We have been running Retreats for nearly a decade and we reckon we've cracked what the word 'Retreat' really means! The prefix 'RE, is often associated with moving back or revisiting, hence the words revert, retype, etc. Some retreats really do mean that - a stepping back, a place to perhaps hide away, recover, rest.
We see it a little differently...
Whilst we love the prefix RE for words like Reset, Recharge, Re-energise. The word Re means 'In reference to'.
The word 'Re' in our Retreats
stands for 'RE YOU'...
And yes it is a word - take note scrabble players! And here is the other difference of our retreats...The word 'treat' in Retreat, stands for exactly that - 'a treat'! We believe a retreat should be a place where you feel looked after and treated well. We are not about deprivation, we are about nourishing, nurturing ...feeding your mind, body and soul. Our job is to create the right space and environment in which you can rest, recover and grow.
We have found 2 beautiful venues, in a very special place, in the mountains of Andalusia. Our retreats last for 3 nights. - just enough time for you to get the break you need. Welcome therefore to Finca El Cerrillo and Finca Mojito. Finca El Cerrillo is a boutique hotel and we run one retreat a year for up to 22 guests, occupying the whole hotel. Finca Mojito is a smaller venue where we can have up to 11 guest for private groups as well as individual stays. Dates for our up and coming retreats are below.....
23 - 26th October 2023 at Finca Mojito
On Monday 23rd October we will welcome you to Finca Mojito which sits near to the Moorish Village of Competa, nestled into the Tejeda and Almijara mountains in Andalucia, Southern Spain.
Looking out to the coast, when the temperature is right, you can see Africa on the Horizon. Finca Mojito is an old small farmhouse with 4 bedrooms in the house, arranged around a kitchen & living space. The Finca sits in large grounds with a further 3 large bedrooms in a newly built Log Cabin, beautifully situated and all with their own bathroom. These 3 rooms can accommodate two people each with their own double bed. There is an additional twin room in the house and 3 further rooms with double beds for couples or single occupancy. 2 of the rooms share a large bathroom, all other rooms have their own shower room.
Outside, as well as a beautiful pool and jacuzzi area, is a large outdoor kitchen and entertaining space where our chef will prepare and cook meals over an open BBQ and woodfired oven. To the right of the outdoor kitchen & dining space is our outdoor studio where you can enjoy classes, looking over the mountains and to the sea. There is plenty of space around the Finca to sit, contemplate or play. Each day on the retreat you will have either an early morning class or a walk in the mountains, a lunch time or afternoon lecture plus an evening class as the sun sets.
Jane will teach you her unique Pilates Flow as well as specific exercises and mindful meditations that do wonders for the heart and soul. The whole ethos of the retreat is to replenish. There is no restriction or mandate - everything is optional , everything is possible! You can drink beautiful local wines if you so choose or sip tea and juice.
There is a tradition on our retreats for afternoon tea & cake! Trust me - you’ll have earned it! But you can also choose to opt for healthier alternatives if you’d like. Punishing yourself with ‘go hard or go home’ exercise or highly restrictive eating is not the way to establish good practices for life. And good practices for life are exactly what we are all about.
We provide choice, guidance and recognise that this is your retreat. It's our job to help you create space and peace in mind and body so that you can go back with a much clearer direction of where you are going.
We are all about appreciating the good things that make you feel on top of the world - no guilt, no restriction.
Most of all we want you to know that you are in totally safe hands - you don’t have to think if you don't want to! Nothing is compulsory….It's time to fill your cup!
Flights and Transfers:
Many airlines, including Easy Jet and British Airways fly direct to Malaga. On booking your retreat with us we will recommend the best, flight for you to take to meet the transfer times. Please note you will need to book and pay for the flight separately. Transfers from the airport to The Finca are included in the retreat price (see below), based on specific arrival/departure times. If you wish/need to transfer separately from others or at alternative times there will be an additional charge. (Please see booking form for transport times/details)
The cost of this retreat is £675 sharing a twin room or £855 for single Occupancy. This is inclusive of all food, accommodation, masterclasses, guided walks and transfers. We will need to arrange a deposit of 30% of your booking fee to be paid by bank transfer. Contact us below and we will send details on how to book and pay for your trip.
5th - 8th July 2024 at Finca El Cerrillo
Nestled into the Andalucian Foothills, overlooking sweeping valleys and the beautiful national park is a little treasure called Finca El Cerrillo. I first heard about it about 16 years ago in a newspaper review and immediately thought what a wonderful place it would be for a retreat! Being either pregnant and/or up-to my eyeballs in nappies, I settled for a newsletter subscription and a dream that one day I just might get to sit on the Finca's terrace, G&T in hand...
...10 years ago, as another newsletter landed in my inbox, I hit reply and within a few days Finca El Cerrillo's wonderful owners, Sue and Gordon had sent me an invitation to come and stay.
Since that time I have taken many groups to La Finca, from small private groups and in the last few years, occupying all 14 rooms. Each time I go I discover more and more why Finca El Cerillo is the perfect place for you to find a little bit of renewed vigour, health and happiness!
We are returning to the Finca on 15th - 8th July 2024. The trip will be with myself and one of my colleagues below. More details will be revealed later in the year. Many of our customers do repeat visits so there are only 6 rooms left. If you are interested in taking one of those rooms, please do complete the enquiry form below.
“After four days of healthy food, invigorating hill walks in the Andalucian hills and Pilates led by the inspirational Jane Wake in the beautiful setting of Finca el Cerrillo, I returned to London rested and refreshed. Highly recommended." Alison Siddiqui
"Thank you for a truly brilliant retreat. I loved the combination of Pilates Flow, Facial Pilates with Lynn, hiking in the stunning National Park, loads of sunbathing next to the gorgeous pool, R&R, chat and laughter with an amazing group of women, all topped off by a perfect stay at Finca el Cerrillo - beautiful rooms, lush gardens, delicious food. Simply magical." Clare Sheta
Retreat Walks and Master Classes offered...
1-2 wonderful 2 - 3 hr walks in the Andalucian National Park led by an experienced guide.
A choice of classes and/or mountain walks each day which can include...
Jane Wake’s Pilates Flow
Delilah Sullivans guided meditation and reflection sessions
Lynn Ray's Facial Yoga and Pilates sessions.
Introductory classes to introduce you gently into Jane, Lynn and Delilah's sessions
Jane's Lunch Time Lectures (see our Workshops page for subjects)
Personalised help from either Jane, Lynn and Delilah.
Jane Wake is one of the most recognized and inspirational talents in health and fitness. With a background in sports science, Pilates, pre/postnatal exercise and personal training spanning 30 years, there isn’t much Jane doesn’t know about when it comes to fitness.
She’s also likes to have a laugh and doesn’t believe in taking life too seriously. She whole heartedly believes moving muscles, whether it be the ones in your face that make you smile or the ones in your bottom that power you to run and walk - is the answer to much of our health and happiness.
To learn more about Jane click here.
Delilah Sullivan is a spiritual teacher and energy practitioner - tuning in to the 'temperature' and resonance of both her clients and the environment. Trained as a coach (Medical Coach and Professional Coach) and Mindfulness & Meditation Instructor, she regularly holds 'Transform Your Energy' workshops and talks.
On the retreat, she will offer guided meditation and reflection sessions, helping you align to your emerging energies and truth. You will leave feeling a greater sense of connection, clarity and presence.
Delilah will also be available for 1:1 sessions on the retreat should you wish some extra attention and development.
To learn more about Delilah click here.
Lynn Rae is a sports and remedial massage therapist and Pilates teacher with a special interest in the face, jaw, and postural realignment and also in post-breast cancer massage and movement therapy.
She has more than thirty years experience working with the face and body, initially as a beauty therapist and later as a professional make-up artist with international clients from stage and screen.
Lynn has pioneered new techniques in working with the face and will be bringing to our Retreat her unique Face Pilates classes proven to take years off your face, all without a botox injection or surgical procedure insight.
To learn more about Lynn click here.
About Finca el Cerrillo:
Finca el Cerrillo is a restored 200-year-old farmhouse situated high in the foothills of the Sierra Almijara region of southern Spain. It was a working olive mill until the mid 1960's and has been carefully restored to preserve the charm and character of old Andalucia whilst providing modern comforts. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal - we aim to make you feel as if you are staying with friends. Many guests return year after year and have become good friends! To learn more about Finca el Cerrillo click here.
Flights and Transfers:
Many airlines, including Easy Jet and British Airways fly direct to Malaga. On booking your retreat with us we will recommend the best, flight for you to take to meet the transfer times. Please note you will need to book and pay for the flight separately. Transfers from the airport to Finca El Cerrillo are included in the retreat price, based on specific arrival/departure times. If you wish/need to transfer separately from others or at alternative times there will be an additional charge. (Please see booking form for transport times/details)
We will need to arrange a deposit of 30% of your booking fee to be paid by bank transfer. Contact us below and we will send details on how to book and pay for your trip.