Information for Kerala Retreat

Accommodation

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 Indian food. Vegan options will also be available.

Rooms are single occupancy en-suite (£900)

 

Arrival and Departure

  1. a) The course starts on 28th December 2019 (6.00 PM) and ends on 12th January 2020 (11.00 AM)
  2. b) CHECK-IN DATE & TIME 28th DECEMBER 2019 11.00 AM– Lunch is included.
  3. c) CHECK-OUT DATE & TIME 12th January 2020 11.00 AM – After breakfast and lunch is not included.

Please arrange your flights so that you leave plenty of time to arrive by the check-in time of 11.00 am on 28th December and so that you do not have to leave before 11.00 am on the 12th January. Late arrivals and early departures are to be avoided as they cause disruption to the course schedule, if this is unavoidable please discuss it with us in advance prior to booking.

If you would like to book any extra nights prior to the start of the retreat please let us know.

 

Travel

Please make sure you have a valid tourist visa for India.  If you need further information, please let us know.

Most of the airlines with hubs in the Middle East (e.g. Emirates, Gulf, Ethiad, etc.) have connecting flights from European airlines via their hub to Cochin (Kochi).   Alternatively, there are internal flights from all the major Indian airports to Cochin and Combiatore.  When you have booked your flights, please email us with the details.

Nearest Airports

Cochin (Kochi) 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.

Transfers

Please let us know if you would like to share transport from the airport to the resort.

We will advise the cost of the transfer nearer the time but as a guide it was around £50  pp each way last year.  You will need to have the amount available in Indian Rupees to pay (please see below “Changing Currency and use of ATMs”).

 

Course Fee and Suggested Minimum Donation

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.

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.

 

Booking and Payment

Please contact info@traditionalyoga.co.uk to book.  Your booking will be confirmed upon receipt of the Traditional Yoga Health Declaration Form that we will send you and payment of a non-returnable deposit of £100 at the time of booking.

The balance of the booking fee and the donation will be due for payment on Friday 15th of November 2019 although it’s fine to pay part or all of the amount anytime before that.  Please use the reference 1912KERALA as the payment reference for all payments related to this retreat and email info@traditionalyoga.co.ukwhen you make a payment.

Bank Transfer Information 

HSBC Bank

Account Name: The Yoga Healing Foundation

Sort Code: 40-17-64

Account No: 10101265

Please Quote Payment Reference: 1912Kerala

Additional information for bank transfers from non-Sterling accounts:

IBAN: GB59HBUK40176410101265

SWIFT/BIC: HBUKGB4192B

BANK ADDRESS: HSBC, 15 CHURCHILL WAY, CARDIFF, CF10 2HD

REGISTERED CHARITY ADDRESS:

The Yoga Healing Foundation

Concept Accounts

12 Spencer Drive, Midsomer Norton, Radstock BA3 2DN, United Kingdom

If you are making an international transfer, please ensure that any bank charges are covered by you so that the full GBP amount reaches the account.

If you would like to pay by CHEQUE, please make your cheque payable to “The Yoga Healing Foundation” and post it so that it arrives by November 10, 2019 to:

Mary Lindsay-White

33B Leinster Square

London W2 4NQ

Changing Currency / Use of ATMs

  • Currency Exchange: It is advisable to change money at the airport when you arrive as our hotel will not be able to change currency for you.  You can also often order Indian Rupees in the UK from your bank or other money exchange provider.
  • If you use an ATM in India,please note that you should put your card in and then take it out again before proceeding with the transaction.  If you leave it in, as we do in the UK, you will not be able to continue.  The card can be put in and taken out quickly and then the instructions will come up on the screen

 

What to Bring 

  • A meditation cushion if you have one.
  • If you would like to order a meditation cushion to pick up and use at the retreat, please let us know.  You will need to take an extra bag or have space in your bags to take it back with you as we will not be able to send it back for you.
  • Chairs will be available for those who prefer to use them.
  • Please bring any additional cushions you may need for your comfort.
  • A yoga mat
  • A refillable water bottle
  • An alarm clock and spare batteries. Mobile phones should be switched off and handed in for safekeeping with other valuables during the course so please bring a separate alarm clock
  • Comfortable, loose, modest clothing for meditation and Yoga. It is customary to wear white for meditation but it is not compulsory. It can be cool in the mornings and evenings so please bring along some warmer clothing and socks (please note, a laundry service is available at the hotel, but they do not accept underwear)
  • A warm shawl or blanket that you can cover yourself with during the meditation and rests
  • All the toiletries that you will need.  Please do not use perfumed products
  • An umbrella
  • Shoes/sandals that are easy to slip on and off