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Retreat Himalaya 2020
Sept. 20 – Oct. 3

PROGRAM

Arrival day Sunday, Sept. 20
The program includes: meditation, somayoga, satsang (Self enquiry), pranayam (conscious breathing practices)
kirtan (chanting) and gentle walks through Himalayan villages and into high altitude forests and meadows.

Silent days Thursday Oct. 1 & Friday Oct. 2: There is also an option to skip the final 2 silent days and join Retreat Himalaya for only the first 11 days.

Departure day Saturday, Oct. 3 (See Travel page for details)

* Satsang: To rediscover your true nature by tapping into your original Self, through discourse, Q&A, discussion and meditation.
* Praanic Awareness: Conscious breathing practice for meditation    and to restore balance and vitalize your health. 
* Functional Movment: Strength and mobility practices.
* Soma-yoga: a gentle, deep practice to restore sensory motor awareness to our body.
* Meditation Mandala: A group sharing time to ask questions and share our inspirations. Each session end with a meditation. 
* Kirtan: group singing/chanting of simple, ancient mantras.
* Morning Silence: Some people like to refrain from chit-chat for some or all hours of the day. We suggest that our morning program, until lunch time that we all observe only noble talk (satsang talk - inspired talk or higher perception that doesn't focus on your personal self.)
The final 2 days of the retreat - Oct. 1 & 2 - are silence days, except in the meditation mandala afternoon session.

Note:

  • All sessions during the retreat are optional, you can take time on your own whenever you wish to.
  • Both chairs and cushions are available for sitting.
  • The walks we have chosen are not strenuous and you can go at your own pace. The main purpose is not solely for hiking, but rather to enjoy 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 and take part in the walks, meal times and the evening kirtan. Day treks to explore local sights can be arranged for them.

Full Program Details

Arrival Day: SUNDAY Sept. 20
Fly Delhi-Dharamshala. Stay in Bir, Kangra Valley
12:40 - We will meet your flight in Dharmashala (Gaggal airport).
(see travel page for details)
13:30 - Lunch in Palampur, then drive to Colonel's Resorts, in a small village called Bir, in the Kangra Valley.
16:00 - Arrive Colonel's resorts, settle into your room and rest.
18:30 - Dinner and early night to bed.

Day 2: MONDAY Sept. 21
Visit the Tibetan Choling Monastery

08:00 - Breakfast 
09:30 - Our first session - a time for inner reflection on what you would like to highlight during the retreat.
10:30 - Morning Tea.
11:00 - Soma-yoga with Mayank.
12:00 - A gentle walk to Bir village (45 min. on flat, sealed road).
13:00 - Lunch in Bir village.
15:00 - Visit and meditate in the Tibetan Choling monastery.
16:00 - Return to Colonel's resort for afternoon tea and to relax.
19:00 - Dinner 
20:00 - Chanting and meditation

Day 3: TUESDAY Sept. 22  
Drive from Bir, Kangra Valley to Nagar, Kullu Valley
07:30 - Breakfast 
08:30 - Depart Bir and drive to Nagar, Kullu Valley.
14:00 - Arrive Naggar and have lunch on the terrace of our retreat venue, Hotel Naggar Delights.
17:00 - Afternoon tea.
17:30 - Soma-yoga with Mayank leading relaxation / meditation.
19:00 - Dinner 

Day 4: WEDNESDAY Sept. 23
Settle into the retreat's daily practice
07:00 – Morning Meditation
07:30 - Praanic Awareness with Shikhaa 
08:00 - Breakfast 
09:15 - Satsang with Shikhaa
10:15 - Morning Tea   
11:00 - Functional Movment with Mayank 
12:15 - Lunch 
14:00 – A gentle forest walk.
16:00 - Afternoon tea
16:30 - Soma yoga with Mayank
17:30 - Meditation Mandala 
19:00 - Dinner 
20:00 - Kirtan and meditation

Day 5: THURSDAY Sept. 24
Daily practice - walk to the Krishna temple
07:00 – Morning Meditation
07:30 - Praanic Awareness with Shikhaa 
08:00 - Breakfast 
09:15 - Satsang with Shikhaa
10:15 - Morning Tea   
11:00 - Functional Movment with Mayank 
12:15 - Lunch 

14:00 - Walk to Krishna temple for spectacular view over Kullu valley.
16:30 - Afternoon tea
17:00 - Soma yoga with Mayank
17:30 - Meditation Mandala 
19:00 - Dinner 
20:00 - Chanting and meditation

Day 6: FRIDAY Sept. 25
Lunch at Jaana waterfall, authentic Himalayan cuisine
07:00 – Morning Meditation
07:30 - Praanic Awareness with Shikhaa 
08:00 - Breakfast 
09:15 - Satsang with Shikhaa
10:15 - Morning Tea   
11:00 - Functional Movement with Mayank 

12:00 - Drive for lunch at the Jaana waterfall daba to experience authentic Himalayan village lifestyle. Walk or drive back to Naggar.
18:00 - Meditation
19:00 - Dinner 

20:00 - Kirtan and meditation

Day 7: SATURDAY Sept. 26
Half day practice - free afternoon or shopping!
07:00 – Morning Meditation
07:30 - Praanic Awareness with Shikhaa 
08:00 - Breakfast 
09:15 - Satsang with Shikhaa
10:15 - Morning Tea   
11:00 - Functional Movement with Mayank 

12:15 - Lunch, followed by free time or shopping in Manali.
19:00 - Dinner

Day 8: SUNDAY Sept. 27
Quiet Day, silent walk
07:00 – Morning Meditation
07:30 - Praanic Awareness with Shikhaa 
08:00 - Breakfast 
09:15 - Satsang with Shikhaa
10:30 - Morning Tea   
11:15 - Functional Movement with Mayank 

12:15 - Lunch
14:00 - Silent forest walk (alone or with the group)
18:00 - Afternoon tea
16:30 - Soma-yoga with Mayank 
17:30 - Meditation Mandala 
19:00 - Dinner 
20:00 - Kirtan and meditation

Day 9: MONDAY Sept. 28
Daily practice, visit Roerich art gallery
07:00 – Morning Meditation
07:30 - Praanic Awareness with Shikhaa 
08:00 - Breakfast 
09:15 - Satsang with Shikhaa
10:15 - Morning Tea   
11:00 - Functional Movement with Mayank 
12:15 - Lunch
14:00 - Visit Roerich art gallery, or walk to Rimsu, Nagar.
16:00 - Afternoon tea
16:30 - Soma-yoga with Mayank 
17:30 - Meditation Mandala 
19:00 - Dinner 
20:00 - Kirtan and meditation

Day 10: TUESDAY Sept. 29
Full day adventure, hike to Kaisdhar -1,279m
07:30 - Early Breakfast 
08:30 - Drive to Kullu and walk to Kaisdhar. Picnic lunch at the ridge.
17:00 - Return to Nagar
19:00 - Dinner

20:00 - Chanting and meditation

Day 11: WEDNESDAY Sept. 30
Daily practice - Indian classical music concert
07:00 – Morning Meditation
07:30 - Praanic Awareness with Shikhaa 
08:00 - Breakfast 
09:15 - Satsang with Shikhaa
10:15 - Morning Tea   
11:00 - Funcational Movment with Mayank 
12:15 - Lunch 
14:00 – A gentle forest walk.
16:00 - Afternoon tea
16:30 - Soma yoga with Mayank
17:30 - Meditation Mandala 
19:00 - Dinner 
20:00 - Indian classical music concert.

Day 12: THURSDAY Oct. 1
Noble Silence Day and full-moon fire Havan
07:00 – Morning Meditation
07:30 - Praanic Awareness with Shikhaa 
08:00 - Breakfast 
09:15 - Silent Meditation with Shikhaa
10:15 - Morning Tea   
11:00 - Soma-yoga with Mayank 
12:15 - Lunch 
14:00 – A gentle, silent forest walk.
15:30 - Afternoon tea
16:00 - Soma yoga with Mayank
17:30 - Meditation Mandala 
19:00 - Dinner 
20:00 - Full-moon havan (mantra fire-ceremony)

Day 13: FRIDAY Oct. 2
Noble Silence Day
07:00 – Morning Meditation
07:30 - Praanic Awareness with Shikhaa 
08:00 - Breakfast 
09:15 - Silent meditation with Shikhaa
10:15 - Morning Tea   
11:00 - Soma-yoga with Mayank 
12:15 - Lunch, followed by free time to pack.
15:30 - Afternoon tea
16:00 - Closing session, expressing our reflections.
19:00 - Farewell dinner

Departure Day: SATURDAY Oct. 3
06:00 - Depart from hotel Naggar Delights.
08:20 - Kullu-Delhi flight departs from Bhuntar airport.
13:00 - Dharamshala-Delhi flight departs from Gaggal airport.
18:30 - Overnight bus to Delhi.

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

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

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

 
     

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.

After lunch there will be the option for a gentle walk 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, Mayank will lead a short, gentle relaxing soma-yoga session, followed by the Meditation Mandala - a forum where Shikhaa invites questions and discussion, and opens the opportunity for expression. The session ends in meditation.

On alternate evenings, after dinner, Shikhaa and Mayank will lead either a meditative chanting/meditation session OR a vibrant Kirtan (singing simple, ancient mantras and bhajans), building an atmosphere of pure joy and freedom.

 
       
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