God's Own Country - Alappuzha + Munnar

Welcome to Mother India from 29 October - 10 November. Travel safely with us in India as we will be your personal Yoga & Travel gurus. We will be with you every step of the way throughout the trip. A lifetime memorable  experience!

 

At Hamsalife, we treat our body as our temple. Our retreats provide a great opportunity to transform yourself, learn healthy lifestyle and find your purpose in life. We have prepared a Spiritual package dedicated for those who are looking for the true peace of mind with the help of Yoga, Ayurveda and Nature. Our program offers a 13 days itinerary packed with Healthy living lectures, Yoga sessions, Oil massage, Local sight seeing, River boat cruise, Swim in backwaters, Scenic village walk, Temples & Ashram visit, Sunset at beach, Trekking in Tea Plantations, Adventure Jeep Safari, Learning Indian cooking, etc. An authentic Indian trip with Certificate for successful participation. 

 

Kerala also known as God's own country is an ancient and beautiful state situated on the southwestern coast of India and has also emerged as a popular holiday destination of India. Kerala enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Asia. An equable climate with a long shoreline with serene beaches, tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters, lush hill stations, waterfalls. sprawling plantations, paddy fields, enchanting art forms, magical festivals, exotic cuisine, historic and cultural monuments. All of which ultimately makes this holiday destination a perfect choice for travelers.

100-Hour Yoga Teacher Training (TTC)

Our 100-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, certified by Yoga Alliance is designed to train you in several aspects of Yoga – to prepare you to become an independent Yoga Teacher. Our Teacher Training Course delivers a comprehensive, theoretical and practical hands-on training program and we ensure that trainees emerge from our TTC as confident teachers and lifelong learners. We believe that every human being has the ability to rejuvenate, transform and blossom into the most radiant version of themselves when given time, space and support of a nourishing and uplifting environment. This TTC experience provides a great way to find long lasting happiness, peace and the passion to share the yogic lifestyle with others. This is our value to you.

EXPLORE THE GOD'S OWN COUNTRY
The Backwaters of ALAPPUZHA (29 Oct -04 Nov)

Alappuzha (Alleppey), referred to as the Venice of the East, peaceful and pristine is famous for its breath-taking backwaters and canals. Alappuzha, one of the major tourism spots of Kerala is a small strip of land sandwiched between the Vembanad Lake and the Arabian Sea. Alappuzha Beach, the pier which extends into the sea is around 140 years old. It is a perfect spot to picnic and there is also an old lighthouse nearby that is of immense interest for the visitors. The beautiful nature and exquisite setting all around the backwaters of Alappuzha  is conducive to meditation and mind expansion.

THE Lush Green Hills of MUNNAR (04 Nov - 10 Nov)

Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. 1,600 m above sea level, this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. The town, which still retains its colonial charm flocked by thousands of travellers from around the world. Travellers have ample opportunities to enjoy the Virgin forests, savannahs, rolling hills, scenic valleys, numerous streams, waterfalls, sprawling tea plantations and winding walkways captivating hill station of Munnar. 

 
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Morning Pickup from Cochin International Airport on 29 October

  • AHIMSA: Vegetarian Delicacies include Healthy Ayurvedic Breakfast, Plantain Leaf Lunch & South Indian Dinner

  • Healthy Living, Philosophy & Spiritual Lectures

  • Swim in Backwaters & Scenic Village Walk

  • Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation Classes

  • Cleansing & Detoxing (Shat Kriyas) Kit

  • River Boat Cruise & Sunset at Beach

  • Ayurvedic Oil Massage

  • Temples & Ashram Visit

  • Adventure Jeep Safari Trip

  • Trekking in Tea Plantations

  • Learn Indian Cooking & Culture

  • All Sightseeing & Transportation

  • Translations to: English & Chinese

  • 100 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate

  • Evening drop off to Cochin International Airport on 10  November

 

NoteAirfares NOT included.

 - Liberating the soul and mind in the God's own Country -

 
retreat teachers

Hamsalife believes in quality over quantity and hence, we designed the program only for few students and we have 3 teachers to impart training to ensure best Student-Teacher ratio. All levels of yoga practitioners including beginners are welcome as our classes are designed to give a personalized, strong foundation and intimate approach to your Yoga practice.

 

RETREAT DATE : 29 OCTOBER - 10 NOVEMBER

PRICING POLICY
KIDS POLICY
  • "Sharing is Caring". Save even more when travelling together with a family member or a friend! That's why we have prepared a smart pricing policy that allows you to obtain attractive prices as you invite more friends to join our retreat.​

 

  • 1 Person (Double Occupancy) = U̶S̶$̶ ̶2̶9̶0̶0̶  US$ 2500

 

  • 1 Person (Single Occupancy)  =  U̶S̶$̶ ̶3̶4̶0̶0̶  US$ 2900

  

"Early Bird" price only till 31 Aug 2017.

Book your Spot Now!

  • Children are our most valuable resource, as they are the leaders of our future! Hamsalife gives you an opportunity to discover the benefits of yoga for kids, to learn yoga,  to strike a pose with your child and create a lifetime deeper connection with them.

           

    • Children ages 0 - 6 stay free when sharing existing bedding with 2 paid adults.

    • Children ages 7 - 14  are US $ 500 per child with extra bed

    • Children age 15 or older are charged the adult rate.

 

  • Maximum occupancy is 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children per room (only one extra bed is allowed in the room)

 
DAY WISE SADHANA:

Day 1 (29 Oct) : Sunday

  • Morning pickup from the Airport 

  • Fire ceremony & rituals (Ganapathi homam)

  • Retreat inauguration & Welcoming participants

 

Day 2 (30 Oct) : Monday 

  • Regular schedule

  • River boat cruise

Day 3 (31 Oct) : Tuesday 

  • Sightseeing day schedule

  • Revi Karunakaran Memorial Museum

  • Alappuzha Beach pier / Lighthouse

Day 4 (01 Nov) : Wednesday

  • Regular schedule

  • Scenic Village walk

Day 5 (02 Nov) : Thursday 

  • Sightseeing day schedule

  • Fort Cochin & Dutch Palace visit

  • Naval Maritime museum

  • LuLu International Shopping Mall

Day 6 (03 Nov) : Friday 

  • Regular schedule

  • Local market visit

Day 7 (04 Nov) : Saturday

  • Tranfer from Alappuzha to Munnar

  • Welcoming participants

  • Relaxing & Recuperating schedule

Day 8 (05 Nov) : Sunday

  • Regular schedule

  • Trekking in Tea plantations

 

Day 9 (06 Nov) : Monday

  • Sightseeing day schedule

  • Local town &  Tata tea Museum visit

  • Chinnakanal waterfalls & Anayirangal

 

Day 10  (07 Nov) : Tuesday

  • Regular schedule

  • Local market visit

Day 11 (08 Nov) : Wednesday

  • Sightseeing day schedule

  • Mattupetty Dam & Lake visit

  • Kolukkumalai tea estate

Day 12 (09 Nov) : Thursday

  • Regular schedule

  • Scenic Village walk

 

Day 13 (10 Nov) : Friday

  • Closing ceremony with Lunch feast

  • Certificate for successful participation

  • Evening drop off to Airport

NoteEveryone will receive a series of emails containing their trip details starting a few weeks prior to the Retreat. Itinerary is subject to change without notice depending on weather, traffic conditions, etc.

Daily Retreat schedule 

 

0630 - Wake up bell

0700 - 0800 Shat Kriyas & Water Theraphy

0800 - 0900 Hatha Yoga Class

0900 - 1000 Breakfast 

1100 - 1200 Healthy Living & Philosophy Lectures

1300 - 1400 Lunch  

1700 - 1800 Hatha Yoga Class

1800 - 1900 Pranayama & Dhyana Class 

1930 - 2030 Dinner & Cultural activites

2030 - 2200 Satsang (Meditation, Mantras & Lectures)

Sightseeing Day Schedule

 

0630 - Wake up bell

0700 - 0800 Shat Kriyas & Water Theraphy

0800 - 0900 Hatha Yoga Class

0900 - 1000 Breakfast 

1000 - 1800 Sight seeing / City visit / River boat cruise

1800 - 1900 Pranayama & Dhyana Class 

1900 - 1930 Mouna Sadhana (Practice of Silence)

1930 - 2030 Dinner & Cultural activites

2030 - 2200 Satsang (Meditation, Mantras & Lectures)

 

Kondai Lip Backwater Resort, Alappuzha

The gateway to Kondai Lip welcomes you across a narrow canal fringed by palms. Greeted by the resort’s boatman, guests are then transported across in a country boat. The cottages are all over a hundred years old and were once traditional homes that have been trans-located; designed in Kerala’s vernacular style of architecture, with interiors in wood, elegantly furnished and equipped with all modern amenities, the cottages look out at canals on two sides and are set around a dining area that is open to the surrounding landscape.

Aranyaka Resorts, Munnar

Aranyaka means 'belonging to the wilderness'. True to its name is Aranyaka resorts – nature's own green estate that is Aranyaka, the resort has just four distinct private Cottages with the best-in-its-class creature comforts – giving you a vacation to remember, and a Munnar experience like no other. The resort's villas adopt tradition Kerala architecture with generous wooden furnishing and combining touch of modern amenities.

 An ideal choice to relaxingly witness the enthralling Sunrise, a gentle breeze and whisper of the trees around the resort's villas to enjoy your time away from the hustles of busy schedules and tiring routines. The serene backwaters of the lake spread far and wide of Alappuzha and the lush green hills filled with tea plantations of Munnar is a sight to behold; sit back, luxuriate in the beauty that surrounds you, soak in the silence, you are a heartbeat away from paradise. Kondai Lip & Aranyaka resorts have proved track records with excellent TripAdvisor reviews and is rightly located, well equipped to ensure a perfect tranquil environment for the spiritual yoga retreat. 

  • Spacious rooms, each with a King-Size double bed. 

  • Bathrooms with 24 hours hot & cold running water.

  • Wireless Internet and Television DTH service available.

  • Laundry facilities are available on request.

  • Delicious vegetarian food; harvested directly from the village farms. 

 
Additional information

 

Ayurveda:

 

Ayurveda, the science of life and longevity, is the oldest healthcare system in the world and it combines the profound thoughts of medicine and philosophy. Ayurveda focuses upon the preservation as well as the promotion of positive health, which is essential towards the prevention of disease. Today, it's a unique, indispensable branch of medicine, a complete naturalistic system that depends on the diagnosis of your body's humours - vata, pitta and kapha - to achieve the right balance

 

 

Sightseeings in and around Kerala: 

 

With bountiful natural beauty, Kerala lies wedged between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. A spectacular travel destination that has in store for you some timeless and unmatched spots, including palm-fringed beaches, undulating hills, pristine backwaters, evergreen forests and many more. Fly to this stunning land to get amazed by the wonders of its many attractions in addition to the most popular Alappuzha & Kumarakom backwaters.

 

  • Folklore Museum, Kashi Art Gallery & Wonderla Amusement Park in Kochi

  • Athirappilly Waterfalls in Thrissur

  • Tea plantations in Munnar

  • Periyar National Park Tiger Reserve, Thekkady

  • Kovalam Beach, Padmanabhapuram Palace & Poovar Island in Trivandrum

  • Vivekananda Rock Memorial & Thiruvalluvar Statue in Kanyakumari

 

 

Some places to do shopping:

 

  • Shopping in Alappuzha – Fresh spices like pepper, cardamom, coconut oil and areca nut, coir products and carpets.

  • Shopping in Kochi town – Regional silver and gold jewellery, small souvenirs and popular brands in huge shopping malls

  • Shopping in Varkala beach – Brass and copper itemslocally-made woolens, hand made statues, Yoga & cotton clothing

  • Shopping in Munnar – Varieties of fresh tea, coffee, cashews, home made chocolates, spices, aloe vera gel & herbal oils

 

 

Cultural activities

 

  • Learn Bhajans, Chants, folk songs or musical instruments (harmonium, drum)

  • Participate in local agricultural / gardening activities (planting, harvesting, threshing)

  • Learn Hindi, Malayam, Tamil or Sanskrit

  • Have your horoscope read for future predictions

  • Participate in local festivals, marriage celebrations, songs and dances

 
Policy info

Cancellation Policy: 

i) Cancellation prior to & during the month of August = 75 % refund.

ii) Cancellation during the month of September = 50 % refund.

iii) Cancellation during the month of October = NO refund; only name transfer/change is possible. 

 

Note:  Guests must cover additional costs themselves for visiting areas different from the retreat scheduled itinerary. We strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance in advance to protect yourself well with any unforeseen circumstances. Hamsalife reserves the right to change/modify the itinerary, policy and rules whenever necessary according to the situation and the decision of the management will be final and binding in all matters and is unquestionable.

 

Please note that there will be no refunds or discounts for arriving late, leaving early, flight cancellations, travel delays or illness. If you cancel your participation in a retreat for any reason, the cancellation policy above will apply, with no exceptions. We wish we could compensate people for unforseen circumstances (injury, family emergency, etc) but we have costs already incurred when reserving retreat centers. Hence, we have designed our cancellation policy to be as compassionate as possible in the case that your travel plans change.

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