Guest Information

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Our accommodations are simple and clean, designed for you to feel comfortable and relaxed. With the exception of the Guest House, accommodations are located in the Main Building. The minimalist design creates a sense of peace, allowing you to let go of the busyness of your daily life. Here, your mind can be free from distractions as you enjoy the beautiful and peaceful surroundings that the Retreat Center has to offer.

Booking Options

Guest Amenities

All guests at the Himalayan Institute Retreat Center have access to the following amenities:

  • Daily morning or evening yoga classes
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi & Internet access
  • Sri Vidya Shrine (Meditation Room)
  • Tea lounge with unlimited hot tea beverages
  • PureRejuv Wellness Center
  • Sacred Grove Cafe
  • MarketPlace (bookstore & gift shop)
  • 24/7 Business Lounge
  • 400-acre wooded campus with four main hiking trails

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Meals

Our nutritionally balanced vegetarian meals are freshly prepared by our kitchen staff and served with homemade whole-wheat bread and homemade gluten-free bread.

As much as possible, we try to provide special diet options, although we may not be able to meet all dietary requests.

Daily, we offer:

  • dairy-free cereal at breakfast
  • gluten-free bread with each meal
  • make-your-own salads at lunch and supper

Whenever possible, we also provide non-dairy, gluten-free, and allium-free options for other dishes, and unspiced soup at supper.

Typical meals include:

Breakfast consists mainly of hot cereals (cooked grains), both dairy and non-dairy, homemade yogurt, and fresh fruit. In addition, eggs are served twice a week.

Lunch, the main meal of the day, typically includes rice, legumes (dahl), vegetables (subzi), homemade yogurt, and salad.

Supper is light, with soup, salad, a side dish, and fresh fruit. On Sundays, a homemade dessert is served at suppertime.

Your needs are important to us. We strive to provide as much information as possible about the ingredients in each meal, on the labels posted every day in the dining hall. Our food is completely vegetarian, but not vegan. Our style of cooking draws on ayurvedic principles, but is not strictly ayurvedic.

Our food is consciously prepared with the intention to nourish body, mind, and spirit.

Check-in, Check-out, What to Bring

Weekend seminars generally begin on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. and conclude Sunday at lunch, unless otherwise noted in the seminar description.

Check-in time is after 4:00 p.m. on day of arrival. If arriving after the front desk closes, check-in instructions will be left for you at the reception area. Supper is served from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; if you are unable to arrive by 6:55 p.m., please plan to have supper before your arrival.

Check-out time is 12:30 p.m. on day of departure.

What to Bring: The Institute provides bed linens and towels. Please bring your own toiletries, including soap, toothpaste, bathrobe, slippers, shower shoes, hair dryer, etc. You may also wish to bring a flashlight, a hatha yoga mat, and an umbrella.

Dress: Modest, casual, and comfortable clothing is recommended.

Payment

The total cost of your stay consists of the cost of accommodations, mandatory meal plan fee of $30 per day/pp, and program tuition where applicable (indicated in each program description). Full payment is required at time of registration and can be made with VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.

Cancellations/Refunds: We offer a full refund to guests who cancel their reservation more than two weeks in advance of a program’s start date. There is a $75 processing fee if an order is cancelled less than two weeks (14 days) in advance. We are unable to offer a refund of monies paid, if a guest is a no show or cancels within 48 hours of the program start time. The Himalayan Institute reserves the right to substitute faculty for any event and to cancel any program at any time. Upon cancellation, you will be given a complete refund.

Financial Assistance: The Himalayan Institute endeavors to make spiritual and educational programs available to everyone. We offer some financial assistance to students who would otherwise be unable to attend a program. Scholarships are by application only; deadlines apply. Call (800) 822-4547 to request an application or visit this page to apply.

Getting Here

For detailed information on driving times and directions, airports, taxis from Honesdale to the Institute, and driving service from the Wilkes Barre/Scranton airport, please view our Getting Here page.

FAQ

Accommodations include hatha yoga classes—schedule can be found here—and full use of guest facilities. For more information about accommodations, visit our Accommodations & Guest Information page. A detailed list of available guest amenities can be found here.
The Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy of the USA® is situated in a serene wooded setting on a 400-acre campus near Honesdale in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Directions are posted here or can be obtained through Google Maps or similar services.

See this page for more information on how to get to the Himalayan Institute.

Many of our seminars are appropriate for the beginner who’s interested in finding out about yoga as well as for the more experienced yoga practitioner who would like to enrich and inspire their yoga practices. For details on seminars, see our event calendar.

Our seminars are generally held on weekends. They begin Thursday or Friday evening and end with Sunday lunch. You may check in any time after 2:00 p.m. on the day of your arrival; check-out is 12:30 p.m. on the day of your departure. See our calendar for seminars and additional details

Please note: Actual times and schedules may vary.

Friday P.M.
4:45 Hatha yoga class
6:15 Supper (light meal)
7:30 Lecture
10:00 Silence observed until 8:00 a.m.

Saturday
6:30 Hatha yoga class
8:00 Breakfast
10:00 Lecture
12:30 Lunch (main meal)
3:30 Practicum
6:15 Supper
7:30 Lecture
9:00 Chanting
10:00 Silence observed until 8:00 a.m.

Sunday A.M.
6:30 Hatha yoga class
8:00 Breakfast
10:00 Lecture
12:30 Lunch (main meal)
Departure

Our typical guest rooms are simply furnished with two twin beds, sink, desk, closet, and medicine cabinet. Toilets and showers are down the hall. We have a few rooms available with a private bathroom for an extra charge.

Are your rooms air conditioned?

Select premium accommodations may have A/C, however most of the rooms do not have air conditioning. We maintain a schedule of opening and closing specific doors and windows in the through the day to generate airflow throughout the main building. In my experience (I’ve been a resident for 2.5 years), the building is pretty temperate even in the summer.

What is the shared bathroom like? Are there multiple toilet stalls and shower stalls? How many rooms share each hall bathroom?

There are several different configurations for shared bathrooms:

  1. A cluster of two to three single-occupant bathrooms, each with a toilet, shower, and sink.
  2. A shared sink leading to two or three single-occupant rooms, each with a toilet and shower.
  3. Standard single-occupant bathrooms with sink and toilet.
  4. Standard public restrooms with 2–12 separate toilets stalls and one or more sinks.
  5. Shower only rooms with 6–12 separate shower stalls. Each shower stall has a small changing area with a bench and wooden door (reaches ~1ft off the ground). Inside is an opaque white curtain covering a private shower stall.

Our maximum capacity is around 120, depending on how rooms are shared, and we have 20–30 showers and toilets. Typically, there are more than enough bathrooms available even with a full house.

Yes, the extra days would be your own private retreat rather than a structured program. The cost would be that of accommodations which include a private room, three vegetarian meals a day, and morning and evening hatha yoga classes.

The Institute’s programs are designed for adults, and our guests generally are looking for an atmosphere conducive to a quiet retreat. However, we do have a limited number of spaces in our Guest House (located on our campus outside the main building) which can accommodate families. Call (800) 822-4547 for availability and charges. Please note that the Institute does not provide childcare.

The Institute does not have the facilities to care for your pet, but click here for a list of nearby kennels.

We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

We are committed to making our teachings accessible to anyone seeking to study yoga, meditation, and holistic health. Scholarships help to serve The Himalayan Institute’s mission and reflect our desire to be accessible. When funding is available, we will consider individuals who would not be able to participate due to financial restraints. The Himalayan Institute offers thousands of dollars in scholarships and Financial Aid annually.

Scholarships are made possible by the generous support of the Himalayan Institute’s patrons and donors.

  • To apply for a scholarship, please follow this link.
  • To contribute to our scholarship fund, please follow this link.

The Himalayan Institute tradition is rooted in raja yoga. Raja yoga (often called ashtanga or the royal path) incorporates eight separate steps into its practice. The first two steps are the yamas and niyamas (moral restraints and constructive observances). Asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises) are the third and fourth rungs on the ladder of raja yoga. Pratyahara (sense withdrawal) and dharana (concentration) are the fifth and sixth steps in this path. The final two steps are dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (higher consciousness.) Raja yoga is the understanding, control, and mastery of your mind. It is a science and a way of life, as opposed to a religion.