FORM + FOCUS
We are so excited about another special collaboration with Julian Hyzler from EASEL&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.
To give guests a varied experience of Goa, we'll be staying at 2 locations throughout the week. We begin the retreat at the southern end of Goa, not far from the airport, in the quiet beach setting where guests can relax after their journey. We'll be guests at the award-winning luxury hotel Alila Diwa Goa. Set amid lush paddy fields, Alila Diwa Goa blends the best of contemporary Goan architecture – high pitched roofs, wide verandahs and tranquil courtyards – with rich cultural traditions to fashion an extraordinary experience in luxury destination travel.
Next we'll move north to stay at an award-winning private luxury boutique villa in Goa, Coco Shambhala (Voted in 2016 as "India's #1 Boutique Hotel"). Set in an amazing tropical garden with freeform jungle swimming pool and private jet plunge pools, these gorgeous villas are the finest in comfortable luxury. They have been designed in complete harmony with the landscape and cultural milieu, giving guests a glorious retreat from the bustle of India. The architectural balance offers the sophisticated international traveller a place of privacy and nurture where a sense of balance can be found. Named by Conde Nast Traveller as one the best villas in the world for small groups, where outstanding service is top.
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 hotels, 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. 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.
Enjoy daily art + yoga classes in the Indian beach town of Goa! Explore temples, a spice plantation, ayurvedic spa treaments + MORE!