Ashtanga Yoga Retreat

Wednesday 18/10/17 – Sunday 29/10/17

Basunti is an idyllic private lakeside retreat in the foot hills of The Himalayas. Set in beautiful tropical gardens with orange, mango, lychee and peach trees, “So laidback, it’s almost horizontal” is how Harpers & Queen described the rural atmosphere at Basunti. The secluded swimming pool is situated among papaya trees and vivid bougainvillea flowers, where guests can relax and enjoy exquisite views over the lake.

On arrival at Basunti there will be daily Ashtanga Mysore classes (except Saturday mornings), one led Ashtanga class, Restorative Yoga, Meditation and 12 hours of Yoga Philosophy where Arvind will guide us through the first two chapters of Patanjali Yoga Sutras. The classes will take place in Basunti’s open air, thatched, yoga shala which has a cool marble floor and is situated within the beautiful gardens where large poinsettias, flowering hibiscus and wild cactus frame stunning views over the surrounding lake. 

Accommodation in comfortable double or twin-bedded rooms, spread over two low rise lodges and the main house, each with its own en-suite bathroom, veranda or balcony and with beautiful views. The kitchen is under the direction of David Butterworth (a founder member of Neal’s Yard Bakery, Covent Garden) and produces a mouth-watering array of both European and local Indian vegetarian dishes,whole wheat breads and pastries, fresh juices from its fruit trees. Whenever possible meals are freshly prepared using home grown fruits and vegetables and supplemented by produce bought in the local markets.

The price is £1400 per person sharing a twin/double room. Includes nine nights of full board accommodation at the retreat and two nights of bed and breakfast in Amritsar giving people an opportunity to adjust and visit the Golden Temple, transport from the hotel in Amritsar to the retreat venue and back to Amritsar airport or Dharamsala for those who want to continue their travels and perhaps visit the Dalai Lama temple complex or hike in the Himalayas, a local excursion from Basunti and all yoga and philosophy tuition. It excludes flights, transport from the airport to the hotel on arrival and insurance. £300 non-refundable deposit to secure place and balance due 1 August 2017.