The Divine flame
Ancient wisdom from the Himalayas
7 day Yoga Retreat in magical Ibiza
10-17 September 2020
A unique opportunity to learn from an Indian yogi that incarnates the authentic teachings of the Himalayas.
We are extremely happy to be hosting Shri Shiva Shankar at Casa Shakti for the third year running to lead a week of intense yoga and meditation practices. Taking residence in an enchanting finca in the north of Ibiza, this retreat is a chance to learn from a fascinating Indian yogi with vast teaching experience and profound knowledge of walking the yoga path.
Shiva grew up at the foothills of the Himalayas, raised by his spiritual masters in the ancient cave-monasteries of the great yogis. He has been holding classes, workshops and teacher training courses around the world for over 20 years and learning from him is a really uplifting and unique experience.
This will be an all-encompassing retreat, covering a mixture of Hatha yoga principles, asanas, mantras, pranayama, mudras, bandhas, meditation and yoga philosophy – all taught by Shiva with his signature laugh, lively teaching approach and unmistakable Indian accent.
Shiva will also teach us about the traditional daily routines of a yogi and offer us guidelines and practical tips so that we can apply some of these to our daily lives.
The retreat is open to all levels and is recommended not only to students but also to yoga teachers looking to take their practice to another level, and not only in the physical sense.
Shiva will be there to answer the questions of more experienced yogis whilst beginners will have the opportunity to start their practice with the best possible foundations.
In order to experience the traditional schedule of a yogi’s daily routine, mornings will start with a sunrise meditation and mantra chanting on the rooftop of Casa Shakti. Accompanied by chirping birds, the changing colours of the sky and the sounds of the countryside coming to life, this is a really special and magical experience that allows us to start our day in connection with the rhythms of nature.
After the meditation, we will enjoy an aromatic tea before our two-hour yoga practice on the poolside yoga deck, which offers sweeping views over green pine tree hills and down to the shimmering sea.
Shiva’s teaching style incorporates breathing techniques and meditation with active classes, always giving importance to gentle realignments and adjustments and to bringing the breath in sync with the movement.
His teachings come from many years of extensive personal experience, practice and study allowing him to provide safe and supportive guidance whilst always addressing the individual needs of each student.
Whilst challenging you physically, Shiva’s classes also gently push you to go a little beyond what you think what you can do, with incredible results! It’s about acknowledging the limits and learning to break down those limits.
We will also practice daily with a number of different pranayama techniques (breathing exercises), experiencing first hand their wonderful benefits and why we consider them an integral part of our yoga practice.
After the yoga class, we will be served a delicious, healthy brunch of both sweet and savoury dishes before we sit down with Shivaji as he leads the yoga philosophy class. He will take us through some of the rich history behind our asanas and talk us through the practices and rituals found in the daily life of a yogi. You will learn about how to bring more yoga into your daily life whilst away from the mat and how to gain greater inner strength for your own practice.
During this time, you will have the chance to take notes and ask Shiva questions.
Following the yoga philosophy class, you will have time for yourself to sunbathe by the pool or explore some of the wonders that the island has to offer. Casa Shakti is surrounded by idyllic beaches, hiking trails in nature and Las Dalias, the island’s most famous hippy market, is just a short walk away. We know the island inside out and will be happy to suggest places for you to visit and things for you to do during your stay with us.
As the day starts to wind down, we will have our evening yoga class by the pool before enjoying dinner together.
We have been on retreats with Shiva for the past 3 years and have also joined him for a month in India, and we can honestly say that he is an incredible teacher. In his classes, you get a real sense that you are learning from someone with a vast wealth of yoga knowledge that comes from learning in an authentic environment, yet at the same time he is humble and fun to be around.
We can’t wait for this retreat to start and to share this journey with you!
SRI SHIVA SHANKAR
Shiva grew up in India, at the foothills of the Himalayas, and has dedicated his whole life to following the journey within by following in the footsteps of the great Himalayan masters, sages and great yogis of the past.
From a young age, Shivaji showed a flair for the practice of yogic techniques, meditation, reciting mantras and studying the ancient Holy Scriptures of Veda.
At the age of 12 he felt a calling and, crossing the limitations imposed by family and social boundaries, he left his home to follow the path to spiritual enlightenment. After successfully completing a three-year course in Vedic Science and Meditation and possessing an impressive knowledge of Yogic tradition, its texts and its practices, he was selected to visit the West to spread the ancient wisdom of yoga and spirituality.
Shiva holds classes, workshops and teacher training courses around the world, returning each winter to his homeland at the foothills of the Himalayas to spend time on the banks of his beloved river Ganges.
Studying under Shiva is a unique chance to practice with a teacher that incarnates the authentic teachings of the Himalayas and can really help take your yoga practice to another level.
ELENA & ROSIE
Elena and Rosie, the founders of Shakti World Retreats and managers of our venue Casa Shakti, will be organising and coordinating this event.
They will be on-site to make sure that everything runs smoothly during the retreat, that all our guests are well taken care of and that all the little details are in place to make this the most memorable retreat for our guests.
We can’t wait to meet you all and welcome you on this retreat!!!
The retreat is held in our authentic 17th-century farm, Casa Shakti, nestled in the hills behind the town of San Carles de Peralta, surrounded by nature and with wonderful sweeping views over the valley and out to the sea. There are several terraces for relaxing and enjoying the views and a lovely cobbled courtyard that leads up to the gorgeous swimming pool, with jacuzzi and spectacular views. Large century-old terraces are devoted to organic cultivation and to housing 4 lovely rescue horses Arachana, Apache, Beauty and Indigo and miniature pony Rocco.
Casa Shakti has a yogi heart of its own – with its wonderful energy, its yoga deck, pool and terraces, vegetable gardens, horses, cats and chickens, it’s the perfect place to host this very special retreat.
The closest beach, stunning Cala Nova, is 2km/25min walk away and the famous hippie market of Las Dalias is only a 10-minute walk in San Carles village.
To ensure that this will be a real transformational week, we will observe certain guidelines about the food and diet and we will practice a sattvic diet, according to the traditional yoga practice. We will, therefore, use all those ingredients that help to maintain a balanced physical, mental and emotional state: fruit, vegetables, pulses, wholemeal cereals, fresh non-packages ingredients, nuts and seeds.
The food we serve will be vegetarian (100% vegan on request) and most people are pleasantly surprised by how delicious and satisfying it can be. It is also of low gluten content as we experiment with flour other than wheat.
When we use eggs and dairy products, they are from a local, trusted dairy farm.
Mealtimes are always a great opportunity for us all to get to know each other and share stories and experiences together. We look forward to sharing this time with you all!
*7 nights’ accommodation
You will be staying in a beautiful, authentic 17th century Ibiza farmhouse nestled in the hills, with sweeping views over green valleys and down to the glistening sea.
*2 daily yoga classes covering Hatha yoga principles, asanas, mantras, pranayama, mudras, bandhas, meditation
*Daily yoga philosophy classes with note-taking and question time
*Brunch and dinner
A plentiful breakfast, lunch and dinner will be prepared fresh for you each day with love by our chef using locally sourced, quality produce.
*Herbal tea, aromatic water and fresh fruit available throughout the day
*A surprise arrival gift for you
What’s not included:
Prices start from €1090
We have a variety of accommodation options to suit different budgets and requirements.
Please refer to our PDF or go to “Reserve your Spot” for full price details.
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“Yoga is a light, which once lit will never dim. The better you practice, the brighter the flame.” ~ BKS Iyengar