Our retreats are set at Aranyaka Upanishad
Here's an impression of the ancient forests and grounds surrounding our retreat.
We are so lucky to have such a beautiful location for our sacred retreats. It is a magical untouched 50 acre forest in the heart of another 1000+ acres.
During the classes, you'll hear the birds singing among many other forest sounds and during the breaks, put on your walking shoes and wander on the lingering forest tracks.
The perfect setting to turn within...
Yoga & Meditation Programme
The retreat will offer you a balanced selection of:
yoga postures (asanas)
breath work (pranayama)
satsang (question and answer sessions)
rest and relaxation
traditional yogic food that support the process
A 2-3 hour guided group hike to Devi temple
We'll also do a trip to Haridwar where you'll have the chance to bathe in the Ganges river.
Our host, Anu happens to be an artist and poet (among many other things like Sanskrit professor!) which you can see reflected in the way she has been shaping the retreat center.
Anu and the local families who help her, have restored this place to its former glory and are going well beyond it now.
On a shoe-string budget, using only recycled and local materials, they are on the way to creating a simple yet phenomenal, sustainable and spiritual place.
It's already amazing, and we can't wait to see what a paradise it will be in a few years. Watch this space!
Aranyaka Upanishad is subject to quite an extreme climate so don't expect all the comforts of an occidental home even though it looks beautiful. We are still in India after all!
Bring your slippers, layers and rain coat :-)
See more in this great documentary about Aranyaka Upanishad, where we host our very special Yoga & Meditation retreats at Divine Light Retreats.
You can see Anu (Anusuya) in the first 4 minutes of this video and again at 46:50mins, it gives us such a nice impression of this truly inspiring place.
The way that it's come about is an extraordinary story of the personal sacrifices, battles fought to keep it out of the wrong hands and the inner personal journey going from a Sanskrit professor in Denmark to becoming the guardian of an ancient, wild forests, where she suddenly shares her living space with leopards, monkeys and finds herself building and digging wells!