DATES FOR 2018

Following 2 sell-out retreats in 2017, I'm happy to announce 3 retreats in 2018 including one extra special 5 night break for women over 40.

27-30 May (3 nights) ALL WELCOME, £399 PER PERSON

28 June -3 July (5 nights) WOMEN OVER 40 ONLY!  £550 PER PERSON

16-19 September (3 nights) ALL WELCOME, £399 PER PERSON

Every retreat includes:

gourmet food, ensuite accommodation, two yoga and mindfulness classes per day

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Accommodation in ensuite rooms with pool and gourmet food served on terrace with amazing views

Accommodation in ensuite rooms with pool and gourmet food served on terrace with amazing views

ABOUT LUNAR LEMON RETREATS

Still your mind, strengthen your body and open your heart at our luxurious and deeply nourishing short breaks in the mountains behind Malaga.  

"I will be honest here and say I had gone with the view that I might skip the yoga and mindfulness parts - both were totally new to me.  Mel is so gentle and supportive that I enjoyed every moment and would have liked to stay many more days.  I have had a lovely time laughing, relaxing, learning to be me and having a great holiday."

- Gill Brackenbury, September 2017

There will be two yoga and mindfulness sessions per day along with plenty of time to relax by the pool or enjoy excursions to local villages and beaches.  No decisions to make, nothing to navigate, no looking for parking spaces or waiting for buses, nothing to analyse or sort out.  Just a space deep in nature where you can let go of everyday concerns and rediscover lightness of body, ease of mind and the simple joy of being alive.

No matter the level anyone was at, Mel was supportive, encouraging, motivating, funny and well, just lovely and very real. We had the opportunity to improve our practice; try different styles of yoga meditate twice daily; connect with nature and ourselves. It was so much more than yoga. Thanks Mel.
— Maggie Murphy, August 2015

Everybody is welcome, regardless of experience, age, body-type etc.  The focus is not on achieving perfect postures but on being more comfortable in our skins and feeling more connected with ourselves, other people and the natural world.  

"It is a question, practically of relationship.  We must get back into relation, vivid and nourishing relation to the cosmos and the universe...For the truth is , we are perishing for lack of fulfillment of our greater needs, we are cut off from the great sources of our inward nourishment and renewal, sources which flow eternally in the universe."
Sunrise session on our stunning yoga platform

Sunrise session on our stunning yoga platform

Yoga for all

Yoga for all

 

 There are some lovely excursions, to moorish villages or local markets, villages and beaches.  But, if you want to read a book by the pool all day or wander off into the hills along paths lined with wildflowers, it's up to you.  This is a time to tune in to what you want and need.  There will be space for socialising with a glass of local wine and watching the moon come up over the mountains, but personal space will be respected too

"By life practise I mean an ongoing inquiry into how to be completely engaged and intimate with the wild force that runs through everything and is running through us if we would but pause long enough to notice..."

Yoga and mindfulness classes will be offered every morning and evening on a terrace with inspiring views.  The morning class will be more dynamic and the evening class more meditative.  There will be a delicious mix of sun salutations, standing and sitting postures, breathing practises and deep relaxation.  I am a passionate practitioner and yoga nerd and  have studied many different types of yoga including ashtanga, yin, Bikram and Scaravelli.  I  always adapt postures and sequences to serve the group. 

CRAIG MELVIN (MEL'S HUSBAND) WILL BEND OVER BACKWARDS TO PLEASE YOU!

CRAIG MELVIN (MEL'S HUSBAND) WILL BEND OVER BACKWARDS TO PLEASE YOU!

ABOUT MEL

I have been teaching yoga and mindfulness for 20 years and practising for 24 years.  I am passionate about bringing the joy of yoga and meditation into people’s lives.  I trained with the world’s leading experts in astanga yoga in London in the 1990s.  Since then I have done wonderful trainings with many of the leading contemporary practitioners like Sarah Powers, Donna Farhi and Simon Low.   I was trained as a dancer and have a BA in languages and two MAs; one in Creative Writing and Authorship and one in Drama and Movement Therapy.   I am also a coach/group facilitator in the private and public sector (with expertise in Transactional Analysis and Emotional Intelligence) and this is integrated into my yoga teaching and retreats.  As one of my students put it: ‘This is much more than yoga.’

 

I am a people gardener, a compassionate teacher who believes in bringing out the best in every student. Many students comment that my classes make them feel safe and comfortable and that they are surprised at how much they enjoy yoga when I am teaching!  My wide range of training and experience and long years of practise mean that I am sensitive to individual needs and have a huge tool-kit of techniques, resources and approaches.  My groups are very inclusive, supportive and relaxed and everybody has the space to grow and flourish.

the view from one of the terraces at retreat venue

the view from one of the terraces at retreat venue

ABOUT THE VENUE

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Casa Colina is a beautiful boutique B & B in the mountains, 40 minutes drive from Malaga.  This stylish hideaway is a two hundred year old converted farmhouse in Axarquia, the most beautiful region of Andalucia.  It is extremely peaceful yet within easy reach of fascinating moorish villages and secluded beaches.  Casa Colina (meaning 'house on the hill')  has a lovely swimming pool, gorgeous en-suite rooms and stunning views from several terraces.  It is number 1 on TripAdvisor for this region and is owned and run by our good friends, the fabulous Paul and Niki. 

ABOUT MEALS AND ACTIVITIES

This region has exceptional local produce.  All around are olive,lemon, orange, almond, fig. avocado and mango trees.  If you love good food, you are in for a treat! Paul is a great cook (his home-made lemon curd is a must) and Niki is a whizz with puddings, cakes and cocktails.  Paul and Niki are fantastic hosts and always on hand to find you fresh towels,snacks and drinks, to recommend a walk or discuss the best way to cook paella. A range of cocktails and local wines will be available at dinner. All meals are served on a big terrace with awesome views.

Extra Special Excursion: There will be optional excursions to explore the beautiful Axarquia region, including something rather special: The Taste of Andalucia Tour, developed by Paul.  Taste olive oil at a gorgeous farm, visit a 1,000 year old olive tree, see how honey is made, eat local tapas.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Please note that this is a loose plan!  Every group is different and I tailor all retreats according to the needs of the group.

3 NIGHT RETREAT

Day 1: Arrivals in morning at Malaga airport.  Transfers arrived with local drivers. Welcome Meeting at 6pm followed by dinner.

Day 2: Morning Yoga.  Breakfast.  Massage (optional).  Lunch. Free time. Yoga and Mindfulness.  Dinner.

Day 3: Same as day 2

Day 4: Morning Yoga.  Breakfast. Transfers to airport.

5 NIGHT RETREAT

Day 1: Arrivals in morning at Malaga airport.  Transfers arrived with local drivers. Welcome Meeting at 6pm followed by dinner.

Day 2: Morning Yoga.  Breakfast.  Massage (optional).  Lunch. Free time. Yoga and Mindfulness.  Dinner.

Day 3: same as day 2

Day 4: Morning Yoga.  Breakfast. Excursion: beach, local moorish village or Taste of Andalucia Tour with tapas lunch. Dinner.

Day 5: same as day 2

Day 6: Morning Yoga.  Breakfast. Transfers to airport.

PRICES AND BOOKING

 STANDARD PRICES

3 night retreat: £399

5 night retreat: £550

This price is in sterling per person for two adults sharing an ensuite room.  Flights not included.  Single occupancy may be available for a supplement. 

INCLUDED: Accommodation, 3 meals per day, bathroom and beach towels, daily housekeeping, two yoga & mindfulness sessions per day. 

EXCLUDED: Flights, Transfers (see below), extra meals, drinks and snacks, alcohol, massages and treatments, optional excursions.  (Individual tabs to be paid on the last day.)

Transfers:  Transfer from Malaga airport: £50 each way per car (max 4 people) in cash.  If you aim to arrive at Malaga airport mid/late morning on the first day and leave morning/early afternoon on the last day you will probably be able to share a transfer with other guests. Transfer time about 40 minutes.

BOOKING DETAILS

Deposit to secure place: £100.  Balance to be paid 6 weeks before departure.

Payment by bank transfer.

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watch the moon rise out of the mountains while you have dinner!

watch the moon rise out of the mountains while you have dinner!