Bhakti Heart Center, San Juan Island, WA

August 19-21, 2022 

The beautiful Sanskrit word Lila is most often translated as “Divine Play.” It refers to the playful and sweet relationship between the Absolute and the Physical World - the entire cosmos is the outcome of this creative activity. The word Lila reminds us that life is a dance, to be enjoyed and to be savored. We are divine beings, here on earth to experience all that life has to offer. 

Lila is also used to describe the actions and adventures of the deities. The deity who best represents the attitude of lightness and playfulness is Sri Krishna. The first day of the retreat, August 19th, falls on a very special holiday...Krishna's birthday! Also known as Krishna Janmashtami, it is a very auspicious opportunity for us to let go of the heaviness that sometimes accompanies our everyday life, and embrace a curious, joyful and playful attitude. 

Let's sing and dance and play together this August here at the Bhakti Heart Center! 

During the retreat, we will: 

*Sing lots of kirtan (with lot's of Maha Mantra!) 
*Practice yoga asana and meditation daily 
*Hear stories about Krishna's life and explore ways to connect our own playful and creative nature. 
*Share 6 delicious, organic vegetarian meals 
*Explore the forest, walk the trails, and commune with some truly amazing old-growth trees on sacred land 
*Sing more kirtan! 

Bhakti Heart Center is located on San Juan Island on 10 beautiful acres. We offer our home and these practices to you as a way for us all to remember the Truth and Beauty in our lives. To help us come back to our Center. Our intention is for this to be a healing space you can return to again and again, whether it is this physical space or the home within your own heart.  

The Details:

WHEN 

August 19-21, 2022 

Plan to arrive between 2:00 and 3:00 pm on Friday, August 19th, to get settled in. The retreat will kick off at 4:00 pm with a luscious live music yoga session to help us unwind from our travels and will run through lunch (12:00 pm - 1:00 pm) on Sunday, August 21st. 

ACCOMMODATIONS   

Bhakti Heart Center features 4 guest room options. We have 3 rooms in the main house (2 triples and 1 double) and we also have a yurt that you can book for 2-3 people. It has its own bathroom and kitchen. We will assign rooms first come first serve and can accommodate 10 guests in total.   

If you have particular accessibility needs that impact your mobility, please let us know so that we can find the best room for you. 

YOGA 

We have a beautiful practice space to share with you. Currently, we ask you to bring your own mats and props. We do have a limited supply here, so if you’d like to use ours, please let us know so we can make sure everyone is covered. 

MEALS 

6 organic, locally sourced, and seasonally inspired vegetarian meals.  All meals are included in the cost of the retreat: breakfast, lunch, dinner, plus tea/coffee and snacks. We will take into account allergies and dietary restrictions as much as possible.  

*Please note: This is an alcohol-free event. Meals will be vegetarian. 

COVID PROTOCOL   

Your health and safety are our top priority, therefore, we ask everyone to take a Covid test as close to our time together as possible, and then restrict your contact with others as much as possible.    

Masks are not required at Bhakti Heart Center. Wearing a mask is up to the individual. 

PRICING  

Pricing includes 2 nights lodging, all daily yoga programs, 6 delicious vegetarian meals, bed and bath linens, and freedom to roam.  

Main House

$550pp donation 

The Yurt*

$650pp donation (double occupancy)  

$550pp donation (triple occupancy)  

*if you wish to book the yurt, please contact us.  

Please note: Pricing for gatherings will be donation-based, but with a minimum amount. If you are ever able to donate more, we’ll be able to build a retreat reserve and begin to offer scholarships and more Seva (selfless service) opportunities to those experiencing financial challenges. Also, if you are unable to pay the full amount, please let us know what would be possible and we’ll try to make it happen.  

To secure your spot:  

Send a non-refundable deposit of $300  

or  

Pay-in-full (includes deposit)  

Final payment is due July 22nd, 2022.   

To register, please send an email to: info@robandmelissa.com

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY 

All donations include a $300 non-refundable deposit. The remainder of your payment can be refunded for cancellations through July 22nd, 2022. For cancellations made after July 22nd 2022, the remainder of your payment will be refunded if a new participant is found to fill your spot. If we cancel the retreat for any reason your payment will be refunded in full.   

ABOUT ROB AND MELISSA 

Rob and Melissa have been leading kirtan and sharing Bhakti Yoga teachings since 2011. They have produced three kirtan CDs: one EP, BOLO (2013), two full-length albums, TEJASE (2016) and BREATHE (2019), and 5 kirtan singles: ASATO MA (2020), SHRI HANUMAN CHALISA (2021), SARASWATI DEVI (2021), JAI SRI RAM (2021), and GAYATRI MANTRA (2021). Based in the Pacific Northwest, Rob and Melissa travel extensively, touring in the US, and leading international retreats all over the world.