18 Day Lotus of the Desert Yoga Retreat India

India Yoga Retreats for Women

The lotus has its roots in dark murky waters, yet still grows towards the light and blossoms where it has been planted. The Lotus of the Desert Retreat is a powerful exploration of the divine feminine and how she manifests within you. It is a chance to discover how you may grow into your abundant potential and fully bloom where you have been planted in your life. It is a unique opportunity to travel as a group of women, in sisterhood, supporting one another as you open and flower as the radiant being that you are!

Retreat highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Dance, Goddess invocations, and rituals
  • Share your experience with an incredible group of sisters
  • Deep immersion within mother India
  • 17 nights accommodation
  • Delicious meals
  • Camel Safari

Yoga styles


17 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 15

Airport transfer included: Indira Gandhi International Airport

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Accommodation

Accommodation for this Journey is in shared occupancy (single available on request with additional investment), in a mixture of hotels, guesthouses, and under the stars during the camel safari. You will travel as the Goddesses that you are and stay in extremely beautiful and unique places. Flowing Spirit Journeys always chooses accommodation that is safe, secure, with supportive beautiful energy, a home-like atmosphere, and inspiring of spiritual practice.

Program

With Mother India as your supporting guide and teacher, you will experience an inner journey towards greater self-knowledge, clarity, and personal empowerment, as you adventure through the colorful, vibrant, exotic Indian state of Rajasthan. In moments of self-introspection, you will retreat into silence, yoga, meditation, sacred ritual, healing, dance, and group sharing.

In other moments, you will live with presence in the movement of life amidst ancient temples, exquisite palaces, sacred waters, never ending deserts, smiling camels, and exuberant locals. This journey correlates with the nine-day Goddess festival of Gupta Navaratri. This celebration of the feminine will support our retreat as you move through three main phases that correlate with the energies of the the Goddesses Kali, Lakshmi, and Saraswati.

Itinerary

Day 1, Delhi

  • Arrive in Delhi by 3 p.m.
  • Group meeting
  • Opening and invocation
  • Delicious Indian dinner

Day 2 to 4, Delhi to Blue City Jodhpur

  • Travel by train and arrive in the quaint and beautiful garden hotel in Mandore
  • Here we will practice resting in an inner state of silence amidst the bustling Indian City
  • You will explore the winding streets of the blue city, visit Mehrangarth Fort, and head out on safari to visit local artist villages, Bishnoi (peaceful Jain people) villages, and local wildlife

Day 5, Jodhpur to Jaisalmer

  • You will arrive with the sunrise via night train, in the Golden Living Fort of Jaisalmer
  • You will have the chance to stay in a beautifully restored hotel set in the walls of the Golden Fort
  • Here, you will experience traditional Rajasthan life, cuisine, and customs
  • You will explore ancient temples and cobblestone streets
  • Your yoga practice will be set high upon the rooftop, overlooking the beauty of the fort and Indian life

Day 6 to 8, camel trekking Jaisalmer

  • This phase of the journey will be a chance to experience the profound silence of the Desert Landscape as you travel upon camels into some of the more remote areas of Rajasthan
  • You will visit local villages, move through breathtaking landscapes, and sleep on sand dunes beneath a sky of infinite stars
  • On the final day of the trek, you will return to Jaisalmer for restorative yoga and relaxation

Day 8 to 10, return to Jaisalmer for embodying abundance

  • Delicious food
  • Time for shopping
  • Time for integration in a hotel fit for queens
  • Opportunities to take more time for relaxation
  • Deepening into meditation and yoga
  • Dance

Day 10 to 11, Jaislamer to Pushkar

  • Travel by evening train and taxi to the the Sacred Brahma city of Pushkar
  • Pushkar is a quaint desert oasis situated around a beautiful lotus-shaped lake and it is the only holy place dedicated to the creative force of Brahma and is powerful pilgrimage site
  • Upon your arrival, you will deepen your journey with a sunset yoga practice, meditation, rest, and exploration

Day 12 to 16, Pushkar

  • Supported by the oasis’ high spiritual vibration, you will balance your time between inner exploration and connection to sacred desert sites
  • This portion of the retreat includes daily yoga and meditation, sunrise and sunset hikes to the mountain-top temples of the Goddesses Gayatri and Savitri/Saraswati, and Shaktipeeth Goddess Temple
  • You will also visit ashrams from the Satya Yuga era, Potato Baba, and the Brahma Temple.

Day 16 to 18. Delhi

  • Evening arrival in Delhi on day 16
  • Experience the spiritual aspects of Delhi as you integrate your experience of moving meditation within the Lotus Temple, Riskshaws, markets, busy streets, and delicious restaurants
  • Here you will have your retreat closing and integration back into the world
  • Plan your international flight to depart on day 18

Instructors

Kristie Lonczak
Kristie loves to travel and wishes for nothing more than to share this passion with everyone. Her life has shifted in the last years as she has begun offering her experiences as a part time explorer and full-time yoga teacher, mystical dance teacher, Reiki Master, retreat facilitator, and trip leader or creator. Her focus in this life is inspiring aliveness, opening to a life lived from the heart, empowerment, and the activation of a cosmic consciousness.

Retreat location

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Yogic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 17 nights deluxe accommodation
  • 2 meals per day (healthy vegetarian-with most dietary restrictions accommodated)
  • Yoga and meditation classes
  • Group sharing and integration sessions
  • Personal support for deeper processing
  • Transportation throughout the journey starting and ending at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)
  • Experienced guides

What's not included

  • Extra meals, snacks, and alcoholic drinks
  • International Airfare
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips/gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at the Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). The organizer will meet you at the airport and take care of everything from there.

Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport Airport transfer included: Indira Gandhi International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.
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Arrival: Wednesday January 30, 2019
Departure: Saturday February 16, 2019

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