Dates: 30th September to 7th of October 2017
Celebrate the fullness of life on the tropical southern shores of India. Escape to a private retreat with Laurent and experience the magic of Kerala – “God’s Own Country”. Known for its backwaters, abundant wildlife, flora and endless beaches, Kerala is the perfect alternative to the hectic pace of life. You may experience an Ayurveda lifestyle during the retreat with daily yoga and meditation practice and optional traditional massages or a consultation with an Ayurveda physician to understand more about your ‘dosa’ constitution and how to balance your body and mind.
Yoga Teacher - Laurent Roure
Laurent is a London based experienced yoga teacher with over fifteen years of practice in a variety of styles of yoga and meditation. His depth of experience in Ashtanga, Vinyasa flow and hatha realized in a new form of Mindful yoga - a tool that can be used during all styles of yoga. It is teaching us to tune in a little more to our consciousness and our physicality and developing a clear awareness about ourselves during a yoga class or meditation. More information on the web site www.yogalaurent.com
In the morning: We will work with traditional Hatha yoga postures and sequences to prepare you for the rest of the day. Every day classes are focused on a different part of the body. You will be able to discuss with me how to improve your practice, your goals and to how best to work around any ailments or health conditions. The practice will be a mix of the gentle and dynamic. We will explore breathing exercises and relaxation techniques that you will be able to practice at home yourself.
In the evening: After a long day of fun and activities, I’ll teach a gentle and restorative hatha class with particular focus on gentle stretches and releasing tension from the body. Most essentially we will be bringing lightness to the spine, focusing on our breathing and learning to meditate away the stresses of the day. After each class, I will be teaching the wonderfully beneficial yoga nidra. It provides complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation, and is perfect for those suffering from tiredness, insomnia, anxiety or depression or anyone who needs some blissful chill out time.
A Typical Day
- 09.00 – 10:30 Hatha Yoga class, breathing techniques and meditation
- 10:30 – 11.30 Kerala vegetarian brunch
- 11.30 – 18.00 Relax and a swim or day out sightseeing, Ayurvedic treatments, outdoor activities or a one-to-one Yoga class if requested (need to be booked in advance)
- 18.00 – 19.00 Gentle and restorative yoga class, pranayama, meditation, yoga Nidra
- 19.00 – 20.00 Your time to prepare yourself and relax before dinner
- 20.00 – Dinner, relax, enjoy the stars, dance, play games or sleep!
This fantastic yoga retreat will take place at Marari Villas - a collection of award winning ‘Boutique Serviced Villas’ on beautiful, undeveloped Marari Beach. The venue provides all the ingredients for a great retreat holiday: a stunning setting overlooking the Arabian Sea, fresh local food to nourish the body and soul, caring staff and all the comforts of a superior hotel, managed by a foreign couple who have lived in Kerala for the past 6 years. The villas were published as one of the “Top 6 beach retreats in Kerala” by The Independent in 2013 and have been the Number 1 ‘Speciality Lodging’ choice in Marari, for the past 5 years, according to Tripadvisor.
Marari Beach lies on a relatively undiscovered shore near the renowned backwaters of Alleppey and is ideally located just 1½ hours from Cochin International Airport and within a few hours’ drive of all major tourist destinations in central Kerala. The beach has not been marred by development, unlike other tourist destinations. Only the local fishermen, their traditional colorful wooden boats and the abundant wildlife share the beach, so you are virtually alone to enjoy the endless white sand under your bare feet, the vibrant green coconut palms, the welcoming warm ocean and an experience of ‘real India’ with a touch of luxury.
Accommodation is arranged in 3 neighboring beach villas (Palm, Lotus and Bougainvillea) that provide 7 spacious rooms with stunning panoramic views of the ocean. 2 private pool villas are located within 5 minutes by auto-rickshaw or 20 minutes walk along the beach. Daily yoga classes will be held in the Yoga Shala at Lotus or in the ‘sea-breeze’ lounge of the Palm Villa. A smaller private yoga deck and Ayurveda massage rooms are also available at the Lotus villa.
All villas are tastefully furnished and fully equipped with en-suite bathrooms, Air Conditioned bedrooms, tea/coffee facilities, libraries of books/games, TV/DVD and safe locker and serviced by a team of discrete staff who provide very personal care (chef, villa host, housekeeper and security). WiFi, drinking water, toiletries and tea/coffee are complimentary.
We can arrange a variety of traditional Ayurveda massages and treatments with the best local specialists in our Ayurveda rooms at Lotus villa.
Kerala is the birthplace of Ayurveda – the ancient Indian medicine and holistic system of health and wellbeing. Ayurvedic Treatments recharge the body, reactivate the mind, recoup youthful vigor and vitality, build resistance to diseases and improve complexion.
If you want to have a deeper understanding of Ayurveda; your body type, what foods are better for you, learn about your constitution and how to balance body and mind, then we can arrange a consultation with the local Ayurveda physician. They will provide a pulse diagnosis to establish your individual mind-body constitution and the nature of any imbalance and then prescribe daily authentic Ayurveda remedies and medicinal diet to enhance health and wellbeing.
Healthy vegetarian food prepared by our dedicated chefs is a fundamental element of the retreat experience: Daily herbal tea & fresh fruits before the morning class will be followed by healthy buffet brunches with fresh juices, tropical seasonal fruits, muesli, eggs, toast, homemade jams and a variety of delicious South Indian breakfasts like idli, appam, dosa.
In the evening, our creative chefs will spoil you with delicious vegetarian Kerala dinners from our ‘Kerala Delights Menu’ that offers various vegetarian dishes, salads, rice and local breads (appam, chappatis or parotha). You will experience a traditional Kerala ‘Sadhya’ Feast on a banana leaf, which is a treat for every visitor to Kerala and a barefoot BBQ in the beach garden (fresh seafood options are available on request with a supplement).
Guests can explore the local market with the chef and have a cooking class, so they can replicate some Kerala dishes back home.
There will be plenty of time to discover the local area in between yoga classes, Ayurveda treatments and sunbathing. A relaxing boat cruise on the famous backwaters of Alleppey, the ‘Venice of the East’, is included. We also offer a wide range of local activities: cycling, visit to an elephant corral for a ride, village crafts tour, church/temple visit, Alleppey town and Fort Cochin tours. Swimming pools are available at our Orchid/Hibiscus Villas (2½ km from the Retreat) and the sea is wonderful for swimming most of the year.
For flights, we recommend Qatar/Etihad/Emirates airlines via the Middle East, British Airways via Bangalore/Chennai or Jet Airways via Mumbai to Cochin. Our driver will meet you at the airport and Marari Beach is 1½ hours’ drive.
- Based on 2 sharing: 8 days / 7 nights: £850 per person
- Single occupancy: 8 days / 7 nights: £1100 per person
Please let us know if you prefer twin beds or double beds. The rooms will be sold on a first paid, first served basis. All the rooms have AC with direct access to the sea, are with en-suite bathrooms and private verandas.
- Accommodation and taxes
- Delicious daily snacks, brunch & Kerala vegetarian dinner (Seafood meal supplement Rs. 200 per person per meal)
- Use of the yoga space & facilities (yoga mats, bolsters, ropes provided)
- Herbal teas & drinking water
- 3 hour country boat ride on the backwaters for the whole group
- 1 cooking class and market visit with the resident chef
- WiFi internet
- Use of bicycles (4 available)
- Ayurveda treatments and consultations