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4 Day Intense Himalayan Meditation Retreat in Nainital

This retreat is only for sincere seekers of spirituality. The program is similar to the intense meditation camps conducted by Aham Shoonyam Foundation where people are invited through a strict selection process.

Summary



In this retreat, it is mandatory to keep silence throughout the retreat, to submit your mobile phone and other digital devices so that you can keep a full digital detox, and to practice 16 hour intermittent fasting (unless you have a health condition that prevents this).


Here our approach is to identify what kind of mental blockages you may have which prevent you from experiencing your true nature, and to provide customised solutions to address those blockages.


Sometimes mental blockages can be in the form of mild dislike or even hatred against someone or something. It may be regret, self criticism, holding onto opinions and judgements, or strong identification which is also called ego. To address these blockages, we may have to use intense ways to cleanse the mind. Therefore you should only apply for this retreat if you really can keep your ego aside.

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Features
Styles

Advait Vedanta, Non-religious, Self enquiry, Meditation, Kriya Yoga, Nidra Yoga, General Yoga

Skill Level

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Food

Vegetarian, Organic

Description

During this retreat you will gain clarity about meditation and spirituality, learn how to focus on what is most important in life and learn what to do to handle your mind effectively.


Rather than sharing lots of techniques, our approach focuses on giving an in-depth understanding of the layers of mind, how the mind works, how to do self enquiry to realise your true self, and which of the hundreds of meditation techniques will work for you. Our aim is that you can go beyond theories and philosophy to experience real meditation.


You will learn about the four paths of yoga, which path resonates best with you, and how to apply these practices in your day-to-day life.

Our retreat takes place in the foothills of the Himalayas, where high energy supports the introspection journey and access to higher realms of consciousness. You will get an opportunity not only to meditate in nature, but also to feel the connection with the trees, mountains, birds and pure Himalayan air around.


By not speaking to anyone the silence will gradually enter your mind and mind chatter may gradually subside. This will help you to connect with your inner self.


Although you will be expected to stay silent throughout the retreat, you will have the opportunity to ask questions in written format every evening during Q & A sessions. On the last day during your one to one session with the teacher, you will be free to speak and share whatever you want.


Our approach is not to give you more and more theories, but to help you unlearn any unnecessary information about spirituality and to clear misconceptions and doubts. We share effective ways to experience real meditation in easy-to-understand language that you can apply on your own in your ongoing everyday life.


We cover all four forms of yoga, which are Gyana yoga, Bhakti yoga, Karma yoga and Kriya yoga, so that you can choose which one resonates with you. We try to make it easy for you to understand how to apply these practices in your daily life.


There will be a balance of meditation techniques as well as discourses to clear your doubts and help you experience real meditation.

Please do not expect long sessions of yoga asanas, because our main focus is on meditation, however there will be some mild form of asanas or stretching exercises so that your body can be strengthened and it should not become a hurdle when you start entering deep meditative states.


The best way to experience this retreat is to come with an empty mind without any expectations, and to just be in the presence and pure vibes of the camp. This will help you to experience inner silence.

Benefits

The ideal place to unplug, slow down that fast pace, and get back in touch with nature


Be more relaxed and refreshed than you’ve ever been


Recover from a long period of stressful work or family situations


Peace and quiet for the mind, refreshing energy for the body


Unwind and recharge


Have a wonderful time learning a different practice than your own


Rediscover yourself after too long of feeling disconnected

What Makes This Retreat Special

This program is specially designed by the yogis of the Himalayas. This retreat is all about real techniques that work and create a strong foundation for further spiritual growth.

This retreat is for spiritual seekers who have understood that spiritual books and videos are not effective, until the time you do not get a 'direct experience’ of meditative states.


This program is for you if:

  • You are looking for the opportunity to stay silent and experience inner silence.


  • You are looking for clarity and focus in your life.


  • You want to learn how to handle my mind effectively so that outer situations cannot disturb your peace of mind.


  • You want to taste the blissfulness generated by meditative states.

Program

Typical daily program:



Stretching exercises



Break



Morning session: Discourse / practices



Brunch



Break



Afternoon session: Discourse / practices



Break



Subconscious mind training while awake



Break



Evening Kriya Yoga & 5 elements balancing



Dinner



Q&A



Subconscious mind training during sleep

Food

Enjoy our local gastronomy. Locally grown fresh organic vegetarian meals prepared at our center will be served.


A selection of meals will be chosen to support the meditation training and the self-transformation process undergoing during the camp.


You will have the option to practice 16 hour intermittent fasting, which has been scientifically proven to help the body to heal itself, and also it helps in the practices we will be doing to calm the mind. During the retreat, nutritious and satisfying meals will be prepared by the chef for brunch and dinner, with fruits and light options available for breakfast if you do not wish to practice intermittent fasting or cannot for health reasons.

Dates

2023

Oct: 17/10/23 – 20/10/23

2024

Jan :23/01/24 – 26/01/24

Feb: 18/02/24 – 21/02/24

March: 18/03/24 – 21/03/24

April: 15/04/24 – 18/04/24

May: 15/05/24 – 18/05/24

July: 15/07/24 – 18/07/24

Accommodation Types and Prices

Alpine Tent:


1.Alpine Tent Accommodation on Twin Sharing with common shared washroom – 03 Nights USD$266 / ₹21,600`  (Original price USD$334)


2.Alpine Tent Accommodation Single occupancy with common shared washroom – 03 Nights USD$498 / ₹26,640 (Original price USD$ 203)


Deluxe Tent:


1. Deluxe Tent on Twin Sharing with attached washroom – 03 Nights USD $334 / ₹28,080 (Original price USD $430)


2. Deluxe Tent on Single Occupancy with attached washroom –  03 Nights $406 USD / ₹33,120 (Original price USD $506)


Private Room:


1.Private Room on Twin Sharing with attached washroom –  03 Nights USD $422 / ₹34,560 (Original price USD $560)



2. Private Room on Single Occupancy with attached washroom  – 03 Nights USD $476 / ₹38,880 (Original price USD $596)

Venue
Additional Info
How To Get There (Flights, Airport Transfers, Buses, Trains)
Arrival by Train

Nearest International Airport: New Delhi Airport (DEL)


Nearest Domestic Airport: Pantnagar Airport (PGH)

Nearest Railway station : Haldwani / Kathgodam

Arrival By Car / Taxi

Most people prefer to board private shared taxis from Haldwani / Kathgodam to Nainital.

Travel Insurance Suggestions

Travel insurance is always a good idea!

Depending on the policy you go for, it could help with delayed, cancelled or missed flights; theft or damage of belongings, and emergency healthcare.

It's not the most glamorous part of planning a trip, but it means you can relax knowing that you'll be covered if anything happens.

Additional Info
How To Get There (Flights, Airport Transfers, Buses, Trains)

Nearest International Airport: New Delhi Airport (DEL)


Nearest Domestic Airport: Pantnagar Airport (PGH)

Visa Stuff
What to Bring

You will need to get 6 month e-visa before arriving in India. A tourist visa will work for the duration of this retreat

 Please carry your own yoga mats, water bottles, any medicines, mosquito repellents, sanitizers, masks, and other utilities.


Please carry loose and comfortable clothes throughout the program.

Travel Insurance Suggestions

Travel insurance is always a good idea!

Depending on the policy you go for, it could help with delayed, cancelled or missed flights; theft or damage of belongings, and emergency healthcare.

It's not the most glamorous part of planning a trip, but it means you can relax knowing that you'll be covered if anything happens.

Arrival By Bus

Nearest Bus stop : Nainital​

There are buses (Uttarakhand Roadways & Private) available from Delhi (Anand Vihar) / Dehradun / Haldwani / Kathgodam to Nainital.

Arrival by Train
Additional Info About The Retreat

Nearest Railway station : Haldwani / Kathgodam

COVID POLICIES

We are only hosting fewer guests per retreat which makes it very safe. Everyone will be having their own cottage. The cottages have attached washroom which is cleaned daily.


There is plenty of space on the property to be physically distant from other participants


Arrival By Taxi

Most people prefer to board private shared taxis from Haldwani / Kathgodam to Nainital.

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