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The trika meditation retreat and spiritual journey to India combines the profound teachings of the highest form of tantra with soulful, spiritual encounters in the yoga capital of the world, Rishikesh. You will be studying and practicing meditation and yoga with Somananda and Liisa and your days will be filled with true spiritual teachings and practices of higher tantra in the most authentic environment you can imagine.
Accommodation in Rishikesh for this retreat is in an Indian style family-owned guest house with two or three people per room.
Trika meditation is an advanced form of tantric meditation, which originated in 9th century Kashmir, India. Known broadly as Kashmiri Shaivism, the Trika School represents the pinnacle of teachings and practice within this most advanced lineage of tantra. This meditation system is perfect and complete, meant as a practical, incredibly efficient system of practice for reaching nothing less than enlightenment.
The aim of trika meditation - while rooted in sublime ancient tantric texts such as the Vijñāna Bhairava Tantra, Shiva Sutras, Tantraloka, Pratyabhijñā Śāstra, and others - is to bring the practitioner into the realm of spiritual realization and a special state of pratyabhijñā - recognition of the supreme self, the ultimate in spiritual aspirations. Despite being mostly unknown in modern times, the tradition of Kashmiri Shaivism is a rare and authentic spiritual gem.
You will be studying and practicing this tantric form of meditation and yoga with Somananda and Liisa for about four to five hours daily.
Rishikesh has a lot to offer a spiritual seeker - the holy River Ganges with its fresh waters, the evening pujas (fire ceremonies) by the river, countless ashrams and spiritual schools, old bookstores where you can still find rare editions of spiritual books, Hindu temples, astrologers and Ayurvedic doctors, amazing Indian cuisine and delicacies, and surely the many always-holy cows. Rishikesh is a hub full of incredible experiences and this is what Somananda wants to show you alongside an opportunity for soul-shaking spiritual teachings, meditations, satsangs, and discussions. This is the true spiritual journey into your innermost self!
Group meets in the morning in Delhi at a designated meeting place in the Main Bazaar, where you are welcomed by Somananda and/or Liisa. Train or bus to Haridwar and taxis/bus to Rishikesh. Arrive in Rishikesh in the evening. Settle in at a guesthouse. Depending on the arrival time, we will either have a group dinner or postpone it until the next day.
In the mornings, we will hold Yoga and meditation practice and teachings. Every day there will be time to explore Rishikesh, its bazaars, and its unique character on your own, or simply to rest. During the days and evenings there are special activities involving spiritual teachings, lectures, exploration, or simply fun (see the list above). In the evenings, we will dedicate time for meditation practice, or lectures followed by rest, group dinners, and some surprises.
Conclusion of our Trika Meditation Retreat and Spiritual Journey, and travel back to Delhi by train or bus. Please plan your departure from Delhi for the evening of 3 December at the earliest and not before that!
The retreat schedule noted here is approximate and subject to change according to local circumstances in Rishikesh and our planned activities. Each day may be different from the previous one.
Since this Trika Retreat is combined with a spiritual journey, the usual trika retreat rules of conduct do not apply here. This retreat is not a silent retreat. You may use the internet and electronic devices if you absolutely need to, although it is still strongly advise avoiding screens and devices as much as possible in order to have a more internalized experience.
Celibacy is not a requirement in this retreat. Couples will be accommodated in the same room. Reading spiritual books is very strongly advised during this retreat. No smoking, consumption of alcohol, or use of recreational drugs is allowed during this retreat.
During this spiritual journey to Rishikesh, all participants will have the opportunity to engage in various spiritual and recreational activities. Somananda and Liisa will guide the group constantly, offering their stories, teachings, and spiritual advice. Note that the final selection of activities may depend on local circumstances and availability.
Somananda became interested in spirituality and the powers of the mind at a young age. After completing his university degree in law in his home country of Israel, he briefly pursued a career practicing law, but soon found that ultimately his real passions lay elsewhere, which is in spirituality. In 2010, Somananda founded an international school of spiritual Tantra yoga named Somananda.org which is an inspired international enterprise in which Somananda, his wife Liisa, and fellow teachers offer unique teachings around the world, conducting seminars, retreats, and workshops.
Joining Somananda on his teachings around the world, is yoga and Tantra teacher, Liisa Maimon, his wife. In 2009, Liisa participated in the very first Tantra workshop given by Somananda in Estonia. Without immediately realizing it, this event was the turning point in a new and exciting chapter of her life - the spiritual path. Feeling a strong connection with the teachings, Liisa continued her Tantra, yoga, and meditation studies with Somananda and Agama Yoga in Thailand.
This 10-day retreat takes place in a magical location - Rishikesh, India. Rishikesh is a holy city at the foot of the Himalayas 200 kilometers north of Delhi. It is considered the yoga capital of the world, because so many great spiritual masters lived, taught, and practiced yoga there. Rishikesh is also the place where Somananda lived for more than three years and where he first met his guru, Swami Vivekananda, in 1999.
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A welcome group meal is included in the price.
Book your flights to Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in Delhi. General recommendation is to arrive to Delhi at least one day before the retreat group meets and to plan your departure earliest to one day after you arrive back to Delhi. Local transportation from Delhi to Rishikesh and back is provided by the organizer.
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