Menopause Come home to your body & Embrace your nature
Reconnect with your body, with yourself, and your feminine power.
Reconnect with your body, with yourself, and your feminine power.
Befriend the natural physical en emotional changes that come with menopause, and open up to the wisdom, pleasure, and healing that they have to offer. Reconnect, unwind and recharge in the stunning nature of the Alpujarra
Treat yourself to an intimate, exclusive women-only retreat where you reconnect with your body, with yourself, and your feminine power. Open up to what moves you, to sensation, to feeling, to moving, to playfulness, and to imagination! Refind your inner sparkle; a place you can always return to once you have sensed it.
You will discover potent ways of moving through life with inner vitality, vibrant energy, hormonal balance, and a healthy resilient nervous system, as we play with movement, stillness, our senses, perception, nature, being gentle with ourselves, and with the healing powers of Chakradance, NIA holistic movement arts and Feldenkrais awareness through movement.
Enjoy the beautiful sunrises over the mountains, musing under an enchanting starry sky, indulge in delectable vegetarian/vegan meals, clean air, peaceful silence, and the sensual abundance of nature. Come back to your nature, and your senses and sensations to feel better and radiate your inner sparkle.
Expand your window of pleasure in your day-to-day life and help your body navigate these natural changes with ease and grace. Create a healthy foundation for the second half of your life.
Do you feel uncertain about who you are in your new hormonal ‘outfit’?
This 7-day/6 night women-only retreat is fully customized for you, and the menopausal transition you go through. You will be given powerful tools to navigate menopause with grace and greater ease and set up your blueprint for emotional, physical, and mental self-healing and well-being.
We offer you a very unique and personalized body-centered healing program in a set-up of no more than 6 women, in a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. You will find a safe, supportive and encouraging environment that holds space to meet yourself on a deeper level, in your own time and pace. It is our greatest aspiration and joy to make your stay, and inner journey a truly wonderful, transformative, and nourishing experience for you. No prior experience in dance or movement is needed.
This carefully created program for women who are going through menopause is a transformative combination of Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement, NIA, Chakradance, and Creative Movement Process.
It will offer you:
Expand your window of pleasure in your day-to-day life and help your body navigate these natural changes with ease and grace.
Let’s not beat about the bush! Menopause can have us face emotional and physical discomfort. This may manifest itself in feelings of dullness, tension, heaviness, and lack of energy. We may be more sensitive, and often it only takes a small thing to make us feel stressed and unsettled.
You may be going through hormonal changes that affect the condition of your bones and joints, your sense of feeling fit and alive in your body, and your emotional resilience. You may feel uncertain about who you are in your new hormonal outfit. Your critical inner voices may stir their tails and mess with your self-image, mindset, and self-esteem.
Altogether, this can make you feel more insecure in your body. You may even distrust your body. I know many women lose their pleasure in moving, dancing, and self-expressing and find themselves moving less. However moving is a fundamental need for our physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
Because movement is the synthesis of sensing, perceiving, feeling, thinking and action. Movement is energy.
When we change how we move and how we focus when we move, the way we move immediately influences, our perception, our inner world, our body systems, our energy household, and the response of our nervous system. Movement can reveal, and heal physical, mental, and emotional habits that cause pain, distress, and discomfort. Movement helps the nervous system to restore stability and equilibrium. Movement influences our hormonal balance. And you play a big part in this through the choices you make.
This 7-day/6 night retreat, exclusively for women going through the menopause transition, will help you reclaim your body as a safe, sensuous, and pleasurable place and restore your energy, and inner sparkle; a place you can always return to once you have sensed it.
Explore new ways of moving through your day-to-day life. with self-compassion, inner peace, flow, joy, and aliveness, as you move, dance, feel, and play with stillness, your senses, nature, being gentle with yourself, your feminine powers, and with the healing potential of NIA dance, Feldenkrais Awareness through movement, Chakradance, and powerful bodywork sessions that could transform your life.
You will discover how to attend to movement that feels pleasurable, respects your body’s way and nature, and brings in a variety of qualities that nourish all your body systems. Movements that allow you to ride the natural rhythm of your nervous system, and invite you to step into the playful infant-mind space of spontaneity, presence, healing, and possibility. Movement that opens you up to what moves you, to sensation, to feeling, to expression, to playfulness and imagination!
“Life is made up of relationships. Your most important relationship is with yourself, your body. Change the quality of this relationship and you change the quality of your life.”
Starting the day with the songs of lovely birds, the sweet scent of wildflowers, and a revitalizing freshly pressed fruit juice. Come to your senses in a silent body meditation that connects you with the sensuous natural world around and inside you as the sun rises above the mountain.
Engage in a gentle, playful, wake-up somatic movement practice to nourish your whole body and soul.
Let yourself be seduced by the aromas of freshly ground coffee or a deliciously fragrant tea. Enjoy the fresh fruit, the home-baked madeleines with our own olive oil, our secret recipe for delicious gluten-free granola, and a fine vegan yogurt. And maybe an honest egg from our free-range chicken family with your toast… While catching the first sunbeams on your skin. An early morning full of nourishing energy.
Gather in our outside dance shala for an intimate sharing circle to connect, set the intent and integrate all your personal discoveries. Explore, play. laugh, heal, and self-discover… Immerse yourself into a playful NIA Dance or Movement Creativity session that is healing for your body-wise and sparkling self.
Around midday, we sit down to a delicious, nutritious, finger-licking lunch in the family atmosphere of our terrace.
Spend your afternoon alone or with others, whichever feels right for you… Walking or hiking in the beautiful surrounding nature, dreaming away to the song of cicadas and birds, while lying in your hammock and being rocked by a gentle breeze. Or take a refreshing dip in the pool and let the sun gently dry your skin.
Start the evening with a powerful Chakradance healing session to let go, rediscover and come home to who you are. Indulge your taste buds in a feast of flavors with a mouthwatering dinner from our chef. Feel free to enjoy the colorful sunset alone or with others, whichever feels right for you
End the evenings in a moment of silence, reminiscing under the abundant starry skies. On Friday evening we will close the journey festively, to integrate and celebrate your personal discoveries.
After this seven-days-break, you will have returned to yourself – grounded and refreshed. You will go home with your own personal embodied wisdom map that will give you a wealth of tools to navigate the transition, integrate, enrich and enliven your sense of joy, ease, and inner peace mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually in all aspects of your life.
I can only recommend this retreat, it had so much depth. Pingel and Peter are deeply sensitive and full of love. In dance and in movements, old familiar patterns were revealed, were lovingly looked at, and allowed to change. The meetings were super prepared and yet totally adapted to the moment. It was a welcome challenge and was enjoyed very much. All love and lots of encouragement for you.
I have known Pingel & Peter for a long time now and have seen them grow individually and professionally. I found the retreat I did to be a huge success. Although it was a small group with big differences, they were able to tune in to the different needs. In which they made good use of each other’s strengths and vulnerabilities. I experienced it as a special, safe, and inspiring week. Pingel and Peter do not teach you what to do but challenge you to discover your life path in your own way.
Pingel Braat you’re amazing! And thank you. Your work has transformed core issues in parts of my body that nothing else has been able to make a difference with. Thank you so much. 🙏
This retreat is 7 days / 6 nights and starts on a Sunday, The full program is listed on bookretreats.com where you can book this retreat.
Our retreats take place with a minimum of 1 person and are limited to a maximum of 5 women to ensure an optimal environment for your healing journey. An environment that offers tranquility, and space to truly see, hear, acknowledge and support each other.
All retreats include:
Not included in the price are:
We offer various options for accommodation at Jardin de Luz:
The prices below cover accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, (non-alcoholic) drinks & snacks, all group sessions mentioned in the program:
Guests staying in the cabana or the tent share shower and toilet facilities in our building. The tent and the cabana have an eco-toilet nearby as well. The guesthouse has its own facilities. The kitchen and swimming pool in the guesthouse are available for all guests
If you prefer to arrange your own stay, there are many friendly priced Airbnb’s and hotels in the area. There is a variety of choices from very basic to luxury accommodation. We can assist you. Please send us a mail if you prefer this.
For a friendly additional fee, you can book individual hands-on sessions of somatic energetic bodywork with Pingel in the afternoons to transform movement patterns and habits that are limiting mobility, ease, release, a sense of pleasure, and vitality.
For an additional fee we offer Airport pick-up & Drop-off:
Malaga Airport (AGP) is at 90 minutes distance from our sanctuary Jardin de Luz.
The most convenient way to travel from Malaga airport to Lanjaron is to have our driver pick you up and possibly also drop you off. We offer this service for an additional fee.
Our driver charges per car not per person. If more people arrive on the same day you will be picked up together to minimize air pollution and costs for you.
Pick up only: A maximum of 90 euro
Pick up and drop off: A maximum of 180 euro
These costs may be lower if we pick up more than one person at a time. You pay directly to the driver.
Other means of transport that you can arrange by yourself are:
What is your cancellation policy ?
We use the free cancellation policy of Bookretrreats.com. Check the full cancellation policy here:
We recommend cancellation and travel insurance! Depending on the policy you go for, it could help with delayed, canceled, or missed flights; theft or damage of belongings, and emergency healthcare.
In the rare case that we have to cancel the retreat due to force majeure, we will arrange suitable replacement where possible and in consultation. In case of cancellation on our part, you will receive your payment to us back. We do not refund airfare costs and costs for accommodation other than what we offer.
Are there other ways of transport to go to Jardin de Luz?
Yes, but you need to arrange them by yourself. You can:
1. Rent a car at the airport
The easiest way to get from Malaga airport to Lanjaron is to drive. If you want a little more freedom to go wherever you want, you can rent a car at the airport relatively cheaply. Do check if you need an international driver’s license to drive in Spain. For EU citizens it is not obliged.
2. Use Public transport by bus company ALSA
Another possibility is to use public transport. From Malaga Airport, you’ll first need to travel by a direct bus line to the coastal town of Almuñecar. This bus goes several times a day.
At the modest bus station in Almuñecar, you’ll need to take another bus to Lanjaron. This bus only runs twice a day most of the year. In Lanjarón we will pick you up at the bus station. All retreat participants will receive our WhatsApp numbers in advance to contact us upon arrival or as needed. Ticket booking and exact timetables can be found on the website of the public transport provider ALSA. We can assist you at any time.
Will this retreat be for me if I am experiencing tension, stress, and low energy?
Yes! This retreat is especially suitable for people that experience stress, tension, strain, and low energy. My own experience as a former over-exhausted person with lots of tension and pain inspired me to create this week’s program. I weave together my knowledge of how the human body is meant to move and how the brain works with my body awareness and sensory IQ to guide you into movement that is both healing and gently recharging body, mind, emotions, and spirit.
What is included in this retreat?
Are there possibilities for private sessions?
Yes, you can book 60-minute private sessions with Pingel in the afternoons. You pay a friendly price for these (extra) sessions.
How long are the group sessions?
The NIA morning class is 60 minutes, morning group sessions are 2 hours including a coffee break. In the morning expect a mix of expressive movement and creativity.
Evening group sessions are 1,5 hours. Expect a combination of mindful movement in sitting or lying down, dance meditation, energy work, and creativity.
I don’t like to dance. Is this suitable for me?
Depending on your definition of dance. You are mostly moving on music through free expression, simple movement variations, and gentle conditioning. Don’t expect complicated dance steps or difficult combinations.
If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact me