Hippies of Goa – the nirvana of the spirit & the mind…


Arambol is located in North Goa and it is a little heaven for rastafarian, cyber hippies and lovers of psychedelic trance parties.

But why hippies are inspired by India ?

I think, Hippie culture is very much indian, and behind the hippie movement there is the concept of « Sanyas » who influenced the early hippies. India is like « go back to your roots of spirituality ».

Hippies love discovering new places and new culture, live like a free spirit and India is still a land of freedom where they can live beyond the mainstream culture too present in the Western world.

Hippies found Heaven in India. But the old school hippies are not longer living in Goa, or not in Arambol. Now, we are more accurate to the neo-hippies with elephant patterns trousers, coming for clubbing and tripping and trying all the newest smoothies and workshops available in the spiritual shopping hub.

However, I still meet some people living backyard and making their own crafts, like Josephine braiding a coat of hemp in her balcony or Vincent fixing some handmade medieval hats that we are all selling to he hippy market at sunset on the beach.

Some might really live in nature and camp by the beach with their own wooden tools.

To capture the fragrance of Arambol, the Carnaval was a great place to watch amazing creatures wearing their best costume. Majority of them speaking with a very strong Russian accent 😉

We celebrate life, earth and our uniqueness


Publié par Sophie Foucher

Lives between Europe and exotic places, here is my story: I worked as a fashion Buyer for 10 years in Paris and get the chance to travel a lot during fashion weeks and experienced to live abroad. At 30 I changed my life and relocated in Hong Kong, where in parallel of my work I was studying Yoga and Ayurveda from short trips to Bali. Influenced by my teachers, peers, environment and my travels… I felt unstoppable and this year gap changed my life. First, I attended in Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep Monastery my first Vipassana course – the 21 days of silent meditation in 2013. I did an Ashtanga 200-YTT in India in 2013, I stayed under the guidance of certified Ashtanga teachers of KP Jois as Prem Carlisi, Damien de Bastier, BNS Iyengar till now. Completed an Ayurvedic course with Deepak Chopra, M.D., F.A.C.P in his foundation of Ayurveda and also with Dr Ramesh Kumar from the University of Ayurveda in Mysore – India. Completed a Dietary Course called ‘Food is your best medecine’ with the Dr. Veronica Waks M.D., N.D. which is about planning a food plan who works the best with different type of people. More recently in 2018, she stayed under the guidance of well known Ayurvedic author Janesh Vaidya in his center in Kerala to be trained as a Yoga Therapist and integrating Yoga-Ayurvedic program that she is able to teach now. « My experiences make me understand that the key component for health and wellness is traveling into a healing environment, as it is an extraordinary step into the process of self-discovering and how to transform our life with new habits and then sustain this lifestyle for our own health ».  That’s why I choose to use my yoga retreats to guide others for self-discovery and adopting a spiritual practice into their life “Sadhana” and all tools that has benefited me. You can visit my website : www.vitaminesea.org

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