Palakkad, Kerala, India
7 nights
Personal Care

Kaya shala

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About the experience

What will I experience?

At Kaya shala, you'll immerse yourself in the transformative beauty and self-care rituals of Ayurveda, gaining deep insights into the ancient wisdom that views beauty as a reflection of inner health and harmony. You'll partake in specialized cooking classes designed to teach you how to prepare foods that enhance your natural glow. Daily self care routines tailored to your unique constitution will empower you with sustainable practices for lifelong radiance. Additionally, the serene environment of Kaya shala, with its lush landscapes and tranquil settings, complements your journey, ensuring every moment enriches both body and soul.

Benefits of this experience

Participating in Kaya shala will boost your vitality through a combination of Ayurvedic nutrition, tailored herbal routines, and revitalizing yoga practices. These elements work synergistically to cleanse, balance, and invigorate your body and mind, enhancing your overall energy levels. The serene natural setting of the retreat further supports deep relaxation and rejuvenation, allowing your body to restore its natural vitality and thrive.

Incorporating in daily life

Start by adopting the Ayurvedic body care routine you learned at the retreat each morning and evening to maintain your body’s health and skin's glow.

About the destination

Kairali, the destination that hosts the Kaya shala retreat, is a sanctuary of holistic wellbeing, nestled in the lush landscapes of Palakkad, Kerala. Here, you're enveloped in an environment dedicated to health and rejuvenation. The retreat leverages the ancient science of Ayurveda to cleanse and balance your body, mind, and spirit. With personalized self-care rituals and nutritious Ayurvedic cuisine, Kairali offers you a profound wellbeing experience, ensuring you leave refreshed and realigned with your natural state of harmony.


Place of experience

Palakkad, often referred to as the gateway to Kerala, offers a serene backdrop ideal for enhancing your wellbeing. Named after the Pala trees that surround the region and contribute to its healthful environment, Palakkad is nestled amid the majestic Western Ghats and lush paddy fields, promoting relaxation and rejuvenation. Known for its rich Ayurvedic heritage, it is perfect for holistic wellbeing practices. Engage in yoga and meditation by tranquil mountain streams, or undergo Ayurvedic routines that tap into local herbal traditions. Palakkad’s clean air and peaceful environment make it an ideal setting for you to unwind and reconnect with nature.

Most suitable time to visit

The best time to experience Kaya shala at Kairali in Palakkad is from September to March, when the weather is pleasantly cool and conducive for Ayurvedic routines and outdoor activities.

Ancient & modern provenance

Ancient texts and treatises:

Ancient text name: Charaka Samhita (approx. 200 BCE to 200 CE)

  • Context: One of the foundational texts of Ayurveda, providing comprehensive details on medicine, health, and wellness.
  • Mention of Vitality through beauty and self-care rituals: Discusses the importance of daily and seasonal routines (Dinacharya and Ritucharya) that include skin care, massage, and proper diet to preserve youth and increase vitality.

Ancient text name: Sushruta Samhita (approx. 600 BCE)

  • Context: An ancient Sanskrit text on medicine and surgery, often viewed as a counterpart to the Charaka Samhita.
  • Mention of Vitality through beauty and self-care rituals: Highlights procedures for enhancing appearance, such as skin treatments and cleansing techniques, that improve overall health and vitality.

Ancient text name: Ashtanga Hridayam (approx. 6th century CE)

  • Context: A concise text that combines the knowledge of earlier Ayurvedic works, making it practical for daily reference by physicians.
  • Mention of Vitality through beauty and self-care rituals: Emphasizes rejuvenation therapies (Rasayana) and beautification practices that help maintain youthfulness and vitality, integrating physical, mental, and spiritual health aspects.

Modern scientific researches:

Title: Concept of Beauty and Ayurveda Medicine

  • Main Authors: J. Hazra, P. Ashok kumar
  • Date of Publishing: 2013
  • Abstract: The paper explores Ayurveda's comprehensive view on beauty, which includes mental and spiritual well-being. It discusses various Ayurvedic treatments like Snehana and Swedana, and their roles in enhancing skin health by inhibiting trans-epidermal water loss and restoring the lipid barrier.
  • Link to the paper

Full plan of experience

The following schedule provides a general outline of the duration and activities aimed at facilitating the integration of the retreat's teachings into your daily life.

At the place
Palakkad, Kerala, India
7 nights
$6,000 / person

Experience schedule

Day 1: Arrival and Orientation

  • Morning: Arrival at Kairali, welcome drink, and check-in.
  • Afternoon: Introduction to the retreat program and a tour of the facilities.
  • Evening: Initial consultation with an Ayurvedic doctor to customize your daily routines and dietary plan.

Day 2: Introduction to Ayurvedic self care

  • Morning: Yoga session focused on postures that enhance body flexibility.
  • First beauty routine session focusing on body massage.
  • Afternoon: Workshop on Ayurvedic concepts and the importance of a healthy body & mind.
  • Evening: Second beauty routine session focusing on facial and skin rejuvenation.

Day 3: Ayurvedic Cooking for Beauty

  • Morning: Yoga session.
  • Afternoon: Cooking class focused on recipes that promote overall health.
  • Evening: Dripping of medicated oil on forehead (Shirodhara).

Day 4: Deepening Beauty Rituals

  • Morning: Advanced yoga session for vitality and energy flow.
  • Ayurvedic Abhyanga massage
  • Afternoon: Hands-on session on learning usage of Ayurvedic beauty products like face masks, massage oils and scrubs from natural ingredients.
  • Evening: Ayurvedic massage focusing on specific body parts to enhance vitality.

Day 5: Integration of Diet and Wellness

  • Morning: Ayurvedic massage session
  • Guided nature walk to connect with the environment.
  • Afternoon: Class on integrating Ayurvedic principles into daily dietary habits.
  • Evening: Personal consultations to adjust beauty and health routines as needed.

Day 6: Full Day of Rejuvenation

  • Morning: Advanced detoxification session using Ayurvedic herbal cleanses and steam, designed to purify and enhance skin radiance.
  • Afternoon: Bundle (Elakizhi) massage
  • Evening: Special session on mindfulness practices to enhance mental clarity and inner beauty.

Day 7: Holistic Renewal

  • Morning: Yoga session followed by ayurvedic massage session
  • Afternoon: Bundle (Elakizhi) massage and workshop on how to continue Ayurvedic practices at home, including daily routines.
  • Evening session: Om chanting session

Day 8: Closure and Planning Forward

  • Morning: Final yoga session focusing on retaining balance and harmony.
  • Afternoon: Closing ceremony and feedback session, followed by preparation for departure.

This itinerary balances educational activities, practical workshops, and personal care routines, ensuring participants leave with a holistic understanding of Ayurvedic beauty, enhanced wellbeing, and a rejuvenated body and mind.


Kairali - The ayurvedic healing village

A Sanctuary for timeless holistic Wellbeing

7 nights
$6,000 / person
Upcoming next:
3rd week of Aug 2024
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