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Magic in the Motherland India Yoga Retreat

A week of Yoga, meditation, rest, reflection, heart-centred teachings, sympathetic company, and delicious home-made food, amidst the awesome nature and super-chilled vibes of Basunti Retreat, in the foothills of the Himalayas, in the incredible country that is India – the birthplace of Yoga.


Village Khatiar, near Talwara, Kangra District Himachal Pradesh, IN 176058
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Type of Event

  • Retreat

Yoga Styles



Sep 5 to
Sep 12
06:00 amto04:00 am

Arrival at 1pm Friday September 5, for first class at 5:00pm. Last session on morning of Friday September 12, followed by breakfast and check-out by 12noon.



Twin-share $1450; Single Room $1950 (subject to availability)

Full Description

Practice twice daily, in an open-air thatched roof shala, or on the marbled roof of the main house, with 360 degrees views over the lake, the wooded ridge, and on a clear day, the Himalayas beyond. Every morning a fluid vinyasa sequence, balancing pranayama, simple chanting and quiet sitting. Afternoons will vary from day to day – heart-centred Yoga philosophy discussions, self and group inquiry/sharing, restorative asana & yoga nidra, pranayama, seated and moving meditations, mantra (chanting), and full moon puja.

The intention for this retreat is to quieten down, to soften… to discover and then rest in that ‘indestructible’ refuge that is your very own heart.

Basunti has to be seen to be believed… it’s such a very rare treat to enjoy such privacy, safety, and pristine nature in India these days. Surrounded by water on all sides, with both sunrise and sunset views, it is a beautiful sanctuary completely contained within a lakeside wildlife reserve. At 500m above sea level it enjoys a unique micro-climate, with September being warm and temperate, and perfect for outdoor Yoga practice, nature walks, birdwatching, canoeing, and swimming – either in the crystal clear lake or Basunti’s pool.

The retreat will include an optional half-day trip to the small town of Nasroor (about 1hr drive), to buy shawls, visit a temple and stroll through the streets. And on another morning we’ll be rowed around on the lake to a small local village for chai. But for the rest of the time the invitation is to be still, to drop in, and let both the Yoga practices and the beauty and power of the surrounding nature take their effect. Once you get to Basunti there seems little reason to leave.