Vishoka Meditation Retreat

Masters of the Vishoka Meditation Tradition

With Pandit Rajmani Tigunait and Ishan Tiguanait

February 20–March 6, 2022

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Immerse yourself in the transformational potential of Vishoka Meditation and the extraordinary sacred space of the Sri Vidya Shrine, Khajuraho. This retreat is a rare opportunity to deepen your Vishoka Meditation practice under the guidance of master teachers, in a sacred space that has been charged with the vibrancy of Vishoka Meditation for millennia.

Retreat Overview

Retreat Overview

The Vishoka Meditation Retreat is a practice-driven experience that will profoundly deepen your Vishoka Meditation. Anchored in several hours of daily practice, this immersion weaves several threads of study and practice together to unlock the full potential of Vishoka Meditation.

Program Features:

  • Masters of Vishoka Meditation: A Living Tradition - An 8-part study and self-reflection series with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait
  • Daily guided Vishoka Meditation practice (90-120 minutes long) with Ishan Tigunait or Ransom Hare. These daily practices have been uniquely designed as a progressive experience, combining the power of pranic awareness through asana and relaxation, with the core practices of Vishoka Meditation.
  • Daily group meditation and personal practice in the Sri Vidya Shrine
  • One-day silence practice intentionally sequenced to deepen your experience
  • Daily recitation of Sri Sukta and Prayers of the Himalayan Tradition in the Sri Vidya Shrine
  • Opportunities for guided nature hikes and enjoying the natural beauty of the Himalayan Institute Khajuraho campus and surrounding region
  • Day trip to Khajuraho town and its world-famous temples (UNESCO World Heritage site)
  • An optional evening visit to the acclaimed Khajuraho Dance Festival, to experience classical dances styles from across India.
  • Free time during the day for reading, journaling, and reflection. Relaxed evenings with time for meditation or special events like kirtan, bonfires, or star-gazing.
  • A special havan with Panditji to conclude our Vishoka Meditation Retreat

Prerequisites:

* The Vishoka Meditation Course is a prerequisite for this retreat, to ensure that all participants are grounded in its core techniques. This will allow us to focus our time on experiential immersion and refinement of your practice of Vishoka Meditation. This retreat is appropriate for those who are looking to deepen a newly established practice, or those who are intermediate to advanced practitioners.

Absorb the Gift of Sri Vidya

Sri Vidya is the highest gift of the tantric masters to humankind, and the Sri Vidya Shrine at the Himalayan Institute is the repository of that gift. We invite you to gather and absorb this gift by plunging full-force into the practice of Sri Sukta (the cardinal practice of Sri Vidya) at the highly charged space of the shrine. For a long time, this practice was passed on orally from teacher to student. Around a thousand years ago, a great soul in our tradition, Vidyaranya Yati, documented this practice with all necessary details—that is how this unique practice of the Himalayan Tradition has come down to us.

Key Highlights

Trek

Immersive Vishoka Meditation Practice

Elevate your experience of Vishoka Meditation through the power of purashcharana--an intensive, progressive, time-bound meditation practice. You’ll receive guidance on how to create a personalized practice routine for these 2 weeks, combining personal meditation, group meditation, and guided practices. The synergy of these practices in a sublime sacred space and the company of like-minded seekers will reveal a profoundly rich experience of Vishoka Meditation. This experience is a priceless gift, and will serve as a catalyst for your ongoing practice when you return home.

Practice Yoga

Pranic Awareness Guided Practices

Your experience of Vishoka Meditation will be enriched and accelerated through the power of pranic awareness. This retreat includes a progressive series of daily, guided pranic awareness practices. These guided practices will skillfully interweave asana, pranayama, and pranic awareness in shavasana, culminating in guided Vishoka Meditation. Experience how Vishoka Meditation uniquely comes to life as part of this living body of practice.

Camp

Study Intensive with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait

A crucial component of any traditional purashcharana (intensive meditation practice), is the study and self-reflection (svadhyaya) which accompanies and enriches your personal practice. Join Pandit Rajmani Tigunait for a special 8-part study intensive where he’ll share the essential wisdom of Vishoka Meditation through the lives and experiences of its masters.

This study intensive focuses on the founding masters of Vishoka Meditation, whose lives and experiences shed new light on our personal practices. While walking in their footsteps, we can reach a point of proficiency not known to us before. We have chosen eight masters who saw Vishoka Meditation from eight different vantage points, and applied Vishoka Meditation to achieve eight different objectives. Collectively, these eight masters and their application of Vishoka Meditation address all of our physical, pranic, mental, and spiritual needs.

Experiene Culture

Sri Vidya Shrine

The Sri Vidya Shrine is the spiritual heart of the Himalayan Institute Khajuraho campus, and a living shrine of the Himalayan Tradition. This unique sacred space has been the locus of Sri Vidya group practice since its consecration in 2012, and is saturated with the spiritual vibrancy of the masters who meditated here for countless hours over millennia. Experience how your practice of Vishoka Meditation blossoms in this extraordinary sacred space.

Session Titles

  • Session 1: Vishoka & the Reversal of Aging — Bhushundi
  • Session 2: Vishoka & Longevity — Vasishta
  • Session 3: Vishoka & Yoga Nidra — Muchukunda
  • Session 4: Vishoka & Awakening the Healing Power — Kahoda
  • Session 5: Vishoka & Exiting the Body without Dying — Gorakhanatha
  • Session 6: Vishoka & Overcoming Grief – Kapila
  • Session 7: Vishoka & Reversing the Wheel of Karma — Vyasa
  • Session 8: Vishoka & Inner Connection — Shankaracharya

Sample Daily Schedule

February 20–March 6, 2022

  • 5:30 a.m.

    Morning Chai

  • 6:00 a.m.

    Group meditation and Prayers
    Group meditation and Prayers of the Tradition in the Sri Vidya Shrine.

  • 6:00–8:00 a.m.

    Personal meditation practice

  • 8:00 a.m.

    Breakfast

  • 10:00 a.m.

    Guided Practice
    Vishoka Meditation & Pranic Immersion Guided Practice.

  • 12:15 p.m.

    Sri Sukta
    Sri Sukta recitation in the Sri Vidya Shrine.

  • 12:30 p.m.

    Lunch

  • 3:30 p.m.

    Afternoon Chai
    Savor a delicious, freshly prepared cup of chai as you prepare for the afternoon's activities.

  • 4:00 p.m.

    Lecture/Activity
    Lecture session or guided nature walk.

  • 6:00 p.m.

    Group Meditation and Prayers
    Group Meditation and Prayers of the Tradition in the Sri Vidya Shrine.

  • 6:15 p.m.

    Dinner

  • 8:00 p.m.

    Free time or special event

    * Timings and activities subject to change

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About Our Campus

Himalayan Institute Khajuraho

Himalayan Institute Khajuraho

The Institute's 30-acre campus in Khajuraho, a stronghold of tantric practices and UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the ideal setting for practice. Surrounded by hills and forest preserves, it is blessed with natural beauty and tranquility. Here you will experience heaven on earth. The Sri Vidya Shrine awaits you in this idyllic setting. The Sri Vidya Shrine in Khajuraho resonates with the gift of love and inner peace offered by the masters of the Himalayan Tradition—step back from the modern, fast-paced, chaotic world to take in a life changing experience that will help you find lasting fulfillment.

Accommodations

Accommodations & Amenities

Our guest rooms are modestly appointed with twin beds, linens, wool blankets, pillows, and a mosquito net (by request). All accommodations are on a shared basis (3–6 people per room). Our standard rooms sleep up to 3 people while our dorms accommodate 4–6 people. You are welcome to request a roommate(s) or we will pair you with roommates of the same gender. Amenities include lounge and reference library, shared kitchenette, UV purified and filtered drinking water, and complimentary Wi–Fi (subject to availability).

Meals

Meals

Enjoy freshly prepared vegetarian meals using locally grown produce throughout your stay. The beauty of travel is the ability to explore new foods and tastes. Our menu is designed to offer a variety of Indian vegetarian cuisines including traditional North Indian, South India, and Indo-Chinese dishes. Limited vegan and gluten-free options are available at all main meals. We understand that our guests have a variety of dietary needs; if you follow a strict diet (ie. high protein, high/low fat, paleo, strict vegan or gluten-free, etc.) please speak to us before registering.

Excursion Leaders & Faculty

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait

About Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

Spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute, Pandit Tigunait is the successor of Swami Rama of the Himalayas. Lecturing and teaching worldwide for more than a quarter of a century, he is the author of fourteen books, including his autobiography Touched by Fire: The Ongoing Journey of a Spiritual Seeker, the bestselling At the Eleventh Hour: The Biography of Swami Rama of the Himalayas and a regular contributor to YogaInternational.com.

Pandit Tigunait holds two doctorates: one in Sanskrit from the University of Allahabad in India, and another in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Family tradition gave Pandit Tigunait access to a vast range of spiritual wisdom preserved in both the written and oral traditions. Before meeting his master, Pandit Tigunait studied Sanskrit, the language of the ancient scriptures of India, as well as the languages of the Buddhist, Jaina, and Zorastrian traditions. In 1976, Swami Rama ordained Pandit Tigunait into the 5,000-year-old lineage of the Himalayan Masters.

Ishan Tigunait

Ishan Tigunait—Faculty

Growing up at the Himalayan Institute, Ishan Tigunait received his first spiritual lessons from Swami Rama of the Himalayas, and has continued his spiritual education for the past 30 years under the guidance of his father, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait.

Ishan’s passion is sharing modern reflections on the ancient wisdom of the yogic and tantric traditions. As a Himalayan Institute faculty member, he teaches around the world and leads the Institute’s Yogi Living program. Ishan serves as Executive Director of the Himalayan Institute and has been a driving force for the Institute’s humanitarian projects in Africa and India over the past 15 years. He also serves as Managing Director of Himalayan Institute India, and spearheaded the establishment of the Institute’s newest campus in Khajuraho, India. An avid social entrepreneur, Ishan also is co-founder of Moka Origins, a social-impact driven craft chocolate maker and specialty coffee roaster.

Alat Tigunait

Alat Shanti Tigunait, MPH—Excursion Leader

Alat has been actively involved in the Himalayan Institute’s humanitarian and excursion activities since 2012 and is currently serving as the Director of Spiritual Excursions and Himalayan Institute Khajuraho Programs Director. Her passion for helping others attain their highest potential has fueled her work in connecting spiritual seekers to the sacred spaces of the Himalayan Tradition and her involvement in the Institute’s rural empowerment activities in Cameroon, Africa.

Ransom Hare Himalayan Institute

Ransom Hare—Excursion Leader and Faculty

Ransom has been actively involved in the Himalayan Institute’s Humanitarian and Excursion activities in India, Mexico and Cameroon for nearly a decade. Since 2012, he has been part of the Excursion team leading groups to Allahabad, Khajuraho, and various sacred sites in the Himalayas including Dharamshala, Manali, Har Ki Doon, Gangotri and Tungnath, in India and to Cameroon, West Africa. He has a passion for exploring sacred spaces and learning how they be a catalyst for deep transformation.

Ransom has been developing his yoga practice and studying with the Himalayan Institute since 2008. He completed his 500 hour teacher training certification in 2018 and currently serves as a faculty member contributing to the Himalayan Institute.

Shiva Tigunait

Shiva Tigunait, PhD—Faculty

Shiva currently serves as the Institute’s curriculum development manager and Wisdom Library editorial director. In her teaching and writing, Shiva draws on training in Sanskrit and linguistics, the texts of yoga philosophy and tantra, and the practical techniques of meditation. She strives to share how the wisdom of the sages can help us live a happier, healthier, and more fulfilled life.

Registration

Registration

Registration Information:
  • Dates: February 20-March 6, 2022
  • Deposit: $850
Early Registration - Save $200
  • Dorm: $2,149
  • Shared Room: $2,299
  • Shared Deluxe Room: $2,449
  • closes November 1, 2021
Regular Registration
  • Dorm: $2,349
  • Shared Room: $2,499
  • Shared Deluxe Room: $2,649
  • closes December 15, 2021
Late Registration
  • All rates increase by $250
  • Late registration is on a space-available basis; full payment is required when space is confirmed
  • After December 15, 2021

For more information or to make a balance payment:
Call: (800) 822-4547 x6
Email: excursions@himalayaninstitute.org

Two Ways to Register:
Online

Register online by completing the registration form below and make your payment (deposit or full) in order to save your space.

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Download the Tour Participant Agreement (“TPA”). Print, read, complete, sign. Mail your signed TPA with deposit or full payment.

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If mailing an application, send to:
Himalayan Institute Spiritual Excursions
Attn: Alat Shanti Tigunait
952 Bethany Turnpike
Honesdale, PA 18431 USA