Himalayan Winter Meditation Retreat with Dr Kumar
Wednesday, January 2, 2019 @ 8:00 am - Thursday, January 17, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
This year’s winter retreat takes place in South Sikkhim, in the Himalayan eco-resort at Chemchey, Damthang, Namchi. Since time immemorial, yogis have been meditating in this exquisite region, surrounded by the purity and tranquility of the ancient mountains.
Dr Kumar brings us the transformative teachings of Yoga Darshana through fifteen days of guided meditation in noble silence.
Dates are in the process of being confirmed. The course will either take place from 6th to 21st December, or from 2nd to 16th January. Please contact us to register your interest in this course.
Our retreats are attended by complete beginners and very experienced meditators. All are welcome.
The course offers full-time guidance from Dr. Kumar who provides the transformative teachings of Yoga Darshana through ten days of guided meditation in ‘noble silence’. Drawing on thousands of years of profound teaching, Dr. Kumar opens hearts and minds to experience peace, compassion and connectedness.
Whether you are new to meditation or an experienced practitioner, this course will take you through the advanced stages of practice as outlined by the sage Patanjali.
Patanjali, a great Yogi who lived in India around 100BC is the author of the Yoga Sutras that teach the path to unbind the mind from suffering. Patanjali teaches a systematic method to achieve this goal, identical in essence to the path taught by Buddha. During the course we practice the eight stages of Patanjali’s eightfold path to pure tranquility (samadhi), followed by the seven stages of wisdom (pragnya).
In the Yoga tradition, the absorption of pure knowledge from a teacher who embodies and lives the values of yoga, is vital for an aspirant’s development. Dr. Kumar draws on his own vast experiential and theoretical knowledge of yoga to guide us through every step of the technique. The teaching is dynamic and responsive to the student group.
The meditation is practised in a group and guided by Dr. Kumar. Each meditation lasts around one hour and is followed by half an hour of relaxation and a herbal tea break before the next session begins. Usually six meditations are practiced per day, beginning early in the morning as the sun is rising. Chairs and meditation cushions are available. After lunch there is a period for rest before the afternoon meditations begin. Before breakfast there is a a gentle hatha yoga session to stretch and prepare the body for meditation. Prior to supper a hatha yoga pranayama relaxation technique is practised. The course includes talks by Dr. Kumar that clarify the theory underlying the practice and discuss the path of dharma, illustrated with stories, anecdotes and analogies that teach us how we can apply these teachings to daily life. Please click here for a video excerpt.
For the duration of the course all students maintain ‘noble silence’. The aim of this is to allow focus and awareness to stay within, rather than in the outside world. The silence allows one to sink into a deeply peaceful state of mind and most people find that being in silence comes vary naturally once the meditation begins.
Location & Accommodation
The retreat takes place in the beautiful setting of Chemchey, Damthang, South Sikkhim, India.
International airlines fly to Delhi airport, from there domestic airlines fly to Bagdogra, Silliguri. Transport will be arranged from the airport to the resort, journey time is around four hours. Please contact us if you would like more travel information.
Most of the rooms are twin. There are a limited number of single room options available.
Payment & Booking
We divide payments into an Accommodation Fee and a Suggested Minimum Donation. The Accommodation Fee covers the costs of running the course.
We do not charge for the course content and teaching, instead this is charged only on a donation basis.
Dana is the virtue of unconditional generosity and unattached giving through donation to a good cause. Dana is one of the ten ‘perfected virtues’ taught by Buddha. The act of giving a donation in gratitude for the teaching is an opportunity for participants in our courses to develop the quality of selfless generosity. Teaching is guided full-time by Dr Kumar for around 15 hours per day. Donations are used to sustain the charity, offer bursary places for students and support our projects in India and UK. For more information about the charity please click here.
Seva, translated as selfless service is an important principle in the yoga tradition. It is based on the value of working for others without expectation of personal reward. Karma yoga, which means the ‘path of action’, helps us to develop the qualities of acceptance, gratitude, helpfulness and generosity. Karma yoga is described in the Bhagvad Gita as “wisdom in work.” Dr Kumar, the team of teachers and charity administrators all work on a voluntary basis.
Suggested Minimum Donation for the teaching: £650 per student
Accommodation Fee: Twin Room: £650 per student
Single room option: £1,250 per student
Includes three high-quality vegetarian meals per day, ayurvedic herbal tea and exclusive use of the resort.
Optional Bagdogra Airport transfer both ways: £70
Please contact us for any further information regarding the course. We are very happy to answer any questions that you may have. You are also welcome to speak directly to an experienced student of Dr Kumar about the retreat and the meditation practice.