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13 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in India

  • Dunagiri - Haridwar - Rishikesh, India

Overview

Journey to India Yoga Retreat

This retreat provides an opportunity to explore the land, plants, and practices that make up this sacred land. Daily practices of yoga and guided meditation will ground your experience physically, mentally, and spiritually. Discover the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda and experience the treasures of this deep form of healing. This trip is a learning journey that will connect you to the living aspects of yoga and Ayurveda in the holy land of India, ending in Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga.

Highlights

  • Evening kriyas
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Study and application of herbs and oils in nature
  • Introduction to Ayurveda and the science of yoga
  • Excursions to Haridwar and Rishikesh
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • Daily healthy meals
  • Airport transfers
  • 12 days with instruction
  • English
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Dunagiri

Dunagiri Retreat offers freedom from the madness and pressures of modern life. It offers a space where reflection and refreshment of the soul takes place as people leave their busy routines behind. Meant for nature lovers and spiritual seekers who value peace, quiet, and appreciate the natural grandeur of their surroundings, your stay in Dunagiri will leave you refreshed, renewed, and uplifted.

During your stay here, you will discover all of the reasons which make Dunagiri Retreat such a special place, from its ancient and sacred history, to its pristine natural beauty, and to the positive influence of your visit for the local population. You will arrive as a guest, but leave as family having discovered “the road less traveled," as Robert Frost expressed, has made all the difference.

Accommodations at Dunagiri Retreat comprise of 14 rooms located within the estate on five cottages which are ethnic while being modern. All rooms are luxuriously sized. Minimalist and Spartan by design, their elegant and unpretentious ambiance allows you to connect with the breathtaking surroundings. All rooms feature spectacular native forest and mountain views, all cottages have a view of Mahavatar Babaji's cave.

Accommodations at Dunagiri Retreat are perfect for you to sit with a cup of chai or any one of their herbal teas, to snuggle up with your favorite book, or to gently withdraw from the outer world into your inner being. There are a total of 14 rooms, each room is different.

Rainforest

Rainforest has nine double rooms which are simple, rustic, and homely. Each room has its own character and picturesque view of Ganga beyond. All are having an ensuite bathroom with hot water and a room heater for the winter months and all are non-smoking. Four rooms on the first floor are with private balconies while the ground floor rooms have verandah sit-outs.

All the rooms are designed around a central court which has a big mango tree in the middle and a red court by the stream on one side. And no, there are no TVs or phones in the rooms.

Classes

  • Applying essential oils in Ayurvedic treatments
  • Ayurvedic therapies with application techniques
  • Closing circle and puja ceremony
  • Herb walk and talk
  • History of Ayurveda
  • History of Dunagiri
  • Introduction to Ayurveda with Prashanti
  • Vastushastra with Prashanti

Itinerary

Saturday, October 29, 2016

  • 06:00 Meet in Delhi
  • Travel to Dunagiri

Sunday to Friday, October 30 to November 4, 2016

  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Morning lecture
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon excursion followed by free time
  • Dinner
  • Evening offering

Saturday, November 5, 2016

  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Travel to Haridwar
  • Sleep in Haridwar

Sunday, November 6, 2016

  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Visit to an Ayurvedic clinic
  • Puja on the Ganga
  • Sleep in Haridwar

Monday, November 7, 2016

  • Visit to the oil distillery
  • Travel to Rishikesh
  • Stay at the rainforest

Tuesday to Wednesday, November 8 to 9, 2016

  • Stay at the rainforest

Thursday, November 10, 2016

  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Closing circle and Puja ceremony
  • Depart to Delhi

The following trips and activities are included in the price:

  • Excursion to the temples
  • Halloween temple party
  • Trip to the oil distillery
  • Trip to the puja at the Ganges
  • Visit the kriya temple and spice market in Rishikesh
  • Prashanti De Jager

    From biophysics to EMT to Ayurvedic practitioner, to ethnopharmacologist, to ecological medicine activist, to a yogi and so much more, Prashanti’s study and practice of full spectrum wellness has been continuing since 1985, including ten years immersed in India with incredible Vedic science. Prashant is one of the founders of Organic India, the Pacific Center of Ayurveda, the Kailash Vedic Guild, a founding trustee of the Dunagiri Foundation Trust, and has a rewarding teaching schedule that takes him far and wide across this good Earth, from Bohemia to Manhattan, to Uttarkhand, to Goa.

  • Somah Devi Ma

    In 2011, Somah went to Rishikesh, India for a month where she was given the rare opportunity to study privately, one on one with him. She continued her yogic education in the years to come by expanding into Ayurvedic medicine, the science of life. That path took her to the Himalayas months at a time, learning about rare herbs and visiting essential oil distilleries. Somah continues to study with Anand and travels through out the world as an importer of organic and wild-crafted oils. She is a certified Yoga Alliance teacher E-200 RYT and 500 RYT and a master aromatherapist.

This retreat will take place in Dunagiri, Haridwar, and Rishikesh. Haridwar, the holy city, is one of the most renowned pilgrimage centers in India. Pilgrims from all over the world flock to this sacred city to take a dip in the holy waters of River Ganga.

All meals will be vegetarian. Rishikesh is considered a vegetarian town so please be mindful of this cultural practice, should you decide to bring any product that may be considered meat in origin. Also, there's a cafe serving simple and lightly spiced vegetarian food. House meals are served for lunch and dinner and a simple menu is available for breakfast items and drinks. Your meals are included in the price.

  • Explore the grounds
  • See the stunning views
  • Swim in the river
  • Take a trip to the nearby towns and villages
  • Visit the temples
  • 2 to 3 vegetarian meals a day
  • 12 nights accommodations
  • Application of yoga, herbs, and oils
  • Basic tips
  • Ceremonies and pujas
  • Daily yoga and meditation
  • Evening kriyas
  • Excursions to Haridwar and Rishikesh
  • Introduction to Ayurveda and the science of yoga
  • Introduction to Vedic astrology
  • Study of herbs and oils in nature
  • Transportation to and from excursions and in between locations in India
  • Transportation to and from Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)
  • Vedic astrology reading from Prashanti
  • Additional tips
  • Airfare
  • Extra oils
  • Purchases on excursions

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Bella Retreats will pick you up from the airport.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Bella Retreats an inquiry.
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