An Ayurvedic Retreat

Kerala, South India

'Ayurveda' - January 20 - January 27, 2019 ( 7 nts )
ayurveda course - yoga - chi qong - room & breakfast 7 nts - 5 massage 
orientation dinner - 19.00 sun jan 21, 2018
Couple : £605 - £665 each - Single : £705 - £835

'Retreat' - January 27 - February 03, 2019 ( 7 nts ) 
yoga - chi qong - room & breakfast 7 nts 
an optional extension of the ayurveda week 
orientation dinner - 19.00 sun jan 28, 2018 
Couple : £190 - £255 each ----- Single : £290 - £415

Based at a secluded, ocean sunset Ayurvedic retreat, this is an ideal opportunity to refresh, rejuvenate and recreate - a time to connect with your inner Shakti, the boundless energy within.

Under the expert guidance of a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner and Yoga teacher, and with excellent massage facilities on site, the session will begin by stretching out and relaxing tensed up bodies and souls. With daily yoga, the cleansing qualities of the Ayurvedic cuisine and a relaxed five day introduction into the basics of Ayurvedic medicine and its connection with the wider Vedic system, the shakti should begin to spark into life.

Veda’ means knowledge, the knowledge of our own inner nature. Ayurveda itself means knowledge of a healthy life, part of the wider Vedic system underpinning Indian spiritual culture. One can approach this either through a more contemplative Retreat based inner journey or through a variety of side trips into 'Real India' - a visit to Amma's world famous ashram is possible, perhaps lunch one day floating down Kerala’s famous backwaters, calling at an elephant sanctuary or simply paying respects to the local temple at Varkala, to age old rituals conducted on the seashore by local priests.

The cafes, restaurants and travellers' meeting places of Varkala are within easy reach of the Ayurvedic centre - a short tuk-tuk ride or a walk along the beach There's a local Katha Kali theatre, a plethora of shops and the main beach at Varkala is always entertaining. 


Sharing : £605 - £665 + £190 - £255
Single : £705 - £835 + £290 - £415


January 20-27, 2019 - the 'Ayurveda' budget includes :
- 7 nts accommodation with breakfast and 5 Ayurvedic Massages - we reserve / you pay. 
- The budget varies depending on room selection and availability : Oceano / Eco / Loft. 
- The Ayurvedic Centre quotes its rates in Euros, which are subject to currency movements
- 5 day ayurveda course - yoga & chi qong daily
- Espirita fees payable to Espirita : £350 

Jan 27 - Feb 03, 2019 - the 'Retreat' budget includes :
- 7 nts accommodation with breakfast - we reserve / you pay. 
- The budget varies depending on room selection and availability : Oceano / Eco / Loft. 
- The Ayurvedic Centre quotes its rates in Euros, which are subject to currency movements
- yoga & chi qong daily
- Espirita fees payable to Espirita : £50

The budget excludes : 
- International flights, local transport, lunch, dinner and living expenses.

Variable Expenses : 
- Optional Day Trips - vary with the trip selected and the number of clients sharing the costs. 
- Airport Transfers to and from Trivandrum / Thiruvananthapuram airport in Kerala (45-60 mins) are organized by the Ayurvedic Centre and added to client room accounts. Varies with the numbers taxi sharing and orientating off incoming flights ( see below). Up to £40-£50 for both transfers, often less

Upon reservation : 
- A room will be selected from our allocation which clients pay for and manage on site on an 
independent traveller basis. 
- Maximum size of group : 12 persons  
The Ayurvedic Medical System. 'Ayus’ means longevity and ‘Veda’ means knowledge, so Ayurveda is the ‘Knowledge of Life’ or ‘Science of Life’. The Ayurvedic Forum in the first week is an opportunity to look more closely at the traditional medical system of India and the profound way that it looks at health and the human body. That leads directly to The Vedas themselves, which are an ancient system of knowledge that examine the connection between the universal and the physical and offer deep, potentially life changing insights into the nature of existence. The session should be stimulating, refreshing and deeply relaxing.

Micha Augustin – Ayurvedic Practitioner / Yoga Teacher / Guide 

Has travelled in India many times and is a knowledgeable and experienced Tour Guide Originating from northern Germany and now resident in Brighton, England. Also a trained archaeological conservator, having worked on sites in Germany, China, Turkey, Cyprus and England. After studies in Homeopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Thai Chi and Chi Gong, Micha discovered the complete science of Ayurveda. After training for 2 years in Banares and Pune at the BHU and the Tilak College, she completed certified courses in Ayurveda, Yoga and Ayurvedic massage, graduating with a BSc in Ayurveda in London to become an Ayurvedic Practitioner in Brighton. Combining her interests in Indian culture, history, spirituality and Yoga, Micha will guide you on this rejuvenating journey.

Micha Augustin

'Veda' Schedule

Sun Jan 20, 2019 
14.00 - 17.00 First Massage
19.00 - Orientation Dinner

Week 1 - Daily Schedule :
08.00 - 09.00 Chi Qong 
09.00 - 10.00 Breakfast
10.00 - 12.00 Ayurvedic Theory
16.00 - 17.30 Yoga

Sat / Sun - Free

Week 2 - Daily Schedule :
08.00 - 09.00 Chi Qong 
09.00 - 10.00 Breakfast
16.00 - 17.30 Yoga

Optional Day Trips

Sun Feb 03, 2019 - Check Out

Travel Information

Visas - Clients will almost certainly need to apply for a visa at various Indian High Commissions. 
At all costs one should avoid the maniacal Visa Section chaos in the weeks before Christmas.

India High Commission London - Visa Information Page 
For detailed information on the new $60 US Dollar e-Tourist Visa (e-TV) visit:https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html

It will take 30-45 minutes to complete the online Visa application
The validity of the visa will be 30 days from the date of arrival in India.
The e-Tourist Visa (eTV) is allowed for a maximum of two visits in a calendar year.
This facility is in addition to the existing Visa services.
The eTV is valid for entry through 16 designated Airports - Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, 
Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Tiruchirapalli,
Varanasi, Mumbai, & Trivandrum
Foreigners can exit from any of the authorized Immigration Check Posts (ICPs) in India.

Flights - As all our itineraries are accessible internationally, we do not quote for flights. Fly direct
to Trivandrum / Thiruvananathapruam and you will be picked up by the Ayurvedic Resort transport Frequent connections from Europe go via The Gulf, or via Delhi and Mumbai (Bombay).
Flight Orientation : For those for whom it is convenient and affordable, clients are advised to consider the normally reasonable priced Emirates flights via Dubai :
Sat Jan 19, 2019 :
EK 016 - DEP Gatwick 13:35 / ARR Dubai : 00:40
EK 520 - DEP Dubai 02.55 / ARR Thiruvannanthapuram 08.30
Sun Feb 03, 2019 : 
EK 521 - DEP Thiruvannanthapuram 10:05 / ARR Dubai : 12:55
EK 009 - DEP Dubai 14.35 / ARR Gatwick 18.25

Clients from other destinations might consider joining this schedule in Dubai 

Accommodation – The Ayurvedic Resort offers a variety of reasonably priced mid-market, international standard rooms. Espirita makes the reservations and clients pay their own hotel bills based on the Resort’s Euro rates - breakfast included. Rooms are not offered on a shared basis for people who do not know each other beforehand. 

Food - A healthy breakfast starts the day, with lunch and dinner available on site, all vegetarian. Over the two weeks, people appreciate the variety, and early on in the first week, we check out the eating options in Varkala. 

Ayurvedic Treatment - Ayurvedic massages are normally of a very high standard and are highly recommendable. If a client wishes to pursue Ayurvedic medical treatment whilst on site, then that is entirely a client decision and the client's responsibility alone. We take no view on whether or not Ayurvedic treatment would or would not be appropriate for the ailment treated. 

Day Trips ( Retreat Week ) - for those that wish to explore local South India, Micha is available to advise and assist, occasionally joining in. Costs vary with the trip selected and the number of clients sharing the costs. Hiring a taxi & driver for the day is normally reasonably priced.
Health - India is a lot healthier than it used to be. Bottled water everywhere has made a big difference to traveller comfort and sticking to the wonderful South Indian vegetarian cooking is recommended as one of the most effective ways of avoiding stomach problems.

However - Personal Medical Decisions: All clients must decide on the following immunisation guidelines: Hepatitis A & B - Polio Booster - Tetanus Booster - Typhoid - Diptheria - Rabies - TB (BCG), Japanese Encephalitis - Malaria Protection. Seek relevant professional medical advice 

Insurance - All Espirita clients are advised to be fully insured, with comprehensive medical policies that cover transfer to first class medical facilities and emergency repatriation

Communications – Smart phones and mobile phones work throughout India and internet 
facilities are ubiquitous.

Rituals - Where permissible for non-Hindus, and in order to savour the spiritual atmosphere of the sites visited, participation in simple temple rituals should be considered, For those who have a personal relationship with God, it is quite appropriate to see their deity in the one that is there.

Climate – late January / early February - Highs 27-33 C Lows - 18-25 C
Kerala in January/February normally benefits from dry and sunny weather 

' I learnt more about India in two weeks than I have in a lifetime '

Reservation / Contact Details :  www.espirita.org.uk  espiritaorguk@aol.com

Yoga Building
standard room veranda standard room
yoga space exterior
Building 2
white room white room balcony exterior
Office Building
exterior natural room bathroom natural room
Building 4
view from balcony balcony exterior
Ayurvedic Building
treatment rooms treatment rooms
natural room bathroom natural room
Eco Building
natural room 1 natural room 2
large pool exterior
entrance 1 entrance 2
restaurant 1 restaurant 2
view from restaurant yoga platform 1
yoga platform 2 view from garden
restaurant 3 restaurant 4 restaurant 5

For general viewing, for viewing whilst in India………
The Unchanging Self - a journey in spiritual India - 67 mins

Streaming - Free

Under a Tree In India - a traditional Vedic satsang - 60 mins

Streaming - Free

On A Rock In Manhattan - James Swartz Satsang - 42 mins

Streaming - Free

Espirita - Forest Donation Policy