India is the spiritual home of our meditation practice, it is a land of great beauty, epic history and vibrant contrasts and we are delighted to be returning for our bi-annual retreat in 2019. This trip of a lifetime is open to everyone, from the experienced meditator, to new meditators and those who have not yet learnt to meditate are invited to do so in Rishikesh with Tim who has been travelling to India since he was 8 years of age.
DELHI – VARANASI – RISHIKESH
This year we have a new itinerary, we will explore bustling Delhi, travel to Varanasi – city of 2,000 temples and confluence of the three great rivers of India – then head north to Rishikesh in the foothills of the Himalayas for seven days of ayurvedic “panchakarma” treatment.
We will meet in Delhi and take the opportunity to explore the delights of the Old and New cities, visit ancient and modern temples, the bustling spice markets and get a sense of the rising presence of India in the modern world.
We will then fly to Varanasi for two days, where we will take a sunrise boat cruise on the Ganges, enjoy a walking temple tour of the city, see the famous cremation ghats and join the evening Grand Ganga Aarti, the devotional offering to the Goddess Ganga on the banks of the holiest river in India.
After these expeditions we will travel together to Rishikesh in the foothills of the Himalayas – one of the most spiritual cities on the planet. People have been pilgrimaging to Rishikesh, to bathe in its beauty and in the river Ganges for millennia, to connect more deeply to themselves and let go of irrelevancies of thought, behaviour and past experience in order to create new beginnings in their lives. It is a very special and spiritual place and must be visited in this lifetime!
While in Rishikesh we will enjoy seven days of personalised traditional ayurvedic treatment (panchakarma) designed to detoxify, nourish and balance the body from an ayurvedic perspective. This includes consultation with an ayurvedic doctor (vaidya) to determine your individual health status followed by a bespoke treatment plan that will include daily full body massages performed by 2-3 practitioners simultaneously, ayurvedic food prepared specifically for our program and other ayurvedic treatments specific to your personal needs.
Your daily program will include ayurvedic treatments, meditation, yoga, a lecture series with Tim, and exploration of Rishikesh and it’s delights.
We will bathe in the Ganges (it is beautiful and clean up here in the north!), watch the sun rise over the Himalayas from an ancient temple, visit the ashram Maharishi Mahesh Yogi taught from in the 60’s and the Beatles visited, visit an orphanage, join evening celebrations on the banks of the river, and perhaps white water raft on the Ganges on the final day of our trip, if you’re feeling adventurous.
This is the pinnacle retreat of our year and I invite you to consider joining us for this magnificent two weeks of adventure, health and wellbeing, spiritual development, the camaraderie of like minded people and a lot of fun.
Learn to Meditate in India
I will also be offering an opportunity for people to learn to meditate in India with me. This is a very auspicious opportunity – to learn to meditate at the source of our knowledge and to also enjoy the benefits and experience of the rest of the retreat. Bring a friend, family member or partner that is keen to learn to meditate and share India with them.
ITINERARY INDIA 2019
October 18 – Arrive Delhi
October 19 – Guided sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi
October 20 – Fly to Varanasi.
October 21 – Explore the wonders of Varanasi
October 22 – Fly to Dehradun via Delhi
October 23 – 30 – Rishikesh
- Visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram
- Sunrise at the Kunjapuri Temple
- Evening ceremonies on Ganges
- Visit Gangah Valley School & Orphanage
- White water raft the Ganges (optional)
October 31 – Return to Delhi
November 1 – Depart Delhi for home
Single accommodation $6,250
Twin share* $5,750
Learn to Meditate in India
Single accommodation $6,950
Twin share* $6,450
* Twin share accommodation is BYO friend or partner.
– all transportation and accommodation and meals as per above tour program.
– tours and daily excursions
– travel to and from India, and required visas
– personal expenses
Beautiful images of India courtesy of Emily Manos, 2015 retreat participant. www.emilymanosphotography.com