Join us in the Land of Enchantment amidst red cliffs and endless vistas and open to your creativity through planetary yantra painting, Kundalini Yoga, meditation and an exploration of astrological planetary archetypes. Relax in the quiet and beauty of nature on the stunning land where artist, Georgia O’Keefe, used to retreat to paint. Take time to connect with your Soul, opening to your innate wisdom. Each morning of this 7-day retreat we will meet in Ghost Ranch’s lovely Wellness Yurt and greet the day with silent meditation and a Kundalini yoga class focused on opening to the planetary energy inherent in that day (each day of the week has a planetary energy associated with it) and balancing your body and mind.
The first four days of this retreat focus on the ancient art of Yantra painting. For thousands of years tantric seers have observed the powerful influence of the planets on the human spirit. Indian astrology has long understood that while the energy released by the orbiting planets affects our lives, it is also an energy that can be directed and harnessed to improve our spiritual, mental and physical well being. The 9 planet yantras, beautiful geometric images that utilize specific colors and forms, when meditated upon, instill quietness in the mind, allowing it to positively channel the power of planets represented by each yantra. In these classes, participants will construct and paint yantras and will learn corresponding mantras, containing bija sounds, which will encourage optimum receptivity to the energies of each planet. One does not need any prior art experience, as yantra painting follows a systematic process of creation and is very accessible to all. A willingness to open to your creative side is helpful, though!
There is free time throughout the day to explore Ghost Ranch, which offers an array of hikes through the incredible southwestern landscape or simply sit back, journal, explore personal yoga practice or simply Be. Some afternoons include a guided mantra meditation session utilizing the mantra for that day’s planet or a guided meditative hike on Ghost Ranch. Evening spiritual talks focus on planetary archetypes from a Vedic Astrological Perspective. We observe social silence from the end of the evening spiritual talk each evening through breakfast each morning. During the day conversation is welcome.
The final two days will offer more free time for exploring and relaxing and also the option of two amazing excursions. One will be a guided horseback riding trip for a few hours around the trails, canyons and vistas of Ghost Ranch and the other will be a day-trip to the incredible, healing waters of Ojo Caliente Hot Springs Resort.
This seven-night retreat begins with an evening meal at 5:30 pm on Monday, April 1st and ends in the morning on Monday, April 8th after a morning session and breakfast. This retreat is perfect for anyone with some prior yoga and meditation experience. If you have practiced yoga for awhile, but are new to meditation, please feel free to contact us and check in. No prior art experience necessary. Three meals are served daily. Private sessions with the teachers can be scheduled during the retreat.