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8 Days Yoga and Juice Fasting Retreat in Goa, India

  • Samata Holistic Retreat Centre, Arambol, Goa, India


Yoga and Detox Retreat in Goa

The detox retreat helps you to cleanse and purify the body and mind, eliminating toxins that have stored up in your cells from a lifetime of bad habits. You will take part in daily yoga and nutrition classes and practice meditation. Professional and experienced nutrition advisors and massage therapists will be on hand for personal consultations and relaxing treatments to support you throughout the fasting process.


  • Nutrition classes
  • Daily evening meditation
  • Daily Hatha yoga classes
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Juices and soup
  • Daily meals

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Samata was built in 2012 as a fundraising centre for the Dunagiri Foundation for Himalayan Herbal Research which seeks to preserve rare and endangered plant species of the Alpine Himalaya. Samata is a lush tropical paradise with large organic gardens from which the vegetables and herbs will be sourced for the retreat. This stunning property features a 150 year old mango tree, the Teardrop pool, several garden gazebos for reading and relaxing and 19 Balinese-style villas, all of which are AC and ensuite. There are two yoga shalas, and one of them is air-conditioned for hotter days. The rooms look out over coconut palms and rice fields. The long beaches of north Goa are a short ten minute drive away. The Samata Clinic is a great way to treat yourself during your free time in between classes. Samata's Ayurvedic, Tibetan, and Chinese medicine specialists, as well as Vedic astrologers will no doubt have some insight into improving your health and well being.

The Indian state of Goa is located on the western side of the Indian subcontinent, on the Arabian Sea. Goas coastline measures 125 km and its golden sandy beaches cover not less than 85 km making it an ideal destination for beach lovers everywhere. Goa was a Portuguese colony from 1510 until 1961, giving it a unique blend of Christian and Hindu architecture and culture.

In addition to its many beautiful beaches and incredible sunsets, Goa is home to wildlife sanctuaries, over 400 different species of birds, market towns, designer shops, and a famous flea market which attracts sellers from many parts of India and the world.

  • Accommodation in your own private bungalow with en-suite bathroom
  • All juices, soup and detox pack
  • All classes

Sample schedule

  • 08.30 a.m.: Yoga (gentle hatha practice) or water class (in the sea)
  • 12.30 p.m.: Nutrition and healthy eating class
  • 14.00 p.m.: Fresh fruit or vegetable juice, or coconuts
  • 07.00 p.m.: Vegetable broth
  • 07.30 p.m.: Evening discussion or meditation
  • Afternoons are free to explore, swim, have massages and treatments, or just rest.

How does juice fasting work?

Most people subject their bodies to harmful lifestyles and diets that inhibit the body's ability to cleanse and heal. Eating a poor diet of processed foods clogs up the digestive system with waste materials and prevents our bodies from absorbing vital nutrients, which can lead to health problems over time. Fasting allows an incredibly effective cleansing process to take place in the body that reaches down to each and every cell and tissue. All your organs receive a well-deserved rest and a much-needed clear out. After 24 hours of not eating, the energy used for digestion is redirected towards clearing out waste matter, dead and damaged cells, blood gas, microbes, parasites and other toxins from your system. Without the chemical interference of stimulants like caffeine, nicotine, sugar and alcohol, your body is able to find a better natural balance. A professional nutritional adviser will support you throughout the fasting process.

During the fast you will consume organic fruit and vegetable juices, young tender coconuts, barley grass, moringa and vegetable broth to provide you with the vitamins and minerals you need to nurture your body, and detoxifying herbs will aid in the cleansing process. Psyllium husks will provide cleansing bulk and help stave off physical hunger. Self-administered enemas are done twice daily to help the body to eliminate toxins. Daily yoga is complemented by fun and informative classes on nutrition and healthy eating, sustainable living, meditation and happiness. (Fasting is not safe for people who are very underweight, clinically obese, pregnant, diabetic, suffering from kidney disease or certain cancers. Please contact us if you have any concerns about your health that you would like to discuss further before arrival).

Course information

Fasting is not safe for people who are very underweight, clinically obese, pregnant, diabetic, suffering from kidney disease, or certain cancers. Please contact Jiva Healing if you have any concerns about your health that you would like to discuss further before arrival.

Seasonals information

Goa has a warm pleasant climate with unbroken sunshine from December to April. Temperatures in February and March average between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius. This pleasant weather continues until mid-April when the humidity rises and temperatures increase.

Visa / passport

Please note that all visitors to India must have a valid visa issued to them through the visa office in the country in which they currently residing.

It can take from 1-10 days to obtain a visa and they are usually valid for 6 months starting from the date of issue of the visa. Your passport must have a minimum of 6 months validity to be eligible for an Indian visa.

Additional information

For more information ask your questions directly to Jiva Healing who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.

Rebecca Andrist

Rebecca Andrist is the co-founder of Jiva Healing, and has been running healthy eating, detox and yoga retreats in the UK and abroad since 2004. She is a qualified nutritional advisor, yoga teacher, and massage therapist who has worked in healing centers in Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Thailand, and the United States before starting her own business. Her healing work ranges across yoga, meditation, bodywork, nutrition, exercise, mind-body healing, and colon care. She strives to inspire and motivate all guests to live happy and healthy lives and impart the necessary tools in order to achieve this.

Melissa Kendall

Melissa, co-founder of Jiva Healing, lives at Littleton Mill, Jiva's UK venue, with her husband, Richard, and son, Curtis. An ex-investment analyst on socially responsible funds, Melissa spent years studying the social and environmental impacts and practices of large food, chemicals, and pharmaceutical companies. Her great passions are yoga, wellbeing, and sustainable living. She has a diploma in Advanced Nutrition, and teaches healthy eating and nutrition workshops on the retreats.

Susie Hampshire

Susie is a professional bodywork therapist with a deep interest in holistic, sports, deep tissue and no-hands massage techniques alongside acupressure, reflexology, facials, and kinesiology. She has taught massage therapy at the Claire Maxwell-Hudson School of Massage, and is qualified in ITEC Nutrition and The Mehta Facial at the Champissage Indian Head School in London. Susie balances eastern and western healing traditions. Susie's passion is meditation and she is currently studying towards a MA in Mindfulness Meditation.

Teresa Montano

Teresa Montano was a professional dancer for many years before becoming involved in yoga. Since the late 1990's, she has been studying with various teachers and traditions and is a fully qualified teacher with Yoga Alliance and Sivananda Certification. Her commitment to yoga continues to expand both with her work as a qualified yoga Thai massage therapist and her ongoing studies with the Inner Yoga Trust. She is also an aquatic bodywork therapist (massage in water).

Angela Walker

Angela has a busy clinic in London where she practices an integrative and functional approach to nutrition, health, and wellness. Some of her key areas include digestive health, immune function, energy levels, and detoxification. Angela has worked with Jiva Healing since 2008, on retreats in Goa, France, Turkey, and at the UK base at Littleton Mill.

Louise Ramsden

Louise Ramsden is a nutritional advisor, holistic chef, yoga teacher, and consciousness coach. She is accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga, Yoga Alliance 500, and Birthlight. Louise has been involved in alternative health practices for 15 years. She trained with The Yoga Academy and Yoga Arts in Byron Bay, Australia. From there, she studied nutrition and fasting and became a zest4life practitioner. An interest in mental and emotional patterns led her to train as a consciousness coach.

  • Flights and transfers
  • Massages and treatments
  • Explore the stunning beaches
  • Indulge in massage
  • Visit the local markets
For information about the booking conditions, please send Jiva Healing an inquiry.
  • Review by Robert White

    "The week in France was my third fast with Jiva Healing. The results totally met my expectations in terms of quality of environment and variety of activities (Thai massage, aromatherapy, yoga, etc.) and also in terms of detoxifying, both of body and mind; weight loss was an added bonus! Each time that I have done a fast, I have managed to introduce into my everyday life at least one new 'good' habit learned from the friendly and hard-working team at Jiva Healing. The cumulative effects have been dramatic both in terms of my physical and mental well-being. I thoroughly recommend the fast program and will be going again next year."

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  • Review by Ali Humphries

    "I loved the retreat. Lovely spot -a bit hard to find but that's how you want it. Lovely room and bathroom and very well organized weekend with lots of down time and peace and quiet. Yoga teacher was as excellent as the massage. Cookery very informative and practical but not overloading us which was great. Just enough info to spark our imagination and challenge our bad habits in a nice way! Rebecca has an authoritative style but is very welcoming and funny and I felt very well looked after. Great team around her - a very relaxed atmosphere in the kitchen and a lot of laughing all weekend. If I was being picky, I would probably suggest the yoga class was a little too full so room too cosy. Would definitely do another one .already looking.", edited

  • Review by Rowan Blades

    "The difference with a Jiva Healing retreat and various others that I have attended is that at Jiva, there is a real family vibe. I met so many wonderful people, people who in my day-to-day life I would probably never know. It was amazing how such a lovely group of people came together, and I made some very special connections.The program is very thorough and the staff is like a collective of mothers, ready to help at anytime. Often, during fasting, I prefer to be alone, which is also possible in the chosen locations.Whatever you want (apart from food) is never far on these retreats: love, new friends, yoga, better health and maybe even a little mothering if you feel the need."

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  • Review by Hema Maisuria

    "Curious to find out what effect doing a detox could have on my body, combined with the desire to visit Goa in 2009, landed me quite fortunately on the Jiva Healing retreat.What a difference 6 days have made! For me it has been life changing. Gone are the days of constant tiredness, a side effect I have carried for over 10 years as the result of a long-term illness. Five weeks on I still have a marked difference in my energy level; I feel more alert with the added bonus of being 5 kilos lighter - yes that is just from 6 days of living off juices. I was amazed how easy it was.Goa and the Jiva Healing team were the perfect combination - Rebecca was extremely supportive and attentive to everyone of us throughout the week. Goa was simply the perfect place to be in order to fully detox and unwind the body, mind and soul. Everyone should have the opportunity to give it a go, after all, it's only a week!"

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  • Review by Sharon Moses

    "A truly wonderful and self-indulgent experience! The Jiva Healing team help you to detox your body and your mind from the inside out. The week itself was the beginning of a journey to help me achieve a better balance in my life. I defy anyone who attends not to come home feeling rejuvenated and motivated, ready to take on new challenges and a new way of life. Rebecca, Mel and the team make everyone feel like one big family - I have taken part in the juice fasting week twice now and I intend to keep coming back. In fact, it makes me feel emotional just thinking about it all again. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and time. You guys are great! "

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  • Review by Jennifer Debrye

    "It was the greatest experience I have ever felt. When we made the circle of angels, so much knowingness and emotion welled up inside me, I actually exploded with tears of love. I have never felt so deep a connection with anyone of my closest family or friends before. In fact, I have not felt so deeply touched since. I would come back to Jiva Healing. I can't wait in fact. Originally, all I wanted was to drop some fat from having my kids. I certainly am not religious, a vegetarian, or even an environmentally friendly person. Horrible as that was, now that I know better (thanks to the education from Jiva Healing), I am on a quest to live up to my own personal potential now. Words just don't express how a person thinks, but what I want to state is that fasting is a healer. I had never missed a meal in my life (and it showed), until I came to Jiva Healing. Oddly enough, my hunger came from excess. I was empty, and fasting made me full again. When I left I felt like people must when they climb Mount Everest or something. It was such an accomplishment, and so easy too. It's amazing how simple life becomes when temptation is taken away. The whole experience was incredibly well planned out, and the staff could not be more friendly and inspiring."

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  • Review by Lizzie Dekkers

    "I find to fast periodically to be physically liberating and mentally profound, and Jiva Healing was both experiences. Jiva Healing created a structure to the day with classes on nutrition and sustainability. This was informative and ensured that you had some rational reasons as to why you were doing the fast and offered strong routes of understanding to continue when back in the comfort of your own home and surrounded by your old habits.It had all the aspects of an amazing holiday sun, sea, good company, some learning, laughing, relaxing and lots of sleep. Just no food! I came home bounding with energy and raring to go, looking and feeling great. It is definitely worth it. A totally indulgent treat just for you!"

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  • Review by Steve Pasek

    "Having never fasted before, I arrived at Jiva Healing focused on having a bit of a holiday and thinking if I got some benefits from the fasting along the way, it would be a bonus.The setting was wonderful and the staff was friendly and inviting. The daily nutrition and sustainability courses created a framework that really supported work that we were doing for ourselves during our week there and in the weeks following the retreat. Between the yoga classes, massage, and other therapies there were plenty of things to do and I found myself looking forward to each following day with more enthusiasm than the one before.By the end of the week I was well and truly a changed man. From the inside out I had lost weight, and felt both mentally and physically cleaner, lighter, brighter, and more vibrant. My Chiropractor had even witnessed positive changes in my spine and nervous system as a direct result of the fast. Much of what was learned at the retreat I have taken away and integrated into my daily life. I'm now living a much more sustainable, happier, healthier, and energetic lifestyle than I would ever have thought possible before my week at Jiva Healing! I couldn't recommend a more effective way to kick-start a new outlook on nutrition, health and wellbeing that produces real, sustainable results that can last a lifetime."

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  • Review by Patrick Hawkins from London, UK

    "I hoped that my week of fasting would leave me rested, relaxed and full of ideas about even better ways to eat. It did so in spades. When I got home to London I felt brilliant, better than I can ever remember. The staff at Jiva that week were fantastic, each with their particular skills, expertise, and manner, making up an excellent team. I would say that anyone who is stressed and really feels like they need a break, while knowing that regular holidays just don't deliver, should definitely go and juice fast for a week. For some people I know and love, I wouldn't just recommend it, I'd prescribe it."

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  • Review by Jo Walker from Hexham, Northumberland, UK

    "The Jiva retreat that I attended was run in a very supportive environment by experienced, enthusiastic, and informed people with true conviction about what they do. Invest a week of your time and reap the benefits for years to come. I loved it and I will definitely do it again."

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  • Review by Jo Twohill from London, UK

    "This was my very first experience at juice fasting and being away on a retreat detoxing body and mind.Well, where can I start? Firstly, I did it! It was the most amazing experience. Definitely to be repeated as the health benefits are just so rewarding!I arrived in Goa feeling stressed from London life, tired, puffy and bloated with aching joints. By the end of the week I was the most relaxed I've been in years. Happy, as I was feeling slimmer, mentally stronger and much more energized. I had a wonderful feeling on the last session of yoga when I saw how much more mobile and free my joints were. No aches!I cannot recommend this enough! It kick starts you into a wonderful new world of health and well-being. Youre fantastically looked after on the retreat, there's so much support while going through the detoxing process. You also meet wonderful new friends. I enjoyed it!"

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  • Review by Daniela from Europe

    "My decision to go on a retreat with Jiva Healing was one of the best ideas I have had in a long time. Not only did I lose a lot of weight and become more focused mentally, but I also left feeling happier, calmer and like I had met some of the most inspirational and talented women around. I would highly recommend a juice fast to anyone who would like to turn their lives around. The nutritional lessons and the 'In The Kitchen class' really helped me to understand and care more about what I put in my body and the space and free time that the retreat offers means that you leave feeling really relaxed. The daily yoga is a great way to start the day and our yoga teacher, Teresa, was very sensitive to the fact that we were on a fast, choosing simple and relaxing poses and movements. The massages were first class, and the meditation sessions really gave me the opportunity to notice things in nature that can easily be missed. Overall, I would advise anyone to consider going on a juice fast with Jiva Healing, if not for any of those reasons, then for the new-found appreciation you will have for solid food on the last day!"

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  • Review by Jules from Europe

    "I have so much to be thankful for. I had heard a lot about Jiva Healing and was so curious to experience it myself, having only previously been to a well-known detox retreat in Thailand.The difference between the two was incredible Jiva Healings program was an incredibly comprehensive, nurturing, and nourishing experience. I have been left with such a positive outlook and changed so many aspects of my life that my friends and family are wondering what on earth went on during just seven days!I arrived very tired, over stressed, emotionally exhausted, overweight and suffering with pain everyday in both knees (post surgery). I left feeling rested, calm and clear, lighter, and for the first time for over a year, pain-free! My energy and concentration levels are still as clear as they were when I left the retreat. I have broken the cycle of bad habits and finally have a relationship with food that I can be proud of. Friends have noticed that I am calmer, more confident and still glowing. If you could bottle Jiva Healing and take it every day, it would be a sell-out!"

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  • Review by Robert Birgham

    "Wow what a feeling! I wasn't sure how much I was going to get out of a week of drinking nothing but juices, green drinks and clear broths, but as I said on my way home: I have never felt this good.I really did find out a lot about my health and happiness, and I have used a lot of the practical methods we learnt during the week to keep myself off caffeine, wheat and dairy. Believe me, I never would have thought that possible.I would advise everyone I know to take a break and go on one of Jiva's retreats with an open mind and open ears. You won't regret it and it might just save your life!"

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  • Review by Janette from Cambridgeshire, UK

    "I was particularly impressed with the way that prior to our attendance, Rebecca, kept us informed about what we would need to bring and promptly acknowledged our payment and was upfront about the fact that if not enough people booked and we had to be cancelled, we would be refunded. It was a nice touch that just before we came we received the instructions again. I really appreciated having been kept in touch this way. I loved the venue and found the teachers to be helpful, inspiring and caring. The other participants were a lovely bunch of people. The retreat was really good and I really appreciated the fact that Rebecca e-mailed very promptly all the recipes. This was a good follow up and shows how conscientious she is."

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  • Review by Helen from Warminster, UK

    "The retreat exceeded every expectation and will definitely lead to permanent changes in my life. The team was fantastic - so loving, warm and inclusive, very knowledgeable and so generous in sharing this with us. They had time for individual attention when this was sought as well as group sessions. Rebecca's food was a real eye-opener - I had thought that I had a pretty healthy diet - well, I will have a much better (and far tastier) one from now on. The yoga was brilliant - for me as a beginner but also for the very experienced participants. Helen who taught the yoga was brilliant, demonstrating and explaining clearly, gently "correcting" moves but most of all injecting fun and lightness whilst still achieving serious practice. There were treatments on offer from Helen and Susie during our free time (which I think we all indulged in and everyone sung their praises) and support from Didi who generously shared her knowledge of nutrition and healing with us. The participants were all really interesting, lovely people and the setting (42 acres) delightful.This was my first retreat - I look forward to more!" website, edited

  • Review by Chandra from Pavia, Italy

    "I have so much to be thankful for. I had heard a lot about Jiva Healing and was so curious to experience it myself, having only previously been to a well-known detox retreat in Thailand. The difference between the two was incredible Jiva Healings program was an incredibly comprehensive, nurturing, and nourishing experience. I have been left with such a positive outlook and changed so many aspects of my life that my friends and family are wondering what on earth went on during just seven days! I arrived very tired, over stressed, emotionally exhausted, overweight and suffering with pain everyday in both knees (post surgery). I left feeling rested, calm and clear, lighter, and for the first time for over a year, pain-free! My energy and concentration levels are still as clear as they were when I left the retreat. I have broken the cycle of bad habits and finally have a relationship with food that I can be proud of. Friends have noticed that I am calmer, more confident and still glowing. If you could bottle Jiva Healing and take it every day, it would be a sell-out!" website, edited

  • Review by Susannah from Bristol

    "Hi Rebecca, just wanted to say that I've been using lots of the recipes with great success! The retreat really kick started a renewed love, not only of great food, but of making it myself which had decreased a lot over the last few years. I'm loving having a food processor and upgrading my ingredients. I find that even if I don't have as much in volume of food in the house, we are eating so much better, fresher and happier because I know where it's all come from. I really got exactly what I was looking for from the weekend so thank you again."

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