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INDIAN WISDOM RETREAT
5 DAYS - WITH DR. RAJ BALKARAN & MICHELA

12-16 APRIL 2024 at CASA CORVO

Ancient teachings for modern yogis.

Connect with and learn from Dr. Raj Balkaran in person, deepening your connection to Indian Wisdom, and raising your spiritual consciousness. Stay in a unique space, tucked away in a serene natural setting.

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Indian Wisdom Retreat April 2024: Welcome

A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE WITH
VEDIC RITUAL, STORYTELLING, MANTRA, DIRECT TRANSMISSION & WISDOM TEACHINGS -
FOR THE CURIOUS YOGI

For a maximum of 15 attendees

HOW TO INTEGRATE WISDOM IN YOGA?

You practice and/or teach yoga and wonder how to integrate indian wisdom in your teaching or your practice? You are courious on how to integrate ritual, wisdom from ancient texts and other tools into your Yoga?

STORYTELLING

Dr. Raj's powerful storytelling will nourish you and provide deep understanding of Indian Mythology, on many layers. Drawing on primary source Sanskrit texts Dr. Raj Balkaran expertly decodes key Hindu myths.

ACADEMIC LECTURES

Along with ritual, meditations and mantra, we will recieve academic lectures on themes realted to the importance of scriptures such as the Bhagavad Gita and the Sutra of Patanjali.

COMMUNITY TIME & DISCUSSIONS

Everyday we will allow time for open discussions with Dr Raj on the Key Themes of the Retreat and on the Wisdom Teachings offered.

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Immerse Yourself in a Life-Changing Experience with Dr Raj Balkaran.


Enjoy a peaceful, beautiful, grounding, natural setting by woods & mountains.


Nourish all layers of your being: physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual.


Connect with a delightful group of supportive, spiritual people. 


Recenter. Recharge. Reconnect. Rejuvenate. 

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MEET DR. RAJ BALKARAN

Dr. Raj Balkaran is a scholar of Hindu mythology and author of The Stories Behind the Poses (2022), The Goddess and the King in Indian Myth (2018) and The Goddess and the Sun in Indian Myth (2020). He holds advanced degrees in Hinduism from the University of Toronto and University of Calgary.

Alongside his academic training, Dr. Balkaran apprenticed with an Indian master for twelve years as part of a living oral tradition dedicated to the preservation and application of Hindu philosophy. He therefore brings hundreds of hours of traditional transmissions of yoga philosophy to the table, which he dovetails with academic rigour and captivating storytelling.

A seasoned educator, Dr. Balkaran also teaches online courses on his School of Indian Wisdom Platform and at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. Beyond teaching and research, he enjoys a thriving life consulting practice and hosts the New Books in Hindu Studies Podcast.

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Indian Wisdom Retreat April 2024: About
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INDIAN WISDOM RETREAT

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ABOUT OUR VENUE CASA CORVO

Casa Corvo is a stunning eighteenth-century building that used to be a small convent. Later it became the village mayors house and since 2017, after a careful and respectful renovation, is a boutique retreat and yoga center.

There are two adjacent buildings offering occupancy for 13 guests and an extra building just minutes away offering space for 4-5 more guests. The venue includes a spacious dining room and communal spaces, a professional kitchen, yoga shala, finnish sauna, dreamlike courtyard and lush gardens.

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Indian Wisdom Retreat April 2024: About

SCHEDULE FRAME

You will get a full day programm starting with self practice / guided practice with Michela from 7 am.

After a light self-served breakfast & tea break, from 9am Dr Raj Balkaran will guide us in Ritual, Chanting, Meditation, Mantric Intitiation, Consecrating Goddess Altar & Nyāsas. The mornings will end with an open discussion about Indian Wisdom: How do you understand karmic theory? How do you teach it? What is the role of Indian Wisdom in your life? What is the role of Indian Wisdom in your teaching? How to use the ancient scriptures concepts and key ideas in our modern lives?

After a wonderful vegetarin Lunch at 12 you will have some free time to enjoy nature or the in-house sauna, then we will meet with Dr. Raj again at 3pm for a Academic Lectures for example on the Bhagavad Gita or Patajali Yoga Sutra - followed by Storytelling. Around 4pm there will be Group Discussions on Key Themes and Wisdom Teachings.

Vegetarian Indian-inspired Dinner is at 6.30pm and after that more Storytelling with Dr Raj .

On the last morning, we will have a rich brunch and our programm will end at 11am for individual travels.

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INVESTMENT

Prices, what is included and Conditions

REGULAR PRICE
Double room (twin beds) 1150 CHF
Single room 1440 CHF


Accommodation will be in our 5 apartment units: Casa Corvo, Casa Volpe and Casa Lucertola. single rooms are limited and will be assigned first come first served.

The cost of this 5 days (4 nights) RETREAT with full program guided by Dr. Raj Balkaran and morning practices by Michela includes:


- 4 Night accommodation in chosen category

- All meals (4 light breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dnners) by highly praised Mike the Chef. Meals are vegetarian (lacto-ovo), Vegan options are available.
- All beverages (water, coffee and tea), snacks.
- Full retreat program as listed in the detailed schedule
- Personal one-to one meet ups with Dr. Raj available


Extras (not included)
- Travels
- Travel insurance


Cancellation policies
With the filling of the Registration form/ purchase of the retreat package you are officially registered to the retreat. We highly recommend you add a travel insurance. If for any reason you will need to cancel your participation following policies apply:

- Cancellation up to 4 months before retreat start: refund minus 200 CHF fee
- Cancellation up to 2 months before retreat start: refund minus 300 CHF fee
- Cancellation up to 1 month before retreat start: refund minus 600 CHF fee
- Cancellation less than 30 days before retreat start: no refunds.

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THE STORIES BEHIND THE POSES

In 2022 Dr. Raj Balkaran published The Stories Behind the Poses.

Join Dr Raj Balkaran in this beautifully written and majestically illustrated introduction to Indian mythology and explore the unforgettable tales behind 50 key yoga poses, such as: Vīrabhadrāsana II, the original warrior pose, Tāḍāsana, mountain pose, Bhujaṅgāsana, cobra pose, Garuḍāsana, eagle pose, Padmāsana, lotus pose, Vīrāsana, hero pose, Śavāsana, corpse pose.


Meet iconic Gods and Goddesses, from Gaṇeśa, the elephant-headed god of wisdom, to Śiva, Lord of Yogis, and Kali, goddess of mind, body, soul and death.
 
Enhance your practice by reading one story before or at the end of class, and incorporating the poses and their teaching into your life, as well as your yoga practice, and transform the way you view and practice this timeless art.

The book is available for order on all main online bookstores.

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