Why is pilgrimage in the self-cultivation programs?


Berdanhya acknowledges that the real pilgrimage is within and that in principle all we need is to contemplate and cultivate our inner knowledge. However, pilgrimage to very specific parts of Earth that contain certain vibrations can invoke human transformation. Acquisitioning certain vibrations from Earth will enrich the seeker’s’ perception and energy field. The participants also exercise a variety of skills that they naturally encounter when traveling.  Berdanya usually travels with her husband, Matthew Cosgrove, and a small group of people. Both teachers and participants interact to decode and facilitate ancient and relevant knowledge that is embedded in sacred sites. This inner anthropology enriches the participant’s life with powerful experiences, connects them with pristine nature and exposes them to the richness of different cultures.

Self-Cultivation Through Movement


Pilgrimage with Berdhanya really tests the flexibility, creativity, adaptability and spontaneity of the participant. Each pilgrimage is different. However, as a general rule, pilgrimage requires the changing of places every few days. In other instances, the participants remain in one site and explore the within more quietly. Through the years, Berdhanya has chosen countries from the west and the south of the Earth. She has visited Southern and Northern India, Ecuador/Galápagos, Peru, Central and Northern Columbia, Central Bolivia,  Eastern and Western Canada and Mexico. Ceremonies and meditations are usually performed in pristine natural environments the  with cooperation of the local inhabitants.  We can say that the pilgrimages are live entities that carry the participants to places they have never been before.

“J’ai eu le bonheur de participer à la retraite Sha  cet été, dans un lieu magnifique  en nature, au bord du lac. Ca été un moment riche de  partage humain de par la qualité de l’accompagnement humain et spirituel  de Bhunaneswari et Mathew. Être en retraite avec  eux ,c’est d’avoir l’occasion de s’amener plus  loin, Voir ce qui est là en  pleine conscience pour laisser émerger le Soi .
De plus j’ai apprécié la simplicité du déroulement qui nous as permis aussi de s’amuser, et de nous détendre. Merci!“


Over the years, the Sha retreat has become for me a merging encounter of inner and outer worlds. It is a journey, that allows me to sustain my relationship with the flow of life itself, reminding me that life is forever changing and alive within me on different levels; it is a knowing that I am the  consciousness of  life. I always leave with greater awareness and deeper gratitude.


“Extend my love and deep thanks to you both. You opening and sustaining this sacred land. The logistics were great, even with the rain and absence of the assigned cook. We all managed to pull it together. The process of fasting was very supportive for the body and mind as it prepared us well for the vision quest. Matthew and Berdhanya, I bow to you both, because as teachers, you have a beautiful complicity and I am infused not only by nature spirits but also with you. Your frequency, your presence and all the wisdom that you carry. With all humblenes, I thank you for the experience, as the experiencer is full. The Being, the Now Is. “