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Cultural India Yoga Escape – 2nd to the 14th November 2015

India is a land of ancient wisdom and sacred practices born out of ancient Vedic philosophies. India has given the world the deep knowledge and practice of Yoga, Ayurveda and Meditation. It is a land with a soul and its manifestations are deeply spiritual whether those are via its classical music, dance or art. We…

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2ND TO 14TH November 2015: Goa and Karnataka, South India

Yoga Retreat in India on the 2nd to the 14th of November 2015. Please share with your friends whom you feel may be interested in a delicious holiday where you allow your mind and body to be restored.


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India is a land of ancient wisdom and sacred practices born out of ancient Vedic philosophies. India has given the world the deep knowledge and practice of Yoga, Ayurveda and Meditation.

It is a land with a soul and its manifestations are deeply spiritual whether those are via its classical music, dance or art.

We invite you to experience an exclusive retreat in the coconut groves of South Goa and a train ride to the Vijayanagara ruins in the village of Hampi in Karnatakato become spiritually energised, to detoxify and rejuvenate.



Palolem Beach is one of India’s most beautiful coconut palm fringed beaches. We will be spending the first nine days here where the retreat part of our holiday begins. Our retreat includes twice daily hatha yoga, breathing and meditation practice. Classical music and dance performances for your cultural enjoyment and fire and yantra ceremonies for your spiritual upliftment. You will have a

lot of free time to enjoy the beaches in the area, relax and recuperate.

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Hampi is a village in northern Karnataka, India. It is located within the ruins of the city of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Predating the city of Vijayanagara, it continues to be an important religious centre, housing the Virupaksha Temple, as well as several other monuments belonging to the old city. The ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed as the Group of Monuments at Hampi. We will travel by train and spend three nights exploring its temples and its sights. We will continue our yoga and meditation practice.


We will end our journey, overnight in Panjim where we will enjoy shopping and eating . Panjim is the capital of Goa and the headquarters of North Goa district. It lies on the banks of the Mandovi Riverestuary in Tiswaditaluka. With a population of 114,405 in the metropolitan area, Panaji is Goa’s largest city, ahead of Margao and Vasco da Gama.

Panaji means “land that never floods”. It has terraced hills, concrete buildings with balconies and red-tiled roofs, churches, and a riverside promenade. There are avenues lined with gulmohar, acacia and other trees. The Baroque Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church is located overlooking the main square known as Praça da Igreja. Colourful villas, cobbled streets and interesting buildings give Panaji a Portuguese ambience.


What we call Yoga is really a very small part of the practices in the life of a yogi. This is a holiday but not just an ordinary holiday, it is a RETREAT, time out from the world, from our daily lives, an opportunity to re-connect with our own internal stillness, to reflect on our health and wellbeing, to rest and recuperate.


Mantras are sounds which carry vibration and these sounds make possible astonishing changes in our lives. They have existed in all traditions, at all times. Thousands of years ago in India, Vedic mantras were written on palm

leaves and preserved until today. It is this sacred knowledge that provides us with the powerful possibility of self-healing.Reciting mantras and visualizing and drawing Yantras is a spiritual path (yoga). This Mantra and Yantra practice is accompanied by a fire ceremony. Fire allows for rapid transformation in shifting our energy and in spiritual awakening. It provides the avenue to let go of the old story and drama, to transform, to renew and to be reborn. Through fire ceremony, you honour your lessons and old belief structures by placing them in the fire and turning them over to Spirit. By releasing these old patterns into the fire, you heal deeply at the level of the soul without having to experience them at the literal and physical levels. These fire ceremonies have been performed throughout history all over India.

Bhuvaneshwari Yantra


Ayurveda is the sister science to Yoga. Two Ayurvedic treatments, Shirodara and Ayurvedic massage are included. We know how important it is to be pampered and cared for and India does this very well. We have an on site Ayurvedic clinic should you wish to explore further treatments in your own time as there will be plenty of your own time.


Sandeep Srivastav is a gifted vocalist and composer. He began studying Hindustani classical music with Bhatkhande music college, Lucknow under PanditDharmNath Mishra music at the age of ten. Later he joined the prestigious GandharvaMahavidyalaya. Sandeep’s voice lends itself to a variety of music styles: semi classical and devotional (Sagun/Nirgun/Sufi); Hindustani classical and fusion. Sandeep composes for theatre, dance and film. His band Green Ragas co-founded with international music maestro Chinmaya Dunster, performs at multimedia environmental awareness raising concerts based around his compositions on environmental themes.

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Acclaimed Odissi Dancer Mrs Dipali Tikam Dahale will be performing this Indian classical form of dance. Dipali began studying Odissi under the guidance of Guru Jhelum Paranjape at Smitalay, Mumbai. She was fortunate to study with the Late Padmavibhushan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra between 1998 and 2002. Dipali teaches, performs and choreographs at Smitaly. This is a treat, not to be missed.

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All our accommodation is beautiful and private and our meals are healthy and delicious.




Annie is a Yoga teacher, teachingin Cape Town South Africa. She teaches Traditional Indian Yoga, a synthesis of Ashtanga Yoga and Hatha Yoga, based on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (Ashtanga) and Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gherend Samhita and other yogic texts. She studied in India at Yoga Vidya Gurukul (ashram) under Rishi Dharmajyoti. Annie teaches yoga as a means to develop consciousness and to make the mind body soul connection.

To add to the effectiveness of physical Yoga practice, she works with remedial Pilates to strengthen muscles and to correct structural integrity. She studied under Susan Arena Pepper, former ballerina based in Geneva Switzerland, who developed the Swiss Body Pilates method, and Master teacher Jennifer Paynter who has a deep knowledge of anatomy and is based in Cape Town South Africa.

Annie has over 20 years experience with cleansing practices both through diet and various cleansing techniques. After experimenting personally with fasting, detoxification and working

with food as medicine she shares what she has learned. She is the founder of Cape Town Retreats and runs holistic Yoga and detoxification retreats in and around Cape Town, South Africa.

In her personal quest for self development, Annie has immersed herself in the study of Taoism and has a profound personal interest in Psychological Astrology. She integrates her knowledge in her work.




“Every moment is alive with possibility!”

Veechi Shahi’s mission is to inspire people to live Life to the fullest.

Veechi is an exuberant, joyous and deeply connected Life and Wellness coach who believes in the wonder of Life. She offers Life and Wellness Coaching, Stress Management, Women Empowerment Workshops and Meditation to support Individuals, Groups, Institutes and Corporate clients.

Leveraging her rich 17 years of experience, Veechi honors the individuality of each person. She undertakes inward journeys with them to go beyond their conditioning and to bring out their finest. As a wellness therapist, Veechi delivers a unique coaching solution of Management through Meditation, in order to create a better work-life balance for her Corporate clients. She complements her Coaching, with awareness, meditation sessions, centering, self-knowing techniques and breathing methods. She also uses body-mind relaxation, de-conditioning processes, hypnotherapy, nutrition & yoga, to achieve wellness.

Veechi connects with her Indian and global clientele through intensive programs at her centers in India and her workshops across Europe. Her pragmatic approach consists of first establishing an Emotional Quotient in her client, and then driving forward to achieve a Spiritual Quotient.

Veechi’s personal life has been a journey of self-discovery. She has enhanced her natural gift of sensitivity with her professional training in Transformational work. Veechi is certified as an Executive Coach by International Coach Federation, has a Doctorate in Clinical Hypnotherapy, an M.B.A. from University of Pune. She is registered with The Indian Board of Alternative Medicines and a member of The American Hypnosis Association.

Veechi is deeply influenced by Osho, Iyengar Yoga, and Dr.Vijaya Venkat’s Nutrition principles.



R25000 per person
R45000 per couple
R22500 early bird discount – book before 31 July 2015

50% deposit on booking. The remaining 50% is payable one month before the retreat. For cancellation please cancel one month before the retreat.


Either by replying to this mail or through the website capetownretreats.co.za

Namaste and have a lovely day.

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