My Upcoming Yoga Retreat
Next week the blog will be on a short hiatus as I will be away on a yoga retreat. I’m taking this time to to soak in the last weeks of summer to rest and recharge. It seems like I’ve spent half of the summer in front of my computer working to bring you new content and the other half actually getting out there to experience it!
This weeklong yoga retreat will be a truly healing experience and I can’t wait to share it all with you when I get back!
But for now, I’ll share how and why I picked this retreat and a taste of what we’ll be doing there. I’ll also be announcing a contest/giveaway on the blog before I leave, so stay tuned to our instagram page to enter. You won’t want to miss it!
Location: Andalucia, Spain- the beautiful countryside of Southern Spain. The host property for this retreat is The Hacienda de San Rafael. This was once a thriving olive estate, but has been converted into a luxury hideaway. It is located halfway between the historic cities of Seville & Jerez de la Frontera. Here are a few pictures of the resort from their website. This resort is featured on Condé Nast Travelers Gold List.
The retreat schedule includes twice daily yoga and meditation. Every morning starts with an energizing vinyasa class and meditation, followed by breakfast. Some days there are afternoon workshops. Other days are excursions, such as a hike in Grazalema National Park or horseback riding. In the afternoon there is free time to relax. I intend on spending my time journaling, exploring more of the region, and sitting in front of the pool with a good book. In the evening there’s a gentle yoga class followed by a delicious tapas dinner. One of my fondest memories from my first trip to Spain back in 2011 is the tapas. Oh, the tapas.
The last day of the retreat will be spent in downtown Seville at their sister hotel Corral Del Rey where we will get a chance to explore the town and enjoy a celebration dinner.
How I discovered the retreat
Today, the market is flooded with yoga retreats. How does one choose among so many options? I could go to Bali, Costa Rica, Aruba etc. and I’m sure they all host wonderful retreats. The reason I picked Seville and the Heal Yourself Yoga and Meditation Retreat is because I am connected to an online yoga community called oneoeight.com. If you’ve been following me you may already know about them. I’ve been following the creator of this community Rachel Brathen, better known as yoga girl, for many years. I’ve practiced with her and visited at her new yoga studio Island Yoga in Aruba.
Bee Bosnak, is a teacher on the oneoeight platform. I’ve also taken yoga and meditation classes with her in NYC. Both of these teachers have an outstanding ability to lead their students through the asana(physical practice), but more importantly through a mindful practice that can transform the soul from the inside out. I am so excited for Bee to lead me on this journey and see where it takes my yoga practice and how I evolve as a yoga teacher.
This yoga retreat is just what I need to dive deep into what yoga is all about. I’m ready to learn more about myself and ready to let go of any fear that holds me back.
In the meantime, follow me on instagram to see what I’m up to and check out Bee Bosnak on her instagram here for truly inspiring words of wisdom and reminders of how we can stay present in every single moment.
Thank you for always coming back to read the blog. We’ve had an authentic following since launching at the beginning of this year and only hope to grow more as we move forward. It has evolved in many ways, including changing up our content from lots of food and restaurant based posts to more wellness and yoga related content. Mario took a backseat to creating the content and now works behind the scenes doing all of the editing, IT, and design of the blog.
We’ll still bring you some of our top travel picks and hidden gems in NYC because so many of you have asked for it!! But now I ask you. What else would you like to see more of on this blog? This can be general or specific. Please let me know what resonates with you and if I can offer any insight or experience into something you’d like to know more about.
Until next time,