Goa Heart Adventure
January 11-18th 2020
Gone Brave Woman Edition
Does this truly nourish my heart? Feed my soul? Make me feel alive, in the flow, abundant, trusting, grateful and peaceful? Or is it adding to my anxiety, fatigue, stress and overwhelm?
The Goa Heart Adventure is for the women who are tired.
Tired of pretending to be someone they are not.
Tired of running against the time and keep loosing.
Tired of another day to wake up and feel..empty.
Tired of another night that feels as if the world is breaking apart, asking herself.
.if this is it for the rest of her life?!
It's for the woman who wants to take responsibility for her life.
This is for the woman who wants to feel vibrant, alive, peaceful, fulfilled - trusting her intuition, following her heart and experiencing magic in each moment, with each breath she takes. For the woman who wants to live a life that nourishes her heart and feeds her soul instead of making her feel desperate, always hungry for more.
It's for the woman, that is now ready to choose for herSelf and realizes that...she actually has a choice. And from now on she wants to choose her heart. It's for the woman that some discomfort and challenging consequences are worthy of living a life that fulfills her.
This is for the woman that wants to meet her soul - in the terror and joy.
This Adventure comes directly from my Heart - to yours. Hoping that it will serve and support you as it did and still does for me. India and Goa have changed my life. Living from my heart has not always been easy, as I tend to rationalize stuff..but in the end, I go for the Unkown, let go of plans and choose my heart. Again..and again and again.
I know that one cold November evening in 2015 when I was crying with fever on my bathroom floor, trying to organize an event for 100 people on painkillers, I realized that somethings not quite right. I came off my heart's path. After spending two weeks in the Brazilian jungle barefoot and offline, I realized that I need to leave Switzerland. So I sold all my fancy clothes and booked a one-way ticket to Bali.
2 years after that the same feeling entered my life. I was stuck in my mind, having almost daily heavy migraines but was not able to let go of the relationship I was in... Why? Because I was stuck in mind. I had a plan and the Universes signs just did not match it. Then I discovered Yin Yoga with Nik Robson and for the first time after months reconnected again to my heart...
I did not experience the so-called Yin Bliss but had my Yin Truth Moment. I realized that I have to leave my relationship and learn to be alone - completely stand on my own feet and take responsibility for mySelf. I threw myself in a lot of pain and followed my Heart to India - to the Amritapuri Ashram. I spent three months in that Indian Hindu Monastery, sat in fire and had one of the heaviest times of my life... But it was worth it. Because after sitting in the fire I went to Goa and realized HOW FUCKING AMAZING LIFE can be! Yes.
But first, you have to let go. And gosh, it hurts, because we're attached soooo much, the fear goes deep..and still, we can choose to slowly die in a boring day to day life or die in each moment to live more from the Heart. The thing is... your body will die anyway, so how can you make it the deepest, most fulfilling and heart aligned experience?! :)
Close your eyes for a moment and imagine yourSelf on the beach, floating home with the sound of the ocean after having a beautiful ceremony, channeling the Goddess Chhinnamasta that cuts off her own head to feel more ALIVE and ONE with the Universe and absolutely liberating Ecstatic Dance - feeling alive, vibrant, high on life and love, absolutely present and grateful for your listening to your heart.
Yup, you can gift yourSelf such an experience next January and start off the New Year in a way that will support you in living from your Heart and highest Truth instead of waiting for an outside event or person to change your life. This journey is definitely only for the brave women as we’ll dive deep into the darkness...and discover all the light and gifts that are hidden once you move towards fear with curiosity instead of resistance.
This journey back to your Heart is an adventure because it’s something you can only plan until one certain degree (booking your spot, get a flight ticket and your Indian visa, pack your suitcase...) and then after that you have to let go of control, surrender and trust the unfolding of the journey - with all the terror and joy that comes with it.
Because whatever you do or meet in life...it’s here to teach you something.
Help you unlearn and let go of whom you think you are, have to be - all the labels, restrictions, walls, constructs, ideals, dogmas, ideas, and conditionings - that block you from living life spontaneously from the heart. So instead of questioning your intuition every single time and trying to rationalize things, you just go for what intuitively feels right at that moment and is in alignment with your heart.
I believe that the Universe provides us with infinite, abundant, amazing possibilities but we have to do our parts as well and trust in the Wisdom of our Hearts, the Power of our Love and Depth of our Soul. And it is easy to be trusting when all seems as planned in our minds...but the real practice lies in surrendering control when all seems messy and unpredictable.
Because life is never predictable. There is no safety net and the ground under your feet is moving all the time. In those moments when you suddenly get all silent, become aware of all that is, realize how blessed you are... you enter the Magic of the Present mOMent and then, you deeply feel how safe and protected you are and that you've been taken care of something bigger and more powerful than your little, cute, silly mind can even imagine. Life is a gift. Being born in a privileged rich country means for me that I HAVE TO go out into the world and trust my intuition, as my base could not be more perfect. There is no reason why you can't follow your heart. Not always the most glamorours, easy and effortless thing in the beginning but once you flow, you flow and then you deeply know and feel it, no matter what's going on. Then the challenges and lessons are just another gateway to dive deeper into your Heart's Truth and live it fully.
Trust the Process. Trust the Divine Timing. Trust your Heart.
Your basic package includes the following:
-8 transformational days in Goa themed after 8 Goddesses to help you channel, embody their energy as you get to know yourSelf, unlearn what you’ve been conditioned to believe about yourself, life and the Universe
-6x3hs Morning Ceremonies including Ceremonial Cacao or Tea, Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga, Mantra Meditation, Hatha Yoga, Journaling, Sharing Circle, Dance, Breathwork, learning about one different Goddess a day and how to embody her energy to support you in living couragously from the heart
-Simple yet very powerful Rituals to make each moment in your life sacred and add magic to whatever you do and whomever you connect
-One 2hs amazing Rebalancing Bodywork Massage by my sister Jackie Fite who will support me during the retreat
-2x 2hs Opening and Closing Ceremony
-8 vegetarian/vegan meals and drinks (including juice and tea or coffee in the morning, 1 non-alcoholic beverage and selection of shared dessert in the evening)
-2 rituals before and after the retreat starts and ends to prepare yourself and connecting/sharing through our WhatsappGroup
-A printed Goa Heart Adventure Manual with all the rituals, practices, Tantric Hatha Goddesses and stories/thoughts around living from the Heart
-Welcome Ritual Bag with Ceremony essentials to arrive in Goa
-Early-Morning-Chai and Snacks (nuts, dried fruit, fruit)
-Drum Circle Booty Shaking and one official wild blissful Ecstatic Dance Magic experience under the stars and Banyan trees at the Source
-Transformational Yin, Dance and Yoga Nidra Journeys
-Divine Feminine Workshops and Rituals
-Living Yoga Meditations inspired by The Radiance Sutras
-Optional accommodation in our peaceful retreat venue on the beach (depending on your package)
-Sunbathing on the beautiful beaches while sipping lime sodas, fresh coconuts, and banana lassis
-Cacao & Tea Ceremonies to start recognizing and cultivating the Divine and Magic in everything you do
-The Gone Brave Woman's Guide to India, including a list with all the hot spots and activities in Arambol and Mandrem Beach
-An amazing community of brave women that you'll be connected forever and keep sharing your journey from near and far
-Airfare (early booking recommended, I use skyscanner.com)
-Indian Visa (USD 60-200.- depending on how long and your country of residence)
-Accommodation optional with amazing special packages at our retreat venue Jambudvipa that you can find below (you'll receive a list with my tips, price range from USD 80-350 for 8 nights depending on your budget if without accomodation)
-Excursions and trips (Cathedrals, Spice Plantations, Sweet Lake, Paragliding)
-Additional massages with Jackie Härdig (professional bodyworker)
-Vedic Astrology Consultations and Reiki Sessions
-Local Ayurvedic massages or consultations with Ayurvedic doctors
-Any other meals and drinks you wish (calculate additional USD 5 to 20.- per day)
-Ecstatic Dance, Sound Healing, Tantric Heart Meditations, Contact Dance...all the healing magic Arambol has to offer! :)
-Taxis and Airport Transfers (depending on your package it is included, all transport transfers from the airport to your accommodation can be arranged by us)
-Cost of alcoholic beverages and non-veg food
-Shopping at the beautiful colorful markets
The accomondation is only for certain packagess included in this retreat as I wish for every woman to have full freedom in choosing what serves her the most.
During this Goa Heart Adventure in January we will be staying at the peacful, arty Jambudvipa Retreat Venue between Arambol and Mandrem Beach. We'll be practicing in their garden shala and you have the opportunity to stay at Jambudvipa for a reduced fee as part of the Goa Heart Adventure Retreat Group in one of their different types of accomondation like regular eco huts, premium eco huts and family huts.
There is also a 15% reduction for the first two 1 month bookings. If you chooes a package with accomodation included, we will organize it for you. If not, you'll get a document with all details to book your own accomodation either at Jambudvipa for a special offering or choose any accomodation from the list that suits your taste and budget around the venue.
In Goa you can find your space for many different budgets - so If you travel very low budget, you can stay in a hostel for USD 20.- for like the whole week or stay in a chic eco beach hut for USD 35.- a night. I want this experience to be accessible to you no matter where you stand in life.
Your Investment and Booking
As I want to make this retreat accessible to everyone, I've been feeling into a unique retreat concept that actually isn't pretty unique at all. It is inspired by many spiritual centeres where people give what they can, feel and have. I've decided to offer this retreat for 11 different prices as there are exactly 11 spots available that come in two different packages - some with accomodation, transportation and 1:1 session included. The idea is that you pay what you have, feel and can but with the intention that this is paying for someone elses spot and not yours. So we can make this adventure happen for all the various women - no matter if student, single-mum, business owner or struggling financially right now. Everyone deserves to live from the heart and explore in a safe space what that actually means for them.
Choose one investment:
CHF / USD 555.-
CHF / USD 666.-
CHF / USD 777.-
CHF / USD 888.-
CHF / USD 999.-
CHF / USD 1111.-
CHF / USD 1222.-***
CHF / USD 1333.-***
CHF / USD 1444.-***
CHF / USD 1666.-****
CHF / USD 1777.-****
***includes accomodation for 7 nights in a regular eco hut (kingsize bed) at our Jambudvipa Retreat Venue
****includes accomodation for 7 nights in a premium eco hut or family hut (can be shared, inquiry for details) at our Jambupdvia Retreat Venue, your transportation from the airport to the venue (one-way) and a 1:1 50min private Yoga Nidra session with Aleks NIkolic during the retreat or the week after if you're staying longer.
Every price is only once available (first come first serve if application accepted) and you can only book a spot by filling this application form. Please send this document in PDF-format to firstname.lastname@example.org after you’ve completed it. Once I, Aleks Nikolic, have reviewed it, I send you the confirmation and the payment information for your first part of the deposit. Until your spot isn’t confirmed, please wait with booking flights and accommodation (if not in package included).
You have a week to confirm your spot and transfer the first part of the CHF/USD 222.- deposit. Once you’ve confirmed your spot, the full deposit of CHF/USD 555.- is not refundable anymore. Please get in touch via email to email@example.com if you have any question. The application process ends one month before the retreat starts and there are exactly 11 spots available. Women only for the January Adventure. If you're interested in joining the March Goa Heart Adventure (mixed) email as the information will be updated soon.
You’ve got my support sister!I’ve traveled to India 4 times now and spent in total almost a year there – I feel safe to guide you and be there for you. I know this won’t all be easy once you’ve booked and that’s why you’re getting my support from the very beginning. We’ll connect as a group already before the retreat and you’ll receive access to our Whatsapp Group and receive 2 rituals to practice at home before and after the retreat starts. When you find your tribe, it’s like the most magical reunion of your hearts and souls.
Deposit & Refund Policy
The CHF/USD 555.- deposit for the retreat is non-refundable and the first part of CHF/USD 222.- is needed to reserve your spot in the retreat (paid within a week). And CHF/USD 333.- a month after, latest December 11th with the full payment.. Additionally, you’ll pay a first deposit to secure the accommodation you prefer at our Jambudvipa Retreat Venue (CHF 55.- until November 11th).
Full payment is due December 11th, 2019. If needed, individual payment plans are available. Please send me an email to and let me know your situation. Know that those plans are available to no additional costs! The retreat starts officially on the January 11th with a 2 hours Bhuvaneshvari Goddess Opening Ceremony at 4 pm and ends in the morning of the 18th with a Lakshmi Closing Ceremony.
If you withdraw from the retreat less than 30 days before, you will receive no refund. If you withdraw at least 1 month before the retreat, you’ll receive 25% (of total amount minus 50% deposit). In case the retreat has to be canceled, you are of course receiving 100% of your payments back.
About Aleks Nikolic
How can we see our day to day life, actions, interactions and thoughts as sacred again and become totally immersed and present while exploring them? Why are we doing what we're doing?
Aleks Nikolic's mission is to create safe and sacred spaces for people to reconnect back to their hearts, meet their darkness and remember the light by sharing the tools of Yin Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama, Yoga Nidra, Ecstatic Dance and Ceremonial Cacao with them. All based on the intention to create space for people to be all they are, feel all they feel and realign with the highest Truth. As much as it is serious and intense, it is also light and playful. She takes you every January and March on a Goa Heart Adventure in India - a retreat focused on connecting back to the heart and living your life from there while channeling different Tantric Hatha Goddesses, dancing, diving deep in Yin Yoga Journeys and letting go of what doesn't serve you anymore, remembering that life happens right now. She was born in Zurich, has Serbian roots but has been traveling constantly for the past 4 years, feeling mostly drawn to Bali, India and back to Zurich sharing her experiences. Magic is real. Love is the answer. Remember your intention. If not now..when?!
She is a yoga teacher and space holder that was born & raised in Zurich, Switzerland and has Serbian roots. She’s been traveling since October 2015 and completed in 2016 her 200hs with Heidi Dietrich & Heidi Michelle in Costa Rica. Her most important trip so far has been last year to India – after a painful break-up. It led her back to her own inner flow, to the journey of her heart. She completed there a 100hs advanced Tantric Hatha & Divine Feminine Training with Heidi Dietrich & Jessica Roodvoets.
In June 2018 she dove deep into a 50 hours Yin Culture Teacher Training with Nik Robson on magical Bali and has been supporting him as assistant and space holder since November 2018 on various 100hs Yin Teaccher Trainings.
In February 2019 she has completed the first Yoga Nidra Level with Meera Prem at Diya Yoga in Goa, India.
About Jackie Härdig
Jackie is a professional bodyworker and yoga teacher originally from Colorado, USA. She is intrigued by the mind/body/spirit connection and utilizes massage and yoga as tools to assist others on their own spiritual journeys. She'll be offering her Rebalancing Bodywork Massage during the Goa Heart Adventure in January 2020 and support Aleks Nikolic during that week.
After many years of self-work, she began studying the mind-body connection professionally in 2018. She attended a 300-hour hatha yoga teacher training with an emphasis on the chakras and healing (200 hours certification) at Pyramid Yoga Center in Koh Phangan, Thailand with David Goulet. In January of 2019, she studied and became a certified Biodynamic Rebalancing bodyworker with Antar Rasal in Goa, India. She fell in love with the spiritual way of life in India and is looking forward to going back to practice the bodywork that she has seen cultivate growth in her own life and the clients she works with.
“The body is a tangible link which can help us gain access to the mental, emotional and spiritual realms of our being. The intention of my work is to use the body as a vehicle on which to journey into to the innermost part of our beings and to connect us with the pure love that exists at the core.”
Rebalancing Bodywork is a specific type of myofascial release massage that helps the client achieve a natural state of balance physically, mentally, and spiritually. Deep connective tissue strokes, joint mobilization techniques, assisted stretches, and energy work are utilized in conjunction with breathwork and meditativeness to release certain holding patterns that contribute to dis-ease. As tensions are released in the body, energy is freed, and old, unconscious patterns are more easily let go of.
Rebalancing Bodywork views the body as more than its physical component and seeks to transform the spiritual, emotional, and energetic components of one's being. It would benefit anyone who is interested in living a more healthy and harmonious life.
(A 2hs session is included in all the retreat packages)
About Goa & India
Goa is one of my 2 favorite places on Planet Earth so far. It's peaceful, it's wild, it's adventerous, it's relaxing, it's just so beautiful.
What the women of the Goa Heart Adventure 2019 say about Goa:
Simone: "Goa was a heart-warming, back to nature and overwhelming in a positive way. I felt connected to nature and people. It gave me a sense of freedom. You can't describe Goa, you have to feel it."
Gisele: "Traveling to India is an adventure and you have to slow down if you want or not. Goa was freedom for me."
Sheriza: "A place where you go with the flow - surrendering to the pace and whatever that comes with it."
Eula: "Goa = absolute Freedom"
I know that India can awake really controversial thoughts and pictures in peoples minds. I love India – it is an intense place – you have huge extremes of beauty and hell. BUT, we’re heading to Goa, which is a tiny coastal state, that was in the past a Dutch & Portuguese colony, so a majority of people are Christian and Goa is the place where hippies went in the ’70s and yeah, some are still there. Goa is a completely different Universe – compared to India itself but also any other country I’ve traveled too.
People are very free, it’s super chilled, the sea is warm and with gentle waves, you get this amazing tan that you only get in Sicily or the Caribbean and there is colorful local shopping, sweet chai and tons of different amazing food. In Goa, I have felt all the time so high on life – completely free, wild and alive. I can’t wait to share this with you! As soon as you sign up for the retreat, you’ll get a comprehensive guide and list with all that you need to know. It’s gonna be magical! I recommend you take some more time off than just for the retreat…. just sayin’.
For India, you will need a visa and I can walk you through this process.
Find the FAQ here or download the Gone Brave Woman's Guide to India.
Recommended reading as preparation
-Shakti Meditation and Shakti Awakening by Sally Kempton
-Tantric Yoga and the Wisdom Goddesses: Spiritual Secrets of Ayurveda by Dr. David Frawley
7.30 am - Self-practice / sadhana / personal daily morning ritual
8-11 am – Ceremony
from 11 am – Brunch**
from 12.30 pm - Massage with Jackie, Yogi’s Choice or free-flow group activity
from 6 pm – Dinner**
from 7.30pm Yogi’s Choice or free-flow group activity
after that - personal daily evening ritual
*note: written in sand, not stone.
This is a sample adjusted to our daily needs.
**We'll have one meal a day together that is included in the retreat package. The idea is to also have space to eat by yourself and have solitude time.