Open Lotus Yoga Retreat
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2018 VASHISHT GIANNA

 
 

2018 SUMMER RETREAT:  YOGA, MEDITATION, & CULTURAL TOUR

 
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Book a tour for next summer's yoga retreat. We have a lot in store for you already! Yoga and meditation will be  taught by Gianna Purcell. Stay in our family homestay and discover the awe-inspiring landscapes, food, culture, and natural hot springs the Manali-Kullu Valley has to offer. Details itinerary, and photos below.


Included Services:

  • Airport Transfer to Standard Hotel in Delhi.
  • All Airport Transfers & Delhi Visit.
  • Family Homestay/Preferred Hotel in Vashisht,
  • Transport for Sightseeing as per Itinerary
  • Yoga Practice as per Itinerary
  • Daily Breakfast & Dinner in family house- Prepared by the Women of the Family
  • Local Guide for Tours & Trekking
  • Twin Sharing Rooms, single room supplement charges
  • Special Havan Puja Ceremony
  • Visit Hindu Astrologer & Tibetan doctor. (fee extra-500rs Per person)
  • Indian Cooking Classes
  • Govt. Service Tax
  • 1 Single Room for Yoga teacher with Breakfast & Dinner
  • Thai Yoga Massage by Chhape Ram

 

Cancellation Charges

  • 3 months before 25% charge
  • 1 month before 50% charge
  • 15 days before No Refund for Cancellation. 

Not Included:

  • Additional Beverages & Water
  • Monument Fees/Donations
  • Food in Delhi
  • Lunches in Vashisht.
  • Travel insurance & Medical Evacuation
  • Any Flight Expenses
  • Food & Beverages on Night Volvo Bus
  • Ayurvedic Massage & Other Personal Activities
  • Tibetan or Ayurvedic Medicine Fees

 

Cost (Euros & Dollars):

  • Cost Per Person : €1495 euros | $1700 dollars
  • Single Room Charges : €220 euros | $250 dollars

 

Duration & Fixed Dates:

2 Weeks (12 days, 11 nights)

  • 1/4/2018 to 12/4/2018
  • 03/6/2018 to 14/6/2018
  • 2/9/2018 to 13/9/2018
  • 4/11/2018 to 15/9/2018

 

 

 


Detailed Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival to Delhi

Arrival in Delhi, gather at the airport and transfer to the Ashok Country Resort and Hotel – overnight in hotel

Day 02: Flight to Kullu Drive to Manali -50 Kms -1.5 Hour Drive

Arrival in Manali. From here you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel/family house 4km up the road in the town of Vashisht (Elevation 2000 meters).You can rest and relax or take your toiletries and towel and head to the local temple to bathe in the deliciously warm natural hot springs. Wash away your travels and nourish yourself in these especially healing waters.Enjoy lunch at the Ram Family house. After lunch, we will have a short orientation talk, a casual yoga/meditation before dinner, and night in family house/hotel.

Day 03: Yoga, Meditation, and Short Trek

7am yoga asana practice for 1.5 hours. 9:30am breakfast. After breakfast-guided walk to Jogini Water Falls. These are beautiful waterfalls about an hour along the wall of the valley from Vashisht. These falls descend from high above and run into the Beas River below. At evening, we will have meditation and pranayama class, dinner, and night in family house/hotel.

Day 04: Yoga, Meditation and Temple Visit

7am Yoga asana practice for 1.5 hours. 9:30am breakfast. After breakfast-visit the village of Goshal, Old Manali, and the beautiful Hadimba Temple. Hadimba temple is about one km from Manali, a very old temple, is surrounded by the tall cedar pine trees on the edge of Dhungri village. According to legends, Bhima one of the Pandava brothers fell in love with an aboriginal woman named Hadimba. The sister of the local chief by the name of Hadimba married her. In your own time, you can enjoy the surroundings and take a rickshaw back to Vashisht. For the evening, we finish with pranayama and meditation, dinner, and night in family house/hotel.

Day 05: Yoga, Meditation and Explore Villages Life

7am yoga asana practice for 1.5 hours. 9:30am breakfast. After breakfast, we will walk up along the valley to three distinct villages that dot along the Beas River: the village of Burwa, Shanag and Goshal. Here you may stop for tea at a local family house. For the evening we finish with pranayama and meditation, dinner, and night in family house/hotel.

Day 06: Yoga, Meditation & Nagar Castle.

7am Yoga, asana practice for 1.5 hours. 9:30am Breakfast, After breakfast, you will drive to Nagar, visit Nagar castle and Roerich Art Gallery and Krishna Temple, then back to Vashisht. For the evening, we finish with pranayama and meditation, dinner, and night in family house/hotel.

Day 07: Yoga, Meditation & Tibetan Doctor or Indian Astrologer

7am Yoga, asana practice for 1.5 hours. 9:30 AM breakfast. After breakfast, half of the group will go to the Tibetan doctor for a check-up and the other half will go to the Indian astrologer/priest for spiritual guidance. In the evening, we finish with pranayama and meditation, dinner, and night in family house/hotel.

Day 8: Yoga, Meditation & Visit Tibetan Medicine doctor or Indian astrologer

7am Yoga, asana practice for 1.5 hours. 9:30 AM breakfast. After breakfast, the previous days groups will switch for treatment and spiritual guidance.  For the evening, we finish with pranayama and meditation, dinner, and night in family house/hotel.

Day 9: Yoga & Free Visit

7am Yoga, asana practice for 1.5 hours. 9:30 AM breakfast. After breakfast is free time. You will have time to relax, enjoy the hot springs, schedule a massage, or do a little exploring on your own. For the evening, we finish with a Kirtan session, dinner, and night in family house/hotel.

Note: One can do canyoning or rock climbing as per your own choice for half day. We will help you to book one day in advance.

DAY 10: Pranayama & Special Havan Puja for Group. (Spiritual Prayer)

7am Pranayama class for 30 minutes then join a Havan Puja lead by a Hindu priest which is special puja for one’s personal life, good health and wellness, and what we call shanti living. 10:30am breakfast. For the evening, we finish with pranayama and meditation, dinner, and night in family house/hotel.

Note: Please note that each person should not eat anything before Puja but tea/ coffee etc is permitted, so breakfast will be later than the previous days schedule.

Day 11:  Early Morning Drive to Airport.  Flight to Delhi

On your arrival in Delhi, we will transfer you to a hotel, explore Old Delhi: spice market and then some. One can take a rickshaw to spend chosen time at the sites before heading back to hotel.

Day 12: Free day or Option to visit Taj Mahal.

Free day! Check out time will be before noon but you can keep your luggage in reception of the hotel. Evening transfer to airport for flights is supplied.

OPTIONAL: Taj Mahal in Agra: Anyone who wishes to visit the Taj Mahal will check out from the hotel early morning, head to the Taj Mahal, then proceed directly to the airport.


Additional Notes:

  • Minimum tour group size: 6 people
  • Name of the Hotel in Delhi (for arrival and departure) is the Ashok Country Hotel & Resort.
  • Trekking is not a requirement. Guests can stay at the homestay/preferred hotel or practice yoga and meditation.
  • Please notify us or the family if you have any specific dietary needs.

What is Havan Puja?
A havan or homa is similar to a puja in the sense that both are common modes of Hindu worship and both are symbolic forms of communication. The words havan and homa each derive from the Sanskrit root hu, meaning to consume. Generally, the word havan is heard in North India and homa is used in South India. A havan is a religious ceremony performed in temples and in homes that involves worship through a sacred fire. The use of fire as a means of worship is the most ancient of all rites, going back to the earliest Vedic times. This fire ritual is described in elaborate detail in the Brahaman. From the early Vedic times and even to present day, fire (Agni) was viewed as the chief of the Gods. In fact, the first verse of the Rig Veda is addressed to Agni, the fire God. “I praise Agni, the chosen Priest, God, minister of sacrifice...”