Kerala, India - Ayurvedic Retreat

The World of Ayurvedic Healing Works Wonders...

This is an experience one Journeys of the Spirit traveller will never forget...

"Not having ever travelled to India before I sought an organised tour for my Kerala adventure. I found a company called Journeys of the Spirit, created by Julie Baker.

Julie has been organising small group trips to Kerala for 14 years so when we arrived at our retreat, we were greeted warmly and promptly, then taken to our individual cottages to settle in.

Kerala is the birthplace of Ayurvedic medicine, an ancient Indian practice that treats not just the physical aspects of a person, but also the emotional and spiritual.

The grounds on our retreat were amazing. It was a tropical lush paradise, tended to by a group of women in orange saris who watered, pruned and nurtured hundreds of plants and trees across the grounds. Just the setting alone was enough to make you relax back a gear or two. The resort is situated high on a hill amongst tropical groves and herb gardens overlooking the soft sandy beaches and warm waters of the Arabian Sea. 

Accommodation were cottages separated by lush gardens and from my outdoor area. I could sit and watch the local fishermen below pulling in their nets, gaze at stunning sunrises and sunsets or sleep in a hammock under the pergola. I also had the option to swim in the warm pool not far from where my cottage was located or attend a yoga or pranayama class.

On the first morning of my two week retreat we met with our Ayurvedic doctor, whom we would meet with every morning of our stay. We were given our personally tailored program of specific foods, herbal supplements, meditation, yoga and ancient Ayurvedic treatments. 

These treatments included having your whole body treated by two therapists with bundles of herbs wrapped in muslin clothes dipped in oil, or having a line of warm oil drizzled continuously across your forehead from left to right, sending you in the deepest state of relaxation.

The effect of all this treatment over a fourteen day period was noticed mostly for me on an emotional level. There were times whilst I was receiving the massage, emotions would well up without any particular memory. The tears would just run down my face with a bitter-sweet feeling. Physically the body just becomes soft, open and free of all aches, pains and stiffness.

Apart the massages and the great company, the other main attraction was the food! We each received a long list of meals recommended for our body type, and in the restaurant we would order our meal from the list. It would be freshly cooked, deliciously satisfying and would include lots of tropical fruits. The food was amazing - it was flavoursome and filling. I would have never have thought the vegetables could be cooked in so many different ways and still taste so good.

Some of the members in our group did a bit of exploring around the surrounding towns and villages, but for me the intensity of the treatment, the heat and humidity of southern India was such, I just happily lazed about without any desire to venture out, except for a couple of brief shopping outings.

The Ayurvedic experience is one I would highly recommend to anyone interested in an exotic holiday that will revive and restore your mind, body and soul."

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