Yoga Fusion Retreat  August 2019

Sensing Summer

6-12 August 2019

Discovering all about summer around and within us

We come together in the midst of summer, the richest season of the year in which all that is around us flourishes.   At no other time of the year are we surrounded by such a variety of different smells, sounds, colours, and spectrum of stimuli entering our sensory system. Nature invites us with this generous offer to go on a sensory journey with all of our being; body, mind and soul; to dedicate each day to diving into one of our 5 senses.


In our Yoga and meditation journey we follow the same idea while improving our strength, endurance and flexibility, deeply relax our bodies and minds and explore them in a playful, dynamic and creative way.  You will obtain the gift of new inspiration, knowledge and find deep contentment.

Price per person

The Five Great Elements retreat costs €479 per person, including all meals, yoga, workshops & equipment. Not including flights or transfers.


Reserve your place today with just €140 deposit.

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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

Lara Kuhlmann

My Yoga journey began in a subtle way, practising Yoga without explicitly knowing it was ‘Yoga’.   


During the years of my first amateur and then professional education as a dancer, I got to learn about  different styles and variations of Yoga, either involved in my dance training or also ‘titled’ as ‘Yoga’ as a complementary subject within my schedule.


Over the years I got to notice that whenever it came to using Yoga elements, I magically started to feel calmed, at ease, connecting to my body and mind and coming to peace with myself, which I often had a hard time with within my busy and ambitious dance education.


In this way Yoga more and more became my nourishing ground, accompanying my daily dance training, a powerful tool to prepare my body and mind for performances and a realm of relaxation and (re-) connection with my body, mind and eventually soul.


This is what made me set off researching further into more styles of Yoga by myself and establishing my Yoga and meditation practice as my own way to soothe my active, otherwise never-resting mind, to strengthen and balance my body and to empower myself in many aspects of my life, while increasing my overall perception of happiness. Having found this for myself, I love to support and encourage my students in their own personal journey, different and unique for every one of us. This is what makes Yoga; it is for everyone, regardless of age, background and experience, we just need to find our personal relation with it.


Since becoming a ‘Hot’, Vinyasa and Vinyasa Flow teacher in 2016, started sharing my passion for Yoga with more and more Yogi, finding joy in inspiring and empowering them by sharing my understanding, knowledge and passion for movement in connection with our mind and soul.


Momentarily I am following my Yogic and dance path staying true to both of my passions;  continuing to dance next to teaching Vinyasa /Flow, Hatha, Yin and Aerial Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness, Pilates and Pilates Barre in both indoor and outdoor spaces.   I am constantly inspired by sharing my findings about what our body and mind are capable of doing and enjoy seeing my students starting or continuing their own investigation.


The base of my inspiration and teaching is influenced by my background of dance and the principles of movement learned from dancing and I love incorporating them in my classes using fusions of yoga, dance and pilates elements.


My style of teaching is very dynamic, encouraging, open, and explorative. I like the reciprocal exchange of new (or ‘old’) findings, the sharing and following of a practice all together and the unison which can exist;  a common sense and state comparable to a feeling of ‘magic’.

Styles of yoga to be taught

We start the day with meditation or mindfulness followed by a Vinyasa Yoga practice. This is my ‘home’ teaching style, which is reflected in a dynamic, activating and energising movement class. Variation and diversity play a major role for me as I believe that a balanced practice with alternate poses and movement principles (such as flow versus resistance, effort versus release, fast versus slow pace, …) applied as a colourful mixture, allowing us to reach a physical and mental state and perception of balance, stability and confidence.


In the evening practice we have a calmer, soothing and investigating Hatha and movement exploration practice, fusing yoga postures with other movement techniques and practices, encouraging us to take short investigative journeys into the anatomic logic and preferences of our bodies, ending with elements of Yin Yoga before closing with meditation, mindfulness or a related practice.

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.

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Your Rustic Retreats journey

Starting each day with a meditation or mindfulness practice dedicated to a different one of our 5 senses, we do not only get the chance to begin to explore this one sense for an entire day but also to tune in with ourselves each time in a different way, consciously investigating one of our specific sense organs and prepare ourselves for the day to come.


In the morning yoga session we will work on our Yang side; core- strength and - awareness, stamina, in an energetic, mobilising and flowing yoga practice including postural work, attention to correct alignment and breathing. We end with a calming-down second part and a final relaxation followed by a short closing meditation.


Our evening session will be calmer, more investigative, playful, looking  into new physical connections and transitions of poses.  It is more directed to our Yin side, making use of the principle of release and giving in to the movement preferences of the body before ending with rejuvenating stretches and lengthening of our muscles.


Following the calmed state of our body with our mind we end our day with either meditation, mindfulness, Yoga Nidra, Autogenic Training or a related practice.


The conjunction of our sessions and workshops is designed to guide our self- inquiry and observation and to encourage investigation into our own practice, physical and mental habits, anatomic understanding of our individual body and the patterns of our mind.


Connecting movement with breath is something you will hear me put strong emphasis on as breath has the grounding power to naturally settle us into our bodies allowing us to perceive ourselves in our entity as a living being.


You will enter a concentrated and open working atmosphere where everyone is encouraged to focus on their individual concerns, to listen to the messages of their bodies and to realise that we dedicate each practice to ourselves while following along the same red thread all together, feeling the supporting energy of the group around and with us.


During the course of the retreat you will receive a tool box full of useful and inspiring gadgets to take home and to apply to both your yoga practice and daily life.


During our joined journey at Bagend we are privileged to welcome the influences of the stunning environment and home of Bagend, contributing to our experience with all of its stimulating scents, sounds and the multitude of inspiring details they provide us with every single day anew, especially intensely sensed in this colourful period of the year, the peak of summer.

We will surely become more connected to the width and expansion in and around us.


This journey is about exploring and diving into our sensory experience of our being and surrounding, not only during our yoga and meditation practice.


After the retreat you might feel set back into the explorative and curious mindset of a child, perceiving the world around you in a richer, more colourful, even more multifaceted way than you did before.


You are invited to come and join in at our sensory playground, exploring the richness of our human being.

Your workshop programme

Each daily programme and workshop is based on the exploration of one of our 5 sense organs.

The aim is to become more aware of our sensory perception and how we can mindfully direct our attention to certain sense stimuli to improve our general well-being in our daily life..


Each workshop begins with a short or more extended active exploration of the specific sense organ before turning to a more theoretic discussion of the topic and getting the chance to share our insights if we like to.

Workshop one – smell  


We will start with a short individual investigative walk around our beautiful Bagend environment, collecting impressions with our scent organ before gathering back together, exchanging our impressions and considering some interesting facts about odours and our specific responses to them, having a closer look at the way they can influence us, evoke memories, emotions, associations, etc. Are we aware of these effects in our daily life and can we influence our emotional state by making use of this knowledge?


Workshop two – sight


Investigating into our organ of sight we might become aware of probably taking our ability to see for granted. Each day we take in a huge amount of visual information without even consciously ‘registering’ all of it. There are several theories about conscious and unconscious seeing; what do we remember, what do we forget almost immediately? Why? How is seeing connected to our person and system of beliefs? Do we choose what we want to see? Does education and experience play a role for how we ‘see the world’? These are examples of some of the questions among others which we will address.


As a second part we take a little journey into non- verbal communication. By the use of some playful exercises we explore the language of our bodies, gestures and how we use to communicate with our bodies.

Workshop three – taste


Mindful eating

We will use one of our human ‘basic needs’ as well as ‘pleasures’ to take our time to make the guided experience of mindful eating before diving into the topic theoretically and underlining the importance and benefits of a conscious eating behaviour.


We will be encouraged to reflect upon our personal eating habits. Does the way we eat depend on our surrounding, mood, situation and emotional state? How can we eat more mindfully?


Workshop four – hearing


After our short daily explorative initiation of this theme, we discuss the use of sound; environmental, human, animal sounds and different music for our Yoga and meditation practices.  Then we will consider theories on our acoustic organ and address the influence of our daily environments for our overall well-being, become aware of our personal and emotional responses and preferences and reflect upon our choices of physical surroundings.

Workshop five – touch


In this workshop we take some more time for setting out on a blindfolded exploratory journey guided by a partner to dive into our experience.


We will discover some of the questions of how we use touch; Do we feel attracted to or torn away from a stimulus and why? How do we react to touch? What are our emotional responses?

How do we use our body in relation to our environment? In relation to our objective space, in relation to other human beings?

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.