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Have you been to the Canary Islands yet? They are a group of volcanic islands set off the North African coast. Lanzarote is the most unique and exquisite of them all, with an energy that feels like it meets you from the centre of the earth. Lying 86 miles from the south coast of Morocco, the island has warm and sunny weather all year round. Lanzarote is a fulfilling destination that offers a great balance between entertainment, culture, nature, peace and inner renewal. Gina is so looking forward to welcoming you!
Villa Amatista has various types of beautiful accommodation, ranging from studios to casas (houses). There is also a yurt, for double and single occupancy. Book early if you would like single occupancy. Some rooms do carry a single occupancy supplement.
Thus, you will get to spend seven nights in a simple, varied, spacious, and very comfy accommodation. The bathrooms are either ensuite or outside your main room so that virtually all rooms don't need to share bathrooms.
There is a dedicated indoor yoga space for up to 20 mats which is light and airy and where you will enjoy your twice daily practise. It opens onto the pool area and has spectacular views of the Fire Mountains.
Arrival begins after 15:30, followed by welcome group hug, an "I have arrived" drink, and the first evening meal together.
Twice daily yoga (a blend of Hatha, Yin or Restorative) including meditation and essential pranayama. Sessions are 90 minutes long, although Gina doesn't keep strict time. You will have a relaxed flow to your yoga time!
This is your day off to explore Lanzarote. A car is highly recommended. You will be offered group excursions too if you prefer staying with the group. Please note a light breakfast only will be provided.
Twice daily yoga (Hatha, Yin or Restorative) including meditation and essential pranayama. Friday evening closing ceremony and farewell dinner.
There will be a farewell with breakfast included.
Please note Saturday, March 3, is the arrival day; the retreat proper starts on Sunday, March.
Nurturing is the flavor of this week. As well as the energy of this beautifully peaceful location and the nourishing body loving food journey, Gina offers you the following:
Gina is a Yoga teacher, relationship coach and complementary therapist and an ex long termer in the UK aviation project world. In 2008 after 15 of years practicing various styles of Yoga Gina decided to train as a teacher to deepen her understanding of Yoga’s incredible benefits. Gina has developed a very sound way of teaching Yoga based on her own direct experience. She focuses on safe movement and natural alignment of the body’s joints.
Villa Amatista retreat centre is located in the heart of Lanzarote and the unspoilt countryside and vineyards of La Geria, a protected area and very privileged position that allows you to easily visit all the attractions that Lanzarote offers. From here, it takes only about 20 to 30 minutes by car to get everywhere!
It has large organic gardens with fruit trees, vegetables and aloe vera. Solar panels heat the water and water-recycling and composting take place, making this a very eco conscious, soft footprint of love on the island. The harmonious and peaceful atmosphere supports inner and outer transformation. You are in for a treat!
You will be served a soul food journey of essentially vegetarian meals on most days:
Lunch and dinner on Wednesday, your sightseeing day, are not included.
The groups enjoy the absolute tranquility of the retreat as well as the pleasure to discover such a diverse island. Having a car is the best and most comfortable way to enjoy the unique volcanic landscape. There are many excursions you can do on the island and you will be offered the details at the welcome meeting. Massages will also be on offer to help you relax even further.
Famara is a popular yet wild surfing spot. The beach is immense; you can walk it for hours and be delighted by the amazing sunsets. The village has many surf schools and fish restaurants as well as a stunning view on the Soo Desert.
Playa Blanca in the south is a great little town to explore as well as the wonderful beaches of Papagayo, Playa Mujeres, famous for the blue waters and white sands.
The ancient capital of Teguise is very worth a visit for the picturesque atmosphere, the typical Sunday market, the ancient castle and the cosy bars where you can enjoy one of the specialities of Lanzarote: the volcanic white wine!
Take a tour around the awe inspiring volcanic landscape.
There are many more natural and cultural attractions: Jameos del Agua, La Cuevas de los Verdes, Mirador del Rio, Haria, Los Hervideros and the Cesar Manriques architectures.
Please book your flight to arrive at Lanzarote - Arrecife Airport (ACE), the only airport in Lanzarote. It is a very easy 25-minute cab ride across Lanzarote's unique volcanic landscape to the retreat venue. Please contact Gina Hardy Yoga if you would like to hook up with others guests to share costs.
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