The Purple Valley Yoga Centre
Purple Valley Yoga Retreat is conveniently located in one of Goa’s prettiest villages, Assagao. With tree-lined streets and well-maintained houses in the famous Goan architectural style, Assagao is a perfect spot for those who want a quiet holiday, yet not too far from some of Goa’s best known markets, beaches and restaurants.
A yogi’s haven since 2003, Purple Valley is the best place in Goa to learn Ashtanga yoga. Students get a chance to practise with some of the finest, most experienced and well-known yoga teachers in the Ashtanga community worldwide. Guests can opt for 1 and 2 week courses. The course fee includes all the yoga classes, workshops, accommodation – in single or shared rooms – as well as fresh, vegetarian meals served twice a day.
Your perfect yoga and wellness retreat awaits you when you check in!
The Yoga Shala
Our yoga Shala, inspired by Goan tradition and nature, with a roof of red clay tiles and surrounded by the lush green canopy of trees, induces energy and tranquility as soon as you step into the space. The Shala is the heart of our yoga retreat centre and one of the oldest Shalas in Goa, where Ashtanga yoga has been practised and taught since 2003. The perfect place for you to deepen your yoga practice.
All meals are served on our terrace. As the main dining area, the terrace is the social zone for guests and teachers alike. It's also the only place which is wifi enabled. The spacious, airy terrace lounge is where you can eat, work, study, mingle or browse through our travelling book library and spend the day reading or hanging out on one of the day-beds.
The Swimming Pool
Clean, well-maintained, wrapped between palm trees and wild bushes and nestled away in the beautiful garden between the Shala and the terrace, the swimming pool is a favourite spot for guests. The perfect place for an energising swim, relaxed afternoons or to unwind after your morning Ashtanga practice.
A huge part of the spirit of Purple Valley is the amazing team working with us. We have almost 30 members of staff on the premises, including in the kitchen, housekeeping, gardens, security and administration. They're the spokes of the wheel in the operations at our yoga retreat centre. It's only due to their continued efforts and support that we can provide you the right space and setting for an enjoyable, healthy and peaceful stay with us.
Guests are treated to 2 vegetarian meals a day – brunch and dinner – in addition to afternoon tea and snacks. Meals are served buffet style and the menu is a mix of world cuisine, including options for gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and raw diet preferences. All the food is made from scratch and includes a variety of Western and Indian vegetarian dishes, using the freshest local produce, with no preservatives or processed foods and using organic ingredients where we can.
The Ayurvedic Hut
The Ayurvedic Hut at Purple Valley Yoga Centre offers a wide range of massage, Ayurvedic therapies and beauty treatments for guests. At such reasonable prices, you could try a new treatment every day. We work with expert local therapists and use local oils and beauty products of the highest quality (organic and natural whenever possible).
Over the years we've been working to create an experimental learning hub at Purple Valley. A safe place where students and teachers from all over the world have come together to share their knowledge of yoga. Our aim is to continue to nurture and grow this supportive space, where teachers and students can work towards their mutual development within the field of yoga.
There's a sense of belonging and sharing amongst the students, guests, facilitators, staff members, chefs, teachers and the various practitioners who've been part of the retreats at Purple Valley. Alone we can be strong, but together as a community we are stronger.
Understanding and Acceptance
At Purple Valley we're fortunate to welcome students from various backgrounds. Our aim will always be to be as inclusive as we can. We'll always work towards creating a space for students and teachers from all over the world. Undivided by culture or colour, united by the practice.
Learning is an important part of the Purple Valley experience. Since we started in 2003, we've seen hundreds of students passing by. Many of them return year after year and the majority of them are from outside India. With a growing interest in Ashtanga among students from all social structures in India, we're now offering scholarships for Indian students.
We're aware that not everyone can afford to practise and study at Purple Valley, so for each retreat there's an opportunity to join as a scholarship student. We request you to be considerate and apply only if you feel you really need the scholarship, so that the right student may get the opportunity and space. Please note that you need to be an Ashtanga practitioner and a resident of India to apply. Contact us to find out more.
Yoga Journey Ltd works together with Purple Valley Yoga Retreat in Goa to build an eco-friendly future, in harmony with the local environment and community.
Yoga Journey Ltd and Purple Valley Yoga Retreat in Goa is concerned about replenishing the local natural resources. We have a reciprocal arrangement with our farming neighbours, whereby we give them our kitchen food waste and they give us natural waste from their cattle, which we use on the gardens.
The newest building has solar panels to heat the water for the guest rooms. We've built 2 water recycling plants where we recycle all the waste water. As much as possible we're planting indigenous plants in the garden.
We use standard European good employment practices, such as providing sick pay. We have a healthcare plan for our workers which includes all medicine and treatment payments. Each month, we're contributing to our employees' pension scheme.
At Purple Valley, we investigated the implications of growing our own food, but have decided that this would be taking away the livelihood of local farmers. Instead, we buy local, organic produce wherever possible. This includes our bread, yoghurt, jams and peanut butters, as well as fruit, vegetables, rice and other pulses.
We support the local high school and church with yearly donations and renovations of the school. We've helped multiple times to renovate the school. With the labour staff at Purple Valley, we often help with maintenance jobs, e.g. a new water tank, pump and taps so that the children now have safe water to drink.
If you have any suggestions about how we can extend and improve our commitment to the community and our eco-strategies, please share your ideas with us!