Pause, listen and reconnect with yourself
Come back to your senses and sensations, embrace your body and reignite your inner sparkle
Play, dance, move, laugh, feel, discover, express, unwind, and re-charge in the stunning nature of the Alpujarra
Treat Yourself to an intimate retreat where you come home to yourself and reconnect to your Inner Sparkle; a place you can always return to once you have sensed it.
You will discover new ways of moving through life that could transform your life, as we play with silence, our senses, perception, nature, being gentle with ourselves, and with the healing powers of conscious dance, movement, and creativity.
Enjoy the beautiful sunrises over the mountains, dancing under an enchanting starry sky, indulge in delectable vegetarian/vegan meals, pure water fresh from the spring, clean air, peaceful silence, and the abundance of nature. Come back to your senses and sensations and embrace your inner vibrancy.
Do you feel a bit flat and out of touch with yourself? Does your light feel dimmed?
This 6-day women wellbeing and vitality retreat, led by somatic wellbeing specialist Pingel Braat, offers new ways of moving through life with inner peace, spontaneity, and a vibrant inner sparkle, as you play with silence, your senses, perception, nature, being your own Mama, and with the healing powers of NIA conscious dance, movement creativity. and deep rest.
1. We move from stolid to sparkling.
2. We move from hard to a heart for self.
3. We move to embrace our self-wisdom.
4. We move from old stories to new stories and new feelings.
5 We move to bring back peace, flow, and joy to the mind, body, soul, and inner spirit.
Reclaim your body as a safe, buoyant, and magical place.
No previous movement experience is necessary, only a heart-forward, open mind.
“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 a revitalizing freshly pressed fruit juice. Engage in a gentle, playful, revigorating morning movement practice of NIA to nourish your soul and body.
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.
Let yourself be seduced by the aromas of freshly ground coffee or a deliciously fragrant tea. Enjoy the fresh fruit, the freshly baked warm bread, our homemade jam, 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… While catching the first sunbeams on your skin. An early morning full of nourishing energy.
Gather on our outside dance space 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 conscious Dance & Movement Creativity session and awaken your own 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, while you enjoy the vibrant greens in our tranquil citrus and olive grove.
Start your evening with a healing dance journey to harmonize and balance your energy centers. 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 six-days-break, you will have returned to yourself grounded, refreshed, and radiating your inner sparkle. And you go home with your own unique wisdom map to guide you to move, live, and feel well in your body.
The retreat starts on Sunday night with a welcome dinner and dance session. The next Friday morning will be the departure. There will be 2 dance/movement sessions a day. With exception of the day we have a trip planned. Sessions will vary from NIA dance , Dance Movement Creativity, Chakradance, Feldenkrais or an NIA Freedance.
Thursday night we’ll have a festive farewell dance and dinner.
All retreats include:
Not included in the price are:
We offer various options for accommodation at Jardin de Luz:
The prices below cover accommodation (6 days/5 nights), breakfast, lunch, dinner, (non-alcoholic) drinks & snacks, and all group sessions mentioned in the program:
Guests staying in the cabana or in 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 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 drop you off after the retreat. We offer this service for an additional fee.
The shuttle service we use, charges per car not per person. If more people arrive on the same day you will be picked up together to minimize costs and air pollution.
Pick up only: At around 95,- euro
Pick up and drop off: At around 185,- euro
These costs may be lower if we pick up more than one person at a time. You pay directly to the driver. Due to fluctuation in gasoline prices pick-up can cost less or more
You can also arrange your own transport by renting a car or using public transport.
What is your cancellation policy?
We use the flexible cancellation policy of Bookretrreats.com. This means that cancellation free of charge is possible until 1 month before the retreat! Find 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 by car. If you want a little more freedom to go wherever you want, you can rent a car at the airport relatively cheap. 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 stop. 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.
I am over fifty years old. Can I join?
Yes, of course. I have had people in their seventies in my regular classes. In this retreat, you are encouraged to move according to your own comfort and ability. The purpose is to fully engage your body’s resources for sensation, movement, and pleasure, without causing harm through your actions. You will discover how to follow the Body’s Way. Which is to learn, appreciate and respect what your body tells you is true and pleasurable.
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