India Retreat: The Sacred Sap Retreat + Optional Post-Retreat to Varanasi, Taj Mahal, Delhi
with James Bailey
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Join James Bailey and guest teachers Dani McGuire and Tawny Sterios as we travel to one of the most healing sacred places on earth: Kerala, south India. Look forward to soft nourishing styles of yoga and meditation overlooking the ocean, a full 90 minute warm oil rejuvenation massage each day, ayurveda teachings, side trips to bathe elephants, local palaces and temples.
Type of Event
1. The Sacred Sap Retreat (Kerala): January 25 - February 1, 2014
2. Post-Retreat Tour (Varanasi, Taj Mahal, Delhi): February 1-5, 2014
*Sacred Sap Retreat (Kerala):*
Double Accommodations: $2300
Single Accommodations: $2900
Optional Post Retreat Tour:
Double Accommodations: $650
Single Accommodations: $975
The Sacred Sap Retreat:
Kerala is famous for it’s natural beauty, slow pace, and Ayurveda, considered the deepest of Ayurvedic traditions in India. Here you will find beautiful healing foods, pure fragrant oils used on the body in soothing warm oil massages, marma point treatments, shirodhara third-eye oil streams, and full body warm oil baths which combine to erase years from your body and mind.
The intention of this retreat is complete rejuvenation. Daily treatments are deeply relaxing and nourishing, the food is purely satvic, dinner is served under the stars with live traditional Indian music and dance performances. Vegan, vegetarian and seafood options available.
Optional Post-Retreat Tour:
After eight days of de-stressing and rejuvenation at Somatheeram Ayurvedic Health Resort in southern India, we’re ready to experience northern India. We invite you to join us on a three city, five-day post-retreat tour.
We’ll start the tour with a visit to the holy Ganges River in the ancient city of Varanasi, also known as Kashi (the Luminous One) or the City of Light. Varanasi is a spiritual epicenter where devotees of Lord Shiva, both pilgrims and sadhus (holymen) gather to reflect on the transience of life, in plain view of the many cremation ghats on the banks of the Ganges. The traditional means of touring the Ganges is via rowboat along the river’s banks. We will start in the early morning as the sun rises over the southern plains illuminating the Ganges and north shore temples. This is a sacred time for prayer and meditation. In the evening, we will return to the Ganges to witness one of India’s largest fire ceremonies (arti, puja) to Ma Ganga, the holiest of rivers and source of life. We will watch the ceremony from the comfort of a private boat parked on the river’s banks.
The next day we’ll take a short flight to the city of Agra to take in the beauty of the Taj Mahal, one of the great wonders of the world. We’ll visit the following day in the early morning as the sunrise peaks over the horizon onto the Taj dome. The Taj is a monument to all love, love for life, self, and partner. Bring an open heart and your camera!
Towards the end of the day we will take a private car to Delhi to see a few famous sights in the nation’s capital, rest, shop, and prepare for our departure home.
1. Sacred Sap Retreat Package Includes:
•Seven (7) nights accommodations at Somatheeram Ayurvedic Health Resort located on the beach just south of the city of Trivandrum
•Three meals per day with your choice of traditional Kerala cuisine or cleansing Ayurvedic diet tailored to your constitution
•Six daily 90 minute Ayurvedic full-body rejuvenation massages from trained Ayurveda body therapists; not available on the daytrip day
•Daily morning gentle yoga practice overlooking the sea with James and guest teachers Tawny Sterios and Dani McGuire.
•Daily meditation session
•Daily lectures on Ayurveda, Swasthavritta (enlightened self-care), Rasayana, the fluid body, ojas, rejuvenation, and healthy aging
•Special Sunset Ganesh Puja at Ganesh Temple: throw and crack coconuts for removal of inner and outer obstacles + Lord Shiva fire ceremony
•Half day visit to Kappukadi Elephant Reserve and Rehabilitaion Center to help bathe and feed rescued elephants
•Daytrip to Kerala Palace, Kanyakumari, and ancient Hanuman Temple
2. Optional Post-Retreat Tour Includes:
•Offered to Kerala Sacred Sap Retreat participants only.
•Four night, three city tour of the sacred sites of Varanasi ,Taj Mahal, and Delhi; includes two guided tours of the Ganges in Varanasi (morning and evening), seeing temples and cremation ghats by traditional row boat, and a guided tour of the Taj Mahal.
•4-star accommodations at the Radisson Blu Varanasi (2 nights), Radisson Blu Agra (1 night), and at the 4-star Metropolitan Hotel and Spa in New Delhi (1 night)
•Private auto transport from Agra to Delhi
•Entrance ticket to Taj Mahal
•Daily breakfast buffet
•Free WiFi in hotel rooms
•Auto transport to Delhi International Airport on departure
•Not included: flights (Trivandrum to Varanasi, Varanasi to Agra), lunch and dinners, tips, hotel and travel incidentals, shopping, etc.