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Projects

We are running several projects at Galiana:

  • Healing the Broken Heart – program that helps people overcome heartbreak, international hot-line for “breakup” emergencies
  • Tantra Without Borders – international movement, which helps to heal the relationship between feminine and masculine energies, using the universal tantric principles
  • Galiana Interactive Theater – new form of practice, which includes performance, trance, dance, yoga, drumming and kirtan

Healing the Broken Heart

“For 12 years I have been creating the ultimate program that will help people heal their broken hearts. Finally, it is complete and will be presented for the first time in summer 2011.” —Saraswati

The Galiana / Tantra without Borders approach to Healing the Broken Heart is not the only way to this crucial human and spiritual goal, but it is a unique and special path in that it draws freely and deeply from several ancient wisdom traditions and from modern methodologies. It is also based on the powerful personal experience of Saraswati and of the people she has worked with and learned from over the years to develop her intuition of the heart. The basis of the Galiana approach includes Tantric Buddhism and Hindu Tantra (Tantra without Borders), kundalini and hatha yoga and ayurveda, NeuroLinguistic Programming (NLP), the 12 Step approach of Love Addicts Anonymous, and the healing powers of faith and forgiveness. Go Deeper

Please review the Healing the Broken Heart Emergency article, an invaluable resource for people who just went through a heartbreak.

Healing the Broken Heart Retreat | Calendar


Tantra Without Borders

Tantra Without Borders helps people deeply realize the nature of consciousness, awaken to their immense potential as cosmic beings and return to love. From our sanctuary, built with a lot of tenderness between New York and Boston, we are now expanding our life-changing workshops all over the world.

Tantra Without Borders is a part of the universal movement that serves the evolution of consciousness through love. We are helping the feminine to return to love, and the masculine to reflect it. We are helping the masculine to return to love, and the feminine to reflect it. Once this mutual healing goes into motion, more and more of us are reflecting love, we become one and nobody knows where the movement originates, where it begins, where it ends – there are no borders. Go Deeper »

Register for Tantra Without Borders Spring, Summer and Fall Retreat.


Galiana Interactive Theater

We have been exploring the time and space of an unusual form of practice: combination of interactive theater and meditation practice. Practice through theater has been undertaken by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the great tibetan master who brought tantric buddhism to the west. Psychodrama is also being widely used as therapy in
modern spiritual organizations.

The approach that we have taken is based on the tantric Deity mediation, one of the most common and important of Tantric Buddhist ritual practice. The practice is accomplished by visualization on the chosen deity (yi dam) and pronunciation of mantra that goes with it. The practice is the method of transforming ones ordinary perception of reality into the non-dualistic perception. By trying on different aspects of energy, like fierce Kali or compassionate White Tara, we recognize that we have these energies in us, we understand them and make peace with them. Through the play we also experience the dynamics between different energies, we are able to express our innermost fears and desires, and reconcile them leaning on the wisdom of the deities and ancient mythology. Artists, musicians and songwriters are also able to engage into the yoga practice in a way that their art is invoked. Janet Morgan, New York based artist has created a painting dedicated to Kali and danced Kali at our transformation circle. This painting expresses her immersion into the energy of transformaiton:

Kali Ma by Janet Morgan

As practitioners try different roles, they invoke aspects of their personality which are yearning to be express, seen and understood. The transcendental nature of the workshop environment allows students to fully experience catharsis and find a resolution. Through the play we transform and ultimately become free of judgement towards different aspects of energy in the divine pantheon, as well as in ourselves.

With great respect towards the deities and towards hindu mythology we create in interactive modern liturgy, which serves the highest person of ancient theater – raising the consciousness, healing and communicating with divine. Serving as a bridge between modern and ancient, we use humor, parody, dance, cutting edge technology, inter-cultural and inter-faith references to connect the dots between different times, cultures and languages.

At the end of the play we integrate our roles into the everyday life experience and dissolve them, coming into the inner silence, stillness and spaciousness. The premise of Tantric (Vajrayana) Buddhism is that any person has a potential to become a buddha. As we karmically fulfill our participation in the cosmic dance, the water in the ocean of our consciousness becomes calm, clear and blissful.

Kali Ma Transformation Circle

Come and Open the Skies With Us!
For you, Kali Ma

Meera as Kali Ma, Bristol, UK

Our first experiment was Kali Ma Transformation Circle. The event was held in New York and in Bristol, UK. The plot was based on the ancient legend, in which Kali Ma, the ferocious Goddes was called to slay the asuras (demons). As she came to the battlefield she became so entrapped in the battle that she could not stop the slaughter, and the Gods we worried. They sent Shiva to stop her. Kali did not event notice Shiva, until he full manifested himself. In our event Shiva, who symbolizes the hero of our times, manifests himself fully by becoming fully conscious, going through renunciation and rebirth. We had sitar and tabla players, belly dancing and interactive/improvisational performance by the crew. The audience (practitioners) were fully involved by going through various still and dynamic meditations, dancing, singing, interacting with each other and reciting poetry. Participants of this event went through a deep transformation. Go Deeper »

When Gods are Laughing

This yoga is only for the insane, drunk on the nectar of the divine love

We are currently in production of a play When the Gods are laughing. The play includes:
Trance * Dance * Yoga * Drumming * Kirtan * Tantra * Interactive Performance


When the Gods are Laughing is a story where two biggest snakes of the
world meet: the snake of Kundalini and the snake of DNA. It is a story
whispered by the wind of Burning Man desert, secrets of the Vine and
ancient city of Varanasi, one of the seven oldest cities on Earth.
In this breathtaking interactive performance we meet humorous Ganesh,
courageous Shiva, beautiful Parvati, wrathful Indra, shining Lakshmi,
wise Sarawati and terrifying Kali . Go Deeper »

We are looking for actors, musicians, stage directors, writers to
participate in the play creation.

Check out our Calendar to see when the play is offered in New York, Boston and Galiana.

 

7 Reasons Why You Will Love Galiana

  • Galiana has a strong Motherly presence

  • The workshops are powerful and life-changing

  • Everything is beautiful, fragrant and delicious

  • Galiana land carries sacred healing energy

  • The heart of Galiana is its loving community

  • You will return to the radiance of your true self

  • Galiana will feel like HOME


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Featured Testimonial

"This event was rich, balanced and fulfilling on may levels. It was both joyful and playful as well as deeply moving and heart opening. The guidance/teaching by Saraswati was excellent—well thought out, well explained. The participants of this event were great—open and respectful." —Jojo

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Spotlight

Tantra Without Borders is a part of the universal movement which serves the evolution of consciousness through love. We are helping the feminine to return to love, and the masculine to reflect it. We are helping the masculine to return to love, and the feminine to reflect it. Once this mutual healing goes into motion, more and more of us are reflecting love, we become one and nobody knows where the movement originates, where it begins, where it ends – there are no borders. We hold regular gatherings at Galiana. Go Deeper »

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