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Maitreyi -The Vedic Village invites you to join this retreat to gain the direct experience of the interconnected, wholeness of Vedic life. The Vedas emphasize sadhana, which encompasses all spiritual practice balanced with the life sciences in harmony with nature. The serene, peaceful atmosphere at the foothills and adjacent to the forest complements your sadhana, yoga practice, meditation, or any other spiritual discipline received from your teacher.
During this fulfilling experience, you can choose to stay in a private or a shared room. This eco-spiritual retreat offers beautiful, traditional style cottages designed according to Vaastu and built with many natural materials and techniques using rock lime, terracotta, and wood. Being an eco-spiritual retreat, Maitreyi does not provide air conditioning in the rooms.
As in any traditional place in India, alcohol, smoking, non-vegetarian food, and loud noise are not allowed within the premises of Maitreyi. The village has a certified organic farm with coconut plantations, mango fruits and vegetables. You can walk through a small ayurveda garden with herbs and greens, and Aaranya, the nursery for sale of plant saplings. Also, there are many natural areas adjoining the forests for walks and exercises, guest reception, and other lounging spaces.
During this retreat, you will participate in group meditations, enjoy the Rudrabhishek and Veda parayana performed by the pandits, and be introduced to pujas, bhajans, and other traditional Vedic performances. Learn Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's transcendental meditation to live profound experiences and benefits from its practice and at the same time get introduced to Maharishi's Vedic science and the worldwide activities of Maharishi's movement.
Transcendental meditation as taught by his Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, comes from an ancient tradition of knowledge; the Vedic tradition of India that has stood the test of time as the supreme science and technology of consciousness. The Vedic tradition has carefully maintained the purity of this practice for thousands of years ensuring its effectiveness still today.
Transcendental meditation is a simple, natural technique practiced for 15 to 20 minutes during the morning and evening while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. It is easy to learn, effortless to practice, and does not require specific beliefs, behavior, or lifestyle. By now, more than six million people around the world of all ages, cultures, religions, and educational background have learnt the transcendental meditation technique.
During transcendental meditation, your awareness settles down as you experience a unique state of restful alertness; transcendental consciousness. This consciousness, is the simplest form of human awareness and the inner reservoir of creativity, energy, and intelligence. As the activity of the mind is reduced, the body gains a unique state of deep rest, releasing accumulated stress and revitalizing the entire nervous system.
Through the resulting development of mind and improvement in health, you will enjoy increase success and satisfaction in life. The effects and benefits of transcendental meditation have been documented by more than 600 scientific research studies conducted at 200 universities and research institutions in 35 countries. No other program for personal development has received this level of attention and respect from the scientific community.
This remarkable body of research showing that transcendental meditation produces basic improvements on all levels of life, health, mental potential, social behavior, and world peace, confirms that this technology of consciousness operates on the most fundamental level of nature’s functioning, enlivening the field of natural law in the consciousness of the individual and in society so that life may be lived in accord with this law.
Please note that the introduction to Transcendental Meditation will be provided to all participants who opt for this. For all non-Indian seekers, special Meditation teachers and permission is obtained from the Maharishi Movement (International) and therefore sufficient notice must be given prior to us in order to confirm your booking for the same. The fees for this is not included in your package and will be transferred by Maitreyi as a facilitator, in its entirety to the Maharishi organization.
Day visits to the Aliyar Dam Lake, enchanting waterfalls and ancient temples in nearby villages will give you an insight into the simplicity and naturalness of rural life in India. The dynamism of urban India can be experienced by visiting either Coimbatore or Palghat, which are both 64 kilometers far from the Vedic Village.
Dr. Abhilash Anand
Dr Abhilash will be your doctor at Maitreyi. He received his 5 years of Ayurveda education from Vishnu Ayurveda College, Kerala, and after graduating continued in the Indian guru‐shishya tradition and studied under Ashtavaidya Alathiyoor Narayanan Nambi. His honest uncompromising approach to all clinical aspects of the science of Ayurveda, his focus on rooting out the real cause of disease, as well as his superb diagnostic skills have achieved lasting results and relief for many. Dr.Abilash, along with his wife Dr Dhanusree and his team, will be your primary caregiver at Maitreyi.
This retreat will take place at Aliyar village, in Tamil Nadu area, close to the Kerala border in South India. It is located adjacent to the Aliyar Dam Lake in Tamil Nadu known for its scenic beauty and pleasant climate throughout the year. Spread over 25 acres adjoining the Anamalai Hills, the harmonious layout of the village enhances the beauty of the place.
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During this retreat, you will be served wholesome organic foods including vegetables, fruits, oils, sugars, dairy, grains, cereals and spices, as part of all meals. Special diet preferences and ayurveda restrictions are catered to, on previous intimation. A cafeteria on campus provides fresh tender coconut water and many herbal teas and drinks, complimentary to the package.
Please note that Ayurveda massages or 'Panchkarma' therapy can be booked after personal consultation with Maitreyi's Vaidya (doctor). The following treatments are also available:
Jeevaniya is to give and extend life, a type of treatment plan which aims to detoxify the body, reviving the physical wholeness and natural immunity. It is meant for people who due to lifestyle habits or circumstances like polluted environment, accumulate a lot of toxins in their day to day living.
This treatment is ideally recommended for guests looking to relieve fatigue and at the same time get a taste of Ayurvedic treatment techniques.
This treatment is mainly indicated for people affected with fatigue, emaciation, lack of energy or dullness that aim to build new cells, alleviate the internal unrest and give fresh energy to the body.
It is suitable treatment for long staying visitors/guests and is a slow but methodical combination of a program for purification and rejuvenation.
This treatment is a good regime to recover for those under mental and physical stress from long and continuous working hours, excessive daily travel, or tension from other worldly activities.
Please book your flight to arrive at Coimbatore International Airport (CJB). Other option is to book your flight to arrive at Cochin International Airport (COK).
"My friends and I visited this resort style Vedic clinic for one week of relaxation and treatments. We loved the south Indian food and were well fed at every meal. There is filtered water readily available and a small cafe with coconuts and teas. The grounds are beautiful, lush and spotlessly clean and we enjoyed a tour of the vegetable gardens at sunset with a knowledgeable guide. "
"The management and staff here are a rare thing to find when traveling through India; honest, generous and genuinely lovely. Staff providing treatments are gentle and trustworthy. The linen service is excellent -just be sure to put your washing out in the morning. The rooms are peaceful to sleep in though the mattresses are thin and a bit hard on my hips. I'd love to come back here one day for a longer stay and to spend more time exploring the walking paths that meander through the orchards and boulders."
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"I was initially planning to stay at Maitreyi for 28 days, that quickly extended into 5 weeks. I spent a long time researching different Ayurvedic centres in Southern India and finally settled on Maitreyi, one of the best decisions that I have ever made. The location is exceptional, right in the foothills of the Nilgiri Mountains, surrounded by lush coconut."
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"Maitreyi is a little paradise and the perfect place to go for Ayurveda treatments and relaxation. The staff is very friendly, professional and attentive. The food is great, healthy and tasty. The rooms are beautiful, built after the principles of Vastu architecture and the surroundings are just stunning. It is also possible to go there by yourself and have a great time as Maitreyi offers interesting activities everyday and you will certainly never feel left alone."
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"This beautiful, serene retreat built on the principles of Vastu shashtra offers outstanding Ayurvedic treatments. Not only are the bungalows spotlessly clean and comfortable, the ambiance of the entire property of 16 acres is relaxing and soothing to jaded city slickers. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Much better bang for your money than other commercial Ayurvedic centers. "
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