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11 Days Yoga Retreat in Goa, India

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

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Yoga Retreat India

  • 10 days with instruction
  • 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!


    • 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

    Skill level

    • Beginner


      • Instruction languages: English
      • Spoken languages: 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.

    • Hiking
    • Kayaking
    • Massage
    • Reiki
    • Swimming
    • Balcony
    • Beach
    • Garden
    • Hammock
    • Yoga shala
    • 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.

    • 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.


    • Review by a traveler from Europe

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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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