Revive and Thrive Retreat with Erika Tourell at Bamboo Retreat Centre, Patnem Beach, India.

You are warmly invited to participate in a ‘New Year, New You’ retreat in the warm Indian sunshine in south Goa this winter.

Come and discover this wonderful yoga haven in a quiet and secluded spot right on the beachfront at the far end of beautiful Patnem beach, a few minutes walk from the funky shops and cafes.

The Bamboo beach bungalows are designed to blend beautifully with the breathtaking natural surroundings. Built on the fine white sand every season after the monsoon rains, using local organic materials, the bungalow style huts are simple, stylish, comfortable, private and eco-friendly.

Located directly behind the Ocean Shala and beachfront lounge, and just steps from Patnem beach, the boutique bungalows are designed to help you reconnect with nature. Whether watching the eagles soar overhead from the hammock on your balcony, or falling asleep to the sound of the waves, the normal stresses of life melt away and you will feel open to a more profound yoga practice. See more photos of the centre here

Food

The food is vegetarian, fresh, wholesome and nutritious, full of flavour and cooked with love (you can order yourself a fresh fish the day before for your dinner if you so choose at an extra cost). The restaurant focuses on healthy, locally sourced food, organic wherever possible: delicious Indian/Asian cooking by a team of highly trained, passionate chefs. Super juices, smoothies, snacks and salads are available at extra cost, all day, aside from the amazing daily breakfast, brunch and dinner included in the price.

The schedule (subject to change)

We shall open our retreat on Thursday 28th December with the afternoon practice at 4pm. We shall have a special New Year’s Eve ritual and will start the New Year of 2018 as we mean to carry on. Our retreat will close on Thursday 4th January.

There will be two practices per day starting with meditation and pranayama followed by a slow flow vinyasa style practice.

Each afternoon we will focus on a more restorative, yin style practice including some more pranayama, meditation and yoga nidra sessions (guided relaxation).

We shall also include some chanting and singing through the week as well as some optional free dance (5 rhythms inspired).

All levels of practitioner are welcomed on this retreat, including complete beginners. We shall build and deepen the practice as we go and lots of variations will be offered depending on your ability. You are encouraged to listen to your own body and take rest whenever you like. There will be one day off in the week, and we suggest this week be ALCOHOL FREE to allow your body to rest and heal. If you prefer to drink alcohol we ask you not to drink at the dinner table – there are lots of charming bars and restaurants down the beach that you may like to visit before or after dinner.

7.30am Chai/herbal tea, fresh juice, fruit salad
8.00am Morning yoga
11.00am Brunch
3.30pm Chai/fruit
4.30pm Afternoon practice
6.00pm Sunset
7.30pm Dinner

Leisure time

In your free time you may like to treat yourself to some Ayurvedic treatments in the in-house spa. India has a rich history of a holistic approach to wellness, with ancient Ayurvedic practices designed to provide mental and physical balance. Translating literally as ‘Science of Life’, this five thousand year old system of health care aims to bring harmony within yourself and with nature. The spa treatments are guided by the Ayurvedic ethos of well-being within and without and perfectly complements your yoga practice. There is an extensive menu of healing therapies from the beautiful massage hut close by.

You may also like to indulge in a little shopping. Patnem has a lovely selection of shops, just one long ‘high street’, or take a rickshaw to neighbouring Palolem for a much wider selection of goods. You can also visit some local temples, take a look at a spice farm or spend the day at another beach along the coast. A sunset or sunrise dolphin spotting boat trip is also included in the price of your retreat.

How to get there

Patnem beach is about an hour and a half drive from Dabolim airport in Goa, where international charter and domestic flights land. Thomas Cook offers direct flights from the UK. Many international scheduled flights land in Mumbai, an hour’s flight from Goa. A driver can be arranged to collect you from the airport costing fifty euros for a two way transfer (or twenty five one way).

You are welcome to stay extra nights at Bamboo before or after the retreat or you may like to explore further afield to extend your holiday. Please email info@bamboo-yoga-retreat.com to book extra nights.

The cost includes all yoga, full board: all meals and refreshments, accommodation right on the beach in comfortable twin bedded or double beach cabanas with attached bathrooms. Non-yoga partners are welcome, prices on request. You will need a visa to visit India. The new online E-Visa lasts for thirty days and is much cheaper than ever before for UK nationals.

About Erika

Erika Tourell

Erika has over thirty years of personal yoga experience including Hatha yoga (Iyengar, Sivananda, ashtanga, yin/yang, restorative), Kundalini yoga, Vipassana (insight) and Zen meditation, and has been a full time teacher for the last twenty years, working in London’s top yoga studios such as Triyoga (since it opened) and the Life Centre. She also has thirty years experience as a bodyworker and trains therapists for a luxury spa brand all over the world. She works extensively with pre and post natal women and has been running retreats for mums and babies for over ten years (mamaheaven.org) and yoga retreats internationally for over fifteen years. Personally she is inspired by the sun, being in nature, travelling, yoga in all its’ forms, music – singing and dancing, poetry, and the teachings of great masters such as Ramana Maharshi, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Amritanandamayi Ma, The Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh and Jack Kornfield, to name but a few. Erika is grateful to all her beloved teachers including Clive Sheridan, Sarah Powers, Tias Little, Alaric Newcombe, Gurmukh, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli.

  • I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for hosting such a lovely week. It was very enjoyable and relaxing and I feel much more myself again after what's been a pretty difficult couple of months. I've been on several yoga retreats and the two that I have done with you have definitely been the best. You have a talent for assessing the needs of the group and for showing sensitivity to the different approaches/attitudes of the individuals. Many yoga teachers impose what is obviously their standard approach without taking the views of the group into account and one either fits in with it or not. I think you do a wonderful job of both letting us get on with things the way we want to and coaxing us to try things we might never normally consider.

    Jackie LynchNutritionist
  • Erika is highly experienced in the full spectrum of yogic practices and in her classes she weaves a beautiful tapestry, moving seamlessly from one practice into another.  Erika is one of the most creative yoga teachers I have ever met.

    Michelle LeviRetreat Director
  • Erika is a brilliant teacher, her classes are always varied and interesting; dynamic and yet gentle, physical and calm all at the same time. I still can't put into words what she does but whatever it is, it's magic and I feel blessed every time I sit, or stand, or lie on my mat and hear her voice.  I jumped at the chance to go on a retreat with her.  I can honestly say i returned  a new person.  I haven't felt like this in years or after any other retreat and I have been on many. (I've been practicing yoga for over seventeen years). The selfish part of me, (it is a work in progress) is reluctant to let others know just how amazing she is as I'd like to keep her a secret, but as I progress on my yoga path I know I should spread the love so everyone out there can be taught by Erika.

    Emma TweedMother of four and P.A.