Sacred Joy 2018 India Pilgrimage with Shasta Townsend
Sacred Joy was an amazing adventure throughout Northern India involving temples, saffron robes, markets, majestic forts, a pink city, holy city and holy cows! Thank you to everyone who joined us and made this a powerful experience connecting to the Motherland!
Moments Captured In India
Dates: Friday, February 16 – Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (13 Days + 12 Nights)
Location: Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Pushkar – Ranakpur – Udaipur – Delhi
Our Pilgrimage Route:
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Testimonials and Student Success Stories from Past Retreats:
“Having been on previous retreats hosted by Shasta and Ian, I didn't hesitate when I saw the opportunity to join them in Guatemala. I knew it would be a week filled with the perfect balance of learning, adventure and relaxation – and I was absolutely right! I was able to unplug from my regular busy life and spend a week truly nourishing my body, mind and soul with the support of Shasta and the amazing group of like-minded people who joined us. I returned home feeling deeply recharged and inspired to expand in new areas of my life and business!” -Sara B., Whitby, ON.
I shared this experience with some of the most heart centered people in the world. Through the beautiful soul and heart of Shasta and her caring authentic husband Ian we all felt loved, cared for and safe to share whatever we felt a need to share at that time. Shasta taught us all so much through, yoga, meditation, teachings of how to just BE. I learned about cultivating a place of presence and awareness and the duality of steadiness and sweetness. It is so hard to put down on paper how much I grew in one week it was truly a life changing experience, my heart literally opened and that feels amazing!! I am so grateful I went and so grateful to my friends Shasta and Ian. Namaste Gloria.
She offers deep teachings, life changing experiences and always attracts great people so I know I will have fun too. I have made some incredible lifelong friends. She takes the group to unique locations that really compliment the feel of the retreats, treating us like family and allowing us to connect with local cultures and nature. I have been to each retreat since I first heard about them and I will always say YES to Shasta's retreats! -Sabina Haidon Sioux lookout, ON
The trip to Guatemala was absolutely Divine timing for me, especially since my Father passed away in January… I had no idea how much more powerful this trip and experience was going to be for me. I listened to the whispers of my heart and said YES to loving and nurturing ME by registering for the WONDERFULL Retreat to Guatemala. I am truly grateful I did!!
I have had the pleasure of experiencing India & Costa Rica Yoga Retreats previously with Shasta and Ian and again they shone in this retreat. Again, Shasta shared her passion and heartfelt teachings while Ian provided his kind, loving support. I am so grateful also for all the beautiful souls that attended and shared from their authentic hearts, laughter & kindness. I witnessed breathtaking sunrises, sunsets & Full Moon Indigenous Ceremonies as well as birds singing everyday as I was immersed in natural beauty, bright colourful flowers, warm smiling Mayan hospitality, and delicious food made from the heart. It truly made my heart sing. Thank you for reminding me of the love & beauty within me! I am truly always grateful to you Shasta and Ian for your love and offering this wonderful magical experience & saying yes to it. I love you both. -Helen, M, Ajax, ON.
My time in Guatemala was truly WONDER-FULL, and full of love, heart, the beauty of nature and a caring community of people. The experience was truly spectacularly ‘brilliante’ beyond words! I am SO grateful to Shasta Townsend and her husband Ian Lavalley for visioning, planning, creating, supporting and holding space for the unfolding of this amazing adventure! I am also grateful to everyone at True Nature Education and Villa Sumaya who was involved.
Our excursions beyond the Villa were truly WONDER-FULL as well. We had the absolute pleasure of celebrating the Mayan Day Count Ceremony with local Shaman, Tomas and then our own Full Moon Ceremony that evening. We were joined by several Villa Sumayians who contributed magically to our ceremony – where the North and South met through the offering of Sacred Cedar AND Cypress, and where the Sacred Cacao and djembe drumming helped us open our Hearts to the Spirit of Life. – Deanna F. Ajax, ON
“Amazing! Lovely on so many levels. To be a student was wonderful. The location was stunning and energizing and the conversation in and out of class were deep and satisfying. I loved the practices and the discussions with Shasta – it felt very fresh and were done really well with just the right amount of challenge. Shasta and Ian both offered their heart-focused intention and attention. Love to do this again!”
“The Wonderfull Yoga Retreat with Shasta was such an amazing experience I honestly cannot find the words to describe it. It was truly a magical life experience. Not only did I feel like I was in paradise, but I was surrounded by the most beautiful and supportive human begins. Thank you Shasta and Ian for creating the most amazing space for all. Shasta's knowledge and philosophy was insightful I just love her spiritual teachings. The retreat centre, the gorgeous lake, the amazing food everything was absolutely perfect. I have never felt more healthy in my entire life after leaving there (Mind, Body and Soul). I will most defiantly be joining Shasta and Ian on their next retreat. I'm hooked!” – Caroline Ogston – Ajax
Guatemala was my fifth retreat with Shasta. It was a journey of trust, love, self-discovery, acceptance where Shasta’s mastery at coordinating and creating a week of Yoga, deep teachings, fun and laughter showed through. I trust in Shasta's ability to find the most magical/spiritual places on earth for her group retreats and she always does. She also has the ability to attract loving, accepting and wisdom-seeking people to her retreats so I know I will always be in good company. Shasta's divine teachings prod me to make necessary growth in my life's journey and I always come away feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and inspired. Shasta creates an experience of learning, listening and being listened to where each person's experience and journey is validated and honoured. She has the unique ability to show up in her professional best self and yet be approachable, fun and a wonderful model of all she teaches. And amidst all this self-reflection and discovery, she offers cultural excursions to small villages, hiking volcanoes and of course shopping (supporting local community) that bring out the laughter and fun in our newly bonded group. Shasta’s partner Ian provides an added gift as he is there to ensure the guests have everything they need and his gentle, silent kindness and love is palpable.
There is always a sadness when the retreat is over, but also excitement to bring home Shasta's inspiring teachings and to meet up with new friends at the studio. And of course, the wonderment and countdown to Shasta's Retreat next year….Shasta's retreats give you the tools to find your full potential….and to become fully aware of our ‘stories' and limitations we put upon ourselves…and then to bust free of them……living a more fulfilling life! I can’t wait for the next one! – Tiffany, Uxbridge, On.
About Shasta Townsend:
Shasta is a feisty champion of creating an unlimited life where ease, joy, and freedom reign, regardless of the circumstances. Shasta’s expertise in these matters does not come from a few letters behind her name, but from her own investigation, learning, and journey. Thanks to this, her offerings are not regurgitated from another’s textbook, but from her own personal evolution and inner guidance. Shasta has studied and taught worldwide including three trips to India to study at the birthplace of Yoga. She is a truly authentic, well-learned and highly experienced teacher who lovingly offers her knowledge, insight and passion to make your learning experience extraordinary. Named after a flower, Shasta loves to watch her students bloom! Shasta has a unique way of helping students develop a deep and meaningful relationship to yoga and become inspired spirits. Her classes are engaging, insightful with just the right amount of challenge to help you shine, grow and radiate with happiness. As well, Shasta is an internationally recognized teacher, best selling author and speaker who has hosted radio shows, recorded meditation CDs. Her humor, insight and passion show in all she does. Connect with Shasta at www.shastatownsend.com, on Facebook or on Twitter @shastaherself.