Nurturing Yoga holiday in Spain
Villa Amatista retreat centre, is located in the heart of Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands and the unspoilt countryside and vineyards of La Geria, a protected area and very privileged position that allows you to easily visit all the attractions that Lanzarote offers. From here it takes only about 20 to 30 minutes by car to get everywhere.
Type of Event
Arrival at the retreat starts from 3pm on Saturday 17th September with the retreat programme commencing on Sunday 18th. A welcome meeting on Sunday after Yoga will give you all the details to make your stay the best possible experience.
Our last Yoga session is on the Friday evening followed by a farewell dinner. Departure on Saturday morning.
Prices are for single or shared accommodation and there are a few room options in studios or casas. Please book early so you get the room of your choice. Some rooms do carry a single supplement and some don't. Please enquire asap.
Gina’s USP is all about nurture from the moment you arrive at the retreat to the moment you leave. Recently reviewed by the prestigious Queen of Retreats, Gina has been described as the non ‘woo woo’ girl next door and has a great Earth Mother vibe about her.
Dates: Saturday 17th to Saturday 24th September 2016 (Retreat starts Sunday 18th September)
Group size: You will be part of a small group (15 max).
Accommodation: Villa Amatista has various types of beautiful accommodation, ranging from studios to casas (houses) and there is a yurt, for double and single occupancy. Book early if you would like single occupancy. Some rooms do carry a single occupancy supplement.
Yoga space: There is a dedicated indoor Yoga space for up to 20 mats which is light and airy and where we will enjoy our twice daily practise. It opens onto the pool area and has spectacular views of the Fire Mountains.
Arrival Saturday after 3pm– welcome group hug and a ‘I have arrived’ drink and our 1st evening meal together
Sunday to Tuesday – twice daily Yoga (a blend of Hatha, Yin or Restorative) including meditation and essential Pranayama. Sessions are essentially 90 minutes long although we don’t keep strict time. We have a relaxed flow to our Yoga time!
Wednesday – Your day off to explore Lanzarote. A car is highly recommended. A light breakfast only will be provided.
Thursday & Friday – twice daily Yoga (Hatha, Yin or Restorative) including meditation and essential Pranayama. Friday evening closing ceremony and farewell dinnner.
Farewell Saturday – with breakfast included
THE THINGS THAT MAKE IT SPECIAL
Nurturing is the flavour of this week. As well as the energy of this beautifully peaceful location and the nourishing body loving food journey, Gina offers you the following:
One to one Yoga time to be heard and listened to
Evening Yoga Nidra sessions before bed
Lots of hugs and love everyday on your mat
The Love Soup founder Francesca Baldassari is pure delight inside and out. She is an internationally recognised chef who has been cooking and preparing the perfect compliment to Yoga at Villa Amatista, for many years. You are in for a food delight. She cooks vegetarian meals essentially in a buffet style environment.
Simple, varied, spacious and very comfy accommodation all with bathrooms either ensuite or outside your main room and virtually all rooms don’t need to share bathrooms.
A soul food journey of essentially vegetarian meals on most days. Pre-Yoga teas and snacks / Late brunch post Yoga / dinner. All lovingly prepared for you and served in a buffet style daily.
Welcome healthy drink on arrival and supper Saturday evening / Monday all meals / Tuesday all meals / Wednesday breakfast only / Thursday all meals / Friday all meals / Saturday breakast only
Purified water (tap water is NOT drinkable on the island)
Teas/coffee all day long
Yoga tuition and meditation and use of Yoga room at other times
Free Wifi in the common areas
Use of solar heated swimming pool
Weekly change of sheets. Towels in the middle of the week
WHATS NOT INCLUDED
Transfers – to and from the airport
Optional but recommended car hire
Lunch & dinner on Wednesday, your sightseeing day
Trip Advisor is a very good source of information regarding travel/transfers from all major airports to Lanzarote.
Please book early for best deals. Arrecife is the only airport on Lanzarote. It’s a very popular airport with many flights a day from many countries, all year round. Please shop around for the best deals, but you can try this FLIGHT SHOP to compare prices and airlines.
A very easy 25 minute cab ride across Lanzarote’s unique volcanic landscape to the retreat venue. Please contact Gina if you would like to hook up with others guests to share costs.
Car hire: For your freedom and convenience it is recommended you hire a car either for the week or for your day off on the Wednesday. You have 2 recommended companies:
AutoReisen – You can pick up a car at Arrecife airport (a basic car from 70 to 100 Euros per week) and deliver it back at the airport when you depart. After making the online reservation you’ll receive a confirmation and you pay once you get on the Island either with a credit or debit card.
Autos Plus Cars – are reliable and economical. By making your booking with the reference AMATISTA, you will benefit from free airport pick up/drop off and a free second named driver.
Contact Gina if you would like to share car hire costs.
THINGS TO DO
Our groups enjoy the absolute tranquillity of the retreat as well as the pleasure to discover such a diverse island. Having a car is the best and most comfortable way to enjoy the unique volcanic landscape.
We will talk more about places to visit when you arrive but here is a taste…..
Magnificent Playa Famara and the fishing village. Famara is a popular yet wild surfing spot. The beach is immense, you can walk it for hours and be delighted by the amazing sunsets. The village has many surf schools and fish restaurants as well as a stunning view on the Soo Desert.
The ancient capital of Teguise is very worth a visit for the picturesque atmosphere, the typical Sunday market, the ancient castle and the cosy bars where you can enjoy one of the specialities of Lanzarote: the volcanic white wine!
Volcanic National Park of Timanfaya in the south of the island. Take a tour around the awe inspiring volcanic landscape.
Playa Blanca in the south is a great little town to explore as well as the wonderful beaches of Papagayo, Playa Mujeres, famous for the blue waters and white sands.
There are many more natural and cultural attractions: Jameos del Agua , La Cuevas de los Verdes , Mirador del Rio, Haría, Los Hervideros, the Cesar Manrique’s architectures.
Lanzarote is a fulfilling destination that offers a great balance between entertainment, culture, nature, peace and inner renewal. We so look forward to welcoming you!