Wellness Retreat Southern India: Yoga, Pilates and Self-Care

Wellness Retreat Southern India: Yoga, Pilates and Self-Care, 4th – 10th March

Escape the grind by retreating to rustic Southern India for a wellness retreat focusing on YOU. This is an opportunity to seek space for rejuvenation, exploration and peace.

Take part in two classes each day of Yoga and Pilates, sprinkled with other wellness opportunities like meditation and breath technique. Delight your taste buds with Southern India’s cuisine of spice, texture and sauces, including lentils, native fruits, coconut oils/milks and curry leaves. Take the opportunity to soak up knowledge of Ayurveda, India’s sister science, and experience luscious ayurvedic treatments, the ultimate in self-care. The state of Kerela has a tropical climate and the beach culture of the Kovalam area will allow you to shed the layers and congestion of the west as you practice self care and relaxation in a natural environment.

India has so much for the senses to take in. Whether it be the wind of tuk tuks whizzing by on the road or the smell of Indian spices wafting from restaurants and local family homes, or the sound of a woman chopping open a fresh coconut for you to drink by the beach. Brightly colored sari’s adorn the local women and tiny winding streets with handmade shopping treasures entice you to explore. It is full to the brim of endless temples, shrines, churches, mosques, and bazaars devoted to spices, incense and freshly cut flowers. India is made for those with a curious spirit and a heart ready for adventure.

Leave it to Mandee to navigate the details in moving through India while you simply enjoy and treat yourself to the tropical experience in the south. India’s positive and energetic vibe is like nothing you have been a part of before. Let her lead you to a place that mesmerizes with all its colors, beauty and life lessons!

Yoga

We will start each day with movement. The classes will be Yoga, Pilates or a mixture. On some days we will practice meditation and become in tune to our breath. A second practice will be offered in the late afternoon and may be moved around according to the activities schedule. We will practice in our own covered rooftop open air private yoga hall that overlooks the sea.

Retreat schedule

AM Yoga
Brunch
Free time or planned activity
Late afternoon Practice
Optional group dinner

Teacher

Mandee Pearson is both a Stott Pilates Instructor and RYT Yoga Alliance Instructor. She has been traveling the world off and on for many years and has fallen in love with India, both the beautiful hearts she befriended and the easeful approach to life. She spent quite a bit of time there studying yoga and visiting ashrams, finally finding roots for her retreats with the tropical beauty in the south. Her heart aches for the beautiful simplicity of a culture so deep in gratitude, and she finds so much contentment in leading her students to this land.

Mandee has found Pilates and Yoga to be huge complements to each other. She focuses on the ideal posture and biomechanics of Stott Pilates while her yoga teachings are Iyengar & Vinyasa based. She focuses on alignment, breath, posture and the sacred balance between effort and ease.

Cuisine

Fruit and Indian Chai available before morning practice and a traditional Kerela breakfast/brunch included and eaten as a group. There are many restaurants in Kovalam that offer Southern Indian cuisine, including curry’s, fresh fish, lentils, native fruits, and coconut oils/milks. Because of the abundance of options and the free flowing schedule apart from movement classes, meals outside of brunch will be on your own. However, we will often choose to eat dinner together as a group at one of the many delicious restaurants available. Cost of meals can be anywhere from $2-10 depending.

Rustic Guesthouse overlooking the Arabian Sea. All rooms have a private balcony and bathroom.

Retreat price in US dollars

$1475 Double occupancy
$1900 Single occupancy

Includes

* 6 nights accommodations in a rustic guesthouse on/near beach or cliff overlooking ocean
* Breakfast and chai
* 2 classes per day of Pilates or Yoga
* Additional teachings including meditation & breathwork
* Optional lecture/discussions in Yoga teachings
* Day trip to an Ashram (Indian retreat center where residents dedicate their lives to spiritual devotion)
* Indian cooking class
* Visit with an Indian spiritual counselor at his home in the village
* Day trip into Trivandrum, Kerela’s capital, for shopping and exploration

Does not include

* Airfare
* Visa
* Ayurveda treatments/massages (between $10 & $50 depending)
* Lunch and dinner ($2-$10)
* Additional activities

Optional activities

* Additional teachings including meditation & breathwork
* Optional lecture/discussions in Yoga teachings
* Day trip to an Ashram (Indian retreat center where residents dedicate their lives to spiritual devotion)
* Indian cooking class
* Visit with an Indian spiritual counselor at his home in the village
* Day trip into Trivandrum, Kerela’s capital, for shopping and exploration

Special offer

Receive a complimentary 30 minute pilates session with Mandee when you book through Soul Seed Travel.

What past guests have said

“Studying yoga in India was a truly transformational experience. It awakened my soul and opened my heart in ways that I could not have anticipated before traveling there. Mandee is a warm and supportive teacher, who seems to effortlessly guide students of all levels along their paths. I am grateful for Mandee’s teachings and for the opportunity to go on this incredible journey.” Whitney

“While practicing yoga and pilates with Mandee along the magical oceans of South India, I felt safe, supported and open to diving into the rich nourishment that Kerala has to offer. There was always something enjoyable just around the corner, be it making a new local friend, trying new food, or just simply taking in the evening sunset. Mandee is an easy going and confident traveler which is exactly what you want for any yoga holiday destination. I was able to relax and enjoy good company while deepening my own self care. I definitely look forward to enjoying more nourishing moments with Mandee and India!”.  Amanda

What to pack

Passport and Indian Visa
Converter/Adaptor
Yoga/Pilates clothes (don’t bring your best ones–loose and comfy is better in this culture & climate)
Shawl
Swimsuit (consider a one-piece)
Comfortable shoes & flip flops
Hat and sunglasses

How to get here

Our rustic guesthouse is located on Kovalam Beach, often referred to as Lighthouse Beach. It is about 20-30 minutes from Trivandrum International Airport (TRV). We recommend Skycanner to search for the best airfare.


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Booking

Send your request to the bookings team who will get back to you within 24 hours or email us directly on retreats@soulseedmedia.com.

Description

Wellness Retreat to Southern India: Yoga, Pilates & Self-Care

Escape the grind by retreating to rustic Southern India for a wellness retreat focusing on YOU. This is an opportunity to seek space for rejuvenation, exploration and peace.

Take part in two classes each day of Yoga and Pilates, sprinkled with other wellness opportunities like meditation and breath technique. Delight your taste buds with Southern India’s cuisine of spice, texture and sauces, including lentils, native fruits, coconut oils/milks and curry leaves. Take the opportunity to soak up knowledge of Ayurveda, India’s sister science, and experience luscious ayurvedic treatments, the ultimate in self-care. The state of Kerela has a tropical climate and the beach culture of the Kovalam area will allow you to shed the layers and congestion of the west as you practice self care and relaxation in a natural environment.

India has so much for the senses to take in. Whether it be the wind of tuk tuks whizzing by on the road or the smell of Indian spices wafting from restaurants and local family homes, or the sound of a woman chopping open a fresh coconut for you to drink by the beach. Brightly colored sari’s adorn the local women and tiny winding streets with handmade shopping treasures entice you to explore. It is full to the brim of endless temples, shrines, churches, mosques, and bazaars devoted to spices, incense and freshly cut flowers. India is made for those with a curious spirit and a heart ready for adventure.

Leave it to Mandee to navigate the details in moving through India while you simply enjoy and treat yourself to the tropical experience in the south. India’s positive and energetic vibe is like nothing you have been a part of before. Let her lead you to a place that mesmerizes with all its colors, beauty and life lessons!

We will start each day with movement. The classes will be Yoga, Pilates or a mixture. On some days we will practice meditation and become in tune to our breath. A second practice will be offered in the late afternoon and may be moved around according to the activities schedule. We will practice in our own covered rooftop open air private yoga hall that overlooks the sea.

 

 

 

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