The first week we'll settle into cabins on a pear orchard in the misty mountains of Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu. The rooms have wood burning stoves and our shared space has a giant fireplace to keep us warm on the cool nights. You'll receive an astrology session from Allison, and have ample time for rest, practice, and time in nature. We'll also have a daily kirtan, meditation, and stories about the planets and stars. The second week is a tour of Astrological Temples in the Kaveri Delta, which will include a visit to see a Nadi Palm Leaf Astrologer, a rare form of Indian astrology.
This tour, co-designed by Edwin Bryant and Govinda Andriollo, will focus on perhaps the most delightful stories in all of Indian mythology, the legend of Krishna from the Srimad Bhagavatam. Vrindavan/ Mathura is the village where Krishna was born and enjoyed his childhood. Before the tour begins, Allison will set the stage with three days of yoga and mythology, awakening a sense of wonder and bhakti before the tour begins. Allison will offer a daily yoga class and nightly kirtan throughout the ten-day retreat and tour. Highlights of the tour include visits to some epic temples along with Govardhan Hill, a boat ride on the Yamuna River and an excursion to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal.