Featured retreat: Tailor-made Retreats – The MOT for Mind, Body & Spirit

Here at Ibiza Retreats, we recognise group retreats are not for everyone. Sometimes the timings don’t fit with your schedule or there may be something more specific you feel you need to work on. The MOT retreat offers guests the opportunity to come and stay on the white isle in their own time and to have plenty of alone-time too, with our team gently supporting your journey in the background. The experience is tailored to exactly what you need. Afterwards, you can go home feeling lighter in heart and with a little glow from the inside-out.

A typical day on the MOT for body, mind and spirit starts by rising at your leisure and enjoying a private morning yoga session – tailored to your needs and your level. The remainder of the day can be similar to the following itinerary.

10am – Help-yourself healthy breakfast
12pm – Reflexology by the pool with one of our world-class therapists
2pm – Relaxation and chill time – time for contemplation and setting your new life intentions
6pm – Wellness session with Larah or Susie to help cement these
8pm – Dinner at one of our favourite local restaurants
10pm – Sweet dreams – this retreat gives you plenty of time to recharge your batteries

The basic structure of the MOT includes accommodation, plenty of mind, body and spirit treatments; massage, reflexology, life coaching and yoga – and allows you to tailor-make the rest of your experience (with our support). These retreats are definitely for those who need their own time and space – perhaps after a break-up or a life changing situation. You can find full details on the package here.

The locations chosen by Ibiza Retreats for our MOT for the Body, Mind and Spirit retreats are all secret hideaways. Places to restore and recharge. They are all different depending on what you need, but they share a common theme – they are all beautiful, in nature and are hosted by welcoming island angels who open their ‘homes with a heart’ to you. These are true ‘spirit of Ibiza’ locations – far away from the bright lights and hustle and bustle. Calming, soft and nurturing – and a place to reconnect to yourself again.

Are you ready to recharge? Contact info@ibizaretreats.com for more information or to book your place on an MOT retreat.

Meditation: It’s all about headspace

Do you often feel exhausted or overwhelmed by the many stipulations of modern life? How often do you connect with your self… or is your iPhone where you find yourself spending most time connecting?

Creating headspace through meditation enables you to reconnect with your inner, more peaceful sentient self. Scientifically proven to reduce mental and physical stress symptoms (from tight shoulders to migraines), meditation boasts powerful positive healing benefits for those suffering from depression.

There are many people out there who feel they are too impatient to meditate. But why not at least give it a try? Just seven days can create a change so beautiful and beneficial that you will be compelled to explore further…

1. Keep it simple! Begin with 10-minute meditations and avoid placing and pressure in yourself to ‘do it right’. The ultimate goals of meditation may be to experience a welcome space of silence from the chattering monkey mind, to allow deeper insights to arise and to reestablish a deeper sense of connection, yet to meditate with a focus on achievement places an unnecessary mental pressure on the process. Since mental pressure is what you want to decrease, why not embrace the yogic recognition that there are many stages and types of meditation, all of which are valid when done consciously and can bring many health-enhancing, inner-peace promoting benefits?

2. Set a clear intention and just brrrreaaathe. Set your space up the night before. If possible, create a dedicated space to sit at each time you meditate, this helps create a healthy habit within your unconscious mind. Buy a candle, mat or cushion and light a candle to set a Sankalpa (soul felt intention) for your morning meditation. Then set your alarm for 10 minutes from now, so you can trust and let go. Every time the mind wanders, gently bring it back to focus on your breathing. Avoid judging yourself and simply observe thoughts and feelings as they arise without getting attached to them.

3. Create mini headspace breaks throughout your day. Business leaders are recognising the value in this. Take five minutes away from the screen, sitting calmly with your hands on your belly, focusing on your breath to massively increase your clarity and efficiency. For headspace on public transport or when driving a car, download this superb app: https://www.headspace.com/headspace-meditation-app

And to end your day? Brush your emotional teeth and release the mental charge that can get trapped in your nervous system by taking five minutes to exhale the stresses and any anxieties and repeat the morning practice of lighting a candle and focusing on your breathing. The trust in life begins to open up as your mind has less hold over you, worries and anxieties diminish and you begin to feel more inner peace as you become more centered and present!

Join Larah to explore meditation, mindfulness and visualisations on the Get Glowing, Just Stop! and Pure Yoga retreats.

Yoga, bodywork & healing from the heart with Nora Belton 

Nora is a true island woman, having been in Ibiza for over 30 years. She began her yoga classes in San Antonio when it still felt like a village and swiftly grew a strong female following. Once known as the ‘tofu lady’ in Ibiza, Nora’s own journey, through Ashrams and many layers of massage, cranio-sacral therapy and integrated bodywork training, enables her to offer retreat guests and private clients alike wealth of life experience to draw inspiration from. She readily shares her journey and serves from the heart.

As a Reiki Master Nora works intuitively to clear blockages and help you open your heart. She offers a fabulous one and a half hour integrated rejuvenation, using her Yoga Therapy training to enable her to understand your body, the links between emotional and physical patterns and the issues that arise. Both diagnostic in her ability and with the power and experience to help you dive deep into profound levels of release and healing, Nora’s comprehensive one-to-one care always leaves us feeling relieved, refreshed and light.

Ibiza Retreats are so grateful to share her wisdom and guidance during our Pure Yoga Retreats. For those yogis lucky enough to receive her guidance on the mat, expect a flowing vinyasa experience, with yoga therapy techniques integrated to tailor the practice to individual needs.  Nora teaches so effortlessly, that you will find yourself opening up with new fluidity, connecting breath and physical form in new ways, her dancers body inspiring you to experience greater grace and ease.

We love Nora’s Kirtan too! A talented singer and guitarist, she loves to share melodic mantras during the Pure Yoga Retreats to help you raise your vibrations and open your throat chakra – expect to laugh, sing and share new levels of opening! So whether you want to deepen your yogic practice, as an experienced yogi to refine your personal practice or teaching techniques or simply need to surrender to her touch as you lie back and receive, Nora offers something for everyone…  and as a great meditation leader she reminds us, it’s all about opening your mind to receive!

Read more about Nora here or contact Ibiza Retreats to book into a Pure Yoga Retreat, or to benefit from one of Nora’s signature bodywork, cranio-sacral and energy releasing sessions.