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7 Day Semi Private Pre-Winter Yoga Retreat in Totana, Murcia

Rustic Retreats, Appt. de Correous, 277 Totana, Murcia 30850, Spain

Semi Private Yoga Retreat in Spain

All of us having gone through a summer lock-down, now approach the lock-down of winter. This retreat will help you reconnect & preserve energies till spring. This pre-winter retreat invites you to reflect and reconnect with your root energy, building foundations that will take you through the winter months. In Bagend the citrus fruits are still ripe on the tree, but the days are beginning to get shorter, and there is a drive among all of nature to reconnect and preserve energy. You will strengthen your connection to and understanding of your body and progress your practice, both on a physical and subtle level.

Highlights

  • Small group
  • Twice daily meditations
  • Morning and evening yoga sessions
  • Daily workshops on a variety of subjects
  • Yoga platform nestled into the side of the mountain & beautiful meditation log-cabin
  • 6 nights private accommodation in beautiful surroundings and eco-friendly
  • Social distancing, open air mountain yoga shala
  • Daily breakfasts, lunches, dinners, juices
  • Social distancing, open air dining room
  • Use of beautiful swimming pool

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction
Group size: 4-6 participants
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Internet access
  • Outdoor shower

Our accommodation comes in the form of beautiful yet simple well-equipped bell tents, with beds and electricity.

Bell tents

Our beautifully furnished bell tents are simple yet sumptuous. With comfy beds and crisp, fresh linen, it’ll be a luxury glamping experience you’ll never forget! As you lay your head down, let the sweet scent of the nearby lemon and orange groves carry you off to sleep as you doze under the glorious, star-filled sky. A truly blissful way to end your day.

​Rest and relaxation

You’ll be spoiled for choice for ways to rest and relax. You could take a dip in our refreshing swimming pool, or lounge lazily in the hammock area while taking in the beautiful views. Why not pull up a sun lounger in our shaded terrace, and enjoy one of our many books or board games? And at the end of your day, after an invigorating workshop, you can head past the almond trees to our lovely wooden meditation cabin, with breathtaking views over the valley.

Bathrooms and showering

As a totally off-grid yoga retreat, we have lovely, solar-powered showers, or if you prefer, an amazing outdoor shower block, so you can literally shower under the stars!

Electricity and internet

We provide our guests with an Internet connection , and the bell tents come ready with solar electricity.

Program

Semi private retreat

This semi-private retreat has been specifically designed to help us reconnect with others. We have all experienced a situation this year unparalleled in any way, it will take time for us all to reconnect and feel at ease among others. With this in mind we have remodeled our retreats:

1) Min 4 to a max of 6 guests.

2) Private accommodation

3) Social distancing, open air dining room.

4) Social distancing, open air mountain yoga shala

Style of yoga to be taught

Each morning you will be led in a dynamic vinyasa flow practise. Vinyasa is a breath-led style of yoga, but there will be opportunities for long holds to build strength and flexibility into the body.

Workshops will largely be vinyasa based, but there will be opportunity for self-discovery through discussions and partner work.

In the evenings students will enjoy a more relaxing session of either slow-flow or restorative yoga, gently opening up the body and calming the mind. Restorative yoga uses long holds and plenty of props allow the practitioner’s body to enter a parasympathetic state, our body’s rest and digest mode, where it can literally restore and repair.

Sample daily timetable

  • 07.30 - 08.00 Morning meditation
  • 08.00 - 09.00 Beginners to intermediate yoga class
  • 09.00 - 10.00 Intermediate to advanced yoga class
  • 09.00 - 11.15 Breakfast buffet
  • 11.00 - 14.00 Free time
  • 14.00 - 15.00 Lunch Buffet
  • 15.00 - 16.00 Free time/ guided mountain hike
  • 16.00 - 17.30 Workshop (practical/theoretical) or free time
  • 17.30 - 18.30 Beginners to intermediate yoga class
  • 18.30 - 19.30 Intermediate to advanced yoga class
  • 19.30 - 20.00 Meditation or Yoga Nidra
  • 21.00 Evening meal/ entertainment

Please note, this is a sample timetable and may be subject to change. There will be one workshop a day, it may be in the morning or afternoon.

​Your Rustic Retreats Journey

A strong, dynamic vinyasa practice will be balanced with slow and healing restorative classes, to both challenge you and give you a chance to unwind and reflect. Yoga will be taught at an open level so that new practitioners will get as much from the retreat as more seasoned yogis.

Taking inspiration from the Niyamas, or observances, from Yogic philosophy, we will reflect on each of them (contentment, discipline, self-study, cleanliness and surrender) throughout the week, through movement and discussion, finding ways they might inform our lives and yoga practice.

Inquisitive flows will allow you to find the best alignment and support for your body, whilst workshops will give you the chance to hone in on particular aspects of the practice, physical and spiritual. You will be led in different meditation techniques including Zen meditation and metta bhavana.

By the end of the week you’ll have a deeper understanding of your body, your physical ‘patterns’ and you’ll have the tools to develop a personal practice which you can use at home.

Workshop 1 - Body Reading

Everyone’s body is completely unique. The body we are born with has it’s own strengths and restrictions. Through our daily activities, life events and sometimes accidents, we add yet more nuance, areas of imbalance and patterns of holding ourselves. As we work with our bodies in yoga we benefit from moving from a place of understanding and respect. This workshop will use yoga therapy techniques and partner work to observe these patterns, setting a tone of self inquiry for the week.

Workshop 2 - Chaturanga and arm balances

Sometimes arm balances can be skimmed over in ordinary classes, with little opportunity to learn the alignment and theory. This class will start by looking at chaturanga dandasana, the foundation of most arm balances, and then go on to explore a few of the key arm balances s-l-o-w-l-y, giving students the chance to experiment (and sometimes fall!)

Workshop 3 - Inversions

Inversions can literally divide a room, with some people building confidence to go upside down and others kicking up at any opportunity. This workshop will allow you to explore inversions in a safe space, thinking about alignment, building strength in the right places, and the all important ‘letting go’. Whether you’ve got a fear of going upside down, or are trying to get away from the wall, you’ll be able to work towards headstand, handstand and forearm balance.

Workshop 4 - Developing your own practice

This workshop will begin to look back at the week, as you start to build a self-practice that you can take with you when you leave, to both continue a regular practice, but also advance and challenge yourself. This workshop will involve a physical practice and some discussion and writing, and you’ll come away with a comprehensive plan.

Retreat location

Rustic Retreats is nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Espuna Mountains, southern Spain. This beautiful site has so much to offer to so many, they have an organic vegetable garden, fresh mountain spring water, solar power throughout, a beautiful swimming pool, earth-bag dome, stunning yoga platform on the side of the mountain, hammocks, orange and lemon trees, a tailor made pinewood meditation / relaxation cabin with views across the valley, outdoor showers so you can shower under the stars, and so much more. Totally off grid, zero light pollution. Stunning surroundings, beautiful, and simple accommodation are part of the Rustic Retreats charming environment.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Stimulate all your senses whilst you absorb the bright colors, beautiful textures, tantalizing flavors, and sublime aromas of the fresh food served at Rustic Retreats. The chef will create a myriad of fresh, healthy vegetarian meals to tantalize your pallet, all using the ripest, freshest, seasonal ingredients that are locally produced either from their very own organic garden and vegetable patch or from the local market and farmers.

Varieties of fruit are growing freely on the site such as lemons, oranges, almonds, pomegranate, and carob to name but a few. All vegetarian meals are lovingly prepared by a trained chef in the outdoor kitchen and are served 'al fresco' whenever possible. All meals are included in the price. The meals have been so popular with the clients that they are looking at producing a recipe book for next season.

Example menu:

  • Start the day with a fruit smoothie or refreshing mint tea.
  • Breakfast baby spinach omelet, cereals, fruit and French toast.
  • Lunch bell pepper frittata, bean and yogurt salad, and pumpkin bread.
  • Evening meal squash and zucchini casserole with wild rice and lemon tart.

Exclusions

All day snack menu is available but cost is not included in the price. Alcohol is available at a small extra charge.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Whole food
  • 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)

  • Play plenty of board games
  • Relax or read books on the hammocks, shaded terrace, and sun loungers
  • Take a dip in the swimming pool
  • Use the outdoor shower block to literally shower under the stars
  • Take a hike in the surrounding mountains
  • Contemplate life in the beautiful wooden meditation cabin

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All meals, including daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and juice
  • Bed linen
  • Daily workshops, talks and mountain walks
  • Meditations twice daily
  • Stunning yoga platform nestled into the side of the mountain
  • Towels
  • Use of beautiful swimming pool
  • Yoga mats
  • Yoga practice twice daily

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Flights
  • Alcohol and snack menu (small extra charge)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Fly into to Alicante, then it's a 2-hour train journey (6 EUR) through the beautiful Spanish countryside down to Totana station where Rustic Retreats will collect you.

Alternatively, fly into Corvera Airport Murcia (RMU). There is a bus transfer (costs 6 EUR), and it takes 25 minutes to Murcia train station. You can also get a taxi or hire a car (40 minutes by car to Totana). Train to Totana takes 40 minutes and costs approximately 3.75 EUR.

Arrival by train

Arrive at Totana station where Rustic Retreats will collect you.

Arrival by taxi

You can get a taxi from the airport which would cost 170 EUR and upwards. Also, there are car hire options at the airport.

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 28 days before arrival.

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This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

Sunday November 29, 2020
(7 days / 6 nights)

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