The ‘Listen’ Retreat – Andalucia 2023

Take a deep breath and place your hands on your chest. Close your eyes. Now be honest with yourself. How often do you take the time to truly listen to the whispers of your heart? Do you take time to strip away the noise, the excess, the fluff? Do you understand what it truly means to live from that space?

It’s so hard to understand what is you and what isn’t in a society that piles so much on top of us. It’s increasingly harder to become quiet. We are more connected than ever, with very little time to switch off, go inwards and assess. It’s something that has to be made space for.

That is why the ‘Listen’ Retreat was born.

It came from the beating of my own heart amidst a moment of silence. If I hadn’t have learnt to quiet the external and my own mind, I would never have heard that call. All of my bursts of creativity, joy, love, appreciation, and best decisions come from moments of silence. And on this retreat we would love to guide you to be able to discover the same.

Why Andalucia?

My mum (Samantha Waterfield at Elysium Holistic Therapy) and I have wanted to run a retreat together for a while. True to our beliefs, the universe needed to bring about its own divine timing first. Andalucia (specifically the Costa de La Luz) in Southern Spain is the place where my mum began to listen to the inner workings of her own soul. Attending the coastline for many years as a family, it’s a place we hold very dear in our hearts. The meeting of Europe and Africa, Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, may be what brings a very peaceful and spiritual energy to this coastline. We stumbled on the gorgeous Huerta Belinda as our venue for the retreat. Nestled in the hills of El Cuarton only 8KM from bohemian Tarifa and it’s beautiful beaches, Huerta Belinda is a luxurious yet peaceful getaway surrounded by nature. Complete with a purpose built Yoga studio, outdoor pool, treatment room and stunning views of Morocco, it encapsulates everything we love about this pocket of the planet. It was a no brainer.

The Team

For a retreat that has been so eagerly requested by our clients, mum and I knew we needed to be part of a fantastic and unique team for the duration of the retreat. As well as daily Yoga practices and specialist sessions with myself and mum leading gong baths and offering her world class treatments, we have two other team members helping us make magic. The fantastic Ben will be cooking up the most delightful and COLOURFUL vegan food to help you feel both nourished and revived. We are also so lucky to have the incredible Catherine Gallagher helping to hold space and assist throughout. Should you need a chat, some help or someone to just listen, we are there to make your experience as comfortable as possible.

Ciara & Sam
Ben
Catherine

The Itinerary

The ‘Listen’ Retreat is from Friday 14th April (arrival by 3PM) to Tuesday 18th April (departure at 10AM). From your arrival on the Friday to your departure on the Tuesday, your days at Huerta Belinda for the ‘Listen’ retreat will be loosely structured, giving you time to engage with others, work through things on the mat or just be with yourself and journal. On arrival day, you will be checked in and served a welcome snack on the terrace before our opening session together. Each morning enjoy 90 minutes of sunrise Vinyasa flow Yoga at 8, free time during the day to explore, swim, relax or book a treatment at your leisure and an evening practice of restorative Yoga, a gong bath or a meditation practice. All will be designed to leave the external world behind and listen a little deeper. On the departure day there will be no Yoga, just a relaxed breakfast and packed snack to send you on your way.

Should you wish, there are also options to take a walking route or make your own way to Tarifa or Punta Paloma beach (about 20 minutes in the car).

All activities scheduled are optional. We encourage you to do whatever feels right to you throughout the duration of the retreat.

The Food

All food served on the retreat will be vegan and organic, to help cleanse your body. So often the food we consume in our day to day life has hidden chemicals that muddy our ability to listen to our bodies. Ben will serve you a bountiful breakfast, light lunch and soothing dinner every day, as well as the occasional juice or snack in case you find yourself feeling peckish! Herbal teas and coffee will be available at all times for you to remain hydrated. There will be no alcohol served on this retreat.

Please let us know upon booking if you have any dietary requirements and we will accommodate where we can.

The Investment

From double rooms to twin rooms, shared or private bathrooms and sea views, the room options and tiered pricing will offer something for everyone.

Example of Double Room With Sea View

Please note that the below prices are inclusive of everything once you arrive at Huerta Belinda. Flights and transfers are not included, however you will have the option to book a transfer to and from one of the nearby airports. This can be arranged upon booking. Any treatments booked come at an additional cost.

Shared Twin Room (Sharing with a stranger) – £795.00pp

Twin Room with shared bathroom – £795.00pp

Small Double Room with shared bathroom – £895.00pp

Private Twin Room – £895.00pp

Private Twin Room with sea view – £995.00pp

Double Room – £1,050.00pp

Double Room with sea view – £1,150.00pp

To secure your place a non-refundable deposit of £300 must be paid upon booking. The balance is due 10 weeks before commencement of the retreat. We are willing to negotiate a payment plan to suit you if this is necessary.

Example of Twin & En Suite

How Do I Book?

To book please contact us directly, either by the contact form on my site or through email/mobile if you are an existing client. From there further details will be emailed over for you to secure your booking.

We can’t wait to welcome you in April with all of our love.

Sam & Ciara X