Retreat June 2024 : The Radical Act of Stillness

June 2024 (dates to be confirmed 1st – 8th June)

Yoga , Qi Gong , Meditation in Menorca

Julie & Hayley invite you to 5 days & 4 nights on the sweet & wild island of Menorca.

Each day you will be guided in morning and evening in practices to discover inner ease, strength and vitality: for your landing into a space of radical rest and renewal.

Hiking and silent group walking meditations an intrinsic part of this immersion, strengthening the connection between the nature surrounding and your inner landscape.

You will be nourished throughout this retreat with incredible food , and a menu crafted to support the depth of your practice and enhance your retreat experience.

All held within the warmth and beauty of Pobla Corazon Retreat centre.

The practice

The morning Qi Gong classes with Hayley will set you up for the day. Sessions include movement, breath work, sound and meditation, to harmonise and balance the seasonal energies of the Five Elements.

This is followed by a morning yoga and deep rest practice. The yoga explores what Vanda Scaravelli called the ‘awakening of the spine’ ; a discovery of the relationship between the spine, the breath, gravity and the ‘wave’. A deep listening and honouring of body is encouraged , for a rekindling of your natural essence, for your reconnecting to a lightness and vitality of being , this potent summertime.

A practice for your discovery of the wisdom beneath, for an awakening of the dance of the spine for your strength and freedom movement .

There will also be a second class early evening. Weather permitting we will enjoy sunrise/ sunset classes outdoors in stunning locations.

Both morning and afternoon yoga practices are 2 hours each , giving plenty of time and space for enquiry and deepening into posture over the 5 days.


Integral to your immersion are 2 or 3 hiking routes that we shall take through forests to remote beaches. There will be silent guided walking routes on some days. The exact schedule being decided according to the weather.

The Schedule

Arrival Day

4.30pm Registration, Welcome & Orientation

5.30pm Opening Circle

7.30pm Dinner

Daily practice

7.00 – 8.00am Qi Gong

8.00 – 9.30am Light Breakfast

9.30 – 11.30am Yoga Practice

11.30 – 12.15 Rest & Free time

12.15 Lunch

1.15 Free time & Rest

4pm snack

5.30 – 7.30pm Evening Yoga Practice

*we will offer a sunrise morning practice on a beautiful quiet beach

*meditative hiking & deep nature connection excursion one afternoon

*plus two food energetics workshops

*optional hiking excursion together also included on one more afternoon

Final Day

7.00 – 8.00am Qi Gong

8.00 – 9.30am Light Breakfast

9.30 – 11.30am Yoga & Closing Circle

12.15 Lunch

2pm Departures & Close

The place

Pobla Corazon Retreat Centre

In Spanish Poblado means little village or settlement, while Corazon means heart.

Poblado Corazón, “our little heartfelt village” is located in the rural countryside, just 2km from the charming Ciutadella , on the peaceful and stunning island of Menorca. A last natural paradise best preserved in the mediterranean.

Be embraced by the rich ambience of bird songs, treated with fruits from the  orchard and spoiled with dramatic sunsets. 

The feeling of a village is created by the small houses which surround the main house. The swimming pool offers stunning sunset views.  The beautiful 70m circular yoga sala in the heart of the garden, is a temple of peace for practice.

At Pobla Corazon relax in the exquisite gardens where you will find many beautiful quiet places to sit and rest in contemplation in nature. Enjoy the incredible sunsets & be bathed under the stars at night. 

With beautiful indoor and outdoor areas to sit and eat together and own lounge kitchen just for retreat guests to enjoy. 

The Ethos at Pobla Corazon

A student once asked anthropologist Margaret Mead -¨What is the earliest sign of civilization?¨The student expected her to answer back a grinding stone or a clay pot. Margaret Mead thought for a moment and then she said -¨A healed femur¨

A femur is the longest bone in the body, linking hip to knee. In societies without the benefits of modern medicine, it takes about six weeks of rest for a fractured femur to heal. A healed femur shows that someone cared for the injured person , did their hunting and gathering , staying with them, , and offered physical protection and human companionship until the injury could mend. Mead explained where the law of the jungle -the survival of the fittest- rules, no femurs healed were found are found-. The first sign of civilisation is compassion, seen in a healed femur.¨

The Shala

The yoga shala is a beautiful circular space of 70 m2 located in the heart of the garden. It is equipped with yoga blocks, belts, blankets and bolsters. The circular space and the ambience from the garden immediately opens your senses and brings you to another state of being.

The food experience 

Hayley is a retreat chef with vast experience, spanning over 15 years and hundreds of retreats worldwide. 

This is no ordinary retreat food or ‘healthy’ eating. Hayley skilfully weaves her background as a Yoga, Qi Gong and Movement practitioner/teacher together into everything that is created in the kitchen. She approaches cooking as a spiritual and mindfulness practice that elevates the act of cooking to a sacred level of detail and attention.

Hayley is also a passionate student of Food Energetics and works with Five Element philosophy to bring a subtlety of balance and connection that nourishes mind, body and spirit, aligns with seasonal rhythms, and that celebrates the land, local environment and its producers.

In addition to cooking for retreats Hayley is also a pioneer of Retreat Chef Training courses with over 80 graduates completing the programme.

Hayley will be designing a special menu for our retreat, designed to support and enhance the practices on offer and that will showcase the very best of the Menorcan produce. During the week Hayley will also host talks and give an introduction into Food Energetics and cooking with the elements.

The accommodation 

Exquisite simplicity.    All the rooms at Pobla Corazon have been designed for your comfort.   

The Queen Room     Private single occupancy 

€1,150 (for 5 days)

Cozy and private room has its own bathroom , a 2 door build in closet and windows facing north. 

Shared room for 4 people

€755 per person (for 5 days)

The largest room in the house, accommodates 4 people in single beds.  It has its own direct access to a terrace. With two separate closets and its own private bathroom. 

Room 3  

€725 per person

This room accommodates 3 people.  3 single beds. With its own direct access to the garden.  With 3 built in closets.  The bathroom is shared with the two people sharing room 4. 

Room 4  

€755 per person (for 5 days)

This room for two people, with a double bed or two singles  faces south.  It has its own 2 door  built in closet.  With a shared bathroom shared with room 3.  

Your facilitators

jo kemp photography

Booking details 

To make your booking please book here or do contact us directly with your questions..

Your place will be confirmed upon receipt of your deposit.

Please make sure to read the booking form and check all booking & cancellation conditions before you submit your booking.

What’s included 

The price per person includes

  • All teachings – – hours yoga & meditation, – hrs Chi Kung & 2 x The Food elements food workshops, plus guided meditative walking & nature connection during the hiking excursions.
  • All meals, breakfast , lunch and dinner
  • Daily afternoon snack.
  • All scheduled hiking excursions, which include transport by mini bus to and from hiking start/finish points.
  • Airport transfers in a group on the arrival day & departure day. Please schedule flights to arrive before 2pm if at all possible.
  • Pick up from Ciutadella if you arrive by ferry .
  • The price does not other transport costs to and from the venue such as your flights or ferry costs.
Arrivals & Departures

Check in time tbc and check out tbc

Retreat Start & finish timings

The retreat begins at with arrivals & registration. Please make sure to be present by – when the activities begin.

The retreat ends at tbc

It is possible to arrive a day earlier or leave a day later if you wish to extend your stay. Please just get in touch or let us know when you are making your booking.

How to book –

Please go here to make your booking. Once we have received your form we will send you details of how to make your deposit to secure your spot.

How to get there 

By boat/ferry from Barcelona – from where you can be picked up by Pobla Corazon ( see above for details)

By plane to Mahon Airport , Menorca – airport transfers are included in the price for those arriving on the arrival and departure dates, for the start and finish of the retreat. If you choose to arrive earlier than the retreat day or on another day after the retreat finish please note you will need to make your own arrangements and pay for your airport transfer.

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