October 3rd - 12th, 2016

Living Flow Ashram - A Kerala Regeneration retreat. Navaratri Shakti and Kalarippayatu Vinyasa

Our inner fire is our vitality, truth, soul’s calling and devotion. Experience a retreat of a lifetime to India, as we offer our 12th annual Living Flow Ashram in a relaxed, yet invigorating rhythm in a healing ocean sanctuary overlooking the Malabar Coast of Kerala. Also offering Rejuvenation Massage package with three massages for your retreat time.

Our “Living Flow Ashram” is created with love by Shiva, pujaris and the teachers from Ayurvedic center. We will live in the rhythm of vinyasa, spending most of our hours in natural light and the fresh prana.Through morning and evening meditation, transformational prana flow yoga and your choice studying Kalarippaytu with Shiva's teachers or relaxing deeper into the ayurvedic treatments, we will integrate into our cellular body the process of living flow in rhythm with the pulse of life.

Located at the southern tip of India, Kerala is one of the most culturally rich areas of India, and is blessed with lush green coconut palms, forests, paddy fields, rivers and beautiful beaches. We will embody the connection to the elements with outdoor yoga practice under the coconut palm trees in the sacred yoga space that Shiva helped establish in this sanctuary 10 years ago.

This year our pilgrimages retreat coincides with Navaratri ~ we will celebrate Shakti in all forms and within our own embodiment of yoga in the healing landscape of lush Kerala including Kerala massage, tantric meditation, intensive prana flow yoga, optional kalarippayatu training, ayurveda lifestyle teachings, and temple pilgrimages.

This Retreat offers a 10-day Living Flow Ashram

Based upon the teachings of Krishnamacharya's lineage, Tantra, Sacred Arts, Ayurveda, Bhakti and Somatics, Embodying the Flow models the synthesis approach to integrating the roots and evolution of living yoga that Shiva has been pioneering for over 20 years of teaching in the fertile soil of LA's yoga community and annual retreats to India.

We will create a Living Yoga Ashram during our training as a community-based, dynamic, creative, and rejuvenative approach to teacher training. You will begin teaching the first day and leave empowered to begin practice teaching or elevating your current teaching.

Our unique program also provides year-long support for living vinyasa through Samudra's Global Online program with a community of teachers.

What’s Included in Retreat for Everyone

* daily transformational Prana Flow - Energetic Vinyasa overlooking the sea with Shiva and special musical guests

* daily mantra-mudra meditation and prana vira flow practice with Shiva

* 10 nights of shared accommodations at Manaltheeram/Somatheeram Ayurvedic retreat center (a few single occupancy spaces are available).

* three rejuvenating massages

* gourmet Kerala cuisine

* Shiva, Shakti and Ganesh Temple blessings with coconut throwing for removal of inner and outer obstacles

* Outdoor Fire Ceremony and evening cultural programs

* Space to rest in the hammocks by the sea or explore between the morning and late afternoon practices.

* First and Last days for rest and optional massage with a optional pilgrimage day half-way during the training (transport not included and divided amongst participants according to sign-up for $10-25).


Teacher Training

Navaratri Shakti & Kalarippayatu Vinyasa Immersion with Shiva Rea and teachers of CVN Kalari, Gurukaal Sathya Narayan and Rajashekaran Nayar

Experience an immersion into the art, practices, and realization of the yogic-tantric view of the "body as temple". Your immersion will bring you into the capital city of Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuram for seven Kalari Shakti daily practices at CVN Kalari with Shiva's teachers leading to the practice sequence of the "Puttara Vandanam" or core namaskar of Kalarippayatu. These sessions will be complemented by sunset yoga sessions for the entire retreat with Shiva as well as special programs. This will deepen your experience of yogic embodiment and initiate you into the practice of Kalarippayatu - a requirement for teaching any aspect of the KalariVinyasa pathway in Prana Flow.

Teacher Intensive Includes:

Six days of Kalari practice at CVN Kalari with Sathyan Narayan and Rajeshekaranarayan and two workshops with Shiva

Navaratri rituals at Saraswati and Devi temples

Video sequence of the Kalari Vinyasa developed by Shiva to practice in preparation to teach

Daily transportation to and from Trivandrum for Kalari in private taxis (this is an interesting 30 min drive each way)

50 hours teacher training credit including opportunity for permission to teach the Kalari Vinyasa developed as a preparation to Kalarippayatu by Shiva with video certification post-training (This option is for 200-500 hour program electives, cannot be substituted for core modules)

Required Reading:

When the Body Becomes All Eyes: Paradigms, Discourses and Practices of Power in Kalarippayattu, a South Indian Martial Art

About Kalarippayatu

Experience a dynamic introduction to the ancient Indian martial art form kalaripayattu, or kalari, and its shared roots within yoga and Ayurveda. Kalari is an embodied art form that is considered to be one of the oldest "martial art" forms in the world as warrior training is part of this profound and beautiful fluid form. Practiced in a Kalari - a temple created on the raw earth - this form complements the sacred relationship to the body in yoga while giving expression to the embodied power of shakti that is received from the earth and liberated through movement flow, meditation and marma massage. Shiva's roots are part of CVN Kalari in Thiruvanathapuram with her teachers Sathya Narayan and Rajashekaran Nayar who will be leading the intensive. The fees support the clinic of CVN Kalari which treats patients at a low cost. Cost: $350 for 50 hours elective hours of teaching training credit.


Rates & Accommodations

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Retreat cost is determined by your accommodation choice, Manaltheeram Beach Resort offers clean, cozy rooms categorized into Standard Rooms, Garden Cottage and Special Cottage with ocean views. All of the rooms are equipped with modern amenities and services.  Each room can accommodate either one shared double bed or two single beds.

**All room options include 3 rejuvenating massages and two delicious Kerala cuisine meals per day!  Book by our Early Bird deadline of March 21st for an additional 2 massages or 2 Ayurvedic treatments!

Accommodation Options: 


Cozy room replete with a bedroom and attached bathrooms with hot and cold water facilities. The rooms are properly ventilated and provided with fans and mosquito nets.

Double Occupancy options: $1971 including 3 rejuvenating massages and two delicious Kerala cuisine meals per day


Cozy, homey atmosphere and the chance to build an intimacy with the ambiance of Manaltheeram. There are beautiful gardens in front of the cottages, which is the perfect place to spend a lazy day close to nature. Rectangular or circular in plan, garden cottages are non A/C accommodation facilities, built with local materials and properly ventilated for maximum air flow. Most of the rooms provide hammocks for the occupants.

Double Occupancy options: $2034 including 3 rejuvenating massages and two delicious Kerala cuisine meals per day


Independent circular thatched villas offer a great view or partial view of the sea which will enable you to enjoy the scenic beauty of Manaltheeram during your stay. Built with mud and bricks these cottages give a feeling of being nearer to nature. They do not have A/C, although there is proper natural ventilation.

Double Occupancy options: $2183 including 3 rejuvenating massages and two delicious Kerala cuisine meals per day

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Cancellation Policy for Samudra Retreats:

A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to hold your space for this retreat.

In the event of cancellation:

  • 60 days or more prior to the retreat: Your entire payment will be refunded, less the $500 deposit.
  • 59-30 days prior to the retreat: Payments are not refundable, but are transferable (less the $500 deposit) to a future Samudra Retreat with in 2 years.
  • 29 days or less prior to the retreat: Payments are not refundable and not transferable.

About Retreat Center

About Retreat Center

Our retreat center sits atop a hill overlooking the Indian Ocean, spreading over an area of 15 acres of lush greenery. Traditionally-styled Kerala wooden houses, bungalows and cottages are widely scattered down the contoured hills amongst the coconut groves and other naturally preserved plants.

  • Relax in a swinging hammock beneath the shady coconut palms.
  • Bathe in the brilliant sun on the beach.
  • Swim in the soothing waves or pool overlooking the ocean.
  • At sundown, soak in the beauty of a thousand lamps as they gleam from fishing rafts at sea.
  • Enjoy the beautiful sunsets!!

Amenities & Services:

  • Telephone
  • Safe Deposit Locker
  • Mail and Message Handling
  • Safe Keeping of Baggage
  • Doctor on Call
  • Money Change
  • Gift Shop
  • Tours and Travel Division
  • Car Parking
  • Room Service
  • Hot Water
  • Laundry
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Beach Decks
  • Indoor and Outdoor Games
  • Boating
  • Ayurveda Treatment and Massage (optional)
  • Credit Cards Accepted

About Ayurveda Centre

At the Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Centre, ayurvedic therapy is integral to the very spirit and essence, offering a variety of treatments including rejuvenation therapy, shirodhara, ayurvedic massages, and panchakarma. Our retreat includes a daily (one and half hour) Kerala style Ayurvedic massage.

Other optional treatments include, shirodhara, marma massage, abhyanga and more. You may book optional treatments after your initial consultation when you arrive.

Travel Info

You will need a visa for travel to India. Please contact www.travisaindia.com as soon as possible to begin the processing.

PLEASE NOTE! Birth Certificate or School Diploma now required.

Effective January 15th, 2010, the Indian government has introduced new requirements for all visa applicants. All applicants, regardless of nationality or visa type requested, must submit a copy of their birth certificate or school diploma. Please do not submit the originals. If submitting a diploma, it must be a High School Diploma or above. Please visit www.travisaindia.com for a complete list of requirements.

Air Travel:

Trivandrum Airport (TRV) is the nearest airport to Somatheeram. Ground transport is included in the retreat package from TRV airport only.

Ground Transportation:

All transfers to and from Trivandrum airport to Somatheeram are included in the price of the retreat. Please send your flight itinerary to our retreat coordinator for ground transportation so we can arrange with retreat center. Arrival time is preferred by 2 pm. Departure time is preferred after 2pm, if possible.

Travel Insurance:

We highly recommend travel insurance for your journey to India. There are many travel insurance companies, we recommend STA Travel (www.statravel.com) and AAA (www.aaa.com) for affordable worldwide travel insurance.

For more info on India check out: www.incredibleindia.org

About Your Guide

About Your Guide: Shiva Rea

Shiva's retreats explore the art of yoga in practical, creative and life transforming ways. Her studies in the Krishnamacharya lineage, tantra, ayurveda, bhakti, kalaripayattu, world dance, yogic art and somatic movement infuse her approach to living yoga and embodying the flow. She is a leading teacher of Prana Flow yoga worldwide. Shiva is known for bringing the roots of yoga alive for modern practitioners in creative, dynamic and life-transforming ways and for offering the synthesis form of vinyasa flow out in the world.

As a global adventurer, she has lead over 80 retreats and pilgrimages nationally and internationally as well as served as a creative catalyst for conferences, festivals and actions for the environment, yoga and the arts including the third annual Yogini Conference of Kripalu and Omega. Shiva writes for Yoga Journal and is the author of award-winning CD's and DVD's to empower and transform yoga home practice.