What is Ganesha Chaturthi?

Ganesha Chaturthi is a yogic holiday that has been officially celebrated since the 1600s. However the image and qualities of this ancient mythological deity goes back to it's first mentioning in the Rg Veda.

The earliest mention of Ganapati is found in the Rigveda. It appears twice in the Rigveda, once in shloka 2.23.1, as well as in shloka 10.112.9.[20][21][22] Both of these shlokas imply a role of Ganapati as "the seer among the seers, abounding beyond measure in food presiding among the elders and being the lord of invocation", while the shloka in mandala 10 states that without Ganapati "nothing nearby or afar is performed without thee".

In the mythology of India & Yoga, Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated as the day that Ganesha first arrived upon the earth.

In a similar but perhaps more pragmatic way, we can use this evening to invite the qualities which Ganesha represents into our own hearts, minds & spirits.

Gana-Isha literally means:

The Power to Control from Within

And this is why Ganesha is an important aspect to remember in our own lives as we seek harmony, balance, courage & strength to overcome that which stands in the way of who we are destined to become!

Join Us for a Sacred Evening
of Powerful Transformation

Saturday, September 10th
beginning promptly at 8 pm to 9:30 pm

(Please arrive 15 minute early to get settled in and comfortable)

Shiva Das Ambient will provide the background musical soundscape to help guide you into a meditative experience.

Durga Devi will offer a guided meditation
in which you will meet Ganesha.
Ganesha will guide you though the Forest of Your Chakras
where you will meet the Deities.
There will be plenty of
space to allow for deep absorption
reflection and integration of your experience.

You are free to lay down, sit in meditation,
journal, draw or just listen.

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Our new Sanctuary awaits you

Our deck can accommodate 12 mats very comfortably in a reclined position with space between. We also have space on the grass (with a ground cover) for reclining, chairs and a hammock! You can choose what is best for you.

Nada Yoga with Guided Meditation for your Journey to meet Ganesha

Ambient guitar and synth along with tribal drumming will take you on a journey deep within to your own heart.

Sacred Fire

The evening concludes with a sacred fire ritual!