De-stress and reset at this special getaway weekend at the Himalayan Institute in the heart of the Pocono Mountains. Along with gentle yoga, we’ll focus on essential practices from the Himalayan tradition to systematically release tension, wind down, and turn off the busy, chattering mind. The resulting alert inner stillness in the body and mind is deeply rejuvenating—beyond the rest available by ordinary means. Much more than mere distraction, this accessible practice is the gateway to profound unconditional well-being, deeper levels of awareness, and meditation.

In addition to the happiness of yoga practice, your retreat at the Himalayan Institute offers nourishing vegetarian meals, a community supportive of your well-being, time to enjoy ayurvedic treatments, massage, or integrative health consultations at our PureRejuv Wellness Center, and hikes through our beautiful 400-acre campus. Join us at the Himalayan Institute for your HI Essentials Retreat!

  • Practice a systematic method of reaching a state of deep rejuvenation in just 10 minutes.
  • Learn about the nature of relaxation from both the yogic and the physical perspectives
  • Design a sustainable at-home practice
  • Enjoy twice daily community prayers in the Sri Vidya Shrine
  • Join like-minded friends and students at a chai social and evening campfire
  • Enjoy morning and evening guided practices of yoga
Sandra Anderson Sandra Anderson

Supportive Guidance

Sandy, senior faculty at the Himalayan Institute, blends yoga, meditation, and philosophy expertise. Coauthor of "Yoga Mastering the Basics," she draws from oral tradition, hatha yoga, tantra, Sanskrit, and environmental science. As a long-time resident, Sandy uniquely conveys spiritual richness in the modern world.

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Sacred Space

The Sri Vidya Shrine serves as the spiritual heart of the Himalayan Institute campus. This spiritually-awakened sacred space is ideally suited to silent meditation and group spiritual practice, which has been a cornerstone of the Himalayan Tradition for thousands of years. The Sri Vidya Shrine is open to seekers from all spiritual traditions.

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Award-Winning Center

For over 50 years, our stunning 400-acre campus in the Poconos has been a gathering place for people from around the globe seeking inspiration, healing, and inner balance. USA Today recently honored us as the #1 Yoga Retreat Center in the nation. Come savor for yourself the goodness our campus and community provide.

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Nourishing Meals

Our nutritionally balanced vegetarian meals are consciously prepared with the intention to nourish body, mind, and spirit. Our three daily meals are designed to be easily digestible and to support a meditative lifestyle. Meals are a catalyst for community and deep nourishment.

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Rest in Nature

Nestled in the rolling hills of the Poconos in North East Pennsylvania, the Himalayan Institute’s 400-acre park-like campus offers breathtaking views, scenic hiking trails, and peaceful spaces for reflection and contemplation. Walking is a favorite activity here, either on our groomed hiking trails or on our meandering paved roads.

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Treat Yourself

Our Himalayan Cafe offers the Institute’s signature chai tea, coffee, and homemade cookies and treats on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The Tea Lounge is open 24/7 for self-serve hot teas. The Moka Origins Factory, located on campus, is open daily from 9-4 and serves handcrafted, ethically sourced chocolate and coffee products. Free tours and tastings on Saturdays.