8 Night Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Gorgeous-Goa, India

Goa RetreatJoin our very own Whitespace Teacher & Studio Director, Deborah Berryman – at one of our favourite destinations on the planet for an energising, relaxing and beautifully sunny 8 Nights on the gorgeous beaches of southern Goa, India.

This retreat will be an unforgettable experience with time to recharge and renew as you experience the tropical and unspoiled beaches of the south of Goa, with its wealth of culture and natural beauty. It’s your chance to unplug from the day-to-day grind and spend 8 Nights with Deborah and a group of other yogis committed to transformational, fun and rejuvenating pleasure.

Whether you have experienced Yoga before or if this will be your first time, this beautiful space could not be a more perfect setting in which to deepen your practice and immerse yourself in some delicious ‘me time’.

About the Retreat:  Listed as one of the Top 10 Yoga Retreats by the Guardian, the retreat is a stunning beachfront Yoga resort with eco-friendly accommodation, in a prime location on one of Goa’s best beaches. They are renowned for their friendly team and welcoming atmosphere, which will instantly make you feel at home. Built on fine, white sand between the relics of a sacred Hindu site and the ocean, the retreat is the perfect place for relaxing and watching the sea. There is always a gentle breeze and the ocean is warm but refreshing – ideal for regular dips. Only a few minutes’ walk along the beach from shops and other fine restaurants, you can relax and ‘retreat’, but still ‘escape by foot’. The surrounding area is breath-taking and easily accessible for short trips and excursions.

We’ll be privileged with neighbours of wild dolphins, and you can often spot these beauties during our morning practice. Those wanting to avoid the winter blues will find the retreat the ideal place to delight the senses and get into shape.

Who’s it for?  This retreat is perfect for anyone who’s looking to get away for some winter sun, to recharge their va-va-voom and to relax in paradise. All levels of practitioners are welcome and encouraged. Classes are all Open level so lots of options to tone down a posture or take it to the next level. Every student is encouraged to work to their own ability and limits – just bring your heart and spirit!

Retreat dates

25 January – 2 February 2019 (8 Nights)

Retreat Investment

Shared : £750 per person (based on 2 sharing) Deposit £290 / Balance £460*
Single : 8 spots – SOLD OUT!!

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* Please note: balance is paid direct to Bamboo in Euros by 30 November 2018 – 544 euros shared / 736 euros single. Please check with your bank about fees for international transfers. Our total GBP & Balance price is an estimate, based on exchange rate as at Feb18.

Arrival on Friday 25 January, check in from 2pm. We will have a welcome session in the late afternoon and then there will be 2 Yoga classes per day, with 1 afternoon off during the week to allow for longer excursions, day trips etc. There will be a final optional Yoga session on the morning of Saturday 2nd February if your travel timetable allows.

Yoga Practice: This retreat will give you a hands-on, fun and personal experience – whether you are an experienced yogi, or have always wanted to learn, we will enter into a rejuvenating, deep, dynamic flow, guided by the movement of the beautiful ocean – Mother Nature at her best.  Classes are held in a large, open air Yoga shalas – one overlooks the Indian Ocean and the other has beautiful views of the Western Ghats. Yoga Shalas are fully equipped with mats, bolsters, blocks and straps.

India Yoga RetreatTeacher:  Deborah Berryman is known for her infectious passion for the practice and life.  Drawing on 10yrs of teaching experience, she is passionate about yoga and meditation, and sharing the benefits of a regular practice. She’s has studied and trained in many traditions, and brings these together in a unique and interesting way.

She is a ‘teacher of teachers’, running national and international Retreats, Workshops and Teacher Trainings which are always insightful and great fun. She strikes that balance of touching the deeper & more profound aspects of our practice and ourselves, while rediscovering a lightness and playful side – very life affirming!

Although she’s a thoroughly modern yogi – present to the challenges of contemporary life, her practice and teaching is deeply influenced by the beautiful philosophies and great mystical teachings of Yoga’s rich history.  She teaches all levels – from beginners’ classes through to Teacher Training – and has plenty to offer everyone, regardless of age, size, gender, fitness, diet and lifestyle.

She’s the founder and Director of Whitespace Yoga & Wellbeing Studio in the UK and holds the highest level of certification from Yoga Alliance Senior Yoga Teacher (SYT) and British Wheel Diploma (BWY), as well as an accredited Mindfulness (MBSR) Teacher from Bangor University and Advanced Therapeutic Restorative teacher (Judith Lasater)

Sample Daily Schedule:
07:30  Juice or herbal tea, chai, fruit salad
08:00  Morning energising Yoga practice (we will typically start with some meditation and/or pranayama and then move into a more dynamic asana practice)
10:30  Yummy Brunch
11:00  Free time – swimming, blissful massage, walking, exploring, or simply just relaxing!
15:00  Chai and cookies
16:00  Evening lunar Yoga practice (Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, breathing, meditation, manta and Yoga Nidra, with a backdrop of the ocean at sunset)
18:00 Sunset Meditation
19:00  Delicious Dinner – vegetarian buffet

Goa RetreatRooms: The comfortable bamboo huts take you back to nature, giving you the necessary luxury without taxing the environment, all built using local organic materials. Thanks to the pleasant climate, living on the beach in these airy huts means there is a continuous flow between being inside and outside. Guests say they feel deeply relaxed after spending just one night in this truly healing location, because the stress of daily life just evaporates. The retreat is the perfect place for meditating, reading, dolphin watching or just relaxing. Thanks to this beautiful location on the beach, you can fall asleep listening to the lullaby of the waves. Huts are mostly shared with a private bathroom, and are a great way to connect with like-minded travelling companions.

Meals:  The food is healthy, tasty and wherever possible organic. Using only the finest and freshest local produce, the amazing in-house chef, makes your meals fresh each day of the retreat, ensuring you’ll have a ‘taste sensation’. This delicious, nutritious vegetarian food will help you enjoy maximum energy and buzzing vitality throughout your stay.

Each day will start with fresh fruit salad, chai, and special herbal teas for those wanting to detox or fresh coffee for those who don’t. After the revitalising morning Yoga class, you’ll have brunch in the sunshine – a feast of freshly squeezed juice, cleansing-energy booster smoothies, tasty fresh tropical fruit, homemade organic yoghurt, a wide selection of dishes (delicious even for those not used to vegetarian food), dhal, rice and salads – YUM!

Throughout the day you can order small snacks, vitamin and health-booster juices and fresh tropical fruit. You can have these at your hut, whilst relaxing in the beach lounge, or on the beach watching the ocean.

Each day draws to a close after Yoga with a scrumptious dinner of delicious dishes to choose from. Food allergies and other specific dietary requirements can be catered for. Please just let us know upon booking. All meals are prepared using filtered water including mineral water to make ice cubes.

Travel:
Flights leave the UK from London Heathrow (HTW) London (LGW), Manchester (MAN), Bristol (BRS).  Sky Scanner is an excellent service that takes the hassle out of booking flights.

The retreat centre can also arrange transfers to and from the airport for you.  They will meet you at the airport (they’ll have a sign with Bamboo Retreat on it!) and bring you safely and directly to the retreat.

Getting there:  International charter flights and domestic flights land at Goa Dabolim airport – an hour’s drive from the retreat. There are direct flights from the UK, or alternatively the closest main port of entry for international airlines is Mumbai (Bombay) and from there you can get a connecting flight to Goa.

For those of you who prefer to travel in company, we recommend flying direct with Thomas Cook. They have a flight on Thursday 24th January, flying back Monday 4th February (so perhaps staying at the retreat a couple of extra days!). We’ll connect everyone who is on this flight, so you can meet at either Gatwick or Goa airport and travel together.

About Patnam, South Goa: Goa is often called the ‘Pearl of the Orient’. It is full of pleasant surprises; charming little villages with colourful churches; succulent rice fields next to Hindu temples and a 100 kilometre long coastline lined with coconut palm trees. A melting pot of different cultures, Goa is shaped by its Indian and Portuguese heritage; European influence is still evident in many houses and churches built in the typical colonial style. Goa is very used to tourism and is one of the only places in India where a woman can easily travel alone and get away with wearing a short skirt or shorts, without being stared at. Patnem is a quiet beach located in south Goa, with a lovely curved bay which makes for glorious bathing. Some water sports are available here, as well as great fresh seafood, Italian, Mexican, and of course, the delicious local Goa cuisine are easily available. Patnem is one of the few beaches in Goa where you won’t be hassled by beach sellers, it is the ultimate place to relax; it couldn’t be more easy going with everything you could need or want within walkable distance. If you’ve ever wanted to experience the breath-taking culture of India – the home of Yoga – then this is the perfect way to immerse yourself among new friends.

Outings and extra activities:  We’ll be in a stunning beachfront Yoga resort in the tropical and unspoilt south of Goa, so you may be happy to just soak this up – taking some time out to just rest and recharge. At this time of year the daily temperature is around 28 degrees with guaranteed sunshine! For those of you looking for a little more activity, there’s plenty to do including scooter & bike hire, opt for a walk in the surrounding local area, have blissful massage or visit the local markets. The retreat also offers various holistic treatments such as shiatsu, acupressure, reflexology, reiki, ayurvedic treatments and fasting/detox programmes.

Retreat price includes:

  • Morning Energising flow Yoga sessions with Deborah
  • 8 nights’ shared accommodation in beautiful beachside ensuite bamboo bungalows
  • Fresh fruit salad, chai and herbal tea early morning
  • Delicious home cooked vegetarian brunch each morning
  • Afternoon chai and cookies each day
  • Delicious home cooked buffet dinners each day
  • Water and a range of teas throughout the day.
  • Free wireless internet connection
  • Boat trip to watch dolphins, silent meditation or Yoga on a remote beach.
    * 1 Yoga free afternoon for excursions or a day of complete chillaxing by the ocean

Retreat price doesn’t include:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfers to and from airport
  • Excursions, treatments or day trips (other than those specified)
  • Taxis to and from places locally
  • Supplemental drinks and food

Additional Time before or after the Retreat:  Guests often choose to arrive a few days before the retreat starts and/or stay a few days later to make the most of their time in India. If you’d like to stay at the retreat, this can be arranged separately by contacting Bamboo.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions here!

Booking Information:  Book online or call 01908 566610. Spaces on this retreat are limited (and usually sells out quickly!) and so will need to be pre-booked and pre-paid. Bookings are all on a first come first served basis and confirmed on payment. Please make sure you have read and understood our Cancellation Policy before you book.

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