➥ 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
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 working with children at the local 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!
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.
Fundraising option available.
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 fourth visit to the village of Takure.
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...
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!