Yoga Journey in Nepal 10 days
For yoga lovers who want to explore the genuine roots of yoga!
Ashtanga Yoga Retreat and Pilgrimage with Ellen Johannesen
Hosted by Supersoul Yoga
October 15-24, 2018
· 8 Ashtanga Yoga classes with Level 2 Authorized KPJAYI teacher Ellen Johanessen
· Daily meditation and philosophy/Ashtanga technique classes (alternating)
· Daily meals: full board at Neydo and Namo buddha, otherwise as described below
· Visits to Kathmandu’s most spectacular spiritual sites including Bouddhanath and Pashupatinath
· Stay in a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery
· Introduction into the study and practice of Buddhism
Journey with us into Kathmandu Valley, and discover the holy landscape that cradles the origins of the practice of Yoga. This retreat brings together the traditional daily practice of Ashtanga Yoga, with Buddhist and Hindu teachings, and spectacular cultural sites, in the land and culture that helped to write the biography of the Yoga we know and practice today. The Kathmandu Valley natives have practiced Yoga and Tantra for hundreds of years, integrating these practices into their daily lives, and the valley itself is a mandala of sacred sites: monasteries, meditation caves, temples and stupas. Several of these are on UNESCO's world heritage list and being present in these spaces is transformative and deeply moving.
If you feel called, then join us for what will be a deeply transformative journey. We will experience life and practice Yoga in a Tibetan monastery, and visit the medieval city of Patan. We will trek through otherworldly landscapes at the foot of the Himalaya, and visit the holiest Buddhist and Hindu sites including Boudhanath, Namo Buddha and Pashupatinath.
You will also be able to deepen your Yoga practice with Ellen Johannesen, who has become a local in Nepal, has over 20 years of experience teaching and practicing Ashtanga Yoga, and has a Masters Degree in Buddhist studies.
Nepal has a lot to offer whether you want to go trekking, or visit its many world-heritage sites. I have therefore put together a Yoga journey that takes you to the most amazing places around the kathmandu valley and brings you into its spiritual heart: Just imagine living in a stunning Tibetan Buddhist monastery, an ancient Newari farm house set in beautiful nature. Imagine waking up in the medieval city of Patan, or the lively Tibetan area, Boudhanath. All the while, you will have daily yoga classes, meditation sessions and philosophical talks, which will provide insight into the vibrant culture of the valley. All together this gives you an excellent opportunity to deepen your your understanding of Yoga and to enhance your Ashtanga practice!
October 15 -24 2018
(April 13-22 2019* Booking opens later )
Day 1. Arrival. Transfer to hotel in Kathmandu, ; Walk of Boudha stupa and welcome dinner:
Arrival in Kathmandu. We pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel in Boudhanath, The "Tibetan" part of Kathmandu. Here you have time to acclimatize and relax, take a stroll around the largest stupa in Nepal and soak up the lively atmosphere of neightbourhood. In the late afternoon we´ll meet up for a welcome dinner overlooking the lively Boudhanath Stupa. Overnight Hotel Shambaling, Boudha; meals inclusion: dinner.
Day 2. Exploring the spirituals hub Boudhanath and Pashupatinath:
After our morning yoga class and breakfast, it is time to walk the back streets and visit some of the many monasteries in Boudhanath. If possible we will meet a Rinpoche and receive a blessing for our journey! In the afternoon we´ll meet up for a tour to the sacred cremation Ghats and Hindu temples of Pashupatinath. This powerful place is also home of the local sadhus and Nath-yogis. Overnight Hotel Shambaling, Boudha; meals inclusion: breakfast
Day 3. Yoga retreat at Neydo Monastery:
Morning Meditation, breakfast and departure to yoga retreat at the beautiful Neydo Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery perched on a hillside near the village Pharping. We have lunch and meet up in the temple for an introduction to Buddhist thought and a tour of the spectacular shrine room. At 4.30 PM we meet for our daily ashtanga class. Dinner and evening meditation.Overnight Neydo Monastery; meals inclusion: breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 4. Yoga retreat at Neydo Monastery:
After yoga and brunch we take a walk through the pleasant rice field to one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the valley. The meditation cave of Guru rinpoche, the Asura cave. We climb further up to hang colourful prayer flag to ensure the success of our journey! Tea, and late afternoon workshop, dinner. Overnight Neydo Monastery; meals inclusion: brunch/dinner
Day 5. Yoga retreat at Neydo Monastery:
After morning Yoga and brunch we continue with an Introduction to Buddhist philosophy and practice. Tea and Afternoon workshop at 4pm. Overnight Neydo Monastery. Meals included: brunch/dinner
Day 6. Exploring Old Patan:
After morning Yoga and brunch we will transfer to the medival city of Patan. Here time is at your own disposal: You may choose to see an astrologer, have a massage, take a singing bowl workshop, or just chill in the colourful Patan Square. Patan has lots of great restaurants and there's much to explore! Overnight The Inn. Meals included: brunch.
Day 7. Patan museum and Golden Temple /Duhlikel:
This morning, we'll visit some of the great sites of traditional Newari culture. The Newars are the original inhabitants of Nepal, famous for their skills in the arts, handicraft and architecture. Patan was one of three royal cities in the Kathmandu valley, each one with their own city square, temples and palaces. We'll visit the Golden Temple and Patan museum, which stores some of the finest sculptures of the valley. After lunch, we'll depart for Duhlikel Resort. We arrive in time to enjoy dinner and the sunset.
Overnight: Himalayan Horizon/Duhlikel Mountain Resort. Meals included: breakfast/lunch/dinner.
Day 8. Yoga retreat at Duhlikel:
Morning Yoga and breakfast. After breakfast, we'll Trek to the sacred site Namo Buddha, where the Buddha in his previous life offered his body to a hungry tigress and her cubs! Lunch at Namo Buddha Resort, Return to Duhlikel by Taxi for dinner and evening meditation.
Overnight: Himalayan Horizon/Duhlikel Mountain Resort. Meals included: breakfast/lunch/dinner.
Day 9. Kathmandu:
Yoga and breakfast. After lunch, we transfer to Kathmandu. Settle-in at Tibet Hotel, Lazimpat, a quiet spot in the more touristic part of Kathmandu. Free time to relax or visit the busy hub of tourist shops and restaurants nearby.
Overnight: Tibet Hotel. Meals included: breakfast, lunch.
Day 10. Last day for shopping and sightseeing, departure:
Morning Yoga and closing circle. After Breakfast, you'll have some free time for sightseeing, shopping etc. You may take a bicycle rickshaw around the center of Thamel or go visit the "Monkey Temple" at Swayambunath. We'll drop you at the airport for evening departure. Meals included: breakfast.
Twin room: 1.250 EUR
Single room: TBA upon request*
Payment details will be sent to you upon registration (you book this event through Croatia Based Supersoul, please click below!)
The fee includes:
Transfer from Kathmandu airport to central Kathmandu (in shared vehicle)
Transfers to the monastery and other sites and hotels.
Accommodation, all vegetarian meals as described in the program above
Daily yoga programme, and all trips during the retreat.
The fee does not include:
Transfer to Kathmandu airport after the journey (easily arranged by your hotel)
Meals not mentioned in the programme
Speciality drinks and coffees at monastery and resort/hotel
Flight to Nepal, Visa and Travel insurance (required)
Yes, i want
to go on a Yoga Journey In Nepal!
YOGA RETREAT NEPAL 2- 9 MARCH
Imagine living in a stunning Tibetan Buddhist monastery or eco farm, set in the magical foothills of himalayan Nepal. Imagine waking up in the medieval city of Patan, or the lively Tibetan section of Kathmandu, Boudhanath. All the while, enjoying daily yoga classes, meditation sessions and philosophical talks with Ellen Johannesen, KPJAYI level 2 authorized Yoga teacher with a Masters in Buddhist studies. This transformative journey is your opportunity to deepen your understanding of Yoga at it's root, and to enhance your yoga practice in Nepal top of the world!
Program; Daily Activities
Day 1. Saturday
Arrival - Transfer to hotel in Kathmandu, tour of Boudha stupa, welcome dinner
Arrival in Kathmandu. We'll pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel in Boudhanath, the "Tibetan" part of Kathmandu. Here you'll have time to acclimatize and relax, take a stroll around the largest stupa in Nepal and soak up the lively atmosphere of the neighbourhood. In the late afternoon, we´ll have our first yogaclass on the rooftop of the hotel and have a together traditional dhal bhat dinner overlooking the lively Boudhanath Stupa..
Overnight Hotel: Shambaling, Boudha, Meals included: welcome dinner.
Day 2. Sunday
Exploring the spirituals hubs Boudhanath and Pashupatinath
After our morning Yoga class and breakfast, we will have a guided walk to the back streets of Boudha, visiting the Stupa and walk together to the sacred cremation Ghats and Hindu temples of Pashupatinath. This powerful place is also home of the local sadhus and Nath-yogis.
Overnight Hotel Hotel: Shambaling, Boudha. Meals included: breakfast.
Day 3. Monday
Transfer from Boudha to Neydo Monastery
Morning Meditation, breakfast and departure to the beautiful Neydo Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery perched on a hillside near the village Pharping. We'll have lunch and meet up in the temple for an introduction to Buddhist thought and a tour of the spectacular shrine room. At 4.30 PM we meet for the yoga class.
Overnight: Neydo Monastery. Meals included: breakfast/lunch/dinner.
Day 4. Tuesday
Neydo Monastery - Transfer to Patan
After Yoga and breakfast, we'll take a walk through the rice fields to one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the valley. The meditation cave of Guru Rinpoche, the Asura cave. We'll climb further up to hang colourful prayer flags to ensure the success of our journey! We will lunch at Neydo and then transfer to the medival city of Patan. Patan was one of three royal cities in the Kathmandu valley, each one with their own city square, temples and palaces Here you have your time to explore the beauty of the narrow streets and enjoy dinner on your own. Patan has lots of great restaurants and there's much to explore!
Overnight: Patan Newa Chen Meals included: breakfast/lunch.
Day 5. Wednesday
Exploring Old Patan – Transfer to Namo Buddha
After a lovely breakfast at Newa Chen, your time is at your own disposal this morning: you may choose to see an astrologer, have a massage, take a singing bowl workshop, or just chill in the colourful Patan Square. After lunch, we'll depart for the Eco Resort Namo Buddha, a beautiful tour up in the mountains. We will have a yoga class in afternoon in the shala of the resort.
Overnight Namo Buddha. Dinner included
After morning Yoga and breakfast, we will have a guided walk in the villages around with hopefully a spectacular Himalayan view! After lunch at Namo Buddha, we will walk to the nearby sacred site where the Buddha in his previous life offered his body to a hungry tigress and her cubs!
Meals included: breakfast/lunch/dinner.
Day 7. Friday
Transfer to Thamel – Kathmandu ( last day for shopping and sightseeing)
You will have your last yogaclass and breakfast at this beautiful place. After breakfast we transfer to Kathmandu to Thamel. Settle-in at Kathmandu Guesthouse, a quiet spot in the touristic part of Kathmandu. Free time to relax or visit the busy hub of tourist shops and restaurants nearby.Meals included: breakfast
Day 8. Saturday
Kathmandu Transfer back home - departure.
After Breakfast, you'll have some free time for sightseeing, shopping etc. You may take a bicycle rickshaw around the center of Thamel or go visit the "Monkey Temple" at Swayambunath. We'll drop you at the airport for your departure.
Meals included: breakfast.
Morning or late afternoon yoga assisted by Ellen.
Beginners will be individually assisted and lovingly introduced to Ashtanga Yoga.
The sessions include meditation, a restorative practice, talks on various philosophical and technical aspects of Yoga, as well as pranayama (breathing). The philosophy lectures will introduce Buddhist teachings.
- Transfer from Kathmandu airport to Shambaling hotel on Saturday
- Transfer to Kathmandu airport after the journey on Saturday
- Transfers to the monastery and other sites and hotels during the retreat
- All vegetarian meals as described in the program
- Daily yoga / meditation programme
- Meals not mentioned in the programme
- Speciality drinks and coffees at monastery and resort/hotel
- Flight to Nepal, Visa and Travel insurance (required)
Twin room: EUR 1365 Single room: EUR 1950
Here is the fine print for your booking:
- Check-in: 2 March meeting with the group at 3pm
- Check-out: 9 March by 10am
- Food is Nepali and vegetarian
- Yoga mats are available, but of course you can bring your own.
- Travel insurance is obligatory and your own responsibility
- 150 EUR price administration and is non-refundable
Cancellation policy / refund:
Till 8 weeks 15% off the travel;
8 to 6 weeks 30% off the travel;
6 to 4 weeks 50% off the travel;
4 to 2 weeks 75% off the travel;
2 weeks till 1 day before departure 100%: no refund off the travel.
- It is possible to give your space to a friend, just inform us at least 1 week before the retreat
- Please ensure that your passport is valid ( 6 months by leaving the country).
- Make sure that you are aware of immigration/visa laws in Nepal.
- The organizers are not liable for any illness, delay or cost resulting from your failure to meet these requirements.
Yes, i want
to go on a Yoga retreat In Nepal!
(You book this retreat through my partner, Marion Werger, Holland)
Ashtanga retreat in Buddhist Monastery
(dates to be confirmed)
Ashtanga retreat in Buddhist Monastery
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· Stay in a comfortable guesthouse in a genuine Tibetan Buddhist Monastery
· Practice Ashtanga Yoga and meditation in a temple with magnificent views
· Enjoy the ambience and friendliness of Nepal
· Take walks and visit nearby sacred sites
· Wind down and reflect - introduction to Buddhist philosophy
This is a unique chance to meet Ellen Johannesen, a KPJAYI level 2 authorized Ashtangi living in Nepal, and study Yoga, Buddhism and meditation with her. Ellen, who owns a Master Degree in Tibetan Buddhism and Himalayan Languages, will share with us the central ideas of Buddhism and introduce us to some of the life-changing meditation techniques practiced by the yogis of the Himalayas. This is also the chance to experience living in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Nepal and visit sacred sites around the Kathmandu valley!
The days start with yoga, where Ellen teaches Ashtanga in her characteristic way: supplying the serene Counted Vinyasa method with her playful approach to movement - inspired by dance and functional anatomy. With more than 20 years of teaching experience and a background as a professional dancer, Ellen is an extremely skillful Ashtanga practitioner and teacher, from whom you guaranteed will pick up some new moves! Except for the first day the morning practice will be Mysore- style self practice but depending on the level and size of the group, we might split you into two batches.
In the afternoon the classes will alternate between Ashtanga technique and Buddhist philosophy and meditation. We will delve deeper into the physical and mental aspects of practicing Ashtanga and look at how it prepares us for the higher limbs of yoga. We will also learn the philosophical foundation for meditation that makes possible the transformation of the mind. This we will put this into practice during meditation sessions. Our aim will be to approach all aspects of yoga as a sadhana practice that can bring depth, a sense of purpose and joy into our lives!
bout Ellen Johannesen
Ellen Johannesen, originally a professional dancer, has practice Ashtanga yoga for more than 20 years. Her first meeting with Ashanga Yoga took place during a tour to New York in 1994. Since then this has been her daily practice, and Ellen first visited Mysore and Pattabhi Jois in 1997. She is now Authorized Ashtanga level 2 by Sharath Jois, and she has also completed a two-year Teacher Training med John Scott.
I 2002 Ellen became one of the founders of Ashtanga Yoga Oslo, one of the first studios offering daily Mysore practice in Norway. Principal teacher at her own studio, which also offered TTC/apprenticeship in Ashtanga Yoga.
An increasing interest in Buddhist practice brought her to Bylakuppe, South India, where she spent almost tree years in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. She since moved to Kathmandu where she first completed an education as a Tibetan interpreter before she obtained a Bachelor degree in Buddhist studies and Himalayan Languages at Kathmandu University. Ellen presently teaches Ashtanga and Buddhist Practices internationally as well as at Pranamaya Yoga, Kathmandu. Ellen speaks fluent Tibetan, has a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy and practice as well as Sanskrit and Indian philosophy.
Shared accommodation: $ 1.200
Single room: $ 1.390, -
Accommodation 7 nights on twin-share base (one night on arrival in hotel in Kathmandu, six nights in Neydo monastery)
Transport to-from monastery in private van
2 meals per day (brunch and dinner + tea/snack) in the monastery, breakfast at hotel in Kathmandu, welcome dinner
22 hours tuition (Ashtanga yoga and workshops)
One half-day trip to The Ancient City of Patan.
Optional day walks to nearby sacred sites.
TAX is included.
The price does not include:
Café-options at monastery, specialty coffees and teas
Airport transfer (easily be arranged directly with your hotel)
Flight to Kathmandu and Travel insurance (required).
Day to day Schedule:
Arrival and airport transfer to Hotel Tibet, Boudhanath.
Relax at hotel and Welcoming dinner
Breakfast and transfer to retreat at Neydo Monastery, Pharping.
Lunch, lead Ashtanga class at 16.00PM
Morning Yoga and meditation. Brunch. Workshop: Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy and Meditation. Dinner.
Morning Yoga and Meditation. Brunch. Walk to the Azura Cave, Pharping. Afternoon meditation. Dinner.
Morning Yoga and meditation, Brunch. Afternoon workshop. Dinner.
Morning Yoga and meditation. Brunch. Guided tour to Patan. Dinner.
Morning Yoga and meditation. Walk through the pine forest to Hattibaan. Afternoon workshop. Dinner.
Morning Yoga and meditation practice. Closing of the retreat. Brunch and departure for Thamel Kathmandu.