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15 Days Life-Transforming Meditation Retreat in Rishikesh, India

Soul-Awakening Meditation Retreat in India

At some points in your life, everybody asks why there is no meaning and joy in life. Knowingly or unknowingly, everybody is continuously looking for the solution of the life without having any access to the main source of answers unless looking within. Yoga Essence Rishikesh provides a solid platform to find out the source of the answer to important issues of life and experience of meditation through various classical and contemporary techniques.


  • Traditional, classical, contemporary and active meditation sessions
  • Afternoon asana practice and evening yoga Nidra / mantra chanting sessions
  • Developing the clarity in life to take decisions in complex and stressful situations
  • Learning more than 15 meditation techniques and many self-growth techniques
  • Transforming negative emotions into more creative and nourishing energies
  • Acquiring deep insights of yogis on most important topics of life
  • 3 daily yogic vegetarian meals
  • 14 nights' accommodation


14 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Yoga Essence's venue has a garden and is surrounded from all sides by many huge lush green trees with beautiful Himalayan mountain view. Each room features an en-suite bathroom with western toilet and shower with hot/cold water, and AC (at 75 USD extra in loco).

Yoga Essence Rishikesh Meditation Retreat India Program

Why is it so difficult to find happiness in life? You all despair sometimes about what to do with those emotions which are so destructive in your life - the emotions that destroy your relations with others, affect your attitude and behavior and harm your physical and emotional well-being.

Usually, you repress them or dump them on someone else, both of which are very destructive, or try to replace them with positive ones which are only skin deep. However, you have no idea what transformation truly means and how to transform them.

Knowingly or unknowingly, you are continuously looking for the solution of it but you don’t have any access to the main source of answers. Just imagine how it will feel to be the master of your emotional life, rather than constantly feel like the pawn of other people and situations.

On this retreat, you will experience and be trained in many different meditation techniques and exercises that have been developed or recommended by yogis, Shiva, Buddha, Osho, Gurdjieff, and Sufi Mystics along with self-growth techniques.

Some of the techniques and exercises are more active, others more passive. Some are done with a partner, some alone, some are as a group. Some techniques use the senses (sight, sound, and touch) and all will help you to connect with your inner world.

This will involve consciously exploring the possibilities beyond the familiar center that you live in and function from. You will need to be open to and welcome new dimensions of life that will begin to unfold and manifest as you move within. All these methods are done in a light and joyful way with music so that you may dance and celebrate this transformation.

This retreat teaches the secret of alchemy:

  • How to find out the source of life.
  • How to transform the misery and painful emotions into more creative and nourishing energies, regardless of what is happening in your life.

With absolute clarity and practical insights, each individual can transform their inner unrest into peace and harmony. By using various yogic techniques and tools during the retreat, you will develop the skill to:

  • Increase the relaxation and rejuvenation of body-mind.
  • Enhance self-acceptance and self-esteem.
  • Lessen stress, strain, loneliness, fear and other negative emotions.
  • Better cognitive skill and creative power.
  • Improve resilience against pain and adversity.
  • Connect to inner wisdom and life purpose.
  • Deepen self-awareness and connection with whole existence.

Silent days during the retreats

In the middle of the retreat the participants will undergo into seven days of silence to deepen the experiential and transformational aspect of the retreat where the participants cannot communicate with the outside world including phone call or texts, social media, emails and so on.

The silence itself is for personal growth and inner journey hence sincerity is required. Please make sure to make all the necessary arrangements accordingly before participating in the retreat.

Daily schedule of Meditation Teacher Training Course

  • 06:30 - 08:00 Asana Practice Session
  • 09:45 - 11:15 Meditation Session-1 (Classical/Traditional Techniques)
  • 11:40 - 13:00 Meditation Session-2 (Active/Contemporary Techniques)
  • 15:45 - 17:00 Meditation Session-3 (Classical/Traditional Techniques)
  • 17:00 - 18:15 Meditation Session-4 (Active/Contemporary Techniques)
  • 18:15 - 19:00 Yoga Nidra/ Insights of Yogis (Audio/Video/Lectures)
  • 20:30 - 21:30 Mantra Chanting/Meditation Session-5

Notes: The above daily course schedule may change as per need.

Included excursions

During this teacher training, you will enjoy a one-day visit to sacred places of Rishikesh and local sightseeing.


Swami Dhyan Samarth
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)
Swami Dhyan Samarth is an experienced yoga and meditation teacher having many years of practice and teaching experience. He integrates yoga and meditation with a contemporary scientific approach and core insights from various spiritual paths into his teaching. His teaching mainly focuses on the experiential aspect of yoga and transformation of life. Samarth helps his students to get the knack of yoga and encourage them to explore and experience the whole spectrum of yoga along with its implementation into everyday life.
Francesca Chiodi
Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Yoga)
Francesca is a registered Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher (RYT 500), constantly practicing and studying yoga and meditation. She loves the physical aspect of yoga but she believes you have to go beyond it to find stillness and awareness not only on the mat but in the whole life journey. With a working sports background and specialization in Shiatsu, Francesca has been full-time alternative health care practitioner for many years before totally dedicate herself to yoga. Merging the power of the Ashtanga Vinyasa style with the precision of the Iyengar alignments and the awareness of breath, she creates a perfect fusion of body, mind, and spirit in her classes.
Amritesh Prasad
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)
Amritesh is a uniquely inspiring and experienced yoga teacher. His teaching mainly focuses on the connection of body-breath-mind and the subtle effects of yoga on them. He encourages students to be open to all aspects of yoga. His relaxed style of teaching is soothing and uplifting. He takes good care to provide a welcoming and light-hearted environment in his classes where students can feel comfortable in learning along with experiencing the essence of yoga. He is also very passionate to share his experiences and practices of yoga to students.


Yoga Essence is in a quiet, clean and safe resort, located ten minutes walking to the main touristic area of Rishikesh but still served from local shops, cafes and organic stores. Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga, is a popular place to come and meditate, do yoga, and learn about other aspects of rich yogic culture. It’s situated on the banks of the Ganges River, surrounded by hills on three sides.

Rishikesh lures those seeking knowledge and peace with its numerous ashrams, yoga institutes, ancient and new temples, meditation caves, and samadhi places of yogis (temples of a final resting place of yogis after death). It's particularly popular with spiritual seeking foreigners. The evening Ganga Aarti holds a special appeal.

Nearby places

  • Touristic area of Rishikesh - 10 minutes' walk

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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You will be provided with three daily Indian yogic vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout your entire stay. Filtered drinking water and afternoon tea break are also available.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Yogic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Traditional, classical, contemporary and active meditation sessions
  • Asana, yoga Nidra, kirtan, and mantra chanting sessions
  • Transforming negative emotions into more creative and nourishing energies
  • Developing the clarity in life to take decisions in complex and stressful situations
  • Transforming inner unrest into peace and harmony in a practical way
  • Learning and practice of more than 15 meditation techniques and many self-growth techniques
  • Ability to deepen self-awareness and strengthen intuitive power
  • Acquiring deep insights of yogis on most important topics of life
  • Meditative excursion in nature and sacred places under the guide of teacher
  • Meditation book and other useful materials for the course
  • 14 nights' accommodation
  • Daily Indian yogic vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Wi-Fi internet
  • 1 yoga bag
  • Filtered drinking water and afternoon tea break

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). From there, you can book a domestic flight to arrive at Dehradun Airport (DED). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Alternatively, upon arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) or Dehradun Airport (DED), you can hire a taxi. Rishikesh is a six-hour drive away from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Known taxi is available on request.

Arrival by bus

You can also opt for Volvo service from Delhi, however, traveling by bus could cause inconvenience for the first time travelers.

Arrival by train

You can take a train to Haridwar from New Delhi Railway Station. From Haridwar, there are many transport facilities available to reach Rishikesh. Transfer from and to this train station is available upon request.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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