India - Experience the Divine (June 1-13, 2013)
Join Michele Baker and Nancy Goodfellow on this sacred journey to the Motherland of Yoga. Experience yoga where it originated thousands of years ago. Walk amongst yogis and experience the divine in the most sacred locations on the planet. The trip will be centered in Rishikesh, Varanasi, and Ladakh. You will travel up into the Himalaya mountains to Rishikesh near the source of the Ganges and delve deep into your own yoga practice at a peaceful ashram. Then, further down the Ganges in Varanasi you will see where Hindus come to send their loved ones off in loving ritual and practice daily devotion. Finally, you will travel high up into the Himalayas to the sacred Buddhist region called Ladakh. Visit monasteries and sip tea amongst the smiling monks and nuns.
Throughout the journey, Michele and Nancy will be offering yoga, meditation, and kirtan sessions to help you tap into the sacred energy surrounding you. The group will be accompanied by a full time guide who will assist with all of the travel logistics, look out for your safety, and offer cultural insights.
Day 01 Arrive into Delhi
Day 02 Delhi – Haridwar by fast train. Proceed to Rishikesh and settle into the ashram.
Day 03 Rishikesh – Yoga, meditation, and kirtan.
Day 04 Rishikesh – Yoga, meditation, and kirtan.
Day 05 Rishikesh to Delhi to Varanasi by train.
Day 06 Arrive into Varanasi. Spend the day on the Ganges and visit ashrams and markets.
Day 07 Varanasi – See where Buddha first taught the dharma or continue meditating on the Ganga.
Day 08 Varanasi – Delhi by mid day flight. Relax, sightsee, or shop in Delhi.
Day 09 Delhi – Leh by early morning flight. Day for acclimatization, restorative yoga, reading and relaxing.
Day 10 Leh – Practice yoga in the morning. In the afternoon visit the Shanti stupa.
Day 11 Leh – Visit an eco-center and Buddhist monasteries. Excursion to Nubra valley or Tso Moriri lake.
Day 12 Tso Moriri Lake – yoga class by the lake. Return to Leh.
Day 13 Leh – Delhi by early morning flight. Day to visit the Humayuns tomb, a Sikh temple, Gandhi museum,
or a mosque. Shopping and farewell dinner. Late night departure from Delhi.
Trip InformationDates: 06/01/2013 to 06/13/2012
Teacher: Michele Baker
Michele has been teaching yoga since 1998 and has studied with masters all around the world. She is a certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, an Anusara Inspired Yoga Teacher, a Reiki Healing Master Level III, and a bhakti musician/singer in the band Bhakti Caravan. She has lived in many ashrams, and bhakti yoga is her greatest influence. She has founded 3 yoga studios in New Orleans (Swan River Yoga) and serves as the Teacher Training Director. She honors her diverse influences and mentors that have assisted in making her style of teaching authentic and unique. She is an international gypsy traveler and her favorite place is the Motherland - India. She has lead many exotic retreats and her greatest goal is to share her freedom and love for the Divine with others.
Teacher: Nancy Goodfellow
Nancy began her Yogic studies in the Ashtanga tradition in 1992 before moving to Costa Rica to follow her dream of living a more simple life in deep connection with nature. Nancy has completed over 500 hours of Yoga Alliance Teacher trainings and began teaching in 1998. Her teachings are infused with a myriad of elements, which come together to create a highly educational, physically challenging, and deeply soulful experience. Nancy has been practicing Yoga for nearly 20 years and teaching for 14 years. She and her family recently opened Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat on the beach in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica where she teaches workshops, teacher trainings, retreats and daily yoga classes.
Early Bird Special: Sign up by December 31 31, 2012 and save $200. The price will increase $200 for sign-ups after December 31, 2012. Space is limited. Please sign up early to reserve your spot.
Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to reserve your spot. The balance is due 75 days prior to the journey. (If the retreat is cancelled due to a lack of participants, you will receive a full refund.)
Insurance: Yoga Sherpa recommends travelers purchase trip insurance. Click here to purchase travel insurance from Allianz.
Flights: Participants must purchase their own international airfare. Please plan on arriving into Delhi, India (DEL) on June 1, 2013. Schedule your departure flight after 7 pm on June 13, 2013. We will post Michele and Nancy's flight info here once it is confirmed.