3 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Istra, Russia

  • Rjabkina Street 93, Istra, Istrinsky District, Moscow Oblast, Russia


Personalized Yoga Retreat Russia

  • 3 days with instruction
    • Daily yoga classes
    • Evening meditation sessions
    • Plenty of free time to explore the surrounding
    • Daily breakfast and dinner
    • 2 nights accommodation
    • Spa session with sauna
    • Afternoon teas

    Join Ananda Yoga for a perfect yoga retreat experience tailored just for you. During this retreat, you will be able to design your own yoga retreat experience according to your own need and time. The lovely setting of the majestic New Jerusalem Monastery near Moscow and Istra's lakes' atmosphere will accompany you in a rejuvenating spiritual journey to momentarily escape from your busy life.


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: German, English
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    During this retreat, you can choose to be accommodated in Harmony or in Serenity apartment in the guest house. Harmony is a one-room apartment and Serenity is a two-room apartment.

    During this retreat, you will start your day early in the morning with a glass of healing water and then you will have a morning class for two and a half hour and another class in the evening. The classes are:

    • The energization exercises, series of 39 special energy-control techniques that Yogananda developed to help you increase, focus, and control the life force
    • Ananda yoga and yoga therapy for beginners and intermediate
    • Harmonization of chakras through live instrumental meditation music with harmonium to play Indian ragas and Vedic mantras (20 minutes)
    • Meditation (30 minutes)

    All programs can be adjusted according to your needs.

    • Slava Anand

      Co-founder of Ananda yoga school in Rishikesh, India. Slava Anand is a certified teacher in USA of yoga and meditation trained by yoga masters in India, USA, and Italy. Over the years, the practice has developed a technique that allows you to heal the body and mind without need of deep immersion into metaphysics.

    This retreat will take place in the town of Istra, Russia. Istra is a small town nestles beneath the Istra lakes and the green hills. Istra is located on the Istra River, 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of Moscow, on the Moscow - Riga railway.

    Nearby places

    • Moscow, 40 kilometers

    During this retreat, you will be served daily vegetarian breakfast and dinner, and afternoon tea.

    The following meals are included:

    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    • Drinks

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

    • Vegetarian
    (If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
    • Paddle boarding and wind surfing on the lakes of Istra during summer
    • Skiing in winter on the lakes of Istra
    • Take a one-on-one yoga class and guided silent meditation walks
    • Take a walk along the valley, river, and lakes
    • Visit New Jerusalem Monastery to feel the beauty of Russian history and great uplifting energy

    Included in the total cost of the retreat is a spa session with sauna. The sauna is included in the program for both apartments and it is not in a separate location. The Harmony apartment is a separate house, but the sauna complex is located on the ground floor. The apartment itself is located on the first floor.

    • 1 spa session with sauna
    • 2 daily vegetarian meals (breakfasts and dinners)
    • 2 nights accommodation
    • Daily afternoon tea
    • Daily yoga classes
    • Lunches
    • Massage treatments
    • Transportations

    Arrival by airplane

    Please book your flight to arrive at Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) or Vnukovo International Airport (VKO). From Moscow, if you go to the retreat venue by car, it will just take 40 minutes.

    Arrival by train

    You can take a train from Tushino metro station to Istra. It will take just 40 minutes.

    • A reservation requires a deposit of 17% 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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    • Review by Tamara from London, UK

      "I initially booked the retreat for the recommended 9 nights. When I first arrived, I was a little daunted by the what I can only call the austerity of the program; by this, I mean largely the seriousness and dedication with which Slava pursues a strong spiritual approach and the role of meditation in the program."


      "But something was definitely right, because I ended up extending my stay for another week and have really benefited in ways that are hard to describe.I suppose that I am an averagely lazy and not quite focused enough individual. In some mysterious way I have seemed to grasp that I really need to help myself . To give an example, I am or rather was a proud and dedicated smoker who loved cigarettes. I did not start the retreat with the intention of stopping, somehow it happened and it has stuck so far and I believe that it will continue, because for the first time in years of smoking I am saying to myself: I don't want to smoke."


      "I had all the usual benefits of the yoga and the detox diet: lost weight, rediscovered the fact that my body still responds fairly quickly to movement and stretching, and so on. But, it was the more subtle changes that made this a unique and worthwhile experience."

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    • Review by Rica from Strasbourg, France

      "I had a great stay at Ananda Yoga Retreat in Arad! I very much enjoyed the daily energizing and yoga as well as meditation sessions and learned a lot about energy, spirituality, and nutrition. The place itself has a special energy. It was calm and quiet and allowed me to fully relax. Slava and Mila made me feel very welcome. They even offered an additional yoga class on Saturday, which had not been programmed. I had not come to Arad in order to follow the detox program but ended up doing it in line with Slava's recommendation. Whether it was the yoga, the detox, the relaxation, the energy, or Slava's and Mila's kindness, or all of these factors together, I felt very well during and after my stay. I am grateful for this experience. Namaste Ananda!"

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    • Review by Annie from Toronto, Canada

      "I spent a week at Slava's retreat in Arad, Israel, near the dead sea. I learned new meditation techniques, a safe way to practice yoga, and the benefits of eating a raw, organic diet. The retreat is quiet and clean, with a garden and a fish pond. Slava even put out a hammock for me to lounge in during my free time. The house, as well as the balcony of my private room, had a fantastic view of the desert. The air in Arad is clean and pure, and spending time at the Dead Sea was definitely a unique and purifying experience. Now that I'm back home, I'm still putting Slava's teaching into practice. I started eating more organic food, careful now of what's going into my body. Meditation is still a challenge since I'm so impatient, but I'll keep trying with Slava's techniques."

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    • Review by Ronja from Zrich, Schweiz

      "Das Yoga-Retreat mit Slava am toten Meer war einfach wunderbar. Die Unterkunft ist sehr ruhig, sauber, harmonisch und gemtlich, mit schner Aussicht auf die Wste. Das Essen war wunderbar lecker und sehr gesund, morgens frisch-gepresster Orangensaft und frisches Obst, abends leckere Salate.Ich habe viel gelernt was ich auch zu Hause anwenden kann und mich gut entspannt. Die Yoga und Yogananda-bungen waren erweckend und energiebringend. Das Programm hat mir sehr geholfen und ich habe wohl meine gesndesten Ferien in Ananda Israel verbracht.Ich hatte ein schnes Zimmer mit bequemem Bett und einen Balkon mit schner Aussicht auf die Wste. Man kann gut und bequem Ausflge nach Jerusalem und Bethlehem, Masada, En Gedi machen, auch Reisen mit den ffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln und dem Bus geht gut. Leider hat es 3 Tage whrend meines Retreats geregnet, was sehr selten vorkommt in Arad, aber ich konnte meine Zeit trotzdem sehr geniessen und danach war das Wetter schn, ich konnte sogar im Januar im toten Meer baden, ein tolles Erlebnis. Ich kann es nur wrmstens an alle die an Yoga und gesundem Leben interessiert sind weiterempfehlen!"

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    • Review by Joanna from London

      "Beds very comfy and thoughtfully provided extra blanket and very good oil radiator. Delicious food! Amazing nutrition advices and beautiful conversations.Incredible location with spectacular views and amazing energy. Thank you so much!I am also yoga teacher and professional trainer, my preference is for more instruction in meditation + asana practice, but each person has their own style."

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    • Review by Anastasija from Latvia

      "Heartfelt gratitude to you, Slava, for such a unique opportunity to relax and at the same time to work with my body and my soul. It was a pleasant stay and a fruitful work for me. Your program clears my mind and body from all superfluous and unnecessary thoughts and actions, that in the end it seems that this time was the most beautiful and the happiest time in my life for many years.You are very sensitive, insightful, bright, and kind person. I am very glad that life gave me this trip to Israel to Ananda-school. Thanks for the healthiest holiday of my life. Good luck to all your endeavors. And long life :) Thank you for the warm and spiritual atmosphere. It is great here at Ananda! "

      "And it's so gooood that the Dead Sea is near!"

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    • Review by Diana from Latvia

      "This program is suitable to all, but especially to people who are interested in yoga and healthy eating."

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    • Review by Nata from Chiang Mai, Thailand

      "Peace, health, and home.I stayed in Ananda Israel for two weeks. The program was catered to my very personal needs, although still with detox, raw, and veggie diet, which was amazing, delicious, and exactly what I needed. When I went out I was given loads of fruits, so I wouldn't be hungry. I guess, it might be a little hard though, if you're not used to raw and unsalted. It pays off at the end with better health and cleaner body! Slava and Mila are very attentive to any details and always care with pure unconditional love about everyone in the retreat. They also have deep knowledge about spirituality, yoga, healthy diet, and much more. You will never get bored, even if you don't ask questions, like me :)The room where I stayed was very spacious with a big nice bed. I could open a window and a balcony door, so during the night I wasn't hot. Night breeze is comfortably refreshing. Plus a big bonus - everyday stunning sunrise right out there. The house is big and clean. Enough space for everyone to not to feel intimidated. Energy in the house is fantastic. It's like you get into a different reality. It was even hard for me sometimes to get out. There's also a nice outside area, where you can chill with a book on a couch or in a hammock. WiFi was very important for me during the stay. Ananda has reliable, fast speed connection.The area in Arad, where the house is located is very quiet. In the evening there's an alley where you can have a nice romantic stroll. If you need anything to buy, downtown Arad is just 30 mins walk but really, while being there you don't need anything. Journey to the Dead Sea takes about 30 minutes by minivans and a bit longer by bus. I had a gift from Slava - a tour to Jerusalem, because of my two weeks stay. I loved it a lot! If your stay is shorter I would definitely recommend you to purchase this tour, if you've never been there! This retreat is unique! Thank you so much Slava and Mila for making Ananda my second home!"

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    • Review by Sandra from Ottawa, Canada

      "I was looking for a spiritual meditation retreat. They say ask and you shall receive. When I came upon Ananda Retreat in Israel, I just had that feeling that this is where I would go. I had been wanting to do something like this for years, literally years. Well, of course my intuition was bang on.When I arrived at the Ananda Yoga retreat, I at first was a bit skeptical. But I know that God has a plan for all of us.The surroundings the Judaen desert, the inside, minimalistic, but comfortable and welcoming. I was looking for a retreat, not a 5-star hotel, and a retreat is exactly what I got. I completely deepened my yoga practice, my meditation practice. I deepened my connection to God and cleansed my physical and spiritual body. Would I do it again...in a heart beat. This was well worth the money and well worth my time. Thank You Slava for a wonderful experience."

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    • Review by Marek from Florida, USA

      "Place of great meditation and resonance."

      "I would recommend Ananda Israel to anyone who wants to get exposed to the yogic lifestyle. Advanced yogis and yoginis may find this place as a deeply spiritual and peaceful location to avoid hotel crowds while staying in Israel close to the Dead Sea. My family and I stayed there for eight days, experiencing good energy flow, and friendly hospitality. Slava helped us to prearrange several inspiring trips throughout Israel."

      "I personally enjoyed daily yoga practice with him, his flow, and open-minded attitude. It could be described as a set of simple yoga techniques that gets the practitioner engaged beyond the physical yoga aspects bridging over to a nonphysical spiritual realm. Generally speaking, the yoga activities in Ananda are based on Swami Kriyanandas long time ago established teachings. It was my first time to stay in a place that is part of this global yoga community. They are strongly oriented to only one lineage of masters, teachers, and gurus. This means that no other branches of yoga masters are teachers are included in the knowledge exposure beyond Swami Krianandas establishments. This opportunity helped me to understand how those teachings are interpreted among different cultures and nationalities. Slava and Mila cooked for us a vegan organic food, catered as per my dietary wheat free request, including Slava's home made irresistible hot sauce which I found so good that I ended up bringing home an entire jar of it."

      "Overall, staying at Ananda Israel was a pleasant memorable experience."

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    • Review by Dr. Micha Toronto Canada

      "Totally unexpected but it's unbelievable. My martial arts is totally different and much improved. I can't explain exactly, whether it's balance, breath, fluidity of movement - it just feels amazing and great. And I have continued pretty much doing everything we were doing every day except for modifying the diet slowly of course as I described. So God willing I'm planning on continuing because it just plainly works, the energization, yoga poses, meditation, chakra balancing, and whole natural fresh foods. I am also a health practitioner and religiously observant as well. Sometimes even health professionals need a major tune up, detox, and stress reduction. I did the program with strictly Kosher fruits and vegetables that I purchased locally, which I prepared myself, and the program was great for my body, mind, and soul. Slava has become a good friend along with a positive influence in my life. He is one of those few whom I have met who actually practice what they teach. He lives this stuff and always strives for improvement and to reach a higher place while giving over what he already knows. He is patient, professional, ever helpful, gives good directions and answers questions to the best of his ability, and if he does not know, he will tell you so. Two thumbs up from me, and I highly suggest this simple yet powerful program for anyone wishing to get back on track with their health and well being. Thank you so much for welcoming me into your home, and for helping me along in my journey. Thank you so much my friend, and keep up the good work."

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    • Review by Gayvel Aviv from Israel

      "Very interesting system - unusual. Hopefully that will cure the back to the end. Already very relieved"

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    • Review by Inna Gruenko from Moscow, Russia

      "Thanks for everything. Now I'm even in the room when the swing, do your stretching and parishes catch after each approach as the power rises. And the body itself asks exercises to do."

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    • Review by Dean from Izral, Israel

      "Loved it. Thank you. I will come again and again."

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    Arad, Dead Sea, Israel

    Yoga Retreat Ananda offers retreats and programs for cleansing, rejuvenation, and strengthening the immune system.

    Speaks English

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