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8 Days Yoga Retreat in La Gomera, Spain

  • La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain

Spain Yoga Retreat in Canary Islands

Free Spirit Travel welcomes you in La Gomera, one of the least-known of the Canary Islands with a temperate climate and great tranquillity. This island is extremely popular with walkers because of the contrasting landscapes; the coastline dotted with villages, the mountainous core of misty rainforests, banana plantations, and terraces. Caroline, your yoga teacher, will make sure you get an all-encompassing experience during your yoga retreat.

Highlights

  • Daily 7 yoga classes
  • Morning pranayama and meditation sessions
  • Opportunities to chant and learn about healing mantra
  • Opportunities for yoga Nidra, healing mantra, and hands-on massage work
  • 3 daily superb organic vegetarian buffet meals
  • Black tea, coffee, herb tea, and drinking water
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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There is a range of accommodation available onsite. Staying within the tropical garden is amazing with the sounds of the birds and the frogs and your own garden area with table and chairs. Most standard rooms also overlook the garden and en-suite rooms and apartments face the ocean.

For those students staying in the garden or the standard rooms, there are four places to shower, one with one shower and one toilet, one with two showers and toilets and one with three showers and two toilets, and one private shower and toilet. Please ask Free Spirit Travel if you wish to be very close to a shower or toilet - most rooms are close, however, one summerhouse and also the A-frame are a little further away.

Garden rooms

A row of prettily decorated rooms along a shared shady veranda, with the use of shared showers and bathrooms at either end. Quiet and comfortable, each room is simply designed and most have washbasins. Four rooms have twin beds and one room has a double bed. Showers and toilets are close by the garden rooms.

En-suite rooms

A row of en-suite rooms is located at the heart of the finca facing the sea. Each has a small private balcony overlooking the tropical garden at rear, except for Room 6 which has a private sea-facing veranda. Each room is entered via patio doors from the communal sea view veranda.

The venue has two swimming pools, one smaller and sheltered for hiding away, and one full size for cooling swims in the heat of the day.

Power Yoga with Caroline Wickham (May 6-13, 2017)

During your retreat, you can be sure of experiencing a broad range of yoga styles that will enable you to develop, fulfill, and strengthen your own practice. Caroline will make sure you get an all-encompassing experience during your yoga retreat and will teach three classes per day.

Each day will commence with early morning meditation and pranayama with opportunities to chant and learn about healing mantra. If you don't already have a meditation practice, this is a great opportunity to start.

There will be a short break before the morning yoga session, which will consist of sun salutations and vinyasa flow to heat the body and then specific work on postures. Each yoga class taught by Caroline will follow a theme or have a specific intention so that our work on the mat relates back to yoga principles and into life off the mat.

The afternoon yoga session will complement the morning session so that we maintain a balance of Yin and Yang, dynamic and yielding, energising and healing. There will be plenty of opportunity for yoga nidra, healing mantra and hands-on massage work.

It is Caroline's intention to work with everyone's requirements in mind. Her style of teaching welcomes all levels from experienced teachers to complete beginners - all will be nurtured and at the same time challenged! That is the essence of Yoga!

Flowing yoga with Feldenkrais with Ken Eyerman (June 3-10, 2017)

Ken's workshop is suitable for all levels. The morning class will be Hatha Flow with a Feldenkrais influence, the afternoons are developmental and restorative, bringing in Ken's vast body of knowledge of the Feldenkrais Method.

The developmental movement technique, The Feldenkrais Method, has been Ken's lifelong study, especially in how it relates and is complementary to yoga, through the awareness of movement and being attentive to detail. For Ken, The Feldenkrais Method forms the bridge between hands-on healing, touch and the spontaneity of life as a dance. The Feldenkrais Method named after its originator, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, is an educational system that uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve posture and human functioning. One can increase the ease and range of motion, improve flexibility and rediscover the natural capacity for efficient movement.

Sample daily schedule

  • 07.00 - 08.00 Meditation for the early risers!
  • 08.00 - 09.45 Yoga with your designated teacher
  • 09.45 - 10.30 Breakfast (breakfast can be taken from 8 am)
  • 10.30 - 13.30 Free-time
  • 13.30 - 14.30 Lunch
  • 14.30 - 15.30 Free-time / excursions / massages
  • 15.30 - 17.00 Free-time / *Locally run classes / massages
  • 17.00 - 19.30 Yoga with your designated teacher
  • 20.00 - 21.00 Dinner
  • 21.00 - 22.30 Free-time/ evening activity programme
  • Caroline Wickham

    A qualified British Wheel of Yoga teacher at senior level, Caroline is based in Guernsey in the Channel Islands. She has received training from and studied under such world-leading tutors as Anne-Marie Newland, David Sye, Duncan Wong, Cameron Shayne (creator of the founder of Budokon, USA) and Ana Forrest. During a recent workshop in advanced teacher training, Ana Forrest said that she would gladly hire Caroline. Caroline regularly runs classes and workshops in Guernsey, as well as yoga retreats in the Channel Islands, UK, and abroad.

  • Ken Eyerman

    Ken Eyerman is an American based in London since 1980. He has 30 years experience with Yoga and Bodywork, and is a trained practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method. He will bring his wealth of learning to this weeks' unique blend of flowing yoga with gentle inner sensing Feldenkrais movement awareness lessons. Ken's intuitive and spontaneous, hands-on approach places an emphasis on using the breath, an awareness of your inner process and how to use your body efficiently. This combination of approaches will ease you into the postures.

This yoga holiday is located in La Gomera, an island in Spain’s Canary Island chain. The venue is magical as this venue has it all. It's secluded with its own organic farm, a huge choice of accommodation, and two swimming pools - step over the wall and you are on the beach!

The venue is completely hidden along the cliff-face, in a secluded bay, ten minutes walk from the village of Vuelta. It is located beside the ocean with a pebble beach. Behind the tropical garden, the land has been transformed by permaculture gardening techniques into a lush and highly productive small organic farm with its own natural spring.

Nearby places

  • Vuelta village - 10 minutes' walk

During your stay, you will enjoy three superb organic vegetarian buffet meals per day. An honesty bar operates from which you may purchase fruit drinks, beer, and wine. Black tea, coffee, herb tea made from fresh herbs, and drinking water are all provided free of charge 24 hours. Snacks are also put out between meals although with three vegetarian meals a day you may not need these!

On one day, usually Tuesday evening, you will eat out as the on-site restaurant is closed. This is not included in the cost of your holiday. On this evening, if you don't want to go into the village to a restaurant, you can raid the venue's fridge and cook yourself something in their kitchen.

Ten minutes walk away is the village. There, you can find lots of cafes and small shops plus an air of calmness and old-fashioned tourism. There are several long sandy beaches, a great cake shop, and a homemade ice cream parlor - try their 88% chocolate ice cream!

For the energetics, there are rainforest walks, dolphin boat rides, kayaking trips, and mountain biking. Book these individually in the village or ask the office to arrange a group booking.

A variety of early morning and afternoon meditation classes are held on-site in addition to your yoga program, you are welcome to attend these at no extra cost or just relax and spend your days basking in the sunshine on the lawns looking out to the balmy sea.

Therapies such as Ayurvedic massage and Reiki are available every day at an extra cost.

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All yoga classes
  • Full board meals
  • Pranayama and meditation sessions
  • Flights
  • Ferry
  • Meal on chef's night off
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at Tenerife-South Airport (TFS). It is recommended that you book a morning flight. From there, make your way to Los Cristianos ferry port, which is approximately 15 minutes from the airport, and then catch the ferry to San Sebastion. On arrival at San Sebastion, you can take a taxi or the bus to Valle Gran Rey. There will be a group transfer from the 14:00 ferry from there.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Free Spirit Travel an inquiry.

Verified BookMeditationRetreats.com reviews

  • Review by Anne Davison
    10 out of 10

    "This was my first yoga retreat and I really think I hit lucky! Mavros Molos is a superb location, the hotel is right on the beach with the yoga studio above the sun terrace overlooking the sea. The food was excellent and plentiful and staff (Maria in particular) were great. We had a fantastic yoga teacher in Mohan - as a beginner I found him very easy to follow and his practice was incredibly focused. Although the program said there would be a free day, he held classes twice every single day and there was also the option for yogic sleep in the evenings and a silent meditation walk into the mountains one morning to see the sun rise. Thoroughly enjoyed the week and would wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone."

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Testimonials

  • Review by Emma

    "What a special place Palm Tree is! Situated in such a gorgeous and peaceful location, I loved it from the minute I arrived and felt instantly at home. Nothing was too much trouble for Halin and his fantastic team and his local knowledge was very helpful for those of us new to the area. He is clearly very passionate about what he does and wants to ensure all his guests have an enjoyable time. He joined us for dinner a couple of times which was nice and again, just added to the sense of feeling welcome. The trips were well-organised and offered plenty of variety and the driver's were pleasant and drove safely. I was especially impressed with all the staff remembering our names and greeting us each day. They were a pleasure to talk to and were always helpful and polite. Special thanks to Binu and Suneel, our waiters. We had such a laugh with them and they were always on hand to assist with the biggest smiles. I am already missing the beautiful people, the food, the sunsets and of course the yoga shala where I spent many happy hours looking out across the palm tree-framed ocean. I will definitely be recommending Palm Tree to others. In fact, I am currently training to be a yoga teacher and hope one day to return with my own group! Please pass on my thanks and gratitude to Halin."

    December 2016. Free Spirit Travel, edited

  • Review by Simon

    "Following my 2 week holiday to South India with Beverley Fox back in November last year, I just wanted to leave a few words about my experience. This was my first time in India and I can confidently say, won't be my last. The venue itself was ideally suited for our needs. Amazing yoga studio with panoramic views. The beach, just a stones throw away, provided an omnipresent soothing soundtrack throughout the yoga sessions each day. Beverly was a fantastic teacher who's classes were always fun, varied and creative. I enjoyed the variety of Vinyasa, Kundalini and Yin Yoga (perfect for the evening classes). She brought a catalogue of yoga inspired music which always seemed to compliment the mood / energy levels perfectly. We had an intimate sized group which allowed for ample time to work on posture adjustments and realignment. The staff, managed by Halim,at the nearby Curry Leaf Restaurant were always on hand to ensure our time was an enjoyable one. Food was amazing. Music nights were always good fun, many of them impromptu! I could go on........excursions, massages, beautiful sunsets etc. I've been to a few Free-spirit holidays and this has to rank up there with the best. Many thanks!"

    December 2016. Free Spirit Travel, edited

  • Review by Joanne

    "I just wanted to give some feedback for the Yoga retreat I was on with Beverly Fox 29/11-12/12. I had a really wonderful time. The rooftop yoga with the sound of the sea was so therapeutic. Beverly is a fantastic, passionate teacher, she really helped me improve significantly. It opened my eyes to some different forms of yoga that I've never tried before. Halim and all the staff were incredibly helpful, rooms were clean, food was wonderful. I made some great friends and felt very welcomed by everyone. I hope to get the opportunity to go again very soon!"

    December 2016. Free Spirit Travel, edited

  • Review by Janet

    "Have just returned from a wonderful yoga holiday with Lisa. I loved India.. the beautiful people, the landscape, the food... But I particularly wanted to tell you how excellent Halin and his team were. We were treated so well. Halin runs a very smooth operation at Palm Tree but he also smoothed our paths considerably at Sumadra Beach and in Kovallum with transport, restaurant bookings. Good wishes"

    December 2016. Free Spirit Travel, edited

  • Review by Jo
    10 out of 10

    "Just got back from my yoga retreat holiday at Grenadine Lodge. It was fantastic! The hotel is amazing, the staff is great, food is delicious - faultless! Diane's yoga was fabulous, my boyfriend had never done yoga before but attended every class. The meditation was peaceful and beautiful, she even took us up a mountain on the last day for one - it was very spiritual. Diane also helped us arrange trips with the Freespirit representatives who were also amazing. We will come again next year."

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  • Review by Pamela
    10 out of 10

    "I went on a one-week yoga retreat in Turkey at Dalyan starting at the end of May where the yoga was taught by Shamita Ray. She was absolutely excellent. Her teaching was in my view, truly inspirational. She was gentle, kind, and enormously encouraging. The way she taught technique was excellent - clear and enabling. I learned to do things I had never thought I would be capable of, but more than that, I felt better in body and mind at the end of the week than I had for years. She created a spirit of support and harmony within the group which was remarkable."

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  • Review by Pamela
    10 out of 10

    "Dear Debbie, I just wanted to let you know that our stay at Grenadine Lodge was wonderful. It was a charming hotel with the most helpful staff I have ever met anywhere. The yoga was fabulous; Shanita was an excellent teacher. All in all, it was a wonderful holiday. Thank you so much."

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  • Review by Joanna from Brighton, UK
    9 out of 10

    "I had a wonderful time on the yoga retreat organised by Free Spirit Travel, staying in Faralya, Turkey, doing yoga with Louise Gillespie-Smith. The hotel has a beautiful yoga space overlooking the sea, you can watch the sun set as you do yoga in the evening! The hotel itself is very well-presented. The rooms and pool are lovely, there is a nice chill-out area, the food is delicious and nutritious and the staff are very friendly and helpful. The retreat itself was very well organised, transfers were easy and several optional trips and activities were made available to us. Louise is an excellent teacher who really made this a very special week for all involved. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this yoga retreat to anyone!"

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  • Review by Linda Hunt
    10 out of 10

    "I have recently returned from a wonderful week at Grenadine Lodge. I went there last year and had a great time but was a little apprehensive at returning in case my previous memories were too good to repeat. I was not disappointed - this holiday was even better. Grenadine Lodge is a great place to stay, so calm and tranquil and a wonderful place to practice yoga. "

    "The staff at the lodge really are like family and take great care of your every need. I am not vegetarian but thoroughly enjoyed the lovely fresh food presented at breakfast and dinner."

    "Many thanks to Bev, our yoga teacher, who pulled out all the stops to provide us with a variety of different yoga experiences. Every class was well prepared and tailored for each and every students level of competency, encouraging you to go that little bit deeper if you felt able to do so. "

    "The meditation, music, and readings certainly took the yoga to another level and really made you think deeply on a much more personal level. Bev is very professional, friendly and approachable and I look forward to going on future retreats on which she teaches."

    "Thank you Free Spirit for providing such a well-organised hassle free holiday. I'm looking forward to the next one!"

    Free Spirit Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Michelle
    10 out of 10

    "I'm sorry this is so late but I just wanted to say thank you for organizing the holiday I went on in October. I had such a lovely time, Bev was fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed the variation she brought to the classes, we had a great group which made for a fantastic holiday all round. I will definitely be back! Thanks again!"

    Free Spirit Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Jo (Levy)
    10 out of 10

    "Just back from the most wonderful week at Grenadine Lodge, Dalyan with Sue Lovell. She is the most wonderful teacher and it was a fabulous place to practice yoga - a lovely spot. Thank you for all the organization - faultless!"

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  • Review by Beverly
    10 out of 10

    "I spent a week at Grenadine Lodge with Rachel Graham from August 10 - 17. I wanted to let you know that it was a wonderful week with a mix of yoga, Pilates, and dance. The fusion of styles suited me very well."

    "I already participate in classes with Rachel at Brockwell Lido, so I am confident that she knows her stuff as a teacher. Spending the week with her, however, was a whole new experience. She was so considerate to all our differing needs and abilities and went beyond the norm to make our retreat memorable and fun. She is so generous in the amount of care and time she is willing to give."

    "Grenadine Lodge and Dalyan was beautiful. So all in all, I had a fantastic time."

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  • Review by Anne-Marie Braun
    10 out of 10

    "I want to thank you for the wonderful holiday I had in Dalyan in August. It was my first trip to Turkey and the holiday was excellent. I loved Grenadine Lodge. The staff were friendly and efficient, the food was delicious, the room had everything I wanted (including plenty of storage space and coat hangers, and a safe at no extra charge) and the gardens, yoga and dance spaces, and tree house were delightful."

    "Rachel Graham was a brilliant teacher. Not only she trained in yoga, Pilates, and dance but she is also very sensitive to the needs of individual participants and making classes fun for everyone, whether beginner or highly experienced. Likewise, she discreetly checked that each of us was having a good holiday and helped with sorting problems, but also she welded the group together when that was appropriate."

    "I took advantage of all the trips. Boat trips are not usually my thing but Flipper-K was exceptionally clean and well-fitted and the crew kind and welcoming, so I enjoyed the 12 island trip very much. All in all, I came home wishing that I could have the whole holiday all over again, preferably with the same group of people!"

    Free Spirit Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Penny Haskins
    10 out of 10

    "I have just returned from a week at Grenadine Lodge, a yoga and Pilates week. What a wonderful place. A totally relaxing feel to it, as soon as I walked in I had a great feeling about the place. It has a special ambiance."

    "Rachel, our teacher, makes the class such fun you dont feel its a class at all! Though she makes you work hard its in a very chilled out way. The studio has a great location with beautiful views, what a wonderful place to do yoga and Pilates in."

    "The food was so delicious, and though I'm not really vegetarian, I thoroughly enjoyed the choice, at breakfast and dinner. All in all a wondeful week, and I was sad to leave. I do hope Rachel will be teaching next year at Grenadine Lodge, as I hope to return."

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  • Review by David
    10 out of 10

    "We just wanted to say thank you so much for the lovely holiday we had at the Sultan Palas Hotel in Dalyan recently. It really is a special place; the rooms very clean and comfortable, the beautiful pool and gardens, the friendly, helpful and discreet staff and the fresh food including wonderful mezes. As friends of Lorna's we knew the yoga would be brilliant and it was so lovely do do it in such tranquil surroundings."

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  • Review by Debbie and Lynn
    10 out of 10

    "Hi Debbie, I just wanted to let you know that Grenadine Lodge was as pristine as ever, the food was excellent, and everything was very enjoyable. Plus, Anna Wolfenden is an exceptionally good teacher as well as being very nice and great fun. But you probably knew that already!"

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  • Review by Kristy
    10 out of 10

    "WOW, what a fabulous holiday we had. I am still on a high. I describe our retreat as one of the most beautiful experiences of my life so far, cocooned in a little retreat of love, positivity, and kindness. It was so lovely to meet you all! I tell everyone I meet about your fabulous yoga holidays, Jilly, and of course the legend that is Mr Sye! I have wonderful photos of you all on my phone and uploaded to Facebook. I am not sure how to email them though, I will find out!"

    "Just want to share this beautiful moment on returning from India I went to my mum's to give my nieces and step daughter their gifts, Ruby looks beautiful in her Sari! They wanted to know all about India and what we did, I told them about the circle of love, where you all hold hands and send the person on your right all the love in the world! Amazing! "

    "The energy was beautiful a little circle of innocent, eager little people wishing with all of their heart to send all of the love in the world to each other I don't think I have ever felt anything so powerful. I am going to use this within my work, it's such a simple yet beautiful thing to do! Thank you David! I hope this finds you all well and happy I send with it all my love. Namaste."

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  • Review by Alison
    10 out of 10

    "It was one of the most exciting places I have ever visited. It was a great balance between learning yoga and experiencing some of India. The location is superb. The beach is beautiful as well as being a real working beach. One of my favorite mornings was watching the fishermen bring in the nets, singing, and cooperating as a whole group together."

    "The staff was fantastic, right from the top down. Halen is a great manager. He was so quietly efficient, gentle, and kind. He organized the various trips we wanted as well as organizing us to go to see a temple celebration which was so different from any carnival I have ever seen. It was so full of color, music, elephants, and performers. It is something I will remember for life."

    "The food provided was superb, exactly what I wanted. They were so obliging that when we asked for Dosers for breakfast they provided several days of tasty new Indian breakfasts. The staff went well beyond the call of duty. I would recommend it highly to my friends."

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  • Review by Michele
    10 out of 10

    "So, I am back from Kovalam, and I loved it! I have been back for two weeks now, but it is still not easy to reconnect to London. I enjoyed my stay in Kovalam; nice location, great yoga, and fabulous food! Yes, you were right, it was a real feast every day! The people were really nice and it was a pleasure to spend time chatting around the big table at breakfast or dinner. The Curry Leaf staff was amazingly nice. Halin is a very good manager, friendly, and relaxed. I would like to book for the February 2016 retreat with Liz. I hope you are well. All the best."

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  • Review by Sue
    10 out of 10

    "Just wanted to stay thank you for a great holiday in Palm Tree with Liz Lark. I have been going to India on yoga holidays for the last nine years and this venue, their food, and staff were really excellent. The view from the yoga shala was stunning. Halin and his team were great, nothing was too much trouble."

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  • Review by Sasha
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks Jilly, yes I had a wonderful time. The yoga shala must have one of the best views of any yoga studio in the world, plus there's the sound of the ocean, the feel of the breeze, and the smell of incense - wonderful. It's a great location."

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  • Review by Lesley
    10 out of 10

    "We all had an amazing holiday in Kerala, so thank you for sorting out the apartment and all the arrangements. Sara, Art, and myself are still missing the yoga, sea, and energy we found in India on this visit, very special indeed!"

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  • Review by Brigitte Rooney (yoga teacher)
    10 out of 10

    "I just back from a fabulous time in Kerala. It was probably one of my best retreats so far, the group were really wonderful, everyone gelled so well and that inspired my teachings so much. We had the most amazing memorable time and left on such a magical high."

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  • Review by Jacqueline Wigglesworth (yoga teacher)
    10 out of 10

    "What a lovely time I've been having. I really love the location of Falcon Crest, it's amazing! So remote and peaceful, surrounded by pine forests and the sea with gorgeous views everywhere, and Hassan couldn't be kinder, smilier, or more helpful. The yoga space is great, the weather has been kind to us, and we've been on a couple of fun excursions. Everyone is happy. I already have a few people saying they'll be coming on my Turkey retreat with you next October which is great. All the best!"

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  • Review by Kelly
    10 out of 10

    "Hi, I've recently returned from a fantastic yoga retreat with Denisa Nenova in Turkey."

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  • Review by David Sye (yoga teacher)
    10 out of 10

    "Yes, I love the center, I love the staff, I love the position, I love how welcome we were all made to feel and would recommend it to anyone. It's a veritable Shangrila on the Indian Ocean! Pure bliss! Can't wait to return next year the place! Rocks!"

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  • Review by Maxine
    10 out of 10

    "Once again your workshop has delivered. I came in tied up in knots and feel much looser."

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