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22nd May to 1st June 2018

Yoga & Self-care Retreat in India

Join us in the wild mountains of northern India, the land where yoga began, for a specially designed ten days of yoga and massage treatments to help you rest, restore and rejuvenate body, mind and soul!

Our home for the retreat, the Himalayan Orchard, lies in the foothills of the Himalayas, surrounded by thousands of acres of uninterrupted forest, near the small village of Rukhla.

Sustainability and comfort are at the forefront of the Himalayan Orchard, with the food served being 90% organic, home grown or locally sourced and 100% seasonal and home cooked. The guest house offers modern and stylish en-suite double rooms as well as three-bed rooms with a shared bathroom.

Creating a nurturing space for deep Self-care, Thea and Beate will lead you through a carefully considered collection of practices to nurture, inspire and uplift you, whilst allowing space for self-exploration, meditation, forest walks, wild swimming, rest and relaxation.

De-stress, relax, adventure, pamper, retreat, make new friends, transform — maybe all of the above — the choice is yours.

Date

22nd May to 1st June 2018

Location

  • Himalayan Orchard
  • Rukhla
  • Himachal Pradesh
  • India

Price

from £660 per person

Super-early bird discount: £75 off when booked by 31 December 2017

Early bird discount: £40 off when booked by 31st January 2018

Price includes:

  • 10 nights accommodation in double/twin/three bed rooms
  • All meals (homemade and mostly homegrown)
  • Daily yoga & meditation classes
  • One 90min massage treatment
  • Airport transfers from and to Chandigarh
  • Guided afternoon hikes

Price excludes:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Indian Visa
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic beverages

Himalayan Orchard Yoga Room
Yoga Room at Himalayan Orchard

Schedule

Meet in Chandigarh at 11am on Tuesday 22 May 2018, then transfer to the Himalayan Orchard in Rukhla. The travel time from Chandigarh to Rukhla is about 6hrs, including a lunch break.

We will have a welcome yoga session in the late afternoon and then there will be 2 yoga classes per day from 23—26 May and 29—31 May.

On 27—28 May there’s optional overnight trip to the Bhimakali Temple in Sarahan.

There will be a final yoga session to close the retreat on the morning of 1 June before departure.

Himalayan Orchard Rukhla
Himalayan Orchard Farmstay in Himachal Pradesh

Yoga

Morning

The morning yoga session at 8am will be around 2 hours, including meditation. The morning class will be the more vigorous and dynamic practice. A creative, playful and explorative ‘deep slow flow’ asana practice emphasizing the breath, mindfulness and skillful appropriate action that will – by using and building up through a range of appropriate options – allow students, from the less experienced to the more advanced, to discover how to find and work peacefully at the level appropriate to them.

Afternoon

The afternoon session starts at 5.30pm and will be a soothing and nurturing 90min Yin and Restore Yoga practice. One afternoon instead of Yoga, we will have a self-care workshop led by Beate (30 May).

Yoga with Children from Rukhla Village
Yoga with Children from Rukhla Village

Meals

Meals are homemade and vegetarian from principally homegrown or locally sourced produce. Meals can be North Indian and European / Western cuisine.

10:00am — Nutritious vegetarian brunch 

7.30pm — Delicious vegetarian evening meal

Snacks

> 8am — Fruits, biscuits and tea are available before 8am

Alcohol

Is not served on the premises, but you’re welcome to bring your own.

Fish And Salad

Sarahan Excursion

Optional overnight trip to Sarahan to visit the Bhimakali Temple.

Those who do not wish to travel to Sarahan, can stay at the Himalayan Orchard and rest. There will be no yoga on 27 May and 28 May.

Sarahan Bhimakali Temple
Sunrise over Bhimakali Temple in Sarahan

Massage

Every student will receive a 90 minute massage from Beate. The massage slots will be allocated on the first day of the retreat.

Massage

Free time

The rest of the time will be free to do as you please… going on forest hikes, visits to local temples, reading in the orchard, watching birds, etc.

If time allows consider taking an extra few days on either side of the retreat to help you acclimatize, get over jet lag and enjoy spending more time in the stunning Himalayas.

Himachal Pradesh Mountain Scene
Himachal Pradesh — Abode of Gods