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Soul Adventures: Kundalini Yoga Retreat in Ibiza

Soul Adventures: Kundalini Yoga Retreat in Ibiza

Image of Trish Whelan via  White Ibiza

Image of Trish Whelan via White Ibiza

A kundalini yoga and meditation retreat at Soul Adventures in Ibiza is a must for anyone looking for profound re-connection to themselves, a deep dive into the transformative powers of Kundalini Yoga and a spiritual overhaul.

At the helm is Trish Whelan, former music exec turned Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master Teacher and Sound Healing Master. Trish moved to the beautiful white isle of Ibiza eight years ago and has been facilitating healing retreats both there and in Goa ever since.

I had the joy of attending the four day ‘Soul Medicine’ retreat, which combines daily Kundalini yoga, workshops, sharing, incredible food (more on that later), sound healing and more.

The retreats take place in the more tranquil north of the island, at a stunning authentic Ibizan villa nestled up in the hills surrounded by forest and only five minutes’ walk to the Cala Xuclar beach (also home to arguably Ibiza’s best restaurant, Chiringuito Cala Xuclar).

As a retreat guest, you could not be more supported as you are guided through the four days with love and great care. Trish is incredibly knowledgeable yet also down to earth, warm and relatable. The yoga itself (and the deeply restorative gong baths that follow each practice) takes place on a specially created wooden deck overlooking the beach. It is a real joy being able to practise outside, soaking up the unique energy of Ibiza.

The food was all loving prepared by nutritional health specialist Mel Atkinson of Watermelon Well, with every plant-based meal as vibrant as the last. Mel is a kundalini yoga teacher, a naturopath and a nutritionist and the food offering is all designed to support the healing and transformational experience.

You will have plenty of time to relax, whether that’s bathing in the infinity pool, or booking a Reiki treatment or massage. Often on yoga and meditation retreats you are expected to stick to a tight schedules but at Soul Adventures there is the feeling of freedom balanced with consciously structured days.

I left feeling renewed, energised, vibrant and strong, having soaked up so much wisdom and high vibes from both Trish and the other participants, as well as being supported by the stunning nature of Ibiza.

The retreats are kept small with a maximum of 6 people at a time to really facilitate deep healing.

A special mention goes to Trish’s lovely little dog Snoop, who is also quite the healer!

The next retreat is The Wild Aquarian Woman taking place November 1st - 4th - a four day Kundalini yoga and meditation retreat for women who are stepping into their FULL POWER! Find out more and book HERE.

More on Kundalini Yoga:

Kundalini Yoga, known as "‘The Yoga of Awareness’ is an ancient art and science dealing with the transformation and expansion of consciousness, the awakening and raising of kundalini energy (the energy of creation which lays dormant at the base of the spine).

Kundalni Yoga is comprised of harnessing specific breathing exercises, postures, mantras and more and was made popular in the west by Yogi Bhajan. Read more here.

WELLNESS GUIDE TO LA

WELLNESS GUIDE TO LA

We were bowled over by the abundance of wellness places in sunny California after a recent trip with our client Will Williams Meditation, who was over there hosting a 'shavasana disco' at the iconic Sunset Sound Studio in Hollywood (a unique experience bringing music and meditation together).

Here's a round up of our favourite places to explore: 

VENICE BEACH

Head to Ceremony Meditation  for a wide range of meditation classes (we tried the Intuitive Healing Visualisation) and a crystal shop to die for. 

Cafe Gratitude is going eight years strong in LA and for good reason. Their thoughtfully crafted plant-based menu is a must - try the Mexican 'I am mucho' bowl and raw chocolate deserts. 

RA MA Institute - try a Kundalini class here and check out their workshop schedule with spiritual and wellness leaders from around the world. We attended Jasmine Hemsley's Ayurvedic workshop and US launch of her new book, East by West

DOWNTOWN LA

The luxury Ace Hotel has a rooftop pool that anyone can use. 

Verve Coffee is the perfect spot to enjoy a cold brew in downtown and great for working from if you're with your laptop. 

SILVER LAKE / ECHO PARK

Yogala is a dreamy sanctuary - try the Kundalini yoga with Susie Q. They also offer breathwork, reiki and more healing modalities. One Down Dog is another great studio in East LA. 

Moon Juice - epitomises the LA wellness scene, with several branches across the city. Head here for adaptogenic superfood smoothies, teas and powders and listen to this interview with its founder Amanda Chantal Bacon.

Lassen’s health food store is a wellness wonderland filled with all the natural supplements, protein powder and kombucha that you could ever want. 

For a luxe massage with a low price tag, Now Massage is your place. 

Honey Hi on Sunset Boulevard uses organic and locally sourced ingredients where possible and is entirely gluten and refined sugar free. 

Eightfold Cafe - the best matcha latte we tried in LA, light and airy minimalist decor and plenty of room to work with really friendly staff. 

An hour and a half away from the city of angels is Ojai (pronounced 'oh hi') - a sleepy paradise nestled between the Topa Topa mountains. This town has been a spiritual seekers' centre for many years. 

Try Food Harmonics for gluten free, high vibe food and medicinal mushroom elixirs. Ojai also has a dedicated Kombucha bar, and you won't want to miss out on Beacon Coffee

 

Interview with Kat & Vanessa from wellness blog Brunch n Grind

Interview with Kat & Vanessa from wellness blog Brunch n Grind

Your mission with Brunch n Grind is to 'demystify' the at times intimidating world of fitness - has fitness always been a big part of your lives?

Kat: Fitness and dance has been in my life from a very early age. Growing up I played netball and took my ballet exams with the Royal Academy of Dance. However, as I grew up and went off to uni I lost my love for staying active. It wasn’t until I moved to London (in my late twenties) that I found the fun in fitness again. My approach to staying active is now different and I work out to have fun with my friends, get those endorphins pumping and to help reduce anxiety and stress. I used to see fitness as a chore but by trying lots of new classes in London I’ve found some great forms of exercise that I’ll happily get out of bed at 6.30am for!

Vanessa: In a word: no. After a decade of boozing and partying through my twenties, I suddenly found myself on the wrong side of thirty with a body I didn’t recognise! As a weight loss tactic, I took up running and fell into a love/hate relationship with it but went on to run 2 marathons and a handful of halves. I’ve been an on-and- off yogi for years, using it to counterbalance stress and keep me grounded, but I’ve always had a general dislike for gyms, feeling out of place or self-conscious. One of the main reasons we launched Brunch n Grind was to help others push past their comfort zone and get stuck in to everything from boxing to bouldering, until they find a form of exercise they love - paired with a fab brunch destination, of course!

Do you think it's important to have a niche as bloggers?

Definitely. The market is pretty saturated when it comes to blogging but we’re firm believers in raising each other up and making space for everyone to share the experience. We see Brunch n Grind as your ultimate guide to London’s wellness scene, like TimeOut but especially for fitness lovers and foodies. We want to be the go-to website for Londoners on the hunt for a sweat sesh and undiscovered brunch spot. We bring our readers reviews, tips, exclusive discounts, giveaways and opinion pieces documenting our own fitness journey.

How do you prefer to work with brands?

We reach out to brands that we know our audience will love and we also get approached by brands that want to work with us. We’re continually networking and discussing opportunities to collaborate with various studios, activewear brands and restaurants but at the heart of everything we do, we look for authenticity and aligned values. We know how important it is to gain our readers’ trust and loyalty so we’d never try to short change them with poor content or paid posts that don’t fit in with our inclusive, body confident approach to wellbeing.

Do you have any tips you could share on crafting a unique tone / voice / brand for would-be wellness bloggers?

We started by looking at other brands and bloggers that inspire us to see how they were creating content and building a brand. It helps to draw from a wide pool of references and create a list or mood board of things you notice from their written language and image treatment. Stay open to evolving your tone and branding as you get to know your audience demographic. It takes time to realise what your brand stands for and communicate that effectively, but don’t get too hung up on that to start with or you’ll never launch a thing!

What's your ultimate dream for Brunch n Grind?

We’ve been busy building this fabulous community of like-minded fitness and food lovers
and now we want to bring them all together in real life with a series of events! Ultimately
we’d love Brunch n Grind to grow into a well-known platform, spreading the endorphins and
brunch love far and wide! We dream of one day launching our own products from beauty and
activewear to books and apps or going global with content hubs for all continents. For now
though, we’re taking it one squat at a time on our journey to world domination!

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