Ayurveda India Retreat 2018
Join John de Kadt & Katie O’Connell
February 16 ~ March 9, 2018
Ayurveda, Yoga, Music, Storytelling,
and so much more!

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda means “Science of Life.” The focus of Ayurveda is on long-lasting holistic health, not just a short-term cure. It offers a unique blend of science and philosophy that balances the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual components necessary for long term wellness.  A time-tested, ancient system of disease prevention and healthcare, Ayurveda is a complete system of natural medicine and has been a way of life for millions of people across the planet.  In Ayurveda, specific therapies are developed for each individual as opposed to a generic cure commonly prescribed by modern medicine.  Ayurveda addresses disease from the root cause and provides a permanent cure instead of a quick fix.


Panchakarma: An Ayurvedic Healing Retreat

Pancha means “five” and Karma means “to cleanse” and so Panchakarma is the ultimate healing experience for detoxifying the body and mind, strengthening the immune system, and restoring balance and well being.  It is a deeply powerful yet gentle cleansing process that utilizes deep rest, herbs, body treatments, enemas, steam baths, diet, and specific treatments catered to an individual’s unique constitution and health concerns.  This extended retreat allows each participant adequate time to release deeply held toxins and blocks that adverse affect the mind and body, allowing the opportunity to reorganize and heal on a profound level.

“PK” is effective for treating a variety of health concerns and imbalances, including but not limited to: stress, anxiety and depression, migraines, arthritis, digestive issues, hypertension, chronic fatigue, joint pain, obesity, diabetes, back pain, ulcers, IBS, muscle and tendon disorders, skin disorders, respiratory diseases, urinary and bowel diseases, chronic constipation, sinusitis, insomnia, addictions, infertility, reversed hearing loss, eating disorders, and more.

This is a life-changing retreat for your body, mind, and spirit!

In our very chaotic and busy world full of what feels like unstoppable stress, this retreat is a true blessing.  Taking three weeks for yourself is a true act of self love and nurturance.  Here you can unwind and jumpstart into a whole new level of health and well being.  Ayurvedic consultations with the retreat’s on-site Ayurvedic doctor and pharmacist, meals to support your treatment plan, and cleansing practices specific to your needs are all facets of this retreat, which will leave you feeling clear, vibrant, and deeply healed. Your group leaders have designed a retreat experience that includes daily yoga classes with Katie, storytelling and drumming with John, presentations on Ayurveda, and lots of free time to walk into the Indian countryside that borders the retreat, investigate the town, or visit local attractions.

Location: Ayurveda Yoga Retreat Center, Coonoor

This idyllic Ayurvedic center is located in the mountains of western Tamil Nadu, close to Kerala is one of the prettiest parts of India.  Nestled amidst a lush 10-acre green tea plantation, healing eucalyptus forests, nearby waterfalls, and surrounded by the pure Nilgiri Mountain air, the retreat is in the perfect environment for rejuvenation.  Away from the hustle of the city and surrounded in natural beauty, expect a profound transformation to take place! Every meal is made fresh with the retreat’s own source of pure mineral water and organic vegetables and herbs.  With world-class Ayurvedic physicians and panchakarma therapists, and an amazing staff of chefs and gardeners,  this peaceful retreat center combines modern comforts with the best of ancient medicine and a beautiful setting you will come to call home. Should you want to venture out for day trips, there are also many optional excursions to personalize your once in a lifetime experience in India, including the markets of Coonoor City, a train ride through the mountains to the town of Ooty, and even a day trip to an elephant reservation, not to mention endless walking and hiking just steps out of the retreat!

The beautiful thing about this retreat center is that it offers an opportunity to be intimate with the Indian villages nearby and to offer Karma yoga either by participating with school children or donating time to families in need. We’ll explore some of these villages together and meet some of the families John has come to know well over the years, and here you will find opportunities to give of yourself and receive the warmth and brightness of their spirit.  It’s a living, breathing reminder of our interconnectedness on this planet. To get a flavor of these villages, watch John de Kadt’s music video “The Village” on YouTube

Your Guides: John de Kadt & Katie O’Connell

John de Kadt is a percussionist, poet, and storyteller.  He has played ethnic hand percussive instruments for over 30 years and plays drums from across the globe.  He has performed around the world, taught drumming on PBS and live nationally on NBC, and has performed with Krishna Das, David Darling, Subash Chandra, Ganesh Kumar, Jai Uttal, Robert Bly, Baba Olantunji, Colman Barks, and many others including being a founding member of Internationally acclaimed group, The Hanumen.  John has released five CDs and travels world wide performing his unique and powerful blend of poetry, story, and percussion. Before doing music full time, John was an acupuncturist, herbalist, and Ayurvedic consultant for 15 years.  He loves and still practices many aspects of these holistic medicines.

Katie O’Connell has been practicing yoga for almost 20 years and is an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist. Katie owns her own retreat center, Dragonfly Yoga Barn, in the beautiful White Mountains of NH with her husband of 24 years, where they facilitate retreats and events of all kinds.  Katie is a singer, poet, mother, gardener, and life-long student of Nature.  She has over 700 hours of yoga study with Paula Tursi, Sudha Lundeen (Kripalu), Cora Wen, Sadie Nardini, and many others, and nearly 1,000 hours in the study of Ayurveda with Dr. Paul Dugliss (New World Ayurveda) and Dr. Marc Halpern (California College of Ayurveda) as well as certifications in Thai Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yoga, Reiki, and more. Katie runs international retreats, teaches daily yoga classes, provides education in Ayurveda and yoga, offers Ayurveda consultations, private yoga therapy, Thai bodywork, and yoga coaching at Dragonfly.  Her greatest teachers of all are her students, her children, and her husband and parter in everything, Declan.

Stay tuned for pricing and registration links, as well as information about flights, Visas, traveling to Coonor, insurance, and more, coming this week when registration opens Wed. June 8th!!!




Yoga Mandali Hanumen Retreat

August 11 – August 13, 2017

Rosendale, New York


Join the Hanumen this August at The Lifebridge Sanctuary in the beautiful Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains!  Presented by Yoga Mandali, the three day retreat features inspiring music, yoga, hiking, swimming and 90 acres of pristine wilderness to explore! Feast on thoughtfully prepared vegetarian food and chant from your heart at this environmentally conscious retreat center!

The multi talented group includes Gaura Vani, John de Kadt, Benjy Wertheimer and Visvambhar Sheth. Enjoy daily Kirtan and workshops in poetry, the Bhagavad Gita, sound energy and Indian Raga. Hear mythical stories and mantra while participating in daily yoga and meditation classes. Use free time to swim, hike and explore. The Hanumen’s trademark uplifting humor, inspiring stories and enthusiasm for conscious living will make this weekend the highlight of your summer!

Your three day stay includes five meals, lodging at the inspiring Lifebridge Sanctuary, all workshops, evening kirtans, yoga and use of trails and grounds. Open for participants over age 18 at $595 per person.



August 24 – August 27, 2017

Northport, Maine

Join the Hanumen for a three day retreat on the shores of Saturday Cove in Northport, Maine.



Ecstatic Chant Retreat

September 1 – September 3, 2017

Rhinebeck, New York


Join The Hanumen at the Ecstatic Chant for their 13th annual Ecstatic Chant retreat, one of the most popular events at Omega. A remarkable opportunity to experience some of the Western world’s leading devotional singers, this inspiring weekend nourishes the soul with a rich tradition of musical prayer and meditation.


Anusara Yoga and Chanting Retreat

September 30 – October 4, 2017

Hubei Province, China

Join The Anusara Yoga and Chanting Retreat with John de Kadt, Dave Stringer, and Jonas Westring for a 5 day yoga and chanting retreat.



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