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INDIA RETREAT | FIND YOUR VOICE | MAR '18


FIND YOUR VOICE | 9 DAYS OF WELLBEING, YOGA & VOICE CONNECTION WITH DURGA DEVI, INSPIRATIONAL BREATHING & LUCY HILL 

From £1350

Find your voice and share your truth. 
Join us for an expansive and healing journey of clearing, re-connecting and opening
Joyfully empowering your communication, through yogic practices, breath work, chanting, and of course, some very deep relaxation. 
Set in the luxurious paradise of one of Goa's most beautiful and exclusive properties, alongside the epic pool-side yoga, you can expect mind-blowing menus, healing treatments, lots of R&R and some real Indian magic...

This special retreat is a truly great gift to your most authentic, future you.  

And, if you're new to solo travelling - how great! Using our many years of Indian travel experience, we at Chaya dearly love to look after our guests and enable the best possible experience of India. We can help with all your travel needs and will do our best to ensure you have the most relaxing, joyful time.

Just book your flight and let us take care of everything else.

YOGA | DURGA DEVI
We are incredibly excited to work with one of the UK's most revered yoga teachers, Durga Devi for the first time. Durga has been teaching internationally for over 16 years and practicing for over 20 and is recognised as a leading light in the yoga of Jivamukti. Durga is a senior teacher at famed London studios, Triyoga, where she also leads monthly kirtan. Durga's kirtan and voice work experience is extensive, having trained with Jai Uttal and Bhagavan Das, who continue to influence her.

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Denise Teperino was given the name Durga Devi by her beloved teachers, Sharon Gannon and David Life, the founders of Jivamukti Yoga. Her many years of teaching experience, combined with her deeply authentic and humble holding of space, creates a powerful and meditative experience. Each class will be suitable for all levels, so whether you're new to yoga or have many years practice, this retreat space will offer you support and exploration. 

Durga's website

YOGA | JIVAMUKTI
The Jivamukti style of yoga beautifully incorporates some of the core tenets of traditional yogic practices, meaning asana (physical movement), spiritual philosophy, bhakti (devotion), meditation, pranayama and music are all key aspects. The physical practice will be tailored to your needs, with the general aim to gently open the body, release any tension, whilst strengthening and toning... Clearing out old energy and bringing fresh vitality to all! You can find out more about the Jivamukti practice here.

During our FIND YOUR VOICE retreat, Durga Devi will guide guests through a powerful and healing combination of a dynamic physical practice in the morning and more introspective, restorative practices in the evening. Our intention for this retreat is to help you connect to yourself, your true needs and the way these are communicated. Using asana (physical practice), meditation and pranayama (breathing exercises), our twice daily sessions will clear cluttered minds and body's, in order to release all that isn't serving you. By cultivating balance, strength and flexibility in the body, mind and heart, this retreat will shift anything that's not serving you. 

KIRTAN + CHANTING
"We all resonate at different frequencies and these change according to what we are doing and thinking. When we are all doing the same thing (chanting, breathing, and moving to the same rhythms) our vibrations begin to synchronize and the resulting experience can be very powerful..."

Kirtan is the devotional act of chanting meditational mantra. When kirtan is entered in to with an intention and attitude of devotion to something greater than ourselves, as with all meditation practices, it has the distinct ability to still the mind - and open the heart. It can be experienced in many different ways, but essentially, by chanting ancient sacred sounds in unison, we can clear, shift and raise our cellular and energetic vibration very quickly. Durga Devi will be leading a kirtan evening with live accompaniment during our retreat. It's a magical experience and we really encourage our guests to take part, however as with all aspects of the retreat it is completely optional. The beauty of kirtan and chanting is that you need zero experience - it's open to everyone and a complete joy to experience!

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LOCATION | KAJU VARO
Set amongst cashew and mango groves and only minutes from the magnificent Ashwem beach, is one of Goa’s most luxurious eco retreats; Kaju Varo. Winning Conde Naste Traveler's award for best luxury boutique stay in Goa, this is a truly awe-inspiring home for Chaya. Each individually designed eco-lux villa demonstrates contemporary elegance and minimalist design, creating a perfectly private, serene and peaceful environment for our guests to unwind. The team, our dear friends at Kaju Varo, truly are amazing and will look after your every need.

Kaju Varo Website

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INSPIRATIONAL BREATHING | NICOLA PRICE
Nicola has a wealth of healing experience and has been working with the breath for many years. During retreat she will work on a 1-2-1 basis with guests and also host a group workshop introducing guests to the profound benefits of 'Inspirational Breathing'. This simple but life-changing practice can enable people to really shift stuff... To let go of deeply suppressed emotions, to get clear of areas of their life, making way to access a sense of peace and relaxation. All by connecting to their body on a cellular level by engaging with their own 'inspirational breath'.

Find out more on Nicola's website here

VOICE WORKSHOP | ANDREA FINKE
We often hold stuck emotions, tension and all sorts of other restrictive energy in our throat area, which in turn can deeply effect the way in which we communicate. The practice of becoming familiar with our own sound, in a held, nurturing and not to mention fun space, is a deeply empowering experience. Andrea is a highly trained opera singer and experienced voice coach. And she truly believes everyone can sing! Her beautifully encouraging, nurturing and enthusiastic teaching style can help even the shiest of voices come out for a little air time! Absolutely no prior experience is needed to partake (nor are the workshops obligatory) but we can guarantee you'll have a joyful experience.
Andrea will lead two group workshops during retreat, helping you to reveal and re-connect to your own unique voice. Guests will also have the opportunity to work on a 1-2-1 basis with Andrea.

The light-filled and beautiful Andrea

The light-filled and beautiful Andrea

FOOD | CHAYA KITCHEN
Food is a really big deal to us at Chaya. It's such a joy to share our passion for incredibly good food - good on all levels - with our guests. And India is no exception. The wonderful chefs at Kaju Varo work alongside Chaya Kitchen and are adept in catering to every desire; using local, seasonal ingredients to create a delicious, varied and healing menu. Which will balance and clear the body whilst stimulating the palate. From typical Goan feasts, to the freshest local seafood through to pure raw vegan, the award-winning kitchen can accommodate all tastes and dietary requirements.

SCHEDULE | TYPICAL DAY
07:30 - 08:00 Herbal teas, coconut water
08:00 - 10:00 Dynamic flow class + meditation (2hrs)
10:00 - 11:00 Buffet brunch
11:00 - 16:00 Treatments, free time
16:00 - 17:30 Evening restorative practice (chanting, meditation and breathwork) (90 mins)
19:00 - 20:30 Dinner

To note, we take off the middle day from group practice, as it's important as a day of rest and for assimilation and reflection. No dinner is served on this day - guests can dine out at any of the beautiful local Goan and international restaurants. 

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OTHER THINGS TO DO
For those that want to get out and about - there are so many fun and inspiring things to do in Goa, with lots of lovely beaches and natural local sights; you can easily hire a moped or a driver for the day and explore. Or maybe take a trip to the local market town and soak up the crazy sights and sounds of a real Indian hub. We love to visit the magical perfumer Ramakrishna and receive a blessed personalised scent. There’s also the famed, lively night market for the shoppers, one of many shopping opportunities! So many beautiful restaurants for the foodies. And those who need more action, there's great water sports nearby. Come and chant in the local temples with us, buy crystals from our resident crystal expert. And on the therapies and treatments front - there are many amazing healers, therapists and body workers... Let Chaya be your local guide and we'll tailor your experience exactly to your needs and desires. 

INCLUDED IN THE RETREAT 

  • Arrival airport transfer
  • 2 x daily yoga, meditation and chanting classes, 1 x Kirtan evening
  • 2 x multi course gourmet meals, plus unlimited teas, coconuts, fruit and mineral water
  • 2 x 'Find Your Voice' workshop with incredible voice coach Andrea
  • 1 x 1 hr 1-2-1 Inspirational Breathing session with Nicola Price
  • Live music accompanied yogas session,  sound healing and gong bath

NOT INCLUDED
Flights and onward transfer

COST PER PERSON 

  • Option 1) £1,350 based on 4 person sharing a suite 
  • Option 2) £1,550 based on 2 person sharing a suite
  • Option 3) from £1,995 solo suite

We dearly love to share our years of Indian travel and Goan love with our guests, which we hope makes for a very unique experience. If you have any questions at all about India, Goa, travelling solo, safety, what to expect, where to go afterwards or before... Just drop us a line or give us a call.

PAYMENT PLANS
We are always open to discussing ways to make our retreats accessible to everyone - please do be in contact if you would like to discuss how we can make it work for you.

To book a place on this retreat or for any further details, please contact us via the link below or email: info@chayayogaretreats.com or call Lucy: 0044 7866 368798.

EARLY BOOKING OFFER | Book before November 1st and receive £150 discount

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Earlier Event: February 11
INDIA RETREAT | FEB '18 | FROM THE HEART