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12 Days World Yoga Festival and Sacred Pilgrimage in Nepal

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Sacred Yoga Retreat Nepal

  • 12 days with instruction
  • This festival will encompass the most consecrated sites throughout the beautiful Kathmandu Valley and the teachings from yoga masters from a wealth of traditions and lineages, providing a divine opportunity to share, learn, and practice from those most adept in the art of yoga. It promises to be a truly unique event drawing together cultures, traditions, and teachings from across the world. It is an opportunity to evolve spiritually by going deep into the essence of yoga.

    Highlights

    • Twice daily yoga classes
    • Morning lectures and workshops
    • Celebrate multiple festivals in Nepal
    • Evening programs such as kirtan, dance, fire, and drum circle
    • Transportation from hotel to site and in between cities
    • Daily vegetarian breakfast and lunch
    • 11 nights accommodations

    Languages

    • Instruction language: English
    • Spoken languages: English
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    During this retreat, you will be staying in various accommodations with the options of a private room or shared room. When in Kathmandu, you will be staying in Khushi Khushi Hotel and Pashupati Hotel Plaza. When in Pokhara, you will be staying in Kantipur Hotel and when in Lumbini, you will be staying in Osho Ashram.

    Kantipur Hotel

    Kantipur is the poetic name of ancient Kathmandu the capital city of Nepal. Now, this poetic essence although disappearing in Kathmandu has finally materialized in Pokhara 200 kilometers all the way west of Kathmandu along with the combination of beauty, comfort, and taste. That is in the class form of an exotic place to relax and enjoy delicious cuisine amidst the magnificent views of the most beautiful Himalaya "fish tail" of Annapurna range reflecting itself within the Phewa Lake.

    Khushi Khushi Hotel

    Khushi Khushi Hotel Pvt. Ltd. is just a 10-kilometers drive away from the royal palace heart of the city, Kathmandu. It is a peaceful place surrounded by forest and the soft rice terrace fields with changing colors overlooking magnificent panoramic views of the mountains and valley below while relaxing in the tranquil surroundings.

    Osho Ashram

    Osho Tapoban is an International Commune and Forest Retreat Center. It is a non-profit oriented organization and operated as per the vision of Osho. Osho Tapoban is the only Osho center outside Pune Commune which has six sessions of daily meditation and regular meditation camps and has residential facilities to suit the visitors throughout the year.

    Pashupati Hotel Plaza

    Hotel Pashupati Plaza is located at the prime location Gaushala, Pinglastan, opposite south gate of Pashupati Nath Temple and just two minutes’ drive from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) and walking distance from most of the city’s main visitor attractions, including Pashupati Nath Temple, Guheshwori Temple, Bagmati River, and Bauddha Nath Stupa.

    This spiritual journey will commence in Kathmandu where you will spend two days in the enchanting capital city of Nepal. The festival will begin on the day of Shiva Ratri-Shiva’s appearance day, in which you will come together to honor Lord Shiva, the first guru of yoga by celebrating yoga’s depth and diversity. You will continue this spirit by visiting the Pashupatinath Temple, considered to be the most powerful and important Shiva temple in existence, lying on the banks of the Bagmati River.

    You will also visit the Boudhanath stupa, a symbolic Buddhist site as well as being the largest stupa in Nepal, and the Swayambhunath Stupa, the oldest Buddhist shrine in Kathmandu. Dhulikhel is located 30 kilometers southeast of Kathmandu. At 1550 meter above sea level, an astonishing panorama unfolds and one can merge with the breathtaking view of the snow-kissed Himalayas.

    Besides its incredible nature, this town offers a vast number of temples, stupas, and pagodas. Another interesting fact about this place is its Hindu philosophy-based design. All the shapes and distances between houses and temples carry a specific meaning with them making a visit exciting and worthwhile.

    The pilgrimage will then bring all of you to Pokhara, which does not only offer the holy sites of the Peace Pagoda and the Barahi Durga Temple but also breathtaking views of the Annapurna range and Lake Phewa. It is an ideal place for yoga and meditation surrounded by nature’s beauty. Finally, the journey will take you to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. This important pilgrimage location offers the Ashoka Pillar erected in the Lumbini Garden, marking the spot where Prince Siddharta Gautam was born, and where the Mayadevi Temple is dedicated to Lord Buddha’s mother, Queen Maya Devi.

    On the way back to Kathmandu, you will spend one night at Dev Ghat, the sacred convergence of two rivers, the place where Sita, Rama, and Laskshman departed from this world, the birthplace of Veda Vyas, the compiler of the Vedas. There are many ashrams there and it is the home of many spiritual practitioners to this day, so it is highly charged with spiritual energy.

    Great yogic masters

    • Swami Sivananda
    • Swami Satyanada
    • Yogi Bhajan
    • Patabhi Jois
    • OSHO

    Types and variations of yoga:

    • Tantra yoga
    • Hatha yoga
    • Astanga yoga
    • Mantra yoga
    • Kundalini yoga
    • Bhakti yoga
    • Karma yoga
    • Jnana yoga
    • Shiva Shakti yoga
    • OSHO Kundalini meditation
    • Ipsalu Tantra
    • Buddhist Tantra

    What is included:

    • Yoga class
    • Meditation
    • Kirtan
    • Mantra
    • Havana (fire ceremony)
    • Philosophy
    • Ayurveda
    • Nature
    • Lectures
    • Music
    • Dance
    • Visiting sacred places
    • Celebration
    • Spiritual community
    • Puja (worship)

    Shiva Ratri yoga festival and sacred pilgrimage

    February 12

    Afternoon arrival at Shanti Yoga Ashram for night stay.

    Day 1, February 13

    Shanti Yoga Ashram Yoga festival.

    Day 2, February 14

    Pashupatinath Temple Yoga festival and Boudhanath visit.

    Day 3, February 15

    Bhaktapur (Ancient tantric city with many temples).

    Day 4, February 16

    Travel to Pokhara (luxury tour bus will be provided).

    Day 5 to 7, February 17 to 19

    Yoga festival in Pokhara.

    Day 8, February 20

    Travel to Lumbini (luxury tour bus will be provided).

    Day 9, February 21

    Lumbini (Buddha's birthplace).

    Day 10, February 22

    Travel to Dev Ghat (luxury tour bus will be provided).

    Day 11, February 23

    Morning yoga program in Dev Ghat and conclusion of festival and travel back to Kathmandu.

    Daily schedule

    • 06:30 Sunrise yoga class
    • 08:30 Breakfast
    • 09:30 Morning programs such as lecture, sightseeing, and workshop
    • 12:30 Lunch provided on the first four days
    • 14:00 Afternoon programs such as yoga sadhana or sightseeing (program may end here depending on the day)
    • 17:30 Dinner
    • 18:30 Evening program such as kirtan, dance, fire, and drum circle

    Should you feel qualified to teach yoga in any of the above-listed disciplines feel free to send us your bio and have the chance to teach or give a presentation at the yoga festival. If you are bringing a group, you will be given the chance to teach at least one class and will be the point person to communicate all necessary information to your group.

    During this retreat, you will get the chance to visit the Pashupatinath Temple which is considered to be the most powerful and important Shiva temple in existence, lying on the banks of the Bagmati River. You will also visit the Boudhanath Stupa, a symbolic Buddhist site as well as being the largest stupa in Nepal, and the Swayambhunath Stupa, the oldest Buddhist shrine in Kathmandu. Other than that, you will get to visit Bhaktapur, an ancient Tantric city known for its amazing architecture and spiritual energy. It is home to many temples of cultural significance.

    Then, you will go to Pokhara, which not only offers the holy sites of the Peace Pagoda and the Barahi Durga Temple, but breathtaking views of the Annapurna range and Lake Phewa. It is an ideal place for yoga and meditation surrounded by nature’s beauty. Last but not least, you will go to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. This important pilgrimage location offers the Ashoka Pillar erected in the Lumbini Garden, marking the spot where Prince Siddharta Gautam was born, and the Mayadevi Temple, dedicted to Lord Buddha’s mother, Queen Maya Devi.

    • Prakash

      Prakash is the founder of Shanti Yoga Ashram, has been dedicated to yoga since childhood. He studied at the Bihar School of Yoga where he received initiation from Swami Niranjanananda. For the past 10 years, he has continued to deepen his knowledge in Nepal with Swami Shivalingam, Tantra Yoga Master. For the past 18 years, he has been fully immersed in teaching yoga both at home and abroad. He has circled the globe introducing the deeper aspect of yoga practice.

    • Luba Saraswati

      Luba Saraswati has been a sharer of tantric cosmology and practices for the last 14 years. She is a founder of Galiana, a meditation center in New York, where she runs workshops and retreats. Luba teaches transmutation of sexual energy into superconsciousness through breath, movement, and voice. She guides the exploration of inner and outer polarity.

    • SoulFire

      Embracing her holy name, SoulFire shares her classes from the healing of her own life and has dedicated her life to the healing of others. She incorporates the various forms of yoga and healing arts she has studied over the last 20 years: hatha, astanga, vinyasa, kundalini, Qigong, Reiki, Thai yoga, martial arts, as well as her own unique movement: The SoulFire Awakening. For a unifying and integrative experience, SoulFire will be guiding you to connect to your God self and the Unity Oneness of All through hatha, vinyasa, kundalini yoga in a non-traditional format with special breathing technique

    • Mary Alexander

      With nearly a decade in the U.S. Marines, and training in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), life and motivational coaching, social and emotional intelligence coaching, health coaching and yoga, Mary is an entrepreneur on a mission. By integrating her diverse skill set with her unique leadership experience, Mary teaches women how to value their feminine strengths to become a more confident and authentic leader. Mary's revolutionary approach to leadership and coaching allows her clients to break the patterns that have inhibited them, and unleash their full potential, enabling them to grow.

    • Swami Shivalingam Saraswati

      Swami Shivalingam Saraswati, with more than 50 years of teaching experience. He has guided thousands of people in Tantra Yoga. Now he is focusing on yoga sadhana for mainly advanced students in Kundalini Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Shiva Shakti Yoga, Prana Vidya and Tantra Meditation. It is our good fortune that he will be sharing his wisdom with us during the festival.

    • Mahatma Sushil Baba

      Mahatma Sushil Baba has led the life of a sadhu from an early age. He is the Guruji of Pashupat yoga Ashram located in the holy place of Pashupatinath Temple. At the World Yoga Festival, he will present the Pashupat Yog (the most ancient yoga as taught by Lord Shiva).

    • Meera

      Meera has always been sensitive to subtle matter and keen on the spiritual side of human nature. Willing to expand her awareness, she has been exploring Asia, studying Eastern philosophy, religion, traditions of different nations and improving her yoga and meditation techniques. She shares that obtained experience with her students during each yoga class, making it enjoyable and beneficial for both the body and soul. Meera emphasizes the importance of the Bhakti path and offers a personal approach to every person, giving advice for increasing divine qualities.

    • Tamara Kleva

      Tamara was born in June 1976 and has been practicing yoga since 2005. She attended Gaia yoga school, Zagreb, Croatia. Tamara is a RYT 200 Yoga Alliance since 2009 and presently works as a yoga teacher in Ashtanga yoga studio Rijeka, Croatia. She has been teaching Hatha yoga, Yin yoga, Ashtanga yoga, Vinyasa yoga, and Prenatal yoga since 2014. This practice is designed to restore the nervous system and help release deeply held tensions between the body and mind.

    • Pandit Rudra Nath Adhikari

      Pandit is a tantric healer and astrologer.

    • Thakur Sharma

      Thakur Sharma is master of ceremonies, Havana, puja rituals.

    • Tarana Chaitanya

      Tarana is Kirtan artist based in Croatia. From his childhood, he is in love with spirituality and music. As a teenager he lived in bhakti yoga asram as a monk. Later on he was engaged in Yoga iS Music project with goal to promote Kirtan and spirutal music. In 2012 he recorded live album with his friends called "Love in action". Maha Mantra from that album became worldy known trough the you tube where he reached almost 7 000 000 views. Momentaly Tarana is traveling all around the world to spread the love and Kirtan. Also he is recording new album which will come put soon.

    This retreat will take place in Nepal. The journey will start in Kathmandu then move on to Pokhara, Lumbini, and will end in Kathmandu.

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    You will be served with daily breakfast and lunch. The diet will be yogic and pure vegetarian. Dinner is included on arrival and the first day only. There will be many restaurants in the area to choose from.

    The following meals are included:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

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

    • Vegetarian
    • Yogic
    (If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
    • Twice daily yoga classes
    • Morning lectures and workshops
    • Evening programs such as kirtan, dance, fire, and drum circle
    • Visit Boudhanath
    • Visit all the sacred places
    • Festivals in Shanti Yoga Ashram Yoga, Pashupatinath Temple Yoga, and Pokhara
    • Transportation from hotel to site and in between cities
    • 11 nights accommodations
    • Daily vegetarian breakfast and lunch
    • Dinner on arrival and first day
    • Airfare
    • Dinner

    Arrival by ariplane

    Please book your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM).

    • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% of the total price.
    • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.
    • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

    Kathmandu, Nepal

    Shanti Yoga Ashram is the perfect sanctuary to go deep into the essence of yoga. It offers diverse and flexible yoga programs. Founded by Guru Yogi Prakash.

    Speaks English

    • Availability: The Yoga Retreats of this organizer are available 95% of the time.
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    12 days / 11 nights

    Departure:
    Friday February 23, 2018
    (12 days / 11 nights)

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