The Himalayan Institute’s Excursion Director, Ransom Hare, is passionate about combining yoga practice, the outdoors, and like-minded community to create unique experiences that leave us feeling alive, refreshed, and filled with renewed vitality and purpose.

During this weekend retreat, you will explore 10+ miles of hiking trails among the beautiful lakes, rivers, and waterfalls of the Pocono Mountains. Your hiking experience will be supported by yoga and meditation practices anchored in breath-connected awareness to maximize your immersive experience in nature. In the evening, you’ll relax and enjoy a bonfire at one of the Institute’s pristine outdoor locations. If you’re looking for an active wellness getaway to reconnect with yourself and nature, this is the retreat for you!

Suitable for all ages

Requirements – Ability to walk up to 5+ miles at a consistent pace, up and down hills.

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Supportive Guidance

Ransom Hare has a passion for meditation and how sacred spaces can catalyze deep transformation. Ransom has been with HI since 2008, completed his 500-hour teacher training certification, and now serves as faculty and is active in HI's Humanitarian and Excursion programs.

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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.