School 4 Meditation

Meditation: Anytime, Anywhere, Anyway. The School 4 Meditation is for anyone who wants to go within and learn how to meditate or deepen their current practice.

Instructors 2

Rose Tol

Rose has lived out of a suitcase for the last 25 years. Not because she was homeless. She was on a journey around the world looking for Home. Home of the truth, the love and feeling of belonging, fulfillment and connection that she knows was inside of her but could only feel short moments in time and then for it to disappear again. Along that journey one of the things that crossed her path early on was the practice of meditation. From the first moment she knew she had to master the art of meditating because through and in meditation she realized we can tap into a power that can transform us.

Ian Tolmay

Ian his life partner Rose live in Andalusia, Spain where they are building a meditation retreat: "Secret Garden Retreats". Ian is deeply committed to his own spiritual work. The Secret Garden is his life's vision and desire to bring more love and light into this world. Ian cares deeply and his gentle yet direct approach is refreshing. His keen understanding of the body and self realized knowledge of the transformational energy help many people unlock and free their true potential in body, mind, heart and spirit. He talks extensively about the road that we travel to spiritual freedom, Home.

Reviews 13

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.


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.

Testimonials 4

Emma Jane

Secret Garden Retreats website

The Secret Garden Retreat with Rose and Ian was an experience I will never forget. Everything was organised perfectly - the delicious home made food, the morning yoga sessions, and amazing massages. Rose and Ian were the perfect hosts, and my yurt was just beautiful. The walks and the bathing in the river are very special. It's definitely a place to recharge and regenerate. I will certainly be back!

Laura Cambridge

Secret Garden Retreats website

The week I spent at the retreat was amazing. Ian and Rose were very warm, genuine and caring and made me feel welcome right away. The premises are stunning with nice fruit trees, animals and green mountains. I really enjoyed sleeping in the yurt watching the stars through the opening in the ceiling. The splashes in the fresh river water were also lovely. The remoteness of the place helped me to just get away from everything and connect with the lovely group and myself. The meditation was intense and Rose helped me to go deeper than I had expected, I felt liberated and inspired afterwards. I now feel much more aware in my everyday life and have more courage to truly be myself and reach for my dreams. Ian’s massage was really special to me; I could deeply relax and trust. Rose spoilt us with delicious food every day. I can highly recommend this retreat to anyone looking for something personalized, non-commercial and transformative. My week felt really rewarding and was a true gift.

Mary D

Secret Garden Retreats website

Wonderful experience in the heart of the beauty of Andalucia. Ian and Rose were simply the best. I cannot recommend this retreat highly enough. It's life changing! The food was brilliant and the accommodation was excellent, as well as the yoga and meditation. I am deeply grateful to Ian and Rose.


Secret Garden Retreats website

El sitio es precioso, puedes encontrar muchos rincones mágicos donde disfrutar del entorno y descansar. Rose e Ian están muy atentos para que todo esté perfecto. Son verdaderamente encantadores y profesionales.

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