The full cost is $2500, and includes full retreat program with daily yoga and all group guided tours, accommodations and meals, and ground transportation in India
Airfare is NOT included, but we are happy to provide guidance and support in booking airfare
Additional Offering from Heather:
For participants who are interested in meditation, Heather is offering teaching and initiation into the practice of Neelakantha Meditation as an additional program on this tour. Neelakantha Meditation is a powerful form of deep meditation that is easy to learn, accessible to everyone, and works within the structure of your daily life to help you thrive. Heather is an authorized teacher of Neelakantha Meditaiton as taught in Blue Throat Yoga. The additional registration fee of $450 includes 4 hours of teaching and discussion, 1 session of formal personal instruction into Neelakantha Meditation, and an 18-month follow-up program through Blue Throat Yoga to support new practitioners, with monthly tele seminars and an extensive online library. Payment plan is available. If you have questions or would like to register for the meditation program, please email Heather. For more information, please visit Heather’s website.
“In India, yoga flows with the blood of the people.”
Madhuban means “Abode of Honey”, and it’s nestled on a Himalayan hillside among orchards, overlooking a river that meanders between looming hills. It’s just 12 km from Kainchi Ashram, where Neem Karoli Baba’s presence still resonates from the sacred Earth.
This trip is an offering from our hearts to yours. We will gather in the sacred and beautiful atmosphere of the Himalayas, and inhale the deep resonating hum that permeates the majestic mountainous region known as the Kumaon Hills. We will bathe in the grace of Neem Karoli Baba, and other great Indian Saints who have walked these sacred mountains, leaving their blessings to inspire spiritual aspirants for millennia. Staying at the pristine Madhuban retreat center, nestled in the exalted Himalayan foothills, we will meditate, chant, and pray together, while embarking on day trips to the many sacred sites in the region, including Neem Karoli Baba’s magical Kainchi Ashram!
Basic Itinerary Overview:
- All flights must be scheduled to arrive at Indira Gandhi National Airport in New Delhi before 11:59pm on October 4th – check in will be available at the ashram starting at 4pm on the 4th, or you can stay at a hotel near the airport (We recommend Lemon Tree or Red Fox)
- The retreat will officially begin at 12:00pm at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi Branch
- Early morning on the 6th we travel together by train to Kathgodam and then on by car to Madhuban
- 10 Day Bhakti Yoga immersion with David Newman and Shantala, including daily chanting and kirtan, workshops, and satsang
- Daily yoga asana sessions
- Day trips to Neem Karoli Baba’s Kainchi Ashram, plus Maharaji’s Temples at Kakrighat, Hanumangargh, and Bhumiadar
- Hiking trips in the majestic Kumaon Hills
- Visit the local village school
- Return to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi Branch on October 17th, stay overnight, and the retreat officially closes at 10am on the 18th
- Departing flights should be scheduled to leave from Indira Gandhi National Airport in New Delhi after 2pm on October 18th
David Newman is a renowned sacred mantra artist, singer-songwriter, author, and inspirational teacher. David, also known as Durga Das, travels extensively sharing his music, and teachings on the path of love as a vehicle for spiritual awakening. He has released numerous chart-topping world music albums, and is the author of the #1 Amazon bestseller The Timebound Traveler.
David teaches with passion and spontaneity. Whether in an informal setting, through his music, or as part of his workshops, retreats, and satsangs, he shares the many facets of truth that he has discovered along the way with generosity of spirit. His teaching style is provocative yet compassionate and nurturing, with sensitivity to the needs of those present. David’s gift is to lovingly guide others to awakening as a means of fulfilling their greater life’s purpose.
Master musician Benjy Wertheimer is an award-winning songwriter, vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist (playing tabla, congas, percussion, esraj, guitar, and keyboards). He studied Indian classical music for over 25 years with some of the greatest masters of that tradition (including Alla Rakha, Zakir Hussain, Ali Akbar Khan and Z. M. Dagar), and his extraordinary and unique musical gifts from East and West create a sense of wonder and awe in the listener.
Please send us an email with any specific questions or for details.
Within 24 hours of paying your deposit, you will receive an email with a comprehensive Welcome Packet containing detailed information about travel itinerary, accommodations, health and safety, weather, travel documents, and a packing list. We will support you through the process of getting an Indian Tourist Visa and arranging your travel as needed, and with any questions or concerns you may have along the way.
Testimonials from 2017
“Matthew, Benjy, Heather and David are a divinely aligned group of retreat leaders. This retreat was something my soul was yearning for though I didn’t know it until I was there. The grace, authenticity, wisdom and heart shared by the teachers and participants on this retreat was unlike any other retreat experience I’ve had. I felt held in mother nature herself. And I still feel the energy of the experience pulsing and streaming through my being after returning home. I am grateful and look forward to more journeys with you.” – Shayna
“What a sweet, nourishing and delightful time we had together. From Matthew’s wise and thoughtful leadership to the rich and passionate practice that David, Heather and Benjy supported us in every day– I felt well cared for from day 1. This was an awesome way to live a well-rounded, life-affirming bhakti experience for a short chapter of my life, and I have no doubt that the love that was in abundance during our journey together will keep making magic in our hearts for a long, long time. What a blessing this trip was!” – Andrea
“Looking back it almost seems surreal to a degree. Did this really happen? I truly believe I’ve been blessed to have come on this trip and I hope to take what I learned and experienced and and to serve humanity, just as Hanuman served.” – Rick
“Matthew said on day one, “Its all about LOVE” and everyday he showed us an India filled with beauty and grace. All plans flowed easily, and with the help of David, Benjy and Heather, the group felt cared for, and free to explore their own journeys.” – Jane
The total cost is $2500. A limited number of single rooms are available on a first come first serve basis. You can pay in installments or as a lump sum any time before July 1, 2018. Full payment must be received by July 1 to guarantee your spot.
The initial $500 deposit is not refundable, but if you do cancel, $300 may be applied to any future trip with Matthew. All payments are nonrefundable after July 1, 2017.
We do require that you purchase traveler’s insurance – this is different and more comprehensive than insurance on your flight. We recommend World Nomads, and you can get a quote here.