29 July - 7 August 2017, £1795-£2295
Teacher: Emma Henry

Jivamukti Yoga Retreat in Mongolia

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The perfect blend of yoga and adventure. The yoga is fantastic, the food nourishing and there are not enough superlatives to describe Mongolia!
Caroline Smith, July 2016

Join Emma Henry for a completely unique Jivamukti yoga retreat in Mongolia. Largely inaccessible to the Western world until recently, Mongolia offers a rare glimpse into an ancient culture and Mother Nature at her wildest in an environment that has seen little change for centuries. Time seems to stand still here and practicing yoga and meditation can be a liberating and powerful experience. You can expect silence, stillness, space, emptiness and big Mongolian skies.

Your Mongolia yoga retreat takes place in two very different locations. You will be glamping in our luxury yurt camps in the East Gobi and the interior parts of Gorkhi Terelj National Park.

We will travel to our first camp on the Trans Mongolian Railway and spend 4 nights there. With daily yoga, hikes into the desert, camel treks, massages, meditation and an evening kirtan deep in the desert around a campfire, our Gobi location is magical and other worldly.

Our second camp, the Khan Kentii, is a wilderness reaching all the way to the Russian/Siberian border. It is possibly one of the most beautiful places we have ever been, located on the Upper Tuul River which meanders gently through the vast meadows of wildflowers and through the lush forested hills.

You will spend 3 nights there and your yoga classes are complimented with a full day nature hike deep into the remote mountains. For those with experience there is an option for riding the world famous Mongolian horses. Splashing through rivers and riding up mountains on these semi wild animals is an unforgettable and exhilarating experience. There will be time to relax in our sauna set up close to the river, as well as kayaking and rafting options.

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Watch our film made in Mongolia by Richard Pilnick & Sascha Kaus for Lululemon

Video: Emma at Udaya

Video: Emma at Udaya

Trans Mongolian Railway: A 6 hour journey from Ulaan Bator is included in your retreat.

Yoga: Emma Henry is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Teacher. She will teach daily yoga classes. Each Jivamukti class offers a dynamic asana practice that is infused with inspiring teachings derived from the ancient yogic texts. Classes will include chanting, breath awareness, flowing vinyasa sequences, alignment exploration, hands-on assistance, relaxation and meditation.

Yogi’s of all levels are welcome on this retreat. We recommend you try a Jivamukti class before you come as it is a dynamic flow style of yoga. It is a yoga style that will require you to commit to your classes. Our teacher, Emma Henry, is one of the top Jivamukti teachers and very experienced at teaching mixed level groups so you can be sure of feeling challenged and inspired to safely explore and deepen your yoga practice.

If you have an injury or any health concerns please feel free to discuss with us in confidence before you book. Due to the remote location and sometimes challenging environment, we want to be sure this is the right holiday for you.

Hiking in the Gobi: We will hike into the desert one evening with local herdsmen to enjoy the silence and explore the mind blowing landscape at sunset.

Desert meditation and kirtan in the Gobi: We will spend an afternoon and evening at a small desert camp.  You will meditate amongst ancient rocks – a powerful place where monks used to meditate in the 14th and 15th century – and then enjoy an incredible sunset, a camp fire dinner and kirtan.

Wilderness hike or ride: Our remote location is an inspiring wilderness, perfect for contemplation and exploration. We will have a full day out in the Khan Kentii wilderness hiking with a local guide to explore to the spectacular landscape and stunning views. For those who are experienced horse riders there is an option for a full day ride with a Mongolian horseman (there will be an additional cost of $40 for riding).

Massage: Glamping can be tiring, so we will have our very own massage therapist with us offering you reviving massages.

Sauna: In our Khan Kentii camp we have a sauna in a ger set up right next to the river! This is an experience not to be missed and we highly recommend it to relieve aching muscles and general tiredness.  Once you have heated your body nicely you can run outside and jump into the (very refreshing) river to cool down.  A top Mongolian revitalising experience!

Vegan meals: You’ll be served healthy vegan meals that will be created by our expert chef Bettina Campolucci-Bordi and her Mongolian team. You can expect tasty meals that are gluten, diary and sugar free. You’ll have plenty of herbal teas and safe drinking water included.

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Accommodation: This could possibly be the ultimate yurt yoga retreat! We have two exclusive camps in a wild, remote and completely peaceful locations. Our yoga retreat accommodation is in traditional Mongolian gers – known in the UK as yurts. We have space for a maximum of 18 guests in single or twin gers.

The gers have wooden floors and are beautifully decorated in traditional nomadic style with hand-crafted furnishings. This a luxury camp, expertly run by a Mongolian team and our yoga retreat will assist the conservation efforts in the area as it brings finances to the local economy and protection efforts.

There are eco toilets which are a short walk from the camp. There are two beautiful yurts for showers, and we have a rota to make sure everyone can get clean! Water for your showers is collected from a well or the nearby river, carried by camel and yak cart, heated on a fire and placed in an overhead bucket.

Well being, health and safety: You’re going to be glamping in a remote and wild environment for a week and most likely encountering the unique Mongolian wilderness for the first time. You’ll need to be fit, strong, healthy and resilient for this holiday.  A love of nature, camping and the great outdoors is a must.

You’ll be well looked after by an experienced retreat team, working hand-in-hand with an expert local team. Our camp is run by an international tour company, with many years experience of working in Mongolia. We will provide a comprehensive packing list to make sure you are well prepared.

Even though you’ll be with a group be prepared to experience solitude as there are no distractions here. We are off the grid and there is no phone reception and hardly any people – just incredible nature and you!

Digital detox: There is no phone or internet reception at the camp, only occasional solar power and the nearest town is three hours away. It is so quiet you can hear birds fly! You will be completely without contact with the outside world while you are on your yoga holiday. Our remote location can be wonderful and inspiring and also tough at times.

Dynamic yoga: Yogi’s of all levels are welcome on this retreat. We recommend you try a Jivamukti class before you come as it is a dynamic flow style of yoga which includes a vigorous asana practice. It is a yoga style that will require you to commit to your classes. Our teacher, Emma Henry, is one of the top Jivamukti teachers and very experienced at teaching mixed level groups so you can be sure of feeling inspired to safely explore and deepen your yoga practice.  If you have an injury or any health concerns please feel free to discuss with us in confidence before you book. Due to the remote location and sometimes challenging environment, we want to be sure this is the right holiday for you.

Horse riding in Mongolia: Mongolia is probably the most “horsey” country in the world. Riding in Mongolia is much more than just the ride. It is an encounter with an equestrian people and at the core of the Mongolian experience. Almost half of the population still tends their livestock on horseback as nomadic pastoralists. The Mongolian horse training techniques still used today are a living cultural heritage – unchanged since the time of the Huns and Genghis Khan. Hence, a lot of horse handling that comes naturally to most Mongolians needs to be acquired by our guests.

If you have not ridden before, Mongolia is not the place to start! If you are really keen to ride and are not experienced please take some lessons before you come. You will need to consider that not all travel insurance policies cover accidents caused by horse riding. Neither Reclaim Your Self nor our partner company, Nomadic Journeys, are able to insure this activity on Mongolian soil. We highly recommend that you speak to your insurance provider to ascertain whether horse riding is covered in your travel policy.

Eco tourism: The camp philosophy is to combine tourism with the traditional livelihood of local people. This involves tours and treks riding horses and yak carts, using local labour and local products. The ger camp itself is fully collapsible and can be relocated leaving no more impact on the area than a traditional herdsman family would.

Travel insurance: We recommend that you have comprehensive personal insurance for this trip. We also suggest that you to enroll for a Mongolia specific medivac insurance which means that in the unlikely event that you have an accident we can organise emergency transport for you more easily. It is only USD 75 for people under 70, without pre-existing conditions and pregnancy. We can arrange this for you.

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Getting there from UK (mail us if you’d like advice on travel options from another location)

Travel: Travelling to Mongolia is not as hard as you might think!  There are limited options; the most common and quickest routes from UK are via Russia, Turkey, Hong Kong or China.

Flights: You can fly with Aeroflot to Ulaan Bator via Moscow in around 13 hours (We tried this route and it was fine – we recommend it as the easiest way to get there from UK).

You can also fly with Turkish airlines to Ulaan Bator via Istanbul.  This route is also easy but they do add an extra stop in Bishkek, which makes your flight time a little longer.

The other option is to fly London to Beijing or Hong Kong and get a connecting flight from there.  You can fly direct to Beijing or Hong Kong with several airlines including Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and Air China (around 12 hours prices start at £900).

You can then fly with Mongolian Airlines or Air China to Ulaan Bator (two and a half hours prices start at £450 return, although you may wish to book one way and get the train back).

Transfers: Return airport and camp transfers are included in your package. We will depart Ulaan Bator together on the Trans Mongolian Railway at 9am on 30th July (so you should arrive on 29th July).  You will return to Ulaan Bator around 3pm on 6th August.  You can fly back from 7th August.

Visas: Most nationalities need to get a visa in advance before travelling to Mongolia. Please check the Embassy of Mongolia for details of this.  If you are in UK here is the link.  You must apply for the visa in person at the Embassy.  It costs £40 and takes 2-3 days.  You can pay £60 for a one day service. You will need:

  • Passport with a validity date at least 6 months beyond the end of your intended period of stay in Mongolia
  • Completed visa Application Form for Tourists with one passport size photo
  • Your travel itinerary, hotel reservation and insurance

If you are planning to go via China and you are staying within the airport for up to 24 hours you don’t need a visa.

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Your luxury Mongolia yoga retreat costs:

  • Private ger £2295
  • Twin ger £1995pp
  • Triple ger £1795pp

What’s included:

  • 1 day on the Trans Mongolian Railway into the Gobi
  • 4 nights luxury glamping accommodation in our Gobi camp
  • 3 nights luxury glamping accommodation in our Khan Kentii wilderness camp
  • 2 nights (on arrival and pre departure) in a 3-4 star hotel in Ulaan Bator
  • All your vegan meals, herbal teas and water at the camps
  • All your yoga and meditation classes
  • A evening hike in the Gobi with local herdsmen
  • An afternoon and evening in a desert camp with meditation and kirtan
  • A full day wilderness hike in the Khan Kentii with local herdsmen
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Your return transfers to the camps from Ulaan Bator

What’s extra:

  • Flights
  • Lunches and dinner in Ulaan Bator
  • Massages
  • Visas (if needed)
  • Local activities: Horse riding or camel treks, sauna, kayaking and river rafting.
  • Upgrade to a 5 star hotel in Ulaan Bator from $600 for 2 nights.
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