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Are you feeling anxious, confused, frustrated, lost, or possibly depressed? Join Life Now is about bringing you together with yourself with yoga and ayurveda in an the beautiful Costal Del Sol to help you to shift toward a healthier body and a better aging experience. Not only that you will learn, but you will also definitely have fun. Join this retreat, and renew and reconnect with yourself, your partner, your friend, or your family!
During this retreat, you will stay at Benahavis private villa, where you will be able to enjoy beautiful vista views of Benahavis from. This is a traditional Spanish villa with outdoor decking large garden area filled with lime, lemon, olive, and avocado trees. The villa consists of one or two-people North American queen bed with a private bathroom. If you are a family of four joining this retreat, you can then stay at a nearby four-star Benahavis hotel.
Valeria and Cormac from Join Life Now have found that over the years, an enormous number of people are feeling anxiety, confusion, frustration, a feeling of being lost, possibly depressed. Having owned a yoga studio in Vancouver, Canada for nearly a decade before moving to the Costa Del Sol, Spain opened their eyes that not only did many people come to yoga to have their souls nurtured, but that they also had many other long-term rooted health-mind-body issues that require a very personalized and individual approach to one’s well-being.
This is where Join Life Now took shape, to integrate ayurveda (a science of life and art of well-being) and yoga, in its simplest Sanksrit form meaning union (that in its purest form is a union with yourself) to crystallize as an integrated week long or weekend retreats. Your well-being (mind-body-spirit) does not mean that you cannot enjoy yourself in the activities and indulgences that bring you happiness, just align them in a more holistic pattern which leads you to where your retreat is located in Benahavis, Spain.
Late afternoon or evening pickup at Málaga Airport (AGP) or Gibraltar International Airport or North Front Airport (GIB). After settling in, you will have an evening welcome dinner in Benahavis and a briefing of your personal outline of your retreat in part based on pre-assessed information that you have provided once you have booked your retreat.
Morning gentle yoga session with an emphasis on Yin-like postures held in nature's stunning visual backdrop by the pool (if the weather is not permitting, yoga class will be held on one of the two sheltered outdoor decks or indoors perhaps with the fireplace on).
Ayurveda breakfast with dosha-specific cold-pressed juice. The cold-pressed juice recipes used in the personal ayurveda consultation program are dosha-specific (your mind or body type). Join Life Now can make very nutrient rich or detoxifying cold-pressed juice specific to a client’s needs or requirements as they have their own in-house cold-pressed juice machine (a Norwalk cold press).
They can incorporate healing herbs into the cold-pressed juice recipes prepared for clients that are regularly used in their personal ayurveda consultation program that are requested or required by their clients. This aspect is unique for clients that many retreats simply cannot offer.
You will go on a quiet nature hike. The hike starts from Casa Roja, you will walk along the Guadalmina River and then along the ancient Arabic canal system approximately six to eight kilometers in length (easy terrain).
You will have a session of ayurveda massage treatment.
You will enjoy a light lunch at the villa. Typically you will have a baguette sandwich (amazing bread in the area), for example avocado with anchovies or chicken liver pate with goat cheese and fresh vegetables and olives, a fruit plate is also included.
You will tour to Ronda. You will enjoy your dinner at the Pardor Hotel overlooking a gorge, located approximately 75-minute drive to Ronda.
You will return to Benahavis.
You will have your own free time.
You will have a morning yoga session that is movement and alignment oriented. It will be held in nature's stunning visual backdrop by the pool (if the weather is not permitting, it will held on one of the two sheltered outdoor decks).
You will enjoy your breakfast at Puerto Banus Saturday market. Your dosha-specific cold-pressed juice will be served before you go for breakfast.
You will have time to explore the Puerto Banus Saturday market.
You will have the time to stroll through Puerto Banus.
You will have your lunch at the San Pedro oceanfront boardwalk.
You will enjoy ayurveda massage treatments.
You will be able to join an ayurveda workshop, Intro to Ayurveda, to find out what this more than 1,500-year old science and art of well-being ayurveda (a sister science of yoga) has to offer. Understand why something that works for your best friend may absolutely not work for you. What is dosha, prakruti, and vikruti, whether they are just words or are they relevant to your personal health. You will also be able to learn how the western way of living can dampen your agni, the digestive fire, and causes bad digestion, and what can you do about it within the context of making doable changes towards more holistic patterns.
This is perhaps your first reconnect and renewal (a starting point) to understand and enjoy the benefits of ayurveda and it will have some very personal relevance. It will be held in the villa living room (perhaps with the fireplace on) in the winter season and in the summer, fall, or spring, it will be held outdoors on the lawn (among the lime or lemon and grapefruit trees) near the front villa entrance way.
You will have a flow yoga class (a chance to move with some deep relaxation at the end).
This is the time for you to enjoy your dinner. Dinner is not included in the package, but Join Life Now would be happy to offer suggestions in Benahavis or the old town of Marbella.
You will have a morning yoga session which will be movement and alignment oriented. It will be held in natures stunning visual backdrop by the pool (if the weather is not permitting, yoga class will be held on one of the two sheltered outdoor decks or indoors perhaps with the fireplace on).
You will enjoy an ayurveda breakfast with dosha-specific cold-pressed juice.
This is time for you to enjoy ayurveda massage treatment.
You will enjoy your lunch and retreat recap at the villa.
You will be transferred to the airport according to your departure schedule.
This package includes tours to Rhonda and Puerto Banus Market and Marina, and a nature hike along the Guadalmina River and the ancient Arabic canal system.
Cormac is a host of teachers for over more than nine years at their studio. He has from an early childhood (likely influenced by his parents) believed (whether he knew it or not) about living a balanced approach in all facets of life that translates into a better aging experience.
Valeria with her varied yoga background from her teachers, about five years ago was introduced to Ayurveda. From there, her interest exploded to a full-time commitment to ayurveda as a profession and lifestyle, not about radical changes, but more about finding a balanced practical approach that is doable for one’s personal individual well-being.
This retreat will take place in Benahavis. It is a Spanish mountain village between Marbella, Estepona, and Ronda, seven kilometers from the coast. Renowned for its restaurants, it is often called the dining room of the Costa del Sol. To many Andalusians, native and expatriate alike, Benahavis is synonymous with food. It has the highest concentration of high-class restaurants in the region and draws visitors who come simply to savor the cuisine.
During this retreat, you will be served three daily ayurveda meals along with cold-pressed juices every morning. Besides your meals at the villa, you will also enjoy one breakfast at Puetro Banus Market, one lunch in Benahavis Hills Cafe, one lunch in Besaya Beach Marbella, one welcome dinner in Benahavis, and one dinner in Rhonda at Pardor hotel.
Please note that in Spain, people eat at later times than typically experienced in North America and many parts of Europe, so lunch and dinner times are later perhaps than normally experienced and may be not ayurvedic optimal, so your meal schedule will have to be adjusted for simple reasons like many restaurants do not start to serve dinner until after 20:00.
This package includes a one-hour ayurveda body massage. If you would like to, you can opt to arrange additional massages if the time permits during your retreat.
Gibraltar International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Málaga Airport (AGP) or Gibraltar International Airport or North Front Airport (GIB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Join Life Now will pick you up from the airport.