The Ladakh Experience

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Yoga and Meditation Retreat

with Nikki Costello

in Ladakh, India

Summer 2024

In Summer 2024, experience the best the Tibetan Plateau has to offer.  This exclusive retreat includes:

  • Daily Iyengar Yoga and meditation sessions with Nikki Costello
  • Single accommodation at a boutique luxury hotel on the Indus River
  • Options for nature walks and Indus River rafting
  • Unprecedented access to ancient prayer halls at Thiksey Monastery
  • Teachings and discussions with Tibetan Buddhist monks
  • Cultural lessons and dinners with the monks and their families
  • Tour of Indus Valley monasteries with local monks
  • Monastic single accommodations at Thiksey Monastery

Previous Ladakh Experiences

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Nikki Costello is an educator with 30 years of teaching and training experience in the Yoga and Wellness industry. She works at the intersection of social justice and Yoga with a focus on facilitating new models of embodied leadership. Nikki is a Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher (Level 3-CIYT) and a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT). In 2013-2014, she was a contributing editor at Yoga Journal, writing the magazine’s “Basics Column,” and in 2016, Nikki was named one of the 100 Most Influential Teachers in America. She is the featured Iyengar Yoga teacher on GLO. Nikki holds an MA in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation from SOAS, University of London and is a PhD candidate at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Since 2020, she has taught weekly online yoga and meditation classes at Nikki Costello | The Practice. To learn more, visit Nikki’s website.

Learn more about Ladakh

Want to learn more about this magical region high on the Tibetan Plateau?

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About Your Trip Organizer

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. You’ll be accompanied by RetreaTours owner BJ Graf on this journey.

BJ has been bringing guests to Ladakh since 2006, and in 2015, RetreaTours and Nikki Costello created the first yoga retreat ever hosted at Thiksey Monastery. 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 (former abbot of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery), 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 RetreaTours, specializing in transformative experiences around the globe.

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