Yoga & Safari in the Heart of India
In this 11-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 shala or the open outdoor circle platform 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 invite us to use the free time to rest, to join the optional guided excursions or to enjoy an additional yoga practice. In the evenings, 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 group size of maximum 10 participants allows for a familiar atmosphere and the adaptation of the yoga sessions to individual wishes and needs. The yoga sessions will be held in English.
Manuela Peverelli and Isabelle Karan will lead this Yoga & Safari Retreat from Wednesday, February 12, through Saturday, February 22, 2020 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 influenced by Tantric, Vedic and Buddhist studies and practices. An education in Ayurvedic psychology at the European Ayurveda Academy in 2013 has enriched her background in Western psychiatric nursery. Currently, Manuela started a 3-year education in Buddhist Psychotherapy in Germany.
Manuela’s teaching is dynamic and powerful, but at the same time a journey to the inner stillness as a refuge in this hectic and demanding world. 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 teaches in Zurich and Winterthur, Switzerland and lives in the more rural countryside, but for her own studies and practice periods she spends the Winter months mostly in Asia.
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 close to the Kanha National Park in central India. Together with her husband, she is running 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 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, with organic vegetables from the garden or the local market.
For more information and to see pictures please visit www.flameoftheforest.in
Retreat Program (Changes may apply)
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
until 6:00 pm: arrival and check-in
6:30 pm: meet & greet at the camp fire
Thursday, February 13, to Friday, February 21, 2020
The dates and times of the safaris will be communicated to the participants shortly before the retreat.
6:30 am: chai/coffee and snacks
7:00 am to 8:00 am: silentmorning walk (optional) or meditation/pranayama/chanting
approx. 9:30 am to 11:30 am: yoga practice (asana)
12:30 pm: lunch
afterwards time off or optional excursion
3:30 pm: chai/coffee and cookies/fruits
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm (on 2-3 days): yoga practice
approx. 6:30 pm: informal meeting at the camp fire/lecture (2-3 times)
Saturday, February 22, 2020
7:00 am: chai/coffee and snacks
7:30 am till approx. 9:30 am: closing circle
Price per person
CHF 2’190.- (Early Bird offer for bookings until July 15, 2019)
CHF 2’350.- (regular price for bookings as from July 16, 2019)
Included in the price:
- accommodation in 2 bed cottage (10 nights)
- full board (3 vegetarian meals per day)
- chai/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
- minimum 2guided excursions (optional)
- simple yoga mats, blankets, blocks and meditation cushions are available
- donation of CHF 20.- per person to the organisation HATHI to support their projects in central India. Find our more on www.hathi.ch/projects
- trip to/from Japalpur or Nagpur, India
- transfers from/to airport to Flame of the Forest Lodge.
The cost are CHF 120.-/INR 8’500.- from Jabalpur, CHF 155.-/INR 11’000.-from Nagpur/Raipur, per cab/per one way each. These transfer cost will be split among the travellers (3 person max per vehicle). To be paid to the host personally on site in cash or by credit card (with 5% banking charge).
- optional third safari (for 1 to 4 person max): The cost of CHF 250.- will be split among the participants. Payable to the host personally on site in cash or by credit card.
- voluntary tip for safari guides and lodge team (about CHF 50.- are recommended)
- fee for tourist visa
Arrival / Departure
Flame of the Forest Safari Lodge is located about four hours from the airport in Jabalpur, about six hours from Nagpur/Raipur airport.
For participants arriving from Dehli we recommend to book these domestic flights:
Outbound flight on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 with Spice Jet 2871 from Dehli at 10:10 am, arrival in Jabalpur at 12:00 pm.
Inbound flight on Saturday, February 22, 2020 with Spice Jet 2642 from Jabalpur at 4:30 pm, arrival at Dehli at 6:30 pm. Continuation e.g. with Swiss to Zurich on Sunday night, February 23, 2020 at 2:05 am.
If desired, our travel expert Selina Diaz at Travelhouse will assist you in the booking of your flights, hotel in Dehli etc: email@example.com, phone: +41 43 211 75 78
The transfer to and from the lodge with a private taxi will be arranged and coordinated through the lodge host.
The first yoga class will take place on Thursday morning of February 13, 2020.
Departure from the lodge is on Saturday, February 22, 2020 after breakfast.
Booking / Further Terms
For all questions and to book please email Valérie Lutz: firstname.lastname@example.org
The lodge holds a maximum of 10 participants.
For the safari, only limited permits are available and need to be booked by the lodge till August 12, 2019 latest. Therefore, registration deadline is August 10, 2019.
Upon booking, a non-refundable deposit of CHF 400.- per person is required. The reminder is due until December 1, 2019.
Most Europeans need a tourist visa for India. Swiss citizen can get the visa online via https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html. 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 (in German) to each participant upon booking.
We support 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