Julie’s invitation to you on this retreat is a coming into spring through a deep awakening of body through a practice that works from the spine to cultivate freedom, strength and flexibility of movement. A yoga and meditation practice that reconnects you to body’s natural rhythms , energy and wisdom. A weekend to listen to our deepest nature and nourish the seeds of awakening with the emergence of spring.
The yoga and meditation offered will create the space for a deep listening of the body, an awakening of the spine through playful exploration of our body through the asanas, through breathe, meditation and simply arriving into a sense of wholeness.
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 comes the possibility of a deep nurturing of yourself , for the awakening of the seeds of your beingness and the flow of your creativity.
A space to connect with just you as you nurture the seeds of spring. This weekend is an opportunity to sit and listen with your heart at whatever point you are in your life. And all within the community of the group.
Arcadia is a beautifully and lovingly renovated traditional Catalan farmhouse. Situated among the forest of in the beautiful valley del Biert , by Banyoles Lake north of Girona .
The space is divided between the main building, dating from the fifteenth century, and other smaller buildings creating among them a cozy ensemble. It combines a rustic design with modern elements creating beautiful and comfortable environments. It has 10 rooms, a spacious dining room with living room and a sala of almost 200 square meters.
The grounds accommodate many gardens and patios and a medicine wheel , all to support the space of peace and tranquility on retreat. Then there is a swimming pool, sauna and meditation roundhouse.
It is an inspiring, idyllic and peaceful place where the community of Arcadia have worked with love and care in harmony with the natural surroundings to create the perfect environment for students to come and fully immerse themselves on retreat. The calm and beauty of the valley and forest that surround the house together with the dedication of the experienced expert retreat team at Arcadia make it a truly unique and perfect place for yoga retreat.
Arcadia is only 20 minutes by road from Girona and Girona airport, making it easily accessible. Barcelona El Prat airport is also 50 minutes away and well served by flights from all main European cities. From the UK, Gatwick, Bristol, Stansted, Luton and Southend airports all have regular and economic direct flights to Barcelona El Prat.
From Barcelona trains run regularly to Girona train station from where you can be picked up by Arcadia staff to take the short 25 minute drive to the centre.
The daily programme
Julie will offer one yoga session on the arrival day and two yoga sessions each day on Saturday and Sunday.
An early morning 8 – 10am and evening 5-7pm. On the arrival day Friday there will be one session, we will practice from 7 – 8.30pm.
Meditation will also be offered each day in the early morning.
There will also be an invitation to sit in the circle of the group in the medicine wheel.
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 meditation through the weekend. Holding the intention to listen to the awakening seeds of our movement into springtime. The yoga will be suitable for all. Experienced and those new to yoga.
There will then be time in the day to enjoy free time, immersed in the inspiring natural surroundings , rest in the gardens, go for a walk through the valley and forests, or to the nearby lake. On the Saturday there will be an option to put on our hiking shoes, take a picnic lunch and walk as a group to the monastery ruins and enjoy a meditation together. There is also a sauna available for the group for a small supplement.
The evening yoga session on Friday and Saturday will be a more restorative practice and the afternoon session on Sunday a gentle closing practice.
There will be periods of silence from the evening through to morning to support each other in arrival into the invitation to be with our heart and deep sense of beingness , in gentle mindfulness.
All yoga and meditation classes will take place in the beautiful Sala a room with central heating to be able to receive groups all year.
Thai massage and biodynamic cranio- sacral therapy will be on offer for an extra cost.
Beginning with Friday evening dinner you will be offered delicious, organic meals created by Arcadia’s cook. Followed by deliciously nutricious breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.
Meals are prepared with fresh, seasonal, and locally grown ingredients, perhaps from the small vegetable garden.
The meals prepared are vegan and vegetarian All special dietary requirements are catered for.
Arcadia offers elegant accommodation. The main building which houses the accommodation is uniquely designed by the community, offering the highest quality of comfort and space to students. There are 10 beautiful rooms which are all shared rooms for up to 4 – 6 people but can also be offered for a supplement as private rooms or for couples.
Early Bird €255 before 31st January
After 31st January €295