Honey Gathering Retreat
August 23rd to 26th 2018 | Day 1 7 p.m. – Day 4 6 p.m. | Mamalanda, Sebastopol, California, USA
All proceeds from this retreat will go to support Parvathy’s educational and spiritual center in Bengal, India. For more information you can visit the Sanatan Siddhashram Page.
The retreat will be held at Mamalanda, a private retreat space owned by some friends of the organizers. This land fits the Baul spirit of our retreat by providing a rural location, simple but lovely grounds, low-cost camping, and close access to alternative lodging for those who don’t wish to camp onsite. The address is: Mamalanda Retreat Center
The retreat will begin at 7pm on Thursday evening, Aug. 23 with a Parvathy Baul concert at a venue in town near the retreat location. The retreat will continue all day and into the evening Friday and Saturday the 24th and 25th. Sunday the 26th will be a full day of practice and we will conclude with an early dinner at 6:00pm on Sunday the 26th. Our time together will include yoga, meditation, talks, and of course movement and song. Please come prepared to learn, move, sing, contemplate, dialogue, and play.
Cost for the concert, three full days of teaching, and delicious vegetarian meals is $450 [this does not include lodging, which is $10 per night extra]. Early registration (before July 20) is $375. Seniors, ashram residents, full-time students, and full-time professional artists are $375 at any time.
- Camping Onsite – Camping for up to 30 people is available onsite for an additional $10 per day (you must bring your own tent, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and any other needed camping gear). You can set up your tent on Thursday afternoon before the concert. If you would like to reserve a spot at Mamalanda to camp, please indicate that on your registration form at the link below.
- Nearby accommodations – If you are not camping onsite, you need to make other lodging arrangements for yourself. The retreat location is near Occidental and Sebastopol, both of which have many Air B&B options, VRBO options, and some hotels and Bed and Breakfasts at a range of prices. The three most prominent close hotels can be found here: Occidental Hotel, Fairfield Inn Sebastopol, Sebastopol Inn (Downtown Sebastopol with walking distance to groceries, etc)
If you have questions regarding local accommodations, please contact Monnet Zubieta at her house-line (no texts!) at 1-(707) 824-1993.
We will provide two hearty lacto-vegetarian meals (brunch and dinner) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including non-dairy options, plus snacks. If you have other dietary needs (gluten-free, allergies, etc.), please bring food to supplement what is provided. Participants are responsible for their own dinner on Thursday evening.
Travel by Flight
If you will be traveling from out of town, the closest airport is Santa Rosa, which is about 25 minutes drive. It’s a small regional airport and will probably be more expensive than larger options: San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento are all about 90 minutes drive away, depending on traffic. Traffic can be bad and cause the travel time to vary.
Travel by Car
If you will be arriving by car, the retreat center is between Sebastopol and Occidental, not far from Highway 101.
Thank you! We are grateful for your interest and deeply looking forward to our time together in August.
Teaching Team: Parvathy Baul, Joshua Leavitt, Lloyd Bricken, Balarama Chandra Das
Organizing Team: Monnet Zubieta, Kate Greer, Bhavani Tucker and many others!
Head Cook: Sulis Saraswati
Sponsors: Sanatan Siddhashram, SACSA, and New Line Consulting. All proceeds go to benefit Sanatan Siddhashram.
Information about the teachers for the retreat:
Parvathy Baul – Parvathy is known around the world for her masterful performances and inspired wisdom on Baul tradition. She will provide teachings on Baul song, movement, and overall approach to the spiritual life.
Joshua Leavitt – Joshua has intensively pursued spiritual practice in a western Baul lineage, including time as an ashram resident and numerous visits to India, for more than twenty-five years. He has a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies and has won national awards for his writing in spiritual and literary journals. He will lead talks, dialogues, and study sessions on a Baul-inspired approach to embodied wisdom that takes into account western traditions and ways of thinking. For information on Joshua’s professional work, go here.
Lloyd Bricken – Lloyd has worked on song, music, and theater as vehicles for spiritual work for twenty years. His primary training came at the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards in Pontedera, Italy, where he was a full-time resident and group leader for 8 years. Lloyd will lead intensive work on ancient western songs based on the approach he learned in the tradition of Grotowski, who is widely considered the greatest theater innovator of the 20th Century. More information about Lloyd can be found here.
Balarama Chandra Das – Balarama has spent twenty years studying and practicing the devotional traditions of Bengal, including time as an ashram resident, numerous journeys in India, and apprenticeship to highly regarded swamis and other teachers. He will lead talks and provide learning regarding Ayurveda, diet, self-healing, and yoga practice. More information about Balarama’s work can be found here.