Lucia Yoga Retreat with
Halina Rozensztrauch

23-28 APRIL 2019

Nature, comfort and Yoga in Southern Spain, Andalucia

Give yourself the gift of wellbeing in our nature and hiking yoga retreat where the Parque Natural Sierra de Grazalema rises from quiet rural byways like an apparition, the natural world takes over. Great buttresses of rock silhouetted against the clouds soar above a forested landscape tinged with green even when the rest of Andalucía turns yellow under a baking summer sun. A Unesco Biosphere reserve since 1977, according to BBC Travel, the best place to hike in Andalucia.

Two whitewashed villages serve as gateways to our yoga retreat center. Zahara de la Sierra is one of Andalucía's most striking villages, sashaying up a craggy, castletopped peak in the park's northern reaches. And El Gastor,also known as the Balcony of the Andalusian White Villages, its narrow passes connecting the villages lead over high mountain passes, drawing near to some of Spain's prettiest mountain scenery.

Enjoy beautiful accommodation surrounded by nature. Cool off after a hike in the mountains at our five outdoor pools with views of the sierra. Fresh vegetarian meals will be cooked for you daily. You can savour local organic produce in delicious Mediterranean dishes. You will practice a variety of Yoga styles with different instructors immersed in the peace of nature.

If you´re looking for a mountain and yoga vacation, this is the place for you!

Veggie Organic Meals

Different Yoga Teachers

Four Yoga Classes per Day

Pick Up and Activities Included


HIGHLIGHTS
  • 5 Nights at the beautiful Nature Reserve venue
  • 4 Yoga classes per day: 2 Energizing and 2 gentle/yin yoga. For all levels and ages
  • 2 Yoga Workshop
  • 3 Delicious healthy meals daily
  • Pick Up from Ronda Train Station to the Venue
  • Hiking tour to the big Dolmen and/or the White Village balcony
  • Five Swimming pools and a Dolmen in the venue
  • Visit Andalusian White Villages
  • Yoga Retreat Center in the middle of a Nature Reserve



PROGRAM
Arrival Day. Sunday: Pick up 15:30 Ronda Train station.
Friday: Departure day at 12:00

  • 7:30- 9:00 Energizing Yoga class.
  • 9:00- 09:30 Meditation.
  • 09:30-10:30 Gentle Yoga Class
  • 10:00-11:00 Breakfast.
  • 11:30-13:30 Free time, hiking tour or Workshop.
  • 14:00-15:00 Lunch or Hiking Picnic.
  • 15:00-18:00 Free time.
  • 18:00-19:15 Energizing yoga Class or Workshop.
  • 19:15- 20:15 Gentle or Restorative yoga class.
  • 20:30 Dinner.
(*)The schedule is flexible. It will adapt to the needs of each group or other reasons.

LOCATION

The retreat is located at 11687 El Gastor, Cádiz, Spain. This is 1h 20 mins from Jerez airport, 1h 30 mins from Sevilla airport, or 1h 30 mins from Malaga airport.

If you wish to have an airport transfer from Malaga we are happy to organise 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 Ronda. 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 Ronda.

GUEST YOGA INSTRUCTOR
HALINA ROZENSZTRAUCH

Why do I practice Yoga, Focusing and why and how do I share it...

My yoga journey began in 2002 and teaching in 2007. It gently crept into my life opening not just my body but a new way of living in, through and from the body. To some degree felt like a homecoming. Wherever I could open my mat I felt home. As if something was waiting on the inside to be recognised, engaged and moved without words, but through simple presence, breath, movement and touch.

A bit like in Nayyirah Waheed words: "And I said to my body softly: ‘I want to be your friend...’ It took a long breath and replied: ‘I have been waiting my whole life for this' ..."

So, after a few years of practice when my beloved teacher Agnieszka Oleksyn asked me to teach in her yoga school, I had a big yes for it, and yoga emerged into the foreground of my daily life. I began with Iyengar Yoga and the value of alignment and clarity but as the teaching began revealing to me our individual uniqueness, rather than doing something to the body, I began inviting myself and others to move from it, engage with it, sense inwardly into it, receive it and be received by it, and that brought more meditative and inward oriented practice of Yin Yoga.

Since then I dived into many yoga training courses and workshops connecting threads across different traditions (Hatha, Iyengar, Scaravelli, Sivananda, Yin yoga, Restorative yoga, Ayurvedic perspective on yoga) and different perspectives on embodied practices (anatomical/fascial, psychosomatic approaches). Also the beautiful art of skillful touch through the practice of Thai Yoga massage. So rather than attaching myself to one particular perspective, style or tradition, I began allowing them to inspire the practice in the belief that all philosophies are useful, all philosophies are incomplete, do not be attached to them.

I was blessed to be able to learn from teachers like Richard Miller, Donna Farhi, Judith Hanson Lasater, David Frawley Alan Finger, Paul Grilley and Angela Farmer who have been influencing my practice and teaching.

In 2008, I opened the YogaTree school here in Rickmansworth, (now also Chesham and Watford) offering weekly classes, workshops, and yoga retreats. And that is being now surrounded by a network of beautiful people joining us here, which I am deeply grateful for.

As for Focusing practice, it emerged from the meeting between yoga and my background as a Psychologist. I realized that through the field of my body, I am in touch with the information that cannot be entered through intellect alone. I wanted to engage with it, to make that felt knowing more palpable, translatable and relevant. Focusing made it possible and pointed to how to let the unclear bodily felt sense "open" into a whole field of intricate detail from which new steps of thought and action emerge.

My sense is that lots of practitioners gravitate to the yoga practice as a way of retreating from the grip of their everyday life, to open up to a more alive and grounded place beyond the grips of their minds, life circumstances, and life stories. Yoga and Focusing offer space for the body to be itself, uncramped and as Gendlin says:

" If you want the bigger system to work with you, we have to leave it some room". In that way, the body becomes a source of knowing " Once you come into this literal body here then you find a space that is much bigger than your literal body. It's quite clear that's it is note exactly your literal body, but that is where the entrance is".

So both Yoga and Focusing become a door into my sense of innate embodied knowing, a bridge between inner and outer, subtle and gross that inspires, orients and informs my personal journey and teaching. So my personal focusing journey continues to unfold and I share it with others, supporting their inquiry in individual sessions and teaching the skill of Focusing during the BFA certified Focusing skills course.

"Your body is not a machine, rather a wonderfully intricate interaction with everything around you, which is why it "knows" so much just in being" G. Gendlin

PRICES AND PROMOTIONS

VERY EARLY BIRD:
BOOKING 5 MONTHS IN ADVANCE: 745 EUR (SAVE 150 EUR)

EARLY BIRD:
BOOKING 2 MONTHS IN ADVANCE: 795 EUR (SAVE 100 EUR)

LAST MINUTE BOOKING: 895 EUR

FRIEND PROMO (-50 EUR):
FOR EACH FRIEND YOU BOOK AT THE SAME TIME

SINGLE OCCUPANCY IN DOUBLE BED: +165 EUR

DATES:
21-26 APRIL 2019

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