About The Banyan Tree
We’ve been going to Goa for a long time and we are always really delighted when we come across a real gem and The Banyan Tree certainly is this. It is a place for people who love nature and appreciate simple, natural, beautiful surroundings.
There is something about The Banyan Tree that promotes a sense of ease and deep relaxation as soon as you enter the land.
Goa is a magical and exciting vibrant holiday destination and to have a place like the Banyan Tree is really special. It is close to the vibrancy and energy that Goa offers but tucked away where you can really deeply relax in the beauty of this much loved Indian state.
All who come to the Banyan feel a real sense of love behind everything that is done there. From the building of the huts and the restaurant to the preparation of the food and the planting of the flowers. It truly feels as if the venue has grown out of the earth. There is a pool at the Banyan Tree that harmonises perfectly with the natural surroundings as everything does at this special place.
Birdsong can be heard from morning to twilight situated in this peaceful location between two of North Goa’s favourite beaches, Ashwem and Mandrem, a 20 minute walk or short scooter/taxi ride away.
All of the meals served are home-made and produced either from the Banyan's very own vegetable patches or from local farmers. Delicious and traditional breakfast and dinner are included.
The daily programme
Join us for a yoga retreat at this very special place in Goa, known for its sunny, warm days, laid-back beaches and colourful markets. The intention for this holiday is to enjoy all that Goa has to offer but to also dive deeply into your yoga practice. In simple surroundings, restore your elemental balance and deepen your practice.
Each day will begin with a two hour morning yoga class. A dynamic flowing asana practice gently opening the body and attuning the mind to the breath. The afternoon class will be more restorative and often include pranayama, meditation or yoga nidra.
There will be two yoga-free half days. Between classes there will be time to relax by the pool, head off to the beach, swim in the sea, go to the market or simply read and relax.
Accommodation & surroundings
Eco friendly huts are made from local sustainable materials. All are suitable for single, double or twin occupancy and have an en-suite toilet and shower under the sky.
The shaded yoga shala offers a peaceful place to relax, recharge and feel rejuvenated after a yoga or meditation session. The beautiful garden is tended daily, with many blossoming flowers and a vegetable patch where vegetables are grown to make the cooking even fresher. There is also a swimming pool, a dining area and a bonfire pit for relaxation in the evenings surrounded by cashew trees.
I don't know how you manage to find such lovely places for your yoga holidays! Banyan Tree is a wholesome and genuine place in Goa and as I'm sure everyone has reported Anu and Chinu and their staff are delightful people, who looked after everyone incredibly well - going out of their way to help us on several occasions. We loved the birds, trees and wildlife; the food was delicious...in about two days we had gone from stressed travellers to feeling relaxed and centred and from there it only got better!Fiona and David
Our yoga teacher Amelia was great and the whole thing was a very positive experience for someone who doesn’t do much yoga! The admin side of things ran so smoothly too - no big fuss, just simple, clear and timely emails that made for a stress free holiday, thank you so much.Ali
Fantastico! The teacher Amelia was fab, the group great fun.Lotte
I just wanted to drop you a note to say that the whole weeks experience was amazing in Goa...Anu and Chinu at the Banyan Tree retreat were amazing! Every single one of us in the group loved their unfailingly cheerful hospitality and the delicious food everyday and evening. I will also want to go back there and stay. Thanks so much for creating such a memorable week :)Nici
I've just returned from an amazing eight days in Goa, staying at The Banyan Tree. The attention to detail is incredible. I slept so amazingly well every night, falling asleep to the sounds of crickets, birds and jungle sounds. What makes The Banyan Tree are it's owners - Anu and Chinu - who cannot do enough to ensure your stay is as comfortable and happy as it can be. They are off the scale when it comes to customer service. Amelia, our YOAS teacher, delivered our twice daily yoga classes in the beautiful shala. The hatha based classes varied every day and were pitched to appeal to all levels of experience and energy levels. Our group of 20 women, aged from 27 to 67, were a great mix. I'll be making YOAS an annual event.Sarah
Amelia is a fantastic teacher! I can now coordinate breath and movement, which is very fulfilling. Thank you very much for organising such great retreats.Sabina
Queen of Retreats website April 2019
Sharon Walker reviews a magical week with Yoga on a Shoestring at the Banyan Tree eco-retreat in Goa and finds brilliant teaching, oddles of moreish veggie food, affordable local shopping and her grin. Our hosts at the Banyan Tree, Annu and Chinu, are waiting for me in the reception when I arrive at the Banyan Tree, Yoga on a Shoestring’s venue for their Goa retreat. After an energy-sapping night flight I can barely stand, let alone talk, yet their megawatt smiles cut through the fog of my jet-lag like bright rays of sunshine and I immediately have a good feeling about this retreat....read the full review
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Magical yoga and beach holiday in Goa, India, 24 - 31 March 2020
Shared twin or double bed hut £495
Single occupancy hut £625
Prices are per person
It is possible to extend your stay and take additional nights at the Banyan Tree.
Two yoga classes daily with two yoga-free afternoons.
Delicious and healthy breakfast and dinner each day.
Although there are many options for flights to Goa it is essential that you book early to get the best deals.
There are many ways to get to Goa. You can fly directly to Goa from most major airports or you can fly to Mumbai (Bombay) and take an internal flight to Goa with SpiceJet - an internal Indian airline. There are many other internal flight alternatives too. You can also take the train or the bus from Mumbai to Thivim, which takes about 8-10 hours.
A taxi from Goa's Dabolim Airport to the Banyan Tree is not included in this holiday. The journey takes 1.5 hours and costs Rs 1700 (approx £20).
Please be aware that a tourist visa is required for travel to India. This needs to be applied for well in advance of your travel date and we can provide an address for the venue for your application.