2-Week Ayurveda and Yoga Nidra Retreat

Dates: On an individual basis, Ayurvedic consultations and treatments available with advance notice.

Introduction: Come to our little piece of paradise, and join our amazing Ayurveda retreat combined with Hatha Yoga and Yoga Nidra. The retreat will focus on practical Ayurveda and how to integrate Ayurvedic principles in your daily life and create a significant life change. It is about knowing yourself from an Ayurvedic perspective and taking conscious care of yourself. The retreat includes a personal Ayurvedic consultation to identify your doshas, daily checks, 2 Ayurvedic treatments per week (massages), and daily Ayurveda theory class. Treatments will be tailor-made and focus on detox, stress management and self care. You will also learn and practice Hatha Yoga as taught in the Satyananda Bihar Tradition, practice daily asanas, pranayama, chanting & meditation, and experience living a spiritual life. The program is designed to explore your deeper consciousness.

The ashram is not a resort, not a guest house; it is an ashram where people live simply on an organic farm with a Play School. Our ashram holds an open, loving atmosphere of diverse individuals who function much like a spiritual family. We eat, chant, meditate, sing, learn, work, and play together.

Itinerary: The retreat schedule includes daily theory classes of Ayurvedic principles (Mon-Fri), Ayurvedic treatments, Ayurvedic consultation, Yoga Nidra, Hatha Yoga, Mantra chanting and meditation. Our program assists you in establishing a personalized routine of health and wellness so as to create a significant life change. The Ayurvedic treatments will be tailor-made while the Yoga is designed to help you reconnect with yourself. During your stay, you will take part in daily classes, suitable for all levels, and practice asanas linked with the breath to revitalize the body, mind, and spirit. Each morning flow will leave you energized for the whole day, while the afternoon Yoga Nidra helps you to explore your deeper consciousness, release deep-seated tensions, and tap in to the higher energy.

AYURVEDA – Ayurveda, “Mother of All Healing”, is a holistic healing science which originated in India more than 5000 years ago from the ancient Vedic culture. The daily Ayurveda theory class will enable you to learn the basics principles of Ayurveda, with emphasis on prevention and on encouraging maintenance of good health through close attention to balance in one’s life (specific lifestyle, nutritional guidelines, right thinking etc.):

– The Doshas and determining your own constitution
– Dinacharya (daily routine) and rutacharya (seasonal routine)
– Pillars of Ayurveda
– Basic cooking; Ghee, Chai and Paneer 
– Spices and herbs
– Cooking at home according to your doshas
– Home remedies
– Pranayama  and Meditation
– Modern scientific perspective

YOGA NIDRA – (Psychic Sleep Meditation – yogic dreaming) – the hallmark of Satyananda Bihar Yoga and the most popular and enjoyable of the “Meditation from the Tantras”. It is a lying down relaxation meditation which systematically takes you from the world of outer sounds, step by step, through body, breath and mind to your deep subconscious to release negativity, tap into creativity and positivity, and to explore your deeper consciousness … ultimately connecting to your Higher Consciousness.

ASANA & PRANAYAMA Sadhana session: The morning is an ideal time to connect with the body and breath, and freshen your mind through asana. Asanas for fitness strength and flexibility, suitable for beginners. Pranayamas to balance, energise and focus. You will get a daily practice, adapted to your needs, that you can continue by yourself at home.

Daily schedule

5:45 am:   Rise and Shine Bell 
6:00 am:   Chanting
6:45 am:   Asana and Pranayama (Mon-Fri) or Ayurvedic treatment
8:00 am:   Prepare breakfast/ Cleaning duties (Karma Yoga)
8:30 am:   Breakfast & Clear up
9:00 am:   Theory Class Ayurveda (Mon-Fri)
11:00 am: Personal time / Ayurveda consultation time
1:00 pm:   Lunch & Clear up & self practice of Yoga Nidra
2:30 pm:   Yoga Nidra (Mon-Fri)
4:00 pm:   Personal Sadhana/ counseling time / Ayurvedic treatment/ beach time
7:00 pm:   Dinner & Clear up
7:45 pm:   Bell – prepare for chanting
8:00 pm:   Satsang/Chanting/Meditation
9:00 pm:   Personal practice/ Sweet dreams

Silence is observed from 9pm to 9am next day.

Weekly Schedule


  • Havan preparation: 3pm
  • Havan (Sacred Fire Ceremony):  5:30pm, followed by Prasad (holy food)
  • Optional Talent show (share your talents with us): 7:45pm


  • Sunrise meditation by the ocean 5.30am.
  • Visit of Gokarna, beaches, optional swimming etc.


  • Courses start.


  • Ganesh puja and chanting at 8pm
  • Optional movie night: 9pm



  • Market day: 4.00pm – shopping/swimming
  • Dinner in town is optional. Please inform us in the morning if you are not eating at the ashram.


  • Free Introductory Class to Satyananda Bihar Yoga (Oct-April): 11:30am
  • Sunset Meditation by the ocean: 5.30pm

What is included
– 13 nights accommodation
– 5 Yoga Nidra classes + 5 Meditation from the Tantras (as per majority request)
– 10 Asanas and Pranayama classes
– 10 Ayurveda theory classes
– 4 Ayurvedic treatments
– 1 personal Ayurvedic consultation
– Daily Ayurvedic checks/counseling
– Daily Chanting and meditation
– 3 daily vegetarian meals and tea and coffee
– Filtered water 24 hours
– Every Saturday Havan (sacred fire ceremony)
– Weekly Sunrise meditation by the ocean
– Weekly Sunset meditation by the ocean
– Swimming at one of the popular beaches

Instructor Biography: Yolanda Zwiers

Yolanda is educated in Behavioral Science and Social Work and has worked with families, children and youths for almost two decades. She travelled to Asia in search for the missing connection between body and mind, and for the right teachers. She found her body/mind connection in Ayurevda (the knowledge of life) and received training as an Ayurveda Therapist in Kerala, India.

Through extensive apprenticeships  with Dr.Ashwin Sastry (Karnataka) and Dr. Raveendranath (Kerala) Yolanda became a dedicated Pancha Karma (Cleansing) specialist. What Ayurveda and her remarkable teachers have given her, she wants to give back to the universe by supporting others to connect with themselves again and become whole.

Yolanda’s aim is to make Ayurveda more accessible for western lifestyle and help to integrate Ayurveda in Western daily life.

From her teacher, Dharmabodhi Saraswati, she also learned to integrate Ayurveda and ancient meditation/yoga techniques with modern health research as a bonus.

Being born and raised in The Netherlands, her approach is direct and hands-on. 

Instructor BiographySwami Yogaratna Saraswati was trained as a sannyasin disciple of the Bihar School of Yoga, which was founded by Swami Satyananda Saraswati, direct disciple of Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh. With over 30 years experience in yoga meditation, Swami Yogaratna has given yoga programs all over South India and overseas. She is particularly appreciated for her talent in leading Yoga Nidra (psychic sleep) and other Meditations from the Tantras, yoga therapy, yoga for children, the higher techniques of Chakra Sadhana, Kundalini Yoga and many others, including satsangs (talks) and kirtan (group singing).

What is not included

– Airfare
– Transport to and from the airport
– Personal expenses
– Internet (WIFI), washing machine, bicycles, and hot water for showering are available at an extra cost
– Optional extra classes: Chakra Sadhana, Meditation medley, Yoga therapy, Kriya Yoga, Bhakti Yoga. Please inquire.

Location: This training will take place in Karnataka, India. Shankar Prasad Foundation is located in the village of Bankikodla, which is only five kilometers from the ancient temple town of Gokarna. There are scores of temples to explore, gorgeous beaches to laze on, markets to prowl, and weekly festivities to enjoy in Gokarna.

Accommodation: Twin shared room with attached bathroom: Rooms in heritage buildings, surrounded by beautiful gardens and ashram organic farm. Have twin beds, attached bathroom with toilet and shower. Bed sheets and pillows are provided.

Dormitory with shared bathroom: The dormitories are in the century-old heritage house.  They sleep between 2 and 5 people. They are equipped with sleeping pads. Clean toilets and bathrooms are shared. Bed sheets and pillows provided.

Food: You will be served with three square vegetarian meals per day, plus tea or coffee. Meals are home-made by our wonderful cook, who makes traditional, local-style food, wholesome, and colorful. Shankar Prasad grow their own rice and many of their own vegetables on a fully organic farm, and sometimes cook lunch from morning harvest. What is not grown on the land is bought from local organic farmers in the village and neighboring town.

How to get here: 
Arrival by airplane: Please book your flight to arrive at Goa International Airport (GOI). You can then get a train from Thivim in Goa, or taxi which Shankar Prasad can send to pick you up. 
Arrival by train: From Kerala or Mumbai, you can get any train traveling on the Konkan coastal railway, stopping at Gokarna Road, Ankola, Kumta, or Honnavar.

Retreat price:
If sleeping in twin shared rooms with attached bathroom: 43470 INR
If sleeping in dormitory with shared bathroom: 37030 INR

Booking/cancellation Policy:
A reservation requires a deposit of 10%
The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled
The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.