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8 Days Relax, Renew and Reform New Year Yoga Retreat in Spain

  • Appt. De Correous 277 Totana, Murcia Spain,30850

Overview

Relax, Renew and Reform New Years Retreat in Spain

This extra special New Years retreat will give you the opportunity for deep rest and relaxation, to strengthen your body, and the chance to start the New Year with reformed healthy habits. As well as active yoga practices and peaceful meditations, we will have lots opportunities to connect with each other and the beautiful valley we will be living in with dancing, fires and walking. Leave us nurtured, nourished, revitalized and ready for the best year of your life! You will join us on our beautiful, solar powered, off-grid site for the chance to get in touch with nature and truly disconnect from the stresses of day to day life. Sleeping in beautiful bell tents surrounded by the mountains and groves of lemon trees you will feel at one with nature and invigorated by the fabulous daily practice and workshops.

Highlights

  • Twice daily meditations
  • Morning and evening yoga sessions
  • Daily workshops on a variety of subjects
  • Yoga platform nestled into the side of the mountain & beautiful meditation log-cabin
  • 7 nights accommodation in beautiful surroundings and eco-friendly
  • Massage and other treatments available on request
  • Daily breakfasts, lunches, dinners, juices
  • Use of beautiful swimming pool

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 11.

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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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.

Styles of yoga

​Tania and James offer different but complementary styles. Tania teaches what she calls mindful Vinyasa yoga. This style combines intelligent but flowing movements with an emphasis on good alignment and moving with the breath. With over 20 years experience Tania draws from a range of yoga traditions including modern Vinyasa, ha-tha, Restorative and Satyananda. Tania has also spent time living in ashrams and immersing herself in wider yoga traditions which go beyond the asana.

​James has used yoga and meditation to overcome depression and bring a 180 degree change in his life. He has immersed himself in yogic traditions and studied ha-tha yoga in Rishikesh, India (the home of yoga). He is passionate about bringing yoga to people with of all ages and levels of flexibility. James teaches a mixture of dynamic yoga and longer held positions to increase strength and stamina. As well as guiding your asana postures to increase both your muscular strength and flexibility James will also lead discussions looking at the philosophy of yoga and its origins.

​Sample daily schedule

  • 07.00 Hot water for teas and fresh fruit available
  • 08.00-09.30 Yoga and meditation/pranayama practice
  • 09.45-10.30 Breakfast buffet served
  • 10.45-14.00 Free time or workshop.
  • 14.00-14.30 Lunch
  • 15.00-16.30 Free time or workshop
  • 16.30-18.00 Yoga
  • 18.00-18.30 meditation
  • 20.30-Evening meal

Your Rustic Retreats Journey

At this very special New Years retreat we will be exploring various ways to relax, renew and reform! How many times have you heard (or maybe you’ve said it yourself) ‘I’m too tired, stressed to ... (to start sports, or take on new healthy habits etc)’ .... Or ‘I’ll start .... (yoga,relaxing more) when ...(this project, job)... is finished’. At this retreat we’ll be blessed with 7 wonderful days away from our everyday stresses and responsibilities. Often stress can be a huge barrier to making positive changes in our lives: this retreat will tackle this by providing multiple opportunities to explore active relaxation. The daily asana classes will begin slowly and Tania and James will break down common poses to ensure everyone is starting from the same level and working safely. Over the week as your strength, flexibility and stamina increase the classes will become more challenging.

This retreat will help you relax and restore your body by providing multiple techniques such a guided meditation, breathing exercises and visualizations to help the body and mind activate the parasympathetic nervous system. These techniques help to reduce stress and anxiety and help the body move into the ‘rest and restorative mode’ thereby improve digestion, lowering blood pressure and improving reproductive function. Walking in nature, clean fresh air, sunshine and healthy nutritious food will help you renew your mind and body. We will also provide opportunities to reform your bodies through both slow and dynamic asana classes. Through these you will activate under-used muscle groups and learn to move deeper into the yoga postures. The active yoga classes will also help you create more strength, freedom and space in your body.

What’s your dharma?

Goal setting and envisaging the life you want It is said that 'yoga is excellence in action' and when we get more into our yoga practice we realize that it goes far beyond what we do on the yoga mat. Yoga is a process of getting to know ourselves better and through this often we learn our true path, and what will make us feel more fulfilled. In this workshop we will use the ancient story of Krishna and Arjuna to illustrate the yogic idea of ‘dharma’. We will explore what holds you back and stops you being the more authentic you. Meditation, creative techniques and yoga nidra (a yogic sleep) will help us explore and manifest our goals and understand what is holding us back. This workshop will be complemented by a New Years Eve fire ceremony.

Find your warrior! Dealing with stress, fear and anxiety.

​Stress, fear and anxiety are sadly often a major part of our modern lives. They often stop us doing the things we want as we are worried about failure or making the wrong decisions. At this workshop we will explore common fears and learn some techniques to face them. We will learn

calming breathing and meditation techniques from a range of traditions, and also use confidence building techniques to deal with stressful situations.

Free your body: Dance you desires in and your fears away

At this fun workshop we will free up our bodies and minds using techniques from 5-rhythms and ecstatic dance traditions. We will explore free movement in all areas of the body and learn how to express ourselves more fully through the medium of dance. We will tell the story of our previous year with all our triumphs and hurts, and we will say with our bodies what we have been unable to say with our words. We will then dance our dreams and hopes for the coming year. These powerful practices often help us release deeply entrenched tension: if you are new to using dance practices or are shy about dancing in front of others please don’t worry as together we will form a safe and inclusive space.

Connect with Nature: Mindful nature walk and story telling workshop.

At Rustic Retreats we will be living in a beautiful valley and be surrounded by gorgeous nature including eagles, wildflowers and stunning skies. This active workshop will help us be more mindful, appreciate our surroundings and use this as an opportunity to reflect on our ‘stories’. The workshop will first involve undertaking a silent walk (either combined with a group walk to Aledo or done around Rustic Retreats) and collecting objects on the way that make us reflect on the environment around us and our reaction to it. After the walk we will meet together to share our stories and reflections on the practice and what it represents to us.

Go deeper: Philosophy discussion.

This workshop will focus on introducing you to the basic philosophy, concepts and history of yoga. It will cover the various traditional philosophies and viewpoints, insights from modern research and ways in which the essence of this holistic life-view can be integrated into a modern lifestyle. Participants may find some of the yogic principles resonate well with the new beginnings and restoration achieved throughout the retreat. Although there are many religious stories linked to yoga this discussion will be undertaken from a completely secular point

  • Tania Plahay

    Tania is a passionate, experienced and committed Hatha and Vinyasa yoga teacher. She is also a qualified prenatal yoga teacher and meditation teacher. She employs a holistic and responsive teaching style, to facilitate a sense of quiet self-awareness in her students, and learning about the body, the asanas and breathing techniques. Her classes are well suited for beginners in yoga or advanced students, from mum-to-be to the elderly.

  • James Heather

    James undertook his Ha-tha yogic studies in Rishikesh, India (the home of yoga). He combines traditional Ha-tha techniques with stronger flowing movements. Having played regular tennis and golf he understands the restrictions and tightness having a sporty as well as a sedentary lifestyle can bring. He helps people from all backgrounds and ages to improve their flexibility, feel stronger and more peaceful. James has also suffered from shoulder and knee issues and has used his practice therapeutically to help work through these challenges. ​

Rustic Retreats run beautifully yoga retreats in the Sierra Espuna mountain range in Southern Spain. A stunning estate, totally off-grid, with zero light pollution, solar power, and fresh spring water. The unique yoga platform sits nestled into the side of the mountain, with breath taking views across the tranquil valley.

Activities
  • Mountain walking / trekking
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming pool
  • Al fresco dining
General
  • Environmentally friendly, off-grid site
  • Mountain side yoga platform
  • Wooden meditation cabin
  • Hammocks
  • Shaded terrace

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 requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

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

  • 7 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
  • Airport transfers
  • Alcohol and snack menu (small extra charge)
  • Flights

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.

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.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Rustic Retreats an inquiry.
  • Review by Jacky

    "Wonderful yoga, being outside just enhanced the marvelous practice of the teacher. Lovely food cooked and served with love, the rustic accommodation was comfortable. Bagend was so peaceful and relaxing, an oasis of calm in this mad world. I will certainly return as soon as I can, a wonderful peaceful week."

    August 20, 2016. Rustic Retreats, edited

  • Review by Alice

    "I had a wonderful time, the opportunity to learn to relax and do nothing during the day has been magical and the way the yoga has made my body feel has been amazing. The food was always beautiful, fresh, healthy and lots of it and the tents were snug and cosy. Elliot is amazing, to open his home up time and time again to strangers is a truly magical quality and he does it so genuinely, I felt so welcome and at home, thank-you."

    August 20, 2016. Rustic Retreats, edited

  • Review by Posy

    "I had the best time at Bagend! I was blown away by it's beauty and Elliot's colorful and vibrant aura! The food was exceptional, we were really treated well. The tents were spacious and comfy and perfect for this environment. The yoga was different which was good to try out. I loved the morning sessions – they were so special, peaceful and beautiful. The most wonderful time and I can't wait until next year!"

    August 20, 2016. Rustic Retreats, edited

  • Review by Yvette

    "Bagend is a wonderful place where you feel at home straight away. Cozy, easygoing, friendly and peaceful, you can feel the love that is put into it. Wonderful yoga lessons, very tasteful food, a real treat every time! Well planned program, nice flow and always something different to do. Elliot is a wonderful host, so warm and welcoming. It was my first yoga/meditation retreat and a very, very nice experience, thank you so much!"

    August 20, 2016. Rustic Retreats, edited

  • Review by Ruth

    "Loved my stay – thanks so much. Really enjoyed the yoga classes, the accommodation was very well-equipped with everything you need and the food was amazing, freshly prepared with local and seasonal produce. Bagend is a gorgeous place run by gorgeous people!"

    August 20, 2016. Rustic Retreats, edited

  • Review by Karen

    "What a fantastic week – staying at a little piece of eco-friendly heaven! Elliot was the perfect host and went above and beyond to make everyone feel welcome. The food at Bagend was exceptional and there were always very generous meals. We stayed in the tent by the pool – beautiful view! The yoga and meditation classes were so enjoyable and the teacher was very helpful with any questions I had. Thanks for an amazing week – I have loved every minute of it !"

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  • Review by Emma

    "I had a fantastic week here, no complaints whatsoever. Will recommend to friends. Loved the pool, hammocks and really enjoyed the classes. Going home a very rested and happy person!"

    August 20, 2016. Rustic Retreats, edited

  • Review by Florian

    "A really lovely place to practice yoga. This is pure nature, I wish I could live that way more in my life. I felt the sensation of gorgeous Bagend."

    August 20, 2016. Rustic Retreats, edited

  • Review by Dom

    "Absolutely, ultimately incredible.....every single bit!"

    August 12, 2016. Rustic Retreats, edited

  • Review by Kelsey

    "Wonderful yoga, I learned new things and felt safe to do as little or as much as I wanted. The yoga platform is the most amazing place with stunning views. Flavoursome food and comfy beds. The whole place has such a beautiful vibe, loved every minute."

    August 12, 2016. Rustic Retreats, edited

  • Review by Melissa

    "This was my first yoga retreat but will not be my last. The place exceeded my expectations and brought so much more than good yoga, I made new friends. Elliot is amazing and looked after us so well. I hope to return very soon."

    August 12, 2016. Rustic Retreats, edited

  • Review by Amy

    "Amazing yoga, wonderfully prepared, tasty and healthy food, cosy and perfectly equipped accommodation. Bagend is heaven, Elliot does an outstanding job, this week has been truly magical and I WILL be back for more."

    August 12, 2016. Rustic Retreats, edited

  • Review by Gemma

    "This retreat was more than I could have ever hoped for, amazing yoga, food and people. Bagend is so magical and perfect."

    July 23, 2016. Rustic Retreats, edited

  • Review by Cassie

    "I'm just extremely happy that I chose Rustic Retreats, it has been full of soul, beauty and natural good vibes, seriously a little oasis! Great mixture of meditation and yoga, learning a selection of new techniques that will develop and broaden my practice. Amazing food – please come and cook for me at home! Really cosy accommodation with comfy beds and amazing views. I couldn't have asked for anything more, it's great to know I can always come back and experience this again."

    July 23, 2016. Rustic Retreats, edited

  • Review by Agnieski

    "Very good yoga, delicious food, very comfortable bed. Bagend is a beautiful place, I would love to come back one day. Everyone was really nice, I felt very welcome, Elliot has a great sense of humour."

    July 23, 2016. Rustic Retreats, edited

  • Review by Camilla

    "Great yoga, I really improved my practice. I slept really well and the food was really good, thanks for the vegan option. I will definitely recommend and come back."

    July 12, 2016. Rustic Retreats., edited

  • Review by Ida

    "This week has gone beyond my expectations, a perfect teacher with many different types of meditation and yoga. Amazing food – best vegetarian food I've ever had! Very cosy tents. Bagend is beyond beautiful, I will see you again!"

    July 12, 2016. Rustic Retreats., edited

  • Review by Debbie

    "Bagend is an amazing venue, excellent yoga, delicious food, fantastic camping experience, I will never forget it and will definitely return."

    July 12, 2016. Rustic Retreats., edited

  • Review by Esther

    "Loved the yoga variation. Amazing food, wouldn't change anything. Accommodation was great with comfortable beds, slept so well. Lovely pool, hammocks to chill out, Bagend is a beautiful paradise where you can forget the world, a perfect week. Thank you Elliot for being the ultimate host, so funny, kind and gentle."

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  • Review by Gail

    "I would certainly recommend this yoga holiday to anyone who wants to totally escape from the “real” world. You don't even need to be a yogi (I wasn't). The exercises were brilliant and expanded my mind and body a great deal. The group meditation was very powerful and the love and compassion for life itself and one another was truly inspiring."

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  • Review by Akemi

    "I loved the yoga classes, a great mix of energetic and restorative. Absolutely delicious healthy food – so nutritious and varied! The tents were fab! Really comfy beds and spacious too. Bagend is impressive! Loved the yoga platform – stunning views while doing yoga – really going to miss the sounds, smells and views when I return to daily life. Had an amazing time, met a great group of people, just loved every moment of it, Elliot, you're one in a million!"

    July 12, 2016. Rustic Retreats., edited

  • Review by Mary

    "Bagend is a magical place! I loved the tent and the whole feel of Bagend and the food was amazing! The yoga was so much fun, a great teacher who challenged us while making it accessible for everyone. Elliot, your personality made the holiday so special, it felt so happy and peaceful, I am completely rejuvenated."

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  • Review by Angie

    "Bagend is peaceful and welcoming, the perfect location for a yoga retreat. The teacher was wonderful, encouraging and insightful, I feel stronger and healthier. Amazing food, everyday so different, always delicious! Slept so well in the comfy bed, great tent, private and tranquil. Thank-you."

    June 3, 2016. Rustic Retreats, edited

  • Review by Caroline

    "The yoga was inspiring! The teacher made the practice a very rewarding experience. Cosy and well equipped accommodation and the food was delicious and fresh! Bagend is beautiful, atmospheric and so chilled out, I fully intend to return next year – this has been a wonderful week."

    June 3, 2016. Rustic Retreats, edited

  • Review by Gitte

    "Fantastic yoga, good variation. Super good veggie food, loved it! Great accommodation. Bagend is an amazing place with a soul and spirit of passion and loving kindness. I would recommend it any day."

    June 3, 2016. Rustic Retreats, edited

  • Review by Nicole
    10 out of 10

    "Really enjoyed yoga classes, food absolutely delicious, yummy! Great tents, nice and cozy warm. Elliot, you are great!! Thanks for sharing Bagend with us!! Can't wait to come back one day."

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  • Review by Linda
    10 out of 10

    "The classes were very good, I learned a lot, would recommend to others. Food was lovely, beds were good, really beautiful and nice place."

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  • Review by Claire
    10 out of 10

    "As a complete beginner I had no idea what to expect, however, I was taken care of from the first email inquiry. My first time traveling alone, would I be the only solo traveler? I wasn't and met people of all ages from all walks of life. I thought off grid living would be hard but I had every comfort I needed and the food was beyond amazing. Elliot is gorgeous, mind, body & soul. I couldn't recommend Bagend enough, it has been perfection, absolute heaven!"

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  • Review by Lucy
    10 out of 10

    "Really enjoyed the yoga, I learned a lot! Lovely & healthy food. Comfy and cozy accommodation. Bagend is magical, relaxing and natural! I'll certainly be recommending you!"

    May 2016, Rustic Retreats, edited

  • Review by Michaela
    10 out of 10

    "I've learned so much! Food is amazing. Slept like a baby. Bagend is my second home! It is a special place with gorgeous people, definitely not my last time here!"

    May 2016, Rustic Retreats, edited

  • Review by Joanne
    10 out of 10

    "Bagend is lovely, very good food. The classes were well explained and I liked the extra workshop for beginners."

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  • Review by Annemarie
    10 out of 10

    "Bagend let's you enjoy the little things in life again. Pick a lemon from a tree and just be. Thank you for the revitalization Elliot!"

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  • Review by Tessa
    10 out of 10

    "Really great classes, I learned a great deal. Perfect accommodation, pleasantly surprised. Delicious food. Bagend is beautiful, I can't wait to come back. This was my first yoga retreat and it really did exceed and surpass my expectations, I will be recommending to all my friends."

    May 2016, Rustic Retreats, edited

  • Review by Anouk
    10 out of 10

    "Love it! The whole together is really an experience you'll never regret."

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  • Review by Vincent
    10 out of 10

    "Fab yoga, fab food, fab accommodation. I always have an excellent time at Bagend, you will see me again in the future."

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  • Review by Rose
    10 out of 10

    "The classes struck the perfect balance between dynamic energy and gorgeous relaxation. Amazing food, every single meal was delicious. Bagend has stolen my heart. It is simply the most beautiful, relaxed, tranquil, welcoming, gorgeous space in which to unwind, eat beautiful food, laugh and be free. And this is all down to Elliot – an exceptional host and man. I am coming back!"

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  • Review by Pete
    10 out of 10

    "Fantastic teacher, fantastic food, wonderful hammocks. Love it, love it and love it!"

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  • Review by Marta
    10 out of 10

    "I found this place perfect! The teacher was fantastic with sequences, details and explanations. The food was 5 star! The accommodation was what I needed, fresh air and feeling close to nature. Elliot brought me back hope that there are still people who are generous, compassionate and have smiles for everybody and a hug when needed. PS. I'll be back!"

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  • Review by Hillary
    10 out of 10

    "Absolutely wonderful yoga, truly inspirational! Accommodation was very comfortable with extra blankets, duvets and hot water bottles if needed. Stunning views every morning and clear star­lit nights. Delicious home­-prepared dishes, lots of color, variety and quantities, made with love. Elliot has created a very special place that is totally unique. For anyone wanting to escape their busy lives and find what's really important then Bagend is the perfect antidote."

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  • Review by Sofie
    10 out of 10

    "Perfect yoga classes, couldn't ask for a better teacher. Great variation and fun workshops. Comfy beds, lots of blankets, all you need is there. Great food with great flavors. Bagend is heaven on earth, the most relaxing week. I loved the focus on sustainability and being kind to nature. I would happily recommend it to friends and family."

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  • Review by Anneke
    10 out of 10

    "Very good yoga teacher, made me improve in a way I didn't expect. Food was delicious, full of taste and nutritious. I absolutely loved my tent and the bed was so cozy and comfortable. Such a special place, made me feel at home right away, amazing people, loving/caring atmosphere, a place you just don't want to leave!"

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  • Review by Mara

    "(I have a) Piece of Bagend in my house. Thank you so much for the most amazing, relaxing time in nature! It was almost unreal, I had to take these lemons to prove it wasn't a dream when I wake up! Thank you Elliot, you have created a magical place!!! We will be back!"

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  • Review by Cath from UK

    "Great food, fantastic people and fabulous hospitality! Loved the bell tents, beds were comfy and blankets were lovely. I had an absolutely fantastic time,can't wait to come back!"

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  • Review by Danny from UK

    "Thank you very much for a wonderful experience."

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  • Review by Debbie from UK

    "Peace on earth! Food was healthy and plentiful, gorgeous lemon and orange home made juices. Workshops were Informative and thought provoking."

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  • Review by Ellinor

    "Food was perfect, really good! Amazing wild asparagus soup! Yoga teacher was contagious enthusiasm, open minded, funny. Amazing exprience, loved it!"

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  • Review by Martin from Valencia, Spain

    "I wasn't sure what to expect the holiday was a birthday present and I was being sent off to relax and disengage. What I found and experienced was more than I could have hoped or imagined. Elliot is a brilliant host (a fantasy dinner party guest!), Jenny was superb as yoga teacher and everyone in the group (all travelling on their own from different countries) was put at ease by Elliot and the surroundings at Bagend. Bagend so good I want to keep this secret to myself!"

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  • Review by Anne Marie from Holland

    "I really want to thank you for what was a life changing week :) the atmosphere was great and we had a new years eve we will not forget easily."

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  • Review by N. Pellet

    "Just a short message to say thanks again to all involved in Rustic Retreats. Despite being nervous about joining the trip as a yoga novice ... I ended up having the best New Year in a long time. Great food, great company, great friends, a wonderful teacher and many wonderful memories."

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  • Review by Lotte

    "The peacefulness and the lovely people at Rustic Retreats was great and of course our fabulous yoga teacher (Alix)!"

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  • Review by Kate

    "What I liked most was Elliot as a host in this eccentric tranquil paradise. Great place for Yoga."

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  • Review by Nadine

    "What I liked most was the yoga, the food and the venue. Relaxing, peaceful, and friendly atmosphere. I really enjoyed staying in the tents, the beds were very confortable, the tent was spacious, and it was clean. It was all delicious healthy home made food. Elliot even prepared us fresh juices, teas, lemonade and various refreshing drinks throughout the day. Elena was a great teacher. Loved every yoga class. If I go back to bagend, I would love it if Elena was our teacher again. The workshops were all with our yoga teacher, Elena and were also great. Rustic Retreats gets a 10 out of 10 from me. Keep up the good work guys."

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  • Review by Keri

    "Unique, incredible, inspiring. I went hoping to develop as a yogi, and I got so much more than I could hope for. I loved everything about my first yoga retreat and would love to come back next year."

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  • Review by Amelia

    "I think that the retreat was amazing and wouldn't change a thing .Elaina is amazing and her lessons were fun, interesting and detailed. Food and drink to die for."

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  • Review by Marianne

    "Great glamping facilities, cool tents, amazing outdoor shower and hand-built pool. I had such a lovely time! Congratulations on making such an amazing space Elliot & the team! :) I hope to be back next year!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Europe

    "Truly everything, the yoga, the fabulous babes of Bagend, the hands-on workshops, the walks, the talks, the thinking , drinking, swimming, the moon, the sunshine and the last night was really special awwwww I miss Bagend!!!!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Europe

    "Where do I start?! So many! Elliots kindness, generosity and hospitality was so inspirational, and his passion for Bagend shone throughout everything. Javis fantastic food was so delicious, a real treat. I think Karin was absolutely fantastic and her classes were very special. I loved the mix of yoga, activities, meditation and free time a perfect balance. I also thought the walk to the Alido was really nice, and learning about Earthbag building. The last night was amazing!!! Overall, this was without doubt one of the best experiences I have ever had. Everything was magical. It is very rare to find somewhere so beautiful and with such a positive energy about it, driven with complete passion and kindness. I will never forget this week."

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  • Review by a traveler from Europe

    "Yoga, food, laughing, earthbag, people, EVERYTHING!!"

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  • Review by Deli

    "I had a wonderful time with Rustic Retreat. I really felt like I was welcome into a group of like-minded people who were willing to take time off and reflect. The host, Elliot, is amazing and wears his heart on his sleeve. He's incredibly kind and will make you feel at home (or better than home) from start to end."

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  • Review by Macey

    "Had a lovely week at Bagend in September last year. The food was amazing, the yoga lessons were fantastic, Elliot was a great host and I would reccomnd the retreat to anyone who is looking for a relaxing yoga filled week"

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  • Review by Gunia

    "Best yoga retreat I have been to. Everyting is nice , the lovely owner , the yoga , the food You feel so relax and you live all problems behand. Very good yoga teacher. I really want to come back again. Its a lovely and healhty way to have vacation."

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  • Review by Catherine

    "Best Yoga Retreat ever! Absolutely enjoyed this place, felt relaxed from the moment I booked, the food is excellent, yoga is excellent and the hospitality is wonderful, if you are looking for a fantastic relaxed and friendly place to enjoy yoga and meet great people then this is definitely the place to be!"

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  • Review by Utrecht

    "Great yoga week! This place is abolsutely perfect: beautiful area, lovely 'host', nice program (enough yoga and 'me- time' ) and the food is delicious! The yoga is very professional and there is a nice welcoming relaxing atmosphere."

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  • Review by Tina

    "Amazing! What a wonderful place and ambience! I loved everything about Bagend - not least the fantastic host Elliot. Beautiful sorroundings, great food, lovely yoga and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Go, go, go!"

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  • Review by Debra

    "Fantastic place for recharging your batteries far from the madding crowd and the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Accommodation is roomy bell tents ( little chilly at night) and food is wholesome and pleniful prepared by your host and hostess. And then the Yoga...climbing each morning and afternoon up the mountain to a terracotta platform with birds singing and bees humming, we would unwind and deliciously stretch to the aroma of sage and frankincense ....bliss"

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  • Review by Daniel

    "All I can say is Amazing! Loved it! I had the best time at Rustic Retreats. I was like living in a dream for a week. Elliot is the best host anyone could ask for and the Yoga teacher Jenny was lovely, patient and a great singer too. We had the best group that week and I made some amazing friends. The food was plentiful and so tasty, every night we had a different dish. Bagend itself it something else, I could live there. If you have not been I really recommend it. I could go on for longer with positive notes about this place, there really wasn't anything negetive. Hope to be back there soon."

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  • Review by Laura

    "I had one of my most enjoyable holidays, with Elliot and his team in Bagend. The setting is stunning and peaceful. Food is great and the yoga was excellent. I would highly recommend Rustic Retreat for anyone looking for some time out!"

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  • Review by Acandia

    "If you are looking for some time away to unwind, unplug and re-connect with yourself, this is exactly the trip for you. The setting unique, remote, beautifulthe food delicious, the yoga rejuvenating and the people fast friends! Honestly I expected a relaxing time away and I left with so much more. And the price a steal - you will not be disappointed!"

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  • Review by Mimi

    "Perfect holiday! Such a wonderful week away - complete relaxation in beautiful surroundings with a great pool. Lots of yoga with amazing views and noticed a big improvement in my ability. Amazing fresh food and a really comfortable first experience of off-grid living! Friendly atmosphere - so many great memories made."

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  • Review by Sarah

    "Rejuvenating, relaxing and restorative! I absolutely loved my time with Elliot at Rustic Retreats. He was incredibly friendly, welcoming and accommodating. The food was perfect as was the sleeping area and more importantly, the yoga."

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  • Review by Floor

    "Eliot runs this beautifull place in the mountains where you live totale off grid. You will emediately chill down the moment you arive. The yoga classes were great and the healthy food Eliot cooks even better! Absolutely recommanded for everyone who wants a bit of me or we time!"

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  • Review by Mia

    "Wonderful place, great yoga and a stunning location. You will be well looked after by Elliot, his cooking is fantastic and the food plentiful. The tents are very comfortable and have nice beds, lighting etc. It was a great experience all round and I would definitely return."

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  • Review by Monique

    "Elliot and the volunteers were absolutely delightful and very accommodating. Great off grid experience. Would have liked more yoga and meditation options which is what is offered at my previous yoga retreats. The outdoor shower is a must try! And a sleep under the lemons tree."

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  • Review by Ann Henry

    "Dear Elliot Beautiful you, Beautiful Bagend, Beautiful Peace, Beautiful New friends, Beautiful Karma, food,sun & mountains, Om & yoga - what more could I ask Thank you Thank you"

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  • Review by Esther Campbell

    "Dearest Elliot. Thank you, I have had the best time at the wonderful Bagend. I have never eaten so well, the yoga and this place have brought me back to myself in a way I never imagined. This is just the start of what I hope will be a long love affair. I'll be back! Bless you Elliot and long live Bagend."

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  • Review by Laurence

    "Thank you so much for your warm welcome, your incredible food and for offering so much of yourself to this beautiful place! You have created an inspirational oasis of calm here, a place for us all just to rest and be. It's such an amazing achievement ! Tolkien would be proud of Bagend. I have no doubt I will be back."

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  • Review by Maddy Johnson

    "Thank you so much for one of the best weeks of my life. It has been such a magical experience that I will never forget, and massive compliments to you the chef from me and my happy tummy."

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  • Review by Ana Candia

    "For having had the vision and wherewithal to build this amazing place - and for choosing to share it with each one of us - wishing you so much success in every way and hope to meet you again in this peaceful palace you've built. Thank you"

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  • Review by Lorraine Matheson

    "Bagend begins with you, the roots and gift of everlasting growth, thank you for sharing your home and presence with us. Lots of Scottish love"

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  • Review by Vicky Stothard

    "What an experience! thank you for the relaxing days and great yoga it's been a pleasure. Wishing much success for the future."

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  • Review by Rosemary Smith

    "Thank you for everything a truly Bagendisimo week! lots of love Rose xx"

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  • Review by Lucy Davison

    "Elliot you are amazing! Bagend is just magical- more magical than I thought it would be!! Thank you for your hospitality and the fabulous food....I will be back"

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  • Review by Emma Dallyn

    "Elliot youre a wonderful man. I can't thank you enough for your warmth and hospitality and laughs. See you next year"

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  • Review by Erica Benedict

    "Thanks for your awesome hospitality ( and great food); always gorgeous."

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  • Review by Nina Zikeli

    "Dear Elliot "Just living is not enough" said the butterfly " one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower" Hand Chstian Andersen from The Little Prince. I don't know if you read that book but you told me you forgot to grow up - same as the little prince! Never loosing the child inside yourself is one of the most important things in life - you are so lovely you got everything the little prince told us to have. Your place Bagend is amazing thank you so much that you give us the opportunity to share this place and get inspired and a peaceful mind. Namaste, Nina."

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  • Review by Julia Slay

    "Dear Elliot you are le host magnifque, what a home, I have been so happy here ( I'll be back)."

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  • Review by Jane Brinson

    "This week has been like an embrace - the warmth of the sun, the flow of the yoga, the nourishment of good food and at the centre your open heart. Elliot you are a gem of a man. Thank you so much."

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  • Review by Mary Meadows

    "What can I say what an incredible 16 nights. I have been institutionalized and will struggle to get back to flushing toilets. I have found so much here at Bagend, peace, love,new friends and a new appreciation of my body and mind and what they are capable of, time to dream, time to nourish myself........it all starts on the inside. Your hospitality know's no bounds, delicious food. ( please accept this as a pre-order for your cook book). You have a talent for knowing exactly what we need and when we need it. See you soon."

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  • Review by Holly Roseaman

    "Thank you so much for such a warm and heartfelt welcome. This is my first ever retreat and my first experience of yoga and this "awakening" in Bagend, surrounded by natural beauty and kind souls, has made me want it to be a way of life. Keep doing what you are doing, putting in your part to protect the earth and I hope to come back and see how well you are doing. Lots of love and thanks Holly xx"

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  • Review by Nicola Hollinshead

    "Remember us all when you look at the pink hibiscus and smile. Thank you for sharing your magical place & home & making this a beautiful and very special yoga retreat. It's been wonderful I hope to be back and see you all again."

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  • Review by Sointu Pere & Niina Tuppurainen

    "We got our exit visas and sadly have to leave Bagend today, this has been magical we have to come back. Thanks for being so lovely Elliot"

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  • Review by Alex Merlin

    "Dear Elliot. I really hope you'll keep on selling dreams and magic to the visitors of Bagend forever. Because definitely there is something magical about this place. See you again soon."

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  • Review by Vic

    "What a joy to be come back at Bagend, such a special place and so great to have shared it with my mum. thank you again for everything . one love Vic's xx"

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  • Review by Salom Alvarez

    "Dear Elliot thanks a lot for being so nice, generous and inspiring. I spent an amazing week in an amazing and breathtaking place with amazing lovely people eating amazing food. I'll keep Bagend and it's amazing owner in my mind for a long time and I'll come back for sure( if not physically at least with my mind) thank you so much for that out of time retreat which I wish couls last forever."

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  • Review by Siobhan Moran

    "I have had an wonderful time, the surroundings, the yoga, the beautiful yoga teacher, gorgeous food,this yoga retreat is just what I needed."

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  • Review by Madhu Murali

    "Thanks for an amazing week, Bagend is the perfect yoga retreat."

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  • Review by Laura Richards

    "Thank you so much for opening your heart and home, I will never forget this yoga holiday."

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  • Review by Jessica Rawnsley

    "Words cannot begin to describe my magical experience at Rustic Retreats, the energy of the place is incredible. Jenny your yoga was amazing and touched me deeper than I ever expected.I will be back."

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  • Review by Sofia

    "Dear Elliot and every one participating in this wonderful yoga retreat. I didn't know what I was expecting before coming here: may be a nice little holiday with some physical activity and some new friends to chat with. I definitely didn't know I was going to have this great inner journey, so many triggers but I learnt so many ways to deal with them with our brilliant teacher, thank you all so much."

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  • Review by Sarah Spencer

    "Thank you to one an all, but most of all for creating a space filled with peace and tranquility. The hospitality, ambiance, and the overall energy of Bagend is both unique and magical. I have learnt a great deal about myself within the yoga classes. I adored Jenny's teaching style so much Thank you. I wish you all peace, happiness and prosperity."

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  • Review by Maria Pohjamo

    "Dear Elliot and crew. Thanks for a lovely time, it was just so relaxing taking a nap in a hammock after yoga and meditation, brilliant week."

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  • Review by Kate Cox

    "Before I came here I felt sorrow about what was going to happen in my life, but this retreat made me realise what is possible and all the wonderful options and choices and ways of being we have. I have had a wonderful time here."

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  • Review by Wendy Copeland

    "Elliot it's been gorgeous this is a very special place, great yoga, great food. Thank you for sharing it."

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  • Review by Irina Fjeldstad & Mats Fieldstad

    "Thank you for everything we have experienced here; freshly made food and amazing yoga with Charlie. Just magic!"

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  • Review by Alison Rayner

    "Thanks for an amazing week of yoga, fun and relaxation. Haven't felt so relaxed and happy for so long."

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  • Review by Rebecca Hedberg

    "What an amazing place, the combination of the yoga, being off-grid, and the energy. Thanks to you all!"

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  • Review by Jessica Ward

    "It has been brilliant Rustic retreats is so full of love and joy, I have learnt a lot from being here and will always remember my time here."

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  • Review by Joanne Ryan

    "I can't thank you all enough for the life changing experience I have had here at Rustic Retreats."

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  • Review by Levannah Gates

    "Thank you for a week filled with yoga, fun, friendship, and more nature than I could have dreamed of. I will always have memories of this time."

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  • Review by Kathryn Newton

    "Thank you for putting peace in my heart and making me slow down. Rustic Retreats is truly a magical place where nature and yogis coexist in harmony."

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  • Review by Annette

    "Thank you for one of the most beautiful weeks, I leave Rustic Retreats with courage in my heart that dreams can really come true."

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  • Review by Carol Brannigan

    "A wonderful experience of being immersed in yoga and nature."

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  • Review by Sarah

    "Fabulous week, thanks so much!"

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  • Review by Felicia

    "I loved the scenery of the Mountains, the yoga, the platform, the food, the people, the pool, the table down by the pool... Everything really :) Hospitality, Fellowship, Peaceful. I honestly loved everything and Believe I was very lucky to join the week I did. Met some Beautiful souls in Beautiful Bagend :) "

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  • Review by Vicks

    "Workshops on chakras, thai yoga massage, meditation, yoga tips, all amazing beyond belief. Loved being off grid, loved the outdoor toilet and shower, loved it all. Out of this world amazing teacher... Lucy Ananda"

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  • Review by Anne

    "Freedom. Great host. Beautiful nature. Great food. I liked everything."

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  • Review by Laurie

    "The relaxed, welcome feel that Elliot created, the yoga, the location and the lovely group of people! I can do it in 4 words - food for the soul!"

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  • Review by Rosemary

    "Thank you so much for a wonderful week! I had the best time!!"

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  • Review by Ilze

    "Thank you Elliot Walters and team of volunteers, Mahalia and ofcourse marmadukes, for great welcome to your rustic heaven ;) we will be coming back and reccomending it to anyone, we wish well ;)"

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  • Review by Lynsey Duncan from Dublin, Ireland

    "This was my first yoga retreat and I loved it. The location being off-grid is the perfect way to relax. The host was an incredibly fun and caring, not to mention a wonderful chef. The teacher was very experienced and was great in catering to all levels. It is camping, so expect everything that comes with that. However, that wouldn't stop me from highly recommending this retreat."

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  • Review by Bas from Amsterdam
    9 out of 10

    "My retreat was in one word, great! Elliot is a great host. The food was exceptionally good thanks to Naomi and Elliot. The tents are fine, the beds comfortable and the atmosphere was so good. The yoga teacher, Emma, was excellent, kind, and smooth. The week totally relaxed me. My body and muscles felt better and better. The group was a treat too, by the way. The place in the mountains is remote and beautiful, the lemon trees, everything. Only thing to improve is the shower and toilet but actually they are good, just not perfect."

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  • Review by Veronika from Scotland
    10 out of 10

    "Let me start by saying thank you for Elliot, Noemi and Autumn at Rustic Retreats. I am very new to yoga and this retreat was a great first experience. Met great people, great hosts, and had amazing food. Relaxation and activity perfectly balanced at your choice. Nothing is forced on you if you don't want to participate, but you will never be bored if you are more of the active type. Elliot is really a kind and funny person. He will make you feel welcomed all the time and he makes sure you feel good while you are there. I really liked that Bagend is secluded. It was only us, the yogis, and our hosts. They have hundreds of lemon trees to pick your lemons from. They have an amazing swimming pool! The yoga was great too. Different styles to experience which gave me deeper understanding of yoga, my own body, and generally gave me more confidence in my own practice. First time I tried meditation and chanting. All of what I learn left me asking for more. I will definitely stay on route and continue to practice and I'm planning to return!"

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  • Review by Rosie from Bristol, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I had a wonderful week at Bagend; incredible food, great yoga, a lovely and warm atmosphere, a gorgeous pool, lemon trees, almond trees, passion fruit and pomegranate trees, three very funny cats, peaceful nights in a lovely comfortable bed, laughter, occasional wine,a total relaxation. Best of all, the company of Elliot, our fantastic host, for whom nothing was too much trouble. He's an exceptional man and has created an exceptional place in Bagend. I kind of want to keep this place secret but it's too good not to share. I will most definitely be back."

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  • Review by Emily Selmes from UK
    10 out of 10

    "I had a wonderful time on my retreat in Bagend. Elliot was fantastic and an incredible host, full of energy and there wasn't anything that was too much. Mel the yoga teacher was lovely and really made the whole experience a beautiful, insightful and relaxing yoga holiday. It is a piece of paradise in the mountains and I absolutely loved my stay here. Everyone I met on the retreat also made this time a very special one. "

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  • Review by Paula E. from Toronto, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Rustic Yoga Retreats was one of the most extraordinary experiences I've ever had. I wanted somewhere to relax, detox from "the real world," and strengthen my yoga practice. Not only did I get all of that, but I got much more. The environment that Elliot has created in Bagend is truly incomparable. He creates a small community where you're able to just be yourself. Rustic Yoga doesn't only provide yoga and a cozy place to stay, but the food is unbelievable too! For every single meal, Elliot used his creativity to cook meals that were delicious and nutritious. Rustic Yoga Retreats has become my new "happy place" and I knew from the moment I got there, I would absolutely be back again. Thank you Elliot for opening your home! "

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  • Review by Victoria Gillbard from UK

    "This was easily the best week of my life in 2015, and I went back a few months later! The host, Elliott, is a complete diamond, and the yoga instructors I had were wonderful. The food is just divine, so fresh, bought from local markets, and plentiful; my bowels were so healthy and if we wanted a little drink then, it was not frowned upon.Everything here is choice, if you need to sleep in and miss a session at 7 a.m. its fine; if you want to use the amazing platform when the taught sessions are not on, then you are free to do so. The pool was bliss, with a panoramic view of mountains upon mountains. You are in a secluded location, and it feels so good! There is a gorgeous walk to the local village which is well worth it for a bit of Spanish flare. I love the off grid approach, and it makes you think about your water and electricity consumption. Living in a yogic way is the approach here. I whole heartedly recommend a retreat here to everyone."

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  • Review by Lorraine Matheson, UK

    "Rustic Retreat yoga was everything and much more I could wish for. Elliot is a superb host who serves delicious vegetarian food and is charismatic, friendly, and very funny. The yoga practice was great, and even more special because of the remote location, and stunning mountain views. The pool offers a welcome reprieve from the hot sun, and a perfect place to read, chat, and generally replenish the body. I'll be going back for sure."

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  • Review by traveler from Eastbourne, UK

    "I absolutely loved my time with Elliot at Rustic Retreats. He was incredibly friendly, welcoming, and accommodating. The food was perfect, as well as the sleeping area, and more importantly, the yoga."

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  • Review by Madhu Murali, UK

    "I had an absolutely wonderful time with Rustic Retreats. I really felt at home for a week, and my yoga improved very much. Perfect surroundings, lovely fresh food, and lovely people!"

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  • Review by Alexis B. from UK

    "Elliot, the host, is amazing. Great location. Excellent instructor. I went by myself, and I had time for making friends, and time for silent reflection. We all felt as we did not want to leave."

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  • Review by Lucy Davo from Nottinghamshire, UK

    "This was a great retreat for total wind down from the everyday grind. I can honestly say I did not want to leave. I am planning on returning next year. Elliot, the owner, is a fabulous chef, and the meals were plentiful, and always very tasty.Becky, the yoga teacher, was very knowledgeable about all forms of yoga, and meditation. I learnt so much from her. Each day was different which was great for my short attention span.Added bonuses were the house cats, the fabulous pool, numerous fruit trees (I needed a lemon for my tea, and just went, and pluck one from the nearest tree), and the stars at night. I even got to see shooting stars!Thank you Elliot, Becky and the marmadukes for a truly memorable week."

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  • Review by a traveler from Amsterdam, Netherlands

    "Elliot runs this beautiful place in the mountains where you live totally off grid. You will immediately chill down the moment you arrive. The yoga classes were great, and the healthy food Elliot cooks even better! Absolutely recommended for everyone who wants a special time!"

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  • Review by a traveler from London, UK

    "Wonderful place, great yoga practice, and a stunning location. You will be well looked after by Elliot, his cooking is fantastic, and the food plentiful. The tents are very comfortable, and have nice beds, lighting, among other things. It was a great experience all round, and I would definitely return."

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  • Review by Julia S. from London, UK

    "My sister recommended Rustic Retreats after she spent a week there on a yoga holiday. She raved about it so much that I decided to give it a try, and spent a week there with two friends in August 2015. I don't think I've ever been as relaxed as I was on this holiday! From the wonderful warm welcome, and relaxing environment (pool, hammocks, and ample lounging areas) to the delicious food, this place is something really special. The quality of the yoga teaching was excellent, and the hospitality that Elliot, and his team provide is second to none. I hope this becomes an annual visit for me, and I would whole heartedly recommend it."

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  • Review by Amy from London, UK

    "What an amazing week! The setting is lovely, and peaceful, up in the hills where you are totally off grid, surrounded by lemon trees, hammocks dotted around, and a pool (perfect for relaxing during the day). The yoga practice was pitched perfectly to all levels, and our teacher Mel was brilliant. Elliot was a fantastic host, and has a heart of gold, so warm and welcoming! The food was delicious!"

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  • Review by Kanneeh from UK

    "The surrounding area was scenic and relaxing. The food was amazing. The yoga teacher I had was fantastic, and overall the stay was enjoyable. The tent I stayed in was nice."

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  • Review by Jess from UK

    "An unforgettable and truly special experience. I didn't know what to expect and I never expected something so amazing! The energy of the place, the beautiful souls I shared the experience with, the incredible landscape and of course the hilarious and GORGEOUS Elliot all came together to create a time I will always remember. So much healing, loving, learning,and of course yoga! Bagend will always remain in a special place in my heart (until I go back). If you want a retreat that will connect you to nature and your soul, this is the place to go."

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  • Review by Fran Tegg

    "Dearest Elliot, thank you once again for another magical week with an amazing host. The food has been fantastic. Looking forward to seeing you next year!"

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  • Review by Ana Candia from Atlanta, USA

    "I cannot properly describe how wonderful this retreat was. If you are looking for a gentle detox with yoga, nature, and daily quality food, with time to simply rest, and relax in between, then Rustic Retreats is for you. Elliot, the yoga teachers, and volunteers will treat you to the best week you could ever ask for!Highly recommended!"

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  • Review by Ilze Grisulefrom, IE

    "What a magnificent little corner of paradise hidden in the valley, surrounded by lemon and orange trees. We had an amazing time there, meditation in the morning, followed by yoga practice on pretty much top of the mountain. It couldnt have been better: surrounded only by nature and silence. A perfect spot to reenergize! Must mention the delicious food: all local, veggie, and organic! I would recommend it to everyone who is a bit of nature, yoga, off grid person. Thank you again for this experience Elliot, you have created an amazing place there, which I will come back to one day."

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  • Review by Holly from Paris, France

    "I loved everything about Rustic Retreats. Bagend (the name of Elliot's property) is enchanting, Elliot was welcoming and hugely generous with his time and hospitality. The food was fantastic: as an omnivore I did not miss meat at all, I forgot I ate meat because the food was so varied and flavourful. The retreat is indeed rustic but tent accommodation was spacious and clean, and it was restorative to be truly off grid. The views are beautiful, day and night, and due to the lack of light pollution the stars are so clear! The small group (9 people) allows for individual attention in classes and genuine bonding between the retreatees. I loved it and was so sad to leave. I fully intend to visit again next year."

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  • Review by Maggie from Glasgow, Scotland

    "Bagend has some magical quality that makes just being, the easiest thing in the world. Elliot Walters is a wonderful host and an all-round amazing guy - wait till you try his watermelon curry. We went on a cave walk, an over-the mountain walk for Tapas and to Totana Market, led by Elliot and Stick. History, geography and interesting tales were provided by Elliot. Gotta love him. Thanks Elliot. Mel Melvin, the yoga teacher when I was there, was fantastic. No matter the level anyone was at, she was supportive, encouraging, motivating, funny and well, just lovely and very real. We had the opportunity to, improve our practice; try different styles of yoga; have in-depth discussions about interesting stuff that came up in the workshops or whenever; meditate twice daily; connect with nature and ourselves via a scavenger hunt; ohm and salsa. It was so much more than yoga. Thanks Mel.Cath and Anna, the volunteers, worked their butts off to make sure everyone was fed, watered and happy as well as fixing things, cleaning and lugging stuff up and down hills. Shelley came in twice a week to remind us that there was an outside world with cars, noise and crowds and have good chat before disappearing into the house to do outside-world, work stuff like organize retreats travel schedules and transfers. The information and timetables supplied made the journey from Alicante airport so easy and stress free. I didn't have to ask anyone for additional info when I was in transit. Thanks ladies.I slept like a baby in my tent, by the pool, in a hammock, so relaxed that I didn't even care/notice the bugs. Can't believe it. I met a amazing, diverse bunch of individuals including the people who came for the retreat. I felt spoil loved and cherished all week, with not a luxury item in sight. I left revitalized, relaxed and grounded with a handful of new friends and a renewed respect for our planet and resources.Alicante was shiny, busy and noisy on Thursday night. If you're looking for an off-grid, back to basics, soul-healing experience then I would highly recommend Rustic Retreats. I am definitely going back"

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  • Review by Julia from London, UK

    "I had the most wonderfuly, rejuvenating and relaxing time on my rustic retreat. Elliot is the most wonderful host. The food is sublime. The setting gorgeous. The yoga a wonderful balance of challenge and relaxation. I'm definitely coming back next year!"

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  • Review by Irina from Gothenburg, Sweden

    "As we left the Rustic retreat yesterday and are still on holidays in Alicante, it is a bit difficult to give a quick feedback with almost no internet around in high temperature.Nevertheless it is my and my partner's pleasure to write that we got a really great experience there. Rustic retreat is a really rustic magic place for those who will experience nature, mountains, homemade fresh Eco vegetarian food and hold a body and mind detox. Elliott, the retreat owner, makes everyone feel welcome and home there, fresh and homey tents become a beautiful cosy nest in the evening when sun goes down. Great yoga course we experienced as well; all is highly recommended. It was a very warm week and we spent many relax hours at the beautiful pool at Bagend under the lemon trees that smell and look just fantastic"

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  • Review by Jessica from London, UK

    "Rustic retreats was absolutely magical. The place, the host, the yoga teacher and the overall ethos of the place. The accommodation was excellent (huge bell tents), the yoga platform was in a beautiful spot overlooking the mountains and the swimming pool and hammocks were an amazing addition. Elliot made everyone feel so welcome and his dedication to running an "off-grid" sustainable retreat was inspiring, and he works so hard to make it just right. And of just as much importance, the food. It was amazing. I had a great time, great bunch of people and amazing location with a really well thought through yoga and meditation programme. I would thoroughly recommend it. Thanks again to all at Bagend!"

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  • Review by Sirpa from Helsinki, Finland

    "I had such a great time at Rustic Retreats! It was both energizing and relaxing. Lovely new friends, amazing yoga sessions and lots of laughter. And plenty of lemons to enjoy. I will definitely return to Bagend next year! What a wonderful place and it really does wonders sleeping in a tent for a week"

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  • Review by Alex from Woodbury, USA

    "Elliot and Rustic Retreats as a whole was great! Everyone was welcoming, Maz (the yoga teacher) was excellent as she was able to cater to me being a beginner. She also took the time to break down some of the moves so I was able to have proper form while practicing. The accommodations were lovely, the food delicious, and the mini excursions fun. I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to practice yoga, meditate, relax, and have fun with great company"

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  • Review by Dan Wincott from UK

    "Rustic Retreats was without a doubt one of the best holidays I have been on.Elliot was an amazing host, the food was great, I met the best bunch of people, and the yoga taught by the lovely Jenny helped me move to the next level of where I'm going on my journey of yoga.I would highly recommend it to anyone, and I will definitely be back soon."

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  • Review by Nathalie from Bristol, UK

    "You are made to feel so welcome here with Elliot.Beautiful remote setting which is off grid, and makes appreciate the need to conserve, and recycle.Food is deliciously prepared, and mega healthy. Nothing is too much trouble for your hosts. A little chilly at night but gloriously warm in the day under the shade of orange and lemon trees. Bliss."

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  • Review by Vincent Wilkins from UK

    "I had a fantastic time, and I would definitely recommend Rustic Retreats.The only downside is having to go home at the end of the week."

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  • Review by Kate Fewster from UK
    10 out of 10

    "A beautiful week in a beautiful location. The yoga teaching was excellent, food was delicious, wholesome and plentiful. The location was stunning: rural, peaceful, and out of the way but still with plenty to do. The host, Elliot, bent over backwards to make our stay an unforgettable one. I couldn't recommend Rustic Retreats enough."

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  • Review by Johanna Mkinen from Sweden

    "Rustic Retreats was my first yoga retreat, and it was just the best experience ever. I'm 22, and had practiced yoga for a year before the retreat. In our retreat, all levels were present, but that was not a problem at all since the teacher adapted the yoga classes. We also had great workshops and meditation sessions, which were all adapted to the group.The remote location and the small group is part of the wonderful experience; you can enjoy the quietness of the Spanish mountains; enjoy other's company at the pool or at the dinner table where the best yoga food I've ever tasted was served. I'm a vegan, which was not a problem at all, Elliot is very keen to make sure that you really enjoy your stay.Go to this magical retreat, you won't regret it!"

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  • Review by A traveler from UK
    10 out of 10

    "Rustic Retreats is such a special place, Elliot is an amazing host, and the yoga practice, the meditation workshops, and relaxation time are all perfectly balanced. The simple but super comfortable tents add to the authentic retreat feel. Food was brilliant; the views, and the surroundings are just glorious. All of this for such a great price, really worth a visit."

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  • Review by Xanthe Cobbfrom from France

    "A lovely little retreat in a warm, intimate, and welcoming atmosphere. Great yoga practice, phenomenal food. Perfect place for a week for relaxing and concentering.Highly recommended."

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  • Review by Lorraine Bell from Portsmouth, UK

    "Wow, this is quite a place - secluded amid the Murcian mountains. Great veggie food and 3 hours yoga each day in an intimate group where all your needs are carefully looked after. Elliot, your host, takes great care of everyone."

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  • Review by Anna Morse from London, UK

    "For me it was a magical experience! The place 'Bagend' is surrounded by mountains. Birds are singing and views are amazing!Our host Elliott is a very kind and sincere man. "Mi casa es tu casa" is what he would say and meant it!As much delicious food (vegetarian) as you wanted followed by some local vino - lovely!Accommodation and facilities were also very comfortable.The yoga - well, Phillida (yoga teacher) is so motivating and encouraging that I felt I could do anything!All in all one of the best holidays! Thank you all very much."

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  • Review by Sharon

    "To all yogis or yoginis......or even to a lovely fellow human who wishes to experience a truly wonderful yoga retreat! Then this could be for you. I visited this place a couple of weeks ago........I highly recommend this it. I could not possibly fault it in any way. It was just perfect for me and I'm sure it would be for you too. So check them out and book it while u can. I wish I could go back. I shall one day. Enjoy lovely people xx"

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  • Review by Charlie from Sheffield, UK

    "Just to say I had a wonderful time at Rustic Retreat Bagend, the Yoga was fantastic and we couldn't have been made more welcome by our host Elliot....nothing was too much trouble. We were made to feel really comfortable and at home, the food was fresh, delicious and plentiful. All in all a wonderful and fun experience and I would most definitely go back again."

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  • Review by Jane W.
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you so much to you all at Rustic Retreats I arrived stressed and exhausted and returned a different person, I can whole heartily recommend this retreat."

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  • Review by A traveler from France
    10 out of 10

    "I spent an amazing week on Rustic Retreats. The place is out of this world, practicing our daily yoga on top of the mountain with incredible views. The food was delicious, and Korin (yoga teacher), and Javi (yoga teacher) were kind, and they understood our necessities. I highly recommend this place for anyone looking for a relaxing week, and aiming to start looking onto yoga practice or extending the knowledge of it."

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  • Review by Aletheia Hunn from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I cant really put into words the value of the special week that my friend and I had at Rustic Retreats in August 2014. Life is simple there, but very comfortable, and as a foodie I was so pleased to be so well fed. The tents are remarkably conformable, and the yoga platform is stunning. It took me several days to come back down to earth after my week in there, and I cant wait to go back in 2015."

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  • Review by A traveler from UK
    10 out of 10

    "A great place and space. This is the best retreat I have been to in ages. I highly recommend it. Elliot and the team know what they are doing."

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  • Review by A traveler from Dublin
    10 out of 10

    "You will be welcomed with open arms and a lovely cup of tea. Rustic Retreats is a magical place created by a truly inspirational Elliot. The retreat had the perfect balance nature, good food, friendly face, and daily activities. It suited the needs of all who arrived to share a lovely experience together. Do not miss the opportunity to experience a little bit of heaven that leaves a lasting impression."

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  • Review by Emma Cooke

    "You will be welcomed with open arms and a lovely cup of tea :) Bagend is a magical place created by a truly inspirational Elliot. The retreat had the perfect balance nature, good food, friendly face and daily activities. It suited the needs of all who arrived to share a lovely experience together. Do not miss the opportunity to experience a little bit of heaven that leaves a lasting impression."

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  • Review by A traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Elliots kindness, generosity and hospitality was so inspirational, and his passion for Bagend shone throughout everything. Javis fantastic food was so delicious, a real treat. I think Karin was absolutely fantastic and her classes were very special. I loved the mix of yoga, activities, meditation and free time a perfect balance. I also thought the walk to the Alido was really nice, and learning about Earthbag building. The last night was amazing! Overall, this was without doubt one of the best experiences I have ever had. Everything was magical. It is very rare to find somewhere so beautiful and with such a positive energy about it, driven with complete passion and kindness. I will never forget this week."

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  • Review by A traveler
    10 out of 10

    "The yoga, the fabulous babes of Bagend, the hands-on workshops, the walks, the talks, the thinking , drinking, swimming, the moon, the sunshine, and the last night was really special."

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Murcia, Spain

Rustic Retreats offers yoga retreats and workshops of unparalleled simplicity in the Sierra Espuna Mountains in Spain.

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8 days / 7 nights

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Arrival: Thursday December 28, 2017
Departure: Thursday January 4, 2018

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