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Balancing a simultaneous inner and outer journey, our Northern India Retreat will explore the theme of presence as we move from the chaos and hidden mysticism of Delhi, to the shores of Mother Ganga in Rishikesh, to the higher Himalayas of the Dalai Llamas home in Dharamsala. We will learn to experience greater awareness with our daily practice of sadhana (spiritual practice) that includes yoga asana, pranayama, mantra, and silence. With support from each other and the powerful spiritual energies of the Himalayas, we will live our moving meditation exploring sacred sites, busy marketplaces, outdoor adventures, satsang with spiritual masters, and the simple craziness of life in India.
This retreat will give you tools to help you to integrate a more meditative awareness into your everyday life. Life with presence is the key to expand beyond fears and doubts, to embody your purpose, and to live from your empowered creative self, regardless of outside influences. You can relax deeply and safely into your journey as our India experienced guides and teachers organize all the daily travel details, take you to the cleanest, most delicious restaurants, unveil sacred powerful sites, bring you to their favorite teachers, and help you navigate in a sometimes chaotic country.
Accommodation for the Journeys is shared occupancy in a mixture of hotels, hostels, guesthouses, bungalows, family homes, ashrams, monasteries and on some journeys even in tents and yurts. In order to keep costs of the journeys low we stay in budget to mid-range accommodation that is always comfortable, clean, and secure. We choose places that have supportive beautiful energy, a home-like atmosphere, and inspire spiritual practice.
Arrive in Delhi by 3 p.m.
Delicious Indian dinner
Rishikesh - We will explore the magical Yoga Capital of the world and connect to the powerful energies of this sacred Hindu place.
We will explore various yoga teachers and styles, listen to satsangs with enlightened masters, visit the ashram that the Beatles stayed in, offer mantras through a fire ceremony (yagna), open our hearts through Kirtan, hike to the holy Shiva temple of Neelkanth, Meditate in the ashram of AnandaMayi, experience the Hindu Color festival of Holi, learn about Ayurvedic cooking, cleanse some Karmas with a Ganga bath, and open to the unique teachings that this sacred place has for each one of us.
Within this time, we will also deepen our states of awareness with time in total silence alongside Mother Ganga.
We will continue our experiential journey as we expand our consciousness with the support of the Higher Himalayas.
We will meditate in the temple of his Holiness the Dalai Lama, practice walking meditation as we hike the mountain Triund and sleep near its summit, share with Tibetan Refugees, visit the Karmapa at Norbulingka, and spend a day in complete silence to deepen our state of meditation.
Delhi - Experience the spiritual aspects of Delhi as we integrate our experience of moving meditation within Riskshaws, markets, busy streets, and delicious restaurants.
We will also visit the Red Fort, Delhi Temples, and the Gandhi Museums.
Our journeys always include happy healthy foods that make our bodies and minds feel great. We will be eating mostly vegetarian, with options to include fish, and sometimes also having an option to include some meat if you like. The meals will support the activities of the journey and will be a nutritious mix of local cuisine with some western favorites. Oftentimes we will eat family style where we share many dishes and get the opportunity to sample many things, and other times you may just choose from a set menu. There will always be plenty of food to sample and you will definitely like something being offered.