Yoga Retreat Goa India

Mandrem, Goa 403519, India

Dr. Amanda Bowen
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Dec 3 - 10, 2023
Group size: 8 - 16
Yoga Retreat Goa India
Mandrem, Goa 403519, India

Dr. Amanda Bowen
  • LinkedIn verified

Dec 3 - 10, 2023
Group size: 8 - 16

About this trip

After the success of the previous Yoga Adventures Retreat in Goa in 2020 then a forced absence due to travel restrictions and regulations, I'm excited to release the new dates for 2023! Devarya Wellness will be providing the venue again, but this time at their brand new sister resort Nalanda Retreat in the very special location of Mandrem in North Goa, India. 

I’m very familiar with this area, after spending so much time there over the years searching for this specific Goa yoga retreat. It truly is a place where I’m especially drawn to and it’s like a second home so I’m are sure you’ll love it just as much! It's been a long wait, but wait no more, it's happening this year!

The magic of this serene, tropical paradise overlooking the Arabian Sea will stimulate your mind, energise your body and soothe your soul. Arhhhh bliss!

You can press pause, breathe and experience the yoga life, whilst immersing yourself in healing yoga that can help to release emotional baggage, and that general feeling of stuckness, helping you to become stronger mentally, physically and emotionally; the new improved version of yourself.

There'll be a varied program of yin and yang yoga with nurturing spiritual practices in a safe and caring environment. The catalyst for pure positive life changes, fun adventures, friendship and laughter.

This transformational retreat promises an unforgettable experience to treasure forever.


Experience joy, fun, laughter and adventure with a group of like-minded people

Immerse yourself in deep soul work, release emotional baggage and become mentally, physically and emotionally stronger

Stimulate your senses in a beautiful beachfront location embracing the soul of Goa and get your mojo back!

Opportunity to learn from a highly qualified (EYRT500) and respected teacher, specialising in yin yoga.

Full description

The aim is to provide you with a safe and nurturing environment to enable permanent positive life changes, whilst giving you the time for new experiences, adventures and friendships.

In a stunning location, this retreat promises an unforgettable experience to treasure forever.

Yoga and meditation are an essential part of the program, adding other powerful healing  techniques to really get that energy moving!

Yin yang yoga is a practice that balances the slow-paced yin yoga with the traditional yang yoga (vinyasa and hatha). Yin yang yoga has its roots in China in the Taoist concepts of yin, the feminine, passive, cooling energy and yang - the masculine, dynamic, warming energy. The yin yang yoga practice uses both types of yoga to provide both physical and spiritual balance.

In yin yoga, the floor-based poses are held for a longer period of time, typically three to five minutes or longer to target the connective tissues and fascia, rather than focus on the muscles. This increases flexibility while working on the meridians (energy channels) of the body. The practice allows for deep relaxation and meditation.

Yang practices of dynamic movements, flows and standing poses. hatha yoga asanas and vinyasas that warm the body, stretch and strengthen the muscles and stimulate and balance the chakras.

By combining yin and yang yoga, energy and fitness is improved, whilst promoting relaxation and deep healing.

What makes this retreat special?

This unique opportunity gives the perfect balance of relaxation and activity, time to yourself and also for group fun.

Each yoga session will be unique and inspiring as you journey through the week, set around the yin yang philosophies, combining Indian yogic principles with Traditional Chinese Medicine, educating you with invaluable knowledge, whilst providing a perfect balance.

Deep inner work for body, mind and spirit, glimpses into authentic Indian life and loads of fun and joy with your yoga gang!

Expect plenty of laughter, tears and a host of emotions to arise as you work closely with your energetic body.


This green retreat overlooks beautiful Mandrem Beach, North Goa, India.

Nalanda Retreat spans an area of 4,000 square metres and overlooks the beautiful white sands of Mandrem Beach. A quiet and peaceful setting with lush green hills, an abundance of palm trees and clean beaches, in which during high tide the seawater rushes into the Mandrem Creek which runs parallel to the waterline. 

The overall magic of this place offers a secluded calm space, with privacy, as well as several communal areas like the yoga shala, dining areas, lush gardens, and terraces.

Specially designed to celebrate the colourful and mystical spirit of India, the bouquet of chakra inspired rooms speak to your senses, lets you soak in the relaxed vibes of the property and resonate with your inner balance.

Their beach front restaurant The Chia Lounge serves delicious and healthy organic meals packed with superfoods and fueling ingredients to purify and detox the system.

Enjoy the secluded swimming pool, sunbathe on sandy Mandrem beach and watch the sun set into the Arabian sea, you can experience it all at Nalanda Retreat- the serene environment to stimulate your mind, energise your body and speak to your soul.

Organic Food

Your retreat includes 7 yummy vegetarian buffet breakfasts/brunches and 7 vegetarian evening meals, all buffet style with a mouth-watering array of healthy choices.

The lunches are not included so you can explore the area so you have the option to dine about and sample the delicious food in various bars, cafes and restaurants in the area.

The vegetarian buffet breakfasts/brunches and dinners included, take place at 'Chia Lounge' which is part of the Devarya Wellness resort, located on the beach of Mandrem. It is a beautiful wooden constructed restaurant with a small garden, juice and coffee bar. Offering you sun or shade, both with stunning sea views.

You can enter straight from the resort and leave right onto the beach. It serves wholesome, healthy and organic vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free food and beverages for the conscious diner.

Please let me know if you have any special dietary requirements.

Chia Lounge prides itself on using locally produced goods wherever possible.

The buffet and A La Carte menus are designed for minimal food wastage whilst still ensuring produce is fresh and organically grown.

The aim is to complement a healthy and mindful lifestyle to support your wellness journey, and what better place to do that, than overlooking the Arabian Sea on this Goa yoga retreat!

Amanda - Your yoga teacher and host

Being diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome then complex PTSD, depression and anxiety fifteen years ago left me unable to function. I led myself down the holistic route to get my health and, ultimately, my life back, and along the way stepped into my role as a teacher and wellness guide centred around yin yoga and stress management.

I love sharing my practice with others. This powerful journey has so far involved over six hundred hours of Yoga Alliance teacher training and I won’t stop there! I just love learning, it’s my new addiction!

I’ve studied and trained in hatha, ashtanga, vinyasa, aerial, yin, yin yang, acu-yin, yoga for trauma recovery and recently added restorative and yoga nidra. 

I discovered yin yoga on my very first teacher training course in India.

Why haven’t I found this sooner I thought? We find what we need when the time is right.

Yin is where my healing was ignited and kick-started into gear! It’s why I had to delve deeper with the advanced yin yoga teacher training and then acu-yin. The common thread through all my yoga teachings is to switch off the stress.

Whilst being treated for complex PTSD, I developed a fascination with how the human brain works. What my consultant shared with me about my brain was incredible, and I needed to know more so I dived right in there into the world of metaphysics! This then led me into gaining my PhD in Metaphysical Science. Isn’t it just mind-blowing how things turn out?! I never imagined I’d be able to use my brain, and heal my body and mind, to the extent that I have.

The intensity and depth of my yoga training and academic studying and the way in which they come together in my sessions have created my unique style of teaching yoga.

Postures, nurture and calm are combined with the brain science behind the practice and meticulous preparation, bringing wisdom and learning from many different sources into each session, hence, MindScienceYoga.

Education and inspiration is woven into my teachings and comes from my own personal experiences, providing the essential knowledge for healthy stress management. When we assign meaning to what we do we get better results. And that, my friend is a scientific fact, according to my fave doc, Dr. Joe Dispenza.

Allow me to teach you how to bring in balance, stillness and healing and help you to overcome life’s challenges so that you can enjoy the life you deserve, full of health, peace, happiness and joy. Isn’t that what we all want?!

Terms & Conditions/Cancellation Policy

Due to the high upfront costs I have to pay, I DO NOT refund.Please ensure you take out adequate insurance to cover you for any eventuality.

These Terms and Conditions are non-negotiable so please read carefully. 


The specified deposit must be paid before a place on any of the retreats can be secured.

Any upgrade fees must also be paid at the time of booking.

Deposits are strictly non-refundable and non-transferable. 

The full balance must be paid at least 2 months before the retreat starts, and in line with your payment plan selected or you risk losing your place.


Please DO NOT book flights until I confirm that the retreat will go ahead as minimum numbers are required for each venue for it to be viable.

Booking flights is entirely your own responsibility and you do so at your own risk. I recommend using a reputable ABTA protected travel agent to help you and making sure that you have adequate insurance to cover you in case you must cancel for any reason.


In the event of another global pandemic, all efforts will be made to transfer any monies paid to the amended dates so that you can attend the retreat at the later date.

If I cancel a retreat, rather than postpone, any payments made will be offered as a retreat credit for future events.

I am not responsible for any losses incurred on your part due to cancellation or postponement.


In line with yogic principles, all meals provided are vegan/vegetarian. No meat or fish will be provided under any circumstances so please do not bring onto the premises.  If you have a restricted diet, please notify me as before booking.

Health Problems

It is important that you let me know if you have any disabilities, serious health problems, or any clinical mental health problems – particularly if you are on medication.  Through an early discussion we can identify your needs and whether the retreat is suitable and do our best to accommodate you. Retreats are open to people aged 18 or over.

Living Communally

Living communally is an important and enjoyable element of the retreat. We eat together as a community and our retreats are known for being friendly, happy and harmonious. It's important for us all to live together comfortably and to keep the retreat running smoothly, so we ask participants to cooperate with one another and to refrain from harsh speech or unacceptable behaviour. It is also important that retreatants commit to attending the full period of the retreat to maintain the integrity of the community and atmosphere.

Unacceptable behaviour 

Unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated.  Unacceptable behaviour is any activity that causes harm to the teacher, group or community and upsets the harmony of the retreat. This includes any action that leaves anyone:

  • feeling alarmed, harassed or distressed
  • concerned for personal or public safety
  • acting in a way that causes disturbance to the rest of the group or any neighbouring properties
  • experiencing public disorder or public nuisance.

Please ensure that noise is kept to a minimum, particularly late at night or in the early morning. If I consider that you have behaved unacceptably, irresponsibly, or have caused significant damage to the property or the property of others, I am entitled to terminate your retreat immediately without a refund.

I will ask you to leave the retreat immediately (without any compensation being payable) if:

  • I consider that you have committed a serious breach of these terms and conditions
  • I consider that your behaviour endangers the safety of yourself, other clients or staff
  • Any complaints are made of anti-social or unacceptable behaviour against you
  • You deliberately cause damage to the property or its contents.


I do not accept any liability for any damage, loss, injury, sickness, or inconvenience to you or any possessions belonging to you, howsoever caused, nor shall I be liable for any additional expenses incurred by you whether directly or indirectly caused by or arising from any aspect of the booking. Under no circumstances shall my liability to you exceed the total amount that was agreed and paid in advance of attending the retreat.

I do not accept any liability for failure of services due to weather conditions or other circumstances outside of my control, for example power cuts, interruptions to telephone/broadband connections and noise from neighbouring properties.

By making a booking/payment for any of my services you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.

What’s included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 vegetarian breakfasts
  • 7 vegetarian dinners
  • Yoga & meditation
    daily 2-3 hours
  • Fire puja
    opening ceremony
  • Ayurvedic Massage
    1 hour
  • All water, chai & teas
  • WiFi
  • Airport transfers
    to and from Dabolim Goa International Airport(GIA)
  • Excursion
    Anjuna market
  • Excursion
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Evening activities
    music, chanting, meditation at Nalanda Resort
  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers
    other than specified above
  • Lunches
  • Laundry
  • Taxis
  • Shopping
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • PCR tests
    if required

Available Packages

Seaside Room - Double Occupancy
Available until October 3, 20234 left

Front of house rooms nearer the ocean, with private bathroom. 

This room type and pricing is for two people booking together and sharing either a double bed or a twin bedded room, otherwise the single occupancy rate must be paid.

If you don't have someone to share with and are open to me paring you up with another guest, then please let me know. (Same sex only) However, if I'm not able to do so then the single rate will be applied.

Deposit: £395
Seaside Room - Single Occupancy
Available until October 3, 20235 left

Front of house rooms nearer the ocean with one double bed and private bathroom for single occupancy.

Deposit: £495

Your Organizer

Dr. Amanda Bowen
Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher EYRT500, specialising in yin and yang yoga, mindfulness, practical brain science and ancient wisdom, helping to switch off stress through educational and inspirational classes, courses, workshops and worldwide retreats. Creator of Lovable Yoga Clothing. 100% organic, eco-friendly, cruelty free & vegan.