8 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Goa, India

  • Devarya Wellness Centre,Vithaldaswada,Morjim, 403512 Goa, India

Enjoy the Sunshine Yoga Retreat Goa

Head to the sunshine for a Vinyasa flow yoga holiday with Faye Riches in Goa, India, the home of yoga. Focus on your yoga practice in the divine shala and explore the Goan beaches, unwind in the large swimming pool, and stroll around the tropical gardens. The Vinyasa flow yoga classes and meditation sessions impart strength and balance to the flow of life. Rejuvenate in a retreat set in the spiritual set up of tranquil India.

Highlights

  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily Vinyasa flow yoga classes
  • Dynamic and soulful series of yogic practice
  • Asana practice noon sessions
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 2 vegetarian meals daily
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Accommodation is arranged in the tranquil Satsanga Retreat. There are nine warmly furnished guest rooms offering private bathrooms with solar hot water, mosquito nets, and ceiling fans. Satsanga Retreat is known for being a home away from home, as it provides a relaxed and intimate community setting. The center features two beautiful yoga shalas with wood flooring, swimming pool, and tropical gardens.

The retreat will start with a Puja, a traditional opening ceremony held to cleanse and bless the space and group. Classes will reflect and honour the sacredness of your surroundings in India.

Faye teaches a soulful, dynamic Vinyasa flow combined with the alignment principles of Anusara yoga. You will practice a smoothly flowing sequence of asana connected by breath. You can expect a well held and strong practice in your morning class. Your afternoon classes will focus on alignment giving you an opportunity to explore asana in detail, as well as restorative work and meditation.

Faye’s classes are a tapestry of strength, grace, empowerment and clarity woven together with eclectic playlists to send powerful messages to the physical, subtle and spiritual layers of the self. She likes to take her group deep into their yoga journey on every level. She encourages journaling and taking some quiet time each day to reflect. Faye also provides a workbook with helpful questions and ideas to consider during your time in India.

Creation

This is a chance for you to connect to and manifest your deepest hopes and desires.

Destruction

This is all about igniting tapas, burning off the impediments that keep you from being in a state of union with the universe.

Preservation

It involves sustaining all that is a perfect whole and complete.

Salvation

It is about understanding that your trust in Divine’s plan is what allows you to be in a state of moksha or nirvana, freedom or liberation.

Illusion

It deals with letting go of the ego so that you may know your true self.

The retreat will be held in a small group of 12 in order to get plenty of attention and care from your teacher. Modifications and progressions are given so that students of all levels will find these yoga classes rewarding, but previous experience of a flow class is recommended to enjoy being challenged by a dynamic style of yoga.

  • Faye Riches

    Faye has been teaching Vinyasa flow yoga and pilates since 2003. Prior to that, she was a personal trainer and fitness class teacher where she cultivated her strengths in anatomy and physiology. Faye feels blessed to have studied with Liz Lark, Judith Hanson Lasater, Shiva Rea and Claire Missingham, and more recently Vancouver and Los Angeles teachers Suzanne Faith, Noah Maze’ Nico Luce and Genieve Burley. Her classes reflect her passion for sequencing, music, and her love and interest of the subtle body. Her ultimate intention is to empower you to stand strong in your truth.

The retreat takes place in the village of Vithaldaswada, overlooking Morjim beach in North Goa, India. The tropical yoga retreat location is set in a large jungle garden just a couple of meters away from the gorgeous sandy beach of Morjim. With beautifully designed rooms that blend the elements of Goan Portuguese heritage with the aesthetics of Rajasthani royalty, the accommodation also features a rooftop yoga shala looking out onto palm trees and a large natural salt water swimming pool.

Nearby places

  • Goa International Airport (GOI) - 1 hour

Two vegetarian meals (brunch and dinner) are served daily. They are made with the freshest ingredients purchased at the local markets. Locally grown and organic foods are used whenever possible. For brunch, you will enjoy a buffet with tropical fruits, muesli, yogurt, oatmeal, and freshly baked bread with butter and jams. Evening meals vary daily and include beautifully prepared traditional Indian and Ayurvedic dishes.

  • Book a dolphin watching tour
  • Chill on the beach
  • Go sightseeing during your mid-week day off
  • Saturday night market and Mapusa market tours
  • Shop at Fab India or Buddha Arts
  • Stroll around Anjuna Flea Market , Artjuna
  • Take a tour of Anjuna, Ashwem, Arambol, and Calangute beaches
  • Take a tour of the spice plantation
  • Try stand-up paddle boarding
  • Try the traveling tailor and Vedic astrologer
  • Villa Blanche Bistro & Boutique Dudhasagar waterfall
  • Village loop walk
  • Visit markets and spice farms
  • Visit Old Goa

You can book Ayurvedic massages, beauty and spa treatments, or visit an Ayurvedic doctor for a full consultation at extra charges. Dr. Laxmi provides Ayurvedic consultation at additional cost as well. To help you relax further, you can book Ayurvedic, Swedish, and sports massage and spa treatments as well.

  • 2 vegetarian meals daily
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Twice daily yoga and meditation classes
  • Airport transfers
  • Massages and spa treatments
  • Transfers to the beach, markets, and local towns

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at Goa International Airport (GOI). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. An additional cost of INR 1,200 will be charged.

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    CONS Cons: The long journeys to each of the camps were challenging but would not deter me from joining this retreat. Overall it was part of the adventure!

    PROS Pros: * Location was beautiful *Loved the range of activities offered during the day- horse riding, hikes, sauna, massage, etc *Yoga classes were a good balance of dynamic in the morning and more restorative in the evening (which was great after a full day of activities) *Food was excellent quality and menu was well-thought out for each days activity *Group dynamics were very good. Everybody was so friendly and willing to help in any way. Very inclusive. *Retreat was well-planned and organised and I felt taken care of the whole time! *Instructor was excellent *Local Mongolian team were also awesome!

    Organizer response: Thanks so much for the wonderful review. It was a pleasure to have you on retreat with us...

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