If any of these strike a chord, then follow your heart and join us on this journey.
New discoveries and treasures await – outer and inner!
The focal point of the retreat is Haidakhan Vishwa Mahadham, an ashram where I have spent much time in recent years. It's been such a gift in my life, I love sharing this with others who would like to travel as part of a small group, be supported in their inner process by an experienced coach and facilitator and have all the organisational hassle taken care of.
Haidakhan is located in a remote part of the Himalayan foothills on the bank of the river Gautami Ganga. On the surface, Haidakhan is a very simple place, much time is spent outdoors as life revolves around the stunning riverbed and steep hills rising from it. The facilities are very basic and invite us to look beyond what our eyes can see and watch more deeply from within our hearts. Like veils lifting, we can then experience the magic of this place: the home of Shri Babaji, in Hindu mythology an incarnation of Sambasadashiva, the aspect of Shiva which is always in union with the divine mother.
The sense of grace and peace in Haidakhan is so tangible you can almost touch them. This energy is a huge accelerator for connecting deeply with who we really are and stepping out of habitual thought, behaviour and physical patterns into more presence, choice and open energy flow.
Our stay in Haidakhan will conclude with Navaratri, the festival of nine nights in honour of the divine mother, with ancient vedic fire ceremonies and special pujas being held every day. A day during Navaratri can seem like many years of personal growth in ‘normal’ life!
When Babaji was in a physical body, his teaching was ‘Truth, Simplicity, Love’. He also emphasised ‘Service to humanity’ and encouraged everyone to follow the religion of their heart, but never to place religion (or any dogma) above humanity. Every part of this trip has been carefully chosen to support our exploration of these teachings and help receive the valuable gifts they can offer to each one of us. For example, during our travels, we will stay in Indian middle class hotels rather than exclusive five star properties for foreigners and wealthy Indians. Growth happens when we leave our comfort zone and while you might feel challenged at times, you will be in very safe hands.
In addition to following the Ashram practices of chanting, pujas (ceremonies), karma yoga, we will have two longer structured retreat sessions as a group during our stay in Haidakhan, one at the beginning and one towards the end. There is also an optional check in each day in case you would like to connect with the group. I will tailor the facilitated retreat sessions to the needs of the participants, drawing from a rich repertoire of healing and transformational modalities, including breathwork, constellations, guided meditations and creative work. Scroll down for more details on the content of sessions planned for this retreat.
My approach to transformational work is deeply informed by my own healing journeys and trainings. Regardless of the specific techniques or modalities I tried or trained in, and the teachers I’ve been graced to learn from, at the core of what I learnt is the importance of the connection to our inner self, the voice in our hearts which guides and speaks with wisdom and unconditional love. The purpose of my work is to support others in finding or deepening the relationship with their inner self in order to lead inspired, authentic lives in full knowledge and embodiment of their divine essence.
Dates: 30th March - 17th April 2019 (19 days)
Price depends on group size (maximum group size 8 participants):
Included in retreat itinerary:
2 nights shared accommodation in Delhi
Return train journey Delhi - Haldwani
1 night shared accommodation in Haldwani
Shopping trip for Indian clothes for Ashram
Taxi Haldwani – Haidakhan and return
15 nights at Ashram including lunch
1-day hike to local Mount Kailash
Trip organisation, accompaniment and personal transformation support from me
Excluded but available at extra charge:
If this retreat is calling you - and you will know if it is - please use this convenient booking form!
And if you have any questions, I look forward to hearing from you!
Booking terms: Half of the trip cost is due when booking to confirm your space on the retreat. The remainder is due five weeks before departure (by 22nd February 2019). Please book as early as possible to ensure your place and avoid an additional charge.
If there is still space on the trip, late bookings will incur the following additional fees:
· From 15th January 2019: 10% of trip cost
· From 15th February 2019: 15% of trip cost
Day 0: Travel to India (29th March 2019 for most)
Day 1: Arrival in Delhi, optional sightseeing/shopping depending on your arrival time, early dinner together in hotel to meet group
Day 2: Train to Haldwani. Shopping for ashram clothes and overnight stay.
Day 3: Travel to Haidakhan ashram
Day 4-7: Stay in Haidakhan ashram
In Haidakhan we follow the ashram programme which includes bathing in the crystal clear waters of the river, chanting, pujas (ceremonies) and fire rituals, satsang in the chai shops, etc. Your personal process will almost magically take shape through these activities, presenting you with the situations, people and insights that you need at exactly the right time.
We will also help the ashram (and ourselves) prepare for Navaratri.
Day 8-16: Navaratri in Haidakhan. The ashram programme changes for this special festival.
Day 17: Final havan (fire ceremony) and last day in Haidakhan
Day 18: Travel to Delhi
Day 19: Departure home (17th April 2019)