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5 Days Meditation, Detox, and Yoga Retreat in Spain

  • Benahavis, Andalusia, Spain

Overview

Luxurious Yoga Retreat Spain

The retreat will consist of yoga, guided meditation sessions, as well as exercises to raise your emotional awareness. The meditative practices and the guidance of the teacher will provide the space needed for inner work, which will enliven your hearts and re-sensitize you to life. The yoga practices and Ayurvedic cooking will reawaken, strengthen, and detox your bodies and minds.

Highlights

  • Meditation sessions
  • Yoga Nidra sessions
  • Emotional awareness exercises
  • 3 vegetarian meals a day
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Use of swimming pool

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Advanced

  • 5 days with instruction
  • Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish
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Shared double and triple rooms will be provided. The retreat takes place in a luxury villa in the south of Spain with a swimming pool, groomed gardens, and comfortable communal spaces with room for privacy. The villa has four bedrooms, one of which is reserved for staff. The remaining three rooms are for participants, two of which have double beds for friends or couples and the third room has three single beds.

This retreat explores what is in the way of your inner calm and also focuses on cleansing your system from toxins and strengthening your bodies. You will re-establish the connection with the "self" and your bodies by allowing inner conflict, restlessness or tension to surface, and then dissipate. An underlying quietness and peacefulness that exists within naturally can emerge because of the yoga and inner work.

The retreat will consist of yoga, guided meditation sessions, interactive sessions, and exercises to explore how you can create a deeper comfort within yourselves and more ease and naturalness with others. There will also be some time to go for walks and relax in the outside swimming pool. Beginners as well as experienced mediators and yoga practitioners are welcome on this retreat.

Sample daily schedule

  • 08:45 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Guided meditation, talk, emotional exercise
  • 10:30 Break
  • 11:00 Yoga
  • 12:15 Relaxing and swimming in natural pool
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Free time for reading, walking, resting
  • 16:00 Feldenkrais session or yoga Nidra
  • 17:00 Break
  • 17:45 Yoga
  • 19:15 Dinner
  • 21:00 Candlelight meditation
  • Siggy Verelst

    Siggy Verelst is originally from Belgium but has studied and worked in Melbourne, Australia for a large part of her life. She has a Masters in Filmmaking and Psychotherapy and a Bachelors in Fine Arts. Being committed to her inner work and self-development she has immersed herself in meditative practices from various traditions since a young age. Today she teaches meditation and Yoga Nidra, in addition to having her own private practice as a psychotherapist, in which she uses a humanistic, body-oriented approach, mindfulness approach.

  • Marthe Verswijver

    Marthe has been practicing yoga for eight years. She discovered the medicinal power of yoga while struggling with an auto-immune disease in which yoga proved to be the only thing that gave relief. She started her yoga journey with an in depth detox Vinyasa training in Thailand after which she moved into an Ashtanga yoga practice, studying Mysore style with Paul Dallaghan, Manju Jois, Damien de Bali and Sarah Powers. Because yoga has been a journey back to health, she continues to study the effects of each asana on the body and the organs, which is reflected in the way she teaches.

This retreat will take place in Benahavis, Spain. Benahavis is a Spanish mountain village between Marbella, Estepona, and Ronda, seven kilometers from the coast in the southern Mediterranean coast of Spain, in Andalusia. The town itself is surrounded by natural parkland and still has a modicum of a secluded, cozy feel. The closest airport is Málaga Airport (AGP), which is 45 minutes away.

Nearby places

  • Málaga Airport (AGP) - 45 minutes
Activities
  • Outdoor swimming pool
General
  • Beach nearby
  • Restaurant nearby
Services
  • Free Wi-Fi

Three meals will be served to you per day. All meals will be vegetarian and will have a gluten free option. The recipes used will be designed according to Ayurvedic principles and will have an underlying focus to detox the liver.

The liver is the organ responsible for the smooth flow of emotions as well as energy (Qi). It is the organ that is most affected by excess stress or turbulent or conflicting emotions so in today's society and busy lives, it is usually under pressure, hence the liver is always happy with some support.

All meals aim to provide good nutrition, balance and good taste. Other special dietary requests such as vegan, dairy free, and wheat free can also be catered for.

There will be some time to go for walks in nature and connect to the desert-like, rural landscape you find yourselves in. You could make the most of your trip by combining it with an exploration of the area before or after the retreat. The town of Benahavis has winding narrow streets and a picturesqueness, which almost makes it seem like a specially-created film set.

You could visit the ruined 11th century castle of Montemayor. This Arab stronghold squats on top of the highest mountain in the locality. It is a strenuous climb to visit the ruins, but views of the coastline are beautiful and worthwhile the effort.

Benahavis also has the highest concentration of high class restaurants in the region. You could pay a visit to the beaches along the Costa de Sol or drive up to the spectacular mountains of the Serrania de Ronda.

  • 3 organic vegetarian meals a day
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Airport pick-up at commencement of retreat
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Fresh fruit available all day
  • Organic teas all day
  • Use of the swimming pool
  • Yoga and meditation classes
  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance

Driving directions from Malaga

  • Take motorway A7 towards Algeciras / Cadiz for 70 kilometers.
  • Take exit 172 towards Ronda.
  • Follow directions for Benahavis for eight kilometers.

Driving directions from Algeciras

  • Take motorway AP7 towards Malaga for 54 kilometers.
  • Take exit 157 towards Estepona / Malaga.
  • After 12 kilometers, take exit towards Benahavis.
  • Follow directions towards Benahavis.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Málaga Airport (AGP). Transfer from the airport is included. A Mindful Practice will pick you up from the airport.

Arrival by bus

From Malaga, take a bus to Marbella, then another bus to San Pedro de Alcantara, and then a taxi to Benahavis. Alternatively, from Malaga take the Granada - La Linea / Algeciras line to San Pedro de Alcantara, and then a taxi to Benahavis.

  • Review by Emma Rose
    10 out of 10

    "This was a beautiful experience that I shared with incredible people. Siggy and Etienne put so much love into this program, and it created an intimate space to open up. "

    "The retreat gave me a space to connect with myself, to accept myself and explore new ideas for my healing. It gave me new levels of understanding in the process of simply observing and acknowledging my emotions. This deeply nourishing time has inspired me to seek out more experiences like Siggy offered. I am so thankful for it!"

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  • Review by Carole from Belgium
    10 out of 10

    "I am so thankful for having shared this quality time together. Siggy creates a context of freedom where you can connect with yourself, others, the birds, the sun, the South of Spain, Europe, the Earth. In a soft way, without pressure. Everything is okay. A nice combination of humanity and nature. Swimming in the natural springs, having healthy meals. A community feeling. Delicious. Namaste."

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  • Review by Kerry from London
    10 out of 10

    "Words can’t describe what the retreat has done for me. I booked the retreat because I felt a need to run away. I felt on the edge and unable to make sense. I arrived alone and being here has given me back my sense of self. I have been embraced by the Eco-village and feel like I am truly at ease and for that I will always be grateful. So thank you for giving me my sense of calm back and a knowing that I can be elsewhere and not feel incomplete. I now feel one me again. Thank you!"

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  • Review by Petr from Check Republic
    10 out of 10

    "Siggy and Etienne they have a wonderful place to give a powerful retreat. I explored important things about myself with them. Please enjoy the singing session at the retreat, it is a lot of fun to play other people as an instrument."

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  • Review by Siebe from Belgium
    10 out of 10

    "This was my very first retreat. We were guided by a very experienced teacher. I have gained many insights. I found the program to be well balanced and I could relate to the answers to questions asked to Siggy about the practice. I am eager now to learn more about the mind-body connection. Thank you Siggy and Etienne for the guidance on my path!"

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  • Review by Linette
    10 out of 10

    "My experience with Siggy has been life changing. When I first saw her I was suffering from a lot of anxiety and had several panic attacks a day. I had never seen a counselor before and was terrified to step through the door, but I immediately connected to Siggy and she instantly made me feel at ease. She gave me a safe place to explore all that was going on for me which generated so many insights about myself and my life. Today my anxiety is much better and if it still comes up I am able to manage it as I can see where it is coming from."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Siggy is the most non-scary approachable counselor I have ever met, and I have met a few. I love her down to earth approach. Nothing fazes her and you feel like anything you say is fine and will be accepted. It has helped me so much with learning to express my feelings as I thought that everything I thought and felt was 'wrong' or 'bad'. She has helped me feeling much more free and accepting of myself."

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  • Review by P. Johnson
    10 out of 10

    "Siggy has helped me a lot with finding some more direction and meaning in my life. I was feeling quite depressed when I first saw her and had no idea where that was coming from. I thought depression was something that just 'happened' to you, but now I can clearly see that I was simply not coping with some issues from the past that were still playing out in my present relationships. I am much happier now and would definitely recommend Siggy to anyone that is feeling lost like I was."

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  • Review by O'Brien
    10 out of 10

    "I have been working with Siggy on a regular basis for the last 3 months and it has had a profound effect on how I see myself and feel about myself. Even though I feel like I still have some things to work through, I feel incredibly supported by Siggy. Going to counselling I was expecting to feel even more like there were so many things wrong with me but the opposite has occurred. Siggy's care, understanding, wisdom and also her wit have made me feel deeply accepted and fine as I am, which is a very new and transformative feeling for me."

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  • Review by P. Laurens
    10 out of 10

    "Siggy has an incredible capacity to understand people's experiences. She is an incredible listener and has a remarkable ability to ask the right questions at the right time. It has been wonderful working with her. I highly recommend her."

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  • Review by Sarah Yeates
    10 out of 10

    "As a person who finds it incredibly hard to slow down, I found Siggy's hypno-relaxation more effective than any meditation or relaxation techniques I have tried. It left me feeling light on my feet and feeling like my world had opened up again."

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  • Review by Laura
    10 out of 10

    "The learnings I have taken from each meditation class with Siggy have had a really positive effect on my life. I am constantly amazed with how it has allowed me to put my everyday world and stress into perspective and in turn allow me greater control of my emotions and day to day life."

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