A 12-day pilgrimage of the inner and outer landscapes
with Hareesh and Leila
10th January 2018 - 20th January 2018
early bird ends september 1st
Back by popular demand, the Sacred India Tour is a journey unlike any you've experienced. We will visit incredible temples and sacred sites of Yoga and of Shaivism while engaging in deep practice and contemplation of spiritual teachings.
This time we travel to Tamil Nādu, the spiritual heartland of yoga. Sanskrit scholar Hareesh (Christopher Wallis), who first visited India more than 20 years ago, will be your guide to these sacred sites and their teachings, while vinyāsa flow yoga teacher Leila Sadeghee will enliven your body and senses with a daily practice informed by 20 years of experience.
Adventure meets luxury
You can relax into your experience knowing everything is all taken care of. The price is all-inclusive (except flight and tips), and every detail is attended to with loving care. We stay in luxurious hotels with a traditional flair, because why skimp on what might be the greatest pilgrimage of your life?!
Join us as we visit some of the most powerful sacred sites of South India and explore Tantrik philosophy right where it flourished over a thousand years ago.
Woven together with daily āsana practice and guided meditation, this journey will nourish your body, mind, and senses.
Basic Itinerary (with space allowed for surprises!)
10th January 2018: Arrive in Chennai
11th-12th January 2018: Mamallapuram/mahabalipuram
13th-15th January 2018: Tiruvannamalai
16th-17th january 2018: chidambaram (nataraja temple)
18th january 2018: thanjavur (brhadishawa temple)
19th-20th January 2018: madurai (meenakshi temple)
21st-22nd January 2018: Trip ends or extend by two nights for an OPTIONAL TRIP EXTENSION TO Rameshwaram
Extend your Trip
Rameshwaram Temple Extension: January 21-22
For two additional nights you will have the option to travel to Rameshwaram, a tropical island surrounded by coral reefs, sandy beaches, coconut palms and tamarind trees, for a special ritual purification. The Sri Ramanathaswamy temple is one of the most important sacred pilgrimage sites in India.
You are held
India can be a wild ride. This retreat offers an opportunity to be held and guided in a way that allows you to put all of your energy into opening your heart to the teachings, sacred sites, and practices.
You will be in the best of hands: Hareesh, Leila, trip coordinator Melissa Pontius, and local experts Southern Trails Ltd. have all worked together before on prior India trips with great success. The photo gallery below is from the places we'll visit!