student speak

Nino Margvelashvili Bates, a journalist by profession, is widely travelled and leads the yoga class at the local YMCA in Calhoun, Georgia USA. She was at Shuklacharya’s Retreat & Spiritual Centre  for an intensive yoga retreat from 13th to 20th June 2008′
“India is a fascinating country, but a first time visitor can be discouraged and frustrated by the prevailing chaos on the roads and markets. But the view of the magnificient Taj Mahal and experience of Satvik living at The Shuklacharya’s Retreat & Spiritual Centre, Bhimtal, Himalayas will let those first impressions fade away.
If Taj is a must see, so is the experience at Shuklacharya’s Retreat & Spiritual Centre for every visitor to India..
The Retreat is clean and has an unusual construction, thanks to one of the many talents of its founder , Shukl’acharya (Shri Pulak Ranjan Shukla.)
The staff is amazingly friendly and makes you feel right at home.
For my future trips to India, Taj and The Shuklacharya’s Retreat & Spiritual Centre would be the only two spots on my travelling list and worth showing to my son.”

Nino Margvelashvili

Wendy Billie, former Director Training at Pfizer, Washington, USA. She was at The Shuklacharya’s Retreat & Spiritual Centre from January 17th 2008 to February 17th 2008, for the Yoga Teacher & Vedic Lifestyle Counsellor Training programme.
“When I discovered the Shuklacharya’s Retreat & Spiritual Centre during an email search, I intuitively felt it was the perfect place to pursue my yoga teacher training. And even before my arrival to India, the sincerity of communication I received from the Satvik validated my intuition.
I was not only welcomed as a guest at the Satvik, but soon I realized that the yoga training immersed me into a new lifestyle and I felt at home and comforted in this Northern India retreat.
I was fortunate in that I received intense spiritual training into the ancient traditions of yoga and ayurveda by the owner and guru of the Satvik;.
So, whether I was giving thanks and praise to the sun during morning yoga in the rose garden, cooking in the kitchen with the staff as we jointly prepared meals that were best for my unique body constitution, or when I was receiving blessings from an elderly man who became known as the “feather healer”…each moment I cherished and learned ways to find my inner peace and strength.
The members of the staff touched my heart with their kindness and the yoga training I received reenergized my soul and it was during this experience that I felt healthier and more spiritually awakened than I had in years. At different times in life, we all realize the importance of peace and I recommend the Satvik to anyone who wants to not only wants to become certified in yoga training, but who is willing to step out of their normal routine and work with a yogi and staff that teaches you ways to make peace a part of each day by honoring and respecting your body, mind, and spirit. Om Shanti. “

Wendy Billie

Susan Shaw UK
Susan is a highly reputed fashion designer whose works are sold in leading malls and retail outlets like Walmart etc.
She took time from her busy schedule shuttling between LA , Europe and Asia to have an individual yoga retreat at The Satvik, Bhimtal, Himalayas – July – August 2007.
‘The location is amazing, the food incredible and the service gracious and attentive. The 10 day customized yoga and breath work (pranayama) retreat was so different from anything i have experienced before, leaving me feeling balanced and happy.
Since returning to “normal life” i have continued the practice worked out for me by Shukl’acharya (Shri Pulak Ranjan Shukla.)
, and have been able to maintain my equilibrium in a crazy out of balance world. if you’re looking for a peaceful place to unwind and recharge this is definitely the spot. i recommend it very highly.

Susan Shaw

Valerie Moselle a senior yoga teacher from California USA, had visited with her husband Nicholas while the latter was on a brief assignment with Sapien Technologies, India in 2006.

One of the biggest challenges for us in India was finding peace in the bustle and toil of this amazing and unusual place.  There seem to be few stops where one can actually step into the beauty and complexity of India’s kaleidoscopic heritage without also being bombarded by the noise, congestion, garbage, pollution, and often well-meaning but invasive (by Western standards anyway) trades-people.  Thanks to the care and vision of Shukl’acharya and Samrita, The Shuklacharya’s Retreat & Spiritual Centre in Bhimtal was just the thoughtful and peaceful refuge we were aching for.  For us it was the perfect place to unwind from the hectic nature of our other travels.  The surrounding mountains are lush and beautiful.  There is green everywhere.  The Retreat is situated up off the roadside where the air is clean, and its terraced orientation, broad porches, and architectural design make it comfortable and breezy, with every room oriented to the view of the valley below and the mountains opposite (including Hairakhand Kailash).  The rooms are simple and clean, with an Indian feel and Western comforts.

Upon our arrival we were greeted with sweet holy basil tea and invited to relaxed on the terrace and take in the view.  Later we enjoyed Ayurvedic massage treatments, and a walk around the small lake in Bhimtal.  Hosted by Shri Murli Mohan Shukla we were given insight to the spiritual and historical significance of the concept behind the Shuklacharya’s Retreat & Spiritual Centre as well as invited to participate in some of the Vedic rituals, including the Agnihotra.

One of the things that is most memorable about Shuklacharya’s Retreat & Spiritual Centre is the food.  Samrita’s Satvik kitchen serves healthy, fresh, deliciously prepared cuisine.  The meals are light and satisfying, as well as being in line with the values of Ayurvedic food preparation for health and vitality.  My favorite was the rice pudding, bathed overnight in the light of the full moon.

I would not hesitate to recommend this retreat for individuals or groups traveling in India.  Especially for those seeking yoga, and physical or spiritual rejuvenation.

Thank you so much for your hospitality, care and attention. We appreciate all of the effort that has gone into creating this peaceful place.

We return home rested and happy.

Sincerely, Valerie Moselle along with husband Nick, and daughter, Poppy.

 

Valerie Moselle California

Eva and Thomas Kille Germany

Thomas is in the sports equipment international business. http://www.tk-hockey.de

My husband and me are Indian lovers. In the middle of june 2007 I traveled for the first time alone through India because it was my sincere wish to find a place where I was able to relax and to find to myself. I was also very much interested to start with Yoga and meditation.

Through a very good friend from Goa I have found the place and I can’t describe with words how lucky I am to have stayed there.

The way how I was treated here was wonderful. I have really enjoyed every minute of my stay. All the members of the Shukla family are so wonderful people and during my trip I have not only learned the first steps of meditation and yoga, I also got a deep understanding of Indian culture. On top of that I loved the food and I will never forget the time which we have spent together while cooking. After 12 days there I came home like a new born human being and I would like to pass my thanks again for such a wonderful trip.

The way how Shukl’acharya has taught me was unbelievable and I was proud to work with such a guru. Shukl’acharya (Shri Pulak Ranjan Shukla.)

you are a hero and I am promising you that I will continue in the way I have learned it from you. Being back in Germany my thoughts are still with you and I am already looking forward to come again to your place.

I will never forget my stay. Thank you so much.

Eva and Thomas Kille Germany

Adrienne Angel
6053 Mayflower Hill Waterville Maine o4901 USA

” My experience with Shuklacharya’s Retreat & Spiritual Centre has been better than I could have imagined.. I have nothing but compliments for everyone here. … they made my stay the best it could be. Thanks- a- million.”
Email message on 16th March 2006′
Hi there,
Although I spent 5 weeks in India, my favorite part of the trip is my time at the retreat. I recommend it to anyone looking for an oasis to escape to. I found the retreat to be a beautifully serene place to both relax and grow in.

Thank you,
Adrienne

Adrienne Angel 6053 Mayflower Hill Waterville Maine o4901 USA

Joanna:from New York, had come to India to study opportunities in the tourism sector
“The Shuklacharya’s Retreat & Spiritual Centre is a quiet sanctuary located at the edge of the Himalayan town of Bhimtal , 300 Kilometers North East of Delhi . This Retreat faces east and its construction fuses itself with one of the peaks, creating a very natural feel.
The Satvik method is a spiritual practice that this Retreat implements in its food, philosophy and technique. Although there is room for long explanations, a sufficient description would entail simplicity. Food is prepared lightly in order to maintain the savor and integrity of the basic ingredients (i.e. minimal spice and oil). Exercise is an essential, since in order to achieve wellness of mind one must first achieve wellness of being. There is a common room for yoga and meditation and yoga instruction is available by prior arrangement.

Satvik offers a uniquely Indian spiritual experience. Guests are welcomed as members of a family. The Retreat manages to renounce extravagances yet fulfill the comfort level of travelers.
No Alcohol or tobacco is available or encouraged here. ”

 

Joanna:from New York

Tracy Mel & Carol Mathisen
Mel Tracy, dentist from Vancouver. Carol Mathisen, cpa –They were on a paid RCI holiday at a four star category hotel in, Bhimtal, which they sacrificed to shift to Shuklacharya’s Retreat & Spiritual Centre

“We came upon this Retreat by chance only, as we were looking for somewhere to have lunch and the cabman let us off across the street.
After having a wonderful lunch, we immediately decided to leave our hotel and spend our remaining time in Bhimtal here – and it was our best decision !
The food and service was spectacular, the rooms were so pleasant and clean, and the views serene and peaceful and lovely.
Our only regret is that we didn’t have more time to spend at this Retreat, but we would love to return at some later date.
Thank you to the staff and the owners.”

 

Tracy Mel & Carol Mathisen

Andre Bougard of Spain is a principal of scuba diving colleges in various parts of the world.
“After the drive from Delhi, arriving here is like coming home.
The warm welcome, personal attention and loving feeling of its owners warms your heart right away.
This affection also reflects itself in the design of the rooms and gardens, which you will not see very often.
I see this place as a perfect place to seek tranquility, introspection and spiritual guidance.
I consider myself lucky to have been able to come here.
Thank you.”
Andre Buogaard

Andre Bougard of Spain

Dirse Zoe:
Zoe Dirse from Toronto, Canada. Zoe is a highly reputed documentary film maker and widely traveled. She has come to India twice on work related travel.
“How blessed am I to have found this magical place! What good fortune fell upon me to have guided me to these stupendous mountains? I have spent a glorious week here, where my soul, spirit and body have been rejuvenated.
Under the guidance of Shukl’acharya and Samrita, I have discovered a very special essence of India.
All was wonderful. Ambience, food, atmosphere, teachings, the view, the excursions, the staff, the hosts.
I could not have hoped for a better stay.” Zoe

Dirse Zoe:

Wendy Billie, former Director Training at Pfizer, Washington, USA. She was at The Shuklacharya’s Retreat & Spiritual Centre from January 17th 2008 to February 17th 2008, for the Yoga Teacher & Vedic Lifestyle Counsellor Training programme.
“When I discovered the Shuklacharya’s Retreat & Spiritual Centre during an email search, I intuitively felt it was the perfect place to pursue my yoga teacher training. And even before my arrival to India, the sincerity of communication I received from the Satvik validated my intuition.
I was not only welcomed as a guest at the Satvik, but soon I realized that the yoga training immersed me into a new lifestyle and I felt at home and comforted in this Northern India retreat.
I was fortunate in that I received intense spiritual training into the ancient traditions of yoga and ayurveda by the owner and guru of the Satvik;.
So, whether I was giving thanks and praise to the sun during morning yoga in the rose garden, cooking in the kitchen with the staff as we jointly prepared meals that were best for my unique body constitution, or when I was receiving blessings from an elderly man who became known as the “feather healer”…each moment I cherished and learned ways to find my inner peace and strength.
The members of the staff touched my heart with their kindness and the yoga training I received reenergized my soul and it was during this experience that I felt healthier and more spiritually awakened than I had in years. At different times in life, we all realize the importance of peace and I recommend the Satvik to anyone who wants to not only wants to become certified in yoga training, but who is willing to step out of their normal routine and work with a yogi and staff that teaches you ways to make peace a part of each day by honoring and respecting your body, mind, and spirit. Om Shanti. “

Wendy Billie

Susan Shaw UK
Susan is a highly reputed fashion designer whose works are sold in leading malls and retail outlets like Walmart etc.
She took time from her busy schedule shuttling between LA , Europe and Asia to have an individual yoga retreat at The Satvik, Bhimtal, Himalayas – July – August 2007.
‘The location is amazing, the food incredible and the service gracious and attentive. The 10 day customized yoga and breath work (pranayama) retreat was so different from anything i have experienced before, leaving me feeling balanced and happy.
Since returning to “normal life” i have continued the practice worked out for me by Shukl’acharya (Shri Pulak Ranjan Shukla.)
, and have been able to maintain my equilibrium in a crazy out of balance world. if you’re looking for a peaceful place to unwind and recharge this is definitely the spot. i recommend it very highly.

Susan Shaw

Valerie Moselle a senior yoga teacher from California USA, had visited with her husband Nicholas while the latter was on a brief assignment with Sapien Technologies, India in 2006.

One of the biggest challenges for us in India was finding peace in the bustle and toil of this amazing and unusual place.  There seem to be few stops where one can actually step into the beauty and complexity of India’s kaleidoscopic heritage without also being bombarded by the noise, congestion, garbage, pollution, and often well-meaning but invasive (by Western standards anyway) trades-people.  Thanks to the care and vision of Shukl’acharya and Samrita, The Shuklacharya’s Retreat & Spiritual Centre in Bhimtal was just the thoughtful and peaceful refuge we were aching for.  For us it was the perfect place to unwind from the hectic nature of our other travels.  The surrounding mountains are lush and beautiful.  There is green everywhere.  The Retreat is situated up off the roadside where the air is clean, and its terraced orientation, broad porches, and architectural design make it comfortable and breezy, with every room oriented to the view of the valley below and the mountains opposite (including Hairakhand Kailash).  The rooms are simple and clean, with an Indian feel and Western comforts.

Upon our arrival we were greeted with sweet holy basil tea and invited to relaxed on the terrace and take in the view.  Later we enjoyed Ayurvedic massage treatments, and a walk around the small lake in Bhimtal.  Hosted by Shri Murli Mohan Shukla we were given insight to the spiritual and historical significance of the concept behind the Shuklacharya’s Retreat & Spiritual Centre as well as invited to participate in some of the Vedic rituals, including the Agnihotra.

One of the things that is most memorable about Shuklacharya’s Retreat & Spiritual Centre is the food.  Samrita’s Satvik kitchen serves healthy, fresh, deliciously prepared cuisine.  The meals are light and satisfying, as well as being in line with the values of Ayurvedic food preparation for health and vitality.  My favorite was the rice pudding, bathed overnight in the light of the full moon.

I would not hesitate to recommend this retreat for individuals or groups traveling in India.  Especially for those seeking yoga, and physical or spiritual rejuvenation.

Thank you so much for your hospitality, care and attention. We appreciate all of the effort that has gone into creating this peaceful place.

We return home rested and happy.

Sincerely, Valerie Moselle along with husband Nick, and daughter, Poppy.

 

Valerie Moselle California

Eva and Thomas Kille Germany

Thomas is in the sports equipment international business. http://www.tk-hockey.de

My husband and me are Indian lovers. In the middle of june 2007 I traveled for the first time alone through India because it was my sincere wish to find a place where I was able to relax and to find to myself. I was also very much interested to start with Yoga and meditation.

Through a very good friend from Goa I have found the place and I can’t describe with words how lucky I am to have stayed there.

The way how I was treated here was wonderful. I have really enjoyed every minute of my stay. All the members of the Shukla family are so wonderful people and during my trip I have not only learned the first steps of meditation and yoga, I also got a deep understanding of Indian culture. On top of that I loved the food and I will never forget the time which we have spent together while cooking. After 12 days there I came home like a new born human being and I would like to pass my thanks again for such a wonderful trip.

The way how Shukl’acharya has taught me was unbelievable and I was proud to work with such a guru. Shukl’acharya (Shri Pulak Ranjan Shukla.)

you are a hero and I am promising you that I will continue in the way I have learned it from you. Being back in Germany my thoughts are still with you and I am already looking forward to come again to your place.

I will never forget my stay. Thank you so much.

Eva and Thomas Kille Germany

Adrienne Angel
6053 Mayflower Hill Waterville Maine o4901 USA

” My experience with Shuklacharya’s Retreat & Spiritual Centre has been better than I could have imagined.. I have nothing but compliments for everyone here. … they made my stay the best it could be. Thanks- a- million.”
Email message on 16th March 2006′
Hi there,
Although I spent 5 weeks in India, my favorite part of the trip is my time at the retreat. I recommend it to anyone looking for an oasis to escape to. I found the retreat to be a beautifully serene place to both relax and grow in.

Thank you,
Adrienne

Adrienne Angel 6053 Mayflower Hill Waterville Maine o4901 USA

Joanna:from New York, had come to India to study opportunities in the tourism sector
“The Shuklacharya’s Retreat & Spiritual Centre is a quiet sanctuary located at the edge of the Himalayan town of Bhimtal , 300 Kilometers North East of Delhi . This Retreat faces east and its construction fuses itself with one of the peaks, creating a very natural feel.
The Satvik method is a spiritual practice that this Retreat implements in its food, philosophy and technique. Although there is room for long explanations, a sufficient description would entail simplicity. Food is prepared lightly in order to maintain the savor and integrity of the basic ingredients (i.e. minimal spice and oil). Exercise is an essential, since in order to achieve wellness of mind one must first achieve wellness of being. There is a common room for yoga and meditation and yoga instruction is available by prior arrangement.

Satvik offers a uniquely Indian spiritual experience. Guests are welcomed as members of a family. The Retreat manages to renounce extravagances yet fulfill the comfort level of travelers.
No Alcohol or tobacco is available or encouraged here. ”

 

Joanna:from New York

Tracy Mel & Carol Mathisen
Mel Tracy, dentist from Vancouver. Carol Mathisen, cpa –They were on a paid RCI holiday at a four star category hotel in, Bhimtal, which they sacrificed to shift to Shuklacharya’s Retreat & Spiritual Centre

“We came upon this Retreat by chance only, as we were looking for somewhere to have lunch and the cabman let us off across the street.
After having a wonderful lunch, we immediately decided to leave our hotel and spend our remaining time in Bhimtal here – and it was our best decision !
The food and service was spectacular, the rooms were so pleasant and clean, and the views serene and peaceful and lovely.
Our only regret is that we didn’t have more time to spend at this Retreat, but we would love to return at some later date.
Thank you to the staff and the owners.”

 

Tracy Mel & Carol Mathisen

Andre Bougard of Spain is a principal of scuba diving colleges in various parts of the world.
“After the drive from Delhi, arriving here is like coming home.
The warm welcome, personal attention and loving feeling of its owners warms your heart right away.
This affection also reflects itself in the design of the rooms and gardens, which you will not see very often.
I see this place as a perfect place to seek tranquility, introspection and spiritual guidance.
I consider myself lucky to have been able to come here.
Thank you.”
Andre Buogaard

Andre Bougard of Spain

Raghavans:
Shri V.Raghavan, finance management consultant from Hyderabad, was here with his wife Brinda Raghavan and two sweet daughters Vaijanti and Sanjana.
“We enjoyed our stay at this place, as we could get a serene, peaceful atmosphere to relax.

The staff was very cooperative too.
The hospitality was also good.
We look forward to our stay in future at your place.”
Brinda Raghavan

Raghavans: Hyderabad,

Dirse Zoe:
Zoe Dirse from Toronto, Canada. Zoe is a highly reputed documentary film maker and widely traveled. She has come to India twice on work related travel.
“How blessed am I to have found this magical place! What good fortune fell upon me to have guided me to these stupendous mountains? I have spent a glorious week here, where my soul, spirit and body have been rejuvenated.
Under the guidance of Shukl’acharya and Samrita, I have discovered a very special essence of India.
All was wonderful. Ambience, food, atmosphere, teachings, the view, the excursions, the staff, the hosts.
I could not have hoped for a better stay.” Zoe

Dirse Zoe: