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India Meditation and Yoga Retreat

This yoga retreat offers you the chance to rediscover the spark within you and re-energize your body, mind, and spirit. An indulgent, varied, and holistic experience of yoga and wellness await you at the village while you are free to also enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the peaceful Palolem Beach. The program is designed to help you reconnect with yourself whilst giving you enough time to schedule your day you can come for a week-long beginner retreat.

Highlights

  • 7 days of practice
  • 2 yoga classes per day
  • Daily guided meditation session
  • Kriya, pranayama, and mindful Satsang
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Peaceful surroundings

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction
Group size: 1-25 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga shala
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Tour assistance

Earth Yoga Village is your home away from home. As the name gives it away, they stay connected with Mother Earth in every thought and action. This is also reflected in the experience they provide when you stay with them. They offer time and the ideal setting to connect with yourself and nature. They are strongly engaged in making the village more eco-friendly. The village runs partly on solar power and they work hard on adding further eco-friendly measures. Their connection with nature is vital and they strive towards that connection in their everyday life and with every action.

They welcome you to join the movement by bringing your own refillable bottle, keeping plastic to a necessary minimum, and being mindful of the resources you use from Mother Nature. Electricity provided by the sun is available from dawn for you to have the lights on, use the fan, and charge your gadgets. Please bear in mind that you live in close proximity to the surrounding nature which means you might come across the odd visitor like a frog, insects, and monkeys. They are all very friendly.

The setup

Their humble and basic yet beautiful and comfortable set-up includes accommodation for up to 55 people, a small healthy community kitchen, yoga shalas, a healing wellness space, a small library which they are slowly growing based their founder readings so far but they look forward to adding your life-changing or inspiring book you may donate or recommend, silent area, chill-out areas, hammocks, and lots of love, smiles, and peace every day all day.

Accommodation

The village offers a homey and comfortable stay in a blissful setting. They have kept their village as natural as possible to make you feel connected, always keeping your comfort in mind. There are 10 double or twin huts and an all-female dorm which are beautifully inspired by Rajasthani designs. The double or twin huts come with an open-air bathroom for your moonlight shower whilst gazing at the stars. All huts come with your daily essentials such as towels, toilet paper, mosquito net, bed linen, bed cover, pillows, blanket, and a fan.

Yoga space

You have a stunning open-plan yoga shala made of mostly organic and natural materials that will offer a blissful practice in a gentle breeze. In addition to the beautiful shala space, you also practice in different settings such as the beach to further connect with nature. Mats and cushions are provided for your own individual practice as well as mat spray to clean the mats and keep the space hygienic.

Healing and wellness space

They offer a peaceful healing room in a private setting in nature. All therapies are available at this space to help you heal and rejuvenate.

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi (limited to mindful hours - evenings and all day Saturday)
  • Filtered drinking water
  • Taxi service (extra charge)
  • Assistance for settling in or local guidance

Program

Daily classes, suitable for all levels, fluid sequencing of postures, linked with breath revitalize and rejuvenate body, mind, and spirit. Each morning flow will leave you energized for the day while your afternoon classes are more gentle allowing you to wind down. Both sessions are designed to help you develop your own personal practice in order for you to continue on your yoga journey after the retreat. During the retreat, you will also learn powerful and safe pranayama and meditation techniques. These promote a calm state of mind and vitality.

Incorporating pranayama and meditation into your daily routine is truly transformational and your inspiring retreat will leave you with the right mindset to continue on this journey. The yoga classes are held in the beautiful yoga shala or, if you feel wild, on the beach because who does not like a light breeze of fresh ocean air on their skin, unwinding in the unhurried atmosphere of Palolem Beach and watching the sunset while balancing in your grounding tree pose. This yoga retreat is perfect for someone who is beginners as they believe that there is a yogi in everyone.

The program is a balancing mix of body, mind, and soul transformation that helps you gain knowledge and experience. It is designed to help each student evolve on their own personal level. It is to nurture your soul, take time out, and reconnect with your strength and wisdom. Your experienced teachers offer modifications as well as more advanced postures. And you are always welcome to take a break, rest, and just breathe. During the course of this program, you will have the opportunity to be engaged in a wide range of activities.

However, as they know you are coming to do exactly what you want and only what you want, you are, of course, free to do as little or as much as you feel like. They do encourage participation as the program is designed to help you relax, reconnect, and be in a blissful state of joy establishing and dipping your practice. The schedule below is your overview of what a day will look like plus you will have a full day to yourself where you can choose to partake in any of many classes, workshops, or evening activities or just be, explore, and breathe.

At any time you are also welcome to take advantage of their many therapies to rejuvenate or detox. The Earth Yoga Village harmonizing body, mind, and soul explores each aspect of well-being. Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. The program aims to be the perfect refuge from your busy lives in an effort to unify together body, mind, and soul. Bringing together the ancient philosophies of yoga and healing as well as nutritious food for your holistic health. The retreat is an ideal starting point towards a healthier lifestyle as well as the perfect strengthening of the healthy path that you are already walking on.

The four paths of yoga

Raja yoga - the science of physical and mental control (asana and meditation)

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 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, etc. 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 - the yoga of knowledge and wisdom (lectures, workshops, interaction, or discussion)

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, the strength of body and mind, the search for self-realization can become mere idle speculation.

Karma yoga - the yoga of action (selfless service to the community)

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 or Universe, you learn to sublimate the ego.

Bhakti yoga - the yoga of devotion or divine love

The Bhakti yogi is motivated chiefly by the power of love and sees God or Universe as the embodiment of love. Through prayer, worship, and ritual, he or she surrenders himself or herself to God or Universe channeling and transmuting his or her emotions into unconditional love or devotion. Chanting or singing the praises of God or Universe form a substantial part of Bhakti yoga.

The 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 foods 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

Here 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 the regular practice of meditation.

At Earth Yoga Village, they understand that each individual being is special and unique with a different focus and at a different stage in their lives. For this very reason, their flexible program caters to every guest’s personal needs. They believe in nurturing and nourishing 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 exibility 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.

Highlights

  • Opportunity to explore holistic spiritual and physical aspects of life
  • Experience community living
  • Individual sessions for support available
  • Nutritious wholesome meals to nourish your body
  • Beautiful and peaceful setting to connect with nature

Objectives

  • Focus on cultivating healthy living habits
  • Take time out for yourself
  • Develop a solid foundation for self-practice of yoga and meditation
  • Connect with like-minded people that may inspire you further
  • Ground yourself on Mother Earth and develop a sense of trust

Daily schedule

  • 05:45 Wake up call
  • 06:00 - 07:30 Kriya, pranayama, meditation, or journaling
  • 07:30 - 07:45 Tea break
  • 07:45 - 08:20 Morning circle
  • 08:30 - 10:00 Asana (yoga)
  • 10:15 - 12:00 Breakfast or beach time
  • 12:00 - 14:00 Mindful Satsang or workshop
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Beach time or free time
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Asana (yoga)
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 - 21:00 Evening program (once a week)
  • 21:00 - 22:00 Day reflection or self-studies
  • 22:30 Light off and silence

The above is the daily suggested schedule at the village. Please check the weekly calendar below for an overview of the different topics, classes, and meditations.

Sunday

  • 06:30 - 07:30 Kriya, pranayama, and meditation
  • 07:30 - 08:00 Tea break
  • 08:00 - 09:30 Yoga
  • 09:30 - 11:30 Breakfast or free time
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Free time
  • 13:30 - 14:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 - 17:00 Free time
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Yoga
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Evening program

Monday

  • 06:30 - 07:30 Kriya, pranayama, and meditation
  • 07:30 - 08:00 Tea break
  • 08:00 - 09:30 Yoga
  • 09:30 - 11:30 Breakfast or free time
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Mindful Satsang
  • 13:30 - 14:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 - 17:00 Free time
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Yoga
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner

Tuesday

  • 06:30 - 07:30 Kriya, pranayama, and meditation
  • 07:30 - 08:00 Tea break
  • 08:00 - 09:30 Yoga
  • 09:30 - 11:30 Breakfast or free time
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Free time
  • 13:30 - 14:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 - 17:00 Free time
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Yoga
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Evening program

Wednesday

  • 06:30 - 07:30 Kriya, pranayama, and meditation
  • 07:30 - 08:00 Tea break
  • 08:00 - 09:30 Yoga
  • 09:30 - 11:30 Breakfast or free time
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Mindful Satsang
  • 13:30 - 14:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 - 17:00 Free time
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Yoga
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner

Thursday

  • 06:30 - 07:30 Kriya, pranayama, and meditation
  • 07:30 - 08:00 Tea break
  • 08:00 - 09:30 Yoga
  • 09:30 - 11:30 Breakfast or free time
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Free time
  • 13:30 - 14:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 - 17:00 Free time
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Yoga
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Evening program

Friday

  • 06:30 - 07:30 Kriya, pranayama, and meditation
  • 07:30 - 08:00 Tea break
  • 08:00 - 09:30 Yoga
  • 09:30 - 11:30 Breakfast or free time
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Mindful Satsang
  • 13:30 - 14:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 - 17:00 Free time
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Yoga
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner

Saturday

This is the community day off in the village where they encourage their guests to explore the many beaches, restaurants, and markets in and around Palolem. On your day of arrival, please arrive at 12:00 p.m. and check-in is from 2:00 p.m. On your day of departure, checkout is at 11:00 a.m. During this time, you gather to open your hearts and minds with a focus on 'living the life you love and loving the life you live' through various spiritual activities such as lectures, interactive discussions, dynamic meditations, circles, dance, massage circles, questions and answers.

Retreat location

The retreat will take place in Palolem Beach, Goa, India. Set in the cooling shades of lush green jungle and connected with a small bamboo bridge to one of Goa's most beautiful beaches, you will find the village to be extremely peaceful and the ideal place to relax.

It is conveniently located in South Goa on the paradise beach of Palolem which is known for its blissful vibes, laid back people, and beautiful nature. The location offers an ideal place to explore the stunning beaches, beautiful local villages, and surrounding nature outside of your retreat schedule. And with the gentle ocean breeze to refresh you, you will never want to leave.

Palolem Beach

Palolem Beach is located within two and a half kilometers of the market town of Chaudi in South Goa, and about 35 kilometers from Margao, the district headquarters of South Goa. Other neighboring beaches in South Goa include Agonda, Colva, Patnem, and Galjibaga Beach. Other nearby attractions include the Arpora night market (65 kilometers), Spice Farm (35 kilometers), or Dudhsagar Waterfall (35 kilometers). At Palolem Beach, the Arabian Sea stretches between two magnificent headlands, and the beach is lined with towering coconut palms.

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 white sandy beach gently curves round to form a crescent shape and is about one mile (approximately 1.61 kilometers) long. One can view the entire beach from either end. Both ends of the beach consist of rocks jutting out into the sea.

The depth of the sea increases gradually, being shallowest at the northern end of the beach, making it safe for average swimmers, and the currents are not fast. The village which despite the large influx of tourists every year has managed to remain a local and traditional village just with a few added souvenir stalls. Palolem is also ideal for young families as the atmosphere is relaxed, friendly, and safe.

Distances

  • Market town of Chaudi, 2.5 kilometers
  • Dudhsagar Waterfall, 35 kilometers
  • Margao, 35 kilometers
  • Spice farm, 35 kilometers
  • Arpora night market, 65 kilometers
  • Goa International Airport (GOI), 67 kilometers

Unique features

Activities

  • Massage
  • Spa

General

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

At the village, they know of the incredible benefits of nutritious food and as Hippocrates said, they consider food to be medicine. By using only fresh, seasonal herbs and vegetables from regional farmers, the daily menu of wonderfully nourishing vegetarian and vegan food supports self-healing of the body, enhances detoxification, and leaves you feeling strong and rejuvenated.

They offer three healthy and wholesome meals per day (Indian, Goan, and continental) along with tea, fruit, and filtered drinking water throughout the day included in the price. Everything is made with a lot of love and they source organically where possible. Saturdays are the community day off in the village and is a great opportunity to explore the many other restaurants, shops, and the beaches in and around Palolem.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

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

Spa treatments

Detox

Your bodies have an incredible ability to detoxify and excrete unwanted and potentially harmful substances from the system. Naturally, this process works very efficiently and does an excellent job. However, your environment has changed quite dramatically and more than ever you are exposed to exogenous and endogenous toxins that can have a negative effect on your health.

Detoxification is a primary function of the body, constantly working and interacting with all other systems of the body. So when you are talking about detoxification, it is about improving and optimizing the function of your body’s own detoxification systems. This is done by decreasing the number of toxins you put into your bodies while at the same time supporting your body’s detoxification and elimination systems with the nutrients it needs to function properly. The detoxification system is a key component of your body’s optimal functioning.

Most of the molecules made by your bodies every day are for getting rid of waste products. Hundreds of enzymes, vitamins, and other molecules are needed to help rid the body of unwanted waste products and chemicals. Hence, it is important to ensure a steady supply of all essential nutrients through diet. Although the bulk of the work is done by the liver and the intestinal tract, the kidneys, lungs, lymphatic system, and skin are all involved in this complex detoxification system. Health experts agree that regular detox programs can help to keep the body clean and functioning optimally.

Take that time out for yourself - once or twice a year. To look after yourself internally and externally and feel light, clean, and refreshed. During the course of your detox program, you will learn how to continue keeping your intake of toxins low, what to eat, and what not to eat. Small everyday habits you can acquire that will help you stay healthy and how to prepare your meals to get the most nutrition out of your food. By following a few simple guidelines, you can support your body’s detoxification making sure your body is clean and healthy. Reduce the number of toxins you ingest as a first measure.

That means avoiding processed foods that can be alternated and fortified with chemicals unnatural to your body, reduce the number of stimulants such as alcohol, coffee, and cigarettes that can be extremely hard for your liver to process - your most important detoxification organ. Also, have as much fresh air as possible - avoid polluted streets, opt for quiet roads and parks wherever possible. There is a lot more you can incorporate into your daily life to avoid accumulating too many toxins that can make you ill.

Small things such as starting the day with warm lemon water and having as many liver supporting foods as possible can do wonders. Liver supporting foods include brassica vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, mustard greens, brussels sprouts, but also spices such as turmeric and cinnamon, leafy greens such as spinach, collard greens, swiss chard, watercress, and green as well as dandelion root tea. Exercising daily or as much as you can and visiting the sauna once a week are other means to keep your toxins at a minimum and support your body's natural detoxification.

Healing

Many of you lose your way at some point in your lifetime, and you often neglect your health and become ill because you are so wrapped up in looking after others, your families, partners, parents, children, or you become too focused on career, that you forget how to look after yourselves. Your soul holds the sum of all your thoughts and actions from your many lives and stores it within your subconscious mind, and this is the reason you repeat the same negative patterns over and over until you can either learn the lesson or clear the karma.

Unfortunately, there are things on a material plane that you cannot control or change. You can only improve and change yourselves, change your attitude, become observant of your thoughts. Choosing a spiritual path helps your physical self to become connected with your higher self, your higher intelligence, and you become enlightened, awakened, and choose to become healthier, happier and begin to really enjoy life and learn from the lessons it brings, ultimately changing the way you react to others, and causing a ripple effect of mutual and unconditional love and peace.

For every action, there is a reaction. This is the law of Karma. Earth Yoga Village wants to help you to have an understanding of the power that lies within you, and the power of understanding yourself in making the changes you desire. When you take the time to turn inwards, through solitude, self-study, and introspection, you have access to the greatest power of all, wisdom, the power of understanding, and of loving yourself.

Without that knowledge, without having the love and compassion for yourself, how can you love others and how can others love you in return. You must start with loving and understanding the self, the divine. This is where they can help, through their own personal experiences, and with guidance and healing, they will teach you how to help yourself and become a better version of you.

Wellness

The comfort, warmth, and reassuring touch at the holistic spa will improve the body’s well-being by stimulating its own natural healing abilities. It allows you to restore both the physical and psychological self. In a blissful setting and with their skillful certified therapists, they strive to give you a unique experience making you feel the most comfortable and relaxed version of yourself. After you indulge in wellness treatments for the body, you will leave with a sense of relaxation in your mind. The convenient layout of the daily schedule then allows you to rest the tired body and dwell in the blissful state of peace.

The massages and therapies at the spa offer the ideal solution to the damaging effects of accumulative stress and aid in harmonizing a troubled body and mind. Touch is a simple yet powerful tool of communication and comfort, something that you all do quite naturally, but forget in your daily lives. Regular massages and essential oil baths strengthen, rejuvenate, and tone the entire body. They stimulate or calm the nervous system depending on the chosen therapy, help to ease tension, stiffness, and pain leaving you with an enhanced sense of well-being. Unique treatments help eliminate toxins in the body leaving it balanced and rejuvenated.

Deep tissue massage

Deep tissue massages have been in practice for a long time, now. This massage relieves the stress and strain of the clientele’s body and mind. There is a lot more to your muscle pain than you think. When your body goes through extreme stress, deep inside your tissues, cells, and their functioning is exhausted, which results in fatigue.

If left untreated, this can lead to chronic pain. Deep tissue massage repairs those exhausted cells, which are deep inside your tightened tissues. As the therapists apply the pressure on these muscles to loosen up tightened tissues, you will feel the improvement in your blood circulation. Ultimately, the massage will leave you feeling light as a feather. The duration is 75 minutes.

Aroma Ayurvedic massage

Help stimulates optimal blood circulation and expels toxins from the body. Physically, it aids the functioning of the internal organs; mentally, it relieves stress and fatigue and rejuvenates the mind and body. Ayurvedic massage further aids in toning muscles, opening skin pores as well as in expelling excess fat from the body. The duration is 60 minutes.

What's included

  • Daily scheduled yoga and meditation classes
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and fruits
  • Unlimited filtered drinking water
  • Welcome kit

What's not included

  • Flight
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

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Driving directions from Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) Bus Depot in Canacona

  • Continue along the main road (not turning left towards the beach).
  • Walk through the Dreamcatcher Resort near the end of the road.
  • Follow the path to the beach.
  • Take a right passing Cozy Nook and following the beach further around to the right.
  • You will then see the bamboo bridge which will take you straight into the village.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Goa International Airport (GOI). Earth Yoga Village can organize an airport transfer at an extra charge of 1800 INR from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. or 2000 INR from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. The driver will assist you all the way to the village with your luggage without any extra charge or tips. In case of a flight delay, you will have to pay an extra 200 INR per hour after the first hour payable to the driver directly.

Arrival by bus

There are bus services at a regular interval of 30 minutes from the Palolem beach to the Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) Bus Depot in Margao. The nearest KTC depot is at Canacona.

Arrival by train

The nearest railway station is the Canacona railway station which can be reached from the Madgaon Junction railway station in just 60 minutes.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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