Freedom to Flow Retreat
Transformational Retreat in Southern Spain
Gaucín, Andalucia | 15-21 March 2020
If you’re a woman facing a new chapter in your life or searching for a new way of living and desperately need some time to slow down, tune in and learn how to ditch the struggle so that you can have the energy and confidence to confront your challenges with ease so that life no longer seems like an uphill struggle, then join me on this transformational retreat where you will have the time and space to explore new forms of freedom and flow.
The fresh breeze on your face as you sail over the waters where two worlds meet among hundreds of playful dolphins while you connect with the allure of their joyful energy as you find inspiration to live your own life with more freedom, greater balance and deep inner calm.
In our private villa, with limitless views of the straits of Gibraltar, nestled in the foothills of one of the most picturesque white villages in Southern Spain, you’ll be reminded of this sailing experience that will hold presence during your journey of flow as you begin to explore what’s holding you back from manifesting your true heart’s desire.
Witnessing your fears simply give way to a blossoming of courage and confidence enough for you to try something wholesomely outrageous and demonstrate to your mind and body that you are capable of anything… make that choice to move from freakin’ out to freakin’ awesome!
Have you realised that something in your life needs to change yet you don’t have the clarity or confidence to make it happen?
Wouldn’t it just be amazing to trade feeling stuck for smooth sailing, leaving all your struggles behind you? By the end of this retreat, you will have overcome your limiting beliefs about what you thought you were capable of, and have a renewed sense of confidence to become an author of your own life with the ability to realise your hopes and dreams.
Are you always looking outside yourself for solutions?
Imagine exploring this in a warm and supportive environment where you’ll begin to see life’s challenges from a very different perspective. Through CORE coaching method you’ll not only discover the solutions are within you, but you’ll also align yourself to your deepest desires and begin to see them unfold effortlessly in every area of your life.
How about investing in yourself for a change?
Say YES to yourself and know that it’s not selfish to put yourself first! On our journey together you’ll bid farewell to the guilt that’s keeping you stuck in the same pattern and start to believe that it’s an act of honouring yourself, your health and your precious life. Ultimately everyone in your life will benefit. Just wait and see!
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”
“The place was magical with beautiful surroundings and sensational views. There was a wonderful flow of energy, healing and I completely disconnected. I have never eaten so well in my life. All the delicious organic food lovingly prepared by Anne Marie and Benjamin was so colourful and tasty… food for the soul. This retreat was so much more than I ever expected. I just didn’t want to leave. It will always have a special place in my heart.”
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO LEARN
FLOW STATE: being in the zone, present moment living, mindfulness… all names to describe being fully present and flowing with the moment. Through the practice of Ai Chi, your whole being becomes more fluid and through this, you’ll learn to flow better in life. There is no better medium to play with flow than in water.
“Water is life’s matter and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water”
Albert Szent-Györgyi, MD (discoverer of Vit C)
LOVE: still remains the desire of humans worldwide. By remembering to bring passion and love to everything you do, through daily loving rituals you will be inspired to bring it into your daily life. Remove fear from your life to bring love back.
“Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life”
FOCUS: focused attention keeps us in the present moment. Whether in stillness or in movement, you will learn to quiet the mind and find a clarity that will bring a tremendous feeling of confidence and personal power. Either during practising flamenco handclapping or flowing movements of Ai Chi, even in silence… you will find your focus.
“Focus and simplicity is one of my mantras. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it, because once you get there, you can move mountains”
TIME: making time for what ‘s important makes you happy and feel alive. So if not now, when? Your life counts, just like the time on a clock. I invite you to live this one and only precious life you have audaciously, with “gusto” as the Spaniards say. Invest your time and energy in what inspires you the most and find support where you will grow into your strongest, happiest and most joyful self!
“Life, if well lived, is long enough”
EXPERIENCE: all experience is education for the soul, and our bodies are the instruments of present moment experiences. Feel the bliss in every single moment of this journey. You will learn how to entrain your own heart and mind to synchronise with their joy, playfulness and harmony.
“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes
– then learn how to do it later!”
CONNECTIONS: all activities are geared towards finding connections with yourself, with others and with the entire universe. As airy-fairy this may sound, when you feel it, you will always seek it. You will be learning how to increase your sensory acuity… as you sit by the villa’s own stream, you hear the trickle of the water over the stones, feel the warm spring breeze gently caress your skin, the sounds of the birds call you to be present and connect with the beauty in and around you. You begin to feel truly alive.
“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one”
FREEDOM: True freedom is essentially a state of mind, so we’ll explore the study of the mind as an inquiry into freedom. Also we’re more likely to achieve success and happiness if we allow ourselves to align with greater forces that to fight the flow.
“Never be afraid to do things that make you feel free.”
This retreat by no coincidence falls on the Spring Equinox.
You may ask yourself why?
It’s a time to tap into the wisdom of the Earth, to celebrate awakening and rebirth.
It’s time to regain our balance and an opportunity to open to the present moment and acceptance of all it holds.
Day and night are equal, the dark and the light – a return to some much-needed balance into your life.
Time to plant new seeds and allow Spring’s energy to fuel your growth as you embrace your new beginning.
“It was beautiful to be with like-minded people. Tania was very approachable and made me feel at ease in no time and the rest of the team added to a great atmosphere. The house is beautiful, tranquil and amazing views. The perfect retreat location and has definitely the WOW factor. Thank you for the experience.”
AND THERE’S MORE…
You will disconnect from your everyday life and experience what it is to completely unplug. Disconnect from your life and connect with nature, yourself and like-minded women to remember how to flow in life. On this retreat, you will learn to flow in water and out of it.
Your mind, body and soul will have the opportunity to slow down, and with each deep breath you fully experience present moment awareness.
The opportunity to take a turning point in your life to regain youthful energy as you free yourself from struggle because you will learn that struggle is just a mindset.
Time becomes fluid, nowhere to go except the present moment you experience. You don’t have to do, just BE.
Find pleasure in moving your body in new and wonderful ways and experience the joy of flow movement.
Go home a little stronger, more empowered and inspired.
LOCATION & VENUE
La Posada Romana | The perfect place to retreat & advance
The Posada Romana is our exclusive luxurious Spanish Villa where we will be staying. “Posada” is a word that originates from Latin pausare which means to stop, to pause. So consider that as Romans would in their heyday, take some time out to stop and enjoy.
The word retreat comes from the Latin verb “pull back”, so to retreat is to pull back from the world, withdraw from your regular life, gather your forces to focus, find inspiration and renewed perspective. Getting away from it all gives you focus on what it is that inspires you.
The first sight as you enter the driveway will take your breath away. Set in a Nature Reserve, so the only thing you’ll hear is the sounds of nature. The villa is stylish with modern decor and large windows allowing the light to come streaming in. We have our own private indoor pool and a sun terrace where you can soak up the Spanish sun. The villa is surrounded by nature from where you will appreciate the stunning views of the Straits of Gibraltar and the mountains of Africa in the distance. A genuinely unique venue. It’s close to the charming white village of Gaucín, with its Moorish castle, narrow streets and whitewashed Andalusian homes. Called the Balcony of Europe because from here, as from our villa, you can appreciate the most spectacular views of Africa.
Ann Marie & Benjamin of PachaMama Organic | Our resident Chefs
All our meals are made using 100% organic ingredients. Each dish is lovingly prepared by Anne Marie and Benjamin who are passionate about growing and creating delicious organic plant-based whole foods in harmony with mother nature. All dishes are served with an impeccable eye for detail and style. You are already nurtured just by looking at the mouth-watering dishes, and once eaten they make you feel loved from within.
Tania Mather | Wellness Coach
Certified Master Wellness Coach, Watsu and Ai Chi practitioner, Haha Yoga teacher, Travel Director… Tania brings together her all her passions to create lovingly designed transformational retreats. She invites you to join her.
Ann Marie & Benjamin | Our resident Chefs
100% organic food lovingly prepared by Anne Marie and Benjamin who are passionate about growing and creating delicious 100% organic plant-based whole foods in harmony with mother nature.
Arantza | Yoga Instructor
Certified Yoga teacher and Yoga Nidra instructor, who also teaches Yin yoga and with great attention to each student. She believes in introspection and correct breathing for authentic yoga experience and practice.
“It was very professionally organised with lots of love put in everywhere. I was able to disconnect which is not often the case, learnt a lot and received great inspirations. The location was breathtakingly beautiful. I’m so grateful for this heartwarming, soul touching, perspective changing experience. We are never alone when we open up and Tania you are a wonderful person. I’m so grateful to have met you. Thank you!”
Your amazing retreat days.
Discover all the many delights that are in store for you.
As each day unfolds with a new intention you will witness yourself growing as the days go by.
YOUR AMAZING RETREAT DAYS
Press the NEXT button to see what’s in store each day!
Arrive at the Posada Romana and get those flip flops on. Nibbles available during the day and you’ll have time to settle in before our warming meeting and welcome dinner.
Intention: Safe Settling In
A full day at our exclusive Villa. Start with a yoga class and pranayama, there will be group coaching, an Ai Chi class and conscientious walk with an evening quartz crystal gong meditation.
Intention: Discover your Challenge
Morning flow movement in preparation for our boat trip through the straights of Gibraltar to connect with the dolphins. Also enjoy some beach time at the surfers town of Tarifa. Evening movement with live music.
Intention: Find your Flow
A full day at our exclusive Villa. Morning Yin Yoga and Pranayama, group coaching, Ai Chi and evening heart opening and warming Cacao Ceremony.
Intention: Open your Heart
Today we visit nearby Ronda, bathe in the Arabic baths and receive a massage. Lunch in a local restaurant and guitar concert by resident flamenco guitarist and even have a class of flamenco hand clapping.
Intention: Find your Rhythm
Today we will challenge you with a via Ferrata (mountain cable climbing) in the beautiful village of Gaucin. Traditional Spanish Tapas lunch.
Intention: Face your Fears and Celebration
Morning Yoga and Pranayama.
Bid farewell to our Soul Sisters.
THIS JOURNEY IS FOR YOU
Have an open mind and willing to try something new
Want to live an adventure you’ll never regret
Willing to believe that life flows naturally without struggle
Want to free yourself from old patterns that no longer serve you
Prepared to slow down, tune in, feel, process, rest and integrate
Ready to open your heart to a new living experience
Accept you are responsible for your own happiness
You’re prepared to start focusing on what can go right in your life, and realise you made it happen!
THIS JOURNEY IS NOT FOR YOU
Not willing to audaciously explore your fears
Stuck in your life and not willing to take the first step to get unstuck
Not willing to challenge yourself to reach a new level of BEING
Would rather experience a breakdown that a breakthrough
You are a control freak and not inclined to embrace an allowing attitude
You thrive on being a drama queen and hold that as your identity
Not willing to do something wholesomely outrageous
“It has overwhelmed me with so much respect and amazing service that was provided. It exceeded my expectations. I feel recharged, relaxed, peaceful and happy. Thank you from deep in my heart for this beautiful experience. To be repeated!”
WORKING WITH WATER
Ai Chi, a mediation in motion.
Our beautiful villa has a private indoor pool that is perfect to practice Ai Chi.
It’s a technique that is practiced in warm water and is an integration of Tai Chi, Shiatsu and Watsu. Not only does it strengthen and relax the whole body, it integrates mental, physical and spiritual energies forming a bridge between oriental and western philosophies. It’s a meditation in motion, a symphony for the body, plucking the chords that resonate peace, balance and vitality. The perfect practice to feel a sense of freedom and flow.
6 nights in our exclusive private villa.
Private pool for Ai-Chi classes.
Private chefs Anne Marie and Benjamin from PachaMama Organic Kitchen.
All-inclusive meals at La Posada Roman by La Pachamama, 6 organic breakfasts, 3 organic lunches, 5 organic dinners.
Outside Meals: Tapas in Gaucin, lunch in a very local restaurant in Ronda.
Activities: Daily sharing circles, 3 yoga classes and pranayama with expert teacher Arantza, 2 flow classes, evening guided meditations, celebration dinner and dance (brave and barefoot).
Excursions: boat/sailing trip in the Straits of Gibraltar to connect with the dolphins, visit to Ronda with a local winery located in an old monastery with wine tasting, Arabic Hamam with a massage in Ronda, private guitar concert by Paco Seco, sacred cacao ceremony, 1 via ferrata (mountain cable climbing) the ultmate antidote for overcoming your fears.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Flights & Transfers: to Málaga International Airport or Gibraltar Airport (closest to Gaucín).
Extra massage treatments and gratuities to therapist.
Personal: Any personal shopping.
Travel and Health Insurance (strongly recommended).
There are four twin rooms, one with ensuite bathroom and the others with shared bathrooms.
IVA/VAT is applicable.
There are three single rooms available, two with ensuite bathrooms and one with a shared bathroom.
IVA/VAT is applicable.
MY HEARTFELT LETTER TO YOU
I sincerely hope I have been able to maintain your curiosity until this moment.
Thank you! Oh! …and one last thing. I believe we are living in a world that’s changing much faster than we’re willing or able to cope with. As a certified wellness coach and passionate about travel, I’ve carefully designed this retreat with loving intention so that in play and rest you’ll learn new ways how to become more resilient to the numerous challenges life presents us with. And they’ll continue to come, it’s how we face them that makes all the difference.
It’s my wish and utmost intention that if you decide to make this investment in yourself, you will return home with a shift that will help you live a more beautiful, peaceful and joyous life where flow becomes the new normal.
I hope to see you on my next retreat… hasta la vista amiga!
“Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.”
“Having never done yoga or meditation before, the retreat gave me an understanding how important it is to align your mind (your mind’s chatter), your voice (what you say out loud), your heart (what you feel) and your gut (what you put into your body). The climb and zip line was the ultimate ending to a fantastic retreat because I used the principles I learned to get through it. It was the perfect opportunity to put the techniques into practice in real life, not just for that moment but for the challenges we face in our own lives. Thank you.”
TERMS OF BOOKING
A Non-Refundable 500€ deposit with your trip registration form will secure your spot on the retreat. The remaining balance is due January 15th, 2020. Payment plans are available.
We reserve the right to cancel the trip if it doesn’t meet the trip minimum (if we do so your deposit is refunded).
Cancellations before January 15th must be sent in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org, any cancellations after this date will unfortunately not be accepted. Therefore trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How to get to Posada Romana
The closest international airport is Malaga, which is about an hour and a half from the Posada Romana. Transfers are not included because everyone will be arriving at different times. If you require a transfer, a reliable company will be provided, or you can rent a car. Detailed instructions on how to arrive at the Villa will be provided once you register.
Special Dietary Requirements
What if I have special dietary requirements?
No problem, our chefs are able to cater to your every need.