Hatha Vinyasa & Yin Yoga Retreat
Dates: 1 – 11th Nov 2022
£599 per person twin share
£749 per person single room
Included: 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 (29th October – 1st Nov 2022):
£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
SOLD OUT – waitlist only
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. The retreat centre is situated in its own grounds surrounded by coconut groves and overlooking 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. 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.
Accommodation is spread over three buildings (Palm Tree, Curry Leaf and Pavilion). Palm Tree has four rooms, a shared lounge and the yoga shala is on the shaded roof so that you can practice with the Indian Ocean in your sights. There are two seaview rooms here at a supplement of £40 (10 nights) and £50 (13 nights). Curry Leaf houses the restaurant, a chill out lounge area and has two larger rooms overlooking the beach; both seaview rooms here are at a supplement of £40 (10 nights) and £50 (13 nights). Pavilion is the superior beachfront building and also has larger rooms with a large ground floor shared terrace and upstairs shared balconies facing the sea. Seaview rooms here are at a supplement of £80 (10 nights) and £100 (13 nights), and there are two rooms that face the coconut grove at a smaller supplement of £40 (10 nights) and £50 (13 nights). All rooms have either double or single beds, ceiling fans, mosquito nets, en-suite bathrooms and are of a good standard. There is good Wi-Fi throughout the complex as well as a small Ayurvedic Centre where a range of treatments are available at very reasonable prices.
The yoga shala is 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. 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 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 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 body and the mind. Added to this will be an exploration into meditation, restorative yoga and yoga Nidrā (yogic sleep).
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 : http://freespirityoga.co.uk
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