All meals are included during your stay, except for Saturday dinner and all meals on Sunday.
Goa is easily accessible by plane, train and bus. Dabolim International Airport (GOI) is the closest airport and it is approximately 90 minutes away by taxi. GOI Airport is well connected by daily flights from Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Cochin and Bangalore, and many international cities. You can also reach Goa by train from all major cities in India.
Yes, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your arrival date, time and flight details (departure city, airline, flight number) and we will make the necessary arrangements for you.
You can get a tourist visa from your nearest Indian consulate or embassy. It is possible to download the application form from Internet. If the consulate issues your visa, please note that it will start from the date issued, not from the date of your travel. It is recommended that you apply in advance.
E-visas can be applied for online and are valid for one month. These are validated at the airport on the day of departure.
No visa is extendable once you have entered India.
Goa is a very safe place and malaria-free, and in general we do not consider vaccinations necessary. Consult your doctor and your country’s Government Health Regulations when you are considering travel to India for up to date recommendations on vaccinations. It is at your discretion.
For the opening and closing fire ceremonies it is recommended to wear white. For the rest of the course comfortable yoga clothing is recommended with warmer layers for evenings and mornings.
No. You should endeavor to bring your own mat or if you need to you can purchase one here locally or from the school.
Your yoga mat, comfortable yoga clothes, swimwear, flip flops, preferred toiletries, mosquito spray, electrical adaptor, and any medication you are taking or that you may need.
Please always seek advice from your general health practitioner or a specialist first, and inform the school and your teachers of any conditions that may affect your practice before starting the course.
You can leave your room, cross the small village road, and be on the beach in just two minutes!
Yes, each room has hot water and electricity. However, it’s important to remember that power cuts are quite common in India, so expect the occasional power outage, these do not tend to last very long.
It is not recommended that you drink tap water anywhere in India. At Sampoorna we provide filtered water in the restaurant area at all times which it is pure and safe to drink but always at your own discretion. Bottled water can be purchased from us or locally.
We believe plant-based diets benefit the environment, the animals and also our own health and we encourage our students to share this way of eating while you are staying with us. In line with the yogic principle of Ahimsa, we do not allow meat / fish / seafood / eggs to be cooked or consumed in the restaurant. Our kitchen serves exceptional vegetarian meals with some vegan friendly and gluten free options as well. Should you wish to eat differently there are many local restaurants nearby, however we do strongly recommend eating a plant-based diet in India to avoid any stomach issues during your course.
Please let us know at the time of booking and/or upon arrival of your specific dietary requirements/allergies. We can cater for different dietary needs. As a standard, our buffet meals nearly always have dairy-free/gluten-free options available.
Yes, but please be aware that the internet connection in Goa can be a bit slow and sometimes drops. This is a good opportunity to practice patience and acceptance!
There has never been a problem with security. All rooms are provided with closets and drawers that can be locked. Security guards are on duty 24/7 to watch over all the Sampoorna grounds. However, you are suggested to lock your cottages/rooms whenever you are out and have appropriate travel insurance for your belongings.
Sampoorna does provide a laundry service for a small fee.
There are a plenty of local shops within walking distance that stock all of your practical items and toiletries, as well as shops that sell clothes, jewellery, trinkets, spices, incense and more!
There are two ATM machines in Agonda, one is about a five-minute walk away from the school and the other is a 15 minutes further, near to the local post office and football field (you can take a tuk-tuk if you don’t want to walk). There are also plenty of travel agents and money exchange places in Agonda, as well as in nearby Chaudi Town and Palolem Beach which are larger towns.
The climate in Goa, from October until May is warm and dry. The daytime temperatures range from 28 to 32 degrees. Generally, you will encounter blue skies every day from November to April.
If you visit in December and January, the early mornings and late evenings can be cool so bring a sweater and some warm yoga clothes for the morning practice and the night time.
The sun in India is quite strong, especially if you’re coming from winter. Although you can buy sunscreen here, if you are used to a particular brand, please bring it along. At Sampoorna there are plenty of shady spots and all the yogashalas are all covered.