Wellness, Relaxation, Yoga, Massage and Self Exploration

to bring into being the best version of you.

Beautiful beach

Take a breath, breath in, open your heart and breath out.

Welcoming you to India. We are running retreats of 10 or 14 days of wellness, relaxation, yoga, massage and self exploration to bring grounding and balance to our hectic lives. Combining healing modalities from India, Thailand and South America.

Varkala, India

  • The retreat will take place in Varkala, a small fishing town in Kerala southern India.
  • Varkala location is quiet and tranquil and is the home of Ayurvedic medicine.

Accommodation and Food

  • Your accommodation is situated on a palm-tree lined cliff top, below are 3 beaches, one of which, Papanasam beach which is held in high regard in Hinduism for its qualities and bathing in the sea here will wash away your sins (Literal Hindu meaning of Papanasam ).
  • You will receive 2 meals a day inclusive of the price.
  • Outside of your accommodation, there are lots of excellent restaurants and cafes to eat, relax and socialise should you wish to explore.

Is this Retreat for You?

This isn’t yoga training, it doesn’t matter how flexible or experienced you are, this is about health and wellness and yoga and massage as a modality for achieving that aim. You will leave feeling much improved in mind, body and spirit. You will leave with a better understanding of yourself and with new tools to help you stay relaxed and mindful.

Yoga styles to include:

  • Hatha Yoga
  • Bhakti Yoga
  • Yoga Therapy

The Massage styles:

  • Swedish/Holistic
  • Thai Yoga Massage
  • Sports/ injury rehabilitation
  • Deep Tissue
  • Ayurveda

Kambo also known as “the vaccine of the forest”

  • is a traditional Amazonian medicine used by the indigenous tribes to heal and strengthen the body, mind and spirit.

Kirtan – The Yoga of singing

  • Kirtan (chanting) is the yogic practice rooted in sound, vibration, voice, meditation and intention. Together we will sing simple Sanskrit Mantras (chants in a powerful ancient language), that have a profoundly healing effect on our subconscious and our energetic system.

Treatments

  • These will be tailor made for the individual alternating between dry and oil based bodywork. Each client will receive upto 4 treatments per week.*

Workshops. (optional)

  • Various workshops will be offered (minimum of 2 times a week) , these will include: 

Stone carving:

  • Make your own personalized pendant, lead by master stone carver Balaraman (3rd Eye Arts)

Cooking classes:

  • Learn to cook the traditional Keralan way, using fresh local products and spices, served on a banana leaf.

Dream Catcher Making: 

  • Comb the beach for shells, stones and feathers to catch your dreams. Lead by Emma.

1-2-1 Vocal session:

  • Open your heart and find your voice, whether you want to improve your singing or your confidence, voice work can help with public speaking and fills you with good vibes.
  • Taylormade sessions to suit your needs and your voice and work on what needs to be released or unblocked.
    Lead by Sarka Elias.

Massage Workshops:

  • Learn massage basics to help your friends and family: Thai yoga massage, holistic massage, self massage, relaxation and breathing techniques, energy balancing. Lead by Stephen.

Visualisations, meditations:

  • Shamanic journeying using rattle or drum for insight and healing and guided visualized meditations. Lead by Stephen. 

6am/8am/5pm Yoga.

  • Hatha or Yoga therapy.

6pm – 6.30pm

  • Sunset chanting on the beach.

What’s Included in This Package

  • Healthy eating and Ayurvedic cooking class
  • Deep relaxation, visualization and meditation sessions
  • Up to two yoga session per day.
  • Four taylormade massage treatments
  • Two private vocal sessions (January only)
  • Stone carving workshop
  • Dream catcher workshop
  • Singing circle (January only)
  • Two Kambo treatment *
  • Two meals per day **

*Kambo treatment can be swapped for other bodywork treatments.
** Food is 2 meals per day, not including meat, alcohol or sweets.

Location: Varkala, India

  • The retreat will take place in Varkala, a small fishing town in Kerala southern India.
  • Varkala location is quiet and tranquil and is the home of Ayurvedic medicine.

Accommodation and Food

  • Your accommodation is situated on a palm-tree lined cliff top, below are 3 beaches, one of which, Papanasam beach which is held in high regard in Hinduism for its qualities and bathing in the sea here will wash away your sins (Literal Hindu meaning of Papanasam ).
  • You will receive 2 meals a day inclusive of the price.
  • Outside of your accommodation, there are lots of excellent restaurants and cafes to eat, relax and socialise should you wish to explore.

Dates: 4th Jan – 13th Jan 2020

Duration: 10 or 14 days

Cost: £1530. Includes accommodation and food.
** Does not include flight or airport transfer.

    The Practitioners

    Stephen Swords

    Stephen Swords

    Stephen Swords is a therapist and body worker who practices Shamanic & Andean, yogic and Ayurvedic practices to aid the individual in finding their own path to personal healing. 

    He combines holistic bodywork, Thai Yoga massage, sports therapy, yoga therapy, hatha yoga, meditation and visualisation with divination, non verbal communication of the body, connecting physical and non physical, thoughts, dreams and idiosyncrasies with what is happening in the body and mind… Weaving these together intuitively, reading and listening to the body.

    His aim is to release blocked energy, internally and externally, change lifestyle patterns and thought processes to restore balance to the mind, body & spirit and realise change and potential through his work.

    He is based between the UK and India and uses both Eastern,Western & Andean Philosophy for optimum wellness and health. I provide tailored therapies incorporating bodywork, distance healing, yoga / meditation / breathwork in classes/workshops and wellness programs for individuals & small groups.  From 1 session to month long apprenticeships and residential course/workshops.

    We would love you to come and join us!