India 2018


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This is your invitation to say YES to your Sacred Joy Journey.


You have been dreaming of a trip to India, the birthplace of Yoga, for some time…This is your chance!!!


Announcing the Sacred Joy 2018 India Pilgrimage with Shasta Townsend


marketSacred Joy will take you on an adventure throughout Northern India involving temples, saffron robes, markets, majestic forts, a pink city, holy city and holy cows!


You'll salute the sun by a pilgrim's lake, watch a desert sunset, visit the lakes and ancient temples of Udaipur and stand in front of the Taj Majal, one of the seven wonders of the world.

Throughout the 13 days, Shasta will lead a customized yoga program to enhance your experiences in India and deepen your connection with and understanding of yoga. The program will include asana (physical) practice, pranayama (breathing techniques), yoga nidra (concentrated relaxation) and meditation.

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You will travel with a like-minded group, on an ethically-sourced, unique, sacred and safe transformational tour with caring and experienced hosts.





What Really Happens on Retreat – Why You Need to Travel with Shasta

Check out this inspiring video and get a “behind the scenes” glimpse of what really happens on Yoga Retreats + Transformational Travel with Shasta.



This Retreat is for Students Who Want To:

  • Have a combined experience of travel, transformation and fun!
  • Come together with a group of like-minded, uplifting and joyful people ready to support each other and grow.
  • Feel safe, cared for and nurtured in their travel experience.
  • Go deeper in their Yoga / Spiritual practice both on and off the mat.
  • Experience a sacred journey in a safe and easeful way, with experienced and steadfast retreat leaders who have a decade of experience.
  • Feel true joy!


This is an appointment with the Sacred that you will want to make! 


The Juicy Details:

Dates:  Friday, February 16 – Wednesday, February 28, 2018  (13 Days + 12 Nights)

Location: Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Pushkar – Ranakpur – Udaipur – Delhi

Airport: Fly into Delhi, India

Our Pilgrimage Route:

What’s Included

  • 6 nights 5-star
  • 6 nights accommodation in unique heritage hotels
  • 12 daily buffet breakfasts
  • 7 buffet lunches
  • 6 buffet or rooftop bbq dinners
  • English speaking tour escort
  • Domestic flights from Udaipur to Delhi
  • International and domestic airport transfers
  • 12 group yoga and transformational sessions with Shasta Townsend


5-Star + More!

Yup, we said 5-star hotels, heritage hotels and previous home of the Raj  (Kings and Queens) so you know YOU will be treated like royalty!!



What’s Not Included

  • International Airfare – flights from Toronto to Delhi are between $1,000-$1,300 cdn.
  • Travel insurance.


Unique Experiences

You will have unique, inspired experiences + some of them include:

    • Taking a rickshaw ride through Chandi Chowk bazaar Old Delhi, visit Gandhi Museum, INA Markets and the beautiful Bangla Sahib Temple
    • Visiting Agra, where we will explore the Red Fort and the most extravagant monument ever built for love – The Taj Mahal.
    • Discovering Jaipur, the Pink City, + the majestic Amber Fort.
    • Soaking up the excitement of textiles, gems, sacred Aartis and Yoga with the locals.
    • Visiting the Holy city of Pushkar, experience roof top yoga, meditation on the ghats and a sacred ‘homa’ fire ceremony.
    • Experiencing a sunset ride on camels followed by a rooftop dinner overlooking a sacred lake.
    • Visiting the Shiva Cave Temple and witness the spectacular sunrise from Narlai Hill.
    • Exploring the famous ancient Jain temples of Ranakpur.
    • Witnessing the beautiful Lakes of Udaipur, The City Palace and Crystal Gallery.
    • Taking a sunset cruise across Lake Pichola and enjoy your rooftop dinner overlooking the lake.



Sacred Joy Investment:


Similar 5-star retreats that do NOT have half the experiences and NONE of the behind the scenes sacred, spiritual experiences sell for $6000-$10,000.

Sacred Joy is not near those prices…

And, we have a special offer for students who are ready to say YES.



Regular Pricing 

$4,499.00**        Twin Share

$5,299.00         Single


*Please note our tour provider is Essence of India in Perth, Australia. They have an extensive background in India travel so we partnered with them to bring you the safest and most inspired experience.  Sanctuary Travel of Perth Australia will process all fees so please note that all fees are in AUD.  Check current exchange rate at




Contact Jenn or Shasta at Balanced Life Yoga to learn more + register:

Call 905-428-2300.    Email:


Once this journey is filled, it is filled!  And we want you to be on this trip of a lifetime!!


Will you offer this pilgrimage and tour again soon?

No. We have no plans at this time to return to India anytime soon and we like to keep our retreats + transformational travel fresh. This is your opportunity.


Does this include international airfare?

Sacred Joy includes domestic airfare, but not international. Flights from YYZ to DEL are around $1300 CDN.


I can see many of these places on my own, why go on Sacred Joy?

We have “behind the scenes” experiences that you can't experience on your own. As well as our own personal tour guide who's extensive knowledge will ensure we learn and experience so much more than the regular “tourist” stuff. This tour was personally created for you!

Ian + Shasta have a proven track record of safe, enjoyable and transformational retreats. You are in good hands. As well, Shasta has prepared sacred learnings on the Divine Feminine, Hinduism, Yoga + Meditation.

Friends are just more fun – the students of Balanced Life Yoga are amazing! You will share these experiences with like-minded and life long friends.


I want to choose a twin share but have no one to share with right now?

No worries. We will partner you with someone who would be a great fit for you. We always attract great people!


Do I need a Visa for India?

Yes, you will need a Visa to enter India. We will have a full information package AND an information session well before Sacred Joy to ensure you are all set.


I may want to arrive early or stay after, is there someone who can help me?

Kecci of Essence of India and Crystal of Sanctuary Travel are experts in India travel and are standing by to assist you.

Shasta and Ian are heading to a Tiger Preserve after the tour and students are welcome to join us.


Have questions?  We are here for you. Please contact us at or call 905-428-2300.

Testimonials and Student Success Stories from Past Retreats:

sara.b (2)I Came Home Inspired and Ready to Expand My Life & Business

“Having been on previous retreats hosted by Shasta and Ian, I didn't hesitate when I saw the opportunity to join them in Guatemala. I knew it would be a week filled with the perfect balance of learning, adventure and relaxation – and I was absolutely right! I was able to unplug from my regular busy life and spend a week truly nourishing my body, mind and soul with the support of Shasta and the amazing group of like-minded people who joined us. I returned home feeling deeply recharged and inspired to expand in new areas of my life and business!”  -Sara B., Whitby, ON. 


Gloria ogston oneOur WONDER-FULL yoga retreat at Villa Sumaya in Guatemala on Lake Atitlan was an experience of a lifetime.
I shared this experience with some of the most heart centered people in the world.  Through the beautiful soul and heart of Shasta and her caring authentic husband Ian we all felt loved, cared for and safe to share whatever we felt a need to share at that time.  Shasta taught us all so much through, yoga, meditation, teachings of how to just BE.  I learned about cultivating a place of presence and awareness and the duality of steadiness and sweetness.  It is so hard to put down on paper how much I grew in one week it was truly a life changing experience, my heart literally opened and that feels amazing!!  I am so grateful I went and so grateful to my friends Shasta and Ian.  Namaste Gloria. 

sabina hadonI have been on other Yoga retreats and nothing compares to the experience Shasta creates. 

She offers deep teachings, life changing experiences and always attracts great people so I know I will have fun too. I have made some incredible lifelong friends. She takes the group to unique locations that really compliment the feel of the retreats, treating us like family and allowing us to connect with local cultures and nature. I have been to each retreat since I first heard about them and I will always say YES to Shasta's retreats! -Sabina Haidon Sioux lookout, ON 


Helen MasonMy Heart Sang! – Remembering Beauty Thanks to Guatemala with Shasta & Ian

The trip to Guatemala was absolutely Divine timing for me, especially since my Father passed away in January… I had no idea how much more powerful this trip and experience was going to be for me.  I listened to the whispers of my heart and said YES to loving and nurturing ME by registering for the WONDERFULL Retreat to Guatemala. I am truly grateful I did!! 

I have had the pleasure of experiencing India & Costa Rica Yoga Retreats previously with Shasta and Ian and again they shone in this retreat. Again, Shasta shared her passion and heartfelt teachings while Ian provided his kind, loving support. I am so grateful also for all the beautiful souls that attended and shared from their authentic hearts, laughter & kindness. I witnessed breathtaking sunrises, sunsets & Full Moon Indigenous Ceremonies as well as birds singing everyday as I was immersed in natural beauty, bright colourful flowers, warm smiling Mayan hospitality, and delicious food made from the heart. It truly made my heart sing. Thank you for reminding me of the love & beauty within me!  I am truly always grateful to you Shasta and Ian for your love and offering this wonderful magical experience & saying yes to it.  I love you both. -Helen, M, Ajax, ON.

Deanna FryTruly WONDER-FULL – I Am So Grateful 

My time in Guatemala was truly WONDER-FULL, and full of love, heart, the beauty of nature and a caring community of people.  The experience was truly spectacularly ‘brilliante’ beyond words!  I am SO grateful to Shasta Townsend and her husband Ian Lavalley for visioning, planning, creating, supporting and holding space for the unfolding of this amazing adventure!  I am also grateful to everyone at True Nature Education and Villa Sumaya who was involved.

Our excursions beyond the Villa were truly WONDER-FULL as well.  We had the absolute pleasure of celebrating the Mayan Day Count Ceremony with local Shaman, Tomas and then our own Full Moon Ceremony that evening.  We were joined by several Villa Sumayians who contributed magically to our ceremony – where the North and South met through the offering of Sacred Cedar AND Cypress, and where the Sacred Cacao and djembe drumming helped us open our Hearts to the Spirit of Life. – Deanna F. Ajax, ON

NormaIt felt so ‘WonderFull' to be a Student!

“Amazing! Lovely on so many levels. To be a student was wonderful. The location was stunning and energizing and the conversation in and out of class were deep and satisfying. I loved the practices and the discussions with Shasta – it felt very fresh and were done really well with just the right amount of challenge. Shasta and Ian both offered their heart-focused intention and attention.  Love to do this again!”


Caroline Osgton croppedTruly a Magical Life Experience

“The Wonderfull Yoga Retreat with Shasta was such an amazing experience I honestly cannot find the words to describe it.  It was truly a magical life experience.  Not only did I feel like I was in paradise, but I was surrounded by the most beautiful and supportive human begins.  Thank you Shasta and Ian for creating the most amazing space for all. Shasta's knowledge and philosophy was insightful I just love her spiritual teachings. The retreat centre, the gorgeous lake, the amazing food everything was absolutely perfect.  I have never felt more healthy in my entire life after leaving there (Mind, Body and Soul).  I will most defiantly be joining Shasta and Ian on their next retreat.  I'm hooked!” – Caroline Ogston – Ajax


Tiffany HaidonI’m Counting Down the Days to the Next Retreat With Shasta!

Guatemala was my fifth retreat with Shasta. It was a journey of trust, love, self-discovery, acceptance where Shasta’s mastery at coordinating and creating a week of Yoga, deep teachings, fun and laughter showed through. I trust in Shasta's ability to find the most magical/spiritual places on earth for her group retreats and she always does. She also has the ability to attract loving, accepting and wisdom-seeking people to her retreats so I know I will always be in good company. Shasta's divine teachings prod me to make necessary growth in my life's journey and I always come away feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and inspired. Shasta creates an experience of learning, listening and being listened to where each person's experience and journey is validated and honoured. She has the unique ability to show up in her professional best self and yet be approachable, fun and a wonderful model of all she teaches. And amidst all this self-reflection and discovery, she offers cultural excursions to small villages, hiking volcanoes and of course shopping (supporting local community) that bring out the laughter and fun in our newly bonded group. Shasta’s partner Ian provides an added gift as he is there to ensure the guests have everything they need and his gentle, silent kindness and love is palpable.

There is always a sadness when the retreat is over, but also excitement to bring home Shasta's inspiring teachings and to meet up with new friends at the studio. And of course, the wonderment and countdown to Shasta's Retreat next year….Shasta's retreats give you the tools to find your full potential….and to become fully aware of our ‘stories' and limitations we put upon ourselves…and then to bust free of them……living a more fulfilling life! I can’t wait for the next one!  – Tiffany, Uxbridge, On.

About Shasta Townsend:

shasta.beachShasta is a feisty champion of creating an unlimited life where ease, joy, and freedom reign, regardless of the circumstances. Shasta’s expertise in these matters does not come from a few letters behind her name, but from her own investigation, learning, and journey. Thanks to this, her offerings are not regurgitated from another’s textbook, but from her own personal evolution and inner guidance. Shasta has studied and taught worldwide including three trips to India to study at the birthplace of Yoga. She is a truly authentic, well-learned and highly experienced teacher who lovingly offers her knowledge, insight and passion to make your learning experience extraordinary. Named after a flower, Shasta loves to watch her students bloom! Shasta has a unique way of helping students develop a deep and meaningful relationship to yoga and become inspired spirits. Her classes are engaging, insightful with just the right amount of challenge to help you shine, grow and radiate with happiness. As well, Shasta is an internationally recognized teacher, best selling author and speaker who has hosted radio shows, recorded meditation CDs. Her humor, insight and passion show in all she does. Connect with Shasta at, on Facebook or on Twitter @shastaherself.

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