Aspects of Self Love Tantra Retreat

aspectsselfloveHumbled, hugely grateful and inspired by the remarkable response we got to our first retreat, David and Nickles are joining forces again to offer another.

Aspects of Self Love will expand on the themes of Seeds of Desire and is designed to appeal both to those want to develop their experiences from the September event and to those wanting to join us for the first time.

Our aim will be to again offer a beautiful, affectionate and challenging exploration, this time focusing on ways to edit out the life-limiting, inhibiting, often unconscious, self-critical inner voice and to replace it with a recognition of our own loving qualities that transmits to others and cultivates connection, warmth and wellbeing.

David and Nickles met a few years ago in London on a weekend yoga workshop. As their paths crossed again this spring, they decided to put together their experiences and skills with the aim of offering you the chance to know yourself better: tantra is the understanding of who we are, deeply, in our very core, so we are able to live fully and enjoy our lives in every aspect.

Open to 18+ men, this workshop will give you the opportunity to enjoy an intimate, holistic retreat: with only six guests and two teachers, each of you will get plenty of personal attention, to improve your self-understanding and acceptance, through tantra and nude yoga sessions. This mini retreat is suitable and open to all levels of practitioners, regardless of your experience with yoga and/or tantra.

During this weekend, our tantric exploration will give you a global view on how tantra transcends your life and expands your consciousness. The programme will include morning tantra yoga flow on the terrace, followed by a workshop (mindfulness meditation, tantra, massage, intimacy sessions …) and an evening session. Our ultimate purpose is to give you the tools you need to help you move towards self-realisation.

In the afternoons, you will have plenty of time to relax and revive on the terraces, wander in the ancient town, visit the naturist beach or explore the nearby coast and mountains.

Since we launched this retreat, a friend of David’s has very kindly offered us a different venue in which to host it. You will stay in a hillside villa with pool near the historic town of La Herradura (click to see a map) southern Spain; a naturist home with breathtaking coastal views and naturist beach at the bottom of the hill.

View from sauna over pool

Practical details:

When: Friday, December 1 to Monday, December 4, 2017. Please aim to arrive at on the Friday by 2pm; the workshop will end on Monday at around 1pm. For those who would like to stay longer, please contact David ( directly.

December in southern Spain is usually warm enough for shirt sleeves during the day and a jumper or light jacket during the evenings. For those who would like to stay longer, please contact David ( directly.

Location: La Herradura is about 70km from Malaga Airport and easily reachable by bus (direct from Malaga, every four hours) in a bit over an hour.

Accommodation: The villa’s many bedrooms have double beds, so if you’re attending alone, please be prepared to share a bed.

Meals: Each day, a selection of foods will be available for you to create your own breakfast. An Indian-inspired dinner will be prepared and served on Friday evening, giving you the opportunity to explore and sample the rich local cuisine the other days.

Price:   Early bird price, available until October 1st, 2017, £300 (around €340, depending on exchange rates).

After Oct.1st, 2017, £325 (around €370, depending on exchange rates).

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David: ( Through years of practice and study, David has developed a unique practice, with a simple and effective method of teaching. His physical practice of yoga embraces the “Universal Principles of Alignment” (from the Anusara and Iyengar approaches) in which he spiritually incorporates the wisdom and compassion of the Buddhist tradition, believing in « The intrinsic kindness and beauty of every being » as found in the Kashmir Shaivism Tantra tradition.

Because David’s style is enhanced by his experience as an Ayurveda practitioner, yoga therapist and tantra practitioner, all workshops and retreats, from a restorative/relaxing approach to the more powerful and challenging practice, are designed according to the students’ levels and needs.

Practicing yoga in its wholeness (which includes tantra traditions, postures and movements, meditation, breathing techniques (pranayama), massage, intimacy, self-exploration and acceptance …) is to become aware of what takes place in our body/mind/spirit, to serve ourselves and be open to everything around us. It is about learning to accept and love ourselves such as we are. It is about finding our own authentic values, through a holistic and individual approach to life, to discover who we really are and to find our true place.

Every person in David’s sessions is respected and honored within his abilities and limitations, not judged but completely accepted just as they are, supported and empowered on their own path. The experience helps to reveal and cultivate the best of the student, which is already to be found within.

Nickles: ( Taking a pragmatic, grounded and student-centred approach to teaching, based on foundations of health, safety and fun, Nickles also embraces the broader, holistic aspects of yoga. His exploration of tantra has included a three-year diploma and courses in many forms of touch and bodywork. Nickles has been a yogi for over a decade and his teaching experience spans more than five years.

Our bodies hold remarkable secrets and revealing them can be exciting, liberating and healing. Yoga, meditation, breathing practices, touch and tantra can awaken powerful physical responses while offering us new perspectives on ourselves and making valuable contributions to the experiences of those around us.