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Feel as light as a feather as you enter 2022. Two qualities that you will be welcoming ever further into both your physical yoga practice and your yoga practice off the mats in interaction with the wider world. Step onboard, release your luggage (in whatever form it may be), and take a deep, nourishing sigh of relief. Ahhh...
Accommodation is provided in beautifully furnished five-meter bell tents. Nestled amongst the lemon and orange groves, the bell tents are simple but sumptuous, with electricity and comfortable beds. Each tent can sleep up to three people. Crisp bed linen and pool towels are provided. As a totally off-grid yoga retreat, Rustic Retreats has lovely, solar-powered showers, or if you prefer, an amazing outdoor shower block, so you can literally shower under the stars. They provide an internet connection, and the bell tents come ready with solar electricity.
There is a small shop on site for all those little essentials you might need. 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 or 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.
Rustic Retreats asks that all students arrive at the center in daylight. Check-in on the first day is between 12:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. This means the latest train you should get from Alicante is 5:00 p.m. This ensures everyone can meet and have an evening meal together before the retreat starts formally the following day. On the last day of the retreat, check-out is by midday. You need to bear in mind that it will take you a good three hours to get to Alicante–Elche Airport (ALC), so booking a late afternoon or early evening flight home is a good idea.
Mainly Hatha and Restorative. In the sessions, you can expect to linger luxuriously in some postures to really reach those deeper places in yourselves on all levels and to delve into a deeper relationship with each posture too. Your morning sessions shall focus on an energizing Hatha practice with the evening sessions focusing on a soothing more Restorative practice - a perfect balance. Rustic Retreats believes the philosophical aspect of yoga is just as important as the physical so you can expect to hear words of wisdom and inspiration as you make your way through your postures.
The theme of light and lightness will be interwoven and felt throughout all activities on the retreat: the meditations, the yoga, and the workshops. Your meditation sessions will focus on guided meditations and sound meditations - two of the most accessible methods of meditation to begin with. Your meditation practice will culminate with trataka - candle gazing - letting the light from a single flame melt away anything not serving you and those around you.
Each workshop serves the theme of light and lightness and you will discuss and share in more detail on the retreat as to how this is really and truly the case (even more than you think right now probably). In your yoga sessions, you are all probably guilty of taking things far too seriously from time to time. Remember, it is just yoga. Rustic Retreats will be reminding you of this throughout in new and creative ways. Keep things light and look for inspiration to assist you with this.
You will recall some key learnings from your previous yoga, meditation, and workshop sessions and slowly begin to connect the dots, forming a practice that is as holistic as possible. They have an open-door policy in that you can talk to the team as much as you like outside of the yoga, meditation, and yoga sessions about anything they could help you further with.
What better way to embrace the theme of light and lightness than with this laugh-out-loud-guarantee workshop. You will create both genuine real belly laughs as well as initial put-on laughter (the positive effects are still the same in the body and brain and soon result in the real belly laughs too). The basic 'ha' sound that you make when you laugh is actually a mantra too; perhaps this is the essence of its goodness for you?
Surrender into trust and let this ease your journey through life. In this workshop, you will be working with different partners and as a whole group on a variety of physical trust exercises to further enhance your ability and willingness to trust. This will help you to embody and feel a greater sense of lightness and for your light to shine ever brighter as you continue on your paths.
To lock the knee or not? To engage the buttocks in the upward-facing dog or not? Just two of the topics, you will be discussing evoke a vast array of differing opinions. You will look at the viewpoints and facts from both sides of a few key issues that are commonly debated amidst the international yoga community, leaving you with a more holistic approach to each matter at hand and not feeling so lost and torn between opposing advice.
In the fire ceremony, you intentionally raise your vibrations, sharing what you are grateful for and lessons learned. You let go of what no longer serves you. Bringing with you the feelings, thoughts, and patterns that have been holding you back, old habits and stories. Making space to focus your intention on new dreams, wishes, and what you want to create, invite in, and manifest now and for the year ahead. You will then feed this to the flames in an offering, whilst your companions hold and share the space, allowing the deep, clearing, cleansing, purifying power of the fire to transform you all. Finishing with relaxation by the fire.
Many of the physical positions (asanas) in yoga draw inspiration (and names) from the animal kingdom, and it was believed that ancient sadhus (yogic practitioners) used to imitate animals in the wild, to develop some of the positions you use today. Examples of asanas include cobra, downward dog, eagle, etc. It is believed in shamanism that you can draw on the special qualities and abilities of animals to guide you and help you in your lives. In native rituals, movement is often incorporated both to relax, but also to help align the individual with the energies and essence of certain animals.
At this unique workshop, you will be learning some of the secrets of the animal world, and participants will be guided to find their own unique animal totem. They will do this via a guided inner journey through a waterfall where their animal will appear to them. You will then learn about the role of animals as guides in shamanism, for example, some animals are nurturers and protectors, others have great fertility and gentleness. Some embody strength and courage, and some can teach playfulness. Animals can help you recognize your own skills and know when to use certain skills.
All times are given as a guideline and are subject to change.
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))
The retreat will take place in Totana, Murcia, Spain. Rustic Retreats is nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Espuna Mountains, southern Spain. This beautiful site has so much to offer.
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All meals during this retreat are included in the price. Rustic Retreats provides delicious, vegetarian food, cooked up by their world-class chef in an airy outdoor kitchen, which you then eat al fresco whenever possible. The food comprises only the freshest, seasonal local produce. As you will discover, the fruit and vegetables in this region are second to none. They grow plenty of ingredients in their organic vegetable patch and on many fruit trees. Some of the fruit they have growing freely on-site include lemons, oranges, almonds, pomegranates, and carob - to name a few.
Otherwise, you can go to the nearby town to buy from the local markets and farmers, many of whom you are on a first-name basis. They also organize trips to the local markets so you can see first hand where your food comes from if you choose. They run a vegetarian kitchen, and they can cater to special dietary needs so please let them know when you book. Alcohol is available at a small extra charge. There is also an all-day snack bar (not included in the price).
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Región de Murcia International Airport
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From Región de Murcia International Airport (RMU), there is a bus link to Murcia train station. The cost is 5 EUR. From Alicante–Elche Airport (ALC), you then get a bus (3 EUR) to Alicante train station. The buses run every 20 minutes from right outside the airport doors.
From Murcia train station, the train to Totana is approximately 3.70 EUR. From Alicante station, go to a window, do not buy from the machines, and ask for a ticket to Totana. This will cost around 5.70 EUR. There is no need to pre-book this journey. The journey to Totana takes around two hours and you will need to change once at Murcia del Carmen. On the first train to Murcia, there will be announcements to tell you which station you are arriving at. On the second train, there is not so you will need to keep an eye on the time and look out of the window to ensure you are at the correct station. Rustic Retreats will collect you.
From Región de Murcia International Airport (RMU), you can get a taxi for 29 EUR. From Alicante–Elche Airport (ALC), you can get a taxi (around 15 to 20 EUR) to Alicante train station. You can also get a taxi from Alicante–Elche Airport (ALC) which would cost 170 EUR and upwards. Also, there are car hire options at the airport.
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