'Featured in The Guardian Travel as one on the best retreats of 2017'
Travel with Tamsin and Ajay to Uttarakhand the land of the gods and experience stunning scenery, ancient temples, cultural wisdom, simple living and the warmth and hospitality of the local community.
This fourteen day trip is an experience designed to deepen your knowledge of yoga and enjoy the spectacular views of the Himalayan mountain range as we walk in silence daily from our hill top retreat centre.
Morning yoga classes, mountain walks, sunset meditation and workshops from regional experts on local bio-diversity, organic farming and cooking. All to rejuvenate our mind and body with this wholesome approach to living.
Discover how yoga can influence all aspects of your life in a positive way as we explore the traditional teachings of Hatha Yoga in this breath-taking setting.
The retreat is open to all. If you are new to yoga, the retreat will give you a strong foundation, or if you are looking to deepen your practice, you will benefit from focused attention to develop your strengths and weaknesses.
Yoga classes are led by Tamsin in a beautiful timber-framed studio, with views of the surrounding pine forests. Walks are led by our host Ajay, who will be taking us on various trails in the area that include practicing yoga amongst the ancient stone monuments of the Katarmal Sun Temple and stopping at village’s along the way to discover self-sufficient mountain lifestyle. Together we will begin a journey of soulful reconnection, uniting our internal and external landscapes to become one.
To enrich our experience and understanding of both Himalayan culture and to appreciate how the benefits of simple living can encourage our sense of wellbeing, we will be joined by various experts throughout our stay. This unique opportunity connects us directly with the community and deepens own sense of awareness.
Tamsin Chubb teaches traditional yoga, inspired by Sivananda and Yin practices. Her classes are for all levels and are tailored to suit an individual or group’s specific needs. She focuses on breath connection, relaxation, improving digestion and building core strength with a gentle flowing series of postures that are specifically designed to work on all physical and psychic centres of the body, provide complete flexion of the spine and balance the endocrine, nervous and parasympathetic systems. Leaving you feeling restored, energised and with a deeper sense of calm.
She has practiced varying styles of yoga and completed her 500 hour certificate in Southern India under the guidance of Swami Govindananda, Swami Tattvarupananda and Mani Raman at Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham.
She Founded Little French Retreat a centre for wellbeing, yoga and vegetarian cuisine in 2013, situated in South West France. She spends her time between France, India and the UK teaching, cooking and hosting retreats for other practitioners.
Ajay Rastogi our host, walking guide and founder of Foundation for Contemplation of Nature (FCN), has a background in managing regional Intergovernmental organisation’s in India.
Using his previous experience to coordinate field operation led projects for the United Nations, with his qualifications as a yoga and meditation practitioner, he now co-facilitates a residential programme, ‘Pathways to Sustainable Development’ offered at the FCN campus located in the pristine Himalayan setting near Ranikhet, India.
Ajay’s formal education is in the field of Applied Ethics, Environmental Sciences and Agriculture. He represented India in South Asia Youth Leaders Programme in 1990; received Erasmus Mundus European Union Fellowship in 2007; and a Fulbright Environmental Leadership Award in 2010.
Peter Smetacek, an authority on Asian butterflies and moths will be providing a fascinating talk on this subject and how using Lepidoptera as bio-indicators of ecosystem health provides greater understanding of ecosystem function, especially in relation to groundwater.
Kaylan Paul will introduce his project, Pan Himalaya Grassroots Development Foundation for water sanitation. He and his wife Anita Paul co-founded the charity some thirty years ago, with the purpose to increase the availability of drinking water to rural communities and break the cycle of water bourne disease. The impact has been key to bringing communities together and supporting local bio-diversity.
Meeraji will be showing us how to prepare and cook a selection of local dishes; dahl’s, Kapas, curries and chapati’s breads.
We have four nights in Delhi split between arrival and departure, staying at the comfortable Luytens Bungalows located in the Unesco heritage site of central Delhi. From here we will travel by train and taxi to our venue in Uttarakhand, Foundation for contemplation in Nature. Where we will stay for 10 nights at this comfortable homestay venue dedicated to wellbeing. Rooms comprise of shared accommodation, good quality bed-linen and warm blankets for cooler evenings.
Locally produced organic food. Delicious curries, Kapas with homemade breads and Chutneys.
GIVE BACK CHARITY
In Delhi we work with NGO Reality Gives that provide us with a bespoke local tour that helps to fund education programmes they facilitate for slum kids. In the Himalayas 10% of profits will be donated to provide an opportunity for one local school teacher to enrol in a Yoga Teacher Training programme, offering transformational teaching to school children in the villages across the hills and to help promote peace, wellbeing, cultivation of life skills such as empathy, compassion, flexibility of body and mind, valuing simplicity and finding happiness with less consumerism.
- 14 nights accommodation, all food, yoga classes, guided walks and meditation,
- An introduction to Growing organic vegetables and healthy eating
- Visit to the Katarmal Sun Temple
- Talk on Pan Himalaya Grassroots Development Foundation and project visit
- Indian Cookery Workshop
- Butterfly talk and trail
- Airport transfer
- One day sight seeing in Delhi
- Day trip to Taj Mahal in Agra
Travel and health insurance
WHAT TO BRING
- 6 month India tourist visa (http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/ or http://www.visa24.co.uk/indian-visa-types) This can take time 2 – 3 weeks depending on your location so please apply well in advance.
- Travel insurance
- Vaccinations: Typhoid and hepatitis A vaccinations- low risk malaria but ask your doctor for advice
- Indian currency: Rupees or travellers cheques
Dates: Saturday 04 November – Friday 17 November 2017.
Price: Shared occupancy £1795.00
Includes: 14 nights accommodation, all meals, transport from the airport to various locations we will be staying at, Yoga classes, guided walks, temple visit, village trips, workshops, Delhi sight seeing, Taj Mahal day trip.
What to bring: Passport with 6 month tourist visa, copy of your travel insurance, long sleeves tops for travelling when there is a need to cover up, walking shoes.
Capacity: 8 guests shared or couple occupancy
Flights: You will need to Fly out 03 November for early morning arrival on 04 November in Delhi. Departing 17 November early morning from Delhi.
Book: Deposit of £450.00 is required. The final balance of £1345.00 is payable 6 weeks in advance. Or if you prefer to pay in three instalments please enquire on booking.
Featured in the Guardian Travel as on of the best retreats of 2017
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