Finding Balance: An Insight Meditation and Movement Retreat in Granada, Spain

7/22/2019 3:00 PM - 7/28/2019 11:00 AM


Quiet your mind and open your heart in this secluded retreat with Christiane and Celeste, surrounded by nature in the Andalusian region of Southern Spain, located in the beautiful foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

In this retreat, we will nourish the body and mind and deepen our Insight practice together, exploring themes such as the balance of stillness and movement and activity and surrender, and how we might integrate this balance into daily life upon returning home.

The structure of an Insight meditation retreat includes time for sitting meditation, walking meditation, rest, mindful eating, and Dharma talks along with some instruction and guidance, and short individual practice discussion meetings to support you within the container of a silent retreat. This helps us to deepen our connection to our direct moment to moment experience, cultivate continuity of mindfulness, and awaken the heart and mind for greater ease, balance, and clarity in daily life.

In addition, Christiane and Celeste will be offering some gentle yin yoga and mindful movement practices accessible to all bodies and abilities.

We will tend to the heart and mind with compassionate mindfulness and strengthen our connection with ourselves and each other, with time for enjoying nature, deep rest, and practice in this amazing setting.

Read what others have shared about their experiences at residential retreats:

“There is nothing like this experience. I would like to call it 'coming home.' It is so nurturing and healing for the body, mind, and soul. It’s the best gift I’ve ever given myself. It has opened up a whole new way of living."

“My first residential meditation retreat experience through InsightLA was a gift to body, mind, and spirit. It provided with the time and space we all deserve to enjoy quiet from the busy chatter of our minds and to really connect with the “me” sitting beneath the noise in a compassionate, mindful and purposeful way."

“One might hesitate at the word silent and the routine of sitting, walking, sitting walking. These are what I came to love and regret leaving. Continuity of practice is the gift. It allows you to go deeper, and gives you more time to see a positive change in your practice.”

What is insightLA Silent Retreat?

  • 6 nights at Lucia Yoga Retreat Center of Granada located in Pinos Puente, Granada, Spain
  • Luxury, air conditioned rooms with ensuite bathroom
  • Daily Meditation sessions.
  • Dharma talks
  • Extra activities?
  • 3 Mindfull meals daily, locally sourced. Delicious Mediterranean meals per day. Vegetarian and Vegan options
(*) Daily Schedule*:

Arrival: Not before 1400 hours on Monday 22 July 2019 for Welcoming Ceremony
Departure: 1100 hours on Sunday 28 July 2019

  • 07:00-08:15 - Meditation
  • 08:45-10:15 - Silent Breakfast
  • 10:30-11:00 - Meditation
  • 11:00-13:30 - Free time
  • 13:30-17:00 - lunch followed by free time
  • 17:00-18:30 - Meditation
  • 19:00 - Dinner
  • *the schedule is flexible


The retreat is located at Pinos Puente, Granada, Spain. This is 20 min from Granada airport, 2h 30 min from Sevilla airport, or 1h 15 min from Malaga airport.

If you wish to have an airport transfer from Malaga we are happy to organize for you both pick up and drop off in time for your flight after the retreat. You can also get to the house via train or bus to Granada. Both, buses and trains, leave Malaga or Sevilla city regularly throughout the day and we can come pick you up from the bus/train station in Granada.

Celeste Young
Celeste Young. Senior Teacher

Celeste Young is a Mindfulness Meditation and Dharma teacher based in Los Angeles, California.

She has been practicing meditation for 16 years and was invited to join the very first teacher development cohort at InsightLA under the guidance of founder Trudy Goodman in 2011. Celeste has since taught thousands of students how to practice mindfulness over the years as a core teacher at InsightLA in in both the mindfulness and Buddha's path programs.

She develops and teaches mindfulness programs for companies and non-profit organizations, works with individuals privately in person and online, and leads workshops, daylongs, and residential retreats. Her background includes many years as a yoga practitioner, Peter Levine’s somatic experiencing training, Spirit Rock’s Advanced Practitioner Program and a decade of sitting silent meditation retreat each year, with a strong commitment to long retreats of 1-3 months.

In 2017 she was given teacher transmission in the Theravada Buddhist lineage by Trudy Goodman and Jack Kornfield. She loves sharing the practice of mindfulness with others and strongly believes in the power of mindful awareness to heal and re-connect us to our own inherent sense of ease and well-being.

To learn more, visit Celesteyoung.com

Christiane Wolf MD, Ph.D., Senior Teacher

Christiane loves teaching mindfulness with a good dose of humor, compassion and science. She first encountered Insight and Loving-Kindness meditation in 1988. Before moving to the Los Angeles in 2003 she worked as an Ob/Gyn at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.

Christiane is a certified MBSR teacher and co-founded InsightLA’s MBSR program with Trudy in 2005. She is also a supervisor and trainer for MBSR teachers at the CFM (Center For Mindfulness) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the “mothership” of MBSR. She teaches and trains people here in the US and also in Europe. Since it's start art in 2011, Christiane has been the Program Director of InsightLA’s VA CALM grant, a Patient Centered Care Initiative of the Greater Los Angeles Veteran’s Administration to train clinicians and staff in mindfulness and compassion.

In 2011, Trudy Goodman gave Beth Sternlieb and Christiane teacher transmission. She is also part of the current Spirit Rock/IMS Insight meditation teacher training under Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein et al.

Christiane lives in LA with her husband and their three kids.



Prices all inclusive aside from airfare, including accommodations, 3 delicious, healthy vegetarian meals served daily, and teachings, movement practices and instruction. Vegan, gluten-free and other dietary needs will be accommodated as well.

The retreat center can arrange a shuttle from Granada to the venue. Granada is a touristic city with many taxis and services that you could also arrange on your own. The 20-minute ride may cost between 30-35 Euros.

Towards the end of the retreat, there will be the opportunity to explore the region in a guided tour of local attractions. Summers in Granada can be quite warm, but the retreat center is air-conditioned and there is a pool on site.

Travel Tips from the Retreat Host in Spain:

There are lower cost direct flights from Los Angeles to Barcelona with Norwegian or Iberia airlines. Then take a flight from Barcelona to Granada via Vueling Airline. This combination can be found for under $500.

Space is extremely limited, please be sure to sign up soon if you plan on joining us.

InsightLA is a community of people dedicated to maintaining a safe and welcome, open and diverse environment that stands firmly against all racial, gender, economic, or religious bias.


3 or 4 Person Shared Room: $1,900.00
Double Room : $2,150.00
Single Room : $2,450.00
Deluxe Suite (Limited # Available): $2,600.00

Cancellation Fee Policy:

On or before May 14th: $150 cancelation fee
May 15th - May 30th: $300 cancelation fee
June 1st - June 14th: $500 cancelation fee
June 15th - June 30th: $800 cancellation fee
July 1st - July 22nd: No Refunds or Credit Given