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Alma Festival – Where soul-searchers and thought-leaders unite

The arrival of the cool season at Six Senses Ibiza coincides with the launch of the resort’s all-new Alma Festival

As Ibiza enters the cool season, thoughts turn to slow living, inspirational experiences and mindful living – all core elements of the Six Senses Ibiza ethos. The brand’s all-new Alma Festival from November 03 to 06, 2022 unites island residents and international travellers seeking to explore these concepts, wellness and spirituality on a deeper level.

Words: Kristie Rogers

The arrival of the cool season in Ibiza symbolises a shift in temperatures and tourism, but also in energy and focus. Gone is the go-go-go pace of high summer and its dance-till-dawn decadence, and in its place is a gentler way of life that incorporates community, connection and celebration. Embracing this seasonal transition to the fullest is heavenly resort Six Senses Ibiza, by bringing together like-minded travellers, island residents and international thought-leaders for its very first Alma Festival from Thursday November 03 to Sunday November 06, 2022.

Designed for soul-searchers, deep thinkers and those with an open-mind, Alma Festival at Six Senses Ibiza is centred around wellness and culture, fitness and health, connection and spirituality. The three-day program of events is filled with inspirational workshops, educational talks, meaningful ceremonies, transformative workouts, healing sessions, community dinners, laid-back fireside conversations and much more. Accommodation packages are available to those flying in from around the world, while limited edition one or three-day passes – including full access to Alma Festival’s offerings from 8am to 8pm plus lunch and valet parking – are available to the Ibiza community.

The majestic coastline of Cala Xarraca in Ibiza’s north sets the scene for this one-of-a-kind festival. Six Senses Ibiza is nestled into the rugged cliffside like a beacon of beauty, welcoming guests to disconnect from their daily lives and enter a place of peace, tranquillity and creativity. On arrival, Alma Festival participants will take part in a Sanctum Sunset Session, led by the famed mindful movement experts, followed by a unique opening ceremony hosted by globally renowned spiritual guide and mystic Sah D’Simone, lauded for his radical authenticity and modern approach to spirituality. The remainder of the evening is all about leaning into the retreat experience; getting to know your fellow attendees over a community dinner and live music performances into the night.

What sets Alma Festival apart from other Ibiza retreats, wellness workshops or conferences is the calibre of its guest speakers and group leaders. Wellness pioneers, health luminaries, influential CEOs, entrepreneurs and founders join a hand-picked selection of Ibiza’s leading yoga, fitness and mindfulness teachers at Six Senses Ibiza to captivate, inspire and delight the group. The program is completely flexible – attend only the workshops, practices, classes, panels and talks that appeal to you – allowing you plenty of time for relaxation and rejuvenation. After all, me-time can be equally as valuable as connection when you’re taking time away from your day-to-day responsibilities.

Days two and three at Alma Festival at Six Senses Ibiza offer a plethora of opportunities to learn from the best. Take part in an Ayurveda workshop and sample a curated Ayurvedic menu and sound healing session with leading UK wellbeing expert, bestselling author, chef and TV presenter Jasmine Hemsley, who is a living breathing example of taking a 360-degree approach to health. Work up a sweat with celebrity trainer and founder of The Class, Taryn Toomey, to get an insight into her broad-spectrum approach to wellness through ritual, music, movement and psychotherapy. And prepare to absorb innovative and life-affirming knowledge when you settle in for the Biohacking Keynote with bestselling science author Dave Asprey – known as the ‘father of biohacking’ – who’ll teach you how to control your biology in order to feel your best.

Embark on an uplifting Longevity Hike through the stunning surrounds of Cala Xarraca and Six Senses Ibiza with founder of Sanctum, Luuk Melisse, and dive deep into the concept of sustainable fashion with supermodel Lily Cole. Tap into neuroscience, flow states and meditation techniques with Michael Acton Smith OBE, co-founder of number one relaxation app, Calm – another profound example of practicing what he so very beautifully preaches. And don’t miss the chance to learn from Vishen Lakhiani, founder and CEO of online learning platform Mindvalley. Lakhiani promises to teach Alma Festival participants his fast-track modern meditation methodology – dubbed the 6-Phase Meditation Method – that works to supercharge the mind and unlock your ultimate potential in mere minutes.

Additional activities at Alma Festival include yoga classes, sex talks, live art body painting, psychedelic breathwork, ecstatic dance sessions, KAP (Kundalini Activation Process) sessions, tantra workshops, sunset ceremonies and a night in Disco Los Gatos at The Beach Caves at Six Senses Ibiza – it wouldn’t be Ibiza without a party! You can also dip into extra treatments in the Six Senses Spa Ibiza, consultations and therapies in RoseBar, plus activities and one-to-one sessions in the resort on request. Tailoring your experience to suit your needs, interests and beliefs means you’ll get the most out of the three days – and nights, if you’re a residential guest.

Coming together over nourishing cuisine is a big part of the Alma Festival ideology. Relaxed mealtimes in the company of your fellow attendees can be where the best friendships are made, over spontaneous and thought-provoking conversations, laughter and Six Senses Ibiza’s signature farm-fresh food. Dine alfresco beneath the olive trees and overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean Sea by day, and beneath the Balearic stars by night before heading off to bed – whether that’s back home in Ibiza or to your sumptuous suite in the hotel – to dream of the ways you’ll put your newfound skills and knowledge into action.

Those attending the inaugural Alma Festival can expect to feel countless benefits from their experiences at Six Senses Ibiza, long after checking out of the resort, from improved wellbeing and elevated emotions to enhanced physical performance, newfound nutritional wisdom, fresh motivation an overall sense of balance among many others. Residential packages start at 1950€ for single occupancy while double starts at 2800€, while the limited edition island resident day passes are 295€ (for Friday and Saturday only) or 960€ for a full three-day access pass. Alma is the Spanish word for soul, and after three days of living in harmony with like-minded seekers, your soul will undoubtedly feel refreshed and revived, ready to re-enter the world.