in Alta Garrotxa , Catalan 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, cradled in the summer mountain landscape.
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.
Silent guided walking meditation and group hiking supporting the nourishment of your inner landscape through deep connection to the land at Les Gavatxes, that stretches up into the forested mountain landscape and down to the river in the valley.
A beautiful time of year to rest in deep nature & open to embrace your connection to life.
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.
High quality ,delicious vegan food prepared by Retreat Chef and Retreat Chef trainer Hayley North . All 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 5 days.
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 morning meditation sessions you will be encouraged to lie down to meditate.
- 2 hiking and guided silent group walking meditations will be scheduled according to weather and the group during the 5 days
Thursday 6th July
Start time 4pm
4pm – 5.30pm Registration , Tea , Welcome and practicalities
6.30 – 8pm Opening Circle and Yoga Practice
Friday 7th & Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th
7.00- 8.00 am Early Morning Meditation Lying down
9- 11am yoga practice
11- 12 Free time
5.00 – 7.00pm Yoga Practice
7.30 pm Dinner
7.00 – 8.00am Early Morning Meditation
9-11.30am Yoga Practice & Closing Circle
13.00 – 14.00 Departures
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 Thursday 6th July – arrival time from 2pm arrive by 3.30pm to start at 4pm.
Finish Monday 10th July @ 1pm
€ for all teachings, accommodation , food & snacks
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.
Some private rooms are available for a supplement .