Join yoga guide, Jessica Roodvoets, for a rejuvenating journey into the authentic healing practices of ancient India while relaxing in the lap of modern holistic luxury. Think luminescent rice paddies, emerald backwaters, thick coconut groves, rushing waterfalls, silken sand, gently crashing waves, and hot pink sunsets — all while being in one of the most sought-after destinations for holistic health care and rejuvenation in Asia.
A NOTE FROM JESSICA
Kerala, India's southernmost province, was the first place I visited in this mammoth country and, to this day, remains the most impactful. When I arrived to this tropical fairytale land, I had clear intentions: To transform my health and relationship to fear. After a cancer diagnosis at the age of 23, fear took a hold of my life in a way it had never before. Even months after treatment had completed, I was still terrified of dying, of getting sick again, or still being sick and not knowing it. I felt stuck, anxious, and afraid. I decided I had to do something. Something that would break through this pattern of fear that so significantly shaped my response to life. Something that would help me to rewrite my story from one of fear and illness, to one of health, purpose, and possibility:
I bought a plane ticket to India.
That leap of faith changed everything for me. The way I relate to myself. The way I relate to others. The way I see the world. It single-handedly overturned my story with fear, and inspired a love affair with this fascinating land that continues to evolve for me to this day. I met some of the warmest and endearing people, sat in the most breathtaking scenery, noticed my breath, moved my body, and reclaimed my connection to the ease and effortlessness of nature. Most importantly, I reclaimed my place in this world, and sense of purpose being in it.
And this is what I know now for sure: Cancer, illness, fear, loss -- whatever your storyline is; whatever occurred in your life that keeps you stuck, anxious or afraid -- did not come into your experience as a means to paralyze you. Rather, it came to teach you. To move you. To inspire you forward.
So join me.
The wisdom of Yoga and Ayurveda teaches us that our health comes alive when we flow in accord with nature’s rhythms. When we're truly in the flow, we can respond like the ocean -- to the tides, the wind, the natural rhythms of the earth -- and move gracefully through all situations. There is no better place to return to health, harmony, and wholeness than Kerala’s bounty of natural healing and enchanting beauty.
Prioritize yourself. Join me for this 9-day soul-stirring adventure to India and reclaim your connection to nature’s ways.
Yours on the journey,
Sightseeing in Kochi, a cultural center for Kerala's enchanting arts.
View a private performance of Mohiniyattam (Classical Indian Dance of Kerala), followed by a Keralan dinner at waterfront restaurant in Kochi.
A holistic health retreat amidst the tea valleys and misty foothills of Munnar. Enjoy luxury accommodation, morning yoga, organic meals, hill station views, tea-tasting session, and guided hikes along the spice plantations, tea gardens and waterfalls.
Three-night stay at Dewakolam Organic Farm and Ayurvedic Resort. Experience life in harmony with nature's rhythms! Enjoy a traditional Ayurvedic massage treatment, farm-to-table cuisine, and immersion into nature. Go bamboo rafting, cycling in local villages, swimming in the river, or birding along forest walks, followed by afternoon yoga with Jessica.
Overnight backwater cruise on traditional Keralan houseboat. Take in the tranquil beauty of glassy lagoons and lush coconut groves on this luxury floating vessel. Enjoy a homemade traditional Kerala Sadya served on banana leaf, and receive a henna design from a local artist in the evening.
Sunset kayaking trip along the emerald backwater canals. Enjoy an intimate encounter with nature's bounty. Soak in the silence as you float along this breathtaking matrix of waterways.
KERALA: god's own country
India evokes fantasies of vivid colors, diverse culture, and surreal landscapes. Kerala, India's southernmost province, takes this vision to a whole new level. Think luminescent rice paddies, emerald backwaters, thick coconut groves, rushing waterfalls, silken sand, gently crashing waves, and hot pink sunsets — this in addition to being the world's hub for holistic health care and rejuvenation.
Ayurveda, India's science of life and longevity, is the oldest healthcare system in the world and combines profound ideas of medicine, nature, philosophy, and lifestyle. Kerala, a renown centre for medicinal plants and spices for thousands of years, possesses an unbroken tradition of Ayurveda. This natural bounty makes it one of the most sought-after destinations for holistic healing in Asia.
In addition to having (in my personal opinion) the best of the nation’s cuisine and the warmest people, Kerala holds a reputation for offering travelers a more relaxed experience of India than the chaotic cities of the north — making it ideal for the first-time visitor. With one-hundred percent literacy, world-class health care systems, and the highest life expectancy rates, Kerala possesses the highest (and cleanest) quality of life in India.
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PRICING FOR 9-DAY YOGA & Ayurveda TOUR OF Kerala
$1,550 total. Price per person based on shared accommodation. Please email Jessica for single occupancy pricing: email@example.com
*$200 off for participants who also attend Life in the Wild: Yoga Retreat to Goa, India the previous week*
Tour participation is limited to 12 persons. Register today to reserve your spot!
Tour Package includes:
- Stay at all accommodations and resorts.
- Arrival day dinner in Kochi.
- All Meals in Dewalokam.
- All Meals in Houseboat.
- Breakfast in Munnar and backwater resort in Alleppey.
- Mohiniyattam show and dinner in Fort Cochin.
- Deluxe houseboat stay including all meals.
- Traditional Ayurvedic cooking lesson.
- Ayurvedic massage treatment and all meals at Dewakolam Resort.
- Bamboo rafting, village cycling, and forest walks at Dewakolam Resort.
- Sunset kayaking trip and village walk along the backwaters.
- Spice plantation hike at Kaivalyam Resort in Munnar.
- Hill station, tea plantation, and waterfall viewpoints.
- Four yoga and meditation classes taught by Jessica.
- Air-conditioned tour transportation by English-speaking driver.
Tour Package does not include:
- Round-trip flight to and from India.
- Domestic or internal flights.
- Cost of Indian visa fees and processing.
- Meals other than breakfast unless specified.
- Entry fees at any tourist destination.
- Costs of any miscellaneous activities or sightseeing not included in tour itinerary.
- Transportation costs to any sights or activities not included in tour itinerary.
- Any shopping, tipping, or donation costs.
- Accommodation or meals for any extra night stay.
REGISTRATION AND DEPOSIT POLICY
A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot in this tour. Full and final payment is due by November 1st. Please email Jessica for single occupancy pricing.
Important Flight Information:
The tour will begin and end in Kochi (Cochin), Kerala. Please book your flight to arrive in Kochi (COK) by 10am on January 21st and to depart after 5pm on January 29th. If you are attending both the Yoga Retreat in Goa and the 9-day Yoga and Ayurveda Tour in Kerala, you will book your flight to arrive in Goa (GOI) by 2pm on January 13th and to depart from Kochi (COK) after 5pm on January 29th. You will have to book an additional domestic flight from Goa (GOI) to Kochi (COK) to begin the tour. Jessica is happy to assist you in arranging your flight.
I highly recommend arriving a day or two early before the tour begins to recover from jet-lag and adjust to your new time zone and surroundings. Our tour is fully-packed and you’ll want your energy and your best self for every moment! Please be aware that accommodation costs for early arrival are not included in tour price.
TRAVEL INSURANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
This tour of Kerala is a collaboration with Iris Holidays, currently ranked as #1 in among all Kerala sightseeing tour companies by TripAdvisor.