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8 Days Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Exotic South India

Yoga & Meditation Retreat in South India

South India is exotic, mysterious and exceedingly rich in culture. It is where this unique yoga and meditation retreat will take place, in the model community Auroville. This retreat is an amazing opportunity for people to experience the awakening, healing and personal transformation. Come away with a powerful practice routine which you can easily integrate once back home. While on the retreat you will gradually be guided to leave all anxieties, worries and neurosis behind and find balance, harmony and gratitude.


  • Daily guided meditation sessions
  • Daily yoga asana and pranayama classes
  • Daily guided mundra and bandha practices
  • Guided Auroville nature and beach walks
  • Sightseeing in Auroville and Pondicherry
  • 3 organic vegetarian meals per day
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Visit to Mahabalipuram

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Himalayan Yoga Institute's yoga retreat venue is a beautiful villa near the model community Auroville in South India. A long private driveway leads you to the 4500 square feet villa set in grounds of 1.5 acres. The villa is built in the traditional Kerala style using rammed earth. This eco-friendly method of construction results in a structure that is naturally cool throughout the year.

The house has four bedrooms with private bathrooms, a family room, a large kitchen and utility, and an open terrace. The large central courtyard acts as a focal point of the villa allowing in natural light and ventilation. The villa is simply decorated yet has all the comforts of home. The house is sufficiently away from the main road to keep out the noise and ensure almost total silence. Enjoy some of the organically grown fruits and vegetables from the garden with Himalayan Yoga Institute's compliments.


Daily schedule

  • 06:30 - 08:00 Yoga and Breathing
  • 08:00 - 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 11:00 Meditation, Chanting, Ayurvedic counselling upon request
  • 11:15 - 12.15 Theory class on Yoga or Meditation/Philosophy
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 - 17:30 Free time to go for walks, sightseeing and /or exploring Auroville
  • 17.30 - 18:30 Optional Yoga class
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner

Included excursions

Sightseeing to Auroville and Pondicherry are included in this trip.

Retreat location

This retreat will take place in Auroville, Tamil Nadu.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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As part of the yoga retreats package three buffet-style, organic vegetarian meals will be served daily. Some of the produce comes from the villa's own garden. The cuisine is a South-Indian yogic diet, flavourful but not too spicy.

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

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

Things to do (optional)

You can have a chance to visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site during this retreat. Himalayan Yoga Institute will organize a group transfer from the airport in Chennai on the arrival day (for a small additional fee of 10 GBP - one way). The taxi driver will be instructed to stop in Mahabalipuram, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you will have a chance to view the ancient temples and stone carvings.

What's included

  • * 1-2 Yoga classes per day with Ganga Devi
  • * 7 nights accommodation
  • * All meals organic, vegetarian, water
  • * Breathing Techniques
  • * Morning and evening meditation
  • * Morning Serenity walks
  • * Optional walks on the beach
  • * Philosophy classes
  • * Sightseeing of Auroville
  • * Sightseeing of Pondicherry

What's not included

  • Any meals other than those mentioned above
  • Any portage at Airport and Hotels tips, Mineral water, Telephone charges and all items of personal nature and meals and drinks not specified in the inclusions.
  • Any services not specifically mentioned in the inclusions
  • Excursions
  • Flights and airport transfers
  • Insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Chennai International Airport (MAA). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. Himalayan Yoga Institute will arrange to pick up from the airport at around 12:00 of the retreat's start date. If your plane arrival doesn’t coincide with their pick up time, they may be able to arrange for an individual pick which will cost between 25 EUR and 30 EUR. Please inform Himalayan Yoga Institute well in advance so they can arrange for this option.

It is a two and a half-hour drive to the venue and the driver will stop for about one hour in Mahabalipuram for sightseeing, and so your arrival at the venue will be around 16:00 in the afternoon.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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