A VEDIC ADVENTURE
A 12-day retreat across southern India
For each exotic location we have carefully chosen accomodations that will support your wellness journey and deep spiritual discovery. From the stunning sea-salt views, to hammocks and magical nooks for reflection and personal time, to grand swimming pools, to Ayurvedic spa treatments, to henna by local women, to classes under a banyan tree, to yoga and meditation in locations connected to nature and steeped in years of practice, to an abundance of healthy South Indian food with all the six tastes, to the chanting of the morning fisherman, and the warm smiles of the staff and locals, to the hustle and bustle of the markets, to the peaceful Kerala backwaters and to the ringing of temple bells … in all our locations and adventures you will experience the overwhelming magic and exoticness that is India. Let its ancient cultures and traditions mystify you, its exotic foods take you on a culinary voyage of its own, its colorful people charm you, its spirituality reveal the beauty of your soul and its ancient medicinal teachings heal you. This is a journey of self-transformation through a land of soul-stirring spiritual experiences.
Join our 12-day spiritual adventure as we traverse this gorgeous country in November 2017.
SOMATHEERAM - THE INNER JOURNEY
Retreat & Rituals by the Sea – 7 Days of Ayurveda, Yoga and Deep Spiritual Inquiry
Be welcomed by the serene Ayurvedic seaside resort of Somatheeram. Located on the beachside cliffs, this eco-property has ocean views surrounded by 15 acres of greenery. It is just a short tok-tok (Indian taxi) drive from the famous Kovalam Beach in Trivandrum, Kerala, where culture, food and shopping abounds. This eco-resort is the perfect place to begin our inward journey, cleanse, develop our daily practices and rejuvenate the soul. It is here the healing begins. Every aspect of your Spiritual Adventure is curated to help you unfold your best life.
In addition to the daily retreat curriculum you will receive a complimentary Ayurvedic massage and have the opportunity to relax on the beach, be pampered at the Ayurvedic spa with additional therapies, or nap on a hammock reading your favorite book. You will also explore and glide along the the backwaters of Kerala, embrace elephants, learn about herbs, visit seaside temples, chant with the morning fisherman and explore the nearby villages. As you walk along the beautiful beach you will be under the spell of the mystic and magic that is in the wind. Breathe and come home to you!
Various entertainment is offered in the evenings including dance, music, Mehindi and cultural art forms of Kerala. On our last evening at this location we will enjoy a Kerala sadya (feast) which comprises of rice and a large number of side dishes and curries, all specially prepared in Kerala style and served in plantain leaves. This is one of the many special events sure to leave you feeling blessed to be on this journey of a lifetime.
The accommodation facilities have 24 hours room service, internet facilities, beach umbrellas, beach towels, and gift shop. If you require properly fitted attire or an Indian dress, there is a tailoring shop which would give you tailor-made clothes just the way you like it. The restaurant provides a choice of about 250 different Ayurvedic vegetarian dishes, salads and juices. The live cooking demonstrations at the restaurant unravel the mystery of how special delicacies are prepared and aids in stimulating the taste buds.
HERITAGE MADURAI - THE OUTER LIGHT
4-days of External Worship and Rituals for Transformation
Next we journey to Madurai and stay at the Heritage where modern-day lifestyle merges seamlessly with that of the past and the best of the two worlds entwine. Here at this hotel you will experience spacious, airy rooms with detailed sitting areas, luxurious bedrooms and unbelievably vast bathrooms, all decorated with understated elegance. Each villa has a sun deck that opens out into your own private plunge pool laden with frangipani trees. Be wrapped in a blanket of luxury with wood and granite flooring that is tastefully combined with elegant furniture and modern facilities.
But don’t let this luxury fool you, as it is here we will dive deep into our own nature to externally express our love and devotion to the Divine within. Here we will experience ancient fire ceremonies, mystical shakti temple visits, chanting in inner sanctums, Vedic lessons under Banyan trees, bustling morning flower markets, sari weavers, cooking classes, stone carvers and down time relaxing in the spectacular swimming pool designed to replicate the tank of the Thirumalai Temple. At every turn on this cultural experience we witness ourselves and the people of Madurai at work, seamlessly weaving together their past with their hopes for the future.
A Sanctuary of Spirituality and Traditions
Our journey begins in Kovalam, Kerala, on the shores of the Arabian Sea. Here we will immerse ourselves in a daily study and practice of Ayurveda and Yoga. We will observe an Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle for 7-days as part of our wellness experience and rejuvenation of the body on this retreat. From here, we traverse to the very southern tip of India before making our to Madurai, the ancient Tamil capital of culture. The city itself is a densely packed warren of streets, shops and bazaars. Our hotel is a luxurious oasis just on the outside of town that will allow us a peaceful base from which to explore.
This Spiritual adventure is not for the faint-hearted, nor is it only for the fearless. It is for those seeking to discover themselves on a journey of personal transformation through a myriad of inner and outer experiences that last a lifetime. Isn’t it time you explored one of the world’s most gorgeous and diverse islands, and discovered yourself in a soul-stirring spiritual adventure? Your journey to self-discovery begins not when the universe says so but when you decide to start it. It is no accident that you have come across this. Join us on our Sri Lankan Odyssey for an experience of a lifetime.
GRAND CHOLA CHENNAI - INTEGRATION
Life as Joy & Service – A Final Celebration
As we have deepened our relationship with the Self we find ourselves aligned at ITC Grand Chola in Chennai.
In this beautiful and luxurious hotel where we will have our closing circle ritual and dinner.
Here our final location replicates India’s ancient and sacred relationship with her environment and we stay at a hotel steeped in luxury without compromising the earth and sustainability. According to the ITC Hotel group, “responsible luxury” is the effective combination of luxury and responsible practices (enriching self, society and the environment) so that each experience does not burden the environment or the society around us. In fact, it is aimed at creating a positive impact on both the community-at-large and the environment.
It is here we will have a final celebration – culture, food, dance and reflection to ensure joy permeates our being. After 11 days of personal discovery and self-transformation we look at how we can give back. It is a luxury and a responsibility to practice yoga and to have the time reflect on our Dharma. As we do so we also ask the question – how do I serve? How do we go home, integrate the experience into our daily lives and be a shining light in our families and communities?
A JOURNEY OF SELF-TRANSFORMATION…
…AND YOU HAVE THE POWER WITHIN TO DO SO
What you will receive and learn:
• Daily yoga, meditation, pranayama, mantra and wellness practices that will establish a long-term personal practice to support physical, emotional and spiritual growth
• In-depth Ayurvedic training – with Modules in the self-Care, doshas, nutrition, herbs, marma and much more. (CEU’s available through Yoga Alliance)
• How to connect to your dharma (your highest calling) and set intentions, create goals and inspire sustained change
• An in-depth understanding of your Doshic balance and lifestyle practices to support your wellbeing.
• The first seven days will include an Ayurvedic diet based on your individual dosha.
• Internal and external worship for connection with the Divine within
• Vedic and Hindu philosophy and temple visits