Find your voice
Get in touch with your whole chakra system
1-7 June & 8-14 June 2020
You know you have it, it’s right there and wants to come out and be heard:
your intuitive voice, your inner teacher, your ability to follow your heart and speak your truth freely, whatever happens. Let’s find that beautiful voice of yours this summer at Rustic Yoga Retreats and get you in touch with your whole chakra system, especially the throat chakra, Vissudhi. Come and open up to your voice. Find your truth and sing it out!
Price per person
The Hatha & Vinyasa yoga retreat for June 2020 costs from €479 per person, including all meals, yoga, workshops & equipment. Not including flights or transfers.
Reserve your place today with just €140 deposit.
This retreat is designed for beginners to advanced levels
Twice daily yoga practice on our stunning mountain-side platform
Daily meditations, yoga nidra or pranayama practice
Delicious, nourishing, vegetarian/vegan menu prepared by your chef
Fascinating daily workshops
Namaste and hello, I’m Iva, a yogi, dancer, and food-enthusiast from Prague. I am here on planet Earth to share and care, indulge in a bit of traveling, a lot of music, dancing, singing, drawing, healthy food and tons of other things.......and I just love to share all that as much as I possibly can.
As a yoga teacher, I am always tender and a bit goofy. I believe in honest exploring, taking care and being with what is. When we do yoga together, you’ll get that safe space you’ve been craving for, plenty of time to explore, discover, listen, and then really listen, and then take care from the right place.
I got to yoga initially through dancing. I studied this beautiful art in Los Angeles whilst training to be a professional dancer, visiting Yoga for dancers classes. During one of these classes we were asked a question „What is truly worth your time?“ and immediately I thought „This. Doing this. Sharing this. This is it.“ and since then, yoga has absolutely turned my life around - my body, head and heart included.
I returned to LA 3 years ago to study my first Yoga Teacher Training and immediately fell in love with Iyengar and restorative yoga. I have always been drawn to helping people recover, feel better and find their own way to well-being. Since then, I have trained in India, one multistyle and one focused purely on Yoga Therapy. I have also studied Ayurveda and Trigger Point Therapy.
Yoga for me is a chance to get closer to our real self. Not the one we would like to be, not the one we're trying to be for someone else, but the true and genuine self that dwells within and connects us all together. Yoga is a practice, a path, a way of life, a tool, and in its deeper sense, it's a very internal experience of connection, rather than the usual illusionary disconnection with everything and everyone around us. I will always be there for you when you go looking for that connection. I will give you that time and space needed for that to happen.
Zazou our teaching assistant
Hi, my name is Zuzana, but you can also call me Zazou :-)
I'm from Prague, but for nearly 10 years I was living in Greece and Cyprus, where I've experienced my very first yoga class on the rocks by the sea. It felt like I found a missing piece (and peace) and since then I've (almost) never looked back.
Apart from yoga I'm interested in neuroscience, self development and hypnotherapy. I'm an early riser and my favorite time of the day is the magical 5AM, when I usually salute the sun, write in my journal and read a book.
I absolutely cannot wait to meet you all in person on the mat!
Style of Yoga to be taught
Morning will be a powerful practice, based on Hatha or Vinyasa Yoga. Energizing breath, mantra chanting, and fun cleansing techniques finding your own expression in various postures. This practice will stimulate the chakra of the day and help you tune deeply into your own body and find precious tools to strengthen, stretch, release and take care. Prepare to fall in love with your toes, find immense power in your breath and marvel at the force of your whole being.
Evenings will bring a huge sigh of relief in a yummy practice inspired by gentle Hatha Flow, Yin or Restorative Yoga. A block here, a blanket there, you’ll get cosy and relaxed. You'll enjoy the freedom of soft movement, other times you’ll see what happens when you let go and spend ages in one position. You might even completely doze off in deep realms of yogic sleep (Yoga Nidra) and wake up like a whole new you.
Evenings we’ll get together for a Bhajan and fill the whole Bagend with beautiful mantras, music, dance, love and joy. This type of practice follows the devotional path of Bhakti Yoga, opens up your chakras and gets some serious sunshine into your soul.
Your Rustic Retreats journey
Each day will be dedicated to one or two chakras, balancing them through a set of Hatha Yoga practices. In the morning, you‘ll get the juices flowing and wake the chakra of the day with a related meditation, Pranayama (breathing), Kriya (cleansing) and Asana practice.
Evenings will seal the deal as you meditate on the specific chakra, you‘ll relax, soften and release any tension associated to it. Flowing through the whole chakra system during the week is where the last bits of tightness dissolve, where you breathe deeply and feel completely free.
We’ll add an extra touch to balancing the chakra system by focusing a bit more on Vissudhi, our throat chakra, the centre of communication, self-expression and integrity. How many of us suffer from some sort of tension in the neck or the trapezius muscle? How often do we actually follow our heart, instead of trying to please someone else? That’s why this week, we’re going to learn how to speak Vissudhi. Fluently.
As our main focus will stay on the throat chakra get ready for some mantra magic. Your Vissudhi will rise and shine thanks to our morning chants, it will thrive and find its balance in daily workshops, and then blissfully join its wonderful energy with others, as one, during our evening Bhajans. So, don’t forget to pack your ukulele, drums, wooden sticks, kalimba, tambourine or any other sound-making thingie, and come find your voice with us!
Daily timetable for yoga retreat
07.30 to 08.00 morning meditation
08.00 to 09.00 Beginners to intermediate yoga class
09.00 - 10.00 Intermediate to advanced yoga class
09.00 to 11.15 Breakfast buffet
11.00 free time
14.00 Lunch Buffet
15.00 Free time/ guided mountain hike
16.00 Workshop (practical/theoretical) or free time
17.30 to 18.30 Beginners to intermediate yoga class
18.30 to 19.30 Intermediate to advanced yoga class
19.30 to 20.00 Meditation or Yoga Nidra
21.00 Evening meal/ entertainment
(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.
Your workshop programme
Muladhara and Swadhistana
The first workshop will focus on the first two chakras which root us in our body, our basic instincts and emotions. Tune in: Do you find stability and support easily in your life? How do you feel in your own skin? How do you appreciate your body? How do you deal with strong emotions? How do you respond to change? Do you allow yourself pleasure?
There will be a lot of pleasant grounding and self-acceptance on day 1. Strolling through the beautiful nature surrounding Bagend, looking for abundance all around and within, and then allowing this abundant energy flow through our hands and feet, as we get in touch with Pacha Mamma – our mother Earth. Let‘s wiggle the toes in the sand, play, create, cherish the body, move freely and feel absolutely supported
Are you shy or self-confident? Do you often feel full of energy or mostly tired? How active are you? Is your digestive fire working properly? Hello, Manipura, the hidden gem behind our navel. Here, on day 2, you’ll get to love your belly unconditionally – yay!
Manipura is our solar plexus chakra, the centre of our strength and confidence. We’ll tap into this strength through a series of Hatha Yoga practices, which you will learn and take home with you, so that you can always access your inner power.
Anahata and Vissudhi
On Day 3, we hit the jackpot and unfold the voice. Do you follow your heart or your mind? Do you accept yourself fully? Do you find it easy to forgive? What is your truth? Do you live, think and act in alignment with your truth? Is anything keeping you from expressing it freely?
As we tune into Anahata, your heart chakra, we’ll find abundance of love, acceptance and compassion. Vissudhi, the throat centre of communication and self-expression, will unfold your truth, your inner voice. This is the day when you listen and connect to that more deeply. We’ll write some stuff down, let go of burdens, and start noticing the clear signs of the voice carefully. Your voice has a very specific way of talking to you through your heart.
Ajna and Sahasrara
Do you feel connected? Do you trust the universe? Do you live in the present moment or constantly worry about the past or future? Who are you, truly?
With the higher chakras, we let go of the body, let go of the thoughts and dive deeper. We’ll float on the waves of Nada Yoga – yoga of sound and vibration. Om chanting and the deep relaxation of Yoga Nidra with tibetan singins bowls that will bathe you in heavenly vibrations and carry you to the deeper layers of your mind. Feel free to explor
All chakras and your voice
We’ll close the week with a discussion on how to use the whole chakra system not only to find your voice but to nurture it continuously, so that it grows stronger and aligns you with your heart-felt purpose and desires easily. This is how you invite unlimited abundance into your life.
We’ll celebrate this abundant energy and all our voices in a fire ceremony with Bhajan, singing mantras together, burning away all doubts and obstacles, and transforming the last bits of old stagnant energy into a new powerful flow.
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.