O·live Spring in Spain
Spring is the time to detox
More flexibility, peace, clarity, energy? Or a little bit of everything else? Every step in the direction of Re·treating yourself back to a healthy and youthful body is the right step. Not because it’s the morally right thing to do (O·live #1 There are no principles) but because it feels so amazingly good. Having said that, the opposite of moving in the direction of greater health feels so desperately wrong. So why do so many of us do it anyway? A question we explore in our Mind Detox class.
Feel f' Real is the method we use to figure ourselves out and get to where we want to, even if we might not know where that is right now. We leave the outcome un-defined and full of possibility, and in so doing trust the natural creative process.
Because when things aren’t working out and you're tired of hearing people say things like “let go” or “no pain, no gain”, learning to Feel for Real is the only healthy way to proceed. We don't believe in most of the cliches circulating on social media or in the health and wellness industry. In fact, we see the damage they can cause and are always in the process of ditching the worst ones in order to support you in creating your own clever healing solutions and beliefs. Whatever works for you!
“Everything is always changing.” - Ray
5 or 7 days - Chakra, Mind & Body Detox Retreats
At Olive Retreat we combine the best of modern science and ancient theory to help you join those parts of yourself that aren't communicating effectively. This helps you to become more aware of your choices and options in the modern, often un-natural and un-healthy world, and live more healthily and happily as a result. It's all about common sense and getting to know your best friends again - your body and mind.
At no point do we focus singularly on the body or the mind, or only on the vibrational you (mass). At no point in life are they separate, something we will prove in class using modern science. You will explore your inner healing power through proven methods, some ancient like the Vedic and Tantric traditions. It will help you understand and benefit from the forces we all have around and in us (such as the Kundalini force) in the exact portions adapted to your genetic matrix and your needs in certain environments.
Last but not least, you will observe and dissolve karmic loads (history) toward enhancing your health and therefore life force (Prana), in your previous, present and future lives, and those of your children. You'll feel it, see it, hear it and stay in it.
We work with several venues which we have chosen on very particular criteria that are suitable for a good detox. More important than the sofa or the cutlery, we check the the air, the water and the sources of vegetables and fruit. All venues offer pristine nature for walks and picnics. The picture is taken at the Horse Venue a 17 century reformed farm. We have several carefully picked venues to serve us depending on the size of the group and the time of the year.
All our venues lie around the Sierra de las Nieves national park, where the air and water are still so clean that threatened spices like the Imperial Eagle and the Leonado Vulture can live and bread. Thats the best sign of a good place to detox! The produce for our award-winning food is locally sourced farmers in the Guadalhorce Valley, from which organic food is supplied to many European supermarkets. To our taste, the area produces the best olive oil and olives in the world, probably also the best tomatoes (12 types), watermelons, celery, onion, garlic, leak, beans, peppers, rice, lentils, oranges, lemons, nisperos, peaches, walnuts, almonds....too.
Our venues change depending on the season and the groups we host, but our main venue is the one you see the most pictures of. Please note the venue in this video was sold and no longer available, but please watch the video. You'll get a good idea about what to expect from an Olive Retreat.
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 in a very successful program.
We have helped people with the following:
Yoga and stretching
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. Nothing extreme, just healthy. We base our knowledge on the latest science and ancient wisdom. You’ll try very cool exercises that everyone can fit into their lives back home. We teach, you decide what you want.
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 main O·live venues are found by national parks or protected “Rustico” areas like in Sierra de las Nieves, the national park near Málaga. Nestled in rolling olive fields, their tranquility, comfort, clean air and pristine nature make them perfect settings for exercise and sleeping, that go hand in hand and are vital factors in a healthy and detoxing lifestyle.
Whatever exercise you prefer there are both anaerobic and aerobic classes nestled into our daily program.
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 propositions 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 who 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
Individualised approach to individual issues
Unlimited detoxing herbal teas and spiced waters according to your specific needs
Daily Body & Mind health class/dialogue/talks
Cooking, chocolate making, smoothies & baking classes
All liquid day(s) with digestive flush if applicable
2 daily classes of Yoga, 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 Critical
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.