21 days Purification Retreat with Berdhanya and Dr. Shamna
Jan. 14 to Feb. 3 2023
This retreat combines Berdhanya Teachings with the science of Ayurveda. Ayurveda has a branch of purification called Panchakarma, the natural way to regenerate and purify body, mind and spirit.
In this retreat, a personalized, holistic 21-day program for purification and regeneration will be designed for you by Dr. Shamna Prajith, which may include daily bodywork, herbal formulas and a specialized diet. Berdhanya will be supporting your purification with corresponding teachings, meditations and yoga. Also, enjoy teachings on Ayurveda with Dr. Shamna and cultural activities with the Kerala community.
” These times are about deepening the self-care and understanding of our death and life. It is about the deepest surrender of all your notions of self. It is a great opportunity to rebirth at the very core of your essence and to allow the great intelligence to take care of you”.
Visa and documents
You will need a valid passport to travel to India. Please check with your local Indian Consulate if you need a visa to enter India. All Canadians require a visa to go to India.
Tickets and how to get there
- Our program begins on the morning of Jan. 14. You are expected to arrive before Jan. 14 (e.g. arrive 1-2 days before or at least the night before). We suggest three days of rest after the end of the retreat (e.g. depart on Nov 30 or December 1).
- There will be three parts to your journey:
1) Getting to India (international flight, approx 17 hours + suggested rest day upon arrival);
2) Getting to Calicut (domestic flight, 1 to 5 hours);
3) Getting to Kannur (by taxi or van, 2;30 to 3- hours)
- Getting to India: From North America, you will likely want to fly to Delhi, Mumbai or Bangalore. You may be able to get a direct flight to India, or you may need to transfer to Europe. It is highly recommended that you include one day of rest before continuing your journey to Calicut/Kannur. There are many hotels near the airport you can choose from.
- Getting to Calicut: You will need to book a second flight from your city of arrival in India to Calicut International Airport (CCJ), which is also known by the name Kozhikode. The cheapest website that we have found to book an internal flight is called MakeMyTrip.com. You will need to provide a domestic cell phone number. You can use Mr. Haris’: +91 9847 003 68
- Travel to Kannur: Once your flight has been booked, please write to Mr. Haris (email@example.com) to arrange your transportation from Calicut to Kannur. This trip will take approx. 2-5 hours; cost is around RP 3.500 rupees or $70CAD. Bring snacks and water!
- NOTE: Kannur now has an international airport. Connections from Europe are available now
Your Budget / Retreat Costs
- International Flight to India: approx. $2000 to 2.500 CAD per person
- Domestic Flight to Calicut (CCJ): approx. $50-80 CAD
- Taxi to Kannur: approx. CAD 60 per person
- Accommodations & Food = approx. $882 (single occupancy for 21 nights)
- Ayurvedic Panchakarma Program: $800-1700 CAD (for consultations, treatments and medicines; It all depends on the treatments you choose or need.)
- Extra medicines to take home: $50-200 CAD
- Berdhanya’s Teachings: $1500 (or $1000 for Latin-American residents)
- Shopping: $200 CAD (or more!)
Total estimate: $4500 CAD – $5500 CAD per person
Location and Accommodations
Get to Know ayurveda, the science and art of balance and rejuvenation
About Ayurveda and panchakarma
Panchakarma is the ultimate mind-body healing experience for detoxifying the body, strengthening the immune system, and restoring balance and well-being. It is one the most effective healing modality in Ayurvedic Medicine.
Panchakarma is a Sanskrit word that means “five actions” or “five treatments” (see treatments below). This is a process used to clean the body of toxins (called ama) created by disease and poor nutrition. Panchakarma will remove the excess doshas and correct imbalances in them, and elimiate toxins (ama) from your body’s own organs and channels of elimination (colon, sweat glands, lungs, bladder, urinary tract, stomach, intestines, etc).
Panchakarma purifies the tissues at a very deep level. It involves daily massages and oil baths, herbal enemas, nasal administrations. It is a very pleasurable experience. although there can also be periods of discomfort associated with the profound release of toxins.
Like all medical procedures, Panchakarma Therapy begins with an initial consultation by a qualified Ayurvedic Physician who can determine the individual’s prakriti (constitutional type), the nature of the health problem (if any), and the appropriate degree of intensity of the prescribed therapies.
Please bring along any snacks from home and special medicines, especially if you have special dietary requirements.
Treatments that Dr. Shamna may suggest
- Abhyanga is a herbal-oil massage designed to deeply penetrate the skin, relax the mind-body, break up impurities, and stimulate both arterial and lymphatic circulation. It enhances the ability of nutrients to reach starved cells and allows for the removal of stagnant waste. The desired result is a heightened state of awareness that will direct the internal healing system of the body.
- Shirodhara is a treatment where warm herbalized oil is gently and methodically poured over the forehead. It synchronizes brain waves, releases mental stress and profoundly purifies and calms the mind, body, and spirit.
- Garshana treatments involve dry lymphatic skin brushing using either wool or a silk glove. They enhance circulation and cleans the skin so that subsequent oil and herbal treatments can penetrate deeply into freshly cleansed pores.
- Swedana is an individually herbalized steam bath, during which the head and the heart are kept cool while the body is heated to remove mental, emotional and physical toxins lodged deeply within the tissues. The cool head and heart provide a deep sense of calm and openness, while the therapeutic steam over the entire body can penetrate and cleanse deeply, without the body becoming overheated and stressed.
- Pizichili is a continuous stream of warm herbalized oil soothingly poured over the whole body by two Ayurvedic therapists, who massage the body in perfect unison. The warmth of the oil and synchronicity of the massage combine for a deep tissue cleansing while supporting a heightened state of awareness that transcends description.
- Udvartana is a deeply penetrating herbal paste lymphatic massage. This powerful exfoliating treatment magically restores the natural radiance of the skin while pressing stagnant lymphatic toxins out of the body.
- The Five Senses Therapy treatment combines the therapeutic effect of all five senses working in concert. Sound therapies use specific Vedic hymns and mantras recommended for each imbalance. Touch therapy enlivens specific vital points on the body called marma points. Taste therapy uses certain herbal medicines. Sight uses Ayurvedic color therapy, and smell is accessed with combinations of rare aromatics. The effect is a harmonizing of all the senses to bring one’s awareness to the source of thought and feeling within the heart.
- Basti is an herbal enema specially prepared to pull toxins out of the colon. This is the final stage of each daily Panchakarma treatment. The freshly loosened impurities from each day of treatment are flushed out of the body via the effects of the basti. The basti also transports Ayurvedic medicines into the blood and tissues in order to trans-form the memory of damaged and toxic cells. It is considered one of the most important and most powerful aspects of the Panchakarma treatment.
- Nasya consists of individually prescribed herbs and oil drops, inhaled through the nose, which clear the sinuses of excess mucus. It is also an important therapy when medicating the central nervous system. This treatment combats the deep dryness that exists at the root of many respiratory and allergic conditions.
- Shiro-Abhyanga-Nasya is a luxurious combination of a deep head/neck/shoulder massage and facial lymphatic massage, followed by deep inhalation of therapeutic aromatic steam, and a nasal and sinus nasya with herbalized nose drops. This popular treatment is an invaluable tool balancing most head, neck and respiratory disorders.
- Pinda Swedana is a deep cleansing treatment where rice boiled in milk and herbs is massaged deeply into the tissues and joints. The treatment is deeply relaxing and rejuvenating as well as powerfully detoxifying.
Ayurvedic Clinic Dhanwanthari
The teachings in this retreat are given in the early morning.They will focusing in the transfiguration of our cellular intelligence. Expect Yoga, meditation and personal direction and purification of believes systems. The teachings are design to support your unique movement of healing in your ayurvedic treatments.
Registrations are open NowPrice for Berdhanya Teachings
Cost: $ 1.500 Cd.
Precio por residentes en Latinamerica $ 1000.00
Price do not include accommodations or treatments
Other cultural details
Local Customs and Culture
- Prepare to be OVERWHELMED: The complications and contradictions of India will stun the first-time foreign visitor. You will encounter huge, swanky shopping malls very close to massive slum settlements of incredible poverty, especially in big cities like Delhi and Mumbai. Kannur, Kerala is one of the quieter, more affluent and more well-educated parts of India, so it will be gentler than some of the big cities.
- Sexuality and Women Travelers: Non-Indian women traveling in India may feel exposed to some of the Indian men that they encounter. Due to some cultural constructs and a great deal of curiosity, Indian men might have formed certain false notions of the sexual availability of the foreign woman. Sexual harassment remains a common phenomenon in the country. It’s best to dress conservatively when going out of the hotel, covering shoulders, neckline and legs. Tunics, tights and long skirts are ideal. You will likely be inspired by the way the local women dress, and there will be plenty of shopping opportunities once we arrive. Kerala is traditionally a matriarchal society, where women are given preferences and priority in queues, seating in public transport, priority or separate reservations in public transport waiting lists, etc.
- Temple etiquette: Always take your shoes off before you enter a place of worship in India, and do not wear revealing clothes. Travelers in India are often tempted to wear shorts, but it’s crucial to keep your shoulders and the lower part of your body covered when visiting a site of religious importance. Women may also wish to wear a head covering.
- Public displays of affection: Indian people are quite timid, so it’s best not to perform public displays of affection in India.
- Hands and feet: There’s a whole hierarchy of the body parts in Hinduism. The head is superior to the rest of the body, and the feet are lowest on the rung. Feet are considered dirty in India, so take off your shoes before you step into someone’s house. Don’t step on anything important and if you do, immediately express your apologies. Don’t touch anyone with your foot. It’s a sign of deference to bend down and touch a respected elder’s feet in India.
- The Left Hand: The left hand is customarily used for cleaning oneself after defecation, so Indian people never eat with their left hands. Also remember never to pass on anything — money or a gift — to an Indian with your left hand. The most conservative Indians might take offense.
- Intrusive Questions and Curious Eyes: What might be considered intrusive in many Western cultures is only a matter of course in India. Also, people will generally be very curious about foreign visitors, and this can take the form of unabashed staring or personal questions. The concept of personal space as you know it might not exist. Try not to take it tif people on the street seem to be staring at you all the time, and if Indian acquaintances and friends ask you questions that you think are none of their business.
- You’ll be hounded: You will likely be seen as a rich foreigner, and you may be followed around by beggars, beckoned into shops by over-eager store keepers, and hailed by expectant taxi drivers. This is especially true in big cities like Mumbai and Delhi, and less so in Kannur.
- Barganing Culture: In many markets and for taxis, you will want to ask the rate and know beforehand what you are willing to pay. In Kannur, there are many Western-style shopping malls where rates are pre-determined.
- Guest Is God: The famous Indian motto is “Athithi devo bhava”, that means guest is equivalent to god. Indians take great pains to make their guests feel at home.
I like to pack minimally and renew my wardrobe with beautiful silks, natural cottons and customized tailorings.
Not all of these items are necessary but most are recommended:
- Bathing suit (and one piece with shorts for the ladies, as required for local customs)
- Sandals or slip-ons
- Small locks for your bags
- Ear plugs for airplane
- Feminine hygiene necessities
- Flashlight, Headlamps are very handy
- Kleenex packets or toilet paper (carry some with you at all times)
- Travel pillow.
- Sunglasses, visor
- Swiss army knife (do not pack in your carry on for the plane or it will be confiscated)
- Travel Alarm Clock (for the 4 am yoga classes)
- Sleeping eye mask
- Travel sewing kit
- Plug adapter
- Yoga mat or sheepskin
- Meditation shawl
- Medical supplies, homeopathic arnica aids to adapt to time difference and change in weather.
- Snacks (trail mix, power bars, granola and such. I also like to bring powdered miso soup and instant oats to replace airplane food )
- Water bottle or CamelBak (water pouch backpack contraptions)
- Art supplies and a notebook
- Clothes: T-shirts, tunics, tights, long skirts, old clothes that can be used during your treatments days as they might get stained with oil, and things that you can give away.
- Kerala was named among the ten best destinations in the world by Lonely Planet in 2014 and was ranked eighth on the list of ’12 Destinations to Watch’ in 2017 by The Association of British Travel Agents. It was also counted as one of the ten paradises of the world and one of the 50 top destinations to be visited in a lifetime by National Geographic in 2012.
- Malayali is the native language in Kerala. Many Keralans speak fluent English.
- Religions in Kerala are a mixture of different faiths, most significantly Hinduism, Islam and Christianity (55% are Hindus, 27% are Muslims, 18% are Christians). Kerala has a reputation of being one of the most religiously diverse and cosmoplitian states in India.
- Kerala is one of India’s most progressive states in terms of social welfare and quality of life. The State boasts of one of India’s highest literacy rates, highest life expectancy and lowest child mortality rates. The literacy rate for women in Kerala is one of the highest in all of Asia. Enjoying a unique cosmopolitan viewpoint, the people here, at all levels of society, have greater access to services and opportunities – as well as a greater say in their governance.
- Kerala’s spice trade is world famous and goes back 3,000 years in history, renowned for its spice routes and trading with the Arab world, China, and Europe. Cardamom, clove, nutmeg, pepper, star anise, tea, vanilla, are just some of the most famous produces from the state.
Kerala is one of the only two states in India where Communism thrives. The most popular reason that is attributed to Kerala’s prosperity is the stronghold of Communism in the state, which has been the biggest political power in the state for decades. However, the Communism that functions in Kerala is unique for its democratic characteristics, because of which it has remained favoured among the public. The Communist Party of India (CPI) has thus been a benevolent government in Kerala.
Self-Care Before You Go
You also can support yourself through self-care routines during the year.
Here a few suggestions: