ayurvedic yoga massage retreat
7 days retreat
20th - 27th March 2019
from € 690
This 7 days vedic yoga massage retreat is an opportunity to discover your inner treasure, to be able to recognise your own self and to relate to the source of giving a healing touch.
Giving and receiving is an art. Through this retreat, in the magical environment and mystical power of the Himalyas, one learns to be there, to recieve and give this traditional way of caring of ones body and mind, nourishing the inner self.
Daily vedic yoga massage classes
Daily yoga classes
Theoretical and practical knowledge: Vedic Yoga Massage retreat gives you the basic knowledge of Ayurveda, Yoga and Pranayama (yogic breathing)
3 delicious healthy vegetarian sattvic meals every day
Herbal organic teas available all day
6 nights comfortable accommodation
Royal Indian jungle experience
Vedic Yoga Massage
Vedic Yoga Massage is unique style of massage that combines deep tissue massage with coordinated breath work and yoga stretching.
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.
The specific and therapeutical body work helps to correct postural imbalances and to restore harmony to the body with the help of Ayurvedic herbal oils and medicinal powders which are used for their healing properties.
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.
Vedic Yoga Massage retreat
Vedic Yoga Massage retreat gives the basic knowledge of Ayurveda, Yoga and Pranayama (yogic breathing), also serving as an introduction to the more extensive Vedic Yoga Massage Teacher Training given at Rishis.
In this retreat you learn the basic principles of Ayurveda, to distinguish the 3 'Dosha's' and the different body types. You will get understanding about working on 'Marma's' (energy points in the body). Step by step you will learn the sequences of massage. Learn to give and receive.
During the retreat there will be guided meditation classes to enhance your senses and go deeper within. Daily yoga classes are part of the program as well, giving you a balanced body and preparing you for the stretches during the vedic yoga massage.
The retreat is open to all, both beginners and those who already travelled the path ahead.
8:30 - 9:30 Morning Meditation class with yoga and pranayama exercises
9:30 - 10:30 Herbal tea and light healthy breakfast
11:00 - 13.00 vedic yoga massage class ( theory and practical )
13.00 - 14:30 Brunch
14.30 - 16.00 Rest time and time for individual consultations and sessions (optional)
16:00 - 16:30 Chai and Ayurvedic bites
17:00 - 18:30 vedic yoga massage class ( practical )
19:00 - 20.30 Dinner
21:00 - 22:00 Bonfire and evening celebrations
"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.
For our retreats at Rishis International we work with small groups of maximum 8 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.
Our well qualified teachers are carrying life time experiences of teaching and are having tremendous knowledge of 'Vedanta' and vedic rituals and techniques.
Retreats are based at our retreat center Rishis International, located at the footsteps of the Himalayas, near the city of Rishikesh. We can arrange for your transport from the nearest city (Rishikesh) and airport (Dehradun Jolly Airport).
We provide 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.
Zen deluxe private/double room 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 (shared option only available for female solo travellers) or by a couple or two friends booking at the same time. Zen deluxe room has a shared bathroom with Zorba deluxe room.
Zorba deluxe private/double room 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 (shared option only available for female solo travellers) or by a couple or two friends booking at the same time. Zorba deluxe room has a shared bathroom with Zen deluxe room.
Deluxe eco stone-bamboo hut with private bathroom
For those who like to have their own private space and bathroom, we offer a luxurious eco stone hut. This hut has a double bed and a private bathroom with a bathtub and toilet. The hut can be booking 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.
Wellness treatments and personal consultations (optional)
Guests of our retreat also are offered the option to book personal ayurvedic consultations and individual ayurvedic massage sessions. Ayurvedic wellness treatments such as 'Shirodhara' and steam bath can be booked as well. We request our guest to give a sign in advance if they wish to receive such a treatment, so that all necessary elements can be arranged.
6 nights comfortable accommodaton at the retreat center Rishis International
Vedic Yoga Massage classes twice a day
Daily Yoga and meditation classes
3 delicious vegetarian sattvic meals daily
daily evening celebrations including traditional Indian rituals and ceremonies
What's not included:
Airport transport fee from Dehradun Jolly Airport (we can book the taxi for you and arrange for pick-up and drop-off at the resort)
Ayurvedic personal consultations
Good to know before you go/ additional information
Maximum 8 persons. This allows for us to give a lot of personal attention to each student's development.
Please bring loose, comfortable clothing for the yoga and meditation classes. The vedic yoga masage is performed on the floor and because of the use of herbal oils it is best if the receiver wears shorts and a stretch top or t-shirt. Please bring these type of clothing as well. Also, we recommend that you bring a shawl for meditation practice.
What to bring
We provide the herbal oils and towels for the massage. Furthermore we have yoga mats at Rishis International which you are more than welcome to use during our yoga and meditation classes. 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 your travel adaptor for your various charging needs. Since the evenings may get a bit chilly, please bring a sweater with you as well.
We provide towels and bedsheets, and we have herbal shampoo and body wash for you to use too.
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 provide shuttle taxi services for our guests from both Rishikesh and from Dehradun Jolly Airport, charging a minimal service fee based on the local tariff. The cost of the taxi service from Rishikesh can be estimated at € 15 and the taxi service from Dehradun Jolly Airport at € 30, which is to be paid directly to the driver. 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.
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.
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
Accepted payment methods on location
Accepted currencies on location
Euro and Indian Rupee
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.
Swami Antar Khirad
Antar is a yoga teacher and ayurvedic massage therapist. He was born in India. After his basic education in the northern part of India, he continued his inner search which he had from his young age. He moved to his master's community in Pune. In Osho commune he spend many years and shared his energy and skills and learnd body work and many meditation tecniques.
In 2000 he moved in Europe and has been living in Holland. Ever since he has been sharing internationally his life time experience of ayurveda, yoga and meditation.
Ma Yog Stuti
A nomad at heart , her journey started since she was young. Growing up she was influenced by her father which is where she first got to know about spirituality and yoga.
A strong desire to find some stability and tranquility led her to Sivananda Ashram where she formally underwent training to become a yoga teacher. Along with this she has attended various yoga and meditation camps learning and going deeper in it.
Since then she has been travelling and conducting programs which includes beginners, intermediate as well as being part of TTC as an Assistant Teacher. All this with the hope of sharing the peace that she has found.