Retreats/Trips

Tapta Marg’s Retreats bring together a vibrant, diverse staff of instructors, explorers, travelers, trainers and seekers united by the common principle that the journey of self-transformation is the greatest pilgrimage of all. Our retreats offer a spectrum of experiences for those looking for adventure and exploration, and those simply seeking time and space to relax and go within.

On a Tapta Marg retreat you can expect small groups, unique destinations, a balance between practice and exploration, with ample time for solitude, led by seasoned travelers with a deep love for the heart and soul, the food, the fervor, and the fire of the countries we visit.

Kayak in the crystal waters off the coast of Kauai, practice yoga beneath a tumbling waterfall in the diamond highlands of Brazil, meditate in ancient yogi caves in the holy mountains of Ladakh, take a pilgrimage to the source of the Ganges as it bubbles out of Himalayan glaciers, or unwind into the rhythm of daily breath and meditation practice in one of the most revered ashrams in India. The world awaits your shine! Explore this world of high vibration travel, practice, and devotion.

Waterfalls of Bahia: 12 Days of Yoga and Exploration in the Spectacular Diamond Highlands of Brazil

with Josh Schrei and Cigall Eacott

September 28 - October 10, 2018

$2,700

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Join Josh Schrei and Cigall Eacott for this unique Yoga and Trekking retreat in one of the most awe-inspiring settings on the planet — the Chapada Diamantina of Brazil. The Chapada is home to hundreds of waterfalls, glittering caves, crystal clear freshwater pools, quaint colonial towns and is right in the heart of Bahia, Brazil’s old capital and the center of Afro-Brazilian culture.

Our itinerary will allow us time for both daily practice and exploration, as we journey from the picturesque city of Salvador to the secluded valley of Capão, where we will spend a week in a daily rhythm of practice, simple  living, and immersion in nature. At the conclusion of the trip we will take a three-day trek across the Valé do Pati, considered by many to be the most scenic valley in all of Brazil.

Join us for this unforgettable experience in a truly remarkable setting!

$2,700 includes accommodation, transport, meals, trekking costs, and yoga.

Adventures in Folk Art: Exploring Artistic Traditions in Colorful Gujarat and Rajasthan

with Josh Schrei and Cigall Eacott

November 4th - 16th, 2018

$3,750

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Tapta Marg is partnering with the International Folk Art Market to bring you a vibrant series of journeys to prime arts destinations around the globe! The Indian states of Gujarat are Rajasthan are known for their varied cultures, vibrant art, village handicrafts, jaw-dropping stone temples, and stately palaces. From the white deserts of Kutch to the bustling markets of Ahmedabad to the phenomenal sun temple at Modhera and the pink palaces of Jaipur, this is India at its most colorful and awe-inspiring.

This region is widely known for its artistic traditions — it seems that every village has its own expression of traditional craft, from world-renowned embroidery to block printing to vibrant painting and pottery arts. This depth and diversity of artistic expression is why artists from this region are heavily featured each year at the International Folk Art Market.

Join Santa Fe-based tour operators, folk art enthusiasts, and yoga instructors Josh Schrei and Cigall Eacott as we journey into the heart of Gujarat and Rajasthan for twelve days of awe-inspiring travel, folk art immersion, temple and palace hopping, and optional yoga and meditation practice.

Among the highlights of our trip —

·      The local handicrafts, fabrics and tribal arts surrounding Bhuj, including the Qasab-Kutch Craftswomen’s collective, the world-renowned Khatri block printing studio, and the Khatri tie-dye workshop.

·      The opportunity to study with local artists and try your hand at block printing and embroidery.

·      The sun temple of Modhera, one of only two sun temples in India.

·      Rani-Ki-Vav, one of the finest examples of ancient stonework in all of India

·      The markets of Ahmedabad.

·      Agashiye rooftop restaurant, one of the best restaurants in India!

·      A safari into the Little Rann wildlife sanctuary, home to unique native flora and fauna.

·      The pink city of Jaipur with its gorgeous palaces and famed blue pottery.

Temple Towns of Tamil Nadu: Retreat and 100-hour Yoga Immersion

February 9th - 22nd, 2019

$2,350

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Join us as we cultivate a deep daily yoga practice in one of the holiest towns in India, study the ancient teachings of yoga at the source, and visit spectacular temples in a region known for its tradition of arts, poetry, and devotion.
We will arrive in Chennai, India on February 9th and then move on to the holy city of Tiruvannamalai, where we will stay for a full 10 days. Here we’ll cultivate a daily practice together at the foot of the sacred mountain Arunachala and take regular visits together to Arunachaleshwara, one of the most beautiful and holy temples in India. We’ll have optional hikes around and up the mountain, visit meditation caves and have daily darshan at one of India’s most respected ashrams, and will also have plenty of time to see temples in the surrounding area.
On February 19th, the full moon will bring over 100,000 pilgrims to the sacred mountain in an outpouring of devotion not to be missed.
Those who wish to take the teacher training portion of the trip will attend afternoon sessions on asana, pranayama, meditation, sequencing, ayurveda, and yoga philosophy. Others will have time to explore and/or relax.
The entire group will then take a three day excursion to some of the famed temple towns of South India, including Srirangam Temple, one of the most sacred Vishnu temples in India, Brihadeeswarar temple, a magnificent stone shiva temple and Meenakshi Amman Temple, the largest Goddess temple in the world.
The total cost for the retreat is $2,350, or $2,990 if you want single accommodation. This does not include your flight to India, but does include ground travel within India, all hotel costs, all yoga, and some meals. This price has been made intentionally affordable as it is my wish to be as inclusive as possible. There will be a supplemental cost of around $60 for those flying back to Chennai from Madurai on February 22nd.

The Folkloric Arts of Brazil and the Majesty of Iguaçu Falls: Two Weeks of Arts, Culture, and Nature in Beautiful Brazil

with Josh Schrei and Cigall Eacott

September 6th - 17th, 2019

$4,800

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The country of Brazil is home to colorful folk arts traditions, a thriving modern art scene, and magnificent natural wonders.

Join us as we spend two weeks exploring some of the most vibrant destinations that this beautiful nation has to offer. We’ll start off in the heartland of Minas Gerais, where we’ll visit the quaint colonial towns of Ouro Preto, Tiradentes, and São João Del Rei and explore a countryside famed for its pastoral farmland and artisanal cheeses. Minas Gerais is also home to Inhotim, a world-renowned outdoor arts museum and botanical garden.

The next part of the trip will take us north to the coast of Pernambuco and Bahia, where we’ll visit traditional blockprinters, puppet makers, laceworkers, and ceramics artists and take time to soak in the spectacular beauty of the coast as we stay in two of the best coastal resorts in all of Brazil.

For those who want to add an optional 4-day extension (September 17th – 20th), we will visit Iguaçu Falls, the largest waterfall system on the planet and one of the great wonders of the natural world. From our base at the famed Hotel Belmond Das Cataratas, we’ll explore the majesty of Iguaçu by boat, foot, and even helicopter.

  • Highlights of the trip include—
  • Ouro Preto, Tiradentes, and São João Del Rei, some of the best preserved colonial towns of Brazil
  • Inhotim museum and botanical garden
  • Artisanal cheesemakers of Minas Gerais
  • Miniature ceramics of Pernambuco
  • Famed block printing of Pernambuco
  • Traditional Brazilian lace artisans
  • Nannai Coastal Resort
  • The splendor of Iguaçu falls
  • The famed Hotel Belmond Das Cataratas, luxury hotel directly adjacent to the falls

Cost
$4,800 includes meals, accommodations, flights within Brazil, ground transport within Brazil, park entry fees. Single room available for $1,200 additional.

Supplemental 4-day, 3-night Iguaçu trip —Sept 17th – Sept 20th — $2,100.

Folk Arts, Ancient Temples, and Natural Wonders in India’s Wild Northeast:

with Josh Schrei and Cigall Eacott

November 8th - 20th, 2019

$3,900

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India’s magnificent Northeast provinces are home to pristine jungles and rivers, awesome wildlife sanctuaries, and some of the most diverse and unique arts traditions of the Indian subcontinent. The states of West Bengal, Assam, and Meghalaya contain numerous distinct tribal peoples, each of which has its own style of art and craft. The Northeast is also home to Kaziranga National Park, which features the largest population of Asiatic Rhinos on the planet.
Join us for this unique adventure as we visit arts, cultural, and wildlife destinations in this awe-inspiring region.
We’ll start in Calcutta, where we’ll stay at the magnificent Oberoi Hotel and immerse in the beautiful Kantha embroidery and mask-making traditions of the region. Then we’ll head east to Assam, home to one of the most important goddess temples in all of India and the heartland of Assam silk, Eri silk, and Ahimsa silk.
Just south of Assam is Meghalaya, the fabled Land of Cloud, with awe-inspiring waterfalls and home to the Kasi people, who make bridges out of the living roots of trees. We’ll explore the fabric and wood arts of this vibrant region before taking two days to visit Kaziranga national park, home to rhinoceros, elephant, and the elusive Bengal tiger.
Highlights of the trip include—
  • Kantha embroidery of Bengal
  • Mask-making traditions of Bengal
  • Dakshineshwara Temple, the largest Kālī temple in the world
  • Belur Math, the mission of famed Indian spiritual teacher Ramakrishna
  • Kamakhya Temple, one of the most important goddess temples in India
  • Umananda Temple, a beautiful island temple in the middle of the Brahmaputra River
  • Eri silk and Ahimsa silk of Assam
  • Tribal arts of Meghalaya
  • The fabulous Ri Kynjai hotel, serenity by the lake
  • Living root bridges of Meghalaya
  • The rugged beauty of Kaziranga National Park
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