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Yoga Retreats (2)

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7 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Andalusia, Spain

Available in September, October & November
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Instructors (2)

Rose Tol

Ian Tolmay

Reviews (14)

Marinka Oostveen

from Netherlands, June 2019

"Best experience - exactly what I needed "

Really personal retreat, with focus on why you decided to go on a retreat. It was really helpful for me and I got a lot of new ideas.. Besides the food was amazing and I really like the nature that is around the place we stayed. And the mediation-lessons are so one of a kind!! Want to go back soon!’

Ashley Holtermann

from Spain, June 2018

"There are no words to describe"

This was an unforgettable experience (at risk of using clichés) - Rose and Ian gave themselves completely to ensure that we had the most peaceful and heartwarmingly enjoyable time in their beautiful Secret Garden.

The teachings are invaluable. Rose has so much relatable life experience of having followed her own path to awakening and finding her true self, and it shines in her guidance. She is unconditionally compassionate and helpful - importantly, in that she gives you the tools and courage to explore yourself through meditation and inner reflection via your own very personal path. Not to mention, she puts her heart and soul into the most delicious and fresh food that is packed with flavour and life.

Ian is a huge-hearted and caring, special person. Its clear that nothing makes him happier than to aid people and watch their growth. He is intelligent and has excellent knowledge about a range of practices involving Yoga, body awareness and massage. Together as a team, they complement each other's knowledge in teaching you to listen to your body, mind and soul.

The place itself is situated by the most precious and pure river, Rio Genal, which makes for the perfect backdrop to spiritual discovery.

Bettina Hansen

from Germany, May 2018

"Yoga und Meditation im Garten Eden"

Das Yoga und die Mediattion, die Hängematte unter den Orangenbäumen, das köstliche und gesunde Essen von Rose, der sehr persönliche Unterricht, die Liebe mit der dieser Ort gestaltet wurde, der Fluss vor dem Garten Eden in dem man wunderbar baden kann, die Wanderwege rundherum, die Ruhe, das Vogelgezwitscher, das köstliche Wasser aus eigener Quelle - also mir gefiel einfach alles und zwar weit besser als erwartet!

Carsten Moeller

from Germany, November 2017

"Eine perfekte Woche"

Der Aufenthalt im Secret Garden hat unsere Erwartungen absolut übertroffen. Die Atmosphäre war sehr persönlich, warm und fürsorglich, der Tagesablauf individuell auf die Wünsche der kleinen Gruppe abgestimmt. Sowohl Yoga als auch Meditation waren keine vorgefertigten Programme, sondern wurden perfekt auf unsere Bedürfnisse angepasst. Das Essen von Rose war ein Traum - die Massagen von Ian waren außergewöhnlich und intensiv. Absolut empfehlenswert.

Anonymous

from Germany, September 2017

"The place to find inner peace"

I didn't investigate much before I came here, had booked quite spontaneously, and was grateful to find exactly what I needed: Silence in a beautiful setting far away from my usual everyday routine in the crazy city, the total opposite of what I had been used to. I learned how to meditate without having too many expectations before. The atmosphere was ideal for being open to it. So meditation "worked" for me right from the start and I was thrilled. I managed to let go of a couple of issues... I could feel that things were moving and that it did me good.

At night I sat on a sofa outside watching the stars - I had never seen that many at a time before!

Thank you so much, Rose and Ian, for this wonderful experience! Your Secret Garden is just a beautiful place! Thank you for sharing, caring, tasty meals, good conversations, good stretches, relaxing massages and your warmth!

Love, Jana

Tineke Kramer

from Netherlands, June 2017

"Unique location to get away from distractions and focus on yourself"

I was amazed when I arrived at the Secret Garden, the beautiful nature, stillness and calm energy are just breathtaking. The accommodation (I stayed in the orange yurt) is just gorgeous, a very special combination of luxury and pure, untouched, nature. To shower outside for me was the icing on the cake, I loved being so close to lush nature.

The river is close by and great for a refreshing swim or river-walk and staring into the stream :). Very calming and helps to connect to yourself again, without the distractions which are so normal to us these days, like traffic, social media and TV... Ian and Rose offer a very flowing program, with yoga, massage and meditations that will further relax and strengthen your body and mind and allowed me to catalyse the transformations I am going through. Finally, the food is just amazing, every plate was like a piece of art, super healthy AND very delicious! All in all, this week is a great treat, for me it was pure wellness for both the body and soul.

An Lousberg

from Netherlands, May 2018

"Ik vond het een geweldige retreat"

Vooral de persoonlijke coaching vond ik enorm fijn. Rose en Ian zijn hele warme, fijne, betrokken mensen. En een geweldig mooie locatie.

Mary

Paradise Found:)

I was really struggling when I decided to take time-out of my life to focus on myself – I was over-analyzing everything, criticizing myself constantly, I wasn’t sleeping well, I was finding it difficult to make decisions, my concentration was dwindling, and I had completely lost my mojo. Thankfully, I had the good sense to remove myself from my environment, job and relationships and retreat to the Secret Garden for a week. From the moment I spoke to Rose on the phone, I felt reassured that I was going to the right place. When I arrived at the location near Genalguacil, Andalusia, the first thing that struck me was the beauty of the place. Situated in an orchard valley in the mountains, which was blooming at the time, there was a real energy about the place, not to mention the smell of citrus wafting through the air. There were only 2 other girls on the retreat with me so it was very much a personalized retreat. Roses’ husband Ian led our yoga sessions, which I absolutely loved – they energized us in the mornings before breakfast. He also gave me one of the best massages of my life! However, it was the meditation that was the real breakthrough for me. I had zero experience in meditating prior to going on this retreat but this didn’t seem to matter. I learned to move outside of my head and connect with my heart and my true self. Rose also gave us some really useful tools to take with us to equip us in our further pursuit of healing and peace. I could continue on about the beautiful yurt, the river that runs through the finca and the food, the amazing food but I will finish up by saying that this is truly a special place & Rose and Ian are really great people, and I highly recommend The Secret Garden to anyone feeling a little lost in life or just want to reconnect with themselves or nature. I will be back, that’s for sure!

Mary

Paradise Found:)

I was really struggling when I decided to take time-out of my life to focus on myself – I was over-analyzing everything, criticizing myself constantly, I wasn’t sleeping well, I was finding it difficult to make decisions, my concentration was dwindling, and I had completely lost my mojo. Thankfully, I had the good sense to remove myself from my environment, job and relationships and retreat to the Secret Garden for a week. From the moment I spoke to Rose on the phone, I felt reassured that I was going to the right place. When I arrived at the location near Genalguacil, Andalusia, the first thing that struck me was the beauty of the place. Situated in an orchard valley in the mountains, which was blooming at the time, there was a real energy about the place, not to mention the smell of citrus wafting through the air. There were only 2 other girls on the retreat with me so it was very much a personalized retreat. Roses’ husband Ian led our yoga sessions, which I absolutely loved – they energized us in the mornings before breakfast. He also gave me one of the best massages of my life! However, it was the meditation that was the real breakthrough for me. I had zero experience in meditating prior to going on this retreat but this didn’t seem to matter. I learned to move outside of my head and connect with my heart and my true self. Rose also gave us some really useful tools to take with us to equip us in our further pursuit of healing and peace. I could continue on about the beautiful yurt, the river that runs through the finca and the food, the amazing food but I will finish up by saying that this is truly a special place & Rose and Ian are really great people, and I highly recommend The Secret Garden to anyone feeling a little lost in life or just want to reconnect with themselves or nature. I will be back, that’s for sure!

Rupert Langmead

from United Kingdom,

Dear Ian and Rose - thank you for a truly amazing few days. Coming to stay even for such a brief time is one of the best things I have ever decided to do. I will be back.

The Secret Garden is a hidden gem in a relatively un - discovered part of Andualucia. It is situated in a beautiful orange grove at the base of a valley alongside the spring fed river Genal. The nearest small town is Genalguacil resting 500metres above near the top of the valley.

The peace and tranquility of the place alongside the warmth of the patrons Ian and Rose is positively intoxicating. It has the perfect balance of human connectivity and privacy. You can have as much or as little of each as you desire. Your stay will be on your terms.

My yurt was gorgeous ( fully equipped with a wood burner in case of chilly nights), and I slept to the sound of the river and awoke to the sound of the river and the birds - no noise pollution, no light pollution. If you want to escape from modern living, then look no further.

I was a beginner in both yoga and meditation and found Ian and Rose to be quietly inspiring in both. When it comes to massage ( and I have had plenty) I have never had a better one than the ones that Ian gave to me.

The meals that Rose prepares are simply exquisite, all the ingredients home grown or locally sourced - I have never eaten so healthy so easily.

The Secret Garden really is a one off and even if you do not want to participate in any yoga or meditation I would recommend you experience the place and surrounding area.