About Pilgrim's Pursuit

Pilgrim's Pursuit Retreat (2-5 February, 2023) is a unique program combining the principles and practices of Yoga, Reflective Writing, Stories and Interactive Theatre. It is an invitation to delve deeper into yourself through an experiential exploration of body, breath, and mind. In this program, you will get to experience yoga as a journey of self-exploration beyond just asana or pranayama practices. This is the second edition of the Pilgrim's Pursuit retreat inspired by the beautiful experiences we had in Goa in 2021.

Retreat Experience

Yogaśāla retreats are memorable experiences replete with a blend of learning, fun, adventure, and deep nourishing connections. We have organised retreats across India and abroad curating experiences of self-discovery and an exploration new lands, cultures, and cuisines. This retreat is for you if you wish to:
> Deepen Body Awareness
> Befriend Your Breath
> Discover Mind-Body-Alignment
> Reconnect & Replenish Yourself
> Immerse in Nature Develop
> Deep Nourishing Connections

Retreat Highlights

Vinyasa Krama Yoga - Yoga sessions taught by Hari in the tradition of Sri T Krishnamacharya-Desikachar that focus on adapting the practice to the needs and abilities of the individual.

Reflective Writing - Experience techniques and power of reflective journaling and writing under the mentorship of Pragya.

Inner Work - Reflective art, interactive theatre, and contemplative dialogues anchored in the praxis of Yoga enables one delve deeper into themselves.

Deep Connections - We believe in creating spaces for forging deep personal connect with nature and others during retreat. In an increasingly online world this has become all the more important. Yogaśāla retreats accommodate a maximum of only 15 participants per retreat to allow for such deep conversations and connections.

Tarot Reading - Fun and insightful tarot sessions to discover your unique quirks and gifts.

Nature Walks & Sunset Hikes - Explore hidden gems of Palolem and Patnem beach to enjoy the most beautiful sunsets.

Story Circles - Social storytelling sessions filled with the beauty and intensity of real-life adventures.

Retreat Venue

Bhakti Kutir, Palolem, South Goa.

Stay under the canopy of this two-acre coconut grove in one of twenty-two back-to-nature cabanas. No two cabanas are alike. Fashioned from local materials like rice straw, and bamboo, the cabanas are built to include trees, and leaves, and to let you see the moon and star-filled skies. The living areas combine a rural feel with a surprising degree of comfort.

Participant Testimonials

"The retreat was very thought out and enabled both self-reflection and reflective writing. I joined the retreat to relax. The practices, especially the morning pages was very useful for me. Overall the retreat was a very good experience."
- Vrinda Varma, Professor, Kerala

"It was a great journey. Right from travelling, the venue, food and people, I cherished everything. The retreat unfolded with many surprises. I can see that great thought was put behind all activities.This retreat helped me discover the ease and strength to face what is really going on inside me. It helped me see without any judgement. I have heard the advice of making conscious choices but this was the first time I actually experienced it with full awareness. There were many ups and downs that I went through along the period of three days, but every time I came and sat in the circle I was ready to explore my inner self on a deeper level."
- Aarya W, Agribusiness Owner, Pune

"I wanted to take a break from the routine, address some unsettled issues, and meet new people. I experienced the retreat peer group as very non-judgemental and the facilitation non-coercive. There were gentle nudges to act and think in certain directions. I liked that the retreat was fun as well and not fully serious discussions."
- Revathy Menon, Consultant, Kerala

Facilitators

Hari is a transformation coach, facilitator and yoga trainer. He is passionate about working with people and organisations in enabling them to be the best that they can be anchored on Indic wisdom traditions.  

Hari founded Yogaśāla in 2017 as a location-independent yoga venture to travel and create spaces for ‘Yoga On The Go’. Here he combines his passion for adventure, travel, yoga and storytelling. He has organised numerous yoga retreats across India and abroad, facilitates corporate wellness workshops, and teaches personalised yoga practice in the tradition of Sri. T. Krishnamacharya. He also designs creative workshops blending yoga with storytelling, music, arts and theatre by collaborating with artists from these fields.  

Hari is part of Ritambhara where he learns Yoga Sutras & Antaranga Yoga under the mentorship of Sri Raghu Ananthanarayanan. He has completed his international certification (IAYT) in Yoga Therapy from YogaVahini under the guidance of Smt. Saraswati Vasudevan. He facilitates many Antaranga Yoga based offerings from Ritambhara and is currently anchoring the launch of ārogyam project for YogaVahini with a community of senior yoga teachers and therapists. You can find out more about him at www.hariprasadvarma.com

Pragya Bhagat is a spoken word poet, award-winning essayist, and author of two books.  Till the age of fifteen, Pragya had never lived in a country for more than three years. She yearns to learn from and live in communities different from my own urban, privileged, English-speaking culture. To this end, she have lived with the Gas Tragedy survivors in Bhopal, in a tiny rural hamlet in Rajasthan, and most recently, in a Kumaoni village for three years. Each experience pushes her to understand new cultures, but more importantly, to understand herself.

Pragya's work focuses on the intersections between belonging, body image, and mental health. She facilitates creative writing and poetry workshops and is the founder of The Poetry Circle. Her work has been featured in the BBC, the Huffington Post, Kommune, and The Wire, amongst others. She is the recipient of the 2018 Orange Flower Award, the 2019 Sakhi Awards, and the 2020 Bound Short Story Contest.   You can find out more about Pragya's work at pragyabhagat.wordpress.com.

Retreat Dates

February 2 - 5, 2023 (3 Nights / 4 Days)

Arrival & Check-in: 2nd February (Thursday) by 1 PM
Check-out: 5th February (Sunday) by 1 PM

Retreat Fee

Sessions-Only - INR 18,000* 

Session + Accommodation + Food: 
Double Occupancy  - INR 30,000*     
*Fee inclusive of 5% GST

Note:
1. Default accommodation is on twin sharing basis (2 persons / room). If you wish to avail single occupancy accommodation, please let us know before making the payment.
2. Food will be vegetarian meal. While the retreat menu is fixed, you can order any additional food or drink you wish to have from the kitchen separately.

Fee Inclusions
All Sessions
Accommodation
Breakfast & Lunch

Fee Exclusions
Travel to and from venue
Local travels
Food outside of retreat menu


Register Your Interest

Note: Upon submitting the form below, you will be redirected to a payment page where you can complete the enrolment. You will also receive an email with the retreat details and payment link for future reference.

For any queries or clarifications, feel free to connect with us at hari@yogasala.org or +91996690337 (Hari), +919676928068 (Pragya).

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