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Short & Sweet Autumn Retreat Alicante | November 11 – 15

From 11 to 15 November 2021 our short and sweet Autumn Retreat will take place at Finca les Coves, an eco-glamping in the mountains of Alicante. Immerse yourself in endless nature, sun, and in an  open, safe and laidback atmosphere.

Autumn Retreat Alicante

This retreat is aimed at unwinding and preparing ourselves for Winter season. While Fall is the time to get your affairs in order, Winter is the time for introspection. We’ll focus on both seasons through the lens of a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective. That means that the yoga sessions, meals, massages and all other activities during of this retreat are designed in such a way that your body&mind will receive all the nourishment it needs at the start of the most ‘yin’ part of the year. Of course we’ll dive deep into this theme during the retreat

Traditional Chinese Medicine

TCM is a holistic and integrated health system and philosophy with its roots in ancient China. It already exists for over 3000 years, but that doesn’t make it less relevant today. In TCM, the human body, mind and soul are considered one. This one entity interacts with its environment, such as nature, the climate and other people. We affect our environment and are being affected by it. Therefore, if we as human beings live in harmony with ourselves and with our environment, our health and wellbeing will become increasingly better. To stay balanced, we have to continuously adapt to nature: to the (change of the) seasons for example. That’s exactly what we’ll focus on during the Spring Retreat.

What to expect?

  • Yoga sessions: from more active Morning Yoga to delicious ‘doing pretty much nothing’ Yin Yoga in the evening;
  • Shiatsu massage: Shiatsu massage is a Japanese massage technique that is based on the principles of TCM. It will target your meridians, muscles and connective tissue and leave you feel relaxed and recharged afterwards;
  • Meditation: think of Yoga Nidra and a meditation session in nature, bearing the energy of the Spring in mind – intention setting, growth and expansion;
  • Hikes: the retreat will take place in a pretty awesome and beautiful area. We will explore this area through hikes that are just around around the corner;
  • Beach picnic & meditation: getting mindful on the beach with the sound of waves on the background, and after that fill up your tummy with a freshly prepared picnic;
  • Meals: healthy, vegetarian (vegan optional) and TCM based meals that are full of seasonal products in order to nourish your body with everything it needs during Spring;
  • Movie Night: a cozy Movie Night with a movie that corresponds to the theme of the retreat;
  • Me-time: to do whatever you would like to do. For example writing in your diary, having a chitchat with your fellow participants, or having a real Spanish siesta;
  • Closing bonfire: on the last evening we spend together we will enjoy a bonfire and reflect upon our experiences during the retreat. Of course with marshmallows and a glass of wine, since it’s Sinner Sunday and life is all about balance 😉
  • And last but not least: lot’s of sun, cuddles with our animals (dogs, cats and pigs) and pool time.

The people behind

Marie-Claire (30 years old) will be your yoga teacher and Shiatsu masseuse during the retreat. When Marie-Claire started her yoga teacher training she also came to know about TCM for the very first time. She was fascinated by the old wisdom of this health system and philosophy and decided to combine yoga and TCM in her further career. She did a separate Shiatsu massage study which incorporates the principles of TCM. Marie-Claire is happy to share this wisdom and her own experiences in a practical way, and to guide you through the retreat in a safe and personal way.

 

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Apart from Marie-Claire, Anna & Cees (33 years old) will be your host during this retreat. Apart from sharing their life together, they also run Finca Les Coves together. A few years back Anna & Cees traded their city life for a more peaceful life upon a mountain in Spain. Being in nature, surrounded by animals, experiencing a slower way of living, had such a great effect on their quality of life. It made them want to share this experience with as many people as possible. Their thought was; if their finca helped them heal, it could help so many others. That’s how their retreats came to life.

Does this all resonate with you? Check out the program.

Program Autumn Retreat

Thursday November 11

  • 12.00 hours | Arrival with healthy snack, coffee & tea
  • 13.30 hours – 14.30 | Lunch + introduction
  • 14.30 hours – 17.30 | Free time (optional hike) / Shiatsu Massage
  • 17.30 hours – 18.30 | Relaxing Yoga
  • 19.00 hours – 20.00 | Dinner

Friday November 12

  • 08.30 – 9.30 hours | Morning Yoga
  • 09.45 – 10.45 hours | Breakfast
  • 11.00 – 15.00 hours | Beach picnic + meditation
  • 15.00 – 17.30 hours | Free time / Shiatsu massage
  • 17.30 – 18.30 hours | Yin Yoga
  • 19.00  – 20.00 hours | Dinner
  • 20.00 – 21.30 hours | Movie Night

Saturday November 13

  • 08.30 – 9.30 hours | Morning Yoga
  • 09.45 – 10.45 hours | Breakfast
  • 11.00 – 13.30 hours | Free time / Shiatsu massage
  • 13.30 – 14.30 hours | Lunch
  • 15.00 – 17.00 hours | Hike
  • 17.00 – 19.00 hours | Free time / Shiatsu massage
  • 19.00 – 20.00 hours | Dinner
  • 20.30 – 21.30 hours | Yoga Nidra

Sunday November 14

  • 08.30 – 9.30 hours | Morning Yoga
  • 09.45 – 10.45 hours | Breakfast
  • 11.00 – 13.30 hours | Free time/ Shiatsu massage
  • 13.30 – 14.30 hours | Lunch
  • 15.00 – 17.00 hours | Hike
  • 17.00 – 19.00 hours | Free time/ Shiatsu massage
  • 19.00 – 20.00  hours | Dinner
  • 20.00 – 21.00 hours | Yin Yoga
  • 21:00 – 22:00 hours |Closing bonfire

Monday November 15

  • Breakfast & drop off airport

*Note that this is a concept program, meaning that there could be slight changes due to external conditions such as the weather.

Price & Reservation

  • Do you want to come with a friend? The price for a shared room is 620 euro per person.
  • Do you prefer a private room? The price for private room 770 euro per person

To confirm your reservation you make a down payment of 30%. The rest of the amount you pay 42 days before the the arrival date of the retrreat.

You’ll sleep either in our cave villa or one of our Scandinavian cabins.You will share the shower facilities with one or two other people (depending on the accommodation). If you want to make a reservation, send an email to info@fincalescoves.com and mention your preferred accommodation.

*Flights are not included in the price

Corona virus

As long as there is no lockdown, this retreat will happen. So even if your government gives a negative travel advise for Spain, we won’t cancel the retreat. It’s an advise not a prohibition, and we are confident that we can still offer a safe, relaxing retreat. If you do decide to cancel your reservation, we appeal to our cancelation policy.

In case of a lockdown or an entry ban we understand you cannot come to the retreat. In this case we want to propose three options:

  • You cancel your reservation according to our cancelation policy
  • You move your reservation to a retreat next year
  • You can use the amount you’ve already paid us as a voucher for a ‘regular’ holiday in 2022