Varanasi Mystic India Immersion: Living in Ritual

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

MG
Maria Garre
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12 reviews
Oct 31 - Nov 5, 2018
Group size: 5 - 25
Varanasi Mystic India Immersion: Living in Ritual
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Maria Garre
  • Email address verified
12 reviews

$1650
Deposit: $500
Oct 31 - Nov 5, 2018
Group size: 5 - 25

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 sunrise meditations and ceremony, daily lectures Banares Hindu University professors alongside temple visits and sacred integration time. 

What’s included

  • 5 nights
    Twin Shared Accommodation at the luxurious, 18th Century, historic Guleria Kothi
  • Culinary Healthy
    Indian breakfast and dinner
  • Lecture + Satsang
    with Banares Hindu University Scholars
  • Daily
    Excursions to temples, events etc.
  • Morning
    Sunrise Ganga Meditation, Puja and ceremony
  • Opening + Closing
    Ceremony Dinner with live Indian Music Performance
  • Sunset
    Ganga Aarti Ceremony on boat
  • Airport Transfer
    Varanasi to hotel and return
  • Airfare
    To and from Varanasi
  • Tips
    For service and staff
  • Extras
    drinks, snacks, etc. Filtered water offered during all meals.

Available Packages

Single Premium Room
5 left

A well appointed luxurious room. Large space bathed in amazing Ganga River views. Enjoy a homestay feeling in traditional Indian opulence. 

$1650
Deposit: $500
Double Sharing Room
only 3 left
$1375
Deposit: $500
$1650
Deposit: $500

Single Premium Room
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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival Day

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. 

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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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