Yoga Retreat at Basunti, India with Lucy Roberts
A week of Yoga, meditation, rest, reflection, and nourishing food and company, at Basunti Retreat in the foothills of the Himalayas, in the incredible country that is India – the birthplace of Yoga.
Type of Event
7 nights accommodation
All meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Morning and afternoon teas
Twice-daily Yoga classes with Lucy & assistant
Rowing trip on the lake
Day Trip to Masroor Rock Temples and Kangra Fort OR Bathu sunken temples (weather permitting)
Airfares, visas and transfer by car into and out of Basunti (we will organise this for you, but you can pay your driver individually or as a group if you share a car)
About the Yoga
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 of yoga asana, pranayama, and quiet sitting. Afternoons will vary from day to day – restorative asana, themed yoga practices, moving meditation, mantra (chanting), pranayama or lively Yoga philosophy discussions.
The focus of the retreat will be on finding stillness within – a refuge within one’s own heart and mind, with skills to keep coming home to this ‘indestructible’ place inside, despite external influences and circumstance.
Suitable for all levels of experience.
Basunti is completely contained within a lakeside wildlife reserve, and will be ours exclusively. At 500m above sea level it enjoys a unique micro-climate, with October being warm, dry and temperate, and perfect for outdoor Yoga practice, nature walks, birdwatching, canoeing, and swimming – either in the lake or Basunti’s pool. Further afield, the culture of this region is rich and diverse. Within a day trip’s distance from the retreat, are the ancient rock temples at Masroor, the sunken temples at Bathu (water levels permitting), Kangra Fort, Dharamsala and Mcleod Ganj – the home of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan community in exile.
The retreat will include 1 Day Trip (in lieu of an afternoon practice), and a row on the lake, 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.
6:00am – Tea and sunrise
6:30 – 9:30am - Morning Yoga Practice
9:30am – Breakfast
Free Time – canoeing, swimming in lake or pool, reading, chilling…
1:00pm – Buffet Lunch
4 or 4:30 – 6:30pm – Afternoon session – will vary from day to day
7:00pm – Dinner
* Day Trip will happen in lieu of one afternoon session.
* We’ll have a silent day in the middle of the retreat, with slightly different schedule
* Above is example schedule only, subject to minor changes
Is in comfortable twin-share or double rooms, spread over two low rise lodges and the Main House, each with its own en-suite bathroom facilities, veranda or balcony. All have extensive views over the gardens and surrounding area.
The kitchen, under the direction of David Butterworth (a co-founder of Neal’s Yard Bakery, Covent Garden), produces a mouth-watering array of both European and local Indian vegetarian dishes, whole wheat breads and pastries baked fresh daily, and juices from Basunti’s own fruit trees. Meals are freshly prepared using organic home-grown fruits and vegetables whenever possible, supplemented by produce from the local markets.
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