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Meditation and Yoga Retreat India

Delve into daily yoga and meditation practice both on and off the mat. Rediscover your natural state of joy and peace. Awaken your inner knowing. Flow into gentle Vinyasa, relax into Yin and Restorative yoga, experience different types of meditation. Rebalance with yoga Nidra. Explore the holy town of Rishikesh - the world's capital of yoga.

Meet the instructors

Elena & Vimal
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  • 2 daily yoga / meditation sessions
  • Meditation by the sacred river Ganga
  • Visits to temples and ancient caves in the company of Yogi Vimal
  • Participation in holy Indian ceremonies and kirtan
  • 3 daily yogic vegetarian meals
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • 1 Ayurvedic massage

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles

10 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Hindi, Italian
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer available:
Jolly Grant Airport (US$28 per person)
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  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Meditation garden
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Parking lot

Enjoy traditional Indian living in a single or double room (upon request) equipped with air conditioning in the summer season, with private bathroom, and plenty of light in the center of Rishikesh in the lovely Staywell Cottage, overlooking the sacred river Ganga.


During the retreat, you will also visit sacred caves and ancient temples, meet sadhus and gurus, with a local yogi who lived alone in a cave and knows all the spots only babas are aware of. Attend Indian puja and Aarti (Indian holy ceremonies), create your own yagna (fire ceremony). Nourish your body with organic, vegetarian, yogic meals freshly prepared in the kitchen of the lovely Staywell Cottage, as you experience life in an Indian family. All yoga sessions take place on the cottage's roof-top overlooking the Ganga.

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:00 Wake up
  • 08:00 90-minute yoga session (gentle flow), pranayama, and a short meditation
  • 09:45 Breakfast
  • 10:15 Personal studies / free time
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Kirtan / mantra chanting
  • 16:00 90-minute Yin and Restorative yoga, meditation (yoga Nidra)
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 21:00 Goodnight

Note: on excursion days, the schedule will change. Moveyourspirityoga will inform you of such changes the day before.

Included excursions

A variety of visits to ancient temples and sacred caves, accompanied by Yogi Vimal - who, born an raised in Rishikesh, knows all the spots only a few are familiar with. Meditation in the Himalayas and the sacred river Ganga and attending Indian traditional ceremonies.


Elena de Lalla

Vimal Barthwal

Retreat location

This retreat takes place at the lovely Staywell Cottage in Tapovan, where Seema and her family make you feel at home. Practice yoga and go on excursions with Yogini Elena and Yogi Vimal - a local of Rishikesh who lived in a cave alone for a year and knows all the spots only babas are aware of.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Staywell Cottage Guest House serves a vegetarian menu in keeping with yoga practice. The food is ample, tasty, mostly organic, and prepared on the premises in Seema's kitchen. Enjoy Indian typical breakfast, lunch, and dinner delicious, tasty meals.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • 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)

  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Visit to Haridwar (about 40 minutes from Rishikesh)
  • Visit to Depriyag (about 2 hours from Rishikesh)
  • Cooking classes

Spa treatments

One complimentary Ayurvedic massage is included in your retreat package.

What's included

  • 2 daily 90-minute yoga / meditation sessions
  • 1 Ayurvedic massage
  • 3 daily yogic / vegetarian meals
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Meditation in the Himalayas
  • Visits to temples and ancient caves
  • Meditation by the sacred river Ganga
  • Participation in holy Indian ceremonies and kirtan
  • Your own puja (offering)

What's not included

  • Pick-up / drop off at the airport (available upon request at an additional charge)
  • Tips and donations to temples
  • Airfare

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Dehradun's Airport (DED). Transportation to and from the airport is available upon request and at your own expense. Please let Moveyourspirityoga know if you will be needing one.

Arrival by train

It is a 5-hour trip on Shatabdi Express from New Delhi railway station to Haridwar. You can then take a taxi from Haridwar to Rishikesh (1 hour).

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport Airport transfer available: Jolly Grant Airport (US$28 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% 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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