Join Tamsin and Annapurna for a magical trip to Southern India, the spiritual home of yoga.
This is Tamsin's fifth year leading a retreat to Varkala, an ancient auspicious pilgrimage town. We stay at Blooming Bay Resort, Varkala’s best kept secret, hidden by coconut trees and mango groves on the exclusive South Cliff with views across the Arabian Sea.
The ten days are designed to heal the body and mind with yoga, diet and nature. To recharge your batteries, rejuvenate you and your spirit with rituals and processes which nourish your inner journey.
Classical Hatha Yoga teachings include authentic pranayama, asana, meditation and mantra that will help bring strength, purify and release tension and stress. The Ayurvedic treatments will help improve particular health issues and the group coaching provides clarity and focus on questions in life, to support you on your onward journey.
The retreat is open to all. If you are new to yoga, the retreat will give you a strong foundation, or if you are looking to deepen your practice, you will benefit from focused attention to develop your strengths and address your weaknesses. We practice twice daily yoga classes on the roof top studio overlooking views of coconut groves and the Indian Ocean as backdrop. Surrounded by the call of sea eagles, temple chants and rhythm of the waves.
Tamsin Chubb founded Little French Retreat in South West France in 2013. She teaches yoga based on Sivananda and Yin Yoga styles. Strong and deeply restorative with an emphasis on mind body connection through breath work.
Her class begins with the practice of pranayama and meditation leading into a meditative flowing asana practice. A series of postures with variations that are specifically designed to work on all physical and psychic centres of the body, provide complete flexion of the spine and balance the endocrine, nervous and parasympathetic systems.
She completed her 500 hour Sivananda RYT certificate in Southern India under the guidance of Swami Govindananda, Swami Tattvarupananda and Mani Raman at Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham. She holds a diploma in counselling skills, is a trained flow host in open circle work and has a passion for cooking and photography. She runs retreats and workshops helping people relax, deepen their sense of inner peace and understand how to heal the body and mind with yoga, diet and nature.
Ayurveda is the ancient Hindu art of medicine originating from South India that prolongs life naturally. A complementary practice of Yoga that provides guidelines based on your body type, to approach food as medicine and environmental factors as a supportive structure for natural healing.
Annapurna (Anne Petrov) PhD, MA is certified in Ayurvedic massage and associated treatments including Abhyanga, Marma points, Ayurvedic constitution, Shiroabhyanga massage, Shiropichu and Nasya. She is also a Level 4 Certified Therapist of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage. She is an advanced yoga teacher (Acharya) of Sivananda Yoga and a certified teacher of Hormone Yoga Therapy (trained by Dinah Rodrigues). She trained in the traditional Kerala massage technique and also holds a diploma of Ayurvedic Nutrition from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Academy.
On this retreat you will receive a personalised ayurvedic consultation to establish the best treatments for you during your stay and to help you achieve a new balance through ayurvedic nutrition. With one massage included in the trip, you can book additional treatments at an affordable price with Annapurna and at the hotel spa – costs for these are extra.
THE SELF-DISCOVERY JOURNEY
Tamsin is trained as one of a growing community of hosts for the Flow Game , a self-development tool that is based on the ancient teachings of the Medicine Wheel, that looks at key aspects of life; learning, earning and sharing. The game facilitates change by asking questions that reveals what you already know to open up possibilities to create positive and practical outcomes that help create change. Everything on the retreat is optional, so take part if you feel it may be helpful. To discover more visit the the Self-Discovery Journey page HERE
Blooming Bay Hotel is set on the Cliff tops of Varkala's South Beach, with far reaching views of the Arabian Sea, surrounding coconut groves and fishing village. A little distance from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist attractions, providing a authentic and tranquil
GIVE BACK PROJECT – JJK Gurukulam
Swami Tattvarupananda, renowned teacher of vedanta (yoga scriptures) and sanskrit in Southern India, whom Tamsin has studied under. A disciple of Swami Dayananda and founder of JJK Gurukulam, a care home for under privileged boys. A Gurukulam is a traditional school system where students live along side their masters, studying yoga and vedanta scriptures. They attend school, learn english and are encouraged to learn basic life skills such as plumbing, electrics and how to make soap as a product to sell. Due to the success of JJK Gurukulam, Swami Tattvarupananda is now building India’s first girls gurukulam, Shanti Gramam, in his home town Trichur in Kerala.
10% of all profits from this trip will be donated to help with the continuation and building works for the gurukulum, with a visit during our stay to meet the children at their home.
Eleven nights accommodation and all food, yoga classes, meditation and guided tours
Yoga philosophy talks
Open circle (flow game) guided by Tamsin - a practice of asking questions
An introduction to Yoga diet and Ayurveda to balance your mind and body through food
Day trip: Backwater tour and Visit to JJK Gurukulam School
An Ayurvedic Consultation
Two Ayurvedic treatments at hotel spa
Sunrise silent beach walk
Evening meal and Temple visit on the Cliff Top
Visit to local tailor where you can have your favourite clothes copied with organic, hand dyed fabrics
visit to the local shoe maker who will make made-to-measure beautiful leather sandals in your choice of style and colour
Farewell Kirtan and evening of chanting
WHAT OTHERS SAY
“Tamsin, thank you from the bottom of my heart for an amazing experience that brought together three of my favourite things; yoga, travel, and time to relax with Mark. To be able to let go and allow all the little details to be taken care of was enormously relaxing. Everything we could have asked for was already considered and catered to: onsite Ayurvedic massage, rooftop yoga set at an even pace, delicious healthy food (I hardly realised I was on a cleansing diet,) clean spacious rooms that opened to a stunning view of the Arabian Sea, genuinely friendly staff, daily outings that felt less touristy and more like we were visiting your own favourite haunts- the Chai and Indian donut at the canal side cafe have no equal! In addition, we spent the time in great company. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone on the trip, so many interesting people from all different walks of life. I don't think it would have been possible to have a better vacation. To add to this you have a unique and special talent, the way you flawlessly put this trip together and wove in all these different personalities, giving each of us what we needed even if we didn't know it at the time. You are inspiring. ” – Kathy, USA
"Tamsin has a lovely relaxed and very engaging style. The Yoga classes were great and good fun. I feel I improved my practice and appreciated that Tamsin practices what she preaches. She clearly has a good heart and special gift in facilitating groups effortlessly." - Mary, Dubai
07.00 - 07.30: Chai
07.30 – 09:45: Pranyama, Asana & Meditation with Tamsin
10.00. – 11.00: Brunch
11.00 – 16.30: Free time for Ayurvedic treatments, beach, or cliff top shops and restaurants
16.30 – 18.00 Pranyama, Asana with Tamsin
18.00 - 19.00 Sunset Drinks
19.00 – 20.00: Evening meal
20.15 – : Philosophy of Yoga, Kirtans & Chanting or free time.
(Everything throughout the retreat is optional to attend but included in price)
WHAT TO BRING
1 month e-visa or 6 month India tourist visa (http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/ or http://www.visa24.co.uk/indian-visa-types) This can take time 2 – 3 weeks depending on your location so please apply well in advance.
Vaccinations: Typhoid and hepatitis A vaccinations- southern India is low risk malaria but ask your doctor for advice
Indian currency: Rupees
Dates: Arrival Thursday 09 Jan – Departure Sunday 19 January 2020.
8 x AC Single occupancy £1700.00 / first floor with excellent sea view
4 x Non AC Single occupancy £1500.00 / Ground floor, same size but less of a view.
2 x Non AC Shared occupancy £1255.00 / Ground Floor
There is availability to arrive one day in advance of the retreat and leave two days after to make this a 2 week vacation and enjoy the area and hotel before flying home.
Includes: 11 nights accommodation, 10 days, all meals, Ayurvedic consultation and support on any particular health issues, 1 Ayurvedic treatments, 28hrs or 14 Yoga classes, Backwater Canal boat trip, temple visit, Gurukula school visit, Dolphin watching, 1-2-1 posture advice and afternoon asana workshops, Flow circle work.
What to bring: Passport with 60 day E-visa entry, copy of your travel insurance, light long sleeves tops for travelling when there is a need to cover up.
Capacity: 12 guests single occupancy / 2 guest shared occupancy
Flights: You will need to Fly out Wednesday 08 Jan for early morning arrival on Thursday 09 Jan in Trivandrum, Kerala - This is a day of settling in and recovering from jet lag. We meet that evening for a group dinner and retreat intro. The retreat starts Friday 10th Jan.
The Retreat finishes on Saturday 18 Jan with a room booked for this night and departure that night / early morning of the 19 Jan.
Best and most cost effective Airlines to travel with are Ethiad and Qatar to Trivandrum.
Book: Deposit of £450.00 is required. The final balance is payable 6 weeks in advance.
If you have any questions or would like information on the retreat, style of yoga, travel details then please don’t hesitate to contact me, Tamsin at firstname.lastname@example.org or +33 (0) 6.59.85.04.55
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