Yoga & Safari in the Heart of India
In this 9-day retreat we will spend most of the time in nature. Silently we will stroll through the fields and witness the sunrise. Afterwards we will unroll the mats in the open (but covered) yoga shala overlooking the quiet river, where the Indian children play, the buffaloes come to drink water and the tribal women wash their clothes. While we practice, very likely we may see monkeys jumping around in the trees, and the birds singing will be our background music. In midst of these authentic Indian colors, smells and sounds our yoga - including Asana, Pranayama, Meditation and Chanting - will unfold.
The afternoons offer time to adapt the schedule according to the individual needs and likes; resting in the beautiful retreat surroundings or joining one of the organized trips, which lead us into the nearby village, to the weekly tribal market or hiking to a wonderful platform were we enjoy a great panoramic view.
In the evening, we will be sitting around the campfire under the stary sky, enjoying tasty Indian food and listening to the stories and lectures of our safari guides and hosts.Through their authentic sharing we will be learning lots about the culture and the rural Indian lifestyle. The very attentive and caring lodge team adds to a unique and positive retreat experience.
Other highligths are two half day safaris in the 2000 square km Kanha National Park, which is well known for it’s tigers. We will observe the beauty of Kanha’s landscapes, rare birds, and with some luck even a lepard or tiger.Well trained and experienced naturalists will guide us. A third, optional safari can bo booked on extra cost.
In this retreat, you will get to know India in its most pristine form. These days away from the daily buzz will nurture your soul, clear your mind and will vibrate within you as an impressionable memory even once you are back home.
Participants in this retreat may want to consider getting to India a couple of days earlier to acclimate to time change and culture, and to maybe visit Dehli or the Taj Mahal in Agra. It addresses yogis, who are appreciating to spend time being in nature and who like to experience the rural countryside of India. 1-2 years of yoga experience is required. The yoga sessions will be held in English.
Manuela Peverelli and Isabelle Karan will lead this Yoga and Safari Retreat from Friday, November 23, through Sunday, December 2, 2018 at Flame of the Forest Safari Lodge, Kanha National Park in Central India.
Manuela Peverelli teaches yoga since 2008. Her attitude and approach towards life is deeply influenced by her Tantric, Vedic and Buddhist studies and practices. She perceives human beings with all their unique facetts as a miracle of the Universe and intends to always search for the macroscopic, wider perspective of the cosmic truth rather than staying limited in the narrow personal I-view of life.
An education in Ayurvedic psychology at the European Ayurveda Academy in 2013 has enriched her original background in western psychiatric nursery.
Manuela’s teaching is dynamic and powerful, but at the same time a journey to the inner stillness as our refuge. For her, the techniques of Yoga are simply the tools to create a more harmonized home within the body and mind for recognizing the essence of the real self.
Manuela currently lives and teaches in Zurich, but for her own studies and practice periods she spends the Winter months in Asia since almost 10 years.
For more information about her approach, please visit her website www.karmacircus.com
Isabelle Karanis a nurse, natural health practitioner and yoga teacher since 2006.
Since 2008 she lives in India, in the Kanha National Park. Together with her husband, they built the small Safari Lodge Flame of the Forest.
Living in harmony with nature, far from modern civilization, has strongly influenced Isa’s life and her yoga practice. The local people, the ever changing faces of nature and the presence of wild animals became her teachers and guides. The sadhana on the mat and life off the mat are the main ingredients of her yoga classes.
Located in the buffer zone of Kanha National Park, Flame of the Forest is a dream hideaway of mystical wilderness. It was built eight years ago by Karan and Isa, an Indian Swiss couple.
The four cottages are spacious and designed with style, heart and soul. Each cottage offers two beds with mosquito net, an ensuite bathroom with an al fresco shower, a deck with a stunning view overlooking the river Banjar and the forest beyond. An outside bed invites to relax during the day.
The lodge is working on eco- and environmental friendly principals. The kitchen serves delicious, authentic and fresh Indian food.
For more information and to see pictures please visit www.flameoftheforest.in
Friday, November 23, 2018
until 6:00pm:arrival and check-in
6:30pm: meet & greet at the camp fire
Saturday, November 24, till Saturday, December 1, 2018
The dates and times of the safaris will be communicated shortly before the retreat.
as from 7:00 am: Tea/coffee and snacks
7:30 am to 8:45 am: Optional silent morning walk or meditation/pranayama/chanting
approx. 9:30 am to 11:30 am: Yoga practice
12:00 to 1:30 pm: Lunch
afterwards time off or optional excursion/hike
approx. 4:00 pm: Tea/coffee and cookies/fruits
approx. 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm (on 2-3 days): Restorative yoga
approx. 6:30 pm: informal meeting at the camp fire/lecture (2-3 times)
Sunday, December 2, 2018
7:00 am to 7:30 am: Tea/coffee and snacks
afterwards till approx. 9:00am: Closing circle
Price per person
CHF 1’990.- (Early Bird offer for bookings until June 1, 2018)
CHF 2’090.- (regular price for bookings as from June 2, 2018)
Included in the price
• accommodation in 2 bed cottage (9 nights)
• full board (3 vegetarian meals per day)
• tea/coffee and small snacks in the morning and afternoon
• purified drinking water at any time
• daily extended, guided yoga practice (taught in English)
• 2 guided safaris in open jeep (max. 4 retreat participants per vehicle)
• 3 guided excursions/hikes (optional)
• simple yoga mats, blankets, blocks and meditation cushions are available
• trip to/from Japalpur, India
• transfers from/to airport Jabalpur to Flame of the Forest (with 3 person per vehicle, the cost is CHF 37.- per way and person)
• optional third safari (for 1 to 4 person max.): The cost of CHF 260.- will be split among the participants
• voluntary tip for safari guides and lodge team (CHF 50.- are recommended)
• fee for tourist visa
Arrival / Departure
The Flame of the Forest Safari Lodge is located about three hours from the airport in Jabalpur. For participants arriving from Dehli we recommend to book these flights:
Outbound flight on Friday, November 23, 2018 with Spice Jet from Dehli at 10:10 am, arrival in Jabalpur at 12:00 noon.
Return flight on Sunday, December 2, 2018 with Air India from Jabalpur at 6:00 pm, arrival at Dehli at 8:00 pm. Continuation e.g. with Swiss to Zurich.
The transfer to and from the lodge with a private taxi will be arranged and coordinated through the lodge host. The cost for the transfer is INR 7’500.- (approx. CHF 110.-) per cab/per one way (with max. 3 people per car), what will have to be paid to the host personally on site (in cash or by credit card).
The first yoga class will take place on Saturday morning of November 24, 2018.
Departure from the lodge is on Sunday, December 2, 2018 around noon.
Booking / Further Terms
For all questions and to book please email Valérie Lutz: email@example.com
The lodge holds maximally 8 persons, and only limited safari tickets are available. Therefore, an early registration is necessary - preferably before mid July 2018!
Upon booking, a non-refundable deposit of CHF 500.- per person is required. The reminder is due until September 1, 2018.
If one of the teacher is unable to lead the retreat due to unforeseen circumstances, the other teacher will be teaching all yoga sessions.
According to the circumstances of the weather, the group’s needs/requests and the retreat place, changes in the program or daily schedule may happen.
Most Europeans need a tourist visa for India. Swiss citizen can get the visa online via https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/vis/info1.jsp
Your passport must be valid until 6 months after your travel date.
Insurance is your own responsibility. We strongly recommend a travel insurance, health- and accident insurance with sufficient coverage.
The company/the teachers shall not be held liable for any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to persons. The participant waives any claim against the company/the teacher for any such loss, damage, injury, or death.
This retreat is organized by yoga-to-go Valérie Lutz. It is subject to the company’s General Terms and Conditions which will be send to each participant upon booking.
Yoga-to-go supports the voluntary compensation of CO2emissions caused by airplane flights. With your payment to e.g. the Swiss NPO Myclimate you can compensate the carbon footprint of your flights. Your offset payment will support national and international, high-quality climate protection projects. To find out more please see www.myclimate.org