YOGA UNWRAPPED© RETREATS
South Goa, India
18th November - 25th November 2018
Get ready to arrive at an idyllic, unspoiled paradise in South Goa far removed from the hustle and bustle of daily life, where you can be immersed in nature, and given space to unplug, reset & receive. This unique transformative yoga retreat includes accommodation in beach-front bungalows beneath the luscious green umbrella of coconut palms, scrumptious vegan meals, daily morning and evening yoga and meditation sessions, individual feedback, dolphin trip, guided walks to other beaches and Agonda village, optional Ayurvedic massages and treatments and your own Dinacharya morning routine self-care toolkit.
Set in the stunning & tranquil Khola beach, South Goa, with a backdrop of terraced coconut groves and jungle life, you will live simply, peacefully and radiantly for 7 Days on this spectacular, almost uninhabited, cove beach and private bay. You will dine on an Indian vegan food feast to nurture you and your senses, experience your practice in the ocean facing open-air yoga shala, and relax on warm sand under the palm shade in your comfortable natural wooden bungalow.
In the early morning there will be teas, warm ginger lemon and coconut water available and you will be given the opportunity to sit for pranayama, meditation and explore other yoga techniques before a vibrant tropical breakfast of fruits and coconuts fresh from the trees around you. After some time for you to soak in the morning waves, walk with the warm sand under your bare feet and chill in the hammock before a mid-morning 2 hour Vinyasa based yoga practice that will be steady, mindful and balanced to awaken and invigorate your body. Throughout the week you will freshen, re-inspire and deepen your practice focusing on different pose groups including back bends, hip openers, standing poses, arm-balances and inversions. Whatever your range of ability and experience Heather will provide you with intelligent sequencing to tackle aspects of yoga and break them down in a way which makes it easy to understand and incorporate into your yoga practice. Appropriate options and modifications will be offered followed by lunch and 'you time' until the late afternoon practice.
There you will explore various yoga practices and techniques, including restorative and yin practices and a selection of forward bends, twists and side-bends, Yoga Nidra guided for deep relaxation and yogic cleansing techniques to introduce to your daily morning routine on retreat. You will also be given the tools to establish and develop your seated meditation and pranayama practice.
On this retreat, as part of a small intimate group, Heather will share her knowledge and experience with her accessible and down to earth approach, providing the perfect opportunity to deepen your practice both physically and internally.
Other activities – We offer an early morning dolphin watching trip and guided jungle walks/hikes to the nearby beaches, as well as an evening sunset stroll to the rocks at Khola.
Between lunch and evening practice is your time. You have one full afternoon free so plenty of time to do your own thing. Rickshaws, taxis and motorcycles can be booked to transport you away from the retreat location.
Nearby you will find Agonda beach, a captivating 3km long beach just a 25 minute rickshaw/taxi drive away, or you can reach it by a 45 minute hilltop hike. With a colourful array of shops, restaurants and cafes the hum of village life perfectly complements the sanctuary that is Khola.
Ayurvedic massages and treatments are available from expert practitioners either onsite or at Bioveda in nearby Agonda.
Just beyond Agonda is the unique Aquatic Bodywork (Watsu) combining elements of massage, joint mobilisation, shiatsu, muscle stretching and yoga in water. Relax in the dedicated hillside pool as highly-trained Daniel Aber gently cradles, moves and stretches you in chest-deep warm water as you become passive and weightless - a water dance of surrender, letting go and deep healing. Read more about Daniel and the treatment here.
Other beaches including Patnem, Galgibaga (Turtle Beach), Cabo De Rama Fort and the local town of Chaudi are around 12 - 15km away with above transport options available. You will finish each day dining at twilight serenaded by a soothing soundtrack of cicadas and the ocean waves.
With Heather having spent time living, studying and teaching in South Goa over the years she knows the local area and people well and has made many friends along the way. She will help you feel relaxed, comfortable and very much at home in this paradise.
£700 early bird booking rate until 6th May/ £760 full price per person for double/ twin sharing accommodation (that’s sharing a room with someone).
Price includes three scrumptious vegan meals a day, yoga and meditation sessions each morning and most evenings, complimentary dolphin trip, individual feedback, guided walks to other beaches and your own Dinacharya morning routine self-care toolkit.
Single occupancy will be £895 early bird rate until 18th March/ £975 full price (that’s a room to yourself) with all the above included.
The beach-facing wooden bungalows with sprung mattress beds are simple, comfortable and natural. This is not a 5-star luxury resort - you will be living in harmony with nature so should not be afraid of the occasional insect or spider!
You will arrive on the first day of the retreat starting Sunday 18th November for around 3pm and enjoy a late afternoon practice and dinner. Departure on the last day of the retreat Sunday 25th November will be after morning practice and brunch. Please book your flight times accordingly. Please note extra nights accommodation are not available at the location but there are numerous options in beaches down the coast at Agonda and Patnem.
If you would like to spread the cost of your retreat we can arrange payment by instalments. Please contact us for details.