Join me May 26-31, 2013 for a Yoga Vacation at the beautiful Hotel Balneari Prats, Caldas de Malavela, near Girona, Spain Beginning with 5.30pm class on Sunday May 26th and ending with breakfast Friday morning, May 31. Five days of yoga at a traditional spa in Catalunya: Hotel Balneari Prats, Caldas de Malavela, near Girona, Spain. Relax, revitalise with yoga and the soothing thermal waters. Explore Costa Brava, medieval Girona, or even Barcelona. Or simply kick back and rest.
Tuition and Administration arranged directly with me by cheque or at my Store
- $450 online payment/£280 by cheque until 1 March, $500/£330 thereafter
- Second person Discount! Partner or roommate get $100/£70 off
- Special rates apply to Spanish residents, please email Mary directly
AccommodationBook your accommodation with Hotel Balneari Prats (use code IOGA) or with Booking.com after November 1, 2012 once you have confirmed reservation for the yoga portion with me. Participants are responsible for all payments and finding roommates if they wish to share. We ask all participants to make a reservation for media pension: this reservation will include accommodation, breakfast and dinner. If you want full pension with three meals a day, please sign up for that when your reserve your room. This year, everyone will make their own reservations online or by phone with the hotel. There are two types of accommodation: newly refurbished, or, a more simple less expensive accommodation that met most peoples needs last year. If you are sound sensitive or want a more modern room, make sure you find the right room for your budget and needs! You can also have an extra bed put in some of the rooms and in this way make it more economical—and more of a party!
Rates for rooms with media pension (substantial breakfast and dinner) for the five days range from basic double c250 Euros/person to c800 Euros luxurious suites for single occupancy.
Thermal pool is available for use all day and a Jacuzzi can be booked for half hours for all guests, free of charge.
Those who do not want to sign up for the yoga but are accompanying a yoga participant, are welcome to join the evening yoga classes or any optional evening activities at a fee of 50% of tuition or pro-rated fee of $40/£25 per session or $60/£45 per day only if space available. This is only available for the second person in the group, you can decide who gets the discount or split it!!
As I am sure you understand, the tuition fee includes administrative, travel and accommodation costs and I want to encourage partners to come at a reasonable rate especially for those less enthusiastic about the yoga! But, I also want to be fair to those who have helped pay for the entire costs of the retreat.
If you have special financial issues, please let me know. If the retreat is moderately full, I will do my best to help those with pressing financial needs to get their yoga break.
Proposed Schedule: 7.00-7.30am optional meditation, 7.30-9.15am active yoga followed by substantial breakfast; 6-7.30pm quieter yoga and evening meditation, dinner 8pm. Lunch on your own in the hotel or wherever else you may wander. Media pension includes breakfast and dinner only. We may include afternoon discussions/meetings for the teachers depending on group needs and desires.
All spa treatments are extra. There will be a 10% discount on treatments for those who are part of the yoga group.
Book Online at my Store. Please note that there is an item for the full price ($450) and the second discounted price ($350) until March 1, 2013. If you are coming alone, just use the full price item and proceed to checkout. If attending with someone, add the full price item then the discounted item and proceed to checkout. If you have a question, please email me!
Alternately, UK residents may pay by cheque:
Mail your £280 cheque payable to Mary Paffard
c/o Sally Paffard
Ivydene, Thorn Road
Marden Kent TN 1296J
Terms and Conditions
- Tuition for yoga portion is arranged directly with Mary Paffard
- Reserve your yoga space before confirming your reservation at the hotel
- You are responsible for making your own accommodation reservation and separate payment directly to Hotel Balneari Prats – rates for 2013 should be available soon
- Cancellations accepted until 15 March 2013 less a 20% processing fee. No refunds thereafter
- We strongly advise purchasing travel insurance as natural disasters, travel delays, and medical emergencies can occur!
Comments from last retreat
When I first booked the yoga retreat I was simply looking forward to some time away from the frenetic rush of working, managing a home and caring for a family...However, the hotel, the staff, the food, the people on the retreat, the yoga and meditation all combined to make it an incredibly special week...The hotel had a very friendly atmosphere and the staff were always willing to make great efforts with their English and also to try to understand my poor Spanish. The food was plentiful and good quality.
The Spa was a wonderful haven and I would recommend a full body massage by Hilde or the fantastic experience of a Vittel to anyone. My neck had been stiff for days but half an hour after the massage (and subsequent compulsory nap) I could move it freely again. I had not had much experience of yoga or meditation but Mary was the perfect teacher for students at every level. She was encouraging and helpful and never judgmental if a lie-in was more appealing than a meditation! The other people on the retreat were all very friendly and there was a happy and supportive atmosphere in the sessions. I ended the week feeling more relaxed, flexible and energised than I had done in years and am really looking forward to next year's retreat.
Mary catered for everyone from novice to experienced teacher
• Looking forward to this fantastic break will help get me through difficult weeks in the year ahead
• My hips are moving better than they have for years…
• Amazing value...
• Every aspect...exceeded my expectations
• The joy of a good-sized swimming pool at the temperature of a warm bath!
• Hotel and spa were really excellent
Mary! [B]ravo, I am speechless! Mark has attained Nirvana - I am quiet. Need I say more…have had a few more days to contemplate and sense what I/we achieved over with you during our week. Most importantly, however, is the way I am managing to "hold on" to a sense of inner-peace….The readings brought home to me why yoga can cross all walks of life, and in whatever space we find ourselves….Ayurvedic principles-- your discussion piqued my interest and I have started to research it more.
[H]otel…We were not expecting such a clever "compliment" to your retreat. The thermal waters were incredibly soothing and therapeutic. I felt they enhanced the daily routine of meditation and practice. The days when I felt extremely tired and "toxic" due to cleansing were improved by the waters restorative properties and the days I felt energised and grounded, the waters were invigorating and balancing.
in a nutshell
the yoga was sustaining, restorative and i fully immersed myself, it was exactly what I needed
i enjoyed being amongst teachers, regular practitioners and novices and felt this added to the experience
i also enjoyed the time you allowed for the teachers in the evening, before the class. this was unexpected and a real bonus.
the hotel setting was heavenly,
the combination of the yoga and the thermal spa ensured this was the holiday I've promised myself for years and I wasn't disappointed in any of it!
the hotel provided fantastic value for money
El retiro de yoga con Mary en el Balneari Prats ha sido delicioso. Combinar el retiro de yoga con tratamientos de aguas termales es un regalo para la salud (baño de barro o arcilla o un masaje con aguas). El pueblo es tranquilo y dulce, y los bosques que lo rodean invitan a pasear y a sumergirnos en la naturaleza, en bicicleta o andando. El personal del hotel es muy amable y la comida estupenda. La última noche había un baile para otro grupo, y compartir la alegría de bailar con señoras de 80 años fue muy emocionante y bonito. Este taller es una experiencia absolutamente recomendable.
Magnífica convinacion de yoga y tratamientos de aguas termales en un entorno tranquilo y saludable.