"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 sunrise meditations and ceremony, daily lectures Banares Hindu University professors alongside temple visits and sacred integration time.
Arrival in the early afternoon. Settle in to hotel room and relax. Afternoon and evening activities included: grounding meditation yoga, opening satsang session all followed by amazing traditional Indian cuisine + live music.