“Swara Rasa Lila”

Vortices of Light ~ Raga, Rasa & Sonic Geometry

Giulia di Gallese ~ 11-17 August 2019


A playful encounter of great spiritual depth!
This year we focus on the transformative effect of Mantric Choreographies in geometrical group constellations.

We will unite, sing and move together as One. In our group constellated movement, we will embody and unlock enlightened states encoded in a few carefully chosen mantras. Our offerings, will be enhanced by the musical sentiment of the original Raags, in which the mantras were composed.

The geometry of the movements, dance steps and constellations will be designed to, capture, reflect, express and enhance the sonic patterns encoded in the sound current of the sacred mantras.

Repeating with awareness the geometric patterns of sound and movement (jaapa), with precise sonic and spatial relationships, we weave together an atmosphere highly charged with Sacred Presence ~ Swara: Vortices of Light, realigning and harmonising our conditioned consciousness to coherence and transparency. This attunement will enable the peaceful flow of our true nature, Shanta Rasa ~ Blissful Being.

After each Mantric Choreography session, we will take time to integrate the effects, giving space for the Light of Being to shine with radiance in still, silent meditation. Equal duration will be dedicated to Silent Meditation as to each Mantric Choreography.

For 3 full days of the 6-day retreat we will immerse ourselves, alternating between Mantric Choreographies and Silent Meditation, while keeping silence in the breaks - that the experience may distill into deep communion with the Source.

On the last day we will gradually return to verbal communication and celebrate in united mind and heart the Sacred Play (Swara Rasa Lila) we have shared - that our mergence of Creative Spirit may continue to guide our way on…


Led By: Sara Avtar

British born, living in Italy, she studied with Yogi Bhajan since 1987 and has taught Kundalini Yoga for over 30 years. She is a singer, life-long dancer and founding creator of Shakti Dance®, based on Kundalini Yoga, which was blessed by Yogi Bhajan in 2001. Sara Avtar is a KRI Kundalini Yoga Level 1 & Level 2 Lead Teacher Trainer and Sat Nam Rasayan healer. Sara Avtar travels worldwide, training teachers in Kundalini Yoga and Shakti Dance®. She has released music albums: “Shakti Lila”, “Merging”, “Swara Rasa” & "Waves of Grace". She has also created new Raaga-based mantra-music specifically for this Level 2 Retreat.



Co-Facilitated by: Dayakar

Life-long practitioner of Ananda Marga Tantra-Yoga and disciple of Shrii Shrii Anandamurti. Musician, composer and recording artist, Dayakar grew up in the USA, and studied with the Christian mystic and renowned musicologist, George Dafoe. Multi-skilled artisan, ranging from boat-builder to furniture-designer; from home-builder and farmer to baker. Dayakar has collaborated to help realise many Ananda Marga Humanitarian Service and Relief Projects around the world. He is currently Organisational Consultant for Cakranemi Eco-Villages, and Administrative Coordinator for Shakti Dance® Academy.



Guest Collaborator:

This year, we are pleased to welcome for the first 3-days Jason Kalidas who will be playing live Tabla and Bansuri over his sound-carpet of electro/acoustic dance music, specifically arranged to the Raaga-based melodies of the mantras, composed by Sara Avtar, with which we will be working. He will also teach an introduction to the Indian science of Raaga, Rasa, Tala and Sound Geometry.

Musician & Teacher: Jason Kalidas  jasonkalidas.com

An Indian classical Bansuri player, professional Tabla player, electronica artist and workshop leader. He began musical life as a percussionist, further studying Indian classical music on Tabla and then Bansuri under master musicians in the holy city of Varanasi for the last 20 years. A versatile musician and teacher, his diverse scope of work includes: Indian classical concerts on Bansuri, creating and performing electro/acoustic dance music, sound healing using Indian Raaga system; teaching yogic/tantric arts of healing sound, emotional sensing through Raagas, Rasa, Sound Geometry and Tala (rhythmic cycles). He composes and performs music for contemporary dance and theatre. Holding retreats though out Europe and India, Jason has also performed at world class venues including: The Place London, Sadlers Wells, UN headquarters, Macba Barcelona.


Logistics & Payment Info

Dates of Level 2 Shakti Dance Teacher Training:
Arrive: evening of 10th August

Finish: evening of 16th August

Dates of: Shakti Dance Academy Gathering:
Begin: morning of 17th August

End: evening of 17th August

Retreat Costs:
Early-Bird Price
for 6 Retreat Days with Payment before 1st July 2019:
€410 for Academic Members
€450 for Non-Academic Members
(Prices include 8% transfer & exchange fees)

Regular Price for 6 Retreat Days with Payment after 1st July 2019:
€450 for Academic Members
€490 for Non-Academic Members

(Prices include 8% transfer & exchange fees)

This Level 2 Retreat is organized by Shakti Dance Academy.
If you are a Shakti Dance® Teacher Trainee or Level 1 Certified Teacher and need to:
- Register as an Academic Member Click Here!
- Update your Academic Membership, Click Here!

This Level 2 Retreat is primarily for Shakti Dance® Teacher Trainees or Certified Teachers. Certified Level 1 Teachers may gain a Level 2 Certification for this module on fulfilment of the requisites. Teacher Trainees must certify as Level 1 Teachers before qualifying for this module’s Level 2 Certification.

We have a few places open to those who are neither Teacher Trainees nor Certified Teachers. Please inquire before sending your Application Form or making Payment - and await confirmation.You would not be eligible for certification, nor Academic Membership, so your Retreat Cost would be that of a Non-Academic Member.

Accommodation Costs:
Accommodation & Food Costs (shared room):
- for 6 x L2 Retreat Days ~ plus:

€78 - for 1 x SD Academy Gathering Day
(Prices include 10% VAT and 8% transfer & exchange fees)

Camping & Food Costs (bring your own tent):
With a minimum number of rooms occupied, it may then be possible to choose a camping option. Please check with the organiser when making your application.

Location: Agriturismo Giulia di Gallese www.giuliadigallese.com

For Further Info:
Info & Registration: Anil Jangi - anil.jangi@gmail.com

To Enrol:
1. Please fill in the Application Form and send to: anil.jangi@gmail.com 
2. Make the Retreat Payment with the PayButton Below

3. You will then be sent a separate invoice for the Accommodation Payment - to be paid before 15th July 2019.


         Download Application Form:

Pay Non-Refundable Retreat Fee to Shakti Promotions: 
Academic Members:
EarlyBird Retreat Cost of £410 before 1st July 2019, 
then Regular Retreat Cost of €450 after 1st July 2019

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Please choose the Debit/Credit Card Option, offered by PayPal underneath the PayPal login fields.

Pay Non-Refundable Retreat Fee to Shakti Promotions:
Non-Academic Members:
EarlyBird Retreat Cost of £450 before 1st July 2019, 
then Regular Retreat Cost of €490 after 1st July 2019

If you do not have a PayPal Account:
Please choose the Debit/Credit Card Option, offered by PayPal underneath the PayPal login fields.