India Yoga Retreat: Sacred India – 12 Day Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda Retreat
w/Patricia & Surya
Maitreyi Vedic Village
Tamil Nadu, South India

Patricia and Surya  will be teaching in Costa Rica instead of the India Retreat in 2017

Amidst Vedic chants, mango and coconut groves and the pure clear air of this majestic location in rural India, we will spend 11 days in purification and practice, following the traditional approach to both yoga and Ayurveda, the oldest known healing science of India. Held in the foothills of the Western Ghats, praised for their spiritual atmosphere, the retreat takes place at Maitreyi Vedic Village, see www.maitreyivedic.in, an eco friendly spiritual retreat steeped in the wisdom of the Veda, the ancient scriptures of India.

India Yoga Retreat
Each day there will be four yoga and meditation sessions
 and one treatment.  The Ayurvedic treatments are authentic, based on the traditional form and determined in the individual consultation you will receive from the skilled Ayurvedic physician at Maitreyi.  Ayurveda is the sister science to the eight fold path of yoga. The purpose of practicing yoga and Ayurveda is to eliminate physical, mental, emotional and spiritual obstacles. By opening energy pathways, we align with nature’s intelligence, becoming familiar with the flow of our True Nature, the timelessness of Pure Consciousness.

Yoga sessions invite the cultivation of deep listening, learning to follow the body’s innate intelligence. Sessions will be guided with periods for self exploration and discovery.

Meditation sessions will focus on becoming familiar with the rest and ease of our essential nature in the midst of all activity. The meditation sessions are grounding as well as illuminating. There will be periodic guidance amidst these silent sessions.

Ayurvedic treatments, known as Pancha Karma are purifying and regenerative. The treatments include body therapies using medicated herbal oil or milk preparations. The cleansing, rejuvenation and attunement with nature’s intelligence, generates a return to health and wholeness and evokes a refined awareness, deepening spiritual understanding. The blend of practice, purification and the rural, serene beauty Maitreyi create a rare environment for supporting the spiritual sustenance of this process. To enhance the benefit of this retreat, silent periods will be observed.

Upon arrival in India at the Cochin Airport in the state of Kerala, you will take a one hour taxi ride to a hotel in the historic Fort Cochin to rest, share a traditional South Indian dinner at and to enjoy a classical Indian dance/music performance at Kathakali, click here   The following morning we will depart for the 4 hour drive to Maitreyi Vedic Village. On the last day at Maitreyi, we will drive one hour into the hills to the Lord Venkateshwara Hindu Temple, traveling through Valparai, a hill town where 200 year old tea plantations blanket the sloping valleys with verdant green luster – click here.

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February 16
Arrive Cochin Airport, Kerala
Taxi to Fort Cochin
5:30 PM Gather in lobby of Hotel Arches in Fort Cochin for 6:00 dinner
7:30  Classical Indian dance/music performance at Kathakali, Fort Cochin
9 Return to Hotel Arches for sleep

February 17
8   Breakfast at rooftop restaurant Hotel Arches
9   Bus to Maitreyi, Tamil Nadu
1   Arrive Maitreyi and Lunch
2-5  Settling into Maitreyi, Ayurvedic Consultations
5:30  Yin and Restorative Yoga
7   Dinner
8    Sleep

February 18 – 24
7:30 Meditation
8   Breakfast
9-11 Ayurvedic Treatments or free time
11-1 Yoga – vinyasa, pranayama, moving meditation
1 Lunch
2-5;30 Ayurvedic Treatments or free time
4 – 4:30Optional Meditation for those not having treatment in the afternoon
5:30 -7  Meditation, Meditative Movement, Yin and Restorative Yoga
7 Dinner
8-8:30 Chanting, Meditation

February 25
7:30 Meditation
8 Breakfast
9-11 Ayurvedic Treatments or free time
11-1 Yoga – vinyasa, pranayama, moving meditation
1 Lunch
2-3 Ayurvedic Treatments or free time
4  Karma Yoga Evening – Departure for Ghandi Orphanage to play, visit and share dinner with the children (35 minute drive from Maitreyi))
8  Arrival back at Maitreyi

February 26
7:30   Meditation
8   Breakfast
9   Depart for Valparai temple and tea plantation        excursion (1 hour drive from Maitreyi)
12   Lunch at a tea plantation
5   Return to Maitreyi – Meditation, Yin and Restorative Yoga
7   Dinner
8   Chanting, Meditation

February 27
7:30  Meditation
8   Breakfast and Departure

There are 16 spaces for this retreat, assuring personal attention for both the Ayurveda and the yoga and meditation sessions.

Fee $1,995  includes:
-1 night lodging at a hotel upon arrival in Fort Cochin, February 16
-Dinner and breakfast Fort Cochin, February 16 and 17
-Concert of classical Indian dance/music at Kathakali in Fort Cochin February 16
-Transportation from Fort Cochin to Maitreyi and from Maitreyi to Fort Cochin or Cochin Airport the day of departure
-10 nights lodging at Maitreyi in separate cottages with double accommodations – each spacious room has two twin beds, a private bathroom with western-style toilets, hotwater, a shower and a porch.
-Four meditation and yoga sessions for full days spent at Maitreyi
– 8 individually prescribed Ayurvedic treatments – 3 meals per day
– Excursion to a Ghandi Orphanage
– Excursion thru tea plantations to Hindu temple and Valparai, a tea plantation hill town in the stunningly beautiful mountains of the western ghats. Included is an India style lunch at an old English tea plantation.

The fee does not include:
-Transport from Cochin airport to Fort Cochin upon arrival or from Fort Cochin to the Cochin Airport upon departure approximately $20-$30
-Lodging in Fort Cochin before the night of February 16th or after the retreat
– see possible other hotels here.

To Register: – A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $500 upon registration. Balance of $1,495 due December 1, 2016. To register click here.

For further information about this retreat please see FAQ page here.

To read more about the style of teaching click here and here.
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