$595, pre-register before May 1st
$625 after May 1st
Dorm Room accommodations
$535, pre-register before May 1st
$565 after May 1st
Daily Commuter Rate
Please join us for the Annual Memorial Day Retreat at Ananda Ashram May 24th – 27th. Led by Advanced Certified Teacher April DeChagas, we will spend the weekend exploring asana and meditation, while diving deeper into spiritual teachings that can support our health, happiness, and sanity. Best of all, we will be doing it together in a beautiful place. This retreat is not only a gift to yourself, but to everyone you know, and to all beings.
Each day we will rise together for meditation and asana class, then meet again in the afternoons for further exploration through asana, study and song. We will enjoy delicious vegan meals prepared for us with love. There will also be opportunities to study Sanskrit with the amazingly gifted teacher Bharati, and to participate in the ashram’s acclaimed evening programs.
It is often impossible to move forward in a new way without first taking a step back. The retreat is an opportunity to get in touch with our Jivamukti lineage, part of which came through Ananda Ashram founder Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati. By unplugging from daily life, you have the opportunity to steep in your practice, and to suspend unhelpful cyclic thinking.
Not only is April a yoga teacher, she is also a yoga student. She consciously and constantly places herself in the seat of the student, taking classes daily at Jivamukti, studying Sanskrit and philosophy. Because of this, she has a knack for describing the Jivamukti method in an undiluted way, and is knowledgeable about asana, Sanskrit, yogic scriptures and anatomy.
April’s classes are thoughtfully sequenced and fun, typically building up to a peak pose in a smart, safe, alignment based way. There is an ebb and flow to the class, a pacing that allows you to build heat through movement and breath. April gets the “why” of an asana and it is felt, in a way that is approachable to all levels of student. Everything that happens in the classroom is done with purpose and high intention, from the dharma talk and chanting, music and asana, through to the end of class.
Above all what sets April apart from other teachers is her enthusiasm and love of teaching. She is a seasoned yoga instructor, yet she leads class with the excitement and focus of someone just beginning. She is relatable and approachable, and uses stories and experiences from her own life that motivates students to explore what they are capable of doing.
Executive summary: April is amazing. Go take her class. You will love it and you will love her!
Full refund if cancellation is made within 2 days of signing up
Before May 7th – Less 10% processing fee and remaining refund credited to customer’s credit card
After May 7th – Less 10% processing fee and remaining refund credited to customer’s Jivamukti account
No refunds after May 24, 2019