Location: Ashiyana Yoga Retreat Village, Mandrem, Goa, INDIA
TEAcher: Katy Appleton
Join Katy Appleton on appleyoga's Goan Retreat this coming March for a week of Indian bliss in the cultural home of yoga.
Ashiyana Yoga and Spa Village is located on the beautiful and unspoiled Mandrem Beach in the very north of Goa. Set amidst abundant, tropical flora and fauna, it has been designed as a deeply nurturing space where you can relax your body, calm your mind, and awaken to your inner peace of being, the ultimate setting for your retreat.
The Ashiyana location offers a balance between the serenity of a coconut palm grove, bordered by the enchanting Mandrem River, and a beautiful quiet beach with the invigorating sound of the waves breaking against the shore just beyond the dunes.
Mandrem, a remote and sleepy fishing village in the north of Goa, has a number of restaurants, an internet cafe, a travel agent, a small organic shop, general grocery store and places to rent motorbikes or hire taxis. Thirty minutes away by road is the large market town of Mapusa, which has good coach connections to other Indian towns and cities.
A pleasant 40-minute stroll (10 min's by taxi) north along the beach is the lively and colorful village of Arambol. One of the main attractions to this distinctly 'hippy' hangout is the fresh-water lake separated from the sea by broad golden sands and it also has a post office, a small market, restaurants and beach-front bars, some featuring live music.
A southward stroll takes you along endless stretches of beach dotted with beach shacks and restaurants. With its brilliant sunshine, refreshing ocean breezes, and an away-from-it-all feel, it is an ideal place to relax, unwind and simply be.
appleyoga's Goan adventure will be an unforgettable week that will allow you to experience the richness of mystical India with its wealth of culture and natural beauty.
This is a wonderful opportunity to indulge in the transformational, fun and rejuvenating pleasures of the yoga practices led by Katy and to join in this week of celebration.
On this trip there is the opportunity to enjoy the spa and the wonderful balancing ayurvedic treatments on offer. In your free time you may choose to get a feel for India by visiting the local fishing village, going on an excursion to local towns or you may choose to unwind by enjoying a stroll or relaxing on the beach.
One week retreat includes
- 7 Transformational Vinyasa morning flow yoga practices
- 5 Evening Lunar yoga practices
- All yoga props and mats are provided
- 7 nights accommodation at the beautiful Ashiyana retreat centre
- 2 meals a day (brunch & dinner) plus unlimited tea and water
Retreat doesn't include
- Transfers to and from the airport
- Flights or travel insurance
- Excursions or day trips
- Friday evening supper out at local village
- Extra treats and activities
- Taxis to and from places locally
The venue is situated North of Goa, approximately 90 mins from the airport.
Much of Ashiyana's accommodation is in a beautiful palm grove fronting the Mandrem River and facing towards the sea, which can be viewed from some of the upper-floor balconies.
The accommodation is in the form of luxury eco-lodges, tree-houses and stone-built houses set amidst lush tropical gardens, statues and water features.
The lodges and tree-houses are built of local wood giving an "Indonesian" feel, though most finishing touches are borrowed from classical Indian design, with plenty of natural fabrics and antique furniture.
Most of our beach huts are located on the dune which separates Mandrem river from the Arabian Sea. The others are located on the mainland facing the river. There are hut sheltered behind the banks of the dune and others on the dune top. They all come with an en suite bathroom, fan and mosquito net. Whilst being in the economy section of the accommodation, they have recently been lovingly upgraded with simple, yet chic interior-designed finishes.
The classes will be held outside. The practice area is a Balinese-style yoga shala. The area is peacefully quiet; the sound of the sea gives great inspiration for yoga practice.
There is a restaurant at Ashiyana that provides Brunch & Dinner daily.
Brunch: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Home-made muesli and porridge, curd (yoghurt), soya/milk, fresh fruit salad, plus a daily menu selected from the following - toasted, home-baked bread, butter, cheese, honey, jam, patisserie, scrambled eggs, dhal, rice, salad, hummous, tahini, and other daily specials. Tea, coffee and juices.
Ginger lemon honey, Indian chai, as well as filtered water from our own wells.
Evening: 19:00 pm - 20:30 pm
A fusion of freshly prepared Indian and western vegetarian cuisine. Fresh fish and chicken dishes are served twice a week.
Ashiyana's organic* restaurant offers buffet meals. (* wherever possible we seek to source organic produce.) All of our food is fresh and prepared daily, and whilst we do not think that a vegetarian diet is the best diet for all, we recognize that this is probably the preference of most and have made it our primary cuisine. For those who wish to maintain a non-vegetarian diet we will provide a chicken or fish alternative a couple of evenings per week. All our water is filtered, including that used for cooking. Food allergies and other specific dietary requirements can be catered for. Please just let us know ASAP before you arrive.
Sample Daily Schedule
Transformational solar vinyasa flow yoga: a variety of active asana practices for all levels: dynamic prana vinyasa flow, energetic and alignment-based hatha yoga, pilates core inspiration, invocations, meditation, pranayama, heart opening practices to liberate body and mind - are you ready? WOO HOO!
Suitable for all levels - just bring your heart and spirit!
Soak up the sun, sunbathe and enjoy the beach or relax with a holistic treatment!
Introspective & awaking lunar yoga practices.
These sessions will consist of various techniques such as pranayama, meditation, yin yoga, restorative yoga, mantra, yoga nidra, nada yoga to bring you home to YOU.
Ashiyana Centre is located a 90 mins taxi ride from Goa Airport. International and national flights arrive into Dabolim Airport in Goa.
Pre-pay government taxis are available as you exit the airport terminal or we can organise a local mandrem taxi to collect you. (Rs. 1200).
Joelle is an independent travel agent, an excellent service that takes the hassle out of booking flights.
Mob: 07747 133457
Here are some links to different travel companies but do shop around for the best deals:
An easy way to get there is a direct charter flight to Goa.
Another way to travel is scheduled flights to India and then to take a domestic flight to Goa. The domestic flights have become frequent, safe and cheap option to take now.
Transfers aren't included in the retreat but when you arrive at Dabolim Airport / Goa there is a taxi stand (you pre-pay for the ride at the stand - just give the retreat address beforehand).
We would advise you to arrive a few days before the retreat so you can unwind from your travels and maybe even stay on for a few additional days after to deepen your retreat experience.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book this.
Arrival and Departure at Ashiyana
Xth March is a day to arrive, so there is no yoga scheduled on that date.
There will be a welcome supper if you are able to make it with your flights, however yoga will commence on the morning of the 14th March. Details of that will be sent a month before the retreat starts.
On the Xth March, there will be a morning yoga session and breakfast as usual, so we suggest to book a flight in the later afternoon that date. However we understand that this may not be possible with your flight times.
Book now / Register your interest
We will be confirming pricing in Summer 2017 and opening this wonderful retreat up for you to book, but in the meantime do please register your interest so we can let you know the moment that happens.
Terms & Conditions
- 60 days or more prior to the retreat date: Your payments will be refunded, less £200 which is your non-refundable deposit.
- 59-30 days prior to the retreat date: payments are not refundable, but are transferable (less the £200 non-refundable deposit) to a future appleyoga retreat.
- 29 days or less prior to the retreat date: payments are not refundable.