The 'Transform to Bliss'
Mind ~ Body ~ Soul
12th - 17th September 2021
The Transform to Bliss
17nd - 22nd September
THE TRANSFORMATIONAL YOGA, MEDITATION & AYURVEDIC RETREAT
12th ~ 17th September 2021
Retreat to the beautiful hills of Andalucia & enjoy an amazing 6 days of
Transformational Yoga, Meditation & Healing with Joanne Merlini –
Grand Master Transformational Yoga & Meditation Teacher.
In a wonderful location perched on a hilltop, with panoramic views of Andalucia, our open studios will facilitate a deepening of your practice & the opportunity to explore the beautiful effects of Transformational Yoga.
A balance of Asana, Pranayama, Mantra & Meditation will invite a feeling of release in the body & mind,
making space to feel more energised, a deeper connection with yourself & a wonderful feeling of
re-balancing & true bliss.
Your Mind, Body & Soul will leave our 6 day retreat nourished.
Explore amazing Andalucia in the September sun, on the Edge of a beautiful natural park, the hidden Mediterranean coves of the Marine Park, unspoilt coastline, gorges & within minutes walking distance of Andalucia's award winning 'most beautiful Andalucian village'.
Enjoy inspirational Yoga, eat delicious healthy home-cooked food, relax by the pool & explore historical towns & the gorgeous Mediterranean coastline on optional excursions.
The sun rising on one of our three studio's with a view
The villa's location means the area is dry & dramatic with views of the beautiful mountains, inviting Mediterranean sea & a few minutes from the traditional village of Frigiliana (a great place to walk to, run to, enjoy coffee on a mountain view terrace & there's a lovely traditional Spanish market on a Thursday too)
The perfect environment for restoration & relaxation!
My retreat, as my classes, is suitable for all levels.
Let go & immerse yourself in this beautiful Yoga retreat, making new friends, enjoying yummy food & returning home feeling recharged, energised & relaxed for months to come.
Transformed to Bliss!
On this retreat we'll be going deeper into Transformational Yoga & exploring ways to
connect with our dormant energy.
To allow us to be our best selves, to feel calm & present, to stop the chattering mind, release blockages in our
bodies, emotions, minds & hearts, connect with our hearts & inner guidance & to hopefully
touch that place of bliss.
Encouraged by a beautiful setting, fuelled by yummy home-cooked varied food & supported every step of the way, this is going to be the most beautiful Transformational Yoga Retreat..
'Transform to Bliss' with Joanne Merlini.
The venue for our Andalucian retreat is a peaceful, spacious hilltop white washed villa with views of the mountainous area &
down to the Mediterranean.
Within walking distance of the lovely traditional village of Frigiliana (voted the prettiest village in Andalucia by the Spanish tourism authority) where you can 'get lost' in the maze of white washed & teal streets.
This is the perfect retreat space with amazing views of the mountains & the Mediterranean, south facing &
protected from Northern winds.
Close to the beautiful secluded natural park beaches around Maro, with countless walking trails in the surrounding area & a beautiful river walk down to the beach.
The reatreat is spacious, with a relaxed, peaceful energy. There are multiple Yoga terraces, space to wander & a private pool to enjoy.
Bedrooms are split over 3 levels, tastefully decorated, with a feeling of utter tranquillity - most bedrooms are en-suite with amazing views!
Yoga will take place in outdoor Yoga spaces with views of the surrounding area & a variety of spaces
will be used for our meditations & workshops.
A review of our retreat -
‘This relaxed, white washed retreat is backed by mountains & surrounded by green open spaces. The warmly decorated wood furnished rooms invite in a feeling of rest & peace!
The views from the property are beautiful, serene & a close stroll to the lovely village of Frigiliana'
Our Mornings will start with a Transformational Yoga Sequence & take place before Breakfast.
Approx. 1.5 – 1.45hrs
Approx. 8am (subject to student preference)
Afternoon sessions will explore various elements of Transformational Yoga & are a chance to go deeper in your practice, body and mind.
Approx. 1.15 – 1.30hrs
Approx. 5pm (subject to student preference)
Evenings are a combination of Yoga Nidra for a restful sleep, Mediations, Fire Pit Releasing & Kirtan & maybe some live music under the stars!
Approx 9pm (subject to student preference)
We will explore various other elements of Transformational Yoga
Walking meditations, tratak (candle gazing), Early energising Suriya Class, Ayurveda awareness, Breath work, Chakra Balancing & Awareness.
There will be the opportunity for Yoga or Ayurvedic talks.
I may also throw in the occasional partner work, vipassana (silent space), releasing dance, card readings, essential oil pranayama, beach yoga, pool savasana – Prepare for the unexpected!
There will be one afternoon off from Yoga to allow for optional beach time & an evening off to enjoy a night in beautiful Frigiliana.
All Classes are optional.
Do as little or as much Yoga as feels right.
This is your retreat, so class times as meal times can be adapted to suit you (we will go with the majority).
All timings & classes are subject to change & may also be weather dependent.
There will also be the opportunity to explore the beautiful surrounding area.
Options Include –
Beautiful beach coves of the national marine park
An evening meal in the beautiful, traditional village of Frigiliana
Walks & hikes around the area & down to the nearby village
Traditional Spanish Market Morning
The food is healthy, delicious & home cooked by Joanne's amazing partner, Marco.
Being half Italian, good food is in his genes. Marco has also spent a month living with a Sri Lankan Ayurvedic Doctor & brings this knowledge into his cooking & has spent 2020-2021 training to become an Ayurvedic Practioner.
He will be bringing the offering of Ayurvedic consultations to our retreat this year.
His food is a high light for many on our retreats!
Read this review -
''Great food! So tasty, can Marco send a retreat recipe book?'
This is Marco, my husband, fellow Yogi, great cook, supporter, photographer & all round cheerleader of our retreat!
When possible Marco will use fresh, local produce & meals will be healthy & varied.
We offer a balanced vegetarian retreat (although you are free to eat as you wish outside of our retreat). All diets & any allergies will be catered for (Joanne is Gluten intolerant, so many meals will be GF).
Expect Italian evenings and Indian nights, lunches of fresh goodness bowls & nourishing brekfasts.
Self-service breakfast, a served lunch & a yummy well earned evening dinner will be served to fit around our classes as well as the occasional healthy snack to energise you through the day & Chai tea's.
Fruit, Tea & Coffee will always be available to help yourself (I have been on too many retreats/training where I need snacks between meals to know this is important!)
One evening dinner will be eaten out (not included) & we will enjoy a beach lunch (not included).
The white washed hilltop retreat is in a beautiful location with panoramic views & close to beautiful Frigiliana Village.
It is situated under an hours drive from Malaga airport & just over an hour from Granada
(Flights to Malaga suggested with Ryanair, Easy Jet & Jet2).
We would suggest you arrive on the 12th by 3pm for an evening welcome & grounding class. with departure on the 17th after lunch so we can enjoy an early morning class before we depart.
I appreciate flights may dictate this, so this is just a guideline.
Style of Yoga -
On our retreat we will be exploring & going deeper with Transformational Yoga.
A 3 level technique (stemming from Integral Yoga) that encourages a release of stuck energy within the body, mind & emotions, invites us to access our dormant energy & then allows us to connect with our best selves, hopefully touching that feeling of bliss!
It integrates the mind, body & spirit with the use of Classical Asana's & Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation & Mantra.
Joanne first connected with this style in Athens after exploring Hatha Yoga & Kundalini Yoga . Having made a connection with both, but feeling like they needn't be separate disciplines, Joanne found this beautiful style that melts Hatha, Kundalini, Raja & Prana Yoga together & recognised this was what was missing from her practice.
Going on to further training in Tamil Nadu, India, Joanne met her teacher Swami Vidyanand who guided her in first Master training & then Grand Master to bring this beautiful practice back to Europe & onto her 'Transform To Bliss' Retreats.
Joanne has since trained under the foot hill of Arunacahala & connected deeply to Sri Ramana Maharshi & his teachings whilst staying around his ashram. Ramana's teachings touch most elements of Joanne's teachings.
What's Included? -
2 Long Yoga & Meditation Classes Daily with stunning views (Mon-Thurs) & 1 class/day Sun & Fri
1 Early morning Sun Salutation Session
Evening Meditations, Yoga Nidra (Conscious Relaxation), Kirtan & Fire Pit Release
Yoga & Ayurvedic Talks
Personal Ayurvedic Consultation with lifestyle & nutritional advice
Introduction & Departure get together/ celebration
Yummy home cooked Vegetarian meals
Tea, Coffee & Fruit available all day
Exclusive & Stunning location
Private Swimming Pool & plenty of places for relaxation & down time
Towels & bedding
Fun, positivity, memories & always lots of love!
Airport transits can be arranged (2 time options so may require waiting dependent on flight schedules)
Optional excursions to explore the area (see options above)
The Room Options, The Investment & How Do I Book? -
There are various room options in our wonderful retreat space -
(This includes accommodation, all yoga & meditations, breakfast, lunch & dinner - except excursions days, snacks,
unlimited tea & coffee,)
£825- Shared Twin Room with Shared Bathroom next door - 1 Available
£875 - Shared Double Room, En-suite - 1 Available
£895 - Shared Twin or Double Rooms, En-suite with Air-Con & terrace - FULL
£995 - Private Room with Shared Bathroom next door
£1050 - Private Room (Double Bed) En-suite - 1 Available
£1250 - Private Rooms (Double Bed), En-suite With Air-Con & terrace - FULL
-£30 Discount if you come with a friend/partner/yoga buddy.
£150 non-refundable (unless we cancel) deposit secures your space.
COVID_19 ~ Should we feel the need or be forced to cancel the retreat, your payment will either be transferred to 2022 or be completely refunded.
Please also note, a visa to travel to Spain may be required.
Please read our terms & conditions prior to booking.
Payment by bacs transfer or Paypal
£150 Deposit by Bank Transfer to -
Sort Code - 40 40 22
Account Number - 11417290
Payment can be made in 3 installments
Please talk to us is this is difficult - we are very open & flexible
Please also know we have your best interests at heart & will be monitoring the situation closely going forward.
This is purposefully a small retreat to allow us to really connect & go deeper in our practice & together.
There will be a maximum of 10.
Need more convincing to treat yourself?
Read some of what the 2018 & 2019 Retreaters said at the end of our Andalucian Retreat -
'So much more than a Yoga Retreat. Everything was so carefully thought out from
adventure to meditation - A joy!'
'100+ - A beautiful retreat, very relaxing. Leaving feeling refreshed.
Great new friends made & enjoyed many new experiences.
Thank you - life changing in fact'
To see more of previous years retreats, pop over to the 'Past Retreats' page.
Would you like to join this beautiful week of 'You time'?
Contact us to reserve your space or ask any questions -
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Much love & Namaste