Mallorca invites you to slow down, take time to admire its natural beauty and to rediscover yourself. The island has become more and more attractive for holistic retreats all year round. Sometimes a break from daily routine can be a life changer. To stop, breathe and question whether the life you are living is the way you really want to live. How far from your ideal life are you now? Do you have the courage to self-reflect and to start all over again?
A fast-paced World
Motion, movement, speed. The world is spinning and so are we, literally. At times so fast that we no longer know how we ended up in something, or how to stop it. Living a fast-paced life can be ever so exciting, but also ever so challenging and draining. The constant buzz and impressions from media updates, phones and computers never really allows our brain to completely relax. We are so used to ‘deliver’, to be ambitious, to keep busy. That essential down time ‘doing nothing’ or ‘just being’ is not prioritized, as we feel the need to avoid that niggling sensation of guilt while being lazy and unproductive. The noise or chatter in our heads is our constant companion.
Mallorca as Destination for holistic Retreats
Picture the lush beauty of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains and 550 km of coastline facing the emerald Mediterranean Sea. Rich fertile soil that allows flowers, vegetables and fruits to grow and flourish. Ancient olive groves, orange and lemon trees. Fresh air. It is understandable that Mallorca, with all its natural offerings, is witnessing an increase in a new kind of tourism on the island, people who come to relax and to rediscover themselves on holistic retreats.
“In every moment we have two options, to step forward into growth or to step back into safety ” Abraham Maslow
Yoga Retreats on the Island
Lately, Mallorca has become more attractive as an all-year-round proposition when it comes to boutique-style yoga retreats. Many retreat organisers such as Cal Reiet Holistic Retreat, yoga couture and lifestyle brands A’Distraction, Ananda Mallorca and Escapada Retreat have found their niche in organising upmarket retreats in secluded luxury farmhouses and mansions immersed in the countryside. Outside the peak tourism season, visitors can really explore the true beauty of the island. Spending time in nature helps to bring us closer to our true self. To pause, breathe and to be present in the moment. The sounds of birds and the bells of newborn lambs are sweet reminders of the essence of life.
Rejuvenate Soul, Mind and Spirit
We all come to Mallorca for different reasons. Sometimes to go away, and sometimes to come ‘home’. To look inward rather than outside. Whatever it may be, it is hard not to admit that Mallorca does have a certain kind of untouchable magnetism and feeling of comfort and healing. The ‘retreat people’ come to rejuvenate their soul, mind and spirit, while nourishing their body with healthy wholesome fresh food and challenging the mind and body with yoga classes, hikes, and meditation.
Text by Anna Johansson & Gabrielle Gambina, Photos by Pernilla Danielsson