Please Note – For the Courses Listed Below: The first date listed is the orientation meeting, which is held in the evening either before or after dinner. Students should try to be at the Ashram by 1 pm. Please check at the Reception Office for the exact timing of the orientation.
Special Divali Spiritual Retreat
Instructions in English
Autumn 2022: Saturday October 22nd – Wednesday October 26th 2022
Divali, the Festival of Lights, is a joyous time of celebrations, and an opportunity to look forward with hope, faith and optimism. Divali is the celebration of light over darkness; of wisdom over ignorance; of truth over deception. It is also a time to honour Maha Lakshmi, the Goddess of abundance, success and prosperity, a time of reflection and introspection; a time when we make the resolve to live in the Light with abundance, truth and wisdom.
On this day, as we light beautiful diyas / lamps in our homes to welcome Lord Raam and Ma Sitaji [incarnations of Lord Vishnu and MahaLakshmi], we must also awaken the light in our hearts and allow that Divine Light to fill our hearts with love, compassion, confidence and courage.
Come, be in the presence of the Spiritual Masters as you awaken the Divine Light within. Bathe in the holy waters of Ma Ganga in the lap of the majestic and sacred Himalayas as you cleanse, and release hurts, pains, beliefs which are preventing you from discovering the joy that you are.
Receive the blessings of the Maha Lakshmi so you can rejuvenate and re-energize yourself to let your own inner Light emerge. Discover your inner wisdom and allow the divine to take birth in your life and shine forth!
This 4-day Special Divali Spiritual Retreat includes special Divali rituals / pooja, yagna / homa, pranayama, basic yoga asanas including surya namaskar, satsang [spiritual question & answer sessions] dedicated to the messages of Divali, meditation, self-reflection, karma yoga, and much more. Each day begins with yoga and concludes with Ganga havan and aarti at sunset followed by satsang with Pujya Sadhviji. Experience a transformative retreat and discover the Beacon of Light that you are.
Please bring pen and journal or ipad for reflections and insights of this transformative retreat.
This Special Divali Spiritual Retreat is for you who are drawn to rejuvenating and re-energizing your path of Self-discovery, to awaken the divine energy within and to let your own inner Light emerge as you discover your inner wisdom!
Each participant is required to adhere to the following guidelines to facilitate your
transformation. By attending this Special Divali Spiritual Retreat, you agree to:
- Take this divine opportunity to go as deeply as possible to discover your inner wisdom and light
- Respect and honour the other participants of the Retreat
- Participate in the morning havan and evening Ganga havan and aarti
- Observe and adhere to truth, non-violence [in thoughts, words, and actions], self-discipline and polite etiquette
- Respect and abide by the code of the Ashram while staying at the Ashram. For Ashram guidelines, please click here.
Important Course Information
- It is necessary to understand, read and write English to be able to participate in the yoga courses which are offered in English.
- Certificates for Intensive and YTTC will be issued only on completion of the entire course
- Attendance and punctuality are important factors for self discipline and to receive the certificate for certificate courses.
- Men and women should wear clothing that covers shoulders (no sleeveless shirts), midriff, and calves (no capris, shorts, or short dresses). Ladies should be careful to cover their cleavage. Yoga Students are expected to wear white, a balance of the seven colors and the color of purity. Please avoid wearing tight clothing both for your own comfort and as a sign of respect for the local culture. Additionally, it is customary to remove your shoes before entering buildings or sacred places. If you are not dressed appropriately you may not be allowed to participate in yoga classes or other Ashram activities. Dress code to be maintained during yoga classes, at meal times, in the Ashram grounds, and at Parmarth ghat.
- Make sure to bring your receipt of full payments to the first class that begins early in the morning.
- No classes on Sundays and major Indian/Hindu Holidays.
- The first day is for check in and orientation. Please arrive at the Ashram by 1:00 pm and check with the reception desk for the location and time of the orientation.
- Yoga students are welcome to stay additional days to integrate and deepen their discipline and practice. This is only possible when rooms are available.