August 2017, BookSurfCamps
The environment was the best ! It's a really beautiful place.
Everything but the environment and hiks ! First of all a yoga retreat is a peaceful places to live, confortable bed, hot shower and toilets near the room, a flat and nice and warm place to do yoga and vegetarian food. We did not get anything of that ! The hut is a mountain hut for eveyone that needs a place to stay so all day long people come, it is not peaceful ! The beds were like if you were sleeping directly on the wood. The chairs were wood logs. So my but and my back that have all ready had to climb the first day 1000 meter with all the weight of my bags had to suffer a week of not having anything confortable ! By the way we were not told that it was going to be that hard to go up the first day ! To start a Yoga retreat maybe not the best ! One picture in the add was a beautiful round wooden floor in the forest to do yoga..never seen that place ! The river I was told to go to wash myself..I'm still dreaming of it and never found it ! The food well first day we were told that if we could eat non vegetarian that would be preferable because it would be easyer for the cook as she cooks for all the people in the hut ! The word retreat is not for this add or maybe if you say hiking retreat for good hikers or fit people willing to live the hard way and eating heavy food 3 times per day ! Conclusion I had to stop after 3 days and do personal stuff.
Susan Wagland Great Britain
August 2017, BookSurfCamps
Lili's friends were very nice
Daniela was lovely but did not offer the yoga teaching we had been promised
beautiful place but so difficult getting there and being there that we could not enjoy it
The holiday was not as described in the web page, and written communications were misleading.
We spent a very uncomfortable time on this so-called yoga trip and were glad to leave early. Expecting a relaxing yoga and hiking retreat, with organic vegetarian food, we were given rudimentary accommodation and meaty, fatty food, in a location with no space for yoga, or proper yoga teaching. When we objected, the tour operator’s view was that it was an “adventure” and that we were not fit enough for hiking.
The tour operator, Lili, requested 100% of the holiday payment up front and imposed a 45 day deadline for a full refund. After the 45 day deadline Lili told us via messaging that the accommodation was a mountain hut, a 2-hour hike from a village, and that we had to carry all our luggage including sleeping bag and yoga mat. We discussed cancelling but decided to go ahead, as cancelling might mean losing our entire holiday payment of 1100 euros for two, plus all the pre-arranged flights and hotel bookings.
This walk to the hut was a strenuous 2-hour hike with 1000m of ascent, which most British yoga and hiking holidaymakers could not have achieved while carrying a full rucksack.
There were also serious concerns about the transfer and the information provided in advance.
James Patten Australia
Ive just tried this and I love it! Its a well-proportioned mixture in every sense. the other guests and the teachers at the retreat were all coming from different backgrounds, different levels and nationality. Loved the vibe of this we are all one, and we are all open mentality that came from it. Made for a great little community.It was just as diverse activity-wise; visual stimulation for the mind, music for relaxation, dance as a form of active meditation, yoga for soul-searching and consciousness, while I didnt have to miss out on taking advantage of the location. I got to do the touristy stuff as well - Marrakesh, Atlas Mountain. Somehow, it all came together and complement each other. Props to the hosts for coming up with this combo!
Yoga Art was a far cry from a surf camp: its a spiritual getaway to rebuild yourself in every possible way: mentally, physically, emotionally. And when you are becoming One with the universe, you probably want to become one with the ocean as well. Go with the flow and feel the waves. It worked well for me and my travelling buddies were not complaining either. If you are a surfer aching for a higher level experience, look no further. Although I did the retreat as a beginner surfer with little experience in yoga, it worked perfectly for me as well.
Anastasia Algerho Spain
I would gladly recommend it! Ive considered their instructors more of teachers, which tells a lot. They really focus on spirituality, not just on body exercise (which doesn't mean they ignore it, but just that they really taking it to another level). Its not just an active holiday, but a full reinvention of yourself. They really focus on mindfulness, which in my experience not necessarily something thats true for most of every yoga holiday.
Andre Holmes France
Luxury and yoga rarely go together, so Yoga-Art is absolutely filling a gap! At least for me it was a perfect combination. I really appreciated the comfort, and the option of not giving up on anything I would want in a holiday, but still having the purpose of practising yoga. I was more than happy with the classes and lectures and the accommodation as well.The one week program was filled with so many different activities. Everybody from the party I was going with found their own ways to enjoy it (spiritual-journey fanatics were as delighted as my friend, who never tried yoga before but was looking for a artist-y getaway). So to sum it up, absolutely no complaints whatsoever. After that Im absolutely convinced that yoga-holidays are the best way to escape from the world for a while.
Luciano Bordeno Italy
I was simply looking for some kind of exotic vacation when I found Yoga-Art but I came back from a complete spiritual cleansing. I attended some yoga classes before, but the 6 days I spent at the retreat really helped me progress. As a holiday it was a mind blowingly fulfilling, but the takeaway was even better: a relaxed body and soul and the willingness to incorporate it (and yoga) into my life from now on.
Thomas Wattson United States
To sum it up, great yoga experience and the most comfortable, visually pleasing, peaceful accommodation ever! Nice bonus: I got to activate my artistic side as well. Virtual high-five to the crew.
Boris Chapajev Russia
I had the pleasure of working on myself with the teachers or trainers of Yoga-Art. I am not exactly an expert in yoga (or consciousness for that matter), but I could tell that they were all experienced - and moreover interesting - people in their own fields. They have different approaches for reaching the same goal: experiencing the world on a different level. Some of this ways were more, some of them less useful for me - but the beauty of the whole concept is that they werent trying to tell me how to achieve this peace, but offering options for me to find my own way. As someone who cant be bothered to join in on anything rigorous, I would truly recommend it to anyone whos either a born-and-raised free spirit, or who would really like to be one!
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