The Ladakh Experience

May 28 – June 7, 2018

Yoga and Meditation Retreat

with Nikki Costello

in Ladakh, India

May 28 – June 7, 2018

In Summer 2018, experience the best the Tibetan Plateau has to offer.  This exclusive retreat includes:


  • Unprecedented access to ancient prayer halls at Thiksey Monastery

  • Daily Iyengar Yoga and meditation sessions with Nikki Costello

  • Teaching and experience talks with Tibetan Buddhist monks

  • Cultural cooking lessons and dinners with the monks and their families

  • Tour of Indus Valley monasteries with local monks

  • Guided scenic photography tour with BJ Graf, who’s been visiting Ladakh since 1995

  • Monastic single accommodations at Thiksey Monastery

Limited to 14 guests

The Ladakh Experience retreat fee is $5350 USD.

All-inclusive price includes The Practice sessions with Nikki, single accommodation, all meals, site fees, monastery donations, and all transportation within India.

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Nikki Costello is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher. She has been teaching yoga for 22 years and was previously certified in Jivamukti Yoga and Anusara Yoga. For 8 years, she taught exclusively for the SYDA Foundation, as a hatha yoga and meditation teacher. As part of the organization she taught hatha yoga in retreats and events in North America, South America, Europe, India and China. It was during this time that she began cultivating a practice of meditation and deepened her study of yogic scriptures and philosophical texts.

She lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and teaches public classes at Kula Yoga in Tribeca and Williamsburg and Yoga Shanti. She maintains a well-recognized private practice in New York City, training and guiding individuals on all levels of their health and well-being.

Nikki is passionate about sharing her study and practice of yoga. She has created several unique educational opportunities for yoga students which include: The Teachers Practice, The Mentor Practice, The Sutra Practice and The Enrichment Practice. She continues to lead retreats and workshops all over the world and in 2013-2014 was a contributing editor at Yoga Journal , writing the magazine’s “Basics Column.”

Nikki was recently featured as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Yoga Teachers in America. 

Learn more about Ladakh

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About Your Guides

RetreaTours has a very special relationship with Thiksey Monastery. BJ Graf has been visiting this region since 1995 and has fostered close relationships with Ladakhi lamas (monks) and laypeople alike. This intimate personal connection allows us to reach deeper and more meaningfully into the culture and community. 

We have been bringing guests to Ladakh since 2006, and in 2015, we created the first yoga retreat ever hosted at Thiksey Monastery, with Nikki Costello. With our unprecedented access to ancient prayer halls and intimate friendships with Thiksey’s monks and their families in the village, our Ladakh guests always come away inspired and uplifted.

BJ was invited to serve as Thiksey Monastery’s official photographer in 2010, 2016, and 2017 for three very special Thiksey-sponsored events with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In addition to capturing these events in photos, BJ enjoyed conversation, some good-natured ribbing, and a good luck head rub by the Dalai Lama himself.  In 2017, we were blessed to create an opportunity for The Ladakh Experience group to have an audience with His Holiness on his birthday.  

Over the years, BJ has had the good fortune to spend time with and photograph the 20th Kushok Bakula Rinpoche, as well as the 102nd Gaden Tripa, Ling Rinpoche, Khen Rinpoche (current abbot of Tashi Lhunpo), KelKhang Rinpoche, Kachen Lobzang Zotpa, and HHDL’s sister and humanitarian, Jetsun Pema. We are eternally grateful to Thiksey Rinpoche, KelKhang Rinpoche, Khenrap-la, and countless others for their endless support in crafting transformative experiences in Thiksey, Leh, and beyond.

Please click here to read more about BJ and Lauren and their company RetreaTours, specializing in transformative yoga experiences around the globe.

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