The Retreat Team
Founder of Feed The Soul Retreats your Host and Therapist
It has long been my desire to provide a holistic, supportive and nurturing space in a calming setting surrounded by the influence of nature. Somewhere folks can stop, find stillness, feed their body and their soul with good food, company, exercise, where they can share stories, activities and find realignment and balance in our stressful world.
I had been looking for a place where time stops, where the air and sea feels clean, where just sitting still can bring tranquillity and where the true sense of "Spanish" can still be found - I discovered it in Alcossebre and the nearby village of Villa Nova. My dear friend Cristina took me there to show me the beginnings of their new restaurant project 3 years ago when it was just a building site. This is where we conspired and developed the idea of Feed The Soul Retreats where we could bring together our ideas and skills to provide a truly unique experience.
As a therapist and a yoga teacher I have found that with over 25 years of my own yoga practice and over 35 years working in health and education, I can provide an effective and integrative approach to my practice. I am continuing to develop my skills in the art of meditative practice and breath work, trance and the healing powers of guided imagery and visualisation. I am currently supporting those with emotional trauma, depression, anxiety, stress, fears, loss, anger and phobias - working online and face to face. I specialise woman’s health particularly around fertility, conception, birth, motherhood and menopause. I have found the combination of my Human Givens model of therapy, my own yoga practice, my experience of bringing wellness and ease to others, allows me to practice with an emotionally soothing intuition.
FeedTheSoul Retreats is the realising of an ambition to bring together my life and work experiences. I am grateful for the choices, experience and people I that I have met along the way that have brought me to this point in time and helped in making this aspiration a reality.
I look forward to this sharing space with you.
Introducing Cristina - Co-owner of Marimer Restaurante Alcossebre
My husband Antonio and I have known Cat now for over 35 years!
Cat and I have shared life's dramas, celebrations, losses and gains - deepening our life-long friendship over many a fine meal and glass of good wine! It gives me great pleasure to collaborate with Cat in bringing you Feed The Soul Retreats. Something we have wanted to do since before the pandemic and are delighted that this can now become a reality.
My husband Antonio is your retreat chef with over 30 years of working with some of the best chefs in the world. I have worked alongside him as a business manager and restaurant designer. Together, over the last twenty years we have established three stunning restaurants the first two being in Clapham's renowned Northcote Road, London. "Lola Rojo" was a tapas bar with a difference, Lola earned her fame thanks to Gordon Ramsey who chose her as a finalist for "Best Spanish Restaurant in England". Time Out Magazine awarded her "best newly opened local restaurant in London" and the following year "Best Spanish Restaurant" - a professional dream come true. Then came Lola’s little sister - " La Rosita the Sherry Bar" also gaining notoriety and success as one of London’s top locations for sherry tasting and pairing with the finest of tapas using authentic ingredients in a vibrant Andalusian style ambiance .
But 2017 we decided to return to where it all began - to Antonio's home, village and countryside. In 2019 we opened “Marimer” our third restaurant in collaboration with our children Pol and Antoni. With this restaurant, we wanted to introduce the concept of a frontline beach bar. The casual atmosphere at noon on the terrace combines perfectly with evening dining under the big fans that stir up the salty aromas of the sea just footsteps away.
As Antonio and I enjoy a drink on the terrace at the end of service, on a clear Mediterranean night, we can count our lucky stars feeling how fortunate and grateful we are that our journey has brought us here.
We look forward to sharing the Marimer experience with you. We know you won’t be disappointed.
The Sea Experience ApartHotel at Alcossebre – The accommadation
We have chosen a four-star aparthotel situated just behind Restaurant Marimer with its stunning roof terrace and infinity pool, beautifully appointed rooms with a living space, kitchenette and either one or two bedrooms, providing you with the downtime to chill and reflect on your day. Some rooms are bestowed with sea views, others with small garden patios, perfect for you to create your own yoga space.
Located on the front line of El Cargador Beach and 550 metres from the centre of Alcossebre, this complex is located in a quiet area with several beaches nearby for the enjoyment .
Among the many facilities you will find a garden area with hammocks where you can relax in the sun or take a bath in the swimming pools: one for adults and another shallow one for children.
In the Sky bar located on the top floor of the building you will find a swimming pool, a bar, hammocks and Balinese beds with unbeatable views over the beach, the Mediterranean and the town of Alcossebre.
All apartments are composed of a fully equipped kitchen with: induction hob, oven, washing machine, microwave, fridge with freezer, toaster, mixer, electric kettle and electric coffee maker. The bathroom is made up of: shower, toilet, hairdryer and magnifying mirror. Air conditioning in bedrooms and living room.
WHAT TO EXPECT
• 4 hours of yoga and meditation practice a day divided into two 2 hourly sessions in the morning and evening totalling 12 hours of group yoga.
• 3 nights at 4 stars SeaExperience ApartHotel accommodation next to the Marimer.
• Scrumptious yogi buffet breakfast including teas coffees & juice on Marimer’s beach side terrace.
• Delicious lunch and evening meals (inc a glass of wine or beer per person) at Marimer Restaurant.
• Guided walks in the surrounding hillsides, coast and countryside.
• Excursions to local places of historical interest, local market and a wine tasting *
• Meeting, sharing and connecting with like-minded people in a beautifully, soothing and relaxing environment.
• 1:1 session with Cat*
• Use of the hotels spa and infinity pool.
• Sessions at the hotel beauty Spa (charged separately and to be pre-booked in advance).
• A bespoke Retreat treat bag to take home with you
(* not included but can be booked and paid for when on retreat)