• Contentment - 2 bedroom apartment with living/dining room, kitchen, and bath – $750.00
  • Serene Queen – $530.00
  • Comfy Full – $490.00
  • Cozy Twin – $482.00
  • Hostel-style Lodging – $376.00
  • Pet-Friendly Room – $510.00
  • Camping – $330.00
  • (All prices include $200.00 base amount)

All prices shown include tuition and 3 delicious vegetarian meals daily.

Chanting the Sacred Names, Singing in the Presence of Love: A Weekend Retreat

September 7 - 9, 2018

Benjy and Heather Wertheimer have been leading kirtan (sacred chanting) worldwide since 2001 as the duo Shantala. They are known for their special gift of bringing the audience into a vast and loving experience through their unique blend of exquisite voices with instruments of India and the West.

Kirtan is a celebration of spirit through the chanting of sacred names, carrying the audience into a state of heightened awareness, bliss, and devotion. The audience is invited to participate fully through call-and-response chanting, dance, and meditation.

Shantala has performed and recorded internationally with such sacred music luminaries as Krishna Das, Deva Premal & Miten, and Jai Uttal.


  • Shantala: Benjy & Heather Wertheimer
  • Sean Frenette: Vocal instruction, bass, guitar, and vocals
  • Kate Busby: Yoga instruction

The ancient practice of kirtan, or sacred chanting, cultivates peace, joy and love. Chanting opens us to experience our own hearts. It nourishes us, helping us to live our lives in contact with the source of love inside us. Some of the mantras we’ll explore in this workshop are thousands of years old. They are powerful tools for bringing us into greater alignment and harmony inside, expanding our connection to spirit and helping us to come home to ourselves.

In this retreat, you will:

  • Experience your voice as a vehicle for opening yourself through chanting
  • Sing sacred names and mantras to help you move more deeply into a state of loving awareness
  • Receive ways to sing with more comfort and ease
  • Learn about Indian traditions of kirtan, music, and mantra, as well as some of the Gods and Goddesses of those traditions
  • Explore gentle movement to support the opening of your voice and your heart
  • Take time to nurture yourself, so that you have more to offer to others and to your work in the world
  • Leave with tools you can use to create a greater sense of well being as you navigate the challenges in your life

If you wish to come just for the Kirtan on Saturday night with Shantala (September 8th, 7:30 pm), tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.  The Kirtan starts at 7:30, doors open at 7 pm.     For the Kirtan only event, please click here to register.



2-4:30 pm Registration

4:30-5:45 pm Yoga with Kate

6 pm Dinner

7:30-9:30 pm Opening circle and kirtan


8 am breakfast

10 am -12 pm Morning program

12:15-12:45 pm Meditation session with Ananda community

12:45 pm Lunch

2:30-4 pm afternoon vocal session (Sean & Benjy)

4:30-5:45 pm Yoga with Kate

7:30 pm Evening session (Saturday night kirtan open to the public)


8 am breakfast

8:45-9:45 am Yoga with Kate

10 am – 10:45 am Sean vocal session

11 am-12:45 pm Kirtan and closing

12:45 pm Lunch


Chanting the Sacred Names Kate Busby croppedKate Busby MA, MSOM, SEP, LAC

My approach to teaching yoga integrates the wisdom and subtlety of yoga practices with my training in acupuncture, trauma healing and functional movement therapies to support a healthy, well resourced body-mind.

The invitation in my classes is to explore embodiment in a space that is welcoming and oriented towards honoring your own needs and discoveries on the mat. While modern applications of postural yoga can be very goal-centered, our time together in class is a fusion of outer-body alignment and inner-body focus, concentrating our curiosity on what is possible when we cultivate presence through movement and breath. My classes are trauma-informed and inclusive.

I have been practicing yoga since 1998, teaching since 2007, and holding space for healing since 2008. In addition to teaching yoga, I work with people individually weaving together acupuncture, sound healing and Somatic Experiencing. For more information please visit

2556Sean Frenette

The exploration of effortlessness and mindfulness in embodied vocalization (Nada Yoga) has been the cornerstone of my recent educational offerings. Some of these practices are ancient, and others, a contemporary synthesis. Similar and complementary to yoga asana practice, we utilize poses and movements with sustained tones to explore mind-body connection as well as the prismatic nature of Sound itself.

I have been teaching music for two decades to students of all ages, in numerous musical genres, and on numerous musical instruments.   My own studies of Indian Classical vocal music and Nada Yoga began in 2003 with Warren Senders at New England Conservatory, and I have also been a serious student of Hatha yoga and meditation for 15 years. I have performed Indian Classical music at Carnegie Hall, toured for seven years with the kirtan ensemble Shantala and played with numerous other artists in addition to my solo musical career (