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Yoga For Nepal

3rd Annual Himalayan Service Retreat 

NOVEMBER 6th -15th, 2017

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Yoga For Nepal

3rd Annual Himalayan Service Retreat 

NOVEMBER 6th -15th, 2017

Come to Nepal for 10 days of Yoga and Seva with Dharma Shakti.

"Seva (ਸੇਵਾ) is not just any kind of service, but rather selfless service performed with a sense of gratitude. It is service infused with kindness and respect for the ones served, and it arises from a place of peace and love."

Highlights

➥ A unique combination of Hatha, Karma, and Bhakti yoga

➥ 1-2 Yoga Classes Daily

➥ Delicious Vegetarian Meals

➥ Morning Meditation and traditional Chanting 

➥ Cultural Immersion 

➥ Intention Setting

➥ Airport Pickup and Transportation to Takure

➥Work in service alongside the local community through sustainable reconstruction, education, and agriculture

 

Details

Following the April 25th, 2015 earthquake in Nepal, Conscious Impact began supporting the community of Takure to rebuild their homes, their schools and their lives. But to serve others, we must first serve ourselves, and there is no better way to connect inward and build our own strength than through the practice of yoga. For this reason, each year we invite passionate yogis (of every level of experience) from around the world to join us in Nepal to study with Dharma Shakti and to learn from the ancient Hindu and Buddhist traditions practiced in the Himalayas.

This retreat uniquely combines hatha yoga with karma yoga (the yoga of service) and bhakti yoga (the yoga of devotion). We spend our mornings practicing singing traditional Hindu mantras or in silent meditations. Our days are filled with service work, such as: making bricks, helping in the garden, cooking meals or teaching kids at the school. Additionally, we will have two 1.5 hour yoga sessions each day led by Dharma Shakti.

Yogis and yoginis will work hand in hand with local community members and our international volunteer team to sustainably rebuild using a local materials and a variety of techniques, such as: Compressed Stabilized Earth Bricks (CSEB), Rammed Earth, and Earthbag. Your time in Takure may also be spent participating in our Education Program at the local primary schools and exploring organic farming practices that support the community and the land. 

This retreat is open to all people of all backgrounds; no experience necessary. We ask only that you come with a passion for service, to yourself and to others. Please register soon as spots are filling up. We look forward to seeing you in Nepal soon!

Give back

75% of the generous donations from our yoga retreat support the local community through our work in sustainable reconstruction, agriculture, and education. The remaining percentage allows us to host and provide meals for hardworking volunteers from all over the world.

$850 for 10 days of Yoga and Service.

We encourage volunteers to fundraise. However, some people prefer to make a personal donation instead.

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Find peace while serving others.

dharma


Find peace while serving others.

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Our Teacher

Dharma Shakti is a Yoga Instructor, Aryuvedic Practitioner, Pancha Karma Specialist, Licensed Massage Therapist, Kirtan Wallah, Owner and Founder of Yogalution Movement and Creator of Free Yoga on The Bluff

Yogalution Movement is a socially active, donation-based yoga studio that specializes in community mobilization. The center is best known for 'Yoga on the Bluff' an outdoor, twice-a-day yoga donation based class that is open to everyone, regardless of their experience! This class inspired what would become Conscious Impact's Yoga for Nepal Retreat.   

Dharma continues her studies with her many mentors and spiritual teachers, having a deeply rooted foundation in the Gaudiya Vaishnava Tradition, an ancient lineage, she studies and finds knowledge and wisdom in Vedic Sciences such as Bhakti and Jnana yoga, Spiritual Scriptures such as the Bhagavad Gita and ancient Yogic Wisdom of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras are her biggest influences. One of her many teachers,  Tukaram Das Prabhu, whom which she studied with for 10 years, has had a very big impact on the way Dharma teaches Yoga and the way in which she delivers Yoga Philosophy in her classes. Without his guidance, she would not be the teacher she is today.

This year marks Dharma's third visit to the village of Takure for another beautiful 10 days of service.


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The Schedule

 

Monday, November 6th

3:30 pm Camp Orientation

6:30 pm Dinner

Transportation from Kathmandu to the village of Takure 8:00 am

Lunch and settling into camp 1:oo pm

 

Tuesday, November 7th

1:30 pm Work and Community Tour

4:30 pm Evening Yoga 

6:30 pm Dinner

7:30 pm Intention Setting Circle

Meditation and Chanting in the Tipi 6:00 am

Morning Yoga 6:30 am

Breakfast 7:30 am

Work and Community Tour  8:30 am

Lunch 12:oo pm

 

Wednesday, November 8th

12:oo pm Lunch

1:30 pm Karma Yoga (Community Work)

4:30 pm Evening Yoga 

6:30 pm Dinner

Meditation and Chanting in the Tipi 6:00 am

Morning Yoga 6:30 am

Breakfast 7:30 am

Karma Yoga (Community Work) 8:30 am

 

Thursday, November 9th

12:oo pm Lunch

1:30 pm Karma Yoga or Workshop

4:30 pm Evening Yoga 

6:30 pm Dinner

Meditation and Chanting in the Tipi 6:00 am

Morning Yoga 6:30 am

Breakfast 7:30 am

Karma Yoga (Community Work) 8:30am

 

Friday, November 10th

12:oo pm Lunch

1:30 pm Karma Yoga or Workshop

4:30 pm Evening Yoga 

6:30 pm Dinner

Meditation and Chanting in the Tipi 6:00 am

Morning Yoga 6:30 am

Breakfast 7:30 am

Karma Yoga (Community Work) 8:30am

 

Saturday, November 11th

Breakfast 8:00 am

Himalayan Hike to Gupha Hill 9:00 am

Dinner 6:30 pm

 
 

Sunday, November 12th

12:oo pm Lunch

1:30 pm Karma Yoga or Workshop

4:30 pm Evening Yoga 

6:30 pm Dinner

Meditation and Chanting in the Tipi 6:00 am

Morning Yoga 6:30 am

Breakfast 7:30 am

Karma Yoga (Community Work) 8:30am

 

Monday, November 13th

12:oo pm Lunch

1:30 pm Karma Yoga or Wo

4:30 pm Evening Yoga 

6:30 pm Dinner

Meditation and Chanting in the Tipi 6:00 am

Morning Yoga 6:30 am

Breakfast 7:30 am

Karma Yoga (Community Work) 8:30am

 

Tuesday, November 14th

1:30 pm Packing up and Saying Goodbye

4:30 pm Evening Yoga 

6:30 pm Dinner

7:30 pm Intention Closing Circle

Meditation and Chanting in the Tipi 6:00 am

Morning Yoga 6:30 am

Breakfast 7:30 am

Karma Yoga (Community Work) 8:30am

Lunch 12:00pm

 

Wednesday, November 15th

Meditation and Chanting in the Tipi 6:00 am

Morning Yoga 6:30 am

Breakfast 7:30 am

Bus to Kathmandu 8:30am

 

The Yoga

Hatha Yoga

Hatha yoga is the yoga tradition most familiar to Western culture. The term is derived from the Sanskrit ha, meaning "sun," and tha, meaning "moon." The practice aims to unite the active and receptive qualities represented by each celestial being.

Practitioners of Hatha yoga use physical alignment and breathing control to achieve an equilibrium between the active body and its universe. The resulting harmony manifests itself as physical strength, physiological health and emotional well-being.

 

Bhakti Yoga

The intention when practicing Bhakti yoga is to devote one's self to the Divine that is in everything and, thus, to realize the union of the individual self with God. It is motivated by a love of God rather than a fear of negative repercussions or punishment and has been described as the sweetest of the yogic paths since it develops love and acceptance for all beings.

The Bhakti path of yoga is a path of the heart and practitioners may use chanting, devotional mantras, prayer, kirtan and rituals as part of their worship. 


Karma Yoga

Karma yoga is an ancient concept. The path of karma yoga is described in the Hindu sacred text, the Bhagavad Gita. It is also taught by zen teachers.

The intention when practicing karma yoga is to give selflessly for the good of others without thought of one's self or attachment to the results of one's actions. Acting in this way is considered the right way to approach service and it is said to purify the mind.

Karma yoga is relevant to all yogis because, to some extent, everyone must undertake some actions during their lifetime. By practicing karma yoga, all of these actions, even the most mundane, can become part of one's spiritual path. Practicing karma yoga also means to fully accept one's dharma, or life’s duty, and to let go of selfish desires. In doing so, one sublimates the ego.

Seva Yoga

The essence of Seva yoga is said to be encapsulated by the roots of the word. Seva comes from the Sanskrit words saha, meaning “with that,” and eva, meaning “too.” Thus, seva means “together with.”

The act of selfless service leads to collective benefit and gain even though it is performed without regard for the outcome of the individual. In performing acts selflessly, one must confront his/her own difficulties, resistance and negativity. One learns to recognize personal thought patterns and behaviors, as well as different facets of his/her personality. Through this heightened self-awareness, one can surrender the aspects of his/her personality that are no longer serving him/her and find an inner peace which is not dependent on or influenced by external factors.

It is said that Seva yoga is a combination of Karma yoga, the yoga of action, and Bhakti yoga, the yoga of love and devotion. In practicing Seva yoga, one serves others with his/her actions and does it with an attitude of pure, selfless love.

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previous retreats


Previous Retreats

previous retreats


Previous Retreats

2016

Our 2nd annual retreat brought a hardworking and selfless group of fresh faces! During this retreat Dharma led meditation in the mornings, and yoga twice daily while also acting as a spiritual resource for fellow volunteers. 

Our primary focus this year has been producing Compressed Stabilized Earth Bricks (CSEBs) for home reconstruction. During our 10-day retreat, our yogi and yoginis helped to produce almost 3,000 bricks which will one day provide a safe, sustainable home for a local Nepalese family.

Read more about our second annual retreat on our blog...

 

2015

Dharma hosted our very first Yoga for Nepal trip in November 2015, during the Nepali Tihar festival. This national holiday is celebrated in Nepal and known as 'the festival of lights'. An opportunity for reverence, renewal and setting strong intentions for unity, between families, friends, and across the nation, after the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal.

Our yogis & yoginis learned sustainable building techniques at our project sites and experienced the spiritual significance between action and intention. Manifesting intentions in holistic community action was an underlying theme of the retreat, we invite you to join a very special gathering.  We are very thankful to all of the volunteers that joined us, the friends that made this journey possible, and to Dharma for creating and leading this retreat and rebuilding experience in Nepal!  



Read about volunteers experiences:

Healing in Nepal by Aoife

Gifts from Takure by Alyson