Basic things to know:
The meditation centre is located in a serene environment away from the town, though Mcleodgunj itself is very calm and quiet, this place is quieter. As I entered the gates it seemed like a temple of peace. The place is mostly run by volunteers. There are different types of accommodations that you can find in the website, but they are based on first come first serve basis and priority is gives to senior citizens, so having no expectations is the best bet to enjoy the course.
The Beginner course is a 10 day course and one has to submit all belongings before starting the course. This also avoids any distractions from mobile and laptops. During the course one should not speak or try to engage in conversation with others. The course is designed to introspect and self learn so we need to try and spend most of our time with ourselves, which we can rarely do.
The course demands a basic fee starting around ~7K inclusive of accommodations and all meals. Meals are very basic but extremely satisfying and wholesome, with everything cooked inside the Tushita kitchen.
In the course that I attended, there were 90 people from 50 different countries and the first thing that I felt was how big and global the problem was that I faced. It made me feel less of an outlier than I would generally feel in cities. We had participants from ages raging 18 to 60 years.
The course started early in the morning. Though I need multiple alarms to get up for office, I could get up every morning at 6am with just the sound of the gong. I had a good sleep everyday and the surrounding around me was healing me fast. My natural body clock was up and running, my mind was less scattered and I was blissfully happy.
The institute is surrounded with huge trees and birds all around. You get adequate sunlight in the classrooms, which are huge and built in Buddhist style. I immediately got a sense of awe and respect and life seemed very hopeful. The location has a lot of importance in how we perceive and use the teachings. I felt that the surrounding was perfect for a course like this, where there is no disturbance from the outer busy world.