A Revolution on the Beach: 27th Feb-6th March 2022

Yoga on the beach in Goa: a Revolution!

27th February-6th March 2022
Patnem Beach, Goa, India | Map

The ultimate holiday for sunseekers, yogis and beach bums

On this retreat we will begin the New Year as we intend to continue, nourishing ourselves from the inside out with practices to sustain us through the ups and downs of the year ahead.

Bamboo Yoga Retreat has been established for 10 years offering relaxing beachfront yoga holidays, in a quiet and serene spot at the far end of Patnem bay, just a few minutes walk along the beach to the funky shops and cafes.

Accommodation is in comfortable beach cabins with ceiling fan and ensuite bathrooms with  sea views to the front or side veranda with their own hammock.

Healthy Vegetarian meals are plentiful, freshly cooked, and served buffet style, with plenty of choice and variations for those with special dietary needs, including local dishes as well as Asian/Fusion and Mediterranean recipes.

Gathering in silence before breakfast,  a wake up session of cleansing and stimulating breathing techniques will prepare us for an introduction to mindfulness practices, setting us up for the rest of the day.

A long dynamic Vinyasa Flow Yoga practice is scheduled mid-morning, in the shade of the seafront shala overlooking Patnem beach. Synchronizing breath and movement, gradually building in intensity to incorporate more challenging poses as the week progresses. We will work on building strength, stamina and flexibility, allowing everyone to progress at their own pace.

After a delicious lunch and a free afternoon to lounge on the beach, get a massage or stroll to the shops, we will regroup for a  gentler, more relaxing session of Yin and Restorative yoga.  We might workshop inversions,  hip or shoulder openers, or perhaps explore the guided relaxation of Yoga Nidra or some of the more esoteric/philosophical aspect of the practice. Finishing in time to marvel at yet another stunning sunset.

We will dine together at Bamboo in the evening (included in price) although it’s also worth checking out one of the many inexpensive local eateries on our day off.

I will try to accommodate everyone’s needs and preferences, offering a supportive environment for both beginners and more experienced practitioners alike.

There will be one rest day during the yoga retreat

Non-yoga doing partners are welcome.

  • 7x Nights accommodation
  • 3x Yoga sessions per day
  • 3x Delicious buffet meals per day with plentiful choices and extra afternoon snack
  • Teas & water
  • Dolphin watching boat trip

See more at the Bamboo website.

7.30am: Quiet cup of tea with a view of the empty beach and calm morning sea

8am: A little stretch, some breathing exercises (pranayama) and an introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

8.30am: Breakfast, maybe a stroll to the shops or a little sunbathing in the gentle morning rays

10am: Dynamic Flow Yoga in the shade of the beachfront yoga deck with the cool ocean breeze guiding our breath.

12.30pm: Delicious home-cooked lunch in convivial company

Afternoons are free to enjoy the beach, explore the local area or indulge in a rejuvenating massage treatment.

3.30pm: Tea and Treats.

4.30pm: A gentle restorative practice and maybe some deeper work on hips or shoulders, including Yin, Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation) and breathing exercises (pranayama) followed by a breathtaking sunset and a quiet moment of contemplation.

7pm: Meet for drinks followed by a fabulous dinner at Bamboo (included in price). On our day off you might like to try one of the many very good and cheap local eateries.

There will be one half day off for rest or sightseeing further afield.

A dolphin spotting boat trip is included in the price.

Prices includes accommodation, all yoga, three meals per day plus afternoon teas and treats:

Shared Occupancy (twin/double)
two friends/couple sharing £795pp

Single Occupancy   £1095

£200 pounds sterling deposit to reserve your space. Balance payable by 27th January 2022

Included in price:

  • 7x Nights accommodation
  • 3x Delicious buffet meals per day with plentiful choices and extra afternoon snack
  • Teas & water
  • 3x Yoga sessions per day
  • Dolphin watching boat trip

Not included in price:

  • Flights and transfers, insurance

Patnem Beach, Goa, India

Bamboo Yoga Retreat is located at the very furthest and quieter end of Patnem Beach, right on the bay overlooking the sea.

Access is via one street lined with wonderful little shops selling local goods and gifts, great clothes and holiday essentials. The Bamboo boys will meet you here and carry your bags along the beach to the retreat, so try to pack light!

It’s a short walk along the shore to the other cafes and restaurants strung around the bay. In the other direction, over the rocks , past the 5 star hotel on the next bay, you can catch a little fishing boat that will take you up river, or over to the next, deserted beach.

TRAVEL INFO:

There are many flight options to Goa either on direct charters or more flexible scheduled flights via Mumbai or Delhi. It’s a good idea to book flights sooner rather than later to take advantage of cheaper seats.

TUI have direct flights to Goa from the UK  leaving on Saturday and returning on Sunday: more info here
Air India (via Mumbai) are good as their connection times work well and your luggage will get booked all the way through.

Here’s a good place to start your search: skyscanner uk.

Patnem is approx 1-2hrs by taxi from the airport depending on trafffic. Pickup (30€ each way) is advisable and can be arranged through Bamboo to include being met at Airport and bag-carrying service along the beach to the resort.

Bamboo Yoga Retreat

VISA REQUIREMENTS

European passport holders can apply for an eVisa (for stays up to 30 days) which can be obtained online HERE

UK passport holders currently need to apply for the old-fashioned paper Visas which require a trip to their office in London to drop off the passport. This can also be organised via an agent. Contact me for more info.

START HERE
to fill in the online application form which you will need to print out
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT HERE
to take your passport to the office (or arrange for an agent to do it)

Your passport can be returned by mail



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