Authentic India

Neriamangalam, Kerala, India

Kayla Nielsen
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5 reviews
Nov 5 - 10, 2018
Group size: 6 - 11
Authentic India
Neriamangalam, Kerala, India

Kayla Nielsen
  • Mobile phone verified
5 reviews

Deposit: $700
Nov 5 - 10, 2018
Group size: 6 - 11

About this trip

Reconnect to your roots during a 6 day, 5 night wellness retreat in Kerala, India!
Join us as we journey deeper into the physical, mental, and spiritual practices of yoga and meditation.
Together, we’ll experience authentic Indian culture whilst getting inspired amongst Mother Nature's astounding beauty and plentiful wildlife in this tiny forest village.

100% of the proceeds from this retreat will be donated to support Go Light Our World (GLOW)’s solar project in India.
All of our teachers and additional staff are volunteering their time and efforts to make this donation possible.
Not only will you be investing in a life-changing experience for yourself in a beautiful location; but you will also be giving back to impoverished communities around the world, as well.

River House & Rooms

River House:
-River House is a luxury style villa accommodation for guests who are seeking a sanctuary type stay in an authentic Indian forest village. 
-The area is surrounded by a protected forested area where wildlife can easily be spotted. 
-The grounds include: 5 bedroom luxury villa, private pool, separate dining area overlooking the river, dedicated yoga space, an organic garden from which most of the food is supplied. 

Room Info:
-All rooms are luxury style accommodation. 
-All rooms are shared.
-All rooms offer either ONE KING bed, or be split apart to make TWO TWIN beds (please note which you prefer upon booking).
-All rooms come equipped with AC, hot water shower, kettle, patio, and changing area.


Neriamangalam: -A small village about halfway from Cochin to Munnar in the forested mountain region of Kerala, India. -Neriamangalam is surrounded by hundreds of kilometers of protected forest, so wildlife is plentiful in the region and easily spotted. -The area has NOT been developed for tourism yet, so there are no large hotels, shops, malls, etc.  -Because tourism has yet to hit Neriamangalam, guests have a chance to experience AUTHENTIC Indian life and culture during their stay at River House.  -This region also includes: jungle treks, forest temples, and mountain hiking. -Expect to be inspired by nature during an incredible tranquil stay in the sanctuary that is River House. 


SURROUNDINGS: -To access Neriamangalam, you will fly in and out of Cochin International Airport. Transportation from the airport to River House is available by direct bus or by private care/taxi. This is a 1.5 - 2 hour drive. -Cochin (Kochi) is also the nearest coastal region. You will likely stay one night prior to the retreat, or one night after in order to make your flight.  -We recommend staying in Kochi Fort, as this area is on the beach (please note this is a port town/fishing village area), and there are plenty of hotel options for every budget available here.   -Munnar is a tourist hotspot in Kerala due to its stunning tea plantations and endless hikes.  -Munnar is 2-2.5 hours by direct bus or private car/taxi from Neriamangalam. This region is nice for those looking for an adventurous day trip to another beautiful (but much more touristy) area.


Day 1 (November 5)
Arrival and Acclimation

*transport to Neriamangalam can be arranged and/or advised visa private taxi or public bus

*Please note the only included meal this day is DINNER

2:00 pm: Check in available River House

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Arrivals and Free Time

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Restorative Yoga with Kayla

7:00 pm: Group Dinner

Your Organizer

Kayla Nielsen
5 reviews
My name is Kayla Nielsen. I am the founder of Go Light Our World (GLOW), which is a non-profit organization that diminishes poverty with solar solutions. I am also the founder of Kindred Connections, a charitable organization serving mistreated animals around the world. I am currently implementing projects across Africa, Asia, and India. In addition to running GLOW and KC, I am also a traveling yoga teacher. My teaching styles & specialties are: dynamic vinyasa flows, arm balance & inversion workshops, back bending workshops, partner yoga therapeutics, yin, meditation & visualization. I am a dedicated Karma Yogi, in that the majority of my global retreats are fundraisers for GLOW's solar projects within impoverished communities . I am often found upside down, adventuring, or mermaiding somewhere around the world. Instagram: @kaylala88, @go_light_our_world, @glowyogaretreats Facebook: Kayla Nielsen Yoga Websites:, &


This trip was magical! Before this retreat I had practiced yoga maybe 4 hours my entire life. Kayla and Cait made me feel welcomed and confident. Through their empowering sessions I was able to push my body in ways I never thought possible. All of the women at the retreat were incredible. The atmosphere was one filled with love happiness and trust. I felt free to come as I was, shed parts of me that I no longer needed, and grow. This is a truly life changing experience that I have not stopped recommending to anyone who will listen. Kayla created a sanctuary where all were welcomed and no one left the same. I am already counting down until next year!
It was an amazing experience that is still impacting my life. I thought it was going to be hard for me because I had never before practiced yoga but Kayla and Cait were awesome. I didn't feel uncomfortable or that I wasn't doing what I was supposed to do, I felt free, doing my best on my own pace. I felt in peace, able to silent my thoughts for seconds for me was a huge accomplished. Connected with myself and with the girls in a way I never ever thought I could. I feel lighter, my heart does, my expectations of myself. Im so grateful with Kayla and Cait for this extraordinary experience, zero regrets! Thanks so much for be dedicated to help so many women to heal, to love themselves.
We had a great time! Such a solid group of inspirational women. and Kayla, Sarah and Rivka were amazing leaders and hosts. I will never forget this retreat or these people!
By Britteny Salvador for Algarve, Portugal on Aug. 15, 2018
Amazing! Kayla was so helpful and welcoming the entire time. Based on the itinerary I wasn’t sure if there were enough planned activities but once we were there, the environment was so relaxed and friendly that there was always some activity to join. I also loved getting to hear Kayla’s work through GLOW. I highly recommend this retreat to anyone wanting fun and relaxation.
By Kimberly Tran for Algarve, Portugal on Jul. 02, 2018
My retreat with GLOW in Portugal was incredible! I went into this experience with zero expectations and left feeling fulfilled and so inspired. From the very beginning, Kayla was clear that this was OUR time...She was flexible with the schedule, which made every day comfortable and stress-free. Kayla herself is an amazing teacher/human and made the retreat feel effortless! Her fellow teachers Rivka and Sarah and her photographer Annie added so much great energy and light to the week! (Seriously...Such a great group of females!) So, if you've been thinking about going on one of Kayla's retreats... DO IT. I can honestly say this is one of those life changing, soul lifting experiences that I will forever be grateful for. Can't wait for the next one!
By sarah meyer for Algarve, Portugal on Jun. 26, 2018