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8 Days Pilates, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat in India

  • Leela Cottages, Morjim - Mandrem Road, Ashwem Beach, Pernem, Goa 403527, India

Overview

Journey to Motherland Yoga Retreat India

What do you say about a week of yoga, meditation, rest, going deep inside of you, listening to your heart, meeting amazing souls, joy, and happiness amidst the awesome nature? Join Begum Gulderen and Bengu Gulderen in a retreat to the birthplace of yoga, India, a magical country full of energy. This retreat will rejuvenate and awaken your inner peace of being, ensuring an unforgettable experience.

Highlights

  • Daily morning Vinyasa yoga sessions
  • Daily afternooon meditation or Pilates sessions
  • A group outing to the night market or local events
  • Evening activities like chanting or watching a documentary
  • A welcome 30-minute foot massage treatment
  • Silent morning walks and group discussions
  • Daily brunch and dinner and unlimited tea
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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During this retreat, you will be staying at Leela Cottages. The rooms are very comfortable with shared twin or double rooms, spread over two low-rise lodges and the main house, each with its own en-suite bathroom facilities, veranda, or balcony with extensive views over the gardens and surrounding area. The rooms are equipped with air conditioners, refrigerators, showers, private bathrooms, and they also come with free toiletries. Extras include a desk and a fan.

At Leela Cottages, you will find a garden and a bar. Other facilities offered include a tour desk, luggage storage, and dry cleaning. Car rentals and currency exchanges can be arranged.

The ancient wisdom is about truly relaxing and sensing the depth of your being as you observe and experience the outer world. When you relax deeply, you will realize your essential nature and your inner peace of being. When you perceive the outer world from this state of peace, you will not be troubled or disturbed. Joyful living then flows from the experience of being at ease and free of mental and physical tension.

That, in essence, is the heart and soul of yoga, to drop all tensions so that the depth of you is revealed. Goa is the place Begum taught and lived for the first time in 2009. It is a recommended piece of heaven.

Apart from the prepared activities, there are a variety of other activities within the local area such as live music, dance, and kite surfing. You will have a morning fluid Vinyasa sequence of yoga asana, pranayama, simple chanting, and quiet sitting with qualified teachers twice daily, in an open-air thatched roof yoga shala. Afternoon activities will vary each day, from Restorative asana, yoga Nidra, gentle pranayama, seated and moving meditations, and Pilates sessions for core and stability.

The practices are suitable for all levels of experience. Begum will assist you in the morning asana classes and Bengu and other guest Indian teacher friends of Shivani Yoga Center will assist you in the afternoons.

This retreat includes one silent morning walk and a group excursion to the night market or other local events.

  • Begum Gulderen

    Begum is the owner of the first yoga studio, Shivani Life Centre, in North Cyprus. She started yoga at a very early age of 17 during her travels and then started traveling, teaching, and learning yoga in Asia at the age of 21. She was working as a teacher at one of the most well known yoga resorts in Goa, India, which has a large yoga community. Begum is now based in Istanbul, Turkey and enjoys sharing her teachings with people from all nations. She is also a certified Pilates teacher, Feng Shui specialist, and Thai massage therapist.

  • Bengu Gulderen

    Bengu is a Yoga Alliance UK certified Pilates and yoga instructor, as well as the owner of Shivani Yoga Center since 2010.

This retreat will take place in Goa, India. Goa is India’s smallest state by area and the fourth smallest by population in the western region of India. Goa is visited by large numbers of international and domestic tourists each year for its beaches, places of worship, and world heritage architecture. It has amazing long beaches with a very safe and welcoming atmosphere.

Nearby places

  • Arambol Beach, 8 kilometers
  • Ashvem Beach - 2 minutes
  • Goa International Airport (GOI), 60 kilometers
  • Mapusa bus station, 15 kilometers
  • Thivim bus station, 25 kilometers
Activities
  • Massage
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Beach nearby
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
Services
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Toiletries
  • Tour assistance

During this retreat, you will be served daily brunch and dinner. The kitchen is on the open area by the beach and produces a mouthwatering array of local Indian and fusion vegetarian dishes, whole wheat breads, daily fresh pastries, and juices from Goa’s own fruit trees. The meals are freshly prepared using organic homegrown fruits and vegetables whenever possible, supplemented by produce from local markets.

Chef Sai Sabnis is young, enthusiastic, and in charge of the restaurant. After training in New York and working at a green restaurant, Sabnis decided to return home and set up a restaurant with the same philosophy. The chef believes in treating products with respect and allowing their true flavors to shine through rather than smother them with window dressing. As a result, some of the dishes seem almost bare but are beautiful.

The fusion menu plays with the Indian love for large thali-style meals. Coconut water served straight from coconuts, dressings and chutneys made in-house, and vegetables and fish (no pork or beef will be served) that are fresh off the boat are some of the highlights that make the space endearing. It also helps that it is located on a stunning beach.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Pescatarian
  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

During your free time, you can take an additional tour to the old city, waterfalls, Hindu temples, or Taj Mahal for additional but affordable prices. You can also participate in other activities such as live music, dance, and kite surfing within the local area.

Included in the total price of the retreat is a 30-minute welcome foot massage session.

  • 1 welcome foot massage
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Chanting or watch a documentary
  • Daily afternoon meditation or Pilates
  • Daily brunch and dinner
  • Expert guidance
  • Group discussions
  • Group outing to the night market or local events
  • Silent morning walk
  • Twice daily yoga session
  • Unlimited tea
  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Additional activities
  • Additional spa treatments
  • Visa

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Goa International Airport (GOI).

  • Review by Patrick from UK
    10 out of 10

    "I had some great yogi time with Begum & Suzie at Cyprus. Swimming in the sea at 6 am, meditation at 6.30 followed by some super Vinyasa flow where Begum challenged each of us to a degree enabling us to reach just that little bit more - I take advantage of her visits whenever possible! "

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  • Review by Ismet from German
    10 out of 10

    "I had unforgettable experience with Begum. Yoga Retreat was located in the Nature, by the beach in Goa, India. I was surrounded by nice friendly group. Thank You Shivani Life Center!"

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  • Review by Sen from UK
    10 out of 10

    "I have travelled to different retreats in many countries. I meet Begum in Cyprus in 2012. I attended her classes regularly. Also a workshop and a retreat in Karpasia in Cyprus. Hand on heart she is the best teacher in my experiences. She gave me the confidence to do a headstand that I will always remember her for! She has a passion to teach. I recommend her immensely."

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  • Review by Zuhal Sevil from Cyprus
    10 out of 10

    "Doing yoga in one of the most amazing and highly spiritual places of the world was a lifetime experience. Something to experience in one's life. I highly recommend it to all yoga lovers."

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  • Review by Albertina Albert from Hungary
    10 out of 10

    "Ashtanga retreat in Kyoto was true and authentic.The temple was a unique location, well thought, a very very simple and purist surrounding but in the same way just beautiful. I appreciate the nearness of Govinda who is for me one of the most authentic Ashtanga yoga teacher. I just loved to be there with him and listen to his talks and his chants. Thank you."

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  • Review by Esra Ayalp from Cyprus
    10 out of 10

    "Attended to both Japan and India Yoga Retreat of Shivani Life Center. Both were fantastic experiences! I loved it so much. Govinda and Begum are both amazing people. Govinda's teachings affected me so much in a good way. I feel like I really needed something like that. Begum was always there at the retreat center if we needed anything. She was lovely. I highly recommend both retreat in this authentic, breathtaking places. Namaste!"

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  • Review by Jelena from Serbia
    10 out of 10

    "It was amazing. I enjoyed every part of it, thank you Shivani Yoga Center!"

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Nicosia, Cyprus

Shivani Yoga Center, together with Begum Gulderen, organizes yoga retreats, teacher trainings, and holidays around Asia since 2011.

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8 days / 7 nights

Availability

Arrival: Friday February 3, 2017
Departure: Friday February 10, 2017

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