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During this transformative retreat, you will focus on realigning yourself with your essential nature, caring for your body, providing space for your heart and mind, and awakening your inner peace and outer strength. This nurturing retreat takes place in the healing hills of northern Spain in the Basque Country, in the bourgeois neighborhood of Getxo.
Nestled between Basque mountain tops and the wild Cantabrian Sea that draws international surfers to its shores lays La Casa Del Yoga, a stunningly restored French-style chalet house in the bourgeois neighborhood of Getxo. You can expect pristine tree-lined streets, busy sidewalk cafes, boutique shops, and plenty of fresh ocean air.
The house provides a loving and safe environment as a vibration of love and harmony can be felt in every room which has been decorated in a unique and eclectic mix of bohemian meets English country charm. The highlights include a roll top bathtub, wooden beamed ceilings and floors, a peaceful terrace overlooking the vast countryside, and lots of silence, birdsong, and comforts.
You can clearly remember those beautiful moments in life when everything seemed to flow with ease - you felt alive, creative, and full of energy and positivity, wonderful people and opportunities flocked to you, and life was harmonious and fulfilling. This divine energy vibrates within you but sometimes stress, an unhealthy lifestyle, and negative habits and emotions can cause blockages resulting in lethargy, unhappiness, and boredom.
When this unwelcome but inevitable occasion presents itself, it can be extremely beneficial to take some 'time out' from everyday life, reassess, nurture, and care for your body, feed yourself wholesome, healthy food, wrap yourself in a loving and positive environment, and realign yourself with your inner fire and unlimited power.
During the retreat, a big emphasis will be placed on simplicity and comfort. You will rest and rejuvenate in a home-away-from-home, French-style chalet house which totters between crisp blue skies, snow-glazed mountain tops, and luminous sunlight.
The founder and mother of the retreats is Kat Webster, who originally from Yorkshire now happily lives in Spain from where she runs two successful yoga studios and hosts monthly retreats in an aim to bring joy, peace, direction, and health to all her students. Kat teaches an empowering form of Vinyasa yoga that allows her students to understand the role they play in the creation of their own lives. Throughout Kat's classes, there are lots of space for you to awaken your inner peace and outer strength, inviting, welcoming, and summoning the divine pulse to vibrate within your heart and soul. Her classes are for students of all levels and backgrounds - everyone will feel cared for, accepted and valued.
Your host for the week will be Dionne Eleanor, who is a cycle loving, green juice, raw chocolate and essential oils loving yogi from the UK. Dionne is driven to create a movement for inclusive well being; reducing sickness, and increasing happiness globally. She is known for singing lullabies to her students at the end of yoga class, helping people recover from injuries and creating a space for those less abled to practice yoga with ease whilst still feeling challenged.
The yoga sequences are designed to intelligently ignite every cell of your being and create energy, peace, and strength physically and mentally. Every class invites you to connect with your heart - your inner teacher, and a strong focus shall be placed on your own personal spiritual journey throughout the retreat. Rather than force and push the body, you will be encouraged to allow your body to flow at its own pace and beat.
You will practice yoga twice a day from Tuesday to Saturday with the exception of one morning where you shall be invited to take a rest to enable the healing qualities of the practice to take full effect. There shall also be one morning class before you check out. The morning classes will be energizing and the evening classes will be slow, juicy, and peaceful.
You will also learn simple but highly effective meditation techniques taken from the Buddhist traditions which include mindfulness of breathing and metta meditation (loving kindness).
At 08:00, wake to freshly-made lemon and honey tea to help cleanse your digestion; in good weather, this is served on the terrace with a view to the ocean and mountains. At 08:30, enjoy a mindful walk by the ocean to the yoga studio (this walk is beautiful and is considered to be the key to good health in the Basque Country). At 09:00, you will do meditation, followed by a dynamic yoga sequence and relaxation. At 11:45, a big brunch is served back at the house. At 13:00, you can enjoy ree time to relax, explore, read, or surf; a simply yogic lunch is provided in Tupperware for you to take away. At 18:00, you will do your evening yoga practice (this will vary in style from Yin to Restorative depending on the wishes of the group), followed by relaxation, while at 20:30 dinner will be served at the house. End the day at 21:15 with evening meditation, followed by silence and technology detox overnight on Friday, allowing guests the freedom to enjoy Saturday evening as they please.
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.
Guests are asked to follow the program and practice the silence and technology detox on Friday evening as fully as possible. Committed, enthusiastic, and positive individuals are passionately welcomed in order to achieve the intended results - peace, happiness, health, and joy!
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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.
Dionne is a cycle loving, green juice, raw chocolate and essential oils loving yogi from the UK. She has worked internationally on a number of retreats, workshops, festivals, conventions & classes as a teacher, therapist and chef. Her yoga teaching includes Yin, Ashtanga, Hatha, Hot, Chair, Inclusive and her own unique Vinyasa Flow. She teaches for Hotpod yoga UK, and a number of studios in the UK as well as providing massage services for offices in the uk, with services including remedial, pregnancy, Thai and TMJ/face massage work.
The retreat will take place in the beautiful seaside town of Getxo, in the affluent neighborhood of Las Arenas, 20 minutes away from the cultural hub of Bilbao in the Basque Country. The boutique yoga studio is located in the heart of the vibrant seaside town of Las Arenas, a revitalizing 25-minute walk from the house by the ocean, a walk which the Basque people believe is the key to good health and longevity.
The Basque Country is renowned for its award-winning produce, so you can be sure to enjoy lots of fresh, organic (where possible), healthy homemade vegetarian food, some fruit may even come directly from the family farm depending on the season. Kat believes in the power of good homemade cooking, thus every dish is made with a mixture of healing spices and the magic ingredient - love.
The chef is highly experienced and past highlights include vegetarian moussaka, Mediterranean roasted vegetables, baked granola, homemade carrot cake, gluten-free cookies, and much more. Food is served around the Italian oak table under wooden-beamed ceilings with pleasant conversation and second helpings if you desire!
Although the emphasis for this retreat is placed upon the inner-journey and guests are asked to attend all classes, you will have free time to spend on the beach, visit the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, or explore the Basque Country.
Please book your flight to arrive at Bilbao Airport (BIO). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. A flight from central London to Bilbao Airport (BIO) takes just under two hours and can be bought from as little as 30 GBP with Ryanair and EasyJet.