Welcome hOMe: Voyage to India

Varanasi & Kerala, India

TK
Feb 4 - 14, 2022
Group size: 10 - 15
Welcome hOMe: Voyage to India
Varanasi & Kerala, India


$4900
Deposit: $1000
Feb 4 - 14, 2022
Group size: 10 - 15

About this trip

Over the course of my life I’ve been fortunate to travel both within and outside the United States. Those travels have given me many rich experiences: learning about others’ cultures and world views; coming to understand the universal language of compassion and love; building my resilience and ability to meet and overcome unknowns and obstacles. And although each destination, each person along the way, left a unique imprint within my heart, there has been no place that has touched my soul and changed my way of being with myself and in the world as much as my time in India. For me, this voyage is about returning to the hOMe of my heart. 


Won’t you come home with me? 


Weaving together a tapestry of cultures, spiritual beliefs, architectural styles and diverse landscape, India will forever touch your heart and move your soul. India celebrates one of the oldest civilizations of the world with a mosaic of deep traditions, tantalizing the senses with a complexity, dynamic beauty and profundity that will forever leave you in her embrace. 


Are you ready to breathe in India’s extraordinary magic and breathe out conventional ways of being? 


Experience wanderlust for your own inner landscape as we journey India together. We will traverse north and south, discovering through yoga practices, local rituals, and cultural tours the ways in which the full beauty of life is reflected in human nature. We will grow in awareness and openness as we experience India’s soulful spirituality and her raw and honest approach to living and being. Our seeking will lead us home.  


Is it time to recapture your true north?


Our journey will begin in the holy city of Varanasi, known as the City of Light and birthplace of Shiva and Yoga. In Varanasi, we will take in the sights, sounds, and rituals of its soulful people and the sacred Mother Ganga (Ganges River), where Pilgrims travel to wash away their sins and Hindus hope to become liberated from the cycles of life and death. Our strolls though the world’s oldest inhabited maze-like streets capture our hearts as we lean into the city’s mystical energies and learn about the history and traditions of this holy place. The City of Light transfixes our attention while widening our awareness; we witness as life dances with both ends of the spectrum, its powerful pulse igniting our innermost flames.  


Following four nights in Varanasi, we fly south to Kerala, to a serene coastal setting outlined by the Arabian Sea and glistening lake backwaters. Our first stop leads us to Kochi, the Queen of the Caribbean Sea and the point where India and China meet, providing an intriguing mix of religions, cultural influences, flavors and experiences. Here we explore the inter-play of nature and life as we more fully sense the threads that connect us together. Our final stop takes us via bus to Kumarakom, where our last two nights offer time for integration, rejuvenation and blissful peace on the shores of beautiful Vembanad Lake at a resort and spa amidst an unhurried backwater village. 


Say no more. I am coming hOMe!


What’s Included: 

- 11 days/10 nights accommodations at three different 5 Star properties (see Accommodations for detailed property information and links);


- Daily yoga & meditation (except where noted in itinerary) + special yoga talks and spiritual and ritual excursions that arise out of the ancient traditions of yoga;


- Multiple excursions and experiences of India's rich and vast cultures, lead by professional, local guides, including:

   - Morning Ganges boat ride

   - Evening Ganga Aarti 

   - Walking tours of Varanasi and the Ghats

   - Trip to Sarnath

   - Visit to Kumbalangi Village

   - Tours of Fort Kochi Harbor, Jew Street and Jewish Synagogue

   - Kochi Cultural Show

   - Backwaters Houseboat Cruise;


- Daily breakfast; 


- Two yoga family dinners (Welcome hOMe & Journey hOMe dinners); two group lunches;


- Flight transport Varanasi to Kochi (Cochin);

 

- Ground transfers to and from airports (Varanasi on on arrival; Kumarakom on departure; retreat dates only and during designated windows);


- Unlimited play or relaxation back at the properties with many options to chill out and additional activities for those who want them;


- Gratuities for group excursions and experiences (for local tour guides, bus drivers for transfers and tours)  


- Unlimited opportunities to lean into the learning and surrender to the flow! 


What's Not Included:

International airfare to Varanasi 

Any meals not expressly outlined in the itinerary or trip description

Additional optional excursions, activities not listed in itinerary 

Alcohol or items of a personal nature/souvenirs

Travel document fees (passport and visa both required)

Travel insurance (required for trip)

Personal Gratuities (for additional activities or personal services such as luggage handling, bellboys/concierge, dining and bar staff (non-included meals), cleaning/maid service)


Please familiarize yourself with the trip's itinerary, terms and conditions, and do any personal research you feel is necessary before registering and paying your non-refundable deposit. But do know that although time moves slowly in India, it may not for those who want a seat on the trip. There are a limited number of spots available for this OM-mazing experience.    

Accommodations

India's culture provides us with so many experiences, all which can transform us in deep and meaningful ways. In order to ensure we have space for integrating, relaxing, and reflecting (alone or together), your accommodations for this journey have been carefully selected. This amazing trip offers us the opportunity to explore three different locations within India, so our accommodations will change over the trip. Each of the three properties is 5 Star rated hotel with a proven track record of providing high level services to the most discriminating traveler. Check out a brief description of each selected property below:* 


Taj Ganges Varanasi - Varanasi

Our arrival city of Varanasi will set us in 12 acres of sculptured gardens (including an organic garden!), urbane luxury and spiritual epiphanies to set the atmosphere for our 4-night stay in the Holy city. Take in the ambiance and culture of the city then return to unwind back at the pool or schedule a spa service (additional cost). Property includes plentiful dining options with multi-cuisine and local delicacies; bar; fitness center; spa.   


Trident Hotel - Cochin, Kerala

Following our stay in Varanasi, we will fly to southern India to Cochin (or Kochi). Our 3-night stay will provide classic charm and chic interiors set amidst a picturesque central courtyard and landscaped gardens. Trident hosts multiple dining options with a variety of unique delicacies, seafood and casual fare. When not doing yoga or out exploring, enjoy time by the pool, hang out with friends in the recreation room, get in a little workout in the fitness center or book a treatment at the spa. 


The Zuri Spa & Resort - Kumarakom, Kerala

Our final two nights in India will offer breathtaking views of the serene backwaters of Kerala, situated on the shores of the Vembanad Lake, the longest backwater lake in Kerala. Expect to indulge with complimentary services such as hi-tea in the evening, gym, sauna, jacuzzi, steam bath. Dining options satisfy the tastebuds with three different restaurants from casual outdoor fare to fine dining (The Laguna Bass is one the most sought-after fine dining spots in Kumarakom). Book an Ayurvedic treatment, Oriental or Western massage. 


* These are the properties currently in the itinerary. In the event that one or more of the properties changes, an equally rated property will be selected in its place.  

Traveling to India

Coming & Going

Our India voyage begins in Varanasi, India. From the USA, you can travel to India via Europe or the Middle East. Once in India, you will take a connecting flight through either Mumbai (Bombay) or Delhi to get to Varanasi (VNS). Our time together ends in Kochi, India so your return flight will be from Kochi (COK) back to your origin city. Sample flights might be: 


Option 1 - via Europe 

Arrival: USA ->  Mumbai (BOM) -> Varanasi (VNS)

Departure: Kochi (COK) -> Mumbai (BOM) -> USA  


Option 2 - via Middle East

Arrival: USA -> Middle East -> Mumbai (BOM) -> Varanasi ( VNS)

Departure: Kochi (COK) -> Middle East -> USA

for Middle East, choose either Emirates via Dubai or Quatar Airways via Doha or Ethihad via Abu Dhabi 


IMPORTANT note: When booking your travel arrangements take into consideration the time difference (India is 10.5 hours ahead of Eastern USA) in addition to the travel time. You will also need to go through passport and visa check upon first entry to India.  


To arrive in Varanasi on the trip start date of Feb 4, you will likely book your departure for Feb 2. If possible, we recommend arriving to India 2-3 days before the start of the retreat in Varanasi, in order to ensure no delays to your arrival in Varanasi and to recuperate from travel before we convene.  


For your departure plans, you will need to leave Kumarakom approximately five (5) hours prior to your flight departure time. From the resort you will travel by bus to Kochi airport (approximately 1.5 hours) and you should arrive to the airport three hours before departure.  


Still a little weirded out contemplating all the logistics? No fret! We will hold a travel information session for all participants this spring! You will be supported through the whole process.    


Please note: Arrival and departure windows for the airports will be provided for ground transportation following your registration. You must arrive and depart at the noted destinations within a specific time window in order to take advantage of the airport transportation included with your package.  


Travel Documents

India requires both a passport and a travel visa for entry. You can check out this link for more information on visa requirements and applying. If you'd prefer not to go it alone, you can also use a service such as Travel Visa Pro for a nominal fee.  


Vaccinations

You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Check out the CDC website and consult with your primary care physician for recommendations on vaccinations for your travel to India.     


What else do I need to know and bring?

Before we embark on our time together in India we will have two travel information sessions to talk about the 'good to knows' and 'need to bring' in order to support you having the most enjoyable and safest trip. In addition, registrants will receive a travel package with the top recommendations to navigate your travel needs in India. Check out the FAQs page for more information that you may find handy. 

FAQs

When should I place my deposit for this trip?

It is strongly recommend that you place a deposit to secure your space on this trip as soon as possible. Given the complexity of this journey there are multiple reservations which require significant advanced booking and financial commitments. These are made on your behalf (space permitting) as soon as you place your deposit. These types of reservations include but are not limited to: multiple hotel bookings, airline ticket, bus transportation, and more. We will do everything we can to confirm all necessary reservations and permits however, we can not guarantee these arrangements without advanced booking and deposits. 


What airports do I fly into and out of?

Your arrival destination is Varanasi (VNS) and your departure city is Kumarakom (COK). You can access India via Europe or the Middle East and are likely to connect both directions either through Mumbai (Bombay) or Delhi.    


Do I need a visa for India?

Yes! India requires both a passport and a travel visa for entry. You can check out this link for more information on visa requirements and applying. If you'd prefer not to go it alone, you can use a service such as Travel Visa Pro for a nominal fee.  


Do I need travel insurance?

Yes! The purchase of travel insurance is required for this trip to ensure you are covered should any unexpected event arise. A personal, political, environmental or weather-related incident or pre-existing or unexpected medical condition may prevent or interrupt your travels. These events are rare but do occur and underscore the importance of being covered by travel insurance. There is a wide spectrum of policies and options so make sure you are clear on what is covered in the policy you are selecting.


What vaccinations do I need?

India does not require vaccinations for entry; however all people should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Check out the CDC website and consult with your primary care physician for recommendations on vaccinations for your travel to India. 


What kind of yoga are we doing? Can anyone do it?

All yoga classes are all-inclusive no matter how long you've been doing yoga. Even better, this trip is led by a Certified Yoga Therapist, so classes will meet the needs of each person regardless of age, limitations or conditions. The foundation for the classes is Tantra Hatha Yoga; we will practice pranayama (breath work), asana (posture), meditation and chanting.  


What is the weather like there? 

In Varanasi (north), the daytime temperatures are likely to average in the mid to high 70s with lows in the high 50s; in south India (Kochi and Kumarakom) daytimes are high 80s/low 90s, evening lows of mid-high 70s. Little rainfall in February in India as a whole. 


Are gratuities included in my trip price?

Some are and some are not. For group activities, your gratuities are covered already (bus drivers, local tour guides and guides for sightseeing trips), Personal gratuities are not included (for things like room cleaning, dining & bar staff (non-included meals), bellhops/concierge, additional activities and services). Tips are an essential part of the economy in India and are greatly appreciated. Your trip packet will contain more recommendations on tipping amounts for your information. 

Trip Terms & Conditions

*** June 2020: Due to COVID-19, the trip date has been moved to February 2022. As a result, trip  payment dates, pricing, and fees may vary slightly for anyone NOT registered for the trip prior to the pandemic. All trip information will be updated in January 2021 and registration will re-open to the general public for new registrations at that time. You may sign up for the waitlist if you are not already registered and wish to reserve your space in Jan 2021. ***


Please take the time to read and understand the Terms & Conditions detailed below prior to booking your trip. If you decide to book the trip, your deposit is consent and agreement to these Terms & Conditions. You will be required to agree to these terms in order to complete your booking. 


1. Your Deposit is Your Contract

When you make your $1000 non-refundable deposit you will be deemed to have agreed to these Terms & Conditions. Your booking deposit, together with (a) these Terms & Conditions and (b) the trip details regarding the Welcome hOMe: Voyage to India as listed on the We Travel website will constitute a legally binding contract between you and the Tra Kirkpatrick (herein referred to as Retreat Leader). (Note: If you book a trip for multiple people traveling together, then all travelers in that booking will be deemed to have read and agreed to the Terms & Conditions, and to be parties to this Agreement.)


2. Deposit

In order to confirm your booking with us, you will be required to pay A NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT of $1000 towards the total price of your trip. You must also provide a copy of the photo page(s) of your valid passport within 48 hours of your deposit and no later than February 15, 2020 (whichever is sooner). Your accommodations and airline reservations (Varanasi to Kochi) can not be reserved without this information per India regulations.  


3. Payment Plan

June 2020: Due to COVID-19, the trip date has been moved to February 2022. As a result, trip  payment dates, pricing, payment dates, and fees may vary slightly for anyone NOT registered for the trip prior to the pandemic. All payments are being delayed until Jan 2021.  

If you select a payment plan when you register for the trip, the balance due (package price minus $1000 non-refundable deposit) will be billed in three (3) remaining installments. The payment schedule shall be as follows: 

2nd payment: due by April 24, 2020

3rd payment: due by July 24, 2020

final payment: due by September 25, 2020 


If you book the trip between any of the payment dates above, your down payment (deposit) will be $1000 PLUS any amounts due for payment dates that have occurred before your registration date. (For example, if you book on Aug 1, your deposit will be $1000 plus 2nd and 3rd installment amounts; you must pay remaining balance in full by final payment date above.) 


The system does not automatically charge your account. You are responsible for making the installments on or before the due dates. If any payment is not paid on or before the due date, we reserve the right to treat your booking as canceled, especially if you have not proactively communicated about your payment needs. See below Cancellation by Traveller. All bookings must be paid in full by September 25, 2020. 


4. Passport, Visas and Other Travel Documents

For trips outside the U.S. (or your home country, if you are not a U.S. citizen), you must carry a valid passport. India requires that your passport be valid for at least 6 months beyond the duration of the trip and have two blank pages. Please make sure to research the applicable passport requirements for your country of citizenship and travel to India. You are also required to obtain an India Travel Visa. Use this link for more information on visa requirements and applying. If you'd prefer, you can use a service such as Travel Visa Pro for a nominal fee. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of all such required travel documents for your trip. The Retreat Leader/host is not responsible if you are refused entry to India (or any layover country during travel) because you lack the correct travel documents.


5. Requests for Roommate (Shared Double)

If you are traveling solo and register for a “Shared Double” (roommate plan) rather than a “Private Single” the Retreat Leader will make efforts to pair solo travelers with a roommate in order to accommodate the request for the lower “double occupancy” (versus single occupancy) rate. However, if unable to match you with a roommate as of the due date for final payment, you will be responsible for the difference between the double and single occupancy rate. Any amounts due must be paid by the final payment due date. We encourage solo travelers in this scenario to enroll a friend, family member or fellow yogi to come along as the Retreat Leader can not and will not guarantee an enrollment to match your needs.  


6. Inclusions & Exclusions:

The price of your trip includes:

- All accommodations as listed on the Trip Description page under “What’s Included”

- All meals as listed on the Trip Description page under “What’s Included” and in the Itinerary

- Yoga classes and special yoga outings as described on the Trip Description page under What’s Included” and in the Itinerary

- The excursions listed on the Trip Description page under “What’s Included” and in the Itinerary

- Air and ground transfers to the retreat location as described on on the Trip Description page under “What’s Included” during the designated travel windows (arrivals and departures outside of the windows are subject to an additional charge)

- Gratuities for group experiences/excursions


The price of your trip does not include:

- Flights/Airfare to Varanasi, India (arrival destination) or from Cohin (Kochi), India (departure destination)

- Passport and visa fees 

- Travel insurance (required)

- Meals not listed as part of the package as listed Trip Description page under “What’s Included”

- Optional activities

- Personal expenses

- Any other items listed on our website under “What’s Not Included”

- Gratuities for other support personnel outside of group experiences/excursions (e.g., hotel staff, baggage handlers, restaurant & bar staff, etc.)


7. Optional Activities

Optional activities or excursions (other than excursions listed as “included” in the Trip Description and in the Itinerary) are not included in the trip price, and do not form part of the trip or this Agreement. You acknowledge and agree that any assistance provided by any trip leader, hotel staff, or other representative in arranging optional activities does not render the Retreat Leader liable for them.


8. Cancellation by Traveler

If you wish to cancel your booking, you may be entitled to a full or partial refund EXCEPT for the initial $1000 non-refundable deposit. Refer to the 'cancel by' guidelines below. If you cancel your trip on or before: 


   April 23, 2020 - 100% of monies paid EXCEPT $1000 non-refundable deposit

   July 23, 2020 -50% of amounts paid EXCEPT $1000 non-refundable deposit 


If you cancel your booking on or after July 24, 2020 no monies will be refunded. Failure to show up for any reason or departure from a trip prior to its completion for any reason are not entitled to any refund. Bookings may be transferable only in certain circumstances and only with prior written communication; please contact Retreat Leader to see if your situation qualifies. As outlined below, the purchase of travel insurance is required and can help protect you in the event you need to cancel your trip. Due to the nature of the location and trip, Retreat Leader must strictly adhere to the cancellation policy to offset costs incurred prior to the commencement of retreat. 


9. Cancellation by Retreat Leader

Retreat Leader reserves the right to cancel trip at any time if, due to natural disaster, political instability or other disruptions and/or events beyond leader’s control (“force majeure events”), the operating of the trip would be unsafe or otherwise unviable. As outlined below, travel insurance is required for this trip.


A minimum of 10 participants is required for the trip to take place. If the minimum enrollment is not met and the trip is canceled by the Retreat Leader due to a lack of minimum registration, 100% of monies paid will be refunded, including the $1000 non-refundable deposit. 


10. Itineraries

The Retreat Leader has put much thought and time into creating a retreat experience that will be inspirational, educational, and engaging and will make every effort to deliver the retreat program as scheduled. However, as part of this Agreement you acknowledge and accept that circumstances may arise which result in changes to the listed itinerary. These changes may include, without limitation, delays and/or partial or complete changes in the following: the itinerary, frequency of yoga sessions, modes or quality of transportation, etc. You understand and agree that: (i) the Retreat Leader may make last-minute or on-site decisions to address changed circumstances, (ii) Retreat Leader does not guarantee conformity with any itineraries that have been published or furnished to you or any other participants, and (iii) Retreat Leader reserves the right to change the itinerary with or without notice to you. All yoga and excursions/activities are optional for all participants; however, there are no discounts or refunds for non-participation in any, part or all of the events. 


11. Travel Insurance

The purchase of travel insurance is required for all participants. While the coverage provided by travel insurance varies based on the policy you purchase, as a general rule, this type of insurance may provide coverage for a variety of losses which a traveler may incur relating to a booking, including losses relating to trip cancellation, illness, injury, theft, lost or damaged property, etc.


Be aware that, except for the limited refund rights outlined above (Section 9) for various cancellation scenarios, each client is 100% responsible for any losses, penalties, fees or other financial consequences arising out of any booking or trip, or the cancellation or interruption of any booking or trip (including, by way of example, costs related to airline tickets and fees, passport fees, visa fees, medical expenses, etc.). For all of these reasons, purchase travel insurance promptly following your booking.


12. Photos, Video and Marketing

With respect to still photos and/or video footage from the trip which include(s) your image and/or name, you irrevocably grant the right to use those photos and/or footage for marketing and promotional purposes (including, without limitation, on a website, in advertisements, marketing materials and/or on social media platforms), on a royalty-free basis, throughout the world and in perpetuity.


13. Immunizations and Travel Advisories/Warnings

Each participant assumes full responsibility for verifying any requirements relating to and/or obtaining any immunizations which may be necessary or desirable for travel in India. Each participant also assumes full responsibility for researching the safety and security conditions during the period of scheduled travel, and be aware of any applicable travel advisories and/or warnings. Participants may also wish to consult a physician who is knowledgeable about travel medicine and related medical issues in India.


14. Health Certification

By booking the trip, you confirm that you are mobile and in good general physical and mental health, and capable of performing the activities planned for the trip you have booked. You also confirm that you are capable of caring for yourself during the trip, and that you will not impede the progress of the trip or the enjoyment of other travelers. You also confirm that you have not been recently treated for, nor are you aware of, any medical condition, infirmity or disability (whether physical or mental) that would create an unreasonable risk to yourself or others in connection with the trip.


15. Assumption of Risk

The Retreat Leader is dedicated to providing a safe environment for all who participate in retreats. However, you must take responsibility for your own behavior and safety. Furthermore, you understand and assume the risks and hazards inherent in travel. These risks and hazards may include, without limitation, delays, injury, illness, death or other unanticipated events, and may be caused by force majeure events, the negligence of the Retreat Leader or other persons (including third party operators), the intentional and/or criminal conduct of others or other circumstances. Certain locations are remote and require additional travel time away from city centers and towns; as such, medical attention may not always be readily available or may be of inferior quality compared to what is available at home. Also, you may be visiting places where the political, cultural and geographical environment is very different than where you live, and in some cases, these differences may present increased risks and/or challenges. The Retreat Leader uses reasonably available information from the U.S. government, applicable foreign governments and support from local contacts in planning the trip itinerary, and assessing the viability of each trip itinerary as the start date approaches. However, it is your responsibility to acquaint yourself with all available and relevant travel information for your destination and the nature of your itinerary. You acknowledge and agree that your decision to travel is made after having considered this information, and you expressly assume the personal risks involved with such travel.


16. Limitation of Liability and Release

You acknowledge and agree that the Retreat Leader shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, consequential or incidental damage, liability, injury, loss, cost or expense you may incur (including any claim relating to personal injury, illness, death, property damage or loss, delay or other inconvenience) arising out of or by reason of (i) the acts or omissions of any Third Party Operator or (ii) any acts or omissions of any other parties or (iv) force majeure events.

You release the Retreat Leader from any and all claims, liabilities, losses, expenses, damages, demands, actions, causes of action, lawsuits or sums of money of any kind arising out of, by reason of, resulting from and/or related to any trip you may book and/or participate in; and you understand and acknowledge that you are fully responsible for and expressly assume any and all risks, whether known or unknown, in connection therewith.


17. Arbitration

You agree that any dispute relating to your booking, the Terms & Conditions, the Agreement or any other issues relating to your trip (including any claim you may wish to assert relating to or arising out of your trip) shall be referred to confidential and binding arbitration in Atlanta, GA, by arbitrator(s) and pursuant to rules of arbitration subject to the mutual agreement of the parties. If the parties cannot agree on the arbitrator(s) and/or the rules of arbitration, arbitration may be compelled by petition to any court of competent jurisdiction in Dekalb County, GA. Any arbitration award shall be rendered in writing and may be entered and shall be fully enforceable as a judgment in any court of competent jurisdiction. The parties expressly waive their right to trial, including trial by jury. Each party shall bear its own attorneys’ fees and costs.


18. Applicable Law

This Agreement (including all bookings and the Terms & Conditions) shall be governed by the laws of the State of Georgia applicable to contracts entered into and to be wholly performed therein (without giving effect to any conflict of laws principles under Georgia law).


19. Updating of Terms & Conditions

The Retreat Leader reserves the right to update and/or alter these Terms & Conditions at any time. Current information can always be found on the Welcome hOMe: Voyage to India. retreat booking website and any updates and/or changes will supercede any previous versions.


20. Agreement to Terms & Conditions

By booking this trip and paying the non-refundable $1000 deposit, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the Terms & Conditions outlined above, and agree to be bound by those Terms & Conditions. You will be required to accept the Terms & Conditions during the registration process. 

What’s included

  • 5 Star Accommodations
    11 days/10 nights accommodations in three different 5 Star properties giving you respite, luxury, fine dining & culture
  • Breakfast
    Daily breakfast
  • Dinner
    Welcome Dinner; Closing Reception
  • Excursions Galore
    Cultural, spiritual and inspirational excursions lead by local professional tour guides (see Itinerary for all the inclusions)
  • Lunch
    Two group lunch experiences provided
  • Yoga
    Daily yoga & meditation experiences
  • Air Transport
    Flight from Varanasi to Kochi
  • Ground Transport
    All ground transportation in India (during retreat dates); airport transport on retreat start/end dates (see trip specifics for proper airport codes and timeframes)
  • Group Gratuities
    Gratuities for all group experiences/tours
  • International Airfare
    International airfare
  • Travel Document Fees
    Passport & Visa fees (required)
  • Travel Insurance
    (Required for trip)
  • Additional Options
    Optional activities or excursions
  • Personal Items
    Personal items, souvenirs
  • Personal Gratuities
    Gratuities for personal services (including hotel personnel, dining and bar staff, additional services, airlines/luggage handlers, etc.)

Available Packages

Double (Private)
Available until Feb 22, 2020only 2 left

Double occupancy in private room (2 people, 1 bed).  This is appropriate for couples (or two people who don't mind sharing a bed.) 


The trip takes us to three different properties in India, each of which is a highly rated accommodation. Please refer to Accommodations for more information on each property and links to each.  


$1000 non-refundable deposit required per person. 


Price is per person and covers all inclusions listed in Trip Description and Itinerary. 

Please note that this reservation is for one person and you will need to make a reservation and pay a deposit for BOTH people in your party. List your other party's name where requested on the Registration form.  

$4900
Deposit: $1000
Double (Roommate)
Available until Feb 22, 2020Sold Out

Two-person occupancy in private room (2 people, 2 beds).  This is appropriate for family, friends, colleagues or solo travelers seeking roommate. 


The trip takes us to three different properties in India, each of which is a highly rated accommodation. Please refer to Accommodations for more information on each property and links to each.  


$1000 non-refundable deposit required per person. 


Price is per person and covers all inclusions listed in Trip Description and Itinerary. 

Please note that this reservation is for one person. If you are a shared double with a roommate who is also registered for this trip, please list your other party's name where requested on the Registration form.  

$4900
Deposit: $1000
Single (Private)
Available until Feb 22, 2020only 1 left

Single person occupancy in private room (1 person/bed). 


The trip takes us to three different properties in India, each of which is a highly rated accommodation. Please refer to Accommodations for more information on each property and links to each.  


$1000 non-refundable deposit required per person. 


Price is per person and covers all inclusions listed in Trip Description and Itinerary. 

$6300
Deposit: $1000
$4900
Deposit: $1000

Double (Private)

Itinerary

At hOMe in India
Trip Itinerary (Overview)

Get ready to explore the cultural terrain and and complex beauty of India! Our journey will first take us to Northern India to Varanasi, the City of Light and the oldest inhabited city on the earth. After four days taking in the vibrations of Varanasi, we will head to Southern India for six nights in Kerala, known for it's serene beauty and lush backwaters.


Check out the itinerary below to get an idea of how we will spend our time together on our inward  journey hOMe through India. All classes and activities are part of your package. I hope you will take advantage of a schedule that provides a balance of activities and leisure time; and all activities and yoga are optional - come as you feel! There is likely to be additional dharma talks, meditation experiences and yoga experiences added to the schedule.


The schedule is designed to leave some space for Shakti....  because you never know what she will offer! When we follow the Shakti, we follow the bliss!  


Day 1: 

Arrival day; free time as permitted by travel schedule

Welcome hOMeYoga Class

Welcome hOMe group dinner 


Day 2: 

Morning Yoga & Meditation in Temple

Morning Ganges boat ride 

Breakfast

Exploring and experiencing the Ghats

Free time (at hotel or in Varanasi) 

Dinner on own 


Day 3: 

Morning Yoga & Meditation

Breakfast

Walking tour through Varanasi 

Free time (at hotel or in Varanasi) 

Dinner on own 

Ganga Arthi experience 


Day 4: 

Morning Yoga & Meditation

Breakfast

Trip to Sarnath 

Free time (at hotel, in Sarnath or Varanasi) 

Yoga & Meditation

Dinner on own 


Day 5: 

Travel day! We head to southern India today..... (flight & bus)

Breakfast 

Arrival to Kochi (Cohin), Kerala

Free time 

Yoga & Meditation

Dinner on own  


Day 6: 

Morning Yoga & Meditation

Breakfast

Trip to Kumbalangi (lunch provided)

Yoga & Meditation

Dinner on own 


Day 7: 

Morning Yoga & Meditation

Breakfast

Kochi exploration day (Fort Kochi Harbor, Jewish Synagogue, Jew Street)

Yoga & Meditation

Dinner on own 


Day 8:

Morning Yoga & Meditation

Breakfast

Travel to Kumarakom (via bus) 

Afternoon free time 

Yoga & Meditation

Dinner on own 


Day 9:

Morning Yoga & Meditation

Breakfast

Backwater cruise on houseboat (lunch provided)

Yoga & Meditation

Dinner on own 


Day 10:

Morning Yoga & Meditation

Breakfast

Free day (this is a great day for scheduling spa treatments!) 

Yoga & Meditation

Journey hOMe group dinner 


Day 11:

Goodbyes & Departures

(breakfast is available on departure day) 


Schedule is subject to change. Travelers will receive a detailed itinerary upon arrival to India. 

Your Organizer


TK
Tra Kirkpatrick, C-IAYT
As a certified yoga therapist and life coach, Tra’s teaching integrates yoga with positive psychology and behavior science to help empower people to recognize and shift unhealthy patterns. In her classes, Tra invites students to explore the ways in which they extrapolate meaning from their experiences and to cultivate a greater sense of freedom through self-understanding. Tra’s classes are infused with practical applications of yoga’s deeper teachings and explored through breath work, movement and postures, and meditation.