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Christmas/New Year’s Retreat in Goa, India with Stephen Thomas & Guests

This is an intensive retreat/program for those wishing to spend the holiday season together sharing deep yoga practices, meditation, musical inspirations, delicious food and these beautiful, warm surroundings!

The program includes long, intensive mornings of guided practice in the three pillars of Hatha Yoga - Meditation, Pranayama, Asana. In the afternoons offerings range from explorations in Asana to slow deep Restorative Practices, Yin and further work into Meditation and Pranayama as the sun sets. Some evenings and selected mornings with live music.

Samata offers full support with an Ayurvedic Kitchen, an amazing food and herb garden and therapy offerings in Ayurvedic massage, and Chinese Medicine.


This Retreat will be offered from Sunday, December 23, 2018 to Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at Samata Retreat Center in North Goa, India, under the guidance of Stephen Thomas.

The Teacher
Stephen Thomas is an experienced Yoga teacher and practitioner. He leads Teacher Trainings, Workshops and Immersions across Asia and Europe. His teaching is deeply rooted in the traditional Yoga practices of Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation. His philosophical background is influenced by studies in the Classical systems of Yoga Philosophy as well as Tibetan Buddhism and Tantra.
Stephen studies directly with O.P. Tiwari of Kaivalyadham, India - a living master in the science of Pranayama. He blends this with his ongoing studies in Asana, Nutrition, Ayurveda, Philosophy and the varied modern evolutions of Yoga.


Location and Accommodation
The training will take place at Samata Retreat Center, a holistic Retreat Center located in the peaceful village setting behind Arambol Beach in North Goa.
Accommodation and meals will be provided directly from Samata Goa at a reduced rate for our group. A variety of accommodation is available (see below).

Accommodation/Food packages for 10 nights (December 23, 2018 to January 2, 2019):
•  Simple Single Room- smaller room with 1 single bed: 1'170.- USD
•  King Delux Room- bigger room with 1 King bed: single occupancy 1'440.- USD per person / double occupancy 2'160.-USD per couple
•  Twin Deluxe Room- the same size as King Deluxe with 2 single beds (double occupancy): 1'080.- USD per person
•  Triple Room- bigger room with 3 single beds (triple occupancy): 900.- USD per person
•  Master Suite- spacious room with huge balcony, private kitchen, 1 King bed or 2 Twin beds: single occupancy 2'250.- USD per person / double occupancy 3'150.- USD (two people)
To see pictures of the rooms please visit www.samatagoa.com
For all questions regarding accommodation and food please email Olga Novikova: olga@samatagoa.com
Please book your room/food package directly with Olga once your participation has been confirmed by AIRYOGA.



Arrival / Departure
Please arrive at Samata on Sunday, December 23, 2018 during the day. Find out how to get there here: http://www.samatagoa.com/getting-there-and-away/
There will be a meet & greet and evening practice on Sunday, December 23, 2018.
On Wednesday, January 2, 2019, the departure is after the open morning practice and lunch.


Typical Day
6.30 am: morning Chai at sunrise
7:00 to 7:30 am: Meditation
approx. 7:40 to 8:30 am: Pranayama
afterwards: Morning Walks and Light Snack
approx. 9:00 am to 11:30 am: Asana
11:30 am: Lunch
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm: Afternoon Pause
approx. 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm: Afternoon Practices
6:00 pm to 6:30 pm: Sunset Pranayama/Meditation/Yoga Nidra
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm: Dinner
8:30 pm: Evening Programs (optional) or Free time


Pre-requistites
This is an open course but the content and length of practices are designed for students with previous experience in Yoga and a desire to dive in deep.
Participation is limited to max 24 yoga students.
Family or partners are very welcome.


Price per person
CHF 1’350.- for the full yoga program, including manual.

Not included in the price
•  Trip to/from Goa
•  All transfers
•  Accommodation and meals (to be booked directly with Samata)
•  Massages, treatments etc.
•  Tourist visa (apply for your e-visa online via https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/info1.jsp)


Booking / Further Terms
To register, please provide a short summary of your experience background and e-mail to Stephen Thomas: stephen@airyoga.ch


A non-refundable deposit of CHF 500.- is required once your participation has been confirmed by AIRYOGA.

The remainder is due on October 30, 2018. Cancellations after that date will not be refunded.

The participants will be responsible for booking their accommodation with Samata once they are accepted into the course.

Insurance is your own responsibility. We strongly recommend a travel insurance, health- and accident insurance with sufficient coverage.

The company/the teacher shall not be held liable for any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to persons. The participant waives any claim against the company/the teacher for any such loss, damage, injury, or death.