We asked for it, we got it. We also guess we should have specified: In California.
But kirtan-yoigi-bhaktis can’t be choosers.
Next year, Tim Miller and Krishna Das will be joining forces for a workshop at the Garrison Institute in New York. Some details (and the place to register) is right here:
Join Krishna Das for a weekend retreat of yoga, chanting and devotional heart-opening practices. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with a group of dedicated seekers and immerse yourself in practices, teachings and discussions. The retreat program consist of two evening kirtans and two afternoon workshops led by Krishna Das; two morning yoga classes appropriate for all level by Tim Miller; group chanting of Hanuman Chalisas with Nina Rao. Special guest teachings and chanting will be offered by Lama Gyurme.
It’s happening March 13- 15 (which means we can guess which weekend won’t have the Confluence).
So, we sort of joke about the location. But we realize if it were to happen out here — specifically in the San Diego area — it would probably be attended by Ashtanga Yoga Center regulars. This will be an opportunity for Tim to bring a taste of Ashtanga to a new audience. So, as if they need it, we approve.
It doesn’t mean we aren’t jealous.
If anyone decides to go and wants to provide a little write-up, you know where to find us.
If we haven’t convinced you yet you should spend a week (or two) with Tim Miller up on Mt. Shasta, I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to do so.
But we’ll keep trying. Tim’s blog post from this week gives you the history and the sense of place from his two weeks high above our great state of California:
My first connection to Mt. Shasta was through my good friend Fred Lewis who moved up here 25 years ago and bought The Stoney Brook Inn in Mc Cloud. I came up to visit a year later and Fred proposed the idea of holding a yoga retreat at his new place. We did our first small retreat in 1991 with about ten people, practicing yoga in a yurt and eating our meals at a picnic table in the kitchen. Fred made some improvements over the next couple of years, adding a yoga space and a dining room, and we had our first full-fledged retreat in 1993 with about 25 people. Fred has always been a free spirit, so for the ten years he owned the Stoney Brook Inn there weren’t a lot of rules and people were naked in the hot tub, doing full contact improvisational dance in the lobby, and partaking of certain recreational substances. We called Fred the Hugh Hefner of Mc Cloud.
I think that’s a good place to stop. Go and read more — and think about going. (Bobbie and I still are debating whether to do Tulum or Shasta — Tulum is a little in the lead right now.)
In Los Angeles, you can’t swing a LOLcat without hitting a yoga studio.
And it’s not much different for sites set up for yoga retreats.
There’s a small place up in the Santa Monica Mountains, above Malibu. There’s any number of spots in old hippie draw Ojai. Drive a bit farther up the coast, and you hit different hot spring sites that cater to yoga and relaxation or even stop in California’s Wine Country.
They all have different highlights: the aforementioned hot springs; special yoga rooms; expert organic, vegetarian cooks; special space or energies.
The Confluence, of course, has as its main draw the five senior student/teachers. Plus, being on the Pacific Ocean in early March has to appeal to those who don’t, you know, live next to the Pacific all year round.
My question, though, is what you look for in a yoga retreat? Is it all about the teacher? Does the location and/or accommodations matter? Is the tropic/exotic locale a draw? And would a retreat in India hold any particular, special lure?
I guess that’s more than one question. But I can sum it up as: What do you look for in a yoga retreat?