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15 Days of Mindfulness and Yoga in India

  • Earth Yoga Village, Palolem beach, Canacona, Goa 403702, India

Overview

Mindfulness Yoga Retreat in Goa, India

Do you want to be a part of a conscious living spiritual community and experience living and being with not only wonderful healers and yogis but also friends from all walks of life? Then this Earth Yoga Village's mindful retreat is the place you have been looking for. This retreat will allow you to experience and practice the power of compassion, loving kindness, giving, and sharing, mind and matter, key to happiness and emotional balance - values that are based on all four paths and 5 points of yoga.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Daily kriya, pranayama, and meditation sessions
  • Experiencing community living and inspiring yogic philosophies
  • Lectures, interactive discussion, and question and answer sessions
  • Workshop on Kriya, asana, and meditation
  • Daily late breakfast, dinner, tea, and snacks
  • 14 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

  • 15 days with instruction
  • English
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Earth Yoga Village offers a homey and comfortable stay in a serene setting. The village is kept as natural as possible to make you feel connected, always keeping your comfort in mind. The ten jungle beach huts available in the village are beautifully inspired by Rajasthani designs and come with double bed and an open-air bathroom for your moonlight shower while gazing at the stars.

At Earth Yoga Village, you will focus on harmonizing your body, mind, and soul by exploring each aspect of well-being. Earth Yoga Village combines physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual layers of your existence. The retreat aims to be the perfect refuge from your busy life, cultivating positivity in your thoughts, feelings, and emotions. You will be taught how to practice positive thinking with an effect on your whole being including body, mind, and soul. The retreat is an ideal starting point towards a healthier lifestyle, physically and mentally, and not only for your own self but the people around you that will be inspired.

Four paths of yoga

Raja yoga

Raja yoga is the science of physical and mental control. Often called the "royal road", it offers a comprehensive method for controlling the waves of thought by turning your mental and physical energy into spiritual energy. Raja yoga is also called Ashtanga yoga, referring to the eight limbs leading to absolute mental control. The chief practice of Raja yoga is yoga and meditation. It also includes all other methods which help to control body, energy, senses, and mind.

The Hatha-yogi uses relaxation and other practices such as yamas, niyamas, mudras, bandhas, and so on to gain control of the physical body and the subtle life force called prana. When body and energy are under control, meditation comes naturally.

Jnana yoga

Jnana yoga is the yoga of knowledge and wisdom. You will get lectures, workshops, interaction, and discussion on this tradition. This is the most difficult path, requiring tremendous strength of will and intellect. Taking the philosophy of Vedanta the Jnana yogi uses his mind to inquire into its own nature. You perceive the space inside and outside a glass as different, just as you see yourselves as separate from God.

Jnana yoga leads the devotee to experience his unity with God directly by breaking the glass, dissolving the veils of ignorance. Before practicing Jnana yoga, the aspirant needs to have integrated the lessons of the other yogic paths - for without selflessness and love of God and strength of body and mind, the search for self-realization can become mere idle speculation.

Karma yoga

Karma yoga is the yoga of action. It purifies the heart by teaching you to act selflessly, without thought of gain or reward. By detaching yourself from the fruits of your actions and offering them up to God and the universe, you learn to sublimate the ego. You will have a selfless service to community (minimum one hour per day) in the area of your expertise or you may also choose from the list.

Bhakti yoga

Bhakti yoga is the yoga of devotion or divine love. The Bhakti yogi is motivated chiefly by the power of love and sees God and the universe as the embodiment of love. Through prayer, worship, and ritual, they surrender themselves to divine and the universe, channeling and transmuting their emotions into unconditional love or devotion. singing the praises of mother nature and universe form a substantial part of Bhakti yoga.

Five points of yoga

Proper relaxation

When the body and the mind are constantly overworked, their natural efficiency to perform work diminishes. Modern social life, food, work, and even the so-called entertainment, such as disco dancing, make it difficult for modern people to relax. Many have even forgotten that rest and relaxation are nature's way of recharging. Even while trying to rest, the average person expends a lot of physical and mental energy through tension. Much of the body's energy is wasted uselessly. During complete relaxation, there is practically no energy or "prana" being consumed, although a little is keeping the body in normal condition while the remaining portion is being stored and conserved.

Proper exercise

Your physical body is meant to move and exercise. If your lifestyle does not provide natural motion of muscles and joints, then disease and great discomfort will ensue with time. Proper exercise should be pleasant to the practitioner while beneficial to the body, mind, and spiritual life.

Proper breathing

Yoga teaches you how to use the lungs to their maximum capacity and how to control the breath. Proper breathing should be deep, slow, and rhythmical. This increases vitality and mental clarity.

Proper diet

Besides being responsible for building your physical body, the meals you eat profoundly affect your mind. For maximum body-mind efficiency and complete spiritual awareness, yoga advocates a lacto-vegetarian diet. This is an integral part of the yogic lifestyle.

Positive thinking and meditation

This is the most important point of all, you become what you think. Thus, you should exert to entertain positive and creative thoughts as these will contribute to vibrant health and a peaceful, joyful mind. A positive outlook on life can be developed by learning and practicing the teachings of the philosophy of Vedanta. The mind will be brought under perfect control by regular practice of meditation.

Earth Yoga Village understands that each individual being is special and unique with a different focus and at a different stage in their lives. For this very reason, the flexible program caters for every guest’s personal needs. Earth Yoga Village believes in nurturing and nourishing the nature in each person and focus on tailoring the healing personally to restore balance, well-being, and happiness for everyone.

This program is suitable for the people who want to embark on a journey within and explore living in a community. From beginner to expert, the flexibility of the program allows for guests of all backgrounds and levels. It is for anyone and everyone wanting to take a step towards a life in harmony and to grow physically, mentally, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Kriya, Pranayama and Meditation
  • 08:00 - 08:30 Herbal Tea and Fruit
  • 08:30 - 10:00 Asana Practice (Yoga)
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Late breaksfast
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Mindfulness Satsang*
  • 13:30 - 14:00 Light snack
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Asana Practice (Yoga)
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Evening Event

On your day of arrival, please feel free to check-in any time from 1:00 PM. The day is dedicated for you to settle in and for an introduction and information meeting from 14:00 to 17:00, followed by a yoga class and dinner. On your departure day, you are invited to join the last meditation and asana class in the morning and you can prepare to leave after late breakfast and feedback around 11:00 AM. ​During this 12.30hour, you will gather to open your heart and mind with a focus on "living the life you love and loving the life you live" through various spiritual activities such as lectures, interactive discussions, different types of meditation,question and answer sessions.

  • Anand Garg

    Anand is an ex-banker who said goodbye to his office job in 2012 to start his journey back to his inner self through yoga, meditation, and other spiritual practices. Anand trained and graduated from Sivananda Ashram in Kerala in 2012 and finished his master of yoga in 2016. He lives by the motto love the life you live and live the life you love.

  • Selina Berni

    Selina is a trained nutritional therapist and certified Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Yin yoga teacher. She believes in the powerful healing properties of food, as well as calmness of the mind.

  • Kacy Harnedy

    Kacy is an advocate for change and has a deep commitment to the connection of yoga and addiction recovery for all walks of life. This commitment is very near to her heart. She places emphasis on the eight limbs making up the practice of Ashtanga, the chakras, and meditation. Kacy has an immense passion for travel, animals, gardening, and the ocean. Her goal is to help alter people's perception of life one breath at a time.

Set among lush green jungle and connected with a small bridge to a paradise beach, you will find the village to be extremely peaceful and the ideal place to relax. It is conveniently located in South Goa on the beautiful beach of Palolem, which is known for its blissful vibes, laid back people, and beautiful nature. Palolem Beach is largely unspoiled and is inhabited by both local fishermen and by foreign tourists who live in shacks along the shore or in the main village itself.

The location offers an ideal place to explore the stunning beaches, beautiful local villages, and surrounding nature outside of your retreat schedule. With the gentle ocean breeze to refresh you, you will never want to leave.

The lodge runs partly on solar power and Earth Yoga Village staff members work hard on adding further eco-friendly measures. Connection with nature is vital and they strive towards that connection in every day life and with every action.

Nearby places

  • Arpora night market, 65 kilometers
  • Chaudi, 2.5 kilometers
  • Dudhsagar Waterfall, 35 kilometers
  • Goa International Airport (GOI), 67 kilometers
  • Margao, 35 kilometers
  • Spice farm, 35 kilometers
Activities
  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Reiki
  • Swimming nearby
General
  • Beach
  • Cafe
Services
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Travel assistance

At Earth Yoga Village, the staff understand the incredible benefits of nutritious food as Hippocrates rightly said, and consider food to be a powerful healing tool. By using only fresh, seasonal herbs and vegetables from regional farmers, the daily menu of wonderfully nourishing vegetarian food supports self-healing of the body, enhances detoxification, and leaves you feeling strong and rejuvenated.

You will be served daily late breakfast and dinner, a light snack, morning tea, and unlimited filtered drinking water. Everything is made with love! If you have any specific dietary requirements, please let Earth Yoga Village know.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

Apart from the daily schedule, which includes yoga and meditation classes, open discussions about life, and evening activities such as open-mic night, kirtan, or Nidra yoga, you are always welcome to explore the beautiful surroundings of Palolem Beach. You can learn how to surf, spend some time sun-bathing, go for a swim, or explore the local village nearby. Additionally, there are many different spa treatments at the village.

Earth Yoga Village's eco-spa offers different treatments to support your relaxation as well as detoxification for an additional cost. You may also choose to add a detox program to your yoga holiday for a more holistic healing.

The spa offers Ayurvedic massages, mud baths, herbal body treatments, traditional Indian rejuvenation baths, and Indian head massages. Additionally, there is a wonderful healer that can support you in many different aspects of your life, offering Reiki sessions, crystal healing, and kinesiology.

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Daily late breakfast, dinner, tea, and snacks
  • Daily scheduled yoga and meditation classes
  • Lectures and workshops included in the program
  • Unlimited filtered drinking water
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Goa International Airport (GOI), or more commonly known as Dabolim Airport. You can continue your journey by other means of transportation. Dabolim Airport is about 67 kilometers away from the village. Airport pick-up can be organized upon request at an extra charge of 20 EUR.

Arrival by bus

There are bus services at a regular interval of 30 minutes from the beach to the Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) bus depot in Margao. The nearest KTC deport is in Canacona. The village is located at the north end of the beach near Cozy Nook resort.

Arrival by train

Please book your train to arrive at Canacona station. The nearest railway station is Canacona, which can be reached from Madgoan junction railway station in just 30 minutes.

  • Review by Catherine
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you so much for the last week, it has been unforgettable. I really would be happy to rate this 10 as the yoga was so good every class and pushed us to our limits and the food was so healthy and tasty! We loved all of the instructors and Anand who ran the show everyone was so helpful and went above and beyond making us feel welcome. We will be coming back over Christmas to say hello and do a drop in class or two and we are all looking forward to continuing practicing yoga. Thank you!"

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Amazing place, great environment, and excellent teachers and staff. Would definitely go back there when in the area. Thank you all for the great time and experience!"

    Earth Yoga Village Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Dessyslava Kunovska
    10 out of 10

    "Me and my boyfriend enjoyed our time we spent in Earth yoga village very much. The yoga classes were excellent let by very experienced and knowledgeable teachers. We did an intro to Ayurveda course which was very informative and really fun. The leader of the course was as well amazing and with a lot of experience and knowledge. The environment could not be better, really quiet with nice and airy huts. I would definitely recommend Earth Yoga Village and would love to visit the place again. Thank you all for the great time we had."

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  • Review by Trygve S.
    10 out of 10

    "Me and three of my friends dropped in for a morning session with yoga teacher Anand. It is the first time I have ever tried yoga. Even though the group were at different level Anand made sure that we should push our body within our physical limits. I am very stiff and struggled in the beginning with the positions but Anand was a great teacher and helped me through the session so I managed to get most of it by the end of the class. Me and my friends all agreed we had a good time and felt comfortable throughout the class even though two of us were beginners. I hear they have a lot of longer courses as well, unfortunately we did not have the time to try it out. But when in Goa you have to try yoga and I recommend this place!"

    TripAdvisor website, edited

  • Review by Sian Williams
    9 out of 10

    "It is an awesome new location in Agonda. It is of great value and nice to have variety of classes throughout the day."

    Earth Yoga Village Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Jade Amanda Harris from United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "This retreat has a great Hatha yoga class. I really enjoyed it and would highly recommend taking a session."

    Earth Yoga Village Facebook page, edited

Goa, India

Earth Yoga Village is dedicated to creating a supportive environment, where you can reconnect with yourself and rejuvenate, while offering yoga teacher trainings, retreats, and workshops in India.

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15 days / 14 nights

Availability

This vacation is available from November 2016 to April 2017, please select an arrival date below.

 

High season

 

  • December 16, 2016 to February 15, 2017

 

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