Aleid is a qualified yoga instructor who utilizes her knowledge on evidence-based psychology to gain a wider perspective and approach to healing. She was born and bred in Rotterdam, Netherlands, where she received her master's degree in psychology in the University of Amsterdam. Her travels have made her more knowledgeable and broadened her knowledge of different cultures and times. She has concentrated on her own blend of yoga, coaching, therapy, and meditation since 2004 when she started her own successful psychological practice called “Personal Radiance.”
Doby comes from a family with a curiosity towards many different cultures, especially culinary culture and music. He started helping his mother in the kitchen from a young age and never stopped liking the process of preparing world food and the joy of eating together. Doby trained as a cabinet maker first to allow him to live and work anywhere in the world and building beautiful kitchens was a favorite. After going trough cancer, Doby took up healthy, tasty cooking as a new profession and loves it.
from Great Britain, May 2018
"Utterly magical experience "
I turned up at Aleid and Doby's feeling broken, mentally and physically. I was planning to do a 6-day juice fast, as I've heard it can help with chronic pain.
In the end though, it wasn't the fasting that was the most restorative part of the trip. Aleid's yoga sessions (in the morning sun, surrounded by birds and trees) were the first time in 20 years of sporadically doing yoga that I really understood how my mental and physical processes are linked and how yoga can tap into this and bring about healing.
Likewise the one-on-one sessions with Aleid. She's a trained psychologist, understands bodies and is preternaturally perceptive, making her such a wise and warm mentor. I learned a lot.
It was torturous not eating Doby's food, which I saw served up every day. I'll be back to do an eating retreat as soon as I can!
Both Aleid and Doby are lovely people and the small group size (just four of us) mean you're looked after on a really personal level. I'm sure I wasn't the easiest guest, especially mid-meltdown (!) but they never made me feel as though I was being a pain.
Thanks so much, both of you! It was transformative x
from Switzerland, April 2018
Die Säfte und die Gastgeber
from Great Britain, January 2018
"A Real Slowdown and unwind"
The whole experience was just what I needed. A mix of very targeted yoga practice, specific life coaching, plenty of time for getting to know the local environment: cyling, walking, dog walking, enjoying the sea and sun, and just the right amount of quiet relaxing time. The food was wonderful.
from Norway, July 2017
There were hundreds of yoga retreats to choose from. So glad I picked this one. Thanks for a lovely week. The yoga, the food, the massage - everything was awesome!
from Great Britain, June 2017
"Lovely, relaxing retreat"
Doby and Aleid are just delightful, such genuine, lovely people. They open their home to a small number of guests and treat everyone like family. The food is fabulous, the yoga classes are excellent and pitched so everyone of any ability gets the right level of challenge and attention from Aleid for their level - however experienced or inexperienced they may be. Bike rides/walks to local beaches just round of the whole experience.
from Germany, April 2017
"An amazing feel-good experience "
The host's authenticity and the perfect balance of activities free time and wonderful talks. There was always an advice when needed and an open ear and heart.
Luisa Barranco Bonachera
from Spain, April 2018
La cercanía, amabilidad, profesionalidad e instalaciones.
from United States, April 2018
"Un séjour cousu main pour guérir d'une rupture traumatisante"
Le site, l'habitation, ma chambre au calme avec terrasse privée (superbe vue), le chant des oiseaux dans le jardin, la nourriture exceptionnelle (saine ET savoureuse), la qualité de coeur des hôtes et l'atmosphère qu'ils ont pu instaurer parmi les participantes.
from Switzerland, January 2018
"Egal wonach du sucht, du wirst es hier finden!"
Vor meiner Reise wusste ich selber nicht wonach ich wirklich suchte und was mich diese Woche erwarten wird. Ich hab mich einfach mal darauf eingelassen und es war genau das was ich brauchte, es hat auf jeden Fall alle meine Erwartungen übertroffen. Ich braucht meine Ruhe und hab viel allein unternommen. Die Landschaft ist wunderschön und man kann schöne lange Spaziergänge machen. Mit dem Velo kann man zudem auch gut alles besichtigen was in der Nähe ist.
Mir hat alles gefallen:
Die Unterkunft und mein Zimmer
Das Essen und die Gastfreundschaft von Aleid und Doby
Die Yoga und Meditation Lektionen
Perfekte Lage - zwei Minuten vom Meer entfernt
und und und.....
from Réunion, January 2018
"Un accueil chaleureux dans un coin paradisiaque "
L’accueil de Doby et Aleid, qui étaient très à l’écoute de mes besoins. Les cours de yoga étaient bien expliqués, et se déroulaient dans des lieux variés. Le stage est vraiment tourné vers un travail personnel.
La nourriture était incroyablement savoureuse.
from Germany, December 2017
"Warm and wonderful timeout"
I had the most amazing two weeks with Aleid and Doby! I loved how yoga and the coaching sessions were perfectly combined as Aleid was giving both. The food Doby made was delicious and full of amazing spices and healthy vegetables, I have been given a lot of inspiration for doing more yoga, meditation and cooking at home. The surroundings were beautiful, you could take long walks in nature, sit on the cliffs and look out at the sea, very calm in the winter time, yet warm enough to do yoga outside or even swim. We had a lovely group of people, it really felt like a little family with new found friends. Aleid & Doby make sure you really feel comfortable and can relax a lot. I will definitely visit again. Big hugs! <3
from Switzerland, December 2017
Es war mit Abstand eine der besten Erfahrungen, die ich machen konnte! Habe in diesen 10 Tagen viel über mich selbst gelernt, was ich zuvor nicht nur annährend in Betracht gezogen hätte. Es war eine unvergessliche und einschneidene Zeit, die mich mit viel positiver Energie zurück in den „Alltag“ gebracht hat. Aleid und Doby sind zwei wunderbare Menschen und das Leben bei ihnen hat sich wie eine zweite Famile angefühlt...
Thank you Aleid & Doby for everything and until we meet again!
from Germany, November 2017
"Sehr entspannender Urlaub in familiärer Atmosphäre"
Aufgrund der kleinen Teilnehmerzahl (3-5) Personen entsteht ein sehr familiäres Gefühl. Jeder hatte jedoch seinen eigenen Rückzugsort und alle haben sich Zeit für sich selber genommen. Der Ort ist wunderschön für diverse Spaziergänge mit Blick über das Meer zu nahegelegenen Buchten, in den kleinen Hafen oder den Nationalpark. Besonders schön sind die Yogaeinheiten. Auch aufgrund der kleinen Teilnehmerzahl konnte Aleid auf die Bedürfnisse jedes einzelnen eingehen und ggf. Änderung der Positionen vorschlagen. Besonders toll war es, wenn das Wetter mitgespielt hat und wir die Yogaeinheit draußen gemacht haben. Das war einfach bezaubernd. Da ich eine absolute Tierliebhaberin bin, fand ich es auch super, dass es eine Katze und einen Hund gibt, die immer für eine Streicheleinheit oder ein Spiel zu haben waren :-) Was mir auch noch echt gut gefallen hat, war das Essen. Doby hat uns vor dem Yoga immer einen richtig gesunden,leckeren Smoothie gemixt und sooo abwechslungsreich, gesund und köstlich gekocht. Ich habe mich in einer Woche noch nie so gesund ernährt und habe unheimlich viele Ideen mitgenommen. Auch die Coachingeinheiten und die Massagen waren für mich richtig. Da muss jedoch jeder selber für sich entscheiden, was mehr oder weniger genutzt werden möchte.
Conny Van Den Hoogen
from Germany, November 2017
"A relaxing week in Cala Figuera "
I spent a wonderful relaxing week with Aleid and Doby. The yoga classes, Aleid’s sessions, Doby’s massages and his tasty vegetarian meals were just awesome. They are such lovely people. They treat you like being part of the family. Only two more guests were present. We all had our own space either in their beautiful garden or on the nice terrace. A very nice small harbour and a beautiful coastline just nearby.
from United States, November 2017
Das vegetarische Essen von Doby war außergewöhnlich lecker und abwechslungsreich.
Der Yogaunterricht von Aleid war sehr gut strukturiert und auf die Teilehmer individuell angepasst. Die Meditationen haben mir auch sehr gut gefallen.
Aleid hat das Programm am Anfang erstellt, es konnte aber im Laufe der Woche an die Bedürfnisse der Teilnehmer angepasst werden.
Die private Terrasse welche zu meinem Zimmer gehörte und fast den ganzen Tag Sonne einfing (besonders da es rundherum eher schattig und eher kühl war)
Den besonderen Platz im Wald wo Aleid ihr Coaching durchführt - fantastisch schön!
from Germany, October 2017
"Eine Woche pures Glück"
Aleid bot uns ein auf uns abgestimmtes Yoga mit perfekter Balance von körperlicher und mentaler Herausforderung und Rücksichtnahme auf individuelle Grenzen. Vor allem wegen ihrer einfühlsamen, akzeptierenden Persönlichkeit vertraut man sich ihr gerne an, sowohl in ihrer Rolle als Yogalehrerin, als auch als Psychologin / Coach.
Dobys wohltuende Ganzkörper-Massage ist von der Art, bei der man sich wünscht, sie würde nicht enden. Und er zauberte für uns immer das beste, vegetarische Essen mit köstlichem Geschmack.
from Switzerland, June 2017
"absolut empfehlenswert für Anfänger"
really enjoyed the week and the wonderful Yoga sessions and discussions, be these in your peaceful garden or on the shores. It is definitely a place for people wanting to experience Yoga in a personal and very private environment.
from Switzerland, April 2017
Die individuelle und liebevolle Betreuung durch die Gastgeber Aleid&Doby und ihre Bereitschaft auf meine Bedürfnisse einzugehen. Ich habe keine grosse Yogaerfahrung, und konnte trotzdem maximal profitieren. Es war ein erholsamer und ernergisierender Aufenthalt, in einer kleinen Gruppe von nur 3 Gästen.
Steph and John Sweden and USA
Yoga and Coaching Retreats Mallorca website
Aleid and Doby certainly live up to their name. We came from the grey, wintery skies of Scandinavia hoping for some sunshine in Majorca but somehow chose the odd week when it was rainy and cloudy. However, the warmth of our time with Aleid and Doby more than made up for the lack of warm weather and was the ideal setting for our couple's therapy. They are a link to warmth through their home which they have transformed into a center of holistic healing. Unlike traditional office-based counseling, Sharanam Retreats treats the whole person (mind, body, and spirit) through amazingly good and healthy food, yoga, massage, and reiki. Holistic awareness helped to reveal areas of tension in our bodies. We could probably spend years doing a traditional model of counselling and still not reach the same breakthroughs that we experienced at Sharanam. The small community we formed with the other guests also contributed to a sense of holistic healing since traditional counselling usually deals with couples or individuals in isolation. We especially enjoyed the 'animal therapy' of their pets :) The location is incredible and therapeutic in and of itself- close to amazing beaches, world class deep water soloing, and great rock climbing. I have been to many counselors in the past and Aleid is the most talented therapist I have ever met. Some counselor's are eerily detached and almost inhuman, but Aleid's warmth flows into the therapy in a way makes it easy to talk to her about extremely difficult subjects. She is a magnificent couple's therapist and perceives how to offer couple's practical techniques tailored to their unique situation. We also enjoyed the flexibility of the time and meeting space- it's the first time we've done psychotherapy outside!
Yoga and Coaching Retreats Mallorca website
Hello dear ones,
It has been over a month since I flew back home after our lovely week together. Here is my over due review...
I spent a week with Aleid and Doby at their therapeutic yoga retreat, and wow, am I ever glad I did. I have been home over a month and not a day goes by that I don't think of these two lovely human beings.
The retreat space is lovely, airy, wild, and beautiful. As a team they are warm, welcoming, thoughtful, insightful, and kind. They both managed to see us (I was there with a few lovely women who I have kept in touch with and adore) all as the individuals we are - whether it was how I like my coffee (Doby's coffee is wonderful) or what I would most benefit from in my productive and insightful sessions with Aleid. Additionally, they were able to maintain a remarkable presence with each of us honoring all our different needs. The yoga was outside and nourishing for us all. Aleid managed to meet each of our individual asana practices from beginner to experienced yogi. We all left class open and gently challenged. Doby made wonderful food for us to share that took everyone's needs into thought. Sitting around a table with them was like being with my dearest people; I felt so seen and accepted right where I was (which was exhausted at the beginning of the week and expansive and rested at the end).
This was truly divine week, I would highly recommend paying a visit to these two lovely people. Anyone craving solitude or connection, quiet, evolution, opening, peace, and a break from every day responsibilities needs to look no further. They have a rare gem of a retreat center.
Sending you two big hugs and warmest thoughts.
If you'd like to change any part, use any part... have me add anything, please let me know.
Charlene Germany/ Switzerland
Dear Aleid and Doby,
I arrived home only a few days ago and already miss Mallorca.
Thank you so much for that wonderful stay! I enjoyed your warm and welcoming home, the stunning nature around Cala Figuera and the excellent cooking by Doby. The Reiki- Massage was a whole new experience for me, and during the sessions with Aleid, I could finally work on issues i had been carrying around for much too long. All in all i could really reload my batteries, which i defenitely needed. Thank you!
I wish you all the best and send you warm greetings from Switzerland,
Dario C Brazil
I arrived exhausted, stressed out, feeling lost after a long period of intense work pressure. I couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel. But after only a few days, that light started radiating from within, and then I felt like I was glowing - a feeling which is hard to describe. And I can't say it was just Aleid's creatively insightful therapy and enlightening yoga, or Doby's deliciously soulful meals and resonating massages - because everything played a part in my recovery. This retreat is truly a holistic experience, and I was healed gently, subtly, on every level: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. There was never any pressure to do anything or be anything; Aleid and Doby guided me to my best self - and once whole again, I felt limitless and blissful. I'm taking everything I learned back home with me, and for that I'm forever thankful to the wonderful Aleid & Doby.
Yoga and Coaching Retreats Mallorca
I would like to thank you for being you. For the great food, lovely coffee and coffee moments, true love, support and honesty. Also the yoga, eye opening sessions with Aleid, and the heart to heart talks with the girls. Thank you for listening understanding and opening up to me. Thank you for getting me back into my power and on track. I want to wish you all the joy and happiness and peace in life you need.