Join us on this truly once-in-a-lifetime sacred pilgrimage to Mother India. Immerse in the ancient culture of yogis, mystics and masters and experience the very living pulse of love of God, ecstasy and transcendental joy.
Here's what attendees are saying about past pilgrimages:
"There truly are no words to describe the magic, the REALITY... I found on this pilgrimage. And if words were enough, John, I'd simply thank you. But they're not. And one day I'll be able to properly thank you for changing my life."
- Gina B., NY
"So grateful to have experienced the pilgrimage to India with John! Sacred, humbling, life changing, it deepened my practice more than I ever imagined. A life experience that I will treasure in my heart forever."
-Susan T., Kentucky
"Journeying to India was truly the trip of a lifetime... Throughout a thoughtfully planned itinerary, John shepherded our group with great care and compassion, always fostering a cohesive group vibe while honoring each individual. It was a privilege and honor to be a part of this pilgrimage and I hope that I am fortunate enough to return to the embrace of mama India again someday."
-a 2016 pilgrim
SACRED INDIA PILGRIMAGE 2020: NORTH INDIA BHAKTI IMMERSION
HARIDWAR & RISHIKESH
February 27 - March 8, 2020
with 4 Night Vrindavan Option (March 8 - March 12)
With John Smrtic
JD, Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher
10 Night Yatra:
Including 3 days at International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh
(past guests include Radhanath Swami, Mooji, Dalai Lama)
Satsang with very special guests
Visit Devprayag, where Ganga takes Her name
Spend a moring at Vashishta's Cave
Visit mountaintop Shiva temples and Shakti Peeths
Bathe in sacred Mother Ganga
Partake in ancient rituals and cermonies
Visit Anandamayi Ma's samadhi shrine
MOTHER INDIA AWAITS! This pilgrimage is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse into the living, breathing pulse of yoga, with unprecedented access to some of the greatest living yogis and masters in the world. Make no mistake, this pilgrimage is about devotion and Self-realization and we will dive deep into the nectarean ocean of sacred association, scripture, temples, the Holy Name and kirtan. We will explore the sacred rivers, temples, stories and traditions around them as we visit some of the most sacred pilgrimage destinations in the world. Daily yoga asana and meditation practice will provide the foundation and backdrop from which we will launch a deep, soul-full investigation and adventure of Mother India, particularly, in mystical love of God (bhakti yoga).
John Smrtic leads this exploration to the source, creating the opportunity to directly experience the transcendental joy of a thriving ancient culture. We journey as pilgrims, not tourists, to cultivate and deepen our own spiritual practices and understanding of the roots and purpose of this living tradition of yoga. We will dive deep, joyfully, into the rivers of Self-realization at the sacred place where yoga took root and still thrives, alongside the Ganges River. It is not a casual exploration nor is it a yoga retreat or vacation per se. It is, though, a great adventure, and we will laugh, explore, lift the veil, eat incredible food and immerse in a culture incredibly different, and sometimes strikingly so, from what we experience daily in the West. John and his assitant, a scholar, monk and bhakti yogi, Prem Gauranga das, take particular care to craft an itinerary conducive to pilgrimage and exploration, including time for rest, reflection and integration, in a safe and well-guided group environment, tending to all the details so that attendees can be purely in the flow, knowing they are cared for with great love. We will visit temples and places of worship, spiritual vortices, where the transcendental spiritual world touches Earth Mother, and places santificed by hundreds and in many cases, thousands of years, of unceasing puja and devotion.
Over the years of offering these pilgrimages, John has also put together a series of highly informative, detailed letters for prospective pilgrims and those who sign up. With great attention to detail to make this experience as smooth and pleasureable at every step of the journey, the letters assist with obtaining a Visa, packing and travel insight and suggestions, suggested readings, and just about anything else we can think of to take the guess work out of this adventure. We acknowledge and admire the great work and commitment that goes into making a decision to go on Indian pligrimage and it is our goal to be there in support and guidance every step of the way.
This year, we offer a visit to Vrindavan as an additional 4 night option for those who would like to continue the journey. Vrindavan is the crown jewel of bhakti yoga - the abode of transcendental love, and is what Mecca and Jerusalem are in other traditions, here, for followers and lovers of the Divine Couple, Radha Krishna. This part of the pilgrimage focuses exclusively on Radha Krishna bhakti, meeting saints, swamis and sadhus of the rarest kind, steeped in this particular expression of love of God, and being enlightened by love of God. Vrindavan is the place where Radha and Krishna had there Earthly pastimes some 3000+ years ago, and it is said that the lila is still taking place, to be seen by the eyes of the Heart, if we approach and enter the Dham (sacred place) with this burning devotion and faith. We will visit many temples, sacred lakes and some of the most mystical spots in all of the creation to, in hopes, get a taste of the nectar of Prema, divine love.
ITINERARY: (subject to change)
February 27: Arrive Delhi (Indira Gandhi International Airport - DEL)
February 28: travel to Rishikesh
February 28 - March 3: Explore Rishikesh - Including 3 days at International Yoga Festival
March 4 - 5: Himalayan Adventures including Devprayag and Vashista's Cave
March 6 - 7: Haridwar: Shakti Temples & Ganga Aarti
March 8: Evenging Departure from Delhi (Indira Gandhi International Airport - DEL)
*with Vrindavan Option*
March 8: Return to Delhi and travel to Vrindavan
March 9-11: Explore Vrindavan and greater "Vraj" region
March 9: Celebrate the auspicious occassion of Gaura Purnima
March 12: Depart for Delhi and Evenging Departure from DEL (Indira Gandhi International Airport)
The schedule will include asana classes, meditations and satsang with John most days
-$2,250 for 10 incredible nights of Self-discovery, devotion and adventure
-$3,150 for 14 nights including the Vrindavan option
- Payment in full due by 1/25/20 (unless otherwise arranged)
- A non-refundable/non-transferrable deposit of $500.00 required to reserve your spot
-Rooms are based on double occupancy
-Very limited number Single Occupancy rooms available for additional fee. Inquire if interested.
***BIG EARLY BIRD SAVINGS***
-SAVE $300 on the total cost of the pilgrimage by signing up with a $500 deposit through Summer Solstice, 6/21/19
-Save $150 on the total cost of the pilgrimage by signing up with a $500 deposit through 8/8/19 (Lion's Gate)
**We are limiting registration to keep the experience intimate. We anticipate the pilgrimage to book up extremely quickly so we encourage you to make your deposit as soon as possible. It is ONLY receipt of the deposit that will guarantee your spot.**
-All internal travel including flight from New Delhi to Dehradun, trains, private buses, etc.
-All lodging (double occupancy hotel accommodations)
-All meals (3 veg/vegan meals per day)
-3 days at world renowned International Yoga Festival
-Bhakti Groove Yoga, meditation & satsang with John Smrtic most days
-All asana classes, lectures, satsangs, kirtans, temple visits, admissions
-A lifetime of precious insight, adventure and memories
-Intimate association with living masters
-Flight to and from India arriving 2/27 & departing 3/8 or 3/12
-Additional nights accommodations before or after the pilgrimage*
-Occasional inexpensive rickshaw rides and taxis as needed and for your own accommodation/exploration
*note: we can help you arrange such accommodations
-Contact John immediately at: email@example.com
-Non-refundable/non-transferable deposit of $500 to reserve a spot by check, Venmo or Paypal *You will be responsible for the transaction fee on all Paypal payments.
-If you are sure you are coming but don't have the full deposit amount, contact me ASAP to work it out :)
*Please note, there is intentionally not a deposit link here ~ A welcome letter will be sent upon inquiry detailing the purpose and nature of the pilgrimage. It is important that everyone interested in attending or inquiring reads and is on board with the vibration of the experience and of the collective energy of the group experience*
INQUIRIES & FURTHER DETAILS:
- Please contact John at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining this life changing pilgrimage and/or if you would like additional information. John will send a letter at that point explaining in greater detail, generally what to expect, more detailed itinerary, hotel accommodation, etc. See * immediately above.
~~~ all images by John Smrtic (c) 2017 ~~~
HARIDWAR & RISHIKESH
NESTLED IN THE FOOTHILLS OF THE HIMALYAS AND KNOWN AS THE "YOGA CAPITAL OF THE WORLD," YOGIS AND MYSTICS FROM TIME IMMEMORIAL HAVE VISITED AND BLESSED THESE SACRED CITIES OF PILGRIMAGE. HARIDWAR AND RISHIKESH ARE 25 KILOMETERS APART AND WERE RECENTLY NAMED "TWIN NATIONAL HERITAGE CITIES." MOTHER GANGA BEGINS HER JOURNEY IN THIS REGION AND A DROP OF AMRITA FROM THE CHURNING OF THE COSMIC OCEAN IS SAID TO HAVE FALLEN INTO HER WATERS HERE.
THE SACRED PLAYGROUND OF SRI KRISHNA, SRI RADHA AND THE GOPIS
Vrindavan is a town in the Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh. It is the site of an ancient forest where the Lord Krishna spent His childhood days. Vrindavan is considerecd to be one of the most sacred, magical pilgrimage sites in the entire material creation. The town has hundreds of temples dedicated to the worship of Radha Krishna and kirtan and mantra echo through the air. The dust of this town is considered sacred and countless mystics, Babajis, Matajis, and sadhus reside here.
JAYA VRINDAVAN DHAM!!