Shakti Temple Tour & Ayurvedic Retreat

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A Women’s Journey through South India!

 

with Kirsten Warner and Jeanie Manchester

September 28 - October 12, 2019

South India has a unique blend of breathtaking natural scenery and vibrant culture. From the charming hill stations, lush green forests, majestic temples to pristine beaches, you will experience some of the most exotic and spiritual places in the world.

Join us on this Sacred Journey to South India!

 
 
 
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Are you ready for an Incredible Adventure?

This Women's Journey will take us to some of the most sacred and beautiful places in South India.

We will experience the deep spiritual atmosphere of these holy places, see incredible natural landscapes,

as well as step right into the pulsing vibrancy of modern India.

$550 Deposit Holds your Space!

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Navaratri, Yoga, Meditation & Shakti

We are incredibly fortunate that we will be in India during Navaratri, one of the biggest, and longest festivals that's celebrated throughout India! Navaratri literally means, “nine nights,”. This festival, which has been observed for centuries, honors the Devi, (great goddess, divine mother, luminous Shakti). Shakti takes many forms and each day of the festival is focused on one of her qualities. According to legends, the occasion marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon king Mahishasura, the victory of good over evil. 

In addition to our time traveling, visiting temples and taking in the crowded streets, holy ceremonies, vibrant colors, flavorful food, and unique gifts of this magnificent country, we will also spend time exploring the goddess myths and how they are relevant to us in our lives.  Using meditation, chanting, yoga and powerful women’s practices, we will tap into the magic of India to awaken and embody the Shakti within us.  

Where are we going?

Day 1, Sept 28: Arrive Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Centuries-old religious traditions infuse every detail in this part of India. A journey through its colorful layers of history reveal an India unlike any other.

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Day 2, Sept 29: Chennai, Mamallapuram

After breakfast, we will have our opening circle. Then we will go into Chennai together to purchase some traditional indian clothing and visit the Kalikambal Temple. After that, we will drive to the small fishing village of Mamallapuram. Evening Yoga & Meditation.

Day 3, Sept 30: Mamallapuram - Chidambaram

Early Morning sunrise meditation at the Shore Temple. Set against the backdrop of the Bay of Bengal, this stunning temple, which was erected in the 7th century attracts visitors that wish to admire the architecture of this World Heritage Site. Later we will drive to Chidambaram. Evening visit Sri Nataraja temple for late evening last pooja of the day(ardhajama). The Nataraja temple is dedicated to Shiva as the lord of dance. The temple has mythical roots and a Shiva shrine existed at the site when the town was known as Thillai. Chidambaram, the name of the city and the temple literally means "atmosphere of wisdom" or "clothed in thought", the temple architecture symbolizes the connection between the arts and spirituality, creative activity and the divine.

Day 4, Oct 1: Chidambaram

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Morning Yoga & Meditation. Visit Sri Nataraja Temple for Abhishekam and afternoon free. In the evening visit Thillai Kali temple.

Day 5, Oct 2:    Chidambaram – Kumbakonam

Morning Yoga & Meditation. After breakfast drive to Kumbakonam. Situated between the rivers Kaveri and Arasalar, Kumbakonam is a tranquil temple town packed with years of history and culture. On our way there we will visit a school, a village and have lunch there. Evening free.

Day 6, Oct 3:    Kumbakonam – Trichy – Madurai

Morning after breakfast drive to Trichy, visit Akilandeshwari Jambukeshwara temple. After lunch drive to Madurai. Evening Yoga & Meditation

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Day 7, Oct 4:    Madurai

Morning Yoga & Meditation. Morning after breakfast drive to visit Thirumalainaiker palace and Sri Meenakshi temple and walk in the streets of Madurai. Nestled on the banks of the River Vaigai, “Meenakshi Amman Temple” is one of the oldest and biggest temples of India. Not just a 2500 year old temple complex but it is like a city with in the Madurai city dedicated to the deity Meenakshi, an avatar of Goddess Parvati, and her consort Sundareswarar, Lord Shiva. In the evening visit Thiurparamkundram cave temple.

Day 8, Oct 5:    Madurai- Periyar

Morning after breakfast drive to Periyar. Evening visit Periyar wildlife park and later a Kalaripayattu show.                                                                              

Day 9, Oct 6: Periyar – Alleppey (Overnight on a House Boat in Kerala)

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Morning after breakfast depart to Alleppey. Enrout we will visit a spice Plantation and take a tour of Cardamom hills. That evening we will stay on deluxe House boats on Kerala backwaters. There is something about this place that is utterly intoxicating... 900 km of exotic canals and lakes and rivers... intricate and tranquil and ridiculously beautiful. It won’t take long for you to become completely enchanted by the tropical serenity of this place. Thatched roofed houseboats, women in colorful saris hanging laundry while their husbands mindfully tend to their boats, children laughing and skipping alongside the impossibly green rice paddies. Everyone smiling and waving genuinely as we floated by. The relaxation in the way they live their lives is palpable.

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Day 10, Oct 7: Alleppey - Manaltheeram Ayurveda Resort

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After breakfast we will disembark the houseboats and drive to Manaltheeram Ayurveda Resort. Award-winning Manaltheeram enjoys stunning natural scenery in Southern India's Kerala, famously known as “God's own country". Resting on a hillside facing a stunning stretch of golden sand beach, they have an award winning Ayurvedic treatment center and spa, outdoor pool and Dosha-specific meals. This part of our India Journey will give you the opportunity to pamper and nourish yourself. Ample rest time will be balanced with yoga and meditation as well as daily Ayurvedic treatments/ massage which are included in the price of your package. Let the "Science of Life" restore your physical, mental, spiritual and emotional equilibrium.  Housed in circular cottages, rooms are fully ventilated and come with a fan. Each has a mosquito net. Attached bathrooms come with shower facilities. The open-air garden restaurant serves a wide selection of vegetarian and international dishes. It also provides regular cultural performances and entertainment programs. 

Day 11, Oct 8: Manaltheeram Ayurveda Resort

Full day free for ayurveda treatments and yoga.

Day 12, Oct 9:     Manaltheeram Ayurveda Resort

Full day free for ayurveda treatments and yoga.  

Day 13, Oct 10:    Manaltheeram Ayurveda Resort

Full day free for ayurveda treatments and yoga.

Day 14, Oct 11:    Manaltheeram Ayurveda Resort

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Full day free for ayurveda treatments and yoga.

Day 15, Oct 12: Kovalam - Chennai

Closing circle and after noon transfer to the airport to fly home.

 

 

The sights and sounds of India will surprise and amaze you. 
Throughout the trip we were led to all our destinations flawlessly. We always felt safe and well looked after.
The trip was eye opening and inspiring. I can’t say enough positive things about this experience.
The trip was organized and handled professionally. Take the plunge, you are in good hands.
Come back and you will have a new perspective/ outlook on your life. Gratitude continues to inspire me every day.
Take the journey to India and find yourself in the process.

Donna Elman, Colorado

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Not included:

  • International Airfare to Chennai

  • Domestic Flight (One-way) Trivandrum to Chennai

  • Indian Visa

  • Tips for Drivers and Guides  

  • Trip insurance

  We will send you more details, travel tips and packing list upon registration.

What's included:

  • 14 nights accommodations at 4 Star Hotels

  • 3 meals a day

  • Transportation in air conditioned bus and/or cars

  • Daily Ayurvedic treatments/ massage while at Retreat Center

  • Entrance fees to Temples, Parks etc

  • Local guides for excursions and sightseeing tours

  • Yoga and Meditation

  • Women’s Community & Sisterhood

  • Practical & emotional support before, during and after the trip

  • Unlimited Bottled Drinking Water

Investment: 

Payment plans available upon request.  

*Deposit is nonrefundable. Please be certain that you will be able to attend before you make the commitment.

$4500 Early Bird (Based on double occupancy)

$5000 After May 15, 2019 

For Single Occupancy add an additional $700

$550 deposit holds your space*

Let the adventure begin...

Please feel free to contact us with any questions, concerns or excitement.

If you are feeling called to join us, then say YES…

See you in India!

The dichotomy has stuck with me.... beautiful temples, flowers, vibrant colors, mixed with pollution, poverty
and trash in the street. I am still in awe of the beauty mixed with dysfunction. This allows me to even more appreciate
our clean air, water and infrastruction. But despite that, India demonstrates that not matter how we live,
we are all similar as kind, genuine people. It was such a wonderful trip.  Its hard to put into words the gratitude
I feel for all that went into making this a memorable experience.

Jenn Kummer, Colorado

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Space is limited, reserve your spot today!

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India had a huge impact on me that I didn't realize it until I returned home and processed
all of the mind blowing experiences that I witnessed and went through! It left me very humbled!
I am more centered in my truth, more grounded and content. I want to travel more! I want to make a difference in this world. 

Jenn Parma, California