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Join us for an 11-day retreat in the heart of Mystic India. These days we will explore the essence of what is Yoga. Vrindavan is an ancient temple-town with over 5000 temples and ashrams where the locals and pilgrims share a timeless faith in Universal Divinity. Since thousands of years the area has been revered as place for healing and deepening ones own spirituality. Still today students of sanskrit from various Yoga philosophy schools come here for purification and to celebrate their diversity in unity. Our retreat is no exception to that purpose as we embark on a journey within with arts and yoga as our vessel and tool. Our purpose with this retreat is not tourism but rather to share with you an insight into one of the few living ancient cultures of this world.
During this retreat, you will be staying in ashrams in Vrindavan, where there are double rooms with attached and shared bathroom.
Our stay in Vrinda Kunja ashram offers you a daily morning Yoga and meditation session. The ashrams history goes back to the queen of Manipur who established this temple in the backyard of an ancient Shiva temple. You are introduced on a very personal level to the life of our local friends. We will process our experiences with daily art sessions and meditations.
There will be art sessions where you will process your experiences with artistic assignments that requires no previous experience of painting or sketching.
Daily yoga sessions are designed to balance your body and mind.
Please arrive on February 26, 2017 so that you will have some time to settle before the retreat begins on the next day (there will be no classes on the arrival day). Every day in our ashram we will offer you:
Every evening there is a colorful festival somewhere in Vrindavan, the temples are chiming with bhajans and mantras and perhaps a monkey will steal your sandal. We will offer flower garlands in various temples and take part in ceremonies that has been going on for thousands of years. Monkeys, cows, buffalo, camels, pigs and rikshaws mix in the street like a symphony of diversity. Many areas and structures in Vrindavan are very old and sometimes it feels like you have traveled 500 years back in time. The teenagers of Vrindavan meet up around the temples every evening to sing lively bhajans. The beggar in the street can be a previous millionaire who gave everything away to simply live on mercy.
If you decide to come, please keep in mind that this retreat is not for everyone. The mix of a culture that transcends external consideration and the reality of globalization and pollution can be difficult to digest. The schedule adapts to the spontaneous nature of Vrindavan and its colorful locals. Expect the unexpected.
This retreat will take place in Vrindavan.
The price of this retreat includes all meals, where you will enjoy the best Indian vegetarian dishes both in the ashram.
In Vrindavan you can find many extra activities outside our program such as visiting authentic astrologer, taking music-lessons or perhaps visiting our local ayur-vedic doctor. These activities are not included in our price.
You can book an Ayurvedic massage or other treatments on site, with a reservation, for an extra cost.
Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Yoga and Art Therapy Retreat will pick you up from the airport.
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