SACRED JOURNEY IN NORTHERN INDIA - NOVEMBER 2019
Rishikesh - Haridwar - Dharamshala - Delhi
Dear friends, We are happy to share with you the spiritual beauty of India, in a 10 day group tour in Northern India.
We’ve chosen this track because Northern India and the Himalayas are so rich in spiritual culture and encompass so many places blessed by Shiva. We’ve felt ourselves the energy of these places and the way it has worked in our lives.
We’ve created this beautiful journey with the desire to take us all deeper into the light of our hearts and connect with our real space and to experience a different way of living.
By Shiva’s blessing, everyone will receive the energy of these sacred places and touch the real peace in their heart.
With love, Amit and Yoli Om Namah Shivaya
OUR JOURNEY TOGETHER
Amit – India
Amit is a devotional music singer and teacher of kirtan, bhajan, sufi music, playing on harmonium and tabla, living in Rishikesh since 2009. He met Sri Mooji Baba in 2013 and Guruji encouraged him to release an album, with His blessing. Mooji Ji gave his group the name Shivaratri Café, and he has been playing in Sri Mooji’s Satsangs every year, in Rishikesh, by his love and grace.
Amit has dedicated his entire life to Shiva. As a blessed child he was raised by his mother in the Durga energy, and from his father in the Kali energy. He studied meditation since childhood, learning and practicing with his masters.
Amit learned about the Sufi culture from his beloved Muslim Master. He also finished his Kryia Yoga meditation with the Hindu Yogi Swami Shiva. From 1999-2002 he lived in Osho Commune, where he took Sanyas and studied meditation techniques.
Yoli – Romania
Yoli was introduced to Hatha Yoga in 2007 and later on, in 2013, started to practice consistently for a few years, alongside studying different spiritual traditions with a spiritual teacher.
At the end of 2016 she came in India for the first time and soon her heart called for Rishikesh. Since 2013 Yoli is working as an independent graphic designer and after moving in India she works as a conscious empowering graphic designer (yoga, healing, therapies etc.). In Rishikesh she studied Ayurvedic massage. She is a 200h Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher from Sanatana Yog Sandesh School in Rishikesh and is also studying Ayengar Yoga in Omkarananda Patanjala Yoga Kendra in Rishikesh. In 2019 she graduated a 200h Yoga Pranala Teacher Training Course in Bali, Indonesia, at Nalanda – School of Higher Knowledge and Bhakti Yoga.
Experience Northern India with us for 10 days, in an incredible journey through the iconic spiritual cities of this region : Rishikesh, Haridwar and Dharamshala.
Amit and Yoli will be your guides through these fascinating lands and you will be introduced to the spiritual traditions on India - visiting holy places, participating in traditional rituals, devotional singing, meeting the holy men of India, practicing yoga, meditation and much more.
After resting one night in Delhi, Rishikesh - known to be the World Capital of Yoga, is our first stop. From visiting temples, participating in special local ceremonies by the Sacred river Ganges, Ayurvedic massage, we will always go with the flow and energy of Rishikesh.
All our trips during this 10-days journey will be made by private cars and the accommodation will be in beautiful resorts and hotels in shared rooms - which we will agree upon together before.
The meals will be mostly with Indian vegetarian food, in restaurants that have already been selected by us and known to be clean, safe and delicious.
There will be a day trip to Haridwar with a local guide that will tour us around the sacred temples dedicated to Shiva and his beloved Parvati. This will be a very special experience as you will understand the meaning of the symbols and feel the energy of these places, you will gain a deeper understanding of the Indian traditions.
During our stay in Rishikesh we will visit several ashrams, you will be introduced to heart opening meditations and simple Hatha Yoga asanas.
Dharamshala is the current residence of Dalai Lama and the place where you will meet and feel the Buddhist and Tibetan traditions. In this spiritual centre of India, we will visit a monastery, temples, meet a spiritual Hindu leader and visit his ashram.
After all these encounters and visiting, you will have some free time to explore Dharamshala on your own or just relax, the city is truly majestic and worth going around.
We will end our journey in New Delhi, the capital city of India in a famous Ashram, participating in yoga class, meditation and attending a Satsang in the Ashram.
In RISHIKESH we will stay in the Himalayan mountains, at Shaantam - Luxury Spa Resort.
"Shaantam means “Peace”. A peaceful resort retreat that explores each aspect of calmness and tranquility: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. At Shaantam we believe in nourishing and nurturing the true qualities of nature away from the din and bustle of city life. Situated in the lap of Lord Shiva (Neelkanth) near to the town of Rishikesh, surrounded by the mighty green Himalayan ranges, this place offers you with holistic wellness of mind and soul. Our aim is to offer pervasive calmness and the path of self-discovery and mindfulness. Away from the city life Shaantam offers and the kind of energy that would settle your mind, take your worries away and help you recover from the negative effects of stressful lifestyles through a combination of nature, meditation, Spa therapies and nutritious meals. It will connect you and make you feel one with the nature, it you help you regain your inner harmony.
Shaantam offers you inner peace and makes you feel one with the spirit of the holy Ganga and the mystic natural surroundings. Living up to its name the most striking aspect of this place is its silence absolutely still! It is the most beautiful silence broken only by the gentlest of sounds of nature."
WHY JOIN US?
All paths lead to the same point: widening your perspective by experiencing completely different spiritual cultures. The schedule is made so as in two weeks you can experience with intensity the cultural and spiritual diversity of Northern India.
Experiencing India as it is: India is raw and authentic. This is a tour among friends, not with a tour operator, and we are not shying away from showing you everything exactly as it is, with no touristic coating.
Authentic guide: You will be guided by Amit, a simple and authentic being, that has dedicated his entire life for Shiva and for truth.
Ripple effects: the seeds that you plant in this journey will grow and you will receive the blessings and the fruits of this journey long time after returning from India.
THE SACRED JOURNEY EXPERIENCE
How was India? I receive this question. I don't really know what to say. Because India = extremes. I had a cultural shock: there is poverty, it is another world. But how to explain the rest? The things you cannot touch. The atmosphere, colours, smells, emotions, rituals, dances, looks and, last but not least your own inner extra-personal vision. You can explain, but it is difficult to understand. So I decided to say: India has to be experienced.
India was not kind to me. It showed me my own inner fears, blockages and patterns. Because it was a spiritual journey we have been in many sacred places which left me speechless. And not only places or temples, but also interactions. The eyes of a small Tibetan girl melted me and created a profound change inside me. But this happens often in India. People don't shy away from connection.
Everyone in the group, we were there not by coincidence. We all have had our own real challenges. And I can only be grateful and thank you from heart.
Be it memories or awakening moments, important is that I still receive "gifts" from this journey even now, months after.
Thank you Amit and Yoli for this sacred journey! And even by simply interacting with you was one of the biggest gifts of this journey. I wait for us to meet again.
My first trip to INDIA ().
I feel it is something that cannot be told, explained, not even described. It was not the normal trip you take on a holiday, when you see nice places and people and then you can't wait to tell your friends about. India was something that I FELT ! and that made the difference. That is so subjective that is beyond any words.
What I can you tell about, though, is the beautiful experience of meeting Amit and Yoli, who together made the best guide. Great souls they have … Our journey starting from Haridwar, passing through Rishikesh and arriving to Dharamshala was a total explosion of surprises, amazingly guided by this lovely couple that greeted us in New Delhi with red roses and the warmest smile a person can have.
If I were to describe them in a few words I can say they represent a union of efficiency, balance, good decisions, peace and universal love. They explained us about the places first of all, then food came up and we got the translation and suggestions we needed, I even got to taste sugar cane fresh juice for the first time, there were symbols and significance of things, they organized a pooja for us, filled with blessings and God’s protection, they told us stories about Shiva and Parvati and love, took us to all those splendid temples, we were part of an ashram, they took us shopping, it was a roller- coaster.
Overall, Amit and Yoli were great parents in the brief period we spent together. And like any other good parents, they also let us be us. Didn’t overwhelm the group with tons of information but waited patiently and whenever one of the “children” had a question, a dilemma, a curiosity, they were there, present in the moment, doing their best to answer, explain, tell and share from their personal experience in order to point out the answer we needed. It would have been impossible (in my opinion) not to have a life changing experience moment while in India. Meeting Amit and Yoli made me feel blessed and I want to thank them for that and for all.
I feel like I left the real me there and just sent my body back home, so basically I’m still waiting for me in India.
First time when I heard about this Sacred Journey I knew I have to go to India; it was like a dream coming true.
I had big expectations and somehow I wanted to temper them, but I allowed myself, based on the fact that this journey was bringing together all that I wanted to feel, to know and to explore in India.
It was much more than I expected, it was magical, sublime and wonderful. India is astonishing – there is almost no day that will not surprise you in all the ways possible and exactly this is how I can describe this magical experience!
I could say that this energy is unique in these places.
We were lucky that in this journey Yoli and Amit were our hosts. Amit, a beautiful person, always has a good story about the places where we were going - an authentic Indian man. Yoli is full of life and a wonderful host, preoccupied with organizing and our wellbeing.
Together they are a great team and both of them made me think about a second journey to India. Magic, harmony and an unique way to feel the authenticity of India together with Yoli and Amit.
From my heart I recommend this journey, only if you want to feel India for real.
My trip to India was the best way to start this year. For sure I can’t describe in words not even 50% from what I felt there. Till now I can call it the trip of my life.
It was the trip that made me see the people and the world with different eyes. All of this wouldn’t be possible without Amit and Yoli. With their big hearts and their special touch they help me to break my barriers that built until the age of 25, most of them being connected with being raised in a religious (Christian) family.
They introduced me to the spiritual, full of joy world of India, where I developed the ability to recognize and to feel the energy of each individual, thing that makes me very thankful and grateful. I had the feeling of something that I NEVER want to END.
After 15 years my dream suddenly becomes reality. Suddenly because it was not in my plan, in this moment in time to make a spiritual journey in India. But it was on the bucket list, as even my close ones knew about my big dream with India. :)) The moment came, the opportunity came in my way and I said YES immediately… and from here all the magic started.
I was at a higher level spiritually. I wanted to reach the peak…of inside, in depth. The desire was burning, I could feel it all my cells, and I am sure that for this reason it became true. And this is how Yoli and Amit, special souls, came as our guides. I have launched this opportunity for 20 other friends, and, in the end, the ones who came were the ones who truly and really were meant to reach those wonderful places. Of course this group formed because, at the soul level, we all had something to experience together, to learn from one another, tensions to release. Everything is perfect as it is.
The itinerary had also a purpose; everything had a meaning, the timing of leaving from one place to the other. Everything was synchronized with the good parts and the less good. My imagination that I will reach India and I will leave from there enlightened as a Guru, dropped suddenly in the first day. It was a shock. I wanted to leave, to run, nothing was matching anything, but my energy was going deeper with every second in the challenge of my life. And this is how I went forward.
The first step of my infinite emotions I passed with acceptance, and from then every moment has brought amazing experiences of letting go and receiving numerous insights. I went from agony to ecstasy and the other way around, I reached many limits, the lowest being under zero :)) … I received the most gracious divine gifts, I awakened all the emotions of what was experienced; the expression of joy increased day by day. I passed tests of attachments and of the unconditioned. Choices became a priority of feeling and attention: the inner voice started to have an echo. I discovered customs and traditions and I was discovering myself more and more, understanding my thoughts, changing beliefs. At every “intersection” I was going back to myself, inside. And there was Peace! India confirmed my conviction that this immense Universe is really working for me with all its powers.
Going in India with Amit and Yoli, the perfect guides, is to give a meaning to your value. Feeling grateful becomes the flavor of every sunrise and sunset, because in the journey where they are taking you, you receive more than 1000 reasons to be present and grounded in joy and enthusiasm, through the intensity of the feelings and experience.
I invite you to join them, to experience India, where you really meet yourself. Dare to make a mess of the comfort of your life!
Sacred Journey India January 2019
Going to India was for me a spontaneous decision, I didn’t prepare or plan much, I just found myself in Delhi and tried to grasp in as much as I could.
From the beginning, when we were going with the car towards Rishikesh, it felt hypnotic, I would just stare outside the window, and see something novel for me at any moment.
Yoli and Amit are really wonderful people and wonderful guides, I felt very much at peace being with them, and they were always flexible. They understood our needs and interests, and tried to offer us as much as possible.
I started missing the music and the chanting, the weirdly peaceful bustle, the food, the surprising feeling that I kept having and the views very soon after getting home.
Can’t wait to go back and I recommend this trip to everybody!
The advance is 500$ through WiseTransfer.
The advance is nonrefundable.
The package includes:
o Private cars with A/C for transportation between locations and airport pick-up
o Beautiful accommodation in hotels and ashrams, with shared rooms - two separate beds or one large bed in each room.
o One complimentary 1 hour Abhiangam Ayurvedic Massage from our side.
o Photographs will be taken every day with a professional camera, and a selection will be sent to you each evening.
o Entry fees to ashrams/temples
o Local SIM with internet
The package does not include:
o Flight ticket to India
o Visa expenses
o Medical and travel insurance (optional)
o Lunch and dinner
Our journey will be in English. Translation in Romanian is available.
All schedules will be flexible, according to the group’s energy and feeling.
The total amount for two meals per day is around 15 euro, each day of the journey.
To ensure a close family-like environment, we would like the group to have maximum 8 participants.
If you are interested to attend a Yoga Teacher Training Course, Yoga Alliance certified, during this journey in India, we can help you choose a TTC course in Rishikesh for 200, 300 or 500 hours. Let us know before the journey starts.