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This is the time for you to depart from your busy life and start your inner transformation. Come to a magical medieval Retreat Center Anima Mundi located in the middle of nature surrounded by vineyards and graceful grazing lands, with the astonishing Pyrenees mountains on the horizon. Mediterranean homemade food, silent environment and healthy activities will help you to transform your body and soul. Make new friends and have a relaxing time here at the retreat! This journey will take you away from the typical sightseeing and fast-consuming tourism into a natural way of getting to know a new place and people! Within 3 days you will gain basic knowledge on the history of Yoga and its positive effect on your health. You will also learn relaxation techniques and meditation.
You will be staying in a historical country house, whose origins date back almost 1000 years. The house was recently completely renovated with all modern comforts in place. All rooms are very spacious and comfortable and each room has a modern, en-suite bathroom with shower and toilet. The house majestically combines the solidness and durability of the past with the conveniences of our present time. You can enjoy different areas for practicing yoga, a dining room, a living room with fireplace, a spacious terrace, a courtyard, and a library/relaxing area, among others. There is WiFi available.
Our retreats are specially designed to submerge you into the entire yoga philosophy. During your stay you will gain knowledge on yoga and its positive effect on your health. You will also learn breathing, relaxation techniques and meditation. Our retreats are quite spiritual, it is all about giving you the opportunity to reconnect with yourself, with nature and with your true essence.
We will work with the following central concepts:
Since we will be sharing our daily life with a closed group of participants we will learn from this experience how to manage our personal necessities and the necessities of the group, maintaining the harmony in everything we do.
Tolerance is the key of our well-being.We will practice the principles of tolerance, love and respect to others.
Most people are living in stressful and dynamic environments. During our retreat you will radically change your usual environment and submerge into the world of peace and tranquility. For some persons this can actually provoke reactions that we will help you deal with. In the end of the retreat you will notice the quantic changes in yourself.
Karma Yoga basically consist of entirely selfless service, in which the Ego is given up to desire to serve the divine in every thing, whether it man, plant or animal.
Optional excursion to the Montserrat mountain.
The retreat takes place in a historical small castle located in the middle of nature, close to the beautiful and inspirational Montserrat mountain, at about one hour travelling from Barcelona, Spain. The castle is surrounded by vineyards and graceful grazing lands, with the astonishing Pyrenee mountains on the horizon. So you can enjoy the fresh mountain air, relax in nature and recharge your battery!
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Proper nutrition it’s not just a fashion trend, it is the only way to a fulfilling life! We will have three vegetarian homemade meal a day. On our retreats we basically provide the detox diet. The day will begin with fresh detox juices and light breakfast to get energized and awaken the full potential of your organism. Then we will have a delicious lunch and in the afternoon we will share our daily experiences in a friendly atmosphere with a cup of biological tea. Before the evening meditation classes we will enjoy our dinner, accompanied by some optional music and dancing.
Having a friendly sharing session with the afternoon tea
Relaxing your mind enjoying the tranquility of the sites
Take the highway towards Manresa (either the C16 or the C58 and C55 to avoid tolls).
When you are around Manresa, follow the C-25 in the direction Manresa/Solsona/Lleida.
After a few kilometers, take the exit towards St. Joan de Villatorrada and after about one kilometer turn left towards Fonollosa.
Follow the road, straight on the roundabout and continue on the BV3008 until the first exit on the right after kilometer sign 7.
Follow that road all the way to the end, with the last part a dirt road that leads straight up to the Jaumandreu (the name of the house).
From Barcelona airport El Prat.
When you arrive to Barcelona airport (el Prat) there is a direct bus to city center - Plaza Catalunya. From the same place Plaza Catalunya you will find the underground train station. Take a train (Rodalies Barcelona R4) from Barcelona Train Station at Plaa Catalunya to Manresa.
From: Barcelona-Plaa de Catalunya to Manresa
On this website you can find the detailed information and tickets booking: http://goo.gl/Gi3dqO
Once you arrive to Manresa Train Station please contact to the Retreat Organizer Elena. You can find her contact details in the end of this document. We will pick you up from the Manresa Train Station and will deliver to the destination.
"I had a good retreat in Anima Mundi. The beautiful building is located at a tranquil spot, just with some farming activity around it. The staff and teacher were excellent, interesting, willing to share knowledge and very hospitable. There's good wholesome food and always tea around. This was my first encounter with Tibetan Yoga, which is quite something. It was hard work and had a very strong emphasis on the breath. You should try it one time."
"I found Anima Mundi by chance looking for a restorative yoga holiday. I had high hopes, but never in my wildest dreams have I imagined that the people who keep it so beautiful and vibrant would so far exceed my expectations. From before my arrival, I felt well taken cared of by Elisabeth, Shelly, Johanna, Katja, Emily, Mat and Mike. There was a gut feeling of having to come back home. Perhaps it is because they treat their visitors like a family. The kitchen and food are full of spirit and heart and deliciousness. I would like to thank Johanna for her wonderful teachings. I hope you take the opportunity to visit this special place. It's a home away from home!"
"If you are looking at yoga retreats and deciding which one to come with, pick this one! It is so so amazing. I would describe my visit as magical. The yoga was fantastic, it was well organised and clean, the food was vegan and delicious. I am pretty much a veggie at home now and before I came I was a meat eater. This is because you have shown me that veggie food can be delicious! I really miss being there in Spain at this beautiful castle. I will one day return to see the lovely people, and hopefully the cats too!"
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"Thanks for a very memorable stay at the new retreat just outside of Barcelona. My friend and I booked the weekend yoga retreat at Anima Mundi so we could combine it with some days in Barcelona before and after. The access from Barcelona was easy by train to Manresa, and the train ride in a beautiful scenery made it a great beginning and ending of the trip. Located in a small village with lots of green hills and vineyards, we were welcomed by the lovely people that were in-charge of the place at the time we spent there. I have never eaten so much lovely vegetarian food, prepared by Ellie, who was really a sweetheart. The great American yoga teachers, Mack and Shelly, were the kind of people who opened their heart and embraced you into their life with their love and wisdom. They all really inspired me to evolve my yoga and meditation practice."
"You should be prepared to surrender yourself to the complete silence and wonderful scenery and focus on the perks of being away form the loud noise most of us are living through daily. A stay at Anima Mundi will be a perfect stay if you are curious about yoga and meditation and if you stay open and heartful you will get a great experience. We all give a little in the days we stayed there. Since I left, I have enjoyed the aftermath and cherished the impressions these three people gave me. A stay at Anima Mundi this summer has given me tools to stay balanced in my daily life. For me, it was a experience I would repeat."
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"Dear Wanda, thank you for your review. We would like to point out that our retreats are about inner transformation and about getting in touch with yourself and with nature. Therefore they take place in an isolated, natural place, with indeed the occasional smell of cows. This is in some countries regarded as a sacred and purifying thing. We definitely believe so. The Retreat Center is surrounded by vineyards and plenty of green grazing lands for the cows, although our garden was under construction the week that you were there since you already know we are preparing the permaculture orchard for this summer. We do apologize for the inconvenience. However, it's important to note that all pictures that are now on the BookYogaRetreat website fully correspond to the Anima Mundi Retreat Center. Regarding the food, we have been working with the same cook for a long time now and she has always received only compliments on the taste and the healthiness of her creations. The vast majority of fruits and vegetables come from local producers and will soon also come from our own garden. Inner transformations revoke different reactions and sometimes the body or the mind resists. By opening up and embracing the transformation you can find true happiness! Namaste!"
"The retreat takes place in a beautiful old house with a very simple equipment, fully isolated. The next shop or cafe is 15 kilometers away. The house is in the center of a farm complex with many agriculture activities, industrial buildings and the typical dung smell around. One is forced to accept that many yoga sessions will be accompanied by the tractor noise just behind the window. On the first day there were also 5 small children running and screaming behind our heads during the yoga and relaxation practice. The court yard is unpleasantly messy. Any "garden" area is practically not existent. There are piles of country dirt, grass and old branches around. A bee nest on the roof of the terrace made it impossible to use the terrace at all. Nowhere around the place can one find a green area that is depicted on the photos. The WIFI, sometimes very slow and is available practically only in the bedrooms; not in the living room and certainly not on the terrace. The food was a disappointment. I expected a healthy and organic approach, but instead the retreat offers mass products from Danone and Kelloggs. Some vegetables come form the supermarket freezer. The meals are sometimes warmed up and served again the next day. The general impression that I got was that everything is improvised and careless towards the guests. One day a huge dirt pile in the court yard was put on fire. The whole day it was impossible to stay outside the house or open the window due to an intensive smoke around. Another day the personnel left and the guests stayed over night alone, without any paid personnel member in the premises. Next morning we have prepared the breakfast ourselves. At some point the kitchen ran out of the mineral water and the tea (both included in the price). The hotel manager gets some extra minus points for false information she gave me on few occasions. On the energetic side, I always got a headache when she was around, fortunately she was generally absent. My overall rating takes into consideration the price of the retreat which is higher than other comparable places. Therefore I would expect a more suitable value for the money."
"Dear Eve, we are very happy to hear that you went home feeling good and that you enjoyed what our team offers at the Retreat Center! We also appreciate very much your constructive feedback: life is all about learning and improving - both ourselves and our actions/enterprises. Concerning the issue of expectations: we are updating the information and pictures on the BookYogaRetreats and the AnimaMundiRetreats websites, so the medieval castle, the modern rooms and the natural surroundings are all the real deal. We further note that our retreats are about spiritual transformation and we believe that a simple, serene, yet comfortable environment is essential to this, as well as some voluntary karma yoga and tidying your own room. Nevertheless, most of the time we do have people at the Center who take care of the housekeeping, but due to unfortunate circumstances this was not the case for your retreat and this was also the reason that the house was not yet warm when you arrived. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience. Thanks again for your feedback and keep up the raised vibration!"
"This retreat is worth going on for 3 things: Hari’s knowledge, charisma and personality, and Ratha’s cooking. Third – the Avurvedic Massage (4 hands). This was such a unique experience and one I will not forget. It really danced between the boundaries of pleasure and pain but was so memorable for that reason. Certain pressure points were kneaded into and instead of finding it horrific it was oddly soothing due to their chanting whilst holding the point. There was also a case of ‘false advertising’ I would say, as the description and photos of the retreat were not reflective of the place at all. It stated that there would be a free Avurvedic massage included in this retreat, however I was told that it did not apply to the winter retreat and the summer retreat details were still on the website. The manager claimed that she had emailed this website with the new information and they had not done it so the old information was still on there. Whether this is true or not, I do not know, however the manager was gracious enough to allow me the free massage because that is what was on the website and what I thought I was getting. So I was very grateful and happy about that. However, I do wonder whether the new ‘winter retreat’ information would have had any different pictures or simply the same ones they used for the summer one. The summer one is a completely different house and location, and I was drawn in by the pictures – still knowing that obviously in March the sun may not be shining so much nor would it be warm enough to go outside for massages etc. However, I thought at least the pictures I was seeing were the location I was going to – i.e. lush greenery surrounding the house and lots of grassy areas to sit on outside. However, upon arriving it was soon clear that this was not the same place so that was a little disappointing. I would have liked pictures that represented the real place so then I could have decided whether to go or not. Obviously, once I was there and settled in, I came to like it, but it’s the expectation not being met – and that’s what photos do, trigger expectations. Furthermore, upon arriving the house had not been heated up at all and it was freezing cold. I left London to escape the cold so this was not something I was overly happy about, but once the heating cranked up it was much more bearable. And without going into too many details that will come across too nit picky and negative, the place was simply not ready yet for retreaters. As I was leaving, some things were getting sorted out and I could see that this place was essentially a work-in-progress. I understand they want to continue making money whilst setting up a new place, but personally I think they should set it up properly first before opening it up to people. They also have this concept of ‘Karma yoga’ which is essentially to help out around the house and do something for others or for the group rather than just ourselves. I totally understand the idea and I think it’s great – however part of me wondered if this is a way for them to get away with not hiring a housekeeper (which this place REALLY needed), especially as ‘karma yoga’ was put on the timetable every day when there was free time. Also many people go to a retreat to escape chores and to just be with themselves and contemplate during the rest/free time period, and may not wish to do house chores whilst they are on a retreat to escape their stressful lives (I have been to many retreats and this was the first that had this set-up). Again if it had been said on the website that cleaning up your own room and not having sheets changed etc was something that was to be expected, then at least I could have made a more informed choice about whether to pick this retreat or go with another, and not be somewhat surprised when I was told. I may have still picked the retreat and I certainly do not regret going, I just think that being more truthful on the website about what is entailed would be a much better way to go (on the website the timetable never mentioned ‘karma yoga’, only ‘free time’). All in all, this retreat brought me many laughs (I was giggling so much out of bliss), much more than grumbles, and even the grumbling in itself was amusing because myself and other retreater bonded over it. Obviously these are only ‘first-world’ complaints and so we weren’t taking it too seriously, especially as the whole purpose of going is to chill out and develop a new perspective. Hari is a larger-than-life character and really worth going for, also if you want to learn more about Ayurveda. Again, the long list shown on the website of what gets covered in the workshops didn’t really get covered – I thought it was going to be a more formal class-type setting where you see slides/whiteboard etc (due to the list of information shown on the website), however it was much more an informal question-and-answer type setting, which was charming in itself and much more intimate. But it just brought up the issue again in my mind that how the retreat was described was quite different to how it actually was. Hari’s lovely wife and cook made the most yummy vegetarian food, she is really talented. The chanting and meditations were very nourishing, not necessarily the type of meditation I would like to do (I do a different kind which seems a lot simpler as it is just repeating a mantra), but it was good to try something else, even though after 7 days I felt it was a little tedious doing the same one over and over. The yoga was intense in a way I wasn’t expecting, the evening classes were more ‘standard’ yoga (though a little repetitive at times with endless sun salutations), however the morning classes were more ‘warming up’ yoga exercises and were quite difficult! These also could have been a little more varied but I guess the teacher wanted us to get used to doing them. The surrounding areas were nice for walks near vineyards and it’s hard not to leave something like this and NOT feel good; however I would just say that there needs to be a change in how the retreat is ‘sold’ on the website and be more reflective of what it actually is and what the place looks like. All in all worth it, the nourishing activities and daily chanting certainly raised my vibration."
"My weekend retreat was perfect. Elena and her team made me feel at home. We had yoga and meditation sessions in a castle with a wonderful view every morning and evening. We also had super delicious home cooked meals the whole weekend. On the last day, I also did Ayurvedic massage which was not planned, but it was so good to complete my retreat before going back home."
"I have had such a brilliant weekend here! Beautiful place, gorgeous scenery, and most important, helpful and caring people. "
"Thank you for the restful educational time. I will remember this weekend fondly!"
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"My daughter Calli and I went on this week-long yoga and Ayurveda retreat. It took place about two hours outside of Barcelona. Calli and I flew to Barcelona from NYC. At 3pm we met Elena, the Anima Mundi organizer, in front of the Hard Rock Cafe without a hitch and she took us on a two-hour ride to a beautiful castle in the middle of a vineyard. Elena is a delight. We were in her company for our drive to and from the castle at the start and end of the retreat and a few meals over the week. Despite the limited time we had with Elena we enjoyed her company very much and would love to spend more time with her whenever and however possible in the future.For the next eight days we lived as a family in the castle. The days were full from 6:30am to 10 or 11pm. The Ayurveda teaching was new to us but fascinating. Harry is extremely knowledgable and loves to share. The yoga was phenomenal - Vasu Dev is a true yogi and his classes were fantastic and perfectly catered to our ability and desires. Radha's meals were vegetarian comfort food that was delicious.This was my first ever yoga retreat and it surpassed my expectations in every category. The group delivered exactly what was promised in the retreat description with so much love and attention, much more than I ever dreamed possible and all for a very reasonable price. And, as we were the first to experience the retreat in the castle, a few glitches did come up over the course of the week but the group quickly resolved them and got back to taking awesome care of us. A sincere and heartfelt thank you to the entire Anima Mundi team. I am writing this review more than a month after my return to NY and my heart is full. I love you all."
January 2016. BookYogaRetreats.com website, edited
"Thank you for a wonderful, relaxing weekend. I really enjoyed the yoga, the teacher was brilliant and adapted to the class. The meditation, Ayurveda and pranayama was also great. Thank you so much. I can't wait to come soon."
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"What great energy is in this space! The people, the masia and the surroundings are all lovely. I felt very strong and calm leaving the restorative weekend of yoga, meditation, pranayama, wholesome food and learning. The teachers are powerful role models, leaving me inspired to continue my path with yoga and wellness with fresh motivation and new insight. I'm excited to return!""I spent a memorable weekend at the retreat center. Great teachers, devoted organizers and amazing location: an old masia nested in the Pyrenees and surrounded by vineyards. Thanks Lena!"
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"We came here for a Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat, for a weekend. Loved the house and really enjoyed exploring all it offers. The yoga instruction was first grade quality and the Ayurveda really opened our minds and inspired a deeper understanding in the future with further learning. We can't wait to see this space grow and expand! Thank you for a lovely weekend! "
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"I really enjoyed my stay here. A real privilege to be taught by a real yoga teacher. Wonderful food and very friendly atmosphere. Thank you for a very special time, just what I needed."
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"Beautiful, peaceful retreat up in the Pyrenees Mountains. I felt a gentle simplicity in the time there, and real passion and depth of understanding in the teachers. We had a lot of fun spending time as a group, helping create a cosy atmosphere, and sharing in the teachings and practices!"
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"I got so much out of the Anima Mundi retreat. I made new friends, improved on my fitness level, developed a greater sense of inner calm and spirituality, and gained an understanding of how to maintain this in my day to day life.The accommodation was perfect - a vila in isolated and very beautiful surroundings in the mountains with no disturbances. I was glad to have a private room with my own bathroom, but also to have a communal space to share with the other attendees.The food was top class. The two vegetarian meals a day (brunch and dinner) were always delicious, fresh and wholesome and including a variety of dishes with high quality ingredients. There was always fruit and tea available whenever we wanted it. I had specific dietary requirements and Elena was very understanding and always made sure there was sufficient and varied food for me. It was surprisingly easy to manage on two meals a day, and my body really felt the benefits. I found the mindful eating approach to meals very beneficial, and it is something which I have since taken away and implemented with my family.The instructors were inspiring and had a lot of wisdom to offer. I especially appreciated that Vasu, the fabulous yoga and meditation instructor, came from an Indian background and was able to provide us with such a holistic programme with deep insights on how the different aspects of yoga, meditation and mantras fitted together. The programme was quite intense in terms of the hours dedicated to yoga and meditation, so I really felt profound benefits in a short space of time, and it was great value taking into account the teaching hours. I had such a great time I would have stayed for another week if it was possible. I cant recommend it enough, and I will definitely be repeating the experience with Anima Mundi again."
"The retreat was amazing. The accommodations: very nice an clean. The house was very calm, surrounded only by trees and horses with a beautiful view on the Pyrenees. I even had a single room even if I didn't ask for it.The food: very good healthy veggie food twice a day cooked with love by Elena.The yoga class: more than 3-hours Asana, 2 hours of meditation a day .We had such a great teacher (Vasu). It was intense but we were free to follow our own rhythm. I felt I've progressed a lot and I come back from it fully relaxed and with a feeling of inner peace. I fully recommend this retreat. Elena from Anima Mundi and her big heart are just wonderful hosts."
"This summer I was part of a lovely retreat from Anima Mundi and I was overwhelmed by the completeness of the program, but even more so I had my breath taken away by the host, Elena Mundi, who made the whole experience a life changing and life enhancing event, just by being her lovely, enchanting self, igniting me with her relentless energy and positivist spiritualism. I would have loved to stay longer and will book a new retreat with her very soon. I recommend everyone to do the same!"
"An amazing journey!!! I was pleasantly surprised with what I saw, felt and lived there! It was the first time to be on a retreat. But now I know I will repeat it every year.Life-changing experience! I gain peace and love.Yoga classes were great- more than I expected. Food was splendid.The team are the best people I have ever met! All the conversations all the meditations and the level of behavior taught me how to be a better person!Thank you guys! We will see each other again. You are now like my family :)"