Autumn is a beautiful, vibrant and exciting season of transition. As we watch the leaves gracefully fluttering to the ground we are reminded that Nature’s cycles are mirrored in our own lives. The season of transformation is a time to consider what no longer serves us and what can be released and surrendered. Just as the trees relinquish their leaves, we too can let go of old ways that might stop us from expressing who we truly are. This retreat will honour the seasonal energies both in Nature and within your being. Through the practice of yoga, in all its wonder, you will be guided and nurtured along your path toward release and renewal.
Accommodation is provided in beautifully furnished 5-metre 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. There are solar hot and cold powered showers facilities. Internet access is available. There is a small shop on site for all those little essentials you might need.
The morning practice will be dynamic and energetic Vinyasa Flow Yoga. "Vinyasa" means "linking" which in this context means that the poses will be linked together in a flowing sequence, the movement will be linked with the breath and the mind, body, and spirit are linked as a whole.
It is a creative and intelligent flow style with an emphasis on alignment and safety. Descriptive cueing and hands-on assistance will be skilfully interwoven into the practice to allow students to correct their own alignment, understand the mechanics of each pose and safely deepen their practice.
The evening practice will be Yin Yoga to balance out the Yang energy of the morning. This style of yoga is slow with each posture supported with props if needed and held for several minutes. This style of yoga encourages stillness and introspection. Physically it stretches soft tissues which are otherwise untouched and allows us a deep energetic release.
In the beautiful mountains of the Sierra Epuna's Spain we will be immersed in Autumn’s energy of release. The falling of the leaves and bare branches remind us of the impermanence of everything and with that deeper awareness we will discover a growing appreciation for the beauty and preciousness of all things.
The leaves that the tree has shed decompose and become the fertile earth from which new growth can begin, just as when our outdated ‘stuff’ is released, renewal and the new generation of ‘stuff’ is fuelled.
As well as a season for letting go and release, Autumn is a season for harvesting. By reflecting on the fruits of our dreams we planted the year before and by celebrating our successes and achievements we find great abundance.
Each day you will explore styles of asana practice, pranayama, chanting and meditation that will guide you toward letting go of burdens and recognising what the present offers. With this freedom from baggage you will find clarity of your senses.
Each workshop is designed to help you deepen your release, comfort you through change and enhance your experience of liberation.
There is one workshop a day, it may be in the morning or afternoon. There is also the option to visit local markets on Wednesday and Sunday.
As one of nature’s elements, we all have agni or fire within us. This workshop will draw on various yogic techniques to stoke that fire and use it to burn away negative samskaras, cleansing our way toward new impressions and ideas. We will ignite our bandhas and our breath of fire and we will roar like lions!
At Rustic Retreats we are off-grid and immersed in beautiful nature. This mindful walking workshop will help us align with the natural world and initiate our own seasonal change, connecting to the energy of Autumn. This quiet time for reflection will help you identify extraneous factors that no longer serve you, lightening your load and releasing you from burden.
Sometimes we need a good shake up to see what’s important and what isn’t. Inversions quite literally turn our world’s upside down and can offer us new perspectives. This workshop will offer an inversion (or several!) for everyone, whether that’s lying on your back with your legs up in the air or a shoulder stand, headstand or handstand!! It will be a fun and uplifting workshop that will clear away some of your physical and mental debris ready for the compost heap!
Consider your own personal harvest. What do you want to let go of and what do you want to incubate over the winter, ready to grow and blossom in the spring? This workshop will be a combination of thoughtfulness and journaling in the spot of Rustic Retreats where you feel most inspired and connected. There are seasonal questions for Autumn which when reflected upon can unveil truth and allow new ideas to surface.
Autumn’s energy of change can be dynamic and stimulating. This workshop will focus on Muladhara, our root chakra, so that we stay grounded amidst the dynamic energy. A variety of techniques including pranayama, chanting and asana will be used to balance the gunas during the cycle of transition leaving us feeling harmonious, joyous and sattvic.
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.
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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.
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.
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