Prerequisite: You will need to have completed the Certificate in Meditation Teaching and Holistic Human Development to attend this intensive training retreat as a Postgraduate Student.
Find your peaceful centre amid the hustle and bustle of magical India.
You will have the opportunity to complete four postgraduate training course and upgrade from your certificate qualification to your Diploma in Meditation Therapy and Holistic Counselling There are several courses available for you to choose from.
You will need to complete to required courses and two electives. See the courses on offer at the bottom of this page.
India is the motherland of Meditation. Through attending this unique Practitioner Gathering you will step out of your everyday life into the spiritual heartland and come home re-invented, refreshed, revived, with some fantastic new skills and insights to help you elevate your own holistic practice to a new level of success.
All those who attended last year’s retreat felt the experience was truly life changing.
You will have the opportunity to complete four postgraduate training courses and be able to participate in a variety of workshops aimed at building on to your current skills and qualifications to help you develop the confidence and experience you need to expand your career and grow your business.
You will be able to practice a wide variety of different Meditation styles (both contemporary and traditional) and you can join in the Chair Yoga class each morning.
You will be cocooned in a beautiful, safe, traditional environment in comfortable, private accommodation, with people who know the area and are focused on making sure you enjoy your time in India.
You will have abundant, delicious, healthy meals prepared for you in a beautiful setting.
We will visit a wide variety of interesting destinations, including the Mandore Gardens with its ancient temple ruins; the Mehrangarh Fort; Jaswant Thada, Toorji's Step Well, Umaid Bhawan Palace and Museum the Jain Mahavira temple and some other local places of interest.
The culture in Jodhpur is colourful, vibrant and creative. It is steeped in history and of special interest due to its position on the edge of the desert.
You will have plenty of time to relax, shop and explore the local area.
You will meet like-minded people who are on a path similar to your own (and may even make lifetime friendships).
You will return home, having experienced the spiritual essence of India blended with the modern research, holistic techniques and practical hands-on training that will launch you into your career and your lifestyle into the next exciting phase; refreshed, relaxed, inspired!
You will be staying in your own private, air-conditioned room with private bathroom, in a beautiful 500-year-old Haveli in the heart of the magical, colourful city of Jodhpur. Or you can choose to share a room with another practitioner of the same sex. Or, bring a friend or partner and share a room with them.
The Haveli is the ancestral home of a delightful family, who will make you feel like a dear friend and provide you with a very traditional experience over two enchanting weeks.
You will feel more like a visiting friend or family member than a guest and their kind and helpful team will make sure you feel completely at home.
The Haveli has been lovingly restored and is a delightful oasis, offering an authentic and unique experience of the Marwar region. It has the grandeur of olden days Rajhatstan mixed with modern amenities and comfort.
There is a little courtyard garden, swimming pool, WiFi and a delightful rooftop restaurant that looks out across the rooftops to the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort.
The market is only five minutes walk through the lively streets.
The streets outside the Haveli are lined with little shops and alive with the hustle, bustle, sounds scents and colours of India.
(Above) The view of the fort from the Haveli dining room
The Haveli is a tranquil, peaceful and very comfortable retreat.
Breakfast offers the typical western choices of fruit, cereals and toast, enhanced with some more traditional Indian breakfast options.
Lunch is fairly standard each day with a delicious (and not too spicy) banquet including samosa, Indian potato dishes, rice dishes, spring rolls and fresh fruit. The fruit will be washed and cut up on the table so we can all be sure it is hygienic and healthy to eat.
You will be able to choose from the multi-cuisine menu at the Haveli's restaurant for dinner each night and special diets can be catered for.
In the interest of staying healthy in India, all of our meals will be at the Haveli (which we know and trust) and will be vegan. Having eaten in many places in India, we are pretty sure the Haveli has the very best food anywhere!
The choices are many and the food here is truly delicious. You can rest assured the Haveli kitchen is clean and healthy.
You will also be provided with unlimited fresh bottled drinking water everyday.
On our last evening at the Haveli together, we will have a special banquet and Bollywood party.
All you need to do is book your flights from your nearest international airport to Jodhpur and get on the plane. We will meet you, provide everything you need in India and put you back on your flight home.
Remember to make sure you have a valid passport!
You will also need a visa to enter India - See information below.
You will need to take out travel insurance for your trip to India
Check airfares from your city to Jodhpur, India
Flights to and from Jodhpur are NOT included in the Training Retreat fee. We will arrange for you to be collected from and returned to Jodhpur airport.
Pick up from Airport, any time of day on October 16th and transport from the haveli to the Airport, any time on October 30th - so please book your flights to correspond with these dates.
Transport from Jodhpur airport to the Training Retreat and back to the airport on departure (to meet your flight).
14 nights accommodation in your own comfortable, air-conditioned, private room with private bathroom.
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from lunch or dinner (depending on what time you arrive) on 16.10.19 to breakfast or lunch (depending on what time you need to leave) on 30.10.19. You will be able to purchase additional snacks yourself if you want to but we seriously doubt you will need to.
Fresh, clean bottled drinking water will be provided in abundance, every day.
All training and materials required to participate in all training courses and workshops.
A variety if sightseeing outings including transport and entrance fees.
Fees are quoted in Great British Pounds
Total Fee paid in full Prior to October 1st 2019
BEST OPTION Early Bird Fee paid in full prior to July 1st, 2019 Save £166 GBP
Payment Plan – start any time with a £166 GBP deposit and pay the full amount by October 10th, 2019
Private Semi-Deluxe room Private ensuite bathroom All meals, water, excursions. Training courses (Certificate of Postgraduate)
£2,118 GBP divided into payments over remaining months to October 10th 2019
Private Deluxe room Private ensuite bathroom All meals, water, excursions. Training courses (Certificate of Postgraduate)
£2,217 GBP divided into payments over remaining months to October 10th 2019
Student Shared Deluxe room Private ensuite bathroom All meals, water, excursions. Training courses (Certificate of Postgraduate)
£1,604 GBP divided into payments over remaining months to October 10th 2019
Once you have paid your Training Retreat fee you will also need to arrange and pay for the following:
People visiting from most countries require a valid visa for entry into India - Choose a Tourist Visa.
There are a few ways to apply for an India visa and the easiest is through the new e-visa process at e-Tourist Visa
You can apply online a minimum of four days before your arrival, up to 120 days. For example, if you’re applying on the 1st of September, you can arrive between the 5th of September and the 2nd of January.
The visa must be paid for at least four days before you travel and will be valid for 60 days from the date of arrival in India. You’ll need to have a recent front-facing photograph with a white background and a scanned copy of your passport photo page that can be uploaded in order to proceed with your application.
One last thing, your passport will need to be valid for at least six months after your arrival date into India and have at least two blank pages for stamping.
We recommend you talk to your bank about the best way to access your money in India - You can't just take your ATM card and use it overseas without arranging this with your bank first. (All of your accommodation, meals, organized sightseeing and transport within India is included in your retreat fee, as outlined above).
The local currency in India is the Rupee (INR or Rs)
Wednesday, October 16th- Arrive/orientation/introductions
Relax & settle in and adjust to life in a beautiful Indian Haveli.
You will be collected from Jodhpur Airport and brought to the Haveli where you will be able to settle into your private room. Take your time to re-set your body clock and maybe sip a chai on the terrace.
There will be a chair yoga class at 7 am each morning, to welcome the new day followed by a meditation, before we meet for breakfast around 8 am.
There will be a class every day from around 9 am until lunchtime at 12.30pm.
The afternoons will be devoted to relaxation, reflection, sightseeing excursions and extrapolation!
Some afternoon excursions will include a visit to the colourful local markets. Mandore Garden, Jaswant Thada, Toorji's Step Well, Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, the Jain Mahavira temple and the Mehrangarh Fort - These will be included in your course fee and optional to attend.
Mandore Garden with its ancient temples. The monkeys here are very timid and sweet. They are not the type that steals your sunglasses or tries to climb on you.
Above: Toorji's Step Well
Diwali in 2019 will start on Sunday, the 27th of October and will continue for 5 days until Thursday, the 31st of October. Also, know as the Festival of Lights, Diwali Puja symbolizes the victory of good over evil. The lamps are lit as a sign of celebration and hope. Diwali is one of the most popular holidays in Hindu countries. This is a very exciting time to be in India!
Tuesday, October 29th
This will be our last full day together and your chance to do any last minute treasure hunting at the market. We will be having a very special banquet this evening to celebrate Diwali, say farewell to new friends, the Haveli and Jodhpur. We encourage you to dress up and get into the festive spirit.`
(Above). Some of our 2018 group at our farewell dinner.
Wednesday, October 30th
We will take you to Jodhpur Airport to meet your flight.
Weather in Jodhpur in late October is typically very warm during the day (around 28 -31).
Once you have booked, you will be emailed an information package.
This will provide guidance in regard to what clothes to pack for the weather, and a checklist to make planning your trip simple, including booking your air travel, getting your visa and arranging travel insurance.
We will assist you in preparing for your Indian adventure and make sure all of your needs are taken care of in India.
** You will need to be in good health and reasonable fitness to attend this training event.
*** This is an alcohol-free event.
You can choose one course to complete each day.
Postgraduate Courses run over three consecutive mornings from 9am to 12.30pm.
You will need to select the same course for three days running.
If you are wanting to upgrade to your Diploma from your Certificate level, you will need to complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Brain Body Medicine and the Postgraduate Certificate in Autonomic Nervous System Realignment Therapy (ANSR), and then choose two more courses to complete.
Once your booking has been confirmed, we will ask you to select the training courses you want to participate in.
|Thursday 17th||Friday 18th||Saturday 19th||Sunday 20th||Monday 21st||Tuesday 22nd|
|Postgraduate Certificate in Brain Body Medicine Part One||Postgraduate Certificate in Brain Body Medicine Part Two||Postgraduate Certificate in Brain Body Medicine Part Three||Postgraduate Certificate in Autonomic Nervous System Realignment Therapy (ANSR), Part One||Postgraduate Certificate in Autonomic Nervous System Realignment Therapy (ANSR), Part Two||Postgraduate Certificate in Autonomic Nervous System Realignment Therapy (ANSR), Part Three|
|Postgraduate Certificate in Holistic Trauma and Abuse Counselling||Postgraduate Certificate in Holistic Grief and Loss Counselling||Postgraduate Certificate in Holistic Telephone Counselling||Postgraduate Certificate in Corporate Stress Management Part One||Postgraduate Certificate in Corporate Stress Management Part Two||Postgraduate Certificate in Corporate Stress Management Part Three|
|Postgraduate Certificate in Elemental Movement Meditation Part One||Postgraduate Certificate in Elemental Movement Meditation Part Two||Postgraduate Certificate in Elemental Movement Meditation Part Three||Postgraduate Certificate in Inner Child Work Part One||Postgraduate Certificate in Inner Child Work Part Two||Postgraduate Certificate in Inner Child Work Part Three|
|Wednesday 23rd||Thursday 24th||Friday 25th||Saturday 26th||Sunday 27th||Monday 28th|
|Postgraduate Certificate in Meditation for Women in Transition and Women’s Mid-life Health and Wellbeing||Postgraduate Certificate in Meditation for Women in Transition and Women’s Mid-life Health and Wellbeing||Postgraduate Certificate in Meditation for Women in Transition and Women’s Mid-life Health and Wellbeing||Postgraduate certificate in self Applied Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy Part One||Postgraduate certificate in self Applied Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy||Postgraduate certificate in self Applied Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy Part Three|
|Part One||Part Two||Part Three||Part Two|
|Advanced Marketing and Business Development Skills for the Holistic Practitioner Part One||Advanced Marketing and Business Development Skills for the Holistic Practitioner Part Two||Advanced Marketing and Business Development Skills for the Holistic Practitioner||Postgraduate Certificate in Sound Therapy and Vibrational Healing Part One||Postgraduate Certificate in Sound Therapy and Vibrational Healing Part Two||Postgraduate Certificate in Sound Therapy and Vibrational Healing Part Three|
|Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Holistic Counselling Part One||Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Holistic Counselling Part Two||Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Holistic Counselling Part Three||Postgraduate Certificate in Meditation for Children Part One||Postgraduate Certificate in Meditation for Children Part Two||Postgraduate Certificate in Meditation for Children Part Three|
Autonomic Nervous System Realignment Therapy (ANSR)
Compulsory Diploma Level Course
The Autonomic Nervous System is responsible for determining which neurochemicals and what amounts are released into our bodies; these chemicals create the physical environment our cells form and live in. This course explores the link between the way we chose to think (our perception), the neurochemicals those mental states determines and how chemical imbalances cause disease. Based on clinical evidence, ANSR investigates how and why, what we think influences our level of physical wellbeing and explains, in practical terms, how changing our thinking process will dramatically improve our physical health.
Brain Body Medicine
Compulsory Diploma Level Course
This course explores why people can find themselves ‘trapped’ in old belief systems, negative thinking and habitual ideas that do not contribute to living happy or healthy lives. It provides a deeper understanding of the simple and practical tools we can use to help adopt a more positive and healthier thinking process. It includes an in-depth exploration of how and why particular thinking patterns manifest into specific physical illness. Based on scientific research and humanistic psychology, this course takes the mystery out of ‘mind-body medicine’ and brings a popular theory into a new light as a concrete healing modality.
Advanced Marketing and Business Development Skills for the Holistic Practitioner
This training course expands on the marketing skills you began to develop in your Certificate course and provide you with important insight into developing a holistic business in an ethical and conscious way. You will learn about marketing trends, using the internet to promote your business, developing a public profile, free and close to free advertising, attracting new students and clients to your business, networking, developing referrals for your business and creative marketing ideas. You will also learn about writing editorial and articles for print publication, creating newsletters, writing blogs and developing social media. Throughout this module, you will develop a comprehensive marketing plan to apply within your own business.
Corporate Stress Management
Corporate Stress Management Stress can have a major effect on work performance. Some of the consequences include absenteeism, diminished performance, negative attitude and cynicism, a decline in commitment and creativity, and a decreased ability to concentrate, learn and interact with other employees. Stressed workers can also develop a range of symptoms including insomnia, headaches, back pain, gastrointestinal disorders, fatigue, anxiety, irritability and depression. This course focuses on developing your skills as a Corporate Stress Management Consultant and using your qualification to help build strong workplace stress management programs, better self-esteem among employees, stronger workplace teams and greater productivity levels for business owners.
Advanced Holistic Counselling
This course delves deeper into the practicalities of holistic counselling. You will study communication skills (verbal and non-verbal), building counsellor/client relationships, relationship counselling, the holistic counselling process, mental and emotional wellbeing, counselling parents, counselling teenagers and releasing past trauma. This course also looks at the important ethical aspects of holistic counselling and will guide you in developing a completely professional practice.
Meditation for Children
This is a great class to teach for those with a special interest in children, offering young students a fantastic first step toward a lifetime of health and happiness. The kid's classes are lots of fun and high energy. Children learn the basics of traditional yoga poses through role play. They learn about how their bodies work, how to look after themselves and how to be calm and relaxed Learning meditation through creative visualization also significantly contributes toward better sleeping patterns and a wide range of other health and emotional benefits for kids and their parents.
Meditation for Women in Transition and Women's Mid-life Health and Wellbeing
This course will prepare you to support women in transition and guide them with beautiful tools that assist in developing high self-esteem, self-empowerment, inner strength, trust, self-love, joy and forgiveness. You will also learn about the physical effects of menopause, explore social attitudes regarding women and aging, and develop an understanding of the effects of diet, exercise and meditation on managing menopause. This course also covers running workshops and retreats for women including goddess-style workshops and celebrations of womanhood.
Certificate in Holistic Trauma and Abuse Counselling
Trauma and Abuse Counselling works to assist people whose lives have been adversely affected through being abused or traumatized either physically and/or psychologically. This may include sexual abuse, violent physical attack, bullying at home and school or in the workplace, domestic violence, witnessing or being involved in a traumatic incident or accident.
The Trauma and Abuse Counsellors provides support, guidance and resources for the client to overcome the trauma and begin to implement strategies and positive life habits that allow them to live a normal, balanced life again.
Trauma and Abuse Counsellors must also have a thorough understanding of referral networks and the cycle of domestic violence as some of their clients may still be experiencing abuse and require guidance in removing themselves from danger.
Certificate in Holistic Grief and Loss Counselling
Grief and Loss counselling becomes necessary when a person is so disabled by their grief; and, so overwhelmed by their loss, that their normal coping processes are disabled or shut down.
People may require Grief and Loss Counselling after the death of a loved one, after a long term relationship ends or even after losing their job. All people experience grief and loss differently. Grief counselling facilitates expression of emotion and thought about the loss, including their feeling sad, anxious, angry, lonely, guilty, relieved, isolated, confused, or numb.
It includes thinking creatively about the challenges that follow loss and coping with concurrent changes in their lives. Often people feel disorganized, tired, have trouble concentrating, sleep poorly and have vivid dreams. They may experience a change in appetite or in their own health.
Grief counselling may be called upon when a person suffers anticipatory grief, for example, an intrusive and frequent worry about a loved one whose death is not imminent. Anticipatory mourning also occurs when a loved one has a terminal illness. This can handicap that person's ability to stay present whilst simultaneously holding onto, letting go of, and drawing closer to the dying person.
Holistic Grief and Loss Counsellors are able to provide clients with coping skills, emotional support and resources (and sometimes referrals) to help support them through the normal grieving process and also through what is known as 'complicated grief' (which occurs when the client gets stuck in, or does not progress through, the natural stages of grief on their own.
Certificate in Holistic Telephone Counselling
The Postgraduate Certificate Course in Holistic Telephone Counselling prepares students to offer telephone and online counselling for clients who are unable to attend in person for various reasons. These reasons may include family or work commitments, disability, location, lack of transport or isolation.
Telephone counsellors need special skills to ensure the client experiences as close as possible, the safe and nurturing environment the counsellor would provide in a face-to-face consultation.