Spiritual Pilgrimage: Ayurvedic Nutrition, Yoga, Breath & Meditation

Mar 5 - 22, 2023
Group size: 10 - 22
Spiritual Pilgrimage: Ayurvedic Nutrition, Yoga, Breath & Meditation

Mar 5 - 22, 2023
Group size: 10 - 22

About this trip

Join us in the wonderful, mystical and deeply spiritual Motherland of India, or "Hindustan", once her original, indigenous name. This seventeen-day adventure from Kerala’s South beaches to the Himalayan foothills of Rishikesh - the birthplace of yoga - in the North. More a cultural and spiritual deep dive than a yoga retreat, we will be exploring the roots of Ayurvedic medicine, yoga, breath and meditation. We will also learn about the various spiritual belief systems of different traditional communities in the North. In this deeply intercultural exploration, we will also have a chance to contemplate how our Western perceptions - old and new – impact how we show up in this lifetime; in our own bodies and in this universe that connects us all.

Open your heart; mind and body to this ancient culture, and you will return home with a more profound understanding of many of the diverse world views and spiritual belief systems. It will help you find ease when returning to your everyday lives, in the midst of the ever-evolving world challenges. India tends to change your perspectives forever.

Journey Details:

INTRODUCING SLIDING SCALE PRICING: Lower/discounted rates will be available at the time of booking until a particular date, or until they run out, whichever comes first. Note that discounted rates on these trips can only be applicable if the group size reaches 5 or more travelers. Should we deem necessary to cancel such a trip due to low enrollment, all funds will be returned to the traveler.

ACCESSIBILITY and ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate. This journey involves walks both in nature and in cites, many on uneven and sometimes steep surfaces, including stairs. Concessions will be made to try and assist travelers who need more time. Some sites and locations are only accessible by foot.

INCLUDED: All meals marked on itinerary below (B, L, D). facilitated, daily yoga classes and guided meditations; entrance fees to ceremonies and concert(s), domestic round trip flights between Delhi and Kerala, Local transportation in modern coach bus. One journey host, and one CCJ trip manager. Trip preparation materials. Bottled water on the bus.

NOT INCLUDED: Air travel to and from India (make sure you arrive into New Delhi on March 5, 2023 and departing no earlier than March 22); alcoholic drinks; meals not on itinerary. Excursions not on the itinerary; tips for Ashrams; local guides and drivers (optional, yet customary); travel cancellation and evacuation insurance (strongly recommended, information will be sent upon registration).

NOTE: As always, this itinerary is subject to change to take advantage of the serendipity of the moment..... to meet someone special, to engage in an activity that might occur unexpectedly, or to accommodate circumstances beyond our control. Weather dependent, restaurants and site excursions may change at the last minute in similar category.

TRAVEL PROTECTION: Cross Cultural Journeys is not responsible for cancellation expenses that you might incur before or during our trip.  You may want to check first to see if your current insurance policy covers travel abroad, but we have found that most do not. We strongly encourage considering taking out travel interruption and evacuation insurance to cover any emergencies abroad such as evacuation, or reimbursement for cancellation due to your own illness or an illness in your family. Some plans require you to take out this insurance within 21 days of your deposit to cover pre-existing conditions. CCJ has partnered with TravelSafe. You can visit our online portal to explore different plans. We encourage you to choose a plan covers travel interruption before you depart, as well as during the trip. CCJ is not responsible for events beyond our control in this regard.  

Please visit the Cross Cultural Journeys - TravelSafe online portal to find a plan that works for you. You can also call TravelSafe directly at 1-800-523-8020. Make sure you mention that Cross Cultural Journeys is your tour operator to receive our special rates.

Journey Leaders


Pradeep Teotia

The entire adventure is hosted by Master yoga teacher Pradeep Teotia. Born in a small village outside of New Delhi, Pradeep is an internationally certified yoga teacher who draws mostly from his training in India. He has practiced and studied yoga his entire life - starting with his grandmother in his early years. He is known for bringing the roots of yoga alive for modern practitioners through the integration of meditation, yoga philosophy, nature's vitality, spontaneous humor, and joy. His unique teaching style brings alive the holistic nature of healing in a way that is simple, powerful, and accessible - allowing people to connect more deeply with their own authentic power and spirit. With a home base in the Bay Area of CA, Pradeep teaches yoga worldwide. In late 2020 and early 2021, he spent several months back in India with his family.


Cilla Utne

Cilla joined Cross Cultural Journeys as CEO in January of 2015. Since the late 90's, she has worked in the field of intercultural consciousness, facilitated cross-cultural training programs for executives living and working across cultures. A native of Sweden and a world traveler, she has lived for extended periods in Spain, the UK, Chile, Guatemala and the US. She holds an MBA in Sustainability from Presidio Graduate School and is often a speaker on the links between sustainability and cultural values. Cilla is also a budding author, working on a novel about her mother’s childhood, contemplating how unresolved trauma can impact future generations. Based in the US since 1998, she lives on Bainbridge Island, WA where she is co-parenting her teen son Mateo with her ex-husband Leif. She loves contemplating life’s purpose, yoga, cooking and good food, the outdoors, long walks with her French Bulldog puppy Lola always by her side.

Available Packages

Available until September 5, 20225 left

Please choose this option if you are unable to pay the Economy Plus rate. No questions asked. 

Deposit: $750
Available until October 5, 20227 left

Please choose this option if you are unable to pay the Sustaining rate. No questions asked.

Deposit: $850
Available until January 4, 202310 left

Please choose this option if you are easily able to pay the Sustaining Rate. No questions asked.

Deposit: $950

Available options

Single supplement


Day 1 - 5
March 5 - 10 | Rest and Restoration | Kerala

This truly unique pilgrimage starts in the world renowned AyurSoma Ayurvedic Resort & Clinic in Kerala. Fully immersed in the traditional practices, treatments, and sadhanas (daily spiritual practices) of Ayurvedic Medicine, your journey of self-discovery through Ayurveda will be supported by the daily asana practices of our local host, Pradeep Teotia. The first four days of the journey will have you digging deeper into your personal Doshas, exploring sacred temples and Ashrams, eating the freshest Ayurvedic food, and learning the true meaning of living your yoga. Let the wisdom of Mother India reawaken your soul!

Sleep: AyurSoma Ayurvedic Resort & Clinic (4 nights)

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Cross Cultural Journeys
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