Yoga in the Catalan mountains
After spending a weekend in Tarragona, it was time to travel further south. I had booked a five night stay at a yoga retreat in Southern Catalonia. I took a train from Tarragona to L’ampolla which took about an hour.
At 5 pm I met Sarah at the train station and we drove about 20 minutes to reach the yoga retreat. When I arrived, there was only one other guest, Marion, and two volunteers, Trent and Scotty. And not to mention the cutest cats and dogs!
The first day I walked with Marion and Scotty to visit Sarah’s mum, Cherry, who lives close by. She is an ayurvedic doctor and has such interesting stories to share. On her property there is labyrinth, which is used as a healing tool.
At the yoga retreat, guests can sleep in different sized tents or old stables converted into dwellings. You can also bring your own tent! I slept in a one-person tent. The price was 30 €/night which included a 90 minute yoga class plus breakfast.
There was a yoga class every morning from 8 am to 9.30 am. Most days we practised in the sun on the beautiful outdoor yoga deck, but once we had to be inside due to strong winds. The style of yoga is Sivananda Fusion and I truly enjoyed it. And Sarah is such a positive and patient teacher!
Yoga was followed by a massive breakfast, consisting of porridge, yoghurt, jams, honey, croissants, cheese, eggs, fruit and cereal. Every morning you could also drink the delicious tea made out of leaves from one of the many organic olive trees on the property.
After yoga and breakfast, you could do whatever you wanted. Most days I did nothing. It was so good for my soul, I mean how often does that happen? I even read an entire 600-page book in five days, which would normally probably take me at least a month!
I had no idea what day it was, I had no internet or cell reception. I ate when I was hungry and slept when I was tired. This was exactly how I wanted to spend my holiday.
In addition to yoga, Casa de Carrasco organizes canoe trips, paella cooking workshops, ayurvedic workshops, wine tastings, spa treatments etc. Since there were not many guest during my time there, I didn’t get a chance to join in any activities, since they usually only go through if there are enough participants.
Besides doing nothing and feeling damn good about it, I did get a chance to visit the nearby town of Miravet with Marion and Trent. Marion had a rental car and she was so kind to drive us to the little ferry crossing River Ebro. From the other side of the river we walked all the way to Miravet.
My stay at Casa de Carrasco exceeded all my expectations. The yoga was refreshing, the tent was cosy, the breakfast was delicious, the area was beautiful and the people were so kind hearted and open minded. I felt really sad to leave Casa de Carrasco. After only five days there, it had made a massive impact on me and I really wish to return one day.