Classes

10/01/2018 - 10/01/2019 : 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Breathe Ayurveda Study Course October 2018 - October 2019
 This course is full. If you are interested in taking the course beginning in December 2019 send me an email: susan@breatheayurveda.com
 
Ayurveda Beginner's GuideIn the 10 years since I began practicing and teaching Ayurveda, the knowledge of this ancient wisdom has become so much more prevalent in our society. You can buy triphala at CVS, ashwagandha infused tea at Wegman’s, and your yoga teacher might be able to tell you your dosha! 
 
It’s very exciting to see the evolution of Ayurveda, but with all this new-found popularity comes misinformation, unnecessary treatments, consultants offering dubious advice, and all-around confusion. 
 
It’s no wonder you are interested in learning more because you want to really know – What is Ayurveda? How can it help me? How can I help others? How can I learn more? 
 
There are Ayurvedic Colleges and courses all over the world and online, that offer Ayurveda_260_05_fnl4certifications and great wisdom. When the proposal was brought up to me to teach a course I put a lot of thought and research into it and thought about – what is it that people want that might not be readily available? 
 
Not everyone wants or needs a certification course. Not everyone can pick up and move somewhere for months at a time to study.  Some people just want a guided study program that will enrich their lives and the lives of those around them. A deep dive into the well of Ayurveda, without deadline pressures, quizzes, tests, presentations or final exams. A class for the curious as well as those who want to deepen their own practice and perhaps go on to earn certifications, to teach, or to be a consultant. 
 
Foot massageWith that in mind I am creating a course that will show you every aspect of Ayurveda, from historical knowledge and perspective, how the ancient techniques are applied today, practicum classes in cooking, using spices and food as medicine, how to read the pulses, tongue diagnoses, marma therapy, Sanskrit, dinacharya techniques (creating your daily routine), the doshas and how they play a role in our everyday world, and more. The classes will contain metaphysical as well as practical information, as we will also address the use of  crystals and gem stones, meditation, essential oils, pranayama, Vastu (Vedic Feng Shui) and more in Ayurveda.
 
The course also includes a weekend meditation and cooking retreat at Fox Haven Farm in Frederick in March, 2018 with Amadea Morningstar, the renowned Ayurvedic teacher and cookbook author.  Amadea-Head300
 
Class size is limited to 12 people to ensure individualized attention and rewarding group interaction. If you feel this is for you, a deposit of $500 will hold your place. Contact me for payment details. The course will being in October .  Our monthly meetings to take place on Mondays, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, with a second “satsang” gathering on the third Wednesdsay of the month. 
 
In addition, when you sign up for the course, you can schedule a private consultation with me, and you can get a 10% discount on my next trip to India in late 2019. And you will get a free copy of my book!
 
You might be interested in a few offerings from The Chopra Center, one of the places where I received my Ayurvedic certifications. This is the Primordial Sound meditation course: 
 
Both of these will support the teachings I will be offering. These are not in any way required, but you might really enjoy them. 
 
Remember the course is to imbue you with the knowledge of ayurveda to help you with your job and your life – not to cause you stress! My hope is that the course will bring the participants more joy and happiness in life, as we learn about more holistic ways to care for ourselves and others. 

Course fee, including all materials, 2 meetings every month, guest teachers and weekend retreat: $2995. $500 deposit due at registration. Payment plan can be arranged.

​​T​he meeting dates for 2018-2019 are as follows:

Monday, October 1, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Study session

Wednesday, October 17, 6:30 – 8:30 Satsang (question and answer session)

Monday, November 5, 6:30 – 9:30 Study session

Wednesday, November 21, 6:30 – 8:30 Satsang

Monday, December 3, 6:30 – 9:30 Study session

Wednesday, December 12, 6:30 – 8:30 Satsang

Monday, January 7, 6:30- 9:30 Study

Wednesday, January 16, 6:30 – 8:30 Satsang

Monday, February 4, 6:30 – 9:30 Study

Wednesday, February 20, 6:30 – 8:30 Satsang

Monday, March 4, 6:30 -9:30 Study

Saturday March 16, 10 am – Sunday March 17, 5 pm, Retreat in Frederick (Fox 
Haven Learning Center) with Amadea Morningstar

Monday, April 1, 6:30 -9:30 Study

Wednesday, April 17, Satsang

Monday, May 6, 6:30 -9:30 Study

Wednesday, May 16, Satsang – Tentatively scheduled date with Dr. Rammkumar Kuty, founder of Vaidyagrama Ayurvedic Village in Coimbatore, India

Monday, June 3, 6:30 – 9:30​ ​Study

Wednesday, June 20, 6:30 – 8:30 Satsang

Monday, July 1, 6:30 – 9:30​ Study

Wednesday, 17, 6:30 – ​8​:30​​ Satsang

Monday, August 5, 6:30 – 9:30​ Study

Wednesday, August 21, 6:30 – ​8​:30​​​ Satsang

​No Session First Monday in September as it is Labor Day. Our September meeting will be on: ​Friday, September 13, Special session Vastu Master Michael 6 pm – 8 pm

Wednesday September 18, 6:30 – 8:30 Satsang.

Monday, October 7 GRADUATION! You will receive a Certificate of Completion 

In addition, we will have a cooking class scheduled for a weekend day in 2019 – time and date agreed upon by the group. This cooking lesson will be 4-5 hours.

Looking forward to hearing from you. Please be in touch to sign up ​and I am happy to create a payment plan for you. If you have already signed up but have not yet sent a deposit you can either send a check for $500 to: Breathe Ayurveda, 20 Clarks Lane, Reisterstown, MD 21136, or send a paypal payment to: “send friends and family money” to susanweisbohlen@gmail.com​.

In addition to this course, you might be interested in a few offerings from The Chopra Center, one of the places where I received my Ayurvedic certifications. This is the Primordial Sound meditation course: 
https://chopra.com/online-courses/primordial-sound-meditation-online-enrichment/general-information#5b2539fee7cbb

And this 6-part intro to Ayurveda course: https://chopra.com/online-courses/perfect-health-on-demand#5b2539fee7cbb

Both of these will support the teachings I will be offering. These are not in any way required, but you might really enjoy them.  Email me at susn@breatheayurveda.com for more or to sign up.

Thank you! Susan 
 
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12/09/2018 - 12/22/2018 : 12:00 am - 1:00 am
Israel! December 2018
I came across this quote the other day from the late, great Anthony Bourdain, about his visit to Israel in 2013:   “Whatever you may think, and whatever baggage you bring to this place, you should see this.”
Israel 2018 trip
And I thought – exactly.
 
Israel is a place that must be seen – not only to try and understand the politics, the draw and deep desire of so many people to be there, but to see how much beauty can fit into a country the size of New Jersey! 
 
The vastness of the desert and the sea, the sumptuous beauty of the mountains and forests, the richness of the culture and the people, the diversity of the food and art, the ancient and the modern – you simply must see it to believe it! 
 
f1582690-city-35098-55b63450The land is steeped in a mysterious spirituality that touches just about everyone. Join my husband Larry and me on this trip of a lifetime. We will be guided by Jared Goldfarb, whose expertise in Israel includes a multi-cultural viewpoint, which makes this trip different from most others. As you will see by the itinerary, you don’t need to be Jewish to take this trip. We will explore all facets of this marvelous country through open eyes and an open heart. I want to help you, not only to see the beauty, but to understand the difficulties as well. And at the same time, to bask in the immensity of this sacred space. 
 
I lived in Israel from 1985 – 1996, with a few years in Washington DC at the Israeli Embassy. I have a unique perspective of Israel that can only come from living there, and I will share that with you. 
 
Email me at susan@breatheayurveda.com or call me at 410-979-2096 if you have any questions. The tour is carefully curated to offer the best accommodations, the most interesting sites, time for rest and relaxation, and, or course, time to shop and eat!
 
Ready to sign up? You can find registration form for Full Registration Form ISRAEL 2018
 
Please feel free to share this newsletter with anyone you may think would be interested! Space is limited to ensure a personal experience. So please sign up soon!
 
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12/15/2018 : 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Silent Meditation Day Retreat*
* This retreat is full. To add your name to the wait list please email susan@breatheayurveda.com. And I have added a new date, Sunday, February 3, same retreat, same venue, new date! Be in touch ASAP to sign up. 
 
The holidays are nearly upon us! For some it’s a lovely time to think about friends and family and making plans to gather. It can also be a time of stress, hustle and bustle, shopping and traveling. and of course there are plenty of people with no plans at all, just looking to rest and relax. 
 
Maybe you would like to step out of your usual routine and take a day all for yourself. Please join me for a day of Silent Meditation at Fox Haven Farms in Jefferson – Frederick, on Saturday, December 15, from 10 am to 5 pm. 
During the seven hours we will have seated meditation, guided meditation, walking meditation, a silent nature walk, gentle stretching/yoga session, journaling, and a silent vegetarian meal. There will be a period of question and answer, but the rest of the day will be spent in silence. 
This could be a blessed break from the holiday frenzy, or just some time for you to take for yourself, to perhaps create intentions for the new year, or just to get away from it all for a day. 
Fox Haven Farm, a beautiful learning center and organic farms, is situated in the Contoctin River Valley, about one hour from Baltimore. We will be in the Spring House, a 250-year-old renovated farm house, with a wood burning stove, and plenty of space for reflection, contemplation and stillness. http://foxhavenfarm.org/
If you would like to sleepover Friday night before the retreat, that is a possibility. 
The cost for the day is $125 (includes all teachings, use of the grounds, the house and its facilities, meditation cushions, and one meal)
Sleep over Friday night: $65 (includes breakfast on Saturday morning). 
Please let me know ASAP if you want me to hold a spot for you. Let me know if you have any questions! susan@breatheayurveda.com, or text or call me at 410-979-2096.
Payment can be made by check, paypal (send friends and family money to susanweisbohlen@gmail.com), or Venmeo.  Credit card payments are possible with a 3% service charge. 
 
I so look forward to spending this day with you!
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12/18/2018 : 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Weekly Meditation Class in Hampden/Woodberry

This group meets every Tuesday evening

meditationh-winter-meditation-960x540_origThe benefits of meditation are vast. A regular practice can help you increase focus and meditationconcentration, sleep better, feel more alert, create healthier relationships, lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, stress and depression, and find a deeper sense of happiness and well-being.  Join certified Ayurvedic practitioner and meditation teacher Susan Weis-Bohlen to learn the art of meditation and begin to experience the incredible benefits yourself. Anyone can meditate. You don’t need to clear your mind of thoughts, you just need the techniques to work with your thoughts to effortlessly enter deeper states of consciousness, where true stillness and healing can be found.

Susan has been meditating since 1992 began leading classes in 2008. Her lighthearted, easy-going groups are attended by all levels of meditators. Drawing on her years of practice and study, Susan teaches from many traditions, including Vedic (Indian), Vipasana (Insight), Mindfulness, Buddhist and Jewish.

EVERY TUESDAY in Hampden, 6 – 7:15 pm | 2050 Rockrose Ave., Woodberry/Baltimore. (Enter via doorway at the top of the green stairs (with a blue handrail that has Itineris and The Pointe. Park in the front lot. This is around the corner from FOX 45 and down the street from WBAL-TV)

Cost: $10 donation suggested.  Wear comfortable clothing. Chairs and meditation cushions provided, but please bring a cushion if you have one. If you can breathe, you can meditate!

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01/08/2019 : 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Weekly Meditation Class in Hampden/Woodberry

This group meets every Tuesday evening

meditation????????The benefits of meditation are vast. A regular practice can help you increase focus and meditationconcentration, sleep better, feel more alert, create healthier relationships, lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, stress and depression, and find a deeper sense of happiness and well-being.  Join certified Ayurvedic practitioner and meditation teacher Susan Weis-Bohlen to learn the art of meditation and begin to experience the incredible benefits yourself. Anyone can meditate. You don’t need to clear your mind of thoughts, you just need the techniques to work with your thoughts to effortlessly enter deeper states of consciousness, where true stillness and healing can be found.

Susan has been meditating since 1992 began leading classes in 2008. Her lighthearted, easy-going groups are attended by all levels of meditators. Drawing on her years of practice and study, Susan teaches from many traditions, including Vedic (Indian), Vipasana (Insight), Mindfulness, Buddhist and Jewish.

EVERY TUESDAY in Hampden, 6 – 7:15 pm | 2050 Rockrose Ave., Woodberry/Baltimore. (Enter via doorway at the top of the green stairs (with a blue handrail that has Itineris and The Pointe. Park in the front lot. This is around the corner from FOX 45 and down the street from WBAL-TV)

Cost: $10 donation suggested.  Wear comfortable clothing. Chairs and meditation cushions provided, but please bring a cushion if you have one. If you can breathe, you can meditate!

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01/13/2019 : 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Using Spices to Warm & Nourish Body and Soul

superfood-1000x617Did you know that spices and herbs have been used as medicine for thousands of years? In this class we will explore how to use spices like turmeric, ginger, ajwan, licorice, sumac, za’atar and more. Learn how to make simple vegetarian dishes with healing herbs and spices, mostly based on Ayurveda remedies, but with a few other international tips thrown in! We will also explore some “superfoods” (a term that really just means densely nutritive foods) such as cocoa, garlic, avocado, berries and potatoes –( https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/true-superfoods#section9) and how to cook with them in order to get the most health benefits.  images

These classes fill up fast. Please email me to to hold your space. Payment can be made by check, or paypal using the “send friends and family money” option to susanweisbohlen@gmail.com. Checks can be made to Breathe Ayurveda, 20 Clarks Lane, Reisterstown, MD 21136

Cost: $55. 

 

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01/15/2019 : 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Weekly Meditation Class in Hampden/Woodberry

This group meets every Tuesday evening

meditation1hd_winter_sunset_wallpaper_yzm7wizyalThe benefits of meditation are vast. A regular practice can help you increase focus and meditationconcentration, sleep better, feel more alert, create healthier relationships, lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, stress and depression, and find a deeper sense of happiness and well-being.  Join certified Ayurvedic practitioner and meditation teacher Susan Weis-Bohlen to learn the art of meditation and begin to experience the incredible benefits yourself. Anyone can meditate. You don’t need to clear your mind of thoughts, you just need the techniques to work with your thoughts to effortlessly enter deeper states of consciousness, where true stillness and healing can be found.

Susan has been meditating since 1992 began leading classes in 2008. Her lighthearted, easy-going groups are attended by all levels of meditators. Drawing on her years of practice and study, Susan teaches from many traditions, including Vedic (Indian), Vipasana (Insight), Mindfulness, Buddhist and Jewish.

EVERY TUESDAY in Hampden, 6 – 7:15 pm | 2050 Rockrose Ave., Woodberry/Baltimore. (Enter via doorway at the top of the green stairs (with a blue handrail that has Itineris and The Pointe. Park in the front lot. This is around the corner from FOX 45 and down the street from WBAL-TV)

Cost: $10 donation suggested.  Wear comfortable clothing. Chairs and meditation cushions provided, but please bring a cushion if you have one. If you can breathe, you can meditate!

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01/22/2019 : 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Weekly Meditation Class in Hampden/Woodberry

This group meets every Tuesday evening

meditationOm-on-snowThe benefits of meditation are vast. A regular practice can help you increase focus and meditationconcentration, sleep better, feel more alert, create healthier relationships, lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, stress and depression, and find a deeper sense of happiness and well-being.  Join certified Ayurvedic practitioner and meditation teacher Susan Weis-Bohlen to learn the art of meditation and begin to experience the incredible benefits yourself. Anyone can meditate. You don’t need to clear your mind of thoughts, you just need the techniques to work with your thoughts to effortlessly enter deeper states of consciousness, where true stillness and healing can be found.

Susan has been meditating since 1992 began leading classes in 2008. Her lighthearted, easy-going groups are attended by all levels of meditators. Drawing on her years of practice and study, Susan teaches from many traditions, including Vedic (Indian), Vipasana (Insight), Mindfulness, Buddhist and Jewish.

EVERY TUESDAY in Hampden, 6 – 7:15 pm | 2050 Rockrose Ave., Woodberry/Baltimore. (Enter via doorway at the top of the green stairs (with a blue handrail that has Itineris and The Pointe. Park in the front lot. This is around the corner from FOX 45 and down the street from WBAL-TV)

Cost: $10 donation suggested.  Wear comfortable clothing. Chairs and meditation cushions provided, but please bring a cushion if you have one. If you can breathe, you can meditate!

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01/29/2019 : 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Weekly Meditation Class in Hampden/Woodberry

This group meets every Tuesday evening

meditationsunset landscapes nature winter snow trees forest 1920x1200 wallpaper_wallpaperswa.com_100The benefits of meditation are vast. A regular practice can help you increase focus and meditationconcentration, sleep better, feel more alert, create healthier relationships, lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, stress and depression, and find a deeper sense of happiness and well-being.  Join certified Ayurvedic practitioner and meditation teacher Susan Weis-Bohlen to learn the art of meditation and begin to experience the incredible benefits yourself. Anyone can meditate. You don’t need to clear your mind of thoughts, you just need the techniques to work with your thoughts to effortlessly enter deeper states of consciousness, where true stillness and healing can be found.

Susan has been meditating since 1992 began leading classes in 2008. Her lighthearted, easy-going groups are attended by all levels of meditators. Drawing on her years of practice and study, Susan teaches from many traditions, including Vedic (Indian), Vipasana (Insight), Mindfulness, Buddhist and Jewish.

EVERY TUESDAY in Hampden, 6 – 7:15 pm | 2050 Rockrose Ave., Woodberry/Baltimore. (Enter via doorway at the top of the green stairs (with a blue handrail that has Itineris and The Pointe. Park in the front lot. This is around the corner from FOX 45 and down the street from WBAL-TV)

Cost: $10 donation suggested.  Wear comfortable clothing. Chairs and meditation cushions provided, but please bring a cushion if you have one. If you can breathe, you can meditate!

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02/03/2019 : 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Silent Meditation Day Retreat*
*These special retreats fill up fast. Please be in touch ASAP to hold you place.  Email susan@breatheayurveda.com
 
 
Fox Haven

Fox Haven

Step out of your usual routine and enter a sanctuary of peace, quiet, beauty and calm. Take a day all for yourself. Please join me for a day of Silent Meditation at Fox Haven Farms in Jefferson – Frederick, on Sunday, February 3, 2019, from 10 am to 5 pm. 
 
During the seven hours we will have seated meditation, guided meditation, walking meditation, a silent nature walk, gentle stretching/yoga session, journaling, and a silent vegetarian meal. There will be a period of question and answer, but the rest of the day will be spent in silence. 
 
Fox Haven Farm, a beautiful learning center and organic farms, is situated in the Contoctin River Valley, about one hour from Baltimore. We will be in the Spring House, a 250-year-old renovated farm house, with a wood burning stove, and plenty of space for reflection, contemplation and stillness. http://foxhavenfarm.org/
If you would like to sleepover Friday night before the retreat, that is a possibility. 
 
The cost for the day is $125 (includes all teachings, use of the grounds, the house and its facilities, meditation cushions, and one meal)
Sleep over Saturday night: $65 (includes breakfast on Saturday morning). 
Please let me know ASAP if you want me to hold a spot for you. Let me know if you have any questions! susan@breatheayurveda.com, or text or call me at 410-979-2096.
 
Payment can be made by check, paypal (send friends and family money to susanweisbohlen@gmail.com), or Venmeo.  Credit card payments are possible with a 3% service charge. 
 
I so look forward to spending this day with you!
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02/05/2019 : 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Weekly Meditation Class in Hampden/Woodberry

This group meets every Tuesday evening

meditation6735567487_4c96323614_bThe benefits of meditation are vast. A regular practice can help you increase focus and meditationconcentration, sleep better, feel more alert, create healthier relationships, lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, stress and depression, and find a deeper sense of happiness and well-being.  Join certified Ayurvedic practitioner and meditation teacher Susan Weis-Bohlen to learn the art of meditation and begin to experience the incredible benefits yourself. Anyone can meditate. You don’t need to clear your mind of thoughts, you just need the techniques to work with your thoughts to effortlessly enter deeper states of consciousness, where true stillness and healing can be found.

Susan has been meditating since 1992 began leading classes in 2008. Her lighthearted, easy-going groups are attended by all levels of meditators. Drawing on her years of practice and study, Susan teaches from many traditions, including Vedic (Indian), Vipasana (Insight), Mindfulness, Buddhist and Jewish.

EVERY TUESDAY in Hampden, 6 – 7:15 pm | 2050 Rockrose Ave., Woodberry/Baltimore. (Enter via doorway at the top of the green stairs (with a blue handrail that has Itineris and The Pointe. Park in the front lot. This is around the corner from FOX 45 and down the street from WBAL-TV)

Cost: $10 donation suggested.  Wear comfortable clothing. Chairs and meditation cushions provided, but please bring a cushion if you have one. If you can breathe, you can meditate!

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02/12/2019 : 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Weekly Meditation Class in Hampden/Woodberry

This group meets every Tuesday evening

meditation????????The benefits of meditation are vast. A regular practice can help you increase focus and meditationconcentration, sleep better, feel more alert, create healthier relationships, lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, stress and depression, and find a deeper sense of happiness and well-being.  Join certified Ayurvedic practitioner and meditation teacher Susan Weis-Bohlen to learn the art of meditation and begin to experience the incredible benefits yourself. Anyone can meditate. You don’t need to clear your mind of thoughts, you just need the techniques to work with your thoughts to effortlessly enter deeper states of consciousness, where true stillness and healing can be found.

Susan has been meditating since 1992 began leading classes in 2008. Her lighthearted, easy-going groups are attended by all levels of meditators. Drawing on her years of practice and study, Susan teaches from many traditions, including Vedic (Indian), Vipasana (Insight), Mindfulness, Buddhist and Jewish.

EVERY TUESDAY in Hampden, 6 – 7:15 pm | 2050 Rockrose Ave., Woodberry/Baltimore. (Enter via doorway at the top of the green stairs (with a blue handrail that has Itineris and The Pointe. Park in the front lot. This is around the corner from FOX 45 and down the street from WBAL-TV)

Cost: $10 donation suggested.  Wear comfortable clothing. Chairs and meditation cushions provided, but please bring a cushion if you have one. If you can breathe, you can meditate!

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03/29/2019 - 04/14/2019 : 8:00 pm
Rajasthan, India: A Feast for the Senses, April 2019

Full Registration Form India 2019 Rajasthan

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Breathe Deep Journey: India! Mumbai, Rajasthan, Taj Mahal, with optional Varanasi Extension April 2019

I am thrilled to announce our next trip to India! This marks my 9th trip to this most remarkable of countries. And I am so excited to revisit Rajasthan – this is one of my favorite destinations in India. When I think of Rajasthan I think of the richness India brings to our senses. The vibrant colors. The delicious food. The vast desert and dunes. The lyrical music. The India rajasthanmagical scenery. The enormity of Mogul fortresses. The local textiles. The stained glass. Oh my! An abundance of beauty in every way. 
 
This year for the first time I am adding in some unique opportunities for our travelers, including having specially prepared meals in peoples homes, volunteering at an animal sanctuary, and an insider’s view of Mumbai. 
 
We have carefully curated this trip to visit non-tourist destinations as well as the major highlights – including the Taj Mahal, and an optional excursion to Varanasi on the river Ganges. As this is a more intimate tour of India, I am keeping the group to 10 people. 
 
Our hotels are just as much an experience as the tour! We stay in magnificent Indian Heritage Hotels – incredible former palaces and forts,  known for their architecture and royal treatment, historical beauty and modern amenities. 
 
Additionally, as India is the center of the world for sacred sites and spirituality, we find time in the travel schedule for yoga and meditation. Just being present in India fills us with a sense of all that has passed before us. Centuries of rishis, yogis and yoginis have left their mark on every part of this country. You will feel it at every turn. 

 

India 2017
Please see the itinerary below and be in touch ASAP to sign up!
 
Just a note about traveling in India – it’s not for everyone.
While the country has “Westernized” by leaps and bounds, even since my first trip there in 2006, it can still be a challenge for those not used to this part of the world.
 
Travel times are “suggestions.” We never know when a bridge might be out, cows are blocking the road, or obstacles I can’t even imagine. Roads are not always in the best condition. The ride can be bumpy and slow, or fast and harrowing! The sites and scenes can be mesmerizing and alluring, colorful and heartbreaking. 
 
At times you may be uncomfortable and irritable, at other times you will be awed and humbled. It’s such a crazy intense mix of sights, sounds, smells, humanity and even inhumanity – the emotions that arise in India can be extreme. The beauty, astounding. Getting there can be a chore, but arriving is a blessing so deep and profound. 
 
It’s hot. It’s exotic. It’s foreign. The insects and wildlife (think monkeys and bugs I don’t have namesmonkeys indiafor) are unusual. If you want to travel to India, leave your expectations at home. Be open to all experiences and treat them as adventures, surprises, delights. Love everyone you meet. Only come to India if you are ready to find beauty in everything that awaits you! 
 
So if this interests you, take some time to read through the details below. Feel free to call or email anytime to talk about it.      
                 
Namaste,
 
Susan 
 
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Bombay, Rajasthan, Agra, Varanasi
March 29 – April 13, 2019 + 2 day optional excursion to Varanasi
 
air indiaMARCH 29: We fly from the US to Mumbai.Most likely we will fly from Dulles International in Virginia, direct. I will advise the group on tickets. See note at the end of this itinerary about obtaining a Visa. 
 
APRIL 1 (MON): ARRIVE MUMBAI
Welcome to India! We will be greeted at the airport by our dedicated escort or the entire trip, Mr. Sanjeev Joseph, who has been leading our tours for several years. We go directly to the hotel to rest as our flight will arrive very early morning. 
 
APRIL 2 (TUE): IN MUMBAI
On this first day in India with will enjoy a very special day of touring with our own private Bombay guide, Ms. Rashida Anees. Rashida is a guide to celebrities, VIPs and those seeking an insiders view of this amazing city. I am honored to have Rashida leading us on our introduction to India. Rahsida is designing a tour specifically for our group which will include hidden gems, cultural highlights and a fabulous meal!
 
APRIL 3 (WED): We fly to Rajasthan via MUMBAI-UDAIPUR 
After breakfast, we depart to the airport to board Air India to Udaipur. Assistance on arrival at the airport and transfer to hotel. Tonight we will visit the home of local family for an authentic meal. Overnight at the hotel Oberoi Trident
 
APRIL 4, (THU): IN UDAIPUR
After breakfast we will visit Animal Aid Unlimited, a dog rescue and animal sanctuary founded by an American family. Here we will learn about animal rescue in India and have a chance to feed baby calves and see the extraordinary work that they do. After our visit to Animal Aid, we will take a leisurely-paced sightseeing tour of Udaipur city including the City Palace – a majestic architectural marvel towering  over the lake. With its courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, splendid rooms and hanging gardens, this is a stunning site, built in 1651 by MaharanaJagat Singh. 
 
After time for shopping in the wonderful city market palce, we will take a sunset boat cruise on the beautiful placid Lake Pichola. The lake is surrounded by hills, palaces including the beautiful city palace,Lake Piccicolatemples, bathing Ghats and embankments. 
 Overnight at the hotel.
 
APRIL 5 (FRI): UDAIPUR-RANAKPUR-JODHPUR
After breakfast we will drive to approximately 6 hrs to Jodhpur, en-route visiting Ranakpur Jain Temples built in the 15th century, situated in the lovely valley of the Aravali. Ranakpur Jain Temple IndiaRanakpur has grand structures and beautiful sculpture. There are 1444 pillars in the temple different from each other. The magic of light and shade is awe-inspiring.
Upon arrive to Jodhpur (the Blue city) in the afternoon, we will visit the majesticJodhpur IndiaMehrangarh Fort situated on a low sandstone hill, including Moti Mahal and Phool Mahal and and the winding streets filled with unique shops and small temples. Overnight at the hotel 
 
APRIL 6, 2019 (SAT): JODHPUR-JAISALMER 
This morning we will have yoga in the beautiful gardens by the pool at the hotel, then breakfast and depart by surface to Jaisalmer Sam Sand Dunes,situated 45 kms west of Jaisalmer. These Dunes varying in size from 3 to 15 kms to a large extent are of shifting sands where wind heaps the sand into hills or deep hollow scopes. In the evening we will enjoy the sunset with its changing colors and take a short Camel ride. A highlight is a Camp Fire Dinner with Rajasthani Folklore, dinner and drink! The dark sky of the desert also lends itself to incredible star gazing. Overnight in the luxury tents at the Camp. 
 
APRIL 7 (SUN): IN JAISALMER
After breakfast, depart by surface to Jaisalmer. Upon arrive check-in at the hotel. Afternoon city tour of Jaisalmer- the last citadel in the desert. Theabsolutely beautiful Golden Fort was a regular scheduled stop for the caravans on the ancient silk route. Built in 1156 AD, it is situated on 76 meter high triangular mound providing astounding views. Other sites include Jain Temples, Gadisar Lake, and the beautiful Havelis (A Haveli is a traditional townhouse or mansion with historical and  architectural significance. The word “haveli” is derived from Arabic hawali, meaning “partition” or “private space”). We will have time to visit the shops and marvel at the architectural beauty.  Overnight at one of my favorite hotels in India, the hotel Rawal Kot. (we will have two nights here so you can partake in all it has to offer!) 
 
APRIL 8 (MON): IN JAISALMER
Breakfast at the hotel. Day free at leisure to enjoy the pool, spa services, shop, rest and reflect on the journey so far. Overnight at the hotel. 
  
 
 
APRIL 9, (TUE): JAISALMER-BIKANER
Morning after breakfast departure by surface toBikaner,  east of the border with Pakistan, surrounded by the Thar Desert. Known for the 16th-century Junagarh Fort, a huge complex of ornate buildings and halls, with some of the finest collections of golden work and raised lacquer work with colorful glass inlay.The main bazaar in Bikaner is located at the back of Junagarh Fort and is filled with sweet shops and juice walas, along with numerous back roads and small alleys filled with jewelry shops and textile markets. Here we can purchase traditional Rajasthani scarves and beautiful cotton textiles for a quarter of the price when compared to Jaipur and Udaipur, while enjoying the colorful world surrounding you with vibrant red, yellow and blue textiles and saris hanging above each shop. Overnight at the hotel Lallgarh Palace.
APRIL 10 (WED): BIKANER-JAIPUR 
After breakfast, depart by surface to Jaipur. During our longer drives (this should be around 3-4 hours with a break for lunch) bring along some good reading material, que up your podcasts, or just rest and chat as we makeour way through the beautiful landscape. Overnight at the
Hotel Alsisar.  The rooms, nooks and crannies, hallways and corridors of this hotel are lined with stained glass, magical little courtyards, balconies and seating areas and beautiful doors. You will definitely want to wander around with your camera!
 
APRIL 11 (THU): IN JAIPUR
Morning after breakfast, excursion to Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the State until 1728. Visit the Jagmandir or the hall of victory glittering withIndiamirrors, Jai Mahal and Temple of Kali by Jeep.
Afternoon is a sightseeing tour of Jaipur city. Among the principal sights are the Jantar Mantar or the Observatory, The Palace of Winds or Hawa Mahal. Jaipur is also a major center of precious and semi-precious stones, jewelry, cotton textiles and the typical Blue Pottery. You can also
witness the special Rajasthani Block Printing on the textiles along with Carpet Weaving in one of the Factory Outlets. Overnight at the hotel.
 
APRIL 12 (FRI): JAIPUR-ABHANERI-FATEHPUR SIKRI-AGRA 
After breakfast, depart by surface to Agra en-route visiting Abhanri Stepwell & Fatehpur Sikri. 
Chand Baori (step well) in the Abhaneri village is one of the oldest and most popular attractions in Rajasthan. It was built in 9th century AD, it isone of the largest step-wells in the world.  This amazing structure was built to conserve water and provide a respite from the intense heat. It is an architectural wonder with 3,500 perfectly symmetrical, narrow steps. It is this exquisite geometry that draws local and international visitors to it every year. Tucked away in a small village, it is one of India’s hidden wonders. Next to the Stepwell is the Harshat Mata Temple. This magical little temple dates from the 9th-10th century, dedicated to Harshat Mata, who is considered to be the goddess of joy and happiness for the whole village. We will take some time here to meditate on joy and happiness. 
 
We end our tour today with a visit to such an interesting place – it is usually very quiet so we can soak up the history and beauty of this Sufi sacred site,Fatehpur Sikri,the deserted capital of Mughal India. Built by Mughal emperor Akbar in honor of Sufi saint Salim Chishti in 1571, this was a fascinating moment in India history, when the Akbar, married to 3 women of different religions, attempted to start his own inclusive religion called Din i Ilahi.  Ultimately he had no takers for his worldly point of view, and the place and movement was abandoned.  We will take some time to meditate in one of the wives mini-palaces of your choice. Then onto Agra and the Taj Mahal! Upon arrival check-in at the Oberoi Trident Hotel
 
13 APRIL 2019 (SAT): AGRA-DELHI
This morning we visit the glorious Taj Mahal at sunrise. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan, this beautiful mausoleum is built of pure white marble and is an architectural marvel. Shah Jahan built the Taj for his wife, Queen Mumtaz Mahal, who in interred in the santcuary. The building was conceived as a garden tomb with the mausoleum rising at the far end of the complex with the river Yamuna flowing below. Beneath the dome are the cenotaphs of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jehan. The smaller temples around the Taj are quite impressive as well. We will take our time to wander around this magnificent compound. 
 
We will return to the hotel for breakfast, and then visit Agra Fort built by Emperor Akbar over the years 1565 – 1573 with its maze of courtyards, mosques, and private chambers. While the architecture is Muslim, we will see Hindu influences as well. 
 
Those continuing to Varanasi will board an overnight train in the evening to make our way east (see details below). Those not going to Varanasi will depart by surface to Delhi. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the Hotel Oberoi Maidens
 
14 APRIL 2019 (SUN): IN DELHI (for those not continuing to Varanasi)
After breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi Among some of the most interesting highlights of your city tour of Old and New Delhi are the Red Fort (from outside only), the Jama Masjid, ChandniChowk and Raj Ghat in the old city area and the Government Buildings, a drive through the majestic Rajpath to the India Gate, the Humayun’s Tomb and the Qutab Minaretc. Late this evening you will depart for the US from Delhi Airport. 
 
Cost: $5200 for *shared room
*If you do not sign up with a roommate I will do everything I can to match you up with another single traveler. If there is not another person available you will be responsible for the single supplement. 
EARLY BIRD RATE: $4700. Pay in full by February 1, 2019 and save $500! 
Single supplement: $1000
 
RATE INCLUDES:
  • Accommodation on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis for total of 13 nights at the hotels foreseen below or similar.
  • Assistance on arrival/departure at airport/hotels by our representatives.
  • All transportation using one air-conditioned deluxe coach.
  • Gratuities for driver and helper.
  • Hotel gratuities.
  • All currently applicable entrance fees to the monuments covered in the itinerary.
  • Camera fees at the monuments.
  • Services of locally appointed English speaking guide for sightseeing tour.
  • Gratuities for local tour guides.
  • Dedicated Royal Indian Voyages Guide throughout the tour.
  • Amber Fort by Jeep/Jaipur.
  • Camel ride at Sam Sand Dunes with Camp Fire Dinner/Jaisalmer.
  • Cooking Class with Dinner/Udaipur
  • Airfare on domestic sectors Mumbai-Udaipur sector  
  • Farewell Dinner in Agra & Delhi.
  • 2 bottle mineral water every day per person during sightseeing tours and inter-city transfers.
  • All Currently Applicable Government Taxes.
 RATES DO NOT INCLUDE:
  • Airfare from the US.
  • Visa to India.
  • Meals other than breakfast or specified above.
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Gratuities for dedicated guide Mr. Sanjeev.
  • Medical & Travel Insurance.
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, beverages, telephone calls etc.
  • Any other services not listed above. 
 VARANASI OPTIONAL EXCURSION
APRIL 13 (SAT): AGRA-VARANASI
Remain in Agra whilst the rest of the group not taking Varanasi Extension leave for Delhi. Optional early diner at one of the restaurants or hotel. Evening departure transfer to Agra Railway station to board train Marudhar Express 8:25 pm-8:45 am, to Varanasi. You have not experienced life to its fullest until you travel by overnight train in India! Watch sleepy India pass by and witness sunrise over the fields as a people begin their day. This is also a unique opportunity to meet Indians and tourists alike as we travel together across the country. Overnight on board Train.
 
APRIL 14 (SUN): ARRIVE VARANASI
Arrive at 8:45 am in the spiritual capital of India - Varanasi - said to be the oldest city in the world, and founded by Lord Shiva.  We will settle into our hotel and venture out in the afternoon for an excursion to Sarnath, the fabled place bear testimony to its great past where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon to his disciples expounding the principles of Buddhism.
In the evening we will have front row seats to the spectacular that is the closing of the Gats (the temples) in a fiery musical ceremony that has been going on for thousands of years.This is the Ganga Aarti at Holy River
Ganges. After this once-in-a-lifetime experience, we will have some dinner and visit the Pilgrim Bookstore (looks just like breathe books!) for a music performance. Earlier this year we had a serendipitous magical evening of music at The Pilgrim. This is not to be missed. You can see a snippet of it here. Overnight at the Hotel Maden.
 
APRIL 15 (MON): IN VARANASI
This morning we will head out in the dark, through the winding alleys of Varanasi, to take a sunrise boat ride on the river Ganges. This is a site you will never forget. We will see the holy ritual of Indians burning bodies of their loved ones who have passed on. See the Temples opening for the day of prayers. Witness the ritual bathing in the holy waters. And we will set lotus flowers and candles into the water with prayers and wishes.  
After our boat ride we will meet with a wonderful local teacher Smirti for a session of breath work and yoga.
Then back to the hotel for 
breakfast and a sightseeing tour of the holy Temples of Varanasi including Durga Temple and Bharat Mata Temple, inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi, which has one of the most perfect relief of India carved out of marble. At the Tulsi Manas white marble Temple, the whole Ramayana is inscribed on its wall. In the evening we will visit a private home for a cooking class and our farewell dinner. Overnight at hotel. 
 
APRIL 16 (TUE): VARANASI-DELHI
This morning after breakfast, we will fly to Delhi. Optional hotel room to rest before evening flight to the US. We can also go to an airport hotel for dinner and arrive back in time to fly home. 
 
Cost: $975 for sharing room. Add $150 for single. 
 
RATE INCLUDES:
  • Accommodation on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis for total of 3 nights at the hotels including one overnight on board train foreseen below or similar.
  • Additional breakfast in Varanasi on arrival on Apr 14.
  • Assistance on arrival/departure at airport/hotels by our representatives.
  • All transportation using one air-conditioned Medium Car or deluxe coach.
  • All currently applicable entrance fees to the monuments covered in the itinerary.
  • Services of locally appointed English speaking guide for sightseeing tour.
  • An accompanying RIV Escort.
  • Boat ride at Holy River Ganges/Varanasi.
  • Evening Aarti at Holy Ganges/Varanasi
  • Air-conditioned sleeper class train tickets Agra-Varanasi sectors.
  • 1 Cooking class with Dinner.
  • Music performance in Pilgrim Book store.
  • 1 Yoga Class.
  • 2 bottle mineral water every day per person during sightseeing tours and inter-city transfers.
  • All Currently Applicable Government Taxes.
RATES DO NOT INCLUDE:
  • Meals other than breakfast.
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Hotel room in Delhi before flight.
  • Camera fees at the monuments.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Airfare on domestic sectors Varanasi-Delhi sectors.
  • Medical & Travel Insurance.
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, beverages, telephone calls etc.
  • Any other services not listed above.
To reserve your place on the trip, please send an $800 deposit to Breathe Ayurveda, 20 Clarks Lane, Reisterstown, MD 21136. Once the initial deposit is made, the balance can be paid in increments, if desired. Final payment is due 45 days prior to departure, February 13, 2019. Early Bird payment is due by January 31. Checks or cash are preferred. Credit Card and PayPal payments are possible, with an additional 3% service fee. 
Cancellation Policy
Cancellation fees come into effect at time of deposit. I recommend that you consider purchasing cancellation insurance. This will cover you if you need to cancel unexpectedly. Please note that insurance companies may differ in what they consider a insurable risk. I recommend Insure My Trip . 
If you cancel your booking, it will result in the following charges:
More than 90 days prior to departure: $200
  • 61 – 89 days prior to departure: Full deposit
  • 60 – 30 days prior to departure: 50% of total price
  • Less than 30 days prior to departure: 100% of total price
You must have a Visa to travel to India. There are several agencies you can contact to get a Visa including Travisa.com and Indian Visa Online
 
 You can call me anytime at 410-979-2096 or email susan@breatheayurveda.com
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