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ANDREW HILLAM
2024 All Inclusive Ashtanga Yoga Retreat Content

This year we offer two options of either 7 or 10 days at SwaSwara Resort: Sep 21-28 or Sep 21-Oct 1, 2024.

This year's retreat will focus on a return to the simplicity of Ashtanga Yoga as a practice, addressing all its elements, by practical application and with reference to the teachings of great texts like the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali, the Bhagavata Purāṇa and the Upaniṣads. We will combine this learning with the simple principles of Ayurveda all set in the stunning natural surroundings of SwaSwara to support our inward journey.

 

A few minutes walk from the Ocean, SwaSwara is nestled in lush forest filled with beautiful birds and butterflies along with the shy and reclusive Hanuman Langur. The coastal forest air is clean and pure and the water is natural rain water harvested and filtered. SwaSwara specialises in holistic Ayurvedic treatments nurturing you back to a state of perfect balance. The staff are among the sweetest, most welcoming and gentle souls anywhere in the world. It is an ideal place to deepen all aspects of yoga practice and to reconstruct body, mind and spirit, creating balance and harmony within.

 

Yoga practice is the process by which we bring about a change in perspective, away from identification with the ever busy mind, toward identification as the observer or Self. Even a little of this practice is extremely valuable and can have a long lasting effect. The peaceful environment of SwaSwara, abounding in natural beauty, allows the mind to become quiet and is perfect to support our yogic journey of going more deeply within.

During the retreat daily morning chanting is followed by Ashtanga Led and Mysore Classes and complimented by satsanga in the afternoons, delving into discussions on yoga philosophy, asana and pranayama techniques. During the day schedule Ayurvedic massage and naturopathic treatments, Ayurvedic cooking classes, meditative art classes or go on a guided nature walk with SwaSwara’s in house naturalist. There will also be plenty of time to enjoy the beach or the pool or visit nearby Gokarna, a timeless and traditional South Indian village home to the famous Mahabaleshwara Shiva Temple.

As part of the Ayurveda component of the retreat, SwaSwara's in-house Ayurvedic physician, Vaidya (doctor) Subhash, will give the group a special presentation on the science and practical application of Ayurveda in daily life. Students will also have the opportunity to take part in interactive cooking sessions on Ayurvedic cuisine.

We will take a day trip to a nearby forest temple during the retreat. 

 

Partners of Retreat Attendees: You are welcome to bring your 'non-yoga' partner to share your villa and to relax and enjoy SwaSwara while you attend the Yoga classes and satsaṅga. Partners will be able to access all the same benefits offered by SwaSwara including ayurveda and naturopathy treatments as outlined below. Please contact us directly for partner rates and more information.

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This is an all inclusive Ashtanga Yoga Retreat that includes all the following except your air ticket, insurance and personal incidentals while at SwaSwara. 

Check out the full pricing & sample daily schedule!

Ashtanga Yoga

7-Day Package:

6 x Morning chanting & Asana Sessions:

Inclusive of Guided Group Class & Mysore Style Practice

6 x Satsanga Sessions:

Inclusive of Yoga Philosophy, Pranayama, Asana Technique & Q&A

10-Day Package:

9 x Morning chanting & Asana Sessions:

Inclusive of Guided Group Class & Mysore Style Practice

9 x Satsanga Sessions:

Inclusive of Yoga Philosophy, Pranayama, Asana Technique & Q&A

Ayuverda

Ayuverda Consultations:

A detailed consultation with the Ayurveda doctor on arrival followed by check-ups & interaction with the doctors prior to each Ayurveda treatment.

 

7 Day Package:

4 x Ayurvedic Massage treatments per person during your stay.

10 Day Package:

6 x Ayurvedic Massage treatments per person during your stay.

Round Trip Limousine Car Transfer

The closest international airport is Dabolim Airport (GOI) in Goa. Fly into Dabolim and you will be picked up in a limousine and brought directly to SwaSwara. For a surcharge of 6000INR you can also choose to be picked up from Manohar Airport (GOX) (further North from SwaSwara than Dabolim Airport.)
 

Retreat attendees will be connected to SwaSwara directly for Airport pick up arrangements upon registration.

Luxurious Private Villa

The package includes either 7 or 10 nights of a single or twin shared individual villa with private outdoor shower, courtyard garden and upstairs meditation area overlooking the natural forest of SwaSwara. Each villa is a sanctuary in its own right.
 

Set on Om Beach, Gokarna, on the Western Coast of Karnataka, the grounds are surrounded by the serenity of nature and only a few minutes walk to the unspoiled beaches and ocean.

Organic Ayuverdic Meals

2 x main vegetarian meals per day (Brunch & Dinner).

Additional fruits & Juices are served early morning; mid morning & evening herbal tea served with healthy cookies 

Delicious Ayurvedic vegetarian organic meals are created from fresh ingredients every day using seasonal produce sourced from the local farming community and from the SwaSwara organic garden.

*SwaSwara is capable of accommodating to Vegan & Gluten Free diet.

Optional Activities

Cooking Classes / Demonstrations, Art Classes and Nature Walks with SwaSwara staff are also available as part of your stay upon request. You can also take time to visit the local temples and markets in the famous village of Gokarna or take a boat ride on the Aganashini River to visit nearby Mirjan Fort.

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