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This yummy retreat is meant for anyone who craves a fresh start, a deep breath, gentle care, stress release, or a complete recovery after physical or emotional hardship in their lives. You can expect a gentle, more therapeutic practice. Everything will aim to heal, recover, unlock blocked energy, and restore the natural state of balance, health, and calm happiness.
The accommodation comes in the form of beautiful yet simple well-equipped bell tents with beds and electricity.
The 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.
You’ll be spoiled for choice for ways to rest and relax. You could take a dip in the refreshing swimming pool or lounge lazily in the hammock area while taking in the beautiful views. Why not pull up a sun lounger in the shaded terrace and enjoy one of the many books or board games?
And at the end of your day, after an invigorating workshop, you can head past the almond trees to the lovely wooden meditation cabin with breathtaking views over the valley.
As a totally off-grid yoga retreat, they have lovely, solar-powered showers, or if you prefer, an amazing outdoor shower block, so you can literally shower under the stars!
Rustic Retreats provides guests with an internet connection and the bell tents come ready with solar electricity.
You can expect a slow, gentle style of yoga throughout the whole retreat. Mornings will be dedicated to a gentle asana practice based on Hatha or Yoga Therapy. In the evenings, you will mainly experience Restorative yoga (a complete release thanks to props) or pure meditation and relaxation.
As for the physical part, the main focus will be on therapeutic movement and poses, using props, developing flexibility or stability where needed, and finding deep release of stress and tension from the body. You will also study helpful cleansing and breathing techniques to get rid of toxins and to restart the whole system.
You will also go way beyond the physical. There will be a lot of breathing, awareness, and meditation. Rustic Retreats will bathe you in the sound of Tibetan singing bowls and mantras and guide you into deep relaxation in Yoga Nidra ("yogic sleep"). You will let out some serious sighs and embrace the relief.
True healing comes from within. The daily yoga and meditation practice will naturally guide you into a deep sense of release, enabling you to begin the recovery process from the right place. There will be valuable space and time in the daily workshops for self-reflection, self-acceptance, and transformation of the energy which is no longer serving you into something you can truly use for your own growth.
To understand how yoga can help you both on and off the mat, you will use these workshops to dive into the amazing yogic principles of Yamas (restraints) and Niyamas (disciplines). These are the first two steps in Patanjali’s eightfold path of yoga, teaching you how to take care of yourselves and how to relate to other people. They are very helpful when it comes to healing and recovery, as they bring you closer to your true selves, and eventually to a more balanced, joyful state of well-being.
In each of the workshops, focus on specific Yamas and Niyamas, expanding your awareness, carefully noticing the world outside as well as the inner one. Use many tools to balance it all out and to embrace change and transformation as a crucial part of the healing process.
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.
Now, you will actually stop and take time to notice, observe mindfully, and listen, being absolutely swallowed by the beauty of all the colors, textures, and shapes around you and within you! The second Yama called Satya (truthfulness) will guide you to honestly observe the true nature of your being and the world around you, lifting any assumptions, illusions, and excuses.
Satya helps you see who you truly are. Only with that awareness, you can align what you think, say, and do, and find clarity in your own truth. What is your truth? And what are just some old patterns you keep holding on to? Which of them are truly helpful and leading to your growth? Which of them are no longer serving you?
The first step on your healing yogic journey is probably the most important of all. Ahimsa. Non-violence. Kindness. Acceptance, all starting from the core of everything: self-love. What a crucial step on the way to transform and heal! Is there anything holding you back when it comes to self-love? Do you repeatedly try to fulfill other people’s expectations or do you truly follow your own heartfelt path?
Using this first Yama, Ahimsa, discover the unlimited source of compassionate love and acceptance that you all carry within your hearts and turn it towards your own selves. Celebrate this energy with a movement and self-massage workshop, to help you accept, love, and cherish your body and the freedom of your self-expression.
From this space of unconditional love and acceptance, a healthy choice can be made and a true transformation can happen with effortless ease.
What are your deepest desires? What is it that is truly important? If they said that you can have absolutely anything your heart desires what would you choose? The universe is a unified field of unlimited possibilities. Everything is connected in this oneness. You are all one. The third Yama called Asteya (non-stealing) opens you to this unified reality.
There is no "me and you", no "mine and yours", there is nothing to steal and no desire to steal either. Whether it is material things, time, space, or energy, Asteya teaches to choose to unite and share instead of dividing, comparing, and usurping. With the help of a communication workshop and mantra chanting, dive into this unified oneness. Share your thoughts, space, time, and energy together, as one.
According to both yoga and Ayurveda, life is a series of constant changes and the physical and mental health both depend on finding your own unique sense of balance in that process.
Whenever you get too far off this balance, experience symptoms of unhealth and unease, and whenever you want to heal and recover, it means getting back to this specific place of balance. Brahmacharya (pure behavior, moderation) is a Yama that speaks directly to this balance.
Where are your extremes? Are they helpful or harmful? What would bring you more balance? Which behavior doesn’t serve you well anymore? You will uncover these truths thanks to a practical Ayurvedic lecture. Learn that health is a very individual thing, given by your constitution (Prakriti). Understanding your Prakriti means knowing your own special place of balance and also knowing what behavior helps you get there.
The final step on your journey aims to heal, renew, and recover through surrender. You will practice this extremely important part of the process through a series of intuitive writing, visualizing and drawing, singing healing mantras, and a transformational fire ceremony.
Whatever you have become aware of during the week, whatever intentions you have set, you will cast it all into the flames and let the universe work out the details. With the help of Aparigraha (non-attachment), you will let go of the results, of any expectations of the outcome, of all the clinging and holding and grabbing.
You will learn how to trust the universe, it knows what it’s doing, even when you don’t. When you do that, you will finally find the true release on all levels of your being; and that’s when the magic happens.
There is the option to visit local markets on Wednesday and Sunday.
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 honor 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 inner dance and "Hilot", the traditional spiritual and healing art of the Philippines.
The retreat is nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Espuna mountains, an area of incredible beauty. You’ll stay in simple, beautiful accommodation, surrounded by the gardens, a swimming pool, and all the other facilities you might need to make for a peaceful, centering week.
The experienced teachers will practice with you on the stunning yoga platform on the side of the mountain, near hammocks, the grove of orange and lemon trees, and a special meditation cabin with tranquil views across the valley. The retreat is totally off-grid, enjoying solar power, fresh mountain spring water, and zero light pollution, so the views of Spain’s starry night sky are second to none.
Rustic Retreats is sure you will love Bagend, from the fragrant orange groves to the simple yet utterly peaceful accommodation in the heart of the Spanish countryside.
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Rustic Retreats provide delicious, vegetarian food at the yoga retreats, cooked up by their world-class chef in the airy outdoor kitchen, which you then eat al fresco whenever possible!
The food at the yoga retreats 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 the organic vegetable patch and on the 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, they go to the nearby town to buy from the local markets and farmers, many of whom they are on a first-name basis with! They also organize trips to the local markets with guests on yoga retreats so you can see first-hand where your food comes from if you choose.
Rustic Retreats run a vegetarian kitchen and they can cater to special dietary needs; please let them know when you book. All meals are included in the price and alcohol is available at a small extra charge. There’s also an all-day snack bar which is not included in the price.
Guests love the simple, healthy meals, so much so that they're now looking into a recipe book for next season, so watch out!
Transfer not provided
Región de Murcia International Airport
Transfer not provided
Arrive at Totana station where Rustic Retreats will collect you.
You can get a taxi from the airport which would cost 170 EUR and upwards. Also, there are car hire options at the airport.
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