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

1723398_10153044029309122_3404646176556549913_nJoin our very own Whitespace Teacher & Studio Director, Deborah Berryman – at one of our most favourite destinations on the planet for an energising, relaxing and super sunny 8 Nights on the beautiful beaches of southern Goa, India.

This retreat will be an unforgettable experience with time to retreat, rejuvenate and experience the tropical and unspoilt beaches of 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 me and a group of other yogis committed to transformational, fun and rejuvenating pleasure.

Whether you have experienced Yoga before or indeed 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’.

Consider this your personal invitation to join me in Goa and dive deep into your inner world. Nourish your body with delicious food. Get back on the Yoga mat. Dig deep within. Sit and watch the spectacular sunset over the Indian Ocean. Meet new lifelong friends. And just get away from it all for 8 Nights. This is your reset button guys, escape with me!

Our retreats fill up very quickly so don’t wait to apply. If you are feeling that inner nudge to join us, trust it and click here to book.

I can’t wait to see you in Goa!
With SO much love, Deborah

Retreat dates

26 January – 3 February 2018 (8 Nights )

Arrival on Friday 26 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 3rd February if your travel timetable allows.

Retreat Investment

Shared
£750 per person (based on 2 sharing) Deposit £290 / Balance £460*

Single
£950 per person: Deposit £328 / Balance £622* *SOLD OUT*

* Please note: balance is paid in Euros direct to Bamboo by 30 November 2017 – 544 euros shared / 736 euros single. Our total GBP & Balance price is an estimate, based on exchange rate as at May 17.

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class - CopyAbout 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 the tropical and unspoilt south of Goa. They are known for their friendly team and welcoming atmosphere, where an international clientele feel at home.  It is the prime location on one of Goa’s best beaches. 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 ‘retreat’ at our place 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.

10897829_10152535900537601_4570202123289784228_nYoga 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.

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
19:00  Delicious Dinner – vegetarian buffet

Suitable for all levels from complete beginners to experienced yogis. 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!

room1 - CopyRooms:  The retreat takes you back to nature. Their comfortable bamboo huts give you the necessary luxury without taxing the environment, all built with 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 here because the stress of daily life just evaporates. It is a truly healing spot. The retreat is the perfect place for meditating, reading or just dolphin watching the sea.

Thanks to our privileged location at the end of the beach you can rest assured that the nights are perfectly peaceful and you can fall asleep listening to the lullaby of the waves.

Meals:  The food concept is healthy, tasty and, wherever possible, organic. Indulge in delicious, nutritious vegetarian food, so you can enjoy maximum energy and buzzing vitality throughout your stay. Using only the finest and freshest local produce, the amazing in house chef, makes each day of the retreat a ‘taste sensation’.

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 our revitalising morning Yoga class, we’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 vegetarian 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 – the perfect place to read or just watch the waves listening to some chilled out tunes.

Each day draws to a close after Yoga with a scrumptious vegetarian dinner. The chefs creatively prepare local, seasonal produce giving you a selection 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: beach1 - Copy
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. Visit www.skyscanner.net.  We 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, train or bus to Goa. Some of the international airlines that fly to India are:

4 yogis and a sunset222 - CopyAbout 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; 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.

goa2Who’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.

Retreat price includes:

  • Morning Energising flow Yoga sessions with Deborah*
  • 7 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

INDIA buddahAdditional 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.

Teacher:  Deborah has been practicing Yoga since 2000 and literally ‘fell in love’ from her first class. Experiencing the immediate health benefits of a healthy, supple and more vibrant body, this sparked her interest in yogic philosophy and a desire to find a deeper experience and meaning in everything – she just got interested in life!  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 has been teaching since 2007, embracing ad exploring different traditions including alignment-based Dynamic Yoga, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Mindfulness Meditation and Pranayama (breathing exercises). Her classes are spacious, intuitive and inclusive, and always with a sense of lightness and humour. Yoga and laughing are not mutually exclusive!

She teaches all levels – from beginners’ classes to teacher training – and has plenty to offer everyone, regardless of age, size, gender, fitness, diet and lifestyle.  She is accredited by both British Wheel and Yoga Alliance (Senior Yoga Teacher) and owns Whitespace Yoga Studio in the UK.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions here!

Booking Information:  Book online or call 01908 566610. Spaces on this retreat are limited 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.

In the event of cancellation by the customer, the following refund fees, minus the deposit, apply. The deposit is non-refundable:

  • 60 days or more prior to the retreat: Your entire payment will be refunded, less £300 which is your deposit.
  • 59-30 days prior to the retreat: Payments are not refundable, but are transferable (less £300 deposit) to a future Whitespace retreat.
  • 29 days or less prior to the retreat: Payments are not refundable.
  • If payment of either the deposit or the balance is not received by the due date, Whitespace reserves the right to cancel the reservation and retain the deposit.
  • Unfortunately no transfers are permitted and no refunds can be made for failure to attend or to complete the retreat.
  • Refunds will be processed after the retreat ends. Our cancellation policy is firm.

Limitation of Liability:  Whitespace Studio and Bamboo Yoga Retreat cannot be responsible nor liable for any injury, illnesses, loss or damage of property, obligations derived from travel arrangements, or disruption of program due to circumstances beyond the control of either party.

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