Heart Pilgrim is announcing a 10 day Intensive Sadhana retreat in Uttarkashi, India.
This immersion retreat focuses on deep practice of Vedantic meditation, Yoga, Pranayama and the study of Vedanta philosophy. The daily schedule will be in Mauna (silence) to support inner reflection and assimilation. It is a spiritual retreat designed for sincere practitioners from all disciplines who want to boost their Sadhana (spiritual practice), and for those who want to introduce new techniques into their practice.
Vedantic meditation is a form of rigorous inquiry (Vicharana), as practiced by Himalayan Masters for millennia. It is universal in nature and appropriate for sincere practitioners of any discipline. It originates from the Vedanta philosophy which is one of the most important philosophies of India dealing with the absolute truth, the meaning of existence, and the release from suffering. By using deep inquiry free of dogma, we will dive into and unravel our True Self.
The retreat will take place at Uttarkashi, a picturesque town in the Indian Himalayan region, about 100 miles north of Rishikesh. Uttarkashi is known for its unbroken tradition of great yogis who practice meditation and study the Vedanta philosophy in its deepest form. In Uttarkashi, we will stay at Tapovan Kutir Ashram, part of the renowned Chinmaya Mission. It is a modern, quiet and spacious place, ideal for spiritual retreats.
Donation based policy
We, in Heart Pilgrim, want to make sure that anyone who wishes to join the Vicharana retreat will be able to do so, regardless of his/her financial ability.
For this reason, and in order to help us cover the direct costs of the retreat, we charge a basic registration fee of $400. The fee includes tuition, accommodation, all meals, and transportation from Rishikesh to Uttarkashi and back.
In addition, we request a donation towards your participation in the retreat. We recommend a minimum donation of $790 per participant. Your donation will help us pay for the facilities, transportation, and honorarium to the teachers. All profits, if any, will go towards a future retreat center of Heart Pilgrim.
If you are not able even to pay the registration fees, you can apply for a scholarship. Send us an email to: TheHeartPilgrim@gmail.com. You can also sponsor someone who is not able to pay for their participation.
Your generous donation will allow us to continue with this donation policy in the future.
Weather. October is a beautiful time in the Himalayas. The weather is mostly very nice with occasional light showers. However, nights and early mornings may be chilly. It is necessary to bring with you warm clothes.
Accommodation. The participants will stay 2-3 persons in a room with an attached bathroom.
Transportation. A bus will pick up the participants from Rishikesh on the morning of October 11th (time and exact place will be announced). It is highly recommended to arrive to Rishikesh at least a day or two earlier to get some rest before the drive to Uttarkashi (6-7 hours) and the beginning of the retreat. Those who want to come to Uttarkashi by themselves should reach Tapovan Kutir, Ujeli, Uttarkashi by 4:00pm on October 11th.
The retreat will end in the evening of October 21st. A bus will take the participants who don't join the Yatra, and who want to go back to Rishikesh the following morning (October 22nd) at about 8am. The drive to Rishikesh takes about 6-7 hours. Please allow yourself a day in Rishikesh before you continue your journey.
There is an airport half an hour drive from Rishikesh called Dehradun airport. There are inexpensive flights from Delhi to Rishikesh. You can check for flights here.
4:30am Meditation session
5:30am Pranayama session
6:30am Light Breakfast
7:00am Morning Vedanta class
8:00am Yoga Asana Class
12:00am Group Meeting
1:00pm Vedanta Class
3:00pm Midday Meditation session
4:00pm Self practice of Asanas
7:30pm Evening Meditation & study
9:00pm Lights off
- Vedantic meditation practices
- Practice of Pranayama (Anulomaviloma & Kapalabhati)
- Yoga Asana practice
- Daily classes on the Vivekachudamani of Shankaracharya
- Simple, Sattvic (pure), vegetarian diet
- Early rise, early to bed
- Practice of Mauna (silence)
Rules of the retreat
- No use of phone or Internet throughout the retreat (a complete digital fast)
- No intoxicants of any type (smoking, alcohol, coffee, drugs, etc.)
- Eating only the food which is served in the retreat (sattvic, vegetarian food)
- Maintain mauna (silence)
- No leaving the premises of the retreat without permission