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7 Days Embrace The Elements Hatha & Ashtanga Yoga Retreat in Murcia, Spain

Rustic Retreats, Appt. de Correous, 277 Totana, Murcia 30850, Spain

Summer Yoga Retreat in Spain

Join Rustic Retreats on this yoga retreat where you will practice Hatah yoga with a strong Ashtanga influence. Explore your body & spirit, through the five elements of nature. Using our natural environment to connect to each of the seven Chakras restoring balance.

Meet the instructors

Katie & Ellen
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Highlights

  • Yoga and meditations twice daily
  • Daily workshops on a variety of subjects
  • Several different styles of yoga taught with focus on spiritual and healing
  • Yoga platform nestled into the side of the mountain for meditations and workshops
  • 6 nights accommodation in beautiful surroundings and eco-friendly site
  • Use of beautiful swimming pool, hammocks, and terrace
  • Daily breakfasts, lunches, dinners, juices

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 11
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Outdoor shower

Our accommodation comes in the form of beautiful yet simple well-equipped bell tents, with beds and electricity.

Bell tents

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:

  • Single room in the house shared facilities
  • Glamping bell tent 2 sharing
  • Glamping bell tent 3 sharing

​Rest and relaxation

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.

Bathrooms and showering

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!

Electricity and internet

We provide our guests with an Internet connection , and the bell tents come ready with solar electricity.

Program

Styles of yoga to be taught

Alongside Meditation and Breathwork the morning practice will be focused on Hatha Yoga with a strong Ashtanga influence. A dynamic sequence that will be repeated and built upon during the week. Ashtanga is a set sequence of standing and seated postures which can be modified depending on the student’s level of practice and ability. The morning practice will be about breaking down the postures and movements to understand why we move in certain ways.

Incorporating a flow like motion into our evening practice. Synchronizing the breath with the movement allows us to move with a meditative state of mind. Threading the yoga philosophy into our energetic moving sequence to bring about a well-rounded Yoga practice. Encouraging inward focus through, postures and breathing techniques. Concluding each evening with stillness and quietness in order to discover the Devine elements within

Your Rustic Retreats journey

Most cultures have a deep spiritual connection to the Elements, and yoga is no different. While each culture will vary in traditions and rituals to connect to the elements, a lot of the meaning will be the same.

Throughout the week we will acquaint our self with the energy centers known as the Chakras and discover what connection they have to the elements. We will explore where more energy is needed in order to bring balance to our body, mind and spirit. This will be done in our daily Asana practice which will focus on the physical aspects of postures and breathwork, and then our workshops will allow us to discover how we can take yoga off the mat and into our daily life. Our daily meditation practices will allow us the time and space to absorb all the lessons.

​Sample daily timetable

  • 07.30 - 08.00 Morning meditation
  • 08.00 - 09.00 Beginners to intermediate yoga class
  • 09.00 - 10.00 Intermediate to advanced yoga class
  • 09.00 - 11.15 Breakfast buffet
  • 11.00 - 14.00 Free time
  • 14.00 - 15.00 Lunch Buffet
  • 15.00 - 16.00 Free time/ guided mountain hike
  • 16.00 - 17.30 Workshop (practical/theoretical) or free time
  • 17.30 - 18.30 Beginners to intermediate yoga class
  • 18.30 - 19.30 Intermediate to advanced yoga class
  • 19.30 - 20.00 Meditation or Yoga Nidra
  • 21.00 Evening meal/ entertainment

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.

Workshop 1 - Earth: Grounding with Gratitude

Grounding or Earthing refers to the practice of being barefoot or sitting on the ground, simply having direct physical contact with the vast supply of electrons on the surface of the Earth. This practice alone has major benefits such as better sleep and reduced pain and stiffness, circulation is also improved. Practicing Gratitude also improves our physical and emotional health.

Exploring all that the Sierra Espuna mountains have to offer, we will discover how to move slower and connect to the beauty of all the living beings and plants around us. reflecting on how we can treat our earth with more love and kindness

Workshop 2 - Water: Artistic Flow

We will be using art to connect to the creative side that is within us all. I will share techniques that will help allow that creative expression flow into the world. Art may come in the form of painting, dance, music, poetry. This workshop is not about trying to be “good” at Art but it allows a safe non-judgmental space for us all to express through art how we feel or what we have experienced.

Workshop 3 - Fire: Fire & Freedom

We all have emotions we hold onto that don't serve us in a positive way, fear, loss, anger, guilt etc. We will incorporate Tapas (burning of impurities) into a ceremony, that will help you to heal old wounds and to move on feeling lighter and more positive, freeing you of old unwanted patterns.

Workshop 4 - Air: Beautiful Breath

Breathing exercises are a powerful way of connecting with the vital life force or Prana that flows through us all. We will also use mantras to connect with our breath, and to help raise our vibrational energy.

Workshop 5 - Ether/Space: Yoga Nidra

As you lie in Shavasana (corpse pose) you will be guided into a deep relaxation, in order to leave the physical sensations of the body and connect with yourself on a deeper spiritual level. Yoga Nidra will allow you to feel like you are soaring through space. Yoga Nidra is a deeply relaxing guided meditation, that brings the mind into a state of deep relaxation, floating somewhere in-between a state of sleep and conscious.

Instructors

Katie O'Byrne

Ellen (Teaching Assistant)

Retreat location

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.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

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.

Example menu:

  • Start the day with a fruit smoothie or refreshing mint tea.
  • Breakfast baby spinach omelet, cereals, fruit and French toast.
  • Lunch bell pepper frittata, bean and yogurt salad, and pumpkin bread.
  • Evening meal squash and zucchini casserole with wild rice and lemon tart.

Exclusions

  • All day snack menu is available but cost is not included in the price. Alcohol is available at a small extra charge.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Contemplate life in the beautiful wooden meditation cabin

Play plenty of board games

Relax or read books on the hammocks, shaded terrace, and sun loungers

Take a dip in the swimming pool

Take a hike in the surrounding mountains

Use the outdoor shower block to literally shower under the stars

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All meals, including daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and juice
  • Bed linen
  • Daily workshops, talks and mountain walks
  • Meditations twice daily
  • Stunning yoga platform nestled into the side of the mountain
  • Towels
  • Use of beautiful swimming pool
  • Yoga mats
  • Yoga practice twice daily

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Flights
  • Alcohol and snack menu (small extra charge)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

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.

Arrival by train

  • Arrive at Totana station where Rustic Retreats will collect you.

Arrival by taxi

  • 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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