March is the ideal time to escape winter and enjoy some sunshine, warmth, beaches, healthy food and yoga, to jump start your spring. 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 Jivana Plantations, a jungle oasis in north Goa minutes from the wide long, white sand stretches of Mandrem beach.
Within the tranquil gardens there are many little spots to chill-out, surrounded by tropical plants and wildlife. The shala is a beautiful space, a large and airy room flanked by windows overlooking the garden you will practice to the sound of exotic birdsong. Beautifully kept, and featuring a stunning hardwood floor and decorated with fresh flowers and locally made statues of the Indian deities.
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Things To Do
When you leave the tranquil surroundings of Jivana, there is a whole host of experiences to be had; all short (and cheap) taxi rides away.
Mandrem beach with it’s pristine stretches of white sand that go on forever is within walking distance, it is the one in the photo above, and a stunning place to be in March. Or try the close by beach of Ashwem and hang out at Le Plage, the Fench Indian fusion cafe and enjoy the world famous chocolate thali.
Feeling more adventurous? 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.
There are many 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 with chat of yoga and not yoga, with newly made friends.
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.
These are the rooms that make up the top house which are very beautiful with great views over the Goan countryside.
As well as all these rooms having AC they are very private and have their own terraces. These rooms will be allocated to sharing guests.
Each cottage has its own veranda with seating area, and an ensuite bathroom equipped with a powerful hot shower.
All are scheduled and tucked away in the shade, surrounded by dense greenery. These rooms are available for single or sharing guests.
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.
- Single room, 10 nights £895
- Shared room, 10 nights, £745
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 approximately a one hour taxi ride. Taxis can be booked with Jivana directly, or taken from outside the airport where there are plenty on-hand (cost 1800 rupees / £20 approx
- 10 nights accommodation
- 2 vegetarian meals per day
- Morning Mysore style Ashtanga yoga classes
- Yoga technique workshops
- Evening meditation, breath-work and philosophy discussion
- Free wifi, yoga mats and props
What’s not included
- Flights to and from Goa
- Travel and personal insurance
- Tourist visa for India (please check how long this will take for your passport)
- Taxi transfers to and from the airport to the retreat
- Tea, coffee, and juices during the day outside mealtimes
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.