Winter Meditation Retreat with Dr. Kumar in Kerala
Saturday, December 28, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - Sunday, January 12, 2020 @ 11:00 am
This years winter retreat will take place at Lords Resort, Trissur, Kerala, South India.
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.
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 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 breakfast and lunch there is a period for rest before the next meditations begin. Gentle yoga is practiced throughout the course.
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.
Accommodation & Travel
The course takes place at Lords Resort at Thrissur in Central Kerala.
IV/290, Painkulam, Cheruthuruthy P.O, Thrissur, Kerala 679531 India
Spread over 20 acres with views of the river, it has been chosen as a conducive place for meditation.
Meals will be high quality vegetarian food. Vegan options will also be available. Herbal tea will be served at every break and mineral water provided.
Single occupancy en-suite (£900) or twin occupancy en-suite (£500) rooms are available.
Cochin in Kerala State or Coimbatore in Tamilnadu State.
90 kms from Cochin, takes approximately 2 hours 30 minutes by car.
100 kms from Coimbatore, takes approximately 2 hours by car.
Please let us know if you would like to share transport from the airport to the resort.
Payment & Booking
We divide payments into an accommodation fee, and a donation that is calculated as a suggested minimum amount to give in gratitude for the teaching. This system is based on the yoga tradition. Please read more about dana and seva below.
- Course payment for single occupancy accommodation and including the suggested minimum donation of £500: £1400 total.
- Course payment for twin occupancy accommodation and including the suggested minimum donation of £500: £1000 total.
Please contact us for any further information regarding the course or to book. 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.
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.