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Art of Being Yoga Retreat

Becci Anderson // Ladakh, Northern India

In short

Ladakh, also known as "Little Tibet,” is one of the most remote areas of India. It remained isolated for centuries from the outside world due to its inaccessibility, and the strategic position it occupies in the northern frontier.

Ladakh has a rich cultural and religious heritage, as can be seen from the centuries-old monasteries, some of them built on sheer cliffs and still functioning actively today.

In this cultural odyssey, we travel through the ancient kingdom of Ladakh, soaking in the beauty of its captivating landscape, visiting monasteries, villages, palaces and humble homes, meeting the local people and understanding their way of life and culture. A journey that will inspire you and connect you to your deepest self.

Come with us!

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Inclusions

  • Daily Yoga
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • 3 trek days
  • Most meals
  • Famous buddhist monasteries
  • Rafting on top of the world
  • Tour of Leh town
  • Glamping in Nubra Valley
  • Return airport transfers
  • Transfers between all locations
  • Expert guides
  • Khardung La, highest road in the world
  • Vedic Meditation Initiation
  • Twice daily Vedic Meditation practice
  • Yoga Philosophy talks

In depth

Let the Journey Start

 
 

Namaste, from Becci Anderson, your retreat host.

Day 1

Welcome to Ladakh, "the land of high passes." (3500 mts) Arrive in Leh at Kushok Bakula Airport. Check in to our hotel and the rest of the day is free so you can take rest to acclimatise with the environment. In the evening we will meet each other for a group dinner and an overview of our 12-day journey ahead. For those needing initiation into Vedic Meditation I will hold the puja and teach you your individual mantra in an evening ceremony. We will all gather together for our first Vedic meditation group sit.

Day 2

Explore Le Town. Wake up to a meditation sit and morning yoga with views of snow-capped mountains followed by breakfast. Explore Leh Town and enjoy an easy day for further acclimatization. Walking tour including the famous Leh Palace, Tsemo Castle, and women’s alliance. An evening meditation sit, followed by a visit to Shanti Stupa and the charming shops of Changspa street. Overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 3

Rafting on Indus river & visit Basgo Fort. Begin the day with a meditation sit and morning yoga rituals to prepare for an exciting day of rafting on the top of the world. Rafting through astoundingly beautiful mountains, many of them with tiny hamlets and imposing old monasteries nestling among the valleys for approx 2.5 to 3 hrs. Enjoy an evening meditation and philosophy talk under the stars. Overnight stay and dinner in trekking tents in Basgo village.

Day 4

Likir village (3519m) trek to Yangthang (3677m) via Phobe La (3580m). Morning meditation and yoga in the high altitudes, and after a typical Ladakhi breakfast we drive to the start point of our 3 days trek from Likir village. We give a quick visit to Likir monastery and from here we start our trek for approx 3-4 hrs covering the distance of 10 km to Yangthang Village. From Likir the route heads west up to Phobe La (3580m) and beyond this lies Sumdo village. The trail goes steadily upwards till you get to Chagatse La (3630m). Across the pass is the village of Yangthang (3630m) where we camp for the night, next to a stream. Group dinner, meditation, philosophy and stargazing.

Day 5

Trek Yangthang to Hemis Shukpachen (3632m) via Tsermangchen La (3750m). Morning meditation and yoga in the lap of the mountains. Today is an easy walk and we follow the trail that heads north, to Tsermangchen La (3750m). After a short rest at the pass, we head down to HemisShukpachen. The village, named after the grove of cedars, is one of Ladakh's prettiest. There are several sparkling streams surrounded by shady willows and large barley fields that provide a touch of green to the otherwise desolate, Rocky Mountains. We will camp in the middle of the village. Unwind with group meditation, yoga, philosophy and dinner.

Day 6

Trek Hemis Shukpachen to Temisgam (3230m) via Mebtak la (3750m) 4hrs. As we awaken with the sun we start the day with our meditation and yoga practice and begin the last day of our trek. The trail goes upward to the Mebtak La (3750m) marked by prayer flags. From the pass, we head down the gorge to Ang, and to Temisgang, a charming village with apricot orchards, where we camp for the night with meditation, philosophy, a bonfire and group dinner.

Day 7

Visit Lamayuru monastery & Alchi Monastery – Leh. This morning enjoy a sleep in, followed by meditation and after breakfast, we will drive to the famous Lamayuru monastery standing dramatically against a unique moon-like landscape. Later we visit the Alchi monastery in Alchi village. We continue our drive to Leh city, and upon arrival, we check in to the hotel. Enjoy hot showers and a group meditation. Your evening is at your own pace. Overnight stay in a hotel in Leh.

Day 8

Leh to Nubra Valley via Khadunlga Pass (5359m). Enjoy morning meditation and yoga practice together and after breakfast, we start to drive to Nubra Valley. En-route stop at Khardung La Pass, the highest motorable road in the world at 5359 meters. On arrival check-in to our glamping accommodation and in the afternoon we visit Diskit Monastery. The impressive statue of Maitreya Buddha that stands at the height of 32m was inaugurated by the Dalai Lama in 2010. Overnight stay in glamping tents. Yoga, meditation, and group dinner to unwind.

Day 9

A day of rest Sleep in and awaken with the sounds of nature. Sleep in and awaken with the sounds of nature. Join a group meditation, enjoy a relaxed Ladakhi breakfast and spend your day how you wish. Later we meet for an afternoon yoga workshop, meditation and group dinner.

Day 10

Drive Nubra Valley to Leh. Meditation and yoga in nature followed by a delicious local breakfast. Later in the afternoon, we drive back to Leh. Overnight stay at the hotel in Leh Hotel, yoga, meditation and group dinner.

Day 11

Leisure day of Leh. Today we join for our last morning meditation and yoga practice. Explore the town, shop for gifts or have a pot of tea. Group final dinner and overnight stay in our hotel in Leh.

Day 12

It's time to say goodbye. Enjoy our last breakfast as a group, and according to your flight schedules, we chauffeur you back to the airport. Fly to your future destination with the sweet memories of Ladakh.
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The Host

Becci Anderson

Becci has taught various styles of yoga. Her foundation training was in Japanese Okido yoga, and she has also trained with Jimmy Barkan, Power Living, Bliss Baby Yoga, FireShaper Hot Yoga, Inferno Hot Pilates, Shiva Rae, and with Barre Body in mat pilates and barre. More recently Becci has qualified as an IREST yoga nidra level 1 teacher, studied tantra yoga with Brad Hay, studied ashtanga vinyasa with Gregor Maehle, and completed 200hrs of instinctive meditation teacher training with Lorin Roche at the Radiance Sutras School of meditation.

"Since yoga became part of my life I have evolved into a more peaceful, content, curious, playful, grateful and happier me, and as a teacher I hope more than anything to help my students do the same. The honesty, intuition, and strength we bring to our mats eventually transpires to fill our lives, and for me there is nothing more beautiful than being true to one’s self. Yoga is my go to place, my island in a busy sea”

As a naturopath, nutritionist, and teacher and student of yoga, Becci believes in bringing her diverse skills into her classes. “I believe a well-rounded yoga practice helps to emulate a well-rounded individual… there is a yoga style for everybody! I hope to share my love and passion for yoga with everyone, see you on your mat very soon!”

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