Yoga and Meditation Retreat
-Back to the source-

November 4-11, 2022
In Hidden Paradise, Southern Spain

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Introduction

 

Do you feel the longing to dive deeper into your yoga and meditation practice and connect with your true nature? Then this retreat may be in resonance.

 

Every day we connect with another element and we recognize that the same beauty and qualities of nature, are reflected within ourselves! Yes, we all have the potential to live in harmony with nature, joy, and peace. It is ultimately not something that we have to create, it is simply reconnecting with That what we are eternal. 

 

What is this retreat about?

  • Deepen your yoga practice 

  • Learn from very experienced yoga teachers

  • Reconnect with the source (article available on blog)

  • Learn and practice more advanced pranayama (breathing techniques) 

  • Experience stillness, depth, and transformation through meditation and authentic Hatha yoga

  • Yoga philosophy 

  • Celebrate life through dance and opening up to bliss and beauty in an incredible retreat center

  • Experience divine love through Bhakti yoga

  • Connect deeply and authentically to the elements within and all around (earth, water, fire, air, space)

  • Satsang…being in truth together

 

About the retreat center: Hidden Paradise 

  • Enjoy

    • Being immersed in nature

    • Its natural beauty with ocean and mountain views, and breathtaking sunsets on a 4-hectare property​

    • Swimming pools and sauna

    • Incredible and healthy food, 3 meals/day

    • A loving and supportive community

    • Beautiful accommodation, gardens, and secluded spaces

    • An amazing temple/yoga hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More in detail

  • Deepen your yoga practice 

Everything in nature works through cycles. When we tune in to the natural cycles of the day and start our daily yoga practice with, or just before, the first light, we set the tone for living the entire day more in harmony, peace, and openness.

 

The emphasis during the yoga sessions is on breath, awareness and Self-exploration, and alignment of body, mind, and Spirit while being guided by experienced and passionate yoga teachers.


 

  • Learn and practice more advanced pranayama (breathing techniques) 

Pranayama is traditionally considered to be the most powerful practice of Hatha yoga. By slowing down the breath, and shining the light of awareness on it, the mind naturally becomes still, transparent, and ready for meditation. 

Further, we will learn and practice powerful methods of fire breathing, to awaken every cell of the body and fill our system with Life force. As an ancient text on Yoga says: ‘Prana is our best friend. Without it, nothing can be done.’ So, in order to be successful and fulfilled in whatever we want in life, let’s get the prana flowing through our system.


 

  • Experience stillness, depth, and transformation through meditation and authentic Hatha yoga

All branches of yoga, traditionally, are aimed at bringing Unity and Self-realization. Yoga cannot be separated from meditation. During this retreat, there will be several meditation sessions in which you will be guided back to the source within. Especially in this busy time of constant and rapid change, it is essential to reconnect to the anchor and unchanging background of our being. We will explore several meditation techniques and we happily assist you in finding the technique that suits you the best, as everyone is unique.   
 

  • Celebrate life through dance and opening up to bliss and beauty in an incredible retreat center

Are you ready to celebrate life and connect with each other and the Self?
Let’s light the flame in body, heart, and soul. 

Spirituality is not just hard work. In its essence, its flavor is one of bliss and joy. During this retreat, there will be several sessions in which we invite you to find freedom through movement, dance, and music. 

 

  • Experience divine love through Bhakti yoga

Bhakti yoga is the yoga of devotion and pure Love. Only when love flows, can we experience unity. In Bhakti yoga, this love is directed towards the source, in whatever way you may see it or name it. The source is not just outside, it is the very essence of our being. 

We will connect to the healing vibrations of singing mantras and come together in a circle to chant kirtan and devotional songs. For people that may wonder about it; yoga is not a religion☺

 

  • Connect deeply and authentically to the elements within and all around (earth, water, fire, air, space)

Every day will be dedicated to one element. We will experience its quality through the yoga sessions, and there will every day be time to find a spot in nature, in silence and solitude, in which you feel the resonance and connection with that specific element. During this time you are invited to meditate and write in your journal.

 

Another beautiful way to honor the mystery and energy of the elements is by making a mandala (sacred form/altar). We will bring together offerings from nature (wood, seeds, flowers, grass, stones,...) and weave them together with prayer or mindful action, into a vibrant and beautiful form.

Teachers

This retreat will be taught by experienced, and dedicated yoga/meditation teachers. For more information, click on the picture below.

 

I started my yoga practice in Belgium in 2008. Through continuous practice, I discovered the deep transformation and purification on all levels that it has brought and continues to bring.

My curiosity towards yoga started as a physical exercise around 2003.

However, everything shifted when I did my first 10-Day silent retreat in 2011. Since then yoga, in all its facets, is at the very core of my life and all else revolves around it.

Yoga and meditation have been my guiding light since I lost my mother at the age of 8 living in the spiritual ashram called  “Auroville” in India.

Now I teach a soft feminine Shakti Yoga style and I am running my own retreats since 2006.

Sky was brought up with yoga and mediation as a lifestyle at a very young age.

He always heard mantra singing around him as a baby and during rainbow gatherings and bhajan evenings and he started playing guitar when he was 12.

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To offer the best and most pleasant conditions for this retreat, we are blessed to be in Hidden Paradise, in Southern Spain.

Being surrounded by breathtaking mountain views, you may sit and catch the warm summer breeze caressing your face as you gaze out across the valley to a view of the mediterranean sea, and often, on a clear day, during sunset, the riff mountains of morocco may be visible.

The retreat center is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada and gets a minimum of 300 days of sunshine per year.

Besides the traditional teachings and classes, we can enjoy drinking water from the springs, swimming in the swimming pools, cleansing in the sauna, overlooking the incredible views over the mountains and sea, charging in the sunshine, and getting inspired by the beauty of the land and the artistic buildings. All this, while immersing yourself in a deepening of your yoga and meditation practice to awaken to your higher potential!

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Floris Adriaenssens

Sky Shanti

Tara Esther Kleij

Paulina Gostomski

You will bask in the abundance of sun & spring water enabling a luxuriously comfortable stay, with little effect on our glorious planet, as Hidden Paradise is a completely off-grid and low waste!

We LOVE our mother Earth!

There are shared & single occupancy bedrooms in various dwellings built using locally sourced materials.

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DAY 1  04/11

DAY 1

14.00-16.00: Arrival
17.00: Opening ceremony
18.30: Dinner
20.00 - 21.00: Yin Yoga

DAY 2-6 

7.00- 7.55: Mantra and meditation
8.00-9h45: Hatha Yoga (including pranayama)
10.00: Breakfast
12.00-13.15: a lecture on Yoga philosophy
13.30: Lunch and resting time
16-17: Elemental meditation and journaling in silence
17.00-18.15: Workshop 
18.30: Dinner

20.30-21.30: Evening activity (Yoga Nidra/meditation/Bhajans/sharing circle)

DAY 7  10/11

7.00- 7.55 mantra and meditation
8.00-9h45: Hatha Yoga (including pranayama)
10.00: Breakfast
12.00: Check-out

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Included

  • 3 delicious, vegan meals a day

  • Tea and fruit at any time

  • 6 nights of accommodation

  • 7 days of course

  • Transformational classes/retreat

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The Cuisine…

All meals are included and prepared with great care.

We serve healthy, delicious, nutritious, and well-balanced vegan meals (an option for eggs may be available)
using home-grown and where possible organic and always locally-sourced ingredients,
to prepare nutritious raw, vegan, and vegetarian dishes.

Let food be your medicine!

Our chef will show you how to give yourself what you are craving,
without giving in to unhealthy habits, for example, sharing delicious raw cake recipes and healthy raw chocolate and probiotic foods.

We are happy to accommodate the needs of guests with allergies to particular foods
and often prepare gluten and dairy-free meals – all served with love!

We can see this retreat as a wonderfully gentle way to cleanse the mind, body, and spirit, your body will be renewed in several ways.

Please write to us if you have any special needs.
so that our chefs can take care of them.

  • Dates: November 4 - 10 2022

  • Prices (all included):

    • Shared room: €888

    • Private room: €1080

    • Early birth discount: €795 shared room and €980 private room (until September 1st)

  • Booking process and cancelation policy: Pay a € 360 deposit now to secure your place. In the case that travel restrictions are re-imposed due to Covid or that the event must be canceled, your deposit is refundable. The rest is payable in cash on arrival.

  • Contact us if you have any further questions: amaratva.yogaschool@gmail.com

Practical information

Reservations and inquiries