Yogini Kaliji’s “Summer in Europe” tour began at the end of July at Jonathan retreat center in Chieming, Germany. Participants spent a week with Kaliji, enjoying two TriYoga sessions each day and satsang at night with Chant Club.
Located in the southern Germany state of Bavaria, near the beautiful lake Chiemsee and framed by the Austrian Alps, the Jonathan is a warm, friendly, and wonderful location.
This Europe Tour marks 12 years of Yogini Kaliji teaching in Europe. The new moon occurred during this year’s Jonathan retreat, at the same time last the full moon occurred during Kaliji’s first programs in Europe in 2004. The Jonathan retreat felt like both a completion and a beginning: a celebration of how far TriYoga has come in Europe and how beautifully the students and teachers have developed during this time, and also the start of a new 12-year cycle.
The spacious sadhana room at the Jonathan includes enough wall space for over 30 flowers.
Mercury Max chanted mantras during every yoga nidra.
Morning sessions began with Prana Vidya, perfectly guided by Yogini Kaliji.
Evening satsang featured Chant Club with Kaliji and Mercury Max. The energized and meditative Chant Club performances, with Kaliji on harmonium and lead vocals and Mercury on percussion and vocals, had nearly everyone dancing in their seat or on their feet. A special highlight was during the final evening performance, when the Chant Club Dancers formed a dance line around the room, then circled the performers.
Once again retreat coordinator and TriYoga teacher trainer Johanna organized fantastic event.
Kaliji and Mercury’s 40 year anniversary of playing music together occurred during the retreat.
The assistant team (left to right) of Eva-Maria (translation), Dr. G (medical facts about yoga), Kiki, Rishi and Santoshi (alignment assistance), and Mitra Deva (translation).
A Level 1 teacher training at nearby TYC Bad Tölz was completing at the same time as the retreat. The Bad Tölz group attended satsang on the final night, and the new Level 1 teachers were announced.
Kaliji and the TY team enjoying a beautiful afternoon.