Yoga & Meditation Retreat, in the Hills of Southern Spain
Trasierra, Cazalla De La Sierra, Seville | Wednesday 15th to Sunday 19th May 2019
Take a deep dive into nature and your practice and dedicate the time to emerge refreshed, empowered and connected.
Five days of yoga, meditation, delicious and healthy food, chanting, pranayama, drawing, star-gazing, walking in the hills, nature connection and ceremony, with plenty of free time to relax, explore and assimilate.
Join us for this very special opportunity to connect to nature and your practice at the beautiful Trasierra, perched among the wild hills of Cazalla De La Sierra, Southern Spain.
We invite you to enter into a space of deep relaxation and even deeper healing.
This retreat will consist of:
• Daily Yoga classes by Amber Scott, Ruby Reed and Christabel Reed
• Delicious, healthy and nourishing meals
• Nature Connection and walking
• Evening Meditation, Chanting and Pranayama
• Plenty of time to relax by the pool, soak in the sunshine, take part in arts and crafts, read and explore the nature
Amber has been running yoga and hill walking retreats at Trasierra for almost a decade. Her teaching style summons up the intelligence of the student so that the practice becomes truly integrated. Connecting neurological pathways in the physical body means that each movement we make provides a pathway to greater understanding of the self and the way we operate. Deep shifts are given space to occur and the practice becomes truly transformative.
After breakfast we will go on walks in the surrounding countryside - an opportunity to reintegrate into the natural world and feel connected to the earth as a source of strength and power. We will walk and explore and use art, craft, breathwork and meditations as ways to move beyond the mental space and enter into a creative and connected realm, shaking off the burdens and effects of our mechanised, systemised fast-past world.
The days will end with peaceful chanting, gentle movement, pranayama and meditation as a way to reconnect with the heart, un-peeling the layers that prevent us from connecting to our most wild, natural and thriving selves!
Each day you will also have the opportunity to relax in the beautiful house and garden or lounge by the pool, draw and read, or go on walks in the surrounding hills and woodlands.
All inclusive prices from £850 for a shared room to £1250 for a room with sole occupancy. To reserve a place please contact us. We will then ask you to pay a £200 deposit per person before paying the full price by mid April.
About Amber Scott
Amber was born and brought up in Spain, spending her time surrounded by nature in the hills north of Seville. She travelled extensively with her family around India from the age of 5; this is where she got my first taste of the inspiration that would later draw her to the practice of yoga. Over the years, her mother practised with devotion and began to host yoga weeks in Spain with various fantastic teachers, one of whom started her off on her own yoga journey at the age of 17. She began to attend classes during these retreats and was lucky to receive some wonderful instruction from different teachers that visited them from London.
Amber went on to cultivate a strong self-practice using books, primarily ´Light on Yoga' by B.K.S Iyengar and 'Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha' from the Bihar School of Yoga. She learned for the first time how to breathe properly, and went to live in India, where she immersed herself deeply in self-practice while teaching English to children. A year later, she travelled to Nepal where she commenced her training in the Thai healing tradition at the Healing Hands Centre in Kathmandu. She undertook a course in Hatha Yoga and continued to cultivate her self-practice, learning the practice of yoga nidra, which she continues to teach. At the request of friends and guests, Amber began to teach some students in the spirit of sharing her learnings and knowledge. Travelling next to Rishikesh, Amber studied with Usha Devi, a strong teacher from the Iyengar tradition. On this trip she began to explore the teachings of buddhism and on a ten day silent buddhist retreat had her first experience of teaching a group, leading a daily class aimed at preparing the body for long periods of sitting. Back in London Amber enrolled on a degree course in Sanskrit and the study of religions at SOAS, continued to teach private clients and worked as a massage therapist around the city. It was at this time that she started a family, and shortly after met Ruth White with whom she did her yoga teacher training. Ruth taught Amber to hold back within the physical postures, which enabled her to cultivate a deeper awareness in her practice.
Amber's method of teaching is called Karuna Yoga, the yoga of compassion. It is an adaptation of the rigorous Iyengar training; it is precise, clear and safe, all of which are qualities of teaching that Amber has adopted and for which she is deeply grateful. After many years training with Ruth, Amber began to run her own retreats combining yoga and hill walking at her beloved family home in Spain, Trasierra. She has also begun to follow her interest in healing through the therapeutic application of yoga and has trained with another truly great teacher, Tias Little. Tias founded Prajna Yoga, a method that pays particular attention to the yoga of the subtle body. The emphasis is on slowing down and cultivating sensory awareness to remove obstacles to freedom.
Currently studying an MA in the Traditions of Yoga & Meditation at SOAS University in London is giving Amber the opportunity to read about the roots of this practice that has given her so much, adding a much needed dimension to the practical works. She continues to run retreats, teach privately and locally, deepen her own practice and learn through her teaching. As often as possible she makes her way back to India to absorb the immediacy of spiritual life.
Read more: http://www.amberscottyoga.com/
About Ruby Reed
Ruby teaches an alignment based vinyasa yoga. Her teaching style engages a subtle and embodied approach that uses the breath to guide a slow, strong and creative practice. She brings an excellent knowledge of anatomy and physiology to a passion for the authentic teachings of yoga philosophy, blending these in an informed and full approach to the study of Yoga.
Ruby first practiced yoga 10 years ago in India in her teens, which begun a passion with a practice which would go on to change her life. Later, she developed a high energy, daily practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa under the guidance of Brett Porzio and now Ursula Scott, which over 4 years has led her from dark early mornings in the Soho shala, to learn from the source in India, practicing with the Jois family at KPJAYI, Mysore. Her formal training began on the rigorous BWY and YA accredited two-year training at Triyoga, London in 2014 with Susannah Hoffman and Jeff Fenix, during which time she had the opportunity to take a deep dive into authentic meditative practices, from pre-classical yoga to the creative exploration of Tantra, under the guidance of Carlos Pomeda. Now under the watchful eye of her teachers Colin Dunsmuir and Miranda Taylor, she takes part in another transformational four-year training in Vinyasa Krama, the tradition of Krishnamacharya.
Ruby remains continually in awe of the powerful practice of yoga to unstick and shift negative patterns, opening the doorway for change. She is also a passionate free-diver and is learning more about this amazing technique and the way it expands our consciousness, mind and body. She is an advocate of an embodied approach to life, where the breath comes first as we cherish and remain present in every moment.
Read more: https://www.rubyreedyoga.com
About Christabel Reed
Employing the practice therapeutically and according to the individuals in front of her, Christabel focuses on breath development and the cultivation of a calmer mind, whist guiding students through dynamic movement. Initially drawn to Yoga through its ability to release her from quite severe anxiety that she had been suffering with for years, Christabel likes to nurture within her students the practice of non-judgemental observation, becoming aware of, and accepting, where we are and how we are. By working at this level we can gradually bring about positive changes to our actions, thoughts and behaviours, as when we are aware of our actions we are no longer prisoners to our habits. Classes generally include asana, pranayama, relaxation, chanting and meditation. Christabel has been teaching for 3 years and is currently finishing off her Masters at SOAS in the Traditions of Yoga & Meditation. Although completing two Teacher Trainings in her early 20s Christabel is now in the second year of her third TTC, taught by Colin Dunsmuir. This deep and progressive four-year course in Ayurveda and the Tradition of Krishnamacharya has already been transformational to both her practice and her teaching and she looks forward to ever-expanding her knowledge.
Read more: https://www.christabelreed.yoga
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Trasierra is a privately owned hotel set high in the Sierra Morena Mountains, 80km north of Seville in the heart of Andalucia. This historic 16th Century house stands in an aromatic garden surrounded by three thousand acres of olive and orange groves and has been the property of Charlotte Scott and her family for 25 years. Its charm is that it is a family house as well as an hotel; designed for people who appreciate peace, good taste and comfort, delicious food and stunning unspoilt landscapes.