Preparation for the Course

You are not required to prepare anything prior to starting the training, however, it is helpful if you can attend regular classes in your area - and you can log these in your Class Attendance Log as part of your certification requirements.

Below is the information that you will need to ensure you are fully prepared for each of the modules, including what to bring, and how to find each of the centres.

What You Will Need

Kitcheree Recipe

This recipe is a staple of a healthy, balanced, yogic diet and was often recommended by Yogi Bhajan for cleansing to support health and meditation practice. This will be part of your homework during the course.


  • 1 cup mung beans
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 9 cups water
  • 4–6 cups chopped assorted vegetables (carrots, celery, courgettes, broccoli etc)
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil or ghee
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1/3 cup minced ginger root
  • 8–10 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 heaped teaspoon tumeric
  • 1 heaped teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 heaped teaspoon crushed red chillies
  • 1 tablespoon sweet basil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Seeds of 5 cardamon pods
  • Salt or tamari sauce to taste


  • Wash the beans and rice
  • Bring the water to a boil
  • Add the rice and beans and let them boil over a medium-high flame
  • Meanwhile, prepare the vegetables
  • Add the vegetables to the pan with the rice and beans
  • Heat the oil or ghee in large frying pan - add the onions, ginger and garlic, and sauté over a medium-high flame until browning
  • Add the tumeric, black pepper and chilli (no salt or herbs) - when nicely well done, put this mixture into the cooking beans and rice
  • Continue to cook over a medium-high flame, stirring often, until well done
  • the consistency should be rich, thick and soup-like, with ingredients barely discernible

The recipe comes from Yogi Bhajan’s book The Ancient Art of Self-Healing. Kitcheree is easily digested, and is excellent for the sick, the elderly, and young children.

Kit List

Egypt Weekend Modules

  • light layered clothing
  • warm clothes for evening & sleeping
  • yoga mat
  • head cover
  • sleeping bag
  • pen & paper
  • torch & spare batteries
  • refillable water bottle / thermos
  • separate indoor & outdoor sandals
  • sun protection
  • swimming & snorkelling gear
  • towel

Final Week in France

  • outdoor clothes - waterproof & warm
  • yoga clothes
  • yoga mat, head cover & ground sheet
  • tent & sleeping bag
  • pen & paper
  • torch & spare batteries
  • walking boots - not wellies
  • sandals or crocs
  • sun protection
  • swimming gear & towel
  • women - please bring sanitary protection
  • small day backpack

* you are welcome to bring musical instruments to either retreat centre

All retreat centres are natural, sacred training spaces. Please do NOT bring alcohol, drugs or cigarettes.

How to Get There

Egypt Weekend Modules

All three long weekend modules in Egypt are being held at the RockSea Camp and Yoga Retreat Centre located just outside Nuweiba, South Sinai.

Click to see a map of the location and directions to the retreat centre.

By Plane

Flights to Sharm el Sheikh and Taba. Some European and Middle Eastern cities have direct flights, however you may need to fly via Cairo (Egypt Air connection to Sharm) or Istanbul (Turkish Airlines connection to Sharm). 

We provide airport transfers for international guests (not included, check here for rates) and ask you to provide us with your flight details so we can meet you and bring you to the retreat centre. You will need to arrive at least the DAY BEFORE the training starts (see course dates) and are welcome to add on extra days to turn your retreat module into a week’s break.

Please contact us to arrange additional nights accommodation, either at the retreat centre or in Dahab - more info on accommodation can be found here.

From Cairo

For Egyptian residents coming from Cairo, please let us know if you need assistance with travel. If you wish to travel in your own car, please check this map for directions. 

From Taba

About 20 minutes after Basata, you will see the entrance on your left as the road takes a sharp right-hand turn uphill, and winds behind the mountain.

From Sharm el Sheikh

Drive north, past Dahab and through Nuweiba. After the Nuweiba checkpoint, follow the road left, drive up behind the mountain, and on descending you will find the entrance on your right directly as you hit sea level again.

From Dahab

For Dahab residents, we organise a minibus for €10 each way per person to take you to RockSea in time for the training.

Final Week in France

The final week of intensive training is held at the ANS headquarters - the Domaine le Martinet estate in the French Alps.

By Plane

The nearest airports are Grenoble, Lyon and Geneva - Easyjet and Ryanair fly from the UK, students from other countries should check with their national airlines, or maybe even Turkish Airlines which flies into Lyon. Then take the airport shuttle bus to Grenoble railway station - buy tickets at the airport. The bus costs €30-40 from Geneva, €20 from Lyon or €14 from Grenoble. If you buy a return it is cheaper.

From Grenoble railway station take a local train, €7, to Monestier de Clermont, where a shuttle will pick you up and take you to Le Martinet. The shuttles from Monestier de Clermont are at 6pm and 7pm and you should coordinate your travel with Seva Simran to ensure you connect with a shuttle and the ashram is expecting you.

By Train

Take the Eurostar to Paris Gare du Nord. Walk off the end of the Eurostar platform, turn left, and follow the signs for RER line D. Take RER line D direction Melun/Malesherbes two stops across Paris to the Gare de Lyon. From Gare de Lyon get the TVG to Grenoble, then take the local train as above.

By Car

Drive south from Grenoble in the direction of Sisteron to Monestier De Clermont. Continue south from Monestier De Clermont for about 6km and take the right-hand turn signed to St Michel Les Portes (if you miss this turn you will have a second chance another km further on). After passing through the little village, 200m along on the left hand side you will see a letter box and a small sign for Le Martinet. Take this farm track down to the car park.