A spectacular yoga retreat set in Goa, the ex-Portuguese enclave of South India. Located between the tropical beaches and hippy vibe of Anjuna and the local market town of Mapusa, it offers an oasis of calm amongst nearby enchanting experiences.
Within the tranquil gardens of Satsanga, 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 yoga-space itself is 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.
Staff at the centre are all employed from the surrounding villages. They are all Winningly friendly and eager to help. 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! The centre itself is run by Emma and Olaf who are excellent and warm hosts; living on-site with their young family.
- 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).
What else 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.
- -9 nights accommodation
- -3 buffet-style meals per day
- -morning Mysore class, 4 yoga-technique workshops per week
- -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
- -travel and personal insurance
- -tourist visa for India
- -taxi transfers to and from the airport to Satsang
- -tea, coffee, and juices during the day outside mealtimes
- -massages and Ayurvedic-cooking classes