Yoga Retreat for Gay, Bi and Queer Men.
2nd-7th March, Lanzarote, Canary Islands
In way more than a yoga holiday, find more joy and freedom in your body through yoga, massage and movement
Free yourself early from Winter’s clutches and move, open, stretch and come back to life in the beautiful warm sunlight of the Canary Islands.
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, dance and massage to ground and uplift you. He has led 8 retreats, 7 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 dance
- 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/dance*
- 7pm dinner
- A couple of dance/movement sessions will provide the space to enjoy connecting to the body and each other in a different way, helping us to embody freedom in an exciting and different way.
- The schedule is subject to change.
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.
Single occupancy (just two spaces available) £850
Secure your place with a £250 deposit. Contact Andy above or on 07968 846610.
The remaining balance must be paid by the 15th February.
There is an outdoor chlorine-free, salt water swimming pool and it is solar-heated so is available for relaxation year round.
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.
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.
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.
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.
GAETANO Sibilia has loved to dance for many years and completed his 3 year professional training in contemporary and urban dance in Zürich in 2018. He is a performer, researcher, competitor, choreographer and teacher and is passionate about how movement can set us free.
‘The reason that I dance and love to move is that I can express myself and show my emotions. Movement is about experiencing one’s own body to a new extent every day. Moving it can give you so much; showing how you can break out of your comfort zone; revealing how you are feeling; it can bring up emotion and feelings which you have never experienced before. This is why I teach; I want to share these experiences and take students on a journey. I want to give them the possibility to express themselves in their way of moving, to provide the opportunity to feel themselves more physically and emotionally through movement. Movement helps us let go and find freedom.’