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Come and relax in the heart of the music and living spirituality, at Aurovalley Ashram, in India, a gorgeous natural site located at the feet of the Himalayas, in the Valley of the Ganges. This beautiful retreat offers the opportunity to experience yogic life in an ashram, to raise consciousness through daily discipline of singing, meditation, and yoga, in a peaceful location away from the hustle and bustle. The retreat is for anyone in good health and seriously motivated, willing to deepen its relationship with peace and silence, experience unity, and the power of vibrations in a great environment in India. Designed in the spirit of a spiritual retreat, this program requires commitment and adaptability to circumstances (it takes place in India!).
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This retreat will take place in Aurovalley ashram, Raiwala, in India. Dedicated to the practice of integral yoga of Sri Aurobindo, Aurovalley ahsram is a sanctuary for peace and spiritual growth which is located near the Holy towns of Rishikesh and Haridwar, along the Ganges. The serenity which emerges from the huge park, the simple beauty of the buildings, which are mostly newly built, and the energy of the founder of the place, Swami Brahmdev, make it the ideal place to spend a quality retreat and benefit from the atmosphere of peace and silence that prevails.
In addition to the reception buildings, the dining room and bedrooms, the ashram includes many terraces and a music hall, a large hall equipped with yoga mats and bolsters, and a library with numerous and well-ordered books on spirituality and related topics. Above the library you will find a large circular hall surmounted by a dome that resonates like a cathedral, an incredible space to concentrate, read or sing.
The ashram also has a place dedicated to meditation and often decorated with fresh flowers, commonly called the "Temple", although no religious ceremony is celebrated. All residents meet there twice a day to meditate together. You are free to sit there whenever you want.
There is also a small shop selling books, CDs, notebooks, pictures, various ‘spiritual’ objects (incense, malas, jewelry etc...) and products of first necessity (soap, toothpaste, etc...).
Inside the ashram, there is also a small school for young children from the neighboring village, Raiwala. Each morning, we see the 2 to 5 years old kids, guided by their teacher for body awareness activities, dance, yoga and singing traditional prayers.
The ashram’s park is partly occupied by a wonderful mango trees orchard (with heady perfume during the flowering in March / April). The rest is divided into large shadowy alleys, exotic trees of various species, and blooming gardens maintained with love by the gardener. A bit off the main buildings, a "goshala" (cowshed) houses the cows that provide organic and high quality raw milk. The ashram cook, Mohanbhai, prepares himself the "ghee" (clarified butter) used for cooking.
You will be accommodated in the new ashram guest-house, an amazing circular building of white marble. The rooms are distributed on two floors, in the periphery. In the central area, there is a large esplanade of grass with the Tree of Peace in its center. It was planted there the day of the inauguration, in 2012. The flat roof of the building forms a huge circular terrace, where one can contemplate the Valley of the Ganges, the foothills of the Himalayas, and the many animals and birds that live nearby. There you can enjoy the sunrise and the sunset (360 ° view).
Accommodation is simple and sober. You will stay in large single or double rooms, with a bathroom and private WC, with solar heated water. Singing and yoga practices take place in a room dedicated to music.
Please note that the retreat is also available in English
Typical daily schedule
You can go for a walk along the Ganges one morning and/or visit a temple nearby.
Nathalie Nichanian is a yoga teacher and she created “Sesame Yoga” in 1999 to share her commitment in Hatha yoga and Ayurveda. She studied yoga in many traditions (Sivananda, Iyengar, Integral Yoga, Transcendental Meditation, etc.) and also in Dhrupad chanting with Yvan Trunzler. She teaches meditative chanting for the last 15 years in retreats and performs in “Yoga de la Voix” concerts of sacred chants of India.
Adam S. Callejon
Exploring forgotten paths, Adam S. Callejon’s musical and philosophical researches put in light the harmonising virtues of music and his links with the inside. He is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and bassist and studied Dhrupad (classical Noth Indian chants) with Yvan Trunzler (Dagar Vani). He plays Esraj and Vishraj (strings instruments). He now follows the teachings of Pandit Barun Pal, a well-known musician in India, in Indian music. He has been practising transcendental meditation for the last 30 years.
This yoga course will take place in Raiwala, a small village in Uttarakhand, India. It is located equidistant from the major cities of pilgrimage, Haridwar and Rishikesh.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in the price of this retreat. Every day, delicious and simple meals, vegetarian and Indian, but generally not very spicy will be served.
Please book your flight to Indira - Gandhi International airport (DEL). When you arrive at the airport, you have several options to reach the place of the stay:
The ashram is in relation with a taxi company that can pick you up at your arrival (airport or station). Please let them know at least 7 days in advance. The payment will be made in rupees to the driver, upon arrival at the retreat’s location.
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