300HR JIVAMUKTI
YOGA TEACHER TRAINING

 

RETURNING TO INDIA

2023

 

When: Saturday February 4 to
Friday March 3, 2023

Where: Govardhan Eco Village.

This course is offered as Residential only.

300HR JIVAMUKTI
YOGA TEACHER TRAINING

 

RETURNING TO INDIA

2023

 

WHEN: Saturday February 4 to
Friday March 3, 2023

WHERE: Govardhan Eco Village

This course is offered as Residential only.

FACULTY

Ruth Lauer-Manenti

Facilitator
NEW YORK
UNITED STATES

Advanced Certification

Olga Oskorbina

Facilitator
BARCELONA
SPAIN
 Advanced Certification

Manizeh Rimer

 Mentor
LONDON
UNITED KINGDOM
Advanced Certification

Juan Sierra

 Mentor
BERLIN
GERMANY

Advanced Certification

Dr. Lori Zucker

 Honored Teacher
NEW JERSEY
UNITED STATES

Honored Teacher

Manorama

 Honored Teacher
NEW YORK
UNITED STATES

Honored Teacher

FACULTY

Ruth Lauer-Manenti

Facilitator
NEW YORK
UNITED STATES

Advanced Certification

Olga Oskorbina

Facilitator
BARCELONA
SPAIN
 Advanced Certification

Manizeh
Rimer

 Mentor
LONDON
UNITED KINGDOM
Advanced Certification

Juan
Sierra

 Mentor
BERLIN
GERMANY

Advanced Certification

Dr. Lori
Zucker

 Honored Teacher
NEW JERSEY
UNITED STATES

Honored Teacher

Manorama

 Honored Teacher
NEW YORK
UNITED STATES

Honored Teacher

THE FOLLOWING SECTION CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS. PLEASE CLICK THE (+) AT THE RIGHT TO EXPAND EACH TOPIC TO READ. PLEASE READ ALL SECTIONS ON THIS PAGE, AND IF YOU STILL AREN’T SURE, EMAIL US AT TT@JIVAMUKTIYOGA.COM.

 

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION DATES & DEADLINES
Registration Begins (50% Deposit holds your space) May 1, 2022
Refunds/cancellation allowed (€1,500 nonrefundable) Until Nov 4, 2022
All fees are strictly non-refundable and non- transferable, non-negotiable After Nov 4, 2022
Balance Due, Registration Closes January 6, 2023
Arrival Day February 4, 2023
DAILY SCHEDULE
7:00am–7:45am Breakfast
8:00pm–12:00pm Class Time
12:00pm–12:45pm Mentor Group Meeting
12:45pm–1:45pm Lunch
2:00pm–6:00pm Class Time
6:00pm–7:30pm Dinner
8:00pm–11:00pm Satsang
 
People walking
People walking
THE FOLLOWING SECTION CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS. PLEASE CLICK THE (+) AT THE RIGHT TO EXPAND EACH TOPIC TO READ. PLEASE READ ALL SECTIONS ON THIS PAGE, AND IF YOU STILL AREN’T SURE, EMAIL US AT TT@JIVAMUKTIYOGA.COM.

 

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION DATES & DEADLINES
Registration Begins (50% Deposit holds your space) May 1, 2022
Refunds/cancellation allowed (€1,500 nonrefundable) Until November 4, 2022
All fees are strictly non-refundable and non- transferable, non-negotiable After Nov 4, 2022
Balance Due, Registration Closes January 6, 2023
Arrival Day February 4, 2023
DAILY SCHEDULE
7:00am–7:45am Breakfast
8:00pm–12:00pm Class Time
12:00pm–12:45pm Mentor Group Meeting
12:45pm–1:45pm Lunch
2:00pm–6:00pm Class Time
6:00pm–7:30pm Dinner
8:00pm–11:00pm Satsang
 

ABOUT JIVAMUKTI YOGA TEACHER TRAINING & YOUR JOURNEY TO INDIA

ABOUT 300HR TT

300 plus-hour certification program is considered by many to be the most comprehensive yoga teacher training available. It attracts students from around the world and produces empowered, qualified yoga teachers.

Open to both dedicated beginners, intermediate and advanced practitioners or long time teachers, the Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training provides a blueprint for incorporating the physical, psychological, spiritual, and mystical aspects of yoga into modern life, without losing sight of the universal goal of the practice: liberation. Emphasizing interconnectedness and a nondualistic view of life, this practice awakens within us a need to protect the planet and all life on earth. Gain the skills to confidently achieve those goals for yourself, as well as the ability to teach others how to live in harmony.

The month-long residential Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training covers yoga philosophy, history of yoga, Sanskrit, anatomy, hands-on assisting, practice teaching sessions, study groups, mentor guidance, quizzes, exams, and all aspects of Jivamukti Yoga.

The course is full and offers the fundamental tools needed to not only understand and immerse yourself in the yoga practices but also to develop the skills to be able to pass these teachings on in a creative way.
Jivamukti Yoga TT Course consists of:

– Immersion in daily yoga practice

– In-depth sessions focused on vinyasa sequencing and alignment, including standing poses, forward bends, twists, backbends, inversions, and balances

– Study of the physical and energetic anatomy of the human body

– Sanskrit language immersion, where you learn to read, write, and recite the Sanskrit alphabet

– Exploration into major yogic texts, including the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika

– Meditation practice twice a day and instruction on how to teach meditation to others

– Practice teaching and instruction for how to give hands-on assists to students while they are practicing asanas

– Lessons on how to practice and teach healing, purifying, and detoxifying hatha yoga kriyas

– Exploration of philosophy, ethics, and activism: how to live a more effective, positive, and harmonious life

– Direct experience in the importance of a vegan diet for human health, for sustaining the ecosystem, for reducing violence in the world, and as a means to enlightenment.

The Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training focuses not only on the physical postures, but also on how the postures evolved. We explore yoga’s ancient sacred texts and five-thousand-year-old traditions, as well as the psychotherapeutic benefits that develop with a steady practice, and the spiritual power that is set free when energy flows throughout the heart, body, and mind.
Throughout the program, senior Jivamukti teachers will guide you and help you to understand the principles that underlie the ancient practices of yoga and how to integrate them into the world today.
Initiatives & Innovations at GEV
Organic farming: Many technologies are utilized to create the most sustainable and environment-friendly food sources possible. Such practices as crop rotation and companion planting, composting, mulching, organic fertilizers, green pesticides, permanent raised garden beds, and several kinds of irrigation are employed in the farming effort.

Green Buildings: Traditional earthen homes are built with locally available materials that reconnect us to earth, creating a healing and calming effect.

Water conservation: Efficient Water conservation is a natural step towards sustainability with respect to water resources. The goal at GEV has been to create a system, which could help attain this goal without disturbing the existing ecology and keeping cost feasibility in mind.

Alternative energy: Alternative energy is any energy source that is an alternative to fossil fuels with their inherent disadvantages like carbon dioxide emissions, global warming, etc. GEV uses Solar Power, Biogas and Bull Power to meet energy needs in an eco-friendly way.

Soil biotechnology: Soil Biotechnology (SBT) is an indigenous green technology for sewage processing which enables recycling and reuse of processed water. SBT has been developed & patented by Chemical Engineering Department, IIT Bombay. GEV has been one of the pioneers in employing the SBT technology for handling sewage wastes in a rural setup.

Animal care: Upholding the Vedic tenet of respecting all forms of life, GEV is working steadily towards setting up exemplary animal care facilities. Two donkeys, two goats, two sheep, four dogs and several cows and bulls happily reside at the GEV.

Waste management: GEV uses a combination of time tested traditional techniques as well as indigenous innovations to develop a Symbiotic Model of Waste Management (SWMS). In a SWMS different processes or systems are integrated into loops so that the wastes of one system can be utilized by another.

Rural empowerment: A Holistic Development Program for Rural & Tribal communities in Wada Block of Thane District was started by GEV to cover at least 500 tribal families over a period of 6 years.

Rural health care: Bhaktivedanta Hospital and Govardhan Eco Village, as a part of their mission to serve the needy, have been rendering free and concessional community health services to the villagers in and around GEV. Annamrita: The Annamrita kitchen supported by GEV today provides mid-day meals to almost 30,000 students from 400 schools.

Vrindavan Biodiversity park: Taking inspiration from the sublime and symbiotic biodiversity of Vrindavan, GEV is coming up with a Vrindavan Biodiversity Park. Sitting in the lap of Mother Nature, being surrounded by mountains on all 4 sides and with the Vaitarna River flowing nearby, Govardhan Eco village has an ideal setting to experience the sweetness of Bhakti Yoga along with the blossom of Nature.

ACCOMMODATION AND PRICING
Gokul Single Room (single rooms with Private Bath) + Tuition $10,450

Madhuvan Single Room (single rooms with  Private Bath and AC) + Tuition $12,450

Madhuvan Double Room (double rooms with Private Bath and AC) + Tuition $10,450

Mahavan Single Room (single rooms with  Private Bath and AC) + Tuition $12,450

Mahavan Double Room (double rooms with Private Bath and AC) + Tuition $10,450

Campus Amenities
  • Swimming Pool
  • Ayurvedic Treatment & Massage Center
  • Library
  • Temple
  • Gift Shop
  • Laundry: There will be laundry service provided at a small cost, please bring enough clothing to allow for a 48 hrs turnaround time. Reminder: you may want to change some money to pay for this service.
  • WIFI: will be available at Govardhan Ashram in rooms and some common areas, though there is limited access and it can be unreliable at times.
RATES INCLUDE
  • Shala with AC
  • three vegan meals per day
  • Stay at GEV in selected housing option
Housing options at GEV

GOKUL KUTIR 

  • Large Double Bunk Beds
  • Garden View
  • Mountain View
  • Small Room Heater
  • Private Bathroom
  • Electric Tea Kettle

MADHUVAN VILLAS

  • One Large Single Bed
  • Two Large Single Beds
  • Forest View
  • Mountain View
  • Porch
  • Air Conditioning
  • Small Room Heater
  • Private Bathroom
  • Electric Tea Kettle

MAHAVAN COTTAGES

  • Two Large Single Beds
  • Balcony View
  • Mountain View
  • Living Room
  • Terrace
  • Air Conditioning
  • Small Room Heater
  • Private Bathroom
  • Electric Tea Kettle
FACILITES
There are electrical outlets in every room, however, please be conscious to bring only what you absolutely need and conserve energy. You are reminded that international converters and/or adaptors (for Asia) might be needed for your electronics. Each dorm/cottage has toilets and showers (either private or shared) rooms have clean bedding provided. We remind you again, it is an ashram, furnishings are simple and there will be some items of convenience that will not be available. There is a small gift shop available onsite for you to purchase certain necessities as well as some clothing and other treats.

WIFI and CELL PHONES

There is limited wifi access available at the Govardhan Eco-Village. If you’ll need to get online, it is recommended to bring a hotspot device or enable your cell phone as a hotspot. International SIM cards are available for purchase in Mumbai, however you’ll need ID and passport photo to purchase one and it may take several hours time to apply.

Power can sometimes go in and out in India, especially in the mountain villages, though its nothing to worry about (there is a back up generator) the internet can be unreliable. It is recommended you consult with your mobile service provider to select the best plan for yourself while in India should you choose to have one.

LAUNDRY

There is laundry service provided for a fee. Please bring enough clothing to allow for a 48 hrs turnaround time. Laundry fees will be charged to your room, you should cash to pay for these services.

Laundry rates are approx. as follows:

Saree — Rs TBA/- each.

T-shirt,shirt,pant,dhoti,kurta — TBA/- each.

Undergarments — TBA/- each.

Salwar-Kameez,Kurtis,Tops — TBA/- each.

Socks — TBA/- each.

There are wash basins provided in your rooms, in shared bath areas. We recommend that you bring non-chemical detergents and hand wash your clothing, especially whites. There are ample drying areas and things dry quickly during the day.

VISA/IMMIGRATION CHECK IN DOCUMENTS
CHECK YOUR NATIONALITY STATUS FOR ENTRANCE TO INDIA AND GET YOUR VISA! Students are responsible for checking their own country’s regulations for entry to India including any health requirements.

  • Please apply for a TOURIST VISA (NOT A YOGA OR EDUCATION VISA as JYTT is considered a short term yoga program – less than 6 months) There are several agencies that assist the visa process for a fee. Our friends at GEV recommend using a visa processing service for convenient and fast service: http://www.travisa.com

The address to list for your visa application:

Govardhan Eco Village
Galtare, Hamrapur (P.O), Wada (Taluka)
Thane (District) -421303
Maharashtra, India
Telephone: +91 9892053108

Contact: Prasad Panda

http://www.ecovillage.org.in/

Required: Please bring two sets of Passport copies ( Photo page and Visa page) + 3 passport size photographs. There is no facility of getting photographs or xerox near to the Eco Village.

Passport and Photos are required for all hotels per International Hotel check-in policy including at the Eco-Village

ARRIVAL/ DEPARTURE + GROUP SHUTTLE INFORMATION

Arrive to Mumbai via Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport latest February 4 in the morning. February 4 is the day you should arrive to Govardhan Ecovillage, which is 2-3 hours drive from Mumbai. Group shuttle departs at 11am sharp.

It is a nice option to book your flight to arrive a couple of days early to India. Upon arrival to Mumbai, we recommend staying at JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar as it is very close to the airport (about 10 min) and has 5 star facilities. This is where group shuttle depart from.

Group Shuttle: Please meet us at JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar lobby by 10am on Saturday, February 4, 2023. The cost of shuttle each way is $80.

This will be the only group shuttle departure point going to Govardhan Eco-Village. We will depart 11am together.

If something should happen and you miss this group departure, you will be responsible for private taxi costs to the Govardhan Eco-Village. The cost of private taxi transfer is $200 each way.

You can coordinate to meet with other TT students that are also arriving early via our dedicated JYTT Slack Channel.

If you are arriving on February 4, please double check your arrival times to Mumbai to make sure you can make it to the group shuttle with time to spare. You don’t want to miss the shuttle bus!

Depart from Govardhan Ecovillage: Friday, March 3, 2023

Group Shuttle bus will depart from Govardhan Eco-Village to the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Terminal 2
Departing GEV at 10 am.

It is advisable for you to book your departing flights in the evening as the journey from GEV to Mumbai is about 3 hrs.

We will make 2 additional stops (TBD) in the city in case you are not flying until later that day and/or extending your stay in India. You will be provided group transportation back to Mumbai city center if needed, but you will be on your own from there.

If you plan on staying on in India after the Teacher Training, please note it in the FLIGHT INFORMATION FORM in your online application.

Upon departure, if you want to book a private taxi to an alternate destination (cost not included, it is $200) please contact: TT@jivamuktiyoga.com or we can organize it once we are there.

Private TAXI & AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION

For those of you arriving early and in need of transport upon arrival, it is strongly suggested that you use your hotel shuttle taxi service if available.

Most hotels offer their own airport shuttle, please utilize their service and book in advance. Arrival can be daunting so make it easy and safe for yourself.

For those of you staying elsewhere or arriving before February 3, please see the link below regarding transportation options to Mumbai city center or elsewhere.
http://www.mumbaiairport.com/transportation.php

If you need to schedule a private shuttle pickup from Mumbai or Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport to Govardhan Eco-Village please contact TT@jivamuktiyoga.com to make arrangements.

The cost is $200 USD per person each way and the drive is about 2-3 hrs.

Hotels & Staying in Mumbai

Hotel Suggestion for your stay in Mumbai:

JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, IA Project Rd, Navpada, Vile Parle East, Vile Parle, Andheri, Maharashtra 400099, India

THIS IS WHERE GROUP SHUTTLE TO GEV WILL DEPART FROM. It is close to the airport, but not close to the city center.

Please note: there is another hotel called JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu, we recommend avoid booking there as it is about 1 hr away from the airport.

As is standard hotel policy, check-in time is usually 1pm for rooms. If you arrive much earlier and try to check in, you may be charged for an extra day or early check in, you are responsible for all hotel costs.

Other options near airport:

  • The Leela Hotel – Mumbai
  • The Hyatt Regency

Other options near city center:

  • Taj Hotel
  • Oberoi Hotel – Mumbai

Pushya Abhishek – FLOWER FESTIVAL (Jan 28th)

If you plan to be in India early, we encourage you to visit the main temple at Chowpatty and attend the annual Flower Festival.

Festivities take place beginning at 8am and last all day at the temple. There will be meals served in the temple dining hall.

Held at:Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Mandir – ISKCON Chowpatty7, K. M. Munshi Marg,Girgaon Chowpatty, Mumbai – 400 007.Maharashtra. India.https://iskconchowpatty.com/temple-festivals/

Clothing and Customs
Steer clear of sleeveless tops, shorts, miniskirts (ankle-length skirts are recommended) and any other skimpy, see-through or tight-fitting clothing. Baggy clothing that hides the contours of your body is the way to go.

Most Indian women wear saris, salwar kameez, or long shorts and a T-shirt whenever swimming in public view.

Indian dress, when done properly, makes a positive impression and is respectful. The salwar kameez is regarded as respectable attire and wearing it will reflect your respect for local dress etiquette. The flowing outfit is also surprisingly cool in the hot weather, and the dupatta (long scarf) worn with it is very handy if you visit a shrine that requires your head to be covered.

Going into public wearing a choli (small tight blouse worn under a sari) or a sari petticoat (which many foreign women mistake for a skirt) is rather like strutting around half dressed – don’t do it!

When interacting on a day-to-day basis, adhere to the local practice of not shaking hands. Instead, say namaste – the traditional, respectful Hindu greeting.

THE WEATHER
Average weather in Mumbai in February – In the mountains at the Eco-Village, the temperatures can be slightly cooler in the evenings.

  • 24°C / 75°F
  • High Temperature: 30°C / 86°F
  • Low Temperature: 18°C / 64°F
MEDICAL
Though we do not across the board advocate vaccination, you should consult with your doctor and make the best choice for yourself. It is also advisable to travel with records of any medicines you might take in case of emergency. If you are on medications, please bring an ample supply, as it will be very difficult to replace or refill.

Required vaccinations: The only vaccine required by international regulations is yellow fever. Proof of vaccination will only be required if you have visited a country in the yellow fever zone within the six days prior to entering India. If you are travelling to India from Africa or South America, you should check to see if you require proof of vaccination.

Read more about vaccinations

CURRENCY
You should take the opportunity to change some money at the airport upon arrival. We suggest around $200 USD or equivalent in cash to have on hand.

The Indian rupee (Rs) is divided into 100 paise (p), but paise coins are increasingly rare. Coins come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 25 and 50 paise, and Rs 1, 2 and 5; notes come in Rs 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 2000 (this last bill can be hard to change outside banks). The Indian rupee is linked to a basket of currencies and its value is generally stable.

ATMs linked to international networks are common in most towns and cities in India and of course, in Mumbai. However, carry cash or travellers cheques as backup in case the power goes down, the ATM is out of order, or you lose or break your plastic.

**Please note: there is NO ATM access at the Govardhan Eco-Village. Remember, you must present your passport whenever you change currency or travellers cheques. Commission for foreign exchange is becoming increasingly rare; if it is charged, the fee is nominal.

Yoga students observing Matsyasana (Fish Pose)

ABOUT JIVAMUKTI YOGA TEACHER TRAINING & YOUR JOURNEY TO INDIA

ABOUT 300HR TT

300 plus-hour certification program is considered by many to be the most comprehensive yoga teacher training available. It attracts students from around the world and produces empowered, qualified yoga teachers.

Open to both dedicated beginners, intermediate and advanced practitioners or long time teachers, the Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training provides a blueprint for incorporating the physical, psychological, spiritual, and mystical aspects of yoga into modern life, without losing sight of the universal goal of the practice: liberation. Emphasizing interconnectedness and a nondualistic view of life, this practice awakens within us a need to protect the planet and all life on earth. Gain the skills to confidently achieve those goals for yourself, as well as the ability to teach others how to live in harmony.

The month-long residential Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training covers yoga philosophy, history of yoga, Sanskrit, anatomy, hands-on assisting, practice teaching sessions, study groups, mentor guidance, quizzes, exams, and all aspects of Jivamukti Yoga.

The course is full and offers the fundamental tools needed to not only understand and immerse yourself in the yoga practices but also to develop the skills to be able to pass these teachings on in a creative way.
Jivamukti Yoga TT Course consists of:

– Immersion in daily yoga practice

– In-depth sessions focused on vinyasa sequencing and alignment, including standing poses, forward bends, twists, backbends, inversions, and balances

– Study of the physical and energetic anatomy of the human body

– Sanskrit language immersion, where you learn to read, write, and recite the Sanskrit alphabet

– Exploration into major yogic texts, including the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika

– Meditation practice twice a day and instruction on how to teach meditation to others

– Practice teaching and instruction for how to give hands-on assists to students while they are practicing asanas

– Lessons on how to practice and teach healing, purifying, and detoxifying hatha yoga kriyas

– Exploration of philosophy, ethics, and activism: how to live a more effective, positive, and harmonious life

– Direct experience in the importance of a vegan diet for human health, for sustaining the ecosystem, for reducing violence in the world, and as a means to enlightenment.

The Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training focuses not only on the physical postures, but also on how the postures evolved. We explore yoga’s ancient sacred texts and five-thousand-year-old traditions, as well as the psychotherapeutic benefits that develop with a steady practice, and the spiritual power that is set free when energy flows throughout the heart, body, and mind.
Throughout the program, senior Jivamukti teachers will guide you and help you to understand the principles that underlie the ancient practices of yoga and how to integrate them into the world today.
Initiatives & Innovations at GEV
Organic farming: Many technologies are utilized to create the most sustainable and environment-friendly food sources possible. Such practices as crop rotation and companion planting, composting, mulching, organic fertilizers, green pesticides, permanent raised garden beds, and several kinds of irrigation are employed in the farming effort.

Green Buildings: Traditional earthen homes are built with locally available materials that reconnect us to earth, creating a healing and calming effect.

Water conservation: Efficient Water conservation is a natural step towards sustainability with respect to water resources. The goal at GEV has been to create a system, which could help attain this goal without disturbing the existing ecology and keeping cost feasibility in mind.

Alternative energy: Alternative energy is any energy source that is an alternative to fossil fuels with their inherent disadvantages like carbon dioxide emissions, global warming, etc. GEV uses Solar Power, Biogas and Bull Power to meet energy needs in an eco-friendly way.

Soil biotechnology: Soil Biotechnology (SBT) is an indigenous green technology for sewage processing which enables recycling and reuse of processed water. SBT has been developed & patented by Chemical Engineering Department, IIT Bombay. GEV has been one of the pioneers in employing the SBT technology for handling sewage wastes in a rural setup.

Animal care: Upholding the Vedic tenet of respecting all forms of life, GEV is working steadily towards setting up exemplary animal care facilities. Two donkeys, two goats, two sheep, four dogs and several cows and bulls happily reside at the GEV.

Waste management: GEV uses a combination of time tested traditional techniques as well as indigenous innovations to develop a Symbiotic Model of Waste Management (SWMS). In a SWMS different processes or systems are integrated into loops so that the wastes of one system can be utilized by another.

Rural empowerment: A Holistic Development Program for Rural & Tribal communities in Wada Block of Thane District was started by GEV to cover at least 500 tribal families over a period of 6 years.

Rural health care: Bhaktivedanta Hospital and Govardhan Eco Village, as a part of their mission to serve the needy, have been rendering free and concessional community health services to the villagers in and around GEV. Annamrita: The Annamrita kitchen supported by GEV today provides mid-day meals to almost 30,000 students from 400 schools.

Vrindavan Biodiversity park: Taking inspiration from the sublime and symbiotic biodiversity of Vrindavan, GEV is coming up with a Vrindavan Biodiversity Park. Sitting in the lap of Mother Nature, being surrounded by mountains on all 4 sides and with the Vaitarna River flowing nearby, Govardhan Eco village has an ideal setting to experience the sweetness of Bhakti Yoga along with the blossom of Nature.

ACCOMMODATION AND PRICING
Gokul Single Room (single rooms with Private Bath) + Tuition $10,450

Madhuvan Single Room (single rooms with  Private Bath and AC) + Tuition $12,450

Madhuvan Double Room (double rooms with Private Bath and AC) + Tuition $10,450

Mahavan Single Room (single rooms with  Private Bath and AC) + Tuition $12,450

Mahavan Double Room (double rooms with Private Bath and AC) + Tuition $10,450

Campus Amenities
  • Swimming Pool
  • Ayurvedic Treatment & Massage Center
  • Library
  • Temple
  • Gift Shop
  • Laundry: There will be laundry service provided at a small cost, please bring enough clothing to allow for a 48 hrs turnaround time. Reminder: you may want to change some money to pay for this service.
  • WIFI: will be available at Govardhan Ashram in rooms and some common areas, though there is limited access and it can be unreliable at times.
RATES INCLUDE
  • Shala with AC
  • three vegan meals per day
  • Stay at GEV in selected housing option
Housing options at GEV

GOKUL KUTIR 

  • Large Double Bunk Beds
  • Garden View
  • Mountain View
  • Small Room Heater
  • Private Bathroom
  • Electric Tea Kettle

MADHUVAN VILLAS

  • One Large Single Bed
  • Two Large Single Beds
  • Forest View
  • Mountain View
  • Porch
  • Air Conditioning
  • Small Room Heater
  • Private Bathroom
  • Electric Tea Kettle

MAHAVAN COTTAGES

  • Two Large Single Beds
  • Balcony View
  • Mountain View
  • Living Room
  • Terrace
  • Air Conditioning
  • Small Room Heater
  • Private Bathroom
  • Electric Tea Kettle
FACILITES
There are electrical outlets in every room, however, please be conscious to bring only what you absolutely need and conserve energy. You are reminded that international converters and/or adaptors (for Asia) might be needed for your electronics. Each dorm/cottage has toilets and showers (either private or shared) rooms have clean bedding provided. We remind you again, it is an ashram, furnishings are simple and there will be some items of convenience that will not be available. There is a small gift shop available onsite for you to purchase certain necessities as well as some clothing and other treats.

WIFI and CELL PHONES

There is limited wifi access available at the Govardhan Eco-Village. If you’ll need to get online, it is recommended to bring a hotspot device or enable your cell phone as a hotspot. International SIM cards are available for purchase in Mumbai, however you’ll need ID and passport photo to purchase one and it may take several hours time to apply.

Power can sometimes go in and out in India, especially in the mountain villages, though its nothing to worry about (there is a back up generator) the internet can be unreliable. It is recommended you consult with your mobile service provider to select the best plan for yourself while in India should you choose to have one.

LAUNDRY

There is laundry service provided for a fee. Please bring enough clothing to allow for a 48 hrs turnaround time. Laundry fees will be charged to your room, you should cash to pay for these services.

Laundry rates are approx. as follows:

Saree — Rs TBA/- each.

T-shirt,shirt,pant,dhoti,kurta — TBA/- each.

Undergarments — TBA/- each.

Salwar-Kameez,Kurtis,Tops — TBA/- each.

Socks — TBA/- each.

There are wash basins provided in your rooms, in shared bath areas. We recommend that you bring non-chemical detergents and hand wash your clothing, especially whites. There are ample drying areas and things dry quickly during the day.

VISA/IMMIGRATION CHECK IN DOCUMENTS
CHECK YOUR NATIONALITY STATUS FOR ENTRANCE TO INDIA AND GET YOUR VISA! Students are responsible for checking their own country’s regulations for entry to India including any health requirements.

  • Please apply for a TOURIST VISA (NOT A YOGA OR EDUCATION VISA as JYTT is considered a short term yoga program – less than 6 months) There are several agencies that assist the visa process for a fee. Our friends at GEV recommend using a visa processing service for convenient and fast service: http://www.travisa.com

The address to list for your visa application:

Govardhan Eco Village
Galtare, Hamrapur (P.O), Wada (Taluka)
Thane (District) -421303
Maharashtra, India
Telephone: +91 9892053108

Contact: Prasad Panda

http://www.ecovillage.org.in/

Required: Please bring two sets of Passport copies ( Photo page and Visa page) + 3 passport size photographs. There is no facility of getting photographs or xerox near to the Eco Village.

Passport and Photos are required for all hotels per International Hotel check-in policy including at the Eco-Village

Arrival/Departure + Group Shuttle Information

Arrive to Mumbai via Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport latest February 4 in the morning. February 4 is the day you should arrive to Govardhan Ecovillage, which is 2-3 hours drive from Mumbai. Group shuttle departs at 11am sharp.

It is a nice option to book your flight to arrive a couple of days early to India. Upon arrival to Mumbai, we recommend staying at JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar as it is very close to the airport (about 10 min) and has 5 star facilities. This is where group shuttle depart from.

Group Shuttle: Please meet us at JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar lobby by 10am on Saturday, February 4, 2023. The cost of shuttle each way is $80.

This will be the only group shuttle departure point going to Govardhan Eco-Village. We will depart 11am together.

If something should happen and you miss this group departure, you will be responsible for private taxi costs to the Govardhan Eco-Village. The cost of private taxi transfer is $200 each way.

You can coordinate to meet with other TT students that are also arriving early via our dedicated JYTT Slack Channel.

If you are arriving on February 4, please double check your arrival times to Mumbai to make sure you can make it to the group shuttle with time to spare. You don’t want to miss the shuttle bus!

Depart from Govardhan Ecovillage: Friday, March 3, 2023

Group Shuttle bus will depart from Govardhan Eco-Village to the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Terminal 2
Departing GEV at 10 am.

It is advisable for you to book your departing flights in the evening as the journey from GEV to Mumbai is about 3 hrs.

We will make 2 additional stops (TBD) in the city in case you are not flying until later that day and/or extending your stay in India. You will be provided group transportation back to Mumbai city center if needed, but you will be on your own from there.

If you plan on staying on in India after the Teacher Training, please note it in the FLIGHT INFORMATION FORM in your online application.

Upon departure, if you want to book a private taxi to an alternate destination (cost not included, it is $200) please contact: TT@jivamuktiyoga.com or we can organize it once we are there.

Private Taxi & Airport Information

For those of you arriving early and in need of transport upon arrival, it is strongly suggested that you use your hotel shuttle taxi service if available.

Most hotels offer their own airport shuttle, please utilize their service and book in advance. Arrival can be daunting so make it easy and safe for yourself.

For those of you staying elsewhere or arriving before February 3, please see the link below regarding transportation options to Mumbai city center or elsewhere.
http://www.mumbaiairport.com/transportation.php

If you need to schedule a private shuttle pickup from Mumbai or Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport to Govardhan Eco-Village please contact TT@jivamuktiyoga.com to make arrangements.

The cost is $200 USD per person each way and the drive is about 2-3 hrs.

HOTELS & STAYING IN MUMBAI

Hotel Suggestion for your stay in Mumbai:

JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, IA Project Rd, Navpada, Vile Parle East, Vile Parle, Andheri, Maharashtra 400099, India

THIS IS WHERE GROUP SHUTTLE TO GEV WILL DEPART FROM. It is close to the airport, but not close to the city center.

Please note: there is another hotel called JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu, we recommend avoid booking there as it is about 1 hr away from the airport.

As is standard hotel policy, check-in time is usually 1pm for rooms. If you arrive much earlier and try to check in, you may be charged for an extra day or early check in, you are responsible for all hotel costs.

Other options near airport:

  • The Leela Hotel – Mumbai
  • The Hyatt Regency

Other options near city center:

  • Taj Hotel
  • Oberoi Hotel – Mumbai

Pushya Abhishek – FLOWER FESTIVAL (Jan 28th)

If you plan to be in India early, we encourage you to visit the main temple at Chowpatty and attend the annual Flower Festival.

Festivities take place beginning at 8am and last all day at the temple. There will be meals served in the temple dining hall.

Held at:Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Mandir – ISKCON Chowpatty7, K. M. Munshi Marg,Girgaon Chowpatty, Mumbai – 400 007.Maharashtra. India.https://iskconchowpatty.com/temple-festivals/

Clothing and Customs
Steer clear of sleeveless tops, shorts, miniskirts (ankle-length skirts are recommended) and any other skimpy, see-through or tight-fitting clothing. Baggy clothing that hides the contours of your body is the way to go.

Most Indian women wear saris, salwar kameez, or long shorts and a T-shirt whenever swimming in public view.

Indian dress, when done properly, makes a positive impression and is respectful. The salwar kameez is regarded as respectable attire and wearing it will reflect your respect for local dress etiquette. The flowing outfit is also surprisingly cool in the hot weather, and the dupatta (long scarf) worn with it is very handy if you visit a shrine that requires your head to be covered.

Going into public wearing a choli (small tight blouse worn under a sari) or a sari petticoat (which many foreign women mistake for a skirt) is rather like strutting around half dressed – don’t do it!

When interacting on a day-to-day basis, adhere to the local practice of not shaking hands. Instead, say namaste – the traditional, respectful Hindu greeting.

THE WEATHER
Average weather in Mumbai in February – In the mountains at the Eco-Village, the temperatures can be slightly cooler in the evenings.

  • 24°C / 75°F
  • High Temperature: 30°C / 86°F
  • Low Temperature: 18°C / 64°F
MEDICAL
Though we do not advocate vaccination, you should consult with your doctor and make the best choice for yourself. It is also advisable to travel with records of any medicines you might take in case of emergency. If you are on medications, please bring an ample supply, as it will be very difficult to replace or refill.

Required vaccinations: The only vaccine required by international regulations is yellow fever. Proof of vaccination will only be required if you have visited a country in the yellow fever zone within the six days prior to entering India. If you are travelling to India from Africa or South America, you should check to see if you require proof of vaccination.

Read more about vaccinations

CURRENCY
You should take the opportunity to change some money at the airport upon arrival. We suggest around $200 USD or equivalent in cash to have on hand.

The Indian rupee (Rs) is divided into 100 paise (p), but paise coins are increasingly rare. Coins come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 25 and 50 paise, and Rs 1, 2 and 5; notes come in Rs 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 2000 (this last bill can be hard to change outside banks). The Indian rupee is linked to a basket of currencies and its value is generally stable.

ATMs linked to international networks are common in most towns and cities in India and of course, in Mumbai. However, carry cash or travellers cheques as backup in case the power goes down, the ATM is out of order, or you lose or break your plastic.

**Please note: there is NO ATM access at the Govardhan Eco-Village. Remember, you must present your passport whenever you change currency or travellers cheques. Commission for foreign exchange is becoming increasingly rare; if it is charged, the fee is nominal.

Your Journey Begins

February 4, 2023

Group Shuttle departs Mumbai at 11am sharp.

DO YOU HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION? NOT SURE IF JYTT IS FOR YOR? WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

We are very happy to answer questions by email, or you are also welcome to schedule a phone call with our friendly team. If you are interested, please write a note about your availability and we will respond to schedule the call. 

DO YOU HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION? NOT SURE IF JYTT IS FOR YOR? WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

We are very happy to answer questions by email, or you are also welcome to schedule a phone call with our friendly team. If you are interested, please write a note about your availability and we will respond to schedule the call.