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Self-development and Wellness Retreat in Spain

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If you need time to think things over and would like some coaching to find out how to get more out of life, this is the retreat for you. At this lovely 3 Spanish cottage "Finca" only 20 minutes from Malaga airport, you will find Mia Isacsson who has been working with horses and coaching since 1995. Every morning and afternoon/evening, there will different body awareness exercises. Mindfulness, core, yoga, pilates, breathing exercises, meditation, hikes etc. at a level that suits your skills and body. Focus is to work with body, mind, and spirit to balance your energy and to make you see things more clearly. In three of these classes, you will be able to swap for riding lessons if you wish. The riding center is a 25-minute walk from the cottages. There you will find a great, big showjumping arena always full of obstacles. A nice dressage arena as well as horses in all sizes and for riders on all levels. Adolfo is doing the showjumping classes and David the basic riding, easy jumps, and dressage classes.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 176 pounds / 80 kilograms
  • Horses Height Range: ponnies to 15 - 16 hands
  • Horse Breed: pure Spanish breed, Andalusians and crossbreeds

Meet the instructors

Mia, David, & Adolfo
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Highlights

  • Coaching sessions
  • 3 riding lessons (optional)
  • Breathwork and body awareness
  • Communication work with horses
  • Mindfulness, Yin sessions, and Core / pilates
  • Breakfast, lunch and a light healthy dinner
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Hike in the hills

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Spanish, Swedish
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer available:
Málaga Airport (US$43 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Multilingual staff
  • Terrace
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Wireless internet

There are different accommodations to choose from. If you prefer to stay close to the beach, bars, shops, and restaurants, there is an apartment available in Torremolinos. If you prefer staying close to nature and the horses, there are several smaller or bigger houses to choose from in the area. All within walking distance to several restaurants.

The Finca has three small cottages and a stunning view of Malaga bay and the mountains. There is a swimming pool and all cottages are equipped with air conditioning for coolness and warmth, free Wi-Fi, a smart TV, and comfortable box spring beds with high-quality mattresses.

Program

Mia will invite you to a communication session from the ground with the Andalusian horses Tango and Furtivo. They will teach you how to be clear and not waste energy. Even if you never have done anything with horses before this will be a great experience. Horses reflect your personality.

Mia has developed her own style of training with inspiration from different yoga styles and teachers from all over the world. The focus will be on self-awareness, strengthening the core and softly stretching the muscles needed. Working with your body - not against it. When we work with ourselves there are always questions coming up, about the past, present and the future. Coaching in a “guiding to find your own insights” way, is always available. It could be like chats at the dinner table or more serious sessions.

You will ride in dressage, around or jumping saddles, depending on what you will practice. The bridles are double bridles or single bridle.

Program

You'll work with communication, leadership, groundwork and different body awareness and mindfulness exercises. Optional to swap three of these classes for riding lessons. The schedule will be adjusted according to which day you arrive, the season, the weather, and your skills and wishes. All tuition is tailor-made to suit each individual rider´s level and preferences, starting with the basics.

Riding gears

It is recommended that if you are going to ride, you provide your own riding helmet and that you wear riding pants and boots or chaps. There are some helmets you can use in the stable but not of very high quality. Gloves are needed while working from the ground. All guests should have a reasonable standard of fitness from the view of safety.

Instructors

Mia Isacsson

David Rodriguez Cebreros

Adolfo Espinosa

Location

This holiday will take place in Malaga, Spain. Malaga, the Spanish city which adjoins Costa del Sol, is a popular tourist destination and for good reason. For several years, this beautiful city has been overshadowed by its other Andalucian cities such as Granada, Cordoba, and Seville.

However, Malaga is now receiving a lot more attention as a tourist destination. In fact, its art is being compared to that of Madrid and its food to that of none other than Barcelona.

The world-famous artist, Picasso was from Malaga and has been quoted about his own city – “to be a Cubist you have to have been born in Málaga”. Some of the key attractions in the city are of course the Alcazaba and the Renaissance Cathedral. There is also a cathedral in the heart of the recently restored historic city center which also attracts a great deal of visitors. The Picasso Museum is yet another hot spot for art lovers.

In terms of beaches, one of the most popular beaches in the city is the La Malagueta beach. For one of the best views make sure to visit the 11th-century Gibralfaro castle. Paying a visit to the CAC Malaga Contemporary Art Center is also definitely worthwhile. If you like to party, then you will be pleased to know that Malaga parties late into the night. There are several bars along the beach of LaMalagueta and Pedregalejo while the old town is full of clubs and live music bars where you are sure to have a great night.

Some of the other hotspots include Calle Granada, Plaza de la Merced, and Calle de las Beatas in the Old Town. For a spot of relaxation head down to the Paseo del Parque promenade, which is dotted with fountains, and the Puerta Oscura Gardens that offers magnificent vistas.

Ronda

Despite being a growing town, Ronda retains much of its historic charm, particularly its old town. It is famous worldwide for its dramatic escarpments and views, and for the deep El Tajo gorge that carries the Rio Guadalevín through its center. Visitors make a beeline for the 18th century Puente Nuevo 'new' bridge, which straddles the 100m chasm below, before taking in the views from the Alameda out over the Serranía de Ronda mountains.

A few kilometres from Ronda, just outside the white village of Benaojan lies one of the most spectacular cave systems in Spain, and in the mouth of one, several galleries of cave paintings that are as old as 30,000 years, and were created by paleolithic people of Ronda before the last great ice age. Best of all, the caves are open to the public with a local tour guide to explain the significance of the artwork.

Gibraltar

Colloquially known as The Rock, (or simply 'Gib'), is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom sitting at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered by Spain to the north and the people of Gibraltar are ferociously loyal British citizens despite being bilingual in English and Spanish.

Gibraltar is a unique place for the curious traveler. Take time to explore the caves and tunnels especially those not meant for tourists! The inside of the rock is an absolute labyrinth with secret internal roads and tunnels four times longer than those on the surface. Military presence and security in this otherwise deserted area is strong but almost invisible.

Food

You will eat quite light, healthy and mostly vegetarian. If you desperately need a steak and french fries, there are four nice restaurants within 25 minutes walk.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Besides from the schedule, you can go shopping, ride at the beach, have a dressage or showjumping riding lesson, see a horse show, do some more meditation, yoga or other exercises, do a hiking or cycling trip, walk the Camino del Rey, canoeing in the Malaga Lakes, swimming in the Malaga lakes, play a round of golf, enjoy the beach and all its restaurants, see amazing horse shows and flamenco shows, go to the spa to have some massage. Torremolinos and Malaga is full of things to do.

You can also do some sightseeing - visit the local farmers' shops, museums, Malaga, Marbella, Ronda, Gibraltar, etc.

Just let Mia know what you want and she will help you find it.

What's included

  • Working with horses
  • Hike in the hills
  • 3 horse riding lessons (optional)
  • Meditation, mindfulness, theory, core, yoga, and groundwork
  • coaching
  • Yoga mats, blankets, blocks, and yoga straps for the yoga sessions
  • Swimming pool
  • Sunbeds
  • bed linen and towels
  • Breakfast, lunch, and a light healthy dinner
  • Unlimited water, tea, coffee
  • 5 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Flights and airport transfers
  • Optional treatments and excursions
  • Insurance (All of Natural Horsemanship's horses and things carry insurance, however, you are responsible for your own holiday and riding insurance)
  • Riding gears

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by taxi

You can easily take a taxi from the airport or Natural Horsemanship can organize someone to pick you up at an additional cost.

Airport: Málaga Airport Airport transfer available: Málaga Airport (US$43 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Arrival: Friday June 3, 2022
Departure: Wednesday June 8, 2022

Re-booking can be made up to 4 weeks before the booked date, against a re-booking fee of 10 percents of the total course fee. 

 

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