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MARCH 23-30, 2014 – Goa, India

About The Retreat

  • Info
  • MARCH 23-30, 2014

    Goa, India

    Ashiyana Yoga and Spa Village is located on the beautiful and unspoiled Mandrem Beach in the very north of Goa. Set amidst abundant, tropical flora and fauna, it has been designed as a deeply nurturing space where you can relax your body, calm your mind, and awaken to your inner peace of being.. Ashiyana is about truly relaxing, and sensing the depth of your being as you observe and experience the outer world. When you relax deeply, you realize your essential nature. When you perceive the outer world from this state of peace, you are not troubled or disturbed. In complete harmony with nature, this retreat is like no other!

    In India there is such a sweet surrender. From the sparkle in the eyes of the locals; to the deeply spiritual roots of India, there is ample opportunity for reflection and growth. Opportunities to look within, clean off the dust protecting your heart and truly understand human connection, freedom and love. If you are up for the adventure, join us on this incredible journey.. Cultivate peace and a deep stillness within on this magical retreat in South India as we explore the idea of grace and what it means to move with grace, on and off your mat.

    Join Jackie, Britt and Brendan on this special journey into a spacious and free way of life. Far away from home, deeply rooted in whats real, this retreat will no doubt guide you in the direction of your most authentic self.

    7:00-7:30 – coffee, tea & fresh fruit
    7:30-8:00 – meditation
    8:00-9:30 – vinyasa practice
    10:00-11:30 – brunch
    11:30-4:00 – free time (beach, excursions, acupuncture, one on one time w/ teachers)
    4:00-5:00 – yoga practice (yin, vinyasa or energy work)
    5:00-6:30 – dinner


  • Who
  • photo-2Jackie

    Jackie entered her local yoga centre in Montreal almost a decade ago. With that first step, what began as a one time experience quickly grew to a weekly “spiritual-fix”, eventually blooming into full immersion into her Yoga community. After completing her 500hr Training, Jackie continued her growth as a teacher with Schuyler Grant and Nikki Vilella (Kula Yoga NYC), Dina T. (MTL), Kevin Courtney (NYC), Annie Carpenter (LA) and Maty Ezraty (LA) among others in traditions such as Vinyasa, Iyengar, Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga. Her pursuits have taken her to India, Nepal, Africa, South America, Europe, Indonesia, Thailand, Costa Rica, Los Angeles, in stride with numerous visitations to New York City to learn from a full spectrum of world class teachers. Jackie is also certified in Cranio Sacral Therapy 1 & 2 with the Upledger Institute.

    ‘Jackie’s classes are rich with movement, vigorous, and explore depth in postures while working toward lightness, ease and effortlessness. She creates a positive space where the quality of thoughts can grow with the breath as guide.’


    After graduating from the National Ballet School of Canada, Brendan joined Dance Theatre in 2000 remaining with the company until 2008. Brendan’s yoga practice arose from an effort to find greater balance within his rigorous professional dance regimen. In 2008 he was one of two Canadians to receive the prestigious DanceWeb Europe scholarship in conjunction with the ‘Impulstanz’festival in Vienna, Austria. Here he connected with over sixty young up and coming artists. He was also fortunate to work with a number of leaders in European Contemporary movement practice and bodywork. Brendan became a certified Yoga instructor in 2009. He has since developed a successful teaching practice. Brendan continues to dance professionally in North America and abroad, working hard to ensure his yoga and dance continue to inform each other. In an effort to cultivate more stillness within his practice , Brendan went on to study Yin yoga. He became a certified Yin Yoga instructor after completing training with Tracey Soghrati of Soghrati Yoga. Brendan is eager to learn and grow with anyone willing to enter the studio and share his or her practice.


    Britton has been practicing yoga for ten years and has had the privilege of studying Iyengar yoga with Hart Lazer, Ashtanga Yoga with Richard Freeman and Vinyasa (powerflow) Yoga with Dina Tsouluhas. Britton has spent the last seven years teaching yoga at Moksha Yoga studios around the world, from Trinidad and Tobago to Canada. Her home studio was in Montreal, where she taught under the guidance of Dina Tsouluhas for six years. Britton is also a professional contemporary dancer, dance teacher and rehearsal director. Following injuries and burnout in a demanding dance career, Britton deeply understands the importance of a consistent yoga practice that supports physical maintenance, emotional release as well as spiritual and artistic growth. After studying dance and Anatomy at Les Ateliers de Dance Moderne De Montreal, Britton went on to complete a degree in social sciences from Concordia University. Britton infuses her love of movement into every yoga class she teaches, while emphasizing safe anatomical foundations in asana and therapeutic release through breath. Currently living in New York City, Britton feels so inspired by and grateful for the Community and is honored to share the practice and teachings.

  • Travel
  • Getting Here

    By Air
    Tranquil, yet not altogether remote, Ashiyana is a 90 minute taxi journey from Goa airport.
    International charter flights and national flights arrive at Dabolim airport in Goa.

    International flights
    Overseas charter companies offer direct flights to Dabolim International airport in Goa.
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    Domestic flights
    Fy from Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kochin and Chennai.
    For domestic flights we recommend Deccan Air, Jet Airways and Spice Jet.
    For domestic flights we recommend:

    Pre-pay government taxis are available as you exit the airport terminal or we can organise a local mandrem taxi to collect you. (Rs. 1200).

    By Coach
    The closest large town to Mandrem is Mapusa which has coach/bus connections to Mumbai, Bangalore, Mangalore, Mysore, Pune and other tourist destinations.
    Mapusa is 25 mins by taxi from Ashiyana.

    By Train
    Goa has two main railway stations Margao and Vasco da Gama. There are major connections to Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Rajkot, Thiruvananthapuram and other nationwide destinations.

    The closest stations to Ashiyana are Pernem, Thivim and Margao.

    Getting Around

    Bus :: There are great local bus services which network all over Goa offering a cheap and adventurous form of travel.

    Taxi :: You can hire taxis for single, multiple and return journeys. Taxi drivers are mostly very relaxed and will ferry you around happily for hours on end at a relatively little expense.
    There are also motorbike taxis which are unique to the Goan region and are a fun and cheap way to get from A to B.

    Motorbike :: Many people choose to rent a motorbike or scooter on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Experienced riders usually opt for the very popular Enfield (350/500cc) alternatively there are Kinetics (automatic scooters) which are comfortable, economical and easy to operate.

    Safety :: Ashiyana would like to offer a note of caution to drive carefully and to keep your driving licence and a valid travel insurance policy with you at all times. There are many avoidable mishaps which happen to tourists each year!


    All foreign nationals visiting India require a visa to enter India.

    Go to which has links to each Indian Embassy website for the country of your nationality, where you will be able to check visa requirements and download application forms.


    If you are concerned about vaccinations we recommend that you consult your doctor or health advisor.

    Your embassy will also give specific information on these matters.

  • Spa
  • Our beautiful Spa and Treatment Centre sits at the heart of Ashiyana, and has evolved into a haven of peace and tranquility within our tropical paradise. Offering serene luxury with our unique mix of informality and intimacy, it has Goa’s only “natural swimming pool” (naturally self-cleaning with no chemicals), a hammam (steam room) and six treatment rooms. The gardens around the large pool offer plenty of beautiful spots for meditation and contemplation, with a gazebo and lilly pond facing towards a majestic Buddha statue, all set amidst an abundance of plants and coconut palms. We have a Spa Cafe offering healthy, light snacks and lunch, as well as a trpoical juice menu and teas.

    Whether you wish to simply relax body and mind, enhance your current level of wellbeing, or perhaps address some particular symptoms or health issues that you are experiencing, our expert therapists are available to offer treatments and to create a tailored program for your particular requirements.

    Consultation and Treatment Program

    Our consultation and treatment procedure has been created according to the “Elemental Yoga Therapy System” (EYT), which concerns itself with the five naturally occuring elements – air, fire, water, earth and space, and how they are behaving within your body. The system teaches the therapist to ‘listen deeply’ to your whole being and determine ‘elemental’ imbalances, and then assess your precise needs in that moment. The treatment process of EYT is natural and simple, deeply rooted in the traditional practices of Yoga – in deed it might also be called “Yoga as medicine”.

    Whether you take a single treatment or opt for one of our longer programs, our therapists will assess the nature of your mental, physical and emotional imbalances, and then either offer an appropriate treatment, or create a personalised program for your stay with us. Ours is a philosophy of gentle, holistic ‘healing’, and this requires a trusting collaboration between therapist and client.

    If your retreat or chosen program includes the full ”Elemental” welbeing consultation and assessment, then you will be given a detailed program for your stay, including yoga practices and associated treatments in order to transmute unhealthy patterns back to a natural state of rhythm and flow. You will also be advised of general lifestyle guidelines, including diet, exercise, relaxation and life balance, to support your return to optimal health and vitality.

    Integral to our philosophy is that we wish to empower you so that Yoga can become your personalized “wellbeing system”, once you know how to listen to what your body is asking for.

    Treatments and Programs:

    There are three possibilities during your stay with us –

    * Individual Treatments (listed below)
    * Day Spa Packages
    * Elixir Program

    Our Treatments

    Ayurvedic Abhyanga Massage
    Ayurveda Yoga Massage
    Ayurvedic Siddha Marma
    Esalen Style Bodywork
    Deep Tissue
    Reflexology Foot Massage
    Reiki Rebirthing
    Thai Yoga Massage
    Indian Head Massage
    Yoga Therapy 1:1
    Private Meditation
    A consultation with one of our EYT Therapists is recommended and available on request. Our therapists are highly trained in supporting and guiding you in obtaining the most from your stay, whether you are looking to detox, de-stress or simply relax deeply.

    Prices for individual Treatments

    Up to one hour – EUR 30 – 40
    More than one hour – from EUR 45
    (incl. half-day Spa Entrance)

    Discounted Packages

    We offer discounted rates for treatments booked in advance. Select from the Treatments listed above and receive a discount as follows –

    3 Treatments 10%
    6 Treatments 15%
    9 Treatments 20%

  • Registration
  • Included in Price: Accommodations, Meals (brunch & dinner), fresh fruit & snacks, 2 daily yoga classes, one on one time with teacher

    Not Included in Price: Airfare, Transportation, Travel Insurance

    Private Accommodations Price
    Beach Hut Ensuit $1,595
    Palm Grove $1,995
    Luxury Double $2,795
    Luxury Suite $3,195
    Shared Accommodations Price
    Beach Hut Ensuit $1,295
    Palm Grove- Triple $1,595
    Palm Grove- Double $1,595
    Luxury Double $1,995
    Luxury Suite $2,495
    Price per perspn
    *Add 13% Tax
    $500 Non-refundable Deposit to reserve your spot.

    Pay in Full By January 15th, 2014

  • Holi Festival
  • Close to the retreat dates- March 17th – Holi Festival

    One of the major festivals of India, Holi is celebrated with enthusiasm and gaiety on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun which is the month of March as per the Gregorian calendar.

    Holi festival may be celebrated with various names and people of different states might be following different traditions. But, what makes Holi so unique and special is the spirit of it which remains the same throughout the country and even across the globe, wherever it is celebrated.Season of Bloom
    Everybody gets delighted at the arrival of Holi as the season itself is so gay. Holi is also called the Spring Festival – as it marks the arrival of spring the season of hope and joy. The gloom of the winter goes as Holi promises of bright summer days. Nature too, it seems rejoices at the arrival of Holi and wears its best clothes. Fields get filled with crops promising a good harvest to the farmers and flowers bloom colouring the surroundings and filling fragrance in the air.Legends
    A Hindu festival, Holi has various legends associated with it. The foremost is the legend of demon King Hiranyakashyap who demanded everybody in his kingdom to worship him but his pious son, Prahlad became a devotee of Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashyap wanted his son to be killed. He asked his sister Holika to enter a blazing fire with Prahlad in her lap as Holika had a boon which made he immune to fire. Story goes that Prahlad was saved by lord himself for his extreme devotion and evil minded Holika was burnt to ashes, for her boon worked only when she entered the fire alone.Since that time, people light a bonfire, called Holika on the eve of Holi festival and celebrate the victory of good over evil and also the triumph of devotion to god. Children take special delight in the tradition and this has another legend attached to it. It says that there was once an ogress Dhundhi who used to trouble children in the kingdom of Prithu. She was chased away by children on the day of Holi. Therefore, children are allowed to play pranks at the time of ‘Holika Dahan’.Some also celebrate the death of evil minded Pootana. The ogress tried to Lord Krishna as an infant by feeding it poisonous milk while executing the plan of Kansa, Krishna’s devil uncle. However, Krishna sucked her blood and brought her end. Some who view the origin of festivals from seasonal cycles believe that Pootana represents winter and her death the cessation and end of winter.Holika Dahan
    On the eve of Holi, called Chhoti or Small Holi people gather at important crossroads and light huge bonfires, the ceremony is called Holika Dahan. This tradition is also followed in Gujarat and Orissa. To render greatfulness to Agni, god of Fire, gram and stalks from the harvest are also offered to Agni with all humility. Ash left from this bonfire is also considered sacred and people apply it on their foreheads. People believe that the ash protects them from evil forces.Play of Colors
    Great excitement can be seen in people on the next day when it is actually the time for the play of colours. Shops and offices remain closed for the day and people get all the time to get crazy and whacky. Bright colours of gulal and abeer fill the air and people take turns in pouring colour water over each other. Children take special delight in spraying colours on one another with their pichkaris and throwing water balloons and passers by. Women and senior citizen form groups called tolis and move in colonies – applying colours and exchanging greetings. Songs, dance on the rhythm of dholak and mouthwatering Holi delicacies are the other highlights of the day.Expression of Love
    Lovers too long to apply colours on their beloved. This has a popular legend behind it. It is said that the naughty and mischievous Lord Krishna started the trend of playing colours. He applied colour on her beloved Radha to make her one like him. The trend soon gained popularity amongst the masses. No wonder, there is no match to the Holi of Mathura, Vrindavan and Barsana – the places associated with the birth and childhood of Radha and Krishna.Ecstasy of Bhang
    There is also a tradition of consuming the very intoxicating bhang on this day to further enhance the spirit of Holi. It is so much fun to watch the otherwise sober people making a clown of themselves in full public display. Some, however, take bhang in excess and spoil the spirit. Caution should therefore be taken while consuming bhang delicacies.Sober Evening
    After a funfilled and exciting day, the evenings the spent in sobriety when people meet friends and relatives and exchange sweets and festive greetings.
    It is said the spirit of Holi encourages the feeling of brotherhood in society and even the enemies turn friend on this day. People of all communities and even religions participate in this joyous and colouful festival and strenthen the secular fabric of the nation.


  • Ashiyana
  • Ashiyana Yoga and Spa Village is located on the beautiful and unspoiled Mandrem Beach in the very north of Goa. Set amidst abundant, tropical flora and fauna, it has been designed as a deeply nurturing space where you can relax your body, calm your mind, and awaken to your inner peace of being.

    The Ashiyana location offers a balance between the serenity of a coconut palm grove, bordered by the enchanting Mandrem River, and a beautiful quiet beach with the invigorating sound of the waves breaking against the shore just beyond the dunes.

    Mandrem, a remote and sleepy fishing village in the north of Goa, has a number of restaurants, an internet cafe, a travel agent, a small organic shop, general grocery store and places to rent motorbikes or hire taxis. Thirty minutes away by road is the large market town of Mapusa, which has good coach connections to other Indian towns and cities.

    A pleasant 40-minute stroll (10 mins by taxi) north along the beach is the lively and colorful village of Arambol. One of the main attractions to this distinctly ‘hippy’ hangout is the fresh-water lake separated from the sea by broad golden sands and it also has a post office, a small market, restaurants and beach-front bars, some featuring live music.

    A southward stroll takes you along a quiet stretch of beach dotted with beach shacks and restaurants.

    “Ancient Wisdom for Joyful Living”

    The Ancient wisdom is about truly relaxing, and sensing the depth of your being as you observe and experience the outer world. When you relax deeply, you realize your essential nature – your inner peace of being. When you perceive the outer world from this state of peace, you are not troubled or disturbed.

    Joyful living then flows from the experience of being at ease and free of mental and physical tension.

    This, in essence, is the heart and soul of yoga… drop all tension, such that the depth of you is revealed. Ashiyana is a Hindi word meaning home or place of rest, thus alluding to this relaxed, tension-free state.

  • Activities
  • Outside Activities

    Goa is famous for its variety of daytime and nightime activities. We mention just a few here..

    Baga Night Mkt. (Saturday evenings)
    Anjuna Flea Mkt (Wednesdays)
    Bondala National Park and Zoo
    Spice Farms
    Old Goa
    The beautiful old parts of Panjim (Goa’s capital)
    Dudsagar Water Falls

    Water Sports

    We want to keep our activities and physical presence as low-impact as possible, especially in regard to the quietness of Mandrem Beach..

    There are kite surfing teachers along the beach and hand gliding from the cliffs.

    Elsewhere in Goa every imaginable water sport is well catered for.

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