“Peaceful, sacred, restful. Our retreat at Bethel Farm was the perfect setting for The Yoga Space teachers to be together in a simple, conscious, comfortable space to immerse in the practices of yoga and meditation, enjoy vegan food, sauna, hiking and just hanging out. Accommodations were ideal, lots of open space but lots of opportunity for privacy at the same time and real cozy during a Winter snowstorm! A magical place to open your heart, be with nature and connect with the Divine. Looking forward to our next visit!”
-Gretchen Carmel (Rajeshwari), Studio Owner in Keene, NH
It was with great excitement that I signed up for a retreat with my Boston Yoga teacher at Bethel Farm. Since I love the classes at the farm I thought a retreat there would be a nice experience.
It was much more than I expected, the fact that I did not have to wake up early to travel to the classes, but rather just get up and stroll into class. The food was incredible all weekend long, the Kirtan that was performed by KSR while I was there was the rock and roll of Kirtans. Wonderful people from surrounding states participated, and I made new yoga friends. I had a lot of fun, practiced great yoga and truly felt that I was at a top notch retreat.
The best thing, it took me under an hour each way since I live in the area. I still had time on Sunday night to tend to my tasks at home, instead of getting home late and be exhausted the next day (I know not everybody was that lucky). I can’t wait for the next opportunity to visit.
– Annelie Mullen NH yoga student
Bhagavan Das is the last living cultural icon of the 60’s. As Ram Das’s mentor (author of Be Here Now) he ushered in the New Age Spiritual Movement being the first Kirtan Artist in America. His groundbreaking album “Ah” (1971) produced by Jimmi Hendrix’s manager Michael Jeffrey’s was the first World Music album from Electric Ladyland. Bhagavan Das has also toured with Allen Ginsberg, opened for the Grateful Dead and sang with Bob Dylan. Living as a sadhu in India for six years Bhagavan Das studied the ancient science of Nada Yoga under the guidance and direction of his Guru Neem Karoli Baba. Nada Yoga is the path of devotion to the inner sound current as a means to God Realization. Alan Watt’s himself saying in a Rolling Stone review of the Album “Ah” that “Bhagavan Das is truly a Master of Nada Yoga”
Ruth Lauer-Manenti – Shestarted practicing yoga in 1989 as a way of healing from a bad car accident. She has made numerous trips to India where she has had many lessons from great masters as well as from the local people. She is currently helping to fund the building and running of an orphanage in downtown Mysore, a bustling city in India, where Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and his family live.
Devadas – is a devotee and a kirtaniya hailing from Brooklyn, New York. Under the inspiration of his Guru, Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, he’s been leading chanting at satsangs, yoga studios, meditation centers and temples all over New York City, the U.S. and India. He has routinely performed in and curated kirtans and sacred music events to benefit the humanitarian organization Embracing the World, and along with fellow artists Gaura Vani, Shantala, Dave Stringer and John de Kadt, is working with the Call and Response foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the practice of kirtan to under-served, remote or underexposed populations. Devadas has recorded “Bhajans”, an album of traditional chants as well as three albums of original compositions, “Ocean – Songs for Amma”, “Shine Shine On” and “Milton’s Glen”, and is currently collaborating with J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr on the musical score for a soon-to-be-released documentary on the life legendary kirtan wallah Krishna Das.
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