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12 Days Pilgrimage and Yoga Retreat India

  • Chennai - Mamallapuram - Tiruvannamalai - Chidambaram - Thanjavur - Madurai

12 Days Pilgrimage and Yoga Retreat India

  • Chennai - Mamallapuram - Tiruvannamalai - Chidambaram - Thanjavur - Madurai

Restorative India Yoga Retreat

This sacred yoga retreat is a journey unlike any you've experienced. During this 12-day retreat, you will visit incredible temples and sacred sites of yoga and Shaivism while engaging in deep practice and contemplation of spiritual teachings. Christopher Wallis will be your yoga instructor and guide to these sacred sites, while Vinyāsa flow yoga teacher, Briala Silva will enliven your body and senses with a daily practice informed by 18 years of experience.


  • Daily yoga practices
  • Daily meditation practices
  • All historical and spiritual talks
  • 11 nights' accommodation
  • Daily meals and water
  • Transfer to the sites
  • Local tour guide
  • 11 days with instruction
  • English
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During this retreat, you will have some cozy stays at several hotels accommodated by Tantrik Studies.

India can be a wild ride. This retreat offers an opportunity to be held and guided in a way that allows you to put all of your energy into opening your heart to the teachings, sacred sites, and practices.

You will be in the best of hands: Hareesh, Briala, trip coordinator Melissa Pontius, and local experts Southern Trails Ltd. have all worked together before on prior India trips with great success.


Adventure meets luxury

You can relax into your experience knowing everything is all taken care of and every detail is attended to with loving care. You will stay in luxurious hotels with a traditional flair, because why skimp on what might be the greatest pilgrimage of your life?! You will visit some of the most powerful sacred sites of South India and explore Tantrik philosophy right where it flourished over a thousand years ago.

Woven together with daily āsana practice and guided meditation, this journey will nourish your body, mind, and senses.

Daily sample schedule

  • December 27: Arrive in Chennai
  • December 28-29: Mamallapuram, also known as Mahabalipuram
  • December 29-31: Tiruvannamalai
  • January 1-2: Chidambaram (Nataraja Temple)
  • January 3: Thanjavur (Brhadishawa Temple)
  • January 4-6: Madurai (Meenakshi Temple)
  • January 7: The tour ends. You can choose to continue your travels in India or return home.
  • Christopher Wallis

    Christopher Wallis, also known as Hareesh, was introduced to Indian spirituality at the age of seven and initiated into the practice of yogic meditation at sixteen. His degrees include a B.A. in Religion and Classics from the University of Rochester, an M.A. in Sanskrit from U.C. Berkeley, an M.Phil. in Classical Indian Religions from Oxford, and a Ph.D. on the traditions of Śaiva Tantra from Berkeley.

You will travel to various sites in Tamil Nādu, the spiritual heartland of yoga.

During this retreat you will be served daily meals at the hotel and enroute.

  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • Admissions to the monuments
  • All historical and spiritual talks and guided meditations with Hareesh
  • All meals at the hotels and en route
  • All taxes
  • All yoga and meditation practices with Briala
  • Bottled water
  • Local tour guide
  • Tips for hotel staff and waiters
  • Transportation to the sites in a comfortable air-conditioned tour bus
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer
  • Still camera or video camera permit fees in the temples and sites
  • Tips outside of the hotels

Arrival by plane

You can arrive at Hubli Airport (HBX). Tantrik Studies can help you arrange a private car with a driver from and to the airport. This service is available at an additional cost.

  • 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.


  • Review by a traveler
    9 out of 10

    "I am extremely thankful for the kindness, knowledge, and openness that Hareesh offers in these classes. Not only do I appreciate the warmth that I get from being connected to individuals who are so committed to spiritual enlightenment, but the vibrations of the class last long after. I feel so expanded and connected to my true nature and after the class, I walk down the street in San Francisco seeing the light in everyone. Thanks for a beautiful experience!"

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  • Review by a traveler
    9 out of 10

    "Enrolling in this course has shown me many things about spirituality that a book simply cannot teach you. Specifically, the feeling of energy flowing throughout my body for the first time during the second week’s meditation is an experience that cannot be duplicated. So convinced of its validity, that feeling has now become a strong basis for me. The more in touch I get with my spirituality, the more enthralled and dedicated I become."

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  • Review by a traveler
    9 out of 10

    "As a graduate student studying medicine, my life is so full, yet the thing that I look forward the most in my week is our class. While I wish I had so much more time with it (I hear you in my head saying, as you did last Sunday, 'What else in there to do? Deepen your practice'), I have been experiencing some deep changes. The more time I spend in meditation, chanting, practicing yoga, or contemplating the sutras, the more the changes feel like they start to set down roots of transformation. I feel my awareness becoming wider. I can be myself for longer. I come back to myself when I get lost in the dredges of the day (or my own limited or habitual thinking) with more certainty that I never actually left my awareness. I just forgot for a time that is where I actually exist. I am sure you hear this from many of your students (along with how intense it gets, how sleep sometimes disappears or circumstances arise that put you up against your edge). I just wanted to extend my gratitude for your guidance. As I said last week, you are a wonderful teacher, Hareesh. It is a blessing to be your student. Surely, it is an act of grace."

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