Dr. Amanda Bowen & Tranquil Times Retreats Present:
An Amazing 8 day Yoga Adventures Retreat in Goa, India
9th – 16th January 2022
We are excited to announce that after the success of our Yoga Adventures Retreat in Goa in 2020, for January 2022 we have chosen to partner with Devarya Wellness again introducing their brand new sister resort Nalanda Retreat in the very special location of Mandrem in North Goa, India.
We are very familiar with this area, after spending so much time there in the last two years searching for this specific Goa yoga retreat. It truly is a place where we feel especially drawn to and it’s like a second home so we are sure you’ll love it just as much as we do!
The magic of this serene, tropical paradise overlooking the Arabian Sea will stimulate your mind, energise your body and speak to your soul.
You can press pause, breathe and experience the yoga life, whilst immersing yourself in deep soul work that can help to release ties from the past, becoming stronger mentally, physically and emotionally; the best possible version of yourself.
We provide you with a varied program of yin and yang yoga with nurturing spiritual practices in a safe and caring environment. The catalyst for pure positive life changes, fun adventures, friendship and laughter.
This transformational retreat promises an unforgettable experience to treasure forever.
What will you get from the retreat?
What’s Included in This Package
What’s not included in this Package:
* You’ll be added to a private WhatsApp group to get the chance to meet everyone virtually beforehand and to share photos, stories and revelations!
* Coaching support is available afterwards to help integrate our teachings into your everyday life.
Early bird prices per person for seaside rooms until 31st August 2021
Standard twin ensuite shared chakra room £975
Single occupancy …. £1275
Chakra Suite shared ensuite room …. £1130
Single occupancy …. £1350
£350 deposit will secure your place in a shared room or £395 for a private room
Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. See Terms & Conditions for full details.
Full balance required by 8th November 2021.
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 will also use other powerful healing modalities to enhance your experience further.
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, the feminine, passive, cooling energy and yang – the 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 for group fun.
Each yoga session will be unique and inspiring as we journey through the week, set around the yin yang philosophies, combining Indian yogic principles with Traditional Chinese Medicine, educating you with invaluable knowledge, whilst providing a perfect balance.
Deep inner work for body, mind and spirit, glimpses into authentic Indian life and lots of fun and joy with your soul sisters!
Expect plenty of laughter, tears and a host of emotions to arise as you work closely with your energetic body.
This green retreat overlooks beautiful Mandrem Beach, North Goa, India.
Nalanda Retreat spans an area of 4,000 square metres and overlooks the beautiful white sands of Mandrem Beach. A quiet and peaceful setting with lush green hills, an abundance of palm trees and clean beaches, in which during high tide the seawater rushes into the Mandrem Creek which runs parallel to the waterline.
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, lush 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 delicious and healthy organic meals packed with superfoods and fueling ingredients to purify and detox the system.
Enjoy the secluded swimming pool, sunbathe on sandy Mandrem beach and watch the sun set into the Arabian sea, you can experience it all at Nalanda Retreat– the serene environment to stimulate your mind, energise your body and speak to your soul.
Your retreat includes 7 buffet breakfasts/brunches and 6 evening meals, depending on our schedule.
The lunches are not included to enable you to explore the area and give the option to dine and sample the delicious food in various bars, cafes and restaurants in the area.
Our buffet breakfasts/brunches and dinners included, take place at ‘Chia Lounge’ which is part of the Devarya Wellness resort, located on the beach of Mandrem. It is a beautiful wooden constructed restaurant with a small garden, juice and coffee bar. Offering you sun or shade, both with stunning 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 on this Goa yoga retreat!
Amanda and Jo; Your Teachers and Hosts
Dr. Amanda Bowen
Being diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome then, complex PTSD, depression and anxiety fifteen 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 happiness in sharing my practice with others. This powerful yet very human journey has so far involved almost six 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 and why I chose to delve deeper with the advanced yin yoga teacher training.
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 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 Retreats 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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