FROM THE HEART | 10 DAYS OF HEART CONNECTION in GOA
with AQUILA ROSE + LUCY HILL
We deeply welcome you to join us in a very special, ten day re-connection to where your truest wisdom lies - the heart. Expand your capacity for love in all directions, starting with yourself and watch magical changes occur in all aspects of your life. This retreat is about love, truth and connection. Where else to host such a transformational and healing retreat, but India!
We can't ever wait to share our incredible Indian home, one of Goa's most exclusive properties, 'Kaju Varo' with our Chaya yogis. Alongside the epic pool-side yoga with Aquila, expect delicious, healthy menus, award-winning, luxurious and peaceful accommodation, deeply healing therapies, inspiring workshops and a whole lot of R&R. This all-inclusive retreat is quite literally, a game-changer.
And, if you're new to solo travelling - how absolutely great! Using our 12 years of Indian travel experience, we at Chaya dearly love to look after our guests. We can help with all your travel needs and will do our best to ensure you have a most relaxing, joyful and magical time.
You just need to book your flight and let us take care of everything else.
One of Chaya's most dearly loved and newly resident teachers, Aquila Dunford Wood has been practising since 1997 when taken to Varanasi, India by her parents - where she studied yoga alongside them from the age of 8. Throughout her teens it became a way to keep sane through the turmoils of understanding the world around her. Finally completing her qualification in 2012 in Ashtanga Vinyasa, she began to teach at Stretch in East London and then internationally, at retreats and workshops. She has taken additional training with Stewart Gilchrist, Amanda Denton, Ana Forrest, Manju Jois and Paul Harvey.
After becoming a mother she has trained and now works as a doula, running ceremony's for women and pregnant mothers.
Aquila teaches with compassion and humour. Connecting the practice to rituals, ceremony and philosophy.
Aquila has a deeply grounding, authentic energy - which entwined with her lightness of being, her commitment to her practice and the joyful encouragement she brings to her teaching - makes for a very special yoga experience.
During our FROM THE HEART retreat, Aquila will guide guests through a powerful and healing combination of a dynamic practice in the morning and a more introspective, restorative practice in the evening. Our intention on this retreat is to help you connect to your heart space. So of course, expect lots of heart openers! Using asana (physical practice), meditation and pranayama (breathing exercises), our twice daily sessions will begin with making room... Gently clearing cluttered minds and body's, in order to allow release of what isn't serving you - in turn, making way for your highest wisdom. By cultivating a strength and flexibility in the body, mind and heart through the beautiful practice of yoga, this retreat will move you on to a whole level of love. For yourself and all things.
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.
INSPIRATIONAL BREATHING | NICOLA PRICE
We are very privileged to work with Nicola Price aka Inspirational Breathing. Nicola, now a firm fixture in the Chaya team, 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 by connecting to their body on a cellular level by engaging with their own 'inspirational breath'. Nicola has been working with the breath for many years and is now training others in the practice from her studio and school near Brighton.
Guests will also have the opportunity to experience incredible Nicola’s work - choosing either a 1-2-1 breath session or a Tula massage, which is included in the retreat price.
Find out more on Nicola's website here
WELLBEING FOOD + WORKSHOP
Chaya’s Lucy Hill will be bringing her knowledge and understanding of wellbeing food to the retreat; ensuring a completely balanced and nourishing, not to mention tasty menu. The food will refer to the pillars of a therapeutic diet to best support you during retreat. With daily juices and homemade plant-based mylks, two nourishing and delicious alkaline-focussed unlimited meals per day, free-flowing coconuts, fresh fruits and herbal teas; all designed to leave you feeling clearer, lighter and brighter on every level.
Lucy will host a 2 hour workshop, covering wellbeing topics such as nut and seed milks, raw chocolate alongside other healthy and delicious ways to upgrade the way you eat - and the way you feel.
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.
TYPICAL DAILY RETREAT SCHEDULE
07:30 - 08:00 Herbal teas, coconut water
08:00 - 10:00 Dynamic flow Vinyasa class + meditation (2hrs)
10:00 - 11:00 Buffet brunch
11:00 - 16:00 Treatments, free time
16:00 - 17:30 Restorative class (90 mins)
19:00 - 20:30 Dinner
20:45 - 21:30 Yoga Nidra or Guided Meditation (1 per week)
To note, we take off the fifth 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, inexpensive local Goan and international restaurants.
We at Chaya dearly love to share our many 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.
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 SO 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
- Inbound private airport transfer
- 2 x daily yoga and meditation classes, 2 x Yoga Nidras or guided meditations
- 1 x 1 hr Tula massage or Inspirational Breathing session with Nicola Price
- 2 hr wellbeing food workshop with Lucy Hill
- Sacred heart opening ritual and practices
- 1 hr 1-2-1 Ayurvedic consultation with Dr Rohit
- Sound healing and gong bath
- 2 x multi course gourmet meals, plus unlimited teas, coconuts, fruit and mineral water
- A trip to the lively local night market
Flights and onward transfer
COST PER PERSON
- Option 1) £1,350 based on 3/4 sharing a suite
- Option 2) £1,650 based on 2 sharing a suite
- Option 3) from £2,350 solo luxury suite
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Lucy: 0044 7866 368798.