Nurturing Yogic Lifestyle

JIVAMUKTI
ASHRAM

oṁ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ, tat savitur vareṇyaṁ 
bhargo devasya dhīmahi, dhiyo yo naḥ praćodayāt.

Earth, Space, Heavens. We meditate on the divine light of the radiant source. May that inspire our hearts and thoughts.  

-The Gāyatrī Mantra  Translation: Manorama

RESIDENTIAL ASHRAM INTENSIVE

November 6th, 2021 – February 26th, 2022
Location: Triopetra, Crete, Greece

Nurturing Yogic Lifestyle

JIVAMUKTI
ASHRAM

oṁ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ, tat savitur vareṇyaṁ 
bhargo devasya dhīmahi, dhiyo yo naḥ praćodayāt.

Earth, Space, Heavens. We meditate on the divine light of the radiant source. May that inspire our hearts and thoughts.  

-The Gāyatrī Mantra | Translation: Manorama

RESIDENTIAL ASHRAM INTENSIVE

November 6th, 2021 – February 26th, 2022
Location: Triopetra, Crete, Greece

WHAT IS THE

JIVAMUKTI ASHRAM?

A Chance to Live, Work, Practice in a Conscious Community with Senior & Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga teachers

☉ Spend between 2 to 12 weeks with like minded kindred spirits

☉ Community cooking, gardening, music and sharing art

☉ Daily Seva (service) 1 hour per day per person (cleanliness, kitchen, garden)

☉ Practice classes for newer teachers to gain confidence and develop their skills

READ MORE
The Idea
 
The weeks and months that we fully dedicate to Yoga practice—to good association, studying the right topics, putting ourselves in the right environment conducive to that practice—usually are some of the most nourishing and life-changing times of our life.
 
According to Master Patanjali, practice must be done with sincerity, over a long time, with consistency and intensity. Therefore, it is not merely an exception to the rule of worldliness; it is not in anticipation of a future event; it is a holistic lifestyle, a real path with depth and dedication.

☉✹☉✧☉✹☉✧☉✹☉✧☉✹☉

 
Panta Rhei refers to a state which is always flowing, moving, and changing. It is Greek philosophy’s worldview about the nature of time and reality – a fitting description of our current times, where constant change and seeming uncertainty ride alongside each moment. But if we pay closer attention, we find that even through the fluctuations, there is a certain beauty in the change.
 
For many, in the past year, the lokāh (the location, the realm) of our workplace and yoga space have changed. And these gradual shifts ask us to reflect on the directions we now move, our pathways, and our honest intentions on the chosen path.
 
The world is healing, and we can see a clear shift in how we move as humans. Travelling is becoming less about tourism and more of a real journey, again. The decision and dedication to move are rooted in sincerity and reason; strategies of “faster and quicker” are fading from view.

☉✹☉✧☉✹☉✧☉✹☉✧☉✹☉

 
This aligns powerfully with the ancient teachings. The Bhagavad Gita encourages us to regularly retreat to a remote place, to a “high seat”.  In the first Jivamukti Ashram Residency program, we are excited provide this opportunity to gather with like-hearted yoga practicioners,  to study in-depth and in-person with some of the most experienced Jivamukti teachers in the world.
 
With great anticipation, gratitude, and joy, we are looking forward to this upcoming winter, where we will have the chance to gather together again with family, kids, and friends nearby.  The on-site experience will include daily offerings of yoga asana and meditation classes. You can quite literally surround yourself with positive energy. Explore philosophy and pranayama, bhakti yoga and body work, creativity and chanting, kirtan and karma yoga, epic local nature, and amazing vegan food.
 
The world and its demand on our worklife has changed, and for many, the opportunity to work where and when and how we want has been handed to us; so we receive with an open heart that there is now time and space for practice, home office, good & inspiring company, nature, music and silence, all in one! And we invite you to experience it for yourself with us.
 

WHAT IS THE JIVAMUKTI 
ASHRAM?

 to 4A Chance to Live, Work, Practice in a Conscious Community with Senior & Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga teachers

☉ Spend between 2 to 14 weeks with like minded kindred spirits

☉ Community cooking, gardening, music and sharing art

☉ Daily Seva (service) 1 hour per day per person (cleanliness, kitchen, garden)

☉ Practice classes for newer teachers to gain confidence and develop their skills

READ MORE
The Idea
 
The weeks and months that we fully dedicate to Yoga practice—to good association, studying the right topics, putting ourselves in the right environment conducive to that practice—usually are some of the most nourishing and life-changing times of our life.
 
According to Master Patanjali, practice must be done with sincerity, over a long time, with consistency and intensity. Therefore, it is not merely an exception to the rule of worldliness; it is not in anticipation of a future event; it is a holistic lifestyle, a real path with depth and dedication.

☉✹☉✧☉✹☉✧☉✹☉✧☉✹☉

 
Panta Rhei refers to a state which is always flowing, moving, and changing. It is Greek philosophy’s worldview about the nature of time and reality – a fitting description of our current times, where constant change and seeming uncertainty ride alongside each moment. But if we pay closer attention, we find that even through the fluctuations, there is a certain beauty in the change.

For many, in the past year, the lokāh (the location, the realm) of our workplace and yoga space have changed. And these gradual shifts ask us to reflect on the directions we now move, our pathways, and our honest intentions on the chosen path.

The world is healing, and we can see a clear shift in how we move as humans. Travelling is becoming less about tourism and more of a real journey, again. The decision and dedication to move are rooted in sincerity and reason; strategies of “faster and quicker” are fading from view.

☉✹☉✧☉✹☉✧☉✹☉✧☉✹☉

 
This aligns powerfully with the ancient teachings. The Bhagavad Gita encourages us to regularly retreat to a remote place, to a “high seat”.  In the first Jivamukti Ashram Residency program, we are excited provide this opportunity to gather with like-hearted yoga practicioners,  to study in-depth and in-person with some of the most experienced Jivamukti teachers in the world.
 
With great anticipation, gratitude, and joy, we are looking forward to this upcoming winter, where we will have the chance to gather together again with family, kids, and friends nearby.  The on-site experience will include daily offerings of yoga asana and meditation classes. You can quite literally surround yourself with positive energy. Explore philosophy and pranayama, bhakti yoga and body work, creativity and chanting, kirtan and karma yoga, epic local nature, and amazing vegan food.
 
The world and its demand on our worklife has changed, and for many, the opportunity to work where and when and how we want has been handed to us; so we receive with an open heart that there is now time and space for practice, home office, good & inspiring company, nature, music and silence, all in one! , Aand we invite you to experience it for yourself with us.

WHO IS THE
ASHRAM FOR?

Open to All
No Prerequisites required!

✹ Spiritual Seekers who have little or no yoga background but interested in transformative experiences and dipping your toes into ashram life

✹ Yoga  (continuing) students, teachers, families & friends to spend time in a conscious community

✹ Digital Nomads in home office wanting to work from beautiful Crete, between attending yoga sessions

 

✹ Yoga practitioners taking a sabbatical and wanting to deepen their practice

✹ Jivamukti Yoga Teachers, and teachers of other Yoga methods who want to get a taste of Jivamukti

WHO IS THe ASHRAM FOR?

Open to All
No prerequisites required!

✹ Spiritual Seekers who have little or no yoga background but interested in transformative experiences and dipping your toes into ashram life

✹ Yoga  (continuing) students, teachers, families & friends to spend time in a conscious community.

✹ Digital nomads in home office wanting to work from beautiful Crete between attending yoga sessions

 

✹ Yoga practitioners taking a sabbatical and wanting to deepen their practice

✹ Jivamukti Yoga Teachers, and teachers of other Yoga methods who want to get a taste of Jivamukti

ākāśa
vāyu
agni
āpas
prthivi

annamaya
pranamaya
manomaya
vijñanamaya
anandamaya 

ahimsā
bhakti
dhyana
nāda
shastra

ahimsā
satya
asteya
brahmacharya
aparigraha 

tapah
shaucha
santosha
svadhyaya
ishvara pranidhana

ākāśa
vāyu
agni
āpas
prthivi

annamaya
pranamaya
manomaya
vijñanamaya
anandamaya 

ahimsā
bhakti
dhyana
nāda
shastra

ahimsā
satya
asteya
brahmacharya
aparigraha 

tapah
shaucha
santosha
svadhyaya
ishvara pranidhana

HOW CAN
STUDENTS
PARTICIPATE?

Everyone has something to offer the community.
 
✧ Minimum stay of 2 weeks

✧ Offering of some form of seva depending on the needs (cleanliness, kitchen, bodywork, treatments, teaching)

✧ Varying levels of time commitment for study/practice intensity will be offered

✧ Experienced Jivamukti Yoga Teachers will lead morning sessions e.g. meditation, lecture and asana practice. Some days, there may be extra afternoon/evening sessions offered as well

✧ Newer Jivamukti Yoga Teachers may offer classes to gain some experience teaching

HOW CAN
STUDENTS
PARTICIPATE?

✧ Minimum stay of 2 weeks

✧ Offering of some form of seva depending on the needs (cleanliness, kitchen, bodywork, treatments, teaching)

✧ Varying levels of time commitment for study/practice intensity will be offered

✧ Experienced Jivamukti Yoga Teachers will lead morning sessions e.g. meditation, lecture and asana practice. Some days, there may be extra afternoon/evening sessions offered as well

✧ Newer Jivamukti Yoga Teachers may offer classes to gain some experience teaching

A Serene Work From Home Experience Awaits…
Make the Ashram Your Office!

☉✧☉✧☉✧☉✧☉✧☉

Families Welcome

A Serene Work From Home Experience Awaits…
Make the Ashram Your Office!

☉✧☉✧☉✧☉✧☉✧☉

Families Welcome

FACULTY

WHO, WHEN, WHAT
OVERVIEW TIME AND TEACHERS
Arrival day: Sat Nov 6, 2021
Yoga Intensive with Petros Haffenrichter:
Sun Nov 7 – Fri Nov 19
Depart/Arrive/Stay Sat Nov 20
Yoga Intensive with Jules Febre and Martyna Eder:
Sun Nov 21 – Fri Dec 3
Depart/Arrive/Stay  Sat Dec 4
Yoga Intensive with Emma Henry and Juan Sierra:
Sun Dec 5 – Fri Dec 17
Depart/Arrive/Stay Sat Dec 18 
Yoga Intensive with Petros Haffenrichter and Ian Szydlowski (joining Dec 26):
Sun Dec 19 – Sun Jan 2
Depart/Arrive/Stay  Mon Jan 3
Yoga Intensive with Yogeswari, Ian Szydlowski (Jan 4-8) and Maria Macaya (Jan 9-14):
Tue Jan 4 – Fri Jan 14
Depart/Arrive/Stay  Sat Jan 15
Yoga Intensive with Olga Oskorbina, Anna Lunegova and Mitchell Burnett:
Sun Jan 16 – Fri Jan 28
Depart/Arrive/Stay  Day Sat Jan 29
Yoga Intensive with Ruth Lauer-Manenti and Céline Ryf:
Sun Jan 30 – Fri Feb 11
Depart/Arrive/Stay Day Sat Feb 12
Yoga Intensive with Camilla Veen and Moritz Ulrich:
Sun Feb 13 – Fri Feb 25
Departure Sat Feb 26, 2022
Petros Haffenrichter

Arrival Day: Sat Nov 06, 2021 

Yoga Intensive with Petros Haffenrichter: Sun Nov 07 – Fri Nov 19

Depart/Arrive/Stay: Sat Nov 20

The No Plan Plan

We know the saying “if you want to make God laugh, just say that you have a plan”. It seems though, that humans always want to have a plan, and of course also want to believe that this plan is adequate, valuable and correct. A large part of our motivation comes from this conviction and we want to follow the right plan. Through the practice of yoga we become aware of a level of information that may be overseen, while we play with the formulas of our social, religious, scientific or any other “plan”. The awareness that before, beyond or beneath all human agenda, there already is an existing order, or “Dharma“. The practitioner awakens the perception of something that is greater than all personal or collective plan-making, cultivating an understanding about the root of everything.

The plan is to drop the plan so we render receptive to the master plan. The parameters for this great architecture are the same that constitute our physical, emotional and mental experience, so we only have to learn to naturally perceive those structures.

Over countless generations, even before anyone had a plan for anything, the yogis had deciphered those parameters and found out how to live in complete harmony with those greater laws, handing down practices that help to clear a false vision of the world, which derive from our attachment to agendas or plans according to trends or misinterpretation of what life is all about. 

According to the scriptures of yoga, we mainly are caught in 5 ways, which bind us ever stronger in such illusion. Over the duration of this intensive we will approach practices to realize and work through our levels of misconception from a physical to a mental level.:

1 False knowledge, 2 False Identity, 3 Attachment, 4 Rejection and 5 Misconception of death / attachment to life.

Step by step we’ll establish an attitude of emancipation from those conditions, which is necessary to eventually realize and trust the great plan, the universal architecture and the divine source. Without any doubt.

Jules Febre & Martyna Eder

Arrival Day: Sat Nov 20 

Yoga Intensive with Jules Febre & Martyna Eder: Sun Nov 21 – Fri Dec 03

Depart/Arrive/Stay: Sat Dec 04

Blurred Lines

We often think of boundaries as limitations. You can go to this edge and no further. However we can see these limits as the space that allows for the play between self and other, different layers of reality or understanding. Our body defines the physical space we inhabit, how we move and because of it we can affect other objects in the world. The physical body is seen as just one layer of many that make up this entity we think of as ourselves. Through the practice of asana we can begin to move from a gross understanding of our body and objects in the world to a subtle one. Through contemplation and mediation we may experience the limits of our self become permeable. Where we had only felt movement of body now we feel sensation and energy. Where there was only thinking now there is space and an experience of consciousness itself.

These two weeks we will explore the 5 Tenets of JY to reaffirm the foundations for Sādhanā. Next we will explore some theory and practice centered on the Pancakośa. We will also explore select verses from the Taitirrīya Upaniṣad

Emma Henry & Juan Sierra
Arrival Day: Sat Dec 04

Yoga Intensive with Emma Henry & Juan Sierra: Sun Dec 05 – Fri Dec 17

Depart/Arrive/Stay: Fri Dec 18

The Power Of Silence

Traveling to get away from everything seems like a great plan.  Sometimes the problem is that the mind and all of its cultural noise and attachments makes its way on your trip.  The tornados of your mind have made its way into your suitcase.  Can we stay as a silent witness to the restlessness?  If we can manage to shift our consciousness to the natural sounds of nature, to be present and go “heartward” we will expose the peace that resides within us as the ballad of sounds that nature plays for us takes precedence.  This is the time to retreat, reflect and repose.
We will use our time together to explore the Mahabhuta, nada yoga, chanting, pranayama, meditation.

Petros Haffenrichter & Ian Szydlowski

Arrival Day: Fri Dec 18

Yoga Intensive with Petros Haffenrichter & Ian Szydlowski: Sun Dec 19 – Sun Jan 02, 2022

Depart/Arrive/Stay: Mon Jan 03

Satsang Retreat: let’s get (it) together

One main theme of Yoga is that the soul is undergoing a dream from which it must awaken. This dream represents our association and identification with the world. The fact that it is described as being a dream means that whatever is in it has to be false. Nothing in a dream can be true. Waking up from that dream is the ultimate goal, Self-realization. The sum total of pleasures of the whole world is a mere drop when compared to the bliss of Moksha. When all the desires are destroyed, the extinction of the mind where Mind becomes “No-Mind” is Moksha. If the illusory I-ness or Ego perishes, the end of thoughts to the Maya is Moksha. Extinction of all Psychological conditioning constitutes Eternal Liberation of the Self. Self Knowledge is the realization that the Self is in reality not bound, but always pure and free. Realize that you are the immortal all pervading Self and become free. This is the goal of our life and the goal of our existence.

From Yoga Vasista:
“Satsanga enlarges one’s intelligence, destroys one’s ignorance and one’s psychological distress. Whatever be the cost, however difficult it may be, whatever obstacles may stand in its way, satsanga should never be neglected. For, satsanga alone is one’s light on the path of life. Satsanga is indeed superior to all other forms of religious practices like charity, austerity, pilgrimages and the performance of religious rites. Contentment, satsanga, the spirit of inquiry, and self-control — are the four surest means by which they who are drowning in this ocean of samsara can be saved. Contentment is the supreme gain. Satsanga is the best companion to the destination. The spirit of inquiry itself is the greatest wisdom. And, self-control is supreme happiness. If you are unable to resort to all these four, then practice one: by the diligent practice of one of these, the others will also be found in you. The highest wisdom will seek you of its own accord. Until you tame the wild elephant of your mind with the help of these noble qualities, you cannot have progress towards the supreme, even if you become a god, demi-god or a tree.“

Yogeswari, Ian Szydlowski & Maria Macaya
Arrival Day: Mon Jan 03, 2022

Yoga Intensive with Yogeswari, Ian Szydlowski & Maria Macaya: Yogeswari, Ian Szydlowski (Jan 4-8) and Maria Macaya (Jan 9-14)

Depart/Arrive/Stay: Mon Jan 15

HOW THE PRACTICE OF NIYAMAS LEADS US FROM STUDY TO DEVOTION

with Yogeswari & Ian Szydlowski

“In the village, a sage should go about like a bee, which, not harming Flower, color or scent, Flies off with the nectar.” –The Dhammapada

According to the Sutras of Patañjali the Niyamas (Observances) are the internal principles that form the foundation of a yoga practice. Through a deeper understanding of the Niyamas we can strengthen our desire for self-inquiry, and learn to build on engaging with the Yamas (restraints). In fact the practice of Niyamas allows us to approach the Yamas with graceful ease. Peace with ourselves and with our world becomes expansive — both on and off the mat.

Yogeswari and Ian will teach vigorous Jivamukti classes and share what has inspired them about Jivamukti Yoga, with its challenges and its potential.

Additional Classes:

We will offer a Kirtan on the final night of the week.

 

HOW THE PRACTICE OF YAMAS INFORMS YOUR KARMA YOGA

“Hasten to do good; refrain from evil. If you neglect the good, evil can enter your mind.” –The Dhammapada

Karma Yoga, the yoga of selfless service, is one of the four classical forms of yoga, as described by the Bhagavad Gita. The Yamas (restraints) are the ethical principles that form the foundation of a Yoga practice according to the Yoga Sutra of Patañjali. Deliberately engaging in uplifting society by serving others purifies the heart and mind and makes the practice of Yamas easier. Yoga practices, especially Asana can easily lead to spiritual ego and/or a self-centered, narcissistic body cult. Karma Yoga is essential for practitioners who consider themselves compassionate activists and want to progress on the spiritual path. Maria and Yogeswari will teach vigorous Jivamukti classes and share what inspired them to create their respective foundations (Fundacion Radika and AZAHAR Foundation).

Additional Classes:

Each of us will share an evening Satsang on our respective Foundation and offer a Satsang/ Celebration on the final night.

Olga Oskorbina, Anna Lunegova and Mitchell Burnett

Arrival Day: Sat Jan 15, 2022

Yoga Intensive with Olga Oskorbina, Anna Lunegova and Mitchell Burnett: Sun Jan 16 – Fri Jan 28

Depart/Arrive/Stay: Sat Jan 29

A journey to the soul.

According to Yogic Philosophy the human being is capable of of experiencing 5 dimensions or layers of existence, which are known as the Panca Koshas. These dimensions range from gross to subtle and can be used as a tool to progressively understand and deepen our Yoga practice. The aim of the Yoga aspirant is to achieve higher levels of consciousness by piercing through kosha after kosha. All Yogic practices facilitate this process. Over the two weeks we will explore the relationship of these practices and the way they relate to the dimensions of reality. As we increase our ability to cut through these layers we will move closer towards that which cannot be removed, our true nature.

Ruth Lauer-Manenti & Céline Ryf

Arrival Day: Sat Jan 29, 2022

Yoga Intensive with Ruth Lauer-Manenti & Céline Ryf: Sun Jan 30 – Fri Feb 11

Depart/Arrive/Stay: Sat Feb 12

The Five Koshas

The 5 koshas are layers or sheaths that cover the soul, from gross to subtle. They are known as the food, energy, intellect, emotional and bliss bodies. They all affect each other in that if we are feeling depressed and we change what we eat or how we direct our energy it can lift up our spirits. Nature also is part of these layers in the way that winds carry emotions, plants grow and change colors seasonally demonstrating their intellect, the water and land has a particular energy or vibration, the sun setting offers a kind of bliss. Traditionally the koshas are taught in a retreat setting, where one can uncover parts of themselves through observing the qualities in nature. Thus the seaside in Crete is perfect. The philosophy is poetically described in verses from the Taittiriya Upanishad that are melodious and beautiful to sing. Open to all levels… please join us.

 

Extra sessions-

 

One lecture from 3-5 each week – 2 lectures in total

 

One satsang dedicated to Q and A

 

One satsang each week dedicated to kirtan – 2 kirtan satsangs in total

Camilla Veen & Moritz Ulrich
Arrival Day: Sat Feb 12 

Yoga Intensive with Camilla Veen & Moritz Ulrich: Sun Feb 13 – Fri Feb 25

Departure: Sat Feb 26, 2022

The Five Great Elements

Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. These are the 5 Maha Bhutas. Through asana, pranayama, chanting, meditation and rituals we will dive deeply into their most gross and most esoteric forms and expressions. They are deeply connected with the subtle essences of sound, touch, vision, taste and smell. Our time together will be highly sensational and experiential and will allow you to enjoy a very practical approach into these elevated intellectual concepts. Let us reconnect with mother earth and her very own building blocks, which can ultimately be found in the nature of everything and everyone.

Prepare yourself for sweaty and relaxing physical practices, heart – opening singing, freeing rituals, a vegan cooking session and an exploration of the elements in their purest forms (bring your swim wear).

WHERE AND HOW

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

6:00-8:30am Self Practice Space

8:45-11:15am Morning Practice with Senior/Adv. Cert. Teacher(s) 

11:15-12:00pm Brunch 

Afternoon: Optional Class and Workshop Offerings

5:00-7:00pm Community classes with newer Cert. Teachers 

7:00pm Dinner

Evening: Optional Satsang, Classes, Activities

THE PLACE


Triopetra, located at the south-west coast of Crete, has been a Yoga hotspot for 30 years now, listed as one of the top 50 Yoga- retreat- spots globally by Taschen’s Yoga Retreat Book. The place has drawn monks, ascetics and spiritual seekers for centuries. The hills around are full of caves where orthodox monks, seeking solitude, would practice their austerities. Later the hippies had their biggest community outside the United States just a couple of miles away and the global Yoga arrived a couple of years later, when Derek Ireland, Cliff Barber or Danny Paradise started teaching there in the 1980′
Though many yogis have passed through Triopetra, it is far from being the “beaten track”.

ABOUT THE KRETASHALA

The guest house is slightly elevated above the beach and offers a beautiful view of the sea and the coast. Nestled in the coast, the Kretashala is right by the sea. The lovingly run family guesthouse has simple, well-kept rooms with balconies and sea views.

Pavlos and his family spoiled guests with excellent vegetarian cuisine, mostly from their own local cultivation.

The large, light-flooded yoga room and the yoga terrace offer a direct view of the sea.

A rock formation gives this incredible place on the southern coast of Crete its name, meanwhile it has become a symbol for many yogis, you will always find your way back to this magical place. It is hardly surprising, because in connection with the experience of the wild, mystical landscape, surrounded by the deep blue Libyan sea and its natural, lonely beaches, daily yoga practice leads to the discovery of one’s inner self.

With its natural power, this spot has always seemed to attract people who – apart from social efforts – are looking for their way to harmony with it.

So here ascetics, monks, philosophers and yogis have always let their consciousness permeate the earthy, indestructible, motherly power of this place.

In this area, an ashram stay offers everything you can imagine for recharging your body and soul: enjoying yoga in company, time for yourself and for reflection, for feeling your own senses and spirituality, or just being around yourself to feel and enjoy relaxation.

Once the thoughts are free from daily existence and the senses are sharpened for the fantastic perception of the natural beauty of Crete, practicing yoga leads to a particularly intimate and inspiring perception of the self.

In addition to the yoga practice, you have time for leisurely walks on the beach and to relax. Beginners and advanced are very welcome.

The area is ideal for hiking and long walks on the beach, but of course you can also spend wonderful lazy afternoons on the beach.

THE WEATHER


The Libyan Sea divides Crete from Africa, which is only roughly 200 miles away. Mediterranean winter air is pure; the light is brilliant; and you’re in the surroundings some of the most stunning and wild landscapes in the world. Lose (and find) yourself amidst high mountain ranges covered with snow, creeks, ravines, endless beaches, rocky coastline with rivers. All in, it is an extraordinarily rich display of nature. 

Mediterranean climate can be beautifully sweet – average winter temperature is around 15° C (about 60° F) / water 16-17° C – though , at times the weather in Crete can also be quite extreme: . strong winds, rain, and even snow in the mountains.

Generally, you can expect good weather conditions and mild climate, as extreme conditions are possibly but less likely.  It is true island weather, wonderfully, impulsive.

KARMA YOGA ON SITE

Daily & Weekly   
 
✧ General Cleanliness
✧ Nature walks collecting waste (riverbed / beach)
✧ Plants & Gardens with Pavlos 
✧ Kitchen Seva
✧ Practice Space Seva 
✧ Rooms & Floors
✧ Towels, Sheets, Linen
✧ Ashram Projects

✧ Transfer, Grocery & Pick up Drives (Driving License required)

Garden Group:

✧ Stone Garden Labyrinth 
✧ Meditation Garden / Beach

Staff Coordinaton: 

✧ Sharing & Caring Groups  
✧ Weekly Small Groups Topics

THE INSPIRATION: WILD WOODSTOCK SANCTUARY

The Wild Woodstock Jivamukti Forest Sanctuary is a magical 125-acre sanctuary established in 2003 and located in the beautiful Catskill Mountains near Woodstock in upstate New York (about 2 hours north of New York City and 3.5 miles from downtown Woodstock). Many Jivamukti gatherings have been hosted at Wild Woodstock, which serves as the inspiration for the Jivamukti Ashram Residential program.

The Sanctuary serves as a safe haven and unpolluted habitat for diverse plant and animal communities, including white tail deer, black bear, foxes, porcupines, possums, raccoons, turkeys, as well as a large variety of wild birds, fish, snakes and other reptiles and amphibians. In present culture, the word wild is usually used to mean “chaotic” or “disorganized,” but the word actually means “living true to one’s nature; not restrained, controlled or tamed by others.” The quest for enlightenment is a quest for wildness—to return to the natural state in which we know ourselves as one with all that is and we live that truth fully.

Sharon Gannon often teaches that we can have anything we want so long as we are willing to provide it to others first. She and David Life live that teaching by having established and by maintaining the Wild Woodstock Jivamukti Forest Sanctuary, which is the country ashram for the Jivamukti Yoga School.

PACKING LIST
  • Windbreaker 
  • Rain jacket 
  • Warm clothes 
  • Sun cream 
  • Toiletries 
  • Thick socks / slippers 
  • Hot water bottle 
  • Thermos / Drinking bottle 
  • Sturdy shoes 

WHO, WHEN, WHAT

OVERVIEW TIME AND TEACHERS
Arrival day: Sat Nov 6, 2021
Yoga Intensive with Petros Haffenrichter:
Sun Nov 7 – Fri Nov 19
Depart/Arrive/Stay Sat Nov 20
Yoga Intensive with Jules Febre and Martyna Eder:
Sun Nov 21 – Fri Dec 3
Depart/Arrive/Stay  Sat Dec 4
Yoga Intensive with Emma Henry and Juan Sierra:
Sun Dec 5 – Fri Dec 17
Depart/Arrive/Stay Sat Dec 18 
Yoga Intensive with Petros Haffenrichter and Ian Szydlowski (joining Dec 26):
Sun Dec 19 – Sun Jan 2
Depart/Arrive/Stay  Mon Jan 3
Yoga Intensive with Yogeswari, Ian Szydlowski (Jan 4-8) and Maria Macaya (Jan 9-14):
Tue Jan 4 – Fri Jan 14
Depart/Arrive/Stay  Sat Jan 15
Yoga Intensive with Olga Oskorbina, Anna Lunegova and Mitchell Burnett:
Sun Jan 16 – Fri Jan 28
Depart/Arrive/Stay  Day Sat Jan 29
Yoga Intensive with Ruth Lauer-Manenti and Céline Ryf:
Sun Jan 30 – Fri Feb 11
Depart/Arrive/Stay Day Sat Feb 12
Yoga Intensive with Camilla Veen and Moritz Ulrich:
Sun Feb 13 – Fri Feb 25
Departure Sat Feb 26, 2022
Petros Haffenrichter

Arrival Day: Sat Nov 06, 2021 

Yoga Intensive with Petros Haffenrichter: Sun Nov 07 – Fri Nov 19

Depart/Arrive/Stay: Sat Nov 20

The No Plan Plan

We know the saying “if you want to make God laugh, just say that you have a plan”. It seems though, that humans always want to have a plan, and of course also want to believe that this plan is adequate, valuable and correct. A large part of our motivation comes from this conviction and we want to follow the right plan. Through the practice of yoga we become aware of a level of information that may be overseen, while we play with the formulas of our social, religious, scientific or any other “plan”. The awareness that before, beyond or beneath all human agenda, there already is an existing order, or “Dharma“. The practitioner awakens the perception of something that is greater than all personal or collective plan-making, cultivating an understanding about the root of everything.

The plan is to drop the plan so we render receptive to the master plan. The parameters for this great architecture are the same that constitute our physical, emotional and mental experience, so we only have to learn to naturally perceive those structures.

Over countless generations, even before anyone had a plan for anything, the yogis had deciphered those parameters and found out how to live in complete harmony with those greater laws, handing down practices that help to clear a false vision of the world, which derive from our attachment to agendas or plans according to trends or misinterpretation of what life is all about. 

According to the scriptures of yoga, we mainly are caught in 5 ways, which bind us ever stronger in such illusion. Over the duration of this intensive we will approach practices to realize and work through our levels of misconception from a physical to a mental level.:

1 False knowledge, 2 False Identity, 3 Attachment, 4 Rejection and 5 Misconception of death / attachment to life.

Step by step we’ll establish an attitude of emancipation from those conditions, which is necessary to eventually realize and trust the great plan, the universal architecture and the divine source. Without any doubt.

Jules Febre & Martyna Eder

Arrival Day: Sat Nov 20 

Yoga Intensive with Jules Febre & Martyna Eder: Sun Nov 21 – Fri Dec 03

Depart/Arrive/Stay: Sat Dec 04

Blurred Lines

We often think of boundaries as limitations. You can go to this edge and no further. However we can see these limits as the space that allows for the play between self and other, different layers of reality or understanding. Our body defines the physical space we inhabit, how we move and because of it we can affect other objects in the world. The physical body is seen as just one layer of many that make up this entity we think of as ourselves. Through the practice of asana we can begin to move from a gross understanding of our body and objects in the world to a subtle one. Through contemplation and mediation we may experience the limits of our self become permeable. Where we had only felt movement of body now we feel sensation and energy. Where there was only thinking now there is space and an experience of consciousness itself.

These two weeks we will explore the 5 Tenets of JY to reaffirm the foundations for Sādhanā. Next we will explore some theory and practice centered on the Pancakośa. We will also explore select verses from the Taitirrīya Upaniṣad

Emma Henry & Juan Sierra
Arrival Day: Sat Dec 04

Yoga Intensive with Emma Henry & Juan Sierra: Sun Dec 05 – Fri Dec 17

Depart/Arrive/Stay: Fri Dec 18

The Power Of Silence

Traveling to get away from everything seems like a great plan.  Sometimes the problem is that the mind and all of its cultural noise and attachments makes its way on your trip.  The tornados of your mind have made its way into your suitcase.  Can we stay as a silent witness to the restlessness?  If we can manage to shift our consciousness to the natural sounds of nature, to be present and go “heartward” we will expose the peace that resides within us as the ballad of sounds that nature plays for us takes precedence.  This is the time to retreat, reflect and repose.
We will use our time together to explore the Mahabhuta, nada yoga, chanting, pranayama, meditation.

Petros Haffenrichter & Ian Szydlowski

Arrival Day: Fri Dec 18

Yoga Intensive with Petros Haffenrichter & Ian Szydlowski: Sun Dec 19 – Sun Jan 02, 2022

Depart/Arrive/Stay: Mon Jan 03

Satsang Retreat: let’s get (it) together

One main theme of Yoga is that the soul is undergoing a dream from which it must awaken. This dream represents our association and identification with the world. The fact that it is described as being a dream means that whatever is in it has to be false. Nothing in a dream can be true. Waking up from that dream is the ultimate goal, Self-realization. The sum total of pleasures of the whole world is a mere drop when compared to the bliss of Moksha. When all the desires are destroyed, the extinction of the mind where Mind becomes “No-Mind” is Moksha. If the illusory I-ness or Ego perishes, the end of thoughts to the Maya is Moksha. Extinction of all Psychological conditioning constitutes Eternal Liberation of the Self. Self Knowledge is the realization that the Self is in reality not bound, but always pure and free. Realize that you are the immortal all pervading Self and become free. This is the goal of our life and the goal of our existence.

From Yoga Vasista:
“Satsanga enlarges one’s intelligence, destroys one’s ignorance and one’s psychological distress. Whatever be the cost, however difficult it may be, whatever obstacles may stand in its way, satsanga should never be neglected. For, satsanga alone is one’s light on the path of life. Satsanga is indeed superior to all other forms of religious practices like charity, austerity, pilgrimages and the performance of religious rites. Contentment, satsanga, the spirit of inquiry, and self-control — are the four surest means by which they who are drowning in this ocean of samsara can be saved. Contentment is the supreme gain. Satsanga is the best companion to the destination. The spirit of inquiry itself is the greatest wisdom. And, self-control is supreme happiness. If you are unable to resort to all these four, then practice one: by the diligent practice of one of these, the others will also be found in you. The highest wisdom will seek you of its own accord. Until you tame the wild elephant of your mind with the help of these noble qualities, you cannot have progress towards the supreme, even if you become a god, demi-god or a tree.“

Yogeswari, Ian Szydlowski & Maria Macaya
Arrival Day: Mon Jan 03, 2022

Yoga Intensive with Yogeswari, Ian Szydlowski & Maria Macaya: Yogeswari, Ian Szydlowski (Jan 4-8) and Maria Macaya (Jan 9-14)

Depart/Arrive/Stay: Mon Jan 15

HOW THE PRACTICE OF NIYAMAS LEADS US FROM STUDY TO DEVOTION

with Yogeswari & Ian Szydlowski

“In the village, a sage should go about like a bee, which, not harming Flower, color or scent, Flies off with the nectar.” –The Dhammapada

According to the Sutras of Patañjali the Niyamas (Observances) are the internal principles that form the foundation of a yoga practice. Through a deeper understanding of the Niyamas we can strengthen our desire for self-inquiry, and learn to build on engaging with the Yamas (restraints). In fact the practice of Niyamas allows us to approach the Yamas with graceful ease. Peace with ourselves and with our world becomes expansive — both on and off the mat.

Yogeswari and Ian will teach vigorous Jivamukti classes and share what has inspired them about Jivamukti Yoga, with its challenges and its potential.

Additional Classes:

We will offer a Kirtan on the final night of the week.

 

HOW THE PRACTICE OF YAMAS INFORMS YOUR KARMA YOGA

“Hasten to do good; refrain from evil. If you neglect the good, evil can enter your mind.” –The Dhammapada

Karma Yoga, the yoga of selfless service, is one of the four classical forms of yoga, as described by the Bhagavad Gita. The Yamas (restraints) are the ethical principles that form the foundation of a Yoga practice according to the Yoga Sutra of Patañjali. Deliberately engaging in uplifting society by serving others purifies the heart and mind and makes the practice of Yamas easier. Yoga practices, especially Asana can easily lead to spiritual ego and/or a self-centered, narcissistic body cult. Karma Yoga is essential for practitioners who consider themselves compassionate activists and want to progress on the spiritual path. Maria and Yogeswari will teach vigorous Jivamukti classes and share what inspired them to create their respective foundations (Fundacion Radika and AZAHAR Foundation).

Additional Classes:

Each of us will share an evening Satsang on our respective Foundation and offer a Satsang/ Celebration on the final night.

Olga Oskorbina, Anna Lunegova and Mitchell Burnett

Arrival Day: Sat Jan 15, 2022

Yoga Intensive with Olga Oskorbina, Anna Lunegova and Mitchell Burnett: Sun Jan 16 – Fri Jan 28

Depart/Arrive/Stay: Sat Jan 29

A journey to the soul.

According to Yogic Philosophy the human being is capable of of experiencing 5 dimensions or layers of existence, which are known as the Panca Koshas. These dimensions range from gross to subtle and can be used as a tool to progressively understand and deepen our Yoga practice. The aim of the Yoga aspirant is to achieve higher levels of consciousness by piercing through kosha after kosha. All Yogic practices facilitate this process. Over the two weeks we will explore the relationship of these practices and the way they relate to the dimensions of reality. As we increase our ability to cut through these layers we will move closer towards that which cannot be removed, our true nature.

Ruth Lauer-Manenti & Céline Ryf

Arrival Day: Sat Jan 29, 2022

Yoga Intensive with Ruth Lauer-Manenti & Céline Ryf: Sun Jan 30 – Fri Feb 11

Depart/Arrive/Stay: Sat Feb 12

The Five Koshas

The 5 koshas are layers or sheaths that cover the soul, from gross to subtle. They are known as the food, energy, intellect, emotional and bliss bodies. They all affect each other in that if we are feeling depressed and we change what we eat or how we direct our energy it can lift up our spirits. Nature also is part of these layers in the way that winds carry emotions, plants grow and change colors seasonally demonstrating their intellect, the water and land has a particular energy or vibration, the sun setting offers a kind of bliss. Traditionally the koshas are taught in a retreat setting, where one can uncover parts of themselves through observing the qualities in nature. Thus the seaside in Crete is perfect. The philosophy is poetically described in verses from the Taittiriya Upanishad that are melodious and beautiful to sing. Open to all levels… please join us.

 

Extra sessions-

 

One lecture from 3-5 each week – 2 lectures in total

 

One satsang dedicated to Q and A

 

One satsang each week dedicated to kirtan – 2 kirtan satsangs in total

Camilla Veen & Moritz Ulrich
Arrival Day: Sat Feb 12 

Yoga Intensive with Camilla Veen & Moritz Ulrich: Sun Feb 13 – Fri Feb 25

Departure: Sat Feb 26, 2022

The Five Great Elements

Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. These are the 5 Maha Bhutas. Through asana, pranayama, chanting, meditation and rituals we will dive deeply into their most gross and most esoteric forms and expressions. They are deeply connected with the subtle essences of sound, touch, vision, taste and smell. Our time together will be highly sensational and experiential and will allow you to enjoy a very practical approach into these elevated intellectual concepts. Let us reconnect with mother earth and her very own building blocks, which can ultimately be found in the nature of everything and everyone.

Prepare yourself for sweaty and relaxing physical practices, heart – opening singing, freeing rituals, a vegan cooking session and an exploration of the elements in their purest forms (bring your swim wear).

WHERE AND HOW
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

6:00-8:30am Self Practice Space

8:45-11:15am Morning Practice with Senior/Adv. Cert. Teacher(s) 

11:15-12:00pm Brunch 

Afternoon: Optional Class and Workshop Offerings

5:00-7:00pm Community classes with newer Cert. Teachers 

7:00pm Dinner

Evening: Optional Satsang, Classes, Activities

THE PLACE


Triopetra, located at the south-west coast of Crete, has been a Yoga hotspot for 30 years now, listed as one of the top 50 Yoga- retreat- spots globally by Taschen’s Yoga Retreat Book. The place has drawn monks, ascetics and spiritual seekers for centuries. The hills around are full of caves where orthodox monks, seeking solitude, would practice their austerities. Later the hippies had their biggest community outside the United States just a couple of miles away and the global Yoga arrived a couple of years later, when Derek Ireland, Cliff Barber or Danny Paradise started teaching there in the 1980′
Though many yogis have passed through Triopetra, it is far from being the “beaten track”.

ABOUT THE KRETASHALA

The guest house is slightly elevated above the beach and offers a beautiful view of the sea and the coast. Nestled in the coast, the Kretashala is right by the sea. The lovingly run family guesthouse has simple, well-kept rooms with balconies and sea views.

Pavlos and his family spoiled guests with excellent vegetarian cuisine, mostly from their own local cultivation.

The large, light-flooded yoga room and the yoga terrace offer a direct view of the sea.

A rock formation gives this incredible place on the southern coast of Crete its name, meanwhile it has become a symbol for many yogis, you will always find your way back to this magical place. It is hardly surprising, because in connection with the experience of the wild, mystical landscape, surrounded by the deep blue Libyan sea and its natural, lonely beaches, daily yoga practice leads to the discovery of one’s inner self.

With its natural power, this spot has always seemed to attract people who – apart from social efforts – are looking for their way to harmony with it.

So here ascetics, monks, philosophers and yogis have always let their consciousness permeate the earthy, indestructible, motherly power of this place.

In this area, an ashram stay offers everything you can imagine for recharging your body and soul: enjoying yoga in company, time for yourself and for reflection, for feeling your own senses and spirituality, or just being around yourself to feel and enjoy relaxation.

Once the thoughts are free from daily existence and the senses are sharpened for the fantastic perception of the natural beauty of Crete, practicing yoga leads to a particularly intimate and inspiring perception of the self.

In addition to the yoga practice, you have time for leisurely walks on the beach and to relax. Beginners and advanced are very welcome.

The area is ideal for hiking and long walks on the beach, but of course you can also spend wonderful lazy afternoons on the beach.

THE WEATHER


The Libyan Sea divides Crete from Africa, which is only roughly 200 miles away. Mediterranean winter air is pure; the light is brilliant; and you’re in the surroundings some of the most stunning and wild landscapes in the world. Lose (and find) yourself amidst high mountain ranges covered with snow, creeks, ravines, endless beaches, rocky coastline with rivers. All in, it is an extraordinarily rich display of nature. 

Mediterranean climate can be beautifully sweet – average winter temperature is around 15° C (about 60° F) / water 16-17° C – though , at times the weather in Crete can also be quite extreme: . strong winds, rain, and even snow in the mountains.

Generally, you can expect good weather conditions and mild climate, as extreme conditions are possibly but less likely.  It is true island weather, wonderfully, impulsive.

KARMA YOGA ON SITE

Daily & Weekly   
 
✧ General Cleanliness
✧ Nature walks collecting waste (riverbed / beach)
✧ Plants & Gardens with Pavlos 
✧ Kitchen Seva
✧ Practice Space Seva 
✧ Rooms & Floors
✧ Towels, Sheets, Linen
✧ Ashram Projects

✧ Transfer, Grocery & Pick up Drives (Driving License required)

Garden Group:

✧ Stone Garden Labyrinth 
✧ Meditation Garden / Beach

Staff Coordinaton: 

✧ Sharing & Caring Groups  
✧ Weekly Small Groups Topics

THE INSPIRATION: WILD WOODSTOCK SANCTUARY

The Wild Woodstock Jivamukti Forest Sanctuary is a magical 125-acre sanctuary established in 2003 and located in the beautiful Catskill Mountains near Woodstock in upstate New York (about 2 hours north of New York City and 3.5 miles from downtown Woodstock). Many Jivamukti gatherings have been hosted at Wild Woodstock, which serves as the inspiration for the Jivamukti Ashram Residential program.

The Sanctuary serves as a safe haven and unpolluted habitat for diverse plant and animal communities, including white tail deer, black bear, foxes, porcupines, possums, raccoons, turkeys, as well as a large variety of wild birds, fish, snakes and other reptiles and amphibians. In present culture, the word wild is usually used to mean “chaotic” or “disorganized,” but the word actually means “living true to one’s nature; not restrained, controlled or tamed by others.” The quest for enlightenment is a quest for wildness—to return to the natural state in which we know ourselves as one with all that is and we live that truth fully.

Sharon Gannon often teaches that we can have anything we want so long as we are willing to provide it to others first. She and David Life live that teaching by having established and by maintaining the Wild Woodstock Jivamukti Forest Sanctuary, which is the country ashram for the Jivamukti Yoga School.

PACKING LIST
  • Windbreaker 
  • Rain jacket 
  • Warm clothes 
  • Sun cream 
  • Toiletries 
  • Thick socks / slippers 
  • Hot water bottle 
  • Thermos / Drinking bottle 
  • Sturdy shoes 

Accommodation and Pricing

General prices per two weeks:  

Yoga program €1008,-

✧ Room/Board starting at €500,-

Residency exceeding 27 stays – 5% off total 
Residency exceeding 55 stays – 10% off total  
Residency exceeding 83 stays – 15% off total 

 

Special for Cert. JY teachers:

✧ Extension for €100 off until  Sep 1, upon availability

 

✧ Individual yoga days cost €90 – booking upon email request and availability. 

✧ Individual day room/board rates upon email request and availability.

Payment Policy

Your reservation will be confirmed upon down-payment of 20% of the total amount (yoga + accommodations) The remaining balance is due no later than 14 days before your arrival date.

Cancellation/ Change of Reservation Policy

Change of reservation: If any change to an existing reservation is made, such as changing to a different program or changing room type after booking is confirmed, there will be €50 admin fee

✧  Cancellation by participant more than 60 days before arrival: Payment will be refunded in full minus a €100 admin fee

✧  Cancellation 60-29 days before arrival: 20% cancellation fee, 80% of fees paid are refundable

✧  Cancellation by participant within 28 days of arrival (4 weeks): No refunds available unless there is a medical emergency, government mandated closures, or travel restrictions.

✧  Cancellation free of charge will be allowed only in the case it is impossible to travel due to government restrictions. In that case (outbound travel from student’s home/inbound travel to Crete is not possible) the client needs to inform [email protected] as soon as possible, and all payments minus the registration fee will be refunded.

Participants may privately purchase a travel-insurance to protect their investment/fees.

ACCOMMODATION AND PRICING

General prices per two weeks:  

✧ Yoga program €1008,-

✧ Room/Board starting at €500,-

Residency exceeding 27 stays – 5% off total
Residency exceeding 55 stays – 10% off total
Residency exceeding 83 stays – 15% off total

Special for Cert. JY teachers:

✧ Extension for €100 off until  Sep 1, upon availability

 

Payment Policy

Your reservation will be confirmed upon down-payment of 20% of the total amount (yoga + accommodations) The remaining balance is due no later than 14 days before your arrival date.

Cancellation/ Change of Reservation Policy

Change of reservation: If any change to an existing reservation is made, such as changing to a different program or changing room type after booking is confirmed, there will be €50 admin fee

✧  Cancellation by participant more than 60 days before arrival: Payment will be refunded in full minus a €100 admin fee

✧  Cancellation 60-29 days before arrival: 20% cancellation fee, 80% of fees paid are refundable

✧  Cancellation by participant within 28 days of arrival (4 weeks): No refunds available unless there is a medical emergency, government mandated closures, or travel restrictions.

✧  Cancellation free of charge will be allowed only in the case it is impossible to travel due to government restrictions. In that case (outbound travel from student’s home/inbound travel to Crete is not possible) the client needs to inform [email protected] as soon as possible, and all payments minus the registration fee will be refunded.

Participants may privately purchase a travel-insurance to protect their investment/fees.

✧ Individual yoga days cost €90 – booking upon email request and availability. 

✧ Individual day room/board rates upon email request and availability.

DO YOU HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION? NOT SURE IF THE ASHRAM LIFE IS FOR YOU? WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU! 
We are very happy to answer questions by email, or you are also welcome to schedule a phone call with our friendly team, who are dedicated Jivamukti Yoga practitioners. If you are interested, please write a note about your availability and we will respond to schedule the call.

DO YOU HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION? NOT SURE IF THE ASHRAM LIFE IS FOR YOU? WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU! 

We are very happy to answer questions by email, or you are also welcome to schedule a phone call with our friendly team, who are dedicated Jivamukti Yoga practitioners. If you are interested, please write a note about your availability and we will respond to schedule the call.