25th August-31st August or 2nd September-8th September 2017

Yin & Yang Yoga Retreat :

An anatomically sound practice that will take you on a journey to explore all the branches of the tree of yoga.


You will join us on our beautiful, solar powered, off-grid site for the chance to get in touch with nature and truly disconnect from the stresses of day to day life. Sleeping in beautiful bell tents surrounded by the mountains and groves of lemon trees you will feel at one with nature and invigorated by the fabulous daily practice and workshops.


Investment of €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.

Deliciously nourishing, vegetarian  menu prepared by Elliot your chef.
Daily meditations, yoga nidra or pranayama practice.

Fascinating daily workshops

Your teacher: Naomi Roach

I qualified as a yoga teacher in February 2016 after studying with Simon Low, Completing my 200 hour qualifications in Yin & yang yoga.  I have always been interested how a regular yoga and meditation practice could assist our everyday lives.

I love to see the progression my students make and help and assist them within this. A retreat is a perfect place to do this working in such small groups. I am forever a student so I am also learning from every class and workshop. It would be great for you to come and embrace the beautiful natural environment of Bagend, learn, and develop your practice.


Styles of yoga to be taught:


The style of yoga will be hatha flow in the mornings, this will be the yang part of our daily practice. Hatha yoga is one of the first forms of yoga and means balance. Ha meaning sun and tha meaning moon. Hatha yoga is designed to prepare the body for meditation. To warm the body we will practice sun salutations and then progress the sequence from there. Other sequences that will be included are the Shakti dance and dragon dance.

Flow means we move with the breath. So the practice will be dynamic yet thoughtful. Allowing us time to feel the postures, this helps to remember where to feel the opening or stretch when we practice on our own. Hatha helps us to be mindful in the body relieving tension. The flow of the sequence encourages us to be mindful with the  breath.

Yin yoga will be practiced in the evening. This practice is designed to help you sit longer, and more comfortably, in meditation by stretching connective tissue around the joints (mainly the knees, pelvis, sacrum, and spine). A passive practice, yin involves variations of seated and supine poses typically held for 3 to 5 minutes, accessing deeper layers of fascia.

Every class over the retreat we will build on the previous sequence so over the week you will feel competent to complete the asana on your own.

Sample Daily Timetable (times will vary slightly on each retreat)


07.30 Pranayama or morning meditation

08.00 Morning Yoga practice
09:30-10.15 Breakfast
11:00 Workshop (practical/theroretical) 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

*There is 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:

We all have busy lives and cannot always attend a yoga class. From working at Rustic Retreats I have leant that a lot of people come to a yoga retreat to kick start a yoga and meditation practice.

This retreat will be a journey through yoga and meditation which will enable you to take a self practice home with you. On this retreat learn all the basics of the yoga practice as well as some of the more complex asana, philosophy and relax with guided meditations.


Your workshop programme:

Exploring the yoga sutras:

Patanjali detailed in the yoga sutras the eight limbs of yoga, these were moral codes for us to live by.  within that he wrote the contained the yamas, and the niyamas. In the first workshop I will explain all. We will also discuss how we can bring these to our everyday lives. These help us live a more conscious life, and help us be more mindful bringing yoga practice to the real world.

This may also help your journey through the retreat. Helping you to find the path to a self practice where you don’t need guidance.


Yin yoga:

If you’re accustomed to sweating your way toward glamorous poses, yin yoga may at first glance seem too slow, too simple, and a bit too boring. But this complex practice of long, passively held floor poses is deeply nourishing and has myriad benefits for any yoga practitioner. We will look at postures in detail and discuss the impact it has on our  fascia.

Fortunately, whether we’re aware of it or not, every time we step onto our yoga mats, our fascial system benefits. Fascia, which means “band” or “bundle” in Latin, surrounds, connects and supports our muscles, organs, bones, tendons, ligaments and other structures of the body. Similar to the membrane around each section of an orange, fascia both separates and connects body parts at the same time. Holding asana you release deep layers of connective tissue, creating more ease in any style of yoga and in seated meditation. On an energetic level, yin enhances the flow of prana (life force) in the tissues around the joints, where energy often stagnates. In this workshop we will look at the areas of the body we are benefiting in the specific asana.

Yoga nidra:

Yoga nidra, loosely translated as “yogic sleep,” is a form of deep meditation designed to bring you into a state of pure awareness and self-discovery. It’s a powerful psychological tool that has helped people for hundreds of years. During the workshop we will practice this powerful meditation and dicsuss it’s benefits and how it works.

Yoga nidra has roots in ancient texts like the Upanishads, an ancient text. It was revived in the mid-20th century by Swami Satyananda Saraswati who developed a systematic relaxation practice from tantric teachings. Yogis used it to purify thesamskaras, or deep impressions that create our karma. Modern research shows it can help everything from headaches toPTSD. Evem thoughe the intention of the practice is to stay awake ‘yoga nidra’ means conscious sleep, many students find it a cure for insomnia.


Functional yoga for runners, cyclists and the office:

Yoga is a beneficial practice to compliment many sports. It also helps those of us who sit in an office all day. 
after having a job where sat a desk all day, also a job where I over worked my upper body. I realized that I could counteract the repetitive motions with yoga and somatic movement. Also being a keen cyclist and wannabe runner I have developed sequences that are beneficial in helping the hips, hamstrings and all the other bits that suffer.

In this workshop we will discuss the movements, or lack of, when we are doing these activities and how we can help them with simple sequences we can even practice in the office!