Kerala, India – Yoga Retreat 2021

Palm Tree Yoga Centre, Kerala, India

Hatha Vinyasa Flow & Yin Yoga Retreat

Dates: 4 – 14th Nov 2021

£599 per person twin share

£749 per person single room

Includes: 10 nights’ accommodation, daily breakfast, 6 dinners, 14 yoga classes (twice daily with rest days) and airport transfers to/from Trivandrum

Special add-on option: 3 additional nights with breakfast, 3 yoga classes and 2 dinners (1st – 4th Nov 2021):

£60 twin share supplement (or £659 per person for 13 nights)

£110 single room supplement (or £859 per person for 13 nights)

Not included: flights, food and drinks other than those specified, travel insurance, optional excursions, massages and Ayurvedic treatments

4 rooms left!

I absolutely LOVE India and I’m so excited to be offering another retreat there at the fabulous Palm Tree Yoga Centre in collaboration with one of the UK’s leading yoga retreat companies – Free Spirit Travel.

India is the birthplace of yoga and what better place to experience this ancient spiritual practice than in the tropical warmth of Kerala, the “land of coconuts”, a slender state along its Malabar coast. This is India at its most laid-back, a soul-soothing, serenely beautiful southern state that encompasses 375 miles of glorious Arabian coast, palm-fringed sandy beaches, glistening backwaters and the spice and tea-covered hills of the Western Ghats dotted with wildlife reserves and hill stations. Besides all this, Kerala is also the home of Ayurveda, known as the “Science of Life” and one of its oldest healing practices.

Yoga Classes

Each class will be an eclectic hatha experience, with a focus on the fundamentals of a structurally sound yoga practice. Precise alignment in standing, seated and reclined poses will be woven together by a slow flow, and each session will focus on a unique foundational movement pattern and is sequenced to steadily build those movement patterns into more challenging asana.

This retreat is open to all levels so beginners as well as those with a more skilled practice will be safely challenged.

The morning classes will start with quiet centering and pranayama (breath work) to cleanse, ground and energise us, before moving into a deeper, invigorating combination of hatha and vinyasa flow yoga. With a sense of playfulness and exploration, each student on their individual level will work on improving flexibility, strength, stamina and balance, delving deeper into postures empowered by their breath.

The late afternoon sessions will be a yin-yang practice, a quieter more explorative class, bringing into balance the passive (yin) and active (yang) aspects of yoga with energising yet restorative asana, holding postures longer to allow a deeper release both in the mind and body. Added to this will be an exploration into restorative yoga and yoga nidra. (yogic sleep).

Palm Tree Yoga Centre

Situated in its own grounds and surrounded by coconut groves, our retreat centre overlooks the beach in a peaceful bay, yet is only a 15 minute stroll or short auto rickshaw ride to the shops and restaurants of Kovalam. The yoga shala is on the shaded roof so that you can practice with the Indian Ocean in your sights. It’s fully equipped with mats, blocks, straps and bolsters so you don’t need to bring anything with you, and has overhead fans and blinds to keep you cool.

Accommodation is spread over two houses (Palm Tree and Pavilion), each with its own lounge, outdoor space and kitchen (for guests’ use to make hot drinks or chill drinking water) and there is WiFi throughout. Superior rooms in Pavilion and some sea view rooms in Palm Tree are at a supplement. Rooms have either double or single beds, ceiling fans, mosquito nets, en-suite bathrooms and are of a good standard. Each day after your morning yoga class a delicious breakfast is served, and on several evenings during your stay a scrumptious vegetarian/vegan dinner is provided. Kerala is renowned for its fabulous cuisine so on other evenings we can explore the many restaurants of Kovalam and add in a little night shopping.

Ayurvedic treatments and massages are available on site and local excursions can be arranged to the famous Keralan backwaters, wild life parks, local temples and markets and even a day trip to Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of India in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu.

To reserve your place, or for more information, please contact the Free Spirit Travel office on:

Tel: 01273 564230

Website :


Dear Bella,
Thank you so much for such a positive and uplifting experience in Kovalam, and for your wise counsel. I have not felt so calm and relaxed for a very long time. I feel so very privileged to have been part of this retreat, meeting such a great group of people and all the yoga. I already knew you were a good yoga teacher but the thought and planning which you had clearly put into each session was exceptional! Thank you!

Alison McMillan-Puri – Palm Tree Yoga, Kerala

I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful Yoga holiday I had with Bella in Ischia. Her yoga as always was inventive, stimulating and sensitive to all the Yogi’s on the holiday. Her passion to make the holiday (we call it a holiday rather than a retreat!) a wonderful experience for all of us, was embraced by open arms by the Yogi’s. The group bonded extremely well and we spent most of the time in each other’s company. The hotel with Michele as our main point of contact was perfect for this week – he looked after us very well. The food (delicious), accommodation (simple but clean) and surrounds …breath taking … were a delight Thank you!
Lisa Baderoon – Free Spirit Yoga, Ischia

Calabria, Italy – Yoga Retreat 2021 is cancelled and has now been moved to 2022

Hatha Vinyasa Flow & Yin Yoga Retreat

Dates: 4th -11th June 2022

£685 per person twin share

£815 per person single room

Included: accommodation, half board, 10 yoga classes and full access to the hotel facilities.

Not included: flights, lunch, travel insurance, transfers, access to the golf course (€20 per day), drinks and treatments.

4 twin/double rooms and 1 single room left!

Our venue: set in 47 acres of land, with its own private beach, vineyard, golf course and farm, this beautiful 4 star hotel feels like you’ve been dropped into an Agatha Christie movie!

Tucked into a tall cliff with stunning views overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, its old world charm (Sofia Loren was a regular guest here), impeccable service, elegant and grand public rooms, spacious terraces overflowing with bougainvillea, this hotel has everything you’d need for a relaxing yoga getaway to recharge your batteries.

There is a swimming pool at hotel level, with fabulous sea views and the private hotel beach is reached by a 92-metre-high lift that takes you almost to sea level where terraces have been built for sunbathing. Here you’ll also find a casual-dining alfresco restaurant serving lunch on the terrace overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean.

This is an eco-venue with its own organic farm and vineyard that provides the hotel with farm to table fruits, vegetables, olive oil, wine, milk, cheese, eggs and homemade jams and preserves.

Breakfast and 3-course dinners are included daily (vegetarian and vegan options are also available) and are served by friendly waiters in starched white uniforms adding to the overall charm of this beautiful hotel. On summer days and nights meals are taken in the elegant outdoor restaurant on one of the two sunny terraces overlooking the sea. Please note long trousers are required for gentlemen during dinner and informal clothing for lunch for both gentlemen and ladies.

There are two (shortly to be three) yoga shalas: a large outdoor circular shaded shala is situated above the swimming pool with views towards the sea, and a second indoor yoga and meditation room with large windows overlooking the gardens which is also available for the exclusive use of the students. The third shala will be a platform overlooking the sea just above the private beach – a perfect place for a spot of sunset yoga.

There is a small village with shops and cafes nearby, reached by taxi (€5), and other local excursions include an old town and market, thermal baths, and a boat trip so there are lots of options or just lay in the sunshine.

Rooms are on two levels, one with a terrace and one with small patios, and overlook a private wooded area. All rooms are en-suite.

Travel: fly to Naples and transfer either by minibus as a group or take the train to Paola. Alternatively, you can fly to Lamezia from Stanstead with Ryan Air.

Transfers: Taxi transfers from Lamezia airport cost €85 (4 person taxi) or €115 (8 person taxi). Taxi transfers from Paola Station are €40 (4 person taxi) or €72 (8 person taxi).

To reserve your place, please contact the Free Spirit Travel office on:

01273 564230 or email