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8 Days Chakra and Yoga Retreat in India

  • Ashiyana Retreat Center, Mandrem Beach, North Goa, India

Goa Yoga Retreat India

Set amidst abundant tropical flora and fauna, this retreat has been designed as a deeply nurturing space where you can explore and learn about the chakra system with the guidance of two experienced teachers. Yoga with Alicia intends to support people in their life to create healthy and supportive patterns and ways of being that are aligned with the heart and Mother Earth, respecting and honoring oneself and the planet.


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Cultural evening activities
  • Chanting and meditation sessions
  • Information and tools to keep working on yourself
  • Delicious brunch and dinner buffet
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Explore South India
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Accommodation ranges from simple en-suite beach huts, to stylish wooden eco-lodges and luxury adobe-style dwellings that are built in a beautiful palm grove and face towards the sea (which can be viewed from some of the upper-floor balconies).

The palm grove dwellings are built of local wood, giving an Asian feel with finishing touches borrowed from classical Indian design, with plenty of natural fabrics and antique Rajasthani furniture. The beach huts are simple yet chic.

All the rooms are spacious and comfortable with large windows and wonderful views. The en-suite bathrooms have been built to allow a little of the outside in, with large open window spaces and blinds. Each room has ample cupboard space and its own balcony with a charpoy daybed.

This opportunity in studying the chakras is to learn how to master each one's essence and unite them all into a unified field of luminescence. The material body could not exist without the chakras for they serve as gateways for the flow of energy and life into the physical body. The openness and flow of energy through the chakras determines our state of health and balance.

Knowledge of the more subtle energy system empowers you to maintain balance and harmony on the physical, mental, and spiritual level. All yoga systems seek to balance out the energy of the chakras by purifying the lower energies and guiding them upwards. Through the use of yoga and living consciously, with an awareness of how you acquire and spend your energy, you will become capable of balancing your life force with your mental, physical, and spiritual selves.


“Chakra” is a Sanskrit word literally meaning "wheel." These centers were named as such because of the circular shape to the spinning energy centers which exist in the subtle etheric body, the non-material energetic counterpart to the physical body. There are seven main chakras and they are located along the spine, extending out the front and back of the body.

Each chakra has a number of specific qualities that correspond to the refinement of energy from the base-level material self-identity, located at the first chakras, up to the higher vibration spirit-level awareness of being at the crown. These energetic centers represent the highest level of integration split, prism like, into a spectrum of colors.

Each chakra is associated with a certain part of the body and a certain organ which it provides with the energy it needs to function. Additionally, just as every organ in the human body has its equivalent on the mental and spiritual level, so too every chakra corresponds to a specific aspect of human behavior and development.

Each center has an integral function in creating our energetic balance. It is through the study of the energetic and physical being that you can create health, emotional stability, and spiritual bliss.


The yoga and activities offers you an access to deeper connection with the different dimensions of your being. Creating a safe place for you to relax, renew, and restore your energy. This deep work will support you to get in contact with your body and listen to it. Moving forward in your life, bringing into light the things are not aligned with your heart, allowing you to start creating new, supportive, and healthy habits.

You will leave the retreat with new tools to use in your daily life and a deeper knowledge of the seven main chakras, allowing you to step into your power and taking responsibility for what you manifest in your life.

Daily schedule

  • 07:00 Pranayama practice (breathing exercises)
  • 08:00 Asana practice (Vinyasa yoga). A dynamic yoga linking the movement with the breath. Every day you will focus in a different chakra in this yoga practice.
  • 10:00 Brunch buffet
  • Holistic therapy with Didier
  • 16:00 Afternoon session, focus in the theory of the chakras, with different activities related to the chakras, finishing with sharing from the heart circle.
  • 19:00 Dinner buffet
  • 20:15 Optional evening activity: documentary about chakras, Restorative yoga, chanting, meditation, etc.

Please be aware that this timetable is a guide and can be changed on the go, depending on the retreat needs.

  • Alicia Ruiz

    British Wheel of Yoga (Hatha Yoga)

    Alicia has been teaching since 2010. Her fascination with yoga and living in connection with the heart and nature is growing day by day. She has a very deep connection to shamanism and she works on a regular basis with Ali Calderwood and Daniela Broder known by Anima, supporting their amazing energy. She also works with Yogateam providing private yoga classes in London. Alicia is a fun and calm teacher. She has an advance 500-hour yoga teacher training and she is fully insured with British Wheel of Yoga to teach Hatha, Vinyasa yoga, Ashtanga, Gentle yoga, and yoga for children.

  • Didier Fernandes

    Didier Fernandes was born in France. At the age of 15 years old, he moved to Northern Portugal where he experienced a wider contact with nature and a simpler form of living. He left his hometown in Portugal to work as a nurse. While working with cancer patients he understood the importance of helping people to connect with themselves and to find their own voices in the world. Didier became interested in a more holistic approach to health. He studied many different techniques. This brought him to travel to different sacred places in the world.

The Ashiyana location offers a balance between the serenity of a coconut palm grove, bordered by the enchanting Mandrem River, and a beautiful quiet beach with the invigorating sound of the waves breaking against the shore just beyond the dunes.

Mandrem, a remote and sleepy fishing village in the north of Goa, has a number of restaurants, an internet cafe, a travel agent, a small organic shop, general grocery store, and places to rent motorbikes or hire taxis. Thirty minutes away by road is the large market town of Mapusa, which has good coach connections to other Indian towns and cities.

A pleasant 40-minute stroll (10 minutes by taxi) north along the beach is the lively and colorful village of Arambol. One of the main attractions to this distinctly 'hippy' hangout is the fresh-water lake separated from the sea by broad golden sands and it also has a post office, a small market, restaurants, and beach-front bars, some featuring live music. A southward stroll takes you along a quiet stretch of beach dotted with beach shacks and restaurants.

Nearby places

  • Arambol - 10 minutes by taxi or 40 minutes' walk
  • Goa International Airport (GOI) - 90 minutes
  • Mapusa - 30 minutes
  • Spa
  • Steam room
  • Swimming pool
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Luggage room
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • ATM/banking nearby
  • Currency exchange nearby
  • Free! WiFi
  • Laundry nearby
  • Shop nearby

Daily brunch and dinner is included in the price. Ashiyana’s organic restaurant offers buffet meals with an excellent fusion of freshly-prepared Indian and western vegetarian cuisine. Breakfast-brunch includes home-made muesli or porridge with curd (yoghurt), coconut or milk, fresh fruit salad, plus a daily menu selected from the following - toast, butter, jam, scrambled eggs, dhal, rice, and other daily specials.

Fresh juice and teas are available. Fresh fish dishes are served once or twice a week. All water is filtered, including that used for cooking.

There is plenty of time for sightseeing, swimming in the sea or pool, relaxation, or massage. Wednesday afternoon is free to explore the exciting Anjuna Market if you wish or simply to relax, having an India masala chai in the beach or in the natural pool.

Extra holistic therapy can be booked on the retreat for an additional discounted price. This therapy would focus on yourself, using different body work and emotional release techniques.

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All day filtered water, hot lemon ginger, and India masala chai
  • Cultural evening activities
  • Daily brunch and dinner
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Extra activities (meditation, sound bath, chanting, and yoga Nidra)
  • Open and closing ceremony
  • Personal guidance and feedback
  • Plenty of information and tools to keep working on yourself
  • Airport transfers
  • Any extra activities
  • International or domestic flights

Arrival by airplane

International charter flights and national flights arrive at Goa Internal Airport in Goa (GOI). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. Pre-paid government taxis are available as you exit the airport terminal, or Yoga with Alicia can organize a local Mandrem taxi to collect you for approximately 1200 INR or 15 GBP. Overseas charter companies offer direct flights to Goa International Airport (GOI) in Goa. Fly from Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kochin, and Chennai. For domestic flights, Yoga with Alicia recommends Deccan Air, Jet Airways, and Spice Jet.

Arrival by bus

The closest large town to Mandrem is Mapusa which has coach or bus connections to Mumbai, Bangalore, Mangalore, Mysore, Pune, and other tourist destinations. Mapusa is 25 minutes by taxi from Ashiyana.

Arrival by train

Goa has two main railway stations, Margao and Vasco da Gama. There are major connections to Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Rajkot, Thiruvananthapuram, and other nationwide destinations. The closest stations to Ashiyana are Pernem, Thivim, and Margao.


  • Review by Fernanda Kalb from Mexico

    "The chakras retreat with Alicia and Didier has been one of the best experiences of my life. They can not be better prepared and they take such good care of the group. For me it was a magnificent emotional, physical, and spiritual journey. Their teachings will accompany me for the rest of this life and the ones to come. Many many thanks!"

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  • Review by Kanishtha Dhankhar from Mumbai

    "Alicia doing yoga with you has changed how I do yoga and my practice and understanding of not just the asana practice but also how to truly be a yogi in my daily life. Your kind soul and loving energy along with the wisdom you hold and always so keenly share have been absolutely healing in a time where I needed it the most and I am so grateful to you for that. Not just as a teacher but your friendship has meant the world to me and I will always look forward to seeing you again and doing the most beautiful yoga with you again."

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  • Review by Angelika from Germany

    "Totally by coincident I came across the Yoga & Holistic Retreat by Alicia and Didier. And I am so glad and thankful that I did, both are amazing and very special people."

    "The retreat made a big impact on myself – I finally started to understand the meaning of yoga and experiencing Alicia and Didier guiding us through and supporting us in such a warm, respectful and profound way, truly means to me entering a new path. I am really grateful that I had the chance to be a part of this. Thank you both, Alicia and Didier."

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  • Review by Ed from United Kingdom

    "This was a wonderful retreat. The Ashiyana centre in Goa is a beautiful place, filled with tranquility and warmth, and Alicia and Didier are warm, loving people with a deep commitment to their practice. Expect to be challenged, pushed and enlightened by your time with them."

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  • Review by Karin from Germany

    "Dear Alicia, dear Didier, Thank you thousand times for the great "Chakra" journey in October in Goa. When I left the place and had to travel home, my body, my soul and my mind were smiling into the world altogether. I thank you for the dedication and love and energy to care so greatly for all of us in the group. I have been overwhelmed by all the teachings, the help, the openness and even a lot of humour that you offered to us in order to have a good time in Goa and - even more important - to improve our lifes in general. I will be back to one of your next retreats. Love."

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  • Review by Birgit from Germany

    "Thank you both again for this week with all of your engagement, sharing, love and warmth. Something in me really changed and I will keep it forever on my path. Thank you so much!Namaste, and big hugs."

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  • Review by Anne-Lauren

    "Just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your effort and support during that week. It surpassed all my expectations and it has definitely had a positive impact on my overall state of mind. I am at ease and feel significantly less anxious. The fact I am sleeping better is proof that the retreat really benefitted me... I have even managed to get a few pranayama sessions in. It is such a simple yet effective session for me. Helps me to clear my mind and regain focus."

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  • Review by Pritesh

    "You guys were awesome during the retreat. You worked in tandem so well. The energy and the vibe you created during the week was the perfect setting for reaching harmony. Beyond the physical I felt each session you ran helped my mind to unwind and focus on the positives / disregard the negatives. Keep it going!!!"

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  • Review by Domini Stone from United Kingdom

    "I feel very blessed to have been part of this special "Exploring the Chakras" retreat. Alicia and Didier shared their knowledge and insights in a beautiful, warm, open, and encouraging way and guided us on a journey through the chakra system. There was the perfect balance of yoga, meditation, theory around the chakras, and I really felt supported throughout the journey of self-discovery. I have returned home feeling empowered to make some positive changes in my life. I recommend the retreat to anyone seeking to learn more about themselves and looking for inspiration to bring about a positive shift in their lives. Im thankful to Alicia and Didier for guiding us through this beautiful experience."

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  • Review by Juliette Rayne from United Kingdom

    "I highly recommend Didier and Alicia's retreats to anyone with an interest in yoga, self development, and healthy living. They have the amazing ability to understand the issues that any student may be experiencing and the wisdom to help them shift their perspective and energy in a more positive direction, if or when required. If you just want to practice yoga and relax, without any soul searching that's fine too. The trip to the river with picnic was magical, as was the trip to Ronda. One thoughtful and delightful example of Alicia and Didier's style were the crystals provided to each student, with healing properties detailed. Another thing is a selection of fantastic books made available to anyone that would like to read them and a warm, loving, and supportive team of two people who can't help to be drawn to."

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  • Review by Steve Quirke from United Kingdom

    "Thank you for a truly wonderful yoga retreat. It was a pleasure to spend summer solstice with you. It was a very special time to come together, practice yoga, eat, and drink healthily and connect back with nature. The environment around us was breathtaking and it was a joy to watch the sun rise and set every day and give offerings. Alicia and Didier were just as special offering four hours of yoga a day, one-to-one sessions, holistic therapy, massage, meditation, and those very eye-opening documentaries about the world around us. I for one have felt the benefits having returned home to London. I feel lifted, energized, calm, and more at peace with myself. Ive also started my morning yoga practice and have renewed intentions to change those patterns that are not supporting me. So thank you once again."

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  • Review by Sara Fantoni from Italy

    "Alicia is a very spiritual and inspiring yoga teacher, who was able on each day of the retreat to assess the mood of the group and tailor her classes accordingly. She also pushed each one of us individually in the right amount helping us to challenge ourselves without excessively straining our bodies and minds. She also has a very soothing voice! Didier combines great massages with holistic practices that make his treatments both physically and mentally relaxing. He is attentive, a great listener, and a spiritually inspiring person."

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  • Review by Gary Thornhill from United Kingdom

    "Thanks for a wonderful retreat it was a beautiful experience and I cherished every moment. It really helped me relax, heal, and get further onsite into myself! Alicias yoga classes were fantastic and Didier had really sorted out my back with the incredible work he did. I am now trying to do yoga every morning to keep me in good shape. Their chill out relax vibe was the best ever and I loved the sound bath. It was a really a wonderful retreat thanks for all the hard work. I really look forward to seeing both of them again."

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  • Review by Rob Firth from United Kingdom

    "It has surpassed all my expectations! Alicia and Didier make a great team. They made me feel very comfortable but also managed to find that balance to push and challenge me, and encourage me to question myself. It was very interesting to learn about the philosophy behind yoga. You definitely don't get this depth of knowledge or insight in yoga classes in London. I felt that I improved in my yoga practice and that I have been given the tools to improve myself as a person. The Acro yoga and Restorative yoga worked really well and it was good fun to explore different types of yoga. I also really enjoyed the more spiritual side of the retreat, such as exploring my power animal and the lantern lighting on the beach. I had an incredible week. Thank to both of them very much!"

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  • Review by Lidia Santos Rico from Switzerland

    "I feel so lucky of having spent a week of yoga practice with Didier and Alicia that I can only recommend it to everybody around me! On top of helping me discover a few muscles I did not know I had, it's been an enlightening experience of self-discovery, detox, and learning of stress relief techniques. I particularly enjoyed the combination of theory, introspection, group discussion, and dynamic yoga practice since showed me a more holistic, authentic, and interesting approach to yoga. Alicia and Didier took great care of the group, making us feel comfortable enough to speak freely and get to know each other."

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  • Review by Noreen Stewar from United Kingdom

    "I've been to many yoga retreats over the years but I have to say that Alicia's was one of my favorite. Not just because of the fabulous eco apartments we rented. Not even because the staff were so friendly and helpful or because of the fabulous weather food beaches and exciting shopping. Mainly it was because of Alicia's warm accommodating and friendly nature. Alicia is such an opened person and made each and every one of us feel at home relaxed and part of something much bigger! Alicia has a dynamic, fun, and sensitive approach to teaching yoga which gave me the confidence to experiment and push myself further and further in my practice. I really love Alicia's whole approach to yoga and I cannot wait until the next trip."

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  • Review by Mary Anne Nelson from United Kingdom

    "Having never done yoga before, I joined Alicias class at the local gym out of curiosity and loved it! Shes incredibly passionate about what she does, and she shares her passion in such a way that you want to continue. Her classes are challenging, but not impossible and she always makes you feel that you can and you will be able to do it all. Always cheerful and supportive, she helps you improve at your own pace. I cannot recommend her enough!"

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  • Review by Bert Van der Klugt from Belgium

    "Yoga with Alicia is great! I had the chance to join a few of her classes on a retreat in Portugal and really liked the way she guided us on this painful, for me at least, path. I don't have much experience with yoga so I'm not the most flexible type and mostly end up with all the supporting cushions available next to me, but the exercises Alicia gave us were doable and encouraging. It made me consider practicing yoga more frequently since it really supports the meditational path and helps us clear blockages in our body and mind that simply sitting on a cushion will never bring us. The variation in exercises, for beginners and pro's, is vast and well adapted to the needs and skills of the persons attending the classes. Even for boards like me... I'm suffering from chronical back problems and she professionally supported me on what I could do or not. Her soft, soothing way is calming and challenging at the same time, gently inviting you to find your limits and not overexerting yourself. And all this is done in the background and wisdom of Universal Truth, the yoga of Life, supporting us to find our inner peace and greater freedom. Thank you Alicia! With love and flexibility,"

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  • Review by Mez Ainscow from England

    "Having attended yoga classes led by Alicia I can say that she teaches with honesty and integrity and a true appreciation of the practice of Yoga. Her classes lead you into an exploration of the body, guiding you with compassionate instruction and allowing for a sacred space on the mat. She embodies the mind, body and spirit in her teaching and I highly recommend you experience Alicia for yourself. She is an amazing teacher."

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