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5 Day Vedic Culture Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Rishikesh

Rishikesh School of Yoga, 1 Yoga St., Badrinath Road, Tapovan, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand - 249192, India

India Profound Spiritual Yoga Retreat

Explore the divinity of the body, prana, and mind! Rishikesh School of Yoga's Vedic Culture Center teaches traditional yoga using a combination of ancient practices including mantra, meditation, Karma yoga, asana, pranayama, bandha, and mudra, creating a complete experience connecting the body, mind, and spirit.

Meet the instructors

Swami Umesh, Yogini Anisha, & Lakshmi Elen
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga and meditation classes
  • Complimentary mat rental is included
  • Classes also include pranayama and Prana Sadhana
  • There will be discounted workshops
  • Daily yogic food will be served
  • Enjoy a visit to Ganga Aarti
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Hindi
Group size: 5-30 participants
Airport transfer available:
Jolly Grant Airport (US$50 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
06:00
Check-out Time:
20:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Bicycle rental
  • Car rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Medical assistance
  • Meeting room
  • Newspapers
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

At Rishikesh School of Yoga, you will be living in the close embrace of nature, which in itself, is a refreshing experience. The rooms offer panoramic views of the city with the tall Himalayan Mountains in the vicinity. The rooms of your accommodation are hygienic and comfortable, and available on private as well as on a shared basis. Most rooms have a private balcony for you to immerse in the beauty of Rishikesh and to spend some leisure time in self-reflection and meditation.

Vedic Culture Center offers:

  • Clean fresh rooms with modern facilities
  • Bathrooms and showers
  • Walking distance to the Ganges River
  • Pure filtered water
  • Fresh fruits
  • Ayurvedic doctor in case of illness
  • Indian vegetarian food prepared to Yogic standards
  • Located in one of the most spiritually charged places on Earth

Does the room include Wi-Fi and a hot shower?

Yes and yes! They have hot showers, however, they often recommend students to give cold showers a chance. They are very helpful physically for yoga and many report positive benefits after giving it a try. There are two Wi-Fi internet services; one is for emergencies and staff use and the other is for students and retreat attendees.

Program

This yoga and meditation retreat allows you to succumb to the realm of innate natural beauty and serenity of divine bliss. Learning yoga outdoor, close to nature helps to establish a connection with the creation and the supreme creator. There can be no better place on earth to learn and practice the ancient science of yoga than the foothills of the Himalaya. Being the birthplace and eternal home of yoga and spirituality, it attracts the people across the world.

The school aims to empower mankind with the vision, values, and dynamism for greater success in all fields of life. The center conducts weekly residential courses where people are made aware of their potential through the Vedic living experience by practice and study of Vedic scriptures. The center also organizes and executes cultural, social, and spiritual programs.

Daily Sandhya (Prayers) at Vedic Culture Center, India

Sadhna - literature and languages; Vedas are ancient scriptures from India that provide great spiritual and material knowledge for the upliftment of all people. Veda means knowledge. This knowledge has been passed down from the very beginning of time. Vedic culture has preserved the principles of great action and great thought that promote peace and harmony. Modern society can benefit tremendously from the Vedic knowledge and culture.

The school invites you to connect with the original teachings of the Vedas and enrich your life’s journey with this 5000-year tradition. Vedic life is simple - to learn. Another major theme of the Vedas is to be kind and thankful, doing good to others. A premium is put on educational and cultural activities that are beneficial for everyone.

The Vedic cultural center practices respect of all people regardless of race or any other material designation because of the divine presence of God in everyone. Education for making enlightened choices in life is the primary goal of IVCC for spreading light and peace in the world. Come and join the fun and be a participating volunteer to grow the "Right Education" for the benefit of children and future generations. You should observe complete silence and should switch off your mobiles during the course.

This five-day spiritual Vedic yoga and meditation retreat welcomes you for total development of consciousness and learn ancient values for a happy modern life. Vasudhaiv kutumbakam (the school is a global-family) is the mantra, people from any belief culture country can be part of IVCC. Courses are run solely on a non-profit basis. Charges are made just to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from Swami Umesh Yogi workshops who experienced the benefits of Vedic science and wish to give others the same opportunity.

Sadhna is taught during the five-day residential courses. This period has been found to be the minimum necessary for new students to understand the technique and its benefits through their own experience.

Sample daily schedule

  • 05:30 Morning prayers
  • 06:00 - 07:00 Refreshing
  • 07:00 - 09:00 Morning arti and asana yoga
  • 09:00 - 10:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 12:00 Vedic study and meditation
  • 12:00 - 14:00 Lunch break
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Karma yoga
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Vedic culture activity (Music, singing, etc.)
  • 16:00 - 17:30 Asana/pranayama/yoga
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Evening prayers
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner
  • 20:30 Thanks meeting and lights off

International Vedic Culture Center (IVCC) is a Global Peace Education wing of Swami Umesh Yogi. It’s a social welfare project based on Vedic science. Rishikesh School of Yoga promotes all the courses and retreats organized at IVCC. They welcome you for total development of consciousness and learn ancient values for a happy modern life.

What Sadhna is:

  • It is a divine lifestyle that will eradicate suffering.
  • It is mental. Psychical and Karmic purification which allows one to face life’s tensions and problems in a calm, balanced way.
  • It is an art of happiness that one can use to make positive contributions to society.

What Sadhna is not:

  • It is not just a rite or ritual without good faith in God.
  • It is neither an intellectual nor a philosophical entertainment.
  • It is not a rest cure, a holiday, or an opportunity for socializing.
  • It is not an escape from the trials and tribulations of everyday life.

During the course, it is absolutely essential that all forms of prayer, worship, or religious ceremony: fasting, burning incense, counting beads, reciting mantras, singing, and dancing, etc. be discontinued. All other meditation techniques and healing or spiritual practices should also be suspended. This is not to condemn any other technique or practice but to give a fair trial to the technique of Vedic Sadhna in its purity.

Students are strongly advised that deliberately mixing other techniques of practice will impede and even reverse their progress. Despite repeated warnings by the teacher, there have been cases in the past where students have intentionally mixed this technique with a ritual or another practice, and have done themselves a great disservice. Any doubts or confusion which may arise should always be clarified by meeting with the teacher.

Included excursions

Included is a visit to Ganga Aarti.

Instructors

Swami Umesh Yogi

Yogini Anisha

Lakshmi Elen López de Sousa

Location

Rishikesh is the birthplace of yoga, the Himalayas and the sacred Ganga are charged with spiritual vibrations and intense devotion, and the original “rishis” (seekers) experienced their true nature here, because of this. For thousands of years, spiritual seekers have followed in the footsteps of the rishis and come to this sacred place to find their inner peace and total well-being.

In Rishikesh, a clean, hygienic, and comforting retreat center is waiting for you in the heart of the hills, offering great views of the city and the Himalayan range filling the backdrop. The retreat center is few paces away from the banks of River Ganges and is filled with positive vibes. The surrounding area is rich in holy temples, warm people, and simplicity. This place is carefully selected as the quiet and warm atmosphere is perfect to relax the mind, body, and soul.

Food

During this course, you will be served three daily vegetarian yogic meals. A healthy and happy life depends on a healthy routine and a balanced diet. The food is carefully supervised and is prepared in a very natural and yogic manner while promoting the use of seasonal vegetables and fruits and avoiding all the artificially prepared edibles. The cooks will prepare the food with utmost devotion and love and nourish all the layers of your personality.

Often, the vegetarian food is vegan as well, and if not, there will always be choices of vegan dishes available for Rishikesh School of Yoga vegan students. Also, in case of food allergies like dairy or gluten allergy, Rishikesh School of Yoga can provide enough options to serve foods according to your needs.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Yogic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Laundry service
  • Ayurveda massages
  • Local sightseeing
  • Snacks

Spa treatments

Spa services are available nearby the center.

What's included

  • 2 yoga and 1 meditation sessions daily
  • Initial and final consultation with Swami Umesh Yogi
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner (As per individual diet plan: vegetarian)
  • Traditional welcome with welcome drinks upon arrival
  • Wi-Fi usage

What's not included

  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Visa fee
  • Travel cost
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Local guide
  • Non-vegetarian food
  • Rafting, bungee jumping, giant canyon swing
  • Extra days of stay (Allowed with an additional charge)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Jolly Grant Airport (DED). Airport pick-up and drop-off services are not included in the course fee. Students have to arrange their own to reach the school or Rishikesh School of Yoga can pick-up and drop-off with an additional cost of 50 USD per way.

Arrival by bus

Please book a bus to Rishikesh ISBT. Once you reach Rishikesh ISBT, take an auto to Tapovan. Google the school "Rishikesh School of Yoga" to reach the center.

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport Airport transfer available: Jolly Grant Airport (US$50 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 80% 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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Retreat information

The retreat starts every Monday.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 5 participants

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