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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.

Retreat highlights

  • 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

Yoga styles

11 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 26
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During this retreat, you will have some cozy stays at several hotels accommodated by Tantrik Studies.

Tantrik Studies Yoga Retreat in India Itinerary

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.

Retreat location

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 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

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer
  • Still camera or video camera permit fees in the temples and sites
  • Tips outside of the hotels

How to get there

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.

Cancellation Policy

  • 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.
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