Meditation + Sacred Ceremony
Meditation is at the heart of yoga, and the heart of YogaFest. Throughout the weekend there will be workshops, guided meditations, sacred ritualistic celebrations, a community service on Sunday morning, and a reverential atmosphere throughout the festival which is conducive to stillness, worship, and peace. Not to mention acres of pristine forest with numerous hiking trails which culminate at religious shrines: all calling you to silence, reflection, prayer, and meditation.
A full list of meditative and ceremonial classes, workshops, guides, and opportunities is available below for YogaFest 2017!
Agni Hotra Fire Ceremony:
Description: The Agni Hotra is a Vedic fire ceremony offered for world peace, holistic healing, and purification of individuals and the entire planet. A small fire is lit to transport our prayers to the Universe, and to serve as a focal object for meditation. The ceremony includes chanting of Sanskrit mantras, and is followed by a period of silent meditation.
About: Kallie is a dedicated yogini, busy psychotherapist, and enthusiastic dancer. She completed her Yoga Teacher Training at Ananda Ashram, which she considers her spiritual home. She particularly enjoyed studying Sanskrit with Radha Ma and Bharati Devi during her four month residency at the Ashram last year. Kallie is a devotee of Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati, and is grateful for his influence in her work.
Harmonic Voice Meditation:
Don Allen & Jeremy Fulwiler
Description: An acapella singing ensemble directed by Don Allen and Jeremy Fulwiler. We welcome you to gather with us in circle to attune to the omnipresent life force that nurtures and sustains us all. Each ceremony begins with calling in the directions and our guides, as well as setting sacred intention. We warm up our voices up with toning, and then dive deeply into a 90 minute journey of co-creating a harmonic and resonant soundscape of improvisational singing. The intention is on listening to and singing in harmony with one another, free of words or non-harmonic exploration. Towards the end of our vocal journey, we offer this practice as metta -a gift of love to all beings. The space is open to movement and making physical contact with one another while joining our voices together as an improvisational choir. Though there may be light instrumentation on occasion, the focus is joining the instrument of our singing voices together.
About Don Allen: A musician, teacher, and practitioner of esoteric healing arts, Don Allen has long been aware of the intersection of music and health/wellness. He teaches classes in culturally specific drum rhythms at the Collegiate and High School level. He facilitates ongoing drum circles, and creates special event presentations for communities and the healthcare industry in southeast Michigan. He performs with the Tree of Life Drum & Dance Society and the Full Moon Kirtan band. www.drum4wellness.net
About Jeremy Fulwiler (LMSW, ACSW, CTS, E-RYT): is a Body Psychotherapist and Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, as well as founder of Wellness Beyond Words in Ferndale, Michigan. For 20 years, Jeremy has been learning, practicing and developing skills that integrate mind, body and spirit for deeper personal health and vitality. Jeremy also worked for 15 years as a music teacher and performer. www.wellnessbeyondwords.com
Healing Justice Satsang and Meditation:
Description: In these times of change, uncertainty and advanced technology, healing justice is needed to help us remember our true selves, where we came from, and where we are going. Having a clear understanding of healing justice is a must for every yogi. To "heal the world" we must first begin with the self. When you practice radical self care and self reflection, the light you carry extends outward. It is not meant to be dimmed nor blinding, but at a continuous and progressive movement towards healing ourselves, families, communities and so on.
About: Kama Tai Mitchell is a healer, yogi, dancer, doula, and mama. She co-founded Rootead- a non-profit cultural and healing arts organization in Kalamazoo, MI, where she currently holds the position of Executive Director. Kama is a 500 hour certified yoga teacher in the Para Yoga tradition, and has completed trainings with master teachers of the African Diasporic culture. She also holds certifications in Zulu Birth Project (doula), reflexology, and massage. Kama is a strong activist in the areas of birth justice, racial equity, and mental health awareness
Kundalini Yoga: Aquarian Sadhana:
Description: The Aquarian Sadhana is open to everyone. We will start with Japji (Sikh Prayer) for 25 minutes, do a Kundalini Yoga Kriya for 55 minutes, and chant the aquarian mantra meditation for 62 minutes.
About: Since 2003, Mohinder Singh (Billie Wahlen) has been sharing the teachings of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan. It is his been both his passion and love to teach the transformational experiences of which yogic technology can bring.
Meditation How and Why:
Roy & Mary Ann Thibodeau
Description: Various techniques on how to meditate and why will be taught and discussed in this class, along with rationale for the benefits of meditation, scientific, philosophic and spiritual, and how one can build and sustain a meaningful meditation practice. This class will be based on the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, Yogacharya Oliver, and Raja Yoga in the Golden Lotus Tradition.
About: Roy is a direct disciple of Yogacharya J. Oliver Black (founder of Song of the Morning). Yogacharya initiated him in 1972 into Kriya Yoga. Roy is also the current president of the Golden Lotus Yoga Teachers Association founded by Yogacharya. For over forty years now, Roy has been practicing and teaching yoga and meditation. After being on staff and living with Yogacharya for three years, Roy moved into Gaylord and taught Hatha Yoga & Meditation in Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Traverse City, and Alpena. He married Mary Ann (also a Yoga teacher), and they moved in 1985 to Grosse Pointe, MI. Together, they continued to teach Yoga and became active in the Detroit Self Realization Fellowship Center. Occasionally they conduct Raja Yoga and meditation workshops in the area about three or four times a year, in addition to teaching meditation classes in St. Clair Shores & Chippewa Valley Schools adult education programs.
Sacred Fire: w/ Geoff Lamden, Josh Dunigan, & David Hall
Description: Join us at the Sacred Fire for an experience of rhythm, movement, and song that brings together the mind, body, spirit experience that is Life. We will light the Sacred Fire to assist change, the only constant in life. We will play the drums to feel the Rhythm of Life. We move our bodies to let the spirit do the Dance of Life. We observe and take action to let the mind integrate with our Vision of Life.
Join the Fire and Geoff, Josh, and David; along with the many free Drums to be played upon for a night of change and integration!
108 Chants for Peace: Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu:
Karen Epperson & Steve Sandner
Description: We will chant 108 prayers for peace, repeating Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu. This deeply devotional and interiorizing experience will not fail to catch the attention of the Divine, the world, and anyone in need of its prayers.
About: Karen and Steve are residents at Song of the Morning, who wish to maximize upon the sincere efforts of the larger yoga community by offering prayers for world peace.