This forms part of Jim’s Advanced Teacher Training module but may also be taken as an intensive retreat.This year the retreat includes five days in Manali and four days of trekking, yoga and meditation will be practiced throughout.
We will begin in Chandigarh, the capital city of the Northern Indian states of Punjab and Haryana, situated at the foothills of the Himalayas. From here, we move higher and deeper into the mountains – to the Himalayan resort town, Manali, in Himachal Pradesh.
8 – 14 October: Manali – 2,050m above sea level. 290 KM from Chandigarh
8th October: Meet in Chandigarh to drive higher up into the mountains to Manali (about 8 hour drive).
Here we will stay at Sunshine Heritage, a peaceful and remote guesthouse situated just above Old Manali. Immerse in deep meditation, pranayama and yoga asana every day, engage in yogic philosophical studies, take quiet walks in the mountains next to the Holy Beas River, visit the local temples, bathe in the hot springs and take a trip to a beautiful, serene waterfall.
See below a sample of a typical day on retreat. Some days may vary according to various excursions. It may happen that plans will have to be adjusted according to weather conditions or other factors that need to be taken into consideration so please be open and flexible to adapt to change.
- 06.00 – 06.45: Sitting meditation to greet the sunrise
- 07.00 – 09.00: Open group asana and pranayama practice
- 09.30: Breakfast
- 10.30 – 12.30: TTC Yoga philosophy lectures and discussions
- 12.30 – 14.30: Lunch and personal time
- 14.30 – 16.30: TTC Yoga philosophy study and discussion
- 17.00 – 18.30: Group Practice / Workshop
- 19.00 – 20.30: Dinner and day ends
14 – 17 October: Hamta Circle Trek – 3300m – 4200 m above sea level
Depart Manali on 14th October for Hamta Circle Trek. An incredibly special addition to this annual retreat is this Hamta Circle trek – one of the most serene, unknown and lesser explored treks in India – it is a moderate grade trek that covers the most pristine forests surrounding Manali, traversing the main right ridge of the valley from the villages of Jagatsukh to Prini. The pine, deodar, oak and birch forests are frequented by local shepherds with their flock and the meadows offer breathtaking views of Hanuman Tibba and other peaks in the Beas Kund region.
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