If you like it, we'll stay!
Serendipity! We were given the possibility to try a new venue this Spring. It's a venue we long considered becoming our main venue. After a lot of hope, prayer, affirmations, universal communication, a bit of desperation and some Business Intelligence, a good pinch of real good luck, and a lot of help and support (we love you guys!), we can now try this amazing venue this Spring.
Chose one of our three retreats, or pick all
We continue with our award winning Body & Mind and Detox retreats and we add a special flavor to it with a Feel for Real global initiative. You can pick your dates from April 14 to May 4, stay as long as you want, decide there and then which one you want to attend or why not try all. The delicious colorful real vegan super healthy food, and other basics for a healthy life style are always there (scroll down to read more).
The Body & Mind Detox digs deeper into the biochemical structure of food and body cells. Some want to know the nutritional facts and some want more. Those who want to understand the energetic part of us, understand the blockages and see how food and thinking and all we do actually creates the cells, that create our organs, come to the Chakra Detox class too.
If you want to do something for our world, express in any shape or form, but don't know how, Feel f' Real classes are a good start. The meditations offered in these classes are caught into beautiful and healing dialogues.
The first thing that struck us when seeing this fabulous village in the hills of Sierra de las Nieves was all the butterflies fluttering around with us. It was love at first site. We came back to spend the few free days we had in between retreats, and with a small groups of guests, and just couldn't get enough, so we did Pueblo retreats.
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We hiked while enjoying he fragrant Mediterranean views, took siestas listening to the pine trees cuddling with the wind, and we had picnics with all the bleu butterflies. Perfect is not big enough a word. It was just right, as in gut feeling right! After months of research, work and lobbying, the stars have aligned for us to try it out for 2 weeks this Spring.
The house has 8 ensuite double or twins, a few single rooms and large communal areas indoors and outdoors. Spectacular views all around, walks and hikes that make your legs stronger and safer, and after that a soft pool without toxic chemicals waiting to cool you off. Plenty of shade and and amazing...uhh, yes this is the best part...I don't know how to say it but they got a...hmmm, what's it called, a platform? Darn...you just have to come and see. Let it be a surprise, a place, or should I say a space? Lets just say it has yet to be defined and in the meanwhile it's definitely where we find Ray.
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Sierra de las Nieves is now declared a National Park. It offers unique flora and fauna and has been dedicated to protecting threatened species of all living. The eagle Imperial and the vulture Leaonado can now be seen flying high in these pristine mountain areas, and just as the funny mongoose, they are now safe from extinction. The park, through fees, information and strict dedication, offers clean air, water and nature, much needed for these spices. It's truly an honor to enjoy their home.
Learn to Listen & Trust Your Body
Our goal is to share our knowledge of how the body and mind work, how they are connected, and how, when aligned, can lead you to better health. All we teach has been taught to us, nothing new, yet we have composed it to a very successful program.
We have helped people with the following:
- Yoga and stretching
- Breathing correctly
- Anxiety, depression, loneliness, sadness
- Weight-loss and obesity
- Food allergies and sensitivities
- Relationships; getting in and getting out
- Meditation, de-stress and relaxation
- Performance and creativity
- Happiness and peace of mind
- Career and life choices
- Nutrition and cooking
- Inflammation-based disease (all!) and disorders
All our retreats offer the most healthy lifestyle options for modern people. We base our knowledge on the latest science and ancient very cool exercises that everyone can fit into their lives back home. We teach, you decide how far you want to go.
Cristina gives individualized sessions based upon her 25+ years of education and experience in Ayurveda and Orthomolecular Medicine. Learn important aspects of your body, how your unique chemistry affects the way you live, and how to create healthy habits that will improve your vitality.
"I have had a most enlightening week. I came not knowing what to expect and I am leaving feeling more in charge of my life and a great deal healthier."
Yoga & Breathing
Careful and mindful stretching like yoga enhances the detox process in a natural, healthy way.
Every morning we start our Body & Mind Detox Retreat with a mindful yoga class tailored just for you. All levels of experience are welcome, from beginners to intermediate and advanced. We also offer an Ashtanga session in the afternoon for those that want. In all cases yoga sessions are followed by relaxation and breathing exercises. Everything is planned for you to find a practice you can continue at home. We include key acupressure points for self-healing.
Yoga/stretching, vegan food, meditation and exercise is so proven, over proven, and proven again to be important for anyone wanting to stay healthy. Most of you know that, we show you how to do it, and live it.
Interested in becoming a Yoga Teacher? We offer Teachers training in Thailand. Let us know.
"Love yourself and listen to you — I've learned that at Olive Retreat."
— Janna, reporter from Munich
Meditation & Mind Detox
Mediation boosts our immune systems, raises our energy levels, alleviates or eliminates anxiety and depression, raises our sense of self esteem, helps us make decisions, brings peace and tranquility, clears our minds, boosts creativity - and more. Who wouldn't want that?
At a Body & Mind Detox Retreat we review and practice various forms of meditation to find which one works best for you. Join us and learn about meditation and how meditation can help improve your life in so many ways.
"I promise to take the knowledge + inspiration you have given me + use it to make some important changes in my life."
We Love Food
Food is important, but it's not only about what we eat but how we eat it. We teach you all about it and our delicious, nutrient-packed, vegan meals (no refined, no sugar, no gluten, no yeast, etc.) heal.
Why vegan? Because it's simply the healthiest food. You won't be hungry, tired or sluggish. Our food will give you energy and health, not steel it.
We teach you to read your own body, find reliable information and how to cook to maximise your health. You will be delighted by our price winning food, we promise, and you'll get our cook book and more to continue back home. Read what our guests say.
At a recent retreat in Spain, we hosted one of the food critics for The Independent who specialises in French food and wine. She said that her week with us was “the best food week of my life.” She healed and felt great. Enough said by us, for more read our testimonials.
"…filled with the most delicious food —my diet and kitchen will be forever transformed — safe guidance, support and a world of knowledge."
Sleep and Exercise
Our Olive Retreat venue in Spain is a renovated 400 year old Andalusian Cortijo in Sierra de las Nieves, the national park near Málaga. Nestled in rolling olive fields, its tranquility, comfort, clean air and pristine nature make it a perfect detoxing and sleeping environment.
Since 2016 we also offer Pueblo Retreats in the village. The program is the same as a standard retreat but we stay in a cozy house in the village. Pick your dates and we'll send you a more pictures.
Read more about our venue and the nature waiting for you.
Open Dialogue and O•8
Each day, we spend time talking through life's mysteries using 8 dialogue topics we have developed to guide our discourse. Add to that the opportunity for one-on-one with Cristina and Ray, who have worked with governments, companies and individuals across the globe. It all adds up to the transformative Olive Retreat program where coaching is offered for all that want to experience a change in any area of their lives.
"Thank you for caring and looking after us all and helping us to reflect on ourselves and our choices in life."
— Cary & Jason
Evenings with the Stars
After dinner, for those that want, we close each day with an interactive, creative session. If the weather is nice we walk up on the mountain to meet the stars or the moon in the fresh air.
A head massage with a few individualized acupressure points that really heal (honestly!), a guided meditation, an exploration within and without, but mostly without and always so that you get your best rejuvenating sleep.
"Dreamy for life!"
We prefer to make it easy for both you and us. Everything is included!
- 7 (or 4) nights accommodation in single or double/twin room
- 24 h staff; we are always there for you
- Pick-up transfer from Malaga airport around 5 pm (please book your flights accordingly)
- Transfer back to Malaga airport (please book your flights at around 10 am)
- Books: Body detox + OO8 Mind detox + Yoga manual described in detail + more
- Health assessment (extensive Health Questionnaire is sent once you are booked)
- Personalised detox program
- All meals: clean, real, vegan, no gluten, no sugar, no refined food (don't worry, you won't be hungry!)
- 1 massage to enhance your detox (more can be provided)
- Daily availability of snacks
- Unlimited detoxing herbal teas and spiced waters according to your specific needs
- Daily Body & Mind health class/dialogue
- One-on-One sessions
- Cooking, chocolate making, smoothies & baking classes
- All liquid day(s) with digestive flush if applicable
- Daily yoga/stretch/body awareness with Pranayamas and Meditation
- Daily individualised aerobic exercise in amazing nature (see pictures)
- Daily meditations (guided and non-guided)
- A gentle facial class with natural substances (7 days)
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Plenty of time and space to relax, talk and enjoy
- Recommendations upon departure (how to continue your quest for better health)
- Post-retreat support and follow-ups
- A gift for you to remember a life transforming week
- For more, see our FAQ
(You only have to book your flight or other transport and get a travel insurance if applicable for you. Please compare our price considering we include everything. We know it is not the best pricing but we think it's easiest for both you and us !)
We are happy to send you more pictures, let us know what you want to see, here are just a few.
Activities are optional, you don't have to do anything. If you come to relax and sleep that's what you need.
07:00 Yoga/healthy stretching to get your detox going, Pranayamas & Meditation.
08:00 Breakfast; a protein boost for the hungry, a pleasure for the body and the mind.
10:00 Body & Mind Health Dialogue/Class; to make friends with your body.
13:00 Lunch; from nature to nurture with all the spectra of light from the source.
14:00 – 17:00 Free time/massages/one-to-ones/walks & hikes/special activities/etc.
17:00 Mind & Body Health Dialogue/Class to figure things out.
18:00 Exercise; to fill you with the mountains, the animals, the forests, and astonishing views.
19:30 Dinner; to calm our senses and prepare for the beauty(full) sleep.
21.00 Evening activity; we just hang out, see a movie or go for a guided tour into the subconscious.
Timing is loose and weather dependant.
The retreat starts with dinner around 19.00 on the arrival day and ends no later 15.00 on the departure day. If your flights are booked differently that's OK too, let us know to make a plan for you.
A Detox for
Your Body & Mind
We see small miracles taking place every day. The transformations our guests experience in just a couple days are what makes us so passionate about what we do. Our guests leave feeling transformed, or rather they discover who they really are again, for many it is a feeling of ‘coming home' and getting to know and old friend, themselves. They leave looking great.
Let us guide you to a healthier, more enhanced lifestyle as you dream and define it. Click the button below to learn more about the different dates and reserve your place today!
Wherever you come from, whatever you come with, and whatever familiarity you have with meditation, yoga, vegan food — you are always welcome to any Olive Retreat. A clear mind and fit body in our view provide the best foundation for making the right long-term choices in any situation life may offer.
What is a Detox
The staff of Olive Retreat is continuously studying the latest research, science, nutrition and the environment. We have found that since 1940, over 90,000 synthetic chemicals have been added to our environment — and only a small percentage of these have been tested for their health impacts! Many are dangerous, carcinogenic, mutagenic, and endocrine disrupters. These chemicals affect us when interacting with the environment, they affect our bodies, our organs — even our brains.
Olive Retreat has strategies to dealing with the toxicity of the modern world. When we become healthier, our imbalances dissipate. Many diseases, allergies, worries, pain, sleep problems, general low energy, obesity, anxiety, depression are symptomatic of an unhealthy environment, diet, and habits. When we detox through healthy food, correct breathing, meditation, stretching and exercise, we come into greater contact with our bodies — and our bodies and minds are the best experts and pharmacies we have.
Your detox will combine a variety of activities customized to be accessible to you, and tailored to your needs. We offer health classes based on scientific studies. Olive's famously delicious all-vegan pure food with spices and herbs enhance the detox and makes eating a pure pleasure. It all works together to boost your metabolism, your creativity and much more.
Everything we do is designed specifically to enable your body and mind to cleanse naturally and gently, in a way that is best for you. For example, not everyone is suited for an all-liquid juice detox, intense meditation, exercise or complicated yoga postures, but together with our team we find what is the most efficient and gentle process to produce the best results for you. We love that we are all different.
Returning Home is Key
At an Olive retreat we give you the opportunity to try it all and the freedom to pick the parts you believe will fit into your life once you get back home. That's why an Olive Retreat offers a voluntary follow-up program through which we keep in touch and work with you after your departure.