Are you craving experiences that take you above and beyond the mundane?
Are you ready for a grand shift in your life…be it emotional, physical, and/or spiritual?
Are you ready to slow down and embody the qualities of grace, compassion, fluidity, kindness, creativity and freedom?
Are you willing to receive the energy, beauty and unconditional love of Divine Mother through Ma India herself?
Natya Yoga Retreats presents the first annual dance retreat to the historic city of Mysore – the city of palaces and temples.
Led by Aparna Khanolkar and Lisa Beck, this 7 nights Ayurveda, dance and yoga immersion will be held at a beautiful farmhouse at the base of Chamundi Hills.
Savor in and be nurtured by the energy of Mother India.
The temples of India are one of the many extraordinary and unique aspects of this rich land. As classical Indian dancers, Aparna and Lisa understand the significance of temple culture and the importance of preserving these glorious monuments.
Lisa’s Odissi studies occur in a beautiful Krishna Temple in Pushkar, Rajasthan. While it is located in North India, the architecture of this particular temple is similar to South Indian Temples. Aparna grew up in Mysore, a land of many temples and religious sites. She learned about temple life first hand as an young Indian girl and as a Bharat Natyam dancer.
We are extremely excited to gather you with us here, to explore the temples and palaces of this land, as well as cultivate a temple atmosphere inside our retreat and within our inner beings.
Through ayurveda, dance, and yoga we come into greater alignment with our feminine energy and power.
Enjoy daily rituals of puja, dance, yoga, mantras and meditation.
Other highlights include: shopping, delicious local cuisine, temple visits and dance performances and optional Ayurvedic treatments.
We will end our retreat with a dance and music celebration.
Dates: DEC 2018 TBA
Limited to 10 selected women.
Cost: $1750 per person
Includes accommodations, three veg meals per day, entrance fees to all temples, palaces and special events, and all transportation costs during the retreat. Does not include airfare to India. A $500 non-refundable deposit secures your spot.
Accommodations: Shared rooms. One single private room available (first come first served). Cost: $2050
We are adding an optional 7-day tour of Kerala (co-ed) to add to the retreat or to do on it’s own. Info and registration coming soon.
Fill out our online application HERE
Once we have received and reviewed your application, you will be sent an email with a link to send in your deposit
NATYA YOGA FAQ AND CANCELLATION POLICY
1. Is India safe for women travelers?
Yes. Traveling in India is safe, especially when you are with a group and guides. We are taking you to heavily traveled and touristed places. We don’t recommend walking alone at night, especially as a woman…but this goes for every city and town in the world!
Read this blog about one woman’s opinion on traveling in India and safety. We coudn’t agree with her more!
Is it Safe for Women to Travel in India?
2. Do you recommend travel insurance?
Yes. Visit Lonely Planet Travel Insurance Page for info and recommendation
3. Can we use our cell phone in India?
The best (and cheapest) thing to do is to keep your phone on airplane mode and enjoy free WiFi calling via Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp. You can always check with your carrier on roaming and international rates. Lisa will have an Indian phone number which you will receive prior to leaving the US.
4. What will the weather be like? How should I dress?
December weather is the beginning of dry season. It will be warm in the day and cooler at night. Bring layers. Here is the lonely planet info on South Indian weather
5. Will I get sick?
It is possible (just like anywhere – think Mexico). Bring any necessary supplements, medications, etc. AND use common sense and your intuition. Don’t drink unfiltered water. Don’t eat veggies washed in unfiltered water. Most hotels and restaurants use filtered water, but ask if you are unsure. Eat mostly cooked food. Don’t drink lassi’s at night (morning is freshest).
Supplements: Lisa recommends Grapefruit seed extract (put a few drops in your water bottle every day) and charcoal pills (for absorbing toxins in the gut). Start taking probiotics (if you don’t already) at least a month ahead.
A note on food: Indian food will be our staple (mostly vegetarian and ayurvedic).
6. What are the accommodations like?
Very comfortable, clean and quiet dorm-like rooms. Each of you will get your own bed but we will all have shared accommodations.
7. Do we tip in India?
Yes. Try to always have several 10 and 20 rupee notes, as well as coins to tip when we go out and about. Servers, drivers, etc. make very little money and appreciate any $ gratitude we can offer them as thanks. We usually suggest at least 10%.
8. What is your cancellation policy?
- If for some reason you need to cancel, you will receive 100% credit towards an upcoming Natya Yoga Retreat (within 2 years) if you cancel 90 days or more prior to the start of our trip
- You will receive 50% credit towards an upcoming retreat if you cancel 31-90 days prior to the start of our trip
- 0-30 days cancelation you will receive 0% credit
If by some unforeseen events or happenings we cancel the retreat, we will refund you all deposits and payments. We cannot however compensate you for airfare or travel costs incurred. In the unlikely event that we must cancel due to weather, natural disaster or political upheaval, we cannot guarantee a refund – it will be depending on receiving refunds from the property, taxi companies, etc. To cover these risks we highly recommend you purchase travel insurance (the best way to protect yourself from unforeseen circumstances (like weather, natural disaster, lost baggage, medical expenses, etc).