12 Day Retreat – 23rd December 2019 to 3rd January 2020 – €895

8 Day Retreat – 27th December 2019 to 3rd January 2020 – €655

If you feel like doing things a little differently this Christmas, find some space and freedom and get 2020 off to a flying start by joining me on a 12 day adventure to Goa, India from Monday 23rd December to Friday 3rd January 2020.

For those of you who want to unwind after spending Christmas at home (or wherever you happen to be!) Goa is the perfect destination, the 8 day retreat runs from Friday 27th December to Friday 3rd January.

Whether you come on your own, or with friends you will quickly settle in and meet new people. There is plenty of sun, sand or you might decide to lounge by the pool for the day. You will be able to satisfy your appetite in the amazing onsite restaurant headed up by Chef Simon from Canada, serving up a variety of Indian and international vegetarian dishes.

And of course there is yoga. It doesn’t matter if you already have a yoga practice, the retreat is open to everyone. There is a more detailed schedule below, you can attend as many of the sessions as you wish, it’s your retreat.

Apart from the yoga and meditation classes there are a number of trips around Goa so you can get to know this stunning part of the world and the people who call it home. See below for details.

What’s included:
> Shared accommodation in a luxury resort in Mandrem, Goa (single supplement is €140)>Airport transfer from Goa International Airport to the centre
> Morning tea & fresh fruit
> Delicious breakfast served daily and lunch or dinner
> Morning Meditation & Yoga
> Afternoon workshops
> Swimming Pool
> Welcome pack
> WiFi is available in the restaurant, although we encourage a digital detox in the mornings. (Try it, it’s not that crazy!)

What’s not included:
> Flights to and from Goa (see below for travel information)
> Excursions and extra meals
> Taxi to the airport from the centre (guests usually share or continue their travels)

Optional Food Experiences
> The Dunes: A local beachside restaurant that is a true Goa original.
> Thalasa, a famous Greek restaurant in an amazing location with spectacular sunsets and entertainment.
>Sakana: a lovely Japanese restaurant.
> Mahé: a South Indian inspired cuisine in a beautifully designed restaurant, bar and shop.
> La Plage: the clue is in the name. A magnifique French fusion restaurant with great cocktails. The location – you guessed it, the beach.
> Elevar: Another restaurant to tickle your tastebuds, serving inventive and beautifully presented dishes.
> Fort Tiracol: we will have lunch at this restaurant, set in an old Portuguese garrison that is now a heritage hotel.
> Villa Blanche: a beautiful garden restaurant set in an old Portuguese house.
> Balcao: a local restaurant serving up local dishes

Optional Tours & Activities (depending on numbers, or you can of course go individually).
>Sunrise boat trip and dolphin watching, followed by beach yoga.
> Trip to Anjuna market, where all the hippies used to hang out, now a huge day market.
> Goa Collective Bazaar is a night market featuring designers from Goa, food stalls and entertainment.
> Old Goa & Spice Plantation tour. East lunch and see how spices are grown, followed by a trip to Old Goa, a UNESCO world heritage site.
> Redi Fort and Fort Tiracol, an old Portuguese fort with amazing views, time on the beach followed by a delicious lunch at Fort Tiracol Heritage Hotel.
> Ayurvedic Consultation/Massage: Ayurveda translates as the ‘science of life’, the traditional Indian medicine that views the body holistically, diet recommendations, detoxes and bodily constitution readings.
> A sunset cruise on the Chapora River, with drinks and nibbles.
> Sundowners and clubbing: sip a refreshing cocktail or three as the sun sets and then maybe shake your booty at a beach club.

Other Optional Activities (these can be done individually or groups are subject to availability by external service providers):
> SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding): Join Cedric for a lesson out on the water.
> Surf Lessons: Mandrem beach is not known for its waves, but it’s perfect for a novice surfer.
> Kitesurfing Lessons: try your hand at this interesting sport. Think improving your multitasking skills flying a (very big) kite and surfing at the same time. If you wish, you could complete the IKO (International Kiteboarding Organisation) formal introductory qualification.
> Kayaking
> Ecstatic Dance: A ‘disco’ where you are encouraged not to speak, just soak up the energy of the music and an amazing banyan tree.
> Evening Drum Circle: more music of percussion nature, with pop up ‘stalls’ on the beach.

Typical Daily Schedule
7.30 – 8.00am Meditation, Pranayama (breath focus)
8.00 – 8.30am Break for herbal tea and fresh fruit
8.30 – 10.00am Yoga class
10.00am Breakfast
11.00am Excursion or beach/pool time.
1.00pm Lunch at the centre or offsite
4.00 to 5.15pm Yoga workshop, restorative yoga, excursion or beach/pool time.
7.00pm Dinner at the restaurant or offsite.

Where is the centre?
The retreats will take place in Himalaya Yoga Valley Retreat Centre in wonderful Mandrem, Goa, India. The centre is very modern, you can take a virtual tour of the centre below or by clicking here. For a map and ways to contact me, see the Location page.