Testimonial by Lori Briscoe

What a beautiful experience I was blessed with. Thank you so much. I look forward to the creation of my new life and can embrace I have lived my dreams.

Your retreat has and wil continue to have a profound effect in my life moving forward.

Thank you for helping me unlock the freedom to experience again with curiosity, love, joy, passion and even pain. You are amazing! Peter to! What a blessing the both of you are!!!🙏

Lori Briscoe

United States

Testimonial by Taima Sunde

10/10 retreat!

I had been feeling very low and had been struggling for a very long time with my self-image and self-esteem.

When winter arrives my struggles usually intensify so this year I decided to do something active about it. It is also the last month of the year and I really wanted to go into the new year with a fresher mindset.

I liked where it was located and I liked that it was a women’s one on one retreat.

Pingel’s description of the retreat and what it offered really spoke to me more than any other retreat I had looked into while researching, and it became pretty clear to me after speaking to her that that was a retreat I wanted to try out.

What I liked the most was all the incredible knowledge I got from speaking to Pingel and doing her workshops. It was exactly what I had needed and I am so happy and grateful I listened to my gut and went along with it.

I also liked how beautiful and idyllic the place was, and how good and at ease I felt all the time. Pingel and Peter really are a wonderful couple and both of them made it very easy for me to feel comfortable (when I usually feel uncomfortable in social settings).

They were incredibly easy to talk to and had a very comforting, joyful, and positive energy around them at all times. I also really loved the presence of the animals, particularly Noah the dog, and Luca the cat, the chickens were also really cool to be around! Another thing that was great was the food, not only was it healthy but it was very delicious (thank you Peter!).

All the conversations we had were easy and fun, there was never a dull moment. I truly liked every single thing about this retreat!

I have learned so much about myself in just one week, and I have so much more knowledge about everything related to the mind and body, and how much power they hold! I have had a very toxic relationship with myself, and I struggled a lot with doing everyday activities, everything felt like a burden.

The biggest thing I have gotten from this retreat is that I have been looking at the wrong places for answers, I have learned that many of the answers to my problems lie within myself. That the power is within me and that I have the ability to regain it and find joy in my life.

I feel like I have the tools now to restore my relationship with myself and to live life at my fullest potential. Although I still have a lot of work to do to get there, I feel very confident about the journey I am about to get on, because I now know what I need to focus on moving forward.

Right after the week (and during) I felt really good in my body, I had been eating very healthy food and sleeping very well which I felt the results of pretty quickly.

Also being surrounded by beautiful nature and experiencing what a peaceful environment was like had immediate effects on me. It felt really good!

I truly cannot put into words how life-changing this was for me.

I will forever carry with me all the knowledge I have gotten from Pingel and from the workshops we have done. It has opened my eyes in a way that has never happened before.

For someone who has struggled immensely with understanding her own self, this was very much needed. I can confidently say I am on a guaranteed road to healing and growing and finding joy in my life, and I have so much to look forward to!

If you are considering trying out this retreat, don’t second guess it! Do it! It’s so wonderful!

Taima Sunde

Latvia

Testimonial by Tracy and Dave

Excellent couples retreat in beautiful quiet area of Spain!

I highly recommend this couple’s retreat which we attended at the end of November 2023.

I was feeling a little apprehensive, as I didn’t know what to expect from the retreat or what it would ask of us. I need not have been worried as Peter and Pingel put us at ease straight away and that continued for the whole time of our stay.

Their finca is set in a quiet area of the mountains in southern Spain, the perfect setting for a retreat.

Normally I need to be seeing and doing things when I’m abroad, but the retreat itself was enough and just enjoying the peace of the area, and picking the odd orange from the trees outside, was enough for me to feel fulfilled during our week there.

On our ‘day off’ on Wednesday, we could have taken the day to ourselves but chose to go for a short hike with Pingel and Peter, and then have lunch in a local town which was also such a lovely experience.

My partner is what might be described as a ‘normal bloke’! 😀 He’s kind of old school, on the one hand, being not very in touch with his feelings or how to interpret them. But on the other hand, he is open-minded and will try new things.

He would never have considered going on a retreat without my initiative. He was very skeptical of my idea to go to this retreat. But afterward said he really enjoyed all the sessions and felt happy and was glad we went and felt it was really worthwhile ( so if you’re partner sounds similar, ask them to read this review 🙂 ) .

I didn’t want to go on a regular holiday, as I felt we’d just be ignoring the issues between us and thereby intensifying them.

I wanted to go somewhere we could try and nurture the positives in our relationship while healing the rift that had started to grow, because of the many ups and downs life had thrown at us over the years … we had started to put up unhealthy barriers and it was affecting what was good in our relationship.

This retreat was the perfect place and people to help us try and get back to appreciating what originally brought us together while acknowledging all that had brought us to this point. It helped clear the negative energy that had built up, that our efforts to repair on our own just seemed to intensify. We felt happier and more in tune with each other at the end of the retreat.

Peter and Pingel are a really authentic couple sharing parts of their lives and experiences too so you know they can relate to your experiences. Despite us sharing personal details and feeling emotional during sessions, I didn’t feel awkward afterward and felt they were very respectful of the feelings shared.

During our delicious meals, our sessions weren’t discussed, as it was downtime. They prepared really wholesome tasty meals being mindful of any dietary requirements. Meals were relaxed, feeling like we just ‘ called over for lunch ‘ and we had good chats about anything and everything.

The sessions were a mixture of dancing, art sessions, and discussions. Don’t worry if you’re not creative just go with the flow.

The sessions are catalysts to better communicate with your partner, not a scary school exam! We are not dancers ( two left feet!) or artists but still enjoyed the sessions.

I can’t say enough good things about Pingel and Peter. They create the opportunity for you to rest and rejuvenate and feel comfortable to share the personal issues that brought you to the retreat.

I really appreciate the thought and energy they put into making such a healthy space for healing and growth and making it seem effortless.

My partner and I feel it has had a really positive impact on our relationship and we highly recommend Peter and Pingel’s couple’s retreat.

Tracy O'Shea and her partner Dave

United Kingdom

Testimonial by Sintija Kazaka

Me is real Me

I was just a bypasser of my own life. I needed to start to feel and be me again. 

I chose this offering as it was a 1:1 retreat with the word ‘freedom’ in a description of what I wanted, and it didn’t matter that it involved dancing.

The resistance in the head for changes is a real thing. Being able to overcome it, to participate, to want change was stronger than any small thought of I cannot, I am shy, and I don’t know how to do it.

Pingle was a fantastic guide into my secret world of myself. The connection she helped to create with my true inner self is an experience of a different kind and I value that very much.

Every session was like reading a new chapter and gaining a new part of myself. Not only sessions, Pingel and Peter gave me a safe place to be. Not to mention all the love I got from lovely animals there, especially Noah.

The biggest accomplishment was gaining myself back after 8 years of being a wallpaper in my own life and realising how much love I should give to myself just for being.

Oh, and the way how I feel my body and how I connect with it now… Wow.

I am truly grateful there are Pingel and Peter in this world.

And… I still keep dancing in mornings. It makes my day better 🙂

Sintija Kazaka

Latvia

Testimonial by Elitsa Tilkidzhieva

Amazing!

This retreat was the most intense and transformative self-awareness I have ever experienced.

I am a therapist myself and have gone through years of personal therapy and training, but the depth and the immersive experience Pingel offered was something very special.

She created an incredibly safe space for me to dive deeply into whatever there is, acknowledging, accepting, and working therapeutically with it. I loved the combination of movement, body-oriented therapy, creativity, and psychotherapy.

I experienced Pingel as very sovereign in her knowledge and very professional.

Besides the individual work with Pingel, for me, the whole setting was very healing.

Spending one week in the Finca on my own with Pingel and Peter (and all the animals – especially Loki 😊), allowed me to completely immerse myself into the process, creating the space for integrating the experiences. What was especially healing for me was the warmth, the openness and the acceptance Pingel and Peter gave me. This is something that felt very special to me! Thank you so much for this!

By the end of this retreat, I felt so much more aligned with myself, alive and joyful. Now, a couple of months have passed and I still feel very authentic, much more open and expressive, very much in touch with my body and so alive.

I have no words to express how grateful I am for the work with did and for the whole experience of the retreat! Since I left Jardin de Luz I remember on a daily basis this transformative experience and I believe this would stay with me for life.

Thank you, Pingel and Peter!

Elitsa Tilkidzhieva

Therapist, Bulgaria

Testimonial by Donna Mattingley

Reward yourself with this retreat!

What initially appealed to me was the dance element in the description but I had no idea that NIA and the Feldenkrais method would give me a different perspective in my healing journey. 

Pingel and Peter have the ability to make you feel like you’re instantly part of their family along with Noah (the dog), the cats, and their chickens. Their finca is the perfect place to take some time off, relax, and recharge. I will never forget my time with them as well as the lessons that I’ve learned during my weeklong stay. 

From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much Pingel and Peter. Keep sharing your gift with the world.

Hugs and kisses,
TheHappyFilipino

Donna Mattingley

Lawyer, Philippines