Dr. Amanda Bowen & Tranquil Times Retreat Present:
An 8 day Yoga Adventures Retreat in Goa, India
12th – 19th January 2020
We are pleased to announce that after a meticulous search, we have chosen the perfect yoga retreat venue in North Goa, India.
The magic of this serene, tropical paradise overlooking the Arabian Sea and Turtle Beach will stimulate your mind, energise your body and speak to your soul.
You can breathe, experience and live the yoga life, whilst immersing yourself in deep soul work releasing ties from the past, becoming mentally stronger, the best version of yourself.
Providing you with a varied program of yin and yang yoga and spiritual practices in a safe and nurturing environment for pure positive life changes, new adventures, friendships, fun and laughter.
This retreat promises an unforgettable experience to treasure forever.
What will you get from the retreat?
What’s Included in This Package:
- 7 nights boutique accommodation and buffet breakfast
- 7 organic vegetarian evening meals or lunches
- Daily yoga/meditation (averaging 2 classes per day)
- Optional free evening activities: music nights, chanting & meditation
- Opening ceremony with fire puja
- 1 x 60 minute massage
- All day filtered water, chai and lemon ginger teas
- Excursions to Old Goa, Dudhsagar Waterfall, the Spice Plantation and the famous Anjuna market
- Daily housekeeping
- Full use of resort amenities including two swimming pools, relaxation areas, gardens and private beach access with sun loungers
- Free WIFI in public places
- Airport transfers from and to Dabolim International Airport Goa (GOI)
What’s not included in this Package:
- Travel insurance
- Lunches and dinners that are not included above
- Extra therapies or outings
- Additional taxis, laundry, shopping.
- Additional retreat extension to the magnificent Hampi UNESCO site for 3-4 days after the retreat
* You’ll be added to a private Facebook group to get the chance to meet everyone virtually beforehand and to share photos, stories and revelations!
* Coaching support is available after with help integrating our teachings into everyday life.
EARLY BIRD PRICES valid until 31st August 2019
Shared space in twin en-suite room £985
Single occupancy rooms available from £1285 (only 2 left!). Please contact us direct to be put on our priority list.
£330 deposit will secure your place in a shared room and £385 will secure your place in a single occupancy.
Check out the Wellness Resort page here, for more room information.
- Experience joy, fun, laughter and adventure with a group of like-minded people
- Immerse yourself in deep soul work, release emotional baggage and become mentally, physically and emotionally stronger
- Stimulate your senses in a beautiful beachfront location embracing the soul of Goa and discover your power within
- Opportunity to learn from two highly qualified and respected teachers.
The aim is to provide you with a safe and nurturing environment to enable permanent positive life changes, whilst giving you the time for new experiences, adventures and friendships.
In a stunning location, this retreat promises an unforgettable experience to treasure forever.
Yoga and meditation are an essential part of our program, however we’ll also use other powerful healing modalities where needed.
Yin/Yang yoga is a practice that balances the slow-paced yin yoga with the traditional yang yoga (vinyasa and hatha). Yin/yang yoga has its roots in China in the Taoist concepts of yin – a feminine, passive, cooling energy and yang – a masculine, dynamic, warming energy. The yin/yang yoga practice uses both types of yoga to provide both physical and spiritual balance.
In yin yoga, the floor-based poses are held for a longer period of time, typically three to five minutes or longer to target the connective tissues and fascia, rather than focus on the muscles. This increases flexibility while working on the meridians (energy channels) of the body. The practice allows for deep relaxation and meditation.
Yang practices of dynamic movements, flows and standing poses. hatha yoga asanas and vinyasas that warm the body, stretch and strengthen the muscles and stimulate and balance the chakras.
By combining yin and yang yoga, energy and fitness is improved, whilst promoting relaxation and deep healing.
What Makes This Retreat Special?
This unique opportunity gives the perfect balance of relaxation and activity, time to yourself and also group fun.
Each yoga session will be different as we journey through the week, set around the yin yang philosophies, combining Indian yogic principles with Traditional Chinese Medicine, bringing balance into your life.
Deep inner work for body, mind and spirit, glimpses into authentic Indian life and lots of fun and joy with your soul sisters!
Expect laughter, tears and a host of emotions to arise as you work closely with your energetic body.
This green retreat spanning 7,000 square metres overlooks beautiful Morjim Beach, also known as Turtle Beach after the endangered sea turtles nesting on its shores.
A quiet and peaceful setting, with lush green hills, clean beaches and the Chapora river running through.
The overall magic of this place offers a secluded calm space, with privacy, as well as several communal areas like the yoga shala, dining areas, gardens, and terraces.
Specially designed to celebrate the colourful and mystical spirit of India, the bouquet of chakra inspired rooms speak to your senses, lets you soak in the relaxed vibes of the property and resonate with your inner balance.
Their beach front restaurant The Chia Lounge serves tasty and healthy organic meals complete with superfoods and fueling ingredients to help you detox your system.
Enjoy their two large swimming pools, sunbathe on sandy Morjim beach and watch the sun set into the Arabian sea, you can experience it all at Devarya Wellness – the serene environment to stimulate your mind, energise your body and speak to your soul.
Your retreat includes 7 buffet breakfasts and 7 lunches or dinners, depending on our schedule.
The lunches/dinners not included, enable you to explore the area and give the option to dine and sample the delicious food in various bar and restaurants in the area.
Our buffet breakfasts and those lunches or dinners included, take place at ‘Chia Lounge’ which is part of the Devarya Wellness resort, located on the beach of Morjim. It is a beautiful wooden constructed restaurant on two floors with a small garden, juice and coffee bar. Offering you sun or shade, both with sea views.
You can enter straight from the resort and leave right onto the beach. It serves wholesome, healthy and organic vegetarian, vegan and gluten free food and beverages for the conscious diner.
Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.
Chia Lounge prides itself on using locally produced goods wherever possible.
The buffet and A La Carte menus are designed for minimal food wastage whilst still ensuring produce is fresh and organically grown.
The aim is to complement a healthy and mindful lifestyle to support your wellness journey, and what better place to do that, than overlooking the Arabian Sea.
Amanda and Jo; Your Teachers and Hosts
Dr. Amanda Bowen
Being diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome then PTSD, depression and anxiety fourteen years ago left me unable to function. I led myself down the holistic route to get my health and, ultimately, my life back, and along the way stepped into my role as a teacher and wellness guide centred around yin yoga.
I discovered I have a skill in teaching and a happiness in sharing my practice with others. This powerful yet very human journey has so far involved over five hundred hours of Yoga Alliance teacher training.
I have studied and trained in hatha, ashtanga, vinyasa, yin, yin yang and aerial yoga. Of these, yin yoga was the completing piece of the jigsaw for me. Yin is where my healing finds its natural flow.
While I was being treated for PTSD, I developed a fascination with how the human brain works. What my consultant shared with me about my brain was incredible, and I needed to know more. This drive to understand more led me into gaining my PhD in Metaphysical Science.
The fact that I had gone from being unable to function, to completing a PhD, was beyond any belief I had about myself. I never imagined I would be able to use my brain, and heal my body and mind, to the extent that I have.
The intensity and depth of my yoga training and academic studying and the way in which they come together in my sessions have created my unique style of teaching yin yoga.
Postures, nurture and calm are combined with the brain science behind the practice and meticulous preparation, bringing wisdom and learning from many different sources into each session.
Counselling on stress management and how to mitigate against the devastating long-term effects it can have is woven into my teaching.
I bring healing stillness into people’s lives in order for them to better manage their challenges and find – and enjoy – the balance that is so often missing
I am an international wellness retreat organiser and a multi-style Yoga Alliance certified teacher, practicing for over 25 years. I run the Tranquil Times Holistic Retreat in Varna, Bulgaria and I am also a transformational life coach, reiki master/teacher, gong/sound therapist, energy worker and curative hypnotherapist.
Initially attracted to yoga as a teenager for its mental and spiritual aspects, I later realised yoga’s healing benefits on my body and mind after damaging my neck and back in three car accidents over a period of nine years.
I like my classes to be fun and engaging, drawing on aspects of different yoga styles and energy work, emphasising awareness of mind, body, and breath whilst focusing on correct alignment.
My intention is to inspire my students to connect with themselves, exploring and discovering their unique potential in a safe and healing environment. The western world is so fast-paced and fuelled by stress, so we need a practice to give some balance to our lives and prevent, or treat, disease within.
Over the years, I have practised, studied and been influenced by various styles of yoga and enjoy teaching a mix of vinyasa flow, hatha/sivananda, restorative and energy work depending on the group’s needs at a particular time. I focus on balancing the chakras, the healing power of guided meditation and qigong exercises throughout.
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