Spain, Tenerife – Yoga Retreat with Karin Thyr Eriksson
Restore, recover and retrieve the best version of yourself!
Welcome to a the small mountain village Masca and the genuine yoga retreat centre Mandela da Masca, run by the dutch couple Marcello and Monique. The nature is spectacular with amazing views and high mountains. Get inspired and get new energy through yoga, conversation and meditation.
With the love of yoga and the yogic way of life the owners have created an exclusive yoga accommodation to give you a wonderful yoga holiday experience. Surrounded by beautiful nature, birds singing in the valley, the clean oxygen, the freshness of the water directly from the spring, the shapes of the rocks, the light of the stars and the wide mountain views will help you to activate all of your senses to reconnect and find your love inside. Walk the valley, climb a mountain, explore the seaside and the beaches. Swim in the pool with valley view, find your own private meditation spot or just relax in one of the comfortable hammocks – there are enough hideaways. With hand-picked ingredients from our own organic gardens, our yogi chefs create Garden-to-Table meals three times a day, healthy bites in between and all delicious natural drinks you desire .
During this week you will have the opportunity to let go and remind yourself of who you are and challenge both your body and mind in flowing Vinyasa Yoga classes as well as more meditative Yinyoga classes.
Together we will move, sweat, laugh and meet ourselves on the mat just as we are without being judged or questioned. Get unstuck and let go of what no longer serves you. Explore who you are when you step on the mat without expectations. Invest in the most important relationship of them all. The one with your self.
Accommodation and meals
This is a dedicated yoga retreat centre developed by yogis for yogis, situated in the middle of Tenerife's beautiful nature amidst mighty mountains and valleys. It is just over 500 meters to the small picturesque mountain village of Masca with an impressive view. The village is beautiful with houses that balance on the cliff, adjacent to narrow mountain ridges and dramatic rock formations. In the past, Masca was primarily a agricultural village but today Masca lives mostly on the visiting tourists coming to watch stunning views. The village has a few restaurants, café and bar and a souvenir shop. Masca is also the starting point for one of Tenerife's most famous hiking trails, "Barranco de Masca".
There are 10 rooms, 2 outdoor yoga decks, a nice indoor shala, a lounge with fireplace, a biological freshwater pool, a meditation terrace and a wonderful garden with many plants, flowers of all colors, palms and fruit trees. Here you can always find a place for yourself if you want to stay away for a while.
7 of the rooms are double rooms, 2 are triple rooms and one room has two bunk beds for a family or friends who know each other. All rooms have a private bathroom.
You are served three meals a day as well as access to fruit, tea and water. The food is of course cooked on site and mostly organic and always vegetarian. The Yogi chef has taken inspiration from many food cultures around the world and has created a tasteful retreat menu with hand-picked ingredients from their own organic gardens and with everything your body needs including super-healthy drinks.
Would you like a glass of wine there are a few restaurants open until 6pm in the village a short walk away. In the evening you can chill in the hippiebar Casa Riquelme and watch the sunset behind the mountains.
You can also book massages, make excursions, enjoy at the pool and participate in workshops.
Yoga & your teacher
Karin Thyr Eriksson is a certified RYT 500 Master Teacher in the style of Core Strength Vinyasa yoga. Trained by the founder Sadie Nardini. She is also a Yinyoga teacher, musician and artist. She created the concept yoga for musicians and is also a blogger and freelance writer for the magazine Yoga World.
Karin offers a modern take on the yogic lifestyle. Her inspiring way of looking at life off the mat gives a new refreshing perspective on old patterns and traditions.
CSV Yoga is a modern approach, a booster that can take your yoga practice to a new level. It strengthens you from the inside out so you can tackle life and stand solid in your own truth and your expression. CSV yoga creates freedom, transforms and revolutionizes. Move and flow on the mat in a new way. Build from the ground upp - in your unique expression in a strong body that lasts.
Every day you get two wonderful yoga classes, one physical and dynamic (Yang) and the other in silence and conscious presence (Yin). In Eastern traditions, people talk about the balance between Yin and Yang. These are opposites to each other but both are needed to achieve balance, and in our modern society it is perhaps our greatest challenge to find balance in life.
A normal day looks like this:
|07.30||Tea and fruit|
|08.15||Yoga (70 minutes)|
|Free time (sun, pool, rest, walks, excursions etc.)|
|17.00||Yoga (60 minutes)|
On the day of arrival, there is only one evening class for those who have arrived.
On the day of departure, there is only one morning class if it works with regard to the participants' departure times.
Morning class: A dynamic Core Strength Vinyasa flow (70 min)
Start your day off in a way that strengthens you from the inside out. In CSV yoga we move from the ground up in a natural organic way. There is plenty of ways to modify after your preferences and the class is always taught in a pace where you are connected to your breath. Get on your mat, wake up, build strength, gain flexibility, sweat and have fun in creative classes tailored specifically for this week.
Afternoon class: Yin yoga (75 min)
Yin yoga is a passive meditativ yoga based on seated or lying positions. We stay in each pose for a longer hold. Longer passive holds like these helps us lubricate the fascia resulting in more mobility and flexibility. Yin yoga is a practice of letting go and trains us in experiencing the here and now in both body and mind.
Yin yoga is a great compliment to other more physical workouts and a gate to stillness for the mind and soul.
Other activities during the week:
- Excursion to the vulcano Teide and Hippie Beach
Book your place on site on this full day excursion. The price is 35 EUR paid in cash, and applies if at least 12 people book the excursion.
The vulcano Mount Teide and the landscape aound it is really worth a visit. We leave Masca at 8:30AM by car and we take breakfast with us. At Mount Teide we stop at a hill overlooking the crater for some meditation (depending on the weather at 2400m). After meditation the group can explore and take photos and have breakfast. Then we start to descend the mountain. It is a steep and rocky path down to Hippie Beach which is an unexploited and secluded beach with not so many people and a few wannabee hippies. Nothing except beach and sea. We take lunch with us and we normally picnic. We spend 3 hours on the beach before we go.
- Workshop CSV Yoga:
Are you thinking of becoming a yoga instructor or are you a yoga instructor and curious about CSV Yoga? If there is interest in the group, Karin offers a workshop of 90 minutes in addition to the regular classes, with a focus on getting to know the style CSV Yoga.
You can also book a personal yoga session with Karin at an additional cost.
Tenerife is an island in the Spanish Canary Islands off the north-west coast of Africa. The island is very diverse in geography. Here you will find spectacular coastal scenery, beautiful beaches, lush forests, exotic plants, high mountains and barren deserts.
The island's foremost characteristic is the enormous Teide volcano, 3718 meters above sea level. There are both car roads and cabin tracks on the mountain.
Read more about Tenerife on Wikipedia.
Travel & Facts
Included in the price:
- Shared room with private bathroom
- Vegetaran full board
- Yoga sessions twice a day (not arrival and departure day)
- All yoga props such as mats, bolsters, belts. Bring your own mat if you have one you like, and it might feel more hygienic as well.
- Return airport transfer
Not included in the price:
- Flight ticket
Single room: Single room is possible with the supplement as seen when you click on "Book on request" in the first step before you make any registration.
Travel: Flight to Tenerife. The main airport for international flights is Tenerife South (TFS) / Aeropuerto Reina Sofía.
We recommend you not to book the flight before you have recieved a booking confirmation/invoice from us.
Flights can be booked by yourself, or send us an email and we are happy to help you. Our booking fee is 30 EUR per person.
Transfer: A group transfer from the airport is included in the price. You have to inform InShape Travel about your flight details if you book your flight yourself. You might have to wait on the airport for other participants to arrive before the transfer departs. The same applies at departure if your flight is later than others. If you need or wish to have your own separate transfer it is possible at an additional cost.
Swimming pool: Yes, a biological pool, not huge
Yoga props: Everything needed is provided, but bring your own mat if you want.
Special diets: Let us know when you make your boooking if you have any special diet or allergies.
Electricity: 220 V, Europlug
Local currency: EUR
Good to know: Masca is located in the mountains and the road is narrow and winding but in good condition and with spectacular views. The retreat itself is situated on a steep hill.
Coffe is served for breakfast only, not the rest of the day.
You walk to the village Masca in 5-10 minutes, here you can find small souvenirs and a coffee shop.
The nearest larger village is 7 km away and there is a local bus 2-3 times a day.
There are several hiking trails to explore, bring good walking shoes in and sun protection.
Carbon offsetting your air travel is a good way of taking responsiblity for the emissions caused by it. You can easily carbon offset your trip directly with us when you complete your booking, and you will immediately see what it costs. We collaborate with the organisation GoCLimateNeutral and the amount goes to replacing wood and coal stoves for solar-powered fireplaces in the Chinese countryside in an UN-certified climate project that has the Gold Standard certification. If you want to dive deeper into the climate compensation, you can find more info here.