Journey into the Sacred Heartland of Yoga Hareesh and Hannah

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Hareesh Wallis
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Dec 27, 2018 - Jan 7, 2019
Group size: 15 - 35
Journey into the Sacred Heartland of Yoga Hareesh and Hannah
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Hareesh Wallis
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5 reviews

$3450
Dec 27, 2018 - Jan 7, 2019
Group size: 15 - 35

About this trip

THIS TRIP IS SOLD OUT, Please consider joining Hareesh in Karnataka Dec 11-22: www.hareesh.org/karnataka


Join us for a 10-day pilgrimage of the inner and outer landscapes of India!

with Hareesh Wallis and Hannah Muse


Back by popular demand, the Sacred India Tour is a journey unlike any you've experienced. We will visit incredible temples and sacred sites of Yoga and of Shaivism while engaging in deep practice and contemplation of spiritual teachings.


This time we travel to Tamil Nādu, the spiritual heartland of yoga. Sanskrit scholar Hareesh (Christopher Wallis), who first visited India more than 20 years ago, will be your guide to these sacred sites and their teachings, while yogini master teacher Hannah Muse will enliven your body and senses with a daily yoga and meditation practice.


You can relax into your experience knowing everything is all taken care of. The price is all-inclusive (except flight and tips), and every detail is attended to with loving care. We stay in luxurious hotels with a traditional flair, because why skimp on what might be the greatest pilgrimage of your life?!

Join us as we visit some of the most powerful sacred sites of South India and explore Tantrik philosophy right where it flourished over a thousand years ago.

Woven together with daily āsana practice and guided meditation, this journey will nourish your body, mind, and senses.


Who are our guides?

Hannah will be offering daily  āsana practice and guided meditation. She is known for her profound devotion to waking up to the sacred that permeates everything and her nurturing way of weaving ancient wisdom + transformational ritual into everyday living.

Her classes skillfully weave mantra, pranayama, meditation, mudra, and philosophy throughout intelligently-sequenced, alignment-based flows  – and her studies span traditions of raja, tantra, hatha yoga, as well as anatomy, ayurveda, the neuroscience of mindfulness, and much more, including various mystical traditions.


Hareesh (Christopher Wallis) will offer yoga philosophy discourse and accompany you on the entire pilgrimage. In addition to the experienced guidance of Hareesh we also have a local tour guide we’ve worked with for all our retreats who speaks fluent English and will be devoted to us for the entire trip.


Brief Itinerary: 

  

Dec 27: Arrive in Chennai

Dec 28-29: Mamallapuram/Mahabalipuram

Dec 31-29: Tiruvannamalai

Jan 1-2: Chidambaram

Jan 3-4: Thanjavur

Jan 5-6: Madurai

Jan 7-9: Rameshwaram Extension 


And there is an optional Rameshwaram Extension Jan 7-9th, where we will participate in am powerful water purification ceremony. 

What’s included

All historical and spiritual talks and guided meditations with Hareesh

All yoga and meditation with Hannah

All hotel rooms stays at heritage hotels and eco-resorts

All meals at the hotels and en route

Admissions to the monuments

Transportation in a comfortable air-conditioned tour bus

Local tour guide

Tips for hotel staff and waiters

Bottled water

All taxes

Not included

Flights

Still camera/video camera use fees in the temples (a few dollars at most)

Tips outside of our hotel- it is traditional to tip guides and drivers

Transport to and from the airport

Before You Go

You are held

India can be a wild ride. This retreat offers an opportunity to be held and guided in a way that allows you to put all of your energy into opening your heart to the teachings, sacred sites, and practices.

You will be in the best of hands: Hareesh, Hannah, trip coordinator Melissa Pontius, and local experts Southern Trails Ltd. have all worked together before on prior India trips with great success. 


Melissa, our tour manager, will be sending emails with all of the important information, including flight and visa information, to ensure you are completely taken care of and prepared


When traveling to India do I need a visa?

You do need a visa; The process is becoming easier every year. There are two options- a regular multiple entry Visa, suggested for people who plan to be in India for over three months, or an E-Visa upon arrival, suggested for everyone else. If you choose the E-Visa option, we will receive an email with more information and specific info about when to submit your application. 


Are there required or recommended vaccines?

Vaccines are not required but if you want to find out about recommendations then you're welcome to visit your Doctor or a travel clinic. We won't be in a malaria affected area on this tour but you may want to bring malaria pills with you just in case.


How much money should I bring with me?

Since your basic costs are already covered consider what you want to bring for tipping, any extra excursions you plan to go on, airport transfers, and shopping. 

Available Packages

Early Bird Double Room
Available until Oct 11, 2018only 2 left

This option is for people who would like to share a room. You do not need to be traveling with someone to choose this option. If you are traveling with someone and you would like to share a room with them, you can specify that on the Registration Form at checkout. 

$3075
Early Bird Single Room
Available until Sep 05, 2018only 2 left

This option is for people who would like a private room.

$3875
Double Room
only 2 left

This option is for people who would like to share a room. You do not need to be traveling with someone to choose this option. If you are traveling with someone and you would like to share a room with them, you can specify that on the Registration Form at checkout. 


$3450
Single Room
only 2 left

Full Payment is due September 15

$4300

Available options

Rameshwaram Extension Double Room
$500
Rameshwaram Extension Single Room
$700
$3450

Double Room

Itinerary

ARRIVE IN CHENNAI
27 December 2018

Upon arrival in India, you will be met by a friendly driver and taken to the beautiful hotel in the city of Chennai where the group will meet and prepare for our adventure together!

Your Organizer


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Hareesh Wallis
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Christopher Wallis, also known as Hareesh, was introduced to Indian spirituality at the age of seven and initiated into the practice of yogic meditation at sixteen. His degrees include a B.A. in Religion and Classics from the University of Rochester, an M.A. in Sanskrit from U.C. Berkeley, an M.Phil. in Classical Indian Religions from Oxford, and a Ph.D. on the traditions of Śaiva Tantra from Berkeley. He received traditional education at yoga āshrams in upstate New York and India in meditation, kīrtan, mantra-science, āsana, karma-yoga, and more. He currently teaches meditation, yoga darśana (philosophy), Tantrik philosophy, Sanskrit, mantra-science, and offers spiritual counseling. Hareesh is the Founder and Head Faculty of the Mattamayura Institute.

Reviews

Truly magical and amazing pilgrimage. I will forever cherish the memories made and deep lasting love that resides in my heart.
FR
A truly fantastic trip thoughtfully organised and effectively executed by Hareesh & Briala with wonderfully diverse group of interesting participants. In every way spectacularly better than i could have ever imagined. :-)
This trip felt like the pilgrimage of a lifetime, and I can’t thank Hareesh, Briala and everyone involved enough for the beautiful experience it was for me. Everything flowed so smoothly, and there was a perfect balance of engaging activity with relaxing freetime. The food was incredible, the temples and sacred sites were breathtaking, and the accommodations were beyond all my expectations. It has been difficult to put into words what kind of impact this trip has had on my soul, but if I had to summarize it all briefly I’d describe it as a deep glistening light of devotion that was felt, heard, seen, smelled and tasted in every breath - Pure Love!
CM
This was the best experience of my life .......I loved it!!!
This trip was absolutely superb! Hareesh's knowledge of Sanskrit, Tantrik Shaivism and of Tamil history is so broad and deep that it truly enhances every place we visited. Yusuf and Southern Trails provided such wonderful accommodations in Eco Resorts that made our stays comfortable and enjoyable. I would recommend this trip in a heartbeat to anyone wishing to experience the sacred in southern India!