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Inner alchemy

8 days Emotional release & deep relaxation retreat


10 - 17 March 2020

from € 1490

The Inner Alchemy is a unique life-transforming eight-day program of Restorative Yoga & I-Rest consults. We facilitate a unique program that helps you to release emotions and creates deep relaxation to support your healing to express yourself as your most authentic self.  

Besides twice daily yoga & meditation classes we offer individual consults where methods of I-Rest are combined with Energy Healing. 

I-Rest is a modern day adaptation of the ancient meditative practice of Yoga Nidra. In a 1:1 session the client is guided in a meditative & deep relaxing state from where a selfinquiry starts. Research shows that IRest effectively reduces PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia and chronic pain.


For who? 


Anyone who is open to this path of meditation and self realisation  is eligible for this practise. 




  • Daily restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra classes

  • Daily guided meditations and awareness practices  

  • Individual I-Rest consults 

  • Traditional Indian rituals including fire ceremonies (Agani Pooja, Hawan)

  • Indian classical music performances including mantra chanting

  • private tours: visit to Rishikesh city, temple visit and nature walk

  • 3 delicious vegetarian sattvic meals every day

  • Herbal organic teas available all day

  • 8 nights comfortable accommodation



"free to attend" retreat


Please note that all the classes are optional during your retreat. Our intention is to let you develop at your own pace and to let you enjoy your stay. We want you to enjoy your retreat as much as possible, to become healthy in mind and body and to learn how to feel at one with yourself.


Personal approach 


For our retreats at Rishis International we work with small groups of maximum 10 participants, allowing our teachers and therapists to give tremendous personal attention to each and every student and to offer a program that fits our participants personal needs.


Antar Khirad & Denise Harskamp are both internationally qualified and experienced instructors. Antar Khirad is master of Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, Ayurvedic Massage and breath work and will give twice daily meditation and Restorative Yoga classes. On request ayurvedic massage is also available. Denise works as a holistic therapist and offers individual consults of I-Rest & Energy Healing.








































The retreat will be held on the grounds of the incredible space of “Rishis International” situated in the mystical valley of ancient Shiva Temple, a pilgrimage of thousands of Hindus. The area called ‘Devo Bhumi ‘ Divine land /  Land of Gods. We can arrange for your transport from the nearest city (Rishikesh) and airport (Dehradun Jolly Airport).


Rishis International provides accommodation with excellent quality, assuring that you will have a pleasant and comfortable stay. If you are a solo traveller and wish to have more privacy, single person supplements are available for all rooms. If you don't mind sharing with other participants, Rishis International can 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, so we can arrange for your shared accommodation.


Room options


Deluxe room in the villa with shared bathroom


This room, with a magnificent view over the rice fields and tropical jungle, has two single beds that can be joined together. The room can either be booked individually or by a couple or two friends booking at the same time. Zen deluxe room has a shared bathroom with Zorba deluxe room.


Eco stone cottage with private bathroom


For those who like to have their own private space and bathroom, we offer a luxurious eco stone cottages. These cottages have doubles beds and a private bathroom with a shower and toilet. This accommodation can be booked either individually or by a couple or two friends booking at the same time.




Food is an art to prepare and to receive. At our retreat, the food is based on Ayurvedic ingredients and is prepared with love and care and with high hygienic standards. We provide vegetarian Indian sattvic cuisine cooked in traditional style.

Food is a very important part of life so we try to offer a balanced menu, with dishes that give nourishment to your body and that are easy to digest, in order to keep you calm and help you to go deeper in meditation. 

In our retreat we share with you the knowledge of how to make a simple act such as eating into a meditative practise.


What's included:

  • 8 nights comfortable accommodaton at the yoga retreat center Rishis International

  • 2 daily Yoga and Meditation classes

  • 4 individual I-Rest consultations

  • 3 delicious vegetarian sattvic meals daily

  • 3 private tours: visit to Rishikesh city, temple visit and nature walk

  • daily evening celebrations including traditional Indian rituals and ceremonies

Extra options on request:

  • Ayurvedic massage sessions

  • Ayurvedic consultation followed by dietary recommendations

  • Pranic healing, Reiki sessions

  • Additional private tours such as jungle safari


What's not included:


  • Flights

  • Shuttle services from and to the resort which are not part of the program

  • Medical and travel insurances


Good to know before you go/ additional information


Group size


Maximum 10 persons. This allows for us to give a lot of personal attention to each student's development.


Dressing information


Please bring loose, comfortable clothing. Also, we recommend that you bring a shawl for meditation practice. Since the evenings may get a bit chilly, we recommend that you bring a sweater with you as well.


What to bring


We have yoga mats at Rishis International which you are more than welcome to use. Alternatively, if you prefer to bring your own mat you are welcome to do so. Please pack some sun cream and insect repellant. Also remember to bring a torch and your travel adaptor for your various charging needs. 


We provide towels and bedsheets, and we have herbal shampoo and body wash for you to use too.


Extension options


If you would like to spend a few days before the retreat or after the retreat at the resort, you are very welcome to do so. Please inquire with us beforehand which rooms are available for those days and we will book your room.


How to get there


Rishis International is situated approximately 15 km from Rishikesh 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 assist with arranging shuttle taxi services for our guests from both Rishikesh and from Dehradun Jolly Airport. You will be picked up by our driver at the agreed point at the city or airport and dropped of at the resort, making your retreat fully hassle free. Any additional shuttle service that you may wish to use can be arranged for as well.


If you prefer to come to Rishikesh a day or more before or after retreats, you could spend one of several days in Rishikesh and then rejoin us at Rishis International. We can arrange for your transport from the city to the resort.


Booking conditions




In order to reserve your room please contact us to find out if the room is available for the dates you require. We then ask you for a deposit of 25% of the total amount via bank transfer. The other 75% can be either transferred by bank as well shortly before your arrival or can be paid in cash on the location.


Accepted payment methods for deposit payment


Bank transfer


Accepted payment methods on location




Accepted currencies on location


Euro and Indian Rupee


Cancellation policy


In case of a cancellation within less than 4 weeks before your scheduled retreat program, your deposit payment of 25% will be charged. If you cancel more than 4 weeks before your scheduled retreat, your deposit will be refunded.




Option 1: shared double room or stone cottage - € 1490

Option 2: private room or private stone cottage single occupancy - € 1790

When making a booking request, thank you for mentioning the following details in our contact form:

  • the retreat or training program you're interested in

  •  on which dates you would like to participate in the program

  • which room option has your preference

Swami Antar Khirad


Antar Khirad ('Inner Wisdom') got his Sanyas in 1996 at the community of 'Osho', enlightened Master in Pune. Born in the northern part of India in a Shatriya family, he was raised with 'Sanatan Dharma' (Eternal Religion). Through the journey of life he has been with different mystics and masters, and lived in several communes and ashrams.


"Religion is not where you are born in, it's what is born out of you."


Having this insight, Antar Khirad keeps moving on his path. Sharing his love and energies both in Asia and in Europe for the last 15 years as a contemporary teacher of Tantra, Yoga and Meditation. Leading many groups and workshops, and giving trainings and individual sessions.


Denise Harskamp

 Denise works as a holistic therapist and offers individual consults of I-Rest & Energy Healing.

IRest is a modern day adaptation of the ancient meditative practice of Yoga Nidra. In a 1:1 session the client is guided in a meditative & deep relaxing state from where a selfinquiry starts. 

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