During the UK winter we are travelling to the southern tip of India, one of the most popular, yet laid back yoga destinations – Varkala Cliff in Kerala, with luscious surroundings and rich culture to explore.
This spot is popular amongst yoga practitioners, travellers and people looking for a place to restore their energy. Amongst daily yoga, you can explore the area with electric cafes live local folk music, a Tibetan market, Kashmir silk sellers and nearby colourful Hindu temples and churches. There are many accessible local beaches so you can enjoy long walks on the coastline and go surfing if you’re feeling more adventurous!
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
This trip will feel like a mixture of exploring, connection and yoga practice with time for journaling, sun-bathing and sea swimming, inc:
Clean and spacious accommodation & Air conditioned rooms
Easy access to beautiful beach
2 yoga classes per day
Light breakfast every day
1 main dinner with the group in the Tibetan restaurant
2 massages included (Shiatsu, Thai, Swedish, acupuncture, reflexology available)
Extras on request…
Trips to local temples, holy sites, surfing, dolphin boat trip, cooking classes, yoga philosophy sessions
Kerala backwaters trips pre/post retreat
Courses in Thai yoga massage, shiatsu and reflexology can be booked in addition with Dr Chandra.
Jill and Chandra
Both experienced yoga teachers, Chandra is also a Doctor who offers holistic massage as well as Hatha yoga classes in the Shala. Jill will lead strengthening vinyasa flow classes, restorative Yin yoga and sunset meditations on the beach & rooftop. Both will incorporate chanting and pranayama as part of daily practice.
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Jill will be your point of contact and main teacher during your stay. She will be able to book airport and train station transfers, and advise on flights. During the retreat she will be able to organise extras and be around for chats and chai outside of classes. You will be able to discover delicious & varied food (veggie, vegan, coffee & juice bars, local Keralan cuisine, European & Nepalese) in restaurants along the cliff. The weather is normally between 24 and 30 degrees during Feb. The beach is accessed via steps from the cliff, rooms are 1 minute walk. There are plenty of places for wandering and pondering.
Mon 12th – Mon 19th Feb 2024
Twin Cottage sharing (2 people):
Cottage to your self:
Larger room in nearby accommodation:
Max 12 people on retreat
Discounts available with early booking (before Sept 2023)
A non-refundable deposit of £500 required by 31 Oct 2023
*Flights not included:
*Transfers not included:
*Insurance not included
£30 – £100 (pending on airport)
A laid back day in Kerala
Yoga in the Shala/on the Rootop
walk along the coastline via the Tibetan market
Stop off in a café for lunch
Massage with Chandra
Sunset Yoga on the beach with Jill
Dinner in the Darjeeling Cafe
Book soon to get a good deal!
skyscanner.com is good for comparing flights.
Nearest airports are Kochi or Trivandrum. Kochi: direct flights from Gatwick a few days before and after the retreat. Delhi: 3.5 hour internal flight to Trivandrum on the the same day or the day after you arrive – you can see a lot in Delhi in 1 day!. Trivandrum: Fly from London via Dubai (1 stop)
If you fly to Kochci, take the opportunity to spend a night there and ravel by train during the day to Varkala (3-4 hours) or taxi for around £50 – £60 max (6 hours)
From Trivandrum – 1 hour taxi £20
Jill can help with booking transfers – let her know your flight details in advance and she can work out your options.