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Join Eat Pray Move and Julian Hyzler from Ease & Lens for a retreat that combines a look at creative focus with art projects in sketching and "ifonography". Yoga and meditation classes will be held daily to prepare your bodies and minds to find the calm in the chaos of the sensory-overload that is India. Both elements of yoga and art will work together to find focus in the many layers of smells, sites, and sounds that abound in exotic Goa.
You will be staying at an award-winning private luxury boutique villa in Goa. Set in an amazing tropical garden with freeform jungle swimming pool and private jet plunge pools, these gorgeous villas are the finest in comfortable luxury. They have been designed in complete harmony with the landscape and cultural milieu, giving you a glorious retreat from the bustle of India.
The architectural balance offers the sophisticated international traveler a place of privacy and nurture where a sense of balance can be found. The villa is named by Conde Nast Traveller as one the best villas in the world for small groups, where outstanding service is top.
This creative retreat features "design curation" by Rupi Sood, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of J'AIPUR, an East-meets-West arts and culture journal. In addition to creating and curating online content for the magazine, she publishes bi-annual print editions which are sold in select shops around the world. Each guest will receive a signed copy of J'Aipur Journal during the retreat.
This retreat will also include art and photography classes with Julian Hyzler from EASEL&LENS to combine a look at creative focus with travel-journal creation classes throughout the week. 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."
You will not only enjoy the grounds of the villa, the outdoor areas including a lovely pool, patio and lounges, but the retreat also includes some amazing day-trips to the surrounding sites.
A guided day in and around Goa will lead you through an introduction to this area including the beaches, churches, and other main sites. You will visit a spice plantation, as well as visiting an elephant sanctuary, and have a chance to ride these gentle giants (and perhaps help bathe with them if you're ready for a first-hand experience!).
Other daytrips and experiences will include learning about Ayurveda and also enjoying a cooking class.
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.
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.
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.