Indian winter break program, season 2020/21

Yoga, culture and spirituality for men

This coming season I propose two different breaks

A cultural and spiritual program where we will first discover the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata, and then visit the sites of Bodh Gaya, Varanasi and Agra.

Yoga and Contemporary Art program in Varkala and Fort Kochi, this formula includes 8 days of yoga practice in Varkala, followed by 3 days of excursion in Fort Kochi to discover the biennale of contemporary art.

The formula is simple, the friendly atmosphere, the idyllic setting, the change of scenery guaranteed.

The group is intimate and small, maximum 6 people per group.
The yoga practice will be adapted to each participant according to the level of practice and flexibility.
For the cultural and spiritual stay, there will be very little practice of asanas, but a lot of walking and discoveries.

The daily practice of yoga allows us to better understand this discipline in its entirety, its physical dimension, but also the energetic and spiritual dimensions.

Yoga classes in India are not naked

The morning master class is done at sunrise in line with yogic traditions.
A gentle stretching and meditation practice is done in the late afternoon on the beach.

The moments of freedom are moments to rest, get a massage, enjoy the beach and the ocean. Varkala Beach is a protected and unique site in India. The ocher-colored cliff, natural water sources, vegetation make it a real gem.

Culture and Spirituality
Kolkata, Bodh Gaya, Varanasi, Agra
October 21-31, 2020

Yoga and contemporary art
Varkala, Fort Kochi
December 6 to 16, 2020
December 20 to 30, 2020
January 24 to February 3, 2021 *

* The Murugan festival takes place around January 28, practices will be adjusted to attend this festival. !!! not for all audiences !!!

Tuition and support cost for the program

The educational and support cost for program is 500 euros per participant.
My additional costs (accommodation, meals, transfers ...) will be shared and borne by the participants.

I take care of you, I guide you in your daily practices and outside, I accompany you on the excursions, I allow you to access cultural and human dimensions 'off the beaten track' in sites that I know well.
A unique local contact, logistics management in a rather specific environment.

I provide my services in French as well as in English. If the groups are a mix of French and English speakers, it will be completely bilingual and everyone will benefit from an opportunity to improve their linguistic knowledge and skills.

Arrival and departure, which airport?

For the program in Kerala, I recommend arriving at Trivandrum airport and leaving via Kochi, an excursion to Munnar or Valparai can be easily organized (2 to 3 days more) and will be a complement to the proposed stay and probably without my support.

If you want to arrive a few days earlier to get used to the changes (climate / schedule), extend your stay I can assist you, please indicate it.

Cultural and spiritual stay, Kolkata, Bodh Gaya, Varanasi, Agra:

The accommodation will be of comfortable quality and we will no doubt share the rooms.
The price per night will be around 40 euros per person in a shared room.
Transfers from site to site will be by plane, prices will be confirmed when booking.

The flight prices are as follows:
Delhi - Kolkata - 120 Euros
Kolkata - Bodh Gaya - 80 Euros
Bodh Gaya - Varanasi - 40 Euros
Varanasi - Agra - 40 Euros
Agra - Dehli - Taxi / Mini Bus 4 hours

Yoga and contemporary art workshops, Varkala and Fort Kochi

Accommodation in Varkala is available in two categories, a category of western luxury hotels and a category of single rooms in a guesthouse.

You can consult the sites of these establishments here:

Hotel category accommodation
Varkala, count around 5000 INR or at the rate of the day 67 Euros
Fort Kochi, prices for quality hotels are much more expensive
The rates for the Christmas session will be around 80/100 euros per night
Card payment available
100 euros deposit to add to the payment of educational costs

Guesthouse category accommodation
Varkala the room rate from 12 to 20 euros depending on the room (1000/1200/1300/1800 INR)
Fort Kochi, count 20 to 30 euros per night
for the Christmas session, the prices will be around 60 euros for kochi.
Cash payment only
No hotel service of sheets or catering
The number of rooms is limitedthe rate can only be fixed according to the availability of the rooms

50 euros deposit to add to the payment of educational and support costs
Accommodation

I take care of reservations and deposit payments directly on site with the owners.
For the payment of the balance, it is the responsibility of each and will be done on site for Varkala and in advance for the cultural stay. The details will be confirmed in writing to each participant.

Meal

Meals are the responsibility of each participant. There is a wide choice of restaurants. The prices are very reasonable in tourist restaurants, and very very cheap if you choose local restaurants.

Massages and treatments

Massages by local therapists can be arranged.
It takes 12/15 euros for a one hour massage.

Excursion

The excursions are planned for the duration of the stays, certain supplements will be charged to each participant (museum tickets and exhibitions), taxis ...

Airport transfers

Airport transfers will be by taxi and will be the responsibility of each participant.
I organize the transfers for better efficiency, normal rates apply either around, 20/30 euros depending on the city.

Money

Avoid changing money at the airport or before you go. Local exchange offices offer much better rates. It is possible to pay for certain things with the credit card, but a commission will be added by the merchant for foreign cards.

On arrival, there is no need to have cash, the taxi can take you to a distributor. The price of this first taxi can be paid later, no need to have cash on arrival, you have time to withdraw or change money in town. Withdrawals are often limited to 10 or 20,000 INR, have enough currency with you for your accommodation and local expenses.

Travel and cancellation insurance

Travel and cancellation insurance must be taken out individually

TOURIST VISA FOR INDIA

A visa is required to visit India, a simplified online process is available.
I will assist you with this procedure.

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