Flanked by Spanish mountains, the Caseria del Mercado retreat centre provides us with a private, rustic location to step out of the city and into our skin. Combining practices of movement and stretching, thai yoga massage, and rope bondage, this retreat is an invitation to dip into playful physical practices on your own and with others.
The daily movement practice will be focusing on body and breath explorations. With thai yoga massage, we practice the basics of presence through touch, get to understand biomechanics and learn to play creatively and safely with another body. We apply that presence and body awareness to a beginners rope bondage class set to take you from zero to easy suspension in 5 days. When we get to the suspensions we will make use of the reinforced iron roof covered with suspension hooks, originally designed 200 years ago for hanging hams!
People of all levels are welcome to attend, so whether you are an advanced yoga practitioner, an aspiring masseuse or a complete beginner at rope, we aim to provide experiences that are accessible and interesting for you.
The thai yoga massage will offer the practice of meditation in movement, giving specific techniques for creating flow in the body, as well as guidelines for how to relate to bodywork in a creative and free way. Emphasis is given on how to stay connected to your own body as you give the massage. This practice is complementary to the work with ropes. The thai massage workshops are suited for beginners and experienced alike.
For rope bondage, the program will be set with the beginner in mind. We will start with the basics, focusing on improvisation, body management, and basic technique. We will then move onto learning about suspension lines and how the use of gravity can affect our movement and play. From suspension lines we will learn the basics necessary for forming stable structures on the body for semi-suspension and suspension play, with a strong emphasis on the safety and communication practices that come along with such play. We will finish the week with some simple semi-suspension and possibly suspension work that will give all those participating in the full week a taste of the depths that rope can take us to.
If you are interested in learning more about this retreat, then please feel free to send an email.