A Yoga & Culinary Retreat // Abundant Heart
All Level ✺ 1- 7 June 2023 ✺ Casa Erica, Málaga, Spain
Our signature Yoga & Culinary Retreats are perfect for those interested in plant- based cuisine eager to learn more or simply get inspired.
Life can be hectic, keeping us on a hamster wheel of thoughts and worries. On this retreat, you’re invited to break free from this state of being by opening and listening to the wisdom of your heart – out of your head, into your heart.
Each day, we’ll flow through our yoga practice, carried by inspiring musical vibrations, and sing mantras that fill us with joy. We’ll use the breath to soothe our nerves and take deep rest with Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra, creating the stillness we need to see ourselves as we really are. And we’ll use the stories and myths behind the asanas as a playful way of understanding life’s universal themes – and looking at our own situations with a fresh perspective.
This shared journey will remind you that you are part of a bigger whole and connect you to the abundant joy that comes with this experience. You’ll learn to let sadness and pain flow through you, gently widening your compassion towards yourself and others. Above all, you will discover that freedom from worry doesn’t come from controlling your outer world, but from trusting yourself in this very moment.
Fleur van Hille
People often describe me as a warm and sunny person with an intuitive approach to teaching yoga. I like hearing this description because it shows that I’ve made a real connection with my students. And if there’s one thing about yoga that I love the most and which characterizes my classes, workshops and retreats, it’s the feeling of being connected.
A retreat offers us the possibility of a truly profound experience of yoga. Surrounded by nature and among like-minded people from every corner of the world, a unique journey unfolds. Conversations open up, emotions are untapped, and discoveries are made…
In the quiet of each morning, we begin our yoga practice in stillness, taking time to anchor our awareness in the present moment through a guided breathing exercise, a meditation or visualisation. Then, drawing on the energy of the rising sun and the freshness of a brand-new day, I lead you through a vinyasa flow that is both gentle and energising.
During the dip in energy that tends to follow lunchtime, the sessions slow down, allowing for a deeper exploration of the techniques and practices encountered earlier in the day. There’s also plenty of time for sinking into a profound state of relaxation with restorative or yin yoga, or even yoga nidra (yogic sleep) – sometimes accompanied by mantras, music, or myths.
Nourish and Connect
by Caro Gante
The process of cooking and eating food does not have to be a chore – it can be a celebration. With Caro, you will feel the collective energy of cooking as a community, sharing laughter, tips, and the recognition of the land as provider of everything. You’ll eat a variety of food, that not only feed your belly but nourish your soul. Disconnect from the utility of consuming and reconnect with the idea that food is more than just food – it is the core of community, of connection, of life.
In the afternoons, we’ll gather around the kitchen for three different vegan workshops:
- Fermentation: learn the basics and the benefits of this ancient practice
- Pasta: a hands-on adventure in preparing 3 different pastas and sauces
- Galette: a sensory affair of both sweet and savory
In the evenings, the dinner table will become our social experience where we will feast on the soulful meals we created, sharing mouth-watering bites and the stories that bind our hearts to one another.
You’ll leave this retreat with a greater ease in the kitchen, technical skills and a recipe e-book, and a deeper connection to your own intuition so you can flow beyond the recipes to create meals that bring you both joy and sustenance.
About Caro Gante
Retreat chef and integrative nutrition health coach Caro will guide you with her creative approach through three workshops in which she’ll share her knowledge and passion for wholesome vegan food. Next to essential ideas of the plant-based cuisine Caro will introduce to you a variety of her favorite recipes which are designed for experienced cooks as well as curious-minded yogis that are new to the world of vegan cooking.
On this retreat, you’ll level up your cooking skills and confidence in the kitchen while also getting a better understanding of holistic health and wellbeing.
Soulful meals & a heartfelt yoga practice.
○ 6 nights at casa erica
○ 3 vegan meals per day & snacks
○ vinyasa yoga in the morning
○ meditation & chanting
○ restorative and/or yoga nidra in the afternoons
○ 3 culinary workshops/presentations with Caro
○ hike on wednesdays
○ water, tea & coffee
○ flight or train to Málaga
○ airport transfer to Casa Erica
○ massages, optional Workshops
○ friday night dinner at local restaurant (25- 35€)
○ travel insurance (recommended)
please visit our faqs for infos about our corona policy, travel, airport transfer and much more.
a typical day
07.30 tea, coffee, fruit
08.30 yoga & meditation
reading beach pool massage
15.00 lunch or snack
arrival day: check-in from 15.00,
afternoon snack, no yoga class,
19.30 dinner, 21.00 welcome circle
departure day: no yoga class,
9.30 breakfast, check out until 11.00
all yoga equipment is available at our retreat location, as well as towels & bed linen. bring sturdy shoes or sneakers with a good grip sole for the hike & a beach/pool towel. we’ll let you know again what’s good to bring, a few days before your retreat.
check- in on thursday from 15:00, lunch snacks waiting for you // check- out on wednesday until 11:00 after breakfast
arrival & departure: group pick ups & drop offs will be organized for thursday from Málaga airport & Málaga city center. Vice versa for departure on wednesday. costs: 20€/person/way
we need a negative corona test (antigen or PCR) 48 hours prior to arrival via email. additionally we will test at check-in and during the retreat every guest needs to bring 6 self-tests. we ask participants during the week to take one or more tests for the groups safety.
Read more about our corona policy.
about the place
Casa Erica is where it all begun and where we host retreats since 2014. It is a home to us, which we love to share. Peacefully located on the coast of Andalusia, between Málaga and Nerja. The beach in walking distance.
What we love most about it are the pastel sunsets, the wild beaches and the laid back Andalusian mentality. Also our dog Alpha and cat Hanuman live here. More
© Yoga Spirit Circle 2022