January is the ideal time to escape winter and enjoy some sunshine, warmth, beaches, healthy food and yoga, to jump start your new year. Enjoy the chance to take time over your yoga, explore the postures in depth and learn tools that you will be able to incorporate into your practice for months to come.
We have chosen Satsanga, a spectacular retreat in Goa, located between the tropical beaches and hippy vibe of Anjuna, the local market town of Mapusa and open fields, it offers an oasis of calm amongst nearby enchanting experiences.
Within the tranquil gardens there are many little spots to chill-out, surrounded by tropical plants and wildlife. When you fancy refreshing, there is a natural pool, 18m long and wonderfully landscaped from a small waterfall. The shala is possibly the most beautiful in Goa, large and airy room flanked by windows overlooking the pool and garden. Beautifully kept, and featuring a stunning hardwood floor and decorated with fresh flowers and locally made statues of the Indian deities.
Satsanga has 15 fully furnished rooms on offer with twin beds, private bathrooms with water heated by solar power, mosquito nets and a jug of purified water waiting for your thirsty lips. For those who have traveled India extensively, not having to worry about safe water to drink without having to buy plastic bottles is a relief!
For those travelling alone but wishing to share a room we will pair you up with another student of the same gender, single rooms are available, but limited in number, book soon if you would like to guarantee this option.
The cooks are well known in the region for their knowledge of the principles of Ayurveda as applied to food. They have been at the centre since its conception and have developed a good idea of what kind of food appeals to hungry yoga-students, whilst keeping one eye on our health and nutrition too!
Staff at the centre are all employed from the surrounding villages. They are all winningly friendly and eager to help.
Things To Do
When you leave the tranquil surroundings of Satsanga Retreat there is a whole host of experiences to be had; all short (and cheap) taxi rides away. If you don’t want to travel much, you can simply meander down the country roads ringed with palm groves taking in the local sites and sounds of the small villages.
Then there is the local market town of Mapusa. It provides a fantastic snapshot of the local daily-life, whilst also containing some good regional restaurants and loads of interesting stuff to buy; from local ornaments to Ayurvedic oils, Indian spices and natural incenses.
Further afield there is the charming capital of Panaji, full of Portuguese colonial-charm, and set on a large river flowing out to sea. It also features some intriguing restaurants and great shopping for local-wares.
One cannot come to Goa without experiencing the unique old hippy vibe of Anjuna and the surrounding long palm-fringed beaches. There is a quite breathtaking and massive market that takes place along the beach once a week. There is also an enchanting and romantic night-market every Saturday evening.
Many Westerners have set up funky little cafes and restaurants in the area to take little excursions to. There you can indulge in a variety of healthy snacks, great veggie meals and fresh smoothies, coffees, and juices. These are all really nicely done and great places to while away an afternoon.
- 6.30-9am morning Mysore Ashtanga class
- 9am biscuits and tea
- 9.30-10.30am yoga-technique workshop (4 days per week)
- 10.30am breakfast
- 2pm light lunch
- 3-6pm free time
- 6-7 evening meditation, breath-work and yoga philosophy discussion
- 7pm dinner
Getting to the Retreat
There are direct charter-flights to Goa, Dabolim airport, or you may find a cheaper option flying to Mumbai and then taking an internal short-flight to Goa.
The airport is a short 45 min taxi ride through the palm groves. Taxis can be booked with Satsanga directly, or taken from outside the airport where there are plenty on-hand (cost 1100rps/£12 approx)
- 9 nights, shared room £795
- 9 nights, single room £995
- 9 nights accommodation
- 3 buffet-style meals per day
- 7 morning Mysore style Ashtanga yoga classes
- 4 yoga technique workshops
- Evening meditation, breath-work and philosophy discussion
- Free wifi, use of pool, yoga mats and props
What’s not included
- Flights to and from Goa
- Fravel and personal insurance
- Tourist visa for India
- Taxi transfers to and from the airport to the retreat
- Tea, coffee, and juices during the day outside mealtimes
- Massages and Ayurvedic cooking classes
Terms and Conditions
All courses are run by Keen on Yoga ltd. 100 moat Way, Swavesey, Cambridge, U.K. A U.K. Yoga-tours operator sending groups to various locations throughout the world.
- All prices include at least 2 vegetarian meals per day (brunch and dinner)
- accommodation for the duration of the holiday
- all Mysore-yoga classes and yoga-workshops
What’s not included
- flights to and from destination
- taxi transfers from airports to retreat centre
- travel and personal insurance
- teas, coffees, juices, and other refreshments and snacks outside mealtimes
- any necessary visas or other travel documents needed for travel.
- Keen on Yoga reserves the right in extenuating circumstances to cancel or make changes to an existing programme. In this case, a full refund will be issued, but no responsibility can be taken for other personal costs incurred, such as airfares
- In the event of student cancellation, all deposits paid are non-refundable. However, full-payments are due 100% refund 8 weeks or before, 50% up to 4wks before. From 4wks prior to date of retreat, no refund is liable.
- No responsibility will be taken for loss or damage to possessions, nor personal injury or accident, whilst traveling to and from the holiday destination, or during the stay.
- In the event of discounts or special offers being advertised, no student, having booked previously is due a posthumous discount or refund.
- In the event of a student having been issued a single room, no student who has paid a supplement to guarantee a single room is due a refund.
- Keen on Yoga takes every precaution to prevent students being stretched beyond the capacity or risk of injury. However, it is the students’ responsibility to inform the teacher of any pre-existing illness or health complaint.
- All students must ensure they have the relevant travel documents for their stay; for example, relevant Visa if traveling outside Europe, passport and any other documents required. Keen on Yoga does not provide, or take responsibility for lack therein of the above.
- It is advisable that all individuals take out travel insurance in the event of unlikely cancellations, as well as personal liability insurance in case of accident or emergency during your stay with us. We do not refund cost incurred for loss and damage to possessions, individuals nor missed redundant or canceled flights.