Monday, July 1, 2019

Hi there! I'm back with retreats in Sri Lanka/ August 2019!


Hello there! How are you all?!
I know it's been longtime I wasn't coming here to speak about my adventures or giving any updates...

A lot happened during 2018, and I decided to close my yoga retreat house and vegan shop in San Sebastian. Not just that, I also left my house, and sold everything I owned (all, but my longboard, hehe).
As you imagined, this was very intense process, but the Universe was urging me to close this amazing cycle in Sanseb as it wasn't healthy or sustainable anymore for me.

Long story short; after a month spent in India doing a yoga training, I ended up between Sri Lanka & Bali, just connecting with people, accommodations, and digital nomads to find some new inspiration.

After a few months roaming; I'm very pleased to tell you that I will be partnering with the hotel Memo Wellness Sri Lanka to provide a solid wellness program, prepare the hotel to host retreats, and in general to offer the final client a round-up experience combining surf, yoga, healthy food, and other cool activities.

To start with this, I'm gonna be co-hosting with Lana of "Yoga travel for life", two dates of 8 days/ 7 nights retreats in Memo this August 2019. So, if you were looking to come to Sri Lanka for a vacation with someone you know, here I will be during the whole year!

Check below, all the info of the retreat, the hotel, location, etc.
If you have any question, just send me an email to: surfandyogaretreats@gmail.com.
I will be glad to help you plan your trip.

Oh, and if you've never been in a retreat with me, just go to the following links to see our recaps in Bali, Nicaragua and Mexico. I took all the pictures there, and this time I will be taking some snaps too; apart from hosting you all;)

http://www.fromwhereyoudratherbe.com/2016/02/summary-of-20-days-of-bliss-bali-surf.html
http://www.fromwhereyoudratherbe.com/2014/12/a-few-snaps-of-our-nicaragua-chill-surf.html
http://www.fromwhereyoudratherbe.com/2017/02/surf-chill-with-amigos-sayulita-retreat.html

Hope to see you soon,
Ale Romo xoxoxoxo

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8 days retreat “Surf & Yoga ”in Sri Lanka. From 09.08 -16.08.2019 and 16.08.-23.08.2019



From Unawatuna to Mirissa to Tangalle, the south coast;  Sri Lanka is one of the best kept secrets in Asia, though that secret is quickly being revealed as more and more people flock to Ceylon for its tropical beaches, incredible wildlife, rich culture and ancient heritage landmarks.

The beaches here are generally far less touristy than those of the busier west coast; it's not unusual to find yourself alone on long, dreamy stretches of palm-fringed sand, especially east of Matara.
Some of the prettiest bays in the country are found on this stretch of coast and the region is regarded as truly Sri Lankan and a bastion of Sinhala patriotism.

The region’s varied attractions make it one of Sri Lanka’s most rewarding areas to visit. Gateway to the south – and one of its highlights – is the atmospheric old port of Galle, Sri Lanka’s best-preserved colonial town; while beyond Galle stretch a string of picture-perfect beaches including Unawatuna, Weligama, Mirissa and Tangalle.


THE RETREAT VENUE: MEMO WELLNESS HOTEL




LOCATION
The hotel is located by the beach, crossing the street to Kabalana beach, 145km from Colombo, 20 minutes from the historical city of Galle, 20 minutes to Weligama beach, 30 minutes from Mirissa beach and 10 minutes from Ahangama. Kabalana beach is a long stretch of fine sand perfect for running, surfing and other activities situated just down the road from Ahangama. This sandy bottom break is great for beginners and spending long days enjoying the tropical views and the best rated sunsets in Sri Lanka.

Ahangama beach. Photocred: @aleromophotography



ABOUT MEMO WELLNESS HOTEL
Memo hotel is a relaxing space providing comfortable accommodation, a varied of healthy and international food, yoga, surf and other activities.
This unique hotel is perfect for travelers looking for a more deep experience for their vacation while exploring the wonderful Sri Lankan culture and its beaches. All the double rooms are decorated with a delicate minimalistic style. All of them have a private patio, ensuite bathroom, king-size bed, A/C, minibar, and complimentary coffee & tea.
The big lobby and pool favor a nice mingling area to read, exchange and chill between the daily activities.












THE YOGA
All of our yoga lessons will be provided only by experienced and qualified Multilanguage teachers. The yoga lessons are based on level 1-2 yogis, with optional modifications for advanced students. Styles can include Hatha yoga, vinyasa flow, pranayama breathing exercises, and yoga sessions for surfers.
The program will be specially catered for the participants of these retreats. We aim for you to feel energized during the whole day, focused, reactive during your surf lessons, while you deepen the connection with your body.






THE SURF LESSONS
All of our surf lessons will be provided by “Moments Sri Lanka". Moments will tailor made a specific program for our group depending on the surfing level, including the transportation needed to the spots selected for the retreat, handling and providing all equipment.
Our lessons will be complimented with theory classes and photo analysis to support the correct learning of the surf basics.
All the participants will get amazing pictures of their surfing adventure to take them as memories of the retreat.
All the instructors are highly skilled in marine and surfing activities according to the latest professional standards.
For more info of the surfing center, please visit: IG:@moments_srilanka








THE FOOD
The restaurant at the hotel will offer healthy and delicious breakfasts specially catered by me, and during the morning you will be able to enjoy the juice bar, with a substantial menu serving smoothies, bowls, salads and healthy snacks.
During the night you can enjoy the amazing sunset from the rooftop restaurant, get a drink, and taste the delicious varied international food, healthy and vegan.

Also you can have a look at the restaurants around our accommodation. We will give you all our recommendations at the arrival day.





SO, WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE?
•7 nights of Accommodation. Private bathroom and patio
•7 healthy breakfasts - vegetarian, vegan options
•8 vouchers for our juice bar
•12 hours of surfing lessons
•Transport to all spots, boards and all material needed
•Surfing theory and video analysis
•Professional photographer for your surfing sessions
•Daily morning yoga lessons, specially curated for the retreat needs

What’s NOT INCLUDED
- Surf & yoga extra lessons
- Transfer Colombo Airport: 60€ /way (up to 4 people)
- Flight tickets
- Travel and health insurance
- Cultural trips
- Lunch and dinner

PRICE PER PACKAGE
Option 1) 1.222 € per person
Accommodation in shared private room (better with a friend or couple –King size bed or two single mattresses next to each other.)

Option 2)1.444 € per person
Accommodation in private room, single occupation.


**30%DEPOSIT TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT BEFORE 25th July
*FULL PAYMENT FROM 26th July*
If you want to split the remaining sum via installments, this can be arranged after your booking fee has been paid.

Alternatively, you may pay the entire sum at the time of booking and sit back & relax!
*Limited to 14 Participants*

If you need more information or have a question, please do not hesitate to contact me directly or Lana from Yoga Travel for Life.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Fall Retreats 2017 San Sebastián/ Donosti Chill X Seasoul Collective/ Oceanlove & Wellness




BOOK NOW // OCEANLOVE & WELLNESS RETREAT

At the SEASOUL COLLECTIVE x DONOSTI CHILL RETREATS we aim to provide our guests with a unique cultural experience based on a foundation of health and wellness. This 5 day wellness retreat will immerse you in the beautiful surf-city of San Sebastián, allowing you to experience the city and its culture through yoga, meditation, food, and nature. We invite you to find a renewed sense of health, and discover the beauty of the Basque Country while deepening your yoga, meditation, and overall physical practice.



After the five days of activities, you will have the option of staying two extra nights for an additional fee of 99€ . This price includes accommodation, breakfast & lunch, and 1 daily yoga lesson.

DATES AUTUMN 2017:
/// September 29th to October

/// 3rd.October 16th to October 20th

/// November 1st to November 5th.






 
WHATS INCLUDED:
– 5 nights/ 6 days of accommodation + possibility of 2 extra nights (100€ extra per day).
– Daily early vinyasa yoga + 3 guided meditations (pranayama).
– Daily breakfast & lunch catered by our takeaway café: Bowls and Bites San Sebastián.
– 3 surf lessons (all material included) + 1 hiking tour to Pasaia.

ACCOMMODATION & PRICES:
Price in shared double room/ single bed: 760€. Single private room for 10€ per night.

5 Daily Yoga Lessons + 3 meditation/ pranayama practices:
Our in-house yoga teacher and Host, Shelby Pauletto, will guide you through 5 daily morning asana practices. The classes are based on level 1-2 yogis, with optional modifications for advanced students. Meditation sessions will include pranayama (breath work), Yoga Nidra, and Yin style practices.

DAILY BREAKFAST & LUNCH
These meals will be made specially by Bowls and Bites-San Sebastián, a health food café 10 min. away from our venue. Bowls and BItes prides itself on a vegetarian offer of organic, local, and fresh ingredients.




1 Hiking Tour
We will hike backwards along the northern route of the Camino de Santiago (St. James’s Way) from San Sebastián to the small fishing town of Pasaia enjoying beautiful ocean views, lush forest, and steep sea cliffs. Upon arrival we will take a water taxi to Pasaia Donibane to eat lunch (not included on the price).

3 Surf Lessons
Your itinerary will include three surf lessons provided by one of the bests surf schools in San Sebastián. The lessons will supply you with the basic knowledge of surfing and for a small additional fee, you will also have the option to rent surfboards and wet suits on your free time if you wish to continue your practice on your own.

EXTRA ACTIVITIES UPON REQUEST:
– Road trips to France or the surrounding area
– Guided pintxo tours + Guided city tours and excursions
– Car & Bicycle rentals
– Extra yoga lessons by Donosti Chill teachers

NOT INCLUDED:
– Airfare to San Sebastián
– Airport Transfers (very easy to get to the house, check below how to get to San Sebastián)
– Meals & drinks purchased at restaurants, local cafes & bars
– Staff Tipping

RESERVATIONS AND PAYMENTS:
– Early bird: Get a 50€ discount if booking is made up until 20 days before the date of arrival
– We require a 50% of deposit to reserve your spot (non refundable) through Paypal. The remaining 50% balance will be due at your arrival in cash.
– Refunds will be reviewed & treated individually according to each circumstance.
– Please note that there is likely to be other guests staying at the Donosti Chill who are not partaking in the retreat. All guests are encouraged to be respectful of each other´s space.



HOW TO GET TO SAN SEBASTIAN:
You have plenty of flights available to San Sebastian airport; but also to Bilbao airport, and Biarritz, France airport from many points in Europe.
Also train and buses lines are available directly to city downtown and our house is just 10 mins. walking to the bus/train station.

Buses from nearby airports to San Sebastian:
– Bus from Bilbao by Pesa.net/ 1h30/ at 17,10€
– Bus from Biarritz by Pesa.net/ 1h/ 7,00€
– Bus from San Sebastian by Ekialdebus & Lurraldebus / 20mins./ 2,50€

BOOK HERE 

 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Donosti Chill Retreat House - Hosted retreats in San Sebastian 2017

Hello friends!
We're so stoked to start our 2017 season at the Donosti Chill House. Last year was a beautiful one, and we're so thankful for all the people that stayed in our house and trusted us to host their retreats.
The beginning of the year looks spectacular, and just by now we've already plan to host a few retreats for the spring and autumn. From a surf week and wellness retreats, to a self empowering coaching retreat and a very peculiar one for our house: A Spanish and culture course.

Following you have a little taste of the plans proposed. For complete details please visit our dedicated page here.
We hope you can join us this year in our house in San Sebastian!! Namaste!

If you're a retreat organizer wanting to come to San Sebastian, we still have plenty of dates to host you and your clients this 2017. Just write us directly to info@donostichillretreathouse.com with your desired dates and we will send you all the info you need.


SEASOUL COLLECTVE- SURFING WEEK


May 12th to 19th 2017

– One week of daily intermediate surf training / Beginners on request
– From Friday to Friday. Check in at 2.00pm
– Minimum 4 people- Maximum 8 people
 
Surf the town beach, right in front of the breathtaking historical scenery of San Sebastian, stretch out in a restorative Yoga Session, dive into the the millions of pintxos bars at night and wake up with a healthy and nourishing breakfast that gives you power for the day. In you free time you can roam through the city or explore Basque Country area.
The Seasoul Collective is a collaboration platform for mindful surf+ retreats at inspiring locations all around the world. The idea is to share travel experience and lifestyle with like minded Seasouls. 
 
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YOGA AND WELLNESS RETREAT - BY MALAKAI WELLNESS 


May 25th to 28th 2017

– Weekend getaway. 4 days/ 3 nights
– From Thursday to Sunday. Check in at 2.00pm
– Minimum 4 people- Maximum 8 people

Second edition of the annual long weekend getaway in San Sebastian. Treat yourself to a 4 day yoga and wellness retreat. Enjoy daily yoga, healthy breakfasts, massages, cultural tours and more. Malakai Wellness is a business inspired by traveling experiences and a healthy lifestyle, brought to you by passionate yoga teacher and masseuse Nathalie de Haaij with a base in London.

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YOGA, SURF & CITY- BY SILKE BUCHNER


June 1st to 6th & September 29th to October 4th
 
– Check in from 2.00pm. Check out 11am.
– Minimum 4 people- Maximum 12 people.
– 6 days/ 5 nights.
– Retreat will be held in German or English (depending on the participants).
 
Relaxation, adventure or a different cultural experience? Sometimes it isn’t easy to decide, what kind of holiday to spend. Why not having it all at the same time?
Relaxing and activating yoga classes in the morning by teacher Silke Buchner, exciting surf lessons at the nearby Zurriola beach in the afternoons and lots of spare time in the evenings to discover the sights of San Sebastian. The city is especially famous for it’s culinary variety, but also for it’s lovely beaches and precious architecture.
Second edition of Silke’s retreats come with two dates in 2017.
 
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SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE COURSE WITH ABECÉ 
June 18th to 25th 2017

– 8 days, 7 nights.
– From Sunday to Sunday. Check in 2.00pm. Check out 11am
– Minimum 6 people- Maximum 10 people
– Fully Spanish learning submerge experience
 
Do you want to improve your Spanish and be immersed in a different culture? Treat yourself, learn Spanish and enjoy yourself with us in the beautiful city of San Sebastian.
We, Débora and Egiarte, have been running Spanish language courses in London through our company Abecé Spanish. We also organize events and trips around food, language and culture. Now we are excited to offer this Spanish intensive language course for a week in the beautiful city of San Sebastian. This coming trip offers you the possibility of having a different holiday: Spanish lessons in the mornings, a range of activities in the afternoon, / as well as / delicious gastronomic experiences.

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LOVE YOUR SELF MORE -YOGA & COACHING RETREAT


October 19th to 22nd 2017

– One long weeekend of self empowerment activities, tools and practices guided by Dannie and Lisa
– From Thursday to Sunday. Check in at 2.00pm
– Minimum 4 people- Maximum 10 people

Join Lisa and Dani for a soulful, self-empowering yoga and coaching weekend retreat in our house. A perfect hide away, time-out. A chance to reconnect to yourself and your purpose in life. Expect inspiring and uplifting yoga sessions, guided meditations and group coaching sessions. Nourish with delicious healthy food, connect to like-minded people and get ready for some serious heart opening and expansion!
 
 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Surf & Chill with Amigos- Sayulita retreat December 2016

Oh, this retreat was such a magic one!
Being in Mexico, in such a magical town as Sayulita is, was certainly inspiring and enriching. The crew of people coming with us this time was also amazing and even though all of us came from different parts of the world, the vibes were great and we conjoined all perfectly with the laid-back ambiance of Villas Sayulita and the town itself.

This is a recap of our time well-spent in the pacific coast of Mexico between early yoga, easy surf, mountain hikes, mezcales and enchiladas... We hope next time you can join us too!