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Empowering the Heart: The Abode of Sacred Joy, Healing and Power at Seminarhaus Shanti, Bad Meinberg, Germany

Rod Stryker | May 10, 2023 - May 15, 2023

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Against the beautiful backdrop of Seminarhaus Shanti,
we explore the heights of Yoga, Tantra and Vedanta.




During times of pervasive confusion, grief, sadness, uncertainty and anger, where does one turn to rise above the fray, to live with freedom and embody what has been described as the “highest fortune?” The answer is: your heart.

Spiritual traditions as varied as yogic, Buddhist, tantrick, Kashmir Shaivite and Judeo-Christian describe awakening to the spiritual heart as the culmination of spiritual practice. Indeed, through the process, the veils that darken our heart––and that are the source of so much turmoil––are lifted. This leads to the discovery of the seat of higher wisdom, the inner teacher, and incomparable joy––where both Self and Creator are one. This is the fountainhead of compassion, wisdom and self-mastery.

The heart lights the path to auspiciousness (both worldly and spiritual) and most profoundly, the end of suffering. However, according to the scriptures, entering the sacred ground of the heart is a process, one that is revealed in stages. To those ends, specific yogic and tantrik practices provide the stepping stones for removing the veils that inhibit this experience. 

Join Rod Stryker for this journey into your heart as he guides you progressively through increasingly subtle stages of your heart’s sublime nature. In each session you will be led through practices (including asana, pranayama, and meditation) that draw from the complementary yogic scriptures and practices of Samkhya, the Yoga Sutra, Upanishads, Shiva Sutra, Tantra and Sri Vidya

The intention of this immersion is to ensure that your spirit is lifted, and your path illumined, ensuring that the curative light of your heart shines inside and out into the world. 

About the Seminarhaus Shanti

Seminarhaus Shanti in Bad Meinberg is a hidden treasure with powerful spiritual vibrations, located on the Yoga Vidya Ashram campus in the Teutoburger Forest of northern Germany. It is Europe’s largest seminar house, perfect for learning and practicing yoga in a natural setting with like-minded people while enjoying 100% organic and almost completely vegan meals.

This five-day immersion is designed for all dedicated yoga practitioners (yoga, pranayama and meditation experience are prerequisites) as well as aspiring and experienced yoga teachers. Each day will weave lecture and practice, asana, pranayama and meditation, contemplative and self-reflection practices.

Participants will leave with treasured experiences and practical tools that will change how you see yourself and life. At the end of these five days, you will know that you are never alone, that any struggle can be resolved by understanding the great truths that reside within your heart. You will know your heart’s guiding light.


Recommended Reading

Required Reading:

Siva Sutras: The Yoga Of Supreme Identity: recommended commentary by Jaideva Singh

In order to receive credit toward ParaYoga certification and Yoga Alliance RYT programs, as well as your certificate of completion for this training, you must complete a short google form quiz for this book, submitting it to us within six weeks following the completion of the training.

Once you have viewed all recordings and submitted both quizzes (the link to take the second course quiz will be sent to you upon completion), you are eligible to receive a certificate of completion which counts fully toward Yoga Alliance continuing education credits (40 hours total).


Program Cost: $695  This price covers the cost of tuition only. It does not cover your room and board at Seminarhaus Shanti.

**A 20% discount off of the full price is available to students and retirees. Please send us an email at info@parayoga.com to inquire.**

Cancellation Policy: PLEASE READ!

Any cancellations done 30 days or more prior to event start: The deposit of $100.00 is non-refundable and non-transferable. The balance (total cost minus the deposit) is not refundable, but it is transferable to future ParaYoga sponsored events as well as the ParaYoga online trainings.

Any cancellations done 30 days or less prior to event start: All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Seminarhaus Shanti
Campus Yoga Vidya e.V., Yogaweg 1
Horn-Bad Meinberg, 32805 Germany
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Important: ParaYoga books your room directly through Seminarhaus Shanti, independent of the tuition for the course. You can then pay for your room/board when they email you a confirmation.

Here’s how it works, PLEASE READ: When you register and pay the tuition, please let us know in the “Notes” section of your order which room category you prefer, the name of your roommate if you have one, and your arrival and departure dates.

If you would like us to pair you with a roommate, please let us know that as well. We will communicate this information to Seminarhaus Shanti and they will send you a booking confirmation email with details about your stay and payment options (wire transfer in advance or cash upon arrival, they do not accept credit cards).

This page on their website has a video in English which shows the room categories:


Rates include dinner on dinner on June 4th, brunch on June 9th, and all meals (brunch and dinners) in between:

Single Room (with private bathroom) 65,50 x 5+10.5 (weekend fee) = €338

Double Occupancy Twin Beds (with private bathroom) 48,25 x 5 +10.5 (weekend fee) = €251,75

Dorm (4 person dorm with private bathroom) 39 x 5 +10.5 (weekend fee)  = €205,25

Camper/Tent 33,25 x 5 +10.5 (weekend fee) = €176,75

Omitting:(*There is a €5,25 surcharge during weekend nights, added to your bill)
*Bed linens and towels can be rented for a small fee or you can bring your own.


A La Carte Prices 2023: If you plan to arrive earlier than May 10 or stay on at the ashram after the training ends, they will provide you with separate pricing for those days (they will send you two different booking confirmations and therefore two invoices, one for the training dates and the other for the additional days). Here are the a la carte prices, per day:

Arriving one day earlier (including weekend fee):
Single room: €90
Double room: €72 per person
Dorm: €55
Camper/Tent: €41 per person

Staying one day longer:
Single room: €90
Double room: €72 per person
Dorm: €55
Camper/Tent: €41 per person


From Seminarhaus Shanti:

“We invite you to stay in a peaceful environment where you can gain new insights, access to your intuition, and rediscover your inner resources of happiness. Enjoy the rejuvenating tranquillity and closeness to Mother Nature as you replenish your energy and relax completely. In addition to lectures and workshops, there are two meditation sessions and two yoga exercise classes offered daily.

Seminarhaus Shanti also offers many leisure activities such as cycling (bicycles can be borrowed without charge), hiking in the adjoining forests and valleys, swimming, sauna, excursions that you can take to a variety of local points of interest. It is suitable for retreats, workshops and conferences with spiritual and/or alternative topics, idyllically located at the edge of a big forest to give you a break from everyday life. 

We offer a purely vegan diet and an alcohol-free and smoke-free environment. Enjoy the food at one of Germany’s biggest certified organic and vegan dining facility and treat your guests and yourself to delicious meals.

We aim to save resources. Our warm water and electricity for our entire campus is generated by the solar panels on the roofs and a nearby biogas plant.

You can make use of the professional services offered by Europe’s biggest yoga conference center, some of which are free and others can easily be booked for an additional fee.”


Link to learn more about Seminarhaus Shanti at Haus Yoga Vidya:

How to get to Seminar House Shanti, Haus Yoga Vidya: https://www.yoga-vidya.de/center/haus-bad-meinberg/start/wegbeschreibung/

Getting to “Horn-Bad Meinberg” by train:



To go by train: comfortably travel by train and then take the bus line 782
The bus brings you from the station in Horn-Bad Meinberg almost to our entrance.

The access of the bus is at the bus station “Abzweig Bahnhof”. This you will find when you get out of the train, and the station and turn left. After approximately 100 meters it is on the opposite side of the next crossroad.

The station stop is “Kurzentrum”. From there it takes three minutes walk. Please follow the signs for directions to Yoga Vidya.

After the first right hand bend the Seminarhaus Shanti is the first building on the right side.

For detailed information about departure and arrival times please check www.bahn.de.

Taxi from the station in Horn-Bad Meinberg: Taxi Wienke: 05234-98147, Taxi Blomberger/Henke: 05234-9555, Taxi Prasse: 05234-89933. Please call in advance. They are not

waiting at the station because this is a small village.

Arriving by plane:

Paderborn is the nearest: here is the English link: https://www.airport-pad.com/en/

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