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15 Days Kalaripayattu and Yoga Retreat in India

  • Paradise Beach Resort, Kappil, Varkala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695311, India

Overview

Yoga Retreat India

This is an experiential voyage to Kerala, South India, from yoga to the traditional Indian culture. You will get a glimpse of the style of life of this country, seeking to approach it in an authentic and respectful manner. The voyage will also focus on rejuvenating your body, mind, and soul through the practice of yoga and kalaripayattu (the oldest Indian martial art), traditional Keralan vegetarian food, walks by the sea, meditation, and chanting of mantras.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga and meditation practices
  • Daily Kalaripayattu practices with masters
  • Back waters tour from the ashram to the kollam
  • Visit to Sri Mata Amritanandamayi ashram and local temple
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast and dinner
  • Dinner and New Year's celebration
  • 14 nights accommodation

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 15.

  • 14 days with instruction
  • English, Italian
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During this retreat, you will be staying at Paradise Beach Resort, a typical guest house on the sea in Kappil, a place that has retained its authenticity and is vastly different from the anonymous resorts of the cliffs. The guest house faces the sea and is about eight kilometers from the more touristic cliffs of Varkala.

This retreat is not a tourist package but a guided trip to India in collaboration with Kesma, the Indian school of the Kalaripayattu master, Jayachandran Nair. KesmaItalia will accompany you on this journey, making the knowledge of the area and experience with the local environment available to you.

Monday - December 19, 2016

You will arive on Monday and there will be an opening ceremony in the evening.

Tuesday to Friday - December 20 to 23, 2016

You typical day will start with morning mantra songs and meditation, walking in nature, and a morning yoga session (Hatha or Ashtanga Vinyasa). Afterwards, you will have breakfast followed by free time from 10:00 to 17:00. In the evening, at 17:00 or 19:00, you will have a kalaripayattu (most ancient Indian martial arts) session with Indian master Jayachandran Nair. You will end your day with a sunset meditation.

Saturday - December 24, 2016

After your morning practices, you will depart to Mata Amritanandamy ashram.

Sunday - December 25, 2016

You will have a back waters tour from ashram to kollam. You will return to Kappil afterwards.

Monday to Friday - December 26 to 30, 2016

You will start your day with morning mantra songs and meditation, walking in nature, and a morning yoga session (Hatha or Ashtanga Vinyasa). Afterwards, you will have breakfast followed by free time from 10:00 to 17:00. In the evening, at 17:00 or 19:00, you will have a kalaripayattu (most ancient Indian martial arts) session with Indian master Jayachandran Nair. You will end your day with a sunset meditation.

Saturday - December 31, 2016

You will start your day with morning mantra songs and meditation, walking in nature, and a morning yoga session (Hatha or Ashtanga Vinyasa). Afterwards, you will have breakfast followed by free time from 10:00 to 17:00. In the evening, at 17:00 or 19:00, you will have a kalaripayattu (most ancient Indian martial arts) session with Indian master Jayachandran Nair. You will also have a last year night dinner and celebration for the New Year.

Sunday - January 1, 2017

You will have a free time and also time to share your experiences with other participants.

Monday - January 2, 2017

Departure day.

Included in the total price of this retreat are back waters tour, visit to Sri Mata Amritanandamayi ashram, and to the local temple.

  • Francesca Deias

    Francesca is an Ayurveda therapist and direct student of master Jayachandran Nair. She had theater training at the Theater of Contradiction in Milan with a degree in theater history. She has worked in association with many organizations and works as an artist in some creations.

  • Jayachandran Nair

    Jayachandran is a kalaripayattu master. In August 1993, he was awarded the certificate of merit for best kalaripayattu expert by Kalari Dekshina Marma Thiruni Kerala Association. Ever since then, he has worked as kalari master with the Indian group Milon Mela, directed by Abani Biswas (in collaboration with J. Grotowski in the Springs Theatre), with whom he traveled throughout Europe for performances and workshops. In 2003, he opened his own school at Trivandrum, KESMA - Kerala School of Martial Art.

This retreat will take place in Kappil, Kerala. It is the cradle of Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India. You will have the possibility of experimenting with regenerative massage using hot, herb-infused oils in a traditional clinic. The seminar will take place in Kappil, a peaceful place on the sea, not far from the more touristic Varkala and the capital city Trivandrum.

Nearby places

  • Varkala - 8 kilometers
General
  • Beach nearby
Services
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

During this retreat, you will be served daily breakfast and dinner. Meals will be primarily vegetarian low spice meals and will be prepared in the traditional Keralan way; a delicious cuisine perfumed with coconut, rich in vegetables and tropical fruit.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • Enjoy cultural Indian activities
  • Relax in the beaches
  • Try Ayurvedic therapies
  • Visit Indian temples and spiritual places

One Ayurvedic massage is included in the price. Other Ayurvedic treatments are available at an additional cost.

  • 1 Ayurvedic massage
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers from Trivandrum Airport (TRV)
  • Back waters tour from the ashram to kollam
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast and dinner
  • Daily yoga and meditation classes
  • Kalaripayattu classes
  • New Year's celebration and dinner
  • Visit to Sri Mata Amritanandamayi ashram and local temple
  • Airfare
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa

Arrival by airport

Please book your flight to arrive at Trivandrum International Airport (TRV). Transfer from and to the airport is included. KesmaItalia will pick you up from the airport. If you arrive at Cochin International Airport (COK) there will be around 30 to 40 EUR charge for pick up. You are also advised book your tickets in advance to find the best price as it will be during high season.

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15 days / 14 nights

Availability

Arrival: Monday December 19, 2016
Departure: Monday January 2, 2017

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