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6 Day Shakti Power of Yoga Retreat in Pokhara, Gandaki Pradesh

Happy Healthy Pokhara Retreat, House no 515, Ratopairi-17, Pipaltaira Marg, Pokhara, Kaski District, Gandaki Pradesh, Nepal

The Awakening of Shakti in the Lap of Holy Mother Annapurna Nepal Yoga Retreat

This retreat is an exploration of the physical breath, sound, and nature imaging of ancient Vedic yoga practices. It is open only to women who desire to "be" in their natural power of Shakti. The group will trek to a remote village called Panchasee and witness first hand the women of the village who live immersed in the Sacred Nature of Himalayan Womanhood; using a yet to be published book written by a Canadian Vedic scholar as our study guide. You will meet the author, Gary Millar, who has lived in the village for over ten years and is married to a wonderful village woman.

Meet the instructors

Radha & Albert
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Highlights

  • Deep yoga practices
  • Learn the historical relevance of yoga in today's world
  • Explore the Vedic age of yoga and delve into Shamanistic Ritual
  • Trek to a remote village and study the sacred nature and Himalayan womanhood
  • Meet the women who live the Earth Mother life in Panchasee village
  • Daily woman's circle session to share among the group
  • 3 daily delicious and healthy meals
  • 5 nights accommodation

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5 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 9 participants
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Accommodation

Throughout this retreat you will spend a night in Sidahne village at a homestay and other nights in Panchasee village at the Happy Heart Hotel owned by Gary's wife and her two sisters.

Program

Please read this Vedic poetry to give you a feeling of what this program's experience attempts to portray. Here the flow of river current is the Mother Shakti:

The First Stream of the Mother

The Adhi Khola river flows to pools of trance,

A falling water sound against the rocks

Announces "She" is here, in poolside glance

Below her grass-fringed strands of girlish locks

Her eyes beneath this fringe are clear and bold,

In front of us She smiles below the sky

From whence She came, Her look enough to hold

Mankind in the heart, in feelings falling high

Around my head She shows nearby a seat,

A splendor by Her mind, a quiet flow

Of something in the heart, when we meet

At stream side pool, She wants to let me know

About this place of strength and force in love;

And all She does is flow down from above.

If you relate to this even a little bit you are ready to engage in this experience.

Program

In today's world, yoga has taken on many forms and variations of forms. The focus is mostly on the physical development of flexibility and strength of the body. Yet the foundation of yoga as the originator of yoga, Sri Pantajoli, is more of an experience of a spiritual connection and an emotional clearing of the psyche. The outcome of yoga practice was a development of Shakti, the power of a spiritually balanced and peaceful life energized by the feminine, Mother Nature, Mother Annapurna.

First day

  • 06:00 Pranayama (breathing practice)
  • 07:00 Drink water upon awakening, green tea prepared with fresh lemon, ginger, and lemongrass
  • 07:30 Go for a guided walk and meditation in the Seti River Canyon
  • 08:30 Vinyasa yoga practice
  • 10:00 Breakfast of fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, or choice of pancakes, eggs, toast, coffee or just juice or tea if you prefer
  • 11:15 - 12:30 Yoga theory and philosophy: A time for questions and discussion
  • 13:30 Lunch (a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals) and free time to relax, get an optional massage, or explore the neighborhood and the Seti River canyon
  • 14:30 - 16:00 Hatha yoga class and yoga as a meditation
  • 18:00 Warm vegetable soup and vegetable salad or traditional Nepali dinner. (Dahl Baht)
  • 19:00 - 20:30 Free time
  • 20:30 Group question and answers and meditation by a wood fire outdoors, experience shamanic rituals
  • 21:30 or later, tea and cookies, time to sleep

Second day

The group will embark on a trek to a high mountain village called Panchasee. After about six hours, you come to a village called Sidahne where you will stay in a homestay. This is an amazing experience in itself mingling with friendly village folks who live in cave-like structures built into the earth. You will be given a breakfast of delicious millet pancakes and local honey and butter.

Third and fourth day

You will trek for about five hours to reach the destination, Panchasee village and settle in for the next 2 nights. You will spend your time exploring the surroundings with Gary, the author of the textbook guide and long time village resident who is married to a local village lady. You will stay at the Happy Heart Hotel owned by Gary's wife and her two sisters.

Gary will spend time over the two days in the village offering insights into the Shakti Nature symbols and remnants and Vedic philosophy of the ancient inhabitants of this sacred village and explaining how the Vedic spirit of Shakti lives on in the women of the village today. He will present the core teaching of his book and answer questions. The group will continue to do yoga and meditations around the evening fire pit.

There will be time for a women's sharing among the group in a circle each day throughout the six days of the retreat.

Fifth day

The group begin the descent back to Pokhara by trekking to the nearest bus stop.

Last day

Same as the first day at the retreat home and closing ceremony at 2 PM. Dinner is not included on last day

Instructors

Radha Risal

Albert Schmaedick

Retreat location

Food

During this retreat you will be served a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Hallal
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
  • Yogic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During the afternoon, you may choose activities, free time, or if you like to take more time, Happy Healthy Pokhara Retreat can adjust the days' schedule to fit your request.

Activities in the immediate area include the International Mountain Museum, a walk to Lake Fewa and lakeside tourist area, bungy jumping, walks into the amazing Seti River Canyon, Davies Falls, Bat caves, and more. More involved activities include paragliding, river rafting, kayaking, swimming in the river or lake, or hotel swimming pools.

Happy Healthy Pokhara Retreat may arrange to take you to a waterfall, high mountain villages, Temples and historical attractions, art galleries, local migrant Tibetan villages, dining out and dancing in Lakeside, bicycling, amusement parks, zip line, and more. They also offer acupressure and Swedish style massage at a cost of 15 USD per hour.

What's included

  • All components of the program as detailed in the daily schedule
  • Organized and guided activities if desired
  • Private and shared rooms
  • 3 meals each day

What's not included

  • Airport transfer
  • Optional massage at an additional cost is available

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book a flight to Kathmandu International Airport (KTM). From Kathmandu, you can fly to Pokhara Airport (PKR) on several domestic airlines. Happy Healthy Pokhara Retreat recommends Yati and Buddha airlines for about 125 USD. It's about a half-hour flight from the airport.

Happy Healthy Pokhara Retreat is very close to the airport. You can walk to the retreat in about 30 minutes or take a taxi for about 400 NPR or 4 USD. Happy Healthy Pokhara Retreat can help you arrange a taxi from the tourist bus station or Pokhara Airport. Just phone their center on arrival.

Arrival by bus

To save money, Happy Healthy Pokhara Retreat recommends Blue Sky Bus from Kathmandu to Happy Healthy Pokhara Retreat. The bus ride will cost about 7 USD. The trip is six to nine hours depending on weather and traffic. It's a very scenic trip and a great way to introduce you to Nepal.

Happy Healthy Pokhara Retreat is very close to the tourist bus station. You can walk to the retreat in about 35 to 45 minutes or take a taxi for about 400 NPR or 4 USD.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Due to the covid 19 virus, Happy Healthy Pokhara Retreat is not open. There are no international flights untill further notice. However, if you are in Nepal you can sign up and come to any of their retreats.

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