We believe that living in harmony with Nature helps to restor a balance in our bodies, mind and spirit. As we are an integral part of this living organizm called Planet Earth, whatever happens outside of us affects the inside, what happens inside influence the outside. How do we feel also impacts our perception. If our body and mind are pure and balance our perception is clear, actions are genuine and adequate.
Our aim is to share this organic wisdom in a pure and practical way. With this purpose we organize retreats in unique location around the world.
We understend the need of pure, natural surrounding, fresh, wholesome food and supportive envinroment for the spiritual grow. We choose our retreats venues carefully to make sure that all our guests spend their time in a soothing and uplifting way, away from all distractions.
Our retreats provide safe space, tools and base for self understanding, opportunities to widen spiritual knowledge and live meaningfully and mindfully from moment to moment.
The retreats are rich in content. We offer yoga classes, meditation, relaxation, yogic philosophy and psychology, sound therapy, intuitive painting, authentic movement, trekking, all in beautiful natural surroundings.
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Jessica Connick from Melbourne, Australia "Upon arrival in McLeod Ganj I could never have imagined such a beautiful mountainous town. As we walked through, beyond where cars can drive, through the market shops out to the waterfall we look up and across to an enormous oak tree growing tall and proud, all on its own on the other side of the river. Never would I have believed that I would be spending almost two magical weeks under the shade of that there 'Chinar' tree. As we crossed the enchanting waterfall, climbed up the embankment toward our guesthouse a plaque with the words read: 'Relax a little, Give life a chance to flow its own way, Unassisted by your mind and effort. Stop directing the rivers flow.' At that very moment, with those few words i did exactly that and I knew I was exactly where I needed to be. The days that followed provided us with a full sensory experience which I'll carry with me for the rest of my life. Peaceful relaxation, nourishing delicious meals, the natural beauty of the landscape, the sounds and smells of this gorgeous oasis and of course the compelling company of the providers of this retreat as well as the others who'd found themselves there too. The healing that comes from this kind of an experience cannot be measured. To grow, release, appreciate, be present, love, connect and feel life, right here right now is what Chinar gave to me." "Our hosts Ved and Ilona were warm and inviting, incredibly interesting, patient and kind individuals. The yoga Ved taught was authentic, spiritual and purposeful practice. What we learnt about the ancient teachings of yoga goes far beyond anything I'd experienced in any other class. His nature walks were fascinating, learning about the landscape and flora and fauna of the area, imparting spiritual and cultural learnings, his experiences and life lessons onto us. " "Ilona's effortless generosity to tailor her meditation to meet the specific needs of each participant was very warming (though we were an exceptionally small group) I learned so much about focusing the inner child through the variety of meditations and yoga nidra. I felt very much so that she was there to help and her kindness made the journey easy, she also has a wicked sense of humor." "I am eternally grateful for having met these very special people and for having been blessed with such an amazing experience. I'm very much so looking forward to re-booking on another retreat, trekking those Himalayan foothills again, loving beautiful India again and continuing on my journey with this magical place, again. " "Thank you for everything!"
Steven Ferraro from Australia "Temple of the Nature - Chinar Paradise is one of the most wonderful places I have ever spent quality time away from home. In fact, it kind of felt like home to me :) The setting of the place is perfect - up in the mountains near a waterfall giving people a chance to stop, unwind, listen and relax. The yoga, meditation, nature walks and painting were just some of the daily activities that brought me much joy personally. The meals are amazing and nutritious and the nights around the campfire are awesome fun. Coming to this place was an important part of my journey in life and the highlight of coming to India. I learned to go with the flow and listen to my heart more. Thank you Ilona and Ved for hosting such an amazing retreat. I certainly recommend it to others and am confident that I'll be back in the not too distant future"
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Maria Emilia Peterle from Argentina "Chinar is the place where we found peace, a real experience of connection between body, mind, and nature. Happy to participate in such a wonderful experience, we want to thank Ilona and Ved, for working from their hearts making sure everything was magical. We found a place for art and entertainment, as well as yoga and meditation. This retreat nurtured our soul!"."
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Raisa Miikkulainen from Finland "I went to the eight day yoga retreat in Chinar Paradise on May 2 to 9 and can highly recommend that. The days started with a walk around the surrounding beautiful nature, then morning yoga asanas and yoga Nidra, the deep relaxation. After lunch, we had some free time and in the evening some more yoga asanas and mystical Tibetan singing bowls and more. I found Ilona's style of teaching very inspiring and soothing, concentrating more on the meditative and awareness-bringing aspects of yoga. The place, Chinar Paradise, has a very special energy. The house is tucked under Chinar, a giant maple tree. There are lovely tables made of the Himalayan stones and hammocks where you can relax forgetting the time. There are spectacular mountain views everywhere you look. Ved, the owner, is very kind and friendly and will take you on an unforgettable mountain trek. The place is just so special that I am still staying here and enjoying. So if you just have the chance please come to these retreats. I found the place just walking and seeing an ad in Bhagsu Nag but apparently you can also book through BookYogaRetreats.com.".
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Ekaterina Korovina from Moscow, Russia "I stayed just a few days in Chinar Paradise but it was enough to feel how peaceful and beautiful this place is. It was at the end of my trip to India, a perfect place to slow down, integrate, and still stay open to what the world around and inside has to offer. I felt there was a lot of space around, space to be yourself. The gentle yoga classes allowed me to explore something deep within me, to learn, to release, to keep moving mindfully. I am grateful to the nature and all the people I met there for beauty, guidance, support, and care."
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Made Mata from Spain "My days in Chinar were quite, relaxing and peaceful. It's in the middle of a hill, isolated from the rest of the village and with easy access to the village along a beautiful mountain path that crosses the river. Simple acommodation, beautiful landscape and nice and helpful landlord. Staying in Chinar is more like staying with friends than being in a guest house. Really wonderful spot to practice yoga, meditation, connect with mother earth and explore the surroundings."
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Aine Kenny from Ireland "I had the pleasure and benefit of being a student of Ilona Saumyatirtha over seven months during 2015. During that time we had one to one sessions and I also attended a group Yoga Nidra class which Ilona ran. During this time I was suffering from chronic back pain which is now subsiding due to meditation, gentle yoga and emotional awareness taught to me by Ilona.I can honestly say that Ilona is a very inspiring, spiritual teacher who is very kind and patient but also has a wonderful sense of humour and I believe all of these attributes make her the perfect yoga teacher. Anyone attending her classes will benefit greatly from her dedication and passion in teaching yoga and I highly recommend her."
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Claire Hanniffy from Ireland "I found Ilona brilliant! She has gorgeous energy, so tranquil and calm. I had just broken my wrist when I met her so her yoga Nidra classes were heavenly and just what I needed. It was fate that we met, and I always remember her with a smile!"