BACK TO THE MOTHERLAND!
The home of yoga, mystics, mantras, sadhus, chanting, samosas, Ayurveda and most of all: devotion and love! Without a guide it’s easy to get lost in the craziness of modern India. To decipher the mystery, Raghunath will be that guide to introduce you to spiritual India.
Visiting like yogis; not tourists.
We’re not going to park it at some hotel and do asanas. This is the real deal. Raghu will take you to the holy cities and villages that have been dear to the yogis and devotees since before recorded time. He will teach asana, and philosophy regularly and give reading assignments from books of ancient India so you can enter into the mood. More than tourism it will be a chance to learn and grow. We’ll learn meditation techniques, study sacred texts, and dine on authentic and excellent vegetarian food. Because he has spent a lot of time in India with sadhus and saints, we will meet up with other guides, friends, Vedic astrologers, palmists, & Swamis whom Raghunath knows of, or has known intimately for years.
We’re going to deepen our understanding of yoga culture. With a proper guide, India can be a portal to another time -- an ancient spiritual culture. It still exists side-by-side with the modern. As you discover it, you will consequently discover yourself a little more -- and your life will never be the same.
$3,500 USD (includes a $500 non-refundable deposit to hold your spot; this trip will sell out!
The $3,500 includes:
• Airport pick up & drop off
• All internal travel
• 3 meals a day
• Hotel / Lodging
• White water rafting in the Ganga (weather permitting)
• All yoga sessions & classes given by Raghunath
The $3,500 does NOT include:
• International airfare**
• Spending money
• Rickshaw rides in Vrindavan (however these are inexpensive)
• Your visa or passport.
• A tip is appreciated by my Indian assistant if you liked his help; not mandatory.
**many choose to come a day early to get adjusted to the time zone and catch up on rest. Many flights from the US arrive in the evening and our bus ride leaves early morning, 4:30am on the 25th. If you choose to come a day early we can arrange your hotel and airport pick up. Your hotel will be at your cost but we will pay for the airport pick up & organize it if you arrive the day of OR a day early. Airport drop off for departure from Vrindavan will be arranged and paid for if you are leaving on 10/5. We will help arrange a departure on a later date at your expense (generally less than $80USD).
CODES OF A YOGIC PILGRIMAGE:
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM RAGHUNATH
This trip is pilgrimage and as such, not designed to be a "vacation", but rather a yogic learning experience. Of course, you will see many places and be guided in your travels, but the focus is on spiritual growth and not just sightseeing.
India is a "3rd world" country. Please do not expect ANYTHING to be up to American or European standards. Students sit on the floor (if you need a chair due to health issues it can be arranged) and live simply. Many of the teachers and guest lecturers wear traditional Vaisnava dress (dhotis/robes/saris). We will visit temples, including Hare Krishna temples & ashrams. The pilgrimage includes kirtan (group singing of traditional Sanskrit mantras) as well as japa (individual chanting of mantras on meditation beads). Travel in India can involve some austerity, but our teachers are all seasoned veterans of many pilgrimages. All reasonable measures will be taken to proved and care for students, but the environments through which we will travel will impose limits.
We request guests to follow a codes of behavior compatible with a yogic pilgrimage. This code includes eating exclusively vegetarian or vegan. No meat, fish or eggs. Consumption of alcohol, non-prescribed drugs and use of tobacco is not permitted. We reserve the right to ask anyone to leave the trip at any stage and without any refund for breaching this code of conduct.
Students will see many sights in exotic locations, but the primary purpose of the trip is not sightseeing. We will practice asana, pranayama, Japa meditation, do a lot of kirtan, tell the stories of ancient India, chant mantras and otherwise explore the ancient yogic traditions. This training and journey have been designed in the hope it be a magical, transformative, and life-changing experience!
September 20th - October 3rd, 2019
Delhi > Pushkar > Udaipur > Nathwar > Rishikesh > Haridwar >Vrindavan
The itinerary is left slightly flexible because in India sometimes I choose to change plans if there some thing/festival/or holy person that we may run into unexpectedly. This is the mood of a pilgrimage. We are seeking experience and I will not be too tightly bound by a fixed itinerary.