Register by September 1st and receive a $300 retreat credit, which can be used towards private time with or receiving an advanced technique from Thom.

New to Vedic Meditation? Learn this powerful and effortless technique while immersed on retreat in Rishikesh, the birthplace of our practice.


January 3-4: Arrive in India

If this is your first-time traveling to India, and/or you would like an agent to handle your travel arrangements, we recommend working with Pankaj Mishra of Heartman Travel Services.

Pankaj can assist in the following:

– Concierge service at Delhi airport (meet and greet at your arrival gate) and handling of domestic transfers to Rishikesh (either by train or plane)
– Customized sightseeing tours before or after our retreat

We will be sending you more information on touring options in India upon confirmation of your attendance.

To contact Pankaj, email:

January 4: Arrive in Rishikesh

Arrive in Dehradun airport or Haridwar train station, where we will pick you up by private car and transfer you to Hotel Ganga Kinare. Ganga Kinare, which is located on the banks of the holy Ganga (Ganges) river, will be our modern “ashram” for the next 10 days.

Plan to arrive at Ganga Kinare by mid-day or early afternoon. Lunch will be served, check-in begins at 2pm.

On this day, you will have time to explore town, buy traditional Indian-styled clothing for excursions to holy sites, and relax at the hotel until our official welcome session in the evening. Retreat facilitators will be on site to take you into town and show you around.

Reminder: You are responsible for arranging your own domestic travel between Delhi and Dehradun/Haridwar.

January 5-14: Awakening your innate ability to become a seer of supreme truth.

Each morning will begin with a group round, morning snan in the Ganga, followed by breakfast.

After breakfast, there will be an excursion or planned activity, followed by lunch and a knowledge session with Thom and special guests.

The afternoon continues with a group round, followed by dinner.  The day concludes with an evening lecture with Thom and special guests.

There will also be an opportunity to follow a special high rounding program designed by Thom for those who would like to participate. Completing a rounding program is a prerequisite for Initiator Training.

Thom, Anand and Baskaran will have availability to host private consultations throughout the retreat. Private yagya ceremonies with Baskaran can also be arranged for an individual or group. The hotel also has a spa with a variety of treatments.

Excursions include: Vasistha’s Cave, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Ashram, Kunjapuri Devi Temple and more!

New to Rounding? Rounding is an advanced technique that combines light yoga postures (asanas), an easy breathing technique (pranayama) with your regular meditation practice. This sequence of rounding provides deep rest and relaxation within the physiology and results in profound stress release. We will be providing full instruction on how to round at the start of the retreat.

January 14: Final morning round and Farewells

After rounding and breakfast, we’ll check-out and depart. A private car will be waiting to take you to Dehradun or Haridwar.

Rates (per person)

1. Standard Shared $3200: Twin beds, partial Ganga view
2. Deluxe Shared $3800: Twin beds, full Ganga view
3. Standard Single $4400: Queen bed, partial Ganga view
4. Deluxe Single $4900: King bed, full Ganga view
5. Lotus Suite Shared* $6300: Deluxe bathroom with soaking tub, living and dining space, full Ganga view, top floor
6. Lotus Suite Single* $8900: King bed, deluxe bathroom with soaking tub, living and dining space, full Ganga view, top floor

*Included in the rate for Lotus Suite Guests is a private morning Ganga snan experience and breakfast with Thom

– Prices are in USD.
– Prerequisite: This retreat is open to all who practice Vedic Meditation. For those who wish to learn, we will be offering the course on the first days of the retreat for an additional $800.
– A 10% deposit is required to secure your reservation on the retreat.
– 45% of the retreat fee is due on both October 1 and November 1.
– All payments are non-refundable.  We strongly encourage you to purchase trip cancellation insurance for protection against any potential loss of deposit fees.


If you have never been to India before, our retreat is the best possible way to delve into its culture. If you are returning to India, experiencing this country with Thom offers a whole new level of depth and richness.

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 its 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 bringing layers for early morning and evening.


Awakening your innate ability to become a seer of supreme truth.

This an age of propaganda like no other; our near-absolute reliance upon The Internet to provide us with “truth” has demonstrated repeatedly how our collective suggestibility has reached unprecedented levels -at great cost to our global progress.

However, we must receive knowledge from somewhere; knowledge is essential for action.
Pure knowledge brings infinite organizing power, supreme knowledge eliminates fear.

In this year’s Rishikesh Retreat, Thom Knoles, a modern-day Maharishi* of India’s age-old Vedic tradition, will demystify and elucidate the ancient masters’ secret for awakening one’s capacity to know absolute truth, to achieve supreme knowledge, to become a self-sufficient knower of reality.
*Thom was bestowed with the title “Maharishi” (great seer) by his own master, and is a revered guru of the ancient Shankaracharya tradition.