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Meditation and Yoga Retreat in India

Join this retreat to experience the pure ecstasy of breathing beautifully in a Himalayan paradise. Learn to breathe over 50% of your lung capacity and absorb universal energy to energize, magnetize, and integrate body, mind, and self-consciousness to experience a state of well-being. This intensive yoga and nature rejuvenation program led by Guru Yogacharini Amrita, will give you remarkable wisdom and knowledge about the science of yoga.

Retreat highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation practices
  • Interactive lectures on yoga topics
  • Personal guidance and consultations
  • Natural walks around the location
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles

7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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During this retreat, you will stay in a shared twin room. The West Wood private cottages have views of the majestic grandeur of the Himalayas on one side, river Beas cutting across the town, verdant valleys, and grazing herds dotting the hillsides, apple orchards, and the folk music adding romance to the ambiance.

Mountain Monk Yoga Retreats India Program

During this yoga holiday, the aim will be to get your mind, body, and spirit in rhythm with your existence. You will experience walking in the foothills of Himalayas and camp at beautiful locations where you will practice yoga and meditation under the guidance of an experienced yoga and spiritual master.

Your body and mind will be opened through yoga, meditation, and stretching. This combination develops a more fulfilling physical exercise while strengthening and opening the mind for greater relaxation and awareness. You will enjoy a yoga and meditation tour while relaxing and healing your body, mind, and spirit.

The options are endless with yoga, unique breathing practices, meditation, therapeutic yoga, green yoga, catharsis yoga, Sufi whirling meditation, nature meditation, walking meditation, dancing meditation, laughing meditation, catharsis meditation, gibberish meditation, stress management, outdoor team building, yoga treks, and nature meditation. All put together to give you an uplifting experience of a lifetime.

Yoga classes

Yoga is not merely a form of exercise for the body but it is also an ancient wisdom for a healthier, happier, and more peaceful way of living which ultimately leads to union with the self. Yoga is not just performing some acrobatic poses or huffing and puffing some pranayama or “sleeping” your way through the so-called meditation. It is an integrated way of life in which awareness and consciousness must be cultivated systematically.

In ancient India, yoga was traditionally imparted in the Guru-Kula in Ashrams or in forest hermitages set in a natural environment and the life style was perfectly in harmony with nature. The entire personality, character, and attitudes of the student were observed by the Guru in close personal contact who then subtly led the student step by step to higher yogic modes of thought, feeling, and action.

This lifestyle was an integral part of their training and allowed the natural power of yoga to grow within them as part of their daily lives. However, yoga’s connection with nature and its concern for the environment is easily obscured, if not lost, in the modern yoga movement and its urban and commercial orientation. True yoga works with nature and is able to awaken the higher powers of nature within us.

Day 1

  • 12:00 Check in
  • 13:00 Lunch and relax
  • 15:30 Herbal tea
  • 16:00 Introduction and orientation session and lecture on light yoga stretches with breathing
  • 17:00 Nature walk
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 Interactive talk and lecture on true meaning of yoga and path to true yoga
  • 21:00 Introduction to relaxation and meditation
  • 21:30 Retire to bed

Day 2

  • 05:30 Wake up with herbal tea
  • 06:00 Hatha yoga (physical postures), Prana yoga, and relaxation
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Fruits
  • 11:00 Development of the awareness of respiration
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Personal consultation with prior appointment
  • 16:00 Herbal tea
  • 16:30 Nature walk and meditation
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 Interactive talk and lecture on yoga and lifestyle changes for a healthy living and importance of diet and relaxation in yoga
  • 21:00 Introduction to meditation
  • 21:30 Retire to bed

Day 3

  • 05:30 Wake up with herbal tea
  • 06:00 Sunrise yoga
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Fruits
  • 11:00 Development of the lower, middle, upper lungs, and complete respiration
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Personal consultation with prior appointment
  • 16:00 Herbal tea
  • 14:30 Nature walk and laughing meditation
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 Inter-active talk and lecture on de-stress for a happy and healthy life and the difficult art of being happy
  • 21:00 Meditation
  • 21:30 Retire to bed

Day 4

  • 05:30 Wake up with herbal tea
  • 06:00 Hatha yoga
  • 07:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 Introduction to science of natural life, philosophy of nature cure, treatment by sun, air, and ether (theory and practicals)
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Personal consultation with prior appointment
  • 17:00 Herbal tea
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 Interactive talk and lecture on yoga beyond body postures
  • 21:00 Meditation
  • 21:30 Retire to bed

Day 5

  • 05:30 Wake up with herbal tea
  • 06:00 Catharsis yoga
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Fruits
  • 11:00 Savitri Pranayama; the rhythmic breath or the revitalizing and harmonizing breath effects and ultimate results of the practice
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Personal consultation with prior appointment
  • 16:00 Herbal tea
  • 17:00 Sunset yoga, nature meditation with catharsis, and Gibberish meditation
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 Interactive talk and lecture on yoga and wellness principles and methods of yoga therapy like Ayurveda
  • 21:00 Sufi whirling meditation
  • 21:30 Retire to bed

Day 6

  • 05:30 Wake up with herbal tea
  • 06:00 Yoga
  • 07:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 Yoga trek and nature meditation
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Personal consultation with prior appointment
  • 16:30 Herbal tea
  • 17:00 Walking meditation
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 19:30 Interactive talk and lecture law on karma and reincarnation
  • 21:00 Meditation
  • 21:30 Retire to bed

Day 7

  • 05:30 Wake up with herbal tea
  • 06:00 Hatha yoga
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Pranayama and relaxation interconnection between breathing and illness
  • 12:00 Lunch and departure

Included excursions

Daily nature walks and half-day mountain hikes on two days are included in this retreat.


Yogacharini Amrita
Yogacharini Amrita is a writer, author, spiritual teacher, and educator. Apart from being a keen trekker, she is also a qualified yoga and meditation master in the tradition of Rishiculture Ashtanga yoga taught by Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj of Pondicherry, South India. This makes her the marketing, teaching, and preaching guru of yoga and meditation at Mountain Monk Yoga Retreats. She strives to empower others through her many workshops, programs, seminars, and articles.

Retreat location

This retreat will be held at West Wood cottages in Manali, India. The cottages are situated in the hills of Manali in Himachal Pradesh State.

Manali and Himachal Pradesh

Manali, at 6,500 feet above sea level, stands high in the clouds. Manali’s charm is legendary and enchanting where one holiday is just the beginning for many more to come.


Located beyond forbidding heights of the greater Himalayas and by the banks of the shining river Beas, lies the fabled "silver valley" or Kullu also known as the “valley of the living Gods”. Small villages and hamlets occupy a large part of the valley, which is a rich blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage. Passing through these villages, you will feel as if you have stepped into an altogether new world. The surroundings, the people, their customs and traditions will leave you completely awestruck. The snow covered peaks, sparkling rivers, dense forests, terraced fields, and apple orchards have a magical effect on a tired soul.

Himachal Pradesh

A landscape tinted by golden sunsets and silvery snow with rolling meadows dotted with wild flowers, it is truly a place to lift your spirit and discover your divinity within. Nestling in the lap of the Himalaya, Himachal Pradesh holds an enviable diversity of mountain landscapes, a rich culture, and several entertainment opportunities. Its snow covered peaks, deep gorges, lush green valleys, thick woods, fast flowing rivers, enchanting lakes, and flower filled meadows make it a traveler's paradise.

Nearby places

  • Bhuntar Airport (KUU), 10 kilometers from Kullu Manali and 50 kilometers from Manali
  • Chandigarh, 310 kilometers
  • Delhi, 570 kilometers
  • Shimla, 265 kilometers



  • Hiking
  • Mountain walking/trekking nearby
  • Skiing nearby


  • Dining area
  • Yoga deck


  • Tour assistance

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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During this retreat, you will be served three daily healthy and detoxifying meals. The food is vegetarian which will include fruits, herbal tea, green tea, coconut water, juices, smoothies, salads, fresh vegetables, rice, lentils, and sprouts.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Fruitarian
  • Yogic
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 your free time, you may enjoy activities like guided mountain treks, motorbike tours, ski on the snow slopes, or rafting down the Beas river. You may also take just time to relax and enjoy the wonderful views.

What's included

  • 1 daily meditation practice
  • 1 daily yoga class
  • 3 daily full board and healthy meals
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Lectures and talks on yoga topics
  • Local transfers
  • Nature walks and hikes
  • Transfers from and to Manali's bus station

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Additional transportation
  • Airport transfers
  • Medical expenses
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). From there, you can flight to Bhuntar Airport (KUU) in Manali.

Arrival by bus

From Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), you may take a bus to Manali’s bus station. Mountain Monk Yoga Retreats will pick you up from the station. The pick-up is included in the price.

Arrival by taxi

Taxis from Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) to Manali are also available.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 28 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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