Ashtanga & Vinyasa Yoga retreat June/July 2017
Find space, creativity and connections with yoga
28 June - 4 July, 6-12 July 2017
Yoga and meditation for a light and happy mind
Create space, joy and reconnect to yourself and others with during this retreat of inspiring workshops, yoga and meditation.
The emphasis of this retreat is on play, freedom, connection to others, our surroundings and ourselves.
Price per person
The Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga retreat June/July 2017 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
I first started practicing yoga in 2004 and was initially attracted to the physical health benefits and the inner space created through meditation. My interest in both yoga and meditation grew steadily from that point on and really started to flourish when I was studying for my degree.
In 2010 I started teaching children’s yoga and working with new parents and their babies. I found this so fulfilling and a lot of fun! It inspired me to train as a school teacher and share my other passions for art and creativity. I completed my 200 hour Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga training in India, and now enjoy spending my time creating fun and accessible classes for a wide range of ages and abilities.
My style of teaching is gentle and fun, I love to teach wearing a smile and encourage everyone to enjoy the process without grasping at the result. I love helping people find space, access their creativity and most of all have fun with yoga.
Styles of Yoga to be taught
I teach Ashtanga and 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.
Vinyasa means ‘breath synchronised movement’. These styles were 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 could fit in a consistent and meaningful daily practice that is good for both physical and mental wellbeing.
In the Ashtanga sessions I will lead you through a set sequence that is a modified version of the Ashtanga Primary series. Due to its repetition of movement, I see Ashtanga as a beautiful moving meditation, and design my Vinyasa flow classes in a more creative way using music to enhance the mood and feel of the class experience.
On the retreat you will get to experience both of these styles in our morning sessions and a more restorative 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.
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
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 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 on play, freedom, connection to others, our surroundings and ourselves.
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 run throughout the week will continue to build on this idea as we delve deeper into yoga philosophy and meditation bringing wisdom and practical advice into our lives now.
There will even be the opportunity to record your imaginative musings in a creative art workshop. As you become more connected to your inner voice a natural feeling of freedom encourages the power of imagination to come to the fore bringing with it a light, happy and mind.
Back on the mat we will learn how to fly with fun, playful sessions of partner work and acro yoga. 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.
How to be happy
This workshop will include a talk and guided meditation designed to create a peaceful and happy mind. Drawing on Buddha’s teachings, we will discover how to achieve happiness and gain some practical methods to use in our everyday lives. The opportunity to sit down and really think about how to be happy can be fleeting in our busy lives so this is the perfect time to reflect and reconnect with yourself.
Following the meditation we will discover ways in which to put the teachings into practice using a practical approach ensuring that all the benefits of your meditation continue to flow into the rest of your retreat and beyond.
Yoga philosophy now
Learning more about the philosophy of yoga brings greater meaning to our practice and helps to bridge the gap between yoga as a physical practice and our day to day activities. The eight limbs of yoga as set out by the sage Patanjali act as a guide to alleviate suffering and gain self realization.
We will learn about the eight limbs but even better, discover how they are meaningful to us now and find ways in which to bring these qualities into our lives and achieve greater well-being.
Acro yoga is so much fun! It is about connecting to others, building trust and challenging yourself to take on things you didn’t even know you could do. We will learn the basic principles around supporting each other, experiment with some cool acro tricks and have a lot of fun along the way.
As with any yoga practice, it’s not about fancy moves so all you need is an open mind and you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve. It is an awesome opportunity to grow in confidence, learn about yourself and how to communicate really well with others.
Break it down!
Hard poses made easy. Yoga isn’t about striking the perfect pose but learning how to master something definitely feels good and almost always requires patience or, as I like to refer to it ’waiting happily’. The mind of patience is happy to take as long as it needs and in doing so is more open and aware of changes as they occur.
When we apply this mind to mastering a yoga pose or anything else it becomes much lighter and more fun. In this workshop we will challenge ourselves by adopting a new attitude towards tricky poses and make them easy.
“Everything you can imagine is real”
“Everything you can imagine is real,” said Pablo Picasso. Imagination is where everything starts and it is a very powerful tool to have on the utility belt of your mind. However, it can often take a backseat or get lost amongst the lists of important things we need to tend to. In this session we will get imagination back in the driver's seat and create our own artworks inspired by our beautiful surroundings and whatever our imaginations can conjure up.
I will lead you through a series of exercises designed to tap into your creativity so don’t worry, no previous experience of being arty required. Although, Picasso also said we were all artists as children anyway!
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.