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Shana Smith

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Guide at a Glance

  • Company

    Gainesville Retreat Center

  • Locations

    Gainesville, Florida, United States

  • Activities

    Meditation Retreat, Music Retreat

  • Guiding Experience

    25 years

  • Languages

    Castilian Spanish, English, Hawaiian

  • Favorite Trip

    Chanting to the Open Heart

Guide Bio

I have been an authentic and avid yogi for two decades as well as enjoying careers as a retreat host and a professional musician.

During my amazing journey through life, I discovered kirtan and spent several years in the immersion of yoga study and philosophy as well as zen meditation before becoming a retreat host. I have since developed a deep and devoted kirtan practice, utilizing many of the chants from the Temple of the Universe, plus influences from Krishna Das, Jai Uttal, Paramahansa Yogananda, Seminole Indian, Hawaiian, sanskrit and English spirituals, as well as original chants of my own.

As both a chanting leader and meditation guide, my singular goal is to unite kindred voices in spirit and bliss. Thanks to a Master’s degree in Oceanography/Ecology, I make a great hiking guide as well!

Gainesville Retreat Center

Find peace through nature, meditation, yoga, and spiritual connection. We offer a 1200-square foot zendo/yoga space, a full vegetarian kitchen, housing for up to thirty plus camping and RV hookups, a 108-acre wildlife refuge with miles of hiking trails, a swimming pool, a basketball court and more.

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