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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.
Our accommodation comes in the form of beautiful yet simple well-equipped bell tents, with beds and electricity.
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.
We have 3 levels of accommodation:
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.
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!
We provide our 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. We will also study helpful cleansing and breathing techniques to get rid of toxins and to restart the whole system.
We will also go way beyond the physical. There will be a lot of breathing, awareness and meditation. I will bathe you in the sound of tibetan singing bowls and mantras, guide you into deep relaxation in Yoga Nidra („yogic sleep“). We will let out some serious sighs and embrace the relief.
True healing comes from within. Our daily yoga and meditation practice will naturally guide us into a deep sense of release, enabling us to begin the recovery process from the right place. There will be valuable space and time in our daily workshops for self-reflection, self-acceptance and transformation of the energy which is no longer serving us into something we can truly use for our own growth.
To understand how yoga can help us both on and off the mat, we 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 us how to take care of ourselves and how to relate to other people. They are very helpful when it comes to healing and recovery, as they bring us closer to our true selves, and eventually to a more balanced, joyful state of well-being.
In each of the workshops, we focus on specific Yamas and Niyamas, expanding our awareness, carefully noticing the world outside as well as the inner one. We will 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.
As a first step, we will actually stop and take time to notice, observe mindfully and listen, being absolutely swallowed by the beauty of all the colours, textures and shapes around you - and within you! The Niyama called Svadhyaya (self-study) will guide us to study the true nature of our being and the world around us. Satya (truthfulness) will then help us lift our own illusions and excuses to see who we truly are, aligned with what we think, say and do. What patterns do we keep holding on to? Which of them are truly helpful and leading to our growth? Which of them are no longer serving us?
After seeing what’s there, we will use various techniques to accept it.... a crucial step on the way to transform and heal! Using the Yama called Ahimsa (non-violence), we will discover the unlimited source of compassionate love and acceptance that we all carry within our hearts and turn it towards our own selves. Is there anything holding us back when it comes to self-love? Do we repeatedly try to fulfill other people’s expectations or do we truly follow our own heart-felt path? What do we find difficult to accept about our own self and others?
Learning to love and fully accept all that we are will open us up for the next step - lovingly and gratefully accepting who and whatever is surrounding us at the moment (the Niyama of Santosha, contentment). We will celebrate this energy with a movement workshop, to help us accept, love and cherish our body and the freedom of our 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 do you want? What do you REALLY want? What is it that is truly important? What is worth your time and effort?
If I said that you can have absolutely anything your heart desires what would you choose? The universe is a field of unlimited possibilities. All you need to meet your desires is awareness, intention, silence and letting go of your own doubts and limitations. The next step on our healing journey will be all about intentions.
With the help of visualisations, intuitive drawing and two Yamas – Asteya (non-stealing) and Brahmacharya (non-indulgence), we begin placing our true intention. Both Yamas will show us where to look for true values and where our energy (and attention) is being wasted. Both of these Yamas will help us understand where we truly want to go and how much we can get by giving back to the world.
You have probably heard it: life is change and change is life. Everything in our material world is changing constantly. When we stop struggling against it and truly embrace change in our lives, we can finally start living in the moment, care-free. Right here and right now.
For that to happen with ease, we call upon two incredibly powerful Niyamas – Saucha (cleanliness) and Tapas (self-discipline). In this workshop, we will invite transformation into our lives and learn a couple of yogic cleansing techniques. That, together with the Niyamas, will help us greatly to cleanse ourselves from old habits, toxins, negative thoughts, attachments or patterns we keep coming back to even though we know they’re limiting us.
To truly heal, to truly recover on all levels of your being, you need to rid yourself of all of these things. But don’t worry, we will take it step by step. That’s Tapas – a continuous practice that burns all that negative stuff away. The transformation is what gives us power, energy and vitality. After that, healing comes naturally.
The final step on our journey is to heal, renew and recover. We will practice this extremely important part of the process through a series of writing and visualisation exercises, singing healing mantras and a transformational fire ceremony. Whatever we have become aware of during the week, whatever intentions we have set, we will cast it all into the flames and let the universe work out the details.
With the help of Aparigraha (detachment) and Ishwara Pranidhana (surrender), we will let go of the results, of any expectations of the outcome, of all the clinging and holding and grabbing. We will learn how to trust the universe- it knows what it’s doing, even when we don’t. When we do that, we will finally find the true release on all levels of our being. And that’s when the magic happens.
Iva is a yogi, dancer, & food-enthusiast from Prague. She believes in honest exploring, taking care & being with what is. Whilst training to be a professional dancer in Los Angeles, she visited Yoga for dancers classes. Since then, yoga has turned her life around. She returned to LA 3 years ago to take her first Yoga Teacher Training & fell in love with Iyengar & restorative yoga. She has always been drawn to helping people recover, feel better & find their own way to well-being. She trained in India, one multistyle & one focused purely on Yoga Therapy. She has also studied Ayurveda.
Zuzana (also called Zazou) is from Prague, but for nearly 10 years she was living in Greece and Cyprus, where she's experienced her very first yoga class on the rocks by the sea. It felt like she found a missing piece (and peace) and since then she has (almost) never looked back. Apart from yoga, she is interested in neuroscience, self development and hypnotherapy. She is an early riser and her favorite time of the day is the magical 5AM, when she usually salutes the sun, writes in her journal and reads a book. She absolutely cannot wait to meet you all in person on the mat!
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.
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
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Región de Murcia International Airport
Transfer not provided
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.
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