La Finca Paradiso near Almeria, Spain


A stunning luxury retreat standing amidst 33 acres of fruitful Spanish gardens, enjoying a 360 degree vista of the Sierra Cabrera Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea.

Our chosen retreat centre “Utopian Retreats” was created in order to give people the chance to enjoy their chosen luxury eco retreats in the beautiful and inspiring setting of La Finca Paradiso.  A stunning luxury retreat standing amidst a site of 33 acres of fruitful Spanish gardens, La Finca Paradiso enjoys a vista of 360 degree views of the surrounding Sierra Cabrera Mountain Range and the Mediterranean Sea. You won’t find any luxury eco retreats like this one.

The beauty of the surroundings, the warmth and efficiency of the hospitality and the comfort of the venue combine to make the Utopian Retreat experience a real pleasure.


When you come to this training you will be living and learning in conscious community.


THE DOJO
Our main teaching space, the Dojo, is set back through three arches with its ancient Moroccan doors flanked by two golden Buddhas.  An open, light and airy room, based on a traditional Japanese design with an Arabic twist.   
Here, we’ll be gathering as a group to learn and ecstatic dance beneath an architectural lantern, decorated with Moroccan purple and gold glass that sends iridescent shards of dappled light that falls onto its high quality, fully sprung, timber floor.  
The Dojo has four double sets of wooden and glass doors lead out onto an upper terrace that over looks the treetops of our palm and popular garden.


GARDENS
Nestled on the edge of a valley in our own 33 acres of stunning landscaped gardens and open vistas, the retreat center is secluded and magical with no light or sound pollution and a multitude of birds, tortoises and other wildlife.

Exceptional in their variety of form and colour, our gardens are exciting to both explore and spend time in quiet contemplation in one of the many hidden and beautiful spaces. With specimen trees and plants from all over the world, including Australia, South America, South Africa, China and Japan, the gardens are widely talked about and admired.

Throughout the gardens you hear the sound of gentle running water, with fountains and even a small rill leading to a waterfall where the water flows into our natural pool in the Water Garden.
The orchards have an abundance of native and tropical fruits, one of which is newly planted with over 600 fruit and nut trees, including almond, peaches, guavas and figs to name but a few. There is also have an extensive variety of salads, vegetables and herbs.


POOLS
Situated in the Almerian desert and coastal region of Andalucia, Utopian Retreats is an idyllic oasis full of exotic palms, fountains and pools.
The much loved luxurious black and gold swimming pool is solar heated with underwater seating in both the shallow and deep ends, and at 18 metres long is a perfect length for both fitness and recreational swimming.
The plunge pool is on the other side of the Finca, also with underwater seating and steps leading down into it from a quirky covered shower and relaxation area.


AMPHITHEATRE
Uniquely designed to represent the Sun and the Moon and surrounded by high walls, the totally enclosed amphitheatre is a contained and acoustically perfect space.  Picturesque with low walls for seating and mature trees for shade.


ACCOMMODATION
The living areas are beautifully designed, light and airy, with inspiration from around the world.  Some rooms are inspired by Morocco, while others have been carefully carved into the rock
Rooms have balconies or terraces overlooking the lush gardens, mountains or out to sea.  Two students will even be lucky enough to sleep in a yurt (worth the 5 minute walk to the main teaching area!).  
Because there’s a mixture of beds (from luxurious double beds, mostly twin beds but also a few sofa beds & camp beds) we will assign beds based on a first come, first served basis.  Sign up soon to ensure you get a great spot!

Sleeping arrangements are community cozy - all rooms are shared. If you are coming with a partner or friend, please let Jennifer know after booking.  
We have exclusive use of the whole property, so we’ll be able to fully enjoy the community feel & strengthen our bond as a group.


WiFi
There is a good Wi-Fi connection in the main living area of the retreat center, however we strongly encourage a digital detox during the Training.


FOOD
The retreat centre’s amazing Head Chef, Katie, is the most sought after chef in the area and is a culinary genius. Katie majestically transforms all of the delicious fruit and vegetables from our Market Garden into sensational masterpieces which are a feast for the eyes and the taste buds. Katie is not only passionate about creating an exceptional menu, she does so with acute attention to detail.

All of the food is organic or sustainably sourced, much of it grown in their own market gardens.  They are a mainly a plant based retreat, however we serve local cheeses, organic eggs, freshly caught fish is carefully selected from the fishing port in Garrucha.  There are also homemade chutneys and jams, their own olive oil and fresh fruit and vegetables.

The retreat center caters to: pescatarians, vegetarians and vegans.  We can support both dairy and gluten free diets.  If you have another diet, or an allergies, please contact: jennifer@sonyasophia.us so we can discuss how best to accommodate you.



We aim to lovingly feed your heart & soul as you earn your EFT certification.
You will emerge from this training with a super powerful way of serving the world, healing yourself and earning a living helping others.



 
Getting There
The Training takes place near Almeria, Spain.  There are a few options to arrive at our luxurious retreat centre, La Finca Paradiso


Arrival
We recommend arriving into Alicante on Thursday October 17th.  You can take an international flight into Alicante Airport.  There are also trains from Barcelona (5-6 hours) or Madrid (2.5 hours) to Alicante Train Station

We'll organize a 2 hour private bus leaving from Alicante around 9.30am on Friday, October 18th to the retreat center.  The price will depend on the number of people who choose this option but we anticipate it being around $40 / 35 euro one way. 


You're also welcome to make your own way to the village of Turre & the retreat center will organize a complimentary minibus to the property.  The Training begins at 12 noon on Friday, October 18th.


Departure
For the return trip home, we'll organize a private bus to Alicante leaving the retreat center at 2.30pm.  It should arrive into Alicante at 5pm Sunday, October 27th.  Please budget around $40/35 euro if you wish to take this bus.

Alternatively, if you're making your own travel plans, the Training will end at 2.30pm Sunday, October 27th.


Note: Not included in the Training package is the cost of accommodation in Alicante & transport to and from Alicante.


Here to Help!
The coordinator of the Training, Jennifer, can help co-ordinate your travel plans & has gathered some information about the different travel options (trains & flights).  Please email her with any questions: jennifer@sonyasophia.us

 Travel Itinerary

Thursday October 17th 
Arrive Alicante

Friday October 18th
9.30am - Private bus leaves Alicante
12pm - Training begins at our retreat center

Sunday October 27th
2pm - Training Ends.  Private bus to Alicante
5pm - Arrive in Alicante

Questions?
Email Jennifer, she loves to help! 
jennifer@sonyasophia.us

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