Are you researching your yoga retreat for this year? Maybe it’s your first retreat and you’re not sure what to expect?
In 2021 we ran two of our ‘Palms Exclusive Retreats’ with resident yoga teachers Jane & Sue. Here’s a summary of those fabulous weeks!
Our yogi guests were from the UK, Ireland, France, Belguim and Germany and had different levels of yoga experience from complete beginner to a seasoned yogi. Everyone gelled really well and enjoyed meeting and sharing experiences from different countries and backgrounds. There was a lot of fun and laughter especially around the table at meal times!
Oh so important on a yoga retreat! We are passionate about vegetarian and vegan food and enjoy giving you the experience of creative, healthy and interesting meals. Our chef Niels prepared the meals with fresh locally sourced produce (we’re lucky in southern Spain the veg produce is amazing). Here’s an example of a daily menu:
Dinner - 3 courses
What Yoga did we practise?
Jane & Sue planned a full schedule of classes for the week, but of course everything was optional so you could decide how much you wanted to practise.
The plan was to give a variety of styles so everyone on the retreat practised what they were familiar with but also tried some new practises as well.
They were flexible with the schedule to suit that particular group and make changes where needed along the way so that everyone had the most incredible yoga experience.
We loved our practise on the outdoor yoga shala with nature and listening to the birds, although early and late season we did practise in the indoor studio for the morning classes.
A typical day looked like this:
Jane and Sue offered short workshops to breakdown technique or fine tune some postures, e.g. preparation for handstands, how to work towards Hanumanasana (the splits) or tweak your downward facing dogs!
What the guests did with their free time
A lot of the guests chose to spend their free time relaxing by the pool soaking up the sun or chilling out in the hammocks. We booked our talented therapists in for certain days so some people opted for a massage, reiki, reflexology or a facial.
For the more adventurous David guided a exhilarating waterfall hike or mountain hike over to the beach resort of Benalmadena, for others they spent an afternoon exploring Malaga, or one of the local towns or villages.
Another favourite amongst a few was to stroll to our local village restaurant and refresh with a cold beer!
Enjoy our gardens!
We are very proud of our lush, well maintained gardens! Our guests often commented that the gardens really made the retreat special, they would often walk around looking at the various fruit trees, palms, plants and water features with the backdrop of the mountains
Guest comments from previous retreats:
See you in 2022! – Kevin