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November 18-23, 2024
Kerala, India

6 days, 5 nights

India: an Eco-Cultural 
Women's Retreat

Hi, I'm Sonya!
I am a second generation Indian American. I have been in love with my culture and nature since I was a child growing up in Madison, Wisconsin. As an ecologist, I've had the privilege of traveling the world, studying diverse habitats and the people who inhabit them.
While working in India with coastal communities, I saw unique and sustainable livelihoods carefully woven within ecosystems upon which they depend. I learned how they are both under-valued and threatened. 

Join me in learning about the artisanal life-ways of Kerala fishing and forest communities, and the ecosystems they are a part of.

Explore Kerala with our guides: Indian social entrepreneurs who are committed to showing you the real India - people, culture, nature, wellness and food! 

This trip is crafted with women at the heart of all experiences.  Within the communities we visit, tours spotlight women's unique livelihoods, art and resilience. Interpreters will accompany us overcome language barriers during our visits to local communities.


Chinese fishing net, Kerala


Lila Art Cafe, Fort Kochi

An overview of our adventure!

Wander through historic Kochi to sample past and present cultural heritage and cuisine

Learn about coastal livelihoods and the impacts of climate change

Gather with indigenous women and listen to stories of community life in the forest

Travel deep to the heart of the rainforest for Ayurvedic immersion

Visit a pottery workshop reviving an ancient Indian tradition 

What's included​!

  • 2 Zoom gatherings with Sonya and the other retreat participants before the retreat

  • Guides (Sonya, Manju and tour operators)

  • Round-trip transfers from/to Cochin International Airport (COK)

  • 5 nights of accommodations (3 at Chiramel Residency, 2 at Rainforest)

  • Meals: 5 breakfasts & 5 lunches (days 2-6), 5 dinners (days 1-5)

  • Tours on all days

  • Private transportation for all planned activities

  • Filtered, bottled water (1 per day)


What's not included​...

  • Airfare

  • Travel insurance

  • Tips for staff

  • Extra costs guests might incur on their own

Other helpful tips

  • Click here to apply for an Indian tourist visa

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel.

  • Research travel insurance early! We'll talk more about this during our zoom meetings

  • Talk to your health care provider about vaccinations needed/ desired for travel

Cost $2,900 - $3,500
-Options for single, double or triple occupancy
-Travel insurance and airfare NOT included
-$250 deposit required to reserve your place that will be applied to the total cost*
-Trip depends on minimum group size of 5 by June 1st - a full refund will be issued if this is not met.

More questions about this unique adventure?

Reserve your spot early! Limited space available on this exclusive journey

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