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India Retreat 2024

India Retreat 2024
in the Himalayan Foothills

And Pilgrimage along the Ganges River
Soraya Saraswati & Terry Oldfield
12th Nov - 26 Nov 2024

Music Mantra Yoga Culture

Pilgrimage along the Ganges River (Mother Ganga) in North India 

This India Retreat offers an inner and outer journey of the Heart

Terry Oldfield and Soraya
Deva Prayag - On the Ganges River

India Retreat 2024
Quick Overview

Join a small group led by Soraya and Terry. From Delhi we will travel North to Haridwar,  Rishikesh and Deva Prayag, all situated along the Holy Ganges River. A journey of the heart to nourish body & soul. 

The Himalayan foothills along the River Ganges and the towns of Haridwar, Rishikesh and Deva Prayag are pilgrimage places for Hindus, with ancient sages and saints meditating here in search of higher knowledge. This area is steeped in history and alive with Meditation Caves, Ashrams and Temples.

Fly into Delhi. Fly home from Delhi. 7 days exploring the area + 7 days in an organic Himalayan Foothill Retreat surrounded by Nature overlooking the Ganges.

A mixture of hotel and retreat accommodation in Delhi, Haridwar, Rishikesh and the Himalayan foothills. 

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Early Bird $4222.00 before September 30th| Full Price $4555.00  

A $500 secures your place 

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From Delhi to Haridwar & Rishikesh

We begin our journey in the ancient city of Delhi, where history blends with modern technology. Time to relax in a beautiful hotel and rest for the morning.

We then travel North to Haridwar and Rishikesh. Rishikesh is a relatively calm and relaxed city. Situated along the two banks of the Holy River Ganges, it is filled with the ashrams and yoga centers. We will be visiting the Shivananda Ashram and Parmarth Niketan ashramhere and attending nightly ritual of Arati on the ghats. This is a true blessing.

Arti in Sanskrit, the word ‘arti’ – transcribed as ‘aarati’ – is composed of the prefix ‘aa’, meaning complete, and ‘rati’, meaning love. It is a ceremony of light.

Source of the Ganges
Himalayan Foothills

In the second week we travel further north from Rishikesh by car then cross Mother Ganges River by footbridge and discover an organic hermitage perched on the hill overlooking mother Ganga (the Ganges River).
Over the next 7 days Terry and Soraya will offer daily classes in yoga, mantra music and meditation as well as spiritual discussion or satsang
 
We will be nourished by delicious delicately cooked food fresh from the retreats organic gardens.  
From here we will venture out on several days to explore spiritually significant and natural areas of beauty. We’ll visit  Deva Prayag, the source of the the River Ganga. And meditate in the famous Vashishta Cave.
Our trip will end here. We’ll return to Delhi by minibus where you can fly back to international destinations or on as you please.
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Shiva statue Rishikesh - India Retreat 2024
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offering to Ganges River Rishikesh during Arati
flame offerings on Mother Ganga Rishikesh

Spirituality is the heartbeat of India.

A journey to India can be a life changing and heart awakening experience. Every aspect of life in village India is a reminder of the divine aspect that flows through every being great and small, plant animal and human.

India can be a beautifully humbling and personally confronting experience. One you will never forget. We invite you to join us for this very special travel experience together with practices that will enhance and deepen your inner journey along the way. 

Through mantra, music, gentle yoga, meditation, nature and daily inspirations we will share a bonding experience with the wonderful culture, land, rivers and offerings from this ancient land and its people. 

YOUR HOSTS:
Soraya Saraswati & Terry Oldfield

Terry Oldfield and Soraya share a love of the Indian people and their traditional culture. Both are seasoned India travellers, so you are in good hands.
Terry through his flutes and songs of wisdom brings a very special presence to the retreat. A talented composer, songwriter and musician he is both strong and gentle.
 
Soraya Saraswati is a philosopher, teacher, trauma informed yoga therapist and Ayurvedic health coach with over 40 years experience. She will be guiding us along the way through meditation, yoga, mantra, energy management and TRE.
Terry Oldfield & Soraya Saraswati your hosts on India Retreat 2024

The India Retreat Package Includes

Haridwar Rishikesh Devaprayag & the foothills of the Himalayas

Join Soraya & Terry in North India on the Nov 12th  – Nov 26th 2024

Transfers and transports

Whilst in India

  • Airport pickup 
  • International Airport drop off in Delhi. 
  • Car and Bus transfer fares.
  • Outings in and around Rishikesh
  • Flights to India & Kochi to Delhi – Deradhan not included

All Meals during retreats

All Breakfast.  Lunch & Dinner 90%

You will experience Indian Cuisine.Rich in flavour with many types of breads from gluten free dosa to roti, puris, and samosa, curries, paneer and rice dishes.

Our week retreat includes organic freshly prepared meals by our cooks. 

On outing days you may purchase lunch and dinner as you please.

All Accomodation

Twin Share

  • Comfortable hotel and Retreat accomodation is included on a twin share basis.
  • Single rooms can be requested at an additional cost if necessary.

Tours & Guide

Whilst in India

  • All scheduled tours and guides are included in your price.
  • This includes day excursions, guided walking tours and temples entrance. 

Chanting, Meditation & Satsangs

Daily while on Retreat 

  • Terry and Soraya will share music, meditation, yoga and satsangs in the two 7 day retreats. 
  • There will be many opportunities for discussion and deep contemplations along the way.

Ashrams, Temples, Nature

And other Holy Places

  • You will meet teachers, guides and many wise people as we travel 
  • India is a deep humbling cultural experience
  • We will visit caves, waterfalls, Temples and Ashrams

Satsang Meditations Culture

We travel as visitors in this land steeped in culture. Best to wear sleeves and have a shawl for temples out of respect. Modest comfortable clothing is best. Swimming or dipping in the Ganga in a sarong.

 Daily Satsangs & meditations along the way as we steep ourselves in the ancient philosophy behind the spiritual culture of India.

Morning Chanting

Led by Terry & Soraya with ancient mantra & deep stillness

With spontaneity and taking advantage of the magic in our journey. This is yoga in action moment by moment in presence.

Yogic Wisdom

Offered with love

Soraya & Terry will offer their wisdom and knowledge on the history of Yoga and Nondual Philosophy in India and its holy places as we travel together. 

Local Guide

India Guide

At times we will have a local India guide accompanying us so we can enjoy deeper aspects of the culture.. 

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A $500 non-refundable deposit  secures your place.

Full payment by Sept 30th 2024.  Numbers limited

India Retreat 2024 - Daily Program

Arrival at Delhi Airport and  Transfer to our hotel. Overnight stay in a comfortable hotel.
Meals include : Lunch and dinner

After a restful night we will travel to Haridwar by car or mini-bus

Tour in Haridwar to Temples, Ashrams, Ghats and local famous places.

Rishikesh is an extraordinary city and one that will touch your heart. Resting either side of the Ganges and lined with Ashrams, Temples, markets and cows.  We will explore the Ghats, the River, Lakshman Jhula and attend evening Arati on the Ganga in several places.
Overnight Hotel stay in a centrally located hotel where we can walk to most things. We will be exploring each day and walking quite a lot so wear comfortable shoes.
Meals included: Breakfast 

After a leisurely breakfast we travel via waterfalls and Temple lookout to cross the Ganga River to our Hermitage Retreat Ananda Lok.

You will love the peaceful surrounds here with all organic meals from wonderful cooks.  Soraya and Terry lead daily yoga, meditation, music and philosophy.

Here we will have several outings to visit meditation caves and sacred sites including source of the Ganges River at Deva Prayag.

Meals include: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

This morning we say goodbye to the beautiful Himalayan Hermitage and make our way by car or mini-bus back to Rishikesh for one more evening of ceremony. And shopping if you wish. Breakfast & lunch included. Final evening meal together at own cost.

This morning we say goodbye to to Rishikesh, Mother Ganga and the foothills by car or mini-bus toward Delhi. Depending on when your flight is we can either stay overnight (at your expense) in Delhi or travel straight to the airport for evening flights. Our tour is complete.

Kind Words from previous India Retreat Attendees

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 Pay a $500  to secure your place at the

Early Bird Price of $4222.00 Twin Share / Full Price $ 4555.00

Frequently Asked Questions

It runs for 14 days from 12th November arrival in Delhi and ends in Delhi on November 25th where you can leave India from the international airport or travel on

All internal Accommodation in India, internal car and bus travel, 90% meals, with an option to eat separately on outings and while traveling.

International flights are not included. We are happy help you with your flight and visa  information.

We will be staying in clean local hotels and then in a Himalayan Foothill  Yoga Retreat. All carefully chosen for your comfort. It is twin share accommodation.  

  • International airfares to and from India.
  • Visas which can be purchased easily online – we will advise.
  • Any personal needs or spending on shopping,
  • Personal toiletries.
  • Any personal medications.
  • Tips and donations.
  • Travel Insurance – Please take out travel insurance before arriving in India.

It is possible to travel on and some choose to visit the Taj Mahal near Delhi before leaving. This is easy to arrange. Please discuss with Soraya.

We retain a $500 booking fee if you cancel up to 4 weeks before the retreat. Cancelation after this time brings a $600 booking fee as numbers are limited and we may have to turn people away. If we fill your spot we will reduce the cancellation fee.

Yes, we can set up a payment plan after the $500 deposit is paid. The payment plan must be completed 4 weeks prior to travel.

Yes we can advise you on this. Booking earlier is better. We can share our preferred travel agent for bookings.

This is a cooler time in India and the most pleasant to travel. So bring clothes for mild coolish Autumn. It is easy to have your clothes laundered along the way so travel as light as you can.

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