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Join a very exclusive Christmas and New Year retreat for a total transformation of your body, soul, and mind. Blending the best of yoga, Ayurveda, spiritual and peaceful living, and healthy eating, this retreat is the best gift you can offer to yourself during the coming Christmas and New Year. Make a genuine effort to keep your New Years resolution of living a life full of health, peace, happiness and joy, and start your transformational journey in beautiful Goa!
SWAN Yoga Retreat in Goa offers some basic and standard eco-friendly cottage accommodations. They have three different types of accommodation with options of twin beds only in the budget and regular cottages and the option of large beds (as well as twin beds) in the deluxe category.
Budget only in price, not in luxury, this long cottage is divided up into separate row rooms. Each room has individual outdoor entrances and adjoined private bathrooms; it is the perfect accommodation for one to two budget travelers. Every room is named after the four brothers of Raymana - an Indian mythological scripture - and features two twin beds with mosquito netting, a ceiling fan, and a large curtained window to filter in natural light and the cool mountain breeze. You can also enjoy the rush of cool air with the company of your neighboring guests from the communal covered patio, equipped with outdoor seating by every room entrance.
Accommodating two to four guests, these spacious private east facing cottages provide a beautiful view of the sunrise over the jungle trees. Named after the seven chakras, each cottage features two double beds with mosquito netting, ceiling fans above each bed, a private adjoined bathroom, two curtained windows for maximum air circulation, and a covered private patio with a lounge area. Built close enough to each other to talk to your neighbor, yet far enough away to maintain your privacy, its easy to taller you level of engagement with other guests to your liking.
Sitting at the top of the hill, the deluxe cottages give you the best view and privacy. Perfect for couples or someone looking to treat themselves, each cottage features a king bed with mosquito net, large adjoined private bathroom, two ceiling fans, curtained windows, and private covered patio with lounge seating from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the jungle, the best sunrise, and feel the full force of the cooling mountain breeze. Being on the sixth tier of the property, its placement is metaphorically aligned with the sixth and highest level of enlightenment; so you could say waking up there is like waking up in heaven.
SWAN is the fruition of the teaching of Paramhamsa Swami Niranjananda Saraswati. The mandate given by him was to create a place where people from all different spiritual traditions can come and get acquainted with the teachings of Paramhamsa Swami Satyananda Saraswati, and also share their experiences with one and all. This place is a retreat center, but it is run on the principals of an ashram as transmitted by guru Swami Niranjan.
Please note that the schedule (including meal timing) is subject to change. The retreat starts on December 24 early in the morning and ends after brunch on January 1.
The retreat includes a beach tour on Friday, December 30.
SWAN Yoga Retreat is located in an orchid land with cashew, banana, papaya, coconut, mango, teak, and various other wild varieties of trees surrounding it. The yoga center is in the village of Assagao, one of the quiet and picturesque villages of North Goa, on a hill slope. The surroundings are forest lands, which attract a lot of bird life. The only noise you hear is the sound of the birds. This is a big orchid where you will live in harmony with the surrounding nature. It is away from the normal "tourist" places and beaches of Goa, yet not so far away.
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The retreat includes daily vegetarian buffet-style brunches and dinners, as well as teas and a special New Years Eve lavish dinner. At SWAN, food is regarded as medicine. Using only fresh seasonal herbs and vegetables from regional farmers or from their own garden, the daily menus of wonderfully nourishing vegetarian food support the healing of the body and enhance the purification process during your stay.
In addition to serving a healthy, soulful, good tasting vegetarian diet, SWAN also provides unlimited filtered mineral water sourced from their private well, naturally chilled and served from traditional ceramic water basins. Unlimited detoxifying herbal tea, made to support the digestive process, is available throughout the day.
The chef, Mukesh, is an informally trained culinary magician who has the rare ability to express his inner love for taste, aroma, and spices into outstanding creations. He thereby not only cooks various traditional Indian dishes, but he also prepares, with distinctive taste, a combination of International and Indian cuisine.
For Mukesh, it is not only about eating, but rather about being devoted to experimentation and cooking differently every day. Committed to the idea of turning every day meal into inspirational food, food is prepared with great thought and care, ensuring that guests always have a memorable culinary experience. The meals are served buffet-style, and everyone is encouraged to eat until their bellies and hearts are full.
SWAN Yoga has planned and compiled your activities during your yoga holiday not to make you feel exhausted when you arrive at home, but to feel totally rejuvenated. However, if you would like to receive information about other activities you can do during the free time, please let SWAN Yoga Retreat in Goa know.
The retreat includes an Ayurveda consultation and a choice of three Ayurveda treatments: Abhayanga (Ayurveda massage), Shirodhara (Ayurvedic oil treatment), and Swedana (herbal steam treatment).
You will be flying into Goa International Airport (GOI), also known as Dabolim Airport.
You could fly a scheduled airline to any gateway city such as Mumbai, New Delhi, or Bangalore and change to a domestic airline for the journey to Goa International Airport (GOI), which is a 1-hour flight from Mumbai and 2.5 hours from New Delhi and Bangalore. Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines fly from Heathrow and have excellent connections to Goa in India.
If you are already in Goa and making your own way to SWAN Yoga Retreat in Goa by taxi, you will need to tell the driver that they are on the small road down from Mapusa at the DMC College, towards Badem. The venue is on the first right road immediately after the bus shelter. After you have turned right, follow the sign "SWAN Yoga" and the venues if located at the end of the road, behind the Ganga Tiles factory.
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