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7 Days Meditation and Inspiring Yoga Retreat in Spain

  • L'Estartit, Costa Brava, Catalonia, Spain

Yoga and Meditation Holiday in Spain

Join us for a relaxing and inspiring week of yoga, mindfulness, and community by the Mediterranean Sea. We will practice morning yoga & meditation and enjoy a second practice in the late afternoon. You will have plenty of time to relax, swim, explore the surroundings, or take a Spanish siesta by the beach. Whether you have never stepped on a yoga mat or you are an enlightened yogi, we will welcome you wholeheartedly! This year our yoga holiday will have a special focus on the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda and its relationship to yoga.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Sharing/opening circle
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Special focus on ayurveda & its balancing powers
  • Daily scrumptious breakfast
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Thai massage
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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Our yoga holiday takes place in a beautiful family home, overlooking the small town of L'Estartit, in Catalonia, Spain.

The house is at walking distance to the beach, has sea views from its many balconies and a swimming pool overlooking the valley.

The house has 7 bedrooms, some with double beds and some with twin beds. There is a spacious living room and kitchen where we can prepare our meals together and plenty of space to socialise or be by yourself.

Our yoga holiday home overlooks the national park of El Montgri, covering a land area of 6,155.20 hectares and a marine protected area of 2,036.99 hectares. You can go for day hikes in the forest, starting right from our door step.

  • Laurence Gilliot

    Laurence is a natural teacher and facilitator. With a dedicated practice to yoga with a wide variety of styles and gifted teachers, Laurence sees yoga as a journey home, reconnecting you to the deepest parts of yourself, with your breath, humour, and self-love as travel companions. Her classes embrace a variety of traditions: Anusara, Vinyasa, Restorative yoga, Ayurveda, and yoga Philosophy. Her alignment cues and intelligent sequencing help her students to safely deepen their practice.

  • Kimberly Grace

    At a very young age Kimberly was introduced to the power of community, growing up with an extended family network on a farm in Southwestern, Ontario, Canada. From those early years rooted in supportive self-discovery, Kimberly explored and discovered her creative nature and need for expression through the arts of movement, painting and overall connection with others. Discovering yoga provided an entirely new language and form of expression that Kimberly weaved into her daily life with her students and colleagues.

L'Estartit is a small town on the north-eastern coast of Spain. The town is situated between the foothills of the Montgrí Massif and the Mediterranean Sea, and is part of Girona province, Catalonia.

L'Estartit has it all: fine sand beaches that stretch out over more than 5km, peaceful coves accessible by foot or by boat and spectacular cliffs along the coast line.

Whether you like diving, swimming, hiking, biking, sailing or kayaking, all of these activities are possible in l'Estartit.

Services
  • Our days will begin with morning yoga & meditation followed by plenty of time to relax, swim, receive a massage, explore the surroundings or take a Spanish siesta by the beach! Late afternoons will be greeted with another yoga experience geared to move us into the evening. Whether you have never stepped on a yoga mat or you are an experienced yogi, we welcome you wholeheartedly!
  • We will explore a modern application of the ancient art of Ayurveda. Our yoga classes will help you find more balance and harmony on all levels and layers of your being. We will give two introductory sessions to Ayurveda and one Ayurvedic cooking class.

Following our morning yoga practice, we will prepare and enjoy delicious healthy breakfasts together.

Since we all might do different activities during day, lunch is open and up to you. You can either cook in the house, have picnic on the beach, or check out one of the near-by eateries.

In the evening, we have the option of visiting a local restaurant to enjoy authentic Spanish cuisine and/or take turns preparing meals for the group in small teams. We allow the evening meals to unfold as the group comes together, deciding as a group when to cook, what to eat and when to eat out. We'll practice mindfulness whilst cooking, clearing the table and washing dishes.

Breakfast is included in the investment price, lunch and dinner are at your own cost.

Swimming in the pool or the ocean

Hiking in the nature reserve

Shopping in l'Estartit

Sightseeing - ancient tradition villages, Dali museum, Dali house

Thai Massage by Sylvain Broucke

Sylvain's journey with healing modalities began in 2006 in New Caledonia. As an engineer, he felt unfulfilled in his working life with a push to explore new fields of possibility. After first discovering the energetic world through Reiki and Qigong, Sylvain was inspired to travel to Thailand where he would be introduced to his new life path, the Art of Thai Massage.

Sylvain has studied several styles of Thai Massage, from the strongest to the most subtle approaches with great masters in Thailand. His practice was significantly enriched in 2012 when he learned and incorporated OsteoThai, the integration of osteopathic principals to the art of Thai Massage. Sylvain continues to study and expand his extensive collection of techniques. He currently teaches Thai Massage in France, assists his teacher David Lutt in Dynamic Thai Massage and Osteothai courses, and is presently a student in an advanced practitioner training called The Shen Master Training in Beligum.

Sylvain's treatments take place with the recipient laying on a mat on the floor wearing comfortable clothing. The sacred dance begins as Sylvain uses dynamic techniques of rocking and oscillations to send waves of relaxation throughout your body while improving circulation and mobility in the joints. Sylvain utilizes specific stretches and acupressure suitable to your needs to invite tense muscles to release and let go. Osteopathic techniques assist him to get in touch with potential trauma present in the different layers of body, mind and spirit to free blocked energy. If needed, he will also use a subtle energetic balancing approach to support you to feel aligned mentally and emotionally.

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • One ayurvedic cooking class
  • Two ayurveda sessions
  • Two daily yoga practices
  • Lunch and Dinner (apart from one Ayurvedic cooking class)

Testimonials

  • Review by Claudia Sosa from Venezuela
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for an incredible five weeks! I have felt nurtured, inspired and incredibly supported by each of the instructors. They have facilitated a community among the students that will live beyond this training."

    "This time has been an amazing opportunity to dig deep, surprise myself both by my fragility and my strength, and fall in love with teaching. I hope to bring a little bit of joy in my students lives, to pass along some of the love I've been given during this wonderful experience."

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  • Review by Stephanie Pasztor from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "I choose this yoga Teacher Training as I was going through a transformation in my life. I needed guidance and the space to dive deep in myself to reconnect and make the first step towards my new self."

    "It was deep, it was fun and it completely turned me inside out. The five weeks were great to bring many things to light."

    "​As I as looking for a serious training, the mixtures of teachers gave a great, solid base for this. "

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  • Review by Ginger Dean from United States
    10 out of 10

    "When I came to this training, my ultimate goal was to improve my practice. What I did not realize was how much I could grow and learn about myself and the world around. "

    "​Laurence, Gernot, Rose and Lek are such beautiful, radiant people. From then, I have realized this training is only the beginning. When I needed to talk, they gave me space. When I had questions they were answered. I am eternally grateful for this perspective and I look forward to share this gift given to me - I will now go forth and become the teacher I once needed. Thank you."

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  • Review by Ramona van Veghel from Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "I very much enjoyed this Pranaya Yoga Teacher Training. These past 5 weeks I have learned so much. Not only about how to be a skilful teacher, but also on a personal level there have been shifts and transformations which will contribute to the quality of my teaching."

    "In this training I have discovered what is important to me, what it is that I have to offer and what I'd like to convey to my future students. "

    "I've received many tools, ideas, inspiration and the right knowledge to start this new adventure with enthusiasm, joy and good spirit!"

    "Thanks so much for keeping the space for all of us and for sharing your knowledge!"

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  • Review by Katie Thomas from United States
    10 out of 10

    "The teachers created the most wonderful, open, safe and nurturing environment for all of us to grow and learn in. They all have such a genuine passion for yoga and it was so clear that this training was created so that they could share this love with others. They truly cared about each one of us. I am so grateful to be a part of this community and for all of the friendships I've gained, lessons I have learned and love that I've felt."

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  • Review by Madonna Williams from Australia

    "I absolutely loved your class and I've done many classes with many masters around the world. You teach from your heart center with so much knowledge and deep awareness to asanas."

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  • Review by Valerie-Anne from Belgium

    "There are people on earth which make you feel good, make you deeply grow, help you to find your path, your inner self. All that in a very open minded environment! Laurence is definitely one of those!"

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  • Review by Mel Campbell from United Kingdom

    "Your class was incredible Laurence. I am so happy I was able to share your practice."

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  • Review by Djordi from Belgium

    "I'm most inspired by your person and your presence as our beloved teacher."

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