Intensive Sadhana Tour during Navaratri –
Celebrate the Festival of the Divine Mother in India!
Date: 10/08 – 10/18.2018
Location: Tiruvannamalai & South India
Price per person: €1,790
Navaratri – The Festival of the Divine Mother
The Festival of the Divine Mother, or Navaratri, next time will be celebrated in India from 10/09 – 10/17/2018. It is one of the most important and holiest Hindu feasts. You are cordially invited to celebrate this very special feast with me in Tiruvannamalai, near the holy mountain Arunachala, as we embark on this powerful and transformational journey.
Navaratri is a sacred festival celebrating all forms of the female Shatis/Devis. This most energetic period includes a special feast over 9 days and 9 nights, as implied by the word ‘Navaratri’, meaning nine (nava) nights (ratri). It is a very powerful and holy celebration, providing room for magical spiritual experiences, yet can also be a time of introspection and purification.
During this period many yogis fast, and undergo specific practices such as ‘Muni’ or ‘dwelling in silence’ to receive the grace of the Divine Mother. Each of the 9 nights is dedicated to the worship of one of the great goddesses.
During the 9 days and nights, we will use our powerful group energy with special mantras and energetic processes to build and invoke high spiritual vibrations.
Achieving true spiritual growth requires, in addition to devotion (Bhakti), a great amount of cosmic energy (Shakti). The energies of Shakti, the female creative force, are especially powerful during this time and with proper guidance, these energies can induce a profound self-exploration and healing process.
Also during this particular time, very special abilities known as “Riddhis” and “Siddhis”, are activated very quickly. These basic siddhis include, for example:
- Tri Kala Jnatvam: Knowledge of past, present and future.
- Advandvam: Tolerance of heat, cold and other dualities.
- Para Citta Adi Abhijnata: Knowledge and mindreading of others.
This special trip is particularly suitable for those who yearn for strong and soulful experiences.
The nights when Shakti as Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati bless you
The period of Navaratri is considered propitious and promising to tackle new projects or tasks, and may be used to focus on something that you would like to attain, or to meditate about issues that need to be resolved.
Durga (goddess of courage and strength), Lakshmi (goddess of wealth and success) and Saraswati (goddess of learning and speech) are considered to be three different manifestations of Shakti, or cosmic energy, and are revered during Navaratri in various ways all over India.
During our potentially life-changing retreat spanning 9 days and 9 nights, you have the opportunity to meditate with me and a number of very special guests, in Tiruvannamalai and practice Samadhi (a deep state of spiritual consciousness achieved through meditation).
This tour is highly unique, and unlike anything else you might find available, because it is primarily focused on spiritual enlightenment, transcending the ego and creating a new way of being for you in your life moving forwards, while experiencing things many other visitors to India rarely get to see or do. Rather than the tour simply being built around visiting sacred sites and places, it goes so much deeper than that in every way, especially with the heart of the trip being the powerful Hindu festival of Navaratri. Also, I am not a traditional travel guide in any way, but your spiritual travel guide instead – for both your inner and outer journey. This is where you get to see the real India, AND the real you, while having the most incredible time!
Visit the temple of Maya Ma
We will visit powerful temples where we will practice Sadhana. A very special place of power is the Holy Temple of Maya Ma! Maya Ma is one of the few Yoginis dwelling in ‘Jeevan Samadhi’, the highest state of spiritual existence. Her soul and her blessings are felt there. Jeevan means carrying life, and Samadhi is a very special state of consciousness, in which the whole cosmic energy is understood and internalized in its complexity. It is the highest state of existence a yogi can seek to obtain.
(For the first 5:44 minutes the video is in German, then from 5:45 onwards, the video contains a lot of explanations in English.)
Enjoy Tiruvannamalai, at the foot of Arunachala, the holy mountain of Shiva
The retreat will take place in Tiruvannamalai in a wonderful Ashram. Tiruvannamalai lies at the foot of the holy mountain Arunachala, which is considered to be a manifestation of the god Shiva. In the centre of town there is the famous Arunachaleshwara temple, where Shiva is worshipped in the form of the element of fire. The town is quiet and calm, a welcome peaceful oasis, where spirituality still remains at the highest levels.
Tiruvannamalai is said to have strong power to grant wishes, and on highly energetic days such as the new and full moon,this spiritual force is at its peak,because then the veil to the spiritual worlds and creatures is lifted, giving access to expanded states of being. Take part in lived spirituality; learn and practice it, then take it home with you.
Experience extraordinary encounters with Siddhas, Yogis and Saddhus
Some yogis have announced they will come to our Ashram and spend the festival with us. Ayya, who lived in a cave for 11 years, neither eating nor speaking throughout this time, will lead us to secret and uncommonly-known places full of spiritual vibrations. We will meditate with yogis, Siddhas and Saddhus for several hours a day, enabling us to deepen our connection in higher states of consciousness and experience the highest spirituality in this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Gather energy to move your life forward
This intense period of 10 days of Sadhana in India is very well suited to gather the energy for a change, for starting new projects or setting out on new ventures. This energy will remain with you for a long time, and many participants in this tour have already had this happy experience.
Small group sizes
On our Sadhana Journeys, the number of participants is limited to 25 people, in order to maintain an intimate yet expansive experience.
Open your heart for special experiences during this spiritual tour
On this trip you may expect many highlights, including Satsang, bhajan singing, chanting of mantras, fire pujas and the imparting of rare spiritual knowledge, within a group of like-minders spiritual seekers such as yourself. If we accept it, we often experience very surprising divine dispensations.
However, during our travels it is important to follow the energy, and therefore changes of plans are possible at any time. I am connected to very special people and places in India. When we are traveling in a group it may be that the vibrations become so strong that we spontaneously change our plans, occasionally even leaving out a lunch, so please be open and flexible if you want to be part of this trip, that is unlike any other. The Divine always acts beyond the mind – on the level of the soul and the heart, when we are open to it.
Who is this Sadhana Journey during Navaratri for?
This is a trip for those who are already somewhat experienced, as the practice of Sadhana during the tour includes several hours of meditation each day – something that should be considered before booking. Please contact me if you have any questions about this, or concerns as to whether you feel ready for this journey.
Dates and pricing for this powerful tour to South India:
Travel dates: 10/08 – 10/18.2018
The price per person is €1,790 including accommodation in a double room, and excursions during the tour in an air conditioned bus, as well as intense Sadhana and group support.
Please note, travel to/from the destination in India, meals and entrance fees are NOT included and are to be paid by the participants themselves.
Upon request, full board comprising 3 vegetarian meals a day can be booked for €17 per day. An airport transfer from/to Chennai airport is also optionally available for €72 per person, per transfer.
Accommodation for all passengers is at the Mountain Retreat Center
- Reduction for couples: €250 per couple
- Children up to 5 years are free
- Children from 6 up to 12 years pay 50%