A silent walking meditation retreat in the Indian Himalaya. The emphasis is firmly on the experience of nature, of spiritual enquiry and exploring our interconnected interdependence, both with each other and the earth. There will be teachings drawn from many of the great religious traditions, but the yatra is entirely non-denominational. People of all faiths or of none are most very warmly welcomed.
16th - 30th April, 2021
The Pindari Valley is in the Kumaon Himalaya, North West India. We will meet in Kasar Devi, near Almora, on the first afternoon of the Yatra, and drive together to our first camp.
The yatra is for anyone interested in spending some quiet time in one of the most profound natural environments on earth.
You don't need to be able to carry your own back pack as we will be using donkeys from the villages in this region.
Religious orientation is unimportant, but an interest in enquiring into what it means to be alive is an advantage. The retreats will be led by experienced Dharma teachers offering teachings, support and one-on-one interviews, and the route by experienced trekking guides.
You must be fully prepared for trekking in the Himalaya. This means good walking boots or sturdy shoes, waterproofs (jacket and trousers), plenty of warm (non-cotton) clothing, a sleeping bag warm enough to deal with temperatures down to freezing, and a tent. The Himalayas can be a fierce place when the weather turns, with conditions changing from sunny and warm to torrential, stormy and freezing within minutes. As part of our practice of awareness, compassion and consideration for all participants of the retreat, each of us will need to take full responsibility for being adequately prepared. If you would like any advice on this, please feel free to ask.
We have a limited number of tents for hire if you do not have access to one - please mention this when you register. Read the full kit list here.
While many groups visiting the Himalaya use organised treks from outside the mountains, it is central to the yatra’s ethos that we tread lightly and responsibly on the land we visit. As part of this we are committed to using local people to ensure the yatra benefits the local economy as much as possible. Our friends from Khati and surrounding villages will provide all food and logistics including three main meals a day, and all porters or mules for our camping gear. This means that each of us will only need to carry a small pack with the things we need for the day.
If you can walk up and down hills for up to six hours a day at a gentle pace carrying a day bag. If you are happy with basic living conditions, simple food, and the occasional mild discomfort of mountain life. And if you are prepared to be part of a community of like-minded people exploring both themselves and the Himalaya, then the answer is Yes!
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