Module 2 ~ April 16-29, 2018
We felt that doing Module 2 farther up into the mountains would be a welcome treat, and highly conducive to our teaching-focused training.
It’s quiet, and the clear blue skies and forest air are a sanctuary for the soul. When our Heart of Sound team visited in April 2017, we all fell in love and felt that it was like coming home… Module 2 in April 2018 will be our first time in a new location, but we’re sure you’re going to love it!
Summary: Arrive to Uttarkashi retreat house April 15th, 2018, and depart after 11 AM checkout April 30th.
In detail: We recommend that first-time visitors to the area arrive to Rishikesh 2-3 days before (April 12-13) to see the holy city and do some shopping for clothes, food, and souveniers. It’s really a charming place, and it’s a nice landing after long international travel. Also, there is nothing you’d want to buy in any of the villages past Rishikesh. (Unless you like super-spicy, salty chips and cheap knockoff branded clothing from China?) You may also arrange your own taxi directly from the Dehra Dun airport to our retreat house (5 hours), or from the Delhi airport (9-10 hours).
On April 15th, we’ll depart Rishikesh via shared taxi or Tempo Traveller (small bus) from Rishikesh at 8 in the morning, and take a leisurely drive through the mountain villages, fields, and forests. We’ll stop for chai, photos, and roadside scenery a few times, and about 6 hours later we’ll pull off the highway towards the glittering Ganga and enter the haven of our retreat house! We’ll be served a late lunch of local vegetable curry, fresh made breads, salad, and raita before we check into our rooms and have a rest for the remainder of the day. As soon as you reach there, you’ll realize it’s worth the drive!
Module 2 classes will be held April 16-29, starting at dawn and finishing around sunset. The schedule will be similar to our other trainings, with a few half-days off for group pilgrimages and nature experiences to be determined. With everyone staying in the same location and sharing meals together, we imagine it’ll be a much more restful, peaceful, focused experience than trainings where everyone has to get meals during the breaks and/or some stay off-campus.
During breaks, you are free to take several short hikes nearby to a bridge over the river, and can continue further up along village trails and small mountain temples. You might see a solitary wandering Himalayan yogi doing oblations nearby, washing his long dreadlocks in the river. (We did!)
Valid through December 1 only, the super early bird price for Module 2 is $1895 USD! After December 1, it’ll be $1995.
- 14 nights of shared accommodation. All rooms have their own bathrooms with hot water, which is either electric or solar-electric.
- 3 meals per day of delicious sāttvic locally grown food, including gluten-free options made from local mountain black millet or corn. (The food is great! Anandra, Stephanie & a few students from 2017 stayed there after the training and we felt deeply nourished by the food!)
– Breakfast is porridge, fruit, and chai, or paranthas, idli, etc.
– Lunch is vegetable, dahl, rice, chapati, salad, and curd
– Afternoon chai and light snacks
– Dinner is a different vegetable, soup, salad, and sometimes a sweet
- Shared transport from Rishikesh on April 15th (8 AM departure)
Does NOT include:
- Transport back to the Dehra Dun airport or Rishikesh, or onward to a trekking destination can be arranged. For example, it’s about $75 for a private taxi to Dehra Dun (5 hours), or about the same to hire a car for an entire day or multiple days if you want to explore around. The mountains beyond Uttarkashi just get more and more incredibly beautiful, so we highly encourage you to extend your trip and take the chance!
- Transportation if you choose to travel a different route, or at a different time, than our shared transit from Rishikesh on the 15th and the 30th.
- Transportation for any large musical instruments (i.e. tanpuras in cases). They take up 2-3 seats in the vehicle, and we will probably not have room for them. If you’re planning to purchase instruments, you may wish to leave them in Rishikesh or have them delivered to you in Delhi before your flight home.
- Accommodation beyond the 14th nights included in our group reservation. The room price is 1600 RS per night, per room, and meals are about 400RS extra.
- Single room upgrade fees, if available. We won’t know if single rooms will be available until shortly before the training. If you’d like to request one, please note so on your application.
- Snacks, protein powders, superfoods, special teas, good coffee, etc. The food is delicious and simple, but you will probably want to bring a stash of your own yummies too. A wide variety is easily available in Rishikesh, but NOT in Uttarkashi.
Step 1: Pay
Additional Packing Considerations for Module 2
If you’re coming *only* for Module 2, please also review the “Getting To and From Rishikesh” page for detailed logistical information before contacting us with questions. Chances are, your question is already answered there!
- If you have a tendency towards carsickness, preventive medications are a MUST. Roads are uneven and wind through the mountains, and even with the most careful drivers you might feel queasy if you don’t take precautions. Please bring your own supply of natural + pharmacy remedies for motion sickness. You might be able to stock up in Rishikesh, but it’s safer to bring your favorite remedies from home. Plan enough to cover you during the drive to/from Uttarkashi, plus any outings we take during the training.
- Even though it’ll be warm during the day, the Uttarkashi area may get cool at night during mid-April, so many of the same packing suggestions apply.
- Good hiking shoes (closed-toe, lace-up walking or jogging shoes) will be useful if you plan to hike around the area, and essential if you plan to do any onward Himalayan adventures.
- Bring your own snacks, protein powders, superfoods, special teas, good coffee, etc. The food is delicious and simple, but you will probably want to bring a stash of your own yummies too. A wide variety is easily available in Rishikesh, but NOT in Uttarkashi.
- Please bring a yoga mat. (Available for purchase in Rishikesh.)
- If you’d like to purchase instruments (tanpura, harmonium), it might be easier for you to get them delivered to you in Delhi before your departing flight. Our shared taxi to/from Rishikesh will not accommodate tanpuras, but harmoniums are OK.
- The wi-fi and cellular connection situation at our retreat house location is unreliable. It is a remote and beautiful place… enjoy the digital detox and tune in to the sound of the Ganges instead! If you have a local Indian SIM card for your unlocked or local phone, there is an intermittent 3G / 4G signal. Please tell your friends, family, and co-workers that you’re on retreat; you may not be able to connect regularly.
- Especially if you’re planning onward Himalayan adventures, bring plenty of rupees and other foreign currency to change if needed. When we visited in 2017 there were no working cash machines in Uttarkashi. Most hotels or other travel vendors (taxi drivers, trekking guides) do not take credit cards in remote areas.
After the training
Checkout is April 30th at 11 AM.
If you’d like to extend your reservation beyond our group time, tell the retreat house owner when you arrive.
Getting back to Rishikesh / Dehra Dun for your trip home:
A shared taxi will depart after check-out on the 30th and will stop in Dehra Dun airport and Rishikesh. The earliest you could arrive to the airport is 4 PM; please consider that when booking onward flights.
If you need to leave much earlier on the 30th than the rest of the group, if you’re planning onward Himalayan adventures, or if you’re planning an extended stay at our retreat house in Uttarkashi, you’ll have to arrange your own transportation back to “civilization.” A one-way private taxi should cost around $75.
After the training, it’s highly recommended to visit Gangotri, the small village and temple that celebrates the source of the Ganges. It’s a gorgeous day drive, and you can overnight in the village and go all the way back to Rishikesh or Dehra Dun the next day if you wish.
If you’re a hiker and want a sublime Himalayan adventure, take a few more days to continue further by foot to the actual source, the Gangotri glacier, and beyond that, to the stunning Tapovan high mountain meadow. Plan 4-7 days for the excursion round trip from Uttarkashi (and another 5 hours to Rishikesh or Dehra Dun airport from Uttarkashi.)