June 7th – 11th 2017

Immerse Yourself In The Natural Beauty Of Paraty, Rio De Janeiro!

With Radha & Benjamin


$1300 (per person/double occupancy only)

** Until April 24th**


To reserve your space contact Radha at  After your registration, we will contact you, and assign you with the accommodation that is best suited for you. We will then send you an invoice to complete your payment balance accordingly.


Paraty, Rio de Janeiro

Paraty, is a lovely colonial town, 125 miles from Rio de Janeiro on Ilha Grande Bay, Brazil’s southeastern coast. It lies on the border between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo states. Nowadays, the Atlantic Forest is one of the most endangered ecosystems in the planet, and the Paraty area was deemed extremely important for the preservation of flora, mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, as well as climatic, hydrological and geomorphological factors that support these forms of life.

These attributes were a justification for the area involving the whole municipality of Paraty to be deemed by Unesco’s MAB program as an integral part of the Atlantic Forest Biosphere Reserve in 1992. The Historical Center, considered by UNESCO as “the most harmonious colonial architecture” is listed by National Heritage IPHAN. A gorgeous little town, the center of which has remained virtually unchanged since its heyday as a port for the gold passing through from the mines of Minas Gerais, Paraty today is a UNESCO recognized national monument.


Accommodations at Dharma Shala Inn

The Dharma Shala Inn is right in the center of Ecovilla Goura Vrindávana, which in turn sits within the idyllic National Park Chain of Bocaina, the mountains of the Costa Verde, and tourist and historic city of Paraty, in the southern state of Rio de Janeiro.

The Ecovillage, founded in 1984, was built on the principles of sustainable living through handicraft production and agroecology.

Simple lifestyle, goals of human betterment and an uplifting environment, has attracted over the years people from around the world. This inspired the creation of a place for those friends and supporters who could be accommodated in the heart of the Atlantic forest reserve, combining comfort, structure and wellness, with simplicity, warmth and rustic forest.

In this setting was born the Guest House Dharma Shala, to provide your stay with “a spiritual and ecological sanctuary in the heart of the Mata Atlantica.”


 The Food

We will nurture our bodies with some delightful and healthy vegetarian/vegan cuisine*. The Dharma Shala Chef, Krishna Priya, lovingly prepares each 1-3 course meal using ayurvedic techniques and locally sourced 100% organic produce. You will also enjoy a magnificent diversity of tropical fruits from the orchard.

*Note: Food allergies will be taken into account, but will need to be communicated by sending us an e-mail.


What’s included?

4 nights, 5 days  accommodation at the beautiful Dharma Shala Ecovilla

3 organic gourmet meals a day (1-3 course meals)

2 yoga classes a day (morning and evening)

Daily Workshops, lectures and group activities

Meditations, Breathing and Kirtan

Jeep Tour, in the middle of the forest and between the waterfalls  (6 hours)

One local excursion/ Day trip Cruise to explore Paraty beaches (6 hours)

Ecological walks and hikes to the waterfalls, natural pools inside the Farm

Bhakti Yoga Temple with daily ceremonies open to visitors

One-way transportation between GIG Airport (Rio de Janeiro) Copacabana

One-way transportation between Copacabana Hotel and Dharma Shala Ecovilla

One-way transportation between Dharma Shala Ecovilla and GIG Airport (Rio de janeiro)

Free time to explore the beautiful surroundings, diverse optional activities or relax


PicsArt_1451426483973Your Guides

Radha Krishna Lila from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and Benjamin Smielowitz from New York met at Synergy Yoga in South Beach Miami where they bumped into each other after a yoga class they were both taking. Always aware that the other was teaching at the same studio but never met beforehand, soon after they started sharing their knowledge of yoga, dance, fitness and life together. Benjamin was trained in Classical Hatha Raja Yoga by Sri Dharma Mittra at the Dharma Yoga Center in NYC. Radha has trained at Prana Yoga Miami and also by Sri Dharma at the Dharma Yoga Center in NY as well. Radha has been a professional dancer for more than 20 years. They now teach various classes, workshops, retreats and trainings together. Benjamin and Radha are also musicians and singers and have produced three albums together.

Radha and Benjamin will personally be in Rio de Janeiro on June 7th to pick you up at Galeão International Airport. From there we'll drive along the scenic coast four hours and half to the gorgeous colonial town of Paraty where we will stay at the Dharma-Shala Ecovilla Goura Vrindávana, for 4 nights. In Paraty we will enjoy boat tour, jeep tour by the jungle, waterfalls and hiking. Breathe, heal, unplug, release, play, transform and practice yoga in one of the world’s most exotic locations. On Sunday 12pm, June 11th, we will accompany you back to the airport in Rio for your trip home.



Day Schedule

7am/ Good morning jungle! Coffee/tea/juice

7:15-9:00am / Morning yoga practice

9am / Organic Breakfast

11am-12:00pm / Lecture

1:00pm / Lunch, Organic Gourmet Meal

2:00-5:00pm /  Relaxation/Journaling/Creative time/hiking/waterfalls/excursions 

5-6:30 /  Evening Yoga Practice with Deep Relaxation and Meditation

7pm  / Dinner, Light Evening Organic Meal

8pm / Satang, Gathering

All yoga classes and excursions are optional. You are welcome to sleep in a bit later or stay at the guest house while the group goes for an excursion. This is your retreat!!!

Your Investment

EARLY BIRD, until April 24th:

Per person:

$1300 - Standard Suite Double Occupancy

$1600 - Standard Suite Single Occupancy

After April 24th:

Per person:

$1500 - Standard Suite Double Occupancy

$1800 - Standard Suite Single Occupancy

*All rooms include private veranda, fan & private bathroom.


The $300 non-refundable deposit will be due by June 5th with the trip paid-in-full by June 12th.

Payment options:


PayPal (include $50 fee, to reflect their added charges to us)

Cancellation Policy

Full refund, less $300 deposit, will be given with at least 28 days’ notice. Within 15 days of the retreat: 50% of the total amount (less deposit) will be refunded. Within 7 days of the retreat: no refunds given without exceptions.

*If the retreat is cancelled due to a lack of participants, you will receive a full refund.

What’s not included?



Airport charges/taxes in Brazil or departing country

Travel insurance (we highly recommend getting travel insurance before departure)

Extra tours around the city

Optional Activities/Amenities

Massage, private sessions, etc.

*Note:  Optional activities are not included in the retreat price but are available and affordable for you to enjoy.



At Rio de Janeiro International airport (GIG):

Make arrangements to be at the airport June 7st at 9am, our shuttle will the airport at 10am. The shuttle back to the airport will leave Paraty, June 11th at 2pm; we will be at the airport at 6pm.  Arrange your flight back home after 8pm.



We recommend travelers purchase trip insurance.

What to Bring


Flashlight or Headlamp

Flip flops, sandals, or crocs for garden walking

Compact umbrella

Personal care products: soap, shampoo, conditioner

Water bottle


Yoga Mat



Beach Towel

Reading material

Yoga clothes, mat, and any props you use



Earth-friendly sunscreen and bug repellent


Sun hat



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To reserve your space contact Radha at  After your registration, we will contact you, and assign you with the accommodation that is best suited for you. We will then send you an invoice to complete your payment balance accordingly.