Juan teaches classes in different spaces and also teaches theater and movement with Andrea for boys with down syndrome. Together with his wife, Carla, they organize yogic trips for groups to different places in Argentina where the practice of yoga is combined with other recreational activities in natural space. He has been organizing activities for six years in Las Tierras de Avalon where different artistic and therapeutic approaches coexist.
I have had a wonderful time at Tierras de Avalon. I booked this retreat as a preparation before starting travelling in Argentina.
I felt very at home there, welcomed by Juan and Carla and their 4 daughters, in particular Jasmin, who is old enough (8) to engage and help me with my Spanish. The yoga was challenging for me (beginner) but it was high quality teaching. The food was simple and lovely, mostly from the garden. We took nearly all the meals together with Juan and Carla. The accommodation is basic and good. The whole atmosphere is relaxed with space to just be. It's 1 hour in collectivo to go to Buenos Aires but I had no wish to leave!The place is a little paradise, even the animals are friendly. If it was closer to home I would keep going back regularly!
Pernille, Jacob and Noah
We enjoyed a weeks retreat at Las Tierras de Avalon. We were here as a family of two adults and a 9 year old boy. Juan and Carla are super nice and made us feel a part of their wonderful family. We had several yoga classes, both Hatha, Ashtanga and more playful family-yoga classes. The quality of the yoga was very high and took individual skill levels into account, so that everybody was appropriately challenged. Classes all finished with relaxation, which was very nice.
The food served is vegetarian and super delicious! There is always coffee, tea and fruits available. The surroundings are very relaxing and there are places to just enjoy the weather. The room we lived in was quite special and build to fit into the surroundings and spirit of the place. There are many animals at Las Tierras de Avalon, a cat, dogs, horses, a sheep, a llama, ducks and chickens. They are all friendly and especially the dogs like to be petted.
This is the perfect place to spend any amount of time relaxing, reflecting and doing yoga. We highly recommend it.
Juan, Carla and his family are very welcoming into their home. There was a relaxed nature about the week, with a few fun activities to keep me busy, whilst enjoying the setting, the amazing array of animals they have, and of course playing with Juan's four gorgeous girls! The yoga was fantastic, at times challenging yet so rewarding, taking me into deep relaxation and connection with my body and mind. Las Tierras de Avalon would be a great place to take children as well, there is so much exploring to do around the garden! Also Juan is fantastic teacher, especially with children and sharing his yoga with them!
We stayed for one week at Las Tierras and felt very much welcomed by the whole family. Juan, Carla and the girls were very sweet and open-minded. The houses and the garden are just beautiful, with ducks, a pony, lamas, dogs, a cat ...like a little oasis. Juan is a very good yoga teacher and we love the great vegetarian food. The work was fun: helping in the garden, in the kitchen or just playing with the kids. Las Tierras de Avalon is not a remote "retreat" - there is always something going on with four kids and three dogs running around. For us it was even some kind of adventure - as it took us some courage to live with all the insects. True Hippies - go there.
Lotte, from The Netherlands
I had the best time at Las Tierras de Avalon. The combination of the warm family, the excellent yoga classes and the peaceful environment made it the perfect stay for me. Juan, Carla and the children made me feel part of the family from day one and I loved to hang out with them, talk about the country, yoga, etc and play with the children.The yoga classes are great, really relaxing but also challenging at the same time. Juan pays attention to every individual in the class, which is impressive with his popular classes with about 15 people. Also, the location and environment are so peaceful and relaxing. Literally all you see is green and animals.
The yoga retreat was fabulous! It was a real authentic experience. I really felt welcomed into the family and participated in feeding the animals, helping to care for the children, gardening, cooking, and of course, yoga! The yoga was adapted to my level and started slow and then Juan continually challenged me with new poses.
My experience here was amazing. Having been no stop at work for long time I decided to do something different but rewarding and Las Tierras de Avalon did both in many ways. Firstly I like to say that this is run by the most beautiful family, all loving to there guest to let them feel like one off the tribe. If needed, something's just asked nothing was too much was warm and lovely environment to be in.The yoga was great, being a beginner, Juan helped me at every stage and really pushed me my first class head stands and hand stands which was great the class's where full of different people at different levels just showed what Juan and Carla have built by sharing there home .Being a working retreat there always things to be done and taken care off from chopping wood to starting a fire,watering the fruit trees to feeding the animals.But for me and my experience, I enjoyed every minute from the helping around the house to playing with the children, to having singing sessions with Jasmine and Juan. I advise anyone wanting to take a few steps back from the hustle and tussles off life to visit Argentina and spend some time here, you will leave mentally refreshed.
I stayed at Las Tierras de Avalon between 12 and 18 January 2015 as the start of two months of travelling in Argentina. I planned my stay at the yoga retreat at the beginning of my trip so I could first take a good rest, relax, and to get used to the idea that I had two pretty unstructured holiday months ahead of me. We had a yoga class every day, with a lot of variation and sometimes we could also request for instance a more Dynamic yoga. I was a beginner but I was always able to participate. When relevant, Juan explained that there were three options for a specific position, depending on the level of everyone participating. For the first time in my life I did a handstand and a headstand, all in small steps and with good support from Juan. On Saturday we also had a clase de tela where we could try and practice some basics of acrobatics.During the week at Las Tierras I was also able to practice Spanish. Juan organized a Spanish class every day and we practiced in a playful way with recipes, yoga books and Spanish scrabble. Juans wife Carla organized an art class and aromatherapy during the week which was both educational and interesting. The meals I had at Las Tierras were among the best I had during my stay in Argentina. All fresh herbs and vegetables, most of them from the garden, healthy and tasteful. We often had dinner together with Juans family and that made me feel like I was at home. During my first days at Las Tierras it was difficult to let go of home and structure and it is great to have such loving and wonderful people around you that take care of you.
Iselin Shaw of Tordarroch Norway.
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I had a wonderful week with Juan, Carla and their four lovely children at Las Tierras de Avalon. I was warmly welcomed with open arms, immediately made to feel part of the family - all meals were shared together, I was invited to join several outings with Juan or Carla, I was helped with my Spanish by the eldest daughter and the family always made sure I was happy. The yoga practice took place once to twice a day and was challenging, varied and very productive. After a week I have developed both theoretical and practical skills. Juan is an attentive and creative teacher who offers lessons of high quality. I was even given a private belly dancing lesson by Carla which was fantastic. The house and surroundings are also truly tranquil and beautiful. I highly recommend anyone to stay with these lovely people to get to see a side of Argentina that no hotel or hostel can offer. Thank you for a great week!
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