September 8-12, 2021

A journey to the heart
Chanting, yoga and nature retreat with Kevin James

Sierra de Gredos, Spain

If you feel the need to be more connected to your heart, to give it space to grow in you, to listen and be guided to greater joy and freedom, then join us on this Heart-opening retreat and immerse yourself in the healing and expansive power of mantras, yoga and nature.

We will utilise the transforming power of mantras and heartsongs, guided by the well-known singer and songwriter Kevin James, as a vehicle that allows you to ease-fully, joyfully, and effectively, feel more open and connected to your heart.

Be gently guided by Kevin’s soothing and touching voice, guitar and flutes, and Susana’s gentle sounds of the harmonium.

Take this energy home with you afterwards and bring more joy and heart into your life.

Everyday you will be chanting mantras and we will also introduce you to a beautiful practice to activate your chakras (energy centres), together, using unique and simple but yet very powerful, voice exercises.

There will also be daily gentle yoga classes (Hatha and Yin),  that brings you back to yourself, to harmonize and relax and time for resting and balance.

Nature will support us in this transformative gathering, sharing the special magic, silence, pure air and clear water of the Gredos Mountains.
We will explore the area and enjoy beautiful hikings, bathing in different secluded natural baths with water that comes down from the mountains and comtemplating a unique clear starry sky at night. (*)

Why mantras?

Mantras are like a mandala in word form, reflecting harmony and beauty.

Singing and emotion are interlinked, so when you sing mantras, they organise your emotions in a harmonious and beautiful way that then transfers to harmonise and calm our mind and nervous system, bringing us into a state of equilibrium.

One of the main reasons chanting has such a powerful healing effect on people is because it works on us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, at the same time.

Kevin will share his knowledge and experience to allow you to bring the practice of chanting into your daily life as a way to help you stay connected to your heart while navigating your way to living your dream.

“After more than 8 years of experience holding chanting retreats all around the world, I’ve witnessed the healing power of chanting everyday and we would love to share this experience with you. I’ve seen over and over that no matter where you are in your self-discovery path, these deeply nourishing days together will always help you get closer to your Heart” Kevin James

The retreat will be held in English and Spainsh.
All excursions and transport during the trips are included. (*)

THE FACILITATORS

KEVIN JAMES CARROLL & SUSANA RODRIGUEZ

Kevin James is an Australian singer-songwriter and an experienced Chant leader, who brings Devotional music to the World in a way that is free from religious dogma.

He travels continuously sharing his presence and heartfelt voice with people from many different cultures and religions throughout the world.

His particular music style is characterized by fusing English lyrics with potent Mantras from around the world. He has created what he calls ¨Heartsongs¨: songs in English that transmit the depths of Eastern philosophy, delivered in a way that is joyful and accessible to all.

Practicing Bhakti Yoga (The yoga of devotion) since his first visit to India in 1990, Kevin James now leads chanting circles, a powerful group experience of reconnection to Oneself, and workshops in yoga festivals and studios all over the world.

Nowadays, he continues the same path with his wife Susana (playing harmonium) holding Events and Retreats, in their vision of Connection to the Heart as a way towards living a more harmonious life.

You can find more and listen Kevin’s music in: www.kevinjamesmusic.com

THE YOGA TEACHER & ORGANIZER

PALOMA DORADO – SHAMA RETREATS

Paloma started practising meditation 20 years ago, guided by a desire to understand human nature. Passionate about the relationship between science and spirituality, she studies Physical Sciences, and later, she works for the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN), located in Geneva.

At the same time, she trained as a therapist in various energy techniques and therapies, and collaborates with the meditation instructor Javier de Salas as an assistant, in retreats and workshops in Spain, the United Kingdom, Japan, Hong Kong and Bali, including the Asia Yoga Conference and the Om Yoga Show, in London .

She immerses herself in the practice of yoga and trainned as a Sama Yoga teacher, a soft and deep style, which combines classic Hatha yoga asanas with Chi Kung postures and mantras, and as a yin yoga teacher.

Guided by her love for yoga and meditation, she founded Shama Retreats, as a conscious life project, where she shares spaces for practice, rest and connection. Nowadays, Shama Retreats, is a small company which organizes around 16 yoga and meditation retreats per year in nature, in Spain and Portugal, in collaboration with international teachers.

WHERE

We will host the retreat in a beautifl venue in on the south side of the Gredos mountains,  we can fully immerse ourselves in nature .

Only an hour and a half from Madrid, but surronded by silence and forest, feeling that the big city is far away.

We will stay in a large farm with stone and wood rural houses, built harmoniously with the landscape, with double and single rooms, all with private bathroom and independent entrance from the outside.

A place with dozens of unique corners, to listen to the water, the wind and observe the magic of the growth of life.

The classes will be held in a 140 m2 dome with wooden floors hidden in the forest and with views to the outside.

In September we can still enjoy the outstanding mountains views swimming pool, cleaned with sea salt instead of chlorine.

The food is ovo-dairy vegetarian, homemade, traditional and made with excellent local products.

A unique space to practice, reflect, connect and rest.

How to arrive?

The venue is 3km from the village “Arenas de San Pedro”, in Ávila.

From Madrid, you can arrive by car (1 h. 30 min) or take a bus with the bus company Samar, from Méndez Álvaro Station. There are several buses per day both ways.

You can also contact us and we will help you to be in contact with other partcipants who would like to share a place in their cars.

PROGRAM

In this retreat we will focus especially on opening and connecting with our own hearts.
Kevin and Susana’s way of facilitating is a delicate balance of being inclusive, safe, profound yet also light hearted and fun.

This retreat is specifically easeful, with their philosophy of “Each in their own time and in their own way”, which makes you feel that you can be yourself and do what feels right for you.

There’s nothing pushed onto you or held back from you, just everything you need to take some time for yourself in a supportive environment to grow.

(*) The daily schedule can change depending on the weather conditions, the duration of the trips and other unforeseen factors.

Wednesay September 8

16.00 – 17.30. Check -in
18:00 – 20.00. Welcome Circle. Introduction to the retreat
20.30 Dinner

Thursday September 9

07.45 – 08.45 Hatha Yoga
09.00– Breakfast
10.30 – 13.00 Chakra Tuning Voice Exploration & Chanting
14.00 Lunch
15.30 – 18.00 Rest/Enjoy the place/Swimming-pool
18.00 – 19.00 Yin Yoga
19.00 – 20.30 Chanting Circle
20.30 Dinner

Friday September 10 

07.45– 08.45 Hatha Yoga
09.0 0– Breakfast
10.30 – 14.00– Outdoor group activity: Excursion to natural baths: walking and take a bath in pure water from the mountains
14.30 Lunch
15.30 – 17.30 Rest/Enjoy the place/Swimming-pool
17.30 – 20.00 Chakra Tuning Voice Exploration
20.30 Dinner
21.30 Yoga Nidra

Saturday September 11

07.45– 08.45 Hatha Yoga
09.0 0– Breakfast
10.30 – 14.00– Outdoor group activity: Excursion to natural baths: walking and take a bath in pure water from the mountains
14.30 Lunch
15.30 – 17.30 Rest/Enjoy the place/Swimming-pool
17.30 – 20.00 Chakra Tuning Voice Exploration
20.30 Dinner
21.30 Chanting circle

Sunday September 12

07.45 – 08.45 Hatha Yoga
09.00 – Breakfast
10.30 – 12.00 Closing circle and chanting

TESTIMONIALS

Through singing together Kevin and Susanna creates a sacred space guiding us deeper into our hearts to that place where we can safely rest regardless of life’s circumstances. Annelie Janson

It was a truly amazing retreat where I felt grounded, calm and joyful. I love singing together! That really helps to connect to the heart and the inner voice. Hanna Rydén

An unforgettable experience of a deep connection with my heart with the help of the energy and warm and loving voice of Kevin.Inés Bustamante

A real journey, getting deeper and deeper to the core, practicing letting go/releasing what does not serve us and working on acceptance and love. The combination of music, mantras, sense of sangha (community) and being in nature is so powerful and healing, it’s what we all need so much in these times.Marina Kalisky

Package Includes

It includes:

  • Accommodation in single or double bedrooms with ensuite bathroom.
  • Vegetarian food, using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients prepared by an experienced Spanish chef.  (3 meals per day)
  • Coffee, teas and  water available all day long.
  • Use of the mountains view swimming-pool.
  • All classes, chakra tuning voice exploration and chanting circles with Kevin James and Susana, in a beautiful yoga shala in the forest.
  • Daily yoga classes with Paloma Dorado.
  • Excursions: Easy trekkings to some of the most pure and tranquil natural baths
  • Transport on the excursions.

It doesn’t include:

  • Transport to the retreat venue.

Total Price

Check our Early Bird discounts!

Prices per person, all included:

Until August 20, 2021 – Early Bird Price (50 € discount).

(Discount code: SHAMAEARLYBIRD)

  • Option 1: Double shared bedroom (two singles beds) with private bathroom: 580 € per person. (you will share the room with 1 more person of the same gender)
  • Option 2: Single bedroom (one single bed) with private bathroom: 640 € per person (the bedroom will be only for you)

From August 20, 2021 – Normal Price

  • Option 1: Double shared bedroom (two singles beds) with private bathroom: 630 € per person. (you will share the room with 1 more person of the same gender)
  • Option 2: Single bedroom (one single bed) with private bathroom: 690 € per person (the bedroom will be only for you)

Booking and payment policy:

  • To book your place in the retreat, we request a 150 € deposit.
  • The payment of the balance is due before August 25. If you book your place after that date, you will be requested to pay the full amount.
  • Your place will not be reserved until the deposit is paid.
  • Each participant must fill his/her own registration form.
  • If you are travelling solo, and choose a double room, you will share the room with a same gender person. It’s important to note that we can’t guarantee you a roommate. If once the registrations are finished, there isn’t any same gender person to share with, you will be requested to pay the price of an individual room.
  • The price of the retreat is an all inclusive 5 days/4 nights package. If you reduce your stay in the retreat (arriving a day later or leaving before) or don’t eat some of the meals, you will not have any reduction in the price.

Cancelation (on the participant part):

  • All cancellations must be received in writing, by email.
  • In case of cancellation on your part, the deposit will not be returned under any circumstance (including cancelation due to a covid19 infection)
  • If cancellation takes place before August 25, the total payment minus the deposit will be returned. Deposit will not be returned.
  • If cancellation takes place after August 25, the amount paid (except the deposit) will be returned in a voucher that can be used for any of our retreats during the next 2 years.
  • In case of a cancellation on your part, you can hand your reservation over to some other person (friend, relative, colleague…etc), that was not yet registered in the retreat and who stays in the same type of room. We will change the name of the booking to the new person, but we will not reimburse the payment to you.

Cancelation (on our part):

  • Shama Retreats keeps the right to cancel the retreat, (in agreement with the teachers), if the minimum size group is not reached or due to any official restriction related to covid19.
  • If the retreat is cancelled, Shama Retreats, would refund to the participant the full amount paid, in less than 1 week time after the cancelation decision.
  • Flight tickets, transport, personal expenses or any other cost that isn’t paid directly to us, won’t be refund.

Any questions? Write us: info@shamaretreats.com