Retreats

Naked yoga retreats for Gay and Bi Men

Yoga retreats are a wonderful way to deepen your practice and get much more from your yoga. They are also a great opportunity to take time out from our hectic lives and connect in community with like-minded men. Join us in Spain in May and September and Portugal in June this year.

Finca La Maroma, Spain with Andy

3rd-8th May – Come Alive

In what is much more than just a yoga retreat, you will explore teachings and practices that take you deeper into the joy and pleasure of being alive in your body. Movement, massage, yoga and meditation will enable you to tap into and expand your lifeforce energy. Replenish your body’s strength and vitality, let go of what no longer serves you and open up to the laughter and love of community.
Andy has journeyed through various styles of yoga and folds elements of these, along with his shiatsu bodywork experience into a mindful, breath-led flow practice. Classes focus on the creation of space in the body and mind, softening what is stuck and restoring and resourcing us with increased movement, flexibility and vitality. Partner work is also woven in, allowing us to experience that with assistance, support and encouragement, we can move more easily towards the goal of yoga – self knowledge and self love. His approach balances power and gentleness as he works to help you inhabit your body more fully, relaxing into it with deeper compassion, appreciation and contentment. He is passionate about creating community and holding a safe, relaxed and meaningful space for gay and bi men to meet and explore intimacy, connection and joy.

Price €695 based on two guests sharing a double studio (plus optional chill-out weekend at 20% discount).

Space is limited, so contact us now to reserve your place and quote Yoganu as a reference.

www.fincalamaroma.com

Portugal with Andy and João

20th-26th June – Deeper. Closer. Higher.

Tantric Yoga and Massage Retreat.
Tantra is a rich map of teachings and practices that guide us home to the truth of who we are; beings of love and light. Tantra allows us to recognise, remember and rise to meet our full potential. It teaches us how to open our hearts, to welcome and honour all that we are and how to move into freedom from self-judgement, self-criticism and a lack of self-love. As the light of self-love and self-acceptance shines within us, so can we see it shine in another. And on and on this light grows, illuminating all that come into contact with it.

Join experienced teachers Andy and João as they guide you gently and skilfully into the remarkable world of Tantra against the stunning backdrop of the lush, green countryside of Portugal. Beneath the warm sun of early summer, feel your body and soul open joyfully to mindful movement, yoga*, breathwork, chanting, meditation, partner and group work and massage. Be nourished and rejuvenated on all levels and find deep connection with yourself and within a welcoming community of fellow bliss and truth seekers.

This retreat is for you if:

  • You are looking to integrate your sexuality and spirituality and open up to a deepening awareness of who you are
  • You love the idea of getting back to nature, feeling the sun on your naked skin, wild swimming, roaming through woodland, stargazing and sharing around the fire pit  
  • You want to hang out with like-minded, warm-hearted gay and bi men and experience the joy, connection and healing that arises in community 
  • You want to enjoy and celebrate your body through movement, touch and massage 
  • You are looking to expand your awareness of what your body, mind and spirit are capable of
  • You are ready for an adventure, to take risks, grow beyond your comfort zone and discover new ways of delighting in who you are

A typical day:

8am yoga* and meditation
9.30am breakfast
11.00am tantric touch workshop on Monday and Wednesday
1.30pm lunch
Free time
6.30pm dinner
8pm tantric touch workshop

This schedule may change

*The yoga will be for active beginners and improvers so you will need to be relatively fit, healthy and active. Andy draws on his experience with hatha vinyasa yoga to instruct in a mindful, flowing practice that is both subtle and physical. 

  

Accommodation

Boutique furnished bedrooms (1 triple and the others are twins). All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, with shower, washbasin and toilet. 

Each room is individually styled with different colour schemes and have features such as wood panelled ceilings, wooden shutters, chandeliers and wood floors on the 1st floor.

Single beds can be joined to create a king size bed for couples.

Individual Financial Contribution

Early Bird Price £950 per person
Full Price £1095 per person

Prices are per person (based on two people sharing a twin room). Two twin beds can be pushed together to make a King for couples. Two rooms will be a triple room and rooms will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Deposit of £300 to reserve your place and payment of outstanding balance by 1st April.
Early Bird price is payable if the deposit is paid by the end of January.

Transport

The venue is 1 hr 45 minutes away from Lisbon airport and 3 hrs from Porto airport so we recommend flying to Lisbon.

We can arrange a minibus to take the group to and from Lisbon airport (about 30 euros each way)

Healthy Vegetarian and Vegan Food

The ‘made from scratch’ vegetarian and vegan food is tasty and nutritious and based on fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables. The vegetables, fruits and herbs are either grown in their own organic garden or supplied by local greengrocers.

The afternoon cake is of course freshly made each day, served with tea infusions, many of which they grew themselves.

We will be nurturing our bodies in a way to complement and assist the healing yoga practices during the group activities. Food for thought and growth.

TO REGISTER, EMAIL ANDY at andy@yoganu.co.uk
or contact Andy or João through their websites below.

About your hosts

Andy Butterfield: Tantric Yoga Teacher, Shiatsu Therapist, Reiki Master 

Andy has practiced tantra yoga for 14 years and taught for nearly 6. He’s also an experienced bodyworker and folds shiatsu, reiki and meditation into his teaching to help his students tap into the great intelligence, power and creativity of the body. Together, we cultivate an attitude of loving kindness, gratitude and wonder as we flow through a soulful and meaningful movement practice.

Partner work is central in his teaching of tantra yoga for gay and bi men. It allows us to experience that with assistance, support and encouragement we can all move more easily towards the goal of self knowledge and self love. Tantra teaches us how to witness the light and beauty in another and so reveal it in ourselves.

Andy is passionate about creating community and holding a safe, relaxed and meaningful space for gay and bi men to meet and explore intimacy, connection and joy.

He has taught many retreats and workshops around the world and is based in London and Brighton, UK.

www.andybutterfield.com

João Tantra: Complementary Therapist and Tantra Teacher and Practitioner

João’s journey in complementary therapy started 15 years ago and evolved along the years expanding to the realm of Tantra.

His background in teaching along with his training in different styles of massages, tantra, energy work, meditation and movement practice allows him to blend different techniques tailoring them to his clients’ needs.

Tantra has been a big passion in his life since Tantra practices are very diverse and allow the connection between sacred sexuality and spirituality in a path of expansion towards freedom, truth and unconditional love towards oneself and others around.

João is based in London where he offers workshops and private appointments. Moreover, he has taught workshops in festivals.

www.tantricjourney4men.co.uk

 

Spain with Andy

22nd-27th September – Rise. Shine.

Tantra Yoga, Massage and Reiki Retreat

Tantra is Empowerment. Tantra is Healing. Tantra is Freedom. Tantra is Transformation. Tantra is Realising Potential.

Let’s set about the business of becoming more available to the Life and Love within

Tantra invites us to grow, to unfold into the truth of what we are capable of as abundant and creative beings of love, light and life.  The practice of its teachings expands us into our potential. We can become our most fearless, creative, courageous, confident, loving, honest, wise selves and we realise we are in reach of everything we could ever need. It’s all inside.

‘You are the one you have sought for so long’ Jeff Foster

Tantra enables us to uncover this truth through the body and through the heart. 

Join Andy on his 18th retreat for gay-bi-queer men and immerse yourself in embodied practices that awaken our raw, potent life-force energy and expand it through the body. 

Through functional fitness, yoga, breathwork, massage and reiki, this life-force vibrates and trembles with more and more pleasure and vitality and our perception of what the body is capable of widens. We begin to access more of what’s available to us and as our inner resources emerge, we can stand in deeper, richer, higher consciousness. We receive much more of our selves.

Tantra also brings us into relationship with others and we all become each other’s mirrors, teachers, guides and gifts. Energised by lifeforce, the heart opens and can truly know itself as boundless in its capacity for compassion, generosity and love. We light the way and lead each other home.  

‘You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.’ Rumi

This retreat is for you if:

  • You are looking to integrate your sexuality and spirituality and open up to a deepening awareness of who you are
  • You love the idea of getting back to nature, feeling the sun on your naked skin, wild swimming, roaming through woodland, stargazing and sharing around the fire pit
  • You want more intimacy with like-minded, warm-hearted gay and bi men and to experience the joy, connection and healing that arises in community
  • You want to enjoy and celebrate your body through movement, touch and massage
  • You are looking to expand your awareness of what your body, mind and spirit are capable of
  • You are working on healing from negative experiences regarding your sexuality and/or you are interested in better sex, with yourself and with others
  • You are ready for an adventure, to take risks, grow beyond your comfort zone and discover new ways of delighting in who you are

A typical day:

8am* functional fitness and yoga
9.30am breakfast
11.30am reiki attunements on Wednesday
1.30pm lunch
5pm tantra class
7pm dinner

The schedule may be subject to change.

*The yoga and functional fitness will be for active beginners and improvers so you will need to be relatively fit, healthy and active. Andy draws on his experience with hatha vinyasa yoga to instruct in a mindful, flowing practice that is both subtle and physical.

THE VENUE

Cortijo El Cachete is a stunning new venue for retreats and gatherings.  Nestled in the olive groves of the Andalusian countryside, yet only 50 minutes from Malaga airport, it is a perfect secluded hideaway for our work. You’ll enjoy

  • A huge 20m long swimming pool
  • Ensuite bedrooms
  • Beautiful gardens and intimate courtyards where you can relax in the sunshine
  • Hearty, delicious and nourishing plant-based cooking by a wonderful chef
  • A rich programme of learning and practice but also plenty of time to rest, relax and reconnect 

INCLUDED

  • 2 yoga and tantra classes per day 
  • Reiki level I
  • Three delicious and nutritious vegetarian meals a day, afternoon snack and herbal teas and water
  • A transfer from the airport to the retreat centre is also included in our stay
  • A massage therapist will be available for sessions

INVESTMENT

Most rooms are single occupancy and have a double bed. Some have single beds and will be allocated last.

£1095 early bird price
£1295

Beautiful Master Bedroom with terrace
£1195 early bird price
£1395 

master bedroom

Twin room based on two sharing
£995 early bird price
£1095

Secure your place with a non-refundable £300 deposit. Balance due by 1 June. Payment plans are available.
Contact Andy at andy@yoganu.co.uk to book.

Early bird price is payable if deposit is paid before 30th March

REIKI

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing, self-regulation and self-care. 

Through reiki, we receive the lifeforce energy around us, the energy that flows through all living things, the energy from the sun and the cosmos, the oceans and the earth. This balances and strengthens our own lifeforce. 

Our is lifeforce is responsive to thoughts and feelings. It becomes disrupted by negative thoughts or feelings we hold about ourselves. These negative thoughts and feelings attach themselves to the energy field and cause a disruption in the flow of life force. This diminishes the vital function of the organs and cells of the physical body. 

Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of the energy field and charging them with positive energy. It raises the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body where the negative thoughts and feelings are attached. This causes the negative energy to break apart and fall away. In so doing, Reiki clears, straightens and heals the energy pathways, thus allowing the life force to flow in a healthy and natural way. Reiki is extremely helpful in working with Tantric Energy and supports the expansion and growth that comes with it.

THE ATTUNEMENT

The ability to channel Reiki energy is transferred to the student by a Reiki Master during an attunement process. By receiving an attunement you will gain a valuable tool for self-healing and self-regulation and also become part of a group of people who are using Reiki to share peace, love and expand universal consciousness with others and the Planet. It is a beautiful, relaxing and deeply nurturing experience and I am delighted to be able to share it with you.
(With thanks to Miguel Chavez at www.reikimaya.com and his manual for Reiki 1 and 2, the Usui System of Healing). 

Secure your place with a non-refundable £300 deposit. Balance due by 1 June. Payment plans are available.
Contact Andy at andy@yoganu.co.uk to book.