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Besides daily yoga classes, our MOVE+MANIFEST retreats offer a series of mindful workshops that will guide you in the exploration of creative self-expression in your life. The Goa, India MOVE+MANIFEST retreat will honor the deeply spiritual nature of India and the birthplace of spirituality, by offering daily workshops that will help deepen your connection with your soul and your divine purpose.
Enjoy a week retreat at the southern end of Goa, not far from the airport, in the quiet beach setting where you can relax after their journey. You will be accommodated at the award-winning luxury hotel Alila Diwa Goa, it is set amid lush paddy fields.
Alila Diwa Goa blends the best of contemporary Goan architecture with rich cultural traditions to fashion an extraordinary experience in luxury destination travel. The high pitched roofs and wide verandahs combine with the subtle shades of teak, local red laterite stone, polished Kota stone and terrazzo flooring, open-sided walls and brass lanterns, which bestow a soft magical glow at night.
The interiors are designed to capture the Goan ethos through simple furniture with clean lines. The rooms and suites have been designed such that they flow out towards the natural environs. The simple elegance of pale wood and cream surroundings are offset by latticed screens and luxury linens in shades of brown and russet. The public spaces also feature classic Goan touches, such as the art installation in the Edge Bar by contemporary Goan sculptor Subodh Kerkar.
Yoga and meditation classes will be held daily to prepare bodies and minds to find the 'calm in the chaos' of the sensory-overload that is India. (No previous art or Yoga background required). All levels are welcome, and participation is voluntary. Projects and classes will be offered as a completely exploratory, non-intimidating and personal experience.
This retreat is part of the Give Back initiative, where EPM will donate at least 10% of profits to a humanitarian partner in the community where each retreat is held. Our partner in India is Magic Bus who "steers children towards a better life with better awareness, better life skills, and better opportunities, in the journey from childhood to livelihood.
There will be meaningful discussions and exercises on the topic of authentic self-expression and how to create a life aligned with this authenticity. We will have a week emphasizing self-care and slowing down, along with finding creative inspiration from the travel excursions and the beauty of the land. The intention is to give you the supported space to recognize your inner guidance to develop a more honest and intimate relationship with yourself, thereby activating your creative potential.
Explore in and around South Goa, a land of swaying palms, white sands, sparkling waters, emerald green paddy fields, and eternally clement weather. Goa’s lanes still hark back to its colonial past, evident in the exquisite architecture, in the East-meets-West cuisine, which combines coconut milk and chilies with the flavors of Portugal, and in the soulful strains of Portuguese fado that are occasionally still carried on the sea breeze.
Goa is the perfect place to dip your toe into the fascinating culture of India: It's "India lite" as we say, and it's a wonderful experience. Guests will not only enjoy the grounds of the hotels and the outdoor areas including a lovely pool, patio, and lounges, but the retreat includes some amazing day-trips to the surrounding sites.
A guided day in and around Goa will lead guests through an introduction to this area, including the beaches, temples, and other main sites. Other day trips and experiences will include a visit to one of the beautiful Portuguese manor houses in the area with a dinner, a day of learning and a tasting of various Indian wines, relaxing beach time, and a private riverboat cruise.
The final full day entails a trip to a glorious spa, where guests can be pampered to their heart's content. What better way to wrap up a week of yoga than a day of pure relaxation!
Erin has studied various types of yoga disciplines since 1998, concentrating on the Ashtanga discipline since 2008. She received her teacher certification in Florence, Italy and has continued her education with various specialty certifications throughout the years. She now combines powerful movements with more anatomical-based core Vinyasa flow and restorative movement in her personal practice and teaching style.
From his home base in Italy, Julian leads many art retreats each year. Julian is the founder of Easel and Lens, where he leads painting and photography courses around the world and online. You will be sure to stay entertained with Julian’s witty banter and knowledgeable, artistic anecdotes during your retreat.
This retreat will take place in the village of Nerul, Bardez, in the state of Goa, India.
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Healthy, vegetarian food is part of the retreat experience, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily either hosted at the hotel or out and about in town. Some even come served on a banana leaf! The cuisine is simple, delicious, and Indian, using fresh ingredients from local markets. You will take your taste buds further by exploring Indian cuisine in a cooking class where you will learn a bit of how to bring the flavors of India back home with you!
On the final day of the retreat, you will enjoy a trip to a glorious spa where you can be pampered to your heart’s content. This is a great way to wrap up a week of yoga.
Goa International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Goa International Airport (GOI). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Eat.Pray.Move Yoga Holiday Retreats will pick you up from the airport.