12-24 Feb 2018

Alchemy of Bliss: Retreat yourself in the footsteps of the Himalayas

With Antar Khirad & Hilary Anne Brown

Enjoy daily delicious yoga, learn massage, explore your true nature, nurture your soul.

February 2018 | With dedicated yogis Antar Khirad & Hilary Brown

At the footsteps of the Himalayas, near the holy river Ganga, Rishis International Retreat Center is situated close to Rishikesh: the yoga capital of India with all its rituals and Indian markets full of colours and culture.

At a walking distance from the famous Shiva Temple “Neelkanth”, Rishis International provides you a royal Indian jungle experience along with magnificent stays in luxurious rooms and eco-cottages. Wake up to the sound of waterfalls and singing birds, where each day we will enjoy nurturing hatha or soul flow vinyasa yoga followed by bliss.

  • Beautiful luxury in jungle surroundings, wake up to a natural flowing
  • Rejuvenate, meditate and to go deeper in
  • Explore your dharma, receive
  • Disconnect from the internet, connect with yourself.

; verb: 3rd person present
to reach a state of perfect happiness, oblivious of everything else

Holiday Special Price!
20% off

The bliss program

Enjoy daily yoga (2 times a day):
Antar & Hilary will share the daily yoga lessons, so you will practice traditional hatha yoga and breath-based vinyasa styles. In addition, we will be sharing more depth around seldom offered integrative practices to awaken your senses, with pranayama, meditation, writing, contemplate, walk, sing or even dance – in some form each day. Silence will be requested at specific moments each week to let you soak into yourself. Once a week we will take an (optional) excursion to sites around Rishikesh.


Who we are

We are delighted to share the path of yoga and meditation together.

Hilary Brown, teacher, friend and founder of Yoga Moves, the profound yoga school in the Netherlands. She has worked with many different yogi’s around the world and will share her teaching, joy and modern wisdom with us.

Antar Khirad, founder of Rishis International Retreat Center, sharing his integrated practices (asana, meditation, ayurveda and tantra) sourced from mother India. He will also help unravel a small part of India for us, sharing special temples and sites in Rishikesh, yoga capital of the world.

Join us in this open space to be yourself, discover new things, explore your yoga, discover the beauty of India, breathe deeply.

Interested?  Email us!

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The details

Dates & prices
Extra Info
Afternoon & Evening Programs

Join us for one or two weeks  |
Mon-Sat in February 2018
week 1: 12-17th Feb
week 2: 19-24th Feb

Prices are per week per person:

  • € 995 | 2 rooms available (double occupancy) (less €199 in December)
  • € 1095 |  3 cottages available (double occupancy) (less €219 in December)

PLUS: enjoy a free excursion as a gift
if you book both weeks!

Want to register?

Sign up button below – we ask you to fill our registration form and within a couple days, you will be sent a confirmation email with an invoice and a request to pay.
We accept bank transfer, Pay Pal or Visa.

Trips and excursions

During our weekly program, there will be one day offered that you are completely free to either enjoy the silence and magnificent space of our retreat centre or you may participate into the excursion that will be organized for that day. Based upon the demand by our participants, one excursion will be selected each week and you will be invited to join. 30-50 euros

  • Excursion to Rishikesh, including visit to several temples, visits to selectively chosen organic cafes, and participation in the evening ‘Arati’ Ganga Pooja ritual at the banks of the Ganges.
  • Tracking to magnificent waterfalls, small surrounding villages and local temples, pure and sacred places, unknown to tourists.
  • Visit to the Raja National park with a guided tour to experience the majestic wild life of India..

Accommodation & Nourishing food

The retreat centre offers its guests comfortable dining and lounge areas overlooking the small mountain stream, as well as a beautiful large yoga-shala overlooking the rice fields and the tropical hills surrounding us. There is a small shop at the centre where you may purchase small items to enhance your stay, such as organic Indian soaps and shower gels, snacks, yoga mats and original hand crafted woolen shawls.

The food is based on Ayurvedic ingredients and is prepared with love and care and with high hygienic standards. We provide vegetarian Indian-based sattvic cuisine cooked in traditional style, enriched with several healthy, nutritious continental recipes.

The accommodation is excellent quality, assuring that you will have a pleasant and comfortable stay. Our luxurious rooms and cottages are suitable for shared, double occupations. We will find someone of the same sex to share with or if you wish to book along with a friend you can mention this in your booking. However, if you are a solo traveler and wish to have more privacy, single person supplements are also available. For all types of accommodations bed linen and towels will be provided by Rishis International.

Prices are per week:







Discount above will  be applied to the normal price below when you register via Yoga Moves by 31 December.

Zen or Zorba deluxe with shared bathroom

  • € 995 | 2 rooms available (double occupancy) (less €199 in December)

Luxurious double room situated in the villa. Decorated with ancient original Indian elements giving it a royal touch. These rooms, with a magnificent view over the rice fields and tropical jungle, have two single beds that can be joined together. Zen deluxe room has a large attached bathroom with shower which is shared with the Zorba deluxe room.

Eco stone cottage with private bathroom

  • € 1095 |  3 cottages available (double occupancy) (less €219 in December)

For those who like to have their own private space and bathroom, we offer luxurious eco stone cottages. These cottages, thoughtfully decorated with a warm colour palette and several original Indian style elements have two single beds that can be joined together and a private bathroom with a shower and toilet.

Private room?
Space permitting – we can offer some private rooms for 20% more over your fee.


Travel to here:

Rishis International is situated approximately 15 km from Rishikesh city and approximately 35 km from the nearest airport ‘Dehradun Jolly Grant Airport’. There a several flights a day from New Delhi International Airport to Dehradun. The flight takes approximately 1.5 hours to reach there.

We provide transfers for our guests from Dehradun Jolly Airport to the retreat centre. The one-way transfer is chargeable at 40,00 euros per vehicle.

Please be informed that the fee of your transfers to and from Rishis International are not included in the fee of your retreat, but we will help you arrange it and will do our best to match you with another guest so you can share the ride.


More questions?

We will share with you more specific information when you sign up!

Need more info over the location in India? Email us at

Rishis International More Info PDF 

Yoga Moves & Rishi International will provide you a confirmation when reserving a spot in one of their retreats or holiday packages.  It is up to the traveller to check the confirmation for accuracy.
Within two working days of receipt, you can recover any errors in the confirmation. Registering for this retreat indicates you agree with the general and specific conditions set fourth by Yoga Moves. BV and Rishi International.
In addition, you agree you have been informed of the need for a travel visa for India, travel insurance and possible vaccinations.

Terms and Conditions
A deposit (€200) is due for each person upon registration.
Booking with payments received in full prior to 26 Dec 2017 receive a discount of 20%.
Full payment or balance is due prior to 30 December 2017.
Late payments will risk losing your reservation and deposit.
Any charges incurred for international transfers will be charged back to you.

Cancellation Policy
Once a deposit or the balance has been paid, cancellations must be made in writing to Yoga Moves, BV
When the traveller decides to cancel his trip or participation in the retreat, event, training or workshop she agrees to the following conditions and fees:

Up to 8 weeks prior to departure 15% of the fare;
From 8 weeks to 6 weeks before departure 30% of the fare;
From 6 weeks to 4 weeks before departure 50% of the fare;
From 4 weeks to the day of departure 100% of the fare.

No transfers to other programs are permitted.
No refunds will be made for failure to attend or to complete the retreat.
Refunds will be made in full and asap in case of insufficient registrations.
In all other cases refunds will be processed after the retreat ends. Our cancellation policy is firm.

Limitation of Liability
Yoga Moves cannot be responsible nor liable for any injury, loss or damage of property, obligations derived from travel arrangements, or disruption of program due to circumstances beyond the control of Yoga Moves.

Why travel insurance is mandatory for Travel to India?
Taking out a travel insurance is highly recommended. Should something happen to you in India, the lack of insurance can be a very big problem for you. The cancellation insurance is also recommended. We recommend at least opt for the basic coverage including medical expenses, accidents and legal aid and cancellation policy. We will not be responsible for any health or injury costs or coordination.

How does the payment take place?
After booking you will receive an email from us with a link in it that you can make the payment to us. You can pay with a bank transfer, pay pal or visa. Any bank or transfer fees that we are charged will be charged back to you. For international payments our IBAN and BIC code at the bottom of the invoice we will send you.

Can I be sure the retreat will happen?
In our retreats, there is a requirement of a minimum number of participants, under which number the trip cannot be performed. In case of insufficient participation, the final date of cancellation is 14 days prior to the start date. If the minimum number of participants are not met, then we will always try to still make an alternative program in a different form or a different period of time to avoid disappointment.

These and all General Conditions of Yoga Moves and these specific conditions:  General_Conditions_Retreat_To_Rishis_2018 apply.

How do I contact with Yoga Moves?
Yoga Moves, BV
Address: St.Janshovenstraat 1, 3572 RA Utrecht, The Netherlands
By email:
Phone: +31 (0)30-267 9478 | From Monday / Friday between 13.00-17.00

How do I contact Rishi International Retreat Center? 
Rishis International
Address: Neelkanth Road, Khrekhal – Maral Tallai, Rishikesh, India
By email: (Europe) or (India)


Afternoon/ Evening (optional) workshops:


Learn the art of giving & receiving deep nurturing Ayurvedic massage that combines deep tissue massage with coordinated breath work and yoga stretching.

Ayurvedic Yoga Massage is unique style of massage that combines deep tissue massage with coordinated breath work and yoga stretching. It’s a body work which is performed on the floor to allow free movement and flow. It combines dynamic and static techniques.  It is a traditional and ancient wisdom of taking care of the body through breath work and healing techniques in order to channelize the energy. By pressing energy points the body can be harmonized and freed from physical and emotional blockages. Excess of toxins in the body and knots can be removed through this unique comprehensive approach. This sacred body work happens between giver and receiver, allowing both an amazing sense of being present and available. It brings a state of meditation, which heals the body, enhances energy levels, deepens the experience of being here and now and helps with letting go of mind patterns and physical blockages and tensions.



Discover your own dharma by uncovering your core desired feelings. Take this time to reset your compass and regain your confidence in your own true nature.

Dive into an exploration of your own personal dharma – what is your own personal calling in life? Take this time to reset your compass and regain your confidence in your own true nature. In addition to yoga, meditation, pure peace and enjoyment, Hilary will take us through a process that includes elements of traditional and modern inquiry that helps you identify your deeper core motivations. She will integrate a process called Desire Mapping to help you determine your goals with soul…so you can create the life you love. Knowing how you actually want to feel is the most potent form of clarity that you can have. Generating those feelings is the most creative thing you can do with your life. You will enjoy a deep process of listening, writing, exploring, remembering, dreaming; it will result in deeper awareness of your own core desired feelings, you will go home with mantra-like words that hold deep meaning for you and can truly help you navigate powerful life choices.


Alchemy of Bliss: Retreat yourself in the footsteps of the Himalayas

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About the teachers

Antar Khirad

Antar is a yoga teacher and ayurvedic massage therapist. He was born in India and has been living in Holland since 2000. Ever since he has been sharing internationally his life time experience of ayurveda, yoga and meditation.
In his classes you will get an understanding about awareness through physical exercise and breathing techniques (pranayama) to maintain your emotions such as anger, depression, fatigue, insomnia and overweight, all the common problems of our society.
Antar had his main yoga education at the Shivananda Ashram in Rishikesh and Shivananda Ashram in Kerala. He has been teaching yoga and meditation from a young age in India and is currently running his meditation center near Rishikesh, India.
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Hilary Anne Brown

Hilary Anne Brown is the founder of Yoga Moves, which she opened in Utrecht in the summer of 2001. A native Californian, Hilary has studied and practiced many forms of yoga, healing arts, massage & bodywork and dance since the early 1980s. She has yoga teaching certificates in Iyengar, Vinyasa yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Vinyasa (Prana) Flow, and is recognized as an experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT500) since 2006. She has studied with numerous known and unknown yogis to whom she is ever grateful.

Hilary teaches a lyrical form of vinyasa yoga, a fluid but precise, dynamic yet relaxed method that incorporates the breath as a focus of moving meditation. She teaches with sensitivity and strength, letting you discover what yoga can bring to your life in a real and tangible ways. Breath is always a theme in her work, but equally understanding and feeling what you are doing. Alignment is a key ingredient and joy a natural outcome of her teaching. Sometimes you will laugh, cry or dance in her classes! Hilary is a committed yogi that helps her students take a step closer to themselves.

“.. it is rare to find a Vinyasa teacher with solid experience and true wisdom, who can introduce new technical material, while at the same time guide her students to surrender into the depth of breath and the pleasure of flow.” Gayle Olson, Exotic Yoga Retreats

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