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4 Days Meditation and Bilbao Yoga Retreats in Spain

  • La Casa Del Yoga Las Arena, Bilbao, Spain

Overview

Yoga Retreat Spain

People live in a world where success seems to equal stress and all your hard work and long hours are taking a serious toll on your health, relationships and life balance. Many of you dream of taking a yoga holiday in a faraway location which promises to solve your troubles and restore your natural vitality, but these often cost thousands of pounds and last for over a week, which isnt always a reality. This is where Bilbao Yoga Retreats differs. The yoga weekend focuses on bringing you back to the source, your true self and settling your heart and mind while reconnecting your body and nourishing your soul. Youll leave the weekend smiling from within and feeling your stress lifted.

Highlights

  • Evening yoga practice
  • 2 meditation classes per day
  • 2 yoga classes on Friday and Saturday, one of Sunday
  • 3 vegetarian meals on Friday and Saturday, breakfast on Sunday
  • Freshly made ginger and lemon tea
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • All beverages

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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Your home for the three days will be in a stunning French-style chalet house on a tree-lined calle, a five-minute walk from the seafront and surrounded by nature. Accommodation is of a high standard. Guest live in a beautiful French-style brick chalet house with private gardens, bedrooms are shared (private bedrooms are available on request) and communal living is embraced in order to create a supportive and positive group energy.

A home away from home, set in the beautiful Basque Country in the north of Spain, drifting along the southern coast of France and a pebbles throw away from English shores, here you can expect to experience a truly unique mix of charming cultures where nature collides to deliver dramatic landscapes, rugged coastlines and lush green countryside, providing the perfect sanctuary for a weekend of yoga, fitness and relaxation.

Upon arrival to the retreat house, a traditional French-style chalet home, complete with restored wooden-beamed ceilings, oak-wood flooring, roll-top bath tub, professional cook and friendly host and yogi, Kat, you will feel instantly welcome and relaxed. Choose from shared accommodation in the downstairs communal living space in the cute snook or princess room or perhaps you'd prefer a private room in the main house complete with en suite bathrooms; a king size suite with luxury mattress and walk-in shower or double room with Mediterranean tiled bath await.

The weekend is aimed at bringing you back to your source and optimal health and includes 2 daily yoga classes, lots of walking by the ocean, which the Basque people believe is the secret to good health and long lives, healthy home-made food cooked with ingredients from the family farm and local organic stores. The boutique yoga studio is a 20 minute walk far from the house, mindful walks in the morning and evening set the tone and enhance your fitness while helping to work-up an appetite. Yoga is dynamic but accessible, Kat teaches a flowing form of vinyasa yoga that energises every cell or your being alongside Buddhist meditation techniques, yoga nidra and more relaxing classes on the evenings include yin yoga and restorative yoga. You can expect to be challenged in the most wonderful way as you go within, purify your body and reset your mind.

Meals are loving cooked by family chef, Aira, which are heavily influenced by her husband's award winning cuisine in the Basque Country. Vegetable tapas dishes melt the taste buds while firm favourites such as vegetable moussaka and chilli ensure you are well nourished and full of energy for the days activities.

Buddhist principles can be felt throughout the retreat as guests are asked to respect their dharma, helping to clear away dishes, live mindfully of other students, observe an over-night period of silent, technology detox and before-bed meditation.

Guests can enjoy around 4 hours a day of free time in-between classes to enjoy many of the beautiful coastal walks, museums, beaches and the delightful silence that soothes the area into a stillness that is truly priceless.

This is a retreat for enthusiastic and open-minded people who truly want to commit to a life-enhancing 3 days.

Daily Schedule

  • 08:00 Wake to freshly made ginger and lemon tea to help cleanse your digestion. In good weather, this is served on the terrace with a view to the ocean and mountains
  • 08:30 Mindful walk by the ocean to the yoga studio
  • 09:00 Mindfulness meditation followed by a dynamic yoga sequence and relaxation
  • 11:30 Breakfast is served back at the house
  • 12:00 Free time to relax, explore, read, surf etc. Lunch is provided
  • 18:00 Evening yoga practice (this will vary in style from Yin to Vinyasa depending on the wishes of the group) followed by relaxation
  • 20:00 Dinner at the house
  • 22:00 Evening meditation followed by silence overnight on one of the evenings (usually the Friday, allowing guests freedom for Saturday evening).

Guests are asked to remain open and flexible to any changes that may occur, for example, if the weather is glorious, you may start and finish your morning practice earlier or you may feel the need to skip evening meditation at the house and go for a walk along the seafront and drink an optional glass of wine.

  • Kat Webster

    Kat is a truth seeking soul turned yoga teacher on a humble mission to help like-minded students find the peace within the chaos, the grace within the strength, and the open heart within the body. While she likes to move her body into a healthy shape, she is principally focused on revealing the true heart of yoga and its scientific, methodological and liberating path to lasting inner happiness and fulfillment. She teaches Vinyasa Karma, inspired by Krishnamacharya’s delightful system and intelligently designs each class to enable you to feel energized, enlivened, and uplifted.

La Casa Del Yoga is located in the beautiful seaside town of Las Arenas, 20 minutes away from the cultural hub of Bilbao in the Basque country.

Nearby places

  • Bilbao - 20 minutes
Activities
  • Swimming nearby
General
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Yoga studio

Three vegetarian meals on Friday and Saturday, breakfast on the Sunday, and all beverages are included in the price. Breakfasts give soothing herbal teas, sweetest oranges, tortilla and Kats magic dairy free Bircher muesli, soaked in orange juice and filled with freshly grated apple and cinnamon, honey and goji berries, served in jars. Lunch is all ready for you too, simple but delicious pitta breads with lettuce, red cabbage, chopped olives and carrot, dressed in olive oil, balsamic vinegar and lemon. Dinner is incredible veggie moussaka (which everyone vows to recreate the minute they get home) with gratin potatoes, roasted Mediterranean vegetables plus sliced oranges with pistachio and cinnamon for desert.

  • Explore the city
  • Simply relax at home
  • Sunbathe
  • Swim in the beach
  • 2 meditation classes per day
  • 2 yoga classes on Friday and Saturday, one of Sunday
  • 3 delicious healthy, vegetarian meals
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All beverages
  • Airport transfers
  • Flights

Arrival by airplane

A flight from central London to Bilbao Airport (BIO) takes just under two hours and can be bought from as little as 29.99 GBP with Ryanair and EasyJet.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Bilbao Yoga Retreats an inquiry.
  • Review by Ashley Warner from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I highly recommend Bilbao Yoga Retreats. The setting, the food, the accommodation and the yoga was all perfect. As someone who has practiced yoga off and on for the past few years, more for fitness purposes than for any other reason, I found the retreat very enlightening. I particularly enjoyed learning about the yoga philosophies. It is exactly what I needed to balance my hectic, sometimes stressful life in London. I felt so refreshed and relaxed at the retreat that I didn't want to leave. I will definitely be back. Thanks so much Kat!"

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  • Review by Catherine Law
    10 out of 10

    "What a beautiful experience! As a first time solo traveller and yoga beginner, this retreat was exactly what I was looking for. Kat is a fantastic teacher and takes the classes beyond just a physical practice, sharing a taste of the true meaning and purpose of yoga. The accommodation is so lovely and comfortable and Kat is the perfect host, so welcoming but offering the freedom to allow you to come and go as you please. And the food is Amazing! The location is also absolutely perfect with plenty on offer only a stroll away as well as super easy access to surrounding areas by train, including Bilbao which is only half an hour away, and a great surf beach even closer. All in all, I would highly recommend Kat’s retreat, and hope to join her again in the future."

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  • Review by Ashley
    10 out of 10

    "I highly recommend Bilbao Yoga Retreats. The setting, the food, the accommodation and the yoga were all perfect. As someone who has practiced yoga off and on for the past few years, more for fitness purposes than for any other reason, I found the retreat very enlightening. I particularly enjoyed learning about the yoga philosophies. It is exactly what I needed to balance my hectic, sometimes stressful, life in London. I felt so refreshed and relaxed at the retreat that I didn't want to leave. I will definitely be back. Thanks so much Kat! "

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  • Review by Anna Hope from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Wow! What a weekend! As a beginner yogi, I was slightly nervous about my first ever yoga retreat but I need not have been. Kat was the perfect hostess with the mostess. The house was beautiful and peaceful and the bed was so comfy. The shower was hard to get out of as it was so nice to ease the muscle aches. The food is delicious. Every morning we were served fresh lemon and ginger hot water before heading to the studio. The walk from the house to the yoga studio in the heart of Las Arenas was a lovely start to the day. The teachers (Kat, Amy, and Stewart) were superb and adapted the practice to all abilities and were so giving of their time, knowledge, and expertise, plus they were great fun to hang out with! I shan't forget Stewart's hilarious stories in a hurry. We had time to explore the area too. I recommend a walk along the seafront in Getxo and a glass of wine and some pinxos. I highly recommend Bilbao Yoga Retreats!"

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  • Review by a traveller from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you so much for such a lovely and special weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed everything: the location, the gorgeous walk to and from the studio each day, being amongst such a lovely dynamic group of people, the yoga teachings, the wise and magical words spoken by you, Amy, and Stew in the classes, practicing yoga to live music (a first for me!), delicious food, getting away from my manic life in London for a few days, and taking some time out for me. I feel truly blessed to have had such a lovely experience and have returned to London feeling balanced and chilled. Thank you for making this happen! I can hand on heart say that it's the best retreat that I have been on to date. Keep doing what you're doing."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "What a beautiful experience! As a first time solo traveler and yoga beginner, this retreat was exactly what I was looking for. Kat is a fantastic teacher and takes the classes beyond just a physical practice, sharing a taste of the true meaning and purpose of yoga. The accommodation is so lovely and comfortable, and Kat is the perfect host, so welcoming but offering the freedom to allow you to come and go as you please. And the food is amazing. The location is also absolutely perfect, with plenty on offer only a stroll away. All in all, I would highly recommend Kat’s retreat, and hope to join her again in the future."

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  • Review by Carol Amirghiasvand from South Hampton, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I can't speak highly enough of this wonderful retreat. The yoga classes were fantastic, the food amazing, and a beautiful location. Couldn't ask for a more relaxing and stress free few days. Returned home feeling amazing."

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  • Review by Christy Goldsmith from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Dear Kat, thank you very much for the most wonderful yoga retreat! I consider myself a yoga novice, so I had a little concern that it might be a bit much for me - but you and Will have such an encouraging and nurturing manner, we were all put completely at ease. You were a very gracious host too and I loved my 'princess' room. Keep dreaming. Love, Christy."

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  • Review by Rachel Carter from Worcester, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I can't recommend the Bilbao Yoga Retreat enough. Kat is a wonderful teacher and I felt very welcome in her home with her lovely family and Otto the dog! There was a great variety of yoga classes and meditation, which gave me the opportunity to really advance my yoga practice. There's also plenty of time to enjoy the sunshine, the beach, and beautiful Las Arenas and some really delicious food! I left the retreat with renewed confidence and some much needed inner peace. Will definitely be back next year!"

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  • Review by Joanne McCabe from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I went on my first yoga retreat three years ago and afterwards made a promise to myself to go on at least one every year, but I thought I wasn’t going to be able to afford one this year. Then I happened upon Kats website via an irresistible article online and boom, I was booking a budget flight to Bilbao within days. There is so much to be said for practicing yoga twice a day among a group of beautiful souls who have all found themselves together here, now, enjoying some magical, mindful group energy amid a backdrop of lush Spanish sun and scenic, sensory surroundings. Eating wholesome and lovingly prepared food, story-sharing, sipping wine on balmy evenings, cuddles with Otto the yoga dog, lemon and ginger tea to start each day, mindful walks along the seafront to share yoga practice in Kats cute Basque studio, and coffee afterwards in the quietly bustling squares of Las Arenas were all very welcoming. This retreat was just what I needed to re-calibrate before pouring myself back into my London life. I will forever remember completely surrendering to my mat on the final evening as British musician Adam Giles Levy provided the live soundtrack to our delicious Yin session and a thunderstorm gently rumbled up the minute he started strumming his guitar. When I returned to London, I went to practice in my favorite hot yoga studio and relished every moment, every rich breath, the fluidity of the postures. The teacher commented to me afterwards on my beautiful practice, breath, and open hips. I told her I was just back from retreat in Spain and we exchanged a serene, knowing smile. With Bilbao Yoga Retreats you'll not break the bank and your mind, body, and spirit will benefit just as much as they would on a longer, pricier trip - book one now!"

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  • Review by Rebecca Morley from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "The retreat house literally felt like home, you felt the warmth and love from the moment the door was opened by the beautiful smiling Agnes. The layout was great and I loved the 'secret grotto'. The location was perfect just a couple of minutes’ walk from the metro station and a five to ten minute walk in the opposite direction took you to the beach. The daily schedule was perfect, a lovely walk along the sea to the studio followed by morning practice then we'd head home for a filling, tasty breakfast. Afternoons where usually spent on the beach or exploring the vibrant city of Bilbao, followed by an evening class and another delicious nutritious meal. The Friday night after dinner we went 'silent' until after the morning practice. The following day included a mindful walk along the seafront to the studio and was perfect! As a natural chatterbox, I thought I'd struggle but found the experience gave me real clarity and I loved it. The Saturday night Yin class was a real treat as we had the most amazing musician playing live throughout the class and the experience was really was magical. I loved teaching and sharing my experiences and knowledge with a wonderful group of people. I came home feeling recharged and full of gratitude. For me, this retreat and what Kat offers is perfect to unwind, recharge, learn, and share. I can't wait to return as a student, as a guest teacher, and most of all as a friend."

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  • Review by Laura Ormandy from Liverpool, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I was quite apprehensive about the retreat as I have dipped in and out of yoga for the past five years and consider myself a 'beginner'. I was therefore a little worried about what the retreat might entail. I need not have worried as Kat and guest teacher Beca were truly amazing and instantly made me feel relaxed. The yoga classes were incredible and I have come away with increased awareness and knowledge of the history of yoga and the many different styles. When not practicing yoga, there was plenty of time to socialize, relax on the nearby beach, read a book, or jump on the metro into Bilbao to explore the fascinating city. It was also nice to recharge and just be in the moment. Each day began with a freshly squeezed morning cup of lemon and ginger tea followed by a lovely walk along the beach promenade to the yoga studio to begin our morning class. One of the walks was a silent, mindful walk helping me to still my mind which allowed for a deeper yoga experience. The food was divine; everything was fresh, plentiful, and tasty. I have come away inspired to explore more 'veggie' dishes and be more mindful of my diet and putting healthy foods into my body. The highlight of the weekend for me was practicing Yin yoga to the sounds of live acoustic guitar during a thunderstorm! It was a magical night and I felt very privileged to share that special experience with the rest of the group. I feel that I have come away with a tool kit to help me stay grounded and at peace with myself. I have been practicing Yoga Nidra each night which has helped me to have much improved sleep. I highly recommend this retreat, it is a fantastic way to relax, unwind, and experience great yoga. I cannot wait to come back again!"

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  • Review by Ruth Louise Gordon from Leeds, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "This is my second yoga retreat I have been on with Kat and could not recommend them highly enough. I have just completed my final year at university and these retreats have really helped me with my high stress levels as a student with deadlines and exams always on my mind. Set in a beautiful location by the sea in the very unique and traditional Basque Country, Kat provides a range of yoga classes with different styles and pace to suit all. Moreover, Kat shares advice and tips on how to beat daily stresses and relax your mind, simple yet effective a methods that you can do at home, proving there's so much more to yoga than just physical exercise. I will definitely be returning to help with my stress levels as I commence my first year as a primary school teacher and for the amazing Spanish tortilla that everyone must try! Thanks for everything!"

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  • Review by Karla Mclaren from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I'm a clear fan of Kat's yoga retreats, having just returned from my second, on which I took a group of five friends with me. I work long and sometime stressful hours for a big charity in London, Amnesty International, I have a full social calendar and have found these retreats the perfect antidote to city life. The town where Kat lives is stunning and so relaxed; waking up every morning listening to the birds and breathing the fresh ocean air is bliss. I also love the fact that I don't have to think about a thing for three days, all food is prepared and as a vegetarian I am in heaven and already planning my next visit."

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  • Review by Alice Watt from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "This is my first ever yoga retreat and everything Kat is doing here is perfect. I have slept better than I have in a very long time thanks to the mix of yoga, meditation, and tranquil surroundings. The house is so beautiful and I felt instantly at ease. I think everyone should give themselves this kind of experience once a year. I am also chasing more and will let you have them when I have."

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  • Review by Scarlet Wildernk from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Kat's yoga retreat caters for anyone and everyone whatever your experience may be. Her beautiful house and lovely family make you feel so welcome, not to mention the food! The vegetarian meals are really creative and taste amazing, but I have to say my highlight was coming home to a gigantic breakfast spread of homemade granola, omelets, fruit, yogurt, and tasty local honey after a hard morning yoga session. You have the whole day free to see Bilbao, the Guggenheim museum, local food and clothes markets, and beaches and be back in time for the evening yoga session, a lovely relaxing dinner, and some meditation. I would definitely recommend this retreat to anyone yogi or not!"

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