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Summer Meditation Retreat with Dr. Kumar, August 2019

August 12 @ 1:00 pm - August 23 @ 11:30 am

 Dr. Kumar expertly shares the transformative teachings of Yoga through ten days of guided meditation. Drawing on thousands of years of profound teaching he 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 in the Yoga Sutras. The course structure is based on progressive practice and is dynamic and responsive to the student group.

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.


Photo: Summer retreat 2018

“I went on my first 10 day retreat with Dr. Kumar as a complete beginner to yoga and little meditation experience. I now practice every day. The quality and clarity of the teaching is exemplary and  and the atmosphere is friendly and supportive. These retreats offer a really valuable opportunity to go deeply into this practice and to be guided at the very highest level. An opportunity not to be missed.” -Steve Braund, Falmouth

Click here for Video Testimonials by Retreat Participants

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. To support you through this process there is a retreat mentor available throughout the 10 days should you need to talk. The mentor offers regular opportunities to discuss how your meditation practice is going and answer any questions. The supportive environment and constant reassuring presence of Dr. Kumar helps you to comfortably settle into the silence and enjoy the peace it brings.

Experience Levels

Course participants range from beginners taking their first retreat, to experienced meditators who have done many retreats with Dr. Kumar. The course size is approximately 60 people. We recommend  attending an Awareness Meditation Weekend Course prior to the retreat.


Ampleforth College, Ampleforth Abbey, York, YO62 4EN

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 visit

Dates and Times

The course starts on Monday 12th August at 1pm and finishes on Friday 23rd August 2019 at 1.30pm.

The retreat will begin on Monday 12th August at 1.00 pm.   Please do not arrive later than 1:00 pm as late arrivals hold up the start of the course.  Lunch will be available but it is necessary to book so, if you have not already done so, please email me if you would like to join us for lunch at 12:30 pm.  If you are arriving on Sunday, rooms will be available from 5.00 pm.

The retreat will end on Friday 23rd August, mid-morning.  Lunch will not be available as most people prefer to get away, however, there is a cafe in the grounds of Ampleforth which serves lunches, sandwiches, etc.



Thee course fees covers 11 nights. If you would like to book extra nights before the course on Sunday 12th August please let us know by emailing There is an additional cost for an extra nights stay payable to Traditional Yoga before the course starts.

Please be advised that room allocations are subject to availability. We will endeavour in all cases to accommodate everyone with their chosen option. However, we have a limited supply of single & twin rooms and therefore we reserve the right to offer attendees a room type that may not be their first choice. 

Retreat Payment

Retreat payment is the accommodation cost plus the suggested minimum donation.

Single Room plus donation: £1418

Twin Room plus donation: £1280

This breaks down as follows:

Accommodation cost:

£818 with a single en-suite room.
£680 per person with a twin en-suite room.

Suggested Minimum Donation to The Yoga Healing Foundation (registered charity 1153094) in recognition of the teaching:  £600

The retreat is guided by Dr. Kumar for around 16 hours per day and supported by a team of dedicated volunteers. All our courses are run on the principles of  ‘seva’, (selfless service) and ‘dana’, (generosity). The course fee covers Ampleforth accommodation costs while donations are gratefully received and relied on by the The Yoga Healing Foundation in order to continue to offer Traditional Yoga courses on this basis and subsidise bursary places.

Six and twelve month instalment payment plans can be arrange. Please email us to work out the details at

Booking your place

To book your place, express an interest or apply for a bursary please reply to this email or contact

Bookings will open from 22nd February 2019 with a deposit request of £100 to reserve a place or to confirm an expression of interest.

Please email us if you wish to speak with a retreat mentor to talk through any questions you may have, before confirming your booking.

Bursary Places

There are full and half bursaries available for those that would like financial assistance to attend the retreat for the first time. Bursary recipients are still requested to make a donation. Accommodation is offered in a twin en-suite room. If you wish to apply for a bursary, please contact requesting a retreat bursary application form. The deadline for submissions is 8th May and a decision will be made by the 22nd May 2019.


August 12 @ 1:00 pm
August 23 @ 11:30 am
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Ampleforth College, Ampleforth Abbey
York, YO62 4EN United Kingdom
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