in Alta Garrotxa , Spanish Pyrenees
‘When I run after what I think I want ,
my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety,
If I sit in my own place of patience,
what I need flows to me and without pain ,
From this I understand that what I want also wants me ,
is looking for me and attracting me
There is a great secret here for anyone who can grasp it ‘
A deepening into being , in deep nature
For your vital essence and renewal , through the gateway of your heart
Julie invites you on a retreat where body is allowed, a falling into deep rest, a deepening into posture for a deepening into being , rekindling natural vitality , inner strength and deep ease .
A yoga practice inspired by Vanda Scaravelli that cultivates presence, and an orientation to an awakening of the dance of the spine through playful exploration through the asanas, through breathe and simply arriving into meditation.
A beautiful time of year to rest , reconnect and be open to embrace a new phase .
An opportunity to sit and listen with your heart at whatever point you are in your life all within the community of the group.
A yoga and meditation practice suitable for all , with or without previous experience.
Les Gavatxes near the village of Belen in the pristine and tranquil nature of the deep pyrenees north of Olot. The estate (56 hectares) mostly consists of forest, meadows, and two rivers. All power is from renewable energy and water comes from a spring.
There is a traditional masia or farmhouse in the centre of the activities. The Cabaña, a large barn, has been converted into a meditation room on the ground floor, with two apartments above.
There is a small wooden cabin, a spacious two-room apartment on the side of the farmhouse, and further away, a four bedroom log cabin.
The rooms are simple, comfortable and lovingly built and furnished.
The house offers many outside spaces to hang out and rest. Hammocks, garden areas , terraces with stunning views. Or simply walk into the heart of the pristine peace of the pyrenees. In the woods there is a ruin of a castle from the 12th century.
Delicious vegetarian food prepared with fresh local ingredients and vegetables from the community garden.
What we will do
The yoga sessions will begin with a gentle invitation to open up the body and then gently explore and deepen into different postures, breath and deep rest meditation through the weekend.
Inviting you to embrace much more than just ‘doing’ the posture , nourishing an intuitive practice where we listen to the wisdom of the body : where we are kinder , more patient , more present to ourselves and the body responds by softening, opening and the postures open to us.
With this opening to our deepest nature and deep nurturing of yourself , for the awakening of the seeds of your deepest wishes and the flow of being in love with your life.
A tuning into an inner listening , holding the intention to listen to the seeds of awakening in movement. Allowing deepening into posture to emerge and unfold. Cultivating inner strength, clarity and vitality.
In meditation sessions you will be encouraged to lie down to meditate.
5- 6pm Tea , Welcome and practicalities
6.30 – 8pm Opening Circle and Yoga Practice
7.30- 8.15am Early Morning Meditation
9- 11am yoga practice
5.30 – 7.30pm Yoga Practice
7.30 – 8.15am Early Morning Meditation
9-11am Yoga Practice
2.30 – 4pm Closing Circle
With plenty of time in the day to enjoy free time , immersed in the inspiring natural surroundings , rest in the gardens, go for a walk through the forested autumn mountain landscape or to the nearby river.
I will offer short periods of silence to allow an arrival into deep rest and connection. In the surrounds of deep nature , silence is a gateway into deeper connection to presence. Participants often find that rather than shutting out the world the gift of silence offers a discovery of a sense of deeper ease and connection with others and life around.
All yoga and meditation classes will take place in the beautiful Sala a room with heating to be able to receive groups all year.
Biodynamic cranio- sacral therapy will be on offer for an extra cost.
Accommodation shared rooms for 2 – 3 people , will be in beautiful apartments or wooden house/ log cabin .
Food is vegetarian and prepared with mostly fresh local organic ingredients , some from the kitchen garden. Vegan diet and food intolerance included , please make sure to let us know on your registration form.
To arrive Les Gavatxes , 17867 Beget (Girona) Spain
By bus http://www.teisa-bus.com from Barcelona or Girona to Castellfollit de la Roca. From there you can be picked up .
By car /vehicle approx 2 hr 40 min drive from Barcelona .
By plane – nearest airport Girona or Barcelona El Prat.
Start Friday 23rd September 5pm – arrival time from 2pm arrive by 5pm.
Finish Sunday 25th September 4pm .
€295 for all teachings, accommodation , food & snacks
Early Bird €265 before 30th July 2022
Price does not include transport costs . Please get in touch for details of airport transfers from Barcelona or Girona airport .
This price is per person in shared accommodation of up to 3 people in a room. Private rooms are available for a supplement .