Kerala: Sattvic South India
We begin our journey in Kerala, south India, with the Sacred Sap Retreat, a week of rejuvenation at the famous AyurSoma Ayurveda Royal Retreat. Gentle daily yoga and de-stressing Ayurvedic treatments will awaken our senses to the beauty of India and to a divine beauty that lays within ourselves. This is our time to connect with our innermost self, to heal, to recover from jet lag, to nourish our bodies and souls, and experience the vast, vibrant beauty that is south India. It is the foundation for the larger journey. The slowing down and softening of the mindbody in Kerala is what prepares us for the intensity of Varanasi and the north. The south prepares us for the north. Trust us, it’s a process that works.
The Kerala Tradition of Ayurveda
Welcome to warm oil massages, feeling 20 years younger, and bliss! The Sacred Sap Retreat focuses on the pure sattvic Kerala tradition of Ayurveda as a means to rejuvenate, ground ourselves from jet lag, and connect the members of the tour. These tours are love-fests from the heart. The lush jungled environment, gardened grounds, tropical birds, and the sound of the Arabian Sea mix to enhance the deepest healing potential of Ayurveda, giving rise to the sweet rejuvenating oil baths, calming shirodhara oil streams across the forehead, and exotically flavored south Indian and Ayurvedic cuisine in the AyurSoma restaurant. Your body, mind and taste buds will be renewed. The Kerala tradition of Ayurveda is famous throughout India as the richest tradition of Ayurveda in the world. It must be experienced to be believed.
Goddess Temples, Jungles, and Elephants
During our week of Ayurvedic treatments at AyurSoma, we will also explore the surrounding beauty and culture that is Kerala. We will visit a Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Kali to offer flowers and release the inner obstacles of our lives. We will conduct a south Indian Ganesh ceremony at a nearby Shiva Temple. We will explore the famous Kerala backwaters, a beautiful water world of pristine forests, tropical birds, and water canals that flow endlessly through the porous coastline of Kerala. Beautiful Asian elephants will come to Somatheeram to meet up close and to ride! These magical experiences are included in the tour package and are unforgettable journies within a journey.
Experience the Jungle Book
Kerala is defined by it’s lush tropical seaside jungles and backwaters, with imagery that evokes Kiplings “The Jungle Book”, minus the tigers of course. Kerala invites you to walk it’s beautiful beaches in the early morning light, help playful fishermen haul in their nets, visit nearby villages, play with local Indian children, visit the local spice shops, nap or sip on chai by the pool, and don’t forget to go shopping for some fun Indian clothing or sacred stautues for your alter at home. Everything you will need is within walking distance from the Ayurveda resort. This is your opportunity to slow down and reconnect with your purest, most sattvic nature. That is the gift of Kerala!
Sacred Sap Retreat Includes:
- Five (5) nights accommodations at AyurSoma Ayurveda Royal Retreat located on the beach just south of Thiruvananthapuram (aka Trivandrum), the capital city of Kerala
- Three meals per day with your choice of traditional Kerala cuisine or cleansing ayurvedic diet tailored to your constitution | vegan, vegetarian and seafood options available
- Daily 2-hour Ayurvedic full-body warm oil rejuvenation massage and other treatments from trained Ayurveda doctors and body therapists
- Daily morning gentle yoga practice overlooking the sea with guest teachers
- Informative group talks on Ayurveda, Rasayana (rejuvenation), ojas, healthy aging, and longevity
- Special sunset Ganesh puja at Shiva Temple: throw and crack coconuts for removal of inner and outer obstacles + Shiva temple ceremony
- Half-day boat tour of the lush jungled Backwaters of Kerala
- Half-day visit to the Atukkal Bhadra Kali Temple in Thiruvananthapuram
- International airfare not included.
- Tips: Ayurveda staff, restaurant staff, room service, housekeeping, laundry, baggage handling, taxi & bus drivers
- Restaurant incidentals: non-buffet menu items, room service, etc
- Personal shopping!
So much magic unravels throughout this journey! Thank you for this incredible experience that we all will keep in our hearts and memories forever. The restorative week at Somatheeram Resort with Ayurvedic daily treatments and morning yoga led by Tawny Sterios. Waking up in Kerala, India and stepping outside to the incredible views of the Arabian Sea. Shopping with friends from the group in the local area. Traveling to North India and visiting the Taj Mahal, Varanasi - one of the oldest cities in the World, boat rides along the Ganges River and riding the Rickshaws with Tawny will be a moment I'll never forget! The food was incredible throughout the entire trip, the rooms were beautiful, the smiles and great hospitality were endless, and I always felt so safe. Thank you for this experience!Tiffany P
What an amazing adventure! My experience in India is one that I will remember for the rest of my life....morning yoga with Tawny, the Ayurveda treatments, the staff at Somatheeram, our guides throughout India, the Taj, the Ganges, beautiful new friends....it was deep and rich and full of unexpected and delightful surprises. I LOVE India!Sonya K
Thank you so very much James for taking us across the world to find magic, transformation, spirit and play. I enjoyed the journey so so much, laughed a ton, got rest, relaxed and felt more excited about life! I'm still processing it all and enjoying it. It's the trip that keeps giving! This journey was a life changer! Deep Ayurveda rejuvenation in the warm Kerala ocean waters, inspiring ancient temples, ceremonies, delicious south Indian cuisine, safety, play, adventure, shopping and downtime. The journey had the best of it all and it was all extraordinaire. Gratitude to all my sister travelers too for the ways you each blew open my heart, the belly with laughs, the true care, the deep sharing, inspiration offered, and instant friendship you all provided. The connections continue to unfold. You all have a room here in San Luis Obispo, CA to come play any time!Tawney S
Thank you James for hosting this adventure. For sharing your wisdom, compassion, leadership, support and love. Thank you fellow adventurers for showing me a glimpse of yourselves through your own journey, experience, and epiphanies while in India. Thank you India. To say India is magical is an understatement. It is incomprehensible the depth that India will touch a person. And it is unknowing how long it will continue to hold this power over me. I will be back. If I am lucky, I will be back with Sevanti Adventures and James. But when I go back, my family will be with me.Christina G
As the oldest and least Ayurveda knowledgeable member of the group, I was included and instructed as I asked and was ready. We couldn't have had a more diverse group on paper, but we quickly became friends. I was constantly impressed by the positive attitudes and energy of all. I hope to repeat the trip one day. Don't feel like you need to be a yoga expert to benefit from this experience. You will glow for weeks after you return!Mary M