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8 Days Re-Energizing Holistic Meditation and Yoga Holiday in Goa, India

  • location Earth Yoga Village, north end of Palolem Beach, across Bamboo bridge on Backwater Side, Palolem Beach, Goa 403702, India

Meditation and Yoga Holiday India

This yoga vacation offers you the chance to rediscover the spark within you and re-energize your body, mind, and spirit. An indulgent, varied, and holistic experience of yoga and wellness await you at Earth Yoga Village while you are free to also enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the peaceful Palolem Beach. The program is designed to help you reconnect with yourself whilst giving you enough time to schedule your day the way you want it. Come whenever and stay as long as you like!

7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English;
The maximum participants in the group is 20

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily satsang, pranayama, and kriya
  • Daily wholesome breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and fruit
  • Unlimited filtered drinking water
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Retreat Style

  • Rajadhiraja Yoga
  • Jnana Yoga
  • Bhakti Yoga
  • Karma
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Program

Daily classes, suitable for all levels, with fluid sequencing of postures, linked with breath revitalise and rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit. Each morning flow will leave you energized for the day while the afternoon classes are more gentle allowing you to wind down. Both sessions are designed to help you develop your own personal practice in order for you to continue on your yoga journey after the retreat.

During the retreat, you will also learn powerful and safe pranayama and meditation techniques. These promote a calm state of mind and vitality. Incorporating pranayama and meditation into your daily routine is truly transformational and this inspiring retreat will leave you with the right mindset to continue on this journey.

The yoga classes are held in the beautiful yoga shala or, if you feel wild, on the beach; because who doesn't like a light breeze of fresh ocean air on their skin, unwinding in the unhurried atmosphere of Palolem Beach and watching the sunset while balancing in your grounding tree pose.

This retreat is perfect for any level of practitioner as Earth Yoga Village believes that there is a yogi in everyone. The programme is a balancing mix of body, mind, and soul transformation that helps you gain knowledge and experience.

It's designed to help each student evolve on their own personal level. It's to nurture your soul, take time out, and reconnect with your strength and wisdom. The experienced teachers offer modifications as well as more advanced postures. And you are always welcome to take a break, rest, and just breathe.

During the course of this programme, you will have the opportunity to be engaged in a wide range of activities. However, as Earth Yoga Village knows that you're coming to do exactly what you want and only what you want, you are of course free to do as little or as much as you feel like.

They do encourage participation as the programme is designed to help you relax, reconnect, and be in a blissful state of joy.

The 4 Paths of Yoga

Raja Yoga: The Science of Physical and Mental Control (Asana and Meditation)

Often called the "royal road", it offers a comprehensive method for controlling the waves of thought by turning your mental and physical energy into spiritual energy. Raja Yoga is also called Ashtanga yoga, referring to the eight limbs leading to absolute mental control.

The chief practice of Raja yoga is meditation. It also includes all other methods which help to control body, energy, senses, and mind. The Hatha-yogi uses relaxation and other practices such as yamas, niyamas, mudras, bandhas, etc. to gain control of the physical body and the subtle life force called prana. When body and energy are under control, meditation comes naturally.

Jnana Yoga: The Yoga of Knowledge and Wisdom (Lectures / Workshops / Interaction / Discussion)

This is the most difficult path requiring tremendous strength of will and intellect. Taking the philosophy of Vedanta, the Jnana yogi uses his mind to inquire into its own nature. You perceive the space inside and outside a glass as different, just as you see yourselves as separate from God.

Jnana Yoga leads the devotee to experience his unity with God directly by breaking the glass; dissolving the veils of ignorance. Before practicing Jnana yoga, the aspirant needs to have integrated the lessons of the other yogic paths - for without selflessness and love of God, strength of body and mind; the search for self-realization can become mere idle speculation.

Karma Yoga - The Yoga of Action (Selfless service to community)

Karma yoga is the yoga of action. It purifies the heart by teaching you to act selflessly, without thought of gain or reward. By detaching yourself from the fruits of your actions and offering them up to God / Universe, you learn to sublimate the ego.

Bhakti Yoga: The Yoga of Devotion or Divine Love

The Bhakti Yogi is motivated chiefly by the power of love and sees God / Universe as the embodiment of love. Through prayer, worship, and ritual he / she surrenders himself / herself to God / Universe, channelling and transmuting his / her emotions into unconditional love or devotion. Chanting or singing the praises of God / Universe form a substantial part of Bhakti yoga.

The 5 Points of Yoga

Proper Relaxation

When the body and the mind are constantly overworked, their natural efficiency to perform work diminishes. Modern social life, food, work, and even the so-called entertainment, such as disco dancing, make it difficult for modern people to relax.

Many have even forgotten that rest and relaxation are nature's way of recharging. Even while trying to rest, the average person expends a lot of physical and mental energy through tension. Much of the body's energy is wasted uselessly.

During complete relaxation, there is practically no energy or "prana" being consumed, although a little is keeping the body in normal condition, while the remaining portion is being stored and conserved.

Proper Exercise

Your physical body is meant to move and exercise. If your lifestyle does not provide natural motion of muscles and joints, then disease and great discomfort will ensue with time. Proper exercise should be pleasant to the practitioner while beneficial to the body, mind, and spiritual life.

Proper Breathing

Yoga teaches you how to use the lungs to their maximum capacity and how to control the breath. Proper breathing should be deep, slow, and rhythmical. This increases vitality and mental clarity.

Proper Diet

Besides being responsible for building your physical body, the foods you eat profoundly affect your mind. For maximum body-mind efficiency and complete spiritual awareness, yoga advocates a lacto-vegetarian diet. This is an integral part of the yogic lifestyle.

Positive Thinking and Meditation

Here is the most important point of all, you become what you think. Thus, you should exert to entertain positive and creative thoughts as these will contribute to vibrant health and a peaceful, joyful mind. A positive outlook on life can be developed by learning and practicing the teachings of the philosophy of Vedanta. The mind will be brought under perfect control by regular practice of meditation.

At Earth Yoga Village, they understand that each individual being is special and unique with a different focus and at a different stage in their lives. For this very reason, the flexible programme caters for every guest’s personal needs. They believe in nurturing and nourishing the nature in each person and focus on tailoring the healing personally to restore balance, well-being, and happiness for everyone.

This programme is suitable for the people who want to embark on a journey within and explore living in a community. It is for anyone and everyone wanting to take a step towards a life in harmony and to grow physically, mentally, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.

Highlights

  • Opportunity to explore holistic spiritual and physical aspects of life
  • Experience community living
  • Individual sessions for support available
  • Nutritious wholesome meals to nourish your body
  • Beautiful and peaceful setting to connect with nature

Objectives

  • Focus on cultivating healthy living habits
  • Take time out for yourself
  • Develop a solid foundation for self-practice of yoga and meditation
  • Connect with like-minded people that may inspire you further
  • Ground yourself on Mother Earth and develop a sense of trust

Daily Schedule

The schedule below is your overview of what a day will look like plus you will have a full day to yourself where you can choose to partake in any of our many classes, workshops or evening activities or just be, explore, and breathe. At any time, you are also welcome to take advantage of the many therapies to rejuvenate or detox.

  • 06.00 Wake up call
  • 06:30 - 08:00 Kriya, pranayama, meditation, or journaling
  • 08:00 - 08:30 Tea break
  • 08:30 - 10:00 Asana (yoga)
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Breakfast/beach time
  • 12:30 - 14:00 Mindful satsang
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Beach time/free time
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Asana (yoga)
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Evening program (Sunday/Tuesday/Thursday)
  • 20:30 - 22:30 Day reflection/self studies
  • 22:30 Lights off and silence

Saturday is the community day off in the village where guests are encouraged to explore the many beaches, restaurants, and markets in and around Palolem. It is recommended and best to arrive on a Sunday and check out on Sunday. You will have time to explore the area on Saturday, but you are welcomed to join any day.

On your day of arrival, please note that check-in is at 2 p.m., however you are welcome to join in the daily activities if you are arriving earlier. On your day of departure, checkout is at 11 a.m., but you may join activities throughout the day as desired. Earth Yoga Village will hold your belongings at reception.

Satsang

During this hour, you gather to open your heart and mind with a focus on 'living the life you love and loving the life you live' through various spiritual activities such as lectures, interactive discussions, different types of meditation, and questions and answers sessions.

What is included

  • Daily scheduled yoga and meditation classes
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and fruit as per daily schedule
  • Unlimited filtered drinking water
  • Welcome kit

What is not included

  • Flight
  • Airport transfer

Additional Details

Availability

This vacation is available every Sunday, please select an arrival date below.

  • High season: December 1, 2019 – February 29, 2020
     
  • Normal/Midseason: October 13 – November 30 & March 1 – April 30

 

Accommodation

  • Check-in Time:14:00
  • Check-out Time:11:00

Facilities

  •  Smoke-free property
  •  Yoga shala
  •  Free Wi-Fi

Earth Yoga Village is strongly engaged in making the village more eco-friendly. It runs partly on solar power and they work hard on adding further eco-friendly measures. Their connection with nature is vital and they strive towards that connection in their everyday life and with every action.

The accommodation options for this program are either a dorm or a four-bedroom. The beautiful and comfortable village holds space for up to 35 guests, an on-site kitchen where the meals are lovingly prepared, two yoga shalas, two healing and rejuvenation spaces, a small library, and a chill-out area. Bed linen, pillows, towels (not to be taken out of the village), and mosquito nets are all provided, as are blankets - if you need them.

 

Retreat location

The retreat will be held in Palolem Beach, Goa, India. Palolem Beach is largely unspoiled and is inhabited by both local fishermen and by foreign tourists who live in shacks along the shore or in the main village. The location offers an ideal place to explore the stunning beaches, beautiful local villages, and surrounding nature outside of your retreat schedule.

Distances

  • Chaudi, 2.5 kilometers
  • Dudhsagar waterfall, 35 kilometers
  • Margao, 35 kilometers
  • Spice farm, 35 kilometers
  • Arpora night market, 65 kilometers

Things to Do

Saturday is the community day off in the village where Earth Yoga Village encourages the guests to explore the beaches, restaurants, and markets in and around Palolem. You may choose to add therapies or massages from the wellness section.

Food

Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and fruit are included in the package. At Earth Yoga Village, the staff understands the incredible benefits of nutritious food, as Hippocrates rightly said, and consider food to be a powerful healing tool.

By using only fresh, seasonal herbs and vegetables from regional farmers, the daily menu of wonderfully nourishing vegan food support self-healing of the body, enhances detoxification and leaves you feeling strong and rejuvenated.

They offer three buffet-style, healthy, and wholesome meals per day (Indian, Goan, and Continental cuisine), herbal tea throughout the day, and unlimited filtered drinking water. Everything is made with love!

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The following meals are included:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:
  • Organic
  • Raw Food
  • Vegan
  • Whole Food
  • Yogic
The following drinks are included:
  • Tea
  • Water

Meet The Instructors

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Anand Garg

Anand is an ex-banker who said goodbye to his office job in 2012 to start his journey back to his inner self through yoga, meditation, and other spiritual practices. He has E-RYT 500 and YACEP. Anand trained and graduated from Sivananda Ashram in Kerala in 2012 and finished his master of yoga in 2016. He lives by the motto of love the life you live and live the life you love.

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Alexandra Van Schaik

Kathrin grew up in the beautiful Austrian countryside, which laid the foundation for her strong connection to mother nature. Having experimented with different nutritional systems for more than 10 years, she came in touch with Ayurveda during her first trip to India in 2007. This very individualized approach of Ayurveda deeply resonated with Kathrin and she decided to return to India to study the art of Ayurveda right where it’s coming from. For the past 7 years, she has deepened her knowledge in Ayurveda, yoga, meditation, and energy work.

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Anushree Singh

Anushree has graduated with honors in yoga philosophy and specializes as an anatomist and yoga therapist as well as the biomechanics of yoga body and breath. She has been training yoga enthusiasts to understand themselves and there practice for the last five years. Her approach towards teaching is friendly as well as firm blending strong tradition knowledge with a modern approach. She was introduced to yoga by Doctor Om Anand and her learning still continues from life, as she resides in her Gurus ashram. At present, she is pursuing her research on yoga and the nervous system.

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Kajsa Lieden

Kajsa is from Sweden and was working as a lawyer for many years, while simultaneously discovering her love for yoga, meditation & mindfulness. Eventually, deciding to leave the corporate life and walk fully on the path of knowing self through yoga and healing. In doing so, she found her new home with Earth Yoga Village. She believes in the law of nature and living a life aligned with following her dharma - spreading love, healing herself & others through the practice. She finished her TTC in February 2018 with Earth Yoga Village and has been teaching classes since then in Sweden till November.

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Olivier Charles

Olivier discovered yoga while living in London in 2003. Suffering from back pain and running injuries, yoga became an essential tool in his recovery and later a passion in its own right. Always a student at heart, he recently completed the advanced yoga anatomy course with Tom Myers, building on his understanding of the body and yoga practice even further. Over the years, Olivier has found that the key to a successful practice is honoring the physical body’s limitations and moving fearlessly into the possibilities of greater strength and flexibility.

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Dr. Praveena Shetty

Dr. Praveena Shetty is from India, she has been known for her multiple masters/diplomas and a doctorate in Yogasutras and other Indian philosophies. She had been a professor for a long duration with K. J. Somaiya Sanskriti Peetham & K. J. Somaiya Buddhism center Mumbai for and has been teaching yogic philosophies for a decade now. She received a Gold Medalist in Patanjali Yoga Sutras. While she was working as a professor at a senior college teaching human resources and development, life changed for her. She had bouts of migraine and so she sought the help of yoga therapy for physical respite.

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Emily Flaherty

Emily began her yoga journey in 2008 as a way to improve her mental health and the stresses of university life. Over the 7 years of teaching, she has always encouraged people to listen to their bodies, believing in the power of truly feeling a yoga practice rather than just “doing” one. Her path has taken her down many roads, from teaching children with Special Educational Needs, working in drug and alcohol recovery centers, to teaching yoga in all its spiritual wisdom at conscious gatherings.

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Location Earth Yoga Village, north end of Palolem Beach, across Bamboo bridge on Backwater Side, Palolem Beach, Goa 403702, India

Recommended Airports: 

Goa International Airport: Transfer not provided

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Goa International Airport (GOI). Earth Yoga Village can organize pick-up on request at an extra charge of 1,800 INR and 2,000 INR from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. The driver will assist you all the way to the village with your luggage without any extra charge or tips. In case of a flight delay, you will have to pay 200 INR per hour after the first hour extra.

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  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable if the booking is canceled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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