Originally born in London, Lila spent half of her childhood in the East and half in the West. She has always loved movement, especially the creative arts of dance and trapeze which serendipitously lead her to yoga. Teaching since 2011, her classes imbibe the strong alignment focus of Iyengar, interplayed with the dynamic sequencing of Jivamukti. Lila likes to use physical assists to help the practitioner explore the full capacity of their anatomical and subtle body. She always encourages students to look within and remain compassionate to their needs.
Johan is here to inspire to a life in full connection to your deepest heart. Since 22 years, he has followed his call which has manifested in Shambala Gatherings retreat center. His sharing flow from yoga, craniosacral therapy, Vedic art, and meditation. Right now, his passion is to create retreats in different parts of the world where deep asana practice meets craniosacral dynamics. Johan also loves to hold kirtans and divine sound vibration meditation.
Jenny’s spiritual journey started eight years ago in India when she met her yoga teacher. This was the start of a lifelong study of the inquiry into her real being. A few years ago, she met her Guru in Bali, whom she started studying traditional Vedanta with. She did her first Hatha yoga teacher training with her teacher in India eight years ago and has been going frequently every year to spend time with him. She has done the Sama yoga teacher training and studied a variety of other yoga styles.
Jan Esmann is an enlightened Shaktipāt master living in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he teaches, transmits and gives Shaktipāt. The highest teachings are transmitted in silence during meditation or afterwards. Jan is not part of any tradition or represents a lineage. He has a MA in History of Modern Culture and a B.Sc in Art-restoration. He earns his living as an artist, a writer and a software developer. People from all around the world have been coming to Jan’s intensives and retreats: New Zealand, USA, Finland, Sweden, Canada, Denmark, Austria, UK, Serbia, France.
A former ballet dancer from Norway, Rikke moved to London to pursue her passion for theatre and filmmaking. This journey led her from drama school to shamans in the jungle of Peru to eventually exploring yoga and tantric philosophy; a world where she found a strong creative stimulus whilst working a deeply transformational and spirit-igniting edge. Rikke is a soul-stirrer, creativity coach and truth speaker with a deep commitment to using the practices of yoga to feel more. She has her own personal experience become very skilled in helping her students to return home in their own body.
Panda was born in 1958, in Vancouver, Canada. From the age of 12, he began practicing the art and philosophy of Tai Chi. By incorporating Tai Chi’s main principle of non-resistance and following one’s true nature, he was slowly brought to all his spiritual teachers who gave him the profound experience of his innermost being - soul-realization. With a background of more than 40 years in the fields of Eastern therapeutic therapies and self-realization arts, he has combined his personal awakenings and training to create a unique work that leads to transformation and soul-realization.
from United States, August 2017
J'ai particulièrement adoré la qualité de l'enseignement avec un professeur excellent, incroyable dans sa pédagogie, le meilleur que je n'ai jamais eu!!!! ainsi que sa compagne adorable qui traduisait en français quand je ne comprenais pas. Un grand bravo pour Alex et Celia!!! J'ai aimé le site et la gentillesse des participants. Mais je pense que des efforts pourraient être faits sur les installations (chambres et douches) et la variété de la nourriture.
Shambala Gatherings website
The energy is so, so clear, deeply heart centred and the intent with which Shambala Gatherings is held is so beautiful it has become a massively important part of Spiderflower’s work and life. We have found nothing like it elsewhere.