When you practice yoga in India it feels like the universe supports you! Goa is spiritual and fun. Samata Retreat Centre is a deluxe ’boutique’ yoga venue situated in North Goa. It’s both close to Goa’s expansive beaches and sequestered in a peaceful Hindu village. With its temple-like yoga space, organic agriculture, boutique accommodation and a wellness clinic, Samata is a perfect oasis for immersion into a deep yoga practice and meditation.
Stroll along white-sand beaches with swaying coconut palms. Shop at the famous Anjuna market. Sip Chai at a beach shack. Chill to Goan trance. Watch the sun set over the Arabian Sea. Hire a scooter and explore colorful seaside villages, Portuguese mansions, Hindu temples, and lush spice plantations.
The focus, of course, is yoga – on and off the mat – to enhance your appreciation of all that is around you. Two yoga classes a day with the opportunity for each student to practice at his/her own level making the week suitable for students of different abilities. Have a yoga adventure in the mystical land of its birth and get to the spiritual heart of the practice.
Start your day with basic pranayama and meditation, followed by a slow, mindful Vinyasa Flow class. Study BKS Iyengar technique and alignment principles (acts of Dharana) in the afternoon ‘Yoga Clinic.’ Restorative yoga is used as a healing/transformational tool to move through fear and release hardness in the body, experience deep inner peace and insight, and learn to be at ease in the present moment.
Heather is skilled at reading ‘individual’ bodies and knows how to help each student to have good alignment, strength and flexibility, and peace in an asana. This retreat is designed to help you improve your practice technically, so you can avoid injury and recover from imbalances. Yoga philosophy and Ancient wisdom traditions are infused into the teachings in a way that diminishes suffering in our lives. It’s a deep practice that moves beyond the physical experience to make the yogic inquiry authentic and relevant to real life.
This workshop will inspire and challenge all levels of yoga student. Participants have ranged in age from 19 – 68. Beginners are welcome as long as you have some yoga experience, are relatively fit and willing to try. Afternoons are free for sightseeing, swimming in the sea or pool, relaxation and massage.
Samata Retreat Centre provides the perfect environment where all your needs are taken care of so you can focus on your yoga practice and the inner journey. It’s located in a peaceful village setting behind Arambol Beach, North Goa. Samata is surrounded by lush vegetation; the morning birdsong and occasional monkey visits are just some of the magic it has to offer. There is a beautiful teardrop pool, lots of chill out space, and all modern amenities -including wifi. The stylish and comfortable guest rooms are all ensuite.
The yoga shalas are beautifully designed with hardwood bamboo floors. Exquisite Indian and Ayurvedic food are made from fresh produce grown in their own Organic Garden. The Holistic Clinic offers various healing therapies and spa treatments, featuring Acupuncture, Tibetan Medicine, Ayurveda and Vedic Astrology.
A spiritual polymath, Heather is able to draw on an enormous range of secular and spiritual sources to demonstrate the union of wisdom teachings, from Gandhi to Tagore, from Nagarjuna to something she read in the paper last week.
No matter age, ability or experience Heather will guide you to peace on her yoga retreats.
Heather provided a safe and nurturing environment, which facilitated the group dynamics as well as the individual’s pace of learning and development. It was a profound experience.
The price includes:
£825 is payable to HEATHER ELTON. The price includes 2 yoga classes a day, 3 meals a day, and 7 nights shared accommodation. If you prefer a private room, either single or King size, please add the extra supplement. The rooms are on a first come basis.
Deluxe Twin Room (Shared) – £825 | Deluxe Single Room – £895 | Deluxe King Room – £1000 | Triple Room £755 |
Full payment must be made to confirm your room. Payment can be made by cheque or bank transfer.
International airfare and transfers are not included.
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Samata Retreat Centre is located 3km inland from Arambol, a village in North Goa close to the Mahrastra border.
Book your flight to the Goa Dabolim Airport (GOI). Samata is 1.5 hour drive from the airport. We recommend flying direct into Goa if possible to avoid the long and arduous process of transferring from International to Domestic Terminal in Delhi or Mumbai. If traveling from Europe or abroad, Qatar airlines has flights direct into Goa. British Airways and Jet Airways collaborate on flight. Thomson a direct flight from the UK, and Condor direct flights from Munich. If you’re in the UK, Trailfinders are very helpful with arranging flights and Visas. Here are some other links: www.southalltravel.com, www.cheapflights.co.uk and www.cleartrip.com.
We are happy to offer advice for travel into Goa; just ask.
Taxis are readily available at all airports, train stations, and bus stations. We can arrange to have a taxi pick you up at the airport, or give you detailed instructions how to arrange your own taxi transfer to Samata as well as suggested prices you will have to pay. We will give you all of our contact information and maps so that your driver will deliver you safely to our oasis.
The closest large town to Mandrem is Mapusa which has coach/bus connections to Mumbai, Bangalore, Mangalore, Mysore, Pune and other tourist destinations. Mapusa is 35 mins by taxi from Samata.
The closest train stations to Samata are Pernem Station or Tivim Station, which are 30-45 drive away. Vasco and Margao stations are around 1.5 hours away.
The closest bus station to us is Mapusa, 30 minutes away; Panjim station is also convenient, only 45 minutes away.
For more information, please contact:
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Heather Elton – email@example.com or +44 (0) 7714 328 055.
All foreign nationals visiting India require a visa to enter India.
Go to http://www.trailfinders.com/visas/india-visa or www.india-visa.com which has links to each Indian Embassy website for the country of your nationality, where you will be able to check visa requirements and download application forms.