Gem Yoga Retreats

Yoga and Creative Arts Retreat in Spain


“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” The Bhagavad Gita

Reconnecting with the natural world is vital for your mental and physical wellbeing. Gem Yoga runs regular retreats that give you the space and time to regain a sense of calm, allow you to leave the day-to-day routine behind and be at one with yourself.


Sat 27th April – 4th May 2019 – Yoga and Creative Arts Retreat, Riverheart Retreats, Spain

Join Gem Yoga for eight days of inspiration and imagination. Reconnect with your inner joy and playfulness, develop insight and intuition and dissolve any barriers to living fully and creating freely.

Inspired by Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way, the retreat will help you delve deep into your wildest dreams, giving you the clarity to discover what makes your heart sing and the courage to make it manifest in your life.


The retreat is based around four core themes:


Dissolving barriers

Connection with the source; spiritual electricity

Creative play & sensory discovery

From gratitude to abundance

You will be led through heart-warming workshops in:

  • Yoga asana and meditation
  • Creative affirmations
  • Creative writing
  • Raw chocolate making
  • Drawing
  • Dream catcher making
  • Music and chanting
  • Sacred rituals
  • You’ll also have the chance to wild swim in a mountain river

A typical day might include yoga asana, creative workshops, free time to explore your creativity, journaling, traditional ceremonies, group time for socialising and sharing ideas and inspiration, locally sourced and lovingly prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Accommodation is onsite in Riverheart’s stunning gardens, with additional rooms in the neighbouring finca. Choose your own dream nest to sleep in – from a geodesic dome to a cosy wooden cabana, bell tent or traditional Andalucian stable room.


Food is organic and locally produced wherever possible and will be an important part of your sensory experience during the retreat.


A massage therapist will be available on certain days, bookable in advance (extra charge).


With private accommodation: £960/€1,100

With shared accommodation – £785 / €900

Early bird private (payment in full before 31st January 2019): £830/€950

Early bird shared (payment in full before 31st January 2019): £655/€750

*The retreat is charged in Euros. Comparative prices are shown in pounds for reference.

Included in the cost of the retreat:

8 days & 7 nights accommodation

3 x meals per day

7 x yoga asana classes

All onsite workshops and activities

Transport to all offsite retreat activities


Not included in the retreat:



Travel insurance

Wine and beer (provided with an honesty payment system)

Personal spending


About your co-teacher:

Samm Short is Riverheart’s owner and fellow Yogini, artist, writer and mentor. For Samm, the practices of writing, painting, yoga and meditation all seek to discover the same truth – that love and joy are at the root of everything. Ancient and sacred, these offerings are the cornerstones of Riverheart. It is Samm’s deepest hope that some of this magic will prove to be contagious for those joining the retreat.

Tapping into the subconscious, practicing creative permission (yes you can write, you can paint, and you can do it in your own way) and surrendering to the natural flow of life are themes in all her classes. Whether it’s a Sufi meditation, a Yin yoga workshop or a wild poetry session, you’ll work together towards greater self-awareness, acceptance and peace.

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