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EVENTS – SOMERSET | Living Love: Bhakti Yoga Retreat



A Kirtan–Bhakti Yoga Retreat
with Sivani Mata

Friday 20th October (3pm) – 
Sunday 22nd October (4pm) 2017

at Nature’s Retreat Centre,
Butleigh, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8SJ

Join us for this intimate heart-centred yoga retreat in the sacred English land of Avalon.

Over this new moon weekend we will be exploring different practices from the tradition of Bhakti Yoga (the yoga of love and compassion), particularly Kirtan – the singing of the profoundly healing sounds of sanskrit mantra and effortlessly dropping our awareness out of our busy minds and into our hearts. Kirtan responds to where you are it and what you need in that moment, whether that is to bring you to a space of calm or elation. It can be deeply moving and incredibly joyful.

As well as Kirtan we will share in other Bhakti Yoga offerings including Puja (sacred ceremony), Japa (mantra meditation) and Arati (connecting the elements of creation to our sacred space). We will also share together in nourishing Yogasana (movements), Rhythm of Life Yoga Dance Medicine Journey (Shakti Dance), and Total Yoga Nidra (meditative relaxation).

The invitation with all these practices is to delve deep into the deep hearts core, and to allow the love in your heart to shine through your expression.

“Don't forget love; it will bring all the madness you need
to unfurl yourself across the universe.”
– Mirabai

For the Saturday night we will have a Kirtan with some guest musicians (Harisudha, Durga Das and Vandita) which will be opened up for the local community to attend – click here for details

Testimonials from our last Living Love Retreat:

“The Living Love Bhakti Yoga Retreat was utterly delicious on every level!
Sivani Mata holds such a beautiful nurturing space allowing you be nourished by the wonderful practices she teaches. The weekend was the best gift I could have given myself.”
– Surya Sue

“The retreat with Sivani Mata felt like homecoming, coming back to a space of pure, unconditional and inclusive being where love is given and does not have to be deserved. Her chanting invites into surrendering and the beautiful flow of the yoga practices allows for rest, nourishment and spontaneous expression connected to all that is. It is such a gentle but determined welcoming back of deep feminine power.” – Carine

“Thank you so much Sivani Mata, the weekend was blissful and I came home recharged”
– Jo

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Sivani Mata is a student of Bhakti Yoga (the yoga of love and devotion) and began her journey with this practice through attending various Kirtan (chanting) evenings in London and on her travels. Particularly with family band GOMA, who inspired her to live in trust and bhakti spirit in all aspects of life. She began to lead Kirtan after spending New Year 2009 with Jai Uttal on his Kirtan camp, followed by a Yoga Teacher Training in Mexico at the Yandara Yoga Institute, where an incredible resident kirtan band, Jaya made chanting a key element. Since then Sivani has been running chanting circles and gatherings in the UK, and has released three kirtan albums I AM (2012), Shakti Live (2015) and the most recent a double disc album: Surrender (2016), all produced by bhakti musical magician Tabla Tom. Having fallen in love with the path of Bhakti Yoga, Sivani organised the UK’s first ever Bhakti Music Festival (in August 2011), which brought devotional musical practices from various traditions together as one, in the spirit of universal love and devotion. Following on from this she now organises BE LOVE ~ 11hour Bhakti Immersions in London. Inspired by her Bhakti Practice, Sivani also shares Yoga Nidra, Women's Yoga and Shakti Dance with bhakti spirit, centring these practices in the heart to unveil ones true nature.

Sivani Mata feels incredibly blessed to have found this divine practice and be able to share it with others

Accommodation on the retreat is at the retreat venue, Nature’s Retreat Centre. All rooms will rooms will be shared, 2 people in each.

Our provisional idea of a schedule is below, all timings and offerings are subject to change in response to the needs of the group.


Welcome Yoga Nidra, Greeting Circle, Nourishing Movement and Kirtan
18:30 DINNER
New Moon Celebration
Sleep Time…


Morning Puja (Ceremony)
0715 Arati and Kirtan
1000 Rhythm of Life (Shakti Dance) – Yogasana, Dance, Relaxation & Kirtan
1200 LUNCH
1400 Yoga Nidra, Kirtan and Closing Circle


Morning Puja (Ceremony)
0715 Arati and Kirtan
1000 Rhythm of Life (Shakti Dance) – Yogasana, Dance, Relaxation & Kirtan
1200 LUNCH
Free Time

1500 Yoga Nidra followed by Sanskrit Class or more movement depending on weather and needs of group
1630 Kirtan and Sharing Circle
Open Kirtan
Sleep Time…

£225 early-bird before 4th September 2017, £255 full price
(includes the full programme of yogic offerings, all delicious vegetarian meals, and shared accommodation)

For booking please contact Sivani using
the contact form or call 07734 593 284


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लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु
"May All The Beings In All The Worlds Be Happy and at PEACE"

© Sivani Mata Francis – Natural Mystic Bhajans