Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda Retreat
1st Feb 2020 15th Feb 2020 | Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India
Price: Standard package: 12850 DKK /1722 EURO. Simple package: 9950 DKK (1333 EURO). Early bird discount: book before 30.08.19 and save 1000 DKK/132 EURO
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 and for the stay for participants with the standard package is the resort Arunai Anantha. It is 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.
Standard package:The resort 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 27 - 30 degrees, you can enjoy the swimming pool or drink a cooling fresh juice on the terrace while digesting the inputs of the day. Standard accommodation is in double rooms but single rooms are available for advance booking and additional payment.
Simple package: the option for you who are flexble in accommodation and who do not mind a little walk to reach the resort. Near the resort we rent a houses with single and double rooms and shared toilet and bath. The accommodation is simple: a room with a bed! The matresses may be hard and you will have to clean your own room, bring your own towals, and wash your laundry by hand. But for you who like to travel simple this is a good way to cut down some expense on your trip.
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: The retreat programme starts on 1st of February at 15.00 and ends on 14rd of February night with a good buy dinner. In order to take part in this retreat you must arrive before 15.00 on 1st of February and depart no earlier than by 19.00 on 14th of February. This is strict. Your room is reserved from 12.00 on 1st of February - 10.00 15th of February. In case you like to arrive earlier or depart later you need to reserve your room directely to the resort well in advance. Participants on the simple package can request to stay a few more days by sending mail to Santhi Yoga.
Price: Standard package: 12850 DKK / 1722 EUR. Simple package: 9950 DKK/1333 EURO
Early bird discount: book before 30.08.19 and save 1000 DKK/132 EURO
All inclusive: course fee for 14 days course, totally 100 hours course including one individual session with Govind, accommodation in duoble room (14 days, 01.02 - 15.02), food (3 vegetarian meals daily). Single rooms available for 2850 DKK/382 EURO (limited numbers of rooms).
Not included: transportation, extra payment for single room (limited amount): 2850 DKK /383 EUR
How to register: contact us on email@example.com and we will send you a personal course registration page.
Payment: Deposit of 3500 DKK/470 EURO to be paid when booking. The rest of the payment to be paid on 13.12.19.
Cancellation procedure: In case of cancellation up till 2 months before the retreat: 50% of the deposit will be refunded. In case of later cancellations, Santhi Yoga is not obliged to refund any payment. However, in case we get another participant to take over your seat, we may be able to refund some of your payment. We strongly recommend all to have a travel and cancellation insurrance.
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