RETREAT, RESET, RADIATE
NOURISH YOUR MIND, BODY & SELF AT OUR LIVING YOGA & AYURVEDA RETREAT IN ARMENIA
Learn ancient classical Hatha Yoga
Discover the healing powers of Ayurveda
Participate in vedic rituals
Explore breathtaking sites of Armenia
Savor local nourishing gastronomy
In this retreat, you will indulge in classical Hatha Yoga and other yogic practices. More than just a daily activity during the retreat, you will be learning a comprehensive practice.
If you’re new to Yoga, this will be not only a solid foundation, but a complete practice that you can take home with you. And if you’re a seasoned practitioner, it is a perfect compliment to your daily practice.
Ayurveda is a system of healing, that not only treats and manages imbalances but also puts a lot of emphasis on prevention. This retreat proposal is to give you tools on how to observe the body and mind from an Ayurvedic perspective and also introduce some simple daily habits that will help keep your body, mind and senses healthy.
What's not included
Your travel expenses to / from Armenia
International health insurance
Cost for longer stay before or after Retreat
Accommodation for 7 nights in a double room
3 vegetarian / vegan meals per day
Daily Hatha Yoga sessions
3 day-trips to ancient historical sites (including transportation, off-site dining, entry fees and cable car to Tatev)
Transportation to & from venue (pick up from Yerevan airport or Yerevan city center at specified timing)
Explore Armenia with us!
A land of mystical sites, ancient spiritual traditions and astonishing Nature.
Our Retreat will include visits to the following sites:
Garni Pagan Temple: the only preserved example of Hellenistic architecture in the Caucasus region. Garni temple was built in 77 AD and dedicated to the Armenian God of the Sun Mitra.
Geghard Monastery, partly carved in the adjacent rocks. Geghard Cave Monastery is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Lake Sevan located at an altitude of 2000 m above sea level, known as the blue eyed pearl lake.
Tatev: the pearl of Armenian medieval architecture, the monastery and university. It is located in a picturesque place at the edge of the gorge. You will reach the monastery by the longest cable car in the world, the Wings of Tatev, which stretches on 5.7 km over the 320 meter-deep Vorotan River Canyon.
Noravank Monastery, in the valley of red rocks where this 13th-century monastery is located by the deep narrow canyon surrounded, with awesome view of surrounding landscapes.
A trip to the south of Armenia to Khor Virap Monastery located at the foot of Biblical Mount Ararat. If clear skies, you will be able to admire the amazing view of the mount which opens from the top of the hill.
Our home during this journey
We will enjoy the beautiful site of Popock, a peaceful & cozy resort in the town of Tsaghkadzor, a popular region for health resorts. The name Tsaghkadzor literally means valley of flowers, or flower canyon in Armenian.
The venue offers a very comfortable stay, with rooms designed in a simple but modern settings with full bathrooms, a dining area and a beautiful hall where our sessions will take place.
Each room (shared by 2) includes a private bathroom with toilet and shower area.
The venue has beautiful outdoor areas where one can enjoy the gorgeous views.
Rates & Registration
EARLY BIRD TBD
Frequently asked questions
Is this Retreat suitable for people who are beginners to Yoga & Ayurveda?
Yes, absolutely! Whether you are completely new to Yoga or Ayurveda, or already a practitioner or an enthusiast, this Retreat has something to offer to everyone!
What is the minimum age required to participate in this Retreat?
If less than 18 years of age, need to be accompanied by an adult.This Retreat is suitable for children 14+ in order to fully appreciate the experience and be able to be a part of all sessions.
What language will the sessions be conducted in?
All sessions will be conducted in English.
Outside sessions, we can facilitate communication also in French, Portuguese and Armenian.
If I am alone, can I still share a room?
Yes! We will match you with another participant of the same gender.
Can I book a private room?
There may be (very few) possibilities of private room booking, for a higher fee.
Please contact us to check details.
Will I need a visa before getting to Armenia?
Yes. You can easily apply for an online visa ahead of time, which we recommend!
Here's the official site: https://evisa.mfa.am/
Another option is to apply for visa as you arrive at customs.
Where is the pick up point for free shuttle?
There will be a pick up from the airport and Yerevan city center.
Times will be coordinated closer to Retreat date.
Can you accommodate special dietary needs?
The food will be suitable for both vegan and vegetarian diets.
We strive to meet other special dietary needs to the best of our ability. Please let us know in advance.
Will I have free time during the Retreat week?
Yes. There will be free time in-between sessions.
What should I bring to the Retreat?
a yoga mat, a cushion if needed to sit on, comfortable loose clothing for yoga practice or daily activity, hiking or walking shoes for the day trips, warm sweater or wind cutter, long pants and socks for cooler mornings and evenings, sunglasses, hat and sunscreen (Sun in Armenia is very strong!), your toiletries, refillable water bottle (to avoid plastic use), appropriate clothing to visit monastery or churches (avoid shorts and tank tops).
How many people will be at the retreat?
We are planning for a group of minimum 8 and maximum 15 participants.
Can I come for just part of a retreat?
We hope for all participants to fully enjoy the 8 days/7 nights journey.
How do I make payment?
When completing the registration form, you will be able to choose option of paying deposit of full fee. Once we receive your registration form, we will email you an invitation to complete payment via PayPal for that amount. You may use your PayPal account, bank details or credit card to complete the payment.
Do you have access for people with disabilities?
Unfortunately, the venue is not designed to host those with disabilities or mobility issues as it is not wheelchair accessible. The day trips also involved walking to visit historical sites which have not yet been adapted.
What is the weather like in September in Armenia?
Usually, September can be quite warm and dry (25C to 35C in the city). When in the mountains, it is much cooler, and evenings and early mornings start feeling cooler as we approach Autumn. Both summer clothes and some warmer items may be necessary.
Is water safe to drink in Armenia?
Yes! Armenia is known for its fresh and natural water.
Is is safe to be in Armenia?
Armenia, including the capital city of Yerevan is known to be very safe and with a very low crime incidence.
Do I need vaccination?
No specific vaccination guideline.
Please take regular travel precautions.
Is there wifi accessibility?
There is free wifi at the venue.
It is also very easy and affordable to purchase sim cards from the capital city of Yerevan (can even purchase one as you arrive at the airport, before the exit doors).
Which airport should I fly into?
You should book your flights to and from Zvartnots International Airport (EVN), in Yerevan, the capital city.
What if I cannot arrange my arrival or departure as per group timing?
No worries! The venue is about 50 mins drive from the airport/Yerevan city. You can easily get a cab, fee is affordable.
What currency do I need to bring?
Dram is the currency used in Armenia.
There are ATMs where you can easily withdraw money from in the city, or upon arrival in Yerevan, you can exchange at different banks.
Can I smoke, consume alcohol or recreational drugs during the Retreat?
We would like to create a stimulant free environment to be aligned with our holistic approach.
No alcohol will be served during our Retreat.
Consumption of all recreational drugs are prohibited.
If you are a smoker, we will ask you to smoke at a location which will not be disturbing others.
Should I spend more time in Armenia after the Retreat?
Yerevan, the vibrant capital of Armenia has a history of over 2800 years. It is a modern and a very culturally rich city, designed in a beautiful way for you to enjoy memorable days if you wish to spend more time to explore. We highly recommend it!
There are also many other historical sites you can visit in Armenia. Enjoy!
Do you offer laundry service?
Service not included.
Can I bring my pet?
Please find a good home for your pet before traveling!
When should I finalize my travel plans?
Please wait for our confirmation before finalizing your travel plans.
What is your cancellation policy?
Full reimbursement, minus processing fees, will be possibly before April 15th, 2020.