shakta tantra pilgrimage
January 8 - 21, 2019
A devotional journey into the Shakta Tantra traditions. Exploring Kamakhya from south to north and all the delights in between. Kamakhya is the goddess of desire and represented as the yoni or womb of creation. She is both Kali and Lalita Tripura Sundari. Two faces of the same coin.
I am delighted to take people on this very special pilgrimage as it is a route that I have personally traveled many times. This pilgrimage does require some prerequisite study in the Sri Vidya tradition. This will provide the foundation needed to make this once in a lifetime experience. Our time together will include rich teachings, practices, yoga and the tantric arts. While in India we will travel with respect for the culture. Showing the same respect as if we were a guest in someone’s house. This will also ensure that we move through space and time with more grace and ease.
We will meet in Vizag (Vishakapatnam) on January 8. We will spend the day to shop and prepare getting proper attire and taking care of any logistical needs. It is advised that you fly to Chennai, Mumbai or Delhi where you will have to take an additional flight to Vishakapatnam. Included in the price is travel within India, lodging, food (some meals are not included), group pujas/fire ceremonies and the performance arts festival. A passport and a visa is required to travel to India. I am asking everyone to purchase their airfare after November 11/23.
Vizag is located in the south close to the southeast border. Devipuram is an hour outside the city in a lush jungle like setting housing the Sri Meru Temple and home of Sri Vidya. We will begin our journey here to ground in a temple setting and take root in our Shakta practices preparing for the rest of the pilgrimage.
Bhubaneswar is located in Orissa which is an eastern state. Orissa is the home of Odissi, Indian Classical Dance. It is the home of the 64 Yogini Temple, the famous Konark Temple and many more. Yogini temples are circular structures and have a very unique and special history to them. Especially for female practitioners.
Assam is located in the Northeast. A major pilgrimage site for Shakta Tantra. Kamakhya is one of 51 shakti peethas and represents the yoni. It is a cleft in the bedrock and is perpetually wet do to it’s natural spring. Also housing the temples for the 10 Wisdom Goddesses called Dasa MahaVidyas.
Kolkata - Tantidharti
Kolkata is located in West Bengal, East India. Famous for Kali worship. Kalighat & Dakshineswar are Shakti Peethams. We will attend Tantidhatri International Women’s Performing Arts Festival. ‘Tanti’ in the ancient Pali language, is imagined as a thread going beyond time; and ‘Dhatri’ is the woman who holds it. Ranging from Theatre, Music & Dance, to the Visual Arts, Ritual and Spirituality.
Vizag - Devipuram
Full Moon abhishek
We return to where we started to close under the full moon (poornima) and participate in the abhishek (bathing ritual) of the devi. Receiving her darshan. It is considered a very auspicious and celebratory day.
Janice Craig is a Yogini, Healer and Ritual Artist. She has been initiated into the lineage of Sri Vidya under Sri Amritananda Natha Saraswati and authorized to transmit these teachings. Janice is a Priestess of the 13 Moon Mystery School, a certified Yoga Instructor, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Licensed Massage therapist. She began her journey with the eastern arts and sciences over 15 years ago and is committed to the embodiment of these ancient wisdoms through continuous study and practice. Janice travels annually to India and teaches internationally working with women, men and couples where she shares her open heart spirit and gracefully guides one to the inner remembrance of a deeper embodied truth.
Janice is also the founder of Aloha Namaste; the Heart of Hawaii, the Spirit of India. Aloha Namaste produces workshops and retreats for world renowned teachers on the subjects of Yoga, Ayurveda, Tantra, Temple Dance and Esoteric Arts. www.alohanamaste.com
"Janice is a blessing of support wisdom and balance for the Divine Feminine in you! She is fully and completely in alignment with ultimate healing and pure love. No need to go to India. She brings it all here in perfection.”
— Ma Ananda SriMati (Julie Piatt) www.srimati.com
“Janice Craig offers a wealth of information and pours her heart into her devotional offerings. She walks her talk and embodies what she teaches. She allows the wisdom and beauty of the goddess to flow through her, and thus, is able to pass on the tremendous potency and luscious opulence of her lineage stream. This coursing of grace through the embodied divine is a rare find. Janice is a hidden treasure and gem. ”— Wendy Cary Prince BSN, RN
Full Payment $2400
If you prefer to pay by check or direct bank deposit please let me know.
Due upon registration
Payment plan $2650
2 payments of $1075 +Deposit
Payments due November and December. Payment date will reoccur on the same date each month. Please contact me regarding alternative payment options.