Relax, renew and reform off-grid in southern Spain
28 December 2017 - 3 January 2018
This extra special New Year Eve's retreat will give you the opportunity for deep rest and relaxation, to strengthen your body, and the chance to start the new year with reformed healthy habits. As well as active yoga practices and peaceful meditations, we will have lots opportunities to connect with each other and the beautiful valley we will be living in with dancing, fires and walking. You’ll leave us nurtured, nourished, revitalised and ready for the best year of your life!
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.
Price per person
NYE 2017 Yoga and Meditation Retreat costs €583 per person, including all meals, yoga, workshops & equipment. Not including flights or transfers.
Relax, Restore, Renew and Reform New Year's Retreat
At this very special New Year's retreat we will be exploring various ways to relax, renew and reform! How many times have you heard - or heard yourself say - I’m too tired, I’m too stressed! And those new healthy habits you’ve been thinking about falls by the wayside. Or maybe your vice is promising yourself you’ll start something like yoga, once your job or project is finished?
At this retreat we’ll be blessed with seven wonderful days away from our everyday stresses and responsibilities. Often stress can be a huge barrier to making positive changes in our lives: this retreat will tackle this by providing multiple opportunities to explore active relaxation.
The daily asana classes will begin slowly and Tania and James will break down common poses to ensure everyone is starting from the same level and working safely. Over the week as your strength, flexibility and stamina increase the classes will become more challenging. This retreat will help you relax and restore your body by providing multiple techniques such a guided meditation, breathing exercises and visualisations to help the body and mind activate the parasympathetic nervous system.
These techniques help to reduce stress and anxiety and help the body move into the ‘rest and restorative mode’ thereby improve digestion, lowering blood pressure and improving reproductive function. Walking in nature, clean fresh air, sunshine and healthy nutritious food will help you renew your mind and body. We will also provide opportunities to reform your bodies through both slow and dynamic asana classes. Through these you will activate underused muscle groups and learn to move deeper into the yoga postures. The active yoga classes will also help you create more strength, freedom and space in your body.
Your workshop programme
What’s your dharma?
Goal setting and envisaging the life you want.
It is said that 'yoga is excellence in action' and when we get more into our yoga practice we realise that it goes far beyond what we do on the yoga mat. Yoga is a process of getting to know ourselves better and through this often we learn our true path, and what will make us feel more fulfilled. In this workshop we will use the ancient story of Krishna and Arjuna to illustrate the yogic idea of ‘dharma’.
We will explore what holds you back and stops you being the more authentic you. Meditation, creative techniques and Yoga Nidra (a yogic sleep) will help us explore and manifest our goals and understand what is holding us back. This workshop will be complemented by a New Year's Eve fire ceremony.
Find your warrior!
Dealing with stress, fear and anxiety.
Stress, fear and anxiety are sadly often a major part of our modern lives. They often stop us doing the things we want as we are worried about failure or making the wrong decisions. At this workshop we will explore common fears and learn some techniques to face them. We will learn
calming breathing and meditation techniques from a range of traditions, and also use confidence building techniques to deal with stressful situations.
Free your body
Dance you desires in and your fears away.
At this fun workshop we will free up our bodies and minds using techniques from 5 Rhythms and ecstatic dance traditions. We will explore free movement in all areas of the body and learn how to express ourselves more fully through the medium of dance. We will tell the story of our previous year with all our triumphs and hurts, and we will say with our bodies what we have been unable to say with our words.
We will then dance our dreams and hopes for the coming year. These powerful practices often help us release deeply entrenched tension. if you are new to using dance practices or are shy about dancing in front of others please don’t worry as together we will form a safe and inclusive space.
Connect with nature
Mindful nature walk and story telling workshop.
At Rustic Retreats, we will be living in a beautiful valley and be surrounded by gorgeous nature including eagles, wildflowers and stunning skies. This active workshop will help us be more mindful, appreciate our surroundings and use this as an opportunity to reflect on our ‘stories’.
The workshop will first involve undertaking a silent walk (either combined with a group walk to Aledo or done around Rustic Retreats) and collecting objects on the way that make us reflect on the environment around us and our reaction to it. After the walk we will meet together to share our stories and reflections on the practice and what it represents to us.
This workshop will focus on introducing you to the basic philosophy, concepts and history of yoga. It will cover the various traditional philosophies and viewpoints, insights from modern research and ways in which the essence of this holistic life-view can be integrated into a modern lifestyle. Participants may find some of the yogic principles resonate well with the new beginnings and restoration achieved throughout the retreat. Although there are many religious stories linked to yoga this discussion will be undertaken from a completely secular point.
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.