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WOKE India Retreat


Join the WOKE YOGA team on an exclusive luxurious journey of discovery to the birthplace of Ayurveda - North Kerala INDIA. Immerse yourself in the mystery and wonder of  ancient wisdom traditions and culture - the birthplace of yoga and the home of the holistic medicine science of Ayurveda.

This 5 star luxury retreat is designed to immerse you in the practice of yoga, the adventure of cultural discovery, and personalised health insights of yoga's sister science - Ayurveda. Your needs are catered for discreetly and ensure an experience of pure delight and decadence.

All inclusive packages start from as little as $1900 USD per person.

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Personalised Luxury

Your evenings spent indulging in the distinctive Kerala cuisine, sourced locally and organically and lovingly made to suit your individual dosha. Then slumber peacefully in your private villa in anticipation of the next glorious sunrise and the day's adventures ahead. Limited spaces ensure a personalised experience as we rest comfortably in the hands of this 5 star luxury resort, where discretion and service is their forte.


A Few Shots From Our 2018 India Retreat

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Private Villas

Built vastu shastra style, all the villas are shaped in the traditional fisherman style - all facing to the east and the rising sun. Nestled amongst verdant foliage to ensure privacy each villa has been embellished with carved and dressed woodwork fashioned in traditional style by local craftsmen so skilled that their usual work is building and restoring temples.

Light and airy, with teak floors, high ceilings and generous proportions, locally handmade wooden furniture and antique and contemporary objets d'art from Kerala complete the ambience, giving each room its own special charm.

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Ayurvedic Meals

Annapurna, named after the goddess of nourishment, is a open plan, bright and breezy restaurant serving authentic largely vegetarian food prepared in the tradition of Ayurvedic principles attending to the appearance, balance, flavour, enjoyment and nutritional effects of any dish.

Meenakshi,named after the Hindu goddess of love and beauty, is a beach shack for barefoot dining by the beach. Lit by lanterns and lulled by the sound of the sea here you can feast on freshly caught seafood prepared in the Keralan authentic style.  

Breakfasts are a delicious mixture of Indian and international hot and cold dishes.

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Priya Day Spa

Designed along traditional lines with beautifully proportioned ceilings and elegantly carved pillars The Priya Ayurvedic Spa has five spacious treatment rooms ranged around a central courtyard garden and offers over 20 bespoke experiences.

Traditional Ayurvedic Treatments

Treatments are practised in an unhurried and quiet way ensuring that all the preparations used are 100% natural, organically produced and sourced in a way that does not impact negatively on the environment. Collaborating with Sahayadri Foundation, one of the few 100% organic herbal medicine manufacturers in India, disadvantaged tribal groups in the Sahayadri mountains in Kerala are guaranteed stable employment, fair wages and social improvements.

“Here at The Hermitage we understand health to be the outward expression of the vitality arising from the bio-intelligence contained within all living cells. At the heart of this vitality lies what is called in Sanskrit prana, the cosmic life force. The Hermitage offers the triple praxis of Ayurveda, yoga and meditation as that way. Good health is not just absence of disease, it is a settled state of Wholeness.”
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Included in the all inclusive price:

  • 7 nights accommodation in a beautiful hand crafted  villa

  • Consultation & Personalised Ayurvedic Program with resident Ayurvedic Doctor Dr Suma.

  • Educational lecture with Ayurvedic Dr. Suma & world renowned authority on sacred art, ritual, Indian history & religion, Alistair Sharer.

  • 4 Ayurvedic treatments personally prescribed for your dosha in the Priya Ayurvedic Spa.

  • Daily practices of yoga and meditation led by Lyndsey Benn and Em Cruickshank

  • Specialised workshops and presentations deepening your yoga practice, meditation practice and your understanding of Ayurvedic principles.

  • Two hour sunset cruise through the magical backwaters on the World Famous Award Winning Lotus Boathouse

  • Surprise guided cultural excursions curated to give you an insight into the local culture and way of life

  • All vegetarian meals and all Ayurvedic drinks

  • An incredible colourful surprise on our last evening together

  • Arrival and departure transfer from either Mangalore or Kannur Airport in air conditioned vehicle

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Woke Yoga India Retreat 2018

Light and airy, with teak floors, high ceilings and generous proportions, locally handmade wooden furniture and antique and contemporary objets d'art from Kerala complete the ambience, giving each room its own special charm.

There are 3 styles of villa for you to choose from:

Plunge Pool villa: with its own private pool and indoor/outdoor bathroom.

Sea View villa: with glorious views straight out over the Arabian Sea and incredible sunrises.

Garden View villa: surrounded by lush green vistas these villas are serene and cool.



Plunge Pool

Sea View

Garden View

Single $ USD Per Person / PP

$4100 USD

$3650 USD

$3300 USD

Twin Share Occupancy / Double Share $ USD PP

$2300 USD

$2075 USD

$1900 USD

Prices above include all taxes and all package inclusions as mentioned above. Price does not include flights or alcoholic beverages or other activities not stated in package inclusions. Check-in at 1200 hrs and check out at 1100 hrs.

A non refundable deposit of $1500 AUD is required to secure your spot by June 30th. Please note that your balance will be payable in USD due to the requirements of the retreat venue. Places are limited to 16 villas. Your space will be confirmed upon receipt of your deposit.

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Woke Yoga India Retreat 2018

Q: Why are the prices in USD?

A: The Neeleshwar Hermitage ask for US currency for international bookings and private bookings. However, your deposit will be invoiced in AUD, and the current exchange rate will be reflected in your second invoice.

Q: Are the prices per person or per villa?

A: The prices quoted are per person.

Travelling on your own - no problem! You have the option of choosing a single occupancy villa or of course a twin share villa and we will be pairing you up accordingly on a first come first served basis.

Travelling with your partner - terrific - book the double occupancy option and place 2 in your basket.

Travelling with a friend - great! Book the twin share option and place one in your basket! If you are booking for you and a friend at the same time then place 2 in your basket.

Q: When does the retreat start?

A: The retreat will begin on the 20th October 2019 at 5pm

Q: When does the retreat end?

A: We will conclude the retreat after the last yoga practice on the 27th October at approximately 9am. From there you can have a leisurely breakfast with your toes in the sand and gently say farewell to this incredible part of the world.

Q: When do I see an itinerary?

A: As it our tradition, your itinerary will be discussed upon arrival. We endeavour to assist you in the unravel of a scheduled busy life and this is one of the tools we use to support that transition. We aim to support a balance of engagement and relaxation.

Q: Can arrive early at Neeleshwar Hermitage?

A: Absolutely - you can contact Neeleshwar Hermitage directly to make your arrangements. Subject to availability. The Hermitage has graciously offered a discount for those of you arriving early!

Q: Can I say longer at Neeleshwar Hermitage?

A: Absolutely - you can contact Neeleshwar Hermitage directly to make your arrangements. Subject to availability.

Q: I have food intolerances - will I be catered for?

A: Yes - please let us know at the time of your booking and we will forward your needs onto the Chef.

Q: Do I have to participate in all activities?

A: No - this retreat is entirely fluid in your participation. We encourage a close reflection of self to allow for what you need in the moment.

Q: What level of yoga practice do I need to have to attend this retreat?

A: None. You can join us as a complete beginner or as an advanced practitioner. All levels are welcomed and encouraged.


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Getting There - Some Suggestions:


You will need a Visa to enter India - please ensure that you do your research and come prepared. Visit this this site to apply for your visa. We suggest you apply for your visa at least a month out of the retreat date. Please be warned that there are a number of websites that offer fake visa - stick to government sites when researching. 

Mangalore International and the new airport Kannur International are the closest hubs, around a two-hour drive from the hotel.

Transfers to and from Airport are included in your package.