Diwali Solar Return Rishikesh Yoga Immersion

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

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Maria Garre
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10 reviews
Oct 19 - 28, 2019
Group size: 5 - 30
Diwali Solar Return Rishikesh Yoga Immersion
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

Maria Garre
  • Email address verified
10 reviews

$1900
Deposit: $500
Oct 19 - 28, 2019
Group size: 5 - 30

About this trip

Join Maria Garre for a Magical Adventure


Get ready to embark on a truly transformative, divine journey, yatra.   Come to renew your spirit, embrace the light within and feel the magic of this land during our  10-day retreat.  Every day is a  cultural and mythological adventure filled with story that comes to life and into practice. Wake up daily to devotion and purification with Ma Ganga and feel her waters and sounds cleanse your sprit. Yoga practices are especially sequenced to match the rhythm of our retreat. 


From rafting in the sacred river Ganges, to spice, sari shopping in the market, you will love the unfolding of each day.  Be completely nurtured and cared for as Maria has vast knowledge and experience of India  along with her excellent, professional team in India. Our amazing native, local team drops us right into Indian culture and customs. 


We manage all the details, so you can show up, dive in, and allow yourself the time and space to tend to the Self and welcome the light. 


This years retreat is curated around a very special festival called Diwali, the festival of lights. Learn how to celebrate and invite the auspicious offerings of this festival time that brings light, wisdom, health and wealth. 


Sample Activities Include:

- VIP Ganga Aarti celebrations 

- Private Havana (fire ceremony) at sacred local Shiva temple 

- Hiking excursions 

- Ganga white water rafting 

- Indian cooking class

- Haridwar sacred sites and temple tour 

- Vedic opening ceremony 

RETREAT INCLUSIONS

- 10 days, 9 nights lodging (options available)

- Daily Ayurvedic Vegetarian breakfast and dinner 

- All transportation, entrance fees to all planned excursions and events 

-  Meditation, Pranayama and Yoga classes 

- Ayurvedic treatments (1 abhyanga, 1 shirodhara) 

- Guided excursions with Maria and local guides to enrich your cultural experience 

- Land transfer from Delhi or Jolly Grant Airport to Rishikesh retreat hotel 

Not Included

- Airfare to/from India 

-  Incidentals, Tips 

- School donations other charitable donations you may want to give

- Extra days hotel booking 

- Meals outside of specified retreat inclusions 

 - Special meal request or extra meals not part of our retreat menu or offerings




PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP

Once you book your international travel, preferable arrival to Delhi then we will coordinate your arrival to Rishikesh. Included in your package is car travel from Delhi or Dehradun to Rishikesh.  


FLIGHTS: strong recommend direct flights from New York to Delhi. Popular airlines are JetAirways,  Singapore Airlines, United, American Airlines, Emirates, Virgin Atlantic, Quatar.  Some do not offer directly flights to Delhi. 


Please note all retreat deposits are non-refundable and total retreat payment is due within 6 weeks of retreat start date. 

Should a cancellation occur, participants are eligible to receive a refund minus the deposit up until 90 days prior retreat start date of any payments made. No refunds will be given 90-days or less of retreat start date. 


We strongly encourage purchasing trip insurance as we cannot issue refunds due to the international nature of the retreat and costs associated with allocating space and time. 

Available Packages

Premium Room (single)
6 left

More spacious, large room 13 by 17 with balcony and view. 

$1900
Deposit: $500
Premium Room (double)
4 left

Spacious, large room 13 by 17 with balcony view. 

$1600
Deposit: $500
Deluxe Room (single)
8 left

Smaller room 11 by 13 . Cozy and comfortable.  Some rooms have windows, some do not. A perfect choice for some that need more quiet for sleeping. 

$1600
Deposit: $500
Deluxe Room (double)
4 left

Smaller room 11 by 13 without balcony. Economical choice for two people to share smaller space. 

$1300
Deposit: $500
Suite Rom
only 2 left

A very large spacious room with King bed and sitting area. It is a quiet room. This room does not have a balcony or outside window. Perfect for those wanting space and quiet. 

$1850
Deposit: $0

Available options

Varanasi Retreat Optsion30 left
$0
$1900
Deposit: $500

Premium Room (single)

Itinerary

Day One
Opening Ceremony

Retreat begins around 4 pm with Vedic Ceremony, opening circle and Ganga Aarti. 

Your Organizer


MG
Maria Garre
10 reviews
Maria is dedicated to a life-long study, practice and teaching of both Yoga and Ayurveda. Celebrating over 20 years of study in Medical and Biological Sciences, Philosophy, Ayurveda and Yoga, Maria’s teachings offer a grounded yet transformative approach to living, being, and embodying Yoga. Blending the knowledge she has gathered from her studies with her yearly trips to India, she leads dynamic, liberating classes and trainings that embody the alchemy of all these disciplines and teachings. Maria has been studying with Shiva Rea since 2000 which led her to coordinate Shiva’s International Yoga Teacher Training Program and served as the Prana Flow Affiliate Certification Coordinator for five years. She has been involved in Health, Yoga and Pilates instruction for over 15 years. In addition to offering teacher training, workshops and retreats world-wide, Maria has completed programs at both the Kripalu School of Ayurveda and the world-renowned Ayurvedic Institute with Dr. Vasant Lad. She has written several articles for local and international publications, including Yoga Journal, Simple Living and Ayurveda Today and has been a featured presenter at Vancouver and Toronto Yoga Conferences. More information can be found at www.mariagarre.com

Reviews

This was an experience of a lifetime! The physical journey was nothing compared to the psychological and emotional one. Fantastic staff, knowledgeable and experienced teachers, and generous hosts made the journey heartfelt and memorable! Let go and give in to learning and experiencing another part of the world. Thank you, Maria.
This was a once in a lifetime trip for me! Maria made this trip exceptional with her knowledge of India and the culture. I am forever grateful to have had this experience. Namaste🙏🌟
This was the trip of a lifetime for me. Maria organized a beautiful journey for all participants. Her knowledge of India and the sacred pilgrimages, myths and temples shine through. Everything about this trip was perfect. Everything was magic.
This was my first trip to India and I had an amazing experience. It is difficult to put into words, but "life-changing" is certainly an adequate phrase for my time there. Rishikesh is a vibrant and colorful city, full of temples and humble and kind people. Maria is an amazing person and leader. I was safe and healthy at every moment because Maria puts so many hours and effort into planning and making sure that this happens. If you want to experience India, this trip is a great way to be immersed with someone that you can trust and count on every step of the way....from the drives to and from the airport and every detail in between. My heart grew exponentially in India.
It is difficult to explain how phenomenal this trip was. I came with an open heart and India filled me....that is the closest I can get to using words to describe my experience. It was life-changing and humbling. What I can describe is Maria. Vibrant, full of life and an amazing leader. With every turn, I felt safe and knew that she had things planned that would keep us safe and healthy. Never once did I doubt her leadership. She really went above and beyond what I felt would have been adequate. The food, the outings, the stories. If you want to be immersed in "India" but have a little fear or trepidation....go with Maria! She is amazing.
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