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Spain Writing, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat

A holistic mindful experience, using the two key practices of writing and meditation to tap into the well of creativity and peacefulness that lives within you. Inspired by Natalie Goldberg’s legendary True Secret retreats, you’ll be guided through a series of meditation and writing workshops, releasing any old barriers to living, or writing, fully. There is no need to have ever written anything beforehand; the focus here is on the practice of moving the hand across the page, not the creation of a story or poem; although that may be what comes out!

Meet the instructors

Samm & Mike
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Twice daily meditation sessions
  • Silent sensory forest walk and creative writing masterclass
  • A fire clearing ritual, a cacao ceremony, and an evening music session
  • Enjoy a day trip to a local whitewashed village for writing inspiration
  • Optional Wim Hof/Dispenza breathwork and icebath workshop
  • Delicious brunch, snacks, dinner, and drinks daily
  • 6 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German
Group size: 3-14 participants
Airport transfer available:
Málaga Airport (US$57 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Outdoor shower

The yoga and meditation shala is set in two acres of luscious garden with a river running through. Meditation spaces are dotted throughout the land with the highlight feature being the handmade bamboo chill-out area which is perfect for quiet reflection next to bamboo trees and a lush tropical pond.

Throughout the gardens, there are hammocks, swinging chairs, poolside tables, and plenty of shady trees. You’ll find the magic of Riverheart hard to resist. Furthermore, there are three wooden cabanas, a bell tent, and a geodesic dome. Riverheart Retreats is an outdoor nature lover's paradise and as such, they have bugs, trees, and a few mosquitoes too. They also have a wonderful dog named Magic, a rescue cat, and five kittens.

Cabana 1

Cabana 1 is a cozy wooden cabana in the Riverheart gardens with an ensuite shower room and toilet in which are all hand-painted with mandala designs and a river stone floor in the shower. Mosquito screen, fan, and plenty of blankets for the cooler months are available.

Cabana 2

Cabana 2 is a gorgeous wooden cabana with a terrace, overlooking the Riverheart gardens. There are an ensuite shower room and toilet creatively decorated with paint and jewelry. A small bookcase with a good range of novels and non-fiction as well as a fan and plenty of blankets for the cooler months are available.

Cabana 3

Cabana 3 is a gorgeous wooden cabana with two single beds in, looking out onto a mosaic piazza area. The shower room and toilet are a short walk up the garden or enjoy the outdoor shower and bathtub.

Bell tent

Glamp in style in this beautiful bell tent with space for four people in two single mattresses and a double bed. Fairy lights and a fan is available. It is also a short walk from the shower room and toilet.

Geodome

A handmade wooden structure for two people, lined with a hand-stitched kaleidoscope of colorful material. The closest accommodation to the river, and a short walk from the shower room and toilet.

Program

This experimental and beautiful retreat uses ideas drawn from the rivers surrounding you on your retreat, to help you discover your true source, course, and mouth; your origin, path, and expression to the world around you. To aid this process of discovery, you’ll work with periods of silence to store your creative energy and learn how to nurture your inner voice.

The writer’s studio is set in two acres of luscious garden, with a river running through. Meditation spaces are dotted through the garden and with hammocks, swinging chairs, poolside tables, and plenty of shady trees, they’ll take the craft of writing back out into the wild.

Your writing and meditation tutor is a published author, editor, and experienced mentor with a passion for supporting other writers to develop their confidence and practice. Over this retreat, she’ll help you break through old blockages, taking home a wealth of new ideas and practices to work with.

On this retreat, you can expect a deep and profound journey of transformation, as you peel back the layers of the conscious, restrictive mind and start to dive deep into the waters of the subconscious. Alongside the intensive practice of sitting and walking meditation, you'll work with shamanic journeying, breathwork techniques, and daily yoga to support each student to practice continuous mindfulness and develop the practices of compassion, acceptance, and awareness.

The teachings are grounded in Buddhist and yogic philosophy; creating a safe and nurturing space where each student feels fully held, seen, and cared for is something they center their work on.

Guests are welcome to arrive from 2 p.m. onwards on Day 1 and make use of the swimming pool and luscious gardens before you first come together as a group for your evening sessions; a welcome circle, group meditation, and a sumptuous supper.

The retreat finishes after the morning session and breakfast on the last day, allowing guests plenty of time to travel back home; refreshed, smiling, and with a new love of writing, and of life itself.

Sample daily schedule

  • 08:00 - 08:45 Journaling
  • 08:45 - 10:15 Yoga
  • 10:15 - 11:15 Brunch
  • 11:30 - 14:30 Meditation: Sit, write, walk, read
  • 14:30 - 16:00 Free time: Swim, have a massage, develop your writing
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Writer’s workshop and afternoon snack
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Free time to develop your writing, swim, enjoy a massage, or lounge in a hammock and read
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Evening session and this may be a dreamy yoga Nidra, a fire clearing ritual, a cacao ceremony, or an evening of music around the fire
  • 21:00 Journaling and private time

Included excursions

You can enjoy two excursions, one to the nearby forest for a beautiful sensory walk in nature and one to a local whitewashed village where you can find plenty of writing inspiration.

Instructors

Samm Short

Mike Helmle

Retreat location

Set in the Valley of Oranges in the rolling Sierra de las Nieves, Riverheart has the perfect balance between countryside living and the ease of access of being on the edge of a town. Easy to get to, yet feels a million miles from anywhere once you're inside the stunning gardens.

Unique features

Activities

  • Massage
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • River
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Food is vegetarian and sugar-free with vegan options for each meal, cooked with love and using only organic and locally produced ingredients wherever possible. Tea, herbal infusions, fresh coffee, and organic wines and beers are all self-service and are included in the cost of the retreat. Allergies and intolerances can be catered for, please inform Riverheart in advance so they can best prepare to care for your needs.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Go up to the mountains or out to the olive groves (these optional excursions may be arranged for swimming and off-site writing and meditation practice depending on group size)
  • Massage (onsite masseur available)
  • Private tuition

What's included

  • Writing workshops daily
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Delicious brunch, snacks, dinner, and drinks daily

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Massages
  • Travel insurance
  • Private tuition
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Malaga Airport (AGP), bearing in mind that check-in time is 2 to 5 p.m. on the retreat start day and check-out is 12 noon on the retreat end day. The retreat center doesn't open before 2 p.m. on the arrival day, however, there are cafes at Malaga airport if your flight arrives earlier, or you can explore the beautiful city of Malaga while waiting for your transfer. Riverheart Retreats arranges transfers from the airport for 50 EUR each way; or less if arrival times are coordinated for a group transfer.

Airport: Málaga Airport Airport transfer available: Málaga Airport (US$57 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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On some retreats, they have Karma yoga places available for guests wanting to offer a few hours of their time each day in return for a reduced fee. Roles typically include social media and blog writing but please enquire for full details of what’s available.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 3 participants

Sunday April 10, 2022
(7 days / 6 nights)

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