Q: What is a Personal Sadhana Retreat?
A: A Personal Sadhana Retreat is a self-guided retreat focused on spiritual practice and includes the opportunity for continued spiritual practice at Himalayan Institute India at Khajuraho and the Sri Vidya Shrine on campus. The Sri Vidya Shrine and the HII Khajuraho campus offer all that drew yogis and aspirants to the Himalayas in ancient times—extraordinary beauty, serenity, and spiritual energy that spontaneously transports us to our pure and pristine inner core. A Sadhana Retreat in this spiritually uplifting oasis is designed to help you accelerate your practice and become more firmly established in your experiential wisdom. The structured practice of hatha, pranayama, meditation, prayer, and purashcharana are the central elements of this experience. But the most important element is the environment, which cannot be replicated.
Q: What will a Personal Sadhana Retreat encompass?
A: Your self-guided Personal Sadhana Retreat (“Retreat”) at Himalayan Institute India at Khajuraho (“HII Khajuraho”) has an emphasis on meditation, spiritual practice, and self-study. There will be time for reading, journaling, walks in nature, and contemplation.
The Himalayan Institute’s 30-acre Khajuraho campus, surrounded by hills and forest preserves, is blessed with natural beauty and tranquility. You will have the opportunity to meditate in the Sri Vidya Shrine, reflect on your commitment to personal healing and empowerment, and accelerate or conclude your spiritual practice in this spiritually-charged setting.
Q: How can I prepare in advance for my Sadhana Retreat?
A: You may want accelerate, refine, and/or complete your practice in India. The Sri Vidya Shrine in Khajuraho awaits you, with the prayer and trust that while you are there, you experience the love and compassion of the Sages, rekindle your own inner wisdom, and share the same with all following your return home.
Q: Where will I meditate?
A: The Sadhana Chamber and Maha Mandapa of the Sri Vidya Shrine are available for seated meditation. The shrine is open daily from 5:30 to 10:00 a.m. and from 3:00 to 9:30 p.m. The shrine is closed between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Q: Can I medidate in the Garbha Griha?
A: The Garbha Griha is the innermost chamber of the shrine. The Garbha Griha is open during specific hours for paying your respects and having darshan of the sacred energy residing in that space. Sitting in the Garbha Griha is not permitted. The Sadhana Chamber and Maha Mandapa are available for seated meditation.
Q: Where can I do yoga?
A: Our large, covered outdoor pavilion is the primary location for practicing yoga. Covered verandas on the first floor of the main building and guesthouse are also available for hatha yoga practice. A large area on the upper level of the shrine, adjacent to and below the havan kund level, is also available for hatha yoga if havan (fire offering) is not scheduled.
Q: What is there to do when practice is finished for the day?
A: After practice, there will be time for study, reading, journaling, walks in nature, and contemplation. There are several interesting walking routes in the area and on campus which you may take advantage of, including the Siddha Baba hike, the palace walk, and a nature loop through the surrounding forest preserve. Our campus is also the perfect place for walking, bird watching (more than 46 species of birds, including some endangered species, have been identified on our campus), drawing, photography, and watching for monkeys and nilgai in the nearby hills.
Q: How many people will be there when I am on my retreat?
A: Depending on the length of your stay and the time of year, the number of sadhakas can vary from 4 to 20, or more.
Q: What is the weather like in Khajuraho?
A: Summer: April through August. The summers are hot with temperature ranges from 80° F (27°C) to 118° F (48°C) or higher.
Monsoon or rainy season: Monsoon generally begins in the month of July and lasts until September. This period is characterized by heavy rainfall and frequent bouts of drizzle. The temperatures usually remain high.
Winter: October through February/mid-late March are the winter months in Khajuraho. Winters are cold with temperatures dropping to 40° F (4° C), or colder at times, and daytime highs ranging from 75° F (24° C) to 82° F (28° C). Highs in October and March may reach 90° F (32° C) or more.