India new year retreat 2021
28th December 2020 - 4th January 2021
Little Cove, Agonda, Goa
The retreat of a lifetime
This retreat feels to me like coming home. Having lived in this area to study and teach yoga, it is an honour to take students from the UK back to Goa for the adventure and retreat of a lifetime in the motherland of yoga, India to see in the new year.
This beautiful and tranquil spot in south Goa is surrounded by award-winning beaches, temples, jungle, dolphins and is an exciting yet accessible way of falling in love with this incredible country.
Why this retreat venue?
This hidden beach cove is not known by many people other than locals ... accessible by bumpy winding tracks deep in the Goan jungle just outside Agonda. All huts face out onto the beach, and the cove is exclusive to yoga retreat guests. So you can immerse yourself in the tranquility of the palm trees, sea view, white sand beach and your yoga practice.
What will the schedule and yoga be like?
The yoga practice takes place in a huge wooden shaded shala overlooking the beach and ocean. I have never taught in a more magical place. We practice to early morning sun and then jump into the sea afterwards, and meditate and practice pranayama watching breath-taking sunsets. The temperature for outdoor yoga is perfect at this time of year in India.
My yoga retreats provide a deep dive into the traditions of the yoga practice. The schedule is full - but all students are welcome to dip in and out as they please.
A workshop length morning practice includes guided meditation, alternate hatha (steady) and vinyasa (flowing - suitable for all levels) practice, and then pranayama (breathwork).
The afternoon closes with a 2 hour yin practice or yoga practice.
Evening practice includes yoga nidra and mantra.
What else is there to do on retreat?
Each day students are given journal questions to tap into their creativity and explore the insight and self-development side of the yoga tradition.
Most students are happy to stay local and relax.
Students can swim or walk to nearby beaches and cafes.
However, should there be interest for more adventuring we can happily arrange that:
Taxis or mopeds can take you to nearby villages of Agonda and Patnem for shopping trips and temple visits.
We can arrange a day trip to turtle beach, where the turtles come to nest around the time of the retreat.
We can book kayaks and boat trips early morning to see the dolphins.
The costs for these extra trips can be split between the number of students wanting to come, to make all trips affordable.
What will we eat?
All food is traditional Indian, and vegetarian. Dietary requirements can be accommodated for with advance notice. A breakfast of fruit and yoghurt and smoothies follow morning yoga practice. All food is cooked onsite in traditional clay ovens, and delicious thali is served on traditional floor tables for lunch and dinner. The food is one of the 'wow' factors of the retreat. I have not tasted better thali in the whole of Goa. There is one evening of candlelit traditional indian dance and music after dinner.
Where will I sleep?
We have 10 huts surrounding the shala, which can be arranged as a double bed or twin beds. The huts are simple traditional Goan hut, which are made each year following monsoon season from natural materials. All huts have a shower and toilet and sink, wardrobe or cupboard for clothes, and a porch with chairs to read, chat and sip lassi.
There are beds on the beach for sunbathing.
What will it cost and how do I book?
All retreat info, prices and booking info can be found here.
Please email to reserve your place today and receive the booking details and full information.
This retreat sells out so we advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.