Peaceful retreat in nature on La Gomera, Canary Islands

22 - 29 April 2023

Cost from £725

Teacher Kate McKenzie

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About Finca Argayall

Finca Argayall is one of the best kept secrets of the Canary Islands. This magical venue on the unspoilt island of La Gomera, sits nestled in the cliffs in a secluded bay. With a spectacularly diverse landscape. The contrast of the rainforest, unspoilt beaches and small fishing towns makes a visit to this island a full and rich experience.

The venue itself runs as a community and welcomes others to experience and respect this beautiful and unique life. There is an organic farm, tropical gardens, a natural spring, two swimming pools and the beach a few steps away.

With access only by sea, following a rockfall on the access road last year, the Finca is the perfect setting for a remote retreat, where you can fully detach, unwind, connect with nature and find resource and new energy.

Retreat programme

Arrival to the Finca will be on 22 April and departure on 29 April but we recommend you extend your stay before and after if possible, either with extra nights on Tenerife or La Gomera or at the Finca. This will ease the arrival and departure by boat between the Finca and the local town of Valle Gran Rey which must take place in daylight hours.

Each day the morning class with Kate will gently open the body and attune the mind to the breath. The class will slowly move and build into a flowing and dynamic sequence, always incorporating the cultivation of awareness, physical alignment, breath and the chakras (energy centres).

The afternoon sessions will further explore both the chakra and the elemental systems, through the practices of yin yoga, freeing movement, sound healing, mantra, meditation and more. These creative sessions aim to take us deeper into our hearts, our inner guidance and a sense of Oneness.

There will be one yoga free day during the week to allow time to take a trip or rest and restore.

 

Things to do

Throughout each day you will be offered three organic vegetarian meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

There will be morning and evening yoga classes each day, suitable for all levels and yoga experience. Between yoga classes days can be spent relaxing by one of the two pools or simply take a few steps onto the beach and go for a swim in the warm, blue sea. A whale watching trip and treatments such as massage and homeopathy are also available at an additional cost.

A wonderful opportunity to take some luxurious time for yourself, to restore and nourish mind, body and soul in the truly healing environment of La Finca.

Accommodation

There is a selection of uniquely designed rooms. The terrace rooms with a garden view are quiet, comfortable and prettily decorated with a shared shady veranda that overlooks the tropical gardens. Bathroom facilities are close-by and shared.

The charming and comfortable garden huts are spacious and airy with a private seated area outside. They are set in the lush green gardens with the serene sounds of bird song and the sea.

The pyramid and A-frame are both well furnished little houses with a double bed in this paradise garden with a sitting space outside. The pyramid is ideal for a couple sharing and the A-frame is perfect for single occupancy. All garden accommodation has plentiful shared bathroom facilities close by.

The terrace rooms with a sea view have doors that open out onto a second shared veranda with stunning ocean views. These rooms have en suite bathroom facilities.

The studio apartments are set slightly away from the main area of the Finca with a private pool shared between three apartments. There are a very limited number of rooms for single occupancy.

Comments

I have just come back from one of the most unique and rich ‘holidays’ I've had. ‘Holiday’ is in inverted commas because it felt more than a yoga retreat. The location is secluded. Raw and beautiful. Nature abundantly folds itself over you wherever you go. Whether it's the roaring waves, the volcanic stones, the lush plants or the nourishing meals. Kate’s yoga was both nourishing and challenging. I miss it. She is a wonderful and talented teacher. I feel so lucky to have tasted life as a guest on the finca and I can’t wait to come back!
Harriet
This was my second year at La Finca on La Gomera and it was just as fabulous as the first. Kate is a brilliant teacher, explaining postures really well and always coming up with alternatives for anyone who has any difficulties. The setting couldn't be more beautiful or relaxing. The food is incredible, really mouth-watering, and all freshly cooked and super healthy (well apart from the chocolate puddings!)
Fiona
I had a fantastic time. Kate is an amazing teacher, the others on the course were lovely and the setting was perfect!
Lois
That was a beautiful holiday - what made it so special was the mix of people, they were such a lovely bunch and we all got along famously. It was a very happy week and La Gomera is absolutely stunning. I loved it! Thank you also for your organising, always spot on.
Helen
I had a wonderful week at La Gomera and I want to thank you for arranging it. The special thing about practicing yoga with Kate is that she adds chanting, singing, affirmations and spiritual well-being to the asanas. Since coming home I can tell how much good two practices a day have done me. I feel stronger, more energised and more flexible.
Katherine
I had a truly blissful time in La Gomera, it's such a beautiful, elemental environment to come back to yourself in.
Sally

Reviews

Queen of Retreats website logo - YOAS
 Finca Argayall, La Gomera - yoga holiday - Yoga on a Shoestring

Loosening up on a commune with Yoga on a Shoestring on La Gomera, The Canary Islands.

Queen of Retreats website April 2018

Sharon Walker reviews the enriching yoga holiday at Finca Argayall on La Gomera in The Canary Island and finds an experimental community, a chef to fall in love with and wondrous yoga with the Sparkly Lisa Powell.

It takes a bit of effort to get yourself to the Yoga on a Shoestring venue on La Gomera. A flight. A taxi. A boat. Another taxi. So a journey, but worth it. I’ve never much fancied the Canary Islands before, too many Brits for my liking, but Finca Argayall is a million light years from the burnt beer bellies and crowded concrete of South Tenerife; a secluded palmed oasis cradled between soaring volcanic cliff and the inky Atlantic, at the end of a dirt track. It’s a unique spot and a unique set up.

Read the full article on the Queen of Retreats website.

To see more of Lisa’s retreats click here.

Peaceful retreat in nature on La Gomera, Canary Islands, 22 - 29 April 2023

Costs

Costs are per person

Garden-view terrace room with shared bathroom
Twin room £725
Single occupancy room £875

Pyramid in the garden with shared bathroom
Single occupancy pyramid £875

Garden huts in the garden with shared bathroom
Twin room £745
Single occupancy £895

Sea-view terrace rooms with en-suite bathroom
Twin or double room £825
Single occupancy £975

Studio apartment double room with en-suite bathroom
Twin or double room £845

Included:
Accommodation for 7 nights
Three vegetarian meals each day (apart from dinner one evening)
Daily meditation and yoga classes (apart from one yoga free day)

A 50% non-refundable deposit is required on booking and the balance is due 6 weeks before you travel.

Travel Arrangements

Saturday 22 April - Saturday 29 April 2023

For La Gomera fly to Tenerife South. There are several airlines that fly to this airport.

Skyscanner
TUI
Ryanair
Easyjet

Arrival to the Finca will be on 22 April and departure on 29 April but we recommend you extend your stay before and after if possible, either with extra nights on Tenerife or La Gomera or at the Finca. This will ease the arrival and departure by boat between the Finca and the local town of Valle Gran Rey which must take place in daylight hours.

If you fly in on 22 April it is best to arrive before midday if possible to take the afternoon ferry across to La Gomera. From the airport you will take a taxi to Los Cristianos ferry port, a 15 minute journey. From here you will take a ferry to the island of La Gomera. The ferry takes about 45 minutes and costs between 30 - 40 euros:
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From San Sebastian the group can take a taxi together direct to Valle Gran Rey, the town close to the Finca, or alternatively there is a bus. From Valle Gran Rey there will be a short transfer by private boat as road access has been blocked by a rockfall.

For the return if you fly out on 29 April you will need to take an afternoon or early evening flight.

It is a little adventure to get to the Finca but really worth it for such a special place.