Goa, India, October 18th - 31st
Ashtanga in India, Asana, Devotion & Adventure
Practicing yoga in India has a special energy about it and is a unique experience. Goa is a small state on the west coast of India famous for it's white sandy beaches, sunny skies and lush tropical green fields and being a Portugese territory until the 1960's Goa is known for being very welcoming to tourists. A yoga retreat in Goa offers the experience of India as well as an opportunity to relax and enjoy some space around you.
Satsanga Reteat is one of the most beautiful spaces for yoga in Goa. The bright shala has lovely wooden floors and is filled with light streaming in the large windows. You will certainly feel the presence of India during your practice. The cool blue pool is ideal for a dip afterwards, overseen by the watchful Ganesh and surrounded by the lush greenery and local flora and fauna of the retreat. The retreat team of 27 is family run and will make sure all of your needs are taken care of.
The warmly furnished guest rooms at Satsanga all offer private bathrooms with solar hot water, mosquito nets and ceiling fans. They are simple but clean and comfortable and if you are travelling on your own and would like a shared room we will organise for you to share with another student of the same gender. Single rooms are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis.
All meals are pure vegetarian made with the freshest ingredients available purchased at local markets daily and prepared by Mani the Ayurvedic retreat chef from Kerala. Mani grew up in an Ayurvedic household, both her father and brother are Ayurvedic doctors, she has been an Ayurvedic chef for 16 years and offers classes in cooking in the Ayurvedic style as well as the healing property of herbs and spices and how they can be used in medicinal ways to help alleviate many common health ailments.
Breakfast is an assortment of local fresh tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, watermelon alongside locally made breads, jams, honey and yoghurt. Lunch and dinner vary daily and include beautifully prepared traditional Indian and Ayurvedic dishes.
Things to do and getting around
Goa has many places to explore and discover, from sandy white beaches to green fields of palm trees and pristine white churches the contrasts make for an exotic break with memories that you will have for a long time. There are a variety of towns and markets to discover you will be constantly amazed at what you see.
Ashwem beach, one of the most photographed beaches in Goa, about a 25 minute drive with it's famous French cafe Le Plage, where the Bollywood set hang out.
Anjuna market, a famous flea market right on the beach under the swaying palm trees with wares from all over India & Nepal, with many places to have a cool drink and a snack.
Mapusa market, the local village market is full of colour and the hustle of everyday trading, walk among mounds of colourful spices, flower market, Indian silks, handmade incense and other local wares, revive yourself with Indian sweets and savoury snacks, there is never a dull moment here.
Panjim, the capital city of Goa is an historic town very unusual in India being so well preserved with it's Portugese architcture and white churches in a lovely setting along the Mandovi River.
Spice plantation in Ponda about 40 minutes away offers a tour where you can see herbs and plants growing in their natural enviroment, such as cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg, cloves and more. Your guide will share with you the many medicinal uses of the different plants and the tour ends with your chance to match a professional coconut tree climber as he makes his way up a 15 metre tree and brings a coconut down with him in a matter of 30 seconds. Lunch on a banana leaf is included.
Sunsets on the beach in Goa are magical. Sip a cool drink at one of the many cafes or huts on one of the local beaches while the sun sinks into the water.
Have a massage or therapy at Satsanga, choose from an array of options including deep tissue massage, reflexology, shirdoarha, traditional Ayurveid oil massage, homeopathy and more, at prices ranging from £10 - £25 per session you will be able to treat yourself to a few. Bookings on arrival.
Auyrveda consultations are available from Dr Laxmi in the local village, you can have your dosha determined or learn about the Auyrvedic approach to different health issues. Treatments are also offered in this small clinic.
Village Loop Walk, there is a great 4.5K walk around the local villages with so much to see and friendly villagers it is the perfect walk for mid morning or early afternoon during the more cooler times.
Vedic Astrologer Masterji as he is known in Goa is renowned and consulted on the most important issues including marriage, auspicious days for ceremonies and other life deicsions. He is based at a local five star hotel.
Ayurvedic cooking & herbal remedy classes are offered by Mani one to one or in small groups which can be set up at the time.
Most people get around by hiring a scooter, (around £3 per day) or by using the local taxis which can be hired for individual trips (maximum journey around £10 one way, or per day around £20), students can group together to save costs.
Getting Here & Transfers
Flights to Goa are either direct to Goa Dabolim airport or connecting in either Mumbai or Delhi.
When you have booked your flights, please post or email us a copy of your flight confirmation. Flights are booked with agents at your own risk. Make sure flights from the UK are ATOL protected.
Transfer costs are not included in the price of the retreat however we can help to organise them for you with private taxi drivers known to Satsanga Retreat. The cost should be no more than £15 each way and we may be able to pair you up with another student depending on flight arrivals. The drive from the airport to the retreat should be no longer than one hour.
Everyone entering India will need a visa, you are advised to apply for a Tourist Visa as any other type is difficult to obtain, including student visa. You must organise your visa well in advance of your departure as they may take up to 10 days to get. Your passport will need to have at least one full empty page for the visa and be valid for at least 6 months past the date of your return to your country.
Cost & Booking
Payments are made securely online with credit or debit cards via PayPal, you do not have to have a PayPal account to make your booking.
Full 2 week retreat, Saturday October 18th to Friday October 31st
First Week only, Saturday October 18th to Saturday October October 25th
Second Week Only, Saturday October 25th to Friday October 31st (only for students that have memorised the primary series sequence to navasna, contact us before booking)
What is included in the price:
7 nights accommodation in the first week, 6 in the second week
3 vegetarian meals each day, filtered water and teas are complimentary
6 morning yoga classes each week, a mix of Mysore style and led
4 workshop classes, a mix of technique and yoga philosophy
Evening films under the stars on yoga and related topics
What is not included in the price:
Flights to Goa Dabolim airport
Transfers to the retreat from Goa airport
Massages or therapies
Juices, espresso and chai available to purchase.
Machine or handwashing is available for a nominal charge.