Energising and Revitalising Retreat
Spring into Summer
28 June - 4 July & 6 - 12 July 2018
Explore and nourish your spirit
Summer, a time of year filled with abundant energy, long days and beautiful sunshine. Summer is about expansion, growth, activity and creativity. Join us on this midsummer yoga retreat as we explore how to remain in harmony with the environment of the summertime. Let’s come together to nourish our spirits, as we find joy in hot summer days and warm summer nights.
Price per person
The Energizing and Revitalizing retreat June/July 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
Daily meditations, yoga nidra or pranayama practice
Delicious, nourishing, vegetarian menu prepared by your chef
Fascinating daily workshops
Yoga has always been a part of my life, growing up I watched my Mum meditating and practising yoga regularly and it felt natural for me to do the same. I have always been passionate about the many benefits of having Yoga in my life, both spiritually and physically. Yoga and meditation have given me the space to find peace and stillness and I am passionate about sharing this with others. I believe that yoga is for everyone regardless of age or ability and am inspired by seeing people achieve things they may have never thought possible both on and off the mat.
I completed my 200hr Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher training in 2013 with my teachers, The Yoga People. Since then I have completed over 400 hours of further trainings, including Yin yoga, Advanced Ashtanga Vinyasa, Rocket yoga & Mandala Vinyasa and Shamanism. I am also a qualified Reiki practitioner and Ayurvedic Yoga massage therapist.
My lessons will be a combination of Yang and Yin yoga taught from a very meditative, spiritual perspective. Students will be encouraged to treat each yoga class as a moving meditation, focusing on the breath and being fully in the present moment. I am passionate about creating a space where every student feels safe and comfortable to explore what their bodies are capable of while connecting with their breath in a meaningful way.
Style of Yoga to be taught
The yoga classes will be a mixture of Yin and Yang styles of yoga, taking inspiration from various traditions including Ashtanga, Mandala and Rocket yoga. Our practice is designed to generate an abundance of energy within us allowing for creativity, expansion and growth. We will let go of expectations around how asanas 'should' look and focus on how we feel on a physical, mental and emotional level during our practice sessions.
Our morning classes will be based mainly in dynamic styles of yoga, always trying to cultivate a moving meditation with a focus on linking breath and movement to flow freely.
Ashtanga yoga is a style of yoga consisting of several set sequences of asanas moved through in conjunction with the breath and a focussed gaze (drishti). The synchronisation of breath and dynamic movement produces an internal heat designed to purify the body from the inside out. Many dynamic forms of yoga that are practised now are based upon or inspired by the Ashtanga vinyasa method.
Rocket yoga is one such style, rooted in Ashtanga vinyasa yoga. Rocket yoga is a dynamic and fast paced flow where students are encouraged to make their own interpretations and variations of traditional poses making this style of yoga accessible and fun for all.
Mandala vinyasa classes focus on a particular chakra/element/group of muscles. Mandala Vinyasa is performed in a spiralling way, moving around the mat. We use these spiralling movements to create a deeper connection between each element and its corresponding chakra (eg. Earth and Muladhara).
Our evening classes will be Yin yoga, which in contrast to our dynamic morning flows is a much more static, slow paced style of yoga. Poses in yin yoga are generally floor based, mostly targeting the lower half of the body and held for anywhere between 2-10 minutes. Yin yoga aims to cultivate your awareness of inner silence and is performed with the minimum amount of muscle exertion.
Your Rustic Retreats journey
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the Summer is the most yang of all of the seasons, ruled by the element of fire, a time when energy is at its peak. The Summer is a time for growth, expansion, light, abundance and is the manifestation of all that we have been cultivating throughout the Spring. In TCM the fire element of Summer rules the heart, mind and spirit, so we will be giving priority to these important aspects of ourselves. During this ‘Spring into Summer’ retreat we will be cultivating our Yang energy (fire) while making sure that it doesn't come into excess, complementing and balancing with Yin yoga and meditation.
We will begin each day of the retreat with a seated meditation, followed by our dynamic asana practice. We will treat our morning practice as a moving meditation, flowing sequences of poses guided by the beautiful breath.
In contrast to the morning asana practice, we will end each day of the retreat with a Yin yoga class. Yin yoga consists of postures held for between 2-10 minutes and allows for the cultivation of a sense of calmness and deep release. Yin yoga allows you to let go of emotions that may be blocking the flow of energy.
Each of the workshops during the retreat will assist us in cultivating expansion and inner growth. Each day of the retreat will nourish and revitalise us in a different way, giving us time to look within and find joy at the most beautiful time of the year, the Summer.
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 workshop programme
Workshop 1: Blindfolded flow
In our first workshop we will move through a simple flow of asanas while blindfolded. This really allows you to turn your attention inward and heighten the other senses. During this retreat we will be looking to bring forth a state of moving meditation - uniting mind and body whenever we are on the mat. By removing our most relied upon sense, the other senses naturally heighten and we must look within. Also removing the sense of sight means that you can really tune into yourself without judgement or comparison to others.
Workshop 2: Backbends & Heart opening
Many people find back bending extremely challenging both physically and mentally. Back bending is a fantastic way to develop the strength and opening necessary for a balanced physical experience. On an energetic level, backbends allow for deep heart opening. In this workshop we will explore various techniques for practicing backbends effectively and safely. We will work on all aspects of back bending including lengthening the front side of the body, opening the hips and strengthening the legs and core to give stability.
Workshop 3: Sound meditation with singing bowls & chanting
This workshop will explore the use of sound and how it can be used to reconnectt us to our true selves. In this workshop we will use the chanting of various sacred mantras, such as OM (I am) to allow awareness to move inwards. We will also spend time chanting the mantras linked to each of the chakras (Laam, Vaam, Raam etc). Finally we will use singing bowls with specific vibrations to balance and clear energy.
Workshop 4: Mudra meditations
There are hundreds of mudras used in yoga and each one of them creates a different circuit of energy using the hands, fingers and thumbs. In this workshop we will explore some of the different mudras and we will look at the significance of each of the fingers in Traditional Chinese Medicine theory. We will combine the mudras with breathing meditation, turning our attention to our inhalations and exhalations and noticing the subtle effect the mudras have on our energies.
Workshop 5: Assisted Yin and Ayurvedic Yoga massage stretches
At the end of this energising and revitalising retreat we will experience Yin yoga in a beautiful way by working with a partner, deepening the sensations felt in the poses and learning to trust and let go. Assisted Yin is an incredibly powerful and therapeutic type of yoga and will have a deeply relaxing effect on body and mind.
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.