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Join Rustic Retreats on this Vinyasa and Restorative Yin yoga retreat in the heart of the Spanish countryside! Recharge and reconnect with the life you deserve and allow yourself to heal. Twice daily yoga practice on the stunning mountain-side platform, daily meditations, yoga nidra or pranayama practice, fascinating daily workshops as well as delicious, nourishing, vegetarian menu prepared by your chef will certainly help you nurture your body and mind, and at the same time will allow you to develop strength and flexibility physically and mentally.
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.
Each day you will be taken on an inner journey to reconnect you to your truth and your hearts dreams and intentions for this life. Are you living the life you want to live? Is your work in tune with your highest truth? Do you do the hobbies and things you love on a daily or weekly basis? And if not, what is stopping you?
Our busy daily lives are now full of stress and responsibilities… but this is not our truth or natural state. When we live too much like this, we become run down and maybe ill. We need to learn to harness our inner wisdom, and listen. We each have our own dharma, this is our truth, doing the things we love, the work we are good at naturally. When we follow this, we become more in tune, feel more balance in our lives, and are full of inner strength, vitality and energy.
Throughout the week, we will learn how to harness the tools of listening. We really do have all the answers inside of us. But when we are too busy and stressed it is hard to be still and listen. This week will give you that opportunity. The retreat will create a safe, open, friendly, healing space, where you can explore freely and feel comfortable to do as much or as little as you like.
Each morning will begin with a different meditation to set our intention for the day. There will be a dynamic vinyasa morning practice each day with a different theme, for example letting go at the hips, or heart opening back bends. You will be encouraged to go at your own pace and listen to your body. We will finish each day with a restorative Yin flow, and finish with Yoga Nidra. Yoga Nidra is a very relaxing meditative practice that allows you to rest at a very deep level of consciousness.
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. There is also the option to visit local markets on Wednesday and Sunday.
The yoga practice will be open to all levels. Modifications will be given throughout. We are all so different, physically, mentally and emotionally. You will be encouraged to really listen to what your body needs, and this may change day to day. Some days you may feel full of energy and some days you may feel tired. You will be encouraged to take the practice at your own pace and nurture your body and mind, at the same time as developing strength and flexibility physically and mentally.
We will start each day with a dynamic Vinyasa flow to recharge and energize our system. We will come into the body through breath and movement. Each day will have a different asana (yoga postures) focus but we will work on your personal development of where you would like to go within your asana practice. We will finish our practice with pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation, to help us cleanse and detox our busy minds and bodies.
Our evening practice will be a restorative Yin flow. A chance to really unwind and let go. We have so much Yang in our lives with work, responsibilities, strong yoga practices or exercises routines. As a society, we need to slow down and de-stress. With a Yin asana practice we hold poses for 3-5 minutes. This gives the facia (connective tissue) of the body time to release. We can go deeper into poses, and into our muscles, releasing tension at a deeper level. Yin is becoming increasingly popular to complement the yang dynamic yoga practices. Yin releases the ‘issues in our tissues’!
Understanding and exploring your chakra system, and how to listen to our inner wisdom to make changes, and correct life decisions to bring us back to balance. We will go through a chakra balancing meditation and discuss how the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies are reflections of each other.
Exploration of the chakra system through mandala art work. Mandalas can be used to open consciousness and help you tune in to your own chakra system. By creating your own chakra art, you can connect to your inner wisdom and explore your inner world.
A mindful walk, focusing on breath and sensation. Connecting to self and nature and being present in the moment, taking in the natural beautiful surroundings of Bagend. Practicing being in the moment, brings us back to our truth, and allows us to see the world as it really is, perfect.
Exploring your dreams and life intentions, and how you can start putting them into action. Through tuning in with ourselves at a deeper level by bringing awareness to our chakras, and from taking time out from our busy lives, we really begin to see and feel how we would want our lives to be. We will then discuss and explore how we can take action to live the lives we deserve.
We will finish the week’s work of setting life intentions and inner exploration with some healing mantras. We will sing some mantras together to let go of the past, help heal and release anything that no longer serves us. We will also set some individual intentions and affirmations. So, then we can go back into the world refreshed and make way for the new exciting changes to come.
Gemma has been teaching yoga since 2009, and continues to learn from different Yogic backgrounds. Gemma teaches Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga and Yin Yoga. She loves to learn about the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies and how we can bring them to balance, to be the truest version of ourselves, and live the magical lives we deserve.
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, earthbag 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.
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.
All day snack menu is available but cost is not included in the price. Alcohol is available at a small extra charge.
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.
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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