Myths, Spirituality, & Yoga: A Sacred Indian Journey

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

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Maria Garre
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4 reviews
Oct 20 - 29, 2018
Group size: 1-35
Myths, Spirituality, & Yoga: A Sacred Indian Journey
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

Maria Garre
  • Email address verified
4 reviews

$1600
Deposit: $500
Oct 20 - 29, 2018
Group size: 1-35

About this trip

Join Maria Garre + Carole Westerman 


Get ready to embark on a truly transformative, divine journey, yatra.   Come to renew your spirit, bring peace to your cellular body and shed layers of the Self with this 10-day retreat. Each 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 you. 


From rafting in the sacred river Ganges, to spice shopping in the market, we will immerse in the beauty of this precious land. Be completely nurtured and cared for as Maria has vast knowledge and experience of India alongside Carole co-teacher on the path. Our amazing native, local team drops us right into Indian culture and customs. 


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


A sample of what we will do: 

• Morning mediation on the Ganga 

• Daily Yoga classes 

• Visit sacred temples around the area and learn the mythology for each one 

• Hike the Himalayan foothills 

• Local market shopping 

 * Private vedic homa (fire offering) at temple  with Brahmin priests

• White water rafting on Ganga 

• Ancient Cave meditation 

• Visit and meet local children to offer donations

* Private Ganga Ma Puja riverside 

What’s included

- 10 days, 9 nights lodging 

- Daily Ayurvedic Vegetarian breakfast and dinner 

- All transportation, entrance fees to excursions and events 

- Daily morning Yoga and Meditation classes 

- Ayurvedic treatments (1 abhyanga, 1 shirodhara) 

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

- Roundtrip land transfer from Delhi or Jolly Grant Airport to Rishikesh

Not included

• Airfare to/from India 

• Incidentals, Tips 

*School donations other charitable donations you may want to give

• Upgraded hotel bookings outside of retreat offerings 

• Meals outside of specified retreat inclusions 

* special meal request outside of full vegetarian menu




Before You Go

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 to Rishikesh. If you wish to fly, we are happy to offer you credit towards air travel there. All travel arrangements are handled by Pankaj Porwal of Sagar Tours and Travels.


Please note all retreat deposits are non-refundable and total retreat payment is due within 4 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. 

Available Packages

Premium Room (single)

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

Available until Oct 17
$1800
Deposit: $500
Premium Room (double)

Spacious, large room 13 by 17 with balcony view. 

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

Smaller room 11 by 13 without balcony. Cozy and comfortable. 

only 1 left
$1525
Deposit: $500
Deluxe Room (double)

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

only 4 left
$1325
Deposit: $500
$1600
Deposit: $500

Premium Room (double)

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Maria Garre
4 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

AS
This was a trip of a life time and for an extremely affordable cost. We visited so many temples and even participated in rituals which probably wouldn't have happened on a regular tour. It was a very special experience. Our days were very full and enriching. It was life changing!
Wow! where do I start? This was my first trip to India, a destination that had always been on my bucket list. I had met Maria Garre at a local yoga studio via a weekend workshop about Ayurveda. So when this retreat popped up on my radar I knew I could not pass it up. This is exactly the India experience I was looking for, and was not disappointed. I traveled on my own, felt safe the entire time, and I met such a great group of ladies. Each day started with meditation on the Ganga followed by yoga in the studio located right in the hotel. Then each afternoon included some sort of excursion- visiting temples, hiking, shopping where the locals shop, white water rafting, or indulging in Ayurvedic spa treatments. The 10 days are well planned - and each excursion is optional- but I took advantage of each one! If you are looking to experience India and all of its wonderful chaos, (and sacred cows) I would highly recommend this trip. It felt like walking through the pages of a National Geographic magazine. Namaste Maria for an amazing experiance - one I will never forget, and Ganesh willing, get to repeat!
DH
Thank you for making the old new again, every time. While I could travel alone, it’s better with you & the exceptional people you bring together. I highly recommend Nivana Palace, Sagar Tours & Sacred India Retreats for keeping us all at ease. Grateful the retreats are sacred & fun. Tip: never forego a chance to jump in the Ganga. It could change your life.
DH
We had a great time! Beautiful location, excellent food, wonderful staff & Maria with her great stories, amazing yoga & special friendship. One of my most favorite trips yet.
By Doreen Helmly for South India Rejuvenation on Nov. 09, 2017