I was beyond excited when my dear friend and yoga teacher Tove Palmgren announced her big news: WE’RE GOING TO SPAIN! Last year, right before the Covid-19 craziness truly began in Europe, I had a great honor to assist her at her annual yoga retreat in Centro Santillan in Malaga. After all the uncertainties brought by the global pandemic, she finally announced the dates for this year’s yoga retreat and asked me again to join her. So amazing!
Would you like to join my teacher Tove Palmgren and myself for a week of yoga, meditation, and more in beautiful Andalusia, Spain on October 17-23?
I took my yoga teacher training under Tove’s professional and loving guidance and have been practicing, apprenticing, and learning from her ever since. She has over 30 years of experience in practicing and teaching yoga. In 1988 she was the first person to begin practicing and teaching Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in Finland. She has studied with several world-famous teachers including John Scott, Aadil Plakhivala, and Savitri, and in 2012, she finished 2000-hour yoga studies and graduated from the Purna Yoga College. On top of all that she has taken several therapeutic yoga teacher trainings with Aadil Palkhivala both as a participant and her assistant. She has an impressive resumé! But, all these studies wouldn’t mean so much if she didn’t also happen to be an amazing human being with a big heart and the ability to inspire people to live a more fulfilling life through the complete practice of yoga.
Her meditations are some of the most beautiful and transforming once I know. her calm, loving, and confident voice takes you immediately into your inner life and allows you to connect with yourself on a deeper and more meaningful level. She’s fun and inspiring to be around because of her great sense of humor and intelligence.
But now, let’s get into the yoga retreat itself.
The center has taken lots of care and measures to make it safe and pleasant. The number of participants is limited to 10 at the moment. Everyone will have their own room with an ensuite bathroom for the price of a shared! Each participant will receive a full set of personal props to keep throughout our time there. The rooms are spacious, clean, and decorated with good taste. Each room has either a balcony or a terrace with beautiful views. You can read more about the safety measurements here: https://santillanretreat.com/covid-protocol
There are numerous common spaces both indoors and outdoors where you can read, contemplate or socialize. The premises and surroundings are absolutely gorgeous and the view over the Mediterranean breathtaking. There is a saltwater pool where you can swim or just relax and read on the comfy sun chairs under the warm Spanish sun.
Santillán is set in a secluded location high in the hills about half an hour from Malaga airport. The airport is easily accessible from all parts of Europe and beyond.
The center is amazingly beautiful and has a large yoga room fully equipped with props and a large yoga wall. The room is full of light coming from the big windows and has a spectacular view over the hills toward the Mediterranean. In the mornings you get to wake up together with the sun in this beautiful space and absorb the magical atmosphere of the sunrise.
The excellent food is lovingly prepared from local produce, most of it grown organically on the premises and varying according to season. The menu is mainly vegetarian, with the addition of fish, if wanted. Allergies and food sensitivities are catered for. All the meals are just delicious! Simple, tasty, fresh, and made with love. I got so many new recipe ideas and lots of inspiration for my cookings.
We will have daily asana classes, meditation sessions, and talks. There will also be time to hike, swim in the saltwater pool, read or really take it easy, to rest and allow the yoga to take effect. You have the possibility to book massages and other treatments for an extra charge. Last year I took one heavenly massage and one very powerful singing bowl treatment.
All the details, how to book, testimonials, and pictures from the past retreats can be found at https://www.tovepalmgren.com/yoga-retreats
It would be amazing to have you there with us!