12 Days Sacred Pilgrimage and World Yoga Festival in Nepal

  • Shanti Yoga Ashram, Machchhegaun-5, Kathmandu, Nepal

12 Days Sacred Pilgrimage and World Yoga Festival in Nepal

  • Shanti Yoga Ashram, Machchhegaun-5, Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal Yoga Retreat

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 in the land in which yoga itself was born.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Kirtan and mantra practices
  • Philosophy and Ayurveda program
  • Enjoy Havana ceremony in the evening
  • Excursions to the sacred places
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • 12 days with instruction
  • English
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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. This international festival will draw revered yogis and yoginis from across the globe to share their understanding and experience in yoga. Some of the offerings will include ​asanas, pranayama, meditations, kirtan and mantras, lectures, spiritual dance, and ceremonies including havana (fire sacrifice).

The programs will include yoga class, meditation, kirtan, mantra, havana (fire ceremony), philosophy, Ayurveda, nature, lectures, music, dance, visiting sacred places, celebration, spiritual community, and puja (worship). The itinerary will change from day to day, but the general program will be as follows:

Shiva Ratri yoga festival and sacred pilgrimage

  • Day 1: Shiva Ratri celebration to be held at Nepal Academy, Kathmandu - a full day yoga festival
  • Day 2: Pashupati mandir - most powerful Shiva temple in the world - morning yoga program and lunch
  • Day 3: Dhulikhel (Banape)
  • Day 4: Shanti Yoga Ashram, Kathmandu Valley
  • Day 5: Travel to Pokhara by luxury tour bus
  • Day 6: Pokhara
  • Day 7: Pokhara
  • Day 8: Pokhara
  • Day 9: Travel to Lumbini, birthplace of Lord Buddha by luxury tour bus
  • Day 10: Lumbini
  • Day 11 Travel back to Kathmandu

Sample 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, drum circle
  • Gopika

    Since Yogini Gopika was a young girl she was in love with the deep beauty and peace found in Nature. For her life was always full of magic and mystery. Upon getting her first real job after college, she can remember thinking with a feeling of longing for something greater that here must be more to life than this. Upon discovering yoga, everything transformed and she made a swift exit from mainstream society in search of life’s true meaning. After teaching yoga in New York City for about a year she journeyed to India.

  • Prakash

    Prakash is the founder and chairman of Shanti Yoga Ashram. He has been teaching yoga for more than 20 years both at home and abroad. He has a great capacity to transmit the spiritual essence of Tantra yoga to his students with full joy and love. His personal attention and care for every student make everyone feel at home. His deep love for yoga is reflected in his classes. The way he totally imbibes yoga allows him to transport his students to a complete state of tranquility and bliss.

  • Rama

    (Naturopath)

    Rama is the co-founder of Shanti Yoga Ashram and has been teaching yoga for 14 years. She studied at Bihar School of ​Yoga in India. In Nepal, she practiced under the guidance of Swami Shivalingam and Guru Yogi Prakash. Her teaching style is meditative and precise, encouraging students to fully blossom in their practice. She is also a certified naturopathic doctor and has taught in hospitals and schools in the Kathmandu region. The ashram would not be where it is today without her dedicated energy over the years.

  • Guillaume

    Guillaume has spent the last five years exploring Africa and India, learning from diverse traditions, spiritual masters, and seekers. He has been practicing meditation since his teenage years and has understood its importance in elevating one’s mind and building a stronger foundation with self and society. Guillaume firmly believes that yoga is a way of peace, harmony, and self-reliance. He studies, practices, and teaches Tantra yoga. Guillaume enjoys to play instruments and is also adept in singing bowl therapies and guided meditations, which he considers the most beautiful gifts on earth.

  • Adrianna

    Adrianna puts a lot of emphasis on the sensations in the body. She encourages her students to feel every movement and the corresponding body parts. For her, one of the aims of yoga is to discover one’s body and to reconnect to it. Since it carries one through all the obstacles and miracles in life, it is essential to express gratitude in every class. Of course, one does not feel in peace with their physical bodies every minute of their lives, but through yoga, one can establish a healthy foundation and learn to be in harmony with themselves.

This retreat will take place in Nepal. The journey will start in Kathmandu and proceed to Dhulikhel, Pokhara, and Lumbini.

You will be served breakfast and lunch for five days when doing the full day program. The diet will be yogic and pure vegetarian. Dinner is not included in the package.

  • 5 lunches
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Daily meditation, Kirtan, and mantra sessions
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily vegetarian breakfasts
  • Havana (fire ceremony)
  • Music and dancing
  • Philosophy and Ayurveda program
  • Spiritual community
  • Transportation from hotel to site and in between cities
  • Visiting sacred places
  • Dinner
  • Flights
  • Flight from Lumbini back to Kathmandu
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

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    Review by Derya Akgun from Turkey

    2017-Sep-24 15:56:41

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    Review by Anonymous

    Short visit to tantra yoga ashram during my trip to Nepal

    CONS Cons: I didn't like the 'Mr. I know everything' Guillame's attitude and guru Prakash' small sneakiness when he was selling his book to the other participant for 3000 NPR (with a 'special discount' for 2500 and in the bookshop in Kathmandu it sells for 1500 NPR..I understand that people want and need to make money but I very much dislike when people are greedy or wanna rip you off etc... I like being generous, I like giving presents and tips for extra service BUT I close off when I feel being taken for granted or for idiot. I work hard and I play fair, I expect to be treated the same from the others, I am not a milky cow! That is the reason I am very sceptical about these 'yogi guru business', when I was in Rishikesh I've also learnt the story of guru Maharishi, who briefly met with Beatles' members in 60ties, who made his big fortune emporium selling out for thousands celebrity favorite transcendental mediatation and expensive ayurvedic products, which costs a small fragment in Kerala (mekka of ayurveda) or should be for free (meditation teaching). I believe it's not correct to have this business oriented attitude in this area, OK to charge fair money for the spiritual services or/and medicinal & cosmetic products but not overcharging as in the above mentioned cases.

    PROS Pros: I like the participants who were undertaking the teacher's course

    2017-Sep-11 19:54:53

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    Review by Michael Roots from United States

    Awesome experience

    PROS Pros: I enjoyed the teaching, classes and friendliness of the Yogi and his family, as well as the other students. It was a great place to learn and I plan to return for teachers training next year.

    2017-Jul-04 10:09:19

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    Review by Anonymous

    2017-May-17 03:54:25

Testimonials

  • Review by Robyn Davis from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "Home-style guest rooms with simple, clean facilities in a very calm and relaxing environment supporting your journey. Yoga classes are optional. Set in a small village in the Kathmandu mountains with fabulous views and spiritual energy everywhere! The yoga classes are led by world-class teachers with many years of traditional yoga experience and vast knowledge of the science of yoga, the human body, and nutrition."

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  • Review by Amrit
    10 out of 10

    "Traditional yoga teacher training with a focus not only in the spirituality but also in the science behind yoga. This training will not only deepen your own personal journey but also expand your inner self and mind to a new level. All teachers have combined years of experience and have taught globally in USA, Bali, India, and Nepal. This teacher training will enhance your knowledge of energies and the expression of Tantra yoga. The location is near the jungle in Kathmandu Valley with natural, organic food with world class knowledge that can lead your awakening and expansion of your mind, body, and spirit for a deeper knowledge of self and your practice. Unlike others, this guru has self-enlightened practice with a gentle, non-judgmental environment."

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  • Review by Laura Tees from United Kingdom

    "After only a few days, I can already feel the positive rewards of the teachings and practice. There is a wonderful atmosphere of peace here. I would highly recommend Yogi Prakash as a teacher; his family has been a delight to be around."

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  • Review by Jokob from Denmark

    "After a week here in the ashram, I really feel healthier, both physically and mentally. Now, I have the tools that I need and a new perspective on spirituality, for which I am grateful."

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  • Review by Becca Dewitt from United States

    "Our teacher Prakash knew a lot about the yogic lifestyle, the philosophy of yoga, and how it scientifically works. After a year of heavy and stressful education, I came here and really found the rest I was searching for. I found the answers to my life's questions."

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  • Review by Linda Krielacet from Netherlands

    "My state of mind has changed in a positive way. I feel more relaxed, happy, and satisfied. On the spiritual side, I can now go into deep meditation and really feel the prana or energy movement. I feel that my chakra is opening and I am receiving more power from that. It has been a transformative experience."

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  • Review by Charlie and Kelly Gorsky from United States

    "Shanti Yoga Ashram provided us with a much-needed escape from the noisy city of Kathmandu. We were delighted with the peaceful, quiet beauty of ashram. We enjoyed the expert teachings on yoga, chanting, and cleansing. What a perfect way to spend a week! Our hosts were knowledgeable, warm, caring, and friendly. We cannot wait to come back."

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  • Review by Jamie Christian Desplaces from Australia

    "The ashram acts as an intimate homestay, a chance to not only immerse one's self in authentic yogic practice and meditation, but to truly experience local life and Eastern culture in a way that will, without a doubt, change yours."

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  • Review by Karen Geissinger from United States

    "Thank you, Yogi Prakash, for building on my previous yoga and meditation classes and teaching me new techniques that I would not have learned in the United States. The postures and techniques are a habit now and I understand their lifelong benefits."

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  • Review by Sasha from South Africa

    "I feel like I have experienced a small piece of paradise. Indeed I think this is an excellent example of how a community should live and work together. I feel mentally and physically revived, refreshed, and inspired."

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  • Review by Heather Renton from United States

    "When I came here I had been already practicing yoga for around four years. Now, I realize that I was only practicing postures in no real systematic way. Since being here, I have learned a great deal about the philosophy behind yoga and now feel that I have a solid basis from where I can really begin my yogic and spiritual path."

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  • Review by Gisela from Germany

    "I had a wonderful and inspiring stay here. The yoga lessons are great. The talks were always relevant to my actual life. I can highly recommend this ashram and hope it will continue to grow with so much heart."

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  • Review by John Raad from Australia

    "My stay, although short, was filled with love and the vital knowledge I need to carry me through the next part of my journey. Thank you for opening up your heart, mind, family, and home to me."

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  • Review by Becca from United States

    "Staying at this ashram and getting a chance to get to know Yogi Prakash and his wonderful family while learning the benefits of sadhna and the lessons of karma yoga has been immensely transformative for me. I have found that yoga is not just about the postures and the breathing techniques alone; while these things are very important, it is also about karma yoga, which means action from the heart. When I might have otherwise been averse to certain work tasks, being in the setting of Shanti Yoga Ashram and seeing just how devoted this family is to the spiritual advancement and well-being of society has taught me to work hard without an end in sight and to attempt the difficult task of doing it selflessly. A lot of the time we obsess over ascribing value to everything, but my experience here has been immeasurable. I learned when I least expected to learn, sometimes in subtle ways that I could not immediately detect. This place has taught me to take responsibility for myself and for others, to give of myself, and to surrender. I have learned not to judge and to be patient and open. "

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  • Review by a traveler from United States

    "In August 2008, my friend and I went to the Shanti Yoga Ashram. This was a big experience for us. I was already interested in yoga but did not know that it would have so many benefits. Our teacher, Prakash, knew a lot about the yogic lifestyle, the philosophy of yoga, and the scientific evidence. After a year of heavy and stressful education, I came here and really found the rest I was searching for. I also found the answers to my life philosophy questions. My state of mind has changed in a positive way. I feel more relaxed and happy and have a more satisfied state of mind. My biggest benefit is that my eczema is curing because of the yoga pranayama and meditation. For me, it is a miracle I could only dream of because I have had eczema for almost twenty years. I am very happy with the results. What I also enjoyed is that we got massage lessons from an experienced teacher. Learning how to give a massage was a lot of fun. My friend is now learning to play tabla and he is enjoying it a lot. On the spiritual way, I also learned a lot, I can now go in deep meditation and really feel the prana, or energy, movement. I feel that my chakras are getting open and I get more power from that. It is a great experience. Also, my concentration is getting better. So now I am really consigned that the Shanti Yoga Ashram can give a lot of benefits. I am really thankful to Yogi Prakash for giving me the possibilities to learn from him, for the experience I got, and for all his help. I am also thankful to his ashram members for the vegetarian food from their own garden. I hope I can come back to Nepal next year to learn more."

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Kathmandu, Nepal

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

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Arrival: Tuesday February 13, 2018
Departure: Saturday February 24, 2018

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