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SWAN Yoga Retreat is one of the best yoga retreat centres / schools / Ashrams of India. We offer Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga Holidays, Yoga intensive retreats, Meditation & Tantra Training in a green and peaceful environment and eco-friendly cottages (shared and private). The resident yoga teachers are highly trained from Most reputed Yoga Organisations/University of the word and have vast experience in teaching and sharing their yogic life. We also offer Ayurvedic consultation, Ayurvedic Massage, Panchakarma Treatments, Therapies & Basic course in Ayurveda. We grow plenty of herbs, vegetables and fruits at SWAN Garden. We offer Ayurvedic cooking lessons as well. SWAN care for the society and through "SWAN Ayurveda & Yoga Research Foundation", we are creating Yoga awareness, yoga education, healthy & spiritual living in the society besides supporting the under-privilege and distressed souls. Health, Peace & Prosperity to all. Om Shanti Shanti !!
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GoPlaces04977776718 wrote a review Jan 2024
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It's a beautiful place amidst nature. Stay, a wide variety and healthy food every day, and, a campus surrounded by trees, and flowers, are all amazing. They teach all aspects of yoga, yoga beyond asanas, which was thought-provoking. A must-stay place in Goa!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Journey09569879071 wrote a review Jan 2024
Ramsgate, United Kingdom1 contribution
SWAN is a really special place run by an equally special team. Leave expectations at the door, stay curious and open minded, engage, take it all in, and you’ll leave all the better for it. This was my 2nd visit - as last time, I blended Yoga with Ayurveda (this time Panchakarma), hoping to deepen my awareness, understanding, & experience a little in the time that I had. In practice, your eyes are opened to the Hatha system in its totality - ‘yoga beyond asana’ is one of SWAN’s mottos, and perfectly summarises the experience they’ve created in Assagao. If you’re interested to immerse yourself in all aspects of yoga - including physical, spiritual & philosophical - SWAN is in my mind a perfect destination. The site & environment is beautiful, natural & eco-conscious, the food is delicious, nutritious & varied, the people running the show at all levels deeply knowledgeable, kind, charismatic & inspiring. My 1st Panchakarma experience was also spot-on: I felt very well taken care of by Dr Siddesh & the therapists / practitioners who guided me through the process on a daily basis. A transformational & revitalising experience for me. Grateful to all of the karma yogis at SWAN for playing their part! I’ll be back.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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sabooty wrote a review Dec 2023
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom7 contributions3 helpful votes
I completed 200 hours yoga teacher training at Swan in December 2023. I did the training to deepen my understanding of the full breadth of yoga, rather than with any set intention to teach. I received far more than simply knowledge. I was given some of the best life advice I have ever had. It has completely changed my perspective on life. I am so honoured and grateful to have received the ancient wisdom of yoga from the amazing gurus that live, work and serve at Swan. Through a beautifully curated schedule of meditation, asana, yoga philosophy, yoga nidra, mantra chanting, studying Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and weekend fire ceremonies, I have learnt that our true existence goes far beyond this body, this mind and this life. The learning at Swan is entirely experiential and when you start to stretch the boundaries of your mind and body, you realise what you’re capable of. The staff are the warmest souls, who welcome you in with absolute love and care. The gurus are wise, knowledgeable and committed to their spiritual mission of passing on the teachings of their ancestors. They have a presence which draws you in. I have to give special mention to Swarnim who manages the place and looks after all guests with the most impressive patience, efficiency, kindness and sense of humour. Swan won’t be for everyone. If you want to be an asana teacher in the ‘West’, you’ll gain some very good experience of that, but that isn’t the focus of this course. If you want luxury beyond everything you actually need to be comfortable, stay elsewhere. If you’re averse to a strict schedule, perhaps think again. But if you’re prepared to be disciplined, open-minded and challenged, then this is the right place for you. In return, you’ll get a life-altering experience, you’ll be held like family in this ashram-style environment, fed wonderfully healthy food, bestowed with profound ancient wisdom and coached to become the best version of yourself. Surely there is no better gift? See you again soon Swan. Hari Om Tat Sat. 🙏🏽
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Nina B wrote a review Dec 2023
Dubai, United Arab Emirates5 contributions3 helpful votes
I took TCR 200 hrs yoga teaching training course for duration of three weeks and I would say I gain much more than I expected . The authenticity of teaching and practices is most what’s stands out to me . My cottages made with bamboo and basic materials in midst of this beautiful jungle area added another dimension of connecting with nature and live the harmony . The sessions, including meditations , yoga philosophies and open discussions I got all my doubts cleared which I thought I would never found answer to . The virtual of Havan and chanting were an extra flavour and perfect opportunity ti love the concept . I’m so grateful and thankful to Swan and every staff to make my stay a memorable one not to mention the food was always my top favourit and I already miss it :) Highly recommended !
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Nicola L wrote a review Dec 2023
Bristol, United Kingdom5 contributions1 helpful vote
The ttc at SWAN yoga was an incredible experience. I did the 300hour in yoga and Ayurveda and I loved every moment of it. The place was like home for me and the staff like family. I have learned so much about yoga and myself. The teachers really give you their best and they care so much. I honestly feel so lucky and blessed to have had the opportunity to come here and learn and grow. I will never forget this experience. Oh and the food was amazing, I’ve been here for a month and it’s still seriously delicious. Thank you to everyone at swan. I hope to be back soon. ❤️
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Florence O wrote a review Nov 2023
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I came to SWAN for the three-week 200h Yoga Teacher Training (November 2023). Here’s what I hope is a balanced review of the experience: Run by teachers trained at the renowned Bihar School of Yoga, this YTT goes very deep into the fascinating yoga philosophy and lifestyle. Beyond the formal teachings in the classroom, the ashram-like schedule (albeit a “light” version) allowed me to truly disconnect from my normal rhythm and try out a new way of living (early wake up for meditation, 2 healthy sattvic meals per day in a communal setting etc). I have left SWAN feeling deeply inspired to pursue yoga as a spiritual path, which I know will not only benefit me but also my own yoga teacher path. I also met only amazing souls there (both SWAN teachers and guests), which is a testament to the great energy of the place. The YTT was, however, more of a yoga immersion / philosophy experience than a teacher training per se. After three weeks, I feel deeply inspired by yoga, but do not feel like I have gained any additional practical skills to become a yoga teacher in the West. The asana (physical posture) classes were joint with other non-YTT guests, and we were only given 30min after each class to ask questions regarding asana practice. There was no curriculum to guide us to become asana teachers, and minimal focus was given on alignments, adjustments, and teacher practice during the three weeks. I also expected the campus to be better maintained than it was and to provide basic amenities (like toilet paper). The place is a bit run down (with blue plastic tarps over each roof, bits of uncollected trash etc). SWAN is a beautiful gem with potential to become even greater with a bit more care and intentionality given to its class curriculum and materials, as well as to its campus. Thanks to SWAN for a truly unique experience which has left a great mark in my yoga journey.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Compass28283462419 wrote a review Nov 2023
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Wonderful illuminating & inspiring stay. We had a 3 day stay at Swan and it was a true pleasure, a wonderful experience to treasure and we feel privileged that they share the amazing knowledge and teachings so generously and patiently. Yoga and Vedic knowledge is extremely precise and is normally inaccessible but they share so authentically and accesibly to us. Waking up to do 6am meditation in a beautifully illuminated room in the forest to the sounds of nature is a wonderous experience. The asanas and exercises ranging from yoga exercises, breathing pranayama to concentration meditation with flame focus all unveiled a glimpse of the depth of knowledge before us. Everyone was so friendly and we are grateful to Gyan Mitra, all the teachers and Brijesh and Victoria for a wonderful stay. Highly recommended if you are looking to learn and experience a glimpse of a higher path. 🙏🏽🕉️
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Room Tip: Highly recommended for an authentic experience, go with a curious mind and be inspired.
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RandD23 wrote a review Nov 2023
Byron Bay, Australia8 contributions6 helpful votes
You won’t find a more authentic yoga retreat in India than SWAN. The jungle location is a sanctuary. The classes are exceptional. And the teachers are at the top of their game. Knowledgeable, friendly and great at explaining and passing on their knowledge. SWAN is the real deal. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Felicia Da wrote a review Oct 2023
Hamburg, Germany3 contributions
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I learned so much about yoga and I thought I already knew enough about yoga as a practitioner of yoga for the past seven years. Went for a two week yoga intensive program to challenge and deepen my practice but came back gaining a more meaningful understanding of yoga as a lifestyle and not just a thing to practice. It turned out to be a spiritual and rejuvenating yoga retreat. i also got to know about my dosas, an ayurvedic term, after the consultation with the ayurvedic doctor and that was also very insightful and the massages were great too. I wish to thank the whole team for creating an amazing Swan and creating awareness about the meaning and purpose of yoga combined with a well designed daily schedule. The entire campus is so peaceful, the teachers who come from the same tradition, are very knowledgeable and kind, they have organic vegetation and the food served was so delicious each time. I have promised myself to be back next year for a longer duration and perhaps do a yoga and ayurveda teacher training course..
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Date of stay: March 2023
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HoustonMedic wrote a review Oct 2023
Houston, Texas250 contributions188 helpful votes
My stay at SWAN was miserable. I would NEVER recommend that anyone visit. I felt that I was deceived in lodging, manipulated as a guest, and was forced to jump through hoops to try and have my refund sent to me. I ended my three week stay early because I couldn’t stand the place any more. I paid for a deluxe cottage that is listed as: “Sitting at the top of the hill, our deluxe cottages give you the best view and most privacy”. NOT. I looked directly into a bunch of bushes and a bathroom (see picture). Their website also says the deluxe cottage is “on the sixth tier of the property.” NOT. We were almost on a ground level. Another deception. The name of my cottage had a sign saying it was named for one of the chakras. Their website specifically says that the standard cottages are named for the chakras. When I inquired about it, they said I was in a deluxe cottage indeed. After making a stink about it, a credit was applied to my account. The accommodations were… nasty. The mosquito net had holes in it, nasty stains, and the sheets had a nasty smell. You had your own hot water heater but it didn’t last but two minutes. Every night was a rushed shower. The water pressure was so low that I often hit my arms on the shower head trying to stand close enough to get water coverage. They never emptied the soiled toilet paper from the bathroom trash even though they didn't want you to flush it. It sat there... disgusting! The food was REALLY good, but the same dishes were rotated over and over. Even wonderful food will get old. If you’re there for a short time, it’s fine. For long stays, anyone needs variety. There was an error charging my card by almost $3,000. SWAN advised me that they could not refund the money to my card since their bank said it is “not possible.” They also said they couldn’t wire transfer the money to my account. Their only solution was to send the money to an Indian person living in the US (huge RED FLAG) or give me that large amount in cash (huge RED FLAG). What if the cash gets stolen? After saying no, they then asked that I get a new account through a financial app. I said no. Finally, I had to initiate a chargeback through my credit card and wait 30 days. Huge red flags here. Yet they advertise 7 day refunds on their website and still, many months later, have not changed their website to appropriately say their bank will not allow refunds. If you want a refund… let them send it to an Indian in your country! Or give you cash… And I wasn’t the only one with problems. Another guest repeatedly asked for SWAN to honor a service that she paid for and was so upset about how hard she had to fight to get that service that she came to the lunch table one day in tears. Then another guest was there for ayurveda, which she had done at other retreats multiple times, and hated it. We would joke about how bad the place is and still keep in touch to this day, laughing about the dreaded SWAN experience. There was also controversy over the class offerings. Their website stated one thing specifically yet that number of classes were not offered. They would make changes to the day’s schedule and not update the board the day before, so you would sometimes miss classes because of that (which one time was my fault, agreed – but they never took responsibility when they failed to advise of changes). Other students pushed to get the classes that were posted on the website, which SWAN reluctantly agreed to. Seriously – honor what you publish. I communicated my concerns to them on many times verbally and in person, and they would often imply that their issues should be minimized because they “are a non profit.” For the record – that does not exempt you from treating people right. The pros: their yoga instruction is phenomenal. The food was exceptional, but only if you’re there for a short time. It is a beautiful property and buildings. The instructors are friendly and easy to talk to. But I would never return and cannot recommend that anyone visit. If you do, be wary of issues. There were so many big ones that I regret my time there and was glad that I left early, wasting money on days that I had paid for. I went elsewhere and paid all over again! Paying the extra to leave SWAN was totally okay with me. My stay there was almost a year ago but due to medical reasons I have not been in a position to care about posting this. I was going to forget about it, but I relayed the story to someone a few days ago and they said this experience needs to be relayed to others. Go to SWAN if you wish but beware… will you be the guest in tears because you have to fight for what you paid for???
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Nearby attractions include Cheshire Cat GOA (0.7 km), Red Brick Shop (0.8 km), and Guiding star Tours (1.2 km).
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
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Many travellers enjoy visiting Reis Magos Fort (12.6 km), Fort Aguada (12.4 km), and Mahalaxmi Temple (12.4 km).