Shortly after the Solim bridge and upon entering Guddem village with views of the calming and majestic Chapora River, rests the Riverside Shakti Retreat. Set in a quiet sanctuary, Goa’s famous beaches and party scenes of Ashvem, Morjim, Mandrem, Arambol, Vagator and Anjuna are a mere 13-20 minute drives away.
Approaching the retreat, guests will notice the change from bustling streets to the calmness of the Chapora river, and it’s sun sparkled waters. Entering the property, white washed walls and a pyramid shaped roof first greet the eye. Boasting a plunge pool in the minimalistic but lush garden, overlooked by spacious dining and lounge areas, the eyes and mind flow easily through this tranquil space.
Absorbing inspiration from all over India, the modern yet rustic design provides seclusion whilst maintaining integration into the surrounding local community. Marble flooring lends a luxurious feel, while keeping the ground cool and comfortable all year round. A wood floored spiral brass staircase leads to a mosaic dome, while a pyramid shaped roof top studio enveloped by floor to ceiling windows showcases a panoramic view of the river. A perfect spot to bid the sun farewell, relax, meditate, work out, indulge your senses, or feel the occasional sacred chanting to the deities drifting across the flowing water.
The four rooms that accommodate guests, each hold their own charm, and maintain high standard of modern sophistication and comfort - facilities including AC, en-suite bathrooms, satellite TV and gratuitous space.
Bedroom one - “Maharini hearts”
A luxurious and spacious bedroom, Maharini hearts offers a river view that can be seen whilst resting on a hanging sofa. An opulent four-poster bed adorns this room while the bathroom is fitted with a luxurious tub.
Bedroom two – “River view delight”
This delightfully bright room is enhanced with contemporary furniture and a beautiful marbled en-suite bathroom. One can relax in the quaint four-poster bed and take in the views of the Chapora river.
Bedroom three“Silver Dove” Although this first floor room is dormitory styled, the comforts and luxury seen throughout the house is present here. It contains 3 deluxe beds, and an en-suite bathroom, ideal for accommodating 2 to 3 guests.
Bedroom four, ground floor “Canary Love”
Like “Silver Dove”, "Canary Love" is a dormitory style room with 3 deluxe beds. The room is fresh and brightly coloured making mornings an ever pleasant experience after a restful night. The entire villa, or individual rooms can be leased throughout the year on a daily or monthly basis.
TWO BEDROOM APARTMENT
The owner also has a two bedroom apartment near the retreat available for rental. Perfect for a retreat host or anyone looking for a homestay expereince. Contact her directly for more details.
The retreat offers all inclusive 10 day Bespoke Yoga holidays . Morning yoga, Yoga Nidra, Pranayam and meditation can be part of guests tailor made packages chosen at the beginning of the retreat. Groups are limited to 8 -10, providing for intimacy and close interaction.
As the Riverside Shakti retreat caters to families, groups and individuals, it offers movie nights, can organise a various activities including day excursions, taxi’s, mopeds, beach trips, market visits, restaurant bookings, and will happily provide any advice and information during your stay. Gau-Seva trips are also organized through out the year.
Riverside Shakti Retreat is available to those would like to use this incredible space for your own yoga or holistic Goa holiday. In house services for Ayurveda treatments and massage services can be arranged if one does not feel the desire to leave this beautiful environment.
Note: Yoga sessions go on only during retreats.
Paramjit, the owner of Riverside Shakti Retreat was born and raised in the UK and moved to Goa in 2008. She came to India to progress on her spiritual journey and to fulfill her dream of opening a yoga centre. Her adventures and travelling extensively throughout India became a priority in her life and with the guidance of her Sadgurus has developed her persona.
Fulfilling her dream, she created Riverside Shakti Retreat, a place that was like a home to her yet at the same time providing a place where she could share spiritual experiences and impart her knowledge to others. A kind person, Paramjit is more than willing to assist guests to ensure that they feel completely safe, relaxed and comfortable.