with Amita Stark & Emily Perry

October 10-14, 2018
Mount Madonna Center, Santa Cruz, CA

 The Union of the Divine Masculine & Feminine

Join Amita and Emily for a Bhakti Yoga immersion unlike any other. Dive deep into the heart of devotion at Mount Madonna Center, home of the Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple, located on 355 acres of redwood forest.

The 2018 Heart of Bhakti Retreat

celebrates 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!

Reconnect & Recalibrate
at Mount Madonna.

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 & altars
  • Time for past life regressions & astrology past life readings with Amita
  • Space in the schedule to experience Inner Shift coaching with Emily

Our Typical Retreat Schedule...

6:30 am

7:15 am

8:30 am

9:30 am- 12 pm

12:30 pm

1:30- 3 pm

3-4 pm

5:30- 6:30 pm

6:30 pm

7:30 pm

Arati ceremony ​at ​the Hanuman Temple

Meditation + Pranayama


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


Break: explore, get a spa treatment, hike, or book sessions with Amita & Emily

Sadhana and practice time


Arati ceremony at the Hanuman Temple

Restorative or Yin Yoga, Goddess Ritual, or Kirtan

In addition, we’ll explore morning silence and meditation, evenings of Goddess Ritual, kirtan, and deep study.

Experience Refuge

Your time in the redwoods will include all meals, time for personal practice and so much more.
Open to all levels & all stages of practice.

Single Private Bath

Your experience includes meals, two yoga classes a day, dharma talks, kirtan, sadhana, activities, rituals & so much more.

Private bath availability is extremely limited.

$ 1050 regular

$995 early

Double Accommodations

Your experience includes meals, two yoga classes a day, dharma talks, kirtan, sadhana, activities, rituals & so much more.

$ 795 regular

$750 early

Single Accommodations

Your experience includes meals, two yoga classes a day, dharma talks, kirtan, sadhana, activities, rituals & so much more.

Single room availability is limited.

$ 925 regular

$895 early

Tent or Van Accommodations

Reserve your spot: includes meals, two yoga classes a day, dharma talks, kirtan, sadhana, activities, rituals & so much more. Bring your tent or van (rent a tent for $40 more).

$475 regular


About Amita Stark

Amita Stark, M.A., E-RYT-500
Amita is a student of master yogi Sri Baba Hari Dass, yoga teacher, student, art historian, published scholar, kirtan artist, peace activist, past life regressionist, & priestess. She lived almost 5 years at Mount Madonna Center primarily serving at the Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple. Amita specializes in guiding practitioners deeper in breathwork, chanting, devotional asana, meditation, and hand mudras.

Known for creating deep safe space for practitioners, she has taught and mentored teachers in 200 & 500 hour Yoga Teacher Trainings and leads international Yoga Retreats, Immersions, and Workshops.

Amita has chanted for such luminary teachers as Sally Kempton, Saul David Raye, Govind Das & Radha, and Sianna Sherman and is in multiple kirtan bands that perform at Bhakti Fest and beyond. She currently teaches weekly classes, immersions, and specialty teacher trainings at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis.


About Emily Perry

Emily Perry, E-RYT-500, L.Ac., MTOM

Emily teaches Bhakti Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Mindfulness, & leads kirtan. Her classes and immersions are infused with energetic alignment, mudra, chanting, & pranayama.

Emily has chanted with Kalakar, Zach Leary & Nina Rao, and leads kirtan monthly near her home in California. She teaches dynamic workshops at festivals, and leads retreats, immersions, and 200 & advanced teacher trainings globally. Her podcast, The Inner Shift, can be found on iTunes.

Limited spaces available, register below.