India Yoga Retreat

Namaste Pacific "Journey to the Source" India Retreat - with Chris van der Merwe

Join Namaste Pacific November 21, 2014 - November 30, 2014, as we travel to the amazing and exotic beaches of Goa, India.

This is your time to renew, relax, and refresh your spirit as we take this journey toward self discovery and inner connection!

Our 10-day retreat will be based in the beautiful, laid-back, beach destination of Goa, India.  Known for its swaying palms, white sands, and sparkling waters, Goa is a peaceful oasis on India's West Coast with incredible local restaurants and wonderful markets.  Spend your days relaxing on the beach at our authentic & charming eco-retreat center voted by Yoga Journal as a “Top-Ten Yoga Retreat Destination” for its tastefully decorated rooms, fresh, healthy cuisine and lush gardens. This peaceful and serene resort will be the perfect backdrop for you to take your Yoga practice to the next level as we further our journey together towards awareness of our True Self.

Led by Chris van der Merwe, founder of the Namaste Pacific Yoga Studios in San Diego, California, our retreat is designed to promote relaxation and self-discovery through daily Ashtanga Yoga classes, Pranayama practice, workshops, chanting and meditation.  Our program will leave you feeling energized, refreshed, and nourished - ready to dive in and connect with the magical beauty of the paradise surrounding you.

Included in the Retreat (November 21, 2014 - November 30, 2014):

Daily Yoga practice
Breathwork, Pranayama, Chanting, or Meditation Practice
9 nights accommodation
2 daily fresh and healthy group meals
Arrival and departure transfer from Goa International Airport to retreat location
Free time for lounging at the beach, reading, shopping, walking, chatting, browsing, exploring

Not Included in the Retreat:

Ayurvedic treatments / massage
Additional meals and trips not sponsored by the retreat

What to Expect:

Each day we will begin with with Japa Mala, Chanting, or Pranayama practice.  We will have an Ashtanga Yoga practice, in either a Mysore or Led Class style.

Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic practice with an emphasis on working with the breath while increasing strength and flexibility as you move through a set sequence of poses.  The classes are taught in a practical and safe way according to the group level with health, age, and lifestyle fully considered.

In the afternoon you will have plenty of free time to explore Goa and the surrounding area.  Take advantage of the on-site spa with a relaxing massage or detoxifying ritual.  Relax and lounge at the beach.  Take time for yourself and engage in deep contemplation.  Or, explore the local villages, market, and let mother India take you on a journey of her own.  Optional excursions to markets, temples or local tours can be easily arranged.

Retreat Accommodation:*

Our retreat center is located on the beautiful and unspoiled Mandrem Beach, which is now perhaps the quietest and least developed part of Goa. The accommodation is in the form of luxury eco-lodges, tree-houses, and stone-built houses, set amidst lush tropical gardens, statues and water features. The lodges and tree-houses are built of local wood giving an "Indonesian" feel, though most finishing touches are borrowed from classical Indian design, with plenty of natural fabrics and antique furniture.

All the rooms are spacious and comfortable with large windows and wonderful views. As far as possible the en-suite bathrooms have been built to allow a little of the outside in, with large open window spaces and blinds. Each room has ample cupboard space and its own balcony with "day-bed".  The rooms are set up for double-occupancy.  We will pair you with a fellow retreat participant, or if you would like to share a room with a specific retreat participant, please let us know and we will make that arrangement.

The retreat center has a beautiful Yoga shala, community areas, Goa’s only “natural swimming pool”, and an on-site holistic treatment center.

*Note: Retreat accommodation is subject to availability and variable based on total number of retreat participants.  If the above-described accommodation is not available, the same or similar retreat accommodation will be provided at a different location in Goa.

Payment Details:

The total "Early Bird" cost for the retreat is $2,595 based on shared accommodation.

A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required by April 15, 2014, to hold your space.  A second payment of $1,000 is due by August 21, 2014.

We expect to fill up quickly and space is limited, so click here to reserve your spot before it's too late!

Final Balance Policy: Final payment must be received by September 21, 2014, in order to be eligible for the early bird pricing and is non-refundable. Cancellation Policy: In the event of cancellation your entire payment will be refunded less the $500 deposit if the cancellation is made before September 21, 2014. Payments are non-refundable after this date. Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for your trip. There are many travel insurance companies to choose from but Travelex and STA are two reputable organizations for worldwide travel coverage.

What People are Saying about Namaste Pacific Yoga Retreats:

"This 10-day retreat has been 10-fold gift, that like a lotus flower continues to open, close, and open anew.  Our gratitude, like our laughter, echoes within, around, and among us each of our days here and in the days that will follow this trip to come.  Thank you, from all of us, for the adventure, the support, the great big ideas, and the smallest petals of details.  What an amazing trip!"... Jen L.

"Every moment was precious! Thank you for all of your energy!  I really had a beautiful, blessed time!"... Sunny L.

"This truly was an epic experience.  I am so grateful I ended up here, with all of you.  I am reminded of how magical life is when you follow your heart and surrender to what was always to be.  Chris, your wisdom and tenacious practice has truly inspired me.  Your energy is warm, kind and giving."... Katy M.

"I can't thank you enough for putting together this amazing and awesome trip.  It has been one of the best experiences of my life.  I really enjoyed practicing yoga in this beautiful setting with everybody.  Chris - you are an amazing teacher.  I've learned so much from you on this trip and in general.  I've had a blast on every excursion we've done.  It was so much more than I could have asked for."... Angelica M.


We provide a nurturing and safe environment and our program is thoughtfully planned, but no responsibility will be taken for any injuries incurred during the retreat.  Medical history forms are to be completed before each retreat, however we also advise you to consult your doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.  Modifications are given to students with special needs.

"Journey to the Source" India Retreat

This Retreat will be from November 21, 2014 - November 30, 2014, in Goa, India.

Please feel free to bring your payment in the form of check or cash directly to either the Hillcrest or Pacific Beach studios.  If it is more convenient, feel free to use the PayPal credit card payment links below.
Goa Retreat Deposit $500
Goa Retreat Full Payment $2,595 ($2,895*)
*Price increase after September 21, 2014