The 'Transform to Bliss'
15th-20th September 2019
The Transform to Bliss
17nd - 22nd September
THE TRANSFORMATIONAL YOGA RETREAT
15th - 20th September 2019
Escape to the beautiful hills of Andalucia & enjoy an amazing 6 days of
Transformational Yoga & Meditation with Joanne Merlini –
Grand Master Transformational Yoga & Meditation Teacher.
In a wonderful location perched on a hilltop, with panoramic views of Andalucia, our open studio 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.
Explore amazing Andalucia in the September sun, on the Edge of a beautiful natural park, hidden Mediterranean coves, unspoilt coastline, aqua blue waterfalls, hilltop traditional villages & just over an hour from beautiful, historical Granada.
Enjoy inspirational Yoga, eat delicious healthy home-cooked food, relax by the pool & explore historical towns & the gorgeous Mediterranean coastline on optional excursions.
Our studio 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.
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 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 terraces, grounds to wander & a private pool to enjoy.
Bedrooms are split over 3 levels, tastefully decorated, with a feeling of tranquillity.
Yoga will take place in an outdoor Yoga space with views of the surrounding area & a variety of spaces
will be used for our meditations & workshops –
There may even be the opportunity for a beach practice!
A review of our retreat -
‘This relaxed, white washed retreat is backed by mountains & surrounded by green open spaces. The warmly decorated wood furmished 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'
Morning sessions will be a more dynamic practice of Transformational Yoga & take place before Breakfast.
Approx. 1.5 – 2.5hrs
Approx. 08:30am (subject to student preference)
Afternoon sessions will be more calming & restorative.
We will explore Yin Yoga, Restorative, Chakra sequences, Pranayama, Mantra & Meditation.
Approx. 1.15 – 1.30hrs
Approx. 17:30 (subject to student preference)
There will be various meditations.
Sometimes evening before bed, other times walking meditations, tratak (candle gazing), Yoga Nidra.
I may also throw in the occasional partner work, vipassana (silent space), dancing, card readings, essential oil pranayama, beach yoga,
pool savasana – Prepare for the unexpected!
There will be one afternoon off from Yoga to allow for an optional long excursion.
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).
There will also be the opportunity to explore the beautiful surrounding area.
Options Include –
Beautiful beach coves of the national marine park (more than once!)
A dip in the aqua blue waterfall pools (water dependent!) & surrounding nature walks.
An evening meal in the beautiful, traditional village of Frigiliana
Walks & hikes around the area & down to the nearby village
A river walk from our neighbouring village
Tapas trail (Wine is optional!)
The food is healthy, delicious & home cooked by Joanne's amazing partner, Marco.
Being half Italian, good food is in his genes.
His food was a high light for many on our 2018 retreat!
Read this review -
''Great food! So tasty, can Marco send a retreat recipe book?'
This is Marco, my husband, fellow Yogi (who likes going upside down lots), 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 themes such as an Italian evening, an Indian night & a yummy BBQ.
Self-service breakfast, a served lunch & a yummy well earned evening dinner will be served to fit around our classes as well as energy balls to energise you through the day (Spirulina & Cacao based!)
Nuts, seeds, fruit, Tea & Coffee will always be available to help yourself (I have been on too many retreats/trainings where I need snacks between meals to know this is important!)
One evening dinner will be eaten out (not included) – usually on an excursion day & 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
(you can fly to either with Ryanair, Easy Jet & Jet2).
We would suggest you arrive on the 15th by 4pm for an evening welcome & grounding class. with departure on the 20th 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.
What's Included? -
2 Long Yoga or Meditation Classes Daily with stunning views (Mon-Thurs) & 1 class/day Sun & Fri
An early morning Sun Salutation Sunrise Session
Chakra Balancing Class
An evening Yoga Nidra (conscious relaxation)
Introduction & Departure get together/ celebration
Yummy home cooked meals
Tea, Coffee & Fruit available all day
Exclusive & Stunning location
Private Swimming Pool & plenty of places for relaxation & down time
Wi-fi & A/C
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 accomodation, all yoga & meditations, breakfast, lunch & dinner - except excursions days, snacks,
unlimited tea & coffee,)
£795 - Shared Twin Room with Shared Bathroom - 1 Available
£825 - Shared Twin Room, Ensuite - FULL
£875 - Shared Twin Room, Ensuite with AirCon - FULL
£1050 - Single Room (Double Bed) Ensuite - 1 Available
£1250 - Single Room (Double Bed), Ensuite With AirCon - FULL
-£30 Discount if you come with a friend/partner/yoga buddy.
£150 non-refundable deposit secures your space.
Payment by bacs transfer.
£150 Deposit by Bank Transfer to -
Sort Code - 40 40 22
Account Number - 11417290
Payment can be made in 3 following instalments
Please talk to us is this is difficult - we are flexible!
Please read our terms & conditions prior to booking.
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 Retreaters said at the end of our Sept 18 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 last years reatreat, pop over to the 'Past Retreats' page.
2 SPACES AVAILABLE
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