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7 Days Form and Focus Meditation and Yoga Retreat in India

  • Nerul, Bardez, Goa, India

Overview

Yoga Retreat India

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.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily art project classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Cuisine class and trips to local sites
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Spa treatment

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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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.

Daily meditation and yoga classes will be offered in a way to relax, stimulate, and help you grow in your own personal practice. Classes are open to all levels, beginner to practiced, and can range from gentle, restorative, and more vigorous Vinyasa flow and Ashtanga styles.

The style and class levels will be determined and molded to fit your needs, and with a small intimate retreat class size, you will be able to get personalized attention and comfort to deeply explore your practice.

Depending on each retreat location, the classes will be held in a dedicated indoor yoga space and some also offer outdoor options as well for you to use if the weather is agreeable. The certified yoga instructor and EPM founder, Erin Lewis, will facilitate the classes, helping you focus on improving your practice and gaining new insights into your bodies and movements.

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 Lewis

    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.

  • Julian Hyzler

    From his home base in Italy, Julian leads many art retreats each year. Julian is the founder of Easel & Lens where he leads painting and photography courses around the world and online. You’ll 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.

Activities
  • Art classes
  • Cooking classes
  • Massage
  • Spa
General
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga studio

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.

  • 6 nights’ accommodation in a villa
  • Airport transfer
  • Art supplies
  • Daily art projects
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Daily yoga and meditation classes
  • Entrance fees during day trips
  • Select lunches on day trips
  • Spa treatment
  • Taxes
  • Transportation on day trips
  • Use of the estate premises
  • Visits to local sites
  • Wine or cuisine class
  • Your guide on various day trips
  • Airfares
  • Staff tips

Arrival by airplane

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.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Eat.Pray.Move Yoga Holiday Retreats an inquiry.
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