic School in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a child, she was fascinated with Churches and Saints. During her adolescence, she faced the temptations of living in a big city, and lost her faith on the path. After many travels, studies, and an ardent inner search, a dear friend told her about Agama. Since then, she has never left. She found the true purpose of her life, under the guidance of her beloved Swamiji. Now, she is very enthusiastic about sharing these wonderful spiritual teachings with the world.
Since 2003, Muktananda has been teaching Agama Yoga. He became a Yoga teacher to inspire other people, and to help them evolve on their spiritual path. Yoga teaching is an evolutionary path for him, too. He prefers an action-oriented spirituality and believes that, amongst many such actions, teaching Yoga is very noble, good, and beneficial to all beings. Teaching Yoga is a part of his Dharma, in terms of service to humanity and Shiva. Thousands of people have greatly benefited from his love, light, care, and no-nonsense style of teaching. He transmits his profound knowledge and experience in an accessible way, and is beloved for his humour, playfulness, and dedication.
Nirmala began her journey at Agama with a Tantra workshop, which brought so much healing of the guilt and shame she carried around her unconventional views of life and way of being in the world. 7 years later and she is deeply grateful to be able to share the beautiful teachings she has received and to live in a wonderful spiritual community where she can be herself and honour the sacredness of Life. Like most Taurus people, Nirmala experiences food as Divine and enjoys a Venusian life of creative expression and beauty in many forms. Having overcome deep grief through the path of Agama, she feels eternally grateful to Swamiji and his pointings for giving her the strength to stay the course and remain hopeful, realising more and more that God has always been Love.
The founder of Agama Yoga, Swami Vivekananda Saraswati, or “Swamiji” to his students, is a passionate and dedicated teacher of the authentic lines of Indian and Tibetan Yoga, which are rapidly becoming lost in today's "spiritual marketplace." In 1998, Swami Vivekananda took full sannyasa vows at the Kumbha Mela in India, at which time he was ordained; his diksha guru bestowing upon him his new and famous name, which means discriminating insight. Although restrained by a modesty that usually prevents him from discussing it, Swamiji has reached high states of spiritual realisation and samadhi. From this place of knowing, he offers a proven path to spiritual accomplishment in well-articulated concepts. He is one of the few Western Tantric Teachers well-versed in Kundalini Yoga and Gnostic Christianity, and he specialises in the intensely spiritual Tantra Yoga of Kashmir Shaivism. Swamiji’s guidance is felt in many ways at Agama: from in the classroom, presenting Yoga as a living science, based on common sense and joy; to administering various healing techniques, as a practitioner of chiropractic and other healing methods; to lecturing on esoteric Yogic subjects in weekly Satsang; or discussing personal life problems with pupils, possibly in their own language (as he speaks five). Swamiji inspires by personal example and examples from history, quoting uninterruptedly from scores of ancient texts and spiritual masters – all with a great sense of humour and unmatched character.
Yogita was born and grew up, in Israel. Since a young age, she performed gymnastics, and this gave her a good awareness of the physical body. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education, in 2003. After a long unsuccessful spiritual quest in India, she was blessed to find Agama, in Thailand (2006). Thereafter, she committed herself to the practices whole-heartedly, as that is what her soul was longing for. In 2007, she became an Agama Yoga Teacher, and has since taught in various countries worldwide. Yogita, now, is a Senior Agama Teacher. She has has taken numerous Advanced Initiations, in both Yoga & Tantra (the latter, she was empowered to teach, in 2009). She has dedicated a great deal of her time and energy, into the field of sexual healing, and empowerment in light of spirituality. Yogita loves to sing, and her voice is one of her greatest gifts. This talent, she uses, to express her devotion to the Divine with Bhakti. Additionally, she has led Bhajan circles for many years. She is extremely passionate about sharing the Tantric Teachings with women. She loves to teach "Complete Femininity", as it has truly transformed her life, and contributed to her spiritual evolution, as a woman on the Tantric Path. Trainings in Psycho-Spiritual work over the last nine years, have also greatly influenced her approach to teaching. Teaching Yoga has increased her enthusiasm for Spirituality, and made her a stronger practitioner. Yogita is eternally grateful to Swami Vivekananda Saraswati, who founded this exceptional yoga school and remains its Head Teacher. His generous heart, and dedication to teaching Yoga, have been an endless source of inspiration on her path - as a disciple and teacher herself.
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