A Day of Mystic Poetry, Bhakti Song and and Total Yoga Nidra with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Russell Oliver Stone and Sivani Mata Francis
A nourishing soup for your being – a tasty day of the poetry and songs of the mystics, spiced with kirtan (devotional bhakti song) and yoga nidra (yogic sleep).
I call for a loving gathering in our hearts,
Where all the mystic poets can dance together.
Where Blake and Rumi both shall laugh, while naked Lalla sings;
Where Yeats makes love with Mirabai, while John sees Julian smile.
Where heartsong warms us all so deep that bounds of sadness break.
Oh what a joyous day it is
When Emily at last shall kiss her darling rascal, sweet Hafiz!
Join us for this deliciously nourishing day of mystic poetry and devotional song from the Bhakti Yoga, Shakta Tantra and Sufi traditions. Feast on the inspirational songs of Lalla, the Kashmiri mystic yogini and friends, and be nurtured by the sweet sounds of kirtan and mantra in praise of the deep feminine, the supreme power of life herself, Devi Ma, Parashakti.
Sivani Mata’s soulful singing sets mantra and the words of the mystics to sweet melodies and nurturing rhythms. Uma Dinsmore-Tuli shines a contemporary light on the beauty of Lalla’s songs and poems, with simplicity and passion. Russell Oliver Stone weaves improvised and spontaneous sounds from the soul with the words of the mystics in nourishing and healing song. Together, these three lovers of the sounds of the awakened heart space will be sharing selections from the mystic poets, and Bhakti song for your delight, enjoyment and inspiration.
The whole day is held within a nourishing and restful space of informal and nurturing Total Yoga Nidra, delivered in response to the spirits and needs of those attending. When you arrive you’ll be invited to lay down and rest in welcome comfort and warmth for twenty minutes before the beginning of the songs, poems, mantra and kirtan. Come prepared to be enchanted and nourished in heart, body and soul by these voices from the heart.
Who is it for?
Everyone is welcome! All humans with heart and soul are warmly invited!
What do I need to bring?
Nothing at all, just your good self, and a journal or sketchbook if you would like to make some notes. We provide: a super comfy yoga nidrā nest for you – specially designed yoga nidrā mats, plus cushions, bolsters, eye pillows/scarves, oodles of covers, multiple bolsters (small and large), cosy sheepskins, and as many lovely blankets as you need! This whole day celebrates the creative heart of spirit-filled inspiration and will include time for your own creative process, so the sketchbooks or journals and your favourite pens and pencils are handy so that when creative inspiration strikes you can jot some reminders!
This event is hosted in our home and home studio in Stroud. Tasty refreshments provided. Also included is a plentiful and delicious organic vegetarian lunch. You are also invited to take the opportunity for a lunchtime walk in the gorgeous countryside of this area of outstanding natural beauty, to rest in our temple to the Goddess, or just to sit by our cosy fireside. . . .
Arrivals from 9.15am and departures by 5.30pm
09.30am Morning yoga nidrā to welcome you, and then rolling programme of poetry, song, stories, devotional music as medicine, pauses for creative inspiration, connection, breaks and snacks as needed til lunchtime
12.30pm-1.30pm LUNCH and optional country stroll
1.30pm Afternoon yoga nidrā, and then rolling programme of poetry, song, stories, devotional music as medicine, pauses for creative inspiration, connection, breaks and snacks as needed until the farewell nidra at the end of the day
We are committed to making this event accessible to all whose hearts would be nourished by it. If you feel the price is a barrier to your attendance, please get in touch, and we can work something out.”
Sivani Mata Francis: https://www.sivanimata.co.uk
Uma Dinsmore-Tuli: www.umadinsmoretuli.com
Russell Stone: www.russelloliverstone.co.uk
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