Shreyas Retreat

Journey of Self Discovery

Property Description

 

Shreyas is dedicated to promoting the authentic spiritual tradition of Yoga in a holistic manner and is recognized as one of the finest Yoga retreats in the world. What makes Shreyas unique is that, whilst Yoga is taught in traditional ashram style (daily yoga, meditation sessions, chanting classes, a strict vegetarian, no alcohol policy and community service), our guests live in a luxurious environment normally associated with a star hotel. We enable our guests to integrate the manifold facets and benefits of Yoga into their daily lives without the austerity and rigor usually associated with ashrams. We wish to give our guests a private, tranquil haven to pamper, nourish, detoxify and recharge themselves; and if they have the desire, to provide a road map to guide them down a spiritual path of self-discovery. 

Every aspect of our resort is dedicated to this purpose:
  • Yoga classes to rejuvenate and cleanse the body.
  • Meditation sessions and other yogic practices to calm the mind.
  • Spa treatments to rejuvenate the body and remove toxins.
  • Nourishing, organic vegetarian food to detoxify and heal the body.
  • An environment and accommodations, which allow the guest to benefit from the positive energy of nature.
  • Community service to experience the joy of giving.
  • Discussions on yoga philosophy and scriptures.

Situated just one hours drive from the new Bangalore International Airport, Shreyas is a sprawling oasis of green. With only 12 different accommodations spread over 25 acres of landscaped greenery, water bodies and organic gardens our guests are able to commune with nature and benefit from its healing power. Shreyas is a seamless blend of the modern and the timeless, luxury and simplicity, indulgence and enlightenment. The private, serene and "simply" luxurious accommodation has been structured to make the guest feel like they are living in the middle of nature. The architecture and interiors are a confluence of traditional and the modern - tiled roofs, antique doorways and stone pillars give way to contemporary interiors and state of the art facilities.


"Athithi devo bhava" is the defining philosophy at Shreyas. This literally means, "a Guest is to be served as God." At Shreyas, we imbibe this philosophy broadly, believing that "all are essentially divine" and our relationships with each other and especially our guests should reflect this. 

Our guests are lovingly served with unparalleled personalized attention by a staff that practices yoga and endeavors to embody this philosophy. The staff is encouraged to serve guests as part of their spiritual discipline and not just as a job or career; serving is different from being servile because the focus is on connecting with the divinity inherent in each guest. Practically, this philosophy is applied to the various tasks allocated to people at Shreyas - the kitchen staff commences the cooking process with a prayer and a chant; they adopt the correct attitude or "bhava" whilst preparing the food; our serving staff learn the importance of anticipating a guest's needs and serving with the correct attitude; the staff working in the gardens is encouraged to respect nature. All our staff members are taught that cleanliness is godliness and learn to apply daily attention to the smallest details. Our guests are on a journey of self-discovery and the staff at Shreyas is on that same journey. 

Accommodation

 
The stress of urban living lives its imprint on each of us, the chaotic noise makes it difficult for us to hear our inner voice; at Shreyas we give you an oasis of calm making it easier to relax and connect with your true self. From the moment you drive through our gates you are surrounded by nature and will begin to feel its restorative effects. Shreyas is a seamless blend of the modern and the timeless, luxury and simplicity, indulgence and enlightenment. The private, serene and "simply" luxurious accommodation has been structured to make the guest feel like they are living in the middle of nature. The architecture and interiors are a confluence of traditional and the modern - tiled roofs, antique doorways and stone pillars give way to contemporary interiors and state of the art facilities. 

Guests have a choice of accommodation of 3 Poolside, 8 Garden Suite Cottages and one 3 bedroom cottage. 

At Shreyas, our accommodations are given Sanskrit names to remind us of qualities that we aspire to embody through the practice of yoga eg. "Shanti" meaning "Peace" or "Vairagya" meaning “dispassion”.

POOL SIDE

The 3 en-suite Poolside cottages overlook the signature Antique-Pillared entrance, Infinity Pool & Jacuzzi and the central courtyard of the retreat. 

GARDEN TENT

The 8 'tented' Garden Cottages, spaciously scattered across the property are surrounded by lush vistas of greenery that provide privacy and offer panoramic views of the retreat from their private verandahs.

3 BEDROOM COTTAGE

The 3-bedroom cottage enables families and groups of friends traveling together, to spend quality time communing with each other whilst enjoying the luxuries of Shreyas. 

Amenities
  • Air Conditioning

  • Ceiling fan

  • Writing desk and chair

  • ISD/STD lines

  • Complimentary Wifi

  • Electronic safe

  • Electric kettle with a selection of teas and coffee

  • Hair dryer

  • Bathrobes, toiletries, slippers

  • Hot Water Shower (not bathtubs)

Room Cleaning: Rooms will be cleaned once a day. Should you require additional cleaning, please let one of the staff members know.

Towels/Linen etc: To reduce environmental damage by washing detergents, towels/linens will be provided for the duration of your short stay and changed only on request.

Laundry: Laundry service is available on request.

Swimming Pool Towels: These are available by the poolside.
 

   

Facilities


 
 

Yoga and Meditation Hall


Our open, spacious hall is surrounded by trees and greenery; it has been built for you to feel one with nature as you
practice yoga and meditation. With trees and greenery surrounding you, the sound of birds to accompany your breath,
flowers to fix your gaze or "dristi" upon and the sun to warm your face as you lie down in "savasana" - we feel that this
hall brings positive energy to the yoga class. Practicing yoga or meditation in this space is sure to enhance your
practice and take it to deeper levels. 

This space can also be used for outdoor lectures and we can provide you with the required AV equipment. 

 

Machans and Meditation huts


It is often difficult to forget the outside world and to completely relax, even when one is on holiday. At Shreyas we want you to experience peace from the moment you enter our gates. By silencing the chaotic noise of the outside world, we are able to look inwards and hear and connect to our inner voice. We have created quiet places across our 25 acres of greenery for our guests to commune with nature and spend time in quiet contemplation. The two machans, tucked away in our organic garden are ideal places to connect with nature, to relax with a good book or take some time to stop and meditate. 

Our meditation hall is surrounded by coconut and chickoo trees and is the perfect for our daily sound and chanting classes. The birds love the chickoo trees and their beautiful song is often the accompaniment to our chanting and the focus of our meditation. 

 
 
 

Open-air amphitheatre


Our amphitheater seems to emerge from the nature around it – the steps leading to the center are
bordered by lush grass and trees hover around its edge, their branches opening up to the sky giving
us glimpses of the stars and the moon. The stage area is surrounded by water and during evening
performances flower petals and diyas float on its surface; the steps are lit with small lanterns and
bonfires. This performance spot is often used for evening classical dance or musical performances. 

 

Library


Guests can browse through a variety of books on different topics – yoga, spirituality, Ayurveda, Indian philosophy, fiction and non-fiction. We have a selection of both Indian and Western authors and perspectives.

During your stay at Shreyas you may develop curiosity about different aspects of yoga, India or Indian philosophy-our library has been built to answer these queries. If the books are not available, we will make an attempt to obtain them. We also have a large collection of lighter fiction for those looking for casual reading. Attached to the library is a comfortable, peaceful sitting room for guests to relax, read and browse. 

Should you wish to borrow a book during your stay with us, please inform one of the members of the staff.


 
 
 

Infinity Pool, Jacuzzi & Steam room


The water in our pool with an infinity edge appears to cascade down to the meditation/yoga hall in the
distance. The temperature of the pool varies from 25 degress Celcius to 30 degrees Celsius, depending
on the weather. 

The pool and Jacuzzi are available for your use between the hours of 6 am till 10 pm. There is no lifeguard
on duty and the pool has a maximum depth of 5 feet. 

If you wish to use the steam room facilities, please give us 15 minutes time to operate the equipment.

 

Conference room


This room is ideal for conferences and has modern audio-visual equipment - a LCD projector and screen for watching presentations and learning videos. You will not see any chairs and desks but low seating is provided and creates a more casual atmosphere. Our open open-air amphitheatre is an ideal spot for team-building exercises. 

Unlike other conference rooms, which are usually closed, small windowed structures, our conference room boasts of large windows looking out onto our amphitheater and the greenery beyond. 

Shreyas has conducted many corporate retreats. We offer time-challenged entrepreneurs and busy corporate executives a luxurious home away from home to conduct off-sites. Corporations may rent the entire property and its facilities for their exclusive use, providing an incredible setting for their teams or clients to relax, unwind and work effectively without distraction.


 
 
 

Gym


The gym is equipped with a treadmill, cross trainer and abdominal exercise equipment. We understand
that for some of you yoga is not your only pathway towards wellbeing and our gym is outfitted with
state of the art equipment, allowing you to continue with your regular fitness plans whilst staying with us. 

The gym is also used in our Weight loss package, providing cardio exercises that will lead to more rapid
weight loss. 

It is available for your use 24 hours. Please bring separate footwear for this activity 

 

Jogging trail


Recognizing that for some of you a daily walk or run is routine, we created a dirt trail which runs through the quietest, greenest part of the property. The track skirts the outer wall of the premise and leads you to the organic garden. 

The pathway through the organic garden is also used for walking meditations. During this meditation, you have the opportunity to walk barefoot, to focus on the sensations, sounds and smells around you as you connect with the earth that nourishes us all. 


 
 
 

Cricket nets and bowling machine


For cricket enthusiasts, we have a cricket net along with a professional bowling machine, which you can
test your batting skills against. For those of you who are not familiar with the game and are perhaps
wondering why it is a national obsession in India, our staff will be more than happy to show you the basics
and help you face a few balls. 
 

Nature farming


Guests at Shreyas are invited to commune with nature and to connect with the earth that nourishes and sustains us. This begins with a tour of the organic garden with our experts introducing you to the different herbs and vegetables grown here. For those who wish to get their hands dirty, we give you the opportunity to practice "farming"; our staff will guide you as you work (sowing, weeding, plucking). Through this process we hope that our guests will connect with the earth that nourishes us and understand the joys to be found in humble labor. Many guests have commented on the positive effects of this practice. 
 

 
 
 

Home Theatre


This is a luxurious room with a movie hall style screen and sound system, and large lazy-boy chairs.
A large selection of entertaining movies as well as documentaries on spirituality, science, nature and
philosophy are available for your viewing pleasure. 

The facilities and activities at Shreyas are designed to encourage reflection on what is most important
- your life. We therefore hope you will not miss the presence of a TV in your room.

 

Rates

Nightly Rates

Once you enter Shreyas, we hope you will find the time and space to focus on your journey of self discovery. Our rate
structure is hopefully transparent and you should know the likely cost of your stay at the outset. These rates
include stay, meals, beverages, group yoga sessions and use of all facilities. Guests may customize their stay
on arrival by adding activities that suit their objectives (private sessions or massages etc).

Many guests have commented the all inclusive policy has enabled them to focus on the activities at Shreyas and
appreciated that similar rated luxury hotels have many add-on charges that can substantially add to the total cost
of their stay.

1 Apr to 30 Sept
Garden Tent
Single US$ 280
Double US$ 380
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1 Apr to 30 Sept
Pool Side Cottages
Single US$ 280
Double US$ 380
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1 Apr to 30 Sept
3 Bedroom Cottages
Single US$ 580
Double US$ 580
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Yoga Retreat Packages Winter Season

This yoga retreat package is created for guests who would like to delve deeper into the ancient spiritual tradition of Yoga.
The Yoga Retreat packages are carefully structured to allow you to experience not just the physical aspects of Yoga (asanas) but also various Pranayama,Yogic Kriyas, Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation), Sound meditation and Chakrashuddhi (chakra meditation) and Trataka (candle meditation).
Added to this are some rejuvenating massages and the chance to practice Karma Yoga (selfless work) by serving a meal to the children of the local orphanage.
 
 
1 Oct – 31 Mar
3 Nights
Single US$ 1190
Double US$ 1590
1 Oct – 31 Mar
5 Nights
Single US$ 2070
Double US$ 2690
1 Oct – 31 Mar
7 Nights
Single US$ 2990
Double US$ 3940
  








 

Gallery

  • Garden cottage shreyas
  • Organic garden
  • Amphitheater
  • Yoga and Meditation Hall
  • Infinity pool and Jaccuzi
  • Poolside Cottages 2
  • Garden Cottage 8
  • Garden Cottage 5
  • Garden Cottages 4
  • Garden Cottage 3
  • Garden Cottage 1
  • Poolside Cottages 6

How to get there

Shreyas is located on the outskirts of Bangalore, South India. 
ACCESSIBILITY:

By Air: Flights to Bangalore are available from the US, Europe and from all major Indian cities. The newly opened Bengaluru International Airport is one hour away from Shreyas and is a beautiful drive through the countryside; the road by-passes the Bangalore and its chaotic traffic.

Airlines:   Air France, British Airways, Gulf Air, Jetstar Asia Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Malaysian Airlines, Royal Nepal Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Emirates & Sri Lankan Airlines and others. 
 

By Road:  From Mysore, Belur, Halebid, Hampi, Bangalore. (35km from the city centre)

By Train:   To Bangalore, followed by a 1 hour drive.

Transfers:   The retreat is happy to arrange station / airport transfers at additional cost.

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