Hatha yoga retreat July 2019

Chakra Balancing Retreat

17 - 23 July & 25 - 31 July 2019

Tuning into our energy centers.

Emotional blockages can manifest as Physical ailments, and vice versa. Using Yin and Yang styles of yoga will help us to create balance in all areas of our lives, bringing a sense of freedom, health and happiness.

Price per person

The Vinyasa Flow yoga retreat July 2018 costs €479 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

Katie O'Byrne

I did my very first Yoga class 16 years ago, I didn’t know much about the practice only that it made me feel good.   For years, Yoga was just something I did as a hobby every now and again.   Eight years ago it all started to change, slowly. So slow I barely noticed my whole life being turned upside down.  It was no coincidence that while all these changes were happening, I had started a more dedicated yoga practice and everything I was learning on the mat, had started to seep out into my life, without me even noticing!


In 2016 I decided it was time for more change, so I decided to travel to Rishikesh YogPeethin Northern India, where I received my Hatha Yoga Teaching Certificate.  I immediately started to share what I had learned by teaching classes and I now teach Yoga full time in Dublin to a whole range of students. I love to incorporate dynamic movement and challenging stillness into my classes, for me everything is about balance.


I also have a keen interest in the ancient Indian Chakra System.    I have explored myself, from the inside out, and discovered many different things about myself which has allowed me to know and express myself fearlessly.   It’s a pleasure to be able to share knowledge that has helped me in my life and during our week together, I will show you how to get to know yourself on a deeper energetic level, by exploring yourself as a human and a spiritual being.


While this all sounds so serious, and intense, my aim is to bring a sense of fun and lots of laughter and playfulness to this retreat;   After all, Yoga is fun, if it wasn’t, why would so many people around the world do it. So whether you are a total beginner or a seasoned practitioner you will be able to enjoy a feeling of cheerfulness and bliss during and after each class, all while absorbing and taking what you need from each lesson.

Style of Yoga to be taught

Hatha Yoga, is a great place for people to start their yoga journey as there are so many variations of the physical practice, but can also challenge the most advanced practitioner.   The word Hatha represents balance. Bringing a balance of soft, slow poses with a mix of strong, dynamic poses. Warming the body and cooling the body, bringing strength and softness, physically,  emotionally and mentally.


Hatha will be our morning ‘Yang’ practice, starting our sunrise practice, surrounded by the stunningly breathtaking Sierra Nevada Mountains,  allowing us to wake up and be energized for the day to come. Allow the energy of the earth below us and the Spanish sun above us to not only compliment our Yoga practice, but to be part of our practice, remembering we are not only surrounded by nature but we are part of nature.   


The evening time will be for Yin Yoga, which is all about stillness and quietness.   In a world where we are encouraged to be “Yang” all the time, working fast, being loud, going all the time.   Yin allows us the time to stop, and look inside, and to reset our systems, allowing the body to be totally rested and rejuvenated.  

Your Rustic Retreats journey

“Every action has an equal and opposite reaction”  Everything in the universe works on this law of balance, including your body, mind and spirit.   This week will allow us space to dive deep inside and discover where we need more balance in our life.


In both evening and morning classes we will learn about the Chakra system and bring a sense of balance and alignment into each of the 7 main Energy centers.  Learning the physical and emotional characteristic of each Chakra will give us the knowledge to how to bring about the balance we individually need.


Our daily morning practice will begin with stronger pranayama, and asanas designed to work specifically on each chakra, allowing the physical and energetic body to create and sustain more energy and vitality.    


Every day will allow time for a workshop where we will get a little more creative and explore where we need more balance.   Mindfulness is a super way of bringing balance to our systems.  Combining mindfulness with nature is an example of how we will balance our root chakra, the foundation of our whole chakra system.   Connecting meditation with grounding techniques, feeling a sense of connection to nature, other people and yourself all brings that balance.  


After a dynamic and fun filled morning and afternoon, I will lead you into our outdoor evening Yin practice, which will grant you the time to truly stop, observe and feel everything about the chakras from the inside out.

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

Know who you are.

I have discovered and expressed things about myself through journaling that I think would have otherwise remained muddled up in my mind.   This workshop will be a place for you to enquire, write, think, write, give feedback, write, learn from others and write some more. It is also a place for you to develop a habit of journaling on a daily basis.   I still have notes from a retreat that I attended myself 5 years ago, which holds great memories of a time of transformation for me. Hopefully, you too will be able to look back on your writing’s as a time in your life that you spent on improving your wellbeing.

Creative Vision.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?   Discover how the power of visualisation can transform your life.   Anything is possible here, this is where we can decide what direction we want to take in life, and start to put it all into motion;   the first step is having a clear vision of what direction we want to take.

We are going to get creative here, we write about what we want, paint or draw pictures, create vision boards, bringing out your inner artist.

Yoga Nidra,

Yoga Nidra is a beautifully relaxing practice, where we go on a journey of sound, sensation and visualisation.   In this guided relaxation we slow our brain waves way down from Alpha to Theta waves, your thoughts slow down to 4 to 8 thoughts per second. This is where super learning happens.   Did you know that kids and artists experience a lot more theta activity in their brains?

Exploring Nature with Kindfullness.

This term Kindfullness coined by Ajan Bhram (leader of the western Australian Buddist Socicity) brings a sometimes over used word back to its true meaning, as Mindfullness is not practiced properly without kindness.

Being in nature has strong healing powers, and to become aware that nature is not separate to us , that we too are part of nature is a freeing thought.

We will discover how to move slower, and connect to all the beauty of all living beings and plants around us. Exploring all that the Sierra Espuna mountains have to offer, reflecting on how we can treat our earth with more kindness.


Tribal ceremony

We celebrate our week, with our new found Tribe at Bagend.  We celebrate our time together with gratitude and joy. Starting with a meditation, and connecting together with chanting.

We will discover ancient tribal rituals, such as, using talking sticks, fire ceremonies, singing and dancing.   We will celebrate our time together but also welcome in the next stages of our life. 

​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.