March 6 - 15, 2020
Mama India has been calling you, and you have been searching for the opportunity that feels right. You want to hear the ancient vedic chants, smell the burning incense in the street, hear the busy vendors, and feel the heart opening that comes with ceremony at the Ganges.
You want a guide that is welcomed warmly by the community and knows it well. You want to feel safe, accepted, cared for, and you are ready to be uncomfortable for the sake of your personal transformation.
You want a group of soul seekers that match your passionate wild spirit. You want the authentic experience of ancient tradition, to offer your hands in conscious sustainable service, and to have the opportunity to connect in with your inner childlike wonder.
Welcome, fellow seeker, it is time to journey back home.
Meet your Guide
Adi is the CEO of Passion Yoga School, and Co-Founder + Executive Director of Shakti Seva Inc. She has led seekers and been involved in Social Justice initiatives in India, Thailand, Cambodia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and more. She has trained hundreds of yoga teachers at both introductory and advanced levels, and she offers to thousands more through free online yogic education.
This will be her 9th Pilgrimage into the womb of Mama India.
Your Journey in Detail
Friday, March 6
Arrive to Delhi Airport on March 6 or early in the morning of March 7. Many flights arrive around midnight, so be VERY CAREFUL as you book. A Passion Yoga School guide will be there holding a sign with your name to transfer you to the 5 Star Hotel.
Saturday, march 7
Enjoy a healthy vegetarian breakfast and depart via domestic flight (included in your package) for Rishikesh. (B)
sunday, march 8
Wake up with the sun and walk the 2 minutes with the group to Sadhana (spiritual practice) at the ashram with Vishva-ji. The class will include asana, mantra, pranayama, and meditation. After Sadhana, participate in sacred fire ceremony at the ashram to welcome the day. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, and get to know Rishikesh with a walking tour. (B)
monday, march 9
After yoga, ceremony, and breakfast, enjoy a free day. Shop. (You won't believe the incredible goodies you can get for CHEAP!) Participate in a talk with a local master. Sit and share tea with the local people. Meditate at the Ganga. Explore local ashrams. The possibilities are endless. (B)
tuesday, march 10
After the morning routine, visit the Elementary School we support. Enjoy a welcome ceremony, spend some time with the children, and distribute donations. Take a walk through the local village to see how their families live, and learn how you can continue to make a difference for these kids. Evening sharing circle to process the day. (B)
wednesday, march 11
Ceremony & Breakfast. Another free day to get to know the magic of Rishikesh and allow it all to unfold. Tonight, we will enjoy dinner and devotional song with the children of Ramana's Garden - a local school and orphanage near our hotel. We will get to know their work, hear their stories, and have a meaningful exchange. (B)
thursday, march 12
Ceremony & Breakfast. Enjoy a free afternoon. This evening we will attend the nightly Puja (fire ceremony) of one of the world's most famous ashrams, Parmarth Niketan. Listen to the sacred chants and join with hundreds of others as the sun sets over Ganga-ma. (B)
friday, march 13
Ceremony & Breakfast. We will have a powerful ancestral healing ceremony at the Ganga. Tonight's farewell dinner will be at the Hare Krishna ashram, where will we dance, sing, and eat with Krishna devotees. Be ready to have your heart ripped wide open in this powerful devotional ceremony. (B, D)
saturday, march 14
Dive deeply into your last sacred Ceremony & Ayurvedic Breakfast. Get ready to check out, and today we fly back to Delhi to our 5 star hotel. Enjoy an afternoon tour of Delhi. Fly out of Delhi back home late in the evening of the 14th or early morning of the 15th. You have a hotel room the evening of the 14th, so book what is best for you.
sunday, march 15
You may have an early morning flight on the 15th. That's ok ! You have your hotel room booked the night of the 14th. If you extend your stay any further, you will need to coordinate your own travel arrangements.
A special Thank You to our soul family Katya Nova Photography for the photos.
Passion Yoga School Guide, Round Trip Domestic flight from Delhi to Rishikesh, 8 nights at 4 Star Hotel in Rishikesh, 3 nights at 5 Star Hotel in Delhi, Airport pick up / drop off from Passion Yoga School representative, all Breakfasts, daily yoga with Himalayan Master Yogrishi Vishvketu, Visit to local Elementary School, Visit to local Orphanage, Daily Fire Puja at the ashram, Rishikesh walking tour, coordination of volunteer activities as listed, coordination of transformational experiences as listed, donation to local initiatives, taxes, fees, and tips.
Note that this does not include international airfare, lunches, or dinners.
You can expect to spend around $10 per meal.
$2000 USD for a shared room (double occupancy)
30% is due now
This is non-refundable, without exception
The remaining is due January 2020
*Note: Plan to spend $20/day on meals and allow for a personal shopping budget (up to you!)
The flight is not included. Be very mindful as you book. With long travel times and time zone shifts, be sure to double check that your arrival / departure times match the itinerary requirements. Or, plan to book your own early arrival / late departure travel details.
Arrive to Delhi Airport on March 6 or early in the morning of March 7.
Fly out of Delhi late in the evening of the 14th or early morning of the 15th. You have a hotel room the evening of the 14th, so book what is best for you!
Flights to Delhi in March range from $650 (New York) - $1300 (small US cities).
Check the largest airport near you for the best rates.
Visit the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date requirements (www.cdc.gov) and/or speak with a local travel doctor regarding vaccinations.
We also advise that you speak with your doctor regarding a prescription for an antibiotic to combat food and water borne illnesses.
Recommendations for India include:
Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid
Passport is required
Visa is required for India and must be obtained ahead of time. Please visit India Government online visa page to begin the process.
Travel Insurance is required
Medical evacuation and repatriation required. We recommend Travel Guard. Please purchase ASAP so that you can be refunded in the event that you must cancel.
Please Note that India is not for everyone. It is very humbling, and it can be very challenging. We have picked the best of the best for your experience, but Mama India always has her own plans for us. Things will change. Things will not make sense. You will see things that may sadden your soul.
If you are not willing to be uncomfortable for the sake of personal transformation and deep growth - this program is NOT for you. It is dirty. There is painful poverty. Language barriers. Cultural barriers. It smells weird. However - if you are ready to dive deeply into yourself for a truer understanding of Source - this will be one of the most powerful experiences of your life.