Join us for an intensive, 10-day meditation and yoga course designed to purify the mind and body.
The course is held at the Peradur Centre, near Sussex, UK, and is situated in peaceful, wooded countryside. The closest station, East Grinstead, is 55 minutes from London Victoria. The closest airports are London Heathrow (LHR) and Gatwick (LGW).
Monday, July 29 — Thursday, August 8, 2013
1,000 pounds (includes accommodation, vegetarian meals and a donation for teaching)
Suitable for complete beginners as well as experienced meditators and/ or Hatha Yoga practitioners.
The course combines Raja Yoga meditation techniques as described by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. During the 10-day retreat, full-time guidance is provided by Yoga Master Kumar, and all participants practice noble silence. Designed to develop equanimity and insight, this course enables participants to realize profound change and liberation.
If you are interested in attending this course, please contact us for further information.
Each day begins at 5 a.m., and consists of several meditation sessions that last approximately one hour. Following each session, participants will relax their bodies with gentle stretching, and will also enjoy a break and ayurvedic herbal tea. During the break, Kumar will provide instructions regarding the next session in order to prepare all participants for the coming exercises. Session lengths, the number of mediations per day, and breaks vary in length and are designed to best accommodate the teachings.
After lunch, there is a period of rest before afternoon meditations begin. All meals are home-cooked with nourishing vegetarian food. Every evening, Kumar clarifies the theory behind the techniques in an informative discourse lasting an hour to an hour and a half. With humor and intelligence, he illustrates how we can apply these teachings to daily life. Hatha yoga is practiced every morning and evening in a way that is appropriate for both novice and advanced practitioners.
For the duration of the course, all students maintain “noble silence” and resolve to practice Yama, a code of conduct taught by both Buddha and Patanjali. The aim of this is to allow participants to focus and maintain awareness within, rather than in the outside world. As Kumar puts it, “The mind is like a room. If the room is to be cleaned, we have to close all the doors and windows so that no additional dust comes in.”, Yama means the resolution to give up any action which causes harm to yourself or others by body, speech or mind,i.e. non violence, non stealing, non lying, non sexual misconduct, and non intoxication/addiction.
“Kumar is one of the most generous, experienced, and loving people I have had a chance to meet in my life, and it was a privilege to study with him. Working together with him and a small and lovely group of people in ideal conditions was a real gift.”
“Kumar has been really significant for me. He has helped me to put the meaning of spirituality in perspective, allowing me to focus on the right path.”
“I went on my first 10-day workshop with Kumar as a complete beginner to yoga and little meditation experience. I now practice every day. The quality and clarity of the teaching is exemplary and focuses on individual needs, and the atmosphere is friendly and inviting. These retreats offer a really valuable opportunity to go deeply into this practice and to be guided at the very highest level. An opportunity not to be missed.”
“After Kumar taught me insight meditation, I experienced significant changes in my daily life. I feel less reactive, more clear and energetic. His skill as a teacher, his level of awareness, and his compassion creates an opportunity to undertake the challenging task of really removing old, habitual patterns.”
“With intelligence, compassion, and humor, Kumar guided me to deeper insight and an understanding of how to apply what I learned to my daily life in a very practical way. After my first course with Kumar, I was much calmer and happier. Now, after two years, this has intensified in a way I would not have imagined possible.”