Rustic Retreats offers yoga retreats and workshops of unparalleled simplicity in the Sierra Espuna Mountains in Spain.
Yoga Retreats (2)
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))
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 United Kingdom, 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 United Kingdom, 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 United Kingdom, 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 United Kingdom, 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 United Kingdom, 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 United Kingdom, August 2019
"Such ana amazing location, great food, lovely energy & vibe "
Everything was amazing
from United Kingdom, 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 United Kingdom, 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 Kingdom, 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 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 United Kingdom, 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 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!
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 !
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!