We are living in exciting times of growth and along with the excitement are a
host of challenges. A bow shoots the straightest and fastest arrow when it is
drawn back fully. In times when life moved at a more leisurely pace, one could
develop a personal rhythm between action and reflection. Today, it has become
difficult to find time for "drawing inwards" before one shoots at goals and
SwaSwara offers you
an innovative retreat, one that balances and harmonises rest and recuperation
with reflection and renewal. One that helps you draw inwards and discover fresh
The Beautiful Mind: The Vision of the
It is said in the Vaastu tradition
that there are six ways of discovering the divine within oneself. The divine
manifests itself endlessly through rhythm and order, man touches the divine when
he discovers rhythm and order within himself.
- In the body thro' dance
- In words thro' poetry
- In sound thro' music
- In form thro' sculpture
- In space thro' architecture
- And in thought thro' mathematics
A beautiful mind is one
that discovers the order and rhythm of thought, feeling and action in
all its endeavours.
The beautiful mind is one that :
Is deeply aware and
Is capable of dialogue
Balances power with
Can balance all aspects
of living - work, home and society
Is growing inwardly and
can foster others
Does not waste any
resources either human or material
This programme is based on the philosophy that one's being can extend itself and
begin to respond with joy to the world around only when conditioning and
entrenchments are transformed.
Many of the philosophies and practices of the Indian tradition such as Yoga and
Vedanta will be brought in to help the individual to deal with his/her existing
reality, and take a step into new dimensions. In the current scenario, unless
people can be assisted to take this step there is great danger of becoming
frozen and stale. The methodology of the program will help the individual
reflect and introspect on his/her life, learn techniques through which they can
create alignment for themselves, and look at and improve role effectiveness.
will have an opportunity to:
Clear up the
faculties and senses
philosophies of Yoga for self-alignment
review one's life
the seminal ideas from the Bhagavad Gita
aesthetics as a path for the unfolding of the self
relationship between self and environment
As a consequence
the participant will acquire skills and learn to discharge responsibilities that
are directly connected to the way a person holds his/her self-image.
The sense of
anxiety and helplessness that are being generated through the rapid changes in
the psychological environment can be countered only by re-examining the
assumptions that the person lives by.
demands can be encountered and handled with grace when the potential of the
person is tapped, and the frontier of activity/effectiveness is constantly
The Programme also
envisages nature walks that will invigorate the senses and Ayurvedic massages
that rejuvenate the body as part of the programme.
The beautiful mind is constantly renewing
itself and regenerating its context. A beautiful mind inspires others to excel
A beautiful mind enquires deeply
and pursues truth. A beautiful mind is self-aware and manages relationships with
A beautiful mind is what all
Swa' is the
Sanskrit prefix for the self. And 'Swara' refers to sound. We live unaware of
the inner sound of our being, drowned out as it is by the din of daily life.
Only when everything else quiets down and we are at peace, can we hear it.
That's why we've made sure that the shouts of the modern world die down to
whispers at SwaSwara.
Imagine a breeze-laden clifftop overlooking the legendary Om beach, not far from
the ancient temple town of Gokarna.
(See map) Imagine too, 30 undulating acres of land, dotted with coconut
groves and paddy fields.Yet, playing host to a mere 27 secluded villas, tucked
away between lawns and flowering shrubs.
There is little at SwaSwara, apart from the rhythm of rolling waves and the
meditative hum of birdsong, to disturb your inner explorations.
Om Beach is aptly named. This
Sanskrit letter , echoed faithfully in the sweep of the rocks and sand below
you, is referred to in the ancient Hindu texts at the original sound of
Other visitors to the beach need to take a winding trail around the bluffs, but
from SwaSwara, you can use our own private path opening into a peaceful section
Here, you can stretch a moment into a day, working on your tan, enjoying a dip
(the curve of the Om makes a perfect swimming cove!) and watching the sun lower
behind the hills. If you strain your ears, you can sometimes hear the faint
temple bells of Gokarna, wafting in on the breeze.
A 20 minute boat ride from Om will also fetch you up at a number of other
beaches. Some bear romantic names (Half-moon Beach, Paradise Beach), most are
isolated and at some, you won't see a single soul at all.
As we've said,
there are just 27 villa style accommodations at SwaSwara. Each Villa, (and for
that matter, the rest of the resort as well) is inspired by the traditional
family estates that dot the Konkan coast, and if we've added aircon and modern
fittings, they do little to disturb the authenticity of your experiences here.
Natural materials are used throughout, most of them sourced locally from the
artisans of the area.
The centerpiece of SwaSwara is
the blue meditation dome, at the head of the swimming pool.Its circular form and
blue tiles form a mandala ( or cosmic sphere ) of harmony, echoing the temple
architecture of nearby Gokarna.
Yoga & Meditation
you can expect personalized attention from Yoga experts belonging to several
If you're new to Yoga, you can just sample a bit of it all, practising as the
mood takes you.
For more serious Yoga lovers, as also for people with specific ailments,
SwaSwara offers a whole range of options. If you like, we'll create a therapy
program just for you, complete with Yoga postures and Pranayama (breath
excercises), meditations, diet and Ayurvedic massage.
The food at
Swaswara is in keeping with the natural spirit that inspires everything else
here. The accent is on the fruits of the land and the sea. And the focus is on
freshness, pure and simple.
We avoid meats, concentrating on the fresh catch of local shellfish and seafish.
Fresh produce from the farms surrounding Swaswara provides the accompaniment.
Hard liquor is avoided. Instead, we serve up a selection of fine wines, both
imported and local (we highly recommend you try a few of the latter, specially
nearest airport is Goa's Dabolim Airport (fairly well-connected
internationally), which is 3 to 3.5 hours away.
is 4.5 to 5 hours drive.
The nearest rail
station is Kumta, on the Konkan railway, a scenic train ride linking Mumbai
(Bombay) to the major cities of Kerala , including Cochin and Trivandrum.
Daily in house
activities & experiences open to all resident guests at no extra
Daily group yoga sessions for
both Wellness & Intermediate / Progressive levels
Daily group sunrise
Daily group evening
meditations- chakra/ tratak/ Mind Sound Resonance Technique/ chanting
A daily special focus group
Yoga session which could be on Yoga nidra/ Pranayama /Art yoga / Laughter
yoga / Mandala meditation
Guided art classes with our
resident artist in the art studio
Guided nature walks, village
visits & bird watching trips accompanied by our resident naturalist or GRE
One weekly 45 mins boat cruise
to visit the other nearby beaches or use to go into town
Daily interactive cooking
sessions with the Chef & his team in the kitchen at 11.30hrs
Guided visit to the Gokarna
temple & town or to see the weekly farmers market on Thursdays accompanied
by one of our staff (Transfers by tuk tuks at extra cost on direct payment)
Karma Yoga - if you wish you
can join the staff for a community based group exercise which could be
helping on the farm, gardening or beach cleaning]