November 1-8, 2017

Annual Yoga Retreat in the Himalayan Foothills, India

With Colleen Saidman and Rodney Yee

Location: Ananda Spa, Northern India

About This Retreat

You need to go no further than the film Ananda created for their website, “Sights and Sounds of Ananda” to evoke the peacefulness and beauty of the surroundings, as well as tremendous yoga-centric spirituality. A place like Ananda in the Himalayas will transport our group in exactly the way we desire –  bringing together the ancient remedies, practices, and the deep rooted wisdom of Indian culture and offer a cohesive experience for everyone who joins us on the retreat. Ananda is more than just the best destination spa in the world. It is a philosophy, a lifestyle, and a tradition.

Join us from November 1st – 7th, 2017 for 5 days of yoga practice, 2 days of relaxation, plus wonderful amenities, and 3 organic meals daily. Learn to determine your dosha and prepare your food as per Ananda’s Ayurvedic cuisine concepts. The focus is on fresh, natural foods low in fat and calories with an emphasis on whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, low-fat dairy products, and the avoidance of added or artificial salts, colors, flavors, or preservatives. Airport transfers, wifi, complimentary lectures conducted twice daily by senior disciples of Swami Parthasarathy, are also included. Plan to arrive to check in on November 1st. Check out will be on November 8th.

The World Class Spa at Ananda

A-la-carte spa treatments are available as extra’s and can be booked ahead of your visit. The 24,000 square foot Ananda Spa has 24 treatment rooms and is a cocoon for the union of physical balance and mental harmony. Indulge in the luxury of traditional Ayurveda and international wellness therapies with over 80 select body and beauty treatment programs to choose from. (A note of advice, book your spa treatments ahead of time, visit the Ananda Spa website to see the complete range of treatments.)

Ananda is surrounded by a range of activities such as white water rafting in the Ganges River, Himalayan foothill hiking and trekking, Chilla National Park, elephant safari, shopping (of course), and much more


Rates & Accommodation

Deluxe Valley View
Single Occupancy: $9,346.00
Double Occupancy: $7,001.00 per person

Deluxe Valley View Premium Floors
Single Occupancy: $10,268.00
Double Occupancy: $7,539.00 per person

Getting There

By Air: There are frequent flights from Delhi International Airport to Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun. Flight time is approximate 60 minutes followed by a one-hour picturesque drive to Ananda in the Himalayas. Ananda offers airport transfers from Jolly Grant Airport to the hotel. Jet Airways, Spice Jet, Air India and Indigo operate daily flights from Delhi to Dehradun. Please check their updated schedules on their respective websites.


Please contact Jill Heller by e-mail at with any questions  and to confirm availability of your rooming preference. We cannot hold spaces/rooms until we have received payment. Payments can be made by credit card over the phone, or checks mailed to: Yoga Shanti, Attn: Jill Heller (India), P.O. Box 2642, Sag Harbor, NY 11963.

Cancellation Policy

Early registration is recommended to secure your preferred occupancy type. A $2,500 deposit payment is required upon registration to reserve your place. The full balance is due by August 1st, 2017 and solidifies your chosen accommodation. Reservations after August 1st must be paid in full. For cancellations received before August 1st, 2017 , you will receive a refund, less a $500.00 non-refundable administration fee. No refunds will be given for any cancellations after August 1st, 2017 . Cancellations must be received in writing by e-mail to Comprehensive travel insurance is encouraged to cover any eventualities that lead to trip cancellations due to personal reasons, family or business matters.

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