Celestial Light and Pure Grace

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Celestial Light and Pure Grace Retreat

In March 2019 Shakti Durga will be taking a Shanti Mission group to visit His Holiness Swami Yogiraj Ammar Jyoti in the pristine Himalayan mountains. Swamiji is a disciple of the immortal saint, Babaji. We will be staying in His beautiful ashram for 10 days, to fully immerse in the peace, light and inner radiance.

This visit will coincide with the Hindu festival of Holi, which heralds the end of winter and the onset of spring in India. Holi means the triumph of good over evil and the conquest of spiritual values over sensual ones.  This festival is big in North India, and very colourful. It is a fun filled and joyful celebration.

Maitreya, Savitur and Gayatri will be accompanying Shakti Durga.


Spiritual Program

Each morning there will be an optional fire puja at 5.30am followed by pranayama, then a silent meditation.

Shakti Durga will be running programs each day arising from the Eternal Light (Ammar Jyoti) and the wisdom of the Himalayas themselves. As always she is an amazing interpreter of nature, ancient spiritual wisdom and a great story teller, sharing the many myths and their inner significance for our lives. Her blazing spiritual energy is even more electric in India, and it is worth the trip to experience that alone.


The ashram has views of the mountains, comfortable twin share rooms with ensuites, and excellent vegetarian food. Apart from days when we will miss lunch given our travel into Dharamsala, all meals are included in the cost of this retreat.  The mattresses are quite firm so you might want to bring some foam if you have any physical ailments that may be effected by this.


The ashram has a purpose built, light and airy dining hall in the same building as the accommodation.

Weather Conditions

We are going at the end of winter and the current forecast for this time is for 18-20 degrees celcius during the day with a low of 10 degrees celcius overnight. There are heavy blankets in the rooms but if you have a warm sleeping bag that is easy to carry you might want to bring it. It is recommended that you bring clothes that are easy to 'layer', a warm jacket, thermals and boots or warm socks with comfortable footwear. For full and more detailed information on what to bring please click here What to Bring


This retreat commences Monday 18 March and concludes Thursday 28 March 2019.  The price for this retreat, excluding international and domestic airfares which are at your own cost, is AUD$2,480 per person twin share.

Payment of a deposit of AUD$800 will secure your place.  Any cancellation will attract an administration fee of AUD$150, late cancellations may also incur other costs/fees - please see booking conditions for further information.

Payment of the balance will be required no later than 4 March 2019.  Bookings after this date will require payment of the full cost on registration.

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Price includes:

  • Donation to Swamiji's projects of AUD$108
  • Tuition fee
  • Administraton Fee
  • Staff costs
  • Twin share accommodation and all meals excluding lunch when we travel to Dharamsala
  • Airport transfers to and from Dharamsala airport as stated below
  • Transport to and from Dharamsala (McLeod Ganj) on group days trips
Price excludes:
  • International and internal flight costs. You will be required to organise your own international and internal flights.**
  • Indian Visa   Visa Information
  • Travel insurance (compulsory - please note you will be required to upload a copy of your insurance policy to your online registration form)
  • Meals (other than those stated)
  • Transfers outside the main tour group
  • Excess baggage costs
** Information Regarding Flights
The retreat will commence at Dharamsala. You will be picked up at 1.30pm on Monday 18 March at Dharamsala Airport (DHM) and transported to the Ashram. Airlines that fly to Dharamsala are Air India and Spice Jet.
The retreat will conclude at 10.30am on Thursday 28 March at Dharamsala Airport.  Please arrange your flights to coincide with these times and dates.
Please note:  Domestic airlines in India have different requirements regarding the amount of baggage that can be taken on board without incurring excess baggage rates. To avoid unforeseen baggage costs, it is advised that you check the baggage conditions carefully when booking your internal flights.  If you book your internal flights on the same ticket as your international flight you may have the same baggage allowance for all flights, check with your travel agent.
Delhi Accommodation: Lemon Tree Premier Delhi Airport and Pride Hotel Delhi Airport are hotels we have stayed at and found quite good, however you could book a hotel anywhere in the Aerocity Delhi Airport.

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