Yoga Retreat


The Heart of Bhakti Yoga Retreat

Emily Perry & Amita Stark

Mount Madonna Center,
Santa Cruz, CA

October 10 – 14th, 2018


Surrounded by nature, home of the Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple, located on 355 acres of redwood forest. Join Amita and Emily for a Bhakti Yoga immersion unlike any other.

In 2018 Heart of Bhakti Retreat celebrates the Navaratri, the nine-night festival of the Triple Goddess honoring the Divine Feminine & the nine-night festival of Ram’s Lila, highlighting the Divine Masculine.

Come experience this potent & auspicious time on the mountain.

Navaratri is a time of inner renewal and celebration, of the victory of light over our own inner darkness, our inner demons. In some parts of India, it is a time when many forms of the Goddess Durga is worshipped, and in other parts, it is auspicious to honor Ram’s Lila, the story of Ram, Sita, and Hanuman, particularly in the Ramayana, revering the Divine Masculine. 

Our time together at Mount Madonna is designed to support you in embodying the energy of the union of the divine feminine and divine masculine in your practice and in your life.


Retreating together includes temple ceremony, Dharma talks, ritual, mudra, chanting, pranayama practices, as well as flow and restorative yoga practices. Amita and Emily have both been inspired by the goddess and the divine feminine— join them for this unique and nurturing experience.

Amita served as a Priestess at the Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple for over three years, and brings with her a deep understanding of the teachings on the divine feminine.

Emily has also spent many years working deeply with the energy of the divine feminine, engaging with the triple Goddess in her personal practice & teaching since 2012Together they have crafted a retreat unlike any other.

Navaratri is a highly sacred time, and honored at Mount Madonna with morning pujas to Ram at the Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple founded by master north Indian yogi Sri Baba Hari Dass. Experience the magic!

Retreat Activities Include:

Arati light ceremony & Ram Puja at the Hanuman Temple

Two yoga classes a day; flow & restorative (solar & lunar)

Sacred Feminine / Sacred Masculine Dharma Talks (Readings from the Devi Mahatyam & The Ramayana)

Chanting and Mantra

Meditation & Pranayama (breathwork)

Navaratri Ritual & Sadhana


You’ll Experience:

Organic vegetarian meals

Time to hike and explore the Redwood forest, or book Ayurvedic Spa Treatments

Explore the sacred land and all of its temples and alters

Time for past life regressions & astrology with Amita

Space in the schedule to experience Inner Shift coaching with Emily

Typical Retreat Schedule:

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~ Namaste ~