Cost 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
“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!
Both retreats will have the same itinerary:
- Meet at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi Branch on at 5pm and stay overnight
- Next morning travel together by train to Kathgodam and then on by car to Madhuban
- 8 Day Bhakti Yoga immersion with David Newman and Benjy Wertheimer, including daily chanting and kirtan, workshops, and satsang
- Daily morning asana sessions with Yoga Center Amherst director Matthew Andrews
- Day trips to Neem Karoli Baba’s Kainchi Ashram
- Guided trips to local temples and sacred sites
- Hiking trips in the majestic Kumaon Hills
- Return to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi Branch, stay overnight, and closing circle from 9-11am
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.
The total cost is $2200 for a shared room and $2600 for a single. You can pay in installments or as a lump sum any time before July 1, 2017. Full payment must be received by July 1 to guarantee your spot.
The initial $500 deposit is fully refundable until March 1, and then $200 is refundable until June 1. All payments are nonrefundable after July 1, 2017.
Single rooms are limited and available on a first come first serve basis.
We do require that you purchase traveler’s insurance. There are numerous options to choose from, including World Nomads and Travel Guard.