2019 Retreat to India
with Yogirajas Mona Anand and
• Pre-Retreat Sightseeing Trip to the Taj Mahal: March 10–12th
• 7 Day / 6 Night Palace Retreat – Delhi / Jaipur: March 15-21st
• 10 Day Yoga Retreat to Rajasthan, India: March 12–March 21st
• Post-Retreat New Delhi Sightseeing Trip: March 21–March 23
Join ISHTA Yogiraj’s Mona Anand and Tamara Graham in India, March 2019. The retreat will be held in Rajasthan, often referred to as the jewel in India's crown. We have picked Jaisalmer, on the edge of the Thar Desert, and Samode, outside of Jaipur "The Pink City". In Jaisalmer we will be staying at Suryagarh, a 5-star boutique fort hotel, which is a destination in itself. We will then be visiting Jaipur, famous for it's forts, palaces, and old temples - every part of this walled-city is worth exploring. Our stay will be at the Samode Palace, a 475-year-old palace that is a celebration of the senses, underlined by contemporary luxury and magical hospitality. There are several options you can choose from to experience your retreat and India! You can come for the full retreat to Suryagarh and Samode, or join us for a shorter stay at the Samode Palace retreat. There is also a pre-retreat to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal (one of the seven wonders of the world), or stay after the retreat to tour New Delhi! Or do them all! There’s pricing for each leg of the journey and three different choices of rooms.
Early Bird Pricing on the retreat through January 5, 2019. Please email Donna to reserve a spot or for more details / pricing. Early Bird Pricing ranges from $1900 - $2800 for the 7 Day Retreat and $2950 - $4400 for the 10 Day retreat. Prices include: Luxury accommodations, all intra-India flights, airport transfers for retreat scheduled flights, scheduled sightseeing trips, daily brunch + dinner, full yoga program, and more.
10 Day Yoga Retreat to Rajasthan, India:
March 12–March 21st
Jaisalmer – The Desert Citadel. A place that perhaps epitomizes the lonely, awesome beauty of Rajasthan is the “Golden City” of Jaisalmer, perched atop a hill and surrounded by miles of soft, fine, gleaming sand. This magical and incomparably romantic desert fortress is straight out of the Tales of the Arabian Nights. Because of its strategic location on the route between India and Central Asia, Jaisalmer was once a very wealthy place. The merchants and townspeople built magnificent houses and mansions all exquisitely carved from wood and sandstone. Jaisalmer is an unmissable stop on any journey to India.
The Golden Triangle
The famous Golden Triangle is a traveler’s survey of Indian icons with Rajasthan's capital, Jaipur, at one of the apices. It kicks off at the daunting megametropolis of Delhi, with its majestic Mughal heritage, and then angles to Agra, where one of the world’s most famous tombs, the Taj Mahal, defines the city. The triangle is completed at Jaipur – a city painted pink with some of the most colourful bazaars in India. Moreover, Jaipur is the gateway to Rajasthan, and once you've slept in a palace, entered a medieval fort or swayed on a camel, you'll want to experience more.
In Rajasthan, it's the forts and palaces that grab your attention. Massive forts emerge from mountain tops, their battle-scarred ramparts still defying long-dead enemies. Spiked doors that once held war elephants at bay open onto the twisting approaches to the palaces within. Austere and practical gives way to fantasy and opulence once safely inside. Carved marble and stone, fountains and coloured glass decorate the halls of business and rooms of pleasure. All across Rajasthan there are numerous forgotten forts and lovingly restored palaces, including Jaisalmer's fairy-tale desert outpost.
10 Day Yoga Retreat to Rajasthan, India: March 12–March 21st
One day at le Meridien Delhi, three days at Suryagarh, Jesalmer, six days at Samode Palace, Jaipur
Three Intra India Flights: Delhi - Jaisalmer / Jaisalmer – Jaipur/ Jaipur - Delhi
Scheduled sight seeing trips on Itinerary
Brunch and dinner every day
Airport transfers to and from airports by coach
Yoga Program (during the retreat)
Morning and Evening yoga sessions taught by either Mona and Tamara
Specialized workshops taught by teachers on the retreat - include a beginners’ workshop, meditation workshop, inversion workshop and injury management workshop
Scheduled chats / lectures led by Mona and Tamara – topics include yoga nidra, mantra, chakras, yoga philosophy
Book club led by Mona and Tamara
7 Day /6 Night Palace Yoga Retreat: March 15–March 21st
One day at Le Maridian in Delhi, six days in Samode Palace
Round Trip Flight – Delhi – Jaipur - Delhi
Brunch and dinner every day
Scheduled tour of Jaipur with lunch included
Airport Transfers – bus will meet scheduled retreat flight
Morning Session: Asana and Yoga Nidra or Meditation
Free Time – optional scheduled activities / pool/ spa treatments/ sightseeing trips / Ayurvedic treatments
Yoga Chats / Lectures led by Mona and Tamara on a variety of topics including chakras, mantra, yoga philosophy
Scheduled specialized workshops with teachers assisting the retreat from New York and Perth: beginner workshop, injury management, meditation and inversion workshop
Evening Session - Restorative / Yoga Nidra Practice or Yin Practice
Book Club one evening
Pre-Retreat Sightseeing Trip to the Taj Mahal: March 10–12th
Welcome to Agra!
Agra city is a virtual gateway to a world of discovery. It has witnessed the rise of the pomp and pageantry of three great Mughal monarchs – Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan, all of whom lavished on this fabled city, their love and riches to transform the land into one of the greatest centres of art, culture, learning and commerce. Much of the city’s impressive past lives in evidence even today, in the haunting presence inside the monuments and in the majesty of the buildings.
Post-Retreat New Delhi Sightseeing Trip: March 21–March 23
The British created their own Delhi with large well planned avenues and planted 10,000 trees with a 112 kms of hedges that it would be green round the year abundant with flowers a botanical paradise. The seat of the British Empire, Delhi of 1911 was planned to resemble ‘an Englishman dressed for the climate’. Its planners and main architects decided that it would be neither Hindu, nor Muslim, nor Buddhist, nor English nor Roman but IMPERIAL a house for the Viceroy that resembled a “giant Indian bungalow, embattled Rajput fortress and Mughal tomb with shades of Buckingham Palace with English country house comforts”.
Delhi is perhaps the only city in the world that fuses its past present and evokes its future without losing an iota of its identity. 1300 monuments speak of her antiquity, of the ambitions of men who thought they could hold on to her but history proved otherwise. A popular superstition is that it is also known as the ‘graveyard of dynasties’ with every one of its cities built there heralding the death the dynasty that built it.
Thus, Delhi is a Melting Pot of cultures, politics and religions of India’s colorful past in its monuments, its palaces, and in the faces of its people that themselves narrate the story of their glorious past.
2018 Retreat to Kerala India: Cochin – Marari – Alleppey
with Yogiraj Mona Anand
March 15 – 18 Cochin / Brunton Boat Yard
Cochin, the capital of Kerala, has one of the best natural harbors in the world. From time immemorial the Arabs, the Dutch, the Chinese, the English and the voyagers from Portugal have followed then sea – routes to Cochin and left their imprint on the town.
March 18 – 24th Marari Beach
Marari Beach Resort is a celebration of Kerala’s coastal fishing villages. Marari Beach sprawls across 55 acres of lawns, far-flung lotus ponds and whispering coconut groves, all threaded through with stone-flagged pathways.
March 24 – 25th Houseboat on Backwaters
Float along and gaze over paddy fields of succulent green, curvaceous rice barges and village life along the banks. This is one of Kerala’s most mesmerizingly beautiful and relaxing experiences.
Backwaters of Kerala
The backwaters of Kerala offer an enchanting experience of fun and relaxation and a chance to see authentic local life; a world of coconut trees, shallow lakes, deep canals and long boats….
For additional information on our yoga program:
Contact Mona at email@example.com
2015 ISHTA Yoga Retreat To Italy
Mona Anand and Ulrica Norberg
I am so excited to be leading this retreat with Senior Ishta Teacher and Yin Master Teacher, Ulrica Norberg from Sweden. Join us on the exquisite south- east coast of Italy for a week of yoga, meditation, and relaxation.
August 29-September 5, 2015
Experience the unspoiled part of Italy; beautiful beaches, delicious food and local wine, all at affordable prices with few tourists await those who venture to Salento, the sun-kissed south of Puglia at the heel of Italy’s boot. It is full of southern Italian ebullience and a heady mix of traditions. The remains of Greek and Roman temples and pre- historic monuments are scattered all over the dry sierras, popping up amid cactuses, olive groves and tobacco farms. Salento has evolved into an eco-friendly and slow living region where many artists, yogis and new-thinkers retreat.
We will stay at an organic yogafarm called Agricola Samadhi in Zolino which is surrounded by nature and silence, in the navel of Salento, very close to beautiful beaches and coves. The only sounds you can hear are those of the wind, the chirping of birds and the sound of crickets.
Agricola Samadhi is much more than a retreat center; it is a journey within a journey, an existential experience, multi-sensory, energizing and relaxing. Soak in the sun by the pool, spoil yourself with one of the many massage treatments offered, or set off on horse back, boat or bike to explore the area.
This center has it’s own style of cooking in its Cucina del Sole where they treasure a slower and more harmonious rhythm of life during food production, preparation and assumption. They follow Ayurvedic and Taoist macrobiotic principles of Yin and Yang balance in their food preparation and use only natural ingredients.They combine their Italian Slow Food heritage with Eastern philosophy to create vegetarian healthy tasty dishes for every meal.
We will have two yoga sessions daily in our own yoga room which will include, yoga, meditation, restorative, yin yoga and yoga nidra. Every morning will start with an asana and meditation practice to open us up for the day. Every afternoon includes a restorative or yin yoga practice. Some days we offer satsang (talks/lecture) for those interested. The studio has essential props but please bring your own yoga mat and props of your choice.
Children are welcome and there is a playground on the premises. Friends and family members that do not wish to take part in our yoga program are welcome!
About the Teachers
Mona Anand. Mona Anand grew up in Mumbai, India where she was first introduced to yoga. She is a Yogiraj or Yoga Master in the Ishta Lineage Mona teaches her own Yoga Nidra Trainings and has a Yoga Nidra recording for deep relaxation or sleep available at Ishta and on iTunes. She is a lead trainer in Ishta’s 500 hour teacher training program. She co-leads Restorative Trainings taught around the world. She is known for her signature Yoga Nidra/ Restorative Chakra and Ayurveda Workshop series . She and her teacher, Alan Finger have developed their own system of Ayurveda and Asana and Yoga Nidra which she teaches in advanced Ishta trainings. Mona currently teaches classes at Ishta and Yoga Works. She has a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and lives in NYC with her husband and two daughters.
Ulrica Norberg. Ulrica (E-RYT 500) is a yoga teacher with more that 20 years experience of many styles and forms of yoga and meditation, now settled in the ISHTA yoga lineage and is a lead trainer in their 500 hr teacher training program as well as a master teacher in certain specialty trainings, such as ISHTA yinyoga. This Sweden native, also a writer and dramatist (written 10 books on yoga and meditation), has lived abroad many years and traveled around the world many times. She is known for her deep knowledge, inspirational spotting, pedagogic teaching and warm approach.