Hear the morning winds lifting over the island, and rise for an inspiring Mysore practice, followed by gentle sessions of pranayama, chanting, and guided meditation. As sunlight reaches across the lush grounds, nourish your body with organic juices and delectables, prepared lovingly by our own local Spanish chef. Recline by the pool and feel your body humming in delight, as you await another unforgettable brunch. In the afternoons, absorb generous teachings on the Tantric underpinnings of Ashtanga, organized lovingly to illumine our theme. Then take time to relax, reflect, and connect to our sublime surroundings, soaking up the surreal beauty of this hidden retreat on Mallorca.
Our lives unfold within a dream. And this dream, samsara, captures the whole of our experience. All that we see and touch is part of the dream, including our breath, our pulse, our skin. And as long as our awareness is held in these bodies, we have no chance of escaping it. This is the premise of Indian soteriology, and it forms the backbone of many contemplative traditions. Most of these would have us recoil from the body, in the hope of drawing our consciousness beyond the dream, and touching something absolute. In Tantric thought, however, there is no point to transcendence, for there is nothing beyond the dream to touch. The dream contains the whole of reality, even as it distorts our perceptions of the whole. And when we realize this, when we realize the dream as the ephemeral unfolding of reality, it becomes an object of endless celebration.
In this special retreat, we consider Ashtanga Vinyasa as an instrument for exploring the dream, in lucid wonder, with the full participation of the body. We use some techniques from the Hatha Yoga tradition to bring the practice alive—balancing internal patterns of sensation, following internal movements of breath, and softening ever more deeply into the forms themselves. Through these techniques, we settle our minds, open our senses, release our essentialist projections, and rediscover what Ashtanga Vinyasa was meant to be, a method of exploring the sublime nature of embodied experience.
To enhance our explorations, we study the Tantric symbology of the dream as the play of Devi, the embodiment the sacred feminine—the effulgent, excessive and sublime principle of nature, which is said to overwhelm us, and dissolve the ego, whenever it overflows. We learn to feel this power moving through our bodies, through our breath, nourishing and sustaining us at every moment of our lives. And through these intimate encounters with Devi, we rediscover our bodies as crystallizations of the feminine divine, and our minds as open spaces through which the dream unfolds.
(subject to change)
08.00 Mysore Practice
12.00 Free Time
17.00 Workshops on selected afternoons
1.350€ shared room
1.700€ private room
Ty Landrum is the director of the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado. He teaches Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as he learned it from his teachers, Mary Taylor and Richard Freeman.
Ty has been an Ashtanga practitioner since 2005. He was introduced to the method by Jennifer Elliott at Ashtanga Yoga Charlottesville, where he practiced for seven years. In 2012, after completing a doctoral degree in Philosophy from the University of Virginia, Ty moved to Boulder to study with Mary and Richard. Since then, under their guidance, he has learned some unspeakably wonderful things about the art of yoga.
In 2015, Mary and Richard asked Ty and his wife Shayan to assume ownership of their studio and to teach the Ashtanga method as they have taught it for so many years. Ty and Shayan are honored to continue the thread of the Ashtanga tradition at the Yoga Workshop, and to share the brilliance of yoga with anyone who wants to learn.
This house is the perfect place for those who want to connect with nature and its quietness. As soon as we came in we could feel the special energy it has and we totally fell in love with it
This old but renovated finca has 11 spacious rooms that are fully equipped in a simple and rustic style, the owners did a great job refurbishing it while maintaining its unique character and soul.
It is surrounded by the Tramuntana Mountains, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2011 because of its scenic and cultural values and source of inspiration for artists of all nationalities.
Being located only 15 min away from Palma, 20 min away from the airport and well connected to all the main roads in the island makes it perfect for our retreats since our guests can enjoy different plans every day, from shopping and sightseeing in the beautiful centre of Palma, visiting picturesque little towns or going to the beach which is only 15 minutes away.
The house has a garden where every morning we pick up the products we´ll use and a pool with breathtaking views.