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Big Sky Retreat: Awakening Creativity through Yantra Painting, Yoga & Meditation

April 1, 2019 - April 8, 2019

Monday – Monday April 1 - 8, 2019

Instructors: Krishna Peter Perry, Aiyana Athenian & Mavis Gewant

Schedule: Monday afternoon until Monday mid-morning (details below)
Ghost Ranch Retreat Center | Abiquiu, New Mexico

Check back for future dates potentially in late 2020 or 2021.

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.

blue yantra geometric design

Saturn Yantra

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.

Sample Daily Schedule:

6:15 – 8:00 a.m. – Meditation & Kundalini Yoga Class

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. – Breakfast

9:30 – 11:30 – Yantra Painting

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Yantra Painting

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Mantra Chanting & Meditation or Guided Hike (some days this will be free time)

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Dinner

7:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Spiritual Talk on Planetary Archetypes from a Vedic Astrological Perspective

Rates & Accommodation

The rate includes 3 meals/day, lodging, yantra painting classes, yoga & meditation sessions and a private session with the teachers if desired.

Early Registration Rate: Registered by December 1, 2018

Dorm Triple/Quad (w/Shared Bath): $1175.00

Dorm Double (w/Shared Bath): $1345.00

Dorm Single (w/Shared Bath): $1650.00

Cottage Double (w/Private Bath): $1695.00

Cottage Single (w/Private Bath): $2050.00


Regular Rate: Registered by March 1, 2019

Corral Block Dorm Triple/Quad (w/Shared Bath): $1275.00

Corral Block Dorm Double (w/Shared Bath): $1445.00

Corral Block Dorm Single (w/Shared Bath): $1750.00

Cottage Double (w/Private Bath): $1,795.00

Cottage Single (w/Private Bath): $2,150.00


Scholarship Option/Rate: We offer two $250 scholarships for this retreat. Please Contact us for details on how to apply for a scholarship. They are awarded on a first-come first-serve basis, so early registration is recommended if you are interested in a scholarship. 1 left.

Payment Plan Rate: Registered by September 1, 2018 (6-installment payment plan): Regular rate as per accommodation choice. | Contact us for more info.

Art/Painting Supply Fee: $25/person due with retreat balance.

Registration: To register, submit the application below. Early registration is recommended to secure a spot. Registration closes December 1, 2018.

Continuing Education Credits: 50 CE hours are available with Yoga Alliance for this Yoga & Meditation Immersion. Please notify us before the training if you wish to receive CEs.

Advanced YTT Credit: This retreat is available for credit towards the ShivaShakti 300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training.

Accommodation/Meals: Accommodation is provided at the beautiful Ghost Ranch in dorms or cottages with single, double or multi-occupancy options. Three (3) meals are served daily. Food sensitivities can be accommodated. More information about the Ghost Ranch Retreat Center including directions, facilities, travel info, FAQ’s, etc. will be e-mailed to participants after the application/deposit are submitted. Contact us for details about the retreat facilities, food, etc.

Additional (Optional) Costs:

Transport to Ghost Ranch from the Albuquerque or Santa Fe airport: Varies depending on number of participants traveling together. (This is optional if one chooses to get to Ghost Ranch on their own).

Optional Excursions for Horse-back Riding and to Ojo Client Hot Springs.


Admissions Procedures:

Application Deadline for the Big Sky Retreat: March 1, 2019

Step 1: Fill out and submit the application below or contact us to receive an application by mail.

Step 2: Once an application has been received, it will be reviewed and a paypal invoice e-mailed to the applicant within 1-2 business days for the 50% application deposit or if opting for the payment plan, a $500 deposit. The application deposit must be paid within 7 days of the issuing date of the invoice in order to hold a space in the retreat. The application process is not complete until the application deposit has been paid.

Step 3: An acceptance packet, which includes additional information about the retreat will be e-mailed to the applicant within 2 weeks after the application and deposit have been received.

Step 4: The remaining balance is due 30 days before the start date of the retreat or if using a payment plan divided into 6 monthly payments beginning September 1, 2018.

Please only submit an application if you are seriously planning to attend if accepted. Thank you.

ShivaShakti School of Yoga does not discriminate based on gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, age or body shape.

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Krishna Peter Perry & Aiyana Athenian


Ghost Ranch
280 Private drive 1708, Highway 84
Abiqui, NM 87501 United States
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