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Yoga, Meditation & trekking in

the Himalaya

Nagarkot, Nepal

May 3 - May 7

Himalayas…How does anyone ever leave here unchanged?

I came across this quote recently and it right away sparked my interest for a new adventure. There are many special places around the world, but the Himalayas are next level beautiful, magical and as the quote says, life changing.

I would like to invite you to join me on this 5 days adventure in Nagarkot, Nepal for days filled with outdoor yoga, meditation, trekking, sunrise watching, sunsets and star gazing.

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We will be staying in a resort beautifully situated on mountain cliffs,  overlooking the Kathmandu Valley, snow covered mountain peaks as a backdrop, including  the Mount Everest.

Imagine waking up and meditating to this natural beauty at your doorstep? Or flowing through Sun Salutations as we welcome the new day? And after a delicious breakfast  head out in nature, trekking, breathing that crisp mountain air, pausing to reflect, and meeting every movement with gratitude and smile?
That is how I envision our days together. Filled with abundance of gratitude and presence to all that unfolds moment to moment.

Daily Schedule and What to Expect:

While our days will be filled with activities from morning yoga sessions, to trekking, visits to monastery, and other excursions, there will also be plenty of time for rest, reflection and solitude. Every day will start and end with yoga and meditation, in silence,  and practices will be designed in such way to energize us in the morning and relax and soften our bodies (and mind) in the evening. So expect flow based practice in the morning and yin/restorative practices in the afternoons.

A  detailed daily schedule will be given to all attendees a few days before our departure.

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Tuesday, May 3rd - Day 1

 

Kathmandu arrival, meet, assist and drive to Nagarkot – 1.5 Hrs.  and check into the resort for refreshment, lunch and rest.
Overnight at the hotel in Nagarkot.
(Meals included: Lunch, Dinner)
Yoga:Afternoon Session ( Gentle Flow to restore the body from an overnight flight)
 

Wednesday , May 4th - Day 2

Morning Practice ( Yoga Flow, Meditation, Breath Work))
Breakfast 
After breakfast, start hike to Nala – 3.5 Hrs and later drive back to Nagarkot.
Free time to enjoy spa, massage, rest & journal 
Afternoon Yoga Practice ( Yin Yoga)
Dinner & Bed Time 
(Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch &  Dinner)

Thursday, May 5th - Day 3

Sunrise Meditation overlooking the Kathmandu Valley and snow peaks covered Mont Everest. 
Morning Yoga Practice 
Breakfast 
Sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur Durbar Square & Changunaraya
Lunch outside while touring
Afternoon, free time in the hotel.
Afternoon/early evening yoga practice ( yoga nidra or yin yoga)
Evening meditation
Dinner & Bed time 
(Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner)

Friday, May 6th - Day 4

Morning Practice: Meditation, Breath Work & Yoga Flow 
Healthy Breakfast 
After breakfast, drive to the Kavre Bhangjyang and hike to Namobuddha Monastery ( most sacred Buddhist site in Nepal and home to 250 monks)– 1.5 Hrs hike. Here we will do a meditation, situation permitting. 
Lunch in/around the Monastery. 
Afterwards drive back to Nagarkot.
Late afternoon gentle restorative Yoga practice. 
(Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Saturday, May 7th - Day 5 

Morning Sunrise Meditation and Yoga Practice 
Breakfast at the hotel and spend rest of the day as you wish…Spa, Massages, nature walks, more yoga. 
(Meals included: Breakfast)
Departing for the airport late afternoon
Arrival to Dubai late night on Saturday 

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The costs stated below is per person on Twin / Double Sharing Basis and includes: 

*Accommodation at the beautifully situated  Country Villa Hotel 
*All Food ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Daily)
*All trekking with expert guides  
*All excursions/ tours with tickets 
*All guided yoga & Meditation 
*Transportation from and to the Airport in Kathmandu 

Not included: 

*Flight Dubai-Katmandu-Dubai 

*Any visa costs 

*Any PCR test ( if needed)

Double Sharing Basis : AED 3,990/per person 
Single Supplement Cost : AED 600/  per person

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Looking forward to sharing this experience with you,

All my love,

Danica

Here is what some of the previous groups had to say

" Amazing yoga experience in paradise - I feel incredibly grateful to have been on this yoga and meditation retreat in beautiful Sri Lanka, with the most amazing teacher Danica Al Kharfan. For the longest time I’ve wanted to go on a yoga retreat, but never found the one that just felt right. 

I was meant to go home for Christmas, but thanks to covid my plans got cancelled and for some reason, I found Danica. It was actually a very stressful and emotional time for me as I was so excited to go home for the holidays, but life had other plans for me. I did not know anything about Danica before this retreat, but I am so grateful that her post (randomly) appeared on my Instagram feed… it was fate!

From that first message I sent to Danica, I just felt at ease, and I knew that she was going to be someone special on my yoga journey. She was so encouraging, supportive, helpful and I’ll never forget what she said to me: “Don’t stress. It will all work out one way or the other. Take your time to make the right decision for you. It will all come together. Don’t stress.” And that is exactly what happened!! 

I can’t stop talking about this amazing yoga experience…. from the perfect location, the structure of the days on the retreat, meditation each morning, the asana practice, the lovely yogis, our teacher and the deep connections that were formed. My first yoga retreat has really set the bar very high!! I have been doing yoga for many years and have had many teachers on my yoga path but none like Danica and I am eternally grateful that I met her. She has so much experience and made every practice different and challenging. I can honestly say that my yoga practice (asana, meditation, pranayama) has deepened on all levels.

Danica has the ability to connect with every person and is sensitive to each person’s needs. She has the ability to challenge you in each asana practice and once you are in the flow, you don’t want the practice to stop (we went on for more than 2hours some days). Even though I have done some postures a million times I feel that I have learned so much from her just by simple adjustments or tips she has given us. Danica also encouraged me to try some postures for the first time and helped me to get my “head” out of a headstand and handstand and overcome my fear!

Danica has so much compassion and love for others and passion for what she does, and this retreat has been the best 6 days. She is a such a generous teacher with so much knowledge and experience. I did not only find a teacher but also a friend in Danica. Anyone will become a “richer” person for spending time on a yoga retreat with her. 1000% recommend this amazing teacher. Sign me up for your next retreat Danica! "

Lee A H

" Danica is a wonderful and wise soul. Beyond being an amazing yoga teacher she is such a loving, caring and compassionate being.

I had the pleasure to experience her Yoga and Meditation retreat in Zanzibar. In this beautiful and totally natural surrounding we went on a journey into our inner selves. Starting each day with a sunrise meditation at the beach followed by an extraordinary yoga class, we explored the island together. From a cultural tour in Stone Town, swimming with the dolphins to a meditation in a shelter in the mangroves, it was such a blissful time with lovely people. Danica was preparing our yoga and inner self work sessions in the Yoga Shala always with all of her heart. Whether strong vinyasa flow or Yin Yoga, she always knew exactly what we needed. All of her Yoga classes are so complete and beautiful - sharing her thoughts and beloved quotes in the end.

This retreat was not just an escape from the hustle and bustle of Dubai into this graceful place in Zanzibar, it was also a journey into the depths of our soul. Furthermore it created a wonderful community out of the individuals we have been in the beginning - held together by Danica. Thank you for all the wisdom, good energy and dedication your shared with us. You really live Yoga as an art.

Thank you for always being there for me and taking care of everyone of us."

 

Jenny Traesch, Dubai

 

 

“ It has been short but a very impressive and an unforgettable journey : my 3 day Yoga retreat with Danica.

Her professionalism, her humble nature, combined with her amazing teaching skills made this retreat truly an unforgettable one.

Also the Yogis who joined the retreat were well chosen and were nearly all were on the same level.

Danica, very carefully picked up a super venue for this retreat ( Jebel Ali Resort) and outdoor facilities added a great value to our practices.

I would recommend Danica’s retreats to all Yogis who would like to enjoy perfect Yoga practices in beautiful surroundings. "

 

Lale Ansingh Veral, Dubai

 

 

" Danica's Yoga Retreat was held in the beautiful, tropical beach resort of Jebel Ali Resort with lush vegetation and roaming peacocks. Danica took care of every detail to make the retreat special, from freshly made vegetable juices and gifts in the rooms, to carefully chosen menus with vegan options (all meals were included) and infused water on the beach. The schedule was perfect, challenging but with enough time during the day to relax and recuperate. We started with a beautiful sunrise meditation and pranayama, followed by a 2 hour energetic vinyasa yoga. A delicious breakfast followed and then free time for the beach or the many activities the resort has to offer. In the late afternoon, we had another pranayama and talk session followed by a slower yoga class full of deep stretches. The classes were a perfect mix of movement, stretching, and balance, with options for deeper more advanced asanas. 

The whole weekend was blissful and just went by too quickly! "

 

Ivana Okereke, Dubai