BHAKTI YOGA RETREAT
KATHMANDU & POKHARA, NEPAL | SEPTEMBER 19-29, 2023
LED BY CAROLE FREY KEEFER | FREE SPIRITED WANDERER
DEVOTION. LOVE. UNITY.
B H A K T I // Union of love + devotion
Y O G A // Union of body, mind, soul and spirit
The practice of bhakti allows you to peer into your true nature and remember who you are through acts of discipline, dedication and devotion - guiding you to lovingly see the divine in all, and give your life new meaning + purpose.
Plus, the peaceful & spiritual atmosphere of Nepal gives you a chance to recall what truly matters in your life and offers you a space to integrate that, enabling you to come home with a new outlook on your life.
A NOTE FROM CAROLE
Photo: Sarangkot, Oct. 2014
This is a welcome I knew I would be writing one day, and I am so ecstatic as this moment is now.
Nepal is my favorite place on earth and where I completed my first 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2014.
There is not a day that goes by where I don't think of this place and the experience I had - it's a huge part of who I am as a yoga student, teacher and human being.
And now, I am bringing all of you back to the exact space where I did my training, Hotel Tulsi in Pokhara, Nepal. Thinking of the energy this space holds brings life into my being. Students from all over the world have come here to learn and practice yoga in the spiritual setting of Pokhara, Nepal.
This is where it all began for me, the first few steps of making my way into a life led by my Dharma, the love and gratitude my heart holds for this is unlike anything.
Therefore, this retreat will be unlike anything I have ever led - it will be a deep dive into the spiritual practice of yoga, truly going back to its original roots.
I've been dreaming up this retreat for eight years now, intentionally planning out the classes, sightseeing destinations, who I want involved and the magic I want to share.
I thank you for trusting me to guide you on this journey - I can promise you this trip will be a once in a lifetime experience, and you will come home feeling like never before, with a new outlook on your life.
10 NIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS
We will spend two nights in Kathmandu and 8 nights in Pokhara, with one night being at a hotel on top of Sarangkot mountain.
SHUTTLE PICK UP AT KATHMANDU AIRPORT + FLIGHT FROM KATHMANDU TO POKHARA.
After our two nights in Kathmandu, we will head to Pokhara via a short 30 minute flight which will be included in your existing rate! *Please note there is no departure transportation included.
TWICE DAILY HATHA & ASHTANGA YOGA
All yoga practice descriptions can be found below.
All of your meals will be included on this trip and will consist of traditional Nepali Cuisine.
Sarangkot has my favorite views of all time. We will take a 3 mile hike to the top, stay in a hotel for one night, and the following morning we will take a short hike to the very top for sunrise yoga with endless views of the himalayas and valleys.
One of the beauties of Nepal lies within it's spirituality & culture. We will visit temples, monasteries, peace pagodas and so much more. *Explore all detinations below.
Free time to relax at a local cafe and sip tea while reading or journaling, or perhaps walk around the local shops, head to Lake Phewa or partake in one of the incredible excurisions Pokhara has to offer.
NOT INCLUDED: COST FOR FLIGHT, TOURIST VISA, DEPARTURE TRANSPORTATION & ALCOHOL.
MEET YOUR LOCAL GUIDE
Hi, I am Krishna Gauli. I am 28 years old and I am a tour and trekking guide. Being born and brought up in the lap of Himalaya I can proudly say I have visited most of the mountains of Nepal . I am certified government guide . Not only trekking I am also tour guide and have a good knowledge about ancient history about Nepal . Traveling with me will always be fun because I will give my 100% to the customer.
Krishna and I met during my trip to Nepal and he quickly felt like family. There is no one else I would rather have than Krishna to guide us through our cultural destinations.
A window into the culture of the land.
Thamel District is probably one of the most popular places and things to do in Kathmandu for visitors. Here, you’ll find lots of eateries, little shops and places like the Garden of Dreams, a tranquil little nook off the main thoroughfare inside a pretty park.
For hundreds of years, the Boudhanath Stupa has stood as a beacon of Buddhist belief, towering over the surrounding town as a giant mandala of peace and beauty and also giant eyes. Built some time around the 14th century, the huge meditative monument is said to have been created just after the passing of the Buddha
SWAYAMBHUNATH MONKEY TEMPLE
THIS IS A WORKOUT, WILDLIFE excursion, and spiritual escape all wrapped into one. Be prepared to huff and puff your way up 365 steep steps to meet some furry friends at this Nepali Buddhist site.
Located atop a hill west of Kathmandu city, the Swayambhunath complex has been in use since the 5th century and consists of a magnificent domed stupa, as well as a variety of shrines and temples. Each temple is extremely ornate and richly decorated with gold and vibrant prayer flags, though it’s not only the spiritual décor that draws visitors.
The World Peace Pagoda in Pokhara offers a lot more than just a stupa. It's a lake, a small trek and a mountain view. Add in some side trips and it's great little outing to do while in Pokhara.
PEMA TSAL MONASTERY
Pema Ts’al Sakya Monastic Institute (aka Pema Ts’al Sakya Monastery) is a unique and beautiful place, situated on a quiet hilltop near Nepal’s famous Fewa Lake and in front of the Fishtail Mountain.
HIMALAYAN CHILDREN'S CARE HOME
We will spend a half day volunteering at the children's home as part of our Seva Yoga (selfless service).
ABOUT THE PRACTICES:
A deeper look into the types of yoga practices we will be doing
Discipline of Force
Hatha yoga is described as a merging together of sun and moon, left and right, or the masculine and feminine principles of the body. The practices focus on mind, body and breath to create a very energetic and wholesome practice. Classes include Asana, Meditation, Pranayama and Kriyas.
Eight Limbs of Yoga
Ashtanga Yoga is a set series of postures which we learn in a sequential order; each pose has their own benefit and helps to naturally unlock the body, preparing us for the next posture. The physical part of this practice creates strength and flexibility to realign and detoxify the body and nervous system. Mentally, we often hold ourselves back with negative and limited thinking habits, as we move through this practice we find discipline, focus and willpower allowing us to experience clarity and expand our thoughts into those that are positive and serve our highest good. On a subtle level this series clears the nadis (energy channels) in the body so prana (energy) can flow more freely, enabling us to work and move through our days more effectively. When we put all of this together we are allowing ourselves to heal from the inside out.
Yoga of Action
Kriya yoga has three distinct actions, Tapas (spiritual discipline), Svadhyaya (self-study), and Ishvara pranidhana (devotion to supreme being). Kriya yoga encourages you to take your practice off the mat and into your daily life. It's about having the fire to transform, the courage to connect with your higher self and the devotion to something greater, guiding you towards a life of meaning, fulfillment, and love.
Seva (“say-vah”) Yoga is the Yoga of Selfless Service. As a practice, Seva stems from two branches of Yoga: Karma Yoga (Yoga of Action) and Bhakti Yoga (Devotion inspired by Divine Love). This is the idea of giving back without any expectation of receiving in return. Example: our time volunteering at the children's home is Seva Yoga.
The Knowledge of Life
Ayurveda is Yoga's sister science also founded over 5,000 years ago. It teaches us how to live our best possible life with back-to-basics and natural approaches to living through knowledge of philosophy, spirituality, meditation, daily routine and food as medicine.
Ayurveda peers into the nature of life through the wisdom of mother nature, teaching us to live in harmony with the basic laws of nature. Our health is a continuous process that embraces all aspects of life- physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, ect.
Achieving balance in all levels of being is the true measure of vibrant health.
The “average” person does not exist. Every individual is a one of a kind and ayurveda teaches us to honor and support our true individual natures. We are taught to take personal responsibility for our own health.
The overall goal of Ayurveda is to live a long, healthy and balanced life!
TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST RETREATS
What People Say
The yoga retreat was everything I wanted plus some. Beautiful atmosphere with an aurora of great people. Perfect place to clear the mind, learn new routines and meet new friends. I love how this yoga retreat brings everyone together no matter how long you've been practicing.
True Nature 3.0 | Smoky Mtns, TN | June 2022
“We believe that no dish can be better than its ingredients, and that the best ingredients are usually local. As great cooking starts with great ingredients, great ingredients start with great farmers”
- Hotel Tulsi
From Authentic Nepali cuisine to continentals, experience the taste from our master chefs.
STEAMED MOMO | Chicken / Mutton / Veg Dumpling
PANEER PAKODA | Indian cottage cheese
BBQ FISH | Local fish from our own farm
SEKUWA | Chicken / Pork / Mutton
NEPALI THALI SET | Chicken / Mutton / Fish
BUTTER MASALA | Vegetable / Chicken
PORK TAWA | Grilled pork in Nepali style
BIRYANI | Mutton / Chicken / Veg
CHOOSE YOUR ACCOMMODATION
Hotel Tulsi | Pokhara, Nepal
At Hotel Tulsi, our passion is to connect our guests to the very best of Pokhara. From the Fewa lake side to the Annapurna range including Fishtail Mountain, our hotel offers extraordinary service, created by combining central location, adequate space, and comfortable amenities. Add great view just outside the window of the room, and the result is an unforgettable experience of a lifetime.
Our hotel was among the first buildings to be erected in Pokhara Lakeside. Hence we can boast that our communities literally grew up around us. With the location as our advantage, allow yourself to join the bustle of the city and enjoy the culture, flavors, and sounds of natural ambience just step away.
And, if the busy lakeside excitement is not on your itinerary, our hotel welcomes you to the most breathtaking and pristine access to Mountain View, lake, green hills, and adventure.
While we aim to give you an authentic experience of the locale whenever you stay with us, we also guarantee consistent high standards throughout your stay with us. Contemporary amenities and timeless elegance—inspired by nature—are reflected throughout every guest room. Make Hotel Tulsi your personal gateway to exploring the world’s most extraordinary destination – Pokhara to having your most memorable experiences.
Private: $3995 | Sleeps 1 | 5 rooms available
** A $500 non-refundable deposit is due to secure your spot, the final balance is due June 1, 2023.
**ONLY 1 ROOM LEFT
Queen bed with a private bathroom, tv, closet with a safe, and chairs.
Rooms were renovated in 2020.
Shared: $3495 per person | Sleeps 2 | 5 rooms available
** A $500 non-refundable deposit is due to secure your spot, the final balance is due June 1, 2023.
Two double beds, private bathroom, tv, closet with a safe and chairs. Rooms were renovated in 2020.
Where do I fly into? Kathmandu Airport
How do I get from Pokhara back to Kathmandu after the retreat? You can take a short flight, 30 min for $100 for a 6 hour bus ride for 6$. **Although this isn't included in your rate, we will still help organize everything for you!
What do I need to pack? At least 30 days prior to every retreat, a suggested packing list will be sent out.
Will my food allergies / restrictions be accommodated? YES
Is there wifi? YES
Do I need a passport? YES
Do I need a Tourist Visa? YES
**Your tourist visa is actually done upon arrival and is a simple extra step!
What is the cost of a Tourist Visa? A 15 DAY VISA IS $30
If you have further questions, do not hesitate to reach out: firstname.lastname@example.org
All deposits are non-refundable.
Any cancellations done 31 days or more prior to retreat start date:
The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. The balance (total cost minus the deposit) is not refundable, but it is transferable to future Free Spirited Wanderer Retreats.
Any cancellations done 30 days or less prior to retreat start date:
All payments are non-refundable or non-transferable.
Further questions or concerns? Email me below.