Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda New Year Retreat
28th Dec 2018 11th Jan 2019 | Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India
Dedicate New Year time and give yourself a spiritual retreat with daily yoga & meditation and classes in the ancient yoga philosophy and ayurvedic life understanding. In this retreat, Govind takes you by the hand all the way and he dedicates his full time to help you and your group to get the most out of each day. The aim for Govind is to pass on tools for you to go deeper into self-discovery on the basis of individual guidance, classes and reflective group sessions. The course takes place inside the resort and "out there" in the amazing Tiruvannamalai - in the middle of the ancient spiritual vibrations in ashrams, meditation caves, temples and on the pilgrim walk around the holy mountain Arunachala.
Each afternoon you have some hours to "digest" on your own: visit your favorite ashram, drink a chai in the local tea stall, chill out with a fresh papaya juice or have a refreshing swim in the pool at the resort. But most of the time you are with the group and will be guided by Govind. To be very specific, during this retreat you will have 100 hours of guidance and teaching with Govind.
A Devine Source of Inspiration
You have come to a holy place with unique rays of spirituality. Here, Govind helps you to go deep with your personal spiritual practice with yoga, meditation, ayurvedic life understanding and self-reflection. You will be inspired and will discover a new understanding of yourself by his satsangs, classes and reflective group talks based on the ancient knowledge of yoga, meditation, ayurveda and vedanta (oneness philosophy). You will also meet face to face with different enlightened masters who may give you a new viewpoint of your approach to understanding life. As a part of the course we visit different ashrams, amazing temples and of course we walk the famous pilgrimage route around the holy mountain Arunachala because most of all, you will be touched by one of India’s most holy pilgrimage places: Tiruvannamalai, the city with Arunachala; the sacred mountain of fire, and Ramana Ashram; the center for searching the higher Self as showed by the saint Ramana Maharshi.
Your Daily Sadhana Program
05.45 - 08.00: Yoga & Meditation
08.00 - 09.00: Breakfast
09.30 - 11.30: Spiritual Class/ satsang
12.30 - 13.30: Lunch
15.00 - 18.00: Guided tour, meditation or Guest Teachers
18.30 - 19.30: Dinner
19.45 - 20.15: Group reflection
Individual Guidance: Each person will have a 40 - 60 minutes individual session with Govind during the retreat. This session is included in the payment.
Who can participate?
Any spiritually interested person who seeks a change in their life and who seeks a retreat based on group guided inspiration, introspective reflection and personal guidance is welcome. You should be: motivated for longer meditation, open to learn from both religious and non-religious spiritual masters & cultures, disciplined enough to follow the guidelines of self-practice and able to adjust cultural dress and behavior codes of holy pilgrimage places.
Visit a guest - not as a tourist
Govind invites you to “his India” - in his home country and to the mountain Arunachala where Govind has been meditating since he was a teenager. This opens an opportunity for you to learn from the inside of an ancient, rich and unique culture. Together, we cross the usual tourist border lines and make you feel as a participant rather than a spectator. All guest teachers -including swamis and other radiating personalities - are people Govind and Anna Marie is personally connected to. The places Govind takes you to are places that inspire him the most whether it’s an amazing temple or a poor farmer in his hut. They all have stories to tell. And this is what often inspires our guests the most: the direct contact.
The classes and guidance are based on the ancient Advaita Vedanta (non-dual) philosophy. We use the tools of yoga, meditation and ayurveda to reach a deeper understanding or experience of the essence of Self-Realization as Ramana Maharshi exemplified it. Classes are non-religious but relate to different approaches of the divine aspects of life and your individual session may include both astrology and palm reading. Subjects will differ according to the group’s experience, challenges and interest and the subjects chosen by the guest teachers.
The base for the course is the resort Arunai Anantha; a peaceful resort located by the foot of the holy mountain Arunachala away from the traffic noise and crowds of the small roads in the ashram area in Tiruvannamalai. Here Govind gives spiritual classes and we discuss and reflect upon our experiences by the holy mountain. We use the spiritual surroundings outside the resort daily and will spend much time in the peaceful vibration of the saint Ramana Maharshi in Ramana Ashram – just a five minutes’ drive away.
Arunai Anantha: Besides having nice and comfortable rooms, Arunai Anantha serves nice Indian food in their garden restaurant and have a lovely outdoor yoga shala for our classes. In the afternoons, when the peak temperature will be around 28 degrees, you can enjoy the swimming pool or drink a cooling fresh juice on the terrace while digesting the inputs of the day.
Food: Most meals we share together in relation to the course. We offer traditional South Indian food and each day you will have 3 delicious vegetarian meals.
Transportation: You are responsible for your own flight and for local transportation from the airport to the resort and back.The nearest airport is Chennai Airport (also called Madras Airport) and from Scandinavia AirIndia, Quatar Airways, Emirates Airways and KLM usually have good connections. We advise you to contact Shanti Travels for booking of taxi from the airport to the resort.
The local Indian travel Agency Shanti Travels is available if you need assistance for booking of flight tickets, taxi to pick you up in the airport or help if you like to arrive earlier or depart later. We have used Shanti Travels for 6 years and have very good experience with their service. For airport pick up and airport drop Shanthi Travels will coordinate a shared taxi when possible. Contact Kumar from Shanti Travels on firstname.lastname@example.org
IMPORTANT: In order to take part in this retreat you must arrive no later than 15.00 on 28th of December and depart no earlier than by 20.00 on 10th of January. This is strict.
Price: 12500 DKK / 1678 EUR / 2637 AUD
Incl. course fee (totally 100 hours course including an individual session with Govind), comfortable and spacious accommodation inside the resort for 14 days (28.12.18 - 11.01.19), food (3 meals daily).
Not included: transportation.
How to register: contact us on email@example.com and we will send you a personal course registration page. When we have received your registration and payment of deposit you will recieve a booking confirmation.
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