4 Days Monsoon Mini Break Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Kerala, India

  • Kin-Hin Zen Centre, Pachalloor, Trivandrum 695027, India

4 Days Monsoon Mini Break Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Kerala, India

  • Kin-Hin Zen Centre, Pachalloor, Trivandrum 695027, India

Zen Meditation and Yoga Retreat India

As a human, you would want to feel in control. However, Zen encourages you to take a fresh look at your inbred beliefs, to make mistakes and not be horrified by them. Zen acknowledges that there will always be conflicts in your life and teaches you not to dwell upon them through this retreat. Kerala is always green, but during the monsoon season, its greenery positively explodes and it is a great time to have a well-deserved mini break with your hosts Karen and Sivan.

Highlights

  • 6 yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sittings
  • Fun Indian cuisine cookery class
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfer
  • 4 days with instruction
  • English

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During this retreat, you will stay at Kin-Hin Zen Meditation Center. Kin-Hin, being a private home, is primarily a non-residential Zen center. There are two guest rooms for home-stay accommodation if a personal, friendly, and homely atmosphere appeals to you. It is perfect for those that prefer to stay away from the main tourist area and experience Indian village life.

Kin-Hin has a large sit out area for your private use. The rooms are on the second floor of the house and are well-furnished with modern en-suite bathrooms which have solar-heated hot water. Wi-Fi, filtered water, tea bags, and coffee are all available for you too. Daily meditation is conducted on the roof in the morning and evening. You can use the space for personal practice at other times.

Yoga

Yoga is especially important in today’s world and lifestyle as the need to combine body, mind, and spirit becomes increasingly essential in order to remain balanced. Regular practice brings about subtle changes in one's approach to life. Exercising the body and stilling the mind produces an inner peace. This peace is one's true nature and the essence of yoga and meditation practice.

Meditation or Zazen

In its beginning stages, Zazen is a practice of concentration. More than just meditation, Zazen is a powerful tool for self-inquiry. Through Zazen, you can come to grasp Dogen's definition of Zen, to forget yourself and be enlightened by the ten thousand things and through that understanding, you have the potential to transform your life.

Zen is not a technique to be learned, it is more of an attitude toward life and Zen meditation is a superb spiritual practice with no technique to learn and no promises extended. Sitting with a group gives you the chance to connect with one another on a profound level without the need for words.

Understanding Zen means understanding yourself. This understanding cannot be found in books. One needs to experience Zen and the experience needs to be first hand. Zen is to experience observing all your thoughts without acting on them. Be the master of your mind and not a slave.

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:30 Morning meditation
  • 07:30 Yoga class
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 16:00 Yoga class, followed by free time to relax and enjoy Kerala
  • 17:30 Evening meditation
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • Karen Sivan

    Karen came to India in 1997 for a three-week holiday and decided to make Kerala her home. For 10 years, she ran yoga and massage holidays in Kovalam. From 2007 until mid-2012, she lived, worked, served, and followed Zen at Bodhi Zendo, blessed to have guidance and support from Zen master, AMA Samy. She then returned to the "marketplace" and began a new chapter with Kin-Hin. She is also a qualified aromatherapist with over 20-year experience. Her diploma in holistic aromatherapy was obtained from the Tisserand Institute in London in 1993.

  • Sivan

    Sivan grew up in Pachalloor, is an experienced yoga teacher in India and Europe, and has a wealth of local knowledge about the area and its customs.

This retreat will take place in Pachalloor, India. Kin-Hin is in Pachalloor, near Trivandrum, by the Arabian Sea and the Karamana River, a peaceful location with stunning views. It is now close to The Lagoona Beach Resort and is about a 10-minute drive from Kovalam. The setting is idyllic!

Nearby places

  • Kovalam - 10 minutes
  • Trivandrum International Airport (TRV) - 20 minutes

During this retreat, you will be served with breakfast and evening meals daily. Breakfast would consist usually of an exotic, fresh fruit salad.

You will be given free time to relax and enjoy Kerala. There are small, local eateries close by. You can dine in restaurants or buy food from supermarkets along Kovalam Junction. There are attractions you can explore in Kovalam Beach. This is an idyllic spot to watch the Indian sunset. If you prefer to stay indoors, massage treatments are also available for you to unwind.

  • 1 cookery class
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 6 yoga classes and meditation sittings
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Transfer from Trivandrum

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Trivandrum International Airport (TRV). Transfer from the airport is included. Kin-Hin will pick you up from the airport. The airport is 12 kilometers from central Trivandrum. The journey by car takes around 20 minutes. Lagoona Beach Resort, The Beach, and Lake Resort are your landmarks.

Arrival by bus

The closest bus stop is near Pachalloor Devi Temple on the bypass road.

Arrival by train

Trivandrum also has the nearest railway station to Kin-Hin. You can book your trip to arrive at Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station (TVC).

Arrival by taxi

Taxi pickups can be arranged if you prefer to arrive from your own cab. Transfer would cost 750 INR.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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    Review by Catrin Stewart from Great Britain

    PROS Pros: Warm welcome Excellent company Delicious food Very knowledgeable teaching instructors

    2017-Aug-29 04:05:53

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    Review by Sheila Struyck from India

    short monsoon break to re-energise!

    PROS Pros: WE had a great and relaxing time at Kin Hin. Lovely people, great food and a lot of attention to the meditation and the yoga. Wonderful to do your exercise at the rooftop platform and watch the palmtrees and the sky and hear the rain...

    2017-Aug-25 11:13:37

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    Review by Zoe Culley from Great Britain

    A lovely snap shot of Kerala

    PROS Pros: Karen and Sivan were lovely hosts and even acted as my guides to the local area. The meditation sessions on the roof were wonderful and I shall miss them! I'm very much a beginner to yoga and Sivan tailored the sessions to my level. The food was super tasty!

    2017-Aug-06 08:13:11

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    Review by Edward Harrod from Vietnam

    Great experience

    CONS Cons: We found there to be a lot of meditation (2x 50 mins per day) but if this is too much for you Karen might be able to adapt it. Yoga is 2x 60 mins per day. The accommodation is a pretty 45 min walk away from Kovalum but it's also very easy to get a tuk tuk.

    PROS Pros: Staying at Karen and Sivan's place made my boyfriend and I feel like we were visiting a family friend's house whilst abroad. It was so nice to have delicious home-cooked food everyday. The room had a kettle, fridge, good wifi and nice hot shower. Overall, we were very well looked-after and had a lovely time. We did 4 nights 5 days of yoga and meditation and were near beginners to both. As we were the only people there, we had a totally personal service so the classes were the right level for us. I would recommend getting a meal at the nearby temple one day for a truly local experience. I also had a cooking lesson one day with Sivan which was great.

    Organizer response: Many thanks! So glad you enjoyed your stay. For us too it was like having family friends come visit. Welcome back any time.

    2017-Jul-08 01:40:00

  • Review by Suzy

    "I loved the stay with Karen and Shivan. Their home and our room was beautifully presented with a great outlook over the lush surrounding forest and local community. Access to kovallam was easy by walking a short stroll through the village to the main road where a tuk tuk was always available. The home was certainly away from the touristy pace that kovallam offered. Karen's sunrise and sunset meditation was a true panacea for us, and as a novice, it provided me with insight into benefits and further understandings of the practice. Karen is so genuine and authentic about her practice without any pretense or judgment. It doesn't seem to matter what level or understanding you might have, there would be something to be gained by sitting with Karen. The twice daily yoga with Shivan was tailored to our level in order to provide strength and resilience over the 5 days. Once again delivered in a casual and welcoming way. The focus on breathing, balance and postures improved over the course as did my muscle strength without pain or injury. Overall an enjoyable and recommendable stay."

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  • Review by Jessica Killaspy
    10 out of 10

    "I thoroughly enjoyed my stay with Karen and Sivan at Kin-Hin centre. I was the only guest for most of the time but even though I'd been hoping to meet people, it was perfect - Karen and Sivan are great company and I had private classes, plus a say in what we had for dinner each night! It was easy to get into Kovalam for lunch each day and Karen and Sivan went out of their way to make me feel comfortable - the little details make a big difference. I would definitely recommend staying here."

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Testimonials

  • Review by Guido L. from Belgium
    9 out of 10

    "I stayed at the Kin-Hin Zen Centre with a friend in the beginning of April 2016 for about five days. I really liked the quiet and the peace of this very open center, with a gentle rhythm of morning meditation, morning yoga, and evening meditation. The guestrooms are clean, spacious, and pleasant, there is a nice outside balcony, and Karen's fruit salads for breakfast are delicious. Karen and Sivan are not only great teachers. but they are also very happy to help you organize small excursions in the area. Both Trivandrum and Kovalam Beaches are within a short bus or rickshaw ride. Trivandrum Zoo is a must place to visit. Since The life of Pi, it's on everybody's list! I liked Kin-Hin very much as it is a base from where to further explore if you want, or a nice place to be, which has a soul with its relaxed schedule and positive outlook on life. I certainly got what I was looking for and hope to go back!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Canada
    9 out of 10

    "If you are looking for a piece of zen paradise, Kin-Hin Zen Centre is the place for you. We booked a five-day meditation and yoga retreat at the center and it was one of the highpoints of our trip to India. The center is well located in the peaceful village of Pachaloor, just minutes away from busy Trivandrum and touristy Kovalam Beach. Our room was lovely. It was clean and zen, big enough for our backpacker needs, with access to a private balcony to chill out. Our host Karen led our meditation sessions on the roof: We were surrounded by palm trees and could hear birds, nearby ocean waves, and occasionally, neighborhood temple music. Hatha yoga session followed with teacher Sivan, who gently but firmly pushed us to our limits through a strong yoga routine, with just enough variety positions to keep us captivated. One session was interrupted by monkeys passing by in the street. Breakfast and dinner were taken at the center at the couple’s table or balcony. We got the chance of tasting Karen’s epic, world-famous fruit salad, as well as local food cooked at home, while chatting with our hosts about the region, local traditions, travelers tips, and others. They made us feel right at home with their generosity and warmth. We also were able to relax with a wonderful ayurvedic massage."

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  • Review by Grace Ann-Penning from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "My stay at Kin Hin Zen center with Karen was a highlight of my first ever trip to India. It was unique and comfortable and Karen was the best hostess. We had a ball and our trip to the tip was an unforgettable experience of sheer wonder and delight. I cannot thank Karen enough for her friendly open hospitality and to receive daily aromatherapy massages and meditation was sublime! I highly recommend spending some time at this delightful haven."

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  • Review by Alan Jones from England
    10 out of 10

    "Kin-Hin is a comfortable, friendly meditation place, with Karen as the helpful guide and Shivan as the (optional) yoga instructor. Away from crowds, but near beaches, under coconut palm trees which the birds like. Be prepared for early awakenings sometimes when youre staying there! I got to know a small group of daily meditators and aim to return before too long."

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  • Review by Michael Smolka from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "Kin-Hin Zen Centre is beautifully located under huge trees providing a nice shade. Its close to the sand beach and in walking distance to shopping facilities. The place is calm, clean and convivial. Karen is a helpful and caring hostess. As a resident, you can get all necessary information you might need for your trip through India. You will wake up every morning to the beautiful voices of the birds living around the house. Enjoy meditation during your stay. I can highly recommend this guest house to everyone. You wont regret being there, even though youre here only for a short stay."

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  • Review by Malar Jayaprakash from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "We had an enjoyable relaxing holiday and we have learned so much during the trip, especially at Kin-Hin with Karen and Sivan, that we are taking things slow and comparatively more relaxed than before we started the holidays. We had such a wonderful stay at Kin-Hin and were grateful of Karen and Sivans hospitality and kindness."

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  • Review by Helga Braun from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "Meditating early morning on the rooftop, surrounded by birds, craws and the soft sweeping of many brooms in the village; eating fresh fruit salad on the terrace, having a nice little chat with Karen; walking to a quiet little beach with shady palm trees; looking forward to getting a competent and relaxing massage from Karen; reading and sleeping a little: planning trips into the surrounding nature and visiting old temples; in the evening, eating fresh fish in front of the sea, enjoying the purple sunset; dreaming of coming back again as soon as possible - this and much more is Kin-Hin Centre."

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  • Review by Geoff H. from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "I stayed at Kin-Hin Zen Centre for a few days both before and after attending a Buddhist meditation retreat at Bodhi Zendo in Tamil Nadu State. My aim was to acclimatize after my flight from Australia, to sample some good local cuisine, to shop, meditate, and to do a little sight seeing. All these goals were more than satisfied without hassle or stress thanks to the depth of local knowledge possessed by the owner Karen, and the suggestions and assistance she so freely provided.Kin-Hin Zen Centre is situated a short distance from the tourist and hotel strip along Kovalam's Beaches and sits right among tall coconut trees and the homes of local families. This proximity of locals provides a real taste of daily Indian life and color. A highlight of my stay was being able to witness the traditional climbing and harvesting of coconuts right outside the building. The regular morning and early evening meditation sessions are also a great asset in you wish to participate. I would most certainly stay again."

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  • Review by Rajasingh G. from India
    10 out of 10

    "If you are beckoned by the sea, but wish to stay slightly away from crowds, and have an eye for natural beauty, Kin-Hin is the place for you. The host is amazing, her laughter is contagious, one does not feel like staying in a place that is profit-driven. Instead, what you have here is a place that feels like home. It's a perfect place to laze around, dream, spot birds and marvel at the beauty of a Kerala village.You could take walks to a quiet beach if you're inclined towards being a recluse. Or you could walk up to the beach with many restaurants and people, which is 10-15 minutes by walk. Karen is one of the most wonderful hosts you'd find around there. You need to be there to experience that. She is a meditator, an aromatherapist, teaches laughter yoga. Above all, she is a wonderful human being, who would never impose these things upon you. I would recommend this place to all peace-loving people."

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  • Review by Lauren R. from United States
    9 out of 10

    "I was looking for a place in south India to begin my travels here and found a perfect location at Kin-Hin Zen Centre. The rooms are spacious, clean, and very comfortable. You are just a short walk down some lanes to the ocean if you are seeking time at the beach. There's lots going on for sight seeing and Karen, the host, is a fantastic resource to figure out what to see.I was hoping for both quiet time in meditation as well as the freedom to go touring. And that is exactly what I've found here. If you are interested in meditation and yoga but not sure you're ready for the ashram scene, Kin-Hin Zen Centre may be just the place to get started. If you are already a serious meditator you'll be right at home too. I couldn't have found a better place to dip my toes in India for the first time."

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  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Karen and Sivan's new location is beautiful amongst the palm trees, and it is a two-minute walk to the river and sea. The rooftop is great for meditation, as it's covered so no sun beating down on you, and there is a balcony area for relaxing outside the rooms. Karen is a great hostess and both she and Sivan can give you whatever information you need about the entire Trivandrum / Kovalom area."

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Kin-Hin is a meditation center that offers meditation sittings in Zen tradition which is open to all, yoga classes with Sivan, and accommodations for home stay.

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