Humbled, hugely grateful and inspired by the remarkable response we got to our first retreat, David and Nickles are joining forces again to offer another.
Aspects of Self Love will expand on the themes of Seeds of Desire (September 2017) and is designed to appeal both to those want to develop their experiences from the September event and to those wanting to join us for the first time.
Our aim will be to again offer a beautiful, affectionate and challenging exploration, this time focusing on ways to edit out the life-limiting, inhibiting, often unconscious, self-critical inner voice and to replace it with a recognition of our own loving qualities that transmits to others and cultivates connection, warmth and wellbeing.
David and Nickles met a few years ago in London on a weekend yoga workshop. As their paths crossed again this spring, they decided to put together their experiences and skills with the aim of offering you the chance to know yourself better: tantra is the understanding of who we are, deeply, in our very core, so we are able to live fully and enjoy our lives in every aspect.
Open to 18+ men, this workshop will give you the opportunity to enjoy an intimate, holistic retreat: with only eight guests and two teachers, each of you will get plenty of personal attention, to improve your self-understanding and acceptance, through tantra and nude yoga sessions. This mini retreat is suitable and open to all levels of practitioners, regardless of your experience with yoga and/or tantra.
During this weekend, our tantric exploration will give you a global view on how tantra transcends your life and expands your consciousness. The programme will include morning tantra yoga flow on the terrace, followed by a workshop (mindfulness meditation, tantra, massage, intimacy sessions …) and an evening session. Our ultimate purpose is to give you the tools you need to help you move towards self-realisation.
In the afternoons, you will have plenty of time to relax and revive on the terraces, wander in the ancient town, visit the naturist beach or explore the nearby coast and mountains.
Since we launched this retreat, a friend of David’s has very kindly offered us a different venue in which to host it. The amended details are below (and I’ve placed the original text at the bottom of the page in italics, for theh sake of transparency and comparison.
You will stay in a hillside villa with pool near the historic town of La Herradura (click to see a map) southern Spain; a naturist home with breathtaking coastal views and naturist beach at the bottom of the hill.
When: Friday, December 1 to Monday, December 4, 2017.
Please aim to arrive at on the Friday by 2pm; the workshop will end on Monday at around 1pm. For those who would like to stay longer, please contact David (email@example.com) directly.
Location: La Herradura is about 70km from Malaga Airport and easily reachable by bus (direct from Malaga, every four hours) in a bit over an hour.
Accommodation: The villa’s many bedrooms have double beds, so if you’re attending alone, please be prepared to share a bed.
Meals: Each day, a selection of foods will be available for you to create your own breakfast. An Indian-inspired evening meal will be served on the Friday, giving you the opportunity to explore and sample the rich local cuisine of La Herradura the other days.
Price: Early bird price, available until October 1, 2017, £300 (around €340, depending on exchange rates).
After October 1, 2017, £325 (around €370, depending on exchange rates).
Pay the full earlybird price here
Pay a 25% deposit, £82 (around €93, depending on exchange rates), here
Nickles: Taking a pragmatic, grounded and student-centred approach to teaching, based on foundations of health, safety and fun, Nickles also embraces the broader, holistic aspects of yoga. His exploration of tantra has included a three-year diploma and courses in many forms of touch and bodywork. Nickles has been a yogi for over a decade and his teaching experience spans more than five years.
Our bodies hold remarkable secrets and revealing them can be exciting, liberating and healing. Yoga, meditation, breathing practices, touch and tantra can awaken powerful physical responses while offering us new perspectives on ourselves and making valuable contributions to the experiences of those around us.
David: Through years of practice and study, David has developed a unique practice, with a simple and effective method of teaching. His physical practice of yoga embraces the “Universal Principles of Alignment” (from the Anusara and Iyengar approaches) in which he spiritually incorporates the wisdom and compassion of the Buddhist tradition, believing in ‘the intrinsic kindness and beauty of every being’; as found in the Kashmir Shaivism Tantra tradition.
Because David’s style is enhanced by his experience as an ayurveda practitioner, yoga therapist and tantra practitioner, all workshops and retreats, from a restorative/relaxing approach to a more powerful and challenging practice, are designed according to the students’ levels and needs.
Practicing yoga in its wholeness (which includes tantra traditions, postures and movements, meditation, breathing techniques (pranayama), massage, intimacy, self-exploration and acceptance… ) is to become aware of what takes place in our body/mind/spirit, to serve ourselves and be open to everything around us. It is about learning to accept and love ourselves such as we are. It is about finding our own authentic values, through a holistic and individual approach to life, to discover who we really are and to find our true place.
Every person in David’s sessions is respected and honored within his abilities and limitations, not judged but completely accepted just as they are, supported and empowered on their own path. The experience helps to reveal and cultivate the best of the student, which is already to be found within.
Deposit: To reserve and confirm your participation on the Seeds of Desire retreat, you can pay the totality of the cost, or a 25% deposit (non-refundable). The booking will be considered definitive only on receipt of the payment.
The deposit is non-refundable – however should you cancel your reservation 30 days or more before the start of the retreat, you may apply your deposit toward another retreat/event/workshop occurring within 12 months from the date of the initial retreat that you registered for.
Full payment: When you reserve, you may either pay in full or only the deposit. Please note that the balance is due and must be received 30 days prior (November 1, 2017) to the start date of the retreat.
Cancellation policy: Please note that there will be no refunds or discounts for arriving late, leaving early, flight cancellations, travel delays or illness. If you cancel your participation in a retreat for any reason, the cancellation policy below will apply, with no exceptions. We wish we could compensate people for unforeseen circumstances but we have costs already incurred. We have designed our cancellation policy to be as compassionate as possible in the case that your plans change.
In the event of cancellation by the customer, regardless of the circumstances, the following refunds – minus the deposit, non-refundable as mentioned above – apply:
Cancellation 2 weeks or less before due arrival date, 0% refund
Cancellation 2 to 4 weeks before due arrival date, 25% refund
Cancellation 4 or more weeks before due arrival date, 50% refund
We have never had to cancel a retreat; however, if we do cancel due to too few participants, we will refund to you all deposits and payments you have paid. We cannot however compensate you for airfare or travel costs incurred.
In the unlikely event we must cancel any event due to weather, natural disaster or political upheaval, we cannot guarantee a refund – to cover these risks, we highly recommend you purchase travel insurance and make sure they have a comprehensive “cancel for any reason” policy.
Thanks for your understanding.
Original accommodation and location details (for transparency and comparison)
You will stay in a centuries-old traditional Andalusian house on a hill in the ancient medina of Velez-Malaga, southern Spain; a naturist home with a twist of India and a verdant hideaway (see the house at casapantha.com).
When: Friday, December 1 to Monday, December 4, 2017.
Please aim to arrive at Velez-Malaga on the Friday by 2pm; the workshop will end on Monday at around 1pm. For those who would like to stay longer, please contact David (firstname.lastname@example.org) directly.
Location: Velez-Malaga is about 35km from Malaga Airport and only 5km from the local nudist beach. The village is easily reachable by bus (direct from Malaga).
Accommodation: Casa Pantha welcomes you in its guest area, with two double-bed rooms and a two-single-bed room (if you’re attending alone, please be prepared to share a bed).
Meals: Each day, a selection of foods will be available for you to create your own breakfast. An Indian-inspired evening meal will be served at Casa Pantha on the Friday, giving you the opportunity to explore and sample the rich local cuisine of Velez-Malaga and Torre Del Mar the other days.