Kalari Retreat with C. M. Sherif Gurukkal

September 11th to 18th, 2009
We are excited to let you know that everything is now set for the upcoming KALARI RETREAT WITH C. M. SHERIF GURRUKAL! After 10 long years, Sherifka will travel to Riga to offer us a week of deep immersion into the ancient Martial Art: Kalarippayat.

C. M. Sherif Gurukkal in the Kalari

Beginners will be able to lay the foundations of the practice on a level that would take weeks or months in a normal class setting. For advanced students it will offer deep immersion, unique forms and exercises not commonly taught in daily classes or workshops outside of India.

In addition, a limited number of Kalari Treatments and Massages will be offered, greatly enhancing the evolution of the practitioners’ physical and spiritual body, and offering therapeutics for those who may need healing.

This very special retreat will happen in Latvia, at a retreat centre deep in the beautiful countryside, with pools, saunas, steam baths and a pond for swimming, all just steps from the living quarters.
Kalari-Sangham has teamed up with Shivas Centre in Rīga (Latvia) for this event, and in addition to the fantastic accommodations, the cooking staff from the Shivas Centre will accompany us on the retreat and provide delicious Ayurvedic meals cooked fresh three times a day.


Much like Kalari practice in India, the morning sessions will focus on deepening current knowledge and refining the practitioners understanding of Kalari and his/her embodiment of the practice. The afternoons will each have a different focus, again, deepening the individual’s current practice, but now also expanding into new areas of study for the abhyasi to explore, according to each individual’s capabilities.

Sherifka will share his vast knowledge and experience, as well as the very latest in his continual search for the most complete understanding of the ancient practice of Kalari.

In addition, a limited number of treatments will be available (at an additional cost), if you would like to arrange this, please email Gerhard as soon as possible to ensure your space.

Some topics that will be covered are: Marma, Nadis, Self defense, Treatment, Elements, Gunas, Doshas, Culture & History, Philosophy.

Here's a glimse at the daily schedule:

07.00 - 07.30 Tea
07.30 - 09.30 Practice
10.00 - 11.00 Breakfast
11.00 - 13.30 Treatment / Consultations / Self pracice / Spare time
13.30 - 15.00 Lunch
15.00 - 17.00 Treatment / Consultations / Self pracice / Spare time
16.30 - 18.00 Practice
18.30 - 19.30 Dinner
20.00 - 21.00 Lecture / Spare time on some days

We have found one of the most adorable places in Europe -
Mārcienas Muiža - a beautiful mansion from the year 1908, that has been lovingly restored and consists of several buildings:

  • Mansion / Main House: 6 spacious guestrooms, patio, gathering area, this is also where the meals are served.

    Mārcienas Muiža - Main House
    Mārcienas Muiža - Main House

  • Spa House: House with large panes of glass with cold and warm indoor pool, 4 steam baths, exercise machines, massage and treatment rooms. In addition on the 1st Floor are another 7 hotel rooms.

  • Stables House / Dormitory: On the 1st Floor there are 20 guest rooms equipped with shared shower sand toilets in the corridor. Part of this building was converted to a big hall with a beautiful wooden floor, which we will use as our practice space.

    C. M. Sherif Gurukkal
    Mārcienas Muiža - Dormitory

  • Forged House: This beautifully restored house can be booked as a holiday home for up to 10 people.

  • Sauna at the lake: We will have access to the original Latvian sauna with steam bath outdoor tub.

    C. M. Sherif Gurukkal
    Mārcienas Muiža - Sauna at the lake

Kerala Kalarippayat Academy
Shivas Centrs
Mārcienas Muiža