Riverheart Retreats

Riverheart Retreats is a peaceful paradise in the hills of Andalucia, Spain, which offers healing and creative yoga retreats in the lush gardens.

Instructors 2

Samm Short

Samm Short is one of Riverheart's creators and owners and also a fellow painter and long time student of Ian's. Fearless love and courageous expression are the two guiding principles that she tries to work from each day and that Riverheart has been founded on. For her, the practices of writing, painting, yoga, and meditation all seek to discover and express the same truth that love and joy are at the root of all things.

Mike Helmle

Mike Helmle is one of the instructors at Riverheart Retreats.

Reviews 2

Tiina Kukkamaa-bah

from Poland, September 2018

"We had a wonderful week at Riverheart Retreats "

Spent one week at the Riverheart Retreats Family Retreat with my son. Everything was perfect, from food and surroundings, to a friendly and loving atmosphere created by Samm and Mike and hatha and yin yoga classes. My son loved the kids programme and I got to relax and unwind 100%. We will definitely come back!

Caroline Van Staveren

from Netherlands, November 2017

"Gemoedelijk miniretreat"

Prachtige locatie, hoewel de "Rivier" eigenlijk maar een klein stroompje was. De gemoedelijke sfeer en relaxte omgeving waren geweldig. Er was veel aandacht besteed aan de aankleding en de eigenaren deden er alles aan om het mij naar de zin te maken.

Testimonials 4

Janina Tainio

Riverheart Retreats website

Samantha is a person who truly makes you feel welcome. She shines bright and her presence calms your down, even when she doesn't say anything. You can actually feel her loving kindness presence. With the yoga practice I really enjoyed her soft and peaceful voice and she was carrying us nicely through the whole practice. I think she honestly loves what she is doing and teaches directly from her heart. It's so incredible when you meet someone whose presence actually exudes sensations. I can highly recommend Samm's classes and retreats, she really makes you feel you belong there, just the way you are.

Baljit Singhd

Riverheart Retreats website

I participated in one of Samm’s creative writing workshops with the intention of exercising my creativity. I was immediately struck by the ease with which Samm opened the workshop and how she created a safe, relaxed and inviting space for all the participants. Within a very short space of time I was feeling and being more creative than I had been in a long time. Samm’s warm and curious nature allowed people to share their work in a way that really added to the overall experience. The impact of this single workshop for me is that I’m more in touch with myself as a creative and I have a greater belief in myself to create inspired written pieces when I put pen to paper. I highly recommend Samm to anyone looking to develop their own creativity or that of another group of people. Samm has a special gift, where she is able to not only create an engaging experience but is also able to draw out the unique potential and qualities of those lucky enough to be participating in one of her workshops or classes.

Lexi Davis

Riverheart Retreats website

If you need to disconnect from every day routines, to try something new and find a better 'you', to adventure and to explore in idyllic surroundings, then this is the place. My family & I left Riverheart feeling happier & healthier than we have done before. We were welcomed with open arms, were catered for with delicious vegan/veggie meals and fell in love with the ambience of the place. Our children dived into nature and new experiences, and like us, they cannot wait to visit again. Thank you for your warm hospitality - we'll definitely be back soon.

David Waters

Riverheart Retreats website

It’s like learning to ride a bike; at first we’re banging our knees and scraping our shins, learning how to use these tools – sometimes a bit awkwardly at first – but in a week’s time we find they’ve crept their way into our writing without us even knowing it, and we’re better writers for it.

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