Overview: Join Jeff Phenix for an amazing and inspiring week of yoga and meditation in stunning Almeria, which is Spain’s sunniest region and one of the least visited. Its proximity to North Africa means that the area is semi-desert, dry and dramatic, with imposing mountains and dazzling sea. The venue is on the edge of one of Europe’s most remote and beautiful natural parks, the Cabo de Gata, one of the last unspoiled stretches of Spanish coastline, which is an amazing landscape of perfect half-moon bays, hidden coves, bizarre volcanic rock formations, and spectacular flora and fauna.

The venue is in a peaceful, isolated location, but within walking distance of the lovely traditional local village of Nijar, which can be seen across the valley at the foot of the spectacular mountain backdrop.

The venue sits in the semi-desert landscape amid lush gardens, its architecture echoing ancient Mediterranean civilizations. It has two swimming pools, one of which is a striking natural pool, fed by spring water and filtered by reed beds. It consists of the main Finca which holds a number of the bedrooms as well as the outlying Cortijo (farm) buildings have been converted in the original local style into charming accommodation, located a couple of hundred yards from the main house. Yoga will take place in a fully equipped covered outdoor yoga space.

“It is a wonderful venue, the house is very comfortable, homely and with a peaceful happy vibe.  Everyone who came commented on it.  The pool ( naturally filtered) has the softest water and the food is very good” Liz, yoga teacher

Schedule: Arrival day is Saturday 25th August 2018 and will begin with a welcome session and short practice late afternoon for those whose flights permit it.  Morning sessions will be a dynamic mixture of stillness and movement incorporating pranayama and meditation and will be at 8am for approx. 2.5 – 3 hours.  You are then free for the day to relax by the pool, enjoy a massage, explore the countryside, visit a village or take a trip to the local beach until the late afternoon session at 5.00pm (there will be snacks!) for approx. 1.5 – 2 hours which will be a mellow, soothing and nurturing practice, delving into areas such as yin yoga, restoratives, pranayama, chakras and meditation. There will be one afternoon off yoga during the week to allow for an optional longer excursion. Options include a trip to a beautiful local beach, the stunning nearby Cabo de Gata national park, the city of Almeria (30 mins drive from the Finca) which contains the 10th century Alcazabar fortified complex and is the largest Muslim fortress in Spain and its impressive Cathedral, or the spa of Sierra Alhamilla, with its healing hot springs, which was first built by the Phoenicians in 300BC, and later used by the Romans when Spain was part of the Roman Empire. Various beauty treatments are available. (45 minutes drive from the Finca). Departure day is Saturday 1st September 2018.

Accommodation: The accommodation is largely in shared twin or double en suite rooms, with one room having a bathroom nearby. A number of the rooms are in the main house and others are in the converted Cortijo buildings a couple of hundred yards away. The Cortijo apartments have their own sitting room/kitchens.  Only a limited number of singles are available at this venue so we would encourage you to share.  If you are coming on your own we will pair you with another person of the same sex, it’s a great way to make new friends and people who come on Jeff’s retreats are generally very lovely!  Non-yoga partners/friends are welcome.

Prices: From £875 based on 2 people sharing, limited single options available

About Jeff: Jeff is a leading UK teacher, teaching at Triyoga and the Life Centre, training teachers on Triyoga’s teacher training course and teaching regular UK and international retreats.  Jeff is very experienced at teaching students of all levels and the depth of his experience, playful approach, ability to challenge students to safely push their boundaries and his love of meditation, will give you the perfect opportunity to deepen your practice both physically and internally.  In this amazing environment you can enjoy making new friends, eating delicious, healthy food and can return home feeling recharged, energized and relaxed.

Contact: retreats@phenixyoga.com  t.07954 578 439 www.phenixyoga.com

Testimonials

“Attending your retreat Jeff was one of these life’s great “Aha moments!  ” – I came in with no expectations but some great personal objectives…And all it took was less than a week for effects beyond expectations, topped with a renewed, serene and confident outlook. Thanks to your cheeky combination of fun, creativity, professionalism, and “edge exploration”, you sublty lead us to outdo ourselves. Jeff, thank you again for the amazing energy and passion you put into your teaching. It surely was worth every minute. Lucky Triyoga students! So looking forward to your next retreat! ” Zeina.

“You are an amazing yoga teacher Jeff. I just experienced the most inspirational, creative, vibrant and deeply transformational yoga retreat with you. I feel wonderful, energised and inspired on my journey yoga; to go more deeply into my own daily practice and experiment aspects of my teaching practice with renewed confidence” Heidi

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