Gupta Navrātra Online Retreat: January 2023
Welcome to the Gupta Navarātra 2023 Online Self-Study Retreat!
Once a month, we are gifted with 10 consecutive nights and days of energy that is highly favorable for inner/spiritual work. These nights are known as Navarātra (nava = 9, rātri = night). These nine nights are counted after the new moon every month and of the twelve every year, four are considered especially auspicious for spiritual aspirants.
While there are many stories and legends associated with Navarātra, the most important aspect of this time is the evolution of consciousness from the depths of inertia, stagnation, and deeply embedded self-sabotaging patterns to first, freeing dynamism and then stillness infused with sweetness and contentment. While any day and any time of any day is auspicious for sādhana or spiritual practice, Navarātra enhances this practice to give it additional vigor, enthusiasm and powerful cosmic energy.
In these times of unrelenting engagement with work, family, and a constant stream of stressors, Navarātra can become a steady anchor that brings us back to our life purpose, our intention for practice and study, and provide the much-needed respite from the non-stop barrage of to-do lists and tasks.
Practically speaking, it is impossible for most of us who are householders to take off 10-day periods every quarter for self-care! However, it does not need to be an all-or-nothing phenomenon. Instead, we can use the energy of Navarātra to reset while being in the world through a gentler reset. This is the purpose of the Navarātra Online Retreat.
This retreat is structured to provide a framework for the deep exploration of a selected self-study course and practice at home while being gently guided and engaging with other like-minded practitioners. The beauty of this structure is that it can then become a model for long-term practice on your own while bringing the teachings and insights into where it really matters - the moment-to-moment unfolding of life. In this fashion, life and sādhana inform each other. Eventually, the difference between the two dissolves, and all that remains is the continuous opening to the beauty of life.
The first Navarātra Online Retreat will take place during the Magha Gupta Navarātra: January 22-31, 2023.
During this retreat, we will dive into the first half of the exquisite Shakti Rising course, exploring the power and grace of the first Mahāvidyās.
The Mahāvidyās are the ten great goddesses of cosmic wisdom. These goddesses become portals to truth, beauty, and sweetness in daily life when we invoke them in specific ways. They show us the path from suffering to joy, from bondage to freedom, and from discontentment to fulfillment. These great goddesses have been steeped in deep mystery and mysticism, rendering them inaccessible to those who may not be familiar with the tradition. The uniqueness of these goddesses is that they are relevant to every path!
The retreat will follow a general structure of a morning group meditation and guided movement practice, a midday group practice, and an evening satsaṅga with discussions. Each working day, you will be given specific contemplations and practices to engage in while going about your life. During the weekend, the schedule will change to include more time for practice, study, reflection, and discussion with the guide and the group.
The retreat will be led by Tanuka Gupta, who is a long-term student of Kavitha and Śabda Institute.
Included in the Gupta Navrātrī 2023 Self-study retreat:
- Access to the entire Śakti Rising Self-Study course
- Focused study on first five Mahāvidyās.
- Daily facilitated morning practices.
- Daily facilitated evening satsaṅgas.
- Daily chanting sessions.
- Daily evening discussion sessions with Tanuka and senior students.
- Weekend intensive sessions and evening satsaṅgas with Kavitha.
- Closed FB group to learn and grow with other retreat participants.
- Homework and other materials.
All sessions will take place over Zoom and recordings and other materials will be available to review all year.
Cost: $430 (includes the entire Shakti Rising Course)
If you have already taken the Shakti Rising Course, the cost of the retreat is $300
Although pre-requisites are not mandatory, a reading of Shakti Rising is HIGHLY recommended in order to understand the course material.
No refunds will be issued once purchased. Thank you for your understanding.
Scholarships are available on an as-needed basis. Please apply here.
Continuing Education for Yoga Teachers
Our courses, both live and self-study, can be used towards Yoga Alliance Continuing Education requirements for all RYTs already registered with Yoga Alliance. Go here for how to upload your hours.