8 Days Vipassana Silent Meditation Retreat in Rishikesh, India
Special Meditation Retreat in India
Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine are happy to invite you in their special silent meditation retreat (Vipassana). In the main practice of Vipassana, you will be mentally scanning each body part of yours and as a result, get to feel many sensations in each of these body parts. This retreat will help you to not only discover yourself and recognize your weak and strong sides,
but also make you stable and balanced!
Daily practical meditation
Concentration and awareness sessions
Study materials and certificate of attendance
Mala string of beads energized by a Yogacharya, Dr. S.K.Pandey-Ji
One excursion to the Himalaya
3 vegetarian meals per day
7 nights accommodation
7 days with instruction in
Spoken languages: French, German, Hindi, Russian, Sanskrit, English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
Airport transfer available:
Jolly Grant Airport (US$25 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$70 per person)
Air-conditioned public areas
Special menu request
Ironing / ironing board
Starting from January 1st, 2019, Vedansha are happy to offer absolutely great accommodation at reasonable price. Located in Tapovan, far from noisy streets and crowd in a newly built building, they offer single, shared twin, shared double, family suite and comfortable dormitory rooms. This type of accommodation will help you to relax and concentrate on your priorities of training.
There are a total of 12 air-conditioned and 4 non-air-conditioned rooms. Most of the rooms have a wonderful view on Himalayan Mountains. Each room has a big private bathroom and equipped with the following facilities:
Heater during the cold season
Clean towels, bed sheets, pillow & bed covers and blankets
Free filtered water
Inverter and generator in case of light off
Vedansha also provide car parking and restaurant area.
Please note that sometimes the power goes off in the whole Rishikesh city area. During these moments, you will have light, air condition, Wi-Fi in your rooms because of the special electricity generator.
Guests will have the choice to stay at Vedansha's retreat center or the hotel. If guests book in the hotel, the classes will be held in Ashram (500 metres from Hotel). Vedansha provides free transportation till there and back. If you book a stay in retreat center, your classes will take place at the same place and Ashram nearby.
The Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine was founded by Yogachariya Dr. Sanjeev Pandey Ji. It was established to provide education in Vedic science, holistic treatment, and support programs with yogic and Ayurvedic methods in common and non-curative diseases, and help humans control emotions, remove fears, improve their lives, find themselves in a society of modern technology, and open their power in order to feel harmony and happiness.
The institute is accredited by International Yoga Alliance USA and they also follow its policy on sexual misconduct towards the client, that makes all their programs safe and secure for female students. The institute keeps the ancient yogic tradition of Himalayan masters adapted to contemporary service requirements according to international standards of yoga education.
Its teachers were born in yogic families and have scientific degrees in yoga, astrology, and Ayurveda. Its yoga masters have spent more than 90,000 hours on improving their practice of yoga postures and meditation. Its founder, Dr. Sanjeev Pandey, has spent more than 20,000 hours in deep meditation in the Himalayan mountains.
Vedansha collaborates with medical doctors and performs research in yoga and cancer in Germany. It also performs special healing programs for people with different diseases to support their health. Its programs are based on centuries-old traditions and adapted to contemporary conditions that makes its clients 99% satisfied.
Vipassana silent meditation retreat
The main practice of Vipassana consists of mentally scanning one by one each body part and feeling the sensations in each of these body parts. Practitioners are instructed to move their attention down from the top of the head to the tips of the toes and then in the opposite direction in a repetitive pattern, paying attention to somatic sensations.
The instruction for the subject is to keep his/her attention moving and to observe, objectively and with equanimity, the sensations he/she experiences. Given the explicit focus on soma to sensory sensations, this particular tradition of Vipassana is a good example of meditation practice where focused attention and open monitoring are combined.
Teaching plan of Vipassana silent meditation retreat
Pranayama and mudras
Introduction to pranayama
Basic pranayama techniques and benefits for mediatation (Neti, Kapalabhati, Nadi Shodana)
The pranic body
Parana and lifestyle
Nadi and their role in meditation
Breathing and life span
Kriyas (body cleansing methods) - Neti, Kapalabhati, Nadi Shodhana
Meditation practice (Vipassana Japa and Ajapa meditation, Vipassana breath awareness meditation, Vipassana Nada Meditation, Mantra and Vipassana awareness, Vipassana Kundalini meditation)
Please note that Vipassana is a self practice with guided consultation. Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine will explain and show how to do the practice that you will perform most of the tasks yourself. Only by this way you can concentrate more on your own emotions, sensations and feeling without external influence. Don't worry Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine will support you on this way.
You have to have interest to learn Vedic science, personal work on body and mind and not only to spend vacation as on all inclusive resort. Vedansha are spiritual Ashram and do not allow following activity: eating non-vegetarian meal, smoking, drinking alcohol, abuse their staff, show any type of sexual misconduct, manipulating, annoying other clients, damage the vedansha property, study material, interrupt teaching process.
Individuals with disabilities or ailments, people who have any disease or unfit before the course are advised to refrain from applying. If you join course, and feel worse after this, Vedansha will help you to arrange all required medical help, but they will not allow you to continue the course and your payment will be not refunded.
Minimum age at the time of admission is 18 years. Applicants aged over 60 years could apply after consultation with Vedansha via email.
Pregnant women need a medical authorization permitting them to practice yoga from their own country with translation in English
Any candidate found unfit after the commencement of the course will not be permitted to continue the training and a refund of fees and other charges will not be admissible
This teacher training course requires educational abilities and the desire to study the program according to the standards of Yoga Alliance USA. Students are reminded to remain aware and respectful of cultural differences among the participants and teachers. Any disruptions to the teaching process or behavior deemed harmful to other students, teachers, or the institute's property is in violation of the rules and policies of Vedansha Institute. Violation of the school's policies may result in dismissal from the program without any refund of the course fees.
The teachers are not fitness instructors, most of them are spiritual yoga masters who have a completely different way of life and devotion to their practice. Some of them are monks, pandits in temples or swamis. They request you to please be polite and respect their work. If you find something that not suitable for you or for your faith or mentality, please do not put the blame on them. Let them know at the front desk, online or just discuss with Founder Dr Pandey Ji directly if you want any changes and what you find not suitable for you. In 99% misunderstanding will be solved in a good way.
The course language is English. Any other mentioned language is used for online communication and in some cases can be used in communication during the course on the place. If you wish to get a translator for any other language kindly request to ask about availability before booking. If a booking is done without the request of translation Vedansha have right to cancel the booking and refund the deposit. If translation will be requested on place Vedansha has right to dismiss the client from the course and do not refund the deposit. If a client request to arrange another school with appropriate language ability it can be done upon request if the school with this language is available in Rishikesh for extra costs.
The booking should be performed by the person who is going to participate in the course. If a booking is done by the third person (relatives, friends, parents etc) the direct participant should send Vedansha an email or scanned copy of confirmation that he/she acknowledge the program, rules and regulations of the organizer.
Any candidate who decided to change the program after arriving have to apply for it in written form. If you decide to cancel the course after arriving, Vedansha will have to charge amount that covered our costs of 30% of the course days as Vedansha reserve teacher, accommodation, meal prior to your arriving.
Daily sample schedule
13:00 onward Arrival
13:30 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 16:30 Free time and relax
16:30 - 18:00 Aura check up and individual consultation, set up of plan of vipassana, orientation, kriya practice, issue of evaluation and practical list, and attending meditation class
18:00 - 19:00 Dinner
19:00 - 22:00 Free time
22:00 onward Sleep
Day 2 to 7
06:00 - 07:00 Wake up and shower
07:00 - 08:00 Morning meditation with special pranayama technique
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 - 10:00 Free time
10:00 - 11:30 Walking awareness meditation with mantra chanting on the Ganga river
11:30 - 12:30 Dinner
12:30 - 14:00 Free time
14:00 - 15:30 Mandala / yantra creation and meditation
15:30 - 16:30 Mantra chanting (can be used personal mantra) particular amount of times (possible outside on the Ganga or in Himalaya)
16:30 - 18:00 Temple visit eventually with mediation by desire
18:00 - 19:00 Dinner
19:00 - 20:00 Questions and answers in written form
20:00 - 22:00 Reading or free time
22:00 - 06:00 Sleep
06:00 - 06:30 Wake up
06:30 - 10:00 Excursion with meditation and breakfast
11:00 - 12:00 Discussion of horoscope, evaluation of purposes
12:00 - 13:00 Check out
This retreat includes one excursion in the Himalayas.
- Wed, May 1 @ 12:00 am
- Thu, May 2 @ 12:00 am
- Fri, May 3 @ 12:00 am
- Mon, May 6 @ 12:00 am
- Tue, May 7 @ 12:00 am
- Wed, May 8 @ 12:00 am
- Wed, May 15 @ 12:00 am
- Thu, May 16 @ 12:00 am
- Fri, May 17 @ 12:00 am
- Mon, May 20 @ 12:00 am
- Tue, May 21 @ 12:00 am
- Wed, May 22 @ 12:00 am
- Mon, Jun 3 @ 12:00 am
- Tue, Jun 4 @ 12:00 am
- Starting Wednesday, May 1st, 2019, repeated every week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday until Wednesday, May 08, 2019 — all day
- Starting Wednesday, May 15th, 2019, repeated every week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday until Wednesday, May 22, 2019 — all day
- Starting Monday, June 3rd, 2019, repeated every week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday until Monday, June 10, 2019 — all day
- Starting Monday, June 17th, 2019, repeated every week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday until Thursday, April 25, 2019 — all day