Kannagara for me was an eye opener, I was always curious about what people did at yoga retreats. I tried yoga for the first time about 4 years ago and found it hard but this was very different.
I signed up for the retreat because I have been doing some soul searching of my own, I got a new job and was absolutely terrified of my new role for fear of failure. I wasn’t really sure what i would gain out of it but I made a commitment to do everything that was in the program.
What has changed for me is I am more confident in myself and not just showing people on the outside as I used to. I am learning to be not so hard on myself and remind myself that its ok to be different. The Kannagara experience was not only about working on me but the people that were there with me were amazing, we got to connect in such a short period of time being honest with each other and discovering that I am not alone. It felt like we were family straight after day 1.
I have learnt to see the world differently and discovered that it is bigger than what goes on in my head. Theres a certain level of calmness I feel. I have a very short temper but now its much easier for me to try and rationalize situations before reacting and I love and appreciate myself a lot better. I can clearly see what impact good energy has around people I care about.
I would highly recommend Kannagara Retreat. It has helped me take steps to self discovery, what integrity can do for you, the benefits of doing something in totality and how amazing it feels when you are at peace with yourself. I am still learning as I go, but I handle my stressful situations a lot better than before I went to the retreat and I am grateful for the experience.
My intentions for the Kannagara retreat was to gain insight into some tools to help with some inner self exploration and to do some yoga. I had – a few months previous to the Ugandan experience- tried my first yoga retreat and loved every minute of it. I was keen to do another in a country I had intentions of visiting for many years of my life.
Firstly, the venue and location was absolutely breathtaking. The house was beautiful, big, light, minimalist and the garden has a pool and the Nile river flowing through the back. Just the sound of the rapids and watching the steam coming off the river was therapeutic in itself. I was so excited to be in this space and I could see the other guests were too. It was amazing that we were mostly a bunch of strangers to each other but by the end of the 4.5 days everybody felt like family. I guess over the 4.5 days we shared more with each other then maybe with our own close friends and family so it felt natural to feel this way.The programme was intense but it was balanced out by some fun games, socialising and a party. The days consisted of lots of inner child work, some silent time for inner reflection. yoga, some dynamic Osho meditation (which initially I resisted but ended up loving), sangha groups, coaching and essence work. All of this through interactive tasks that were guided very well by the facilitators. The impact was very deep so the smaller sangha groups worked well after as it gave us opportunity to talk about what came up during the tasks in a small, safe and supportive environment.
I discovered so much about myself on the retreat which helped be set valid intentions for the future. I learnt something new about myself every task and the work done on the retreat really does make one reflect in ways that I have never really discovered before. It also helped me confirm and self-validate many of the thoughts and feelings I had had in the past and I felt unbelievably supported by the other guests and retreat staff. The staff were a great mix of dynamic personalities and between them had the perfect balance of skills from yoga to corporate coaching.
I came back to my daily life with some valuable tools that I have incorporated into my life and imparted this knowledge with friends and family. The retreat also helped me plan some actions based around future life goals and objectives which helped me massively as I had been procrastinating for a while over some important decisions.
I honestly feel like this was one of the most impactful experiences of my life and thank Bhavi and her team as well as the other guests from the bottom of my heart for this magnificent experience. I have to also say that the food was unbelievably yummy and nutritious. Rukmini and her team worked hard to feed us all day long – so much so that we were all asking for a sneak peak into her amazing recipes.
I can’t wait for the next retreat – I think it’s an absolute must do for anybody looking to dig deep into who they are and how to stay true to that authentic self even in these crazy modern times we live in.
I am about to finish a one month Kannagara Kick Start programme led by lovely Bhavisha Gheewala. It is a programme that focuses on developing four key areas of ourselves: mind, body, heart and soul.
I feel privileged to be part of the first Kannagara tribe in Kampala, it is a life changing experience with an amazing bunch of people, I learned how to break my limiting beliefs that my mind constructed over the years and made a commitment to serve humanity rather than polluting the world with negativity.
If we all learned how to clear negativity in our lives, if we had tools to help us to be the best versions of ourselves, the world would be a paradise.
The program has been absolutely fantastic. The coaching really pushed me to dig deep and realize what’s really fueling certain traits that I’ve had for a long time, and helped me craft a new personal narrative to move past them.
Jana and Bhavisha are fantastic coaches and facilitators who not have not only put together great content and materials but also practice what they preach alongside us and equally share their own ongoing journeys. The bonds I’ve formed with the other 15 people in the group have been really fantastic.
The next program launches in May and all the slots are expected to fill up soon (ours did a month early), I highly recommend it for anyone in Kampala who can commit 4 Sundays in a row and is looking to develop themselves further!
Bhavisha always has a fresh perspective to life and yoga. She has a wealth of knowledge and is super easy to open up to, articulation bringing focus and action. It’s like Bhavisha helps the lotus leaves open up.
Hi Friends. I just wanted to share this amazing program that i’m doing right now. It’s a self development program that focuses on mental, physical, emotional and spiritual strengthening.
Just within the past 2 weeks, its been life changing for me in getting clear on my vision and purpose in life, letting go of my limiting beliefs that were holding me back from taking action. I have been more purposefully productive in the last 2 weeks than i can ever think of before. I’ve been able to accomplish so many big and small goals that i would usually set up for myself but either get distracted or put it off till later but not anymore. I take action and finish what i set out to do.
Other than the goals, its been really enabling me to stay positive each and every day regardless of my external circumstances and this has had a positive impact on my relationships as well. This program is 4 weeks long and i have 2 more weeks to go but so far, WOW the transformations are amazing for most of us taking part in the program.
I wanted to share this today since the next program is taking place again in May and if you are in Uganda, and have a goal in life, and need the motivation/energy to take action so you can actually live your life the way you want it and not just dream it, don’t loose this opportunity.
Dear Kannagara team, thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me a chance to transform myself and become the Northern star I was dreaming of. After this magical and powerful month, I can declare loud that: “I am confident, I respect who I am, I shine, I transform myself and I empower others: I am a healer.”
My journey is just starting and I feel so confident and excited about my new path. Please keep empowering the souls who crave for transformation.
I think its a wonderful program … where all of us in the crazy hustle bustle can pause / reset put our lives back on the path we choose for ourselves. what I like about it is the amazing coaches & support structure they create for you to evolve into who you want to be!!!
I did the discovery call with Bhavi.
A deep impasse had manifested in my life before my discovery session with Bhavi I was simply fed up with feeling lost and being stuck. Although I’d been working on certain aspects of this’stuckness’ somehow the right course of action was still unclear for me.
Before the session, Bhavi set clear expectations & boundaries and therefore a safe space opened up naturally between us so that we could work together. I was amazed at just how much was shifted through so that a new clarity could emerge in me.
The session left me feeling lighter and naturally more myself and I now have the first steps on a new path towards a brighter and more aligned way of living. I am simply no longer lost or stuck with this area and it happened in one session!
I had individual coaching sessions with Bhavi for 3 months, a few months after doing the Kannagara kick start programme. While Kannagara kick start programme helped me to understand myself better and to create links with like-minded people, individual coaching sessions helped me to go deeper and allowed me to step back and look at my emotions from a different perspective.
Before starting the individual coaching sessions, I was thinking I did not need help and it was my turn to continue on my personal path… It is true but it is much easier with a coach.
No matter how much you meditate, how much you’re journalling, how much you’re working on your own personal development, the individual coaching sessions definitely helped me to clear the emotions of the previous 2 weeks and to start the coming week lighter. Highly recommended to boost your personal development.