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Summer Meditation Retreat with Dr Kumar 2017

July 23 @ 4:00 pm - August 3 @ 12:00 pm

FOUR PLACES LEFT -please contact us to book

The course offers full-time guidance from Dr ALV Kumar who teaches a clear, systematic method to explore the mind, drawing on 40 years of deep practical and theoretical exploration. Bringing together the ancient teachings of Patanjali & Buddha, the technique cultivates tranquility, awareness and discernment. This enables one to investigate the relationship between the conscious mind, unconscious mind and the body, leading to profound insight and peace. The course includes gentle yoga postures and breathing techniques.

Daily Schedule

The meditation is practiced 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. We usually practice six meditations 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 we have a gentle hatha yoga session to stretch and prepare the body for meditation. Before supper we practice a hatha yoga pranayama relaxation technique. After the evening meal Dr. Kumar gives a discourse clarifying the theory behind the meditation techniques, discussing the path and illustrating with stories, anecdotes and analogies, how we can apply these teachings to daily life.

Noble Silence

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 us to sink into a deeply peaceful state of mind and most people find that being in silence comes vary naturally once the meditation begins.

Experience Levels

Suitable for complete beginners as well as experienced meditators and/ or Hatha Yoga practitioners.

Accommodation Fee

 £767 for a single en-suite room, meals included

£630 for a twin room, meals included

Suggested Minimum Donation 

In recognition of the teaching we request each student to pay a minimum donation of £600.

All Traditional Yoga courses are taught and run as an act of ‘seva‘, voluntary service and ‘dana‘, generosity. Your donation enables us to continue to run courses on this basis and to continue our charitable work in India. The course is guided full-time by Dr. Kumar for around 16 hours per day for the duration of the 10 days.


The bursary application deadline has now passed and bursaries have been allocated. Please feel free to contact us to apply for the 2018 summer retreat.


Ampleforth College, Ampleforth Abbey, York, YO62 4ER

Ampleforth is set in a beautiful, tranquil valley on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, yet it is only 20 miles to the main line train station at York and within easy reach of Manchester, Leeds and Teeside airports.  Trains from London King’s Cross take less than 2 hours. For detailed directions by road, rail and air, including a list of local taxi companies please see this webpage:


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July 23 @ 4:00 pm
August 3 @ 12:00 pm
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Ampleforth College, Ampleforth Abbey
York, YO62 4ER United Kingdom
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