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Vegan, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat India

Join in this summer residential program in one of the most beautiful health resorts in India. This will be a relaxing, educative, healing and fun vacation that can change your health destiny and make you aware of the possibility to prevent and reverse the lifestyle diseases so common to the century we live in.

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  • Meditation sessions
  • Yoga Nidra and pranayama classes
  • Health checkups, tests, and post-program support
  • Interactive healthy cooking classes
  • Art therapy and cultural evenings
  • Daily organic vegan meals
  • 21 nights accommodation
  • Temple visit


21 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer included: Dabolim Airport
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You will spend 21 nights at SwaSwara Eco Resort. SwaSwara silently salutes the terrain, climate, and natural offerings of the land, the architecture respecting the topography and undulations. Crafted in the colors of the earth, using local materials like laterite and coconut thatch, SwaSwara’s 24 Konkan villas are in harmony with the land that nurtures her.

The dwelling unit at SwaSwara is a villa that invites you to revel in the open and green spaces created within the confines of walls. It affords all modern amenities, comforts, and privacy, yet opens the skies and nature’s bounty to the senses. Each villa boasts a central open courtyard garden planted with herbs.

Accommodation is in individual villas with private courtyards and private outdoor showers, each one a sanctuary in it’s own right. Set on Om Beach on the Western coast of Karnataka, the grounds are surrounded by nature and only a short walk to the ocean.


Daily sample program

  • Art therapy with the resident artist
  • Exercise, games, walks, swimming, fun
  • Films on health and wellbeing
  • Health checkups
  • Interactive cooking classes
  • Meditation and yoga Nidra
  • One free massage per person
  • Private consultations
  • Theory and experiential sessions
  • Yoga and pranayama with resident teachers

About the retreat

This is a 22-day residential program that runs each summer in one of the most beautiful health resorts in India. This will be a relaxing, educative, healing, and fun vacation that can change your health destiny!

This program helps you rely less on medication. At the start and end of this 22-day retreat, tests are conducted to monitor participants’ progress and the final

report works as a testimony to the benefits of this improved way of life.

Sharan has been working for over seven years in the area of preventing and reversing lifestyle diseases through food and nutrition. No medicines, no surgery, no gimmicks, no expensive supplements, no imported or extraordinary foods - just some simple, scientific information, tips and practices about what to avoid and how to prepare your food to retain more fiber and nutrition. Everyone can learn to do this and become their own doctor and lead a healthier, happier life.

This program is especially useful for:

  • People who are willing to make dietary changes to reverse lifestyle diseases, be they doctors, nutritionists, health coaches, cooking instructors or lay people
  • Those who are willing to learn and grow all the time
  • Those who want to know how to keep themselves and their families well by learning all they can about health and nutrition
  • Those who want to lose weight or get rid of diseases but lack the will power to begin on their own.

This program is not ideal for people who cannot understand English instruction. Since the program is currently in English, a non-English speaker would miss a lot. The retreat is also not suitable for people who frequently have medical emergencies, need frequent hospitalization and interventions like dialysis etc, or are unable to walk, climb stairs, have psychiatric illnesses, are frequently travelling, or cannot be in control of what they are eating, such as people living in a hostel, air hostesses, etc.

Art therapy

Once you are at SwaSwara, there are many ways to find your nirvana, and one of them is art therapy. SwaSwara believes that art urges voyages, enabling you to find and lose yourself at the same time. You are invited to the art studio to experiment with just about anything.

From tribal Warli painting to watercolour on handmade paper, from origami to clay on a potter’s wheel, there’s something here to awaken the inner artist in you and open paths to self-discovery. So roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty, and let your right brain take over.

Health without medicines

Modern medicine emphasizes the immediate relief of symptoms. This is certainly life saving in emergencies, but more ordinary diseases may benefit more from another approach.

The body and the mind act in unison. Physical symptoms may indicate the state of mind or vice versa. Medical intervention should take into consideration the whole rather than isolated parts. This would be a holistic approach to maintaining good health. By reconditioning yourself to connect to your mind and body, you can prevent disease and cure yourself of many of the ailments you may have.

Sharan's health programs focus on strengthening this innate healing consciousness in participants, without any medicines, surgery, expensive supplements, imported or extraordinary foods - you will just be given simple, scientific information, tips and practices about what to avoid. You will also be taught how to prepare food to retain more fiber and nutrition.

The goal of this health retreat is to empower people to make the right food choices and take responsibility for their own health. It exposes the effects of choosing the wrong foods, while teaching the basics of nutrition, and demystifying common health myths. Participants are inspired and empowered to make healthy food choices, resulting in positive long-term changes to their well-being.

Vegan for health

A whole-food plant-based diet is high in nutrients and fiber and free of cholesterol. The best sources of calcium are found in plant foods like green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds, and it is easy to get sufficient protein on a vegan diet.


Dr. Jerome K. Fisher conducted a clinical study of 1,088 teenage patients over ten years and reported to the American Dermatological Association that milk was a principal contributor to acne. He suspected that the normal hormones in the milk of pregnant cows stimulate sebum production, clogging pores and resulting in infection and acne.

Allergies, mucus, dysentery

Cow’s milk, the largest cause of food allergies in children, can lead to persistent problems like chronic coughs and sinus infections, asthma, ear infections, and dysentery.


Studies have shown that a plant based diet can reduce the chance of suffering from a variety of cancer types by up to 40%. This was the result of a 13-year study of 11,000 people conducted at Oxford University (1995). The National Cancer Research Institute in Tokyo has concluded that women who consume meat and dairy products have almost a four times greater risk of getting breast cancer than those who do not.

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Dr. William Ellis, who has studied the effects of dairy foods for more than four decades, believes that the excess mucus (casein) caused by milk can harden to form a coating on the inner wall of the intestines, hindering the absorption of nutrients and possibly leading to chronic fatigue.


Whole food vegans are more resilient to diabetes than their meat eating or vegetarian counterparts. Due to their high intake of complex carbohydrates and fiber, low intake of saturated fat, and relative leanness, vegans are resistant to Type-II diabetes. There is strong evidence that this disease is linked to diet and, more specifically, to dairy products. The ability of cow’s milk to initiate Type 1 diabetes is well documented: see for example "The China Study"by T. Colin Campbell, page 187.


Gallstones are composed of cholesterol, bile pigments, and calcium salts, and can be extremely painful. A study in 1985 found that non-vegetarians are almost twice as likely to develop them as vegetarians.

Gastrointestinal system

A meat-intensive diet is devoid of fiber and can result in constipation and colon diseases. There is a direct correlation between a diet high in animal fat and colon cancer - vegans obviously escape this risk category.

Heart disease and hypertension

Today, two of the biggest threats to human health are heart disease and hypertension. These are often associated with high cholesterol, which is largely obtained from animal foods in the diet.

Since the early 1970's, study after study after study has implicated milk and dairy products as a cause of heart disease and clogged arteries. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn from the Cleveland Clinic (the top-rated heart clinic in the U.S.) makes people “heart attack-proof” by putting them on a whole plant based diet - you can read about it in the American Journal of Cardiology, August 1999 issue.

Dr. Dean Ornish of the University of California, San Francisco, has demonstrated that artery blockages can be reversed with a low-fat vegetarian diet instead of expensive and invasive surgeries. He is the author of the best-seller ‘Reversing Heart Disease’.

Vegans also have lower blood pressure than meat eaters. High blood pressure can contribute to heart disease, strokes and kidney failure. Potassium, found in plants tends to lower cholesterol.


Milk contributes to obesity in two ways: it is rich in fat and protein which promote growth, and it contains growth factor, again promoting growth. Milk is ubiquitous in Indian and other diets today, and people often do not realize how much they consume in the form of tea, coffee, curds and buttermilk, ghee and butter, cheese and paneer, and desserts. Cheese, paneer, mava, sweets made from milk, and dairy ice cream are highly concentrated forms of milk.

Other diseases

Gout is clearly linked to a high protein intake. Recent studies link Alzheimer’s too with an animal based diet. Research reveals that meat eaters are more than twice as likely to develop senile dementia than their vegetarian counterparts. A vegan diet is believed to help slow the aging process.

Skeletal system and teeth

Vegans have stronger bones and teeth. Osteoporosis and associated hip fracture are linked to high animal protein intake. Avoiding animal products helps prevent breaks and fractures.

Included excursions

  • Treks, nature walks, and bird watching with resident naturalists


Nandita Shah
Dr. Nandita Shah is the founder, director, and a trustee of Sharan, which she founded in 2005 with the vision of helping people connect to animals and nature in order to heal themselves and the planet. Dr. Shah first became vegan because of ethical issues, when she became aware of the tremendous suffering inflicted on fellow creatures used for food. Dr. Shah is a registered medical doctor, specialized in homeopathy from the CMP Homeopathic Medical College in Mumbai. She has been in practice since 1981, and also did an internship at Farm Sanctuary in New York to learn more about farm animals.


This retreat will take place at SwaSwara Eco Resort in Gokarna, India. The location was chosen for the magical healing energy it has. The tranquil ambiance, the sea, the lush greenery, the hills, as well as the beautiful individual villas, the holistic planning and the attitude of the staff will stand out to make your stay comfortable and memorable.

Nestling atop a cliff overlooking the legendary Om Beach, SwaSwara is a serene and secluded resort located on the fringes of Gokarna, a temple town in Uttara Kannada, Karnataka. There is little at SwaSwara, apart from the rhythm of rolling waves and the meditative hum of birdsong to disturb your inner explorations.

SwaSwara is a luxury holiday space for those seeking wellness, healing, rejuvenation, and a path to self-discovery. You will stay in a traditional Konkan villa, modern yet austere, amid acres of greenery, with a yoga deck of your own and a stunning view of Gokarna’s pristine Om Beach and the Arabian Sea.

Nearby places

  • Goa International Airport (GOI) - 3 hours and 30 minutes



  • Art classes
  • Cooking classes
  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga shala


  • Laundry


You will be provided sumptuous health meals with delicious, whole, plant foods without counting calories. All food is vegan and organic.

SwaSwara does not use any processed foods in their cooking, and uses molasses instead of refined white sugar as a sweetener. For guests who have had their Prakruthi analysis done and been advised a Prakruthi Dosha-based diet, SwaSwara serves authentic Ayurveda cuisine. In addition, they also cater to guests who have been advised a raw diet by the naturopathy doctor, as well as guests who have vegan or lactose or gluten-free diets.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Whole food
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Spa treatments

One free massage per person is included in the price of this retreat. Additional treatments can be booked at the SwaSwara spa.

What's included

  • 1 massage
  • 1 year post-program support by a health advisor by phone or email
  • 21 nights accommodation
  • Art therapy with the resident artist
  • Cultural evening
  • Daily organic vegan meals
  • Films on health and well-being
  • Group transfers from and to Goa International Airport (GOI)
  • Group transfers from and to Gokarna Road, Kumta, or Madgaon stations
  • Health checkups
  • Interactive cooking classes
  • Laboratory tests
  • Meditation sessions
  • Private consultations
  • Temple visit
  • Theory and experiential sessions
  • Yoga Nidra and pranayama sessions

What's not included

  • Additional medical treatments
  • Airfare
  • Laundry
  • Tips

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Goa International Airport (GOI). Transfer from and to the airport is included. SwaSwara will pick you up from the airport.

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

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 35 days before arrival.
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