Spain Retreat June 2016

Residential retreat


‘La Loma Viva’, permaculture and retreat centre
  coast of Granada, Spain

Dates: 12-18 June 2016

Activities: Yoga, Pranayamas and Meditation

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During this week-long retreat we will learn and progress carefully through the practices of Open level  Yantra Yoga which corresponds to the Book Tibetan Yoga of Movement, see details from this link.

Tibetan Yoga of Movement: The Art and Practice of Yantra Yoga

The course is appropriate for people with little or no previous experience, as well as for people with an established practice that wish to understand and apply yantra yoga appropriate for their unique condition. Ultimately it will be the participant’s needs and capacity that will also have some influence on the course structure.          

There will be a course program sent out to everyone taking part including a diagnostic questionnaire, physical assessment and background notes.

Student centred approach to practice

Everyone comes to the mat with an  individual mix of elements with their corresponding types and capacity,                    i.e. both, an individual constitution and a present physiological state.

When we practice yoga we may notice a wide range of difficulties linked to:

 Age, body types, injuries, muscles condition (tight, stiff, weak or lax), improper functioning of major organs etc. as              well as imbalances of a more subtle quality such as with moods and emotions, blockages of the channels   meridians or prana.

Participants will be taught how to adjust and modify their practice according to their 5 elements, 3 humours and any presenting health problems. 

The course is adapted from a successful advanced retreat program that has been running for a few years in the UK retreat centre Kunselling. And it is grounded in John’s many years of experience in practicing Chinese Medicine, teaching yoga and his interest in Tibetan and Ayurvedic medicine. Also informed by western medicine and neuroscience, to help us understand how yoga pranayama and meditation can positively influence and benefit ourselves.



About the Centre

The course will take place at La Loma Viva Permaculture and Retreat Centre. This is a non-profit
organization, creating a centre and farm that is regenerative to its surrounding environment, promoting the local ecology and minimising waste.

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Included in the Retreat:

• Morning and afternoon yoga, pranayama and meditation practice. 
Expert and guided tuition tailored to your particular physical and health needs.

• Evening: optional Mindful Movement to music.
MMM mindful movement to music: is to experience and enjoy the movement of your whole dimension, your body, energy and mind, integrating with carefully selected music.

• The rest of the day can be spent relaxing in nature and the beautiful gardens, swimming, hiking or
excursions to the beach, etc.


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Bedrooms – shared double occupancy (single room supplements available).
All rooms have private outside access and spectacular views over the Mediterranean. Adjacent
bathrooms with free home-made organic soaps.



3 Organic meals provided with fresh produce picked from the garden or locally sourced.
Lovingly prepared and guaranteed to boost health and vitality. Plus natural spring water, home
grown herbal teas, coffee and fruit available all day.



Free wifi and laundry service. We also provide bathing and pool towels so you can travel light.
Additional Introduction to Permaculture session – uniting the practices of earth care and people care.
Learning to harmonise the forces of Nature on an inner and outer level. Farm tour and guided walk
explaining how to live in a regenerative way with the earth.


Introduction to Permaculture, outer and inner harmony of nature

On the path of yoga and meditation we may try to find peace harmony and balance within ourselves, and eventually manifest this in our external environment, we will explore this connection with this short introduction and if you would like you can participate and experience this further during your stay at the centre.

On the working farm, and Permaculture Centre we exploring some of the skills that are needed to create regenerative human habitats resilient people and communities. In a changing world we are faced with many challenges – Permaculture gives us the practical tools to adapt and thrive, turning problems into solutions and engaging us in positive actions that are beneficial to the earth and create meaningful livelihoods.


• £500 for 6 nights / 7 days
• Early bird discount – £460 paid in full by, 1st May 2016
• Single room supplement 20% = £ 600 p/p

Optionals – not included in the price.

• Flights or travel to Spain
• Excursions outside of the centre
• Acupuncture, Massage, Shiatsu treatments, Rossiter deep connective tissue stretch.
• Insurance is the participant's responsibility
• Airport Transfer – please see for travel options
• Wine and beer available for a small extra fee.

Places are limited to 16, so please book in advance.
Contact email:
More information about the retreat cebtre can be found at

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About the teacher

John first met Rinpoche in London in 1979 and immediately became interested in learning and practicing Yantra Yoga. In 1987 John started teaching Yantra yoga after a retreat in London at the suggestion of Rinpoche. 
2001, received diploma of Yantra yoga 2nd level. 
John has studied different forms of yoga and natural healing including Chinese Medicine, Shiatsu, Tui Na and Rossiter, Additional studies have included Biofeedback used in conjunction with yoga and meditation. He is also a qualified Yoga Therapist for mental health. (minded institute )
Another aspect of John’s work is combining his knowledge and experience of Oriental Medicine and Yoga Therapy, to help people recovering from substance abuse in residential settings using yoga pranayama and mindfulness methods to help their recovery.

John Renshaw  2nd level Yantra Yoga instructor, M.B.ACc. M.R.C.H.M. Dip Ac. CL;Ac (Nanjing),                                 Yoga Therapist  Minded Institute , SYT Yoga Alliance.

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