May 23-30th, 2020
You are not your job. You are not your familiar role, what you have accomplished, what you failed to do. You are not what you have or do not have. You are not your talent or your looks. Do you remember who you are?
This year, we retreat to rejuvenate and restore on Spain’s southern coast, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It is common to feel guilty for taking time for yourself, and yet we would be better versions of ourselves if we did so. Our world is fast-paced and demanding, and we rarely allow for our bodies to properly rest. On this retreat, will be slowing down to spoil ourselves, remembering our essence by stripping away our daily routines and expectations.
The retreat is comprised of many offerings. You may participate in all, or you may find that you need to melt in to a lounge chair at the salt water pool or the beach. There will be a vinyasa or a slow flow class each morning, and an evening restorative practice. There will be an opportunity to make your own malas with Jess, flamenco dancing, hiking, and an opportunity to visit nearby Malaga, to visit the Picasso museum and explore one of Europe’s finest beaches. All meals at the retreat center are included, and there are tea and snacks available between. One massage or other treatment is included in the price.
Where you will stay
The Yoga and Wellness Center is an authentic Andalusian farmhouse with gardens overlooking the sea. It is an Eco-resort, yet luxurious. The Dali Llama stayed here! Set in a secluded location, the center is an Andalusian paradise. A farm of 50,000 sq, meters, it is located in the peace of the Spanish countryside, and yet is conveniently only 20 minutes from Malaga airport. You can immerse yourself in the silence of nature in its lovely gardens and surrounding hills. It is the perfect setting for your yoga and meditation retreat. It was mentioned in The Times as one of Europe’s best yoga and wellness centers. They proudly have a newly built, beautiful state of the art and fully equipped yoga studio, complete with Yoga Wall, designed with guidance from leading yoga teacher Simon Low. You can relax in the extensive gardens or round the saltwater pool, and at night can enjoy star-gazing under the dark night sky – we can provide a bonfire outside for those cooler nights.a diverse array of treatments means you can discover practices that are right for you.
There are 20 rooms, each individually styled, paying special attention to color, harmony and balance with the environment. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with magnifying mirror, hair dryer and welcome products, air-conditioning, heating and each comes with a private outdoor space, either verandah or terrace, with lovely views of the gardens, surrounding hills or down the valley to the sea
Food is farm to table, grown in the grounds around us. We will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as tea and snacks between. Meals are usually served buffet style. We keep free-range chickens, so fresh eggs are available to your guests daily.
It is essential that you inform Jess of any dietary requirements, within reason, well in advance so that she can let us know of your needs. If, for medical reasons, you follow a highly restricted diet, we advise you to bring with you any essentials you might need for your wellbeing. If you are prone to a severe reaction to an allergen, for example, a very small amount on a kitchen knife or board, it is essential that we be informed. Please note that we are unable to offer absolute guarantees for such allergic conditions.
The retreat center’s location is unbeatable for people who want to know Andalusia, as it is very close to emblematic Andalusian cities known for their beauty and monuments such as: Seville (La Giralda, Torre del Oro), located just 1 hour and 50 minutes away
-Cordoba con la Mesquite, located just 1 hour and 50 minutes away
-Granada with La Alhambra and Sierra Nevada, just 1 hour and 30 minutes away
We will be situated in the mountains of the Axarquía, 15 minutes from the beaches of Rincon and 20 minutes from Málaga. Axarquia is Located in the easternmost part of the province, this is the province of Malaga. It is characterized by the diversity and proximity of its towns, where visitors can discover vast natural spaces ranging from mountain and long beaches, not to mention the excellent local gastronomy and its magnificent cultural and artistic heritage.
Its towns comprise picturesque havens which have managed to conserve the beauty of their streets, squares, monuments and popular festivals with a backdrop of light and color, and which coupled with its weather conditions and environmental attractions make this an ideal place to visit. For the lands of La Axarquia offer a landscape of incomparable variety: valleys, mountain ranges and coastline.
Andalusia is one of the warmest regions anywhere in Europe. It has a warm, Mediterranean climate with dry, hot summers and mild winters with infrequent precipitation. The Axarquía Costa del Sol climate is Mediterranean with mild winters and hot summers. This region’s climate is special thanks to its geographic situation as it is protected to the north from cold winds by the Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama mountain ranges. The Mediterranean Sea’s influence on temperatures is such that these do not vary much, either the ambient one or that of the sea; they are very pleasant all year round. We can expect an average of 76 degrees for a high, 68 for a low during our stay. The high proportion of hours of sunshine marks the cheerful, hospitable character of the region’s people.
Carlo Enzo Studio: a new state of the art yoga studio designed by internationally renowned yoga teacher and trainer, Simon Low. This spacious state-of-the-art 170 m2 yoga sala has beautiful sea views. Due to its huge south-facing windows, you can practice yoga enjoying the sunsets, overlooking the sea, and appreciating the nature of Santillana’s own valley location.
This yoga studio, with its sprung, thermally insulated wooden floor has 24 stations on the The Great Wall, all the essential yoga props of the highest available quality, and all the attention to detail that makes it truly one of the most outstanding yoga studios in Europe, resulting in an enhanced experience for al students.
Classic Studio: A meditation and dance studio of 90m2 with an Andalusian and traditional touch. This studio has a gabled roof and wooden floor. It can be divided into three smaller rooms with sliding doors if necessary, forming in this way, 3 very comfortable spaces with fire places and air-conditioning, where you can enjoy yoga in a more traditional Andalusian atmosphere.
Fly in to Malaga airport, or some people may fly in to Madrid, and share a rented car to drive in.
Airport to resort transportation will be provided.
We recommend travel insurance for any unseen snafus.
For the past 24 years, Nicole Clark has followed her passion for understanding the human body—its anatomy, movement, and healing abilities—into multiple disciplines: yoga and meditation, bodywork, craniosacral therapy, dance, and visual art.
Nicole studied and practiced yoga for eleven years in New York and Los Angeles, exploring Vinyasa, Jivamukti, Hatha, Sivananda, and Bikram before discovering Forrest Yoga. She trained extensively with Ana Forrest, completing the intensive foundation training in 2002 and immediately going on to teach at the Forrest Yoga Circle in Los Angeles. Nicole quickly earned a reputation for her elegant sequences, hands-on adjustments, work with injuries, and ability to hold a safe space for every student.
Pursuing deeper knowledge of anatomy and the healing arts, Nicole studied at length with Ellen Heed and Dr. Vincent Medici in the areas of pain and orthopedic evaluation, core sequencing, energetics, and healing bodywork. From there she went on to study Visionary Craniosacral Work for nine years with Hugh Milne, founder of the Milne Institute. Nicole has also studied aerial pole for four years with accomplished yogi and choreographer Rie Katagiri, with whom she learned to move with a fluid balance of lightness and strength.
Nicole has channeled her experience and passion into myriad classes and workshops on both coasts and as far away as Hong Kong and Singapore, including her highly successful Power of Touch workshops and Juicy Yoga classes. She uses her teachings to create a powerful healing space through the art of sequencing, breathwork, self awareness, and self exploration to liberate the body and spirit. Nicole encourages every student to unlock the unlimited possibilities that yoga has to offer both on and off the mat.
Jessica has trained under Natasha Rizopoulos, Jill Abraham, Nikki Meyers, and S.N. Goenka in Yoga and meditation. She is devoted to helping others thrive, by walking in their true, uncompromised highest self. Jessica is inspired by her own continual transformation in uncovering the fundamental goodness, as well as witnessing the miracles of yoga received by her students. Jessica opened the doors of Evoke with the intention of creating a supportive, energetic community, with opportunities to grow and thrive through the ancient wisdom of yoga. Her love of cycle classes developed when she trained for her first marathon. Jessica believes that movement is medicine, and in her own experience, finds that a good sweat each day gives her the ability to take on what life gives with a sense of grace, grit, and gratitude. With her love of mindful movement, Jessica is also beginning to study the Hakomi Method, and continues to train under Natasha Rizolopoulos and Nicole Clark.
If the balance of the retreat fee is not received by the notified due date (six weeks prior to retreat commencement), a participant’s place may be offered to someone on the waiting list. The participants will forfeit the deposit paid.
shared room, twin bed, full bath
not shared room with full bath
queen bed, balcony, lounge, shower with hydro message, balcony with sea view
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*Opening Circle, Yoga Nidra