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Join the FP Escapes team on a cultural and spiritual adventure in the heart of Andalucia for daily yoga classes, incredible food, excursions into local towns, a visit to the hammam, flamenco, deepening community through the art of ritual & $500 worth of Free People product.
Wild and brooding mountains dotted with whitewashed villages redolent of orange blossoms; the fertile lands of Andalucia remain suspended between the sea and stars. in this magical setting we will weave daily ritual into our lives, learning about time-honored local customs and world-wide traditions.
We believe that ritual is the most important ingredient in living a more fulfilled life. On this retreat, we will study the art of ritual as a way to infuse our daily lives with meaning. We will explore the practice of morning routines, visit an Arabic Hammam to learn about self care rituals and discover local traditions.
Guides Mischa Varmuza & Maggie Harrsen will lead our retreat, interweaving their teachings to create an ultimate exploration into ritual. Yoga instructor Mischa builds a practice focused on the experiential, rich worldly tradition, mantra and shamanic influences. Maggie, a shamanic practitioner, initiated into the Andean Path and Inka tradition, brings ancient knowledge to guide our group through ceremony and ritual.
This retreat is built for guests looking for a culturally rich experience. If you’re open to exploring alternate fields of wisdom that can bring meaning to every day live, then this retreat is for you.
*Airfare not provided
Yoga forms the framework of Mischa’s life; bringing her strength, flexibility and discipline both on and off the mat whilst reminding her to stay present, open and compassionate. It has taught her to find space between thoughts and actions and to see lightness in the dark moments, cementing both awareness and gratitude into her life which has transformed her perception of the world. Mischa teaches a heartfelt practice with strong steady flow, creative sequencing and a deep focus on breath and alignment. Her classes also include a quieter restorative and yin element to restore and bring stillness. Her intention is to both challenge, strengthen and restore whilst holding a space for individuals to open, reflect and absorb.
Mischa draws her understanding from a number of styles and traditions. Her classes are woven with philosophy, myth and stories as well as including carefully curated soundtracks, mantra and ritual. She is inspired by the potential of the practice to transform, expand and heal and is committed to her own study and practice as the foundation of her teaching. Having been based in London teaching at some of the leading studios there, she is now a travelling yogini who spends her time between Asia and Europe. Mischa’s teaching is passionate and knowledgeable, taking you on a journey of self inquiry and unfolding.
Maggie Harrsen is an Energy Medicine Practitioner, a modern-day medicine woman, inspiring beings to uncover their true nature and supporting them in a lifestyle of harmony and in rhythm with Pachamama, Mother Earth. She was initiated into the Andean path by Juan Nuñez del Prado in the Inka tradition and is a Mesa carrier of the Q’ero lineage of the Andes. Maggie began studying the healing arts in 2008 and today her work integrates a range of nurturing practices including Andean Mysticism, Shamanism, Usui Reiki, Sound Healing, Nutrition, Medical Radiesthesia and Flower Healing. She currently lives and works on the East End of New York, offering ceremony and individual healing sessions for women, men and children. Maggie holds the sacred space for healing, working within the subtle energy field to access ones natural state of wellbeing. She supports the human body’s innate capacity to heal itself.
Maggie’s purpose in creating PUAKAI HEALING is to connect human beings with the Earth’s wisdom and the Cosmic healing forces, encouraging a sacred relationship with the natural world through Shamanic Healing, Energy Medicine and Ceremony. Her love of Mother Earth naturally extends into healing and caring for the land through her reverence of Biodynamic Agriculture. You can find Maggie on local farms in her community and the lands she travels, communing with the plant kingdom, regenerating the soil with her hands and holding ceremony in these sacred places of nature. She is a member of the Biodynamic Association and the Flower Essence Society.
Energy Medicine Practitioner
Casa Grazalema is a collection of charming Spanish homes nestled in Andalucia’s spectacular national park, Sierra de Grazalema. Surrounded by lush mountains and whitewashed villages, accommodations are complete with a beautiful yoga studio, private tennis court, and magnificent hiking trails. A variety of homes and apartments are available and have access to beautiful pools, modern kitchens and baths.
Casa Grazameleza is located 1h 30 min from Malaga airport where we will be setting up included transfers for those that arrive between 10am-3pm.
You can also fly into Jerez airport which is 1h 20 min away or Sevilla airport which is 1 hour 30 min away.
Retreat starts at 5pm on 25th and ends after breakfast on the 1st. Suggested arrival time is 3pm. We include transportation between 12-3pm from Malaga Airport, otherwise can help arrange shuttles at an extra cost (ie. estimated $70 or less pp one way from Malaga Airport / $50 or less one way from Sevilla airport).
We offer three payment options based when you sign up! We encourage those that can’t afford the full price option to sign up early for the lowest price. We strive to maintain a balance between offering our programs to the widest range of participants and running a sustainable and thriving company so that we can continue to create and share our experiences with you. Please inquire about payment plans. We can split up your payments however final payments are due at least 45 days prior to the start date of your retreat.