Namaste Retreat

A Sensory Exploration of Hindu Spiritual Traditions in the light of Christianity

Saturday, April 22, 2023 | 10 AM - 2 PM | In the Parish House at 119 North Duke Street

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Join the contemplative community at the Urban Well as local practitioners offer insights into how Indian spiritual traditions can strengthen many spiritual practices.

The Sound of the Sitar with
John Protopapas

Exploring the healing forces of music as meditation and prayer, connecting vibration to spirit and experiencing chanting.

Dance & Movement with Rasmita Amin & students of Natyashala Dance Studio

Understanding the connections between classical yoga poses and dance movements.

Caring for our Bodies with
Nick Dower

Finding more light and energy in our bodies through chair yoga, mindful breath and anti-inflammatory spices and foods.


In person (includes food)
Adults: $50
2 Adults: $80
Students: $15


10:00 Welcome and introductions

10:30: John Protopapas

11:30 Rasmita and students

11:30: Panel discussion

12:30: Nick on Ayurvedic foods and anti-inflammation choices

1:00: Chair Yoga with Roberta Strickler

1:30: Fr. David  thanking reflection and Q&A

2:00: Close

About the presenters

John Protopapas

John Protopapas has been studying and practicing classical Indian music on the Sitar and Yoga for 25 years. He teaches the world music class at York College of PA where he shares his musical journey and world travels.   John draws from his experiences living in South Africa, Greece and India to inform his music.   He shares his understanding of Classical Indian Music as not only spiritual in nature, but also as a complete musical system which allows one to go deeply into one’s creativity and touch on the deep elements of our human nature. Through this music, it leads both the musician and listeners into deep states of contemplation which also has the ability to touch on the most refined elements of sound and aesthetics.

Rasmita Amin

Rasmita Amin is an Indian cultural dance instructor who has been serving South Central Pennsylvania for several decades.  She is a graduate of Bharatnatyam from the M.S. University of Baroda’s Faculty of Performing Arts.  In earlier years, Rasmita accompanied the late Mrs. Indira Gandhi, then Prime Minister of India in a delegation and also had the honor of performing in her residence as well as in Bombay and New Delhi.  She is also a 500 hour trained and certified yoga teacher.  Rasmita currently teaches Bharatnatyam, Folk Dances and Yoga to her many students in York and Lancaster.


Debra Dower

Debra 'Debbie' Dower has over a decade of experience in the alternative health and wellness field.  She is the director of operations at Evolution Power Yoga in Lancaster, PA; and was the creative visionary for the Holistic Therapy program at Penn Medicine/ Lancaster General Health.

Debbie is a Board Certified Structural Integrator and completed the entire course of study at Anatomy Trains Structural Integration, where she is now a lead educator. She has over 1,000 hours of certified yoga instructor training and is a registered ERYT-500, with Yoga Alliance.