Together we will study and contemplate selections of the Vedas + Upaniṣads, Buddhist Pāli Canon, Indian Epics, Yogasūtra, Tantras + Āgamas, and Medieval Haṭhayoga texts.
7-7:30 — tea + coffee
7:30-9 — yoga practice
9-10:30 — breakfast
10:30-12:30 — class 1 (history + philosophy)
12:30-2 — lunch
2-4:30 — class 2 (textual study)
4:30-4:45 — tea break
4:45-5:30 — meditation
*Finalized schedule will be provided prior to retreat.
Experience the unique living traditions of Balinese Hinduism.
We'll visit this gorgeous 16th-century temple built out of the coastal rock formation, whose fascinating history, and story of snakes, is uniquely tied to the establishing of Hinduism on the island of Bali.
Pronounced "kay-chak." Experience this powerful traditional Balinese dance, and reenactment of the Rāmāyaṇa by night, after studying and reading selections of the Sanskrit by day. Think of the opening scene from the film Baraka.
tīrtha in Sanskrit means a sacred ford or river crossing; a holy bathing-place, often for pilgrimage. We will conclude our retreat at this famous 10th-century water temple, dedicated to Viṣṇu. The temple hosts a pond with natural spring waters—a sacred crossing, where Balinese Hindus and guests bathe for ritual purification.
History + Philosophy
Seth is a longtime practitioner of yoga and a scholar of Indian religions, Sanskrit, and yoga traditions, and is the founder of Yogic Studies. He is currently a PhD Candidate in South Asian Religions at Harvard University, where he is writing his dissertation on the history, theory, and practice of premodern yoga texts and traditions in India.
As a scholar-practitioner, Seth is gifted in his ability to present the ancient teachings of yoga clearly in an accessible, light-hearted, and inspiring manner—while maintaining a rigor and sensitivity to traditional Indian knowledge systems.
Āsana + Prāṇāyāma
Nikki is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) and a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT). For 26 years, her teaching has been inspired by annual trips to India including RIMYI (Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute) the study of scriptural and philosophical texts and a daily practice of meditation. In 2013-2014, she was a contributing editor at Yoga Journal, writing the magazine’s “Basics Column,” and in 2016, Nikki was named one of the 100 Most Influential Teachers in America. She is currently completing her MA in Yoga Traditions at SOAS, University of London.
Nikki will be offering our morning āsana + prāṇāyāma practice. She has led yoga and meditation retreats for over two decades and seamlessly integrates philosophical study and inquiry with embodied practice.
Not included: roundtrip airfare to Bali, airport pickup, dinner, or personal spending.
* Yoga practice will consist of easeful Āsana, functional movement, light breath work, and relaxation.
** Limited on-site shared accommodation will be available for up to 14 participants. Those who wish to find private rooms will be directed to recommended villas and guesthouses nearby.
Limited accommodation (14 beds) on-site at Chalina will be available on a first-register basis.
Please note this is luxury accommodation, however, it will be SHARED with one other assigned person.
Those wishing for private or other rooms will have no trouble finding off site accommodations within short walking distance. We can provide recommendations.
ALL participants, regardless of stay, will have access to Chalina, its pool, yoga shala, and facilities during the retreat program — as well as breakfast + lunch meals.