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11 Days Trika Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh, India

  • Somananda Tantra School, Rishikesh, India

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Overview

Spiritual India Yoga Retreat

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.

Highlights

  • Bhajans and kirtan evenings
  • Spiritual teachings and lectures
  • Daily meditation and yoga sessions
  • Visitis to Swami Shuvananda, Kriya yoga, and Maharishi Mahesh yogi ashrams
  • A visit to the beautiful Swargashram area for a sunset puja ceremony
  • Personal guidance by retreat leaders
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Welcome group meal

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 9 days with instruction
  • English
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Accommodation in Rishikesh for this retreat is in an Indian style family-owned guest house with two or three people per room.

What is trika meditation?

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.

What is a spiritual journey?

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!

Retreat itinerary

Day 1 (November 22 November, 2017)- Delhi, Haridwar, Rishikesh

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.

Days 2-10 (November 23 - December 1, 2017) - Rishikesh

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.

Day 11 (December 2, 2017) – Rishikesh, Delhi

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!

Daily sample schedule

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.

  • 07:00 Meditation and yoga
  • 08:00 Light breakfast
  • 09:00 Meditations and teaching session
  • 13:00 Lunch and activities
  • 19:00 Dinner followed by evening satsangs and activities
  • 20:00 Question and answer session

Retreat guidelines

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.

Spiritual activities

  • A visit and meditation at the Kriya Yoga Ashram and learning about the Kriya yoga lineage of Sri Yukteswar, Paramahamsa Yogananda, and others
  • A visit to Sivananda’s museum and the acclaimed divine life society bookstore
  • A visit to the abandoned, jungle-hidden ashram of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi - the creator of transcendental meditation (TM) (also known as the Beatles Ashram)
  • A visit to the ashram and library of the famous Swami Sivananda, with a tour and presentation of his life
  • A visit to the beautiful Swargashram area for a sunset puja ceremony
  • A visit to the Rishikesh bathing ghats in the morning for a meditation
  • An exploration of the local temples of Rishikesh
  • Bhajans and kirtan evenings
  • Meditation in the cave of an enlightened yogi on the banks of the Ganges
  • Personal meeting with Somananda to receive spiritual advice and guidance

Fun and recreational activities

  • Bathing in the holy river Ganges
  • Dinners at exceptional Indian restaurants, enjoying rooftop terraces in the moonlight with spicy chai and much more
  • Exciting Ganges river rafting trip
  • Hiking around the majestic Rishikesh surroundings at the foot of the Himalayas
  • Learn authentic Indian cooking with spices
  • Somananda

    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 - in spirituality. In 2010, Somananda founded an international school of spiritual Tantra yoga - Somananda.org - an inspired international enterprise in which Somananda and his wife Liisa and fellow teachers offer unique teachings around the world, conducting seminars, retreats, and workshops.

  • Liisa Maimon

    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.

Nearby places

  • Delhi, 200 kilometers
Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking
General
  • River nearby
Services
  • Tour assistance

A welcome group meal is included in the price.

  • Ayurveda lecture and personal consultations with an Ayurvedic doctor, including the possibility to buy Ayurvedic medicinal herbs
  • Personal meeting with a famed Vedic astrologer
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • All recreational activities enumerated under Excursions section
  • All spiritual activities, teachings, lectures, and visits
  • Local transportation from Delhi to Rishikesh and back
  • Personal guidance by retreat leaders Somananda and Liisa throughout the duration of the journey
  • Welcome group meal
  • Any international or domestic flights
  • Ayurveda lecture and personal consultations
  • Indian visa
  • Meals (except one group meal)
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Vedic astrology sessions

Arrival by airplane

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.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Somananda Tantra School an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by Kadri

    "I feel liberated and joyful to move on and excited of what’s coming. The tantra massage course helped me to get rid of some blockages in my lower body. I met with people who brought out my character traits that are usually hidden, like playfulness."

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  • Review by Anneli

    "I feel liberated. I was surprised that my body is so sensitive! An important realization for me was that there’s nothing to be ashamed of neither in a woman’s nor man’s body, everything’s natural! I got to know my own body a lot better. I overcame many fears, I was actually afraid to come to this course. I learned to trust men more and got a lovely positive experience with a certain man after my recent break-up."

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  • Review by Kersti

    "Thank you Somananda and Lisa for the past weekend's course. I am still full of energy and surprised of what life has to offer. It is amazing how much joy and love people can bring to each other and how powerful this feeling is. I got so much confidence that I am in fact "normal"

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  • Review by Kersti

    "My emotions are sublime and I did not think that I could be so open-minded or I could open myself among strangers. I got rid of some phobias and false shame. I became more outgoing and self-confident. I realized that being naked is OK, although I still prefer doing that with people close to me."

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  • Review by Marc

    "To do spiritual practice and meditation in Rishikesh with Soma is like going to the ultimate fountain of knowledge - immensely satisfying."

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  • Review by Leah

    "This was the most meaningful vacation I had even been on."

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  • Review by Sanne

    "My heart is filled with joy for having found the higher tantra. Now I know what meditation really is and I will practice forever."

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  • Review by Yanni

    "For me, it was so new to learn that tantra is so much more than sex. Wow! This journey was very eye-opening and very, very enjoyable."

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  • Review by Magdalena

    "India is indeed incredible as the ad says. But the spiritual gems in it are especially precious. Thank you so much Soma and Liisa!"

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  • Review by Klaus

    "Living in a big metropolis it was such a refreshing experience to enjoy the happy and simple life in India and to actually achieve more within myself than I ever had before."

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  • Review by Helen

    "After the course, I feel spiritually pure - my heart is full of unconditional love. I learned to find the energy hidden within me, to direct it, use it, and hold on to it. I was also surprised that suddenly so many amazing people came into my life with this course."

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  • Review by Helene

    "I learned so many new things in this course. Mostly that tantric massage is not just a massage or technique but it is so much more at the mental and spiritual levels."

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  • Review by Vahur

    "I received an important tool for myself as well as the self-confidence to use it. I learned to share love and not be attached - detachment."

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  • Review by Olaff Jap from Germany

    "I have attended to a Tantra massage workshop last weekend with Somananda and Liisa. They are very authentic, structured and lovely. I have learned a lot of new things. They teach a very amazing style of Tantra massage."

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  • Review by Marge from Germany

    "I am very satisfied with the course. The most memorable moment was the transfiguration meditation, as I did not expect to see something so strange and amazing in my partners eyes. I learned a lot especially on how to sublime energy from lower chakras to higher ones and how to use this sexual energy successfully in other areas in life. I am very happy that I received guidance and concrete techniques on how to begin my Tantric journey."

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  • Review by a traveler from Germany

    "This workshop helped me a lot. It strengthened my ability to approach sex without withdrawal and helped me along with understanding the meaning of love relations from a spiritual point of view, which is so important for me."

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  • Review by Liina from Estonia

    "Through the course, I gained a lot of new knowledge on how to live a more fulfilling life, and how to apply ancient knowledge in the modern world."

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  • Review by Amir from Germany

    "I feel enlightened and open-minded to the unknown. The last shiva- shakti meditation opened me and my partner to a very deep and pleasurable experience."

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Tallinn, Estonia

Somananda is an Estonia-based organization that aims to bring the ancient spiritual teachings of yoga, Tantra, and meditation to modern people in a clear and practical way.

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