Nurture Your Heart, Belly & Soul Retreat with Imken
From 12 til 19 Jan 2020
Exploring and nurturing our heart and belly space
Upon waking up each day, my first words to my heart always are “Tell me all your news of love.”
Join Imken on a journey of softly unwinding out of stress, tension, perhaps dis-comfort; flowing gradually into more open-ness, moving body as much or as little as needed, to find your very personal way into deeper relaxation, and towards a more open heart, stronger intuition, and to build physical and mental strength and clarity.
This week is all about exploring and nurturing our heart and belly space, sensitizing into the sometimes hidden gems of intuition and our potential to express and feel love - towards ourselves firstly, and with that towards others, as well as letting go of potential emotional and physical blockages in and around the heart - with that in our chest, shoulders and neck - as well as in our abdomen and organ system, so we can improve digestive functioning and strengthen our gut intuition.
Some classes will be more active and flowing (creative and intuitive Hatha flow), others more relaxed and slow (Yin, Restorative and a gentle Somatic Yoga). Meditation, Pranayama (breath work), Mantra chants and partner work will also be offered.
It’ll get musical at times with live guitar, eclectic world sounds from African drum to classical, as well as nourishment through one-2-one attention via therapeutic and craniosacral touch, as well as diving into deep stillness and silence.
All are welcome, including complete beginners. If you are able to attend a few yoga classes before, even better!
Maximum group size: 15 participants.
Ashiyana’s well known delicious brunch and dinner buffets with ample fresh fruit & veg and Continental/Indian/Nepalese cuisine will please your belly enormously! Herbal teas, best ever Masala Chai, and fresh water are available around the clock. All water is filtered including that for cooking.
A variety of treatments are available at Ashiyana’s beautiful in-house Spa with natural water pool. Treatments range from Ayurveda Consultations and Detox Programs as well as Massages (Thai, Deep Tissue, Alchemy of Touch) to name but a few.
Plenty of time to swing in a hammock, read a book, stroll down the vast, golden beaches of Mandrem, bathe in the ocean, make new friends, go paddle-boarding, visit the night market, enjoy concerts & jam sessions in nearby cafés or perhaps an Ecstatic Dance evening at 'The Source' - or simply none of that but to relax.
‘I really appreciated your generous commitment to provide each of us with a variety of tools to use in our practice. This was more than a yoga experience: a joint exploration, a precious human and spiritual encounter shared by women from all horizons. Thank you again for all this.’
– Olivia Bruyas (attended 2016 retreat)
'I have learned so much. I have learned from you, and from changes within myself. And those changes within, I think are what we all should be looking for. A wise person once said, "There is no good, nor evil. There is no positive, nor negative. Only consequences." So, my meeting with you all, with Ashiyana, Mumbai, Goa and India has had an enormous effect on my perception of life. Life is good!'
– Trond Jacobsen (attended 2019 retreat)
FROM THE AIRPORT
The closest airport is Goa Dabolim, 1 – 1.5 hours by taxi at around €20, one way. Ashiyana’s reception will happily organise one for you on request upfront or you may use prepaid taxis available at the airport.
E-visas are available online for a stay of maximum 6 weeks. Apply at least 4 days before your departure.
Dates: 12 Jan 2020 - 19 Jan 2020 (1 week)
Location: Goa, India
Prices: A range of accommodation is available from Beach Huts to Luxury Suites with A/C, starting from €790.
Please enquire directly with Imken for full details using the form below.
A glimpse of your day-to-day
- 8:00 - 10:30am Yoga class
- 10:00 - 11:30pm Breakfast Brunch
- 11:30 - 16:30pm Free time
- 16:00 - 18:00pm Yoga class - (free afternoon on Wednesday)
- 19.00pm Dinner
- 20.00pm Free Time & Evening activities