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PROGRAM

8 day retreat: Sept. 22 – 29, 2019
Free day or a high altitude hike: Sept. 30
3 day silent retreat: Oct. 1 - 3, 2019

Retreat Himalaya 8 day retreat: Arrival day Sunday 22 - Departure day Monday 30
The 8 day retreat program: meditation, somayoga, satsang (Self enquiry), pranayam (conscious breathing practices) kirtan (chanting) and gentle walks through Himalayan villages and into high altitude forests and meadows.

Free Day: Monday 30: Spend the day to relax, shop or join the group hike to Chandrakani pass (3,500 mtrs).

Retreat Himalaya's 3 day silent retreat Tuesday Oct 1 – Thursday Oct 3 (departure day Oct 4)
The full 12 day Retreat includes an additional three days for silent meditation and time to yourself in order to assimilate and integrate the teachings.

During these three days, we will observe what is called ‘noble silence’, which means mindful communication. Self expression and questions relating to meditation and Self enquiry is very much welcomed. Satsang, Soma-yoga and kirtan will continue in the day’s program.

KEY
* Satsang: To know your true self through discourse and discussion.
* Praanic Awareness: Conscious breathing practice for meditation    and to restore your health. 
* Meditation Mandala: To ask questions and share our inspirations, leading into meditation. 
* Kirtan: group singing/chanting of simple, ancient mantras.

Note:

  • Chairs are available for those who prefer to sit on chairs for satsang and meditation.
  • The walks we have chosen for Retreat Himalaya are not strenuous and you can go at your own pace. The main purpose is not solely for hiking, but rather to enjoy and meditate in the peaceful atmosphere of the Himalayas.
  • You may bring your spouse, partner, friend or children, who can relax in their own space during the classes. They can take part in the walks, meal times and the evening kirtan. Day treks to explore local sights can be arranged.
  • All sessions during the retreat are optional, you can take time on your own whenever you wish to.

    (See below for more details about the program)

SUNDAY Sept. 22: Arrival day
08:00 - Arrive at Kullu airport and drive to Nagar
09:00 - Breakfast
11:00 - Settle into your room and rest
13:00 - Lunch 
14:00 - Orientation around Naggar Village. Visit a 2000 year old              Krishna temple that overlooks the Kullu Valley
16:30 - Afternoon tea

17:00 - Soma-yoga with Mayank 
19:00 - Dinner and early night to bed

MONDAY Sept.23
06:30 – Morning Meditation
07:00 - Praanic Awareness with Shikhaa 
08:00 - Breakfast 
09:30 - Satsang and meditation with Shikhaa
10:45 - Morning Tea   
11:15 - Soma-yoga with Mayank 
13:00 - Lunch 
14:30 - A gentle walk along a forest trail to the Naag temple
17:00 - Afternoon tea
17:30 - Meditation Mandala
19:00 - Dinner 
20:00 - Kirtan and meditation

TUESDAY Sept.24  
06:30 – Morning Meditation
07:00 - Praanic Awareness with Shikhaa 
08:00 - Breakfast 
09:30 - Satsang and meditation with Shikhaa
10:45 - Morning Tea   
11:15 - Soma-yoga with Mayank 
13:00 - Lunch followed by free time / one-on-one meeting with              Shikhaa or private body-work session with Mayank
17:00 - Afternoon tea
17:30 - Meditation Mandala
19:00 - Dinner 
20:00 - Kirtan and meditation

WEDNESDAY Sept.25
06:30 – Morning Meditation
07:00 - Praanic Awareness with Shikhaa 
08:00 - Breakfast 
09:30 - Satsang and meditation with Shikhaa
10:45 - Morning Tea   
11:15 - Soma-yoga with Mayank 
13:00 - Lunch 
14:30 – Visit Roerich art gallery, Naggar
17:00 - Afternoon tea
17:30 - Meditation Mandala 
19:00 - Dinner 
20:00 - Kirtan and meditation

THURSDAY Sept.26
06:30 – Morning Meditation
07:00 - Praanic Awareness with Shikhaa 
08:15 - Breakfast 
09:30 - Satsang with Shikhaa
10:30 - Morning Tea   
11:00 - Soma-yoga with Mayank 
12:00 - Drive for lunch at the Jaana waterfall daba and experience authentic Himalayan village lifestyle and walk/drive back to Naggar.
17:30 - Afternoon tea / Meditation Mandala 
19:00 - Dinner 
20:00 - Kirtan and meditation

FRIDAY Sept.27
07:00 - Praanic Awareness with Shikhaa 
08:15 - Breakfast 
09:30 - Satsang with Shikhaa
10:45 - Morning Tea   
11:15 - Soma-yoga with Mayank 
13:00 - Lunch followed by free time / one-on-one meeting with              Shikhaa or private body-work session with Mayank.
16:30 - Afternoon tea /Meditation Mandala 
17:30 - Soma-yoga with Mayank 
19:00 - Dinner 
20:00 - Kirtan and meditation

SATURDAY Sept.28
07:30 - Early Breakfast 
09:00 - Drive to Peej, picnic lunch at the ridge, walk to Jandagni forest              temple, high altitude (2400 mtrs) yoga and meditation. 
19:00 - Dinner 
20:00 - Kitan concert

SUNDAY Sept.29
06:30 – Morning Meditation
07:00 - Praanic Awareness with Shikhaa 
08:00 - Breakfast 
09:30 - Satsang and meditation with Shikhaa
10:45 - Morning Tea   
11:15 - Soma-yoga with Mayank 
13:00 - Lunch followed by free time / one-on-one meeting with              Shikhaa or private body-work session with Mayank
17:00 - Afternoon tea
17:30 - Meditation Mandala
19:00 - Dinner and farewell kirtan for those departing

MONDAY Sept. 30
06:00 - Depart from hotel Naggar Delights.
08:20 - Kullu - Delhi flight departs from Bhuntar airport.

Or drive onward to other destinations in India.

For those continuing on to participate in the three day silent meditation retreat, there are two options for this day:
1. Free time to relax in Naggar, shopping in Manali or visit other tourist sights.
2. A high altitude hike to Chandrakani pass (3,500 mtrs) for those at a good level of strength and fitness. Option to walk half-way also.

TUESDAY October 1 -THURSDAY October 3
06:30 – Morning Meditation
08:00 - Breakfast 
09:30 - Satsang and meditation.

10:30 - Morning Tea   
11:00 - Soma-yoga /Egoscue with Mayank 
13:00 - Lunch
15:00 - Silent walk (alone or with the group) or free time

18:00 - Afternoon tea followed by meditation
19:00 - Dinner

20:00 - Kirtan and meditation

FRIDAY 4 Departure Day 
06:00 - Depart from hotel Naggar Delights.
08:20 - Kullu - Delhi flight departs from Bhuntar airport.
Or drive to other destinations for further Himalayan adventures.

* See the travel page for more details about your return travel.

* During the extended lunch breaks there will be an opportunity to    have a one-on-one meeting with Shikhaa and a private body-work    session with Mayank.

* Retreat Himalaya schedule is subject to change depending on the    weather, time, or unforeseen circumstances. 

More about Retreat Himalaya daily program:

At Retreat Himalaya, the day begins with meditation and extends into a gentle and deeply transformative conscious breathing practice called Pranic Awareness. Pranic Awareness will enhance your meditation practice and also works to align disordered energy in the mind and body through scientifically proven breathing techniques.

After breakfast, Shikhaa initiates the satsang, which is the enquiry that guides the mind to the recognition of its source power. Having ignited the inner enquiry, satsang continues throughout the day in meditation, contemplation, and in discussions with Shikhaa, Mayank, and fellow participants during the breaks and on the walks.

After morning tea, Mayank Mayank’s movement classes explore how to incorporate simple, conscious movements into day-to-day life combating the stress put on the body from habitual, misaligned movement patterns.

On alternative afternoons, the group will take gentle walks in the surrounding mountain forests and villages. Experience the culture of original Himalayan lifestyle, and experience the mind expanding as we sit to take in the magnificent views of the Himalayans.

After afternoon tea, the group meets again in the Meditation Mandala, a forum where Shikhaa invites questions and discussion, and opens the opportunity for expression. The session ends in meditation.

In the evenings, after dinner, Shikhaa and Mayank lead a vibrant Kirtan (singing of simple, ancient mantras and bhajans), building an atmosphere of pure joy and freedom.

 

Mayanks fudamental movement class

Himalayan waterfall

Pranayam with Rebecca

Mayank's Fudamental Movement Class

Himalayan folk dance

Himalayan dance troop

Kirtan

Bond fire on a full moon night

Crossing the river

 
       
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