Rasa Retreat is a bespoke all-inclusive active homestay that invites you to nourish your soul.
Yoga Retreats (4)
Pawan and his amazing team of Sajid-Shekhar-Shankar-Iqbal-Arjun-Miss Coco started Rasa Retreat in Goa in 2014. Raised in the US, Pawan moved to Mumbai in 2008 to start a healthcare company. In 2014 he moved to Goa for his sabbatical, where he decided to create Rasa Retreat as an all inclusive, experiential yoga homestay for guests seeking an active holiday with balanced food, sports, Yoga, excursions, culture, massage, and more. Team Rasa's mission is to curate a highly personalized retreat for guests as they unwind to Yoga-beach-culture. The Rasa family invites you to "nourish your soul."
Originally from Srinagar, Kashmir, Tahir is has a Master's Degree in Philosophy and is presently pursuing his Phd. As Secretary of the All India Yoga Foundation's North chapter, Tahir teaches Yoga to students at Harvard Kashmir School in Srinagar as well as private lessons to individuals via the J&K Sports Foundation. His students have included the former J&K Governor, Chief Minister Mufti, and others. Tahir leads our Yoga in Kashmir as well as Goa. From Hatha, Vinyasa, Yoga Nidra, Ashtanga, to Kashmiri Shivaism styles of Yoga, he is an expert and is extremely thorough in his teaching style
from Guatemala, June 2018
"Total Kashmir experience!"
The owner of Rasa Retreats, Pawan, takes care of every little detail! I didn’t go just for the yoga. The hiking and cultural experiences were the best. We met a lot of wonderful people thanks to Pawan. We stayed in a houseboat one night, which I would suggest. One night we were surprised with a local band and dancer! Awesome! I learned a lot about Kashmir!
from Spain, July 2018
"Best I did in my life"
Ive travelled a lot, and I have never, ever saw something like this.Love is around you all the time and in each step you take.. when the moment arrives, you don’t want to leave Rasa. Pawan is one of the best people i’ve ever met in my life, and has an incredible team, in an incredible place, and there’s no words for describing this level of wellness. Incredible. I’ve learned a lot of things with them, and Kashmir is a paradise. I absolutely love each one of them, and only hope being able to do it again, the sooner I can. A life experience
from Norway, March 2019
"An unforgettable yoga retreat in Goa"
Warm welcome by host Pawan and his crew. Homey family style concept with top service all through. Delicious homemade food, interesting excursions, cooking classes, and the yoga class was outstanding, on the beach twice a day. Pawan had hands on constantly to make sure we all felt comfortable and had a good time. Stayed mid February. With all the positive stories and vibes about his retreat in Kashmir, it’s a must to go there for the summer season.
from Japan, March 2019
"Amazing experience at Rasa! Far beyond expectations!"
Every aspect of our stay was well-planned, extremely detail-oriented, very comfortable, and catered to our personal preferences and requests. The yoga was relaxing and in the perfect settings. The food was sublime! Thank you so much, Pawan and the Rasa Team! I hope to visit again!
from United States, March 2019
"5 stars, really???!!! Yes! "
Working in customer experience, I do not belive in giving 5 out of 5, there should always be room for improvement. Such a great experience that Rasa will be my example for a perfect 5.
When I booked, I was thinking that this guy Pawan must have had 100ish of his friends visit and give him reviews, there is no way everyone just thinks it is this good.
Anyways, I book and go.... get there, meet Pawan and the team. It was such an amazing experience and they took such great care of me and customised the trip exactly as I wanted. You can not leave there and not consider Pawan a friend, he treats you like one from the time he opens the door to his house.
A true 5 stars for the overall experience, attention to detail (I will not spoil all the fun) and for exceeding my expectations.
Thank you so much Pawen for having me in your home and look forward to see you again.
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from Norway, February 2019
The welcoming and friendly team. Very good first introduction to yoga.
from United Kingdom, January 2019
"A truly homely retreat experience"
Pawan and his team made this stay truly memorable.
The accomodation is comfortable, spacious and clean - but what made this outstanding was the many little touches and details and the warmth of the staff.
Nothing is too much trouble.
The food is exceptional - Pawan ensures all dietary requirements are catered for and I loved the cookery classes!
I took the trip to the night market and to Dhudsagar waterfall on top of the included trip to the spice market - which I would recommend as you get to see a little more of the country - and which made me realise how much I prefer south Goa - which is so much quieter than North Goa!
Yoga on the beach is wonderful - and I enjoyed daily walks on the beach which was almost deserted. Had a couple of massages too....bliss!
This felt like a really authentic Indian experience.
from Qatar, December 2018
"Amazing four day experience"
This is my third, and by far my favourite yoga retreat so far! The attention to detail and the staff (Rasa family) could not be faulted. Pawan and his team were welcome and open and extremely flexible and service minded. it felt like home from home with tailor made packages and a service level that would compete with a five star resort. I would highly recommend this retreat to anyone visiting South Goa. The rooms were spacious and very clean with good bathrooms and air conditioning. I was taken around by one of the team wherever I desired to go in a large comfortable vehicle. The yoga on the beach at both sunrise and sunset was fun and enjoyable, again with a flexibly minded yoga teacher who was happy to accommodate all wishes and provide support and modifications for all levels. A great few days away in the sunshine, highly recommended.
from United States, September 2018
Everything about my experience was amazing! From the careful, precise and knowledgeable instruction of Tahir, to the accommodations, planning, beautiful excursions and the attention to detail of Pawan and the entire team at Rasa retreat.
from United States, July 2018
"Unimaginable experience "
The teacher, Tahir, was incredibly knowledgeable, funny and wonderful. My yoga practice improved more in the past 10 days than it has in the past 10 years. He pushed me physically in just the right way and often massaged me when I needed it. We frequently did yoga in a beautiful location in nature. The team who accompanied us made sure that every last detail was attended to.
from Italy, June 2018
"best experience ever"
I am just back after 1 week staying at Rasa. Amazing team, amazing food. I felt like home.
Very well planned all the stay at Rasa, i have had the opportunity to really undertsand and live Kashmir culture.
Srinagar offers a lot of place to visit, a mix of different religions, and mixture of culture. The city is beatiful, with mountains, lake and river.
I have also had the opportunity to know local people, that is one of the things i miss more, together with Rasa team.
I really suggest Rasa. Best experience ever
from United Kingdom, February 2018
- Amazing service
- Amazing food!
- Great balance of sight seeing, yoga, relaxing etc.
- Very organised trip
from United States, February 2018
amazing service and yoga
from Hong Kong, February 2018
"A Lovely Relaxing Stay"
Nice and peaceful
Great food & hospitality
Fab yoga at sunrise & sunset
Included tour to Spice Farm & hike to Temple
from United Kingdom, January 2018
"An exquisite, meaningul and unforgettaqble retreat."
As a Jewish rabbi seeking to deepen my understanding of the practice of meditation, and incorporating principles of yoga into my personal regimen, I chose this retreat somewhat blindly. And it could not have been more meaningful or impact-making. The hospitality was warm and gracious. The instruction was serious, gentle and patient. The extra outings gave us a real taste of the local flavor and culture. And the entire experience was one of spiritual incubation. I have nothing but the highest regard for Pawan, for Rasa Retreat, and for all the staff and faculty involved.
from Sweden, January 2018
"Best retreat "
Everything from the airport-pick-up to yoga , hiking and food was just perfect!
from United States, January 2018
"Great place for the soul and body "
Exceptional attention to details and guests’ needs. Delicious meals and friendly staff.
from India, January 2018
"SImply the Best"
I knew immediately that Rasa Retreat would be one of the top travel experiences I've had and the kind of place I won't shut up to my friends about to encourage them to go. I was so right. I went as a solo female traveler, and from the first day I felt a part of the family. The other guests at the house and I formed an amazing instant bond.
Everything was simply excellent: the yoga, excursions, FOOD, cooking classes, accommodation, massage, shopping experience and of course the retreat dog, Coco. I'm overwhelmed with gratitude for my Rasa experience and can only hope to return one day to Goa or Kashmir.
from Israel, December 2017
"The most perfect retreat."
Pawan and the Rasa family created the most wonderful, warm and caring experience for my wife and myself. After 1 week, it was very difficult to say good bye to this serene and extraordinarily welcoming home. Everything was customized to our preferences and exceeded all expectations. From the food, to the yoga, excursions, cooking classes, to celebrating my birthday. We also made great friendships with the other guests. And the accommodation was absolutely 1st class. We hope to return either to Goa or to Pawan's Kashmir summer retreat.
from Cyprus, November 2017
"Fully yogic experience "
That owners were so friendly and caring
Sherrie Daigle Alaska
Experience of a life time barely begins to describe a visit to Rasa Retreat. I traveled to Rasa as a single female traveling from the US. From the minute Pawan picked me up at the airport I knew I was in safe hands. Pawan and his incredible team made me feel welcome from the moment I walked into the retreat, helping me get settled, offering a warm breakfast, explaining the days activities. The hospitality and welcome didn't end on the first day. The attention to detail, incredible customer service, and safety assurances all continued until the day I left and was safely at the airport on my way back to the US. Not only is yoga offered at the retreat, Pawan and his team offered several extra excersions for a minimal price during the week, and I tried them all. I visited a Spice Farm where Pawan had arranged a private tour. I took a river boat trip and saw a lot of wildlife, especially birds. I visited deep south Goa and it's beautiful beaches. A highlight for me was a visit to the Cabo De Rama Fort & beach picnic. The walk around the old fort was informative and full of history as well as simply beautiful. The picnic at the beach was second to none. The area is prisitine and secluded. The food prepared at Rasa is nutritional, delicious, and catered to your taste and requests. It is served in the most beautful ways you almost don't want to eat it because you will disturb the presentation. I left India with a deep appreciation for the people, the country, and the culture. I would recommend this trip to anyone! This trip truely was an experience of a lifetime and that experience is because of Pawan and his incredible Rasa team. Thank you all so very much for nourishing my soul.
Ana United Kingdom
You want to have a trip to remember, go to Rasa! This is how a 5 star experience should be. Working in customer experience, I do not believe in giving 5 out of 5, there should always be room for improvement. Such a great experience that Rasa will be my example for a perfect 5. When I booked, I was thinking that this guy Pawan must have had 100ish of his friends visit and give him reviews, there is no way everyone just thinks it is this good.
Anyways, I book and go.... get there, meet Pawan and the team. It was such an amazing experience and they took such great care of me and customised the trip exactly as I wanted. You can not leave there and not consider Pawan a friend, he treats you like one from the time he opens the door to his house. Will try to be short, as there is so much to say. For everyone: fully recommend it for single travellers, first timers, anyone that is looking for an open minded community. Food: always fresh and delicious. Yoga: discover parts of your body and mind you never knew existed. Discover Indian culture and Goa: Pawan Is the best guide as years ago he discovered the area as a tourist. Beach: amazing sand and very clean, great for a run, went with a kayak for the first time. Room: enough space for a family, big bathroom and lovely terrace, but most important - obsessively clean. Massage: just another plus to the blissful experience. A true 5 stars, not only for the above, but for the overall experience, attention to detail (I will not spoil all the fun) and for exceeding my expectations. Thank you so much Pawan for having me in your home and look forward to see you again.
Homey yoga retreat in south Goa. Stayed one week in this lovely home stay with daily yoga sessions on the beach. Besides the yoga, there was a full programmer of other activities to participate in, like cooking classes and excursions to various neighborhood sights. But the best part, except for the yoga class, was the homey atmosphere of the house orchestrated by the host Pawan and his excellent staff. They all contributed to keep up the best service ever, delivered delicious home cooked foods, pre dinner cocktails and snacks and stayed alert at any time to serve the guests. A real treat at this retreat. Highly recommended.
Josh & Maggie United States
Our stay at Rasa was fantastic from start to finish. We've never felt so welcomed and taken care of. We had an amazing time that included yoga lessons on a beautiful beach, cooking classes, hikes, and great conversations. If you are looking for a place to relax, recharge, and feel at peace with the world, Rasa should be at the top of your list.
My stay with Rasa was brilliant from start to finish. Really enjoyed the yoga on the beach and at the temple, cooking (lots of tips and tricks!) and tours. Thank you Pewan and all the team so very much.