8 Day BHAKTImmersion with Seán Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band
Instructor: Seán Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band
Date/Time: Sat March 18th - Sat March 25th
|Bhakti Yoga & Soul Celebration In The Heart Of New Orleans with Seán Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band|
Seán and the band’s 8 Day BHAKTImmersion attracts seekers, yogis, and yoga teachers from locally from New Orleans, around the country, and abroad who wish to experience the inspiration of bhakti yoga in a deep, fun, integrated way. The sessions are educational, experiential, and help participants to empower their creativity through the arts of bhakti yoga: singing, dance, storytelling, poetry, and more. Sing your heart out, rekindle your soul, awaken the gods and goddesses within you, tap into your inner poet, dance like a child, feel your fingers tickle the harmonium, get your hands on a drum and find your rhythm, explore the beauty, romance, and celebration of New Orleans, rejoice in the awakening of your unique voice and creativity. Enhance your connection to Life through Bhakti yoga and kirtan. This 8 Day Immersion is for anyone who wants to steep in bhakti- the yoga of the heart, for yogis who are seeking to deepen their practice, and for yoga teachers seeking inspiration in integrating more bhakti into their classes.
The BHAKTImmersion kicks off on Saturday with a celebratory hometown mantra music concert with Seán, Alvin, Gwendolyn & Narada. The band will share music from their eighteen year repertoire.
The week includes lots of daily kirtan, live music, and dance.
Daily storytime from the mythological world of yoga told in a fun and entertaining way by Seán with live music from Gwendolyn, Alvin, and Narada. Coloring and drawing to help awaken your intuitive connection to the stories.
Beginning and Intermediate Harmonium Lessons! If you don’t already have a harmonium, and wish to learn, you can order a harmonium in advance from Old Delhi Music with the discount promo code “wildlotus5” for a 5% discount.
Drum and rhythm lessons with Gwendolyn + guitar for kirtan with Alvin. Most people who come to the BHAKTimmersion have never played a musical instrument before and relish the safe supportive, environment to begin a music practice from the heart.
Bringing the myths to life. As adults we sometimes lose touch with our creative spirit. The BHAKTimmersion is a place to re-ignite your playful, expressive nature.
The week includes two all-levels Bhakti On The Mat classes guided by Seán with storytime and live music with Alvin, Gwendolyn & Narada. If you’d rather not practice asana, you can just rest and take in the music.
There will be three evening gatherings include: dinner at Seán’s house; a night of live local music with Gwendolyn; and backyard dinner and dance party with live New Orleans funk band.
Listen to New World Kirtan Podcast Documenting One Day at the BHAKTImmersion
Check Out The Bhakti Beat’s Blog & Photo Gallery From The BHAKTImmersion
Spaces are limited. The BHAKTImmersion has sold out in years past, so early registration is highly recommended.
Early Bird Special $1275 if registered by December 21st, 2022 ($200 savings) or $1475 after December 21st.
Register with a $700 non-refundable deposit. Full balance due by February 1st, 2023.
Price includes BHAKTImmersion experience plus extensive guidebook, daily snacks, and two dinners. Price does not include housing and other meals.
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The BHAKTImmersion will be held at Seán’s yoga studio Wild Lotus Yoga at 4842 Perrier St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Please note, Wild Lotus Yoga -Downtown where the BHAKTImmersion has been held in the past closed permanently during the pandemic) The studio is located in a very walkable neighborhood in uptown New Orleans near a variety of restaurants, a neighborhood grocery, and is only 12 blocks from Whole Foods Market. The studio is also located just a few blocks away from the St Charles Avenue Streetcar Line.
From the airport: https://flymsy.com/ground-transportation/
Options include renting a car, Uber/Lyft, bus/streetcar, or bike rental.
(Schedule could change slightly in the flow of the week)
Saturday: Evening Concert – Time TBA
Starting on Sunday, mornings are focused on self-exploration and satsang through singing meditation, interactive chanting, exploration of the archetypes of the gods and goddesses, guidance on how to bring more bhakti into your life; dancing, storytelling, mythology, journaling, and love poetry from the Bhakti tradition. Through the week there will also be a couple of Bhakti On the Mat asana practices led by Seán and accompanied by Alvin, Gwendolyn & Narada. Afternoons include more kirtan and supportive instruction in: basic harmonium with Sean; intermediate harmonium; basic rhythm and drumming workshops with Gwendolyn; and basic guitar-and-bass-for-kirtan with Alvin. Evening celebrations include opening dinner gathering; house party with live local music; and NOLA music outing with Gwendolyn.
Schedule may change slightly in the flow of the week.
Sunday: (9:30am: doors open: snacks, tea & settling in) Session: 10am – 4pm / BHAKTIMMERSION with lunch break. + 5:30-7:30pm / DINNER GATHERING at Seán’s house.
Monday: (9:30am: doors open: snacks, tea & settling in) Session: 10am – 5pm / BHAKTIMMERSION with lunch break. 10pm til / optional LIVE LOCAL MUSIC night on the town with Gwendolyn
Tuesday: (9:30am: doors open: snacks, tea & settling in) Session: 10am – 5pm / BHAKTIMMERSION
Wednesday: (9:30am: doors open: snacks, tea & settling in) Session: 10am – 5pm / BHAKTIMMERSION with lunch break. 6:30pm til / DINNER & HOUSE PARTY Location TBA
Thursday: Free Day to explore New Orleans. Tours available for an extra fee with Seán’s dad, Bruce. Sign up TBA
7:30-9pm Intimate candlelight kirtan with the band.
Friday: (9:30am: doors open: snacks, tea & settling in) Session: 10am – 5pm / BHAKTIMMERSION
Saturday: (9:30am: doors open: snacks, tea & settling in) Session: 10am – 5pm / BHAKTIMMERSION with lunch break.
We will be providing a yummy homestyle vegetarian dinner at our Sunday night and Wednesday night gatherings with a local vegetarian chef, as well as a table of simple healthy snacks during our daily gatherings. You will be responsible for all the other meals. There are restaurants, a neighborhood grocery that serves sandwiches, and other dining options in the neighborhood including Whole Food Market which is 12 blocks away.
At the Saturday orientation you will receive a guidebook binder which will include bhakti resource materials we’ll be working with during our time together including articles by Seán; singing, harmonium and rhythm exercises; a list of other bhakti resources, and more. This book will be a great resource to support your bhakti practice once you return home as well.
Asana Practice and Yoga Classes
There will be two Bhakti On the Mat yoga sessions held during the week guided by Seán and accompanied by Alvin, Gwendolyn & Narada, but the main emphasis is on other bhakti yoga practices. If you wish to take other classes at the studios that week, Wild Lotus offers a 7 Day Visitor’s pass – unlimited yoga classes for $50. See our schedule of daily classes at http://www.wildlotusyoga.com/
Seán’s father Bruce is a certified New Orleans tour guide with lots of knowledge of the city and some unique perspectives. From time to time he takes small groups out for custom-tours of New Orleans. For visitors to NOLA, we will arrange two tours on Thursday for those who are interested, and will share more details with you at the beginning of the week. Tours are $60 per person and last approximately 3-3.5 hours. Spaces limited. Only 6 people for each tour and signups will be available soon.