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Invoking the Goddess: A Silent Yoga & Meditation Retreat

August 3 - August 6

Monday – Thursday August 3 - 6, 2020

Instructors: Aiyana Athenian

Schedule: Monday evening until Thursday mid-morning (details below)
Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary | Guilford, Maine


FULL! Please contact us if you would like to be added to the Wait List.

COVID-19 Update – 05.22.20

ShivaShakti is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Our planning is focused on ensuring the safety of our retreat participants and adhering to Maine state regulations. At this time, this retreat will continue to be offered as planned. We will update retreat participants at least 30 days before the course date if there are any changes. 

Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature on the shores of Midday and Sunset Ponds at the tranquil Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary and renew with silence, a slower pace, and time to connect with your Soul.  Join us for three days of social silence, yoga, meditation, and a time to honor the Goddess energy within. Drawing from the wisdom traditions of Yoga and Tibetan Buddhism, we invite the divine feminine forth from within our beings through practices that inspire and evoke our feminine, creative energy.

Each morning we will awake to greet the day with a Goddess meditation practice incorporating Devi mantras, a period of silent meditation, and a Kundalini yoga class. We will use meditation to open to the creative Goddess energy and connect with the earth. Morning Kundalini yoga classes will focus on gently building the inner agni (internal fire) to illuminate your true radiant nature.

There is free time throughout the day to enjoy a hike on the trails around Borestone, take a swim in one of the pristine ponds, journal, explore personal yoga practice, and just Be.  In the late afternoons there will be sessions exploring the Dakini, “sky-dancer, space-goer,” a powerful aspect of the enlightened feminine in Tibetan Buddhism.  We will explore some of the archetypes of the Dakinis through meditation, chanting, visualization and art and learn how they relate to our lives personally. Awakening to how our authentic feminine selves emerge is a key part of this process. Evenings consist of a spiritual talk, a Goddess ceremony and/or a period of silent meditation to close each day.

Three delicious vegetarian meals are served daily. We will observe social silence from the end of the evening session through breakfast each morning. Private sessions with the teacher can be scheduled during the day.

This three-night retreat begins with an evening meal at 6 pm on Monday, August 3rd and ends at about mid-morning on Thursday, August 6th after a morning session and breakfast. This retreat is perfect for anyone with some prior yoga and meditation experience. If you have practiced yoga for awhile, but are new to meditation please feel free to contact us and check in.

Sample Daily Schedule:

6:30 a.m. –  Tea & Fruit

7:00 – 9:00 a.m. – Meditation, Chanting & Kundalini Yoga Class

9:00 -10:00 a.m. – Breakfast

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Lunch

3:30 p.m. – Silent Meditation Nature Walk

4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Dakini Meditation & other Sadhanas

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Dinner

7:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Evening Meditation & Spiritual Talk on the Goddesses

A view of lake and trees at Borestone Lake
A view of lake and trees at Borestone Lake

Rates & Accommodation

The rate includes 3 Ayurvedic vegetarian meals/day, lodging, yoga & meditation sessions and a private session with the teacher if desired. All rooms use shared bathrooms.

Early Registration Rate: Registered by April 1, 2020: $625.00

Regular Rate: Registered by July 20, 2020: $675.00

Payment Plan: Register by March 1, 2020 to qualify for a 4-installment payment plan. Contact us for more info.

Scholarship Option/Rate: We offer two $150 scholarships for this retreat. Please Contact us for details on how to apply for a scholarship. They are awarded on a first-come first-serve basis, so early registration is recommended if you are interested in a scholarship.    0 left.

Registration: To register, submit the application below.  This retreat is limited to 12 paricipants so early registration is recommended to secure a spot. Registration closes July 20, 2020.

Continuing Education Credits: 24 CE hours are available with Yoga Alliance for this Yoga & Meditation Immersion. Please notify us before the training if you wish to receive CE’s.

Advanced YTT Credit: This retreat is available for credit towards the ShivaShakti 300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training for those already on this track. The ShivaShakti 300-hour AYTT is closed to new participants at this time.

Accommodation/Meals: Accommodation is provided at the beautiful Borestone Mountain Sanctuary lodges in single/double/multiple occupancy rooms. Three (3) vegetarian meals are served daily.  Food sensitivities can be accommodated. More information about the Borestone Mountain Sanctuary including directions, facilities, FAQ’s, etc. will be e-mailed to participants after the application/deposit are submitted. Contact us for details about the retreat facilities, food, etc. Please do not contact Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary with questions about this specific retreat.

Additional (Optional) Costs:

Transport to Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary from the Portland or Bangor airports.


Admissions Procedures:

Application Deadline for the Goddess Yoga & Meditation Retreat: July 20, 2020

Step 1: Fill out and submit the application below or contact us to receive an application by mail.

Step 2: Once an application has been submitted, you will be redirected to a payment page. Please submit the $300 deposit payment for the retreat. Once your application and deposit are received, your application will be reviewed. An application will not be reviewed without the deposit. This deposit holds your spot in the retreat.

Step 3: An acceptance packet, which includes additional information about the retreat will be e-mailed to the applicant within 2 weeks after the application and deposit have been received.

Step 4: The remaining balance is due 30 days before the start date of the retreat or one can opt to use a payment plan divided into 4 monthly payments beginning March 1, 2020.

Please only submit an application if you are seriously planning to attend if accepted. Thank you.

ShivaShakti School of Yoga does not discriminate based on gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, age, or body shape.

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Aiyana Athenian


Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary
1000 Mountain Rd
Elliotsville, ME 04443 United States
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(207) 631-4050