Cultural & Spiritual Immersion in India & Nepal

Sara Syed
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Mar 26 - Apr 8, 2023
Group size: 10 - 25
Cultural & Spiritual Immersion in India & Nepal

Sara Syed
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9 reviews

Mar 26 - Apr 8, 2023
Group size: 10 - 25

About this trip

This trip is part spiritual-pilgrimage, part yogis-delight, part cultural-immersion, and part heart-opening bliss.


Spend one or two weeks traveling India and Nepal with Sara Syed and Shannon Carlin

2023  Dates and Travel Options

• March 26 – April 1 (one week option)

• April 1  – April 8 (one week option) 

• March 26 – April 8 (full two-week experience)

Week One - Cultural Immersion

March 26 – April 1 (one week option)

• Delhi, India

• Agra, India

• Jaipur, India 

Week Two - Yogis Delight

April 1  – April 8 (one week option) 

• Delhi, India

• Rishikesh, India 

• Kathmandu, Nepal 

Who Can Attend?

Anyone seeking a safe, adventurous and fun immersion into the ancient cultures and spiritual practices found in India and Nepal.

India and Nepal house some of the most ancient of the civilizations in the world, and therefore lack some of the comforts we have in the western world. We are booking  westerner-friendly hotels throughout the trip, meaning they come with accommodations westerners would appreciate including western-style toilets, A/C, electricity, highly-rated reviews, are clean, etc. However, it is still India and Nepal we are visiting. Participants should expect to be challenged at times, uncomfortable, hot, etc. India has a lot of poverty, noise, and is highly dense in terms of population. India can also be very loud and over-stimulating at times.  

Therefore, participants attending this trip should be:

• Flexibility in mind

• Adaptable

• “Go-with-the-flow"

• Tolerant of noise, pollution and chaos 

Requirements for Travel

Passport and Visa (details on how to obtain the visa will be shared once you register)

Our Previous Trips and Retreats

You can read more about our previous courses, retreats, and about the wellness studio in Cleveland, Ohio here:

You can read more about her previous silent mediation retreats, yoga retreats and yoga & Ayurveda retreats here:

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About Sara & Shannon

Sara Syed

Sara Syed is the owner of The Studio Cleveland, a wellness center located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.  She started practicing yoga at the age of 17 as a way to manage anxiety, depression, eating disorders and drug/alcohol abuse. 

Sara was able to stop abusing drugs/alcohol largely through the healing and self-awareness developed with her meditation and yogic practices.

Sara has studied the world, practicing and learning yoga with some of the most well-known teachers, including Kino Macgregor, a direct student of Pattabhi Jois, Saraswati Jois of KPJAYI, Master Santosh Kumar of Yoga Darshanam in Mysore, India, Goenkaji, a meditation teacher in the direct lineage of Guatama Buddha, and Marianne Wells, a direct student of BKS Iyengar.

Sara began hosting spiritual yoga and meditation retreats and trainings in 2019. As someone with major placements in Gemini and Sagittarius, Sara has a fond love for learning, teaching and travel. She has since started hosting trainings and retreats to combine all of her passions and as a way to help inspire others and share tools for personal development & growth.

Sara is an E-RYT 700 with her Masters of Science in Education (Speciality in Curriculum & Instruction) and also holds her Bachelors in Science in Psychology. 

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Shannon Carlin

Shannon visited ashrams with her parents as a child and then many years later, found herself in a yoga class one day. 
Though unfamiliar with the poses, the breath, and of course-sanskrit, she immediately felt a sense of belonging and of coming home. 
The experience resonated so deeply with her that she knew she had taken her first steps on a life-long path of study, practice and devotion. 

She has completed her 200hr certification with Bernadette Birney, Restorative training with Jillian Pranksy, Prenatal Certification with Sue Elkind and her 500hr advanced training with Tiffany Cruikshank of Yoga Medicine.  She also continues to study yoga philosophy with Dr. Douglas Brooks and is working on her 1,000 hour training with Yoga Medicine. 
Shannon is also a certified lifeguard, PaddleFit and Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga Teacher.  She has also completed Trauma Informed and Yoga Activist training with Off The Mat and Into The World with Sean Corne, Suzanne Sterling and Hala Khoury.  She is a also Lululemon Ambassador. 

What to Bring

We will share a more comprehensive packing list for those that register as we approach 2023. 

  • Earplugs/Eye pillow for sleeping if you are in a shared accommodation
  • Waterproof phone case
  • Organic activated charcoal supplements to help your tummy acclimate to a new environment
  • Travel insurance 
  • Small, portable charger 
  • Mosquito repellent/repellent wristbands
  • Waterproof shoes (light and airy, yet able to stay comfy in the rain; I recommend crocs or something similar) 
  • Camera
  • Hiking shoes
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • A small, water resistant backpack for day travels 
  • Travel towel
  • Water bottle with built-in filter
  • Spare copies (physical and electronic) of all travel documents (passports, etc.)
  • Sunscreen
  • RDIF safe wallet for cards and passports 
  • Travel-friendly debit/cards with low international fees for ATM cash withdrawals and card purcahses 

Important Tips

• India has a very HOT climate, please plan accordingly when packing.  It feels nice to wear loose-fitting, breezy clothing rather than skin-tight yoga pants due to the humidity and heat in this area.  Cotton and other breathable materials are recommended.  We also highly recommend dressing modestly (keep knees and shoulders covered) to respect the culture in India and Nepal. You can also purchase inexpensive clothing in India. 

• There are A LOT of bugs and mosquitoes in India. Please plan accordingly with potent bug spray. 

• Back-up your photos/phone/devices to the cloud prior to coming and throughout the trip in the case your phone gets lost/stolen/wet/damaged

• We do not recommend bringing valuables and irreplaceables.  Be mindful in your decision to bring a computer or other expensive devices due to the possibility of your devices being damaged or stolen (not likely that items will be stolen as the trip is very secure, but it can still happen while traveling internationally).

FAQs about India

1.  Is it safe to drink the water in India?
No! Participants will have to purchase water bottles throughout the trip. Some of the hotels provide clean drinking water. 

2. Are any vaccinations recommended? 

There are no vaccines required. 

3. What is medical care like in India?
Medical care is not something we want to experiment with India. It is less expensive than in America, but the quality and experience will differ greatly. Take preventive cautions while traveling and pack over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, etc., if needed rather than expecting to find it in India. 

4. Do I need a power adaptor to use Indian  outlets?
Yes. India operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz. Power plugs and sockets In India the power sockets used are of type C, type D, and type M. More details to come after registration and during the packing phase. 

5. Do I need a visa for India?
Yes. More details to come for those that register. 

6. What is the weather like in India?

The weather is HOT and sometimes wet/humid in northern and central India. Plan on having cooler evenings in the higher altitudes of Nepal.

7. Is it okay that I only speak English? 

Yes! We are hiring a native tour guide that can easily translate for us. 

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable.
  • Cancellations made prior to December 31, 2022, may receive a 50% refund (minus the deposit).
  • Cancellations after December 31, 2022, may not receive a refund (minus the deposit).

What’s included

  • Daily yoga classes
    Explore your true nature with daily yoga classes. The classes are specialized to promote your healing and growth.
  • Clearing Ceremony
    Release any pain and baggage you might be carrying with an intentional, cleansing ceremony. We will start the training with this ceremony to be clear on our intentions throughout the training.
  • Daily meditation classes
    Find silence and solitude within. Discover your innate being of peace within. Long days of meditation helps to clear the mind of built-up stress and fatigue. Leave this retreat feeling renewed.
  • Lodging & accommodations
  • Daily meals
  • Domestic Transportation
  • Unforgettable memories
    This experience is sure to expand and change your life for the better. You will never forget your time spent here in India and Nepal with Sara and Shannon :)
  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
    We recommend the purchase of "cancel for any reason" level of insurance to protect your investment
  • Miscellaneous expenses
    Spa services, personal items, laundry, etc are not included

Available Packages

Full Two Week Immersion - India & Nepal
Available until March 5, 202325 left
Deposit: $1,000
One Week
Available until March 5, 202320 left

Delhi, Agra, Jaipur India 

Deposit: $1,000
One Week
Available until March 5, 202320 left

Delhi & Rishikesh India

Kathmandu, Nepal 

Deposit: $1,000
Available until December 31, 202210 left

Chose this option if you have already made payment elsewhere such as check, Venmo, etc. Chose this option if you paid for this trip before covid also. 



Week One: Indian Culture
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur

March 26 - Arrival

-Meeting & assistance upon your arrival in Delhi with our local, English-speaking tour guide

-Assistance with check-in at your five-star hotel: Vivanta

March 27 – Full day in Delhi 

-Explore Delhi—one of the oldest existing

cities in the world!

-Jama Masjid 

-Humayuns tomb

-India Gate 

-Rashtrapati Bhavan 

-Parliament House

-Lakshminarayan Temple

-Spend the night at the same hotel (Vivanta)

March 28 - Red Fort & Agra 

-Travel from Delhi to Agra 

-Travel by A/C bus

-Visit Red Fort

-Check-in at Hotel Agra

March 29 - Taj Mahal & Jaipur 

-Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal!

-Return to the hotel for breakfast

-Travel to Jaipur – “Pink City” 

-Enroute visit Fatepur Sikri Fort and Palace 

-Five-star hotel in Jaipur

-Evening free for exploration or rest

March 30 - Jaipur 

-Amer Fort & Elephant Rides 

-City Palace

-Museums, art exhibitions 

-Peacock Gate

-Free evening for shopping and exploring

March 31  - Jaipur to Delhi 

-Transportation via A/C bus to Delhi hotel

-Free evening to shop, explore city, rest

April 1  - Delhi 

-End of week 1

-Transfer to airport 

Your Organizer

Sara Syed
9 reviews
Sara is the owner of The Studio Cleveland, a holistic wellness center. She is an experienced Vipassana meditator with 5 years of intensive meditation practice. She has attended 10-day silent meditation retreats almost every year since 2017 to deepen her own, personal meditation practice. She is an experienced and registered yoga instructor (700-ERYT) and hosts her own Yoga and Meditation Teacher Trainings. Sara started practicing yoga in 2007 at the age or 17 and has learned from teachers such as Kino Macgregor and Saraswathi Jois.


Life Changing experience
By Conor A for 200hr Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training April 23-May 7, 2022 on 26 Jun, 2022
I recommend this YTT. 10/10. This training offers a full immersion in the jungle. It’s the ideal place for studying yoga philosophy and disconnecting from the daily stressors, which might inhibit one from furthering their yoga practice. The instructors are genuine kind spirited people. I’m thankful to have studied under Sara and Shannon. From Kids Yoga to Trauma Informed teaching, I learned so much! During this training I learned more about myself, the yoga philosophy, and community. I also gained confidence, mental strength, and clarity improved from daily meditations. ImpeI have a solid practice and I can knowledge teach others. This immersion will have you surrounded by sounds of the rainforest, eating healthy vegetarian meals. Wonderful views of the Caribe and opportunities for excursions. Costa Rica is a great country to release and be present. Satya Meditation and Yoga school offers the alignment that you need. Pura Vida!!
By Buni D for 200hr Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training April 23-May 7, 2022 on 25 May, 2022
* * * * * Cradled in the vibrant, alive (sometimes loud) rainforest was a constant-peacefully strong- reminder of our connection & responsibility to the earth and all living beings. The schedule was challenging but flexible when necessary. Sara (and Shannon) shares her knowledge and experience in a simple, down-to-earth manner. Her presence is inspiring. She provides a welcoming, nonjudgemental, supportive space rich for self exploration and growth. You walk away pleasantly noticing areas of darkness- now illuminated. Sara and Shannon are powerful leaders !! Marcel, Jackie and all of the staff of The Goddess Garden are top notch. Knowledgeable of surrounding area, accommodating, generous, absolutely delicious vegetarian/vegan/ GF meals !! Such a peaceful, safe, clean environment. If you are interested in self development and enjoy yoga and/or meditation (atleast a little bit) this course is for you! The experience is an opportunity to gain a fountain of knowledge, love and inspiration to use throughout your life journey.
By Suzanne I for 200hr Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training April 23-May 7, 2022 on 18 May, 2022
This trip was phenomenal. The food, the people, the education, the training, the yoga, the atmosphere...the entire experience was wonderful. Sara and Shannon are highly skilled and generous with their knowledge. They prepared a comprehensive program that included everything from teaching yoga philosophy to how to manage and build a successful yoga practice. When you are done, you feel competent and ready to take the next step in developing a yoga business! Highly recommend.
By Dvora N for 200hr Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training April 23-May 7, 2022 on 16 May, 2022
Cool retreat! Jam packed with lots of incredible content! Sara is an exceptional teacher! She really cares about her students and was great at communicating trip plans and excursions. Eco Goddess was a wonderful place to stay, best vegetarian food I ever had and the owners were very helpful! The grounds were beautiful too!
By Tina C for 200hr Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training April 23-May 7, 2022 on 12 May, 2022
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