Practice the yoga of transformation at the source:

Pondicherry, India, home of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Matrimandir, and Auroville


Take a life-changing pilgrimage to the shores of the Bay of Bengal and the spiritual home of Purna Yoga.  Study Sri Aurobindo's philosophy of the evolution of consciousness, visiting his ashram to feel the energy underlying his work.  Learn the beauty of Heartfull™ Meditation, and experience the wonder of Matrimandir, a meditation temple of unique vision and power that has taken 40 years to complete (featured in the video below).  Live your yoga as you practice in Auroville, a city dedicated to the realization of human unity beyond creeds and politics.  And, of course, receive the thorough, detailed, and precise yogic education that is Purna Yoga’s hallmark.

Whether you want a proven framework for living a better life, to deepen your already existing practice, or a chance to experience the magic of India with experienced guides, this is the trip for you.


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February 8 - 20, 2020




$2995 (USD)

All-inclusive pricing, which includes your roundtrip taxi from Chennai airport to Pondicherry, onsite accommodation, three vegetarian meals a day, laundry service, excursion expenses, and tuition. 


Additional costs:

  • Incidental expenses (such as personal shopping, activities on your day off, and healing arts treatments)

  • Airline ticket to Chennai, India

  • Visa ($60)

  • Optional gratuities for staff of Quiet Healing Center




Quiet Healing Center, Auroville, which is located just outside of Pondicherry in southeast India.  (Map below.)

Occupying a beautiful seven acre beachfront compound approximately 5 km north of Pondicherry, Quiet Healing Center is Auroville's natural healing facility with superb views on the Indian Ocean.  Many members of the Purna Yoga community have stayed at this facility, which is known for its cleanliness, comfort, and wonderful organic food.  (I have both stayed and taught here on several occasions; it’s great!)

Classes will be held in Quiet's fully equipped yoga and meditation rooms.


Learn More about Auroville:


Getting there:


Fly to Chennai, meet your personally reserved taxi (reservation and cost included in your tuition) and journey to Quiet Healing Center.  It's about a 3 hour taxi ride.




The retreat is timed to take advantage of Pondicherry's mildest season:  after the rains of monsoon season and before the heat of summer.  Average high temperatures during this time are 84F (29C)  and average lows are 71F (22C).  Ocean breezes from the Bay of Bengal (Indian Ocean) will keep us cool.



  • Both guided and personal trips to the Matrimandir

  • Guided and personal trips to Sri Aurobindo Ashram

  • Asana classes

  • Accessible philosophy classes focusing on Sri Aurobindo’s evolution of consciousness

  • Heartfull Meditation™ classes

  • Trip to Mahabalipuram

  • Trip to Chidambaram Nataraja Temple

  • Healing arts treatments at Quiet Healing Center (not included in price, but extremely affordable)

  • Exploring & shopping in Pondicherry & Auroville

  • Walks & sunsets on the beach

  • Hammock time


Trip Leaders:


Jennifer Weinert and Brad Waites.  Both Jennifer and Brad are long-time faculty members of the Purna Yoga College, and have visited and taught in Pondicherry numerous times.  Jennifer coordinates most of the Purna Yoga Retreats internationally, and considers "organizer" as part of her job description!  


Learn more about Jennifer >> and read some testimonials >>

Learn more about Brad >> and read some testimonials >>


Payment and registration:


Register & pay through our page on We Travel.




Contact me and we’ll schedule a conversation.