From 15 to 22 February 2020 Elles will be holding a Kishori Yoga Retreat at the utterly magical Satsanga Retreat in Goa, India, the motherland of yoga. Seven days to release and relax with a well-balanced program of yoga and meditation, and be nourished by the warm sunshine, the abundant exotic surroundings and delicious, wholesome vegetarian food.
Walk through the gates of Satsanga Retreat and the weight of the world starts to fade away. You are instantly made to feel at home by Emma and Olaf and their friendly, helpful staff. The retreat is set in a beautiful tropical garden that oozes serenity. Wander along the little pathways and be taken in by the colourful flowers and other little details and delicate touches.
There’s a gorgeous swimming pool and many cosy corners to sit back and be on your own or hang out with friends. It is a haven of tranquility, a sanctuary.
The guest rooms are tastefully furnished and all have a private bathroom, ceiling fan and mosquito net. They are cleaned daily and provided with a fresh jug of purified water.
Hidden away on the shaded rooftop is a bijou Spa centre where you can indulge in a wide range of Ayurvedic treatments.
The yoga shala is a glorious space, open sided (but mosquito netted!), wooden floors, and all the yoga equipment we could want.
Kishori Yoga looks for a healthy balance between the active and receptive, the fine line between doing and non-doing. It invites an ever more subtle awareness of the body and the way it moves. It taps into a range of different styles and methods, though a gentle approach is key. You will always be encouraged to go at your own pace. Whether in movement or in stillness, what matters most is that you really tune in and listen to the sensations that arise. This embodied attention to detail is the basis of mindfulness and it’s from that point that we can open out into a state of simply being present.
The morning class will be more dynamic, actively strengthening and reaching into the muscles, moving with the breath. Detailed explorations of classic asanas will give you a better understanding of what is actually involved in a yoga pose so you can make them your own. A long relaxation at the end allows you to absorb the new places you have discovered. Having thus fine-tuned our awareness of the body it will come as natural progression to sit in meditation and be still for a while before we finish the session and venture into the Goan day.
The afternoon class will be yin yoga, which is a meditative practice that focuses on the connective tissue and the joints. It’s also very restful for the mind. We use the breath to guide us to the deeper places in the body, and sometimes somatic movement to transition from one pose to another. The yin poses are passive and gentle and we stay with them for several minutes at a time. Real time to observe, acknowledge, adjust, feel. The emphasis is on letting go and non-doing with presence.
The evenings won’t all have a scheduled session, but may involve a Nadhabrahma, Nataraj or Darkness meditation.
8.00 Light breakfast
9.00 – 11.00 Yoga
4.00 – 6.00 Yoga
8.30 – 9.00 Evening Meditation (alternate evenings)
In the morning we will practice Social Silence to support your personal space.
The afternoons will be free for you to wander, swim, have an Ayurvedic massage, a 1:1 yoga session with Elles, learn to make the perfect chai with the kitchen team, visit one of Goa’s palm fringed beaches or colourful markets … or just do nothing at all. You also have the opportunity to consult an Ayurvedic Doctor at the Spa and receive personalised treatment over several days. https://www.satsangaretreat.com/the-spa
The Wednesday will be slightly different. There will be no class in the afternoon so you can explore a little further afield, perhaps watch the sunset on the beach. If there’s enough interest I can also organise a boat trip through the mangroves and backwaters of Chapora River to watch the birds and perhaps spot a crocodile!
Costs and Travel:
£700pp (based on 7 nights shared accommodation in twin room with ensuite).
Subject to any significant exchange rate fluctuations.
Single rooms may be available at extra cost but cannot be guaranteed.
You can arrive at any time on Saturday, even late at night. Our first session will be on Sunday afternoon so you will have ample time to recover from your journey and get settled in your new environment.
All yoga classes
Morning chai, brunch, afternoon snack and dinner
Fruit, biscuits, tea and purified water, available all day
Use of swimming pool, library and yoga equipment
Flights and transfers
Indian tourist visa and travel insurance
Extra snacks, juices and coffees
Optional boat trip, cooking lessons, treatments or excursions.
Please note that this retreat is not suitable for absolute beginners. Some experience with yin yoga is recommended.
More info and booking please contact Elles.
Upon booking you will receive a booking form. A £200 deposit will be required to confirm your space.
Once you have booked I can give you more detailed advice on how to apply for a visa, exchange money, travel etc. If you intend to stay in India for a few more days, I may have some interesting tips on cultural sites, temples, spice gardens, waterfalls and the various beaches of Goa.