Lucy has been a holistic practitioner in the UK and worldwide since 1988. She specializes in a wide range of bodywork, therapies and energy, and spiritual balancing treatments such as chakra balancing and Reiki. Lucy was drawn to the practice of Hatha yoga and the yoga philosophy while studying holistic therapies professionally in London in 1989. She is a gentle teacher, encouraging and supportive in her teaching and holistic therapy work. A mother of two children born by natural childbirth methods, she also teaches pregnancy yoga and preparation for natural birth.
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Here you can experience a healthy and fulfilling connection with nature. The jungle has a healing and centering energy force which affords practitioners an unforgettable, deep level of communion with mother nature while they practice yoga each day.
Liz T. UK
December 2015. Sunflower Retreats
It was such a pleasure to meet you and your family too in Costa Rica. Thank you so much for such an amazing experience. I can't recommend your retreat highly enough. I came home feeling completely rejuvenated, relaxed and revitalised. A week of one-on-one yoga and fabulous luxurious treatments in the jungle was just what I needed. Definitely a life changing experience, I have already signed up to a massage therapy course starting in January and a reflexology course in London starting in August. I feel so positive and motivated and have already started enjoying the benefits of feeling rebalanced and re-energised from my fabulous stay. Thank you again for everything and for making my stay so fantastic. I really was made to feel very pampered and special and very well looked after.
The most memorable and exciting part of the holiday were the yoga sessions on the covered jungle shala platform, with the bird songs and howler monkeys talking to each other, and the hummingbirds flitting about, wind in the trees, leaves falling on the metal roof. Lucy led us in traditional yoga postures and flows, and guided imagery yoga Nidra experiences each morning and one evening. Some tips I would give other travellers booking this holiday - try the stand up paddle board lessons in Mal Pais with Andy, and any of several restaurants there, or the Thai takeout delivered by motorcycle to the jungle lodge. Bring your daughter! The lodge operates with a consciousness of reducing environmental impact and employs locals to guide hikes, and provide delicious breakfasts and some dinners with locally sourced fresh food. I would rate this holiday overall as excellent! Some wonderful memories, I would not hesitate to recommend it to a friend.
MikeI United Kingdom
My daughter and I chose this yoga retreat for its location and we were not disappointed in the least. We flew from Gatwick to Rome, then followed the excellent instructions from Sunflower regarding the train from the airport to local station Poggio Mirteto and then public bus to Casperia where we were met and shown to our accommodation (first floor flat, en suite with shared kitchen). Our yoga teacher was Lise, a very pleasant Canadian lady who gave classes from 8:00 till 9:30 a.m., and extra lessons in the afternoon (for a fee). It was primarily Hatha yoga which suited me, but my daughter who practices Ashtanga found it less challenging. However, the spa treatments for her (full body massage and facial) were to her liking, and the peace and quiet of the place were wonderful. There were only five others that week but we all got on remarkably well, sharing my birthday dinner at the local restaurant, and exchanging contact numbers at the end of our break. The excursion to the thermal pool near Viterbo was great fun and highly recommended. Also the Sunday hike with local guide Alessandro was interesting as we walked along a wooded valley to an ancient shrine (eight century) in a cave used by the friars of the area. All in all, it was a wonderful experience in a beautiful part of Italy that has little tourism. I would go back anytime!