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11 Days Art, Meditation and Yoga in India

  • Vrinda Kunja ashram, bhutgalli, Vrindavan, UP

Overview

India Yoga and Meditation Retreat

This tour is a travel around the most ancient centers of spirituality and yoga on the planet. The time in November is also special for many different spiritual holidays and festivals where you can elevate consciousness and deepen your realization about yourself and the world around. You will never be the same after this retreat. The effects and memories of all your encounters will stay with you forever. Definitely a priceless experience!

Highlights

  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Visit to an ancient ashram, the Taj Mahal
  • Morning modules for art therapy, theory on Vedic sciences
  • Travel to the holy lake of Radha Kunda and the Govardhan hill
  • Visit to an Ayurvedic farm and an Ayurveda doctor
  • Travel to the caves of the ancient sages
  • 10 nights accommodation in ashrams
  • Daily Indian delicacies
  • 11 days with instruction
  • English
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During this retreat, you will be staying in ashrams in Vrindavan, where there are double rooms with attached and shared bathroom. You will also be staying in beautiful bungalows made of bamboo. During the tour around the other cities, you will be staying in double rooms with bathroom and air-conditioning.

During this retreat, you will kick-start your mornings by learning module of yoga and theory about the Vedic philosophy.

Day 1 - November 14, 2016

Arrive in Delhi and travel in jeeps to the holy city of Vrindavan, a city with over 5,000 temples, situated 150 kilometers south of Delhi. You will stay in a yoga monastery, Vrinda Kunja, owned in the past by the Queen of Manipur, 200 years ago. In the evening, you will join in a boat trip in Yamuna river and participate in the ceremony of worshiping the river with fire and flowers.

Day 2 - November 15, 2016

You will travel to the holy lake of Radha Kunda and the Govardhan hill with your local guide. You will also be able to participate in planting a holy tree by your choice in the holy land of Radha Kunda. Other than that, you will also visit the forest of the silent saints and meditate together with them in an atmosphere of peacefulness and internal beauty. You will also visit Kushum Sarovar, a temple of flowers, built 350 years ago by King Suman of Rajasthan. You will stop to have lunch with the Indian family of your guide and listen to their stories of Indian marriage, family traditions, and offering of food as a gesture of gratefulness.

Day 3 - November 16, 2016

Travel to Vrindavan to visit an Ayurvedic farm, take a walk in the gardens and listen to a seminar about the plants, herbs, and principles of this ancient science of healing. There will be options for massages and consultation with the doctor.

Day 4 - November 17, 2016

Visit the majestic Taj Mahal, discovering the new proves of the hindu origin of this ancient temple.

Day 5 - November 18, 2016

Visiting an old Odissi dance school and hearing about the tradition of passing the ancient knowledge from generation to generation. Visiting the ex king of Mungir in Vrindavan, who is currently a monk in the royal temple of Munger mandir with 108 rooms.

Day 6 - November 19, 2016

You will also be attending a seminar on the astrological science, Jyotish. Explore the local market and take an evening walk in the village. Visit the Jaipur temple, South Indian 1000 years old temple Ranganath and the temple complex of Govindaji.

Day 7 - November 20, 2016

Visit of the local charity school complex for poor children who perform different art presentations and eat in the local vegetarian restaurant.

Day 8 - November 21, 2016

Morning train to Haridwar or travelling with jeeps to Rishikesh and accommodation in a hotel. Stories about the holy mountain and seminar about yoga as an elevating process. Watching in the evening ceremony of worship of Ganges at the swinging bridges of Rishikesh.

Day 9 - November 22, 2016

Rishikesh. Visiting the waterfalls in the Himalayas. Trekking in the mountain. Evening fire at the beach of Ganges. Learning the tradition of mantra chanting as transcendental sound vibration.

Day 10 - November 23, 2016

Rishikesh. Travel do the cave of the ancient wise man Vasishta Muni. Learning about the guru principle and the tradition of passing the wisdom for thousands of years. Walks along the beaches of Ganges. Bath in the clean river. Free time – shopping, walks, local sightseeing.

Day 11 - November 24, 2016

Preparation to travel back. Optional Ayurvedic massages. Travelling back to Delhi and visiting the Lotus temple of the Bahai religion. Departure back.

  • A boat trip in Yamuna river and participate in the ceremony of worshiping the river with fire and flowers.
  • Travel to the holy lake of Radha Kunda and the Govardhan hill with your local guide.
  • Visit the forest of the silent saints and meditate together with the.
  • Visit Kushum Sarovar, a temple of flowers, built 350 years ago by King Suman of Rajasthan.
  • Travel to Vrindavan to visit an Ayurvedic farm, take a walk in the gardens and listen to a seminar about the plants, herbs, and principles of this ancient science of healing.
  • Visit the majestic Taj Mahal.
  • Visiting an old Odissi dance school.
  • Visiting the ex king of Mungir in Vrindavan.
  • Visit the Jaipur temple.
  • Visit of the local charity school complex for poor children.
  • Boat trip in the river Yamuna to Mathura
  • Travel to the caves of the ancient sages in the area of the mountain Govardhan.
  • Visiting the Lotus temple.
  • Brahma Samhita

    Brahma Samhita started his search for spirituality in India, where he found his spiritual master and lived like a monk in several ashrams in India and Sweden. Originally a painter, his life is mostly dedicated to discovering himself and helping people to do the same. He is indeed a very deep philosopher and poet. He is also a high-class lecturer on all kinds of Vedic knowledge and a licensed therapist in the Vedic art.

This retreat will take place in three locations across India - Rishikesh, New Delhi, Vrindavan and Agra.

The price of this retreat includes all meals, where you will enjoy the best Indian vegetarian dishes both in the ashram and in the specially chosen restaurants in New Delhi, Vrindavan and Agra, where you will be able to taste preparations from all over India, from the South Indian delicious specialties to Rajasthani food and North Indian preparations.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Ayurvedic
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Yogic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

A range of unique experiences and adventures are available to book in conjunction with the scheduled activities for an extra cost. These include music instruments lessons and shopping for a wide variety of jewelry, spices, cosmetics, cloths, and all kind of special Indian items

You can book an Ayurvedic massage or other treatments on site, with a reservation, for an extra cost.

  • 10 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily delicious meals
  • All entrance fees to the sightseeing sites
  • All yoga and Vedic philosophy modules
  • Astrological presentation
  • Ayurvedic presentation
  • Other local transport like rickshaws
  • Professional guides
  • Transfers from Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)
  • Transport with jeeps and drivers
  • Airfare
  • Extra activities
  • Personal insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa for India - 50 EUR

Arrival by airplane

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.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Yoga and Art Therapy Retreat an inquiry.
  • Review by Frederique P.
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks to Brahma and Gupalo for this wonderful retreat. The location felt like a cosy cocoon – the perfect place to relax and grow. I am looking forward to visiting you again."

    November 29, 2016. BookYogaRetreats.com, edited

  • Review by Lenka Strakova from Czech Republic
    10 out of 10

    "I really enjoy the time in Sweden. The retreat with Lidia was absolutely excellent, lots of activities, spontaneous things, lovely and amazing cooking, amazing nature, amazing people.It was my first retreat yoga and art therapy and I really enjoyed every single moment. Art was something new for me to discover and found so many little details about it, really interesting thing to do relax and have fun too. Will definitely recommend to my friends."

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  • Review by Deborah from Basingstoke, UK
    10 out of 10

    "The retreat was inspiring and life changing. The combination of yoga, being in nature, making artworks, chanting and discussions gave a holistic transformative experience."

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  • Review by Howard S from UK

    "This was my first experience of yoga and it was successful in that it has awakened my appetite for yoga back in the UK. It was also greatly enjoyable with the most (bizarrely and wonderfully!) disparate group of people: Israeli / Californian aged 79, Bulgarian, Italian and Romanian 30-somethings, Scottish retired barrister. Long walks in the Swedish forests which surround the house were very productive in a relaxed way, and the 'art as therapy' daily sessions were hugely productive and useful in both drawing everyone out and giving our host the opportunity to explore with us the intellectual considerations of Ayurveda, and showed the remarkable extent to which everyone, without exception, can express their own narrative in a creative way. I was relieved to find that this particular branch of Ayurveda is in no way in conflict with Christianity. I was hugely impressed by Alexander (spiritual name, Brahma). The physical yoga sessions twice a day were well conducted and explained and I even felt significantly more flexible by the end of the week! Vegan food, I discovered, is not my 'cup of (Bio) tea', but was well and generously prepared by Lidia (spiritual name Bhakti). I would definitely recommend it to anyone, whether experienced in yoga or not."

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  • Review by Birgitte and Jakob
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you all for the authenticity of this retreat, for sharing your faith and and for being you and creating an ambiance for us to just be - us. This retreat, and you guys will be part of yet another beautiful memory and inspiration in our life, and for that we are very grateful."

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  • Review by Marianne van den Haak from The Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "This week was a very special experience for me. With both of the dedicated teachers I felt a warm connection right away, both beautiful souls. As well as the art therapy as the yoga were both based on old Vedic science. The yoga brought me closer to myself en I found my passion and inspiration during the art therapy. This really made me happy."

    "The teachers were well matched. Both very passionate and knowledgeable in their field. Besides that, they cooked fantastic. We enjoyed their Ayurvedic meals which were accompanied by their knowledge. Everything was tasteful and it was hard to not eat too much. So delicious!"

    "They followed our wishes and tailored the program. We've been everyday in the nature, which has fantastic forests and mysterious lakes. "

    "During this week there was a small group, we all felt at home right away."

    "The accommodation was small, but we learned to be flexibel. Both of the teachers gave us the example of complete flexibility and dedication for their passions. They live because of what they teach."

    "I would really recommend this retreat!"

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  • Review by Arci Passanen from Finland
    10 out of 10

    "I stayed in villa Vrindavan for a week and it was amazing to experience the Swedish nature combined with the really experienced yoga instructors and the art therapists. It was like a real therapy going deep inside and discovering yourself. I became so relaxed and at the same time rejuvenated and got a really full yoga education. The rooms are simple but in the beautiful Swedish style. The host was also amazing always with smile and the food was really first class delicious Ayurvedic preparations. The lakes around and the greenery is amazing. Would like to repeat it."

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  • Review by Annette Theodoridis from Greece
    10 out of 10

    "This was my first yoga retreat and I did not expect it to be so deep and effective. I was at some crossroad in my life and with all the philosophical insights I got so clear direction in life. The food was amazing and the the art therapy made me see myself in completely new unexpected way. I enjoyed the Ayurvedic food. For me this is like starting my spiritual life. The whole team is very experienced in the practice and knowledge of yoga and at the same time very opened and pleasant, people with who to have a long life friendship. I really would like to go to the next level of this education."

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  • Review by Tom Weber from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "The perfect combination of yoga, cooking, and beautiful nature in the Swedish countryside. Great team and Vedic art knowledge. The host is amazing and always smiling. I would like to come again."

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  • Review by Maria Micheva from Bulgaria
    10 out of 10

    "The teachers in the Yoga and Art Retreat are extremely knowledgeable and experienced. It is truly a full education in yoga. You get much more then yoga and all the different Vedic sciences included. The nature is amazing and the local reservation and lakes are very beautiful. "

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  • Review by Viktor Kohlin from Sweden
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you very much for this perfect vacation. It was exactly what I needed - to spend relaxing and peaceful time in the nature, to go deep into the philosophy of yoga, and self discovery. The bathing in the lakes was an amazing experience and the nature is like from the Lord of the Rings scenes. The teachers are very experienced and high class therapists leading you on the paths inside."

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Gothenburg, Sweden

Yoga and Art Therapy Retreat is part of the international school of Yoga Inbound and OIDA Therapy Institute. They offer tours, yoga retreats, and art therapies.

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11 days / 10 nights

Availability

Arrival: Monday February 27, 2017
Departure: Thursday March 9, 2017

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