Well, where do I begin reviewing the Secret Yoga Club Trassierra retreat? Honestly this retreat could not have come at a better time for me.
A couple of weekends ago I was invited to take part in the Secret Yoga Clubs Trassiera Villa intimate yoga retreat. SYC was founded by Gabrielle Hales and the retreat hosted by Amber Scott in Spain, focusing on a weekend full of yoga, meditation, relaxation, guided hikes and Mediterranean food, intentionally created to focus on individual attention for each guest. Of course I jumped at the chance. Despite being slightly nervous of being a beginner to yoga myself (my mum is a yoga teacher but I’ve not had many lessons myself) I was determined to get out of my comfort zone and give it a try.
After getting the plane all by ,myself (another first and I really liked it, I love airports) I arrived at Seville to be greeted by the other lovely ladies who would be joining the retreat. It was a real mixture of fascinating and inspiring women whom i got to know all about over the weekend.
We arrived at the stunning Trassiera Villa around nightfall, and after being led to my stunning bedroom see below, when can I move in? We were straight into out first yoga class, a decompression practice, which is not as scary as it sounds, led by Amber Scott and it was a lovely introduction into the couple of days of yoga that followed ahead. We focused on stretching out our bodies, guided by Ambers softly spoken and calming manor, I felt the tension that had been built up over the past few weeks beginning to be relived already.
After our practice a stunning feast of fresh Mediterranean food was served, and we all got to relax and get to know one another a little better.
The location of the retreat suited it perfectly, the Trassiera Villa was breathtaking, both at night and in the day, it really was like staying in a fairytale. I went to bed that night exhausted but relaxed, and had one of the best nights sleep I’ve had in ages.
On Friday morning, terrified of over sleeping and missing the first yoga class at 8:30 I set about five alarms (anyone who knows me knows I am late for absolutely everything) and my nerves were starting to get the better of me over taking part in the first yoga class, thinking that everyone would be looking at me knowing I didn’t know what I was doing. I needn’t have worried, the retreat was aimed at all levels of yoga, whether be a beginner or an expert, and I couldn’t have wished for a better teacher in Amber. Both Amber and Gabrielle helped guide anyone who needed a hand, and i definitely did plenty of times, and it was such calming experience to be in the yoga studio with her. After a leisurely breakfast we set off on our first hike of the weekend, with the weather being slightly cooler it was the perfect setting for a breathtaking walk around the acres of land surrounding the villa, finishing off with a picnic on the hill. I then indulged in a massage, kindly provided through the Trassiera, I haven't had one in years!
To be continued…