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Meditation and Yoga Retreat India

Join this wonderful yoga retreat to deepen your practice and explore both, the physical and philosophical aspects of yoga. You will experience ancient tantric yoga techniques and meditation practices along with discovering many diverse landscapes of Kerala like its charming jungle or beautiful mountains and tea fields, surrounding Munnar. This program is ideally suited for beginners and students with moderate practice experience.

Retreat highlights

  • 5 Ayurvedic massages
  • 1 day trip to the Golden Island
  • 2 daily yoga or meditation classes
  • Free vegetarian lunch while stay
  • Tantric pranayama practices
  • 9 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles

15 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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During this retreat, you will stay in a very comfortable twinbed room, private bathroom and balcony, kitchen facility surrounded by a beautiful garden with a large terrace. Ganesha Palace Hotel, ideal location and only 2 minutes from the beach, restaurants and shops. Special requests like air conditioning can be accommodated on request for a small extra charge.

Shiva Rishi Yoga India Yoga Retreat Program

The first week of this 10-day yoga vacation starts at the rooftop studio in Varkala beach where you will have two daily yoga classes, one in the morning and one in the afternoon (either asanas, pranayama, philosophy, or meditation). On day three you will make a spiritual day trip to the Golden Island on a small boat though the backwaters to visit an old Shiva temple and enjoy chanting and meditating on the riverside. As an extension to your yogic studies, you will also relax with five ayurvedic massages, functioning as acupuncture for the nadis and nerves and balance your blood circulation and immune system.

After one week, you will proceed for a three-day trip through the many diverse landscapes of Kerala to the giant tea plantations, surrounding Munnar. This retreat further invites you to experience a yogic lifestyle by joining to the yogic community doing tantric pujas (fire ceremony), and ayurvedic cooking classes. Further this reterat can be extended for another five days round trip from Munnar to Kochi and an overnight houseboat trip to Amma Ashram. More information you can find in "extension options" at the bottom of this page.

Included excursions

One excursion to Munnar and one excursion to the Golden Island by boat are included in this retreat.


Siva's life is totally dedicated to yoga. He has been practicing yoga for more than 10 years and is sharing his knowledge and techniques in Varkala. As a Swami Satyananda disciple, his fascination for the teachings of Patanjali and his love for yoga practice have changed his life completely. He discovered yoga as a way of living, which is the perfect communion between mind, body, and soul. By placing practice within the context of Indian culture and philosophy, Siva's classes are an ever deepening experience of the true tradition of yoga.

Retreat location

This retreat will be held at Ganesha Palace hotel in Varkala, India. Varkala beach is situated in the south-west India on the Arabian Sea. With its backpacker vibe and various possibilities for Ayurveda yoga and adventure, it attracts numerous travelers of all kind. Varkala is a great place to relax or take long sunset walks on the cliffs through various fishermen villages.


During this retreat, you will be served one daily traditional Keralan lunch.

Things to do (optional)

During your free tine, you may enjoy local activities like bike rental, visit the near beaches and also the rooftop studio and the hotel in Varkala is located to walking distance from the beach, numerous shops, and restaurants.

Spa treatments

Five qualitative ayurvedic massages function, which function as acupuncture for the nerves and balance blood circulation and immune system are included in this retreat. You may chose among Ayurvedic, Marmic, or Kalaripayattu style.

What's included

  • 1 daily Keralan lunch
  • 1 daily meditation session
  • 1 day trip to the Golden Island
  • 1 spiritual vacation into the jungle and mountains of Munnar
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 5 Ayurvedic massages
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Airport transport from Trivandrum International Airport (TRV)
  • Transport provided while traveling through Kerala in an air-conditioned vehicle, taxi, or tempo mini van

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Daily breakfast and dinner

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Trivandrum International Airport (TRV). The organizer will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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