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Join Miranda and a small group of 26 dedicated spiritual adventurers for an intimate and profoundly life-changing 8-day retreat in one of the most sacred and spiritually rich regions of India.

Mt Arunachala is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in India and has become a mecca for non-dual exploration and the path of Self-Inquiry. Considered the sacred dwelling of Shiva in His aspect of fire, it was home to Sri Ramana Maharshi and many sadhus and spiritual giants past and present, and one of South India’s most ancient and important temples.

Within this extraordinary place that palpably reverberates a potent depth of Presence, Miranda will accompany you in opening to the Grace of this sacred place to support your awakening process, and journey together into the heart of Being.

This is the first retreat Miranda has led in Tiruvannamalai since 2009, so we expect places to fill up quickly.

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA FOR APPLICANTS

India is unlike anywhere in the world and the energetic impact of Tiruvannamalai is powerful. Therefore, places will only be offered to those who are –

  • physically robust and fit enough to hike 35 minutes up and down a steep hill in heat on uneven, sometimes rocky terrain. 
  • able to sit still in meditation for at least 35 minutes
  • already have a dedicated spiritual practice (sitting meditation especially)
  • confident travellers (not easily spooked by wild animals, insects, dust, noise and poverty)
  • self-reliant and emotionally flexible
  • able to re-source themselves if overwhelmed
  • happy to roll with the unexpected that is the wonder of Sacred India!

Priority for the 26 places available will be given to members of the Living Grace Global Sangha and those who have attended either in person or home retreats with Miranda over the last 2 years.

This retreat is limited to 26 people who are sincerely interested in the lineage of Sri Ramana Maharshi and also Miranda’s teachings on Grace and Ego Relaxation which were largely ignited here.

The retreat is a honed blend of structure and free space, silence and speaking, devotion, inquiry and meditation, with plentiful time each day for private relaxation and moving with India in your own way. 

Each day begins with a 35 minute morning hike to meditate in Ramana’s two caves. There are also group sessions with Miranda each morning and evening.

Given the hot weather, afternoons are free time to relax by the pool, get a massage, have an optional private session with Miranda, or do your own thing.

You will be expected to arrive at your accommodation in time for an opening celebratory group meal on the evening of January 29th. The retreat will close with another celebratory group evening meal on February 5th. You will be expected to leave your accommodation after breakfast on February 6th unless you make other plans directly with the accommodation venue you select.

The retreat includes the following :

  • Information meeting with Miranda via Zoom during October 2024.
  • Detailed information for what to expect, what to pack, and how to plan etc.
  • Accommodation options personally selected by Miranda.
  • Daily mountain hike to meditate in Ramana Maharshi’s caves.
  • Morning group session and evening satsang with Miranda.
  • Sunset puja and silent meditation at Ramana ashram.
  • Group dinners together every evening.
  • Daily guided meditations, devotional chants, and Being practices.
  • A group pilgrimage around Mt Arunachala and its many temples.
  • A guided tour and puja ritual at Ancient Shiva Temple in Tiruvannamalai.
  • Experienced assistance with: Ramana Maharshi’s ashram, all ground transportation, accommodations, safe restaurants/meals, and introduction to Tiruvannamalai culture and history.
  • Spiritual and practical support for the duration of your retreat.

Miranda has personally selected 2 options for your stay in Tiruvannamalai.  Costs vary slightly depending on whether you wish to share a room or not. Your accommodation costs will be paid directly to the venue on arrival.

Sangam House

Arunai Anantha Resort Hotel

FULLY BOOKED

Located amidst a 7-acre property, this resort hotel provides a tranquil setting with views Mt Arunachala Mountain and is located a convenient 2 kms from Sri Ramana Ashram and Sangham House (where our group meals, group sessions, and public satsangs will take place).

The cost for a single occupancy room with en suite bathroom including breakfast for 8 nights is 60,000 rupees (approx US$720). 

You will be expected to join the group dinners each evening at Sangam House.  This will cost a total of 4,000 rupees (approx USD$50) for 8 dinners which is payable in cash to the Retreat Manager on the first night.

This will definitely be a quieter place to stay, but you will need to utilize a rickshaw to get to the Ramana ashram, cafés and our group meeting space.

The hotel has a nice swimming pool for relaxing in the afternoons which tend to be hot.

Click here to find out more and see images of Arunai Anantha Resort Hotel.

COSTS SIMPLIFIED

Organization & Tuition Fee (payable at end of August 2024): USD$890

Accommodation – Single occupancy room with en suite bathroom at Arunai Anantha resort Hotel including breakfast for 8 nights is 60,000 rupees (approx US$720

Group Evening Meals:  Approx USD$50 paid in cash to Retreat Manager on first night (500 rupees x 8 evening meals = 4,000 rupees) 

Return Taxi to Chennai (paid in cash to taxi driver): approx USD$100

TOTAL: approx USD$1,760

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN ORGANIZATION & TUITION FEE

  • Your return flights to India (Chennai is the closest airport)
  • Accommodation – Single occupancy room with en suite bathroom at Arunai Anantha resort Hotel including breakfast for 8 nights is 60,000 rupees (approx US$720) 
  • Group Evening Meals – approx USD$50
  • Round trip taxi between Chennai airport and Tiruvannamalai – approx US$100 
  • Lunches – there are plentiful hygienic cafes to choose from
  • Rickshaws
  • Private sessions with Miranda (a limited number will be available at an additional cost)

CANCELLATIONS & REFUND POLICY

Your Facilitation Fee will be payable by August 31st, 2024.  At that point, your accommodation will have been confirmed and we offer no refunds except in the event of us cancelling the retreat.

We strongly advise you to book fully comprehensive travel insurance. 

GETTING THERE

Please aim to arrive at Tiruvannamalai on the afternoon of January 29, in time for our opening celebratory meal that evening.

The nearest international airport is CHENNAI.

Taxis from Chennai to Tiruvannamalai can be arranged for you through Miranda’s dear friend, Karuna, if you let us know your flight arrival time.

The journey takes approx 3.5 hours and the cost will be approx US$100 return (to be paid in cash to the driver).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

We will put a system in place for those who wish to connect with fellow participants in advance of the retreat for planning, travel, and fellowship purposes.

If joining us on your own, you will also be allocated a retreat buddy so you can look out for each other.

NEXT STEPS

If, having read this information, you wish to apply to join us for this incredible opportunity, please click below to download your application form and email it to Jenny Grainger (Retreat Manager).

We expect places to fill up quickly and advise early booking to avoid disappointment.

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