A ten-day Integral Yoga (& Ayurveda) retreat in Kerala, and an enriching cultural discovery designed for anyone desiring to touch base with the self. A meaningful vacations that does not want to be confined only to the yoga mat and teacher. The retreat is divided into five nights at Purity, situated on the stunningly beautiful Vembanad lake, and another five days at Serenity, a colonial villa in the rubber plantations. Yoga sessions are facilitated by Hanna, founder of GIUMA, who have decades of relation with Kerala where her parents reside and run Malabar Escapes, www.malabarescapes.com.
5 nights at Purity on Vembanad
Situated on the shores of Lake Vembanad, this colonial style villa has exceptional lake views and is entirely geared to lakeside living. The stylish hall and dining room is replete with outstanding antiques and stunning modern art, whilst the shady verandas and lovely pool offer alternative resting places on the lakeside. Purity comprises 14 cheerful rooms & suites, all refreshingly contemporary. Turquoise, fuchsia and red predominate with a striking contrast of whitewash and wood. The rooms are uncluttered, fresh, light & breezy and open out onto private verandas and the garden.
Activities at Purity:
Morning & Evening Yoga/Pranayama/Meditation - Day-cruise through Lake Vembanad along the backwaters, one of Kerala’s most enchanting experiences. Exploring this labyrinthine network of waterways offers glimpses of Kerala’s unique rural lifestyle where land and water are inseparable. - Cooking demonstrationsTuk Tuk tour to the beach & surroundings and lunch at the sister property “infinity” - Lecture on Integral Yoga - Poolside with lakeview - Time to relax and surrender - Cycling
5 nights at Serenity, Kanam Estate
Serenity is situated on a small hilltop, en route to Periyar and 100 km from Cochin. A wonderful 1920's plantation estate mansion, it has been beautifully restored and re-designed in keeping with its historical roots. Sitting on a small hilltop, the views over the Blue Mountain of the Western Ghats are breathtaking and the surrounding rubber plantations, along with the shady pool, papaya trees and the pepper vines create a thoroughly tropical feel. With just 6 rooms serenity is always peaceful and there’s little to disturb you expect for the sound of the nature.
Activities at serenity:
Morning & Evening Yoga l Pranayama l Meditation - Guided walk into spice gardens and rubber plantations - “A day with the elephant”. Take Lakshmi for a bath, feed her some bananas, go for a ride and just enjoy having her around - Cooking demonstrations - Walking meditation - Time to relax and surrender - Cycling
Rates for this 10-nights retreat
Per person sharing a Double Room: Euro 1.380,00
Per person in Single Room occupancy: Euro 1.860,00
Accompanying partners & friends, that want to share this holiday with you without doing yoga, are most welcome! Please ask us for a quotation. Add-On Days: We are happy to provide ideas and itineraries for add on days & experiences.
Included in the program:
All Transfers including pick up & drop off Cochin International Airport 10 overnights in Deluxe room (sharing or single occupancy) All meals – a delicious discovery of vegetarian & south Indian cuisine. Teas & fresh fruits & juices throughout the day Daily morning & evening Yoga classes | Pranayama | Meditation Pada Abhyangam – Ayurvedic Foot Massage Free use of bicycles in both properties Free internet Activities listed in program above All applicable taxes
To learn how to carry yoga into your everyday life brings equilibrium and serenity into the physical body, emotions, mind and soul. According to Sri Aurobindo, there is no such thing as a part-time Sadhana (dedicated practice or learning), it has to be entire and encompass the whole life. The secret of success in Yoga is to regard it not as one of the aims to be pursued in life, but as the whole of life. He says, ‘All Life is Yoga’. I thought that a yoga which requires me to give up the world was not for me. I took it up seriously when I learnt that the same ‘tapasya’ ( effort to achieve self realisation) which one does to get away from the world can be turned to action’.
The yoga practice during the retreat is suitable to beginners as well as practitioners of all levels.
A carefully selected set of ‘asanas’ / postures is practiced in order to stretch the physical body. This sequence of asanas opens and cleanses the seven chakras (life energy centers) which regulate our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. While hatha yogic postures are practiced to strengthen the physical body, pranayama breathing techniques and meditation are also an essential part of the practice.
Hanna grew up in Germany, India, and the UK before making Florence, Italy, her home. Yoga has always been an important part of her life and she completed her first teacher training course in Italy. She than decided deepen her yogic studies under the direct guidance of Swami Vidyanand, the founder of Yoga Alliance International, in India and received the Master level certificate in Transformational Hatha yoga, Pranayama and Meditation. She is also certified in teaching kids & teen yoga. Hanna's practice is dedicated to the integral approach and teachings of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. GIUMA is a conscious journey towards integral yoga, driven by the quest for inner growth and integral development. We organize retreats & vacations, teacher training and classes in India and Italy. Our not-for-profit initiative Samskara explores the possibilities of integrating yoga intervention in trauma treatment and prevention. For more info please see www.giuma.org Ayurveda & purespa
Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word; it translates into the complete knowledge for long life. It is the oldest existing body of knowledge on healing, an ancient stream of medicine, developed to perfection when man lived in harmony with nature. All Ayurveda philosophies, principles and guidelines are focused on the individual with the aim to maintain his or her state of health. The ayurvedic therapy streamlines the natural synthesis and rhythm of the body.
Add daily ayurvedic treatments & get pampered at the in-house Purespa.
At arrival you will meet the experienced in-house ayurvedic doctor for a thorough consultation to personalize your treatment.
Daily treatments at serenity and purity, in addition to daily yoga practice, will pamper your senses, tone your body, and give you a relaxing insight into your body and this ancient tradition.
Price for ayurveda add-on: Euro 360
Adding Ayurveda your retreat will include:
Personalised schedule with one daily Ayurveda treatment throughout your stay (duration ranging between 60 to 80mins each), as prescribed by the Doctor.
Consultation & counselling with the Doctor during all stay