Experience the Retreat of a Lifetime in India

For travelers, India is never a destination. It’s a state of mind where one intentionally gets lost in order to discover the inner self. Elizabeth Gilbert, who traveled to India to find a glimmer of light after darkness devoured her shattered heart and empty self, wrote in her best-selling memoir Eat, Pray, Love: “Somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.”

So where does one start the journey toward spiritual awakening while embarking on a retreat of a lifetime in India?

Here are a few pathways to the road of self-discovery.

Yoga Vimoksha

Yoga Vimoksha - India Yoga Retreat and Teacher Trainings on Yovada

Surrounded by the Mollem forest on the borders of Goa’s Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, Yoga Vimoksha provides the perfect setting for a comprehensive yoga retreat. The centre also offers a range of detox and spa retreats, utilizing its exceptional team of practitioners to create packages for all abilities with a touch of luxury.

The 8 Day Vimoksha Yoga & Spa Retreat (starting at $1013USD for private room accommodations) is designed to provide a gentle yet invigorating combination of yoga, nourishing cuisine and luxurious spa therapy treatments. Enjoy luxury accommodations, a complimentary dry skin detox body brush, daily meditation, holistic treatments and more as you experience a sense of overall wellbeing and lightness as your stay progresses.

In your down time take a day trip to visit Mollem National Park, which is just 10 km away from the Dudhsagar Waterfalls. One of the greenest places in Goa, it has a beautiful nature reserve and is the perfect serene spot for some meditation.

Experience the broad and powerful benefits of cleansing the body on a 6 Day Vimoksha Juice Detox Retreat. If you are seeking an opportunity to cleanse your body and mind, to let go of stored toxins, to shed excess weight and enjoy relaxing in the sunshine that Goa is so well known for, this is for you! Starting at $553USD for private room accommodations, this inclusive retreat (perfect for people new to detoxing or experienced cleansers) offers daily yoga and relaxation sessions, individual meal planning, a personal diet and nutrition consultation, life coaching, two daily sessions of colon cleansing and a one-on-one session of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) or hypnotherapy.

Those interested in deepening their practice may opt for Yoga Vimoksha’s teacher trainings, which enable you to start your life as a yoga instructor with confidence and awareness.


Ananda in the Himalayas

Experience the Retreat of a Lifetime in India - Ananda in the Himalayas

Located in the foothills of the Himalayas – believed to be the birthplace of yogaAnanda Spa does not disappoint in combining Zen with luxury. An award-winning destination spa, Ananda sits on a 100-acre Maharaja Palace Estate surrounded by Sal forests and overlooking the spiritual town of Rishikesh and the Ganges river valley. The property’s centerpiece is the grand Viceregal Palace, where guests are first welcomed. Ananda’s wellness philosophy is three-fold: Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta (ancient religious philosophy).

The spa offers guests who need to reset their health and wellness goals, choose from an 11 day detox retreat, 7.5 day Detox Retreat or 3.5 day detox retreat. Many stressed-out guests are drawn to Ananda Spa for its promise of rest and rejuvenation. Another great option is the 7-day pure yoga retreat which gives you the opportunity to escape from your hectic days and rejuvenate your spirit as you relax in a week of yoga. Aside from standard inclusions like lifestyle consultations and counseling with medical and spa professionals, three full meals and daily access to all hydrotherapy facilities, the package also includes scheduled activities like yoga, pranayama, meditation, Vedanta talks, fitness, cooking demonstrations and weekly outdoor treks.


Soulfit Journey

Soulfit Journey India

Soulfit Journey offers a truly experience-based yogic exploration of India and Nepal. Open up, stretch and breathe whilst immersed in picturesque open-air settings where you can expect to learn about the local commerce, culture and community. Soulfit does not only focus solely on site history or facts, but also provides a one-of-a-kind experience for people looking to connect with their bodies to discover the beauty within them, while discovering the beauty around them. Soulfit Journey’s staff all share common threads: a love of culture, love of yoga, love of adventure, and love of community.

Explore the beating heart of authentic New Delhi, India in style and comfort on the Soulfit Journey 7 Day Revival Yoga Retreat. Combining yoga with tours around the ancient cities, sights and temples, this escape is the perfect combination of culture and zen. Starting at $999 USD for shared accommodations, enjoy 6 nights in 3 and 4 star hotels, 5 morning yoga and meditation sessions, aTaj Mahal visit at sun rise, a visit to Vrindavan and so much more.

Soulfit Journey believes in real life experiences combined with luxury, so rest and rejuvenate your soul with a 9-day riverboat cruise and yoga retreat. Enjoy sailing down the Sacred Ganges all the way from Allahabad to Varanasi, and actually see where the three holy and majestic rivers of India meet – the Gange, Yamuna and Sarashwati. Starting at $1899 USD for shared accommodations, this retreat is sure to refresh both yourself and your senses.

Beach House Goa 

Experience the Retreat of a Lifetime in India - The Beach House Goa on Yovada.com

Goa has long been recognized as a center of healing, yoga and an alternative lifestyle, and the Beach House Goa draws on this reputation to create bespoke and designed packages to suit those seeking a change for wellness in their life. Where the Beach House Goa stands apart is in its blend of holistic and western practices, bringing clients the very best healing techniques, treatments and therapies for the best results. Combining the ancient principles of Ayurveda with contemporary knowledge, and heightening the mind-body connection with yoga and meditation, the Beach House Goa creates exceptional results for its clients with no compromise in comfort and luxury.

Those looking to restore and rejuvenate a tired body, tense mind and weary soul should take part in the 6 Day Beach House Total Body Rebalance Retreat. Starting at $1364 USD for private accommodations, you will focus on balancing the Three Chakras of Life: The physical, psychological and the physiological. Through daily yoga and meditation combined with the juice and broth fasting cleanse, after only a few days you will notice the truly magical effects of the retreat.

The 15 Day Beach House Ayurveda Indian Detox Retreat will fuel your mind, body and soul with the importance of eating healthily and thinking positively – the basis of the ancient Indian holistic science of Ayurveda. Starting at $2963 USD for private accommodations, enjoy daily yoga and meditation, NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) or hypnotherapy sessions, various vital body assessments, dry skin detox body brushing, natural and Ayurvedic products, supplements and superfoods, and more.

From juice-fasting and cleansing, to diabetes management and overcoming stress, as well as yoga-centered retreats, the Beach House Goa’s maxim is to provide warm service in a luxurious environment whilst simultaneously endorsing your wellbeing.


Eat Pray Move

Experience the Retreat of a Lifetime in India - Eat Pray Move Retreats on Yovada

Stunning shores and breath taking sunsets, Nerul, India is a town of solace and serenity. Join Eat Pray Move’s 7 Day Form & Focus Yoga Retreat (starting at $3295 for shared accommodations) for a magical adventure. This retreat collaboration combines Julian Hyzler (from Easel & Lens) who brings a creative component to the event through sketching and “ifonography” or smartphone photography. The retreat also features “design curation” by Rupi Sood, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of J’AIPUR, an East-meets-West arts and culture journal.

You will get to enjoy 2 locations throughout the 7 day retreat – beginning at the southern end of Goa at the award-winning luxury hotel Alila Diwa Goa and then moving to a private luxury boutique villa in Goa, Coco Shambhala. Set in an amazing tropical garden with freeform jungle swimming pool and private jet plunge pools, these gorgeous villas are the finest in comfortable luxury.

Yoga and meditation classes will be held daily and the retreat includes some amazing trips to the surrounding sites such as a guided day in and around Goa, leading you through an introduction to this area including the beaches, churches, and other main sites. Prepare for a life changing experience that will open your eyes to the beauty of India.

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Mae Bejo

Mae Bejo is an experienced freelance writer and editor. She has extensively written stories that inspire others to live a healthier life. She tries to live a mindful life herself by eating well, meditating and practicing yoga. Mae loves the occasional challenge of a hot yoga, but cherishes most her bonding time with her five-year-old daughter who loves to copy her downward-facing dog pose. For more of her writing, visit: http://www.thegospelofbeauty.org/