Myth and Ritual: Kashi Spirit + Temple Immersion

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Maria Garre
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12 reviews
Oct 30 - Nov 5, 2019
Group size: 5 - 20
Myth and Ritual: Kashi Spirit + Temple Immersion
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Maria Garre
  • Email address verified
12 reviews

$2000
Deposit: $500
Oct 30 - Nov 5, 2019
Group size: 5 - 20

About this trip

"Banares is a magnificent city, rising from the western bank of the River Ganges, where the river takes a broad crescent sweep toward the north. There is little in the world to compare with the splendor of Banares, seen from the river at dawn....." Diana Eck


Varanasi is one of the oldest living cities of the world compared to Jerusalem and Athens you are stepping into ancient land. All the sages, Yogis and masters of the world have come to Varanasi including Buddha, Shankara, Krishnamacharya to learn, teach and pray. It is believed to be one of the holiest cities on the planet and by many considered to be the center of the earth as the pace of creation but sit above the earth as a crossing place between this world and the divine. 


This retreat aims to capture and embrace the magic, ritual and wisdom held in Varanasi through early morning boat ride to attend sunrise Aarti, Havana and Vedic ceremony followed by Yoga at AssiGhat.  Learn and experience how myth comes to life through our lectures with Banares Hindu University scholar alongside temple visits and sacred integration time. 


Our amazing hotel is a quiet, luxurious hotel steps from the Ganga, yet an oasis as it is the quietest Ghat in all of Varanasi. Enjoy multiple boat rides along the Ganga as well as market shopping time as Varanasi has temples and shopping galore! 


Our Kashi, Varanasi, retreat will transform and enlighten every cell in your body. The power and energy of this place is like none I have every experienced before. For it calls you long after you've left. 

What’s included

  • 6 nights, 7 days
    Premium Accommodations at Heritage Hotel Guleria Kothi
  • Culinary Healthy
    Culinary Vegetarian Indian breakfast and dinner
  • Lecture + Daily Guiding
    Along with Maria curating the magical path! You will enjoy private sessions and being guided through each temple with a Banares Hindu University Scholar
  • Daily
    Guided tours of sacred well-known and less visited Holy temples of Varanasi
  • Morning
    Sunrise Ganga Homa, Aarti, Pranayama and Asana @ AssiGhat
  • Opening + Closing
    Sacred ceremonial dinners with music and dancing. Opening Vedic ceremony and Private Ganga Fire Ceremony
  • Sunset
    Sacred Sunset time on a boat ride or attending Famous Ganga Aarti
  • Airport Transfer
    Varanasi to hotel and return
  • Learn
    Immerse in Indian Myth and Philosophy and be transformed by story and land
  • OPTIONS
    To consult with Masters in Jyotisha, Ayurveda, Palmistry and more!
  • Airfare
    To and from Varanasi
  • Tips
    For service and staff
  • Extras
    drinks, snacks, etc. Filtered water offered during all meals.

Available Packages

Single Premium Ganga View
6 left

A well appointed luxurious room with a Queen Bed.  Large space bathed in amazing Ganga River views. Sit and gaze at the Ganga from your room. The quiet Ghat is a wonderful space to look above. Enjoy a spacious room, large bathroom and sitting area.   . A true homestay feeling in traditional Indian opulence. 

$2000
Deposit: $500
Single Deluxe Ganga Front
5 left

A beautiful, luxurious room, Queen bed, large bathroom and sitting area for your comfort. Window and door open up to courtyard Ganga side or window over a balcony. A true homestay feeling in traditional Indian opulence. 

$1800
Double Deluxe
only 2 left

A beautiful, luxurious room with 2 twin beds. This room offers a  large bathroom and sitting area for your comfort.  Window and door open up to courtyard Ganga side or window over a balcony. A true homestay feeling in traditional Indian opulence. 

$1400
Deposit: $500
$2000
Deposit: $500

Single Premium Ganga View

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival Day

Arrival in the early afternoon. Settle in to hotel room and relax.  Sunrise opening with Vedic ceremony, priests and fire ritual on the Ghat. All followed  by amazing traditional Indian cuisine + live music. 

Who’s Going

Your Organizer


MG
Maria Garre
12 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 my second trip to India with Maria, and first time in Varanasi. Varanasi is a truly magical city, with lots to explore. The hotel staff, professor, and guides were all top notch, and we were very well taken care of. Big thanks to Maria and her team!
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This was such a unique, inspiring and transformative experience! There is no place on earth quite like the sacred city of Varanasi.
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.
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