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8 Days Pilates, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat in Goa, India

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.

Retreat 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

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Hindi, Turkish, English
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Accommodation

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.

Program

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.

Included excursions

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

Instructors

Begum Gulderen
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 (Yoga)
Begum Gulderen is the owner of the first Shivani Life Center, in North Cyprus. She started practicing yoga during her travels, at the very early age of 17 and at 21, she started learning and teaching yoga in Asia. She worked as a teacher at one of the most well-known yoga resorts in Goa, India. Begum is now based in Istanbul, Turkey, and enjoys sharing her teaching with people from all nations. She has arranged and directed yoga retreats in India, Japan, Turkey, and Cyprus along with yoga workshops. She is also a certified Pilates teacher, a Feng Shui specialist, and a Thai massage therapist.

Retreat location

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

Features

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

Food

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 requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Pescatarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

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.

Spa treatments

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

What's included

  • 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

What's not included

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Additional activities
  • Additional spa treatments
  • Visa

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

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

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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