A School for Creativity, Consciousness and Clarity
We are incredibly proud to announce this year’s Retreat to India, where we are collaborating with Jeff Kober and his wife Adele to create something truly special. We have chosen Rishikesh as our next India Retreat location, to dive deep into the culture and hotness of India for a few days, followed with silence, solitude and calm deeper into the Himalayas for a week. Having traveled to India, and especially up north in Rishikesh so many times, Jeff and his wife Adele, and myself and Emily Snape have been discussing the possibility of a combined India Retreat for a few years.
Rishikesh is a very holy part of India, full of history, spiritual reverence and a magnificent and powerful energy. Situated in the far North at the foot of the Himalayas, many spiritual teachers, guru’s sadhus, yogi’s and travelers have made the pilgrimage to Rishikesh to be nourished, healed and to learn in the jungle-clad hills. The town of Rishikesh is sitting along a jagged mountain face, filled with people, temples, yoga centres, chai stalls, bookshops, restaurants, cafes, and ashrams. It is a mini-melting pot of adventure and excitement.
Kicking off in the heart of Rishikesh, the first three days and nights will be filled with exploration, thrill and all the joys that Rishikesh has to bring. We will be staying in the very humble, clean and energetic Parmarth Niketan Ashram, home to the famous evening Art Ceremonies right on the Ganga, with huge sprawling gardens filled with large statues of gods, characters of the Bhagavad Gita and devotees, students and travelers all coming together in a celebration of spirituality.
Our home for a few days, we are creating a series of customisable experiences so that you can join in with as few or as many as you can. You may wish to wake early for a yoga class on the lawn, or simply sip chai quietly in the gardens, or have a long languid breakfast with the group. On various days you can come with us to Maharishi’s Rishikesh ashram, where the Beatles famously stayed, and walk through the jungle and climb through the history-filled buildings and property. One morning you might decide to come shopping with Adele and I, through the Tibetan art stores, boutiques selling locals linens, meditation shawls, jewellery, Ganesh statues carved from marble by hand and many sacred Indian deities, dodging gentle cows wandering streets and cheeky monkeys Walks along the Ganga River, bracing swims and dips (it is clean at the top of the Ganges River unlike further down the river deeper into India), as the water is cool, clean and rapidly moving from the mountains down through Rishikesh. Each day at this Ashram, humble vegetarian meals will be served alongside tea and coffee to be enjoyed with meals. Late afternoons Jeff Kober will be hosting lectures on Vedic knowledge before Vedic ceremonies will take place prior to dinner. Late evening strolls through the gardens will take place with time to sit and contemplate.
Then we will collectively travel a 30 off kilometre drive deep into the Himalayan mountains, where we will settle for a week. This beautiful setting in a beautiful property that juts out over the Ganges River. This stunning remote property has a beautiful Ayurvedic spa, and huge gardens with many nooks to sit and read and relax in private. This time we'll see us have a daily schedule to facilitate deep rest, unlocking of fatigue and stress from the body and mind, as well as fill students with the invaluable knowledge, tools, and techniques.
We will follow an Ayurvedic routine, where similar activities will take place daily for you to engage with as you wish. The purpose of this time is to unwind all the knots in the body and mind and have a reprieve from our tech-driven, overworked wild world.
Every morning at 6 am, Emily Snape will lead 2 sessions of Rounding, before you can choose from a delicious breakfast, sipping chai or coffee overlooking the garden for as long as you wish. Then there will be free time to lounge in the garden, walk the nearby mountains, swim in the pool or simply relax and read a book in the gardens on a hammock. Before our lunch, I will lead a short daily interstice Workshop to extrapolate the knowledge from Jeff Kober’s talk the evening prior, taking the ancient Vedic knowledge shared and applying it to modern living, so you are equipped with integrating this into your daily life on returning home. At midday, a long vegetarian lunch of delicious organic salads, vegetables, and curries with Indian bread served at your leisure and in the afternoon. Then perhaps a rest, nap or another Round will fill the hours. In the late afternoon, Jeff Kober will host a long daily talk on Vedic knowledge, filled with stories, parables, and how to apply these principles into living more consciously and creatively. A group meditation will occur before our evening dinner, and then a gentle stroll through the gardens prior to settling with your herbal tea for an evening Q+A with Jeff will be held in a very relaxed setting where you can relax and listen or ask anything under the sun! There is a wonderful Ayurvedic spa on the property so that you can book in your various treatments and pamper yourself.
Alongside this nourishing schedule, we will have various Vedic ceremonies, and the opportunity to have your Jyotish (Vedic astrology) read should you wish. It will be on the whole a very rare and unique opportunity to take yourself away from the daily grind and restore your nervous system, as well recalibrate your mind to engage better with your life, and understand yourself on a deeper level. Truly transformational.
Please be aware this Retreat is limited in numbers and places are ONLY confirmed on payment, with a system of first in, first served. Unfortunately, due to the current demand, we are unable to hold places for anyone. Once payment has been received you will be added in a consecutive order to the Retreat. Our systems are that you need to email firstname.lastname@example.org with your exact booking, and we will then send you payment details so you can pay in USD either the amount in full or your deposit. Once we receive payment your booking is complete and we will be sending out additional information to you to make your trip easier!
India is a fascinating place to travel, and we have created this Retreat so that you can add on dates at the beginning or end and explore further. The accomodation we have chosen is humble, but set in lovely properties. Do not expect luxurious and over the top rooms and finishes. Everything is clean and well taken care of and very, very safe, but we are not staying in 5 star accomodation.
27th September in Rishikesh through to departure on the 6th October, a total of 10 days and 9 nights
Please note all fees for Shared are per person and you must bring a partner or friend to share with, we will not organise shared guests.
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL. Pay in Full by May 15th 2018 to receive a special discount.
Standard Room Single Person $3300USD (save $445USD)
Standard Room Shared $2995 (save $275USD)
[SOLD OUT] Luxury Room Single Person $3650 (save $640USD)
[SOLD OUT] Luxury Room Shared $3145 (save $470USD)
DEPOSIT NOW and PAY IN FULL PRIOR TO AUGUST 30th
With this option a non refundable deposit of $1000USD is due to secure your place, and then the remaining amount is due before August 30th. Please note it is a non refundable deposit.
Standard Room Single Person $3795USD
Standard Room Shared $3270
[SOLD OUT] Luxury Room Single Person $4290
[SOLD OUT] Luxury Room Shared $3615
ADDITIONAL TRAVEL OPTIONS
We have a superb travel agent on the ground who we have been working with for years, and he can assist you with additional travel within India and getting to Rishikesh should you need a hand. He is organising a special three-night travel package including accommodation to Delhi to sightsee including visiting the spice markets, a heritage walk around the Red Fort, visiting Gandhi’s home, visiting the Sikh Temple where they offer free food to 50 thousand people daily. People coming first time to India can also travel with him and others to go to see Tajmahal as an excursion trip from Delhi. We will supply all his contact details on request so you can work with him directly. Please note this is outside of our dates and is not included within our Retreat.