Venture deep into the heart of yoga and the essence of nature in this unique 12-day retreat. Journey into the senses and the five elements through movement, meditation and natural living. Orchestrated in a natural rhythm, this retreat supports a nourishing balance of engagement, exploration, reflection, and rest.



Retreat Type : Yoga, Meditation, Exploration

Dates :  23rd October - 3rd November 2019

Duration : 12 Days, 11 Nights

Location : Dharmalaya Institute in Bir, HP, India

Facilitators : Daphne Charles (Routes of Yoga) and Mark Moore (cofounder of Dharmalaya Institute)

Application & Registration : Enrolment in this retreat is by application only and space is limited. Visit Dharmalaya Institute for full course details and registration procedure.


We are pleased to invite you on a very special 12-day retreat venturing deep into the heart of yoga and the essence of nature. In this unique residential retreat, we explore the sublime landscapes of nature both around and within us, supported by a stellar rhythm of daily yoga and meditation, integrating our inner practices with the outer world.

Directing our senses toward the five elements — earth, water, fire, air and space — we attune ourselves to the archetypal building blocks of the universe, nature, and the human body.

This deepens our sense of connectedness throughout all of life’s experiences. As we settle into this meditative awareness of the elements, we develop our sensitivity to energy flows, and use them to restore balance and vitality through yogic practice and healthy natural living.


In the beautiful natural setting of Dharmalaya, we will enjoy 12 days of listening deeply to ourselves, to nature, and to the voices of our companions on the journey. As we sync with one another and ease into a sense of community, our experiences become fertile ground for insight through contemplation and group dialogue.

We practice not only on the mat and the cushion but also in the forest, by the stream, in the gardens, and beyond, enjoying the abundant beauty of nature and connecting intimately with it.

This retreat offers a precious opportunity to dedicate 12 days to harmonising your body, mind and spirit. Nourish and revitalise yourself and feel the direct beneficial effects on your state of mind, emotions, and vitality. Optimise your well-being with us, then enjoy taking these practices home to use in every moment of your daily life, where it matters most. As this is a yoga and meditation retreat, we will be turning our attention inward for the duration of the retreat.

Aside from daily group activities and discussion sessions, much of the retreat will be held in silence.

We will also be unplugging from the world of mobiles and Internet.


The mornings ground us in our daily yoga, chi kung and meditation practice. The afternoons take us on a journey of exploratory workshops, mindful activities and rich landscapes. After a fire offering at sunset, the evenings invite us to wind down and retreat inward through gentle yoga and silent meditation.


Supportive routine: A daily rhythm and deepening of yoga asana practice, and silent meditation time.

Exploration: A series of workshop activities and discussions to cultivate sensitivity, intuition and an inquiry mindset.

Natural simplicity: Rustic accommodations in natural earthen buildings or comfortable tents in a beautiful forest setting.

Yogic lifestyle: Clean and simple ashram-style lifestyle in which everyone contributes to the running of the place, including cleaning, washing dishes, etc.

Healthy food: Natural and mostly organic, purely vegetarian meals (100% plant-based, vegan).

Digital detox: There will be no use of mobile phones or internet during the retreat.


This retreat is suitable for people of all backgrounds, including experienced yogis and meditators as well as those who are new to yoga and meditation.

Practitioners interested in gaining a deeper insight of their sensory perception and the five elements will appreciate the exploratory and experiential approach of this course.

This retreat provides a special opportunity for people looking to retreat and reset their system in a stunning natural environment with good food and supportive practices.


Dharmalaya Institute is an holistic educational institute with a community-oriented, contemplative, ashram-style environment.

Based in a rural village setting and with a commitment to do their best to minimize harmful impacts on the earth and its inhabitants, Dharmalaya requests for all guests and volunteers to abide by a compassionate code of conduct and attire.

Before you pack for your trip to Dharmalaya Institute, please read the very important information on their Visitor Info page and FAQ.