About The Retreat
This Himalayan Yoga Retreat is a true spiritual experience in “The Land of the High Passes”. Ten days of yoga, meditation, pranayama, silence, mantra’s and Tibetan Buddhism practices in the beauty of the Himalayas. A pilgrimage to purify body and mind and re-align with your spirit, inner strength and wisdom.
Have you always dreamed about wandering over the snowcapped Himalayas? Are you looking for an authentic yoga retreat in one of the most spiritual places in the world? Do you love to get inspired by breathtaking mountain views, ancient Buddhist monasteries, the sound of Tibetan mantra’s and prayer flags whispering their secrets over the highest passes of the world? Do you love to deepen your connection between body, mind and soul, and find more balance, harmony, strength, silence and peace within yourself? Do you feel it’s time to expand your inner and outer horizons? Then this Himalayan Yoga Retreat is for you!!!
Experience the Himalayas ancient name “The mysterious land of the Gods” and breath in the majesty and peace of the stunning snow-capped mountains. Wake up with the sun rising up over the snowcapped mountains, meditate within the extraordinary sights of the purple flower valley. Inhale the crisp mountain air and absorb the beauty of the mountain peaks at sunrise as you step on your yoga mat on the rooftop. Take time for yourself to reflect, to hike through the stunning valleys, enjoy silence or explore the local village. Get welcomed by the friendly Ladakhi’s and invited into their traditional houses, or take the opportunity to join them on the land to experience the traditional summer harvest of apricots, mustard and barley.
This Yoga Retreat includes the exploration of the traditional Buddhist cultural heritage of Ladakh and its ancient monasteries, authentic, high quality and ecological accommodation in a remote farmer’s village, daily morning yoga classes, meditation, pranayama, specialized workshops, yin and restorative yoga afternoon classes, kirtan and Tibetan mantra’s under the stars.
August 27: Afternoon welcome ceremony in hotel Leh, sunset at Shanti stupa. We advise to take this day for rest and acclimatisation, especially if you arrived in the morning.
August 28: Morning meditation & yoga class. Visit of the ancient Royal Palace of Shey and Thikse monastery, afternoon visit of 11th century Monastery of Hemis.
August 29: Morning meditation & yoga class, after breakfast visit of the Unesco heritage of Alchi monastery, famous for its unique architecture and Buddhist mural paintings. Later drive to our Eco Hotel and retreat location in the village of Hemischukpachan. (1hr 45min drive from Leh)
August 30- September 4: Morning pranayama, meditation and yoga classes.
10:30-16:30: free time to walk in the village, hike to surrounding villages, enjoy the stunning mountains views and silence, sit down with a book, visit the local monastery and traditional Ladakhi families. Or take the opportunity to participate in the harvest activities of barley, mustard, apricots and local vegetables.
16:30- 18.30: evening elemental yin & restorative yoga class.
19:00-20:00: Dinner buffet at the Eco Hotel. One evening we will have dinner in a traditional Ladakhi house and kitchen, with a local family who will explain about their daily life, traditions and customs. On some evenings there will be an evening program with kirtan, mantra’s and meditation.
*2 afternoon workshops and a silent walk will be scheduled during our stay in the village, and optional visits to nearby monasteries are possible upon request.
September 5: Morning yoga class and closing ceremony. After breakfast drive back to Leh with a visit to Likir monastery on the way.
*Schedule is subject to change.
Togocheepa Eco Hotel is the first deluxe hotel in a village of Ladakh and it is run by a local family with a strong environmental and communal commitment. They have purposely chosen for a limited amount of rooms as to offer their guests an authentic experience with the Ladakhi culture, nature and local community. The Eco Hotel is built in the traditional Ladakhi architectural style, with bright and comfortable rooms, and a beautiful dining room with traditional Theravada Buddhism murals. Their deluxe rooms have Western style bathrooms with hot water heated through solar energy. Togocheepa Eco Hotel lays in the lap of nature, free from pollutions, nested in the heart off the Himalayan mountain range. The peaceful surroundings of this Eco Hotel make it a perfect place to discover and rejuvenate yourself. Our yoga shala on the rooftop of the hotel makes it a rare and beautiful destination for those who want to enjoy this wonderful yoga retreat whilst experiencing the rich, harmonious and traditional way of life in the Himalayas.
Extra Optional Offering
About The Facilitators
René is a Certified Yoga Teacher E-RYT 200 RYT, specialized in Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, Vinyasa flow, Yin yoga and pranayama.
Veerle is a Certified Yoga Teacher E-RYT 200 RYT 500 level in vinyasa flow, pranayama, yin and restorative yoga.
Total Cost€ 1,200includes accommodation and meals
€ 1,200, based on twin room accommodation in Togocheepa Eco Hotel, including 3 vegetarian and locally sourced meals a day, water and herbal teas.
“The mountains are calling and I must go”
Veerle and Rene will alternate or will be together teaching the morning, afternoon or evening classes and workshops. We will always be at hand to offer you personal guidance and support throughout the retreat.