Nurturing Yoga Retreat for women Lanzarote 3 – 10 March 2018

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Gina is a great teacher, professional, very people orientated, loving and kind. It was my first retreat experience and I loved every minute of it. Gina’s compliments of my posture made me feel lifted and proud! A great sense of achievement.

 

Have you been to the Canary Islands yet? They are a group of volcanic islands set off the North African coast. Lanzarote is the most unique and exquisite of them all, with an energy that feels like it meets you from the centre of the earth. Lying 86 miles from the south coast of Morocco, the island has warm and sunny weather all year round. This beautiful video is such a heart warming, feel good glimpse of what Lanzarote has to offer.

Villa Amatista retreat centre, is  located in the heart of Lanzarote and the unspoilt countryside and vineyards of La Geria, a protected area and very privileged position that allows you to easily visit all the attractions that Lanzarote offers.  From here it takes only about 20 to 30 minutes by car to get everywhere!

It has large organic gardens with fruit trees, vegetables and Aloe Vera. Solar panels heat the water and water-recycling and composting take place, making this a very eco conscious, soft footprint of love on the island. The harmonious and peaceful atmosphere supports inner and outer transformation. You are in for a treat!

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Gina’s USP is all about nurture from the moment you arrive at the retreat to the moment you leave. Recently reviewed by the prestigious Queen of Retreats, Gina has been described as the non ‘woo woo’ girl next door and has a great Earth Mother vibe about her.

The details

Dates:   Saturday 3rd to Saturday 10th March 2018 (Retreat starts Sunday 4th March)

Group size:  You will be part of a small group (15 max).

Accommodation: Villa Amatista has various types of beautiful accommodation, ranging from studios to casas (houses) and there is a yurt, for double and single occupancy. Book early if you would like single occupancy. Some rooms do carry a single occupancy supplement.

Please visit the official web site for more detail of Villa Amatista.

Yoga space:  There is a dedicated indoor Yoga space for up to 20 mats which is light and airy and where we will enjoy our twice daily practise. It opens onto the pool area and has spectacular views of the Fire Mountains.

 

As always I have loved being in the zone with G. I learn, relax and always go home with a sense of calm, peace and joy and realigned to a more healthy state of mind. These retreats are not just about the body and practise, they touch the mind, body and soul in a gentle nurturing way which I simply adore.
Julia, N Ireland

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Daily Programme

  • Arrival Saturday after 3pm– welcome group hug and a ‘I have arrived’ drink and our 1st evening meal together

  • Sunday to Tuesday – twice daily Yoga (a blend of Hatha, Yin or Restorative) including meditation and essential Pranayama. Sessions are essentially 90 minutes long although we don’t keep strict time. We have a relaxed flow to our Yoga time!

  • Wednesday – Your day off to explore Lanzarote. A car is highly recommended. A light breakfast only will be provided. Trips will be advised at the welcome meeting if you would like to do something as a group.

  • Thursday & Friday – twice daily Yoga (Hatha, Yin or Restorative) including meditation and essential Pranayama.  Friday evening closing ceremony and farewell dinnner.

  • Farewell Saturday –  with breakfast included

Her knowledge of anatomy and physiology is impressive, and she is very good at describing exactly how best to get into an asana and making full use of props.
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The things that make it special 

Nurturing is the flavour of this week. As well as the energy of this beautifully peaceful location and the nourishing body loving food journey, Gina offers you the following:

  • Holistic massage

  • One to one Yoga time to be heard and listened to (30 minutes per person)

  • Evening Yoga Nidra sessions before bed

  • Sunrise gatherings

  • Lots of hugs and love everyday on your mat

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Our gorgeous chef

FB chefThe Love Soup founder Francesca Baldassari is pure delight inside and out. She is an internationally recognised chef who has been cooking and preparing the perfect compliment to Yoga at Villa Amatista, for many years.

She says: 

‘Practising Yoga and other kinds of disciplines and arts myself, I know how important it is to nourish the physical body and to keep the nervous system balanced. Balancing  the six major tastes, combining the properties of the ingredients, using gentle and mindful cooking techniques and offering beauty has  proven to me to be the way to satisfy both physical and neurological requirements.’

 

 

 

When you try Francesca’s food you realise that most of  the things that we eat are so fake! Your taste starts a journey in the past , you rediscover a sensorial authentic world. That’s why Francesca’s food is like pure light delivered from the heart.

 

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Cost & booking  

  • £947  (GBP) – per person sharing a double or twin room casa or studio or Yurt – Early Bird ends 31st October 2017 (full price £1,147)

  • £947  (GBP) –  per person for single occupancy casa or studio. NOTE: Single occupancy supplements apply to some rooms (ranging from £90 to £140) Book early to be able to choose without a supplement – Early Bird ends 31st October 2017 (full price £1,147)

  • £300 non-refundable deposit, required to secure your space

 

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What’s included

  • Simple, varied, spacious and very comfy accommodation all with bathrooms either ensuite or outside your main room and virtually all rooms don’t need to share bathrooms.

  • Meals/drinks:

    • A soul food journey of essentially vegetarian meals on most days. Pre-Yoga teas and snacks / Late brunch post Yoga / dinner. All lovingly prepared for you and served in a buffet style daily.

    • Welcome healthy drink on arrival and supper Saturday evening / Monday all meals / Tuesday all meals / Wednesday breakfast only / Thursday all meals / Friday all meals / Saturday breakast only

    • Purified water (tap water is NOT drinkable on the island)

    • Teas/coffee all day long

  • Yoga tuition and meditation and use of Yoga room at other times

  • Free Wifi in the common areas

  • Use of solar heated swimming pool

  • Weekly change of sheets. Towels in the middle of the week

  • Group session – TBA (but I am planning African drumming!)

Whats not included

  • Flights

  • Transfers – to and from the airport

  • Optional but recommended car hire

  • Lunch & dinner on Wednesday, your sightseeing day

  • Therapies

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Travel information

Trip Advisor is a very good source of information regarding travel/transfers from all major airports to Lanzarote.

Flights:

Please book early for best deals. Arrecife is the only airport on Lanzarote. It’s a very popular airport with many flights a day from many countries, all year round. Please shop around for the best deals, but you can try this Skyscanner.net to compare prices and airlines.

Transfers: 

A very easy 25 minute cab ride across Lanzarote’s unique volcanic landscape to the retreat venue. Please contact Gina if you would like to hook up with others guests to share costs.

Car hire:

For your freedom and convenience it is recommended you hire a car either for the week or for your day off on the Wednesday. You have 2 recommended companies:

  1. A​utoReisen​  – You can pick up a car at Arrecife airport (a basic car from 70 to 100 Euros per week) and deliver it back at the airport when you depart. After making the online reservation you’ll receive a confirmation and you pay once you get on the Island either with a credit or debit card.

  2. Autos Plus Car​s  – are reliable and economical. By making your booking with the reference AMATISTA, you will benefit from free airport pick up/drop off and a free second named driver.

Contact Gina if you would like to share car hire costs.

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Things to do

Our groups enjoy the absolute tranquillity of the retreat as well as the pleasure to discover such a diverse island. Having a car is the best and most comfortable way to enjoy the unique volcanic landscape.

We will talk more about places to visit when you arrive but here is a taste…..

  1. Magnificent Playa Famara and the fishing village. Famara is a popular yet wild surfing spot. The beach is immense, you can walk it for hours and be delighted by the amazing sunsets. The village has many surf schools and fish restaurants as well as a stunning view on the Soo Desert.

  2. The ancient capital of Teguise is very worth a visit for the picturesque atmosphere, the typical Sunday market, the ancient castle and the cosy bars where you can enjoy one of the specialities of Lanzarote: the volcanic white wine!

  3. Volcanic National Park of Timanfaya in the south of the island. Take a tour  around the awe inspiring volcanic landscape.

  4. Playa Blanca in the south is a great little town to explore as well as the wonderful beaches of Papagayo, Playa Mujeres, famous for the blue waters and white sands.

  5. There are many more natural and cultural attractions: Jameos del Agua , La Cuevas de los Verdes , Mirador del Rio, Haría, Los Hervideros, the Cesar Manrique’s architectures.

Lanzarote is a fulfilling destination that offers a great balance between entertainment, culture, nature, peace and inner renewal. We so look forward to welcoming you!

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