8 Days Nurturing Yoga Retreat in Lanzarote, Spain

  • Villa Amatista, Camino las Huertitas 11, La Vegueta, 35560 Tinajo, Lanzarote, Spain

Lanzarote Yoga Retreat

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!

Highlights

  • Group sessions
  • Yoga tuition and meditation
  • A soul food journey of vegetarian meals on most days
  • Welcome healthy drink and supper on Saturday evening
  • Purified water, tea and coffee all day long
  • Use of solar heated swimming pool
  • Free Wi-Fi in the common areas
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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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.

Yoga space

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.

Daily schedule sample

Saturday

Arrival begins after 15:30, followed by welcome group hug, an "I have arrived" drink, and the first evening meal together.

Sunday to Tuesday

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!

Wednesday

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.

Thursday and Friday

Twice daily yoga (Hatha, Yin or Restorative) including meditation and essential pranayama. Friday evening closing ceremony and farewell dinner.

Saturday

There will be a farewell with breakfast included.

Please note Saturday, March 3, is the arrival day; the retreat proper starts on Sunday, March.

The things that make it special

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:

  • Holistic massage
  • Lots of hugs and love everyday on your mat
  • One-to-one yoga time to be heard and listened to
  • Optional yoga Nidra meditation sessions on at least three evenings before bed
  • Gina Hardy

    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!

Nearby places

  • Tiagua village - 5 minutes' drive

You will be served a soul food journey of essentially vegetarian meals on most days:

  • Pre-yoga tea and snacks, late brunch post yoga and dinner. All lovingly prepared for you and served in a buffet style daily.
  • Welcome healthy drink on arrival and supper Saturday evening / Monday all meals / Tuesday all meals / Wednesday breakfast only / Thursday all meals / Friday all meals / Saturday breakfast only
  • Purified water (tap water is NOT drinkable on the island)
  • Tea / coffee all day long

Exclusions

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.

Magnificent Playa Famara and the fishing village

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

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

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!

Volcanic National Park of Timanfaya in the south of the island

Take a tour around the awe inspiring volcanic landscape.

Other natural and cultural attractions

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.

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All meals on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
  • Breakfast only on Wednesday and Saturday
  • Daily buffet-style pre-yoga tea and snacks, late brunch post-yoga, and dinner
  • Free Wi-Fi in the common areas
  • Group sessions
  • New towels in the middle of the week
  • Purified water (tap water is NOT drinkable on the island)
  • Saturday evening supper
  • Soul food journey of essentially vegetarian meals on most days
  • Tea or coffee all day long
  • Use of the solar heated swimming pool
  • Use of yoga room at other times, outside of classes
  • Weekly change of sheets
  • Welcome healthy drink on arrival
  • Yoga tuition and meditation sessions
  • Flights
  • Lunch and dinner on Wednesday, your sightseeing day
  • Optional but recommended car hire
  • Therapies
  • Transfers to and from the airport

Driving directions from Lanzarote - Arrecife Airport (ACE)

  • From the airport, take the motorway in the direction of "Arrecife".
  • Take the first exit to "Playa Honda".
  • At the first mini roundabout, take the second exit and keep straight parallel to the motorway.
  • At the next big roundabout, take the third exit under the motorway.
  • Go straight over the next roundabout and follow the signs to "San Bartolom".
  • After passing through San Bartolom, you come to a roundabout on the other side, which is the tall white Monumento del Campesino (one of the first works of Cesar *Manrique showing clearly the influence of Picasso and Cubism). Take the second exit to Tinajo and Mozaga.
  • At the next roundabout, take the second exit to "Tinajo.
  • Pass through the village of Tao.
  • And then through the village of Tiagua. Here you will find an excellent supermarket on your right, open until 9 p.m. (on Sundays only until 2 p.m.) Something more typical is the shop of Lourdes in the village of Soo, 5 minutes from Tiagua off your route. It has specialties of Lanzarote, in particular their home made goats cheese. It opens every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • As you exit the village of Tiagua, keep left towards Mancha Blanca and Timanfaya.
  • La Vegueta is the next village. One kilometer further, you will arrive at the crossroads in the village of La Vegueta.
  • You will see a small football pitch on your left and a local shop with a yellow letter box on your right.
  • After 400 meters on your right, there is a large very pink house set back from the road. After 20 meters, where the road starts to go down slightly, turn left into Camino las Huertitas - the sign is not very visible.
  • After another 400 meters just before the white wall of the first house on this road, turn right where you see an Amatista sign with an arrow on it (If you miss that turn, you will end up in a cul-de-sac).
  • Follow the road up, and around to the left another 500 meters. On your left before the end of this road, you will see first the number 9 and shortly afterwards the number 11 with the entrance sign for Villa Amatista. If you go around another corner, you have come too far.

Arrival by airplane

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.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 42 days before arrival.

Surrey, United Kingdom

Gina has been listed among the top 20 best Yoga Retreats worldwide in 2016. Her USP is all about nurture through a balance of Hatha, Yin and Restorative Yoga.

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8 days / 7 nights

Availability

Arrival: Saturday March 3, 2018
Departure: Saturday March 10, 2018

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