2016 Bhakti Retreat

2016 Bhakti Retreat

September 23-25! Weekend Passes and single day tickets now available! Some last minute lodging may be available at the ashram but can no longer by booked online here. Please note that all tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE. For more information call (813)360-1008 or send us an email.

Event Details

  • September 23, 2016 - September 25, 2016
    4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

A unique gathering for kirtan, bhakti, storytelling, yoga, sacred literature, blessed food and good association. Reserve your tickets now for this intimate bhakti retreat at the scenic Ananda Ashram in Monroe, NY, just 45 miles north of NYC. Stay with us onsite or choose from various nearby hotels. This is the most beautiful time of the year to visit this region and a gathering that stands out for its bhakti bhav. **Single day tickets now available**

FEATURING: Jai Uttal (via live stream), Prema Hara, SRI Kirtan, David Estes/Ananda Rasa, Adam Bauer, Karnamrita Dasi, Radharani Renee Finkelstein, Nina Rao, Devadas Labrecque, Steve Gorn – Bansuri Virtuoso, Arundhati Sherbow, Richard Davis, Naren Budhkar; Jivamukti Yoga with Sharon Gannon; John Smritic; Yin yoga with Keli Lalita; Bhakti teachings with Shri Milan Goswami (via live stream), Prof. Premdas David Haberman, Vallabh Das….. and YOU!

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4pm Check in
5:30 pm dinner
6:45 pm  Opening Ceremony
7:30 pm – Prema Hara
9:00 pm – SRI Kirtan
10:30 pm – David Estes / Ananda Rasa

7 am Classical raga with Steve Gorn and Naren Budhkar
8 am Breakfast
9:15 am Premdas (Prof. David Haberman): “The Nature of Reality Underlying Krishna Bhakti”
11-12:45 Jivamukti Yoga w/ Padma Sharon Gannon
11-12:45 Yin Yoga w/ Keli Lalita
12:30 -1:30 lunch
2 pm – Jai Uttal (via live stream)
3:30 pm – Vallabhdas
4:45 pm – En-chanting forest walk
5:15 – 6:15pm Dinner
6:30 pm – Arundhati
8 pm – Shyamdas audio
8:30 pm –Karnamrita Dasi
10:00 pm –  Adam Bauer

7 am – Shri Milan Goswami (via live feed)
8 am Breakfast
9:15 am – Nina Rao w/ Keli Lalita
11 am – Devadas
11 am – Jivamukti Yoga w/ John Smrtic
12:30 -1:30 lunch
1:45 pm – Narada Bhakti Sutras w/ Keli Lalita
3 pm – Radharani
4:30 pm – Closing kirtan circle
5:30 pm – Dinner

Event Location


13 Sapphire Road, Monroe, New York, 10950, United States

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Featuring: Shri Milan Goswami

Do you enjoy the dharmic content of Shyamdas’ satsangs? Reading and listening to sacred literature? Learning about the origins and modern applications of Bhakti Yoga practices? Then you won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to hear authentic Path of Grace teachings from Shyamdas’ guru Shri Milan Goswami, a dynamic and insightful dharma teacher and direct descendant of the 15th century bhakti philosopher Mahaprabhu Shri Vallabhacharya.

Venue Info

Please DO NOT contact Ananda Ashram for reservations, as we have rented out the ashram and are responsible for organizing all bookings. Contact us directly at (813)360-1008 with any questions or send us an email.

General guest information about visiting and staying at Ananda Ashram can be found here.

Please see Ananda Ashram’s Directions Page for directions to the venue in Monroe NY, approx. 1 hr north of NYC.

Recommended Lodging

Around 50 fortunate guests can be accommodated overnight at the ashram along with our presenters and artists. For our commuting guests, there is a Hampton Inn nearby in Harriman/Woodbury and also a Sheraton 20 minutes away in Mahwah, NJ. Arrow Park Lake and Lodge offers a few luxury and budget options. And of course there’s always airbnb.com (search near Monroe, NY)

Artist Spotlight: Steve Gorn

A dear friend, fellow traveler and musical supporter of Shyamdas, Steve Gorn has performed Indian classical music on the bansuri bamboo flute in concerts and festivals throughout the world. He has been praised by critics and leading Indian musicians as one of the few westerners recognized to have captured the subtlety and beauty of Indian music.

Featuring: Keli Lalita

Keli Lalita Reddy, a close friend of Shyamdas, will join us to teach Yin yoga and speak on Narada’s Bhakti Sutras. She has been teaching yoga for a decade and studies often with Edwin Bryant, teacher and translator of the Yoga Sutras. Keli has led and assisted retreats in the US, in Costa Rica and India. She is co-founder of Mantralogy, a record label dedicated to bringing Sacred Music to the masses.

Artist Spotlight: Prema Hara

The devotional dynamics of this duo reveal their rarefied divine aspirations, their deep personal connection to Shyamdas, and their immersion in the bhakti traditions at large. Signature artists of the kirtan label Mantralogy, they travel the world sharing their heart stirring melodies. You will love the songs of Prema Hara (Kamaniya and Keshavacharaya Das).

Featuring: Vallabhdas

Vallabhdas has been fortunate to live, travel and study extensively with Shri Milan Goswami and Shyamdas over the past decade. Assisting these dharma teachers with their research and translations, as well as completing his own research for an M.A. degree in Asian Languages and Literature, affords Vallabhdas precious access to the teachings of the Path of Grace in original source languages. Vallabhdas is emerging as a transmitter of the sacred teachings from Shyamdas’ lineage.

Artist Spotlight: SRI Kirtan

Longtime friends and musical collaborators of Shyamdas, the refreshing duo Ishwari and Sruti Ram bring decades of musical & spiritual dedication to SRI Kirtan, a burst of spiritual devotion shining out into the kirtan scene straight out of Woodstock.

Featuring: Adam Bauer

Adam Bauer is a deep explorer of the bhav Shyamdas taught and praised so highly. The two could often be seen playing, laughing, singing and wandering together. Adam brings the bhav, the bass, deep praise, and love to his events, so please come and enjoy his sacred offerings.

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