This is not a hotel, but Aleida and Doby´s charming home which has 4 guest rooms, 2 living rooms, a dining ‘cave’ in the old bowstructure and a yoga space. The house is cosy and it has everything you need such as a private bathroom for each room. The river being part of the property with a private swim lake and stunning surroundings make this a very special and unique destination, ideal for a week away to enjoy total relaxation, peace and nature!
This lovely house is located in the midst of nature 15 minutes walking from Sant Climent de Sescebes, and 30 minutes walking from another village. Cycle or drive to more beautiful historic villages with terraces, restaurants, many wine cellars and with French Spanish culinary delights everywhere. It is located along a small powerful, very pure river, and between the menhirs, which are ritual stone formations from 5,000 BC. It has 4000m2 of land with vegetable garden and vines. From the gentle hillsides, full with cypresses and olives, which surround the retreat, you can look at the sea of the Costa Brava on the one side and the ski resorts of Vallter2000 and Andorra on the other.
Nearby Girona is a beautiful city and also Figueres is worth a visit with its Dali museum designed by the artist himself! To the east you will find the gorgeous bays of the Costa Brava. Cadaques is a spectacular coastal town and inspiration for Picasso, Dalí and Miró. Then in the West you will find the volcanoes of the Garrotxa and last but not least, southern France with a picturesque coastal region, is just north of the retreat. All these stunning places within half an hour driving.
But if you prefer to stay close to the retreat, the lush gardens offer more than enough space to enjoy a little afternoon nap in a hammock under the trees or to read a book on the patio on one of the lounge chairs. There are bikes, for your use to explore the surroundings.
Aleida Warmelink. After obtaining her Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of Amsterdam Aleida worked in psychiatry in Amsterdam for several years, while also loving yoga, culture, photography, and organising many creative and social gatherings. In 2003 she started her private practice "Personal Radiance", which developed very successfully. Since then, she has focused on the combination of counselling, body-oriented work and meditation. Aleida is a qualified yoga teacher with a joy in explaining as well the physical as the emotional and energetic aspects of yoga. She generously shares the insights she has gained through more than 20 years of experience in teaching and through her work as a psychologist.
Dobby van den Berg. Doby has a passion for travel, music and cooking. As a kid he was always helping his mum out in the kitchen and from there his passion and interest in food developed. He now creates the most colourful and delicious meals inspired by their travels around the world. His latte´s and curry´s are unbeatable! But his skills are not limited to culinary delights, be sure to get a massage with Doby, his hands work wonders, whether its Reiki or a traditional massage, you will leave the massage table relaxed and totally re-energised.
Aleida and Doby offer peaceful retreats where guests can enjoy yoga & meditation, a Juice Detox or counselling/coaching. The programs at Sharanam Retreats stand for personal attention, personal healing, flexibility and professional guidance. All of the programs are very complete and include a holistic healthy full board. The retreat is open year-round, Cataluña is stunning all year long. In the summer the many small sand and pebble beach-towns are surprisingly authentic and relaxed. And for many visitors the off-season months are especially inviting for walking and cycling combined with city trips or even skiing!
Aleida and Doby consider sustainability as being paramount and was central in their decision when looking for a new venue. As having their own little river and lake, they decided against a pool to limit energy, use of water and unsustainable maintenance products. Furthermore, they:
FREE 3x morning walk
Free SIS notebook and pen for happy thoughts!
The retreat of Aleid Warmelink is located in Sant Climent, 60 km and a 45 min drive from Girona airport, 165 km and a 90 min drive from Barcelona airport. Or you could take the AVE speed train from Barcelona Sans (10 min from the airport), which will take you in 45 min to Figueres-Vilafant. From Figueres it is a 20 min taxi drive to the retreat.