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THE 2020 JIVAMUKTI YOGA WILD WOODSTOCK INTENSIVE [email protected] WOODSTOCK, NY (USA)

From: August 15, 2020

To: August 30, 2020

Location: Wild Woodstock Forest Sanctuary, 3651 Route 212 Shady Woodstock New York 12409 United States

Contact: [email protected]

Price: starting at $666 USD

Featuring Jivamukti Yoga founders Sharon Gannon & David Life + Jivamukti Berlin director Anja Kuehnel

 

For the fifth time in a row, Jivamukti Yoga Berlin humbly presents The 2020 Jivamukti Yoga Wild Woodstock Intensive Retreat at the Wild Woodstock Forrest Sanctuary in Woodstock, NY (USA) taught by Jivamukti Yoga co-founders Sharon Gannon & David Life and Jivamukti Yoga Berlin director Anja Kuehnel as well as selected guest teachers and presenters.

Do not miss this great opportunity to experience one or two weeks of close and intensive study and practice with living masters and Jivamukti Yoga co-founders Sharon Gannon and David Life at their home in Woodstock, NY (USA). Here they have established the magical Wild Woodstock Forest Sanctuary which also holds a beautiful intimate yoga shala right next to their house where all yoga classes and events of this retreat will be held.

THE 2020 DATES:
Week I: Sat. August 15, 3pm – Sat. August 22, 2pm (8days, 7nights)

Week II:
Sun. August 23, 3pm – Sun August 30, 2pm (8days, 7nights)

Both Weeks: Sat. August 15, 3pm – Sun August 30, 2pm (16days, 15nights)

HALF WEEK SPOTS AVAILABLE FOR THESE DATES:
(1)
Sat. 08/15, 5pm–Tue. 08/18, 7pm  
(2) Tue. 08/18, 5pm–Sat. 08/22, 7pm 
(3) Sun. 08/23, 5pm–Wed. 08/26, 7pm 
(4) Wed. 08/26, 5pm–Sun. 08/30, 2pm

RETREAT LANGUAGE: English (Anja teaches in English but also speaks German for individual tips/assistis/questions)

ALL INFO ON HOW TO SIGN UP, PRICES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS

Registration Form

REGISTRATION AND PRICES:
Prices start at 1,098 EUR/1,215 USD per week without accommodation or 1,440EUR/1,629USD with accommodation. Half week prices 585 EUR/666 USD.

Please check out the registration form for detailed prices, discounts and accommodation options.

THE 2-STEP REGISTRATION PROCESS FOR THIS RETREAT: For registering, we have a 2-step registration process:

STEP 0: Download the registration form (click on the little image to the left), and make sure the offering, dates, prices and terms are agreable for you.

STEP 1: Make the applicable non-refundable sign-up deposit to hold your spot in the retreat and initiate the registration process. See below for payment options and instructions for the sign-up deposit.

STEP 2: Fill in and sign the registration form you downloaded in Step 0. We kindly recommend to use the free iPhone/Android App “Adobe Fill & Sign”! Alternatively, you can also print it out and fill and sign it and then either snail mail, or fax it to +49-30-48491950 or scan and email it to [email protected] Download Adobe Fill&Sign for iPhone/ipad here and for Android here

PLEASE NOTE 1: Spaces are strictly limited due to the size of the intimate yoga shala at the Wild Woodstock Forest Sanctuary which also guarantees participants a very intimate experience with the teachers in a comparatively (in relation to the usual size of their classes) very small group. Please reserve you spot early to avoid frustration.

PLEASE NOTE 2: Your sign-up deposit is non-refundable, if you later change your mind and/or cannot come and/or cannot pay the full retreat price, however, you may find another person to take the retreat instead and who did not pay the sign-up deposit yet and transfer you deposit to this person.

MAKE YOUR FIRST STEP TOWARDS THE WILD WOODSTOCK 2020 ADVENTURE: Secure your spot now by sending us your non-refundable sign-up deposit. These are your payment options and instructions:

Attention: We give you 18 EUR/22.50 USD discount (9EUR/11.25 for half-weeks) on your final retreat invoice if you send your sign-up deposit by bank transfer or Transferwise to our German or US bank account using options 4-6 below.

OPTION 1=No Discount:
Pay your deposit in EUR via Paypal with all major credit cards (also works if you do not have a Paypal account, just click on Create an Account and then it gives you the option to make a GUEST CHECKOUT).

 
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Selection
  Both weeks no accommodation  Aug. 11-26 €540,00 EUR   Both weeks with accommodation  Aug. 11-26 €720,00 EUR   Week 1 only no accommodation  Aug. 11-18 €270,00 EUR   Week 1 only with accommodation  Aug. 11-18 €360,00 EUR   Week 2 only no accommodation  Aug. 19-26 €270,00 EUR   Week 2 only with accommodation  Aug. 19-26 €360,00 EUR   Half Week only no accomodation €135,00 EUR   Half Week only with accomodation €180,00 EUR  
Name of Participant
 

OPTION 2=No Discount:
Pay your deposit in USD via Paypal with all major credit cards (also works if you do not have a Paypal account, just click on Create an Account and then it gives you the option to make a GUEST CHECKOUT)

 
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Selection
  Both weeks no accommodation  Aug. 11-26 $666,00 USD   Both weeks with accommodation  Aug. 11-26 $900,00 USD   Week 1 only no accommodation  Aug. 11-18 $333,00 USD   Week 1 only with accommodation  Aug. 11-18 $450,00 USD   Week 2 only no accommodation  Aug. 19-26 $333,00 USD   Week 2 only with accommodation  Aug. 19-26 $450,00 USD   Half Week only no accomodation $162,00 USD   Half Week only with accomodation $225,00 USD  
Name of Participant
 

OPTION 3=No Discount:
Pay your deposit in EUR by Visa or Mastercard through our Mindbody Booking System by clicking here

SIGN UP DEPOSIT AMOUNT:
135EUR/162USD for 1/2 week without accommodation +++ 180EUR/225USD for 1/2 week with accommodation +++ 270EUR/333USD for 1 week without accommodation +++ 360EUR/450USD for 1 week with accommodation +++ 540EUR/666USD for both weeks without accommodation +++ 720EUR/900USD for both weeks with accommodation

OPTION 4=18 EUR DISCOUNT=TRANSFERWISE.COM:
Send the applicable deposit in EUR to our German bank account with Transferwise.com. Best option if you do do not have a EU or US account as Transferwise fees are much lower than bank fees and their exchange rates are much better than the banks’. If you are new to Transferwise, get your first transfer for free if you click on this link to sign up for Transferwise. When sending your payment to Jivamukti Yoga Berlin with Transferwise, just enter [email protected] as the recipients email, alternatively, you could also manually enter either of our bank account details specified unter no. 5 below.

OPTION 5=18 EUR DISCOUNT=EUR BANK TRANSFER:
Send the applicable deposit by bank transfar in EUR to our German bank account as follows (ATTENTION: This only makes sense if you have a German or European bank account that does not charge you nor Jivamukti Berlin extra bank fees for the bank wire):

IBAN #: DE66700222000020011610
BIC/SWIFT#: FDDODEMMXXX
Account holder: Jivamukti Berlin GmbH, Brunnenstr. 29, 10119 Berlin
Bank: Fidor Bank AG, Sandstr. 33, 80335 München, Germany
Payment note: Wild Woodstock Week 1/2/both

OPTION 6=22.5 USD DISCOUNT = USD BANK TRANSFER:
Send the applicable deposit in USD to our US bank account as follows (ATTENTION: THIS ACCOUNT ONLY WORKS IF YOU SEND A WIRE OR ACH PAYMENT FROM A US BANK ACCOUNT, BUT NOT FROM NON-US BANKS!! If you want to wire from a non-US and non-EU bank account please use Transferwise as described in option 4 above):

Account Number: 8310007894
ACH Routing Number: 026073150
Wire Routing Number: 026073008
Account Holder & Address: Jivamukti Berlin GmbH, c/o TransferWise, 19 W 24th Street, New York 10010 USA
Payment note: Wild Woodstock Week 1/2/both

Luminous Shabda Retreat

BIO AND MORE INFO ON THE TEACHERS OF THIS RETREAT: SHARON GANNON, DAVID LIFE & ANJA KUEHNEL

Luminous Shabda Retreat

“MEET THE INNOVATORS…SHARON GANNON AND DAVID LIFE” (Yoga Journal, USA)
Jivamukti Yoga founded by Sharon Gannon and David Life, is one of the fastest growing and most highly regarded modern approaches to the ancient art of yoga. Sharon Gannon together with David Life have certified hundreds of students to teach the Jivamukti method through the intense one month residential 300 hour Teacher Training course which is offered each year in the US, Costa Rica and/or Europe/India. With their Yoga DVDs and the books “Jivamukti Yoga” (also translated into German, Russian & Italian), “The Art of Yoga”, “Yoga and Vegetarianism”, “Cats and Dogs are People, too!”, “Simple Recipes for Joy”, Sharon and David are changing the way that people view spirituality, life, themselves, each other, animals and the environment.

Sharon Gannon David Life

SHARON GANNON started her quest for liberation upon her birth on July 4th in Washington, DC. Sharon views art as a means for uplifting the soul and her artistic pursuits enriched the community by educating and inspiring. In 1984 she shifted her main focus from the performing arts to teaching yoga in the hope of giving practical methods that would benefit people more directly and immediately. Sharon has studied yoga since 1976 with many teachers around the globe, most notably with Shri Brahmananda Saraswati, Swami Nirmalanada, Shri K. Pattabhi Jois, Swami Shankarananda, Shyam Das and Bhagavan Das. She brings a rare blend of scholarly study, artistic pursuits and a highly disciplined asana and meditation practice to her offerings as a teacher.

DAVID LIFE: Bios are hard for me to digest. The idea that a picture could be painted of me with some little list of factoids is untenable. The only thing that gives me credibility as a yoga teacher is the graceful association with my teachers. Sometimes I like to read bios because it tells me things about a person that I didn’t know and to that end, here is a list of all the significant jobs that have come my way over the past 60 years, in order: Lawnmowing and snowshoveling, Paper delivery, Beer and Wine store stockboy, Forklift driver in Corrugated box company, Phone order taker, Dishwasher, Cafeteria manager, Welder in Steel MIll, Apartment building super, Silk screen production and designer, Graphic designer, Illustrator, Artist, Poet, Life Cafe owner, Yoga teacher, Bio writer!

Anja Kühnel

ANJA KÜHNEL has been a devoted student of Sharon Gannon and David Life since she first met them while temporarily living in New York. She has been directing the two Berlin Jivamukti Yoga Centers and their Jivamukti Apprenticeship Teacher Training program since 2008. After 15 years of study with Sharon and David, Anja is more than grateful for all she has learned and all that she is still going to learn. Anja has been practicing yoga with teachers of various yoga styles and has traveled the world to do so. But in her heart, Anja knew immediately after her first Jivamukti class, that it was where she belonged. She teaches at her two Berlin Jivamukti Yoga Centers, is regularly invited as a guest teacher worldwide and leads the 800-hour Jivamukti Apprenticeship Teacher Training Program in Berlin. She has also been a regularly invited to mentor and teach at the international Jivamukti Teacher Trainings. In November 2020 she will again co-faclitate the German Jivamukti Teacher Training together with Yogeswari.

“The only thing that gives me credibility as a yoga teacher is the graceful association with my teachers.” – David Life

MORE INFO ON THE RETREAT LOCATION AND ACCOMODATION

Wild Woodstock Retreat

OUR LOCATION FOR THE YOGA CLASSES AND EVENTS:
Jivamukti Yoga co-founders Sharon Gannon and David Life open part of their home in Woodstock, NY (USA) for this special retreat. Here they have established the magical Wild Woodstock Forest Sanctuary which also holds a beautiful intimate yoga shala right next to their house where all yoga classes and events of this retreat will be held.

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).

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.

Wild Woodstock Retreat

YOUR ACCOMMODATION DURING THIS RETREAT will be provided in handpicked high quality properties/houses in the Woodstock area. All houses are shared (2 to 5 twin/double or single rooms in one property), i.e. you will share a common living area, a fully equipped self-catered kitchen and 1 to 3 bathrooms with up to 4-10 other retreat participants (depending on the size of the house, number of single rooms booked etc.). All properties and rooms are individual with their special treats so it is hard to compare them. We also offer a number of optional upgrades to the standard accommodation to better suit your individual requirements. Check registration form for details.

Wild Woodstock Retreat

BOARD DURING THIS RETREAT: All houses come with well equipment self-catered kitchens and are strictly vegan, i.e. no diary, egg or meat products may be brought into any of the houses.  The idea of this retreat is to also create a Satsang experience by cooking together delicious vegan meals in groups of likeminded vegan yogis. All houses will be equipped with a copy of Sharon Gannon’s cookbook “Simple Recipes for Joy”. For days/nights out, there are also some very nice vegan restaurants in Woodstock.

Sharon Gannon David Life Woodstock Retreat

GENERAL INFO ON THE YOGA PROGRAM & OTHER ACTIVITIES

Sharon Gannon David Life Woodstock Retreat

BEING WILD, the underlying theme of this first of its kind retreat, in present culture, 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. Reaching this state actually requires the oposite of “chaos” and “disorganization”: A regular intensive yoga practice, not only asana wise but also by studying the other legs of yoga and having satsang with other like minded yogis and most importantly, your teachers.

 

Sharon Gannon David Life Woodstock Retreat

This is why we have designed this one of a kind Jivamukti Yoga Intensive Retreat in Woodstock in order to provide you the opportunity to immerse for up to two weeks in intensive dalily study and practice right from the source with the founders of the Jivamukti Yoga method. Every morning of this retreat, Sharon Gannon and/or David Life will teach a 4 hour intensive Jivamukt Yoga workshop from 10am to 2pm (ca. 3 hour asana practice and ca. 1 hour yoga philosophy teachings). These workshop style morning classes will be complemented by daily 2hour Jivamukti Yoga Open XL classes with Jivamukti Yoga Berlin director Anja Kuehnel and occassionally also other international Jivamukti Yoga teachers in the late afternoon and, occasionally Satsangs, Kirtans and other special events with Sharon Gannon, David Life, Anja Kuehnel and other presenters.

Sharon Gannon David Life Woodstock Retreat

Special Bonus Events: Approximately 1-2 times per week, we hope to offer special events in the late afternoon/evening, such as Satsangs or Kirtans or Yoga Philosophy lectures with Sharon Gannon, David Life and other presenters, which in some cases due to time constraints will be offered INSTEAD of the afternoon Open XL class (i.e. sometimes no Open XL class on special events days). Once during each of the two weeks of this retreat, we invite you to a Karma Yoga session to benefit the Wild Woodstock Forrest Sanctuary area. Exact daily schedule TBA at the retreat venue.

Sharon Gannon David Life Woodstock Retreat

Please note for your planning: On the arrival days there is NO morning class nor Q&A conference with Sharon Gannon and/or David Life, i.e. the first class on your arrival day is the afternoon class with Anja. This also applies if your arrival day is August 20 even though Sharon and David teach on this day in the morning, as this class is only for the people who also booked Part I of the retreat. On August 19 and 27 (final days), there is no evening class with Anja, last class on August 19 and 27 is the morning workshop with Sharon Gannon and/or David Life from 10am-2pm. If you booked both weeks, August 19 in the evening and August 20 in the morning provides a welcome opportunity to take “a day off” and explore Woodstock and its surroundings. For instance, you could visit Ananda Ashram or the Farm Sanctuary. Or go swimming.

As normal with renowned teachers like Sharon Gannon and David Life, the practice space included in this retreat strictly is the size of one regularly sized yoga mat (ca. 0,65×1,8m) only. All practice spots are marked and mats must be placed within the markers. You should bring your own yoga mat as there are only a limited number of rental mats. The yoga room has blankets and straps for your use. It also has a limited number of blocks. If you anticipate using blocks, please bring your own, as we cannot guarantee to have enough for everyone.

 

 
Sharon Gannon David Life Woodstock Retreat

WELCOME LETTER BY ANJA FOR THE RETREAT + DETAILLED SCHEDULE + TRAVEL INFO

CARBON (CO2) OFFSET – WE WILL HAVE 20 TREES PLANTED FOR YOU

As of 2020, your Wild Woodstock retreat tuition already includes a carbon offset for the estimated CO2 produced by the retreat participants travelling to Woodstock and back. For each Wild Woodstock 2020 participant, JYB will have 20 trees planted. A tree absorbs approx. 11.7lbs of CO2 every year, or approx. 468lbs. of CO2 over 40 years, so 20 trees for each participant will absorb roughly 9,360lbs of CO2 over this time, which is about the same amount of CO2 from a round-trip flight from Europe to New York. We know this is a lot of CO2 and we commit to CO2 reduction whenever possible. As of 2020, we will try at the very least to offset the CO2-related travel costs of our non-local retreats through having trees planted. In no way do we want to white-wash the impact on the climate that our Jivamukti Yoga retreats have, and we are committed to offering more local yoga retreats going forward. However, the Wild Woodstock retreat is especially dear to us and to the world-wide Jivamukti Yoga Community as it allows Jivamukti Yoga teachers from all over the world to re-connect “back to the source” of their teachers, the co-founders of the Jivamukti Yoga method, enabling our worldwide Jivamukti teacher community to become even better communicators of the core principles of our method, being Ahimsa, social activism and ethical veganism. It is not an exaggeration to say that Jivamukti Yoga has made countless yoga students worldwide aware of the benefits of a vegetarian and better vegan diet for the planet as a whole as well as for their individual yoga practice and their general well-being. Converting to a vegan diet has prominently been named by The University of Oxford, among others, “as the single biggest way to reduce your environmental impact on earth”, “reducing an individual’s carbon footprint from food by up to 73%”. In addition to this, the proceeds from the Wild Woodstock Intensive Retreat help to maintain The Wild Woodstock Sanctuary by paying for its yearly property taxes which are quite high due to its sheer size. With its 125 acres of protected wild forest, the Wild Woodstock Forest sanctuary does not only give shelter to countless wild animals, like deer, bears, wild turkeys and many more, but it also absorbs more than 5 million lbs. of CO2 from the atmosphere every year (equivalent to 555 roundtrip flights from the US to Europe) while giving back 22,000lbs of O2 at the same time. In addition, all electricity used at the retreat is supplied by solar energy produced on the premises, saving approx. 4,000 lbs. of CO2 per year.

MORE INFO ON THE VENUE/LOCATION OF THE DAILY CLASSES – WILD WOODSTOCK FOREST SANCTUARY

Wild Woodstock Retreat

THE VENUE FOR THE DAILY CLASSES OF THE RETREAT:
Jivamukti Yoga co-founders Sharon Gannon and David Life open part of their home in Woodstock, NY (USA) for this special retreat. Here they have established the magical Wild Woodstock Forrest Sanctuary which also holds a beautiful intimate yoga shala right next to their house where The 2020 Jivamukti Yoga Wild Woodstock Intensive Retreat will be held.

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).

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.

Doors open 30mins before the classes. Please respect the Wild Woodstock Forrest Sanctuary and its inhabitants by keeping the noise level down during checkin and by not arriving much earlier than the doors open. Please bring your own mat if possible, other props (blocks etc.) are available in limited quantity. Please make sure to park your car properly and follow the instructions of the parking attendant.

DIRECTIONS to Wild Woodstock Forest Sanctuary From NYC BY CAR:
The Wild Woodstock Jivamukti Forest Sanctuary is approximately 2.5 hours from New York City
Address: 3651 Route 212 Shady, NY 12409

Take George Washington Bridge top level (from West Side Highway)
Exit right at end of bridge to Palisades Parkway North(Alternately, you could drive up I-87 North to exit #19 Kingston)
Exit #9W to 87 North toward Albany(NOT exit #2 to Route 9W)
Stay on I-87 North (New York State Thruway) TOLL ROAD
Take exit #19 Kingston, Woodstock
After paying toll at Kingston exit, exit right onto Route 28, Pine Hill.
After about 7 min. turn right onto route #375 toward Woodstock (there is a clear sign at the intersection)
After about 5 min. you will come to a stop sign. Turn left toward “Bearsville.”. You are now on Route 212.
You will drive through the town of Woodstock. Stay on the same road, Route 212. You will come to “Bearsville” (look for small 212 roadside sign on right or Bear Cafe on left)
Just after the Bear Cafe, turn right, following the signs for Route 212.
In about 5 min. you will reach 3651 Route 212. Driveway is on the left.
Details:
When the road gets curvy, you will see a road called Church Road (on the right). Just past Church Road is one more “S” curve. You will see a red barn on the right, near the road, with a red mailbox that has a carved wooden cat on top. The driveway to the Sanctuary is directly opposite the barn and mailbox. YOU WILL SEE “LIFE/GANNON” NEXT TO DRIVEWAY, AS WELL AS A SIGN THAT SAYS “YOGA.” pull into the driveway and find a parking spot in the wooded parking area marked with the sign: “yoga parking”

The 2015 Wild Woodstcok Chant Weekend

The Wild Woodstock Forest Sanctuary by BUS:

2 hours 20 minutes from Port Authority, NYC.

Pine Hill /Adirondack Trailways
www.trailwaysny.com (tickets can be pre-purchased online)
1-800-858-8555
Call or check online for fares and schedule. Check the schedule before traveling, as there may be seasonal and holiday changes!

Woodstock Taxi phone# 845-679-7766
The bus from NYC can take you to Woodstock (10 minutes from the Sanctuary) or to Kingston (20 minutes from the Sanctuary). Then you would have to take a taxi to the Wild Woodstock Forest Sanctuary (3651 route 212, Shady, NY) or to the location you will be staying at.

Some buses from NYC go all the way to Shady, which is where the Wild WDST Forest Sanctuary is, but you have to purchase your ticket in NYC to Shady, then you have to let the bus driver know where to let you off when you ask him or her to stop. Tell the driver, “in Shady, just past Church Road, near an old red barn.”

The old red barn will be on the right side of the road just after the first curve of an “S” curve past Church Road. There will be a red mailbox with the numbers 3651 and a black & white painted wooden cat on top of the mailbox, the cat is pointing across the road to our driveway. Next to our driveway at the entrance to the sanctuary will be a tall pole with a winged Siamese cat on top and a sign that says “LIFE/GANNON.” Also look for a white and black painted sign that says “YOGA” Walk all the way to the top of the driveway.

We suggest for first time visitors that you take the bus to Woodstock and call the taxi to bring you to the Sanctuary and not tell the bus driver to take you to Shady as you may get lost.

Sharon Gannon David Life Woodstock Retreat

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