India Programs & Pilgrimages
Dancing Shiva presents...
Namaste friends and Community,
Year after year our intimate and humble groups have enjoyed their studies of Ayurveda & Yoga in the sacred land of India. Its really hard to explain in words how valuable it is, simply just "being" in India. You naturally absorb so much great wisdom from this colorful culture. Students of these unique training programs actually participate at a fully fledged Ayurvedic University in Pune and at a living Eco-Village.
D.Y. Patil College of Ayurved & Research Centre is a prestigous university that is affiliated with Dancing Shiva to offer non-Indian students an opportunity to study Ayurveda in the most authentic environment. More important than the state of the art school and hospital facility is the highly trained faculty of doctors, practitioners, yoga teachers and community leaders that come together to bring great depth of wisdom and practical clinical experience to all our students. Attendees will enjoy cultivating new friendships and learning from the experience of being immersed in Ayurveda in its homeland. The empasis is on providing a balanced approach to learning between theoretical knowledge and practical experience. I have seen over the years how changed our students are from attending these programs, from being in India and the renewed spiritual attitude that they infuse into their lifestyles. Its truly a life changing experience that everyone can enjoy and benefit from. Please do let me or our Dancing Shiva staff know how we can make this experience better for you.
In service, love and gratitude,
Join Mas and friends on this special pilgrimage to the Himalayan region of Uttrankand where the famed Ganges river flows. This area is where many of the great ashrams exist, including the famous Divine Life Society of Swami Sivananda. We will also enjoy time in the yoga city of Rishikesh on the banks of the ganges river, abound with ashrams, meditation caves and many schools of yoga. We will also visit some sacred temples and enjoy time together in this most spiritual region of India.
Only a small group of 7-10 persons will be accepted for this pilgrimage and will be a wonderful opportunity to connect with some of the great yoga lineages of India.
Dates: February 25th - March 3rd
Note: This is a "pilgrimage" and that means there is no daily structure. The focus of this gathering is to visit this region of India as a pilgrim, allowing each moment to guide us. Mas Vidal will share his suggestions from many years and visits to these regions and has a list of wonderful spiritual treats to share with the group.
Bhakti Yoga Retreat
March 5th - 11th 2017
*Recommended arrival into Mumbai is March 2nd 2017 and return flight on early morning of March 12th (If you are not attending the Ayurveda Program).
Join Mas Vidal for his annual Bhakti Immersion program for a special gathering of yoga, chanting and spiritual purification and study.
Program Schedule-Itinerary will include:
~ 5am - 7:30am Daily yoga practice, kirtan (chanting) and meditation (Eco-Village)
~ Visit it sacred sites (Temples, Mahatma Gandhi's home and more) (In Mumbai before departing to Eco-Village)
*7:30am - 8:30am Breakfast (Eco-Village)
~ 9am - 11:30am Wisdom-Study classes (Eco-Village)
(Class topics include Yoga-Ayurveda, Bhakti, Vedic Ecology.
~ 11:30am - 12:30pm Short Break
*12:30- 1:30pm Lunch (Eco-Village)
~ 2pm - 5:30pm Variety of offerings Vedic ecology (permaculture, cow and farm animal care, sustainable living work (seva) and educational classes. (Eco-Village)
*~6pm - 7pm Dinner (Eco-Village)
Note: The above schedule is an outline and is subject to change slightly.
~ There is also the option to enjoy ayurvedic treatments (separate cost) and impromtu satsanga's with Mas and special guests teachers and Swami's from India.
~ *All meals are vegetarian and there are many delicious options for both the Indian and western diets.
~ There will be a 1/2 day hike option to the top of a nearby mountain that was an old fort of the great warrior Shivaji.
We will begin this sacred journey by settling in at the Mumbai Sri Sri Radha Gopinath temple (Chowpatty) where Radhanath Swami resides and then head to one of India's most highly acclaimed projects of global ecology. During the few days in Mumbai before heading to the Eco-village the group will get a chance to adjust to the time change and begin to absorb the love and sacred vibrations of the temple. We will also visit some interesting local sites like Mahatma Gandhi's home and museum and an ancient Shiva temple and enjoy time connecting with other pilgrims like yourself.
Accommodations-Cottages at Eco-Village
Dates: March 5th - 11th 2017
Early Bird Cost: $1008 (Before October 15th) Regular pricing after October 15th is $1,250.
Arrival Airport: Mumbai, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
Ayurveda Healing Program
March 13th - 22nd 2017
This is a special fully integrated Ayurvedic immersion program offered at an authentic Indian University (D.Y. Patil College of Ayurved & Research Centre). This is a unique opportunity for students to integrate themselves in ayurvedic studies as taught in the mother land of India. This 10-day program provides an overview of ayurvedic principles and focuses on the core elements of ayurvedic wellness, its practice, lifestyle and treatment care. Participants will receive certification for 100 hours towards becoming an Ayurvedic Health Counselor.
Each day focuses on a different topic ranging from various subjects listed below to provide for a broad understanding and overview of how ayurveda is practiced as a complete medical system.
Curriculum topics include:
~ Kaya Chikitsa (Internal Ayurvedic Medicine)
~ Pancha Karma (Clinical Ayurvedic Treatments)
~ Womens Ayurveda-Gynecology
~ Yoga Asana & Pranayama Therapy according to Ayurvedic Principles.
Overview of what is included in the Ayurveda Program:
1. Education provided by Mas Vidal and the extraordinary faculty at D.Y. Patil College of Ayurved & Research Centre
2. Shared accomodations in apartment style living.
3. 100 Hour certification
4. Transportation is provided on arrival to Mumbai International airport only! Drop off is also included to Mumbai International airport after the last day of the program.
*Recommended arrival into for the Ayurveda Program is into Mumbai International Shivaji Airport on March 10th or 11th, 2017 and return flight on early morning of March 2nd (night) or 23rd (morning). Note: Its good to arrive a few days earlier to adapt to the time change. Cost for early arrival is extra and we will recommend either hotel or take your directly to the accomodations for the program on the campus. Some people prefer to spend a few days in Mumbai in a hotel site seeing before the program begins. Are best suggestion is to attend the Bhakti Yoga pilgrimage program prior and enjoy good community and the bliss energy of Indias sacred yoga tradition.
*Meals are to be paid separately as there are various vegetarian meal options on campus at very reasonable prices. Expected cost will vary depending on how much you eat however one can expect to eat very well for about $15-$20 per day (maximum).
* The city of Pimpri is a smaller suburb of the larger Pune and is the Ayurvedic educational capital of India with many schools, clinics, restaurants, stores and communities thriving in the Ayurveda and Yoga tradition. This will be a combined clinical and cultural learning experience that cannot be replicated anywhere else except in Mother India.
Total Program Cost $1,875:
Program students with Ayurvedic doctors observing a patient in the hospital prior to treatment for back pain and spinal issues.
Dr. Subhas Ranade and his wife Sunanda are chairmans of the International Academy of Ayurveda (IAA), he is one of the leading pioneers of Ayurveda globally. He has been on the faculty of the Dancing Shiva programs for over 12 years and both DS and IAA have shared a strong affiliate relationship for many years.