Summer Meditation Retreat with Dr ALV Kumar
The course offers full-time guidance from Dr ALV Kumar who teaches a clear, systematic method to explore the mind, drawing on 40 years of deep practical and theoretical exploration. Bringing together the ancient teachings of Patanjali & Buddha, the technique cultivates tranquility, awareness and discernment.
Type of Event
- Yoga Therapy
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This enables one to investigate the relationship between the conscious mind, unconscious mind and the body, leading to profound insight and peace.
- Daily Schedule -
The meditation is practiced in a group and guided by Dr. Kumar. Each meditation lasts around one hour and is followed by half an hour of relaxation and a herbal tea break before the next session begins. We usually practice six meditations per day, beginning early in the morning as the sun is rising. Chairs and meditation cushions are available.
After lunch there is a period for rest before the afternoon meditations begin. Before breakfast we have a gentle hatha yoga session to stretch and prepare the body for meditation. Before supper we practice a hatha yoga pranayama relaxation technique. After the evening meal Dr. Kumar gives a discourse clarifying the theory behind the meditation techniques, discussing the path and illustrating with stories, anecdotes and analogies, how we can apply these teachings to daily life.
- Noble Silence -
For the duration of the course all students maintain ‘noble silence’. The aim of this is to allow focus and awareness to stay within, rather than in the outside world. The silence allows us to sink into a deeply peaceful state of mind and most people find that being in silence comes vary naturally once the meditation begins.
- Experience Levels -
Suitable for complete beginners as well as experienced meditators and/ or Hatha Yoga practitioners.
- Location -
Ampleforth College, Ampleforth Abbey, York, YO62 4ER
Ampleforth is set in a beautiful, tranquil valley on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, yet it is only 20 miles to the main line train station at York and within easy reach of Manchester, Leeds and Teeside airports. Trains from London King’s Cross take less than 2 hours.
For detailed directions by road, rail and air, including a list of local taxi companies please see this webpage:
The rooms at Ampleforth are en-suite and most are single although there are a few twin and dorm (4 bed) rooms for those who prefer to share.
- Accommodation -
Ampleforth offers 33 single en-suite rooms, 10 twin rooms and a male dormitory and female dormitory, each with 4 beds. If you are considering staying in a twin room and have a friend or family member that you would like to share with, please feel free to reserve the room as a pair.
Accommodation prices cover 11 nights, and all meals including lunch and supper on Sunday 24th July and breakfast on Thursday 4th August.
Single En-suite: £737
Twin Room: £600 per person
Dormitory: £500 per person
Suggested Minimum Donation
In recognition of the teaching we request each student to pay a minimum donation of £550.
All Traditional Yoga courses are taught and run as an act of ‘seva‘, voluntary service and ‘dana‘, generosity. Your donation enables us to continue to run courses on this basis and to continue our charitable work in India. The course is guided full-time by Dr. Kumar for around 16 hours per day for the duration of the 10 days.
To apply for a place on the retreat please contact us by email and we will be happy to send you details. Bookings are confirmed with an advanced payment of the accommodation fee.
We have a limited number of bursary places available for those on a low income/unemployed/ students available on application. Please contact us if you wish to apply.
The deadline for applications is 11 am on Sunday 1st May.
Applications will be shortlisted and applicants invited for interview on Sunday 8th May.
Applicants will then be informed etc before Sunday 15th May.