GODDESS YATRA TO MOTHER INDIA 2018

GODDESSS YATRA TO MOTHER INDIA 2018

 November 19-30, 2018

JODHPUR – DESERT ASHRAM – PUSHKAR – RISHIKESH

Are you ready to experience a life-changing journey in sisterhood?

I am taking 10 ladies with me on a trip to Rajasthan:  The most cultural, colorful, authentic, beautiful and traditional part of Mother India. We will be exploring sacred places, while diving deep into a Yoga adventure of movement, breath & flow, myths & stories, sounds & silence,  Goddess practices, rituals and divine meditation.

UTSAVA MAA- Goddess Wisdom Festival

I have been invited to once again teach at Utsava Maa, Goodess Wisdom Festival at Shri Jasnath Asan Ashram in Rajasthan from November 21-23,2018. The Ashram is a 16th century medieval fort built by the king of Udaipur, and blessed by the Yogis of Siddha Nath tradition, who continue to educate spiritual aspirants in the techniques of tantric yoga. The festival has been born to gather Goddesses who can contrive of solutions to bring Shakti back to our world as human, naturalistic and yogic. And I am excited to take YOU along! You will gain a deeper understanding of goddess’ special connection with nature for health and wisdom, and the importance of female contributions to sustainable ecology.

Our journey begins there. You will learn about real India. Spending time in rurual parts and connecting with people who have sometimes never even seen foreigners will give you eye-opening insights of how the country’s culture really functions. We will then continue our journey with a camel safari in the desert before we head to Pushkar, a holy pilgrimage city in Rajasthan. We will take part in Aarti (Light) ceremonies, do flower Pujas, hike up the sacred Goddess Mountain and of course, find time to buy amazing jewelry and silk shirts scarfs from our trusted merchants. We then make our way by overnight train to the Yoga capital of the world called Rishikesh. We will take strolls along the Ganga river, visit my teacher Maa Gyaan Suveera at her Kirti Hermitage and stay a night at Baba Vijay Rayal’s Silent Forest. We finish our trip with a yummy cooking class and a Goddess celebration.

“Within every woman there lives a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. She is the Wild Woman, who represents the instinctual nature of women.” 

— Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Join me for an unique journey in sisterhood that will awaken your inner wisdom and guide you on your path to becoming the Goddess that you already are.

Schedule:

  • Nov 19: Arrival Jodhpur. Visit Fort. Welcome Circle. (B, D)
  • Nov 20: Transfer to Jasnath Asan Desert Ashram. (B,D)
  • Nov 21: Goddess Wisdom Festival (B,L,D)
  • Nov 22: Goddess Wisdom Festival (B,L,D)
  • Nov 23: Goddess Wisdom Festival (B,L,D)
  • Nov 24: Transfer to Pushkar. Yoga. Dinner.(B)
  • Nov 25: Pushkar. Yoga. Meditation. Puja. Arts & Crafts.
  • Nov 26: Pushkar. Early Morning Mountain Hike. Temple Visit. Yoga. Dinner. Overnight Train to Haridwar. (B,L)
  • Nov 27: Rishikesh. Yoga. Ganges. Beatles Ashram. Shopping. Aarti Ceremony. (B,D)
  • Nov 28: Rishikesh. Yoga. Fire Puja. Sound Healing. Silent Forest Ashram. (B,D)
  • Nov 29: Rishikesh & Ganges River. Morning Sadhana with Baba Vijay Rayal. Satsang with Maa Gyaan Suveera at Kirti Hermitage. Evening Cooking Class & Goddess Celebration. Closing Circle. (B,L,D)

 

Flight Recommendations: 

FROM VIENNA:
AIR INDIA: VIENNA-JODHPUR & RETURN DELHI-VIENNA (or DEHRA DUN- VIENNA)

Vienna-Delhi: AI#154/ 22:45-10:20 + Delhi-Jodhpur: AI#475/ 12:55-14:15
Delhi-Vienna: AI#153/ 14:55-18:45

I would recommend to book the flights via checkfelix.com. Select “Multi-Stopp” and type in Vienna-Jodhpur and Dehra Dun-Vienna (on return flight). This way you can book all at the same time and with the same airline and can check your luggage through all the way. 

OPTIONAL ADD-ON:

4 DAYS IN GOA- COCONUTS, PALM TREES & THE BEST SUNSETS FAR AND WIDE.

Goa is located n the west of India and has the most beautiful white sandy beaches, an endless amount of coconuts and the world’s best sunsets. This is your chance to fill up your energy tanks and dive into a rejuvenating Yoga & Meditation Program to finish off the journey and return charged and energized.

Nov 30: Yoga Breakfast. Flight from Dehra Dun to Goa. Check in at Wellness Resort. (B,D)
Dec 1: Yoga. Beach. Sunset. Anjuna Night Market (B,D)
Dec 2: (optional) Ecstatic Dance. Beach. Yoga. Sunset Meditation (B,D)
Dec 3: Yoga. Beach. Meditation. Celebration. Early Dinner at 5pm. Closing Circle at 6pm

India is different. It’s a different world with uncountable faces. For me, as it was my first time in India, visiting this new world was also a journey to myself. I was going there without any expectations, without any fear of the unknown, because I had enough trust in Alexia and her way of organizing this goddess yoga retreat. But this journey was more than a casual yoga retreat, with Alexia as a yoga teacher you always have the choice of how deep you’re diving into new experiences. She guides you threw a unique path, full of amazing landscapes, original villages and an the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen. At the same time she gives you enough space, to dive into this new world and soak in every single moment as much as you need it. The way Alexia is organizing yoga retreats can challenge you and can take you more deeper into your yoga practice, on and especially off the mat.
Bianca Lokway, Vienna

Info & application:

FAQ. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.

Yes. it is safe. Firstly, we will be traveling in a group. Secondly, we will be visiting mostly holy places, pilgrimage towns and home of Swamis and Sadhus. You don’t need to worry about safety, however, it is still advisable to keep your passport and money always as close to your body as possible.
That’s totally up to you. We are going to be in a climate with almost 0% humidity, so no mosquitos or nasty bugs around.
While the food in the Ashram and pilgrimage places is usually quite clean, mild and sattvic, I advise you to prepare with the following:

  • Grapefruit Seed Extract: Take either tablets or drops. Start a week before departing to India and take it every day on the journey. (Anti-septic, keeps the bad bugs away)
  • Oregano Oil (i.e. essential oil from doTERRA- you can order via me). Put 1-2 drops into your water bottle on the journey. It is highly anti-inflammatory and immune boosting.
  • PROBIOTICS. Get your good bacteria in to prevent your digestive system to collapse. I recommend “OMNIOBIOTIC TRAVEL”- It comes in little Sachets and you can just mix it with a glass of water every morning after you get up.
Yes. you do. Please make sure you do it timely in advance.

For a short trip, under 2 months, you can apply for an India Visa online HERE. However, if you are flying in to Jodhpur directly with the recommended flight (above), please get your Visa done and ready to go in your passport before you leave for the trip. In Vienna/Austria you can apply for a Visa here: http://blsindiavisa-austria.com

It costs €103 and lasts for up to 1 year. You can apply for 3 months, 6 months or 1 year. It all costst the same.

We will be visiting traditional places where it is not seen to run around with shorts and tank tops. I would therefore suggest you to take lose pants, short or long sleeve shirts (to cover shoulders), long skirts (beyond the knees), loose dresses (also beyond the knees and shoulders covered) and scarves. We will be going shopping en route, so you should also be finding suitable and cheap things as we go.