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

January 5 – 15, 2021

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, 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 three 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.

Arrive in India at the Cochin Airport in the state of Kerala.  Upon registration we will provide you with the names of a few hotels in Fort Cochin where you can reserve your room.  A group pickup will be arranged for the travel to Maitreyi from a designated central place in Fort Cochin.  

A brief video describing Maitreyi is here.

Reviews of Maitreyi on Trip Advisor are here.

The last day at Maitreyi, we will drive one hour into the beautiful hills of the Western Ghats and 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.   

See more photos here

Day 1, January 5
9   Bus from Fort Cochin 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

Days 2 – 9,  January 6-13
7-8:30 Meditation & Yoga Practice
8:30-9:30   Breakfast
10:30-12;30 Ayurvedic Treatments or free time
1-2 Lunch
2:30-4:30 Ayurvedic Treatments or free time
5:00 -6:30  Meditation, Meditative Movement, Yin and Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra
7 Dinner
8-8:30 Meditation

Day 10, January 14
7:00   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  Meditation

Day 11 January 15
8   Breakfast and Departure

There are 12 spaces for this retreat, assuring personal attention for both the Ayurveda and the yoga and meditation sessions.

Included in this Retreat:
-Transportation from Fort Cochin to Maitreyi and from Maitreyi to Fort Cochin 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.
– Three meditation and yoga sessions for full days spent at Maitreyi
– 8 individually prescribed Ayurvedic treatments 
– Three Ayurvedic meals daily
– Lecture on Ayurveda for emotional, physical and spiritual well being 
– 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.

Frequently asked questions are here.

The fee does not include:
-Transport from Cochin airport to Fort Cochin upon arrival and departure from Fort Cochin to Cochin airport approximately $20-$30
-Lodging in Fort Cochin see recommended hotels here.

Other services at Maitreyi which are not included in retreat program:
-Astology (Jotish) Readings
-Pujas – Personal prayers facilitated by the resident pundit (Hindu priest,) an offering of flowers, water, and food to the Divine

EARLY REGISTRATION RATE: REGISTER BY September 1,2020  $1795 

REGULAR REGISTRATION RATE : AFTER September 1, 2020 $1995 

To Register: A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $500 upon registration.  To register click here.

Payment due dates: 50% of remaining balance due 60 days after registration. The remaining 50% balance due November 1, 2020

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