21 Stages of Meditation: 12-day meditation course in Nepal

Dates: 20 May 2020 - 31 May 20
Taught by: Tonie Nooyens
Location: Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Pharping, Nepal
Cost: $2,150 twin share, or $2,430 for a private room (inclusive of all your costs from the start to end of the course)

In one of the most serene and nurturing venues in Nepal, immerse into a 12-day meditative journey, and emerge with more awareness, peace and radiance. This is a rare opportunity to take such a long Kundalini retreat: a chance to come together with a group of like-minded practitioners to share a profound experience.

What kind of life do you want to live? How can you develop it? What approach and formula can we use so we can grow and not suffer? Make meditation the art of life. Make meditation the science of life. Because only with that and with that only, can you develop intuition.

~ Yogi Bhajan


Find solitude from the outside world in a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in the foothills in the Himalayas. There, under the inclusive and inspiring guidance of beloved Kundalini teacher Tonie Nooyens, gift yourself the chance for concentrated focus through a 21-stage meditative path that can transform your life.

This course is a systematic approach to self-discovery, realization and self-healing through meditation. It is accessible both to new meditation practitioners looking for guidance on their path and for experienced practitioners looking to go much deeper.

The 21 stages of meditation are part of the Kundalini practices as taught by Yogi Bhajan, integrating breath, mantra, postures, and movement. Ar 12 days, this is a rare opportunity to take a longer meditation retreat, and this unique and skillfully-planned course takes you through an unfolding journey of personal growth.


About the 21 Stages of Meditation course

We all come to meditation with our own background and our own state of mind – at different times this might be emotional, out of balance, seeking clarity or peace, or looking for a deeper sense in life. We all bring our own experiences and capacities.

There are many meditation traditions that provide us with pathways and tools to still and refine the meditative mind. With the 21 Stages of Meditation, Kundalini master Yogi Bhajan provided a practical guide to discovering our real self beyond the emotions and commotions of life and to being able to express that true self in an authentic way.

These 21 stages provide a unique path to realizing our pure and elevated consciousness, giving us the tools and experience to deepen our meditation practice and come to a profound understanding of our Self.


The course takes you on three distinct journeys which deepen and refine your experience. Each journey is comprised of seven stages, taking you step by step through the rudimentary skills of meditation, to the deeper levels of awareness and integration, and finally into identity, projection and merger in the infinite pulse of creation.

During our retreat we will travel these three journeys, going through the 21 stages that constitute the complete path. We will go through intensive meditation practice, complemented with asana and breathing practice.

We will follow a yogic lifestyle for the duration of the retreat with vegetarian food, sharing in basic tasks and with time for relaxation and walking in the surroundings.

Who can take the 21 Stages of Meditation retreat?

Students and teachers from all contemplative traditions are invited. There are no prerequisites to this course. It is open to anyone whether new to meditation or with an advanced practice.

Instructors and practitioners of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® are especially encouraged to participate, in order to deepen your understanding of meditation.

For Kundalini yoga teachers, this program will deepen your practice and provide the skills you need to help you identify where your students are at and how to take them further. It is contributes to KRI Level Three Certification within The Aquarian Teacher™ Training Program for those with existing Level 1 certification, and qualifies for RYT hours with Yoga Alliance.


Lead teacher: Tonie Nooyens

Tonie Nooyens is a highly experienced practitioner in different traditions of meditation, meditational yoga and healing. He is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher and one of the lead trainers on the KY Asia Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Program. He travels widely, facilitating teacher training and teaching workshops and retreats throughout Asia, including Cambodia, China, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Japan and Taiwan.

Originally from The Netherlands, Tonie has lived and worked in Asia and Africa for more than 30 years. His service includes an initiative in Cambodia, where he conducts a Yoga and Meditation training program for Cambodians to support stress and trauma-relief activities, as well as communication and personal capacity training for vulnerable groups.


The venue for our meditation course in Nepal

For Tibetan Buddhists, the hills of Pharping where we immerse for our retreat is considered as sacred as Bodhgaya in India, as it is where the second buddha Guru Padmasambhava (“Guru Rinpoche”) attained the state of enlightenment, before going on to establish Buddhism in Tibet.

The monastery, which is our home during the retreat, makes important contributions to the preservation and sharing of the Buddhist teachings, and our stay there helps to fund education for the many young monks from remote areas of Nepal. In return, we are blessed with the opportunity to practice in the temple itself, in a beautiful room above the main hall where the glass walls look out across the valley and mountains.

The lovely guest house often surprises our guests for its wonderful spacious and light rooms, comfortable beds for deep and refreshing sleeps, all with modern attached bathrooms, and built in Tibetan style. It is the perfect place to relax, restore and revive.


Booking details

You can download the registration form (Word doc) or mail us to request one.

The cost of the course is US$ 2,150 per person (all inclusive from when we meet you in Kathmandu until we drop you back at the end. It includes accommodation (11 nights on twin share basis), all your delicious and nourishing meals, transport between Kathmandu and the monastery, all teaching and course materials with manual and thumb drive).

Alumni of Tonie’s Level 2 courses and alumni of any Mahalaya event are entitled to a discount. Please let us know if you are eligible and we will send you the rates.

A limited number of private rooms are available at a supplement of $280. Please let us know if you would like a private room.

On offering you a place, we will send you the payment information. We will send you a retreat welcome pack with all you need to know to prepare for your visit on receipt of your $250 deposit.

Please feel most welcome to get in touch if you have any questions for now however. 

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