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8 Days Winter Solstice Christmas in India

  • Ashiyana Yoga Centre, Mandrem Beach, Goa, 403527, India

Overview

Healing Yoga Retreat India

For years, travelers seeking serenity and spiritual renewal have made their way to India's ashrams and retreat centers to learn the wisdom of ancient practices like yoga, meditation and ayurvedic healing. Whether you're looking for a daily meditation routine or a focus on wellness and healing, Harmony India Retreat promises you stress reduction, self-discovery and a unique opportunity to fully immerse yourself in a peaceful lifestyle. Anne-Lauren looks forward to spending a week together on the shores of India and diving into these practices that are so dear to her heart!

Embark on this journey together to explore into the simple joys and sweet lessons of life and let the holiday season give yourself a gift that will last a lifetime! Meeting and sharing this experience together will provide a direct pathway to connect with nature, eachother, and the peace and joy at our very own hearts. You will leave with the tools to unlock the deep knowing of the power you hold; the power you have to bring peace, contentment, and harmony into your life! So, join this harmonious India yoga retreat, unwind, take a break from your day to day life and return to a state of harmony, peace and bliss that is your birthright! These powerful tools will recharge you and align you with your highest self!

Radiant Spiral Retreats flow

This is a Hatha flow yoga and meditation retreat. This week long retreat was created for people that share a common interest in exploring deeper into the joys and lessons of life. In this week long retreat you will be reminded that you have the power to bring whatever you want into this life.

Radiant Spiral Retreats goal

With your weeks deeply influenced by the principles of yoga philosophy, it is their goal that you leave them with your light shinning a little brighter, with a deeper sense of connection, peace, bliss, and overall contentment. Please give yourself this gift, a week for yourself, to honor and remember just how special and amazing you are!

Highlights

  • Daily yoga class
  • Exploring poses and pranayamas
  • Learning practices and healing techniques
  • Enjoying a time for yourself every afternoon
  • Daily healthy fresh local brunch
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Beach Huts

Most of their beach huts are located on the dune which separates Mandrem river from the Arabian Sea. The others are located on the mainland facing the river. There are hut sheltered behind the banks of the dune and others on the dune top. They all come with an en suite bathroom, fan, and mosquito net. Whilst being the economy section of their accommodation, they have recently been lovingly upgraded with simple, yet chic interior-designed finishes.

Palm Grove

Much of Ashiyana's accommodation is in a beautiful palm grove fronting the Mandrem river and facing towards the sea, which can be viewed from some of the upper-floor balconies. The accommodation is in the form of luxury eco-lodges, tree-houses, and stone-built houses set amidst lush tropical gardens, statues, and water features.

The lodges and tree-houses are built of local wood giving an "Indonesian" feel, though most finishing touches are borrowed from classical Indian design, with plenty of natural fabrics and antique furniture. All the rooms are spacious and comfortable with large windows and wonderful views.

As far as possible the en-suite bathrooms have been built to allow a little of the outside in, with large open window spaces and blinds. Each room has ample cupboard space and its own balcony with "day-bed".

Raj doubles and suites

The Raj area of Ashiyana is located at the far and of the Palm Grove, and is fronted on two sides by the tranquil Mandrem River. Some of the rooms are within the Ashiyana Villa, which was built on the site of the original (fisherman) owner's storehouse; the others are sited along an inlet of the Mandrem River.

Five of our Raj rooms are spacious doubles, and three (first and second floors of the Ashiyana Villa) are magnificent suites with stunning views. All of the Raj rooms are organically-shaped and stone-built, with rustic stucco walls, antique Rajasthani furniture, and sumptuous soft furnishings. No two rooms are the same, each having its individual charm and magnificent view from windows and balcony.

Amenitites

  • Bath towel
  • Fans
  • Hot water
  • WiFi

The week long yoga and meditation retreat takes place along the enchanthing shores of Goa, India. In this retreat you will celebrate each morning with a Hath flow style yoga class. The morning class will be more dynamic with awareness on alignment. Each class will be followed by a healthy fresh local brunch. The early evening sessions will be used to go deeper into explanations of poses and pranayamas. You will explore a variety of energy building practices that help restore balance and harmony in our physical bodies, as well as in your life!

There will be three to four hours of sunrise and sunset sessions each day. We will have journal time and create space for personal heart connection to truly deepen your journey into the beautiful light that you are meant to be! There will be optional evening activities every other night, yoga Nidra, singing circle, restorative yoga, self massage, etc. The golden sand beaches of India will be yours to relax on and sink your feet into each day. The flowing, warm healing waters are there for you to take your soul southing dip whenever you choose! Chai and fabric shops are coloring the streets of this sweet little village if you are feeling a bit more active.

These following healing techniques will be explored: beach meditations (including basic Tai Chi), Acroyoga workshop, sunset walks to Arambol drum circle, partner massage workshop, and Yin yoga. The afternoons will be yours to explore and dinner will be served after sunset each evening. You might opt to go out to eat to one of their favorite restaurants one night.

Schedule

  • 08.00 - 10.00: Morning meditation and yoga practice
  • 10.00 - 11.00: Brunch
  • 12.00 - 16.00: Free to relax on the beach, in the spa, enjoy a massage, or schedule an activity (Anne-Lauren is always around for question you may have, or to assist you along your path with any additional needs during your retreat week)
  • 16.00 - 18.00: Afternoon Session (including workshops on pranayama, meditation, specific poses, etc., all based on the request of the students and what i see as a possibility to deepen our experience and practice)
  • 19.00 - 20.00: Dinner
  • 20.00 - 21.30: Optional evening activity (Yoga Nidra, Restorative, chanting, etc)
  • Anne Lauren

    Anne-Lauren Graham has been teaching yoga for over 10 years. Her most effective tools are yoga, asana, meditation, pranayama, Tai Chi, healing nutrition, connecting with the wisdom of nature, and play. In her work, she guides people to experience a deeper meaning and peace with the life they choose. Anne-Lauren came to yoga as she began an inner and outer journey. This path has led her to some amazing tools, some of which she studied in depth for extended periods of time.

The Ashiyana location offers a balance between the serenity of a coconut palm grove, bordered by the enchanting Mandrem River, and a beautiful quiet beach with the invigorating sound of the waves breaking against the shore just beyond the dunes. Mandrem, a remote and sleepy fishing village in the north of Goa, has a number of restaurants, an internet cafe, a travel agent, a small organic shop, general grocery store and places to rent motorbikes or hire taxis. Thirty minutes away by road is the large market town of Mapusa, which has good coach connections to other Indian towns and cities.

A pleasant 40-minute stroll (10 minutes by taxi) north along the beach is the lively and colorful village of Arambol. One of the main attractions to this distinctly 'hippy' hangout is the fresh-water lake separated from the sea by broad golden sands and it also has a post office, a small market, restaurants and beach-front bars, some featuring live music. A southward stroll takes you along a quiet stretch of beach dotted with beach shacks and restaurants.

Distances

  • Arambol Village - 10 minutes by taxi
  • Dabolim International Airport (GOI) - 1.5 hours
Activities
  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Beach
  • Restaurant
Services
  • ATM/banking nearby
  • Currency exchange nearby
  • Free! WiFi
  • Room cleaning
  • Shop nearby

Whenever possible, they buy organic produce and they mostly have vegetarian food apart from twice a week where they offer fish or chicken dish for dinner.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Discover the beaches, chai, and fabric shops of India during the sunkissed days and starry nights
  • Enjoy a massage in their beautiful spa
  • Explore the colorful town
  • Read a book in one of the hammocks of the shaded property
  • Relax on the beach and in the waves

Their beautiful Spa and Treatment Centre sits at the heart of Ashiyana, and has evolved into a haven of peace and tranquility within their tropical paradise. Offering serene luxury with their unique mix of informality and intimacy, it has Goas only natural swimming pool (naturally self-cleaning with no chemicals), a hammam (steam room), and six treatment rooms.

The gardens around the large pool offer plenty of beautiful spots for meditation and contemplation, with a gazebo and lilly pond facing towards a majestic Buddha statue, all set amidst an abundance of plants and coconut palms. They will soon have a spa cafe offering healthy, light snacks, and lunch, as well as a tropical juice menu and teas.

Whether you wish to simply relax body and mind, enhance your current level of wellbeing, or perhaps address some particular symptoms or health issues that you are experiencing, their expert therapists are available to offer treatments and to create a tailored program for your particular requirements.

  • 8 divine days and 7 tropical nights accommodation
  • Daily Sunrise and Sunsent Yoga sessions
  • Daily Hatha flow morning yoga class
  • Daily cleaning service
  • Daily healthy fresh local brunch buffet
  • Evening sessions of poses and pranayamas
  • Exploring healing tools of beach meditations (including basic Tai Chi), Acroyoga workshop, partner massage workshop, and Yin yoga
  • Nightly dinner after enjoying the magic of a sunset practice
  • Sunset walks to Arambol drum circle
  • Transformative yoga, meditation, and personal bliss workshops offered throughout the week
  • Unlimited purified water, herbal or Masala chai tea for your enjoyment anytime you like
  • Yoga equipment including mats, blankets, bolsters, and straps

Arrival by Airplane

You can fly straight into Goa or to make it cheaper, fly into Mumbai and take a cheaper local flight to Goa (kayak.com is the best for finding flights to Goa).

Let Radiant Spiral with Anne-Lauren know what time you will arrive in Goa and they will have their driver pick you up from the airport with a sign. It is super easy and cost less that 20 USD.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Radiant Spiral with Anne-Lauren an inquiry.
  • Review by Natalie from California, USA

    "My favorite part was connecting with a group of women who supported and accepted each other. It made the yoga, the surfing, the sharing, and everything so relaxed and meaningful. This retreat is a wonderful way to nurture yourself and invest in your well being. It is an opportunity to check in with yourself and reflect with other women through yoga and nature, using physical and emotional energy. Anne-Lauren is so accommodating, such a light of positive, nurturing female guidance. She provides beautiful space that is comforting and easy to be in just as you are. You deserve this experience!"

    Radiant Spiral with Anne-Lauren website, edited

  • Review by Rose from California, USA

    "I was afraid of speaking about my inner emotions and fears in a group setting. However, Anne-Lauren and Radiant Spiral Retreats sets up a very safe, comfortable, and nurturing environment for sharing and healing. The yoga and surf lessons, the intentional women's circles and the healthy food. I walk away from this powerful week with stronger friendships. Radiant Spiral retreats creates the space to get in touch with yourself in a lovely tropical setting, with warm, caring hosts who embrace the feminine power and enliven the soul!"

    Radiant Spiral with Anne-Lauren website, edited

  • Review by Xavier from Belgium

    "Unique and very complete experience with a teacher that lives what she teaches!"

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  • Review by a traveler

    "I was apprehensive about surfing because I'm not a strong swimmer. The surf lesson and instruction was very thorough, and having someone with me in the water helped. The waves were very small and mellow, and the water was warm. I never felt pressured to try surfing, but was supported and encouraged. It was a great first-time surfing experience. "

    Radiant Spiral with Anne-Lauren website, edited

  • Review by Joelene from Montana, USA

    "The highlights were the yoga sessions, connecting with other women, eating healthy, returning home feeling relaxed, healthy, and strong. I had fun and felt great! The food was healthy and delicious, and there was just the right amount of structured activities vs free time. "

    Radiant Spiral with Anne-Lauren website, edited

  • Review by Candice from Montana, USA

    "As it was my first holiday after years spending on my own, I had a little fear to feel alone. Anne-Lauren gave the whole group this feeling of togetherness. She made me feel home and comfortable to focus my energy on my body and my spirit. "

    Radiant Spiral with Anne-Lauren website, edited

  • Review by Ritter from Germany

    "Anne-Lauren is a teacher, who want you to become better. She sees your potential and supports you on your own way. "

    Radiant Spiral with Anne-Lauren website, edited

  • Review by Oliver from Belgium

    "Unique and very complete experience with a teacher that lives what she teaches!"

    Radiant Spiral with Anne-Lauren website, edited

  • Review by Emily from California, USA

    "My experience with Anne-Lauren's Radiant Spiral Yoga retreat really recharged and empowered me in so many ways; by being able to spend a week with her in Mexico, getting to surf perfect waves to do awesome-yoga twice a day! What more can you ask for?"

    Radiant Spiral with Anne-Lauren website, edited

  • Review by Rose Barling from California, USA

    "It was all so relaxing as well as challenging. I love Anne-Laurens's intuitive sense. I always felt she was in-tune with her students making the class challenging for the advanced, but non-threatening to the beginner. The comfort of it being an all woman's retreat provided a space that felt safe. The setting for the retreat is really beautiful, with a studio and outdoor kitchen where we would have a home cooked breakfast every morning with fresh healthy foods. The rooms are very clean and comfortable. I am definitely planning on attending the next retreat! "

    Radiant Spiral with Anne-Lauren website, edited

  • Review by Xavier Lequarre from Switzerland

    "I have learned so much during this retreat, more than I expected! The benefits where even stronger after the retreat when I allowed myself to open and integrate these teachings in my everyday life. The mix of several practices like asana, journaling, dancing, offerings, and meditation in nature, brought me in a unknown space and it was amazing to experience all that was there inside. A big present! Thank you to Anne-Lauren for the patience, trust, and deep commitment to be in service trough a beautiful teaching."

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  • Review by Sharon from London, UK

    "I have never felt more relaxed, peaceful, and healthy as I did at the end of Anne-Lauren's retreat."

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  • Review by Davis from England

    "I enjoyed the meditation as it was something new for me. We started each day with a session and it really helped me during the day. I looked forward to the yoga sessions every day as I really felt I developed and learned so much during the retreat. The stunning setting and delicious food were also wonderful! "

    Radiant Spiral with Anne-Lauren website, edited

  • Review by Kathryn from California, USA

    "I was apprehensive about surfing because I'm not a strong swimmer. The surf lesson and instruction was very thorough, and having someone with me in the water helped. The waves were very small and mellow, and the water was warm. I never felt pressured to try surfing, but was supported and encouraged. It was a great first-time surfing experience."

    Radiant Spiral with Anne-Lauren website, edited

  • Review by Sharron from UK

    "I was somewhat apprehensive to join the retreat as I was out of practice with my yoga. I didn't need to be concerned at all as everyone was encouraged to work at their own pace and Anne-Lauren helped us to feel comfortable and at ease with where we are in our own practice. It was also my first time in India and I wasn't sure whether traveling there alone was going to prove difficult but it all worked out perfectly as Anne-Lauren guided us through this incredible retreat."

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  • Review by Katie A. from California, USA

    "The highlights were the yoga sessions, connecting with other women, eating healthy, returning home feeling relaxed, healthy, and strong. I had fun and felt great! The food was healthy and delicious, and there was just the right amount of structured activities vs free time."

    Radiant Spiral with Anne-Lauren website, edited

  • Review by Angela from Montana, USA

    "As it was my first holiday after years spending on my own, I had a little fear to feel alone. Anne-Lauren gave the whole group this feeling of togetherness. She made me feel home and comfortable to focus my energy on my body and my spirit. "

    Radiant Spiral with Anne-Lauren website, edited

  • Review by Annika from Germany

    "Anne-Laurens retreats are not only body work, you also work on your spiritual development. I felt that all - my body, spirit and my soul were connected. Anne-Lauren is a teacher, who wants you to become better. She sees your potential and supports you on your own way. "

    Radiant Spiral with Anne-Lauren website, edited

  • Review by Victoria from Switzerland

    "Anne-Lauren has so much love in her soul, that is what is different to other teachers. It is less her ego, which is driving to teach, it is her heart and soul to help people to change. It’s hard to explain, you just have to join one of her retreats and you will understand."

    Radiant Spiral with Anne-Lauren website, edited

  • Review by Natalie from California, USA

    "This retreat is a wonderful way to nurture yourself and invest in your well being. It is an opportunity to check in with yourself and reflect with other women through yoga and nature, using physical and emotional energy. Anne-Lauren is so accommodating, such a light of positive, nurturing female guidance. She provides beautiful space that is comforting and easy to be in just as you are. You deserve this experience!"

    Radiant Spiral with Anne-Lauren website, edited

  • Review by Claire from California, USA

    "I was afraid of speaking about my inner emotions and fears in a group setting. However, Anne-Lauren and Radiant Spiral Retreats sets up a very safe, comfortable, and nurturing environment for sharing and healing. Some of my favorite parts where the yoga and surf lessons, community sharing circles, and the healthy food. Radiant Spiral retreats creates the space to get in touch with yourself in a lovely tropical setting, with warm, caring hosts who embrace the feminine power and enliven the soul!"

    Radiant Spiral with Anne-Lauren website, edited

  • Review by Oliver from Belgium

    "A unique and very complete experience with a teacher that lives what she teaches! "

    Radiant Spiral with Anne-Lauren website, edited

  • Review by Maja Sgier from Switzerland

    "Thanks a lot for the really great time in India. I enjoyed your retreat so much! It was so wonderful in our small group with all the beautiful people. I was sad to leave, but I have so much new inspiration."

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  • Review by Jamie Mintz from California, USA

    "Anne Lauren has a way of making you feel welcome from the minute you arrive on her retreats. Her openness, playfulness, and authenticity allow a space for you to open up and go deep within. Her yoga and meditation practices leave the soul refreshed and rejuvenated."

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  • Review by Lanisha from California, USA

    "Leaving for Bliss Yoga Retreat I was feeling very lost. I was not sure if I was going for the right reasons and if I was just being selfish. I left my two year old and husband for the first time. Once I arrived, I knew I was in the right place at the right time. I was greeted with love and acceptance. The first couple days were hard for me, not only was I feeling home sick, but I was having a hard time expressing myself and showing my true self. But over time the love and support that Anne-Lauren, Sayulita, and the other women of the retreat gave was inspiring, inviting, and made it so easy to open up my heart not only to myself but to the group. Being able to open up to a group of mostly strangers made me realize that if I can just be my true self and love myself, it makes it much easier for everyone else to love me to. Being able to learn this away from all my friends and family made it hard, but bringing these tools home and sharing them and my experiences with the ones I love has made my light even brighter and brought true joy to my life! Thank you to all the women of The Bliss Yoga Retreat of 2015 for sharing your love, light, and the experience with me."

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  • Review by Amy Pepinbrink from California, USA

    "The mind and heart and body are powerful and often disconnected. With Anne-Lauren and the bliss of enjoying the RadiantSpiral Retreat, I was introduced to healing and powerful ways to connect with, embrace, and soften into all parts of myself. I was guided through breath, stillness, and poses that aroused and nurtured my life force. My mind released into a stabilizing calm as I felt the comfort and joy of a beautiful place, beautiful people, and a beautiful daily practice! I came face to face with my own loving power, my own peace, and the support and strength of my own body. Thank you Anne-Lauren for your vision, heart, and introduction to the sublime tools of meditation and yoga as we all walk further down the path of bliss and self-love."

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  • Review by Tiffany Karl from Alabama, USA

    "Radiant Spiral Retreat with Anne Lauren and other amazing women was filled with reinvigorating happiness and restoration for my mind and soul. As a novice yogini, I was always comfortable in the welcoming, non-judgmental space that was created for us to enjoy and thrive in. Im ever so grateful for the experience she lovingly built and will cherish it always!"

    Radiant Spiral with Anne-Lauren website, edited

  • Review by Tiffany from Alabama, USA

    "My experience with Anne-Lauren's Radiant Spiral Yoga retreat really recharged and empowered me in so many ways; by being able to spend a week with her in Mexico, getting to surf perfect waves to do awesome-yoga twice a day! What more can you ask for? It was all so relaxing as well as challenging. I love Anne-Laurens's intuitive sense. I always felt she was in-tune with her students making the class challenging for the advanced, but non-threatening to the beginner. The comfort of it being an all woman's retreat provided a space that felt safe. The setting for the retreat really beautiful, with a studio and outdoor kitchen where we would have a home cooked breakfast every morning with fresh healthy foods. The rooms are very clean and comfortable. I am definitely planning on attending the next retreat!"

    Radiant Spiral with Anne-Lauren website, edited

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Radiant Spiral was founded by Anne-Lauren and it offers international yoga retreats that rejuvenate the body, bring peace to your mind, and clarity to learn how to live the life you dream.

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Arrival: Sunday December 18, 2016
Departure: Sunday December 25, 2016

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