Having just returned from my first retreat with Gin & Yin I can wholeheartedly say...'I will be back!' From the minute I landed at Malaga airport alone and in need of some serious RnR, Ruth put me at ease - From the airport introductions with the other 'Gin & Yinners, the seamless taxi transfer, to the amazing arrival drink at the hotel- I knew I was in for a treat!
Shanti Som itself is a beautiful mix of simple, comfortable luxury and relaxed elegance without the stuffiness of a high-end resort. The staff are key to achieving this and work effortlessly to make you feel at home, they are down to earth, funny, knowledgeable, professional, kind and considerate. From the yoga teachers, to the reception staff, there is a special team waiting to welcome you on your journey to relaxation.
Ruth had arranged an itinerary which was a perfect balance of activity and free time, allowing you to do as much or as little as you wanted - no early morning training sessions and meal replacement diets here! Oh no! The food was to die for - truly delicious! All meals were carefully planned and well balanced, and incredibly tasty, I will definitely remember the food from this trip as being exceptional!
In short, this Gin and Yin retreat allowed me time to think, heal, read, relax, sleep, meet new people, explore new places and try new things. It took me out of my comfort zone and gently placed me down in idyllic surroundings, mentored by a wonderful host who knows how important, and hard-to achieve 'me-time' is. The value I gained from this experience cannot be explained in terms of cost or money, but only in terms of adding value to my life journey, and I am truly grateful I have had the opportunity to experience a Gin and Yin retreat - hopefully one of many!!!!