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11 Days Yoga Retreat in Goa, India

  • Lotus Yoga Retreat, Patnem Beach, Canacona, Goa 403702, India

Yoga Retreat India

Delicous Goan local food, fabulous teachers, and beach front huts, what more could you want? Join Nova and Florence in a fun yoga retreat by the beach, where the Vinyasa will be creative, flowing, and challenging. You can choose your own yoga classes throughout ten days and experience beautiful sunrise and starlit meditations every morning and night. Do a little or a lot is your choice, just enjoy yourself!

Highlights

  • Daily morning yoga classes
  • Optional afternoon yoga workshops
  • Evening yin yoga and meditation sessions
  • Daily fresh and organic meals
  • Free time to relax yourself
  • 10 nights' accommodation
  • 10 days with instruction
  • English
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You will be staying in Lotus Yoga Retreat, a stunning yoga resort with eco-friendly accommodation in the tropical and unspoilt south of Goa. Lotus Yoga Retreat are known for their friendly team and welcoming atmosphere, where an international clientele feel at home. Lotus Yoga Retreat's aim is to make your stay in India relaxing and inspiring, so that you leave feeling happier and healthier. Twin-shared and single beach front huts are available for this retreat. The comfortable huts made out of palm leaves, bamboo, and straw give you the necessary luxury without taxing the environment. All huts have attached bathrooms, storage space for clothes, and comfortable beds. Your balcony comes equipped with hammock. It is the perfect spot for meditating, reading, or just watching the sea.

Typical daily schedule

  • 07:00: Sunrise meditation
  • 08:00 - 10:00: Morning practice (pranayama, Dynamic Yang flow yoga, and meditation)
  • 10:00: Brunch
  • 11:00 - 15:00: Free time
  • 15:30 - 17:00: Optional afternoon yoga workshop of Acro yoga, meditation, and others (not everyday)
  • 17:30 - 19:00: Evening practice (pranayama, Restorative or Yin yoga, and meditation or relaxation)
  • 19:00: Dinner

None of the classes on this retreat are compulsory, although you may gain more benefit if you attend scheduled classes as they build upon each other.

Your time is precious and that you should always do what your body and mind needs at that time. This retreat is not a boot camp and everyone will be treated according to their individual needs. Each yoga class is suitable to everyone regardless of their background, age, or experience. Just bring a sense of play and an open heart. Classes are non-threatening, creative, and fun.

  • Nova Milesko

    Nova has studied with world-renowned teachers Visvaketu (Akhanda), Shiva Rea (Vinyasa Flow), John Friend (Anusara), and David Swenson, (Ashtanga). She has also been privileged to learn from inspiring teachers Sarah Powers, Paul Grilly, Sharon Gannon, Michael Gannon, and Mathew Sweeny amongst others amassing over 2000 hours of training and over 10,000 hours teaching.

This retreat will take place in Goa, India. Goa is often called the pearl of the orient. It is full of pleasant surprises such as charming little villages with colorful churches, succulent rice fields next to Hindu temples, and a 100 kilometer long coastline lined with coconut palm trees.

A melting pot of different cultures, Goa is shaped by its Indian and Portuguese heritage. From 1510 until 1961 Goa was under Portuguese rule. This European influence is still evident in many houses and churches built in the typical colonial style. Goa is known for its world heritage architecture and temples.

Goa is the smallest but richest state in India with 1,3 million inhabitants living on an area of 3,702 km2. It is on the south west coast of the Indian subcontinent.

Activities
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Reiki
  • Swimming
General
  • Balcony
  • Beach
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Yoga shala
Services
  • Laundry

In this retreat, all the food will be freshly prepared onsite daily. Aside from daily herbal tea in the morning and evening, you will be served brunch consisting cold pressed vegetable or fruit juice, Indian specialties, eggs (on order), brown bread, homemade jams, peanut butter or creams, fruit salad, homemade muesli, and soy milk. For dinner there are four different Indian specialties made from local products, such as red rice, millet chipati, chutneys, and salad.

Visit the beaches

There are a lot of beaches nearby for you to visit, for example the turtle nesting beach of Galibaga, Capo de Rama panorama point and beach, Agonda beach, and Cola beach with sweet water lagoon for swimming.

Go shopping

In Chaudi, the nearest village to Patnem, a very authentic and typical Goan village, you can buy fruit, nuts, and trinkets on its colorful market. The weekly markets in Anjuna and Arpora (North Goa about two hours by car) are also very popular. You can buy clothes, jewelry, shoes, and a wide range of gifts and Indian crafts.

Other activities

You can try wild dolphin spotting boat tours and trips to the Wildlife Sanctuary, National Park, and spice farms. If you are interested in architecture, try visiting Old Goa, Margao, and Panaji. Trips to neighboring Karnataka state where you can visit magnificent Hindu temples are also highly recommended.

The easily reachable UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hampi is a highly worthwhile destination if you have a few days to spare. You can also try hiking, kayaking, and elephant riding. All the activities can be arranged for you upon request, for additional cost.

Holistic treatments such as shiatsu, acupressure, reflexology, Reiki, Ayurvedic treatments, and fasting or detox programs are available upon request for additional cost.

  • 2 yoga teachers
  • 10 nights' accommodation
  • Acro yoga sessions
  • Aerial arts workshops with silks and hoop
  • All light refreshments
  • Daily meditation and yoga sessions
  • Daily organic brunches and dinners
  • DJ for yoga sessions
  • Private vegetarian chef
  • Special workshops

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Goa International Airport (GOI). Transfers from and to the airport are available upon request.

Arrival by bus

The Indian bus network is very well developed, although the roads are often rather bumpy and this is definitely the least comfortable option for travelling. Make sure you get a sleeper bus if travelling overnight and possibly even reserve two seats if you don’t want to share your couchette with a stranger.

Buses coming from big cities (Mumbai, Pune, Delhi and so on) stop at Margao, from there you will need to get a local bus or taxi to Patnem. Some buses from the south or east (Hampi) stop at Chaudi (only 5 to 10 minutes by rickshaw from Lotus Yoga Retreat).

Arrival by train

Some trains stop at Chaudi station, only 5 to 10 minutes by rickshaw from Lotus Yoga Retreat. Alternatively, you can get a train to Margao and then catch a local bus or taxi to Patnem which takes about an hour. It is advisable to book your train ticket at least a week ahead, or even longer in high season.

Arrival by taxi

Taxi can be arranged to pick you up from your point of arrival upon request.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Nova Milesko an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by Vicky Addinall

    "Nova is one of those rare, very ‘real’ human beings, which along with her calm and meaningful teaching style…make her a truly inspirational yoga teacher. Having practiced Yin yoga with her for a few months, I decided to join her yoga retreat in the French Alps in December and have to say it was one of the most wonderful weeks I’ve ever had. Great food, fun and inspiring yoga and deep meditative space, Just Perfect! “CS"

    "Nova and her innovative fun and every time different sequences made me really love yoga. Especially vinyasa flow. It helped me to get through a tough time. And really helped to get into a fit state again. Both, physically and mentally."

    "My love for yoga then spread into retreats skilfully arranged by Nova & the team. And eventually was encouraged by them to join teachers training course."

    "Sadly I haven’t completed full 200h course at Affinity TT (teachers training), due to relocation. But I am planning to start again now. As it transforms your life so subtly. And really makes life more fulfilling, calmer, balanced. Improves overall wellbeing, strength and general mood. Nova’s jokes and laid back attitude add perfect component to the mix. It’s one of the best experiences I had while living away from home. Real sense of self and warm friendly vibe. You won’t be disappointed. “MD"

    "“Thank you so much for this weekend it was totally brilliant. Having not been on a retreat for 3 years, I am now wondering why I procrastinated so long! It was inspiring and I feel re-energised. You set such a brilliantly relaxed and informal vibe that everyone was at ease straight away. How you did it with Leo in tow in nothing short of impressive!!"

    "I do hope our paths cross again :)"

    "What a fantastic weekend! Thank you, thank you! It was just what I needed (although I could have just carried on!), and although a total space cadet on Sunday night, came back to Monday feeling so re-energized and inspired!"

    "LOVED last Sundays class btw. The world needs more of you and that."

    "Sorted me right out, not to mention my hot partner!"

    "Thank-you for both those things."

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  • Review by Caroline Hermon

    "Nova is a truly teacher – intelligent, experienced and authentic – she speaks from the heart and draws on her wealth of experience on and off the matt to bring ideas to life. The CPD workshops I have done with her have been the perfect balance of informative and inspiring."

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  • Review by Susana Miranda

    "Had a great CPD day – lovely cosy venue love the Mum/Daughter combo. Aveyda is a fascinating subject and I know we were only able to scrape the surface of Nova’s knowledge in the time we had – thank you"

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  • Review by Edel Pyrgos

    "Great and inspiring workshop on Yoga adjustments."

    "I recommend it to anyone that wants to get a better understanding of the alignment and adjustment of the poses."

    "Great teacher!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "The yoga and meditation in France was fantastic and fun. Nova’s energy and warmth are really invigorating. I left feeling refreshed, balanced, and strong both in mind and body. Such a great experience for my first retreat. I’m lucky to have her teach my team at work each week, which has helped our group dynamic in so many ways. She’s a star! I would highly recommend her! "

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  • Review by Elizabeth from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I like your yoga style a lot and so thanks for sharing! I think the chakras and meditation are elements I certainly need to develop but I feel that I can do this after the weekend. Big thanks to your mother too and thanks for sharing her with us (it’s never easy as a daughter to concede to a mother’s expertise!). I thought it was a lovely moment when you shared with us your own tendency to cover up how much you love everyone with sarcasm. As an Irish person, I can identify and often I have the same issue (we will get there and this weekend was certainly the write sort of step in doing so!). You're so right about modern life, giving us the idea that we need to do to survive; lets break the chain-fleetwood mac style!"

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  • Review by Karen from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I wanted to thank you for a wonderful weekend – from the quiet but convivial company, to the challenging 3 hour session this morning, to the spaces for reading and just being, to the wholesome food. It just worked so well and your light touch organizing was just right (although there was obviously a lot of prep needed for it to come across so easily). So thank you as it was just what I needed."

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  • Review by Becky from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Didn’t get to say good bye but just to say thank you so much for a really superb weekend. I absolutely loved the classes and Braziers is a really special find. I’m feeling so restored and my back pain has almost completely disappeared!"

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  • Review by Antonia from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks so much for a lovely weekend retreat. And thank you for being so unpretentious! The Yin yoga really hit the spot and so lovely to feel so cared for. "

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  • Review by Steve from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "Yoga with Florence and Nova is a scary thing but in a good way! They’ll get you to do things you’ve never done before, with love and laughter. "

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