Retreat Date 8 – 17 March with Zephyr Mercer & Emily Lacy
Yoga and the Wonders of Tiruvannamalai, India
Join Zephyr and Emily for this 10 day/9 night adventure in Southern India. The retreat will be held at Yogiville, a location designed for yoga & meditation.
Retreat Location – Yogiville India
Yogiville is located between Bangalore and Chennai in the rural surroundings of Tiruvannamalai – 1 of 32 districts in the state of Tamil Nadu. Away from the hustle and bustle, Yogiville is surrounded by nature, farmland and precious wide open space, with breath taking views of the holy mountain of Arunachala. Yogiville places a strong emphasis on promoting natural living through home grown produce, Ayurvedic vegetarian food and wellness treatments, allowing this beautiful and natural sanctuary to encourage rejuvenation, exploration and relaxation.
We are fortunate to offer this retreat at Yogiville, which was established in 2005 by Yogi Ashokananda,. Originally based in Vrindavan, relocating to the warmer climate of Paliapattu, Tiruvannamalai, Southern India in 2011. As a result, Yogiville now enjoys more space, peacefully found in rural surroundings of around 12 acres of land outside of town.
Over the years the founder, Yogi Ashokananda has been committed to developing community projects amongst his students and spearheading charitable work. Yogiville India is an extension of Yogi’s vision to create a place of authenticity in his homeland of India.
A Jivamukti and Mysore programme will run in conjunction in the mornings, giving you the opportunity to immerse yourself in either one of these practices for the duration of the 10 days. This allows Emily or Zephyr the opportunity to work intensively with you during the retreat depending on your wish to explore/begin your Ashtanga or Jivamukti practice.
Beginners are welcome but would choose which practice they wanted to develop over the course of the retreat and work with one teacher in the morning sessions.
Daily meditation and afternoon sessions will bring both groups together to consider the insights and gifts of yoga practice. These will be a mix of mantra, chanting, pranayama, yin/restorative approaches, philosophy talks and technique sessions. They will be tailored to be beneficial for everyone regardless of which morning practice you choose.
In between time spent on the mat, Emily and Zephyr are also very excited to share with you some of the mystery and magic of India. Highlights include a trip to the French colonial town of Pondicherry, set on the Bay of Bengal, visiting local temples and meditation caves, the Sri Ramana Ashram, a sunrise hike (bring walking shoes) and much more.
At the retreat there will also be plenty of opportunity to enjoy traditional Indian Ayurvedic massage, to wander and explore the orchards and organic vegetable gardens or simply chill out in a hammock under a tree or relax by the pool. (Yes there is a pool!)
For more information, please visit full retreat program here.