Rustic Retreats offers yoga retreats and workshops of unparalleled simplicity in the Sierra Espuna Mountains in Spain.
Yoga Retreats (10)
Tania is a passionate, experienced, and committed Hatha and Vinyasa yoga teacher. She is also a qualified prenatal yoga teacher and meditation teacher. She employs a holistic and responsive teaching style, to facilitate a sense of quiet self-awareness in her students, and learning about the body, the asanas and breathing techniques. Her classes are well suited for beginners in yoga or advanced students, from mum-to-be to the elderly.
Katie did her very first yoga class 16 years ago. For years, yoga was just something she did as a hobby. Eight years ago, it all started to change, slowly. She started a more dedicated yoga practice and everything she was learning on the mat, had started to seep out into her life. In 2016 she decided to travel to Rishikesh where she received my Hatha yoga teaching certificate. She immediately started to share what she had learned by teaching classes to a whole range of students. Her aim is to bring a sense of fun and lots of laughter and playfulness to this retreat.
Iva is a yogi, dancer, and food-enthusiast from Prague. She believes in honest exploring, taking care, and being with what is. Whilst training to be a professional dancer in Los Angeles, she visited yoga for dancers classes. Since then, yoga has turned her life around. She returned to LA three years ago to take her first yoga teacher training & fell in love with Iyengar & Restorative yoga. She has always been drawn to helping people recover, feel better & find their own way to well-being. She trained in India, one multi-style & one focused purely on Yoga Therapy. She has also studied Ayurveda.
I have been practicing yoga for more than 20 years. This practice has seduced me and enriched me considerably, both on a mental, physical and spiritual level. This “union” is manifested in an inner balance / well-being, flexibility, strength, and a great awareness of the Being. Due to the great feeling of well-being achieved, I undoubtedly wanted to spread this technique and therefore a become a Yoga teacher(Hatha Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga, Jivamukti (SW))
I’m a yoga teacher and fitness instructor with a diploma in graphic design & events management. I've been practicing yoga for almost 22-years and arranging events for over a decade. I'm keen to share my wealth of experience with guests, as I love to create amazing experiences and events which inspire, lift us up and help us grow as humans. I have been practicing many styles of Yoga over the years, which has always complimented my sports. (Astanga, Bikram, Hatha, Vinyasa & more). I started teaching pilates & yoga in 2010 on Cruise Ships, then went on to qualify as an Aerial yoga teac
Jan started practicing yoga in her mid-20’s and has been teaching since 2015. She has led classes and workshops across Asia, the Middle East, the UK, Europe, and Canada. Her classes are a blend of asana, mantra, storytelling, and music which honour the traditional paths of yoga while intuitively blending ancestral teachings from her cultural roots. Jan currently lives in France where she offers yoga and sound journeys through innerdance and hilot – the traditional spiritual and healing art of the Philippines.
I began practicing yoga whilst working in Theatre with the idea it would help me keep fit. I wasn't prepared for how it would profoundly change my experience of life. I started connecting with the numb parts of my body and the cloud of anxiety I had existed in was clearing. After exploring many styles of yoga and seeking different ways to heal I discovered Ana Forrest's book: Fierce Medicine. It spoke to me so deeply that I found myself in Peterborough on Ana's teacher training just a couple of months later! I went on to complete my training in Yoga4Autism with Yotism.
I am a yoga teacher, an architect, a shiatsu practitioner. A guide, an observer, an explorer. I am an expert, a newbie, a forever student. To my mind, the beauty of the world lies in fusion. An Asana is not just a body posture, but a structure of foundation and push and pull forces. A Yoga class is not just a set of movements, but a journey through flesh, bone, thought and heart. Meditation is not a closed box, but a never ending dialogue between the architecture of your inner world and the resonance reflected from the surfaces of your surroundings. I
Marta Saez Perez
My name is Marta, a yogi, psychologist, social worker and a horse lover, I also love swimming and diving. I like to walk and practice yoga in the mountains, I feel that these activities are very powerful and inspiring. I teach yoga because I think changes firstly occur inside, so it is important to cultivate an abundant inner life.
My first love for yoga came from my background in dance, surfing and my love of travelling. When a Yoga studio opened in my hometown I became a regular yogi and loved the community it brought. After travelling to Australia for the first time in 2015 and staying 5 months in Bali my passion for yoga grew tremendously. Here I was surfing everyday and yoga was a great way to relax my body after a long day of physical activity. I then decided I wanted to study yoga in more depth and did my first 200 hour training at Sampoorna, India.
from Great Britain, November 2019
"My perfect getaway from hectic life"
I had the best time at Rustic Retreats in the Espuna Mountains. It offered everything I needed, a small intimate group surrounding, tranquility and peacefulness away from city life and work pressure, healthy food, a dedicated and lovely yoga teacher, sunshine, and the most caring host, who is also the chef de cuisine. Finally switched off from the world, found back to myself, thoroughly enjoyed everything new learned about and around yoga, started journaling & reading, soaked uptown sun and happiness and was able to return home a much better version of myself. Thank you Elliott, Rosie & Morgan for making it happen!
from Great Britain, October 2019
"Everything I needed and more!"
I had an amazing week so relaxing and exactly what I needed, the Food and hospitality from Eliot was amazing and our yoga instructor Dina was so professional and personable she was great!
The views were also amazing and I loved how the whole of Bagend was set out. I will be back!
from Great Britain, October 2019
"Off grid retreat"
I loved everything about Rustic Retreats! The bell tents are spacious and solar powered light provided. The land is beautiful with lemon trees everywhere you look. The food is AMAZING. Elliot and his team are lovely and are there for whatever you need. Our yoga teacher Rosie was brilliant and spent time to ensure the poses were correct and gave us the opportunity to try variations of poses to challenge ourselves. Even the outdoor toilets and showers are an experience and you appreciate that Elliot is trying to live off the land and produce less waste which is inspiring.
from Italy, September 2019
"Everything GGGorgeous (you'll understand this) is my title"
This place makes you in the position for connections. Connecting with yourself: your body, your mind, your soul, connecting with the people and with the ground, the nature.
It was a solid experience and practice to form habits such as a little personal yoga flow- that I could develop and take back home, to practice anywhere and when I want.
The place gives you the freedom to stay by yourself or to be always surrounded by people, and cats :) if you want too.
Elliot is gorgeous but you will have to meet him to understand what we all mean. Such energetic and organised but also not, always ironic but also serious, trusty to the world, but also cautious when it's needed. You are doing a great job Elliot, and thank you for spreading your vibe.
I'd recommend many people to come here, in fact I'm already doing it with my friends. For the reasons i said earlier and furthermore to practice english, as the place is mainly run by english mother tongue people.
Hope to be and elf next year or the following.
P.s. People, (good people-as you are), go there !!
Kristel Del Rosario
from Great Britain, September 2019
Elliot the Founder is a beautiful soul who's created this magical home nestled in the valley of Bagend. You'll be enchanted with his humour , love and quirkiness and moreover the food.. being a top professional chef you'll be spoilt with the daily menu choice and definitely not hungry throughout !
Elliot's passion for sustainable living and living a life of vitality and carefree living without the need for "modern day mod cons" is worth experiencing - but with added comfort.
from Great Britain, September 2019
"The best holiday ever"
I had an amazing time at the Rustic Retreats. Elliott is such a great host, there is nothing he can’t do for you. We had troubles getting to Totana due to train cancellations and he offered to go the extra mile to pick us up from Murcia instead. I felt like everything was taken care of from the very minute I first rang him. He made it a stress free, super relaxing holiday. The amenities are surprisingly advanced for the off-grid location. And the food! OMG you need to try it. I prepared for a basic camping trip and instead got a super comfortable all inclusive glamping experience. Probably the best holiday I’ve had.
Roxana De Sousa
from Portugal, September 2019
"A real connection with nature"
I loved the fact that we were immersed in the middle of a mountain. In an inspiring self-sufficient place. I found amazing that all the water and electricity was coming from the sun and natural water from the surroundings. This made me appreciate much more the resources we had with us and certainly to connect fully with nature.
The yoga classes by Oskar were very personalized. He made sure to adapt the classes to our needs. I can say that he really knows how to empower the students and I feel much more confident of my yoga practice after the yoga classes by Oskar.
Elliot is an amazing chef, he would surprise us every day with amazing healthy, vegetarian meals!
This week was exactly what I needed! Thank you everyone who made this so special!
from Netherlands, September 2019
The beautiful surroundings, the small scale, the pool, the personal touch, attention And the very generous personality of the host/owner And the people helping him.
from Spain, August 2019
El ambiente y Elliot. El lugar espectacular. Pura naturaleza
from Great Britain, August 2019
"Such ana amazing location, great food, lovely energy & vibe "
Everything was amazing
from Great Britain, July 2019
"Super chilled week "
Elliott was the perfect host and Joy the most wonderful yoga teacher. Her classes were well thought out and the workshops were so much fun. Being amongst nature in the mountains really added to the magic of this week. The food was so tasty and Elliott really made you feel at home. I really hope to return one day.
from Great Britain, May 2019
"Heaven on earth "
This was by far one of the best experiences of my life. Elliot has created a heaven on Earth and more. THe place is gorgeous and I met such amazing people. You are greeted and looked after by Elliot who is the most amazing human who can make the most delicious food. I laughed so much everyday and found such peace within myself from the yoga and workshops. Will defo come back and recommended to anyone who wants an off grid lifestyle. Thank you bagend!
from Great Britain, October 2018
"Couldn't be happier"
I loved this place. The location itself is perfect, so tranquil and beautiful. Plenty of time to be with others and have your own space. Class schedule worked really well, food was incredible (and there was plenty of it!), and I met some really wonderful people. I would 100% recommend this for total beginners and experienced yogis, and I already want to go back!
from Germany, October 2018
first of all, elliot is an excellent host who created a little paradise in the mountains. the tents are really big and cozy, the pool refreshing and you feel so connected to nature. the yoga lessons helped me a lot to be more aware of my practice and our instructor lara gave me some worthful tipps. i was travelling alone and i easy connected to the group and had a lot of fun. see you again elliot :)
from France, September 2018
"Even better than expected! - The perfect balance!"
Rustic retreats was the perfect balance. Rustic enough to feel homely, comfortable and at ease but luxurious enough to not be totally roughing it. With chic y and wine and massages available - you could choose your level of comfort.
Elliot’s food was delicious and wholesome and filling!
The surroundings were beautiful and there was plenty to do with lots of advice from Elliot.
Elliot himself was kind and welcoming and brought some light and fun! It wasn’t all serious and scary meditation...
And Lara was the perfect yoga teacher. She was kind and totally un-judgemental and able to provide classes for a mixed group.
It was my first ever time doing yoga and I was nervous and intimidated but Lara and Elliot made em feel welcome and comfortable and created the perfect atmosphere for solitude, meditation but also light hearted fun - the perfect balance!
from Great Britain, September 2018
Great experience living off grid for a week and being more conscious of the water and electricity we use daily as well as the waste we produce. Loved the outdoor shower! Really enjoyed the healthy lifestyle, starting the day early with a refreshing walk to the yoga platform uphill. Great yoga and meditation sessions, interesting workshops in the afternoon, lovely to relax and read in a hammock or by the pool the rest of the day... I can't not mention Elliot's amazing veggie meals... as well as his hospitality, kindness and attention to details. I loved picking up fresh lemons every morning, sleeping in belltents, the movie night under the stars... without forgetting the amazing group of people I have met there! Divine week at Bagend - would highly recommend.
from Ireland, August 2018
"a secluded oasis in the mountains a little bit of heaven"
EVERYTHING , the secluded location with fabulous views all around, Elliots warm welcome into his home ,the fantastic food , the bell tent with plenty of privacy , the outdoor loo and shower wary at first but definitely will miss , Tania an amazing yoga teacher who goes above and beyond, treated us all as equals and gave interesting fun workshops, the amazing group of people I met Thank you so much !!
from Great Britain, August 2018
An amazing experience!! Elliot was a wonderful host and great yoga with Emma, will be back soon
from Great Britain, July 2018
"Absolutely Gorgeous! "
Elliot and the team were fabulous!! 1 week stay was not long enough! Practicing yoga and meditation in Bagend is bliss; the world they have created is a perfect place to relax and reconnect with nature.
Also, the food is AAAMMMAAAAZZZIIINNNGGG!!!
from Spain, July 2018
The general atmosphere
from Great Britain, July 2018
"A wonderful experience! "
Elliot is a complete one-off! Charming, funny and genuinely kind - a wonderful host and chef. Emma is a super yoga teacher- totally immersed in the physical and philosophical aspects but still full of fun and clearly enjoys helping people progress. The off-grid living is an amazing way to chill out and really lose stress and tension. A fantastic group of people made it particularly memorable!
from Great Britain, June 2018
"everything was better than expected "
there were lots of activities throughout the entire day
from Great Britain, June 2018
"Gorgeous yoga retreat in the Spanish mountains"
Had a wonderful week at Rustic Retreats, hosted by Elliot, who could not have been more welcoming, fun and generous with his lovely home. The accommodation was very comfortable - bell tents surrounded by lemon and orange trees - and the vegetarian and vegan food prepared fresh every day was delicious. The yoga and meditation on the mountain platform was great, and left me feeling refreshed and creatively inspired. I would definitely go back - it's a gorgeous place to be!
from France, June 2018
Elliot is a great host, very easy-going and cheerful. Plus he is an amazing cook so even if you're not vegetarian, you'll truly enjoy the food.
I was a complete beginner and I loved the program of the week, as everyday was focused on a different kind of yoga. Jenny, our teacher, was very knowledgeable and adapted perfectly the class to the different levels within the group. I felt very comfortable on the mat.
The place is off-grid, but still very comfortable, it is not that rustic. You'll sleep in large tents on a real bed. The surroundings are nice and quiet, it's the perfect place to recharge your batteries.
If you hesitate just go! It was the first time I practiced yoga and did this kind of holidays, so I didn't know what to expect, but I felt super comfortable and was surrounded by very open-minded and interesting people. I would definitely go back.
Thanks again Elliot and the team for welcoming us so warmly.
from Senegal, June 2018
"Absolutely incredible & nourishing week"
Everything was so well done, thoughtful, professional and grounded in positive energy and the stunning surroundings. Margot is an outstanding yoga instructor who brought such thought to her practice and a wonderful, non-judgmental atmosphere that was tailored to all our needs and interests. Elliot is one of the most open-hearted, kindest people I've met and the home he's created here reflects that. Plus he happens to be an unbelievable cook! The entire experience was above and beyond expectations and I look forward to returning. An exceptional escape that gets you back in touch with what matters.
from Great Britain, June 2018
"A perfect off grid yoga experience "
Hard to pick as so many positive aspects. The location was fantastic. Surrounded by mountains , in the middle of an orange and lemon grove. The yoga platform had Impressive views. The bell tents were roomy with everything I needed. Everything was very relaxed and Elliot was the perfect host, nothing was too much trouble. We had a film night with pizza, which was great fun. Also a trip out to the local market. We had 4 hours of yoga and meditation every day, even had the option of a class on the day we left. Excellent value for money.
from Great Britain, June 2018
"Down to earth & "
Talented yoga teacher Margit set a lovely tone with her approach to classes and workshops - we were all very impressed with her. Elliot is a gem - funny, generous and visionary with his set up of the retreat. Also loved being totally off grid, the lemon groves & the movie night under the stars.
from Great Britain, May 2018
"Amazing 'back to nature' retreat!"
from Ireland, May 2018
"Everything is amazing!!! "
Elliot is an amazing host you feel at home straight away, food is AMAZING, great location off grid but with pool and walks so your never bored, yoga was great and I loved the schedule, all incredible!
from Italy, April 2018
The Instructor we had was great - Joy. So easy and comfortable to get on with! Also learnt a lot from her.
from Netherlands, September 2019
"Het heel fijn om daar te verblijven"
De sfeer is er heel goed en iedereen is heel aardig. De yogalessen waren heel goed evenals de (massage) behandelingen en workshops. En het eten en de locatie zijn fantastisch!
Almira Van Tiel
from Netherlands, June 2019
"Nice good kindly"
Dé locatie, sfeer. Eliot, food
from Germany, June 2019
You have to go and visit this beautiful and peaceful place where you can (re)connect to nature and just relax. I will hopefully come back soon.
from Belgium, June 2019
"Such a wonderful experience!!"
Everything was perfect!!
The food is so delicious, the place is wonderful this is beautiful and very quite you have a lot of place if you want to stay alone, the yoga classes were very well prepared and the teacher was fantastic,the people I had the chance to meet where so lovely and the host named Elliott is amazing!
It is so good to know that this place exists! Thank you Elliott for this magical experience! I hope to come back!
from Netherlands, June 2019
Rustic Retreats is an absolute unique place, owned by the amazing Elliot who is always happy and gorgeous. He definitely puts a smile on everybody's face. Plus he makes the most delicious vegetarian food!! Anna is an amazing yoga teacher, every class was perfectly organized with beautiful mantra's and readings. Suited for every level as well. The tents are comfy and romantic, the pool is fresh and clean, the sun-beds and hammocks were perfect for relaxing between all the fantastic yoga classes/workshops. The dome for morning meditation is also perfect for focus and tranquility. Definitely recommend the Pharaon treatment by Tina on massage day, super relaxing and a guaranteed amazing feeling afterwards! Actually no words can fully describe how amazing this place is, you just have to experience it!
from France, June 2019
"Very good yoga retreat"
It’s an amazing place in the mountains. Comfortable accommodation and good amount of yoga per day.
Nice dinners and nice relaxing time.
from Germany, May 2019
one of the best places on earth! in my opinion it combines everything you need for a great retreat: you get amazing food (also vegan, yay!), you are hosted by Elliot, the warm heartiest and lovliest host I ever had in my life, you have competent yoga teachers and a lot sessions and also you can get in touch again with the beautiful simplicity of nature! I am coming back!
from Germany, April 2019
"Alle Erwartungen übertreffend!"
Das kleine Retreat wird mit unglaublich viel Hingabe geführt. Man darf keinen sächlichen Luxus erwarten, aber man besucht einen magischen Ort, wird mit feinstem Essen und liebevollen Details verwöhnt. Es ist wunderschön, dort abzutauchen. Der Yogaunterricht ist von feinster Qualität!
from Switzerland, April 2019
"Un séjour merveilleux dans un environnement unique"
Ce séjour était vraiment super, les installations sont bien et la nourriture est excellente! Elliott est un hôte très attentionné qui cherche à nous offrir un expérience extraordinaire. Richie (aide) et Alison(prof) ont aussi beaucoup contribué à rendre mes vacances inoubliables!
from France, April 2019
Un séjour parfait dans un lieu magique. Une professeur très professionnelle mais très accessible. La nourriture était excellente. Tout était parfait.
Elliott est une personne remarquable, très inspirante, qui a presque tout fait lui même ! Bagend restera définitivement dans ma mémoire.
from Netherlands, April 2019
"Een prachtige retreat"
De eigenaar Elliot is de leukste gastheer die je kan hebben. Hij doet je thuis voelen en verzorgt de hele groep met gezonde en heel lekkere maaltijden.
De omgeving en de rust/natuur zijn prachtig. Een echte aanrader!
from Germany, September 2018
Bagend is the perfect place to find some peace ans quiet. You literally retreat from the rest of the world, for me that was before all busy city noises and I enjoyed being left with the sound of crickets. Elliot is your dad for the week (he said so himself) and will look after all your needs. Besides being extraordinary lovely he creates the most amazing food: tasty, delicious and healthy. I found this to be important since I'm not used to two yoga practices a day and developed quite an appetite. But you decide how often you would like to practice or rather stay in the hammocks or by the pool or go for a walk in the beautiful spanish mountains. You do what ever you like. It was perfect! I can only recommend it to anyone.
from Austria, September 2018
"Was such a nice week with wonderful people!"
I liked everything, starting from the off-grid housing to having Elliot around us. He is just an amazing soul! The yoga was also very nice, you could see the progress if everyone.
from Netherlands, September 2018
The retreat was lovely, everything was well taken care of. The food was delicious! I miss it already!!
Lara is an amazing yoga teacher and Elliot, the owner, is a gorgeous and lovely host and chef.
Already dreaming about coming back to this retreat some day.
from Spain, September 2018
"Good yoga experience "
The instructor, the host and my yoga mates :)
from France, August 2018
Everything was excellent. Elliot is an amazing host, Emma a great yoga instructor and the people that I shared the experience with was just wonderful. I strongly recommend this retreat.
from France, July 2018
The food, the yoga plaform, the host !
Genya Van Belzen
from Netherlands, June 2018
It was amazing! The yoga and meditation classes that Margo provided we're fun and daring, being surrounded by the beautiful scenery made it even more special & easy to go on a hike, the food was delicious (can't wait for Elliot's cool book), and Elliot is the best host you can wish for with his fun & warm personality!
This was my first retreat but it won't be my last, all thanks to Elliot, Christina, Margot and Wiz!
Coen Van Der Giesen
from Netherlands, May 2018
Atmosphere was the best ever.
from France, April 2018
"Tout ce que je cherchais, et même plus !"
Ayant ressenti un énorme besoin de me reconnecter à moi-même ainsi qu'à la nature, je cherchais une retraite pour couper complètement de tout et ai découvert après de longues recherches ce petit coin de paradis atypique avec un hôte adorable et attentionné.
Quelle chance d'avoir eu mes premiers cours de yoga, ma première expérience de camping et de vie "off grid" dans cet endroit et avec ces personnes alors présentes !
L'environnement, tant géographique qu'humain, a totalement contribué à me faire lâcher-prise.
Un grand merci, Elliot, Joy, toute l'équipe, tous les autres participants, pour avoir rendu ce séjour inoubliable.
from Great Britain, June 2019
"Lovely off-grid experience"
I really enjoyed the overall chilled environment at Bag End and loved being away from the real world for a whole week. The food was lovely, the scenery was stunning and there are plenty of places to chill out and read, like by the pool and the hammocks among the lemon trees.The trip really gave me an opportunity to switch off and read loads and contemplate life in this secluded part of Spain. I particularly loved the movie night we had because it was such a lovely evening spent watching Bohemian Rhapsody under the stars!
from United States, January 2019
"New year retreat"
This was the most incredible introduction into 2019. I feel fresh and revitalised and ready to get back to everyday life, with lots of tools to help stay calm. The location allows you to wind down, being amongst the mountains takes you away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, having loads of space to breath and take it easy. Lucy the yoga instructor was inspiring and empathetic, really listening to the needs of the group. Elliot the founder of Rustic Retreats is just an absolute ray of sunshine, I was in fits of laughter all week! And his cooking is incredible, you will be well nourished and everything’s organic. I can not recommend this retreat enough, for what you get it is great value for money. I certainly plan to be back again soon!
from Switzerland, July 2019
Le lieu, les gens sur place, Eliott. Je recommanderais cette place si vous désirez vous détendre et apprendre sur vous-même !