Journey back with us to the sacred country of India and practice yoga on the edge of the Ganges and at the foothills of the Himalayas. 

Back to the roots

india retreat, november 4-11, 2024

what's included

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Every day will be full of yoga practices, mantra, myth and meditation along with ample free time to explore this richly historical city. This retreat is ideal for yoga students who want to experience the magic of India for the first time, or have been waiting for their opportunity to return, while diving deeper into their practice with two passionate and inspired guides. In addition to twice daily Vinyasa yoga classes, there will also be a host of optional activities to choose from, from river rafting to temple visits & more!

This incredible 7 night retreat will take place at the awe-inspiring Dewa Retreat Centre in Rishikesh.

the retreat details

rishikesh, india

+ 2 x daily hatha/vinyasa yoga classes
+ 1 yoga class at Anand Prakash Ashram & Vedic Fire Ceremony
1 evening Fire Puja Ceremony on the Ganges 
+ 7 nights accommodation at Dewa Retreat Centre
+ Breakfast & Dinner for each day of your stay
+ Entry into Maharishi Ashram
Optional day trips & adventures around Rishikesh

Shared room: $2,300 CAD
Private room: $2,800 CAD

About the resort

Our retreat takes place at the beautiful Dewa Retreat Centre, Rishikesh, a unique hotel in the foothills of Himalayas and one of the top 10 hotels in Rishikesh.

Each room at Hotel Dewa Retreat offers beautiful views of the Himalayan hills and a private quiet balcony area to relax, sip a cup of tea or just read a book to the sound of the river Ganges and the wind kissing the hills, (and the sounds of India!) The hotel also has a swimming pool with stunning views, a healthy cafe and an Ayurvedic spa for some rejuvenating optional treatments.

Tapovan-Rishikesh, known as the forest of the yogis, is a city of pilgrimage for Westerners and Indians alike, and is where the Beatles came to find meaning to life with the Maharishi, and stayed long enough to write over 50 songs! It is still a perfect spot to de-stress, deepen your yoga practice and connect to yourself and your surroundings.

in the Himalayan foothills...

       it’s not about staying inside and fading away.  
       go be free, mindful & don’t let them tame you  
       i refuse to be tamed. i am here to be wild &
       free. i am here to be so wild that it gives
      you the courage to do the same. You may
      think that me being little in stature that you
     can control me but let me remind you of my
     greatness, of my ability to call forth the
    strength of the true divine to fill your hatred
    with love. to be such a pillar of strength that I
    anchor the light to work through me. I ask of
   you to stand with me, to not confine yourself to
   the request of closing the doors of your dreams,
  your businesses & homes. Rather we rise, we stand
  for humanity and all kinds for their own freedom.
 It’s not about staying inside and fading away. Go be
 free, mindful & don’t let them tame you. i refuse to
be tamed. i am here to be wild & free. i am here to be
so wild that it gives  you the courage to do the same. 

7am: Fruit and Tea Available
8.15-9.30am: Morning yoga class
9.30am: Breakfast
10.30-5pm: Free time to explore Rishikesh or participate in optional activities
5.45-7 pm: Evening yoga practice
7.30pm: Dinner

*a sample day

the days

These activities are all optional – further details can be provided at time of booking. Upon registration you will be provided info about some of these activities so you may book ahead as desired.

other activities

+ Day trip to The Beatles Ashram Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram
+ Other day trips to surrounding temples
+ Shopping in Rishikesh
+ Ramana Osho Orphanage café – this is a magical place, all food is grown in their garden, see the orphanage kids doing yoga, great food, view of the Ganga from the patio. All proceeds go back to the children. 
+ Day river rafting on the Ganga river with Red Chili Adventure 
+ Neelkanth Mahadev Temple. This is a temple of Shiva and is 32 km from Rishikesh. A tuk tuk or Rickshaw would take you and that itself would be an adventure!
+ Sage Vasishta Cave in Vashishta village, Himachal Prades. Where Sage Vasishta was gifted the Gayatri Mantra. 
+ Spa treatments at in house spa
+ Various meditation and yoga classes in Rishikesh
+ Ayurvedic cooking classes

explore and play

- Airfare to India, domestic flights, or transfer to Dewa Retreat Centre
- Meals and drinks not specified
- Cancellation and Travel Medical Insurance
Costs for travel documents (travel visa and valid passport)
- We will provide you with a list shortly after registration of what will be needed to travel to India so that you can plan accordingly.

What isn't included

By Air: It is a short 45-min direct domestic flight from New Delhi to Dehradun (Jolly Grant airport). Rishikesh is a 45 minute drive from the airport. 
By Train: A 5hr journey on Shatabdi Express from New Delhi railway station to Haridwar, then a 1hr drive from Haridwar to Rishikesh by taxi.
By Road: Rishikesh is 245km, 5-6hrs drive from New Delhi.

getting there

Rachel Hurst

Crystal was so welcoming and created such an amazing energy. We stayed in a very clean and safe retreat centre that was close to all the things you want to see in Rishikesh. We moved our bodies everyday, learnt about Indian mythology and then got to experience it first hand out in the city. This retreat offered everything I could have asked for and more! I can't wait to join in on another retreat!

The To the Roots Retreat was everything I wanted and more for my first experience to India. 

Tom Tupper

The daily practice was exactly as promised and you cannot find better teachers to provide a practice for all levels.

What a great experience in such a foreign land. 

Laura Fox

A beautiful place full of love, deep with ritual and simplicity. The accommodations matched that as well. The yoga classes and events beautifully lead by Natalie and Crystal were rich with yoga tradition. There was plenty offered but also lots of time to explore on your own. This journey will always hold a special place in my heart.

Traveling to Rishikesh with was one of the most magical experiences I have ever had

let's dance within the Divine, where anything is possible!

Once I receive your application, I'll be contacting you to see if we need to have a call to make sure we align for this retreat. Then I will send you the deposit link and soon off to India together!

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Please confirm you take full responsibility, accountability and ability of your own body and your personal choices during this retreat. 

Please list any serious illness or injury I should be aware of.

Can your body accommodate long walks on uneven ground?

Are you looking to book a private room or double occupancy? Please note, there are only 4 private rooms available and is a first come first serve basis. Please write the name of the person you would like to share a room with, or as a single person looking to be in a shared room.

What has called you to this retreat?

Have you practiced yoga with Crystal before? If not, what style do you practice and how often?

Thanks for applying! Crystal will be in touch shortly to schedule a meet and greet call!

Step 1: Fill out the application form here.
Step 2: Have a meet & greet call with Crystal!
Step 3: Secure your spot with a $500 deposit.