Riverheart Retreats is a peaceful paradise in the hills of Andalucia, Spain, which offers healing and creative yoga retreats in the lush gardens.
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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 is the resident meditation instructor at Riverheart Retreats, sharing his passion and knowledge about the practice of meditation by leading our nine-day Vipassana retreats. Together with his wife, Samm Helmle, Mike co-founded the Riverheart Retreats center in 2017 in order to create a space for people to come and develop their spiritual practice; a space where people could find the peace needed to ground themselves and listen to their inner voice. A previous graphic designer, Mike spent seven years studying and practicing meditation in Thailand and Peru before moving to Spain.
My first experience of yoga came when I worked with an NGO in central India that taught and nourished underprivileged children through yogic techniques. The compassion, tranquillity, maturity, and integrity that shone through each individual child was unlike anything I would ever observe before. This, combined with my own self-practice shows me that yoga is a tool to create a better world and this is where my passion lies. As a teacher of classical Hatha yoga, I focus on body, breath, mind alignment. I also teach yoga and mindfulness to adolescents and children.
from Ireland, August 2019
"Riverheart captured my heart"
Family centred, happy, safe and incredibly caring environment.
Yoga with Samm.
Natural healthy attainable approach to health.
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!
from Great Britain, October 2019
"A Truly Magical Place "
Riverheart is an incredibly special place. It is clear that a huge amount of thought and love has gone into it. I attended the 7 day Meditation, Yoga and Writing retreat in October and couldn’t have had a more wonderful experience. The location is beautiful and the Cabana I stayed in spotless and comfortable. The food was delicious and plentiful. I enjoyed the yoga, which was suitable for different levels of experience, and doing the class outside was really invigorating, if a little cold at first on an October morning! I found being in such a beautiful place, observing silence for part of the day and being without phone/internet, as well as being instructed in such a gentle and informative way, made meditation a lot easier and enjoyable than I’ve found in the past. As somebody with little to no experience of creative writing, the creative writing element of the retreat was an absolute revelation for me. I found the sessions hugely inspiring and enjoyable; they were taught with clear passion. Samm and Mike’s hospitality was faultless and they helped with anything you needed. I could not recommend Riverheart more highly and I hope to return one day!