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6 Days Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat in India

  • Mararikulam, Kerala, India

6 Days Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat in India

  • Mararikulam, Kerala, India

Kerala Relaxing Yoga Retreat

If you want to give yourself a complete break from the stresses of modern day living, Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing offers this retreat. Ayurveda teaches the art of finding balance and harmony within the environment. In this retreat, the wisdom of Ayurveda, yoga, and meditation is shared with you so you can learn to adapt your lifestyles to enable you to be as healthy, harmonious, and balanced as possible.


  • Partner yoga
  • Restorative yoga
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Vegetarian meals
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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Turtle Beach overlooks the unspoilt white sandy private Marari beach. You will be staying in the beach cottages at Abad Turtle Beach Hotel, surrounded by beautiful gardens.

The retreat is hosted by international yoga teacher Anne-Marie Burford. As an instructor, her warm and welcoming teaching style, interlaced with gentle humour and fun, allows you to explore all aspects of your being in a safe and nurturing environment. She is also a keen dancer - particularly Salsa and Argentinian Tango - and on retreat would be happy to teach a few moves if requested.

On the retreat, Anne-Marie will guide you through a unique personalised Ayurvedic/yoga style practice in the morning with a more dynamic, hatha flow class incorporating pranayama, chakra balancing, starting with a 30 minute meditation practise.

The afternoon practice will be more restorative and yin-based with meditation and yoga Nidra, partner yoga, and pramyama practice as some of the other options.

In all sessions there will be an emphasis on alignment, posture and on each individual's specific needs, with suitable variations given for any particular issues such as back, neck, or joint issues or other health issues.

  • Anne-Marie Burford

    Anne-Marie is a highly qualified and experienced teacher (initially a secondary school teacher). She subsequently trained as a health education tutor, working in G.P practice with referred patients and later as an RSA YMCA exercise to music teacher Pilates and yoga teacher. Anne-Marie is committed to developing physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being and is a certified "Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga" teacher with the world renowned Chopra Centre for Well Being, California.

This retreat will take place at Turtle Beach Resort, Mararikulam, Kerala, India.

Turtle Beach Resort is a Green Leaf certified Ayurveda centre, supported by Dhanwanthari Vaidyasala, the well reputed traditional Ayurveda Hospital in Kerala since 1933. The hospital is located in Thodupuzha and has 83 years in the wellness tradition. They run their own hospital with inpatient treatments, a full Ayurvedic Research Centre, a panel of very senior doctor and herbal gardens. The internal and external medicines used in the treatments are GMP and ISO certified.

  • Beach nearby
  • Boating
  • Swimming nearby
  • Air conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Non smoking rooms
  • Cable / TV
  • Coffee / tea maker
  • Free bottled water
  • Free WiFi
  • Hair dryer

Breakfast and dinner are included in the retreat, in a buffet style selection of meals.

Explore the surroundings

Alappuzha beach is one of the most popular spots in the district of Alappuzha. Its beautiful garden on the shore gives an exclusive sight. Imposing buildings of a colonial past overlook the shore, while the pier, which extends into the sea, is more than 140 years old and is a rare sight. Dense palm groves at one end and an ancient towering light house at the other, Vijay Park and Sea view park are all spectacular sights one should never miss.

Boat races - Alappuzha district is proud of being the cradle of boat races. All the important boat races are held at different parts of the district during August and September. Thousands of people from all parts of the world come and witness these races.

Pathiramanal - For bird lovers, this small island on the backwaters of Alappuzha is a must visit. About a 1,5-hour drive by motorboat from Alappuzha, Pathiramanal is a haven for hundreds of rare birds migrating from different parts of the world. Pathiramanal is accessible only by boat as it is surrounded by the Vembanad Lake, stretching from Alappuzha to Kochi and the Kayamkulam Lake.

Krishnapuram Palace - Located at a distance of 47 km from Alappuzha on the way to Kollam, this palace was built in the 18th century during the reign of Marthanda Varma. This palace is noted for its typical Kerala architecture, with gabled roof, dormer windows, and narrow corridors. Here you will find the famous mural kept in the western end of the ground floor, called ‘Gajendra Moksham’ which is the largest mural in Kerala. There is also a museum of antique sculptures, paintings and bronze articles in the palace.

Ambalapuzha Temple - A visit to this temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna, will enable you to witness the typical temple architecture of Kerala. You can also get the glimpses of the town culture and taste payasam, if you happen to visit this place during the festival time of March.

Edathua Church - This church, dedicated to St. George, is of special significance as it is believed that prayers and offerings here help in healing all kinds of mental disorders and other ailments. The annual feast is held from 5th - 7th May and attracts devotees from all parts of south India. The Church is just 24 kilometres from Alappuzha.

Arthunkal Church - This christian Pilgrim centre near Sherthalai is 22 kilometres north of Alappuzha. The St. Andrews Church here was built by Portuguese missionaries. The annual feast of St. Sebastian is held here in the month of January.

  • Panchkarma treatments
  • Take a lesson of Ayurvedic cooking / simple home remedies
  • Take a walk at the beach
  • Watch Kathakali (Kerala opera) and other music programs

You can have an access to Ayurvedic spa for an additional cost.

  • 5 nights accommodation in a beach cottage
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Restorative yoga or partner yoga
  • Two vegetarian meals
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Food purchased from outside restaurants
  • Treatments at the Ayurvedic spa

Arrival by airplane

Airport transfers can be easily arranged with the hotel. The organizer can put you in touch with other guests arriving on the same day. When travelling back to the airport, the cost of the taxi can be shared amongst more people. Some guests will stay on for an extra night (25th Feb) in Cochin, please let Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing know if you would like to join.

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

Verified reviews

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    Review by Anonymous

    CONS Cons: Je n'ai eu aucune déception, que du positif.

    PROS Pros: La retraite s'est très bien déroulée. En tant que débutante, j'ai rencontré des personnes à l'écoute, disponibles et patientes. Ils m'ont transmis l'envie d'aller plus loin, de continuer cette démarche philosophique. La durée de la retraite était idéale car les activités prennent beaucoup d'énergie. Je recommande vivement ce stage. Un moment hors du temps.

    Organizer response: We are delighted Rachel had such a positive experience and feels inspired to continue with her yoga journey, she was an absolute pleasure on the retreat

    2017-Aug-29 07:37:42

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    Review by Sally Seinen from Netherlands

    2017-May-16 05:49:07

  • Review by Amanda Fakeerah
    10 out of 10

    "The location couldn't have been more perfect, and it was a beautiful environment to wake up in everyday and practice yoga. For me, the whole retreat experience was a very welcome pause from the crazy pace of modern day life, leaving me renewed and inspired, and able to reconnect with myself. The joint expertise of Anne-Marie and James meant that the twice daily sessions were wonderfully varied and balanced.", edited

  • Review by Melanie Richardson
    10 out of 10

    "I have just returned from the Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing's yoga retreat in the Maldives. There could not have been a more idyllic environment in which to practise yoga and meditation looking out over the white sandy beach and the turquoise sea! As ever, Anne-Marie and James were excellent hosts and teachers providing a more energising meditation and yoga practice in the morning and a more restorative class in the evening. I really experienced the benefit of twice daily classes and meditation and although I am not the most flexible person I definitely felt a marked improvement in my asanas. I took the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful facilities at the Barefoot Resort for an extra few days after the retreat and can honestly say that I can’t remember the last time I felt so relaxed and refreshed after a holiday. Thank you Anne-Marie and James for a wonderful retreat and if you want to give yourself some well deserved time to restore mind, body and spirit then I can wholeheartedly recommend this retreat.", edited


  • Review by Lisa Burnet

    "I just want to thank you for a wonderful weekend retreat, I found it really uplifting and inspiring. It has given me some good foundations to work with to not only improve my health but also the inspiration to make changes in my life. "

    "Thank you for welcoming us into your home, what you do at the centre is truly amazing and beneficial to so many."

    Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing website, edited

  • Review by Vicky Fleming
    10 out of 10

    "Having just returned from a weekend at The Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing I can't recommend the retreats here enough. Anne-Marie, James and Chris were so warm, welcoming and knowledgeable in yoga and meditation techniques and the Ayurvedic lifestyle in general. A fantastic start to the New Year; I learned so much more than I'd hoped, alongside a group of really lovely and interesting people. I shall definitely be back to learn more, either to another retreat in Harrogate or to experience the retreat in Kerala!"

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  • Review by Melanie Richardson

    "I have just returned from a two week retreat with Anne-Marie to Kerala in Southern India. We were due to spend a week at Ahimsa Garden Retreats and a week at the Turtle Beach Hotel but in fact ended up staying 11 nights at Ahimsa with three very relaxing days at the lovely Turtle Beach at the end. Ahimsa is the brainchild of Dr Daisy Kuchinad who founded the retreat centre with her husband in 2013 to preserve nearly 400 species of Ayurvedic medicinal plants including rare and endangered species. Although Daisy is a doctor trained in conventional western medicine, she was drawn to learn more about Ayurveda after a member of her family became seriously ill a few years ago and her quest is to holistically combine the best of both medical systems to ensure that the body is kept in balance."

    "Upon arrival, you have a consultation with Dr Nair, the consultant Ayurvedic doctor, who assesses what treatments will be beneficial to balance your body. Each day began with meditation and yoga in one of the two beautiful indoor yoga studios which are positioned high up to make the most of the panoramic views over the treetops. What a stunning experience it was to do Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation) to the backdrop of the most spectacular sunrises. "

    "The daily Ayurvedic treatment followed, the like of which I’ve never experienced before. Two young ladies (male therapist for the men) worked on your body for up to two hours with a variety of ayurvedic massage techniques which included warm oils and hot herbal poultices. The massage was like a carefully choreographed dance as they both worked in complete unison on each side of your body and I was interested to hear that their intense training takes them a year to complete. I was lucky enough to experience the sublime Shirodhara for my last three days of treatment which involved hot oils being drizzled backwards and forwards across your forehead – absolute bliss! Where time allowed, we also incorporated a late afternoon meditation and yoga practice into our day."


    "The vegetarian food at Ahimsa is delightful and freshly cooked using many ingredients which are grown in the garden and the spice level can be adapted to suit your taste."

    "The stay also included a number of trips including a cruise on the backwaters on a houseboat accompanied by Indian classical music, a visit to a local convent, orphanage and old people’s home, a display of traditional Indian dance and a demonstration of an Indian martial art based on yoga called Kalaripayattu which had me astounded at the strength, agility and flexibility of the students. Given everything that is included in the retreat, I do think it represents excellent value for money."

    "One of the most important aspects of the stay at Ahimsa for me was the time which Daisy devoted to spending with us. It was like having your own personal tour guide and I learnt so much from her about the life and culture of India as well as benefiting from her wisdom on anything and everything over some lively dinner conversations! She is a truly visionary lady and I can’t help but think if there were more people like her, then the world would be a much better place. "

    "It’s hard to describe just what a magical and inspirational place Ahimsa is. I went on the retreat to the Maldives last year and whilst I had a wonderful time, the experience at Ahimsa was in a different league for me. The experience has truly nourished my heart and soul and I didn’t want to leave. For anyone who may be considering whether to go to Ahimsa and a little unsure, I’d urge you to just do it. I know you won’t regret it and I for one will be back."

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  • Review by Emma Ashforth
    10 out of 10

    "I highly recommend the retreads offered by the Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing. The Ahisma Garden Retreat in Kerala has been amazing! What a little gem! I have tried various treatments and therapies around the world over the years - in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, etc. but Ayurvedic treatment is in a league of its own."

    "It is possible to visit an Ayurvedic centre after chemotherapy and radiation to restore the immune systems; it is unique and highly effective. Dr Daisy Kuchinad, the founder of Ahimsa, knows only too well as her own beloved son had Cancer aged only 20. A physician based in the US, she researched the planet to find someone to help her son and found Dr Nair. He is a top Ayurvedic doctor based in Kerala. There is something very special about this man; his intuition is incredible - he truly has a sixth sense. He treats patients with panchakarma, Ayurveda's premier mind-body healing treatment; a unique programme of deep cleansing, purification rejuvenation to detoxify the mind and body, strengthen the immune system and restore balance."

    "I genuinely feel different after a week of treatments - plus the added bonus of looking younger with less cellulite! Daisy has set up a lovely, homely villa with beautiful tropical gardens in which she is conserving rare Ayurvedic plants and the most incredible yoga studios with wooden floors restored from ancient temples, set at tree level amidst the Indian jungle."

    "In accordance with panchakarma, Daisy's wonderful staff serve delicious, organic, mainly home-grown, Ayurvedic, vegetarian food to cleanse the body for the duration of your stay."

    "There is time to relax and recharge and time to experience the amazing Indian culture with a boat trip on the stunning backwaters, live traditional Indian music and dance, a visit to a Hindu temple and an Indian yoga and Kalaripait martial arts' show."

    "This has been a trip of a lifetime! It is life changing! I truly feel that Ayurveda is a lifestyle to be as healthy as possible in a non- aggressive way, one that I intend to continue to follow. I now feel that annual Ayurvedic treatments are key for today's busy life in the West. I think I would have burned out and become seriously ill if I had not taken the time to heal myself and it is an ongoing, lifelong healing process. The combination of East meeting West with a top conventional doctor and top Ayurvedic doctor means you are in the safest of hands with the best advice from both schools of thought. Ahimsa is not only an Ayurvedic retreat but also a yoga retreat, with our own highly experienced, international teacher - Anne-Marie Burford leading the yoga"

    "At meal times, Dr Kuchinad leads inspiring discussions, putting the world to rights, including chats about Ayurveda, modern medicine, philosophy, yoga and praynama, to name a few."

    "I have learned a lot; I feel enlightened, inspired and extreme positive! All this for a very reasonable price. I am so grateful and I shall be back!"

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  • Review by Liz Gibson

    "This retreat was a unique experience. Arriving at Ahimsa we were given a most warm welcome from the staff and were truly made to feel at home. Dr Daisy Kuchinad is a warm, passionate and very funny lady who goes out of her way to give her guests the best of experiences. The aim of the retreat is ultimately to cover the costs of the garden that Dr Kuchinad has created, trying to save endangered plants and medicinal herbs while giving her guests the best traditional Ayurvedic treatments available. There are two magnificent yoga studios. Each studio is at tree top height affording beautiful views. Our morning meditation and yoga practice was enhanced by bird song and music from a nearby temple while watching the sunrise. The delicious home made food was made from organic fruits and vegetables from the garden. The lovely staff were prepared to make us our favourites. The Pranchakarma treatments are prescribed according to our constitutional type and individual problems. Treatments are performed by professional therapists who I found to be charming and caring. Cultural experiences were organised for us either in house or by arranged visits. We enjoyed traditional music, dance and martial arts and a fantastic Back Water house boat trip. Panchakarma and yoga were the main reason for my visit but I experienced so much more. We all left visibly rejuvenated in appearance and also in body and mind. I can't wait to return."

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  • Review by Tony Byrne
    10 out of 10

    "The retreat was an incredible experience and one that I’m looking forward to repeating next year. The retreat has two purpose built yoga studios and the views from both are breathtaking. It is almost impossible to explain the sensation of practising yoga whilst watching the sun rise above the lush green Keralan landscape, you must experience this for yourself to fully appreciate. Ayurvedic treatments are available and are carried out by an incredible team of practitioners. Treatments are bespoked to fit your specific requirements as prescribed by an Ayurvedic doctor. I cannot pretend to understand the full content of the treatments but I can say for me the results have been excellent, resulting in amongst other things, a more relaxed outlook, better sleep and greater energy levels."

    "The food at the Ahimsa Garden Retreat was consistently of the highest standard. The bedrooms were spacious and of good standard. All rooms had access to ensuite facilities. The grounds were amazing with an incredible array of flowers, herbs, trees, fruit and vegetables all growing across the three acres. Additional activities included performances by local musicians and traditional dancers laid on at Ahimsa Gardens, both exceptional."

    "The standout memory for me will have to be boating on the Keralan backwaters and watching the sun slowly set. The staff at Ahimsa Gardens made it feel like my home and for that I am grateful, their hospitality knew no bounds."

    "Final word must be for Kerala and its people. Beautiful place, beautiful humble people who through both their gentleness and kindness have truly inspired me. I didn’t want to leave and can’t wait to return."

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  • Review by Jenny from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "The Yorkshire Centre for wellbeing truly deserves a 5* rating. Both Anne-Marie and James work very hard to ensure all classes are tailored to each individuals needs and fitness levels. They also adapt their classes to help people who may have injuries...allowing them to still benefit from the classes they offer but in a safe manner. As a qualified physiotherapist I find this extremely reassuring. Both Anne-Marie and James have an excellent knowledge of yoga and Pilates and their yoga retreats both in the U.K and abroad are fantastic. They provide the perfect setting for a holistic therapy approach."

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  • Review by Marie from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I love going to yoga and pilates at the centre, it keeps me on track physically but also helps to keep my stress levels at a minimum. The studio is lovely as are both Anne-Marie and James."

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  • Review by Lucy
    10 out of 10

    "I attended this Centre for the first time over the New Year for an Ayurvedic Yoga Retreat. As a clinical psychologist, I take self-care very seriously and this was the perfect start to 2016! Anne-Marie, James and Chris were welcoming and knowledgeable hosts, with extensive training in yoga, pilates, and Ayurvedic theory and practice. They were happy to share their learning and I came away with a number of tips and tricks to maintain health and wellbeing; some of which I hope to pass on, in turn, to my clients. The yoga studio itself is a wonderful and well-equipped space. What more can I say? I will be back!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "This bank holiday weekend I joined Anne-Marie, James and Chris at their home for my first Yoga Retreat. What a joy it was! Such a warm welcome: reassurance, individual attention and wonderful food. The yoga and meditation were good too! The classes catered for all levels of ability - from inexperienced (like me) to students who have been yogis for years.We learnt about, and lived, as far as possible, an Ayurvedic life during the retreat, and the knowledge I gained has given me such insight into how I can continue to modify my lifestyle and eating habits to become healthier, happier and fitter without feeling I am being punished.It is notable that having been prescribed a high dose of SSRI anti depressant/anti anxiety drugs for over 20 years, plus beta blockers and painkillers, I am now free of the pain killers and beta blockers, and have so far reduced the SSRI by half - I expect to be free of them in a couple of months. I've only been able to do this through accessing the classes and support."

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  • Review by Claire Chew
    10 out of 10

    "Anne-Marie and James are two of the most wonderful people I've ever encountered! Their knowledge and wisdom is truly inspiring and In just 3 days it's encouraged me to live a more healthy lifestyle! I will certainly be back in the very near future! I can't thank them both enough for how I felt after the retreat! If you're looking for, Peace, Zen, Contentment, Relaxation and more then get yourselves to one of their retreats!"

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  • Review by Selina Kizildagli

    "Since leaving you all on Sunday I have been digesting the wonderful weekend. From the initial warm welcoming smiles with the offer of delicious energy balls (hedgehogs)! It was a weekend full of knowledge, laughter, mind and body connection and a chance to learn how to really start loving myself. The peaceful meditations, the Ayurvedic seminar, the yoga practices, the massage, the food, the walking in the garden, the talking, the chill out time in the snug.The list goes on! I cant thank you enough for giving all of this and more. With the tools you have equipped me with I have learnt how to give time to myself and how important it is to let things just be'. Thank you from a very big, warm heart!"

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  • Review by Nicola Rooze
    10 out of 10

    "I cant begin to describe how I feel. It touched every part of me, physically and emotionally and I just want to do it all over again. I will treasure my memories."

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  • Review by Stephen Ross

    "Fantastic day! I have done yoga and meditation before but as two different things, but today has been one of the best experiences because of the combination of yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, crystals, etc. The whole day was continuously informative; I havent felt so relaxed in years. Even if we could live part of our lives with the information you have given us it would be 100% better!"

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  • Review by Jaclyn Daly

    "Anne-Marie and James are beautiful souls who took us on a journey of Ayurveda Yoga. The knowledge and wisdom they both possess is incredibly enlightening. Not having such an interest in the spiritual side of yoga Anne-Marie taught us to be open even if we are not willing to accept. By the end of the trip I think everyone had gained some insight into their spiritual side and by the guidance of the teacher have learnt to love the whole of oneself and everything about them. This has been an amazing trip where everyone grew. I would come back every year if they were here."

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  • Review by Gemma Thompson

    "Anne-Marie and James were the highlight of the retreat ."

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  • Review by Katie Batham

    "My time here was phenomenal. I enjoyed every second. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming and I look forward to coming back with Anne-Marie and James next year! Everyone must do this at least once in their lifetime. Such an amazing, life-changing experience. I honestly can say I never want to leave, missing everyone so much already. Thank You... Thank YouThank You. "

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