Live Beyond Your Borders
Create Your Limitless Life in India
with Anna Amrita Lively & Devie Richards
March 20–April 2, 2017
What if we told you that you can have the life you say that you want? What if all the barriers to having what you want evaporate as soon as you begin to LIVE BEYOND YOUR BORDERS?
Are you interested in an amazing experience with fabulous people?
Have you ever said, “I want to, but….”
Are you looking to expand your adventurous side?
Have you been wanting to see India?
Do you have a notion that you’re afraid to _________?
Looking for just the right opportunity?
Now ask yourself this question “What if I step beyond what I think is possible?” For 2 weeks, step out of your current situation and explore. Explore a world BEYOND YOUR BORDERS!
This retreat and tour takes place in stunning and unforgettable Northern India. In addition to activities and excursions expertly planned by RetreaTours.com, your experience also will include daily yoga and meditation practice, personal coaching, as well as discussions and workshops on manifesting and living your authentic life, and so much more.
Trip at a Glance
- March 20 to April 2, 2017
- Daily practice with Anna & Devie
- Enjoy some of the gems of northern India: Rishikesh, Amritsar & Agra
- Limited to 14 guests
- Early bird price of $2495 per person (based on double occupancy; does not include airfare) until November 20, 2016. After this early bird pricing, the price is $2795.
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2017 Live Beyond Your Borders Itinerary
Days 1 – 7: Arrival in Delhi and on to Rishikesh
Welcome to Mother India! You’ll arrive in New Delhi, most likely in the evening or the night of the 20th. You’ll rest up at a 4 to 5 star hotel close to the airport and enjoy dinner. If you arrive too late for a group dinner, you can always order room service. Dal Makhani in bed, how luxurious!
From Delhi we’ll take our own private vehicle to Rishikesh for a ~6 hour drive. Driving is one of the most interesting ways to see the countryside and into the everyday lives of rural India. Sometimes the drives in India are just as exciting at the actual sites! Upon arrival, we’ll experience a very special welcome ceremony with a Hindu priest.
We’ll explore all that Rishikesh and our practices have to offer. We’ll begin with a Vedic opening ceremony on the 22nd, and our adventure will unfurl from there. We’ll experience a Ganga Aarti ceremony along the Ganges River, a fire ritual devoted the the Goddess Ganga. We’ll take a trip to the Durga temple, hike to the waterfall, and visit the Vashistha cave. We can also pay a visit to the Beatles Ashram!
Days 8-11: Amritsar
We’ll bid a fond farewell to Rishikesh and take our own private vehicle for a ~5-6 hour drive to Amritsar. Amritsar is the seat of the Sikh religion and the home to the Golden Temple, Harmandir Sahib. Our yoga space and accommodation is impossibly close the temple itself–and you can feel it in the air! We can have our practice on the roof where we can see the temple and hear the live kirtan, and we can also practice in the newly constructed yoga studio housed within the hotel. It is the perfect home base to explore Amritsar!
Amritsar has so much to offer, and the Golden Temple is the shining jewel in its crown. You’ll take a guided tour of the Golden Temple and grounds, including the remarkable kitchen and dining hall that serves 50,000-150,000 FREE meals per day. You’ll have the opportunity to perform seva, or volunteer service, in this kitchen area, as well.
One of the reasons we chose to form a partnership with this hotel in Amritsar is because of its location, a mere 108 steps from the Golden Temple. You can choose to go back and visit at any time of day or night by yourself for contemplation, seva, or to engage in discussion with some of the friendliest people on the planet.
If you can bear to tear yourself away from the high vibes of the temple, we have other goodies in store. Amritsar is in the state of Punjab, known as the bread basket of India and famous for its cuisine. We have crafted a special food tour for you, ready to fit any dietary needs. There’s also a very interesting and picturesque Heritage Walk in the surrounding neighborhoods that explore architecture, holy Hindu temples, and gives an insight into daily Amritsari life.
You can also attend the nightly Wagah border closing ceremony; every night since 1959, this border between India and Pakistan has hosted a high-energy, wonderfully-choreographed closing ceremony that resembles a pep rally more than an official exercise!
Days 12–14: To the Wonders of Agra, via Delhi
We’ll say a hearty and heartfelt goodbye to Amritsar and take a private vehicle to Delhi. Take this drive as another opportunity to get a peek into the real lives of rural India; maybe you can play India Roadtrip Bingo and check off all of the interesting things you see on the road–cows, camels, elephants, bicycles, rickshaws, tractors, and trucks, all sharing the same road! We’ll rest in a 4.5 star hotel in Delhi tonight before our journey to Agra tomorrow–tuck yourself in and have sweet dreams of the Taj Mahal, ok?
We’ll take our private vehicle to Agra on the new highway, passing through miles & miles of farmland (with a few impressive cities along the way). This afternoon we’ll visit Agra Fort, a huge and stunning complex with gorgeous courtyards, intricate marble architecture, and a rich history. You can get your first sneak peak of the Taj Mahal from Agra Fort–the close-up will have to wait for tomorrow morning, though.
We’ll get up early for the best view of the Taj Mahal, not to mention to beat the heat and the crowds. You’ll tour the Taj Mahal along with our good friend and local expert, and then have time to marvel at the marble yourselves. John Keats once wrote, “A thing of beauty if a joy forever,” and we think this monument to Love embodies this line perfectly.
After the Taj Mahal visit, we will make our way back down to Delhi. The trip officially ends this afternoon, but your journey can go on and on. Want to extend your trip? Let us help! You can explore more of India, head to the last Shangri-La of Bhutan, pop over to Nepal…. the options are endless and we can make them easy for you.
Extend your stay—let us help!
If you’d like to extend your journey before or after this retreat, we would be more than happy to help you plan your stay! We can advise you on hotels, flights, and itineraries, whether you want to arrive in India early, stay afterwards, or venture to somewhere else in South or Southeast Asia at the end of the trip. We offer our retreat guests free travel consulting, normally a $200 value.
Some ideas to get you started:
- Continue on in India and explore Varanasi, Jaipur, or even head to south India.
- Consider a visit to one of our favorite countries in the world, Nepal!
- Visit Bhutan, a well-loved and well-protected travel destination often referred to as the “Last Shangri-La”
- Anywhere else in South or Southeast Asia that your heart desires!
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Your Daily Practice
In addition to activities and excursions expertly planned by RetreaTours.com, your experience also will include daily yoga and meditation practice, personal coaching, as well as workshops and discussion circles on manifesting and living your authentic life.
What does it mean to Live Beyond Your Borders? To answer this question, we will:
Create time in the daily schedule to discuss and integrate what this means for you.
Provide you with a journal for your retreat work (and you are encouraged to bring any other sketchbooks or journaling materials that you love.)
Listen, write, define, and create what living authentically, without limitations, looks like and feels like.
Build bonds through meaningful dialogue and inquiry.
Invite you to begin to manifest your deepest desires through an exploration of the chakra system.
Offer you personal coaching and strategies for living your life in a way that brings you untethered joy.
Participate in activities that empower and uphold the truth of who you really are, an infinite being beyond form.
About your daily yoga and meditation practice:
Yoga practices will be appropriate for all levels; no previous yoga or meditation experience is required, rather a willingness to explore and discover how these practices can influence your life.
Plan to practice every morning with some gentle to moderate asana (poses), pranayama (breath work) and various meditation techniques.
We will also incorporate restorative yoga and yoga nidra (yogic sleep) into the schedule for days when we need to relax and re-energize.
Bring a lightweight or travel yoga mat and any other yoga props you love or feel you need. A yoga mat towel is recommended, though not required.
Whether you are a seasoned yogi or new to the practice, you’ll enjoy being immersed in the ancient traditions while breathing in Mother India. Though we will be experiencing other religious cultures first-hand, this is a non-denominational retreat. We appreciate and applaud diversity and look forward to welcoming all ideas surrounding spiritual topics.
Please refer to the Price tab for specific information about what is included on your journey.
We accept payments via check (which we prefer) and credit card (via PayPal). For our international guests, we can accept wires, which we find is the most economical solution for everyone; please contact us for wire details.
- Paying by Check: Checks can be made out to Insight Travels, LLC and sent to 8821 NW 14 Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024.
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Click here to pay the $500 deposit by credit card (via PayPal)Click here to pay the 2nd installment of $1000, due by November 20, 2016
The final installment will be due by January 19, 2017, and the amount will depend on early bird pricing, whether you have a shared or private room, and if you are extending your stay. We will let you know what that amount is well before it is due.
- What do I need to know about the visa?
First and foremost, your passport MUST be valid at least 6 months beyond the end date of the trip, and you’ll need two empty pages in the Visas section of your passport (they must be Visa pages, not Amendment/Endorsement pages). You will need to arrange an Indian visa before you arrive.
On this itinerary, you will only be entering India once, making you eligible for a Visa on Arrival. (Please click here to make sure your country is eligible for a Visa on Arrival). You can apply for a Visa on Arrival 4 to 30 days in advance of your arrival on this website. If you would like to receive a more long-term visa to India, you can apply through Cox & Kings Global Services, but you must allow more time for this process (start at least 3 to 4 months before the start of the trip).
- I have special dietary needs—can I be accommodated?
- Vegetarians will have no problem anywhere on our travels; the only thing that might prove difficult is veganism in India. Although meat is entirely avoidable, India is the world’s largest consumer of butter, and it is almost unavoidable in most of their curries, stews, and even breads. Many vegans that I have known to travel through India adopt what is locally referred to as a “pure veg” diet: no meat, no eggs, but it allows for dairy consumption. (It is worth nothing that some of the reasons for avoiding dairy consumption in the west is slightly mitigated here, as there is less factory farming and antibiotic use in livestock.) Milk can be avoided by not consuming creamy dishes or milk tea.
- Gluten is also avoidable in India by choosing rice over chapatis and other local breads. Celiactravel.com has GREAT printable cards in local language to present to restaurants and hotels about your intolerance of gluten. Click here for the Hindi version. If you have multiple dietary needs, it may be worth your while to check out these specialty cards, available in 60 different languages.
- When you register for a trip, you will answer a set of questions, including a question about food allergies. We’ll take a look at your answers and let you know if we have any suggestions or concerns!
- Can I drink the water? In a word, No. Although many cities around the world are getting more advanced public water systems, we don’t recommend it. Not only from a pathogen standpoint, but it’s a different set of bacteria than your body is used to. Why risk an upset stomach if you don’t have to? We recommend drinking only bottled water, and you will want to rinse your toothbrush off in bottled water.
- What vaccines do I need? None are required to enter India, but we suggest you work with your physician or your area’s travel health expert to decide what options are best for you. You can read the CDC’s recommendations here and the Scottish NHS recommendations here.
- What about malaria? Malaria is not a risk in the areas we will be traveling, but again—we request that you work with your physician or travel doctor when making these choices. Please see our blog about this topic for more information.
- Do I need travel insurance? We require that our guests carry travel insurance because it just makes sense. It’s a relatively small expense but affords huge peace of mind! When choosing a travel insurance policy we require that you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We also recommend you take out trip cancellation insurance, as this may cover cancellation penalties in certain circumstances if you have to cancel your trip unexpectedly due to illness, injury or unforeseen circumstances.
- We like World Nomads‘ Explorer Plans, but ultimately you have to choose the company and policy that is right for you. If you’re 70 years old or older, you’ll have to use a different company; we like Travel Guard. We’ll be asking for confirmation of your travel insurance 60 days before your departure. Please click here to get a quote. We love the services of these companies so much that we became affiliates, so we would ask that if you do choose to purchase these policies, you do it through our links.
- How much money should I bring? That is entirely up to you and how much shopping you want to do, as well as your love for extras like massages, alcoholic beverages, etc. All of your meals and transportation is covered, so you just have to gauge how much you want to spend on extras!
- How do I get the local currency? You can either exchange cash in India (although not at the airport, the rate is terrible!) or use a local ATM (which we prefer). Better yet, a combination of both! Just make sure you call your bank and credit card company to let them know you’ll be traveling in India, so they don’t put a hold on your card when they see it being used halfway across the world!
- Can I use a credit card? For large purchases (rugs, etc) many shops will take credit card (although they might charge a percentage on top of your credit card company’s international fee). For smaller items, count on using cash only.
- Can I opt out of activities? Absolutely! Nothing on these trips in mandatory. In fact, we build in a bit of downtime most days for self-exploration or rest, depending on how you’re feeling that day. We can help you build in extra activities, too, if that is your style.
- How fit must I be for this trip? We recommend contacting Anna and Devie for specific questions about the fitness level required for the classes. For the rest of the trip, we recommend you be comfortable walking & standing for 30-45 minute stretches.
- What kind of hotels will we be staying at? We take great pride in our hotel choices; it might be cliche, but we value location, location, location above all else! This often means little to no traffic, and that you can return to the sites on your own at any time. All of our hotels will be very simple but clean, and all have hot water and wifi.
- Will I be able to charge my electronics (phone, iPad, etc)? Yes, just be sure to bring along a 2-pin European style converter. Better yet, grab a Universal Travel Adaptor that can go with you anywhere in the world!
- Should I bring my mobile phone? We don’t recommend bringing your phone and using it with an international plan, as that can get expensive fast. If you do bring your phone, put it in airplane mode and use it for wifi at our hotels and restaurants.
- How can my family get ahold of me in an emergency? Before the trip we will give you a list of our hotels and their phone numbers; in addition, we will give you our Indian phone numbers ahead of time, as well as an American number good for text messages and voicemails.
MORE TO COME!
Price and What is Included
This 14 day/13 night all-inclusive journey is $2495 per person (double occupancy, not including airfare) until November 20, 2016. After this early bird pricing, the price is $2795.
If you prefer to have your own room, the single supplement is $350. (Click here to understand why this single supplement is necessary). Please note that we cannot guarantee you a roommate for this trip, and if you room alone, you will be responsible for the single supplement.
A $500 deposit holds your space, with the balance split between two more payments, 120 days and 60 days from the start of the trip. Please refer to the payment section for more specifics and your convenient payment options.
- All meals, and all the water, tea, and coffee your heart desires
- All accommodation
- All local transportation and transportation between Delhi, Rishikesh, Amritsar, and Agra
- Daily classes with Anna & Devie
- Site entrance fees
Price does not include:
- International airfare (although we can and will be more than happy to help you decide on arrangements)
- Indian visa fee
- Alcohol, specialty beverages, and desserts
- Travel insurance (required)
We require that our guests carry travel insurance because it just makes sense. It’s a relatively small expense but affords huge peace of mind for very little cost. When choosing a travel insurance policy we require that you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We also recommend you take out trip cancellation insurance, as this may cover cancellation penalties in certain circumstances if you have to cancel your trip unexpectedly due to illness, injury or unforeseen circumstances.
We like World Nomads, but ultimately you have to choose the one that is right for you. If you’re 70 years old or older, you’ll have to use a different company; we like Travel Guard. We’ll be asking for confirmation of your travel insurance before your departure. We love the services of these companies so much that we became affiliates, so we would ask that if you do choose to purchase these policies, you do it through our links.
Suggested Packing List
First things first, we know what your burning question is: yes, you will be able to have laundry done and/or wash small things or undergarments by hand in your room! 🙂
Average Temperature Range in our Destinations It’s important to understand the weather to really pack wisely! Here are the average (Fahrenheit) lows and highs for our destinations on this trip. Keep in mind these are the averages—we won’t know until the trip gets very close if there are any funky weather patterns going on that would cause fluctuations in temperature.
Amritsar: 55° to 85°F
Rishikesh: 60° to 90°F
Agra: 65° to 95F°
As you see, it has the potential to run the gamut from 55° to 95° on this journey—layers are going to be your best friend!
Here is a suggested packing list, clothing first and accessories second.
Note: BJ and Lauren live out of their suitcases year round and they swear by packing cubes! Rolling your clothes (instead of folding) and using packing cubes make packing a dream!
Clothing: Although more and more Indians are adopting Western wear, traditional clothing is very prevalent and modesty is the name of the game. In that spirit, please do not wear clothes that are tight, transparent or show too much skin, such tank tops or halter tops. We also discourage wearing form-fitting “skinny” jeans and shorts/skirts above the knee. Instead, we recommend wear loose fitting clothing such as long skirts, pants, capri-length pants, and blouses or Indian kurtas.
- 6+ pairs undergarments; you can always have them washed or wash them in your bathroom
- 3-5 pair light cotton pants or long skirts. You may want to bring leggings (2 or 3 pair) to wear under your long kurtas, tunics, skirts or pants on chilly mornings or evenings (again—it’s all about the layers!) BJ is a fan of nylon pants, as they are lightweight and easy to clean.
- 4-5 cotton t-shirts, blouses, or long sleeve shirts. You can always have laundry done at the hotels, but bring as many as will make you feel comfortable.
- A light sweater/cardigan for chilly morning or evenings.
- Bring a few pairs of socks. Light wool (like SmartWool) or tech socks work very well, but whatever socks you have will be just fine.
- Sleeping attire: our rooms will not have heat in them at night (although they will have plenty of blankets), so please make sure you bring sleeping attire to keep you warm!
- Comfortable walking shoes. Sneakers or comfortable slip-ons will suffice.
- A pair of sandals or flip-flops, if you wish. They’ll be convenient for around the hotels, local excursions, and the Golden Temple (when you have to check your footwear at the door). Walking sandals (such as Teva’s or Chaco’s) would also work.
- Sarongs are super handy for so many reasons (men and women). Makes for a good cover-up, eyeshade, pillow, scarf, napkin, tissue, etc. These will be readily available early in our travels.
- A hat with a brim is a great idea for our daytime adventures.
- Ear plugs and eye shades to help you sleep better and recover from jet lag more quickly. BJ swears by this! Click here for more of our tips on preventing and dealing with jet lag.
- Good sunscreen. Lauren prefers mineral-based ones like Devita: good for you, good for the environment. How do you know if it’s mineral based? If the active ingredient is either titanium dioxide or zinc oxide—that’s it. They might be a little pricier initially, but a little goes a long way.
- Daypack or camera bag. (If you need a recommendation on a camera, BJ would be happy to help, just email him. We can discuss what type of photography you like, how much you want to spend, and how much you want to lug around.)
- If you do bring your camera, don’t forget extra batteries and/or your charging cord! You may want to think about an extra memory card, too.
- At least one bandana, as they’ll come in handy for wiping hands, faces, covering heads, etc. Though they’ll loan us a bandana at the Golden Temple, you can wear your own head covering—a nice idea.
- Toiletries. Not all of our hotels are guaranteed to have shampoo and none will have conditioner, so be sure to bring some of your own if you need it.
- People tend to think they need to bring toilet paper to India—not true! However, bringing a few packs of travel tissues isn’t a bad idea, to keep on you for public restrooms.
- Wet wipes and/or hand sanitizer. Nothing replaces good ol’ hand-washing, but this will work in a pinch.
- Ladies will want to bring any necessary feminine hygiene products with them.
- Plug adaptor for electronics: you’ll need a 2 pin adaptor common across Europe. Here’s a nice example of a great universal adapter and here’s one with USB ports, as well.
- VERY IMPORTANT! A print out of your RETURN airline ticket itinerary; you’ll need this to enter the airport to get home. You can also have it readily accessibly on your phone (you may want to save it as a photo).
- Photocopy of your passport and your visa, just in case you need them.
- A small travel umbrella, if you wish; can work for rain (which we’re not expecting) OR as a parasol
- Small notebook and pen for journaling purposes, if you desire!
- Mosquito repellent. While we are visiting these areas in dry season and malaria is not endemic to any of these cities, it’s still better to be safe than sorry. Consider repellants based in natural essential oils, such as citronella. Click here to read a blog post by BJ about malaria (and dengue).
- Enough of any prescription drugs you need, as well as over-the-counter needs. We recommend Imodium (anti-diarrheal), a probiotic (Lauren is a BIG fan of Jarrodophilus EPS), as well as melatonin and Benadryl for jet lag purposes.
- We will have wifi at all of our hotels, if you want to stay in touch via your smart phone or tablet. Don’t forget your chargers! We recommend setting up Skype, FaceTime, or another wifi-based calling service before leaving home, and familiarizing your loved ones with it before you leave.
Registration Questions & Contract
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Anna Amrita Lively, RYT-500
Hi, I’m Anna. I am a world-traveling artist, musician, and yogini currently living in Austin, Texas. In the summer of 2012, I left my so-called perfect corporate job, my immediate family, and all most of belongings in Dallas, Texas to live on a sail boat in San Francisco Bay. Everyone thought I was crazy…then they realized I was the one person who was actually going to live my dreams instead of just talk about them. I have since traveled the West Coast in my 1974 van, camped in the Pacific Northwest, worked on an organic olive farm, been a tour guide in Los Angeles, and solo traveled to India for two months. I’ve evolved into a person who chooses to live authentically, moving beyond fear to realize my dreams every single day, creating my life and refining my joy in every moment. People often ask me how I am able to do it. I want to show you how.
My life is dedicated to authentic, positive transformation for every human being. My yogic journey has helped me realize many significant things about how I choose to live, not the least of which is my resolution to put my energy to use on meaningful projects that have a positive impact on the world around me. Through 20 years of practice, I have learned that the key to bringing peace to the planet is to first, bring peace to myself. Peace begins with me! My commitment to the eight-limbed path has helped me realize my own holistic healing, improved self-worth and the freedom of a life without boundaries!
To learn more about Anna, please visit her Facebook page.
There comes a time in many new connections, when one asks the other, “So, what do you do?” My response is an unconventional, “Basically, whatever I want.” This isn’t because I have a million dollar bills in a bank somewhere, or live under a bridge, it is because I have created my life in alignment with my passions, thereby allowing me to live off the freedoms provided me by the Devie Richards “Trust Fund.”
Fueled by my passion for connection, it seems only natural that my path has taken me on journeys (many of them solo) to fine places to meet extraordinary people in 3/4 of The United States, and 13 countries outside her borders. My diverse resume includes a Bachelor’s Degree, and occupations in Law Enforcement, Education, Life Coaching and Elder Care. I volunteer in my community and abroad; having participated in humanitarian operations in reforestation, English teaching, basic health care, construction, as well as support and companionship.
I cannot remember the day I realized that my bank was full, nor the moment I understood that I wear ruby slippers, and have had the power all along. I know it today, though; and so can you.
I am delighted to return to India a third time; and with my dear friend Anna, and lead you on an exploration beyond what and who you have known yourself to be.
BJ & Lauren created RetreaTours in 2010 with one goal in mind: to make world travel accessible, authentic, and astounding. In order to focus fully on this passion, they moved out of the U.S. in January 2013 to reside full-time overseas. Each day is spent exploring new destinations, strengthening local ties & relationships, and creating memorable and transformative retreats and tours (aka, RetreaTours™!)
BJ & Lauren take great pride in the itineraries they plan, as they can personally vouch for every hotel, every restaurant, and every activity that you will experience. They craft each element of the trip with intention, and they understand that it is this careful attention to detail that sets them apart. Fueled by their passion, armed with know-how, and supported by knowledgeable local professionals in all of their destinations, BJ & Lauren set the scene for the vacation of a lifetime.
The dynamic duo are available to answer any and all questions before the trip begins. From giving advice on the best flights and travel insurance to providing a packing list, FAQ, information about local food, and even a tiny “phrasebook,” BJ & Lauren pride themselves on these ‘nuts & bolts’ of personalized service.
In addition, as a guest, you receive free travel consulting services (normally a $200 value) should you choose to extend your travels. As one of their most ‘frequent fliers’ put it recently, BJ & Lauren make everything easy for you. Once you arrive in your destination city, your trip is all-inclusive—your meals, transportation, lodging, site fees, donations, and tips are all taken care of. The research has been done, the itinerary carefully laid out, the reservations made, the t’s crossed and the i’s dotted. All you have to do is show up and take in all your destination has to show you! So….let’s get going!
(Pictured above: BJ & Lauren play on an interactive street mural in Georgetown, Malaysia.)