INDIA YOGA ESCAPE
23-31 MARCH 2024
Discover your inner serenity amidst Goa's coastal beauty at our transformative yoga retreat
A rejuvenating experience with Maria Natsouli
Embarking on this yoga retreat is a unique opportunity to re-discover yourself, while surrounded by the peaceful beauty of the Indian coast of Goa, experiencing a harmonious blend of yoga practices, refreshing dips in the ocean, and the vibrant local culture.
Maria's intention is to offer you a transformative journey of rejuvenation and inner peace, so that when you return back home your refreshed mind and body will have the tools to maintain their peace and balance in your everyday life.
So, let's escape to the coastal haven of Goa, India, from March 23rd to 31th! Let's live for a week at the serene Indian shores, practice revitalizing yoga sessions, dip in the Indian ocean and sun bath under the sun, lounge under the shade of palm trees, and get to know and share for a bit the unique Indian culture. Because on that particular week we get to experience one of the best Indian traditions, the celebration of the Holi festival.
23 March: Fly to Goa from Athens with Gulf Air and check in to our hotel.
24 March: Breakfast at the hotel, day free to enjoy the beach and rest, and then yoga class in the evening before our dinner at the hotel.
25 March: Yoga class in the morning and breakfast at the hotel. Today is the day of Holi celebrations. We will engage in the heartwarming tradition of applying colorful powders on friends and strangers, delve into the streets, where locals and travelers dance to the beats of traditional music, sharing sweets and spreading joyous vibes, and experience the unique "Rang Panchami," where the sky becomes a canvas of hues as people throw colored water and powders, creating a spectacular display of unity and jubilation. Dinner at the hotel.
26 March: Yoga class in the morning and breakfast at the hotel. Then we go on a sightseeing tour to visit Old Goa, the St. Francis of Assisi Church, built in 1661, and the Basilica of Jesus famous throughout the Roman Catholic world. We will also visit the “Se Cathedral”, the largest of the Churches of Old Goa, also known for its numerous altars. We will continue the tour with a walk through the bustling life of Panjim city and Mapusa, a market town with pavement bazaars. Yoga class in the evening upon our return to the hotel. Then dinner at the hotel.
27 March: Yoga class in the morning, breakfast at the hotel, day free to enjoy any of the near beautiful beaches. Yoga class in the evening before our dinner at the hotel.
28 March: Yoga class in the morning, breakfast at the hotel. Today we will do excursion to Spice plantation and have some fun. The Tropical Spice Plantation guided tour will refresh your senses and make you feel part of the nature. Our gentle giants (our elephants) will treat you to an amazing experience. Enjoy the elephant ride and the elephant bath. After our tour around the plantation, we will enjoy lunch in an open air restaurant. Yoga class in the evening before our dinner at the hotel.
29 March: Yoga class in the morning, breakfast at the hotel, day free to enjoy the beach. Yoga class in the evening before our dinner at the hotel.
30 March: Yoga class in the morning, breakfast at the hotel, day free to enjoy our last swim and sun bath. We check out midnight and head to the airport for our flight back to Athens.
Maria Natsouli | Senior Yoga Teacher, Wellness Coach
Maria is an E-RYT 1000 Yoga Alliance teacher, Wellness Coach and retreats leader with over 3000 hours of teaching. Choosing to attend a retreat led by Maria is an opportunity to explore yoga in a relaxed and supportive environment. Maria's retreats are a break from the hustle, a chance to unwind and immerse yourself in the practice of yoga at your own pace. Her approach is is a harmonious blend of mindful movement, breathwork, and alignment, focusing on finding inner peace through yoga, pranayama and meditation.
She will create a nurturing space where you can deepen your practice, explore different yoga styles, and reconnect with yourself. Joining her retreat means taking a step back from the chaos, finding calm, and leaving with a renewed sense of well-being.
WHERE YOU WILL STAY
Prices include everything, flight tickets, hotel half board, excursions, yoga classes, visa and insurance!
Standard spacious room with imodern amenities for a comfortable stay at Aralea Beach Resort
PRICE (including everything): 2,100€ per person
The price for single occupancy of the above rooms is 350€ extra charge in the prices seen above.
The price for non-yogi participants is 200€ less on the above price.
What is included in all prices
Economy air tickets with Gulf Air
8 nights accommodation at Aralea Beach Resort
Late check out from the hotel on our departure day
Two (2) pieces of luggage (23 kg each) and one carry-on bag up to 6 kg for each traveler
Half board daily (breakfast + dinner) at the hotel
A lunch during our excursion on March 29
Transportation based on the daily schedule
All entrances to museums and historical sites, according to the daily schedule
Services of local English-speaking qualified tour guide & professional driver
All local taxes
24-hour emergency telephone
Individual travel insurance extra
Cost of e-Visa for India (35€)
What is not included
Any extra meals or beverages, which are not mentioned in the above program
Any spa services, laundry, telephone calls, personal tips at the hotel
Any other tours, taxis, guides you might book by yourself
Any RTPCR Test charges
Any Services which are not included in the above offer shall be extra
A deposit of 300€ per person is required to book your spot!
If you don't choose to pay instantly you may follow the below payment plan
40% of the total amount is required until 15/1/2024
75% of the total amount is required until 15/2/2024
Full payment should be settled until 28/2/2024
The above payment plan will be emailed to you with exact amounts according to your booking upon deposit. Please read below FAQ and T&Cs. For any further question you might have please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 2114205517
Q: Where is the retreat located in India? A: The retreat is nestled in Mandrem beach, North Goa, offering serene surroundings and a tranquil environment for your yoga experience. Q: What accommodation options are available? A: We offer various accommodation options, from shared rooms to private suites, each designed to ensure comfort and relaxation during your stay. Q: What level of yoga experience do I need? A: All levels are welcome! Whether you're a beginner or an experienced yogi, the retreat is tailored to accommodate and challenge everyone at their own pace. Q: What does a typical day at the retreat look like? A: Each day includes yoga sessions morning and evening (not mandatory to attend both but of course recommended), free time for relaxation or exploration. The schedule balances activity and downtime for a well-rounded experience. Q: What kind of meals are provided? A: Nutritious and delicious meals are provided, catering to various dietary needs. We prioritize fresh, locally sourced ingredients to support your well-being during the retreat. Q: Are excursions or local experiences included? A: Yes, we offer optional excursions to nearby attractions or cultural experiences to enrich your stay. These activities complement the retreat's focus on relaxation and discovery. Q: What should I bring with me? A: Comfortable yoga attire, a reusable water bottle, sunscreen, mosquito repellent and any personal items you may need. We'll provide a detailed packing list upon registration. Q: How do I get to the retreat location? A: We'll provide transportation from the airport to the hotel. Q: Is there internet available at the retreat? A: While we encourage a digital detox during the retreat, yes there will be WiFi at the hotel. Q: What's the refund policy? A: Our refund policy allows for cancellations within a specific timeframe before the retreat. Please refer to our terms and conditions for detailed information.
Terms and Conditions for Yoga Retreat Participation Organizer: The organizer of this yoga retreat is Avra Yoga, legally represented by Maria Natsouli, with VAT number 064813903, in cooperation with DION TOURS N.G. & RED ELEPHANT O.E. - MH.T.E 0933E60000143601. Booking and Payment: To secure your spot, a deposit of 300 is required at the time of booking. A contract will be sent to you with all details and T&Cs to sign before we proceed with tickets booking. For tickets booking we need a clear photocopy of your valid passport, which has to have more than 6 months validity in order for you to be able to travel abroad. Offer and early bird prices are valid until 15/1/2024. After that full price will be required for your booking. If you don't choose to pay in full then you agree the following payment plan 40% of the total amount is required until 15/1/2024 75% of the total amount is required until 15/2/2024 Full payment should be settled until 28/2/2024 If you choose the payment plan please note that full payment is due by 28/2/2024. If you miss any of the payments mentioned the organizer has the right to cancel your spot and refund you as per the cancellation policy. Payments can be done either by the online links provided above, bank transfer or cash at Avra Yoga Studio. Cancellation Policy: if you cancel your booking you will be charged with cancellation charges as per the policy below In case of cancellation until January 15, 2024 – €200 per person In case of cancellation from January 16 to February 19, 2024 – 40% of the total price In case of cancellation from February 20 to March 3, 2024 – 75% of the total price In case of cancellation from March 4, 2024 and until departure – 100% of the total price India Visa requirements: Original Passport with a minimum validity of 6 months from the date of the Indian Visa issuance, with at least 2 continuous blank pages, in good condition Two photocopies of Passport pages with details One passport photo and one passport photo in jpeg format Photocopy of previous Indian Visa if any Relevant form filled in and signed Insurance: we will provide travel insurance that compensates you in various cases of cancellation, delay, sickness during the trip, etc. Please visit the link https://diontours.gr/taxidiotikes-asfaleies/ and read what is provided at Package 3. For any further compensations that you believe you might need, you must proceed with your own travel insurance. Health and Fitness: Participants are responsible for ensuring they are medically and physically fit for the retreat activities. Please inform us of any medical conditions, injuries, or dietary restrictions upon booking. Participant Conduct: Respectful behavior towards fellow participants, staff, and the retreat property is expected at all times. Any disruptive behavior or actions that may compromise the safety or well-being of others may result in dismissal from the retreat without refund. Liability: Participants acknowledge and assume all risks associated with the retreat activities, releasing the organizers from any liability for personal injuries, accidents, or losses. Changes to Itinerary: The organizers reserve the right to modify the retreat schedule, accommodations, or activities due to unforeseen circumstances or safety concerns. Photography and Media: Photographs or videos taken during the retreat may be used for promotional purposes. Please inform us if you prefer not to be featured in promotional material. Force Majeure: The organizers shall not be liable for any failure or delay in performance due to circumstances beyond their reasonable control, including but not limited to natural disasters, pandemic, epidemic, or government restrictions. Agreement to Terms: Booking and payment for the retreat indicate your acceptance of these terms and conditions.