Kerala Yoga & Ayurveda Retreat 2018

Exploring Yoga & Ayurveda in Kerala India 4-18 August 2018 from 1495

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Are you interested in learning more about the healing benefits of ayurveda? 

Join us for two weeks of Yoga & Ayurveda in beautiful Kerala, known as ‘God’s Own Country’ in South India. 

Yoga and Ayurveda have been working together as sister sciences for centuries and find their origin in the Samkhya philosophy part of the Vedas. Ayurveda is a science of life and based on a mind-body connection that supports the body’s wisdom towards healing, rejuvenation and a personalized approach to health.

For two weeks, we will be enjoying daily Ayurveda treatments of 2 ½ to 3 hours in consultation with a Doctor, as part of a Panchakarma program and two daily Yoga classes supporting these treatments. Panchakarma (five treatments) entails a purification detoxification program balancing bodily functions and the mind, by cleaning the body of toxic materials left by disease and poor nutrition.  You will be able to decide with a doctor which treatment would be suitable for you.  If you do not want to undergo a complete Panchkarma program, you are welcome to choose from the individual treatments.

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This retreat offers you a great opportunity to get to know Yoga & Ayurveda at Dr. Franklin’s Panachkarma Institute and Research Centre in Chowara, a beautiful, lush, green setting 10 minutes away from the beach.  For over 50 years Dr. Franklin’s offers authentic Ayurvedic treatments with qualified doctors and therapists.  The experienced team of doctors ensures the best personal care and effective treatments for all major ailments.

Kerala is a tropical paradise blessed with natural beauty.  We chose August because  monsoon season is the best time to receive Ayurvedic treatments.  The cool, humid, and dust free atmosphere helps the body's pores to open up, making your body most receptive to herbal oils and therapy.

Our yoga classes will be taught by International Yoga Teacher, Geraldine Hardy, and customized to the needs of the group while enforcing the Ayurvedic treatments. For the morning classes, we will have a dynamic flow with Vinyasa and/or Hatha Flow.  In the evenings, we will practice a soothing relaxing Yin or Restorative flow with daily meditation and pranayama sessions, tailored to the treatments you have received and your energy levels.

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Cost of the retreat:

Early Bird: Sign up before 31 January 2018 with a deposit of  300 Euros and full payment until 28 February 2018:

  • Single Deluxe € 1,623.00 
  • Double Deluxe € 1,495.00 
  • Kerala Villas (newer building): Single Deluxe  1,674.00 
  • Double Deluxe € 1,521.00 

For sign ups after 31 January 2018 with a deposit of € 500 and the full payment by 31 May 2018. 

  • Single Deluxe € 1,700.00
  • Double Deluxe € 1,570.00
  • Kerala Villas (newer building): Single Deluxe € 1,757.70 
  • Kerala Villas (newer building): Double Deluxe € 1,600.00 

Deluxe rooms are spacious double bedded rooms with tiled floors, bathrooms with bathtub, Television, Fan and A/C, communal garden and Telephone.

Included in the Retreat:

  • 14 nights accommodation at Dr. Franklin’s Panachkarma Institute and Research Centre
  • All Ayurvedic treatments, 2 1/2-3 hours per day
  • All meals, the menu is based on Ayurvedic principles (Vata, Pitta & Kapha), and special foods are prepared based on Physicians recommendations.
  • Daily two Yoga Classes with Pranayama and Contemplation
  • During the retreat we will have free time in order to create space for outdoor activities depending on our treatment plans and energy levels.
  • Airport Transfer

*How to sign up:
Make a
€300 deposit before 31 January 2018 to reserve your spot by first sending an email to Geraldine: 


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Not included:

  • Airfare (best Etihad, Qatar and Emirates from Nice)
  • Additional tours, other outside activities & food/drink
  • Gratuity for local tour guides & hotel staff








On arrival at the Centre after check-in you will be given a time for the first consultation with the Doctor. The doctor will give a small introduction to understand the basic principle of Ayurveda and will ask you questions to ascertain your Prakruthi (Type/Constitution) and Vikruthi (Imbalance). Pulse diagnosis is done at the end. Based on the information collected the doctor will decide the plan of treatment. He will also prescribe you some medication if needed and will give you a copy of treatment plan, diet and instruction which you will have to follow throughout the stay.  Based on your treatment chart you may get you first treatment the very first day or the next day. The doctor will meet you every day for a checkup and to keep a track of your progress. On the last day you will be given a final check and will be given instruction to be followed back home and medication if needed.

The treatments plans are always decided after the initial consultation with the doctor and can change based on the condition and progress of the patients during the treatments.


The property has one completely vegetarian restaurant with a seating capacity for 70 guests. Since all the clients come for Ayurvedic treatments, the menu is based on Ayurvedic principles (Vata, Pitta & Kapha), and special foods are prepared based on Physicians recommendations. The Chef Mr.Sadananthan has experience of more than 13yrs and the food quality is excellent for treatment purpose.

The restaurant will not serve any Alcohol and smoking is prohibited throughout the property.

Dr.Franklin's centre

Under the directorship of Dr.Sony Joseph and vision of Dr.Franklin the centre is concentrating Ayurveda Treatments and has been running the same way since its inception in 1997.  With more than a decade in service it has earned the name of the one of the best resort offering Authentic Ayurvedic treatments in Kerala. The Resort is also Green-leaf certified.

Dr. Sony Joseph, BAMS, Senior Consultant and Managing Director, who has nearly a decade of experience in the field of Ayurveda and is responsible for all the operations in the centre. The centre also is blessed with the experience of 6 Doctors, Dr.Franklin, Dr. Soumya Franklin (daughter of Dr. Franklin), Dr. Ajith Kumar, Dr.Udayashanker and Dr.Jithin.

The experience team of doctors ensures the best personal care and effective treatments for all major ailments. The centre specializes in treating Psoriasis, Rheumatic complaints, etc  and life-style related diseases. The centre has 25 full equipped treatment rooms to carry out all Ayurvedic procedures. There are at present 65 (25 male and 40 female) trained therapists and nursing staff in the centre; some of them are more than 12yrs experienced. The centre also conducts courses in Massage and Basic Ayurveda courses, cooking classes.



  • Wi-Fi Internet cafe, International Dialling, Fax facilities.
  • Ayurveda Pharmacy.
  • Dental consultations on request.
  • Translators are available on request.
  • ECG and other Lab investigation facilities.
  • Cultural program for group bookings
  • Dance and Musical Instruments classes on demand.
  • Travel desk and Sight Seeing/back water Tours on demand.
  • Accept Major Credit Cards Master, Visa.
  • Complimentary pick up & drop from Airport/Railway station with minimum 7 days package.
  • Only 10min walking distance to the beach.
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About Geraldine

Geraldine is the Founder of Azure Yoga, and she draws her inspiration for a Vinyasa Flow style from her experience in dance, while following the principles of ‘sthira sukham asanam’ (Yoga Sutra 2.46) – ‘creating the appropriate amount of effort to sustain ease in the body and mind’. Experiencing this balance ‘on the mat’ and then taking it ‘off the mat’ in our daily lives. 'I have learned in the past years that happiness and contentment starts with working within myself first and embracing to be a student for my lifetime, while enjoying my journey . …. From doing to be a human being'