Hatha Yoga Retreat September 2018

Cleaning out the closet

14 - 20 September & 22 - 28 September 2018

Balancing the emotional body through yoga

Recharge, get motivated and make your yoga practice inspirational.

The intention of this yoga retreat is to inspire you to cultivate positive habits that nourish your mind and body leaving you feeling rejuvenated and replenished.


Establishing a sustainable yoga practice is about finding out what yoga means to you and creating a self-practice that fits in with your everyday life. Together we will discover how to cultivate positive habits that nourish, nurture, motivate and inspire. If you’re in need of a yoga reset or a place to start, this is the retreat for you!

Price per person

The Hatha Yoga Retreat September 2018 costs €450 per person, including all meals, yoga, workshops & equipment. Not including flights or transfers.


Reserve your place today with just €140 deposit.

Twice daily yoga practice on our stunning mountain-side platform
Delicious, nourishing, vegetarian  menu prepared by your chef
Daily meditations, yoga nidra or pranayama practice
Fascinating daily workshops

Leonie Dunlop

My yoga journey began over 15 years ago and right from the beginning it offered me access to levels of peace inside me that I never remembered having experienced before. I have been a regular practitioner ever since and tried many different styles, learning a lot from each one.


Already working as a holistic massage therapist, in 2002 I trained and qualified as a reflexologist and then I trained for 2 years with Phil Parker (inventor of the lightening process) in London to become a master practitioner of hypnotherapy, NLP and life coaching.


I have completed yoga teacher training in India and Spain. I love teaching as I have a great interest in healing and transformation and am deeply inspired by the possibilities of empowering people to heal themselves through yoga.


My preferred style is a fusion of traditional Hatha Yoga and the Pure Yoga of Swami Purohit. In my classes you can expect plenty of stimulating and opening movement, followed by deep relaxation, powerful pranayama breathing exercises and access to deeper levels of consciousness inside you.


I have an interest in all yoga paths and as well as benefitting massively from all the styles I have explored, regularly attend satsang (association with truth) and Bhakti group meetings. I am also a mum and nan and student of life. In truth, I love all aspects of yoga and intend to continue practice until the day I leave this planet.

Style of Yoga to be taught

I teach Vinyasa flow classes that are both naturally dynamic and energetic but also build a strong sense of connection between body and mind by linking each movement to the breath. These classes are for all levels, I provide modifications and adjustments to suit individual needs. Vinyasa means breath synchronized movement. This style is designed to embody the benefits of an extensive yoga and meditation practice in a relatively short period of time so that people with busy lives can fit in a consistent and meaningful daily practice that is good for both physical and mental wellbeing. I design Vinyasa flow classes in a creative way using music to enhance the mood and feel of the class experience. On the retreat you will experience energising Vinyasa flow in our morning sessions and a more restorative and Yin yoga approach in the evening. In a restorative class poses are held for longer periods of time often supported so the body and mind can totally relax. Coupled with the magical setting of Rustic Retreats, the experience is truly blissful.

Your Rustic Retreats journey

Begin each day with an energizing Vinyasa flow class, linking breath to movement creating a wonderfully meditative practice and end the day bathed in pure relaxation following yin and restorative yoga. The emphasis of this retreat is to create a yoga practice that can be integrated into your everyday life. The physical yoga practice is a great place to build the confidence to move intuitively, listen to your body and start to build the connection between mind, breath and body. Daily workshops running throughout the week will continue to build on this idea as we explore how to create a self-practice and build strength in our practical sessions. We will learn about how we connect with the world and ourselves in a philosophy session and make time for a bit of creative magic in an art workshop. Your week will be filled with accessible teachings that will help you to build and enjoy your practice and find the time to reflect, recharge and relax.

Daily timetable for yoga retreat

​07.30 Pranayama or morning meditation

08.00 Morning yoga practice

09.30 - 10.15 Breakfast buffet

11.00 Workshop (practical/theoretical) or free time

13.00 Lunch

15.00 Free time

19.00 Evening yoga practice

20.30 Meditation or Yoga Nidra

21.00 Evening meal

(Please note, this is a sample timetable and may be subject to change.)


There will be one workshop a day, it may be in the morning or afternoon. There is also the option to visit local markets on Wednesday and Sunday.




Your workshop programme

Make it your own

This workshop will include practical advice on how to kick-start your self-practice and tips for staying committed. We will talk about daily obstacles and how to overcome them then jump on our mats to play around with movements and sequences that feel good in our bodies. You will come away with lots of new ideas and things to try when you get home and feel ready to create a home practice that is regular, achievable, fun and inspiring.

Hip openers

There are many benefits to working on creating more openness in the hips. In this workshop I will guide you through a delicious hip opening sequence and offer advice about how to adjust poses to promote a safe and nurturing practice. Working on this area can improve circulation, range of motion, improve lower back pain and create an energetic release too. By creating more openness you will see the results in your physical yoga practice, everyday movements, emotional wellbeing and you may even feel more creative.  ​

Get strong inversions practice

The benefits of going upside down or bringing the head below the heart are plentiful. Inversions can stimulate the nervous system, bring more oxygen and blood flow to the brain, boost energy levels and metabolism, engage core muscles, and help with circulation. But, they can also be intimidating and take time to master. In this session we will learn the importance of repetition and building strength over time in a regular practice. We will learn more about how the body works in inversions; identify strengths and what to practice more. In the true spirit of the week we will see this as a time for discovery so wherever you are with your practice it is more about noticing the journey rather than reaching the goal.

Setting intention

All of our sessions and workshops carry a common theme and the most important part of this theme is setting the intention. This may well start before you even arrive at Rustic Retreats so setting aside some time to reflect on how and why we set intentions is a key part of the retreat. We will explore the idea of setting intention from a Buddhist perspective, which shifts the focus from being goal oriented to the present moment. This type of philosophy is practically based and can be used by anyone and for varying situations. This is another great opportunity to take something away and apply it to your everyday life in a way that makes sense to you. We will finish with a meditation to solidify the ideas we discuss and leave you feeling centered and confident.


Create an artwork to take home

You will no doubt have an abundance of wonderful memories of your time at Rustic Retreats to take home with you so what better way to capture them than to create a individualized artwork. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be very arty you will have tapped into your ability to create, explore and discover in all the other activities of the week so creating an image will come much more easily by the end of the retreat. I will guide you through simple techniques to record your memories in a creative way to produce a fabulous artwork you will be proud to take home.

​About Bagend


We are sure you will love Bagend - from our fragrant orange groves, to our simple yet utterly peaceful accommodation in the heart of the Spanish countryside. Get in touch with us to ask any questions, find out more about our retreat or reserve your place now for just €140 deposit.

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