March 7 – 22, 2018
Rishikesh – Kainchi – Vrindhavan – Agra – Eco-Village Bhakti Retreat
*75 Hour Immersion for ( 300 hour Atma Yoga Teacher Training or continuing Yoga Alliance Education) with Manual / Study Guide
Join Saul David Raye for this unique and life affirming spiritual journey to India, birthplace of Yoga, Ayurveda + Kirtan.
Part retreat, part pilgrimage and part yoga + cultural Immersion, we will spend time learning about India, deepening our Yoga and visiting amazing places on and off the beaten path and experience the profound expansive spiritual energy of India.
We will practice daily Yoga, Meditation, chanting + learn philosophy and we will have darhsan( sight/ blessing ) of many sacred temples, rivers, caves and pilgrimage places. We will learn philosophy and sit with saints, yogi’s, devotees and each other and experience the spiritual power of India that is the root of Yoga itself.
Saul David Raye will be your guide on this journey. Saul is an internationally known yoga teacher and kirtan artist and over the last 22 years has made numerous journeys to India on spiritual pilgrimage both alone and leading groups. On this journey you will have the opportunity to truly immerse into the land, spirit and culture of India, visit many special places that are off the beaten path and meet with great yogi’s, saints and seekers. This is a spiritual pilgrimage and we will be immersed and supported in our sadhana ( practice) and sangha (community) throughout the trip. Like any pilgrimage, there will be ups and downs but many moments of spontaneous of joy, peace and Love. A once in a lifetime journey to the source of Yoga….AUM
Bhakti Yatra Itinerary
March 7 -11 Rishikesh
We will meet and spend the first 4 nights & days in the holy city of Rishkesh ( city of saints) on the banks of Mother Ganga.
Visiting sacred temples, caves and great Yogi’s, while practicing yoga, meditation and chanting everyday. This will give us time to unwind and relax after our journey and acclimate to India. We will visit a special temple to the Divine Mother, ancient Yogic Cave, chant kirtan at the banks for the ganga and visit some special ashrams and temples.
March 11 – 14 Kainchi Dham
Morning of MARCH 11 we will travel to Kainchi Dham and there we will spend 3 nights and days.
Kainchi is a beautiful place in the Kumoan hills and home to one of the main temples of Neem Karoli Baba ( Guru of Ram Dass, Krishna Das, Jai Uttal + many more). Here we will immerse in Daily Yoga, meditation and chanting ( we will learn the Hanuman Chalisa) and
visit the Neem Karli Baba Temple and other temples including Kaghrighat. This is a historic place in the unfolding of yoga in the west.
March 14 – 15 Agra / Taj Mahal
We will travel to the city of Agra and visit and have learn about one of the 7 wonders of the world – the Taj Mahal.
We will learn the incredible story of this labor of love and have sunset and sunrise views of the Taj along with a guided cultural tour.
March 15 -18 – Vrindhavan
Then our journey will take us to Vrindhavan, holy city of Krishna + Radha.
Here we will experience a divine whirlwind of spiritual ecstasy like no other place. We will stay at the tranquil MVT Trust and and visit some very special temples and teachers as well as a boat ride on the Yamuna River and sacred Govardhan hill.
March 18 – 22 Govardhan Eco-Village – Bhakti Culture Immersion
For the last leg of our journey we will travel by air to south India near the Arabian sea. Here we will stay for 5 days / 4 nights at the Govardhan Eco-village for a Bhakti Cultural Immersion.
Here we will spend time relaxing, studying, practicing Yoga and immersing into the heart of devotional practices. Ayurvedic massage, delcious food and lots of kirtan. This is an amazing Eco-village that holds such a deep atmosphere of peace and harmony it must be experienced.
Price does not include the following: international airfare, 1 domestic flight, visa or passport, tips, ayurvedic healing treatments, shopping or anything not stated above.
Getting There + Away
Fly into New Delhi airport arrive by the morning of the March 7th or earlier. Travel to Rishikesh is either a short 1.5 hour plane ride or 7 – 8 hours by bus or 5-6 hours by train. We work with a trusted tour company called India Highlights and we can arrange hotels and support for travel. As well as private car for sightseeing in Delhi. Prices are reasonable and we trust our friend Khem Singh ( owner of India Highlights) a 108%.
Departure – The Yatra will end the night of the 21st with early departure on the morning of the 22nd. You can fly out of Mumbai airport ( BOM) or continue your journey in India. We can help you arrange an extended stay.
Flights to India are quite cheap right now. There are some cheap fares around $500 and really good carriers such as Turkish , Delta, Etihad and others that are under $750 from LAX. Please arrive in New Delhi and leave from Mumbai unless you are making other plans.
We will have one domestic flight on our journey from New Delhi to Mumbai on the morning of the 18th.
We will let the group know which flights to book so we can travel together, there are a few options.
The cost will be about $50 one way, currently it is $34.
If you fly from Delhi to Rishikesh before the Yatra begins, which is the easiest way, the ticket should be under $50 and is currently $34.
There is also a shared ride to Rishikesh about 45 mins and will be about $20. We will help to co-ordinate this for you.
Passport and Visa
You will need a valid passport and India Visa. India has made easy to get an electronic visa it takes about a week. However it is only good for 30 days and one entry. If you need more than that get a 6 month or longer visa, those take a little more time. You can do it yourself of if you want to make it easier on yourself, find a reputable passport / visa service and they will take care of it for you with ease. We recommend Ambassador Passport + Visa in Los Angeles, we have worked with them many times over the years and they always come through and are very reasonable in price.
Accommodation + Food
We will stay in clean, comfortable nice accommodations and eat clean, healthy delicious vegetarian food.
We do not recommend street food or any water except bottled water. We recommend to being to strengthen your immune system before you go, good sleep, vitamins (B,C,D), pro-biotics and an herbal para-cleanse ( banyan botanicals) are all great immune boosters.
Paradox + Intensity
Life is always a paradox and certainly India is one of the most paradoxical places on earth, full of beauty, power, contrast and sometimes dirty and challenging. India is like no other place on earth. A yatra or pilgrimage provides many experiences, the majority of them will be enjoyable, expansive and inspiring and in some moments you may be challenged. This is when we practice our Yoga and breathe and smile together. India’s magic is in her paradox, the people and well over 5,000 years of spiritual practice. She will blow your mind, open your heart and remind you that your soul and the soul of life itself are ONE. I have been to India about 15 times and other than the flu i got one on the way home and a cold i have never gotten sick in india ( knock on wood). There is lots of cheap high quality ayurvedic medicine and treatments available. We wil send out how to prepare and what to bring email to all participants.
We always recommend all participants to obtain travel insurance for this trip that includes medical, travel and luggage.