Frequently Asked Questions
To guarantee your spot in the retreat, registration and deposit must be completed by September 30, 2019, though rooms are limited may sell out prior to this date. Begin your registration by filling out the registration form. For more information, contact Katie directly, using subject line: "India Info" at firstname.lastname@example.org
Traveling to India is easy. You may fly to any international airport in India, though we suggest Mumbai (BOM). Fly from Mumbai to Coimbatore (CJB), and a retreat taxi ($45, which may be shared with other retreat guests) will pick you up at the terminal. Taxi ride to retreat center from Coimbatore is about 2.5 hours.
Location and Climate
The retreat center is located in South Central India, Tamil Nadu Mountains, Coonoor. At a 6,000 foot altitude, some retreat participants may experience an altitude adjustment period of a few days. Daytime temperatures range from mid 70s to mid 80s, and nighttime temperatures are around 50 degrees Farenheight.
Retreat participants are required to apply and receive a tourist visa. There are two types of tourist visas: 10 year and a e-visa (60 days). Request for a 10 year visa must be submitted three months before departure. Request for an e-visa should be submitted one month before departure. Visa application fees are not included in your retreat fees. Upon registering, retreat hosts will help you navigate the visa application process.
No prior yoga or meditation experience is necessary for participation in this retreat. We invite participants of all levels of experience to join us on this adventure. All classes are tailored to the needs of the students, and are designed to support your body, mind, and spirit as you experience this 21-day ayurvedic cleanse and deep dive into panchakarma.
While on retreat, guests enjoy an Ayurvedic lacto-vegetarian diet. The retreat cuisine does not include eggs or meat, but does feature local dairy products including homemade yogurt and occasional homemade cheese. Although coffee is not served while on retreat, delicious homemade chai made with local milk is served twice a day. It is easy to be gluten free or vegan while on this retreat. Guests have the opportunity to try local cuisine in the town of Coonoor during the retreat.
Accommodations and rates can be found here. Retreat guests can request a specific roommate, which cannot be guaranteed and is selected based on availability at time of registration. If you select the double room option, the retreat hosts will make efforts to match you with a roommate. If a roommate cannot be found for you, you will be required to pay the single room rate. Rates range from $3,295 to $4,195 based on double occupancy and room type. Find out more about rooms and prices on the accomodations page.
Although vaccinations are not required for this particular region of India, we suggest you check with your health provider to discuss which vaccinations may be appropriate for you. Because of altitude, mosquitos and other infectious biting insects are not an issue in this part of India. John and Katie will provide advice on what foods to eat before the retreat, during travel, and post retreat for your optimal wellness.
What Happens After Registration
After you register and pay your deposit, Katie will confirm your room type. You will need to read and sign the travel terms and conditions form and complete our retreat health questionnaire. You will need to apply for an Indian tourist visa and begin to make travel arrangements. We recommend waiting to purchase flights until your Indian travel visa has been approved, usually around mid-November.
More than 120 days prior to retreat start date, registration payment minus initial deposit will be returned to registrant. Inside 120-90 days prior to retreat start date, 50 percent of registration, minus initial deposit, will be issued to the registrant. Cancellations made less than 90 days prior to retreat start date will result in no refund to the registrant, unless you can fill your space, in which case financial exchange will happen between said registrant and the replacement guest. Reservations are not transferable without the explicit approval of your hosts, due to potential medical issues and Visa requirements. Non- refundable deposit is NON-TRANSFERABLE to another registrant. In the event that a refund is required from your retreat leaders, participant will be refunded within 30 days of cancellation. Cancellation on day of departure or during the retreat will result in no refund. No refund for unused portions of retreat, including, but not limited to, missed meals, hotel nights, and sightseeing. Cancellation of program by retreat hosts John de Kadt and Katie O'Connell result in full refund. Cancellation of program due to acts of war, weather, or any other Act of God will result in no refund to registrants.Neither John de Kadt or Katie O'Connell accepts liability for any airline or train cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a non-refundable airline or train ticket to the destination or return to the US.