YOGA UNWRAPPED© RETREATS
South Goa, India
27th November - 4th December 2017 - (a few spaces left) &
28th December - 4th January 2018 - (spaces available)
A very special revitalising, nourishing and inspiring week-long yoga retreat in the South of Goa at the beautiful Blue Planet Organic Restaurant & Wellness Centre in the lush green surrounds of the jungle valley of Agonda. This unique & transformative yoga retreat includes accommodation in lovely bungalows on the jungle valley hillside, all scrumptious vegan meals, daily morning and evening yoga and meditation sessions, complimentary aquatic bodywork session, individual feedback, guided jungle walks to beaches and your own Dinacharya morning routine self care toolkit.
Set in a stunning backdrop of jungle life, you’ll dine on a vegan food feast to nurture you and your senses in the famous health food restaurant, experience your practice in the hilltop open-air yoga shala and relax and rest in the comfortable wood cabin bungalows. Blue Planet is also home to the unique Aquatic Bodywork (Watsu) which combines elements of massage, joint mobilisation, shiatsu, muscle stretching and yoga in water. Taking place in the hillside pool for the sole purpose of this amazing bodywork, the highly trained practitioner Daniel Aber will gently cradle, move and stretch you in chest-deep warm water as you become passive, weightless and deeply relaxed - a water dance of surrender, letting go and deep healing. Read more about the treatment and practitioner here.
Not too far away you’ll find the stunning Agonda beach, a captivating 3km long beach just a 10 minute motorcycle rickshaw taxi drive away,15 minutes by bicycle or a 30 minute jungle walk. A colourful array of shops, restaurants and cafes, the hum of village life is a perfect balance to the sanctuary of Blue Planet.
In the early mornings there will be teas, ginger lemon elixir and coconut water available and you will be given the opportunity to sit for pranayama and meditation before a 2.5 hour vinyasa based practice that will be steady, mindful & balanced to awaken & invigorate your body. Throughout the week you will freshen up, 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.
In the afternoons you’ll go on to explore various yoga practices– including restorative and yin practices including a selection of forward bends, twists and side-bend, Yoga Nidra guided for deep relaxation, and yogic cleansing techniques you can introduce into 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 - guided jungle walks/hikes to the beaches (Agonda Beach and Butterfly Beach) which are 30/40 minutes away will be offered with an evening sunset walk to Agonda included in the schedule. After breakfast until evening practice is your time and you have one full afternoon free so plenty of time to do your own thing. Lunch will be provided with the option to eat in or take out with traditional ‘take away’ tiffin boxes. Bicycles will be available for hire and rickshaws, taxis and motorcycles to book. The Aquatic bodywork is onsite with one treatment included in the retreat price. Close by is Kaama Kethna eco farm - and Agonda beach is less than 10 mins motorcycle/ rickshaw drive away and under 15mins on a bike with no gears! (tried and tested many times!!!) Other beaches including Cola, Patnem, Galgibaga (turtle beach) and the local town Chaudi are around 8km away with above travel options available. You’ll finish each day by dining at twilight serenaded by a soothing soundtrack of the jungle’s cicadas. With Heather having spent time living in South Goa over the years, and many trips to her special place Blue Planet, she is very familiar & established with the local area & people, and her good friends who own this delightful location, Pravi, Urmilla & their family.
You will feel relaxed, comfortable and very much at home in this paradise.
£650 per person double/ twin sharing accommodation (sharing a room with someone) including three scrumptious vegan meals a day, yoga and meditation sessions each morning and most evenings, complimentary aquatic bodywork, individual feedback, guided jungle walks to beaches and your own Dinacharya morning routine self care toolkit.
Single occupancy will be £895 (a room by yourself) with all the above included. (no single occupancy available on the 27th Nov retreat)
You’ll arrive on the first date of the retreat starting Monday 27th November/ Thursday 28th December and we’ll have a late afternoon practice and dinner. You’ll depart on the last date of the retreat Monday 4th December/ Thursday 4th January after morning practice and breakfast.
If you would like to spread the cost out we can arrange this in instalments up to the final payment date 12 weeks before the retreat.