Moving into the Light

A retreat to journey, explore, discover, unfold….

An 8 day retreat to South India with the exciting option to ‘add – on’ a 4 day/3 night tour of the amazing temples and sights of Tamil Nadu. Plus optional day trips and wonderful explorations ….. FULLY BOOKED

20 January 2023 – 28 January 2023 – 8 day retreat at Cherai Beach  – Prices from £985

17 January 2023 – 20 January 2023 – Temple Nadu ‘add on’ tour – Prices from £495

Then post retreat … extend if you wish to continue your explorations. We can recommend a trusted agent to help you make plans.

The complexity of life brings its joys and challenges. Our darkness shows up in many forms….fear, anxiety, self judgement and criticism and sometimes simply, plain old overwork and lack of self care. Yoga  offers a rich tapestry of both old and new ‘science’ to guide and support us through, if we can consistently tap in and nourish ourselves.

Where is the light we all seek?

Perhaps, in the letting go, the freeing up of old patterns of thought and behaviour, in the being, the seeing, the allowing. Create possibilities and nurture yourself as you move towards the light.  Lighten up and let this retreat be a gift to yourself.

The Yoga

Across the 8 day retreat, yoga will be offered both morning and evening, with just one day without yoga. I welcome all interested yogis to join me.

The yoga will be accessible to all yogi levels, including complete beginners. All I ask is that you bring an open mind and wilingness to participate, share and learn. My retreats are fun as previous participants will confirm. I am so lucky to have students return, again and again and find that an open, caring community builds quickly amongst participants. Non yogi partners and friends are welcome to join and spend time exploring the area, if yoga is not their thing.

Please note, the retreat is not suitable for people who are only looking for strong physical yoga as a wide variety of yoga practices will be shared.

The Venue & Area

Our home for the 8 day retreat will be  Cherai Beach near Cochin, Kerala, in the south of India.

Cherai Beach is a charming resort complete with lagoons and canals, meandering in and around a number of cottages surrounded by picturesque greenery. The resort overlooks the clean beach at the front and serene backwaters behind.

The 18 kilometer long Cherai Beach is the golden beach of Kerala and is rightly called “The Princess of the Arabian sea”. Dolphins are seen here occasionally.

The beach is clean and the sea is calm and ideal for swimming.

The Accommodation

Our venue at Cherai Beach  will be our home from home for the 8 day yoga retreat. We will stay in simple, clean villas with air conditioning and fans, fridge and an en suite bathroom. Both upgraded and single options are available at extra cost. Students travelling alone can be paired with another student for sharing.

We will be warmly welcomed with indian hospitality,to this 3 star resort. The venue retains its Indian charm, whilst being used to hosting western guests. Nestled in beautifully landscaped gardens,  between the Keralan backwaters and the Arabian sea about an hour from Cochin, the venue has a spa offering ayurvedic treatments and massage so you can tend to your needs. This is a wonderfully ‘unspoilt’ area of Kerala.

Watch sunrises over the serene backwaters and sunsets on the beach. The sea is warm and suitable for swimming. You may be lucky enough to spot kingfishers on the backwaters and dolphins in the sea. How beautiful does this sound… tempted?


The food

The retreat will be on a half board basis, with breakfast and dinner included in the cost.

The restaurant serve breakfast and dinner buffets every day with the option to eat lunch elsewhere if you’re out. Breakfast has a choice of fresh juice, cereal, toast, butter and honey as well as local south Indian delights like idli, dosa and puttu. Dinner consists of a huge array of delicious lightly spiced vegetarian curries, traditional authentic cuisine, complemented by less spicy options, and western dishes, soups, salads, puddings and fruit. Beer and wine is also available.

Special requests, and dietary requirements are usually possible, please inform us. All food is freshly prepared with natural and mostly local ingredients. The resort knows how to cater for western tastes.


20 January 2023 – 28 January 2023 – 8 day retreat at Cherai Beach – Prices from £985 shared

Single room supplement is £200

Upgraded room supplement is £200

17 January 2023 – 20 January 2023 – 4 day, 3 night ‘Temple Nadu’ add on tour – prices from £485

Additional Information

Tamil Nadu 4 day/ 3 night  Add- On ‘taster tour’

A great new add on to compliment your yoga retreat – stay in a beautiful resort in Mamallapuram, famous for its unrivalled UNESCO protected stone carved temple sites. You will be taken on a guided tour of the village itself, and some of the UNESCO protected monuments which are dotted around the village. You will return back to the resort to relax by the stunning swimming pool.. The second day will be a visit to Pondicherry further down the coast. With a French flavour, promenade, shutters and street signs, its an interesting combination with the south Indian city, Aurobindo ashram, vibrant flower market and Hindu temples. This may include a visit to Auroville subject to availability. There will be time for relaxing, walking, shopping, and suggested extra local trips.

£495 for 3 nights, £TBC single supp. (inc. breakfast, airport transfers on recommended flights, all guided trips in Mamallapuram & Pondicherry, momument entrance fees). This trip does not include internal flight to/from Cochin (around £35 for 1hour flight).

If you are joining this tour pre – retreat, you will fly into Chennai and fly out from Cochin, which is very easy as the recommended flight will be flexible.

Getting There

We will recommend flights around September time. Please do not book flights before checking in with us. If you are joining the tour to Tamil Nadu before the retreat, you will fly into Chennai and out from Cochin. This is simple as flights with the recommended airline are flexible. You will then need to take a short internal flight to Cochin to join the retreat.

If you are joing the retreat only, you will fly directly to Cochin. Please note, airport transfers are included in the cost but flights are not .

Booking and Terms

If you have any further questions or would like to book a place, please email or call me in the first instance.

✎    ☏ 0771 8875614

Booking is then made directly with Judy at Yoga United. Click here to book

A deposit of £350 will reserve your place with the balance due in November.

The deposit is non refundable but is transferable should you need to cancel. Please read the terms and conditions which wil be sent by Yoga United on booking.

If you cancel within 6 weeks of the retreat, I will be unable to make any refund and the full cost will be due.

Please note, I always seek to act in good faith in my description of the facilities offered but rely on information given to me by the owners regarding their venue.