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Bhakti Bliss: Asheville Retreat with Seán Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band + David Newman

Instructor: Seán Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band + David Newman

Date/Time: Thurs Nov 30th - Sun Dec 3rd
Location: AyurPrana Listening Room in Asheville, NC

Join us in Asheville, NC in beautiful Fall for a sweet and soul-nourishing 4 days of chanting, music, satsang, storytelling, poetry, journaling, discussion, and gentle movement to ground yourself in your heart. Seán and David will share practices and guidance for embracing the path of love and giving kirtan (call-and-response chanting) and bhakti a more prominent place in your life. Joining hearts and voices with conscious intention in community, is the perfect way to create clarity, openness, expansion, and healing.

David will be accompanied by Mira and musicians, and Seán will be joined by The Wild Lotus Band, including Alvin Young, Gwendolyn Colman, Narada Wise, and Chris Rosser. All sessions will be held at the AyurPrana Listening Room, a sanctuary for heart-centered, sacred music in the heart of West Asheville. This is a special occasion to celebrate Seán’s arrival in Asheville, and the beginning of David and Seán’s collaborations as part of the AyurPrana team.

In addition to the Bhakti musings, y’all will have the opportunity to enjoy all the magic and beauty that Asheville has to offer. Asheville, NC is an inspirational, spiritual and cultural destination with gorgeous mountains, waterfalls, rivers, lakes and hiking trails. It has incredible restaurants, farmer’s markets, teahouses, local artisan crafts and more.

Bhakti Bliss Program Schedule

Thursday, November 30th

Bhakti Bliss Welcome Session: 7 pm to 9 pm

Friday, December 1st

Bhakti Bliss Session: 9 am to 11 am 

Lunch Break: 11 am to 1 pm

Bhakti Bliss Session: 1 pm to 3 pm

Lullaby Mantra Concert Night (dress cozy): 7 pm to 9 pm

Saturday, December 2nd

Bhakti Bliss Session: 9 am to 11 am 

Lunch Break: 11 am to 1 pm

Bhakti Bliss Session: 1 pm to 3 pm

Concert with David and Seán (open to public): 7 pm to 10 pm

Sunday, December 3rd

Bhakti Bliss Closing Session: 10 am to 1 pm

•All sessions take place at The AyurPrana Listening Room: 312 Haywood Ave., Asheville, NC 28806. There is free parking in the adjacent lot.

•Tuition: $440 with special $50 discount available until October 30.

 *The Saturday evening public concert is included in the Bhakti Bliss tuition.

•Meals are not included, but there are many wonderful places to eat near the venue.

•There are an abundance of Hotels, Inns and Airbnbs in Asheville. Make sure to reserve early for best rates and availability. We offer a discounted rate at TownePlace Suites Asheville Downtown. Check around though to find the best deal.

Seán Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band give new voice to ancient mantras through dynamic songs that merge conscious lyrics and New Orleans roots, rock, gospel, and world grooves. The band’s acclaimed latest album ‘Mystery,’ was named one of the best albums of the year in Louisiana music by Offbeat Magazine. Their previous album Unity, dedicated to celebrating the threads between the world’s spiritual traditions, debuted #1 on the iTunes World Music Chart and #3 on Billboard. They are a featured artist on Putumayo World Music, and are the first mantra-based band to ever play the New Orleans Jazz Festival. The band includes Seán (vocals and harmonium); Alvin Young (6 string fretless bass & guitar); Gwendolyn Colman (percussion & vocals); Narada Wise (drums) and multi-instrumentalist Chris Rosser. 

David Newman is a sacred mantra artist, singer-songwriter, and author and inspirational teacher. David has released numerous acclaimed world music albums, including the #1 iTunes World Music bestseller Love is Awake on which he collaborated with members of Paul Simon’s band. In addition to his mastery of the ancient yogic mantra practice known as kirtan, David’s adventurous musicality, and poetic intimacy as a vocalist and songwriter, bring a unique and exhilarating musical experience to his devoted fan base around the world. “At David Newman’s concert, the event’s volume knob seemed to go from low-level joy to full-on bliss, the kind you feel after climbing a gorgeous mountain or ending a tough run on a strong sprint.” 

-The Washington Post