November 1–December 31
New to Ananda in the Himalayas is the seven-night Dhyana Programme (throughout November and December), which facilitates self-realisation by increasing guests’ control over physical and mental states. Located near the birthplace of yoga in Rishikesh, the retreat leads guests through daily meditation sessions including yoga nidra, ajapa-japa, Antar Mouna and trataka – all ancient Indian traditions of mental and meditative awareness applicable for modern living. One-on-one hatha sessions are followed by abhyanga, an Ayurvedic synchronised full-body massage given by two therapists; while a Kundalini back massages serve to increase energy and spiritual enlightenment, finished by a memory- improving shirodhara, shiatsu for stress alleviation and an Amethyst Rejuvenation facial to hydrate, cool and balance.
November 6–13 AND November 13–20
Head to Toe
The seven-day retreat at Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat & Spa (November 6–13 or November 13–20) begins by assessing guests’ ailments or doshas to evaluate their physical, mental and emotional health before determining specific programmes that consist of spa treatments, yoga, specialised Ayurveda diet, meditation, daily health consultations and lifestyle seminars. Aside from their customised schedule, guests can also expect seminars by Ayurvedic doctors, facials and foot massages and Ayurvedic dishes to fully rejuvenate the whole system, detoxify the body and relax the mind.
Decemeber 30–January 7
Usher in 2017 with Anastasia Williams’ Nourish Your Soul retreat featuring naam yoga and meditation, sacred sound, healing treatments and natural surrounds (December 30–January 7). Set in luxurious Bagus Jati, within five hectares of glorious hillside gardens amongst lush tropical forests in the mountains of Ubud, the week-long journey will help you plan for the year ahead. You will learn the power of mind-body- life healing, techniques on how to strengthen and redirect the mind, the significance of attitude and how to face challenge gracefully. Immerse yourself in the local culture through Balinese rituals, healing and explore Mother Nature with volcano treks for sunrise meditation with views of the valley and lush tropical flora and fauna.