You may have seen from my social media channels that last week I went on a yoga retreat to Ibiza with Good Yoga Life. I can without a doubt say that it was one of the best experiences of my life! Kelly (total babe and founder of Good Yoga Life) along with her amazing team are also hosting two more retreats in Ibiza in May, so I though it would be a fab idea to write a blog post on this retreat in case anyone is unsure of whether to book onto the next one (I’m hoping that after you’ve read this you will be 100% on board and will be going to book your place ASAP!)
There were 25 of us in total I think including the GYL crew and all of us, and we were spread out of over two incredible villas near San Miguel in Ibiza. The villas were spacious, huge and the views were some of the most amazing views I have ever seen in my entire life, it was breathtaking. I still can’t quite believe I got to stay there! Think large rooms, light and simple décor and infinity pools looking out over the horizon.
There were three yoga teachers on the retreat, Kelly (@goodyogalifeuk), Suzie (@life.in.full.colour) and Emily (@emily_and_yoga). We got taught by all of them, who are all awesome by the way, and the classes ranged from restorative classes, to a meditation class, to workshops and there was even a bootcamp yoga class (think HIIT meets vinyasa flow). I enjoyed all the classes, there were about two a day, sometimes three including the workshops, and although my muscles ended up being veeerrry sore by the end, it was amazing to feel so strong and I could tell I’d improved by the end. If you have practiced vinyasa flow in London I would say that the classes were pretty similar to that, they weren’t too serious or spiritual, but there was enough spirituality in them at the same time, it’s hard to explain but I hope that makes sense! Enough for a beginner not to feel totally out of their depth, but with enough for someone who is learning more and more about yoga to gain more of an insight into different areas of the practice.
The food was probably one of the best things about the retreat, it was all arranged for us so we didn’t need to think about anything. Suzie made all of the meals and everything was vegetarian and more often than not, vegan. There were so many options, for example at breakfast you could have some overnight oats, buckwheat granola with coconut yoghurt, or have some eggs with a selection of breads, tomatoes and avocado.
On the first day for lunch after we’d all been picked up from the airport, we were taken to Sa Vida in Ibiza Town, where we were served what felt like a ten course veggie meal, the food was healthy, plentiful and delicious. Dinners and lunches were varied and yummy, and the girls were so good with anyone who had any special dietary requirements, one of the girls was pretty restricted and they were more than happy to make her separate things, which is always really nice and reassuring! The food was probably one of my favourite parts of the retreat as I myself am trying to cut out meat, and going on a retreat for four days where all the meals are veggie was so great and I have come away feeling refreshed!
We had quite a lot of free time to lounge by the pool, play some games and get to know each other. On the Sunday we all went to the beach and spent a few hours there just sunbathing and swimming in the sea, which was still pretty warm considering it was the end of October!
On the Monday a group of us took a hike down to an excluded cove which was about a 30 minute hike from the villa. It was one of the most beautiful and peaceful things I’ve done, and swimming in that sea was the highlight of my trip! On the Tuesday most of our flights were late in the evening so the majority of us were dropped into Ibiza town to have some lunch, wander around and some of us even got tattoos (if you want to get one done in Ibiza check out Inkadelic, Neil is a great artist and a really cool guy and fit 4 of us in when we just rocked up unannounced!
The people made the trip, everyone was so great! Some people came with a friend or two and some came by themselves. By the end of the four days we all felt like a little family and I am definitely going to keep in contact with some of them and really hope I get to meet up with a lot of them again, I might even try and plan a little reunion!
Kelly and co will be back in Ibiza in May for two more retreats, check out the web page here, I think there are still some spaces left if you want to book! http://goodyogalife.com/2016/10/15/ibiza-may-2017/ . If you want to try out one of the Good Yoga Life classes there are loads going on, and you may even see me there! I would 100% recommend going on this retreat, I had the best time, and I feel like my yoga practice has improved a hell of a lot!