Wed, Apr 12|
Sacred Music & Yoga Retreat
Immerse in both healing nature and Sacred Music (Raaga Therapy) paired with therapeutic Yoga Practices.
Time & Location
Apr 12, 3:00 PM – Apr 16, 12:00 PM
Coimbra, Estrada Ponte da Atalhada Fiais da Beira, 3405-077 Coimbra, Portugal
During this Unique 5 day retreat experience you’ll immerse in both healing nature and Sacred Music (Raaga Therapy) paired with therapeutic Yoga Practices.
Alongside these practices, we’ll enjoy group cold exposure dips in the river, gorgeous hikes to a local waterfall, organic plant based food & drinks, evenings in our wood fired sauna, stargazing from our hot tub, and so much more!
Your Retreat Leaders:
~Ashley Murray - Yoga Teacher, Practitioner and co-founder of Cara Creek Eco Lodge. Ashley holds space for retreat groups and has facilitated annual yoga teacher trainings since 2019 at Cara Creek. Her Sadhana (dedicated practice) has evolved over the last 18 years of practicing Yoga. It has weaved into being a complete and essential way of life for her, and she feels humbled to share what she knows of these practices rooted in the ancient and rich philosophy of Yoga.
~Jason Kalidas - Professional Bansuri player who studied Classical Indian Music for over 25 years in Varanasi India. Jason gives Indian Classical concerts worldwide and works extensively with the healing power of music.
~Eartha Love - Shamanka trained for 25 years and holds temple spaces within and without for initiation, soul mending and conscious living and dying, through the path of the heart, the hridaya.
Ashley will guide twice daily Yoga. All classes will include Asana (yoga postures), Pranayama (breath exercises), and Dhyana (meditation). The Yoga classes that proceed the sacred music sessions will be specifically curated to calm the whole system (body, mind, spirit) to be in a space of receiving. During your time at Cara Creek Ashley will provide guidance for ways to easily integrate some of these Yoga practices into your daily life.
Sacred Music Sessions:
SESSION ONE: RAAGA THERAPY with BANSURI AND TAMPURA
A 3 hour sacred music immersion meditation where we will explore the depths of our hearts and learn about the Raasas (the essence of emotion).
Raags are ancient music formulas of true music healing that focus on the bliss/emotional body. You will bathe in this beautiful music, originally developed in temple sound rituals. It resonates with deep and hidden places in the heart, opening up emotional awareness and healing. You will discover the divine intelligence of your heart which will open you to new discoveries of your innermost feelings.
We will delve into the qualities of the emotions using contrasting Raags in a process and share the mystical teachings of the Raasas – essences of emotions – which is the Tantric root of all sacred Indian arts.
The therapeutic power of this music holds us in a safe place to experience the Raasas (emotions) like love, bhakti, awe, sadness, compassion, peace, joy and introspection as we are continuously held in the beauty and sonic geometry that is healing music.
This often brings relief and release of emotional blockages as well as deeper connection to ourselves and our soul's essence. These Indian Raags will be played Live with the evocative instrument Bansuri and accompanied by the ancient meditational drone instrument the Tampura.
Conscious work with the emotions are a catalyst to awakening to the self and the ‘ higher ‘ divine emotions of the soul, gently and safely breaking down the limitations of the perceived ego.
SESSION TWO: Raagatherapy through Guided Toning
A gently guided session which is designed to be fun, pleasurable as well as deeply healing.
Jason will guide a simple voice toning using ancient mantras and vowels to warm up to experience toning the basic scales of contrasting Raags. The experience has a profound effect on the frequencies of our mind, body and emotions.
If you have hardly ever toned or sung you will find this a very positive experience, Jason is a highly experienced workshop leader and music teacher and knows very well how to get us to feel very relaxed and light hearted.
To be clear, we will not be learning songs or anything like that, this is about exploring various qualities that different frequencies have within us. We will be cocooned in a field of sound from two Tampuras played by Jason and Eartha. Instruments designed to make voice toning and singing effortless!
*Private accommodation in an eco pod (or upgrade to our Granite Room or Cabin for €100)
*transport from Carregal do Sal and support with booking your bus/train to there.
*all Yoga sessions (twice daily) with Ashley
*Two Sacred Music Sessions with Jason & Eartha
*all activities such as a guided hike to the nearby waterfall, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, and more
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on how to secure your spot!