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12 Days Spirituality and Arts Tour with Coaching Retreat in South India

Heritage Madurai, 11 Melakkal Rd, Madurai, India

Culture Tour and Coaching Retreat in India

This retreat to southern India is an inspiring mix of Indian arts, time in nature, Ayurvedic services, and spiritual exploration. You visit some of the cleanest areas of India so you experience the wonder of Indian culture without sacrificing your health and self-care. Pack Retreats chose the trip dates for three reasons: this is the best time for ayurvedic treatments, the Onam harvest festival starts early September, and this season is chock full of performances!

Meet the instructors

Megan Taylor & Catherine
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Highlights

  • 25-30 hours of group coaching
  • Admire the views at South India’s largest tea-growing region
  • Watch dances and hear music native to the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala
  • Meet people of various religious backgrounds, and see celebrations of different Gods
  • Make your tastebuds dance with south Indian cuisine
  • 11 nights stay at 4-star hotels
  • Visit gorgeous temples

Skill level

  • Beginner

10 days with instruction
Group size: 10-20 participants
Airport transfer included: Madurai Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

In Madurai, you will stay at a five-star hotel that has a gym, spa, and a swimming pool. In Munnar, you stay at an Ayurvedic retreat center where you can book ayurvedic services, as well as cooking classes. In Kochi, you stay at a four-star hotel right next to Fort Kochi. It's an ideal location to explore.

Program

This trip is for you if you want to:

  • Be immersed in an explosion of color and flavor
  • Challenge your cultural biases, think deeply about spirituality, and inspire your self-expression
  • Get to know another country through the arts
  • Bond with fellow entrepreneurs and changemakers who love exploring off-the-beaten-track experiences and want to expand their community of awesome people

Trip's highlights:

The performances: Watch dances and hear music native to the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. You’ll see Kalaripayattu (a 3000-year-old art form often called the “Mother Of All Martial Arts”), see elaborate costumes in kathakali, and watch women dance balancing clay pots on their heads.

Trying south Indian cuisine: Most Indian restaurants in the West serve north Indian food, but the food from the south is just as rich and diverse! Enjoy dosas, thai and more.

The scenery: You will stay several days in South India’s largest tea-growing region, also home to beautiful national parks.

The workshops: You will have 25-30 hours of group coaching during which we support you in defining and pursuing your next level of success.

The hotels: Pack Retreats has chosen four-star hotels in the cities where you stay.

The spirituality: You will visit gorgeous temples, meet people of various religious backgrounds, and see celebrations of different Gods.

Itinerary

Day 1, August 22, 2020: Madurai

Arrive in Madurai after lunch and settle into the hotel. This evening, you will set your intention for the trip, talk about your goals for the year, and get to know your fellow travelers. You will also meet your local tour leader. He will share more about the trip itinerary and Madurai’s culture and history. You will take a brief walking tour of the city and then relax for the rest of the afternoon and evening. An early dinner allows for an early bedtime! You’ll still be recovering from your trip.

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner

Day 2, August 23, 2020: Madurai

Home to famous temples and with a rich history of art and entertainment, Madurai is the perfect place to explore. During the day, you will see some of the most beautiful spiritual sites in the state of Tamil Nadu. In the evening, you will see a traditional folk dance performance.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Day 3, August 24, 2020: Madurai

After a morning of coaching workshops, you head out for a food tour. You’ll try all the specialities of Tamil Nadu, experiencing the many beautiful flavors the region has to offer. In the evening, you head out to watch an Indian classical dance performance.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Day 4, August 25, 2020: Madurai - Munnar

Today you take a gorgeous drive through tea plantations to Munnar in the state of Kerala. This city is renowned for its rolling hills, tea plantations, and as a popular honeymoon destination because of its beauty. Here you will enjoy trekking, yoga and ayurvedic services. Upon arrival, you unpack and then head off for a tea plantation walk. In the evening, you have dinner and then play authentic relating games.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Day 5, August 26, 2020: Munnar

It’s time to go trekking! This region is home to the highest peak in South India at about 8,800 feet. Anamudi Peak lies in the Eravikulam National Park home to many species of endemic butterflies and other animals including ibex, elephants, jungle cats, wild dogs, and even leopards!

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6, August 27, 2020: Munnar

Today you learn about Ayurveda and have an ayurvedic spa service. The rest of your day is free to relax, journal, or book additional spa services.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7, August 28, 2020: Munnar

After breakfast, enjoy a coaching workshop. In the afternoon, you will head out to explore the town of Munnar and take a nature walk. This evening, you’ll have another evening of authentic relating games.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8, August 29, 2020: Munnar - Kochi

After a leisurely morning and coaching session, you head off through the rolling hills to Kochi: your final destination. You will arrive in time for dinner and you will have the evening free to relax.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9, August 30, 2020: Kochi

Wake up bright and early for coaching before you head off on a city tour. You’ll see all the major sights of Kochi today, including Fort Kochi and Mattancherry Palace.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10, August 31, 2020: Kochi

Today is a very special day — the kickoff of the Onam festival! Onam is a harvest festival, and one of three major annual Hindu celebrations. Today is dedicated to enjoying festival activities, including the kickoff parade and seeing various traditional dance forms.

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner

Day 11, September 1, 2020: Kochi

Your final day in India is free. You meet up this evening for a group dinner, kathakali dance performance, and a farewell ceremony.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12, September 2, 2020: Kochi

Enjoy a final breakfast and then head to the airport.

Meals included: Breakfast

Instructors

Megan Taylor Morrison

Catherine Wood

Location

This is a traveling retreat that visits three cities in south India: Madurai, Munnar, and Kochi.

Madurai

Home to famous temples and with a rich history of art and entertainment, Madurai is a fantastic spot to start your journey. During the day, you will see some of the most beautiful spiritual sites in the state of Tamil Nadu. In the evening, you will see traditional folk dance performances.

Munnar

Munnar is renowned for its rolling hills, tea plantations, and as a popular honeymoon destination because of its beauty. Here you will enjoy trekking, yoga, and Ayurvedic services. This region is home to the highest peak in South India at about 8,800 feet.

Anamudi Peak lies in the Eravikulam National Park home to many species of endemic butterflies and other animals including ibex, elephants, jungle cats, wild dogs, and even leopards! This is also where you will see the performance of the oldest martial art form in the world.

Kochi

In Kochi, you’ll see all the major sights including Fort Kochi and the Mattancherry Palace. You arrive just in time for the Onam festival, which celebrates the harvest. This is an ideal time to see various art forms, including many endemic dances.

Food

Breakfasts are included in the price of your retreat. Hotels in India typically have a traditional Indian breakfast, and some hotels may also have Western options. Restaurants across India are vegetarian-friendly and have many tasty options. Ayurvedic options will be available while you are in Munnar.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

There will be opportunities for you to take food tours, additional cooking classes, hiking excursions, and more.

Spa treatments

Spa treatments are available in Madurai and Munnar at an extra cost. For more information, please send an inquiry.

What's included

  • In-country transportation
  • 11 nights hotel stay
  • 25 - 30 hours of group coaching (3,125 USD+ value)
  • Two 60-minute private, post-trip coaching sessions (960 USD value)
  • Evening assignments
  • Welcome goodie bag
  • Breakfasts
  • Ayurvedic spa service
  • Entrance to dance performances

What's not included

  • Alcohol
  • Airfare
  • Tips for your local guide (5 - 10 USD per day is recommended)
  • Meals not listed above

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Madurai Airport (IXM). Transfer from the airport is included. Please let Pack Retreats know your flight details, they will pick you up from the airport. At the end of the retreat, you will be transferred to Cochin International Airport (COK) for your flight home.

Airport: Madurai Airport Airport transfer included: Madurai Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
12 days / 11 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 10 participants

Availability

Arrival: Saturday August 22, 2020
Departure: Wednesday September 2, 2020

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