8 Days Surf and Soul Yoga Retreat in Goa, India
India Surf and Yoga Retreat
Imagine waking up at sunrise to meditate right by the seaside and hearing nothing but the sounds of waves crashing. Preparing yourself with some wake-up beach yoga and start your day with a surf lesson in the Arabian Sea. Goa with its rather soft waves is the perfect location to learn surfing! If you have a love for adventure and deep respect for life and nature combined with an uncompromised sense of integrity for your personal evolution this retreat is for you!
- 2 daily yoga classes
- Sunrise meditation practices
- Participate in various evening activities
- Optional weekend visit to the night market
- Surfing lessons with a qualified teacher
- Daily breakfast and dinner buffet
- 7 nights accommodation
- Yin Yoga
Join Devarya Wellness for this unforgettable “Surf and Soul” experience filled with yoga, surf, and self-development, just exactly how Devarya Wellness likes it. Learn to surf, restore with Yin yoga, pamper yourself with their luxurious stay at Devarya Wellness Retreat, and spend your days enjoying the beach in the shade of a coconut tree.
After an active start in the day, you will enjoy a sublime brunch buffet and find some time and space just for yourself. Time out for just being, enjoying the relaxation of life by the beach. In the late afternoons, immerse in Yin yoga healing sessions, dedicating some time to a mindful meditative yoga practice to activate your chi flow and body’s innate healing powers.
In yoga and surfing you play you sensations, each time awaiting a new invitation. You ride the edges of your poses with a gentle flowing breath like a surfer is riding the waves of the ocean. Yoga and surfing is just such a fantastic combination in so many ways. Surfing is active and dynamic, there is quite a difference in yoga’s mindful movements and meditation practices. But then, there are a lot of similarities like going with the flow, tuning in and listening to your body closely as you are being connected to the ocean. It’s the feeling of complete oneness, which requires you to be in tune with nature and your body.
Surfing is a “Yang” form of exercise, full of movement, rhythm, and repetition. Through this movement, your muscles expand and contract, growing stronger. But by this you are also limiting your bodies, you tend to lose your natural softness, becoming more inflexible and increasingly tight. With all the paddling and repetitive takeoffs on a fun surf morning, you need the “Yin” in order to keep the flexibility and longevity in your bodies.
So, if surfing is your “Yang”, let yoga be your “Yin”. The combination of Surfing with Yin yoga gives you the balance your body needs to experience optimum health and happiness.
One-way to think of balance is this: a total state of health that incorporates togetherness of body and mind. To be balanced is a way of being and a state of mind. Yin yoga can restore this balance and be the soothing balm to heal and rejuvenate the body, mind, and soul.
Let Devarya Wellness take you in the afternoons on an inner Yin yoga healing journey through the Taoist elements and learn about their energetic value and the chi meridian flow in your body. When you awaken and align your body’s underlying energy, you activate your innate process of healing and transformation. Yin Yoga will help you create profound shifts in your physical and emotional well-being.
Devarya Wellness will demystify how energy affects everything you do and feel and show you how to mindful work with your body and mind. These Yin yoga healing sessions will help you build vitality, unravel energetic blockages, and boost your immunity.
With Devarya Wellness' Surf and Soul program you have the opportunity and space to let your mind learn from the body experience of learning new things and cultivate a free spirit. To love life and live free, to be in touch with nature and yourself. And then, you might realize, there is nothing more grounding than a body and a mind that has decided to be whole.
By the end of this retreat, you will feel stronger, healthier, and better able to thrive and flow in the life you are meant to live!
What is included
- 2 daily yoga classes
- Surfboard rental and teacher
- A variety of evening activities open to all throughout your stay including Indian Kirtan, OSHO meditations, Indian music, movie nights, chanting, and meditation
- Full use of resort amenities including two swimming pools, relaxation areas, gardens, and private beach access with sun loungers
- Welcome drink and introduction talk with the founders
- Wi-Fi in public areas
- Pool towels
- 7 nights accommodation priced per person, per night inclusive of tax, bed linen, bath towels, hand soap, and housekeeping services
- 2 buffet meals for breakfast and dinner with buffet lunch available at an additional cost
- Filtered drinking water and hot drinks including lemon ginger and chai (full day)
What is not included
- Beach towels
Arrival: Sunday March 1, 2020
Departure: Sunday March 8, 2020
- Check-in Time:14:00
- Check-out Time:10:00
Devarya Wellness offers you an escape from the mundane. The luxurious accommodation set in and around the tropical lush gardens is located just a minute's walk from the Morjim Beach also known as Turtle Beach and is specially designed to give you the retreat break that you deserve. The rooms across the property which span 7,000 square meters, seamlessly blends the elements of a Goan Portuguese heritage with the aesthetics of Rajasthani royalty.
Each room is vibrant, airy and filled with natural light and good energy. Tastefully furnished with earthy decor that has been handpicked to reflect the elements of nature. The accommodation offers you the beauty of traditional design combined with all the contemporary comforts of a luxury property. All the rooms have been decorated with chakra energy in mind, including color and design. All rooms come equipped with a private bathroom, most with a private balcony, comfortable beds, spacious cupboards, fresh linen, a ceiling fan, an air conditioner, and a mosquito net on request.
Chakra is a Sanskrit word translating into “spinning wheel”. Ancient yogic wisdom tells there are seven main energy centers in the body. Each of the chakras flows with a color-coded vibration frequency in the universe which can influence the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. When the chakras are perfectly aligned with the universal flow of energy, every aspect of life becomes harmonious and you are able to connect to your bliss. At Devarya Wellness, they have carefully designed Chakra rooms and cottages to compliment to various chakras.
The Chakra Standards are situated at the center of the resort, in a building opposite the leisure pool with views of the beautiful tropical gardens and palms. The Chakra Standards all come with a comfortable bed, private bathroom, storage cupboard, fan, and air conditioning. Some of the Chakra Standards also have a private balcony. All of the Chakra Standards have twin beds that can be combined together to accommodate a comfortable, double sleeping arrangement.
Chakra Junior Cottage
The Chakra Cottage Juniors are smaller in size and have only a kingsize bed, ideal for couples, lone travelers, or friends who do not mind to share a bed. Junior Cottages are ideal for budget travelers seeking a more luxury room. All the cottages come with a comfortable bed, private bathroom, storage cupboard, fan, air conditioning, and a private balcony.
- Steam room
- Swimming pool (outdoor)
- Air-conditioned rooms
- Concierge desk
- Dining area
Devarya Wellness, located in a coastal village in North Goa, overlooks the Morjim Beach. This beautiful beach stretch is also known as Turtle Beach after the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles that nest on its shores during nesting season. A quiet and peaceful setting, Morjim with its lush green hills, clean beaches and the Chapora River running through it, is a popular destination with foreign travelers and expats.
Known for its serene atmosphere, the Morjim Beach is a great setting for a yoga holiday. It has something for everyone, whether you are a soul-searcher who is looking for tranquility or someone looking to enjoy a relaxing beach vacation. Morjim Beach is a delight for nature lovers too. Apart from the Olive Ridley turtles, a variety of flora and fauna can be spotted there. For those interested, dolphin sighting trips are offered by locals. You can even take a walk up the famous Chapora Fort for great views of the sandy beach and the green palms.
Live the yoga life there, doing your practice, going for a swim, meditating on the beach, and enjoying spectacular sunsets as you soak in the sights and sounds of this beautiful place.
Counted among the top tourist destinations in the world, Goa is truly a tropical paradise. Located in the Konkan region, on the Western Coast of India where it is flanked by the Arabian Sea, Goa has uninterrupted stretches of sun, sand, and sea to boast of.
But that’s not all, Goa has a rich historical and cultural legacy that leaves an indelible impact on visitors. A former Portuguese colony for 450 years, Goa has a distinctly European feel while retaining the local flavor. The state is renowned for its majestic churches, ancient temples, heritage architecture, and rich biodiversity, making it a hit with international and domestic tourists year after year. Goa’s rich flora and fauna, owing to its location on the Western Ghats, also makes it a popular nature getaway for city-dwellers.
Goa is also known as the ultimate party destination in India. Housing some of the hippest nightclubs and finest restaurants in town, this beach paradise is celebrated for its buzzing nightlife and culinary scene.
Goa, much like its inhabitants, has its own laid back pace that you will just fall in love with. Even time slows down there! The sunny tropical climes, the friendly and warm people, the beautiful beaches, flavourful cuisine, and a whole list of reasons makes Goa a perfect holiday destination that will leave you with a lifetime of memories and thus making Goa a popular location for yogis and hipsters alike.
Devarya Wellness welcomes you to Goa!
Things to Do
For the travelers at heart, Devarya Wellness also offers help with planning an exciting itinerary in Goa. At an extra cost, Devarya Wellness books private excursions or day trips that will let you enjoy, explore, and experience Goa to its fullest.
- Dolphin sighting boat trip at sunrise
- Rangoli and Mandala classes
- Henna nights
- Indian cooking classes
- Friday and Saturday night market visit
- Wednesday Anjuna Flea market visit
- Old Goa, spice farm, and waterfall day trip
- Paradise beach visit in the neighboring state of Maharashtra
- Water sports activities like kite surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, and more
During this retreat, you will be served daily buffet-style meat-free breakfast and dinner. Filtered drinking water and hot drinks including lemon ginger and chai will also be available all day.
Devarya Wellness can cater for all, at the time of booking please notify them of any specific dietary requirements or allergies. The buffet meals as standard are vegetarian and all of the meals are made with a health-conscious lifestyle in mind. Devarya Wellness mostly uses only organic and local produce.
Chia Lounge, the beautiful wooden constructed restaurant has two floors; a small garden and a juice and coffee bar offering you sun or shade both with sea views. Chia Lounge is part of Devarya Wellness resort in Goa, India, located on the beach of Morjim, where you can enter straight from the resort and leave right onto the beach.
They serve wholesome, healthy, and organic food and beverages for the conscious diner. Their aim is to complement a healthy and mindful lifestyle to support your wellness journey and what better place to do that than overlooking the Arabian Sea on the beaches of glorious Goa.
Chia Lounge prides itself on using organic and locally produced goods wherever possible. Their buffet and a la carte menus are designed for minimal food wastage whilst still ensuring their products are fresh and organically grown.
Devarya Wellness' yoga holiday, retreat, and yoga training guests will be served delicious meals during the stay with them in their restaurant. They cater for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free diners.
The following meals are included:
The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:
- Gluten Free
- Other dietary requirements on request
The following drinks are included:
Meet The Instructors
Alexandra Denkinger, acupuncture therapist (M.D.Acu), yoga teacher and inspired Body-Mind-Soul Bio-Hacker, dedicated to helping people empower themselves to live the most authentic, healthy life possible. In her Yin yoga sessions, she integrates the ancient wisdom of Acupuncture Meridians and Chi flow in a meditative yoga practice. In a Daoist or Zen way, the focus is on the value of breath, insight, and intuition supporting a lifestyle that feels in alignment with our deepest self.
Edy Rodrigues is the owner of Octopus Surf School and possibly the most patient surf teacher of all times.
Location Devarya Wellness Center, Vithaldaswada, Morjim, Goa 403512, India
Arrival by airplane
Goa International Airport (GOI) is the nearest airport to Devarya Wellness and is 90 minutes away by car. Airport transfers can be pre-booked through booking or with the reception after arrival. Taxis are to be paid directly to the driver.
Arrival by taxi
Taxis and bike rentals can be booked for you via reception. Devarya Wellness supports their community and so they only use local, trusted providers. No money is made by them providing this service to you.
Booking And Cancellation Policy
- A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
- The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
- The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.