February 8-14, 2015
February 8-14, 2015
FORM+FOCUS RETREAT. Join us on our premier retreat to sunny India where we'll combine the yogic spirit and colorful creativity on a Form+Focus retreat!
FORM + FOCUS
We are so excited about another special collaboration with Julian Hyzler fromEASEL&LENS to combine a look at creative focus with art projects in sketching and "ifonography" (smartphone photography) throughout the week. Yoga and meditation classes will be held daily to prepare our bodies and minds to find the 'calm in the chaos' of the sensory-overload that is India - and then these art projects will help us find news ways of seeing - both yoga and art working together to find FOCUS in the many layers of smells, sites, and sounds that abound in exotic Goa. *NO PREVIOUS ART OR YOGA BACKGROUND REQUIRED. All levels are welcome, and participation is voluntary. Projects and classes will be offered as a completely exploratory, unintimidating and personal experience.
GIVE BACK RETREAT
This retreat is part of our GIVE BACK initiative, where EPM will donate at least 10% of profits to a humanitarian partner in the community where each retreat is held. Our partner in India is MAGIC BUS who "steers children towards a better life with better awareness, better life skills, and better opportunities, in the journey from childhood to livelihood."
This fantastic yoga retreat will take place at the lifestyle luxury hotel designed by acclaimed fashion designer Tarun Tahiliani, The Sofala. It was created to blend with the landscape and has strong Goan influences with a Portuguese classical feel, and combines local themes and exquisitely hand-crafted design with modern luxuries and warm, attentive service. The hotel has been named by Conde Nast to its Hotel Hot List. With guest comfort and luxury in mind, The Sofala was designed to cater to guests seeking a unique and intimate hotel experience. Luxury, as defined by this hotel, does not mean pomp and circumstance; it means warm and intimate attention, private, welcoming and tropical public spaces, comfortable guestrooms and linens, designer bath products, and knowledgeable service. Lounge around the courtyard or poolside, and enjoy the warm breezes as you relax.
Healthful, vegetarian food is part of the retreat experience, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily either hosted at our hotel or out and about in town. Some even come served on a banana leaf! The cuisine is simple, delicious and Indian, using fresh ingredients from local markets. We will take our tastebuds further by exploring Indian cuisine in a cooking class where we'll learn a bit of how to bring the flavors of India back home with us!
Guests will not only enjoy the grounds of the hotel, the outdoor areas including a lovely pool, patio and lounges, but the retreat includes some amazing day-trips to the surrounding sites. A guided day in and around Goa will lead guests through an introduction to this area including the beaches, churches, and other main sites. We'll take a river cruise and visit a spice plantation, as well as visiting an elephant sanctuary and have a chance to ride these gentle giants (and perhaps help bathe them if you're ready for a first-hand experience!) Other daytrips and experiences will include learning about Ayurveda and also enjoying a cooking class. The final full day entails a trip to a glorious spa where guests can be pampered to their heart's content...what better way to wrap up a week of yoga than a day of pure relaxation.
Daily meditation and yoga classes will be offered in a way to relax, stimulate, and help guests grow in their own personal practice. Classes are open to all levels, beginner to practiced, and can range from gentle, restorative, and more vigorous vinyasa flow and ashtanga styles.* Style and class levels will be determined and moulded to fit participating students' needs, and with a small intimate retreat class size, students will be able to get personalized attention and comfortability to deeply explore their practice. Depending on each retreat location, classes will be held in a dedicated indoor yoga space and some also offer outdoor options as well for us to use if the weather is agreeable.
Certified yoga instructor and EPM founder, Erin Lewis, will facilitate the classes, helping each student focus on improving their practice and gaining new insights into their bodies and movements. She's studied various types of yoga disciplines since 1998, concentrating on the Ashtanga discipline since 2008. She received her teacher certification in Florence, Italy and has continued her education with various specialty certifications throughout the years. She now combines powerful movements with more anatomical-based core vinyasa flow and restorative movement in her personal practice and teaching style.
* Participation in classes and activities is optional throughout the retreat. All levels welcome!
DETAILS / PRICING
- 7 days / 6 nights (February 8 - 14, 2015)
- Inclusive Retreat Price = $3,100
- Deposit to hold space = $900
- Max # Guests = 8
- * Prices based on shared occupancy. Single supplement available upon request.
- ** Final balance due 45 days before retreat start date.
- Read full cancellation policy in our Terms & Conditions.
VISAS ARE EASY. THEY ARE REQUIRED FOR ENTRANCE TO INDIA, BUT THE UPDATES IN NOV 2014 MADE IT SIMPLE FOR MOST VISITORS TO RECEIVE A VISA ONLINE. VISIT THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT WEBSITEHERE FOR DETAILS, AND CONTACT US WITH ANY QUESTIONS.
- Villa accommodation (spacious bedrooms each with private bathrooms, linens)
- Breakfast daily
- Dinner Daily (including one night dinner at local restaurant)
- Select lunches on day-trips
- Transfer from airport
- Transportation to/from day trips
- Daily meditation and yoga classes
- Daily art project classes
- Use of estate premises (terraces, pool, etc.)
- Tour guide on various day trips
- Entrance fees during day trips
- Visits to local sites
- Spa day
- Cooking class
- Scenic river cruise
- Use of yoga mats
*airfare and staff tips not included ** all meals are vegetarian. special dietary restrictions can be accommodated
- Visit to various sites in Goa
- River cruise with visit to spice plantation & elephant sanctuary where you can choose to ride and/or bathe the elephants
- Indian cooking class
- Beach day
- Spa day
- Ayurvedic treatment
- Villa is located in the village of Nerul, Bardez in the state of Goa, India
- Nearest major airports: Goa International Airport (GOI) We will arrange your transfers between the airport and the villa. Full travel details will be given when you sign up. We can help with the details so you can find the best route for you!
Besides the basic packing and travel needs, here are a few things to think about bringing with you. YOGA MAT Bathing suit (pool, spa, beach)
Personal yoga props (blocks, straps, etc.)
Comfortable walking/hiking shoes
Plug adaptors / converters