– B.K.S. Iyengar
Surrounded by coconut trees, lush tropical vegetation, and paddy fields, the eco village and organic farm located in the hinterlands of Kochi, Kerala is the perfect setting for the ultimate journey of your self.
Inspired by the 5000 year old tradition of Patanjali's Ashtanga Yoga, the classical style offered focuses not only on developing balance, strength and flexibility, but also lays the foundations in understanding the principles of yogic living to maintain balanced physical and mental wellbeing.
As well as twice daily yoga asana sessions, personalised retreat programs offer guided meditation, philosophy classes and Ayurvedic therapeutic massages. Delicious organic balanced vegetarian cuisine is served during the retreat program and special foods are incorporated into the diet upon consultations with the in-house Ayurvedic doctor.
Yoga practice incorporates a short meditation, warm up and loosening exercises, asana or yogic postures, deep relaxation with awareness and Pranayama - vital energy breath work. Breathing techniques are designed to gain mastery over the respiratory process, while recognising the connection between the breath, mind and higher consciousness.
This unique program of traditional Hatha sessions are open for all levels and every body constitution. The instructors have over 25 years of teaching experience and are proficient in english language. With 4 hours of yoga practice daily, along with guided meditation and philosophy sessions, this is an all encompassing experience to guide you forward in your journey to encourage yoga in every-day life.
Ayurveda - the ancient and traditional healing practice originating in Southern India is a wholistic approach of healing and maintaining optimum health. Ayurveda was derived from the most cherished scripture of India; the Vedas. In Kerala, Ayurveda is not just a healthcare system it is a way of life, and with this in mind, travellers are encouraged to open to the natural and wholistic ways to healing not just for own benefit but for maximum cultural immersion.
In comparison to the western way of treating a particular sickness purely on a physical dimension Ayurveda focusses on the restoration of our natural state of balance; physically, mentally & spiritually- wholistically.
Upon consultation with the on-site Ayurvedic doctor on your first day, a schedule for therapies and massage will be personalised for you. Steam bath treatments, medicinal oil massages and a range of herbal remedies/therapies as well as integrated yoga and meditation. Specialised treatments such as Panchakarma - an intense purifying therapy to cleanse the body of toxins, are also on offer.
The retreat is set on a farm village in the outskirts of Kochi. Lush tropical greenery amongst sprawling rubber plantations, coconut trees, paddy fields and an array of organic produce like native fruits, nuts and berries as well as vegetables and Ayurvedic herbs you'll feel the benefits of eating home grown, organic food and living in alignment with nature.
There's also plenty of activities to entertain during down times like a swimming pool, traditional Kerala cooking classes, a communal library and push bikes for exploring the neighbouring villages, paddy fields, temples and shops.
The exquisite organic vegetarian cuisine provided is freshly prepared on site by the in house chef. Most of the ingredients are grown on the organic farm and some are sourced locally. Three hearty and healthy meals will be provided daily as well as freshly squeezed juices, herbal teas and traditional snacks. During your stay you're sure to fall in love with the vibrant and exotic foods of Southern India and you'll also learn some classic recipes with Kerala style cooking classes.
For sleeping, guests will love the home stay accommodation and enjoy the added benefits of the modestly luxurious eco-resort. Offering a unique blend of antique charm and modern comfort, choose from shared, double or single room arrangements. All rooms are air-conditioned and tucked away in surrounding greenery.
Absolutely. The classical Hatha style is intended for all levels and can be modified to suit travellers from all works of life and varying physical ability.
All of our retreat packages are inclusive of your accomodation, transport, three healthy meals per day, tea and freshly made organic juices. Also included is twice daily yoga sessions, meditation and daily Ayurvedic massage/treatments and consultations as well as a traditional Kerala style cooking class.
Cost depends on your length of stay at the yoga farm. 10 day retreats start at $1300 per person all inclusive. A non-refundable deposit of $800 to be paid upon registration. Balance payments must be made no later than three weeks prior to departure.
About a one and a half hour drive into the countryside from the city of Kochi in a place called Mulanthurity. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport which is about an hour and half drive away and Ernakulam city railway station is 45 minutes away from the farm.
Passport - must be valid no less than 6 months after the day of arrival to India
Visa - 60-day tourist visas can be granted at the airport upon arrival, however you will need to pre-fill an application online. Visa information will be sent to guests after registration.
Travel Insurance - travellers are advised to purchase comprehensive travel insurance prior to departure. At the bare minimum, insurance should cover medical. Our travel insurance company of choice is World Nomads, however there are countless companies offering competitive rates. Again, we can assist if needed.