Yoga retreats in Ibiza are pretty much a dime (or, ahem, a few thousand euros!) a dozen these days, so it’s wonderful when a unique new retreat comes along that really stands out (or in this case, UP) from the rest. One such newcomer for 2015 is Morna Retreats SUP Yoga & Health Retreat, an eight-day retreat taking place on various dates (June 20-27, September 5-12 and October 3-10, 2015) throughout the summer and approaching the concept of a retreat as much more than just an extended holiday with some yoga thrown in. Rather, these retreats are tailored to be relaxing, memorable, informative and most importantly, fun! Well, it is Ibiza after all…
The standout element of this retreat is that traditional yoga is taken out of the studio and onto the beautiful, sparkling Mediterranean Sea. Your mat is replaced by a stand-up paddle board, giving you the fun and freedom of connecting with nature – immersed in the sea, soaking up the sun, breathing in the fresh oxygen and with nothing but beautiful land, sky and sea stretched out before you.
Whether you’ve had experience with SUP or are a total newcomer, the experienced Morna Retreats teachers have developed a daily program designed to improve your technique and increase core strength and flexibility. Much more challenging than a typical yoga studio practice – you can imagine balancing on the water involves a lot more concentration and muscle control than a mat – each day starts with a beautiful exploration of the island’s coastline as you search for the perfect calm space to commence your practice. Talk about yoga with a million dollar view!
In addition to the daily SUP yoga classes, optional Yin and Power yoga classes are also offered on the outdoor yoga deck or by the pool in the retreat centre, and you’ll also get to explore the island by land with plenty of fun activities planned to complement your daily wellbeing practices – think sunrise yoga followed by breakfast on the deck at Amante Beach Club, a visit to the famous Las Dalias hippy market, a silent mediation walk, lunch in the iconic countryside restaurant La Paloma, a sunset boat trip and much more. Tired muscles will be treated to extra TLC, as all guests are treated to an holistic aromatherapy massage, and encouraged to relax by the pool, the pond or in the gardens during their downtime.
Your ‘home’ away from home for the duration of the retreat is the all-new Hacienda Morna – a luxurious villa designed by renowned Ibiza architects, boasting beautifully decorated interiors and furnishings. With over 500m2 of stylish indoor and outdoor living space, sea views from the first floor, a large private swimming pool, intimate patios, in and outdoor dining areas for group meals, a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen and tranquil gardens with seating areas, it is the perfect retreat environment, set within lush tropical gardens with fruit trees, water features and ornamental fish ponds. Unlike other retreat hosts, who book a villa for the week of their event, Hacienda Morna is owned and run by one of the partners in Morna Retreats, meaning they have designed it with their own retreats in mind – nothing, not even the smallest detail, has been overlooked to ensure your optimum enjoyment.
As with any type of holiday, cuisine is of the utmost importance and full board is included in the cost of your retreat! A cold-pressed green juice is your daily immune booster – made with fresh locally sourced produce, and talented local chefs have created the perfect healthy and delicious menu – half vegan, half raw – to help you fuel up and refuel, by day and by night. Forget typical perceptions of raw food or veganism – your daily menus will consist of sushi, burgers, cheesecake and plenty of other mouth watering goodies… after all, eating on retreat should be fun too! Retreat goers will also undertake a fun workshop with the chefs onsite, learning how to ‘cook’ raw meals, make healthy bread, whip up luxe vegan desserts and more, meaning you can take home some new skills to wow your friends at your next dinner party, and start eating clean from the minute you arrive home – refreshed and renewed, with new energy and healthy, happy vibes.
For more information or to book your place on the Morna Retreats SUP & Healthy Retreat in Ibiza, visit the Morna Retreats website here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.