May 23 -30, 2020

Purna Yoga Retreat

Align with Radical Self Acceptance
with Sandra Carson
Tarifa Beach, South Spain

“You are the point the Universe is trying to make”- Douglas Brooks

Purna means Perfection. Completeness. Fullness.

The definition of perfection in our culture is “being absolutely flawless,” the state of completion of the highest potential.

But in a tantric view, perfection means “fullness”. It means that all potential is fulfilled in every given moment and nothing is lacking. Purna is not a fixed state of absolute perfection but a moving, ever changing reality, a radical acceptance and celebration of what is.

You are Perfectly Imperfect

In this wider context Purna means everything is complete as it is. And that makes you “embodied perfection”; the flawless messiness of being human, the imperfect perfection of who you are.

During this retreat, you are invited to take Purna into every moment; every thought, every feeling and every action.

All it takes is your awareness and practice. It invites you to the uncomfortable place of radical acceptance, of yourself and of reality as it presents itself.

Acceptance is something we all long for deep in our heart, because it is the essence of inner peace. As you become more aligned with living in harmony with the perfection of your authentic self and life as it is, you begin to cut the chains of suffering and step into a life of Love and Freedom.

THE PROGRAM

This week is for you if you are looking for a retreat that offers daily yoga and deeper inner work. If you are interested in diverse yoga practices (including meditation, breath work and deep relaxation) and following a program that involves some contemplation, writing and sharing exercises.

Sandra’s yoga teaching is a real mix of movement (flow and intuitive movement) and alignment. Her alignment work is knowledge and sensory based. Sandra will offer techniques so you can find and feel the alignment that fits your body.

Part of the day will be in silence, giving you a chance to go deeper into yourself.

There will also be time to explore the nearby long, quiet and sunny beaches, doing some of the practices outdoors and enjoying long walks, swimming in the ocean and sun and pure air baths.

We will be served delicious vegetarian foods that are low in sugar and carbs so that you enjoy your natural energy, feel relaxed and increase your clarity.

THE EXCURSIONS

In the southern part of the province of Cadiz, South Spain, the beaches and the light are beyond comparison.

We will be immerse in the land-maritime Natural Park of the Strait, bathed in the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. A treasure of long, lonely beaches, cliffs, underwater caves, and memories of ancient civilizations.

The coast around the white and charming village of Tarifa, the nearest village to the retreat venue, is probably unique in the South Spain, due to its lack of development and its unspolited light blue sea beaches.

From the venue, we will enjoy excursions to amazing beaches and beautiful treekings with views to the Northen cost of Africa.

In May, the number of tourists is low, so we will be able to benefit from silence walks, quiet baths and feel closer the healing power of nature.

Just in a few kms, you will explore different places, from Bolonia dunes and its ruins, to the trekking until the hidden beach of “El Cañuelo”, the quiet spots of “Paloma Baja” or the nearest beach of Valdevaqueros.

All excursions and transport during the trips are included.

THE TEACHER

SANDRA CARSON

Sandra Carson is a knowledgeable and insightful yoga teacher who has been teaching internationally for the last 18 years.
Her teaching style is rooted in alignment and the cultivation of body awareness through the sensory body. Sandra’s background is Vinyasa Flow, Anusara yoga, therapeutics and Tantra.

She became a Yoga Alliance certified teacher in the USA in 2001. She is also a Anusara® certified teacher and an Experienced Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT500). She teaches workshops and retreats in different countries, Yoga Teacher trainings and Advanced Yoga Teacher trainings.

Her unique yoga classes are a mix of flow and alignment and mostly dynamic and energizing in nature. They invite you to step up and curiously explore your abilities while respecting your boundary. Sandra encourages you to listen intimately and choose what serves you in every moment by offering modifications and variations throughout the practice.
Over the past years, Sandra has been specializing more in the pelvis and psoas.

Sandra teaches classes in Amsterdam and for online yoga studio EkhartYoga.com, with more than 800.000 students all over the world.
You can find her on LivingAlignmentYoga.com and EkhartYoga.com

WHERE

We will stay in a spacious and secluded luxury villa in South Spain, in the province of Cádiz, 8 km from the beautiful coastal village of Tarifa.

The villa sits in a stunning elevated, nestled between mountain and sea with a panoramic vista over miles of sandy beaches.

We will enjoyed high standard facilities, including an indoor large heated swimming-pool and an outdoor smaller swimming-pool with views to the ocean and the north coast of Africa.

In May, the days are sunny, warm, clear and long and we may enjoy the large gardens for relaxing and reading and the open dinning room during the meals.

The venue have a fully equipped yoga shala and a outdoor yoga deck, a massage room and Wi-Fi conection.

All rooms have air-conditioning, confortable beds and new bathrooms.

The food is first class, delicious, ecological, local and seasonal. We hire a private chef for the retreat week, specialized in vegetarian and vegan cuisine. She teaches workshops on healthy nutrition for yoga practioners all over Spain.

The closer beach is called Los Lances and it’s 1,4 km from the villa. In less than 15 minutes by car, there are several amazing long beaches and a few km more, the Alcornocales Natural Park starts, which offers beautiful trekking options.

You can reach this magic place in just one an hour and an 45 min from Málaga airport (transport from the airport included), which have direct and affordable flight options from most European main cities.

A unique space to practice, reflect, connect, nourish and rest.

Sample Daily Schedule (*)

Saturday May 23, 2020

14.15 – Bus leaves from Málaga airport to the retreat veune.

16.00 – Arrival to the retreat venue. Check- in

17.30 – Welcome. Introduction class.

19.00 – Dinner

From Sunday May 24 to Friday May 29

8.15- Yoga practice, meditation/breath work

10.00- Brunch

11.00- Morning session or free time/contemplation/assignments time

13.00- Excursion to one of the near beautiful beaches or treeking

17.00- Restorative yoga, TRE or afternoon session.

19.00- Dinner

20.00- Yoga Nidra

Saturday May 30

7. 30 Yoga practice and farewell session

9.00 Brunch

10.00 Check- out. Bus departures to Málaga airport

(*) The daily schedule can change depending on the weather conditions and the duration of the trips.

Package Includes

  • Accommodation in double rooms with ensuite bathroom. (1 Single room available).
  • Healthy vegetarian food, using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients prepared by an experienced  chef specialized in healthy nutrition.  2 meals per day: Bruch and dinner.
  • Coffee, teas, water, fruits and nuts available all day long.
  • Use of the in-door and out-door (ocean view) swimming-pool.
  • Yoga classes with Sandra Carson in the yoga shala (Anusara yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Breathing, Philosophy and Meditation)
  • Tension release excercises (TRE)
  • Conscious energy connections and coaching exercises (indoor ansd outdoors)
  • Trips to some of the most pure, tranquil and beautiful natural beaches and treekings
  • Transport on the excursions.
  • Private transport from Malaga airport to the retreat center, round trip. (Please check the timetable of the transport in the program before purchasing your flight tickets)

On request (at additional cost):

  • Several types of massages and energy healing (on request at arrival)

Flights tickets and travel insurance are not included

Total Price

Check our Early Bird discounts!

Prices per person and week all included:

Until February 1st – Very Early Bird . Special 220 € discount only for the first 4 registrations.

  • Option 1: Double shared room, shared bathroom: 1030 € per person. Only 2 bedrooms of this type. The bathroom will be shared between 2 double rooms.
  • Option 2. Large triple shared room, with private bathroom: 1030 €. Only 1 room of this type.
  • Option 3: Double shared room, private bathroom: 1170 € per person.
  • Option 4: Individual room with private bathroom: 1640 € per person. (only 1 room available) No discount in individual room.

Until March 10 – Early Bird. 120 € discount.

  • Option 1: Double shared room, shared bathroom: 1130€ per person. Only 2 bedrooms of this type. The bathroom will be shared between 2 double rooms.
  • Option 2. Large triple shared room, with private bathroom: 1130 €. Only 1 room of this type.
  • Option 3: Double shared room, private bathroom: 1270 € per person.
  • Option 4: Individual room with private bathroom: 1640 € per person. (only 1 room available) No discount in individual room.

From March 10 – Normal Price

  • Option 1: Double shared room, shared bathroom: 1250€ per person. Only 2 bedrooms of this type. The bathroom will be shared between 2 double rooms.
  • Option 2. Large triple shared room, with private bathroom: 1250 €. Only 1 room of this type.
  • Option 3: Double shared room, private bathroom: 1390 € per person.
  • Option 4: Individual room with private bathroom: 1640 € per person. (only 1 room available)

Payment policy:

– To secure your retreat booking, we request a 250 € deposit.

– Once you click on “Book your place now”, and send the registration form, you will receive a link for the on-line payment of the deposit.

-Balance payment is due before March 10, 2020. If you book after that date, you will be asked to directly pay the full amount.

Booking and cancelation policy:

– If you are travelling solo, and choose a double room, you will share with a same gender person. If you book a double room, but once the registrations are finished, there wouldn’t be any same gender person to share with, you may have the double room for your own but you will be asked to pay the individual room supplement.

– In case of cancellation, the deposit will not be returned under any circumstance

– If cancellation takes place before March 10, 70% of the total payment minus the deposit will be returned. Deposit will not be returned.

-If cancellation takes place between March 10 and April 10, 50 % of total payment minus deposit will be returned. Deposit will not be returned.

-If cancellation takes place after April 10, there will be no reimbursement. In such circumstance you could use your reservation for a future retreat or else hand it over to some other person (friend, relative, colleague…etc)

Any questions? Write us: info@shamaretreats.com