༻ Women’s Retreat in Spain ༺
Igniting the Holy Fire
1st – 8th September, 2016
Cáñar (near Órgiva), Spain
༻ The Invitation ༺
in spontaneous and dedicated surrender, I am inviting those who are Called to join me for a 7 day retreat immersion here in Las Alpujarras mountains, Spain.
This retreat is an invitation into the depth, silence, spontaneity, profound prayer, actualisation of female embodiment and the embrace of your own direct, naked experience in surrender to God.
When I speak of God, I speak to the Divine Masculine as the endless Silence, Holding, Penetration and Pure Seeing… which is Love.
And when I speak of God-in-Form as the Divine Feminine, I speak of Her as endless Depth, Embodiment, Receptivity, Enjoyment and Passion… which is Love.
This is an invitation towards Union – of spirit and matter, masculine and feminine, inner and outer in ever-deepening embrace and communion.
Women, it is my experience that there is such profound and fertile power in our female embodiment when Everything is turned toward this Sacred and Holy Longing for God, for Truth, for Love.
And Love wants to Know itSelf in form, here as Heaven on Earth.
It is my experience that this is already within us, deep in our womb-consciousness, deep in our heart, a blueprint for HomeComing in our very Souls – but we must choose it.
Our raw fear, vulnerability, tenderness, messiness, uncertainty and unknowing is invited through the very willingness and dedication to open and surrender in the Choosing of Love.
As is our profound passion, enjoyment, desire, longing, aching, yearning and rapture.
It is through the admittance and recognition of this profound longing that Holy Passion can be ignited, which (in grace and blessing) can begin a wild-fire that has the capacity to devour everything that has been – devouring the past, devouring anything and everything that has considered itself separate from God, all that has been exiled in pain and suffering in the human experience. It is from these ashes, and in the very crucible of this red-white heat, that Woman can be born.
Not as a movement ‘out of here’, out of existence and human experience, but as the profoundly rich, sacralised, fertile and holy ground into which the divine can descend in ever-deepening embrace and communion.
This is the focus of our Women’s Retreat, which will be held through the surrender of our Being – as the creation of that very space into which is invited the spontaneous, luminous, intelligent unfolding of what is most accurate and true.
I am not a teacher, a healer or a shaman… I am simply a woman dedicated to Truth, and to God, and can only share with you the reflection of my direct experience, as you are also invited to share – and each woman will be invited to hold full responsibility for her own deep listening and staying in integrity to this also (aaaaahhhhhh…).
Our practice and exploration will be through embodiment (including organic movement + shared bodywork), descent into the womb-space, prayer and surrender to God, gentle whole-being cleansing, ceremony + ritual, feminine practice, pleasure and enjoyment, deep rest, stillness and integration.
As part of the healing of feminine embodiment, there will also be some self and shared contact-practices that invite partial nudity, should you choose it – as the reinstatement of innocence and pure Love for these beautiful female bodies.
There will also be invitation to work with some immensely beneficial medicine allies, including Ceremonial Cacao, Rapé, and Kambo. Please consult directly if you have any questions about this.
ALL ceremonies + sessions are absolutely optional, which is also the practice and application of each woman putting in-place her own deep listening and holding HerSelf in integrity – guidance and 1-1 dialogue will be offered on this.
Retreat will be held in partial social silence (according to what is shown) – there will also be space for sharing and connecting.
An informal 20 minute Skype session with me will be required if we have not worked together before – this is simply to connect and make sure there is a basis of resonance.
Our retreat will be an alcohol and recreational drug-free space. Due to our use of Ceremonial Cacao and Kambo, I request that you consult with me directly prior to registration if you are using any pharmaceutical or alternative supplements for depression, anxiety, and/or psychiatric conditions. The same is also requested from any persons who are experiencing severe and/or chronic illnesses. And please notify me if you are a smoker (tobacco and/or marijuana).
Unfortunately, our venue is not accessible for persons using wheelchairs.
This is for you if:
you long to connect with your experience of feminine essence and female embodiment
you yearn to connect and open deeper to God
you long to heal the perceived split between body and spirit, and other dualistic concepts in the embrace of Truth and Wholistic Being
you are willing to come into surrender, depth, honesty, humility and vulnerability to the above
you are willing to be fully responsible for, and stay in fidelity to, your own direct experience
This is NOT for you if:
you just want to have a nice experience or holiday (this is by no means excluded but is not the focus of this retreat)
you want to gain lots of new tools, practices and concepts to fill you up
if you are looking for a teacher or healer to fix you or do/carry the weight of the work for you
Our venue: Hidden Paradise
our beautiful wooden yurt session space with stunning views
our communal dining space
or eat outside in nature
spring-fed eco-swimming pool
beautiful double or single rooms available
spectacular mountain views
Hidden Paradise is found in ‘Las Alpujarras’ – the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Southern Spain. At over 1000 metres above the Mediterranean sea, it offers fantastic views down to the coast & often as far as Morocco, as well as panoramic vistas of the beautiful mountains surrounding us.
The natural springs on the land allow a wealth of vegetation to enjoy, including fruit & nut trees such as olive, fig, cherry, orange, walnut, chestnut & almond and of course, the delicious kitchen gardens. We are truly blessed by this abundance, which is offered in the delicious freshly prepared vegetarian gourmet meals. The varied accommodation will meet your comfort needs, while the luxurious extras guide you in to a relaxing & enjoyable stay.
The location allows bountiful and varied walks on the doorstep, from a gentle stroll (the nearest village is reached on foot in 15 minutes) to a full trek – climbing the tallest peak of ‘Mulhacen’ (3500m) is a satisfying endeavour. Our venue is reached from Malaga airport in under 2 hours by car & from Granada airport in an hour. The Costa Tropical coastline is a mere 45 minutes drive and it’s possible to be on the snow slopes of the Sierra Nevada within 2 hours of leaving Hidden Paradise.
There are shared (twin) & single occupancy bedrooms available in various dwellings built using different materials. There are stone buildings, a cob house, a man-made cave, and a wooden house.
The stone buildings also have comfortable communal spaces with fully working kitchens. The speedy WIFI internet connection can be used in the main house where one can enjoy a book from the library and connect with the other participants.
Each dwelling has various bathrooms (shower, basin & flush loo) and there are additional composting loos.
The home-catering kitchen is situated in the main farmhouse, which also offers a large dinning area able to seat up to 35 people, with stunning views down the valley to the Mediterranean Sea.
The experienced chefs take pride in creating delicious & healthy meals using home-grown and where possible organic and locally-sourced ingredients, to prepare nutritious raw, vegan and vegetarian dishes. They are happy to accommodate the needs of guests with allergies to particular foods and often prepare gluten and dairy free meals – all served with love!
Sessions + Ceremonies
A beautifully crafted wooden ‘spaceship’ yurt provides 100 square metres of open space and boasts incredible views to inspire and amaze. With a generous wood burner and high quality sound system, it is a beautiful and comfortable venue for our daily movement/meditation, sessions and ceremonies.
• sweat it out in the gorgeous traditional wood-fired sauna, which holds up to 8 or 9 people
• refresh and relax in the stylishly covered 10m x 4m swimming pool, which is fed by natural springs and is heated & cleaned using a bespoke, very low chlorine filtering system
• enjoy an optional 1-1 holistic treatment with one of the professional therapists, to help you relax & make the most of your retreat. Sessions are arranged by staff, with prior notice
• immerse in nature and enjoy the beautiful, abundant land and outdoor relaxation areas
All this is powered completely off grid!
Hidden Paradise has substantial solar systems supplying the electricity & hot water. An abundance of sun & spring water enables them to offer you a luxuriously comfortable stay, with little effect on our glorious planet.
• Welcome to watch this lovely exploratory video of Hidden Paradise below •
€700 per person – this opening price is ONLY available until 31st July!
€865 per person thereafter
*a single room supplement is available for €125
€125 non-refundable deposit is required to confirm place.
50% of the retreat fee (inclusive of your deposit) must be paid by 21st August – also see ‘Booking Terms’ below.
The remaining fee is to be brought in cash (EUROS) and paid at registration upon arrival.
I understand that this retreat is relatively short-notice, and as with all my offerings, I am very happy to agree upon a payment plan with you, if that helps to make your participation possible.
Please contact me directly to come to an arrangement on this, regarding what and when you can afford to make instalments.
• 7 nights accommodation in shared (twin room) beautiful hand-crafted eco lodgings – single rooms available for additional supplement
• 3 delicious vegetarian and organic/local sourced meals per day (depending on other activities) – vegan and gluten-free options available
• unlimited herbal teas, fresh spring drinking water and snacking fruit
• unlimited use of the natural spring-fed swimming pool and wood-fired sauna
• access to local hiking/nature trails
• WIFI in communal area
• 2-3 sessions of practice/exploration per day plus all sacred sacraments/ceremonies
• free time for personal practice/self-care and deep relaxation
• round-trip airfares
• transfers from and to airport
• personal travel insurance
• any optional, additional 1-1 holistic therapy treatments available during free time
• any tips you would like to leave the venue staff
Please arrange to arrive at our venue at some point during the day on Thursday 1st September – we will gather for a shared dinner and evening session.
The nearest airports are Malaga and Granada – however there are often cheaper flights landing in Malaga.
Airlines such as Ryanair, Easyjet, Flybe, Vueling, Aer Lingus, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, Monarch plus many more fly into the above airports. You can also check websites like momondo.com, skyscanner.net, and fly.com for comparisons and good deals.
By car you can be at our beautiful venue in under an hour from Granada & in under 2 hours from Malaga.
Numerous car hire companies offer vehicle rental at competitive rates also.
If you are driving, please contact Rupert or Julia at Hidden Paradise for full directions.
There are bus & coach services from Malaga and Granada city airports to our nearest town of Orgiva (timetables and pricing on ALSA.es). It will be possible to arrange a pick-up from Orgiva town for the 20 minute car journey to Hidden Paradise.
Shared Airport Pick-Up Service:
It is also possible to book a seat with our shared pick-up transfer service for €35 per person from either airport direct to our venue. This option will also be available for your departure.
IMPORTANT: please read the below cancellation and booking policy in full. Your registration form and payment of the non-refundable deposit is taken as full agreement to this policy.
Unfortunately, refunds outside of the below stated policy cannot be given for arriving late, leaving early, travel delays, illness or unforeseen circumstances that requires your withdrawal from the retreat.
Cancellation of your retreat place up until 20th July 2016: non-refundable deposit applies only
Cancellation of your retreat place 6 weeks prior to start: 50% fee is still applicable
Cancellation of your retreat place 4 weeks prior to start: 75% fee is still applicable
Cancellation of your retreat place 2 weeks prior to start: 100% fee is still applicable
If for any reason the retreat is cancelled on our behalf, a full refund will be given or the option to forward payment to a future event/retreat.
We reserve the creative right to change or adjust any of the components or content of the retreat according to what is envisioned as being most accurate.
Liability and Terms
Anna Tara and any participating assistants and all venue staff do not accept liability for this retreat or others beyond our control; loss of, or damage to any of your personal property; personal injury including the development of any medical or psychiatric conditions during or after your retreat/workshop; and your general experience.
This is a powerful, transformation enquiry that may activate physical, emotional, and/or psychological reaction and you will be required to take full responsibility for your participation and self-assessment/self-guidance in and around this work offered. All activities are optional.
Any use of pharmaceutical or alternative supplements for depression, psychological/psychiatric conditions, severe and/or chronic illness must noted and discussed with Annu Tara directly before deposit payments are made.
We reserve the right to refuse admission to our retreat if, on arrival, participation appears to be inappropriate; recreational drug/alcohol is brought into the venue grounds; or if medical or psychiatric conditions are revealed. We also reserve the right to ask any visitor to leave the venue if their behaviour is disruptive to the function of the retreat or interferes with the rights and relaxation of others.