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Retreats, Tantra, Yoga

Tantric Yoga and Massage Retreat for Gay and Bi Men

20th-26th June, Portugal

Tantra is a rich map of teachings and practices that guide us home to the truth of who we are; beings of love and light. Tantra allows us to recognise, remember and rise to meet our full potential. It teaches us how to open our hearts, to welcome and honour all that we are and how to move into freedom from self-judgement, self-criticism and a lack of self-love. As the light of self-love and self-acceptance shines within us, so can we see it shine in another. And on and on this light grows, illuminating all that come into contact with it. 

Join experienced teachers Andy and Joao as they guide you gently and skilfully into the remarkable world of Tantra against the stunning backdrop of the lush, green countryside of Portugal. Beneath the warm sun of early summer, feel your body and soul open joyfully to mindful movement, yoga*, breathwork, chanting, meditation, partner and group work and massage. Be nourished and rejuvenated on all levels and find deep connection with yourself and within a welcoming community of fellow bliss and truth seekers.

This retreat is for you if:

  • You are looking to integrate your sexuality and spirituality and open up to a deepening awareness of who you are
  • You love the idea of getting back to nature, feeling the sun on your naked skin, wild swimming, roaming through woodland, stargazing and sharing around the fire pit  
  • You want to hang out with like-minded, warm-hearted gay and bi men and experience the joy, connection and healing that arises in community 
  • You want to enjoy and celebrate your body through movement, touch and massage 
  • You are looking to expand your awareness of what your body, mind and spirit are capable of
  • You are ready for an adventure, to take risks, grow beyond your comfort zone and discover new ways of delighting in who you are

A typical day:

8am yoga* and meditation
9.30am breakfast
11.00am tantric touch workshop
1.30pm lunch
FREE TIME
6.30pm dinner
8pm tantric touch workshop
This schedule may change

*The yoga will be for active beginners and improvers so you will need to be relatively fit, healthy and active. Andy draws on his experience with hatha vinyasa yoga to instruct in a mindful, flowing practice that is both subtle and physical. 

Accommodation

Boutique furnished bedrooms (1 triple and the others are twins). All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, with shower, washbasin and toilet. 

Each room is individually styled with different colour schemes and have features such as wood panelled ceilings, wooden shutters, chandeliers and wood floors on the 1st floor.

Single beds can be joined to create a king size bed for couples.

Cost

£770 per person (based on three sharing)
£800 per person (based on two people sharing a twin room)

Two twin beds can be pushed together to make a King for couples.

Deposit of £300 to reserve your place and payment of outstanding balance by 1st April

Discount of 5% if booked and deposit payed by the 20th January.

To register, use the Contact form or email andybutterfield@icloud.com

Healthy Vegetarian and Vegan Food

The ‘made from scratch’ vegetarian and vegan food is tasty and nutritious and based on fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables. The vegetables, fruits and herbs are either grown in their own organic garden or supplied by local greengrocers.

The afternoon cake is of course freshly made each day, served with tea infusions, many of which they grew themselves.

We will be nurturing our bodies in a way to complement and assist the healing yoga practices during the group activities. Food for thought and growth.

Transport

The venue is 1 hr 45 minutes away from Lisbon airport and 3 hrs from Porto airport so we recommend flying to Lisbon.

We can arrange a minibus to take the group to and from Lisbon airport (about 30 euros each way).

About your hosts

Andy has practiced tantra yoga for 15 years and taught for nearly 7. He’s also an experienced bodyworker and folds shiatsu, reiki and meditation into his teaching to help his students tap into the great intelligence, power and creativity of the body. Together, we cultivate an attitude of loving kindness, gratitude and wonder as we flow through a soulful and meaningful movement practice.

Partner work is central in his teaching of tantra yoga for gay and bi men. It allows us to experience that with assistance, support and encouragement we can all move more easily towards the goal of self knowledge and self love. Tantra teaches us how to witness the light and beauty in another and so reveal it in ourselves.

Andy is passionate about creating community and holding a safe, relaxed and meaningful space for gay and bi men to meet and explore intimacy, connection and joy.

He has taught many retreats and workshops around the world and is based in London and Brighton, UK.

João’s journey in complementary therapy started 15 years ago and evolved along the years expanding to the realm of Tantra.

His background in teaching along with his training in different styles of massages, tantra, energy work, meditation and movement practice allows him to blend different techniques tailoring them to his clients’ needs.

Tantra has been a big passion in his life since Tantra practices are very diverse and allow the connection between sacred sexuality and spirituality in a path of expansion towards freedom, truth and unconditional love towards oneself and others around.

João is based in London where he offers workshops and private appointments. Moreover, he has taught workshops in festivals.

http://www.tantricjourney4men.co.uk

To register, use the Contact form above or email andybutterfield@icloud.com 

Yoga Chill

Retreat, Spain, Yoga

Naked Yoga Retreat for Gay, Bi and Trans Men. 

12-17th May, Andalusia, Spain

Finca la Maroma is an award-winning gay guest house nestled in the stunning mountain landscape north of Velez-Malaga. Join us for one or both yoga breaks: 

The focus of this week is more restorative as you’ll be guided through a slower, more mindful flow. We will take a little more time to release deep held tension and connect to subtle flows of lifeforce energy. There will also be a bit more of an emphasis on stillness and meditation in this week.

Surrounded by peaceful and beautiful mountain scenery, you will spend five glorious days stretching and strengthening your body, calming your mind and lifting the spirit. Playful partner work, touch and massage, meditation and soulful asana (posture) will lead you into deeper connection with the life that flows and expresses through you and all of us.

There’ll be plenty of delicious home-cooked food and the chance to relax and enjoy our heated pool, jacuzzi, gym and sauna.

Price €675 based on two guests sharing a double studio (plus optional chill-out weekend at 20% discount).

Space is limited, so contact Finca La Maroma (www.fincalamaroma.com) now to reserve your place and quote Yoganu as a reference

https://fincalamaroma.com/#book

Yoga Glow

Retreats, Spain, Yoga

Naked Yoga Retreat for Gay, Bi and Trans Men

5-10th May – Andalusia, Spain

Finca la Maroma is an award-winning gay guest house nestled in the stunning mountain landscape north of Velez-Malaga. Join us for one or both yoga breaks: 

The focus of the first week will be dynamic vinyasa flow yoga. This is a relatively vigorous practice, which strengthens the core and upper body. You will be guided through sequences that generate heat to detoxify and energise and that quieten the mind by absorbing it in a lively physical practice. Beginners are welcome but you should be relatively fit and active.

There’ll be plenty of delicious home-cooked food and the chance to relax and enjoy our heated pool, jacuzzi, gym and sauna.

Price €675 based on two guests sharing a double studio (plus optional chill-out weekend at 20% discount).

Space is limited, so contact Finca La Maroma (www.fincalamaroma.com) now to reserve your place and quote Yoganu as a reference


Into The Heart

Gay Men’s Retreats, Retreats, Shiatsu, Tantra, Workshops, Yoga, Yoga For Men

Yoga Retreat for Gay, Bi and Trans Men. 
4th to 6th October, Sussex

This is the third retreat we have run from this venue, Gayles Retreat as we all love it so much and keep coming back!

It’s nestled deep in the Sussex countryside, a haven of peace, calm and a much needed breathing space.

Conveniently close to London/Brighton with excellent rail/bus links and plenty of parking should you wish to drive the 90 minutes from London to the Sea.

The weekend will be hosted by two experienced teachers, Andy Butterfield and Tom Cowan, who have been leading workshops and retreats offering Vajrasati & Hatha Flow Yoga, Shiatsu, Tantra, Meditation and Nature Connection Practices. They regularly support events for Yoganu, Loving Men, Tantra for Gay Men and the Radical Faeries.

We come together to explore embodied presence, movement, connection with ourselves and each other, Nature & community.
We recognise and appreciate yoga as a practice that cultivates integration through movement, breathwork, meditation and with the relaxation that comes from experiencing yoga Nidra.

These are an invaluable resource for creating balance, calmness and steadiness in the mind and body.

There will be relaxing, meditative, restorative and enlivening practices of yoga during this weekend.

Supporting us through periods of anxiety, depression, addiction and helping to mediate compulsive behaviours, a regular yoga practice (abyahasa) opens up a crack of light in the endless stream of thoughts and stories (vikalpa) that can be our preoccupation giving us breathing space so we can gain a fresh perspective (vairagyam).

It’s in the pauses between thinking, as we move, breathe, stretch and connect that we awaken from the trance of being lost to ourselves and begin to once again experience the sensations both in and outside of the body that constitute reality in this moment.

In this way we learn to take our practice off the mat and walk it into life, step by step, day by day.

We’re building resilience in the face of stress and tension by noticing when we get caught up, so we can find our centre and enjoy the beauty of being present to ourselves and the world around us.

There will be lots of space to simply ‘be’. Time to unwind, relax and connect with yourself. Switch off the phone. Leave the emails behind for a weekend. Listen to the sounds of nature, feel the air on your skin and enjoy good food, good company and a real retreat!

Please come and join us for this immersive weekend of relaxing and restorative Shiatsu massage, playful deep and accessible yoga, fun games and nature based practices, meditation walks through the beautiful gardens and delicious home cooked vegetarian food, all against the backdrop of the stunning Seven Sisters coastline and the gentle ambience of Gayles Retreat atop the cliffs.

Prices include all costs, including your room, three delicious vegetarian meals a day and all refreshments, fruit, hot drinks etc.

Our venue for the event is Gayles, a beautiful retreat centre situated in the outstanding countryside of the South Downs in East Sussex. Gayles is 15 miles from Brighton, a 90 minute drive from London and easily accessible by public transport. See http://www.retreattogayles.co.uk/ for more information.

Food at the event is vegetarian and with sufficient notice it’s possible to provide vegan, dairy-free and wheat-free diets.

More info on the teachers
Tom www.tomcowan.info
Andy www.andybutterfield.com

Andy and Tom

Price includes all costs; accommodation, three delicious meals a day and teaching with Andy and Tom. 

Bunk Dorm (11 beds, most bunks, 2 showers, two toilets) – from £265* 

Small Dorm (6 beds, no bunks, one toilet and one shower) – from £285* 

Double Room and en-suite (only one available – for two people who will share a double bed) – £599

Booking can be made directly here: https://events.eventzilla.net/e/into-the-heart—a-yoga-retreat-for-gay-bi–queer-men-2138750726

Contact Andy (07968 846610) or Tom (07858 224601) for more info or email yogawithandyandtom@gmail.com 

A Winter Escape for Gay, Bi and Queer Men

Gay Men’s Retreats, Retreat, Retreats, Shiatsu, Workshops, Yoga, Yoga For Men

28th Feb – 4th March, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

In way more than a yoga holiday, find more joy and freedom in your body through yoga, massage and movement

Shorten your winter and come to the Canary Islands where you can move, open, stretch and come back to life in the beautiful warm sunlight.

As the light emerges and expands, there’s no better time to take some rest after the long winter, recharge and then look ahead to what you want to create next. Energy follows intention so let a few days of mindfulness, movement, rest, friendship and play lift your spirits, open your heart, and connect you to your power and creativity.

Experienced teacher Andy Butterfield pulls together a rich program of yoga, movement, meditation, games and massage to ground and uplift you. He has led 16 retreats, 14 for gay, bi and queer men and is passionate about creating safe, cohesive and meaningful spaces for men to come together to laugh, share, connect and heal.

GET INVOLVED IF:

  • You’re dreading a cold, lingering winter and delight at the thought of being able to wear shorts and flip flops again by the beginning of March
  • You want to hang out with like-minded, warm-hearted gay, bi and trans men and experience the joy, connection and healing that arises in community
  • You want to explore, enjoy and celebrate your body through movement
  • You like the sound of adventuring in your body through yoga, massage and movement
  • You haven’t been on a retreat before but love the idea of a nurturing, restorative, relaxing and fun break
  • You have been on retreat and know just how much good can come from taking some time out for yourself.

A typical day:

  • 8am yoga
  • 10am brunch
  • 11.30am workshop on Monday and/or Wednesday
  • 5pm yoga
  • 7pm dinner.

The schedule may change a bit.

LANZAROTE
Lanzarote, is an island of contrasting landscapes, from striking volcanic plains to lush green oases. Just 70 nautical miles from the Sahara, proximity to the Med and the hot tropics keeps summers bearable and winters warm. Clouds tend to go around the island rather than over it and in March, temperatures are really starting to warm up, and can reach the 20s.

VENUE & ACCOMMODATION
Villa Amatista is located at the tranquil heart of the island and is charged with the energy of awakening. Yoga, 5 rhythms, tai chi, breathwork, tantra, shamanic work all happen here and so there has been much healing and transformation within the space.

The accommodation is full of character and furnished with love and a simple elegance.

Triple £735*
Twin/Double £755*
Single occupancy (just two spaces available) £860*

Save £55 if you book by 1st December.

Secure your place with a £250 deposit. Contact Andy above or on 07968 846610.
The remaining balance must be paid by the 15th January.

SWIMMING POOL
There is an outdoor chlorine-free, salt water swimming pool and it is solar-heated so is available for relaxation year round.

FOOD
An extensive organic vegetable garden provides a variety of juicy nutrient rich vegetables and herbs. All food will be vegetarian and vegan and gluten/dairy free choices will be available. Two vegetarian meals a day will be served; a hearty brunch and healthy, substantial dinner. Each room has a kitchen or access to a kitchen should you want to prepare something for lunch. We will have dinner out one evening, the cost of which will be paid individually at the time.

THE GARDENS
A tranquil green, oasis, Amatista is surrounded by the vineyards and volcanoes of La Vegueta.

With swaying palms trees, endless varieties of cacti, aloe and other desert plants planted beside twisting pathways, hidden nooks and hilltop lookouts, the rambling gardens allow you to find your spot for meditation, reflection and creativity.

CAR HIRE
Should you want to make the most of your visit to Lanzarote in your free time, hiring a car is best option. It is likely that between us, we will have a couple of rental cars at our disposal. Taxis are of course, another option.

FEB/MARCH WEATHER
Daytimes are fine for beach wear, shorts, t shirts and flip flops. You shouldn’t need anything more for the daytime, but in the evenings you might want a light fleece or cardigan.
The temperature in Lanzarote definitely starts to increase during March, and we typically see daytime temperatures of 21 to 26 degrees, falling to 16 to 18 at night.


ANDY Butterfield has journeyed through various styles of yoga and folds elements of these, along with his shiatsu bodywork experience into a mindful, breath-led flow practice. His objective is to help you inhabit your body more fully, relaxing into it with deeper compassion, appreciation and contentment.
Sometimes his classes focus on the creation of space, softening what is stuck and restoring and resourcing us from the inside. Other times, we work hard with strengthening and empowering practices to burn off what isn’t serving us and feel the joy in offering more than we thought we could.
Partner work is also woven in, allowing us to experience that with assistance, support and encouragement, we can move more easily towards the goal of yoga – self knowledge and self love.