Govardhan Eco-VillageA rural oasis outside of Mumbai that’s surrounded by dramatic hills, this cutting-edge self-sustaining community provides an idyllic setting for yoga and meditation. The Govardhan Eco Village also has a superb Ayurvedic spa, a luxurious swimming pool, and a sublimely peaceful atmosphere. In addition to yoga and chill time, we’ll also have the opportunity to learn how the Eco-Village works, get a tour of the organic gardening, farming projects, and spend some quality time with the cows. See more events in this venue
Two life-changing weeks of yoga, meditation, chanting, and adventure as we travel to the motherland of yoga: India. Throughout our journey we’ll explore various aspects of yoga through daily classes and workshops, hear stories about the gods and goddesses associated with the places we’ll be visiting, learn about the philosophy and practice of devotional yoga, and take part in purifying rituals to cleanse our hearts and elevate our consciousness. Our pilgrimage will include visits to ancient temples and historic sites, hiking in the foothills of the Himalayas, and offerings to the sacred Ganges. We’ll also go white water rafting, learn the art of Rajasthani hand block printing, and participate in the yogic lifestyle of a rural spiritual community.
We can only accommodate up to 18 participants on this amazing journey: reserve your spot soon!
The Pilgrimage at a Glance
- Arrive and stay 1 day in New Delhi
- 2 Days in Haridwar
- 2 Days in Rishikesh
- 3 Days in Jaipur
- 4 Days in the Govardhan Eco-Village
- Depart from Mumbai (Bombay)
The Pilgrimage in Detail
We'll travel from Delhi to the ancient city of Haridwar, one of the seven holiest places in India, We’ll be staying at the Haveli Hari Ganga, right along the banks of the sacred Ganges River, and spend two days absorbed in the spiritual vibration that permeates atmosphere there. We’ll begin our mornings with a traditional Vedic Fire ceremony, practice yoga and meditation on a veranda at the edge of the Ganges, and visit ancient temples on the hilltops above the city. We’ll also have the opportunity to bath in the Ganges at a private bathing ghat, go shopping at the bazars, enjoy Ayurvedic treatments at the hotel spa, and attend the spectacular evening offering of prayers, incense, and fiery lamps to the Goddess Ganga.
Known as “The Gateway to the Himalayas”, Rishikesh is just 25 kilometers north of Haridwar. We’ll take a short bus ride to our hotel, Aloha on the Ganges (really: that’s what it’s called), a monument to modern spirituality in a serene and peaceful environment right on the banks of the Ganges River near Laxman Jhulla . Surrounded by forested hills, the area is a beautiful and popular location for yoga and meditation. In addition to our morning ceremony, yoga practice, and meditation session, we’ll have the opportunity to go hiking in the foothills of the Himalayas, tour the local ashrams and temples, and do some white water rafting. As in Haridwar, the evening is filled with the sound of ringing temple bells as sadhus prepare for the nightly aroti ceremony on the banks of the holy river Ganges.
The “City of Victory”, is so named because the Rajput kings who founded Jaipur were devotional warriors and built the city as an impregnable fortress of Vedic culture at a time when India was being conquered by foreign invaders. We’ll drive back to Haridwar and take an overnight train to Jaipur, where we’ll stay at the beautiful Hotel Diggi Palace right inside the Pink City. While in Jaipur, we’ll visit the famous Govind Dev Ji temple, tour Jaipur’s historic sites, and go on a shopping excursion to Anokhi, world-renowned for their traditional hand-carved wood-cut printed clothing and ethical business practices. We’ll also travel to the village of Bagru and make our own chaddors (shawls) as we learn the art of Rajasthani hand block printing.
We’ll conclude our journey at the Govardhan Eco-village. A rural oasis outside of Mumbai that’s surrounded by dramatic hills, this cutting-edge self-sustaining community provides an idyllic setting for yoga and meditation. The Govardhan Eco Village also has a superb Ayurvedic spa, a luxurious swimming pool, and a sublimely peaceful atmosphere. In addition to yoga and chill time, we’ll also have the opportunity to learn how the Eco-Village works, get a tour of the organic gardening, farming projects, and spend some quality time with the cows.
Your host: Hari-kirtana das
Hari-kirtana das is an 800-Hour certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher, registered as an E-RYT 500 yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, and the author of the upcoming book ‘Confidential Knowledge: 8 Keys to Understanding the Bhagavad Gita’. Having a life-long interest in yoga, meditation, and eastern spiritual philosophy, Hari-kirtana lived full-time in devotional yoga ashrams and intentional spiritual communities from 1977 to 1982. He was formally initiated into the Gaudiya Vaisnava lineage of Bhakti Yoga in 1978. Hari-kirtana lives and teaches in Washington, DC and offers workshops and Teacher Training courses throughout the Northeastern United States. He also leads kirtans, writes about the relevance of traditional yoga philosophy in the contemporary world, and travels frequently to India.
Special Guest Teacher: Beth Filla
For Beth Filla, yoga is joy and expansion, an opportunity to uncover hidden connections and to watch the perceived boundaries of what is possible melt steadily away. Practicing since 1997 and teaching since 2005, she was certified to teach Vinyasa Yoga by Corina Benner, who came to the practice through OM Yoga in NY, and Jill Manning who was authorized to teach Ashtanga Yoga by Sharath Rangaswamy. In 2012, she was certified to teach Jivamukti Yoga by her chosen teachers, Jivamukti Co-Founders, Sharon Gannon and David Life, along with Jules Febre. Beth is the owner of Yogawood, a yoga studio that’s been serving the community of Collingswood, New Jersey (just over the bridge from Philadelphia) for 9 years. When you practice with her, expect to chant, breathe, move with energetic purpose, and feel connected to something bigger and more ancient than yourself.
Please note when you purchase your tickets that you will be flying into New Delhi and departing from Mumbai (Bombay). When you arrive in New Delhi on the evening of September 19th or morning of September 20th. You will be met at the airport and driven to a hotel near the airport. We’ll spend one day in Delhi and then take the afternoon train to Haridwar on September 21.
You will be departing from India by way of Mumbai (Bombay) the afternoon or evening of October 2nd, though some flights leave after midnight on the 3rd. If you would like to extend your trip by arriving early or staying longer then we can help to arrange this for you.
You will need a valid passport and a visa to enter India. Fees for acquiring passports, passport photos, and visas are separate expenses that are paid by you directly to the agencies that provide them. Please arrangement to acquire a visa at least one month in advance of your departure date. Cox & Kings Global Services Pvt. Limited is the only authorized Service Provider for Embassy of India & its Consulates across USA for Visa support services as of May 21, 2014. There are CKGS Application Centers in Washington DC, New York, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco & Atlanta. Visit The CKGS website for more information about getting your visa.
Once we receive your registration information you will receive a Travel Information brochure with further details about how to prepare for your journey, what to bring, what we’ll be doing, and what to expect at each location.
If you need to cancel your reservation, your $500 reservation deposit is refundable, minus a $50 administrative charge, through June 30, 2015. Reservation deposits are not refundable after July 1st, 2015. Your reservation is fully transferrable at any time so if you need to cancel but you know someone else who wants to go then you can transfer your deposit, along with any subsequent payments you have made if you are paying in installments, toward their reservation.
Payments toward the final balance of the cost of the pilgrimage over and above the reservation deposit are also refundable up to June 30. Payments toward the final balance of the cost of the pilgrimage over and above the reservation deposit made after July 1 are 50% refundable until August 31, 2015. We will not be able to offer you any refund if you cancel your reservation after August 31, 2015. We strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance if you think there is any chance that you will need to cancel your reservation after August 31.
If the pilgrimage is cancelled for any reason at any time then you will receive a full and complete refund, including your reservation deposit.
Any questions? We’ve got answers! Please check our FAQ page on our website and if you don’t find the answer you’re looking for, e-mail me (see e-mail address below) and put “India 2015 Question” in the subject line.
Asana — Meditation — Satsang — Kirtan - An amazing trip to the heart of spiritual India!
Two life-changing weeks of yoga, meditation, chanting, and adventure as we travel to the motherland of yoga: India.