Join us in the “Pink City” of Jaipur during the Kite Festival
Jaipur, India | January 14 - 21, 2019
This retreat is open to anyone who wishes to facilitate self-discovery in the truest sense; opening the mind, body and soul through cultural immersion, yoga practice and humanitarianism through volunteering with children inside of one of Jaipur's local "slum schools".
As one of Yogamour's Co-Founders, Beccah Bartlett has been leading retreats in India for more than 7 years. Learn more about Beccah here.
Areas of volunteer work will be based on your own life experience and personal interests. From yoga and art, to language and computer skills, you will be free to create your own unique, teacher-student experience with the children of Jaipur. We will work closely with you to help you find your special way of connecting with this community. In just one of week of volunteering, you will not only leave behind a positive impact on a wonderful, deserving community, but develop memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. This year we are planning on finishing construction of two classrooms as well as provide uniforms for all 87 children at this special school.
We will need YOUR help to pull this off as bring your own unique light into the school while you are there.
Accommodation & Cuisine
We will be staying in a luxury 4 star hotel in Delhi and a boutique 3-star hotel in Jaipur. Both places grow much of their own food and can accommodate all diets providing safe natural produce to ensure that even raw salads are safe (in Jaipur the hotel is all vegetarian). All hotels have an outside oasis and gift shops so even on days that you feel like being low key there is plenty to do within the hotel grounds. For the long drives we will have large passenger vans or cars taking us, in Jaipur we will be in Rikshaws and a van, this is an adventurous trip for the open hearted and your safety is alway considered first and we will use our long time trusted local support team and by traveling with our drivers we will be a more authentically local style when in short transit. Our team has lead 100s of volunteers and we are sure you will feel like they are family by the end.
We will be lucky to enjoy the amazing Kite Flying Festival which is a religious holiday that is celebrated by joining in flying kites amongst thousands of locals and joining the competition. We will celebrate at a local families house in true authentic Indian style.
Of course no day will be complete without a dose of traditional Indian culture; look forward to sari shopping in the bustling marketplaces, authentic Indian cooking class and exploring ancient temples, palaces and mausoleums. Please note that all excursions are optional and although we do provide a fun-filled schedule we will always do our best to accommodate your wishes.
Optional journaling, meditation and yoga practice will provide solace and reflection to the days well served. We will also be offering a few 'Special Focus' workshops to help you deepen your practice of yoga on and off the mat. This retreat will not only allow for emotional and physical restoration, but for spiritual fortitude, and a life-changing experience amongst the rich and vibrant culture of India.
Single Room | $1,790*
Double Room | $1,590*
All participants are required to contribute a $150 donation for the school which you will help to manage and see in action.
*Spaces are limited. We require a $400 deposit to hold your place, the final amount is due 90 days prior to the retreat start date.
Taj Mahal in Agra Add-on
Single Room | $275
Double Room | $200
Join us January 22 - 23 for an overnight excursion to see India's greatest love story: the Taj Mahal. We will be on a guided tour and enjoy hearing history come to life. The next morning we will visit Fort Agra and enjoy a yoga practice in the gardens of the Taj Mahal alongside the holy river.
Retreat cost includes:
- Air-conditioned hotel room
- Transportation to and from the airport
- Daily transportation to and from the school
- All excursions (cooking class, block printing, guided tours, paper making, entrance fees to all castles, forts and festivals)
- Daily traditional and western breakfast (available for all restricted diets)
- Daily yoga and meditation classes
- Local in-country coordinator
- Welcome package with personal journal
- Personal expenses (shopping, phone calls, laundry etc.)
- Bottled water, alcohol, tea and incidentals
- Meals not specified
- Costs incurred due to acts of nature and/or illness
- Visa cost for your visa on arrival (passport must be valid for 6 months past date of entry and have 3 valid unstamped pages)