The Mother Science of Tantra

Tantra Shakti In India

Transformation.   Clear Perception.   Connection.   Wisdom.

On many levels we are accelerating, moving forward, changing lifestyle habits and expanding our perceptions. Belief systems handed down to us through our families, friends and personal experiences are taking a watery shift, morphing into new feelings, old feelings, a range of sensations and expanded views. The changes we are undergoing as a human race on our dear Gaia are creating a necessary restructuring of the balance of the elements within and around us. With balance we can attain clear perception. It is imperative that we awaken to what is going on inside of us, as this is the best teacher and guide for our own healing & transformation.

3 Things that keep us centered amidst change are: 

1. Understanding how and what is needed to ground us (personally) in the center of change
2. Opening to new ways of communication, relation & support
3. Connecting with devotion to our Source(s).

The Mother Science of Tantra:

This is the focus of our retreat in February 2016, establishing practices based on the Mother Wisdom & Essence of Tantra. Giving yourself the time and space to healYourself is one of the best activators for healing on our planet, as what you bring to your family and communities will ripple more balance, clarity and positive action.

Each day of our Tantra Shakti and Vital Essences Immersion, we devote time to practices that have been passed down from the sages. Deep nourishment with colorful & delicious meals & the loving guidance of the tour leaders and teachers, will offer the support (and container) to go deep into the Science and Spirit of Tantra. Please join us this February, for an experience of a lifetime. Haridwar, India Feb 8-18th. Deposit now as space is limited! Sign Me Up! or click here for More Info Please!

In love, Brooke

More About Tantra:

Tantra is the path of acceleration, a science of life that teaches (in methodology and embodied practice) an awakening to That Which Supports and Guides Us. It helps us to access our internal and eternal wisdom. Tantra is a spiritual path of connection and grace, supporting the individual in a continuing connection to what is true for them. The beauty of Tantra is that it is not religious, yet supports those on the religious path as well as the scientific & spiritual path. Methodologies handed down are rooted in both science and a tradition that draws from over 5,000 years of human experience, passed down lovingly from teacher to student. The practices help to guide one to deepen one’s connection to Source, no matter what one’s personal beliefs. They also offer the courage and the perseverance to be a pillar in one’s own life.

INDIA TRIP ITINERARY

Tantra Shakti & The Vital Essences      

Haridwar, India

February 8-18, 2016 

footsteps of the goddess

  If you need help arranging your flight to Delhi, please contact Brooke. Seema and Anu, our hosts, will meet everyone at the airport for the 4 hour drive to Haridwar. If you wish to arrive to Delhi earlier and enjoy Delhi, please just meet us at the airport by 4:00am Monday Morning. 

Once you have booked your flight, please send to sacredyoga@gmail.com:

1. Copy of your itinerary 2. Completed Questionnairre Form 3. Your Visa/Passport Status

(If you have a current Visa & Passport, please send Brooke the expiration dates. If you do not, please apply for one Immediately)

**Both a Visa and a Passport are necessary to fly to India. Make POSITIVE that your current Passport & Visa are up to date and INCLUDE your entire travel.

Day 1: Mon February 8, 2016

1:00 am-3:30am Fly into New Delhi Airport 

We will work with what everyone can actualize flight-wise, but as much as we can all arrive around the same time, the easier it is on our hosts. Those who arrive earlier will have to get cozy in the airport & wait for the other travelers to arrive. 

~4:30-5:00am Leave New Delhi for Haridwar SHARP! (Before Delhi Morning Traffic!!) 

Arrive and Settle into Johari House

2:00pm: Rest, Optional Shopping Excursion, Sweet Yoga Practice to Unwind From Travel

6:00pm: Delicious Dinner

7:30pm: Evening Program: Opening Ceremony

9:30pm: Evening Prayers on the Rooftop over Maa Ganga: Waves of Beauty & Bliss

Day 2: Tues February 9, 2016

6:30am: Morning Prayers & Chai 

7:30am: Breakfast 

9-12 pm: Morning Program

12:30pm Lunch

2pm: Getting Started in The Ayurvedic Kitchen with Anu

6pm: Dinner

7:30pm: Evening Program 

9:30pm Evening Prayers Overlooking Maa Ganga 

*Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner is included every day

Day 3: Wed February 10, 2016

6:30am: Morning Prayers & Chai 

7:30am: Breakfast 

9-12 pm: Morning Program

12:30pm: Lunch

2pm: Town Excursion: Rose Garden and Spice Market

6pm: Dinner

7:30pm: Evening Program

9:30pm: Evening Prayers: Saundyalahari: Waves of Beauty & Bliss

Day 4: Thurs February 11, 2016

6:30am: Morning Prayers & Chai 

7:30am: Breakfast 

9-12 pm: Morning Program

12:30pm: Lunch

2pm: Town Excursion: Visit to Sri Yantra Temple (1)

6pm: Dinner

7:30pm: Evening Program

9:30pm: Evening Prayers: Saundaryalahari: Waves of Beauty & Bliss

*travel costs to and from Temples are included

Day 5: Fri February 12, 2016

6:30am: Morning Prayers & Chai 

7:30am: Breakfast 

9-12 pm: Morning Program

12:30pm: Lunch

2pm: Elements(als) of Cooking with Anu

5pm: Dinner 

Evening Light Ceremony Aarti at Har Ki Pauri (2)

7:30pm: Evening Program

9:30pm: Evening Prayers: Saundaryalahari

Day 6: Sat February 13, 2016

6:30am: Morning Prayers & Chai 

7:30am: Breakfast 

9-12 pm: Morning Program

12:30pm: Lunch

2pm: Town Excursion: Maya Devi Temple (Shakti) (3)

6pm: Dinner

7:30pm: Evening Program

9:30pm: Evening Prayers: Saundaryalahari

Day 7: Sun February 14, 2016

6:30am: Morning Prayers & Chai 

7:30am: Breakfast 

9-12 pm: Morning Program

12:30pm: Lunch

2pm: Spicy, Saucy & Tasty (Rasa) 

6pm: Dinner

7:30pm: Evening Program

9:30pm: Evening Prayers: Saundaryalahari

Day 8: Mon February 15, 2016

6:30am: Morning Prayers & Chai 

7:30am: Breakfast 

9-12 pm: Morning Program

12:30pm: Lunch

2pm: Town Excursion: Maa Chandi Devi (Chamunda) Temple (4) 

6pm: Dinner

7:30pm: Evening Program

9:30pm: Evening Prayers: Saundaryalahari

Day 9: Tues February 16, 2016

6:30am: Morning Prayers & Chai 

7:30am: Breakfast 

9-12 pm: Morning Program

12:30pm: Lunch

2pm: Town: Maha Mrityunjaya Temple & Sacred Rudraksha Tree (5)

6pm: Dinner

7:30pm: Evening Program

9:30pm: Evening Prayers: From the Saundaryalahari

Day 10 Wednesday February 17, 2016

6:30am: Morning Prayers & Chai 

7:30am: Breakfast 

9-12 pm: Morning/Closing Program

12:30pm: Lunch

Depart for Dehli

Check In to Hotel

~7pm: Dinner & Goodbye

Day 11 Thursday February 18, 2016

1:00-3:30am Flights Depart from Delhi Airport (Or travel to your next destination if you have other plans) *Please Call Brooke if you need help making your flight reservations so she can guide people to same or similar flights *

Arrival at New Delhi Airport : A group transport will be arranged from the hotel to the airport. This time is based on when the majority of the travelers are departing  (which we will know as soon as all of the flight itineraries are sent to Brooke). We are aiming for flights that depart between 1am-3:30am. If your flight leaves at a different time than the group, Spiritual Vacations will still arrange for your transport, however you will cover that cost- which should not be very much:) Those who would like to arrive earlier to the airport can enjoy the Airport Spa and relax.

Please read the important travel information at the bottom of this page thoroughly.

Registration and Payment:

Cost:A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due upon registration. 

Final payment is due by December 31, 2015.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel before Jan 8, 2016, you will get a full refund minus the deposit. However cancellations after January 8, 2016 cannot be refunded.  

 

Prices Include: 

*Transport from New Delhi Airport to Haridwar (4 hours no traffic)

*Accommodations at the Johari House in Haridwar

*4 Temple tours

*Evening Aarti (Light Ceremony to the River Ganges in Temple Complex)

*Transportation to and from said tours

*Yoga classes, lectures & prayers: Sri Vidya Tantra & ParaYoga® with Brooke, e-RYT500

*Music & Ayurveda with Meg Townshend, ParaYoga®, e-RYT500

*Ayurvedic Cooking Classes with Anu

*Expert guidance with Seema, lead guide/host

*3 scrumptious daily meals 

*Hotel Accommodations and dinner Feb. 17th in Delhi

*Group Transport to New Delhi Airport 

PRICES DO NOT include your flights to and from Delhi. The trip does not include extra nights you may spend before or after the trip. 

How to Pay:

The best payment method is to make a deposit via check or paypal to Brooke Sullivan. You can mail a check (email or call Brooke to let her know it is coming) or do so directly through her website @vitalyogi.com. The remaining balance can be paid immediately or before Dec. 31st, by check or money order made out to: 

Brooke Sullivan 

10717 Arianna Court

Grass Valley, California 95949

**Once Brooke has received your deposit you will be emailed a welcome letter and form to fill out and send back. Thank you!

Please contact Brooke if you have any questions.

By Registering You Agree You have Read and Understand the Following  Disclaimer:

-All participants must be 18 years of age or older unless with a legal guardian. 

-Please note, by registering for this tour you acknowledge Brooke Sullivan and Spiritual Vacation (our hosts, Seema and Anu) act only as agents for the various independent suppliers that provide hotel accommodations & other services connected with this tour.  

-Services are subject to the terms and conditions of those suppliers. Brooke Sullivan, Spiritual Vacation and their respective employees, agents & representatives accept no liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other incident which may be caused by the negligence, defect, default of any company or person in performing these services. 

Responsibility is not accepted for loss, injury, damage or expense of any kind due to sickness, weather, strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, local laws or other such causes. All services and accommodations are subject to the laws and regulations of the country in which they are provided. 

-Spiritual Vacation and Brooke Sullivan are not responsible for any baggage lost or personal effects of individuals participating in this immersion/retreat. Individual travelers are responsible for purchasing a travel insurance policy, if desired, that will cover some of the expenses associated with the loss of luggage or personal effects as well as their personal health insurance policy. 

-Spiritual Vacation and Brooke Sullivan are not responsible for providing health insurance or healthcare while on the trip, & are not responsible for flight cancellations or changes to your personal travel itinerary not provided by the trip.  The itinerary and schedule are available on www.vitalyogi.com and the exact itinerary may be subject to change.  Occasionally weather can become an issue and we reserve the right to not participate in a certain activity if it is deemed unsafe due to weather (Temple Visit, etc) but we will replace that activity with another of equal value.  

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Messages in Dreams

“We are seeking the missing parts of ourselves, our own identity, our roots.” Panditji

It has been over two years since I dreamed of this Pilgrimage to India, to the convergence of the 3 sacred rivers, to the Great spiritual gathering called the Kumbha Mela and Khajuraho, an ancient Tantric City.

On the night of New Year’s Eve 2010, I dreamed I was at the feet of my teacher’s teacher, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait as he lectured to me. I knew in my dream that I was being downloaded important information, so I focused with full intention, trying my best to be a sponge. There was an effervescent quality as if time and space were suspended and the highest of truths was being administered. No words stuck out, no fancy stories or intimate details were being explained. I was absorbing a transmission beyond language. After forever, I was given a basket of offerings or samagri and prepared to go somewhere with a group of people. These actions felt sacred and important. At the time I was clueless about the pilgrimage to India that Panditji was preparing for us (and preparing us for).

A few months later I happened to mention my dream to a Parayogi friend while en route to our yoga training in Mexico. She told me of the plans Panditji had been making for us-a pilgrimage to The Kumbha Mela in a few years. I was both excited and bummed, because is seemed that even if i could save the money I would have a hard time convincing my family. It felt indulgent on the practical level, since I had been floating around doing trainings/retreats for the past few years but compelling on the spiritual level.

Only weeks after returning from Mexico, I visited the Himalayan Institute for the first time. I had been studying their Live In Tantra program (which is still available online), but this was my first experience of meeting the yogis behind the scene. I immediately fell in love with my new spiritual home. It is a humble place rich with the teachings of Tantra, Yoga and Ayurveda, as well as hosts a spectrum of really cool people. That visit I was initiated deeper into the heart of Sri Vidya Tantra and as I brought my daughter with me, she too received her own kind of initiation.

Very present and bubbly with joy, Panditji and his wife Meera were on their way to the lecture. My daughter Saki and her little friend Zinnia asked Panditji to please bless their malas. Saki had to run upstairs to get hers and it blew my mind that Panditji patiently waited for her (his lecture was about to begin) as we all stood and listened to her footsteps thump thumping up the stairs, down the hallway and then back to us minutes later. He smiled big as he blessed her mala, thanked me for bringing my child to the ashram & proceeded into the lecture hall to teach to hundreds of people. Looking peacefully over the audience, he talked about the moment’s story of the little girls who wanted him to bless their malas and how thankful he was that people brought their children to the Institute. As a mama I glowed with appreciation. Children can often be perceived as cumbersome in spiritual places and yet he and Meera made us feel completely welcome, at home. Panditji then proceeded to talk about dreams and messages in dreams. He talked about as yoga practitioners, there are actually ways we can receive guidance in our dreams, a way to ‘check in’ to see how our practices are supporting our life. The understanding I received from what Panditji spoke about was that these kinds of dreams (unlike ordinary dreams) often contain wisdom beyond our intellect and speak directly our soul. They are the dreams that ‘move us’ because they teach from the Ultimate Reality, often giving us answers before we have asked the question.

So mouth catching uber flies, I was pretty much sold. The lecture after that seemed to even shake up my molecules and awaken me to depths of understanding life, nature and myself. I knew that this was my community & my spiritual home & felt the stirring that it was indeed important for me to get my butt to India.

I became a devoted student of the Himalayan Institute after that first visit, which truly accelerated my life and my practice. I lived the concept of trustful surrender, which happens when one feels the support of something greater and guides the seeker to unimaginable places.

And so In June of 2012, through a series of dreams and meditations I was guided to move my family to California. By September my (amazingly willing) family drove across the country to land in a perfect school and beautiful house in Grass Valley, California. We wondered together…what’s next. The potency of the mystical has always superseded my material life experience, but for the first time ever I felt connected, supported and guided by the sages-not just going on whims.

I also found out that the mission of the Himalayan Institute’s pilgrimage had a purpose higher than my own, which seemed to justify the final pieces. We were as a group, to bring the ‘fruits of our practice’ to initiate a Tantric shrine and to help seed light, goodness and the sacred into the consciousness of the human race by becoming in turn, filled with this light. Wow.

I finally got my ticket, knowing that India would be a pivotal point for me and my family. I prayed that this pilgrimage would give me the strength, clarity and guidance to fulfill my purpose in the world…which I was still confused about. So as I packed and prepared, I set my intentions and on January 18, 2013, with a copy of the Devi Mahatmyam (to better understand this Divine Ma) and Swami Rama’s The Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita (to figure out my dharma) I left home, bound to find my path.