Rasa Retreat is a bespoke all-inclusive active homestay that invites you to nourish your soul.
A native of Margao, Goa, Vaishnavi has a Master's degree in Social Work and has lived in the UK where she went to college. An Art of Living certified Yoga Instructor, Vaishnavi is highly knowledgeable about the foundation of Yoga and various schools of Yoga. Her chief Yoga styles Patanjali, Ashtanga, and Hatha. Other than teaching Yoga for Rasa Retreat, Vaishnavi teaches Yoga at a private school in Margao. You will enjoy interacting with Vaishnavi as you learn from her in-depth knowledge of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Hindu philosophy. She is a vivacious person; guests are drawn to her instantly.
Originally from Srinagar, Kashmir, Tahir is has a Master's Degree in Philosophy and is presently pursuing his Phd. As Secretary of the All India Yoga Foundation's North chapter, Tahir teaches Yoga to students at Harvard Kashmir School in Srinagar as well as private lessons to individuals via the J&K Sports Foundation. His students have included the former J&K Governor, Chief Minister Mufti, and others. Tahir leads our Yoga in Kashmir as well as Goa. From Hatha, Vinyasa, Yoga Nidra, Ashtanga, to Kashmiri Shivaism styles of Yoga, he is an expert and is extremely thorough in his teaching style
from United Kingdom, January 2019
"A truly homely retreat experience"
Pawan and his team made this stay truly memorable.
The accomodation is comfortable, spacious and clean - but what made this outstanding was the many little touches and details and the warmth of the staff.
Nothing is too much trouble.
The food is exceptional - Pawan ensures all dietary requirements are catered for and I loved the cookery classes!
I took the trip to the night market and to Dhudsagar waterfall on top of the included trip to the spice market - which I would recommend as you get to see a little more of the country - and which made me realise how much I prefer south Goa - which is so much quieter than North Goa!
Yoga on the beach is wonderful - and I enjoyed daily walks on the beach which was almost deserted. Had a couple of massages too....bliss!
This felt like a really authentic Indian experience.
from Qatar, December 2018
"Amazing four day experience"
This is my third, and by far my favourite yoga retreat so far! The attention to detail and the staff (Rasa family) could not be faulted. Pawan and his team were welcome and open and extremely flexible and service minded. it felt like home from home with tailor made packages and a service level that would compete with a five star resort. I would highly recommend this retreat to anyone visiting South Goa. The rooms were spacious and very clean with good bathrooms and air conditioning. I was taken around by one of the team wherever I desired to go in a large comfortable vehicle. The yoga on the beach at both sunrise and sunset was fun and enjoyable, again with a flexibly minded yoga teacher who was happy to accommodate all wishes and provide support and modifications for all levels. A great few days away in the sunshine, highly recommended.
from United States, September 2018
Everything about my experience was amazing! From the careful, precise and knowledgeable instruction of Tahir, to the accommodations, planning, beautiful excursions and the attention to detail of Pawan and the entire team at Rasa retreat.
from United States, July 2018
"Unimaginable experience "
The teacher, Tahir, was incredibly knowledgeable, funny and wonderful. My yoga practice improved more in the past 10 days than it has in the past 10 years. He pushed me physically in just the right way and often massaged me when I needed it. We frequently did yoga in a beautiful location in nature. The team who accompanied us made sure that every last detail was attended to.
from Italy, June 2018
"best experience ever"
I am just back after 1 week staying at Rasa. Amazing team, amazing food. I felt like home.
Very well planned all the stay at Rasa, i have had the opportunity to really undertsand and live Kashmir culture.
Srinagar offers a lot of place to visit, a mix of different religions, and mixture of culture. The city is beatiful, with mountains, lake and river.
I have also had the opportunity to know local people, that is one of the things i miss more, together with Rasa team.
I really suggest Rasa. Best experience ever
from Guatemala, June 2018
"Total Kashmir experience!"
The owner of Rasa Retreats, Pawan, takes care of every little detail! I didn’t go just for the yoga. The hiking and cultural experiences were the best. We met a lot of wonderful people thanks to Pawan. We stayed in a houseboat one night, which I would suggest. One night we were surprised with a local band and dancer! Awesome! I learned a lot about Kashmir!
from United Kingdom, February 2018
- Amazing service
- Amazing food!
- Great balance of sight seeing, yoga, relaxing etc.
- Very organised trip
from United States, February 2018
amazing service and yoga
from Hong Kong, February 2018
"A Lovely Relaxing Stay"
Nice and peaceful
Great food & hospitality
Fab yoga at sunrise & sunset
Included tour to Spice Farm & hike to Temple
from United Kingdom, January 2018
"An exquisite, meaningul and unforgettaqble retreat."
As a Jewish rabbi seeking to deepen my understanding of the practice of meditation, and incorporating principles of yoga into my personal regimen, I chose this retreat somewhat blindly. And it could not have been more meaningful or impact-making. The hospitality was warm and gracious. The instruction was serious, gentle and patient. The extra outings gave us a real taste of the local flavor and culture. And the entire experience was one of spiritual incubation. I have nothing but the highest regard for Pawan, for Rasa Retreat, and for all the staff and faculty involved.
from Sweden, January 2018
"Best retreat "
Everything from the airport-pick-up to yoga , hiking and food was just perfect!
from United States, January 2018
"Great place for the soul and body "
Exceptional attention to details and guests’ needs. Delicious meals and friendly staff.
from India, January 2018
"SImply the Best"
I knew immediately that Rasa Retreat would be one of the top travel experiences I've had and the kind of place I won't shut up to my friends about to encourage them to go. I was so right. I went as a solo female traveler, and from the first day I felt a part of the family. The other guests at the house and I formed an amazing instant bond.
Everything was simply excellent: the yoga, excursions, FOOD, cooking classes, accommodation, massage, shopping experience and of course the retreat dog, Coco. I'm overwhelmed with gratitude for my Rasa experience and can only hope to return one day to Goa or Kashmir.
from Israel, December 2017
"The most perfect retreat."
Pawan and the Rasa family created the most wonderful, warm and caring experience for my wife and myself. After 1 week, it was very difficult to say good bye to this serene and extraordinarily welcoming home. Everything was customized to our preferences and exceeded all expectations. From the food, to the yoga, excursions, cooking classes, to celebrating my birthday. We also made great friendships with the other guests. And the accommodation was absolutely 1st class. We hope to return either to Goa or to Pawan's Kashmir summer retreat.
from Cyprus, November 2017
"Fully yogic experience "
That owners were so friendly and caring
from United States, April 2017
"A wonderful experience"
Pawan and his staff are some of the most friendly and accommodating people I have ever stayed with. I highly recommend Rasa Retreat.
Pawan is happy to do almost anything for the happiness of his guests.
The Rasa house is very nice inside and my room upstairs was very big with a huge bathroom and private deck - ideal for some mediation or just reading.
Each day Pawan provides a card with the schedule for the day. A typical day might begin at 6:30 or so with some hot chai. Yoga on the beach is usually at 7:30 followed by breakfast at the house. Excursions were after breakfast or after lunch. The afternoon is time for some alone time or a massage. I spent my time meditating or reading on the deck.
The morning yoga sessions at 7:30 are mostly on the beach about 1 km away. Pawan’s staff drive the guests to the beach where you arrive to find mats set up on the firm sand with towels, bottled water and a flower on each towel. Our instructor, Joseph was wonderful. His classes were a nice mixture of Hatha and Ashtanga. He is very good at freeing the joints at the start of each session, varying the asanas each time, and ending with a really good guided body scan meditation during savasana. It is incredibly wonderful to do yoga to the sounds of the waves from the Arabian sea as they wash onto the shore. I also had one evening yoga session just before sunset which was delightful. On the few days when I was the only guest Joseph tailored the class to my level (and a bit beyond). It was good to be pushed a little and have my posture adjusted as I worked on a pose.
The beach is very, very long and was almost deserted in places when I was there in March/April. The sand at the top of the beach is nice to walk on. Nearer the water it packs down hard enough to run on in shoes without leaving much of a print. I found it a bit of a slog running in the heat and humidity. It was cooler running in the mornings at first light before yoga but the day heated up pretty fast. I also ran on the beach one evening but it was still too hot and humid to work very hard even as the sun was setting.
Pawan’s dog Coco is an interesting addition to the house crew. She loves to be petted but growls at you while you’re doing it. She has quite the personality.
The food at the house is outstanding. There is great variety and I found all of it very tasty. Pawan was happy to accommodate my vegetarian needs. Pawan makes sure that any leftover food is either eaten by his team or goes to the neighbors. Nothing is wasted which is good because we were often served a lot more food than we could eat. We also had several cooking lessons which were a lot of fun. I have been making what I’d call Indian food for many years but it was wonderful to actually cook real Indian food in India.
During my six day stay I went on several excursions and a shopping trip. We (the guests) were driven everywhere we needed to go, even if that was on individual shopping trips. On my shopping trip Agnelo, Pawan’s driver, made sure I didn’t get lost amongst the many t-shirt sellers and once he waited while I got my change as the vendors seem to need to wander off to get that - I think in the hope that you will give up waiting and leave.
Probably the best excursion we went on was one evening to a small beach where we walked down a cliff path past many monkeys. We swam in the very warm sea and played volleyball on the beach until after sunset. Pawan’s team provided a nice picnic while we were there. It was great to play volleyball with his crew (who are all much younger and far better than me).
The staff will do your laundry if you ask. I found this very helpful as I’d already been in India a few days before going to the retreat and clothes get damp every day from the humidity.
The weather during my stay, which started in March and ended in April, was hot (85 - 90F) and humid. The Rasa house and bedrooms have A/C and it was nice to be able to sleep in the cool.
I find it hard to express just how wonderful the whole experience was. Pawan and his team might well be the nicest, most accommodating hosts on the planet. They made me feel more than welcome; they made me feel part of their extended family.
from United Arab Emirates, March 2017
"The best decision I ever made"
Everything. I didn't have to worry about anything. Pawan and his team literally have everything sorted out for you.
from Spain, July 2018
"Best I did in my life"
Ive travelled a lot, and I have never, ever saw something like this.Love is around you all the time and in each step you take.. when the moment arrives, you don’t want to leave Rasa. Pawan is one of the best people i’ve ever met in my life, and has an incredible team, in an incredible place, and there’s no words for describing this level of wellness. Incredible. I’ve learned a lot of things with them, and Kashmir is a paradise. I absolutely love each one of them, and only hope being able to do it again, the sooner I can. A life experience
Anne and Gerry Flanagan
We had a wonderful few days at Rasa. We had just completed a himalayan hike and this was the perfect antidote. From the moment Pawan greeted us of our 06.30 flight until our departure everything was fantastic. It was a complete holistic experience. The accommodation was lovely very simply elegant. There were so many lovely little special touches. The lovely messages and chocolates on our bed daily. The wonderful food 3 times a day. The lovely pre-dinner drink and conversation. The trip to the spice farm and the hike to the Hindu temple accompanied by the two great lads Sajid and Igbol were very enjoyable. The hike concluded with a lovely picnic on a hidden rock with fantastic views. We had great cooking lessons from Shekhar who is such a relaxed and amazing cook
Our yoga on the beach with Vaishnavi was very special. The scene was set up beautifully by the lads wth our mats and towels laid out really well and always by a bottle of water and a lovely flower. Vaishnavi was a great teacher with an air of calmness about her but she also had a sense of fun. Overall our stay with Pawan and his team will live on in our memories for a long time.
A great week!
When I got there, everything was beyond my expectation.
First of all : The team. They are all great! They'll take care of you like no other, they are open-minded and you can talk with them. They are funny but also cultivated.
The retreat is a peaceful and beautiful place. Probably also because of the region: Cachemire is awesome, wild, colorful, rich... brief, a lovely place.
The meals were varied and delicious, such a good culinary week. Thanks again to the cooker.
I really enjoyed the activities and the visits, hiking, meeting locals, nomadics, having conversation with them, being invited to have a meal in a family house. There were well organised, which was really appreciable.
I could not finish this note without talking about the yoga. I thank a lot the teacher for his patience, his teaching skills, the places where we practiced... I was sooo rusty when I arrived, he helped me unlock my whole body.
This retreat really deserves a 10/10 grade!
I spent 8 days at Rasa in Kashmir, Srinagar where I truly enjoyed myself from the 1st to the last moment.
The Rasa team takes extremely well and dedicated care of you and makes all possible for you to have a perfect time.
The yoga coaching from Tahir was absolutely excellent, Tahir spent such an attention to your yoga expectations and takes you to a level you wouldn’t imagine you could reach.
Also the quality of the cooking is really worth to mention.
The Rasa team is always listening to your wishes and are eager to make you discovering the Kashmiri culture.
Pawan and his dedicated team have created a beautiful oasis on many levels at this gorgeous retreat. The attention to detail and service is second to none. Well located, beautifully appointed and the food was amazing! My yoga instructor was fantastic and I loved the opportunity to practice in a variety of scenic locations. Travelling solo can be a bit daunting at times but the Rasa team dispelled any safety concerns. Loads of local sightseeing and some hiking excursions a couple of hours away were brilliant! Too many highlights to mention- just go there!
Melissa & Steve Alaska
We visited Rasa in Kashmir and had an incredible week with Pawan and his team. The food was amazing, yoga a favorite part of our day, and the excursions were absolutely wonderful! Pawan tailored our trip for us, taking great care to plan hikes, meals, and other activities that we were interested in. We had a first class tour of Srinagar and the surrounding area! Kashmir is a beautiful place, we felt extremely safe the entire time, and loved meeting the locals! Pahalgam was our favorite, the mountains so awesome and the road trip to/from the city full of interesting sights and stops! Rasa in Kashmir was an adventure we will always keep in our hearts!!