> Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2007 07:48:49 +0000 (GMT)http://www.agamayoga.com/centers/thailand/chiang_mai/
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> Subject: Agama's November 2007 newsletter
> Dear swamini Mata
> We wish you abundant blessings wherever you are.
> It is now the monsoon season in Thailand.... The
> brave souls on Koh Phangan have weathered weeks of
> constant rain (recently three weeks in a row with
> 8-12 hours of rain per day!). Even the entrance to
> Bovy Resort completely washed away! The team there
> made a temporary bridge, and donât worry, we will
> rebuild the road. :-)
> Despite the rain, we now have the largest low-season
> First Month Intensive class that we have ever had.
> In addition, Moses and his assistant teachers on the
> island recently held a Tantra 1 five-day course for
> nearly 20, mostly new, students. Claudiu, who has
> been overseeing the Koh Phangan center in Swami's
> absence, will again lead the Revelation of the Self
> Retreat in mid-November (18th-27th), as he has done
> several times this year already. These retreats are
> now a part of Agama's monthly repertoire - please
> join us for these very special events if you have
> the opportunity.
> At the other end of Thailand, up in the cosmopolitan
> northern city of Chiang Mai, Debora, Kristoff, and
> their helpers are holding up the teachings at our
> new center there. They also report a large group of
> new students, and now teach the first, second, and
> third month levels simultaneously as is done on Koh
> Phangan. The team there will hold a Tantra Weekend
> 30 November-2 December: "How to Use Yoga to Channel
> Sexual Energy." The workshop will consist of a
> synthesis of Tantra 1 teachings, on a slightly
> modified format emphasizing the practical aspects.
> for details.http://www.agamayoga.com/centers/south_america/colombia/)
> Around the world, there is much news. The biggest
> was Swami's second North American tour, twice as
> smooth and successful as the first! Swami taught
> first in Toronto, to groups of 40 and 50; his
> Quantum Mechanics lecture was filmed by Television
> Ontario. He wasted no time hitting the city's best
> book and DVD shops, and took in a visit to the
> thrilling, glass-floored CN Tower, the world's
> tallest freestanding structure. Then he spent
> several weeks at Shanti Yoga Retreat in Picton,
> Ontario, with owners and Agama teachers Wendy and
> Darin Madore, where he again held three workshops.
> This time he taught Parapsychology 1, Introduction
> to Kashmir Shaivism, and Tantra 2 to groups of up to
> 36 that, as last year, overflowed the capacity of
> Shanti. A lovely energy prevailed in Picton, despite
> that guests were spread throughout the neighborhood,
> camping, accommodated by nearby farms, etc. Two
> in-house chefs kept the crowds well fed with gourmet
> dinners while, when outside, attendees enjoyed
> perfect weather.
> On a week in between, Swami gave lectures in
> cosmopolitan Montreal, where teacher Nancy organized
> events. Although the lectures were not so well
> attended, Swami and all the teachers and students
> who joined the events had a lot of fun there,
> soaking up the European atmosphere of la belle
> The next stop was Ottawa, where Agama teacher
> Maureen and her husband Andrew hosted Swami's
> lectures at Ottawa University and a weekend Tantra
> Workshop with more than 40 participants. Everyone
> enjoyed the workshop, although - since the group
> included many seniors - they already requested that
> he teach them the Art of Dying next year! :-) Swami
> arrived here just as the autumn colors cascaded
> through the Canadian treetops.
> Swami's next big engagement was a two and a
> half-week teaching appointment at Prana College,
> Canada's only accredited Yoga college. Prana's
> Shakti Mhi, Daniel, and Mary graciously offered
> Swami every convenience during these very intense
> weeks, as he taught five workshops back-to-back as a
> curriculum presenter for Prana's teacher training.
> However, the courses were also open to the public
> and, in the end, a great success; he has been
> invited back already for 2008. On top of this
> heavy-duty schedule, he gave three evening lectures
> to the public as well as interviews to several
> filmmakers and another television producer. These
> events served to kick off the new Agama - Vancouver
> center, led by Yoav and Rafale, whose initial
> meditation course offering has been met with much
> enthusiasm so far; see their website for more info:
> Swami again spent a packed day with his longtime
> friend Dinu in Seattle. Mostly he shopped furiously
> for spiritual titles and antiquarian books,
> something he had resisted north of the border due to
> the strong Canadian dollar....
> Now in the home stretch, Swami spent a week in
> Monterrey, Mexico, as he did in 2006, giving four
> lectures, two morning seminars, and a weekend Tantra
> Workshop to capacity audiences. He was hosted
> lavishly by organizer Elisabeth and her husband
> while he stayed in this gorgeous mountain city.
> Last stop: Washington DC! Swami gave three last
> lectures and one final Tantra Workshop, before two
> free days exploring the city. Really, at this point
> he was ready to relax, but almost one day after he
> arrived home, he got on a plane to Istanbul....
> This marks some other big news: Agama - Istanbul
> opened in September! Agama was invited to open a
> studio within OWO-Kun, an Osho-inspired spiritual
> center located in the beautiful Taksim district of
> this charming city. We now offer five classes per
> week here based in the First Month Intensive, in
> addition to lectures and seminars as announced.
> Monika and Manu inaugurated the teachings for this
> promising center; when they had to leave for prior
> engagements in Europe, Mihaiela took over, and when
> she too had to return home for her studies, Harry
> offered to stand in. So Agama has met the commitment
> of the OWO-Kun team step for step, our staffing
> meeting their generous sponsorship until the project
> fully supports itself. Swami Vivekananda teaches
> here twice annually, most recently 9-11 November, a
> weekend full of great energy that drew 28
> participants. For more information about the center,
> In other world news, Juan's courses in Sogamoso and
> Bogota, Colombia, are gaining momentum (see
> while Amsterdam closes for winter. Dutch teacher
> Lilian will relocate the Agama teachings to Costa
> Rica during this time, to an eco-resort located in
> the virgin rainforests south of San Jose on the
> Caribbean Coast: http://www.samasati.com/. Classes
> continue in Ottawa with Maureen, in Rishikesh,
> India, with Justine and Khushru, in Tel Aviv with
> Rosie, and elsewhere at various studios with other
> Agama instructors.
> All of us are now busy preparing for another
> extraordinary season! Swami will teach Introduction
> to Kashmir Shaivism 17-21 December to start off the
> new season, followed by the 10-day silent meditation
> New Year's Retreat, as has become tradition. As you
> may have seen on our home page, our Winter 2008
> Teacher Training Course is full (applications are
> still being taken for the waiting list), although
> plenty of spaces remain open for the Summer course.
> We are looking forward to welcoming more students
> than ever to our Yoga halls in upcoming months. We
> hope to see you too among the faces!
> Much love,
> Lori for Agama Yoga
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