Alchemy of bliss
1 or 2 weeks retreat
12-17th February 2018
19-24th February 2018
from € 850
With dedicated yogis Antar Khirad & Hilary Brown
Enjoy daily delicious yoga, learn massage, explore your true nature, nurture your soul.
Beautiful luxury accomodations in jungle surroundings, wake up to a natural flowing
Rejuvenate, meditate and to go deeper in
Explore your dharma, receive
Disconnect from the internet, connect with yourself.
Definition of Bliss:
Verb: 3rd person present; to reach a state of perfect happiness, oblivious of everything else
The bliss program
Enjoy daily yoga (2 times a day): Antar & Hilary will share the daily yoga lessons, so you will practice traditional hatha yoga and breath-based vinyasa styles. In addition, we will be sharing more depth around seldom offered integrative practices to awaken your senses, with pranayama, meditation, writing, contemplate, walk, sing or even dance – in some form each day. Silence will be requested at specific moments each week to let you soak into yourself. Once a week we will take an (optional) excursion to sites around Rishikesh.
Week 1 & 2 | Learn the art of giving and receiving deep nurturing Ayurvedic massage that combines deep tissue massage with coordinated breath work and yoga stretching.
Ayurvedic Yoga Massage is unique style of massage that combines deep tissue massage with coordinated breath work and yoga stretching. It’s a body work which is performed on the floor to allow free movement and flow. It combines dynamic and static techniques. It is a traditional and ancient wisdom of taking care of the body through breath work and healing techniques in order to channelise the energy. By pressing energy points the body can be harmonised and freed from physical and emotional blockages. Excess of toxins in the body and knots can be removed through this unique comprehensive approach. This sacred body work happens between giver and receiver, allowing both an amazing sense of being present and available. It brings a state of meditation, which heals the body, enhances energy levels, deepens the experience of being here and now and helps with letting go of mind patterns and physical blockages and tensions.
Week 3 | Discover your own dharma by uncovering your core desired feelings. Take this time to reset you compass and regain you confidence in your own true nature.
Dive into an exploration of your own personal dharma – what is your own personal calling in life? Take this time to reset your compass and regain your confidence in your own true nature. In addition to yoga, meditation, pure peace and enjoyment, Hilary will take us through a process called Desire Mapping. Desire Mapping is a process to help you determine your goals with soul…so you can create the life you love. Knowing how you actually want to feel is the most potent form of clarity that you can have. Generating those feelings is the most creative thing you can do with your life. You will enjoy a deep process of listening, writing, exploring, remembering, dreaming; it will result in deeper awareness of your own core desired feelings, you will go home with mantra-like words that hold deep meaning for you and can truly help you navigate powerful life choices.
For our retreats at Rishis International we work with small groups, allowing our teachers and therapists to give tremendous personal attention to each and every student and offer a program that fits our participants personal needs.
Teachers - Who we are
We are delighted to share the path of yoga and meditation together.
Hilary Brown, teacher, friend and founder of Yoga Moves, the profound yoga school in the Netherlands. She has worked with many different yogi’s around the world and will share her teaching, joy and modern wisdom with us.
Antar Khirad, founder of Rishis International Retreat Center, sharing his integrated practices (asana, meditation, ayurveda and tantra) sourced from mother India. He will also help unravel a small part of India for us, sharing special temples and sites in Rishikesh, yoga capital of the world.
Join us in this open space to be yourself, discover new things, explore your yoga, discover the beauty of India, breathe deeply.
Join us for one, two of three weeks | Mon - Sat in February 2018
week 1: 5-10th Feb
week 2: 12-17th Feb
week 3: 19-24th Feb
Prices are per week:
Zen or Zorba deluxe € 995 | single occupancy € 1395
Eco stone cottage € 1095 | single occupancy €1495
Deluxe stone-bamboo cottage € 1195 (double) | Add third single bed € 895
Trips & excursions
During our weekly program, there will be one day offered that you are completely free to either enjoy the silence and magnificent space of our retreat centre or you may participate into the excursion that will be organised for that day. Based upon the demand by our participants, one excursion will be selected each week and you will be invited to join. 50-60 euros
Excursion to Rishikesh, including visit to several temples, visits to selectively chosen organic cafes, and participation in the evening ‘Arati’ Ganga Pooja ritual at the banks of the Ganges.
Tracking to magnificent waterfalls, small surrounding villages and local temples, pure and sacred places, unknown to tourists.
Visit to the Raja National park with a guided tour to experience the majestic wild life of India..
Accommodation & Nourishing Food
The retreat centre offers its guests comfortable dining and lounge areas overlooking the small mountain stream, as well as a beautiful large yoga-shala overlooking the rice fields and the tropical hills surrounding us. There is a small shop at the centre where you may purchase small items to enhance your stay, such as organic Indian soaps and shower gels, snacks, yoga mats and original hand crafted woollen shawls.
The food is based on Ayurvedic ingredients and is prepared with love and care and with high hygienic standards. We provide vegetarian Indian-based sattvic cuisine cooked in traditional style, enriched with several healthy, nutritious continental recipes.
The accommodation is of an excellent quality, assuring that you will have a pleasant and comfortable stay. Our luxurious rooms and cottages are suitable for shared, double occupations. We will find someone of the same sex to share with or if you wish to book along with a friend you can mention this in your booking. However, if you are a solo traveller and wish to have more privacy, single person supplements are also available. For all types of accommodations bed linen and towels will be provided by Rishis
Prices are per week:
Zen or Zorba deluxe private/double room with shared bathroom
€ 995 | single occupancy € 1395 | 2 rooms available
Luxurious double room situated in the villa. Decorated with ancient original Indian elements giving it a royal touch. These rooms, with a magnificent view over the rice fields and tropical jungle, have two single beds that can be joined together. Zen deluxe room has a large attached bathroom with shower which is shared with the Zorba deluxe room.
Eco stone cottage with private bathroom
€ 1095 | single occupancy €1495 | 3 cottages available
For those who like to have their own private space and bathroom, we offer luxurious eco stone cottages. These cottages, thoughtfully decorated with a warm colour palette and several original Indian style elements have two single beds that can be joined together and a private bathroom with a shower and toilet.
Deluxe eco stone-bamboo cottage with private bathroom
€ 1195 (double) | Add third single bed € 895 | 1 room available
Rishis offers one large deluxe bamboo and stone cottage with a king size bed, offering beautiful views over the mountain stream. This cottage with a unique bedroom made out of large bamboo branches that are covered by a thatch roof, has a private bathroom that is based on the natural stone-built ground floor containing a large stone bathtub, a washbasin and toilet. (can add single bed)
How to get there
Rishis International is situated approximately 15 km from Rishikesh city and approximately 35 km from the nearest airport ‘Dehradun Jolly Grant Airport’. There a several flights a day from New Delhi International Airport to Dehradun. The flight takes approximately 1.5 hours to reach there.
We provide transfers for our guests from Dehradun Jolly Airport to the retreat centre. The one-way transfer is chargeable at 40,00 euros per vehicle.
Please be informed that the fee of your transfers to and from Rishis International are not included in the fee of your retreat, but we will help you arrange it and will do our best to match you with another guest so you can share the ride.
Want to register?
Click the Booking request button below - you will be redirected to our website where you can register online.
You will be asked to fill our registration form and within a couple days, you will be sent a confirmation email with an invoice and a request to pay.
We accept bank transfer, Pay Pal or Visa.
Booking with payments received in full prior to 1 November 2017 receive a discount of 10%.
Enjoy a free excursion as a gift if you book 2 or more weeks!