Sacred India- Yoga, Meditation, Ayurveda Retreat

Feb 16-27, 2017. 12 Day Retreat w/ Patricia Brown and Surya Chandra Das Maitreyi Vedic Village in the Western Ghats

Sacred India- Yoga, Meditation, Ayurveda Retreat Amidst Vedic chants, mango, coconut groves and the pure clear air of this majestic location in rural India, we will spend 11 days in purification and practice, following the traditional approach to both yoga and Ayurveda, the oldest known healing science of India. Held in the foothills of the Western Ghats, praised for their spiritual atmosphere, the retreat takes place at Maitreyi Vedic Village, an eco friendly spiritual retreat steeped in the wisdom of the Veda, the ancient scriptures of India. Each day there will be four yoga and meditation sessions and one Ayurvedic treatment. Treatments will be based on the individual consultation you will receive from the Ayurvedic physician at Maitreyi. Ayurveda is the sister science to the eight fold path of yoga. The purpose of practicing yoga and Ayurveda is to eliminate physical, mental, emotional and spiritual obstacles. By opening energy pathways, we align with nature's intelligence, becoming familiar with the flow of our True Nature, the timelessness of Pure Consciousness.

Ayurvedic treatments are purifying and regenerative. The treatments include body therapies using medicated herbal oil or milk preparations. The cleansing, rejuvenation and attunement with nature's intelligence, generates a return to health and wholeness and evokes a refined awareness and deepened spiritual understanding. The blend of practice, purification and the rural, serene beauty of Maitreyi create a rare environment for supporting the spiritual sustenance of this process. To enhance the benefit of this retreat, silent periods will be observed.   Maitreyi, the retreat center, is situated on about 25 acres with a working coconut grove, mango orchard and organic vegetable gardens. It has a rare blend of Western comfort and inspiration of the East. There is also a lovely jasmine "orchard" where woman pick jasmine every morning for use in ceremony and for sale in the nearby villages. Maitreyi has a small herd of cows that provide fresh milk. There are many opportunities to walk within the center, which borders a vast national game preserve. Located in a remote area of South India where the principle crop is coconut, the quiet dirt road just outside the main entrance provides endless walking possibilities.

Yoga sessions invite the cultivation of deep listening and include vinyasa, yin and restorative practice, while learning to follow the body's innate intelligence. Sessions will be guided with periods for self exploration and discovery. Meditation periods will focus on inner stillness, becoming familiar with the rest and ease of our essential nature in the midst of all activity. There will be periodic guidance amidst these silent sessions.   Upon arrival in India at the Cochin Airport in the state of Kerala, you will take a one hour taxi ride to a hotel in the historic Fort Cochin to rest, share a traditional South Indian dinner at and to enjoy a classical Indian dance/music performance at Kathakali, click here The following morning we will depart for the drive to Maitreyi Vedic Village. On the last day at Maitreyi, we will drive one hour into the hills to the Lord Venkateshwara Hindu Temple and Valparai, a hill town where 200 year old tea plantations blanket the sloping valleys with verdant green luster.

Retreat Location:
Maitreyi Vedic Village in Tamil Nadu, South India

February 16-27, 2017

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