Events

'Open Your Heart' Daylong Online Bhakti Retreat w/ Seán

'Open Your Heart' Daylong Online Bhakti Retreat w/ Seán

Feed your heart and soul in this special daylong retreat guided by Seán. The day will include intimate solo acoustic music and chanting, storytelling, poetry, guided journaling, gentle heart-centered movement accessible to all, and ritual. Candlelit evening session will consist of meditation, peace chants, and serene lullabies sung by Seán.
Schedule:
11am-1:30pm CST Morning Session
3-5pm CST Afternoon Session
6:30-7:45pm CST Evening Session
$75. Partial scholarships are available for people experiencing financial hardship. To request, please email teamlotus@wildlotusyoga.com.
Online registration here. If you have issues with registration, please email teamlotus@wildlotusyoga.com.

Event Details

Sun, Feb, 28th 11:00 am - 7:45 pm

Putumayo 'Yoga Dreamland' Launch

Putumayo 'Yoga Dreamland' Launch

Putumayo World Music celebrates the release of their new album Yoga Dreamland with a unique Facebook Live online yoga event for children and families! 

Yoga Dreamland co-curator, yoga teacher, and musician Seán Johnson, live from Wild Lotus Yoga in New Orleans, will guide children and their families in a gentle, soothing yoga practice to support winding down for the evening together and a peaceful night’s rest. This short, easeful, accessible practice, open to beginners, will be accompanied by a selection of beautiful, relaxing songs from Yoga Dreamland featuring artists from around the globe.
Get in your P.J.’s, dim the lights, and tune in for this special bonding experience with the little ones in your life– a sweet and peaceful family yoga experience, where you’ll be warmly welcomed into the enchanting soundscape of Yoga Dreamland. 

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Sat, Mar, 13th

Online Celtic Spirituality Gathering: Celebrating The Spring Equinox w/ Seán & Mary Meighan, Founder of Celtic Journeys

Online Celtic Spirituality Gathering: Celebrating The Spring Equinox w/ Seán & Mary Meighan, Founder of Celtic Journeys

Online Celtic Spirituality Gathering: Celebrating The Spring Equinox
with Mary Meighan, Founder of Celtic Journeys & Seán Johnson, Founder of Wild Lotus

Celtic spirituality is the indigenous Spirituality of Ireland. It is a gentle, nature based way of being that invites us to be our authentic selves and to live from our heart.

This soul-nourishing gathering will take place on the Spring Equinox where day and night are equal in length in the Northern Hemisphere. You are invited to experience the depth and richness  of Celtic Spirituality and Celtic Wisdom through Irish blessings, songs and chants, poems, rituals, stories, reflection and journaling. The Spring Equinox is a special liminal time, a time of honoring balance in nature and balance within our selves – a time of promise that the seeds that were sown in the quiet season are beginning to come forth.  Join us as we move with the seasons of the Celtic Year.

Whether you are someone who knows very little and is curious about how the living spiritual tradition of Celtic Spirituality can nourish our lives; someone who has always been inspired by the Celtic world; or someone who has ancestry from the Celtic world who wishes to deepen your connection to those roots– all are welcome.

Mary Meighan, a native of Ireland, is the founder of Celtic Journeys whose mission is to offer soul journeys steeped in the Celtic traditions of pilgrimage, retreat, and ritual. She has traveled to sacred sites across Ireland for decades renewing, sustaining, and sharing her passion for the Celtic world. She also visits the U.S. and other countries introducing Celtic Spirituality through talks and retreats, inspired by Celtic poetry and mysticism and traditional Irish music and song. Mary will be joining the immersion live from her home in Ireland.

Seán Johnson is a singer, songwriter, storyteller, and teacher of spirituality and yoga. He is the founder of Wild Lotus Yoga, Soul School Teacher Training Program, and The Wild Lotus Band. Seán’s love of Ireland and Celtic Spirituality goes back to his childhood, and he did an intensive undergraduate program in Irish Studies. He has traveled to Ireland over a dozen times to deepen his connection to his ancestral homeland.

Mary and Seán have been dear friends for many years and have guided many retreats together in Ireland and the USA. They are delighted to share these online gatherings, journeying through the Celtic Wheel Of The Year, exploring how these ancient holidays can enrich our souls and deepen our connection with life.

$40. Online registration here. 

Event Details

Sat, Mar, 20th 1:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Soul School At Home: Online Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher Training Program w/ Seán & Mitchel Bleier

Soul School At Home: Online Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher Training Program w/ Seán & Mitchel Bleier

Upcoming Spring-Summer Session • March 26th-August 28th, 2021

Soul School is a one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary teacher training program facilitated by Seán Johnson, founder of Wild Lotus Yoga and Mitchel Bleier, founder of The Yoga Teacher’s Lab that offers depth, fun, community, and an opportunity to transform your life through committed practice in yoga and teaching. The program is designed for dedicated yoga students who wish to enhance their connection to yoga and spirituality, aspiring yoga teachers, as well as current teachers who are seeking to bring more depth to their practice and teaching through continued study.

Soul School creates an opportunity for trainees to deepen their spiritual path through self-exploration and build a strong foundation for teaching yoga in a soulful, imaginative, and integrative way. We will explore the connections between yoga, art, mythology, poetry, music, and philosophy with a strong emphasis on Bhakti, Tantra, and Vinyasa yoga. The first half of the training is called Ignite Your Soul and includes spiritual practice, self-exploration, meditation; pranayama; mantra and chanting; exploration of yoga & social justice; harmonium; play; dance; mythology; poetry; yoga’s history including Veda, Buddhism, Bhakti, and Tantra; anatomy and kinesiology; and study in the alignment and forms of over 60 asanas. The second half of the training is called Share Your Passion and includes practice and study in: Teaching Skills, Art of Teaching, Language, Constructing and Sequencing Classes, Adjustments, Sanskrit for Yoga Teachers, and more.

We will also have content dedicated to giving you tips and advice on teaching yoga online in the Covid era (and beyond), and the experience of this online training will be a great training ground for you in teaching online classes.

Graduates who fulfill all requirements of the program will receive a certificate and be eligible to register at the 200 hour level as a yoga teacher with The Yoga Alliance, the national education and support organization for yoga in the United States.

The Soul School At Home Structure

Soul School At Home will begin with a home retreat designed to support you in beginning the Soul School journey with depth and clarity. We’ll have twice monthly live Zoom sessions in manageable and engaging doses which will include meditation, chanting, storytelling, dharma talks, small break-out groups to connect more deeply to your peers, and guest adjunct faculty to offer fresh perspectives. To connect more deeply to the community of your peers, we’ll also have monthly satsangs and small group meetings. You’ll have access to over 80 pre-recorded lessons and workshops you can practice with independently on your own time and can utilize as a resource library for as long as you wish after the program is complete.

During our twice monthly curriculum sessions, we’ll be joined by some special friends– inspiring visiting adjunct teachers including renowned Sanskrit teacher Dr. Anuradha Choudry, who will be joining us from her home of Bangolore, India; Michelle Cassandra Johnson– yoga teacher, anti-racism trainer, licensed clinical social worker and author of “Skill In Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice To Create A Just World,” joining us from her home in Raleigh-Durham, NC; longtime meditation teacher and researcher Dr. Lorin Roche, author of The Radiance Sutras and Meditation Made Easy joining us from Los Angeles; and functional movement and anatomy specialist Jessica Carlin, joining us from Chicago, IL.

During the second half of the program, we’ll be putting more emphasis on the art and skill of teaching an inspiring and accessible yoga class in your own unique voice. You’ll work in small groups to co-create classes and receive supportive feedback and coaching from Sean and Mitchel. We’ll also host a special panel with some Soul School alumni who have gone on to become yoga teachers who can answer questions and offer guidance.

Homework between our meetings will be designed to help nurture, inspire, and empower your spiritual practice and development as a teacher. Assignments will include engaging with specific videos; reading in manageable amounts; journaling assignments, meditation practice; participating in yoga classes, and more. The second half of the program’s homework will focus more on practicing and cultivating yoga teaching skills.

The finale of Soul School is a final project to integrate and crystalize the experience, where you design and teach your own full length class, drawing inspiration from the training. We’ll conclude the Soul School journey with a closing ritual and celebration.

To get a deeper feel for the approach to yoga that Soul School inspires, we highly recommend that you take online classes with Seán and Mitchel. Other Soul School graduates who teach at Wild Lotus are: AC, Andra, Annelise, Ashley, Celeste, Christine, Coleen, Colin, Dena, Emily, Farah, Kadie, Karen, Katie, Kerrie, Kina, Laura, Lauren Best-Shapiro, Lauren Sloan, Leah, Leo, Libby, Lila, Lindsey, Lori, Madeleine, Marion, Martin, Mary, Mikayla, Nicole, Nichol, Rebecca, Sydney, Veena, Vera, Veronique and Zach.

The BENEFITS of doing a Yoga Teacher Training ONLINE

Safety & Ease Of Mind. In this Covid-era, online yoga from home is the absolute safest way to practice and support your health and the well-being of your loved ones and community. Yoga is meant to be a holistic practice that is richly integrated into our home and lifestyle. One of the silver linings of today’s challenging circumstances is the opportunity to dig deeper into our practice from home, to support our spiritual, mental, emotional and physical well being so that we can be of even greater service to others.

No Travel. No commute. No Parking. No Jet Lag. Less Time Away from Family: That’s a huge cost saving in hassle, commute, flights, hotels, childcare, or time. The technology now exists for an in-depth, highly interactive online.

Pause, Rewind, Review, Retain: Most of us need to hear something multiple times before we truly understand it and feel comfortable teaching it. With our online training, you can literally pause, rewind, and review. The content gets to sink in at your pace and at your preference to contemplate. Students love being able to re-watch videos, especially denser ones like all the poses, anatomy, mythic stories, or Sanskrit.

Time & Schedule Flexibility: In addition to our online meetings which will be recorded and become a part of the growing library of content, you will have access to over 120 videos covering a wide range of topics and practices to work with independently on your own personal schedule.

Smaller World: In its online form, Soul School is now available for participants around the globe to experience! We are also thrilled to include four adjunct teachers who are many miles away, who we have been deeply inspired by. This would not have been logistically possible or feasible in an in-person format. They are renowned Sanskrit teacher Dr. Anuradha Choudry, who will be joining us from her home of Bangolore, India; Michelle Cassandra Johnson– yoga teacher, anti-racism trainer, licensed clinical social worker and author of “Skill In Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice To Create A Just World,” joining us from her home in Raleigh-Durham, NC; longtime meditation teacher and researcher Dr. Lorin Roche, author of The Radiance Sutras and Meditation Made Easy joining us from Los Angeles; and from Chicago, IL functional movement and anatomy specialist Jessica Carlin, who provides continued education courses to yoga teachers that replaces conventional anatomy and memorization with modern movement education and foundational joint mechanics.

More Personal Feedback: Because our training is online, we’re able to give you personalized feedback of postures that you send to us as photos and videos. Pictures and videos give us the opportunity to pause, go back, and make sure you understand and can apply to your own practice and teaching. Through this process, you’ll learn to see patterns and teach more directly to a variety of different bodies.

Resource for Life: We’d do anything to re-take or re-listen to all the incredible lectures from our teachers so many years ago. Instead, we reconstruct from memory and notes as best as we can, but with this online training, you have these resources for your reference always. Re-watching and learning new things every time you return to the dozens (and dozens) of audios and videos. Once you graduate, you keep access to all this material. It’s here for you, indefinitely.

You can view all the details about Soul School Online including schedule, application, and Info Session here. 

Event Details

Fri, Mar, 26th - Sat, Aug, 28th

Finding Refuge Podcast: Interview with Seán

Finding Refuge Podcast: Interview with Seán

This podcast emerged from work based in the exploration of collective grief and liberation. It exists to remind us about all the ways we can find refuge during unsettling and uncertain times, and to remind us about the resilience and joy that comes from allowing ourselves to find refuge.

Michelle C. Johnson, author, yoga teacher, healer, social worker, dismantling racism trainer, activist, and grief-worker, offers monthly interviews, engaging and amplifying the brilliance and wisdom of people who have found ways to honor their grief and stay centered amidst the turmoil in the world. It uplifts the brilliance and wisdom of people who are invested in creating conditions for liberation for the collective. We feature spiritual teachers, movement practitioners, activists and social change makers, and people who hold space in various ways for healing.

Tune in on Apple podcasts or on Spotify; alternatively, you can stream each episode as they’re released here on my website.

By listening, you will gain ideas about how to find and create refuge for yourself and others. You will learn about rituals to move through grief and find freedom. You will learn tools to prevent you from being swept up by the chaos of the world. You will reaffirm your capacity to heal.

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Thu, Apr, 1st

Festival Of Light (Online)

Festival Of Light (Online)

Join Seán for an intimate solo acoustic set as part of the Festival Of Light.

Alliance for a New Humanity presents Festival of Light ~ April 2nd – 4th, 2021. This virtual online immersive collaboration will share unprecedented access to a world of knowledge, wisdom and music from both English and Spanish speaking cultures. The event will be a bilingual broadcast with subtitles or simultaneous (no lag time) translation.

Featuring over 100 Luminaries – 7 Stages – Uplifting Musical Artists – Wellbeing Tools  Inspirational  Films – Sacred Ceremonies & Master Workshops.

This will be an integrated and dynamic event designed to:

  • Explore the quantum nature of light and the cosmos!
  • Thrive, release fear and illuminate your bodymind!
  • Discover where science and ancient wisdom meet!
  • Tread lightly, restore balance and commune with Gaia!
  • Heal your luminous body with sacred ceremonies!
  • Quiet your mind and radiate heart consciousness!
  • Boost your immune system with high vibe nutrition!
  • Actualize with leading edge transformational tools!

More info here. 

Event Details

Fri, Apr, 2nd - Sun, Apr, 4th

Bhakti Bliss Midsummer Online Retreat with David Newman & Seán

Bhakti Bliss Midsummer Online Retreat with David Newman & Seán

Midsummer is celebrated worldwide as a sacred time of gratitude for the nurturing, life-giving light and warmth of the sun. In many cultures, bonfires are lit to honor this special time. From our hearts and homes to yours, join us for a sweet and soul-nourishing weekend of mantra chanting, music, satsang, storytelling, poetry, journaling, and gentle movement to light the inner fire of our hearts.

Seán and David will share practices and guidance for embracing the path of love and giving kirtan (call-and-response chanting) and bhakti a more prominent place in your life. Joining hearts and voices with conscious intention is a beautiful way to create clarity, openness, and expansion at this sacred mid-way point in the year. The daytime sessions will include intimate acoustic solo sessions alternately guided by David and Seán and we’ll gather all together each evening for chanting and Q & A. All sessions will meet on ZOOM.

Schedule (EST):

Saturday and Sunday: 10:30am-12:30pm, 2-4pm, 5:30-6:30pm

Please note: all times above are Central Standard Time. Make sure to adjust to your time zone.

Cost: $169. Use the coupon code: BhaktiEarlyBird for a 10% discount up until February 26th, 2021. Partial scholarships are available for people experiencing financial hardship. To request, please email us at: info@davidnewmanmusic.com.

Online registration here. 

Event Details

Sat, Jun, 26th 10:30 am - 6:30 pm - Sun, Jun, 27th

5 Day Celtic Spirituality & Yoga Retreat in Ireland with Seán & Mary Meighan

5 Day Celtic Spirituality & Yoga Retreat in Ireland with Seán & Mary Meighan

Wild Lotus Yoga & Celtic Journeys Present

5 Day Celtic Spirituality & Yoga Retreat on a wild and beautiful island off the west coast of Ireland.

Renew your spirit, kindle your soul, and stir your imagination on this one-of-a-kind, intimate, spiritual retreat in one of Ireland’s most enchanting places. We’ll retreat on Inis Mor a small island off the west coast of Ireland where Gaeilge (Irish) is the native language and Celtic traditions flourish.

Celtic spirituality is the indigenous spirituality of Ireland. It is a gentle, nature based way of being that invites us to be our authentic selves and to live from our heart.

On this retreat, experience the depth and profoundly simple inspiration of Celtic Spirituality through Irish blessings, songs, poems, stories, chants, music, meditations, rituals, visits to sacred sites, connection with locals, gentle candlelit evening yoga sessions inspired by Celtic wisdom, and free time to wander the island.

Details and registration for this special event is through Sean’s yoga studio Wild Lotus Yoga at this link.  

Event Details

Mon, Oct, 4th - Fri, Oct, 8th

Inis Mor
Inis Mor
County, Galway

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