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Your retreat leaders
Leader: Light Watkins has been practicing and teaching meditation since 2003. He has personally taught over 1,000 people to meditate and he's hosted several retreats around the world. Light is a prolific writer, blogger, and expert on the art and science of consciousness.
Co-leader: James Brown has taught hundreds of busy people from all walks of life to meditate, and has led courses and workshops in some of Silicon Valley’s most innovative firms. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, two young sons and (according to his wife) way too many bicycles.
Your cost for 10 days in India
Shared accommodation (per person): $1950
Single accommodation: $2950
- Airfare from Delhi to Rishikesh and back to Delhi (NEW)
- Lodging at the Nirvana Palace Hotel
- Transportation to and from select day trips
- “The 7 Principles of Successful Relationships" course
- Group Rounding
The price is subject to increase after December 15th.
Register now to lock in the current rate.
Do I need to practice Vedic Meditation to attend this retreat?
It’s highly recommended that you practice Vedic or Transcendental meditation as a participant on this retreat. If you don’t, let us know on your registration form.
Can I take the Vedic Meditation course on the retreat.
Yes, but you will have to pay an extra fee for the meditation course. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
How much spending money will I need?
Not much, unless you want to buy a lot of gifts, which are inexpensive by Western standards.
Will there be lots of poverty and crime in India?
Not where we’re going. Rishikesh has a nice blend of tourism and Indianculture. It’s relatively clean, and there is no alcohol, smoking, or meat anywhere in the area.
Where are we staying?
At the Nirvana Palace Hotel, which is like the Four Seasons of Rishikesh. It’s the newest hotel in the area and has many western conveniences like wifi, a restaurant, heaters, hot shower (not so common in Rishikesh), and a spa.
Should I plan to do some sight seeing before or after the retreat?
You can, and we have a FB group for attendees so you can coordinate with one another if desired.
Is traveling alone to India as a woman safe?
We’re arranging it so no one has to be alone unless they choose to be. Many of the transfers from the states are in London or Dubai, so people will often be linking up with other attendees there, and at the very least you will meet the group or the travel agent at the Delhi airport.
What are the chances that I'll get sick?
If you follow the no hands or tap water in the mouth rule, you will most likely stay healthy. No vaccinations are required either.
What is the latest that I can sign up?
To lock in the current prices, it’s best to register now. The longer you wait to register, the higher the chance of our prices increasing, which means the overall price may increase; not to mention, airfares will go up as well. You will also need at least a month to get your Indian Visa.
Is food included on the retreat?
No, but meals in Rishikesh are very inexpensive. Average $3-$5 for a meal. And there are a variety of cuisines available, not just Indian food.
When is the absolute last day that I can register?
The longer you wait, the higher the price will be. To secure your space at the current prices, the last day is Dec. 1st.
How long does it take to get a visa?
About a month.
How many people will be on the retreat?
We’re capping it at 20.
What's an example of the daily schedule?
Rounding in the morning, followed by breakfast. Knowledge meeting in the mid-morning, followed by lunch and either free time or a visit to a sacred temple or Vedic site in the early afternoon. Then, late afternoon rounding, followed by dinner, and a night-time check-in.
Can I bring a friend who hasn't learned VM or TM?
To get the full experience, it’s recommended that all participants learn to meditate prior to attending the retreat. But there is an option for them to learn to meditate on the retreat as well.