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Ashtanga Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat

Join Andy Gill and Justin Robertshaw as they hold a 10 day Ashtanga Yoga and Ayurveda retreat in lush and beautiful surroundings of Bhakti Kutir Eco retreat centre, a short walk from Patnem beach in South Goa, India.

Andy and Justin are 2 highly experienced Ashtanga Yoga teachers with over 17 years of teaching and 30 years of practice experience between them. This retreat will include daily Ashtanga Yoga facilitated self practice, Ayurveda consultations and workshops, Yoga Technique, Meditation and Pranayama.

This exclusive retreat will only have 16 spaces available to allow a high level of teacher attention and support for all students.

The price is £775 with an early bird discount of £695 if booked by 1st August 2016.


Included in the price

  •  Daily facilitated self practice ashtanga yoga classes

  • Daily Meditation and Pranayama

  • Ayurvedic lifestyle consultation

  • 6 afternoon workshops covering Ayurveda, Philosophy, Pranayama and Technique

  • Shared Room for 10 nights (limited single occupancy available for a supplement of £150)

  • 3 daily meals of delicious Vegetarian food

  • Coffee, Teas or Fresh Juice options with meals

  • Filtered water available all day

The retreat centre also provides other beverages throughout the day including delicious fresh juices, all available at extra cost. There is an onsite Ayurvedic treatment facility where treatments (including Massage) can be booked for around 1,000 rupees. 

No booking can be accepted without the payment of a £250 non refundable deposit. The balance of the payment is due by Friday 30th September 2016. 

There is a limited number of single occupancy spaces available on the retreat with a single supplement charge of £150 giving a total price of £925 (or £845 with the early bird discount).


What’s not included in the price

  • Flights are not included - Many major airlines fly to Mumbai where you can get a transfer to Goa Dabolim Airport. Jet Airways are a well priced option.

  • You must have a valid Visa to enter India. We suggest a 6 months Tourist visa as any other visa is difficult to obtain.

  • Airport transfers between Goa Dabolim airport and Bhakti Kutir in Patnem are not included. We can arrange all airport transfers which are paid for on arrival and we will try to group as many together as possible to keep this cost down for you.

  • Yoga mats - please bring your own yoga mat, the centre does not provide.


Teacher biographies


Andy Gill

Andy has been teaching Ashtanga Yoga for over 10 years. He is a 3rd Series practitioner and has extensive experience and knowledge to teach primary, 2nd and 3rd Series asana practice in the Ashtanga method. He started teaching through an apprenticeship with Gingi Lee at The Shala in South London.

His personal study has continued through practice in Mysore and in particular with in-depth training with John and Lucy Scott. Andy has continued to study with John Scott and has subsequently taught with him on several foreign retreats. Andy is a Certified Yoga teacher holding the E-RYT certification and is one of only a handful of teachers to be awarded the John Scott Yoga 500 Hour Teacher Training certification.

As a teacher and a practicing Life Coach Andy understands and respects the needs of the individual student, placing their needs at the heart of his teaching. He brings an informed and non-dogmatic approach to teaching Ashtanga whilst remaining consistent and true to the traditional method.

Andy is passionate about teaching Ashtanga in the traditional Mysore space and he draws upon his experience both as a teacher and coach to provide a supportive, nurturing and inspiring space in which he can facilitate the personal growth of his students through their practice. 



Justin Robertshaw

Justin began practicing and studying yoga in 2004 and has been teaching since 2010. After trying many forms of Hatha yoga, it was the Ashtanga method that most resonated with him and since 2005 he has committed himself to a regular Ashtanga Yoga self practice.

He has studied and trained with some of the most highly regarded Ashtanga teachers in the world including; Philippa Asher, Gingi Lee, Prem and Radha Carlisi and David Swenson.

More recently he has spent extended periods practicing and studying with Matthew Sweeney in India and Australia.

In 2010 Justin completed a Yoga Alliance 2 year, 500 hour RYT teacher training in programme. He subsequently also qualified as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle consultant with the American Institute of Vedic Studies headed by Dr David Frawley.

Justin’s practice and teaching embraces Ashtanga Yoga,  Ayurveda, Meditation, Pranayama, applied work on consciousness and techniques in transformational life coaching.

He believes passionately in the benefits of yoga and how through incorporating Ayurvedic principles a truly holistic lifestyle can be achieved.

Sample itinerary

07:00 - Morning Meditation / Pranayama

07:30 - Mysore facilitated self practice

10:00 - Breakfast / Free time

13:00 - Lunch / Free time

16:00 - Afternoon Workshop on 6 days

19:00 - Dinner


Cancellation Policy

  • Deposits: The £250 deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Full Payments: For places paid in full and then cancelled the following applies:
    • More than 8 weeks before the start of the workshop: 100% refund less the deposit.
    • 4 to 8 weeks before the start of the workshop: 50% refund less the deposit.
    • Less than  4 weeks before the start of the workshop: No refund will be given.
  • The balance payment is due no later than six weeks before the first day you are due to arrive at Bhakti Kutir. If your balance payment is not received then your place can be given to another guest.
  • We strongly advise you to take out Travel insurance which would cover you financially not only for unforeseen events that may occur whilst on holiday but also to cover you in the event of you needing to cancel
  • Due to teacher cancellation, low bookings or other situations outside our control the retreat may be temporarily or permanently unavailable. We reserve the right to make any changes to the retreat programme. Alternative arrangements will be offered to the best of our ability but, if not taken up, we do not accept responsibility for any costs incurred, including airfare. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance when you book to cover this eventuality.



Further information and booking

If you have any questions or want to book please contact:

Andy at or call him +44 (0) 7913 615984

Justin at