15 Days Happy Life Yoga and Volunteer Retreat in Kerala, India

Peaceful India Yoga Retreat

This retreat at Hinterland Village is a great opportunity to reconnect one’s body and mind whilst experiencing the magical rains of Kerala. This retreat is designed and flexible for all levels of yoga practitioners. Discover a unique program of yoga sessions/classes for all levels of practitioners. Dedicated to ‘One Reality’, ‘one consciousness’ with the universe- the truth, the Bodhi centre uses a holistic approach to purify and reconnect body, mind and the reality. Enjoy the benefits of meditation, yoga and Ayurveda, and learn how to see or experience that ’One reality’. In addition to the daily yoga classes, you will also take part in a rewarding community-based Volunteer project, Spread between morning and afternoon. The local team will help you prepare for various sessions and projects.

Meet the instructors

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Highlights

  • 5 hours of volunteering activities
  • Pranayama & meditation sessions
  • 3 days Rejuvenating massages and steam baths
  • Asanas workshop & perfecting classes
  • Personalized Ayurvedic consultations
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Sattvic or balanced diet

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


13 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 18
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga shala
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

Hinterland Village is a homestay where you can get all the warmth and care that remind you of home with the added benefits and luxuries of a resort. Each of the available rooms is different and offers a unique blend of antique charm and modern comfort. All rooms are air-conditioned and offer stunning views of the surrounding greenery. Hinterland Village offered shared room accommodation only.

Massages and other therapies take place in two individual rooms each featuring a treatment table as well as a bath steamer. A beautiful and inviting yoga space was designed to maximize contact with nature. Surrounded by coconut trees, lush vegetation, and a paddy field, the open shala is the perfect setting for unforgettable yoga sessions.

Program

Start the day with pranayama and meditation sessions. Deepen your yoga practice for on a daily basis for 13 days, working on the primary series and moving onto an advanced set of postures. Learn more about asanas, anatomy, and perfect certain postures during workshops. Relax deeply and restore both your body and mind with yoga Nidra (deep relaxation).

Get a consultation with the on-site Ayurvedic doctors during your stay. Analyse your body constitution and diet recommendations. The daily schedule is subject to change as per conditions. Designed for yoga lovers or beginners alike, our yoga and volunteering program will help you deepen your understanding of yoga and will help you find your true self on both a physical and spiritual level. The volunteer projects in sustainable living water conservation, organic farming, dressmaking and designing, soap making, incense making, food making so you can find something that fits in with your skill sets and personal interests. Learn fundamentals of cooking Indo Western Cuisine, Vegan food, detox juice and salads.

Sample of a daily schedule

  • 06:30 - 08:30 Yoga session
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast
  • 09.30 - 12:00 Volunteering activities
  • 12:00 Guided meditation (5 days in a week)
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:30 - 17:00 Volunteering activities
  • 18:40 Cookery show (Tuesday and Saturday)
  • 18:40 Bhajans( Monday and Friday)
  • 20:00 Dinner

Instructors

Jayesh
Jayesh holds a master's degree in yoga and is a qualified instructor of both Hatha and Ashtanga traditions. For the past five years, he has traveled to various parts of the world to share his passion for teaching yoga and spirituality to a vast number of people from different walks of life. Jayesh works at various yoga centers around India where he teaches Hatha yoga, asanas, pranayama, Nidra yoga, kriyas, meditation, and different stress management and relaxation techniques. He also specializes in diabetic therapy and professional yoga.
Saji Ramaswami
Saji Ramaswami is a professional yoga trainer and a spiritual teacher with special experience in the classic style of yoga, meditation, and philosophy of yoga-vedanta. He has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years in various ashrams and yoga schools in India. He is working as a yoga master with Hinterland since 2015 leading their yoga retreats and teacher training workshops. His special techniques combined with his gentle, peace, and kind manners, helps beginners as well as skilled yoga practitioners. Many yoga and spiritual aspirants have benefited from his inspiring talks and teachings.
Dr. Dinesh Manayattil
Doctor Dinesh is a professional Ayurveda doctor for the past 20 years. He works as a visiting consultant physician, teaches students and organizes seminars, workshops, research on Ayurveda, and other alternative medicines. He has 20 years of experience in teaching about Ayurvedic medicine and is an expert in consultation diagnosis, Ayurvedic food, natural and organic system.
HARILAL
Harilal is a professional Yoga Teacher with 14 years of experience in Yoga teaching at various parts of the world. He has been qualified from The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Iyengar Yoga Teachers Training Centre, Ayurveda Panchakarma therapy and Spa Massage Therapy.
Gokul
Gokul holds RYT 200 certification from Yoga Alliance and specializes in teaching Hatha yoga. As a well-grained yoga teacher, he holds an in-depth understanding of teaching asana classes with mindful integration of meditation, breathing techniques,yogic lifestyle and mantra meditation. (Core Subjects: Hatha Yoga & Adjustment Alignment)
Aje Nyah
Aje Nyah follow firm principles of classical Indian Hatha yoga as well asAncient Egyptian Kemetic yoga. Aje also gives lectures and talks about Integral Wholistic Yoga Philosophy. His spiritual reasoning’s draws inspiration from the natural world and our connection with nature. Being a naturalist,organic farmer, wildlife filmmaker and a spiritual musician; he has some unusual perspectives and eye-opening views about life and the human experience, health and environmental conservation.
Irie Nyah
Irie Nyah, Yoga Teaching designed for women at all stages and phases with special focus on pregnancy and preparation for childbirth. However all women desiring to connect more deeply to their femininity or prepare their body, mind and spirit to welcome new life will benefit from these unique sessions. Irie is a Yoga Alliance certified Hatha Yoga teacher and has been teaching for the last two years in India and Australia.

Retreat location

Hinterland Village represents seven acres of lush greenery; a haven of rich native biodiversity and an oasis of peace on the outskirts of the city of Kochi. Hinterland Village boasts more than 180 native species of flora that grow abundantly and naturally throughout the year. The Bodhi center at Hinterland Village was an initiative undertaken by its founder, Unni, to promote yoga and Ayurveda. Unnis desire was to create a space where guests and visitors could immerse themselves in spiritual practices in a peaceful and natural environment.

The Bodhi Ayurveda and Yoga center at Hinterland Village is a spiritual paradise set amidst jungle giants overlooking a paddy field. The space around the Bodhi Ayurveda and Yoga center is a paradise for bird watching and nature walks. The resort also has a swimming pool set amongst the greens so guests can cool off from the South Indian heat.

Hinterland Village takes pleasure in harmonizing with nature and guests are encouraged to do the same. Bodhi, a space that has been created amidst lush trees and the nearby paddy field, is a center for Ayurveda treatments and yoga practices that are exclusive to the guests of Hinterland Village.

As the name Bodhi suggests, the aim of the retreat is to seek enlightenment regarding one’s own body and mind. As humanity often strives in chaos, Bodhi, or one's awakening, is an essential journey that everyone eventually has to take. In this sense, constant efforts are made to provide the most comfortable space for guests to practice yoga, to enjoy the special treatments, and to engage in the mutual exchange of ideas and thoughts.

NEARBY PLACES

  • Backwater cruise, 12 kilometers - 30 minutes
  • Village Market, 3 kilometers - 10 minutes
  • Cherai beach, 50 kilometers - 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Fort Kochi, 27.7 kilometers - 1 hour
  • Kochi City, 21 kilometers - 45 minutes

Unique features

Activities

  • Cycling
  • Massage
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Table tennis

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Parking lot
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance

Food

The price of this retreat includes daily sattvic vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy a healthy selection of balanced meals made by the resort's excellent cook. Most of the vegetables and rice are organically grown and being used in the kitchen.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During this retreat, you will have a Backwater cruise. The Kerala backwaters are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast of Kerala state in southern India. The network includes five large lakes linked by canals, both man-made, and natural (optional on extra payment).

Other activities

  • Ayurveda massage
  • Biking
  • Cycling
  • Hiking

Spa treatments

This retreat includes a consultation with an on-site Ayurvedic doctor that will administer treatments according to your body constitution. Three days massages and steam baths will be scheduled during your stay.

What's included

  • 14 night’s accommodation
  • Access to the in-house library
  • Body constitution analysis
  • Asanas workshops
  • Daily pranayama, Hatha Yoga and meditation sessions
  • Daily sattvic vegetarian Breakfast Lunch and Dinner
  • Free bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 3 days Invigorating massages and steam baths
  • Personalized Ayurvedic treatments, consultation, and therapies
  • Daily 5 hours of Volunteering activities
  • Cookery show
  • Bhajans
  • Yoga mat and accessories
  • Herbal drinking water

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Extra activities
  • Trips and local visits

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive the Cochin International Airport (COK). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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