Retreats

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Email:  info@thomknoles.com

Rates (per person)

  1. Standard Shared $3000: twin beds, partial Ganga view
  2. Standard Single $4200: queen bed, partial Ganga view
  3. Deluxe Shared $3600: twin beds, full Ganga view
  4. Deluxe Single $4800: king bed, full Ganga view
  5. Executive Shared $4000: twin beds, bath tub, outdoor terrace, living room, partial Ganga view
  6. Executive Single $5200: king bed, bath tub, outdoor terrace, living room, partial Ganga view
  7. Lotus Suite Shared* $6000: extra large bathroom w/ tub, living room, dining space, full Ganga view, top floor
  8. Lotus Suite Single* $8600: king bed, extra large bathroom w/ tub, living room, dining space, full Ganga view, top floor

  *Included in rate for Lotus Suite Guests is a private morning Ganga Snan experience with Thom followed by breakfast

January 3:  Plan to be in India

If this is your first-time traveling to India and you would like to be greeted at the airport and have your travel arrangements to Rishikesh made, click here.

We recommend some additional sight-seeing before (or after!) the retreat, that can be arranged by Heartman Travel Services, here are links to the tour options they have designed especially for our participants:

January 4: Plan to arrive in Rishikesh- by mid-day or early afternoon, lunch will be served, check-in begins at 2pm.

Make your own way to either the Dehradun airport or Haridwar train* station (*recommended) where we will pick you up by private car and transfer you to Hotel Ganga Kinare on the banks of the holy Ganga river- the site where we will stay and practice for the duration of the retreat.  You’ll have time on this day to explore town, buy ‘Indian style’ clothes for excursions to holy sites and relax at the hotel until our official Welcoming Session to begin the retreat.

January 4-14:   Omnipresence & You

Each day will begin with a group round, morning snan in the Ganga, followed by breakfast.  There will be an excursion or planned activity,  two knowledge sessions with Thom and special guests and an afternoon group round.  There will also be an opportunity to follow a special rounding program designed by Thom (a prerequisite to Initiator Training) for those who would like to get into high rounds.

Thom, Anand and Baskaran will have (limited) availability to host private one-on-one consultations during the day.  Private yagya ceremonies with Baskaran can be arrange for an individual or group of up to 3 people.  The hotel also has a spa with various therapies available each day.

Excursions include: Vasistha’s Cave, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Ashram, Group Aarti, Waterfall Hike, Elephants’ Visit and new this year to this retreat: Surkanda Devi Temple- a full day excursion to this Shakti Peeth (site where part of Sati’s corpse was dispersed when destroyed by Lord Vishnu), followed by lunch in neighboring town, Mussoorie.

January 14: Final round and Farewells

After breakfast we’ll check-out and depart for our respective returns.

Notes
Prices are in USD
Prerequisite: This retreat is open to those who practice Vedic Meditation. For those who wish to learn on the first four-days of the retreat, there is a surcharge of $1000.
Bookings require a 50% deposit, due August 30th.
Bookings require full payment by September 30. Bookings after September 30 are due in full at time of registration.
Any payment made prior to September 30 is refundable, minus $500 booking fee.
Any payment made after September 30 is non-refundable.
Payments in the US are preferred via Venmo or personal check, please reference name & room type in note.
Payments from outside the US is available via PayPal or wire transfer (must add $20 for wire transfer fee) please reference name in note.

india16-tk-3--0049-The village of Rishikesh is nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas on the banks of the holy river Ganga and has been home to great saints and Vedic masters for thousands of years. It is in Rishikesh that Thom was trained by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, at the ashram that we will have an opportunity to visit. Rishikesh is part of a holy state, there is no animal consumption, nor alcohol. Considered one of the holiest towns in India, it is home to many spiritual practices and therefore people from around the world pilgrimage to it’s many holy sites.  As we are making our journey in winter, the town will be less crowded than usual- and a bit cooler.  Be prepared by having layers for early morning and evening.  If you have never been to India before, this is the best possible way to delve into its culture. If you have been, experiencing this country with Thom is a whole other level of depth and richness.


According to Vedic Science, all your fears and doubts, your conviction that “the world out there (including the people)” somehow determine what you experience, is based on a fundamental mistake of the intellect.

In the ancient Vedic language of Sanskrit, this intellectual mistake about your identity is known as PRAGYĀPARADH .

Veda holds that “the individual is Cosmic”.

In western psychology and popular culture, much blame is heaped on “the ego”; the fact is, the ego simply must expand fully to realize its true Cosmic status.

During my ten-day retreat in January, in Rishikesh, India, I will teach you how to stop the false assumption that you and The Universe (or God, if you like) “are separate”.

The implication of this teaching is radical, and knowing how, properly, to integrate it will cause radical change in your approach to life and living.

The spontaneous victory of this new thinking is fearlessness.

Bad decisions all are based in fear, which, itself, is a case of mistaken identity.

Fearful people are vulnerable; fearless people are invincible.

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•OMNIPRESENT, noun.

Oxford English Dictionary:

present everywhere at the same time.

Webster’s:

present in all places at all times.

Omnipresence exists.

It is demonstrable scientifically that one unified field accounts for all forms and phenomena; it is all space and time; it is all forms, all phenomena.

Religions attribute omnipresence to at least one entity.

However, that which is omnipresent necessarily is everywhere, absolutely and simultaneously; it cannot be merely the quality of one localized value, exclusively.

That which absolutely is everywhere simultaneously necessarily is

everything, at the same time, at all times.

That is, any omnipresent thing must be all things simultaneously; it is not that omnipresence merely fills the space between non-omnipresent things.

Were it so, omnipresence would not be omnipresent.

‘Exclusive’ omnipresence (for example, the omnipresence of one thing only) is contradictory and impossible.

If anything is omnipresent, then everything is omnipresent; in other words, everything must be that omnipresent thing, because omnipresence includes everything.

Therefore, absolutely everything is everywhere, simultaneously and at all times; everything is omnipresent, because omnipresence exists.

That means you are omnipresent; no other conclusion can be drawn from this logic.

With Love and Jai Guru Deva,

Maharishi Vyasanand Saraswati
(Thom Knoles)