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Meditation and Yoga Retreat Nepal

Whether you are a beginner to yoga or practice regularly, come and enjoy the powerful practice of Ashtanga yoga under expert guidance. This three-day retreat will be held in a stunningly beautiful Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. The peaceful setting and spiritual community provide a rich background to explore the essence of yoga. If you’re looking to discover the rich culture of Nepal and receive exceptional teachings of Ashtanga yoga, you will not want to miss this opportunity.

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  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Yoga mats and props are provided for each guest
  • Expert guidance from world renowned retreat leader
  • Daily fusion vegetarian breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Plenty of beverages throughout the day
  • 2 nights accommodations

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 16
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Home to 200 monks, Neydo Monastery is one of the most enchanting places in the Kathmandu Valley and close to many significant religious sites of Tibetan Buddhism. The lamas from the monastery decided to build accommodation for visitors on the monastery premises so that guest can learn about Buddhism and their monastery, and the income would help fund the education of the monks.

You will be accommodation in a twin room. The resort has spacious rooms, all with attached bathrooms, and is built in Tibetan style. The yoga hall has the view of the main monastery hall and the rooftop is also a great place for morning class with a beautiful view. You will enjoy the warm welcome and the shared accommodation in the vibrant Neydo Monastery.


Enjoy morning and afternoon sessions of yoga, explore yoga theory and philosophy, revive with wonderful food, relax with your favorite book and new friends among the beautiful grounds, find peace with a guided evening meditation, and take an introduction into Buddhism from the monastery’s highest teacher.

You will practice yoga postures to open your body and feel more relaxed. Introduction to meditation will be given, and you will have several sessions of observing the mind and discuss what you observe.

Feel the powerful energy, peace, and surroundings of the retreat and take away a new practice to develop and treasure, including: what yoga is from the perspective of its philosophical roots, how your thought patterns and actions influence the health of body and mind, how mindfulness can reduce stress and change your everyday life, and yoga poses under expert guidance through plenty of asana practice.


  • 10:30 Departure from Pranayama Yoga Studio
  • 11:30 Check in to Neydo Guesthouse
  • 12:00 Introductions to each other and to the retreat
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Philosophy discussion - What is yoga
  • 15:00 Tea break
  • 15:30 Yoga asana practice
  • 17:30 Free time
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 20:00 Introduction to seated meditation
  • 20:45 Mouna and rest


  • 06:00 Morning tea
  • 07:00 Yoga asana practice
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Yoga philosophy discussion
  • 12:00 Free time
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Free time
  • 15:00 Teaching from the Khenpo (the abbot of the monastery)
  • 16:30 Afternoon yoga "Stress Reduction part 2"
  • 17:00 Asana session
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 20:00 Evening meditation
  • 20:30 Mouna and rest


  • 06:00 Morning tea
  • 07:00 Yoga asana practice
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Yoga philosophy discussion
  • 12:00 Free time
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Free time
  • 15:00 Monastery tour
  • 16:00 Yoga asana: Restorative practice
  • 18:00 Departure from Neydo


Ellen Johannesen
Born in Norway and following a career in contemporary dance, Ellen started practicing Ashtanga in 1994 at Jivamukti Yoga Center New York. A keen practitioner ever since, she has studied with teachers worldwide, was authorized from KPJYI, Mysore by Sharath Rangaswamy in 2006, and has completed 2-year teacher training with John Scott. She also founded the first Ashtanga Yoga studio in Norway, Ashtanga yoga Oslo. Over the last years she has dedicated herself to Buddhist studies, living mostly in India and Nepal. She trained as a Tibetan translator at Rangjung Yeshe Insitute, Kathmandu.


Why retreat in Nepal?

Nepal is unlike any other country. It’s a natural mandala sitting in the midst of the Himalayan mountain range. Comfortably nestled between China and Indian, and home to the highest place on earth (Mount Everest), Nepal has attracted spiritual seekers for centuries.

The rich cultures of Buddhism and Hinduisms are still the centerpiece of daily life. It’s not hard to see, feel, and touch a living tradition of yoga in Nepal. The Kathmandu Valley, is an environment with a rich spiritual legacy and landscapes colored with representations of awakening, and enlightenment.

It is said that when you practice in places that have been charged with the energy of prayer and meditation, there is an opportunity to awaken more swiftly! Retreating in sacred spaces has always been supportive to the inward investigation of life.

This retreat will take place near the sacred cave of Padmasambhava. A Buddhist saint who blessed the valleys of Nepal. You will have the opportunity to practice yoga and meditation within the setting of a traditional Buddhist community. It’s a rare privilege and opportunity to feel such group energy.

Students from around the world come to Nepal to explore, expand, and experience the living essence of yoga. Pranamaya community is here to support your path. This retreat is an opportunity to transform. In a stunning Tibetan monastery nestled in the foothills of the Kathmandu valley, you will discover yoga. Investigate philosophy and psychology and explore yoga’s practical tools to establish balance, contentment, and inner understanding.


Pharping has two main caves that are considered especially powerful because they are also associated with Guru Rinpoche, the teacher that established Buddhism in Tibet. The area is sacred to Hindus because of the Dakshinkali Temple associated with Shiva. The whole area embodies the interesting mix of Hinduism and Buddhism in Kathmandu.

Several Tibetan Buddhist masters have been key in the establishment of Buddhist Monasteries in Pharping. Chagdud Tulku (recently passed away, autobiography entitled Lord of the Dance) and Chatral Rinpoche (one of the eldest and most revered meditation masters ). After these two set up their centers, there has been a slew of new monasteries in the last 10 to 15 years.

The Neydo Tashi Choling Monastery is the home of H.H Ngom Neydo Karma Chagme. This monastery gives education to many monks from remote areas of Nepal.


During this retreat, you will be served all vegetarian meals and plenty of tea and water throughout the day. Kunsang, the Tibetan chef, cooks a great fusion of Tibetan, Indian, and Nepali vegetarian food. You will be energized with delicious meals prepared by this excellent chef.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • All vegetarian meals, tea, and water
  • Daily yoga class
  • Daily philosophical discussions led by experienced teachers
  • Diary and pen
  • Expert guidance from experienced and inspiring international retreat leaders
  • Transportation from Pranamaya's studio in Thamel to retreat location and back
  • Use of yoga mats and yoga props

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers from and to the studio in Thamel
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). From there, you need to go to Pranamaya Yoga Community's studio in Thamel, above Himalayan Java Coffee.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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