Yoga Retreat: The Heart of Transformation

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Yoga Retreat at Samata Holistic Retreat Centre, North Goa 23-30 January, 2019

Yoga . Meditation . Healing . Ritual . Dance

Sacred Sound & Earth Prayer

with Mischa Varmuza & Amisha Ghadiali

Join us in the beautiful sun drenched Goa, India, where we will dive deep into the heart of transformation, exploring movement, stillness and healing practices. We have designed this retreat to reawaken our connection with ourselves, each other and the earth.

The journey of transformation calls for us to make time and space to nurture and strengthen our body and be boldly curious of our inner world. Over the week the practices will be both deep and challenging, quiet and nurturing, as well as joyful and light to strengthen, open and harmonise the body, mind and heart. We will go deep into the exploration of yoga asana, meditation techniques and conscious breath to guide us towards more presence, connection and freedom.

Venturing beyond the yoga practices to find greater awareness and understanding we will share stories and intention, join in sacred ceremony and ritual. January is a  perfect time for new beginnings and to sow seeds and prayers of intention. We will be gathering just after the Full Moon in Leo, a time to journey into your heart and allow yourself to shine. Supporting us with strength and courage to be our most authentic self and follow our deepest heart desire. We will work with these energies to reflect on our journey so far and burn away anything that no longer serves us. We will open ourselves to our greatest dreams and possibilities, blazing a new trail to where we have never dared go before. 

A retreat offers a safe and supported environment to open new spaces within your practice and it is always a dream come true for Mischa and Amisha to have the opportunity to offer the work that they themselves have found so extraordinarily powerful. We will be treading upon the sacred land of Maha India from where these traditions were born; it is a perfect opportunity to connect to the deeper ways of yoga and dive further into ourselves and the Great Mystery in a guided, held and joyful way.

We will be further supported by our hosts Samata in this beautiful retreat, not just a retreat centre but a place where you will learn about food, ayurvedic herbs, and be truly nourished. The Heart of Transformation offers a week of discovery, healing, new friends and delicious food in a safe and beautiful space. 

We hope you will join us to dance in the heart-fire and under the sun and moon and beneath the stars.


Tuition & Deposit: To secure your place on this retreat we ask for a £350 (Earlybird) or £400 (Standard) deposit. This is the cost of the course teaching fee. 

Accommodation & Food: The accomodation and food price will depend on your choice of room and is shown below. Please note this cost is in dollars and will be paid directly to Samata Holistic Resort.

Simple Single Room $910

Deluxe King Room (Single Occupancy)  $1120

Deluxe King Room (Shared) $840 per person

Deluxe Twin Room $840 per person

Triple Room $700 per person

Master Suite $1750

Master Suite (Shared) $1225 per person 

This price includes accommodation, food and listed activities above. Transport to the retreat centre is not included. We can help coordinate taxi shares from Goa Airport to reduce costs and our environmental impact. Money shouldn’t come in the way of wellbeing and fun, if you would like to pay in instalments this is possible, please write and let us know.

Mischa and Amisha are an amazing, beautiful pair. They both live their teachings in a new and inspiring way and have a deep knowledge and understanding of yoga. I spent a week with them and found it nourishing, fascinating and joyful, we were all taken on a mystical journey through some of the practices of yoga, old and new. I would wholeheartedly recommend spending time with them on a retreat, it will be a magical and uplifting experience!

Event Highlights

  • Morning meditation
  • Daily yoga sessions including mantra & chanting, mudra, pranayama and asana
  • Restorative yoga
  • Yoga nidra
  • Guided journaling and self-inquiry practices
  • Cacao and sound Healing Ceremony
  • Hanging out by the pool
  • 2 organic home cooked ayurvedic meals each day and a communal kitchen with snacks available throughout the day
  • Tour of the organic garden
  • Space to relax, read, write, rest
  • Energy healing with Amisha
  • Yoga assist and massage workshop with Mischa

Venue Highlights

During the retreat our home for the week will be the beautiful Samata Holistic Retreat Centre which is set in a peaceful village near Arambol in North Goa. This is one of the most stunning retreat centres we have experienced with care, love and grace laced through every detail. The cottages are built in traditional Indonesian style from recycled teak wood with a rustic but elegant feel and all the rooms rooms have AC, en suite bathroom, hot water, wifi, and a safe for your valuables.

There is a beautiful teardrop pool to swim in and relax by and a number of quiet shady areas around the property to rest and just be.

It is a perfect place to unwind, breathe in the air, space and nature. The environment invites you to reconnect to the simplicity of natural living and dissolve the hardness and stresses of work life.

We will have the retreat space exclusively to ourselves.

Samata is a Sanskrit word which translates as balance or equilibrium. The centre has been created as to raise funds for The Dungari Foundation, a non-profit whose goal is to find sustainable solutions to preserve a growing list of endangered species solely endemic to high altitude Alpine Himalaya. There work includes researching the herbs, conserving them for future generations and empowering and educating villagers to cultivate these herbs. They also discourage illegal wild-harvesting practices to protect this fragile ecosystem and these ancient and important medicines that have been birthed from these sacred mountains.


Example of a typical day (subject to change) :
8 am Meditation
8.30 am Morning tea and snack
9am Yoga practice
11.30 am Brunch
1.00 pm Free time for exploring, relaxing, healing, treatments or group excursion
4.00 pm Afternoon workshop
7 pm Dinner followed by free time under the stars, around the fire evening sharing circle, group healing, singing circle or yoga nidra

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


The vegetarian food is exquisite; the ingredients are mostly home grown and organic from the retreat garden and Tess, the chef and ayurvedic specialist carefully designs a delicious and healing ayurvedic menu to nourish us during our stay. The women of the village spend four hours preparing each meal with care. Vegan and gluten free options will be available on request.

Teas and light snacks are available in the communal kitchen throughout the day.

Tags: goa meditation organic food wellness yoga

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