Flow and Rest

a peaceful yoga & meditation retreat

18 to 24 July 2024
at Les Gavatxes in the Catalan Pyrenees, Spain
with Athena & Sylvain
maximum of 14 participants (only ONE spot left!)
We invite you to a 7 day retreat of silence, active (vinyasa) yoga and relaxing yin yoga, meditation, mindful nature walks, great homemade food, connections and inspiring views.
A beautiful moment to disconnect from everyday life, screens and to-do lists, to connect with yourself, and to ground with the mountains, with your body and your breath.
Although it is not a fully silent retreat, we will have silent mornings and one fully silent day, to give you space to inquire and hear the birds in the quiet company of others.
  • Schedule (subject to change):
  • Day 1:
  • 16:00 arrivals, settle in
  • 18:00 welcome, introductions, gentle flow
  • 19:30 dinner
  • 21:00 meditation, beginning of silence
  • 21:45 rest
  • Days 2 to 6:
  • 6:30 wake up
  • 7:15 sunrise meditation and movement (vinyasa yoga or hiking meditation)
  • 9:00 breakfast
  • 10:15 karma yoga
  • 11:00 free time (mindful breaking of silence)
  • 12:30 slow flow and meditation
  • 13:30 lunch
  • 14:30 rest
  • 16:30 yin yoga
  • 17:30 mindful activity
  • 18:30 free time
  • 19:30 dinner
  • 20:45 kirtan
  • ~ Day 4 is fully silent ~
  • ~ On one of the full days, we may go on a little excursion (optional) to the nearby river & little waterfall to enjoy a swim in nature ~
  • Day 7:
  • 6:30 wake up
  • 7:15 sunrise meditation and movement (vinyasa yoga or hiking meditation)
  • 9:00 breakfast
  • 10:15 packing / free time (mindful breaking of silence)
  • 11:00 slow flow and meditation
  • 12:00 sharing circle, closing
  • 13:30 lunch
  • Goodbyes


Les Gavatxes offers beautiful rooms/apartments, each unique and comfortable. Sheets, pillowcases, duvet covers, bath and hand towels are provided.
There are four accomodation options:
Camping offers you a spot on the accomodation either near the centre where we practice or a little higher up the mountains if you prefer. You need to bring your own equipment (tent, mat, sleeping bag, towel, etc). With an outdoors toilet and shower facility shared with other campers. *** Sold out!! ***
The yurt is like camping but without bringing your own equipment. You will share a large yurt between 2 people a little higher up on the mountain where there is an incredible view. Bedding and towels are provided. With an outdoors toilet and shower facility. *** Sold out!! ***
The shared accomodations are rooms and apartments shared with 2 retreaters per unit. They are all beautiful and unique. With a kitchen and an indoors bathroom.
The private room offers you a room all to yourself if you prefer a little more privacy, or maybe if you're a snore loudly hehe. With shared kitchen and indoors bathroom.
Kshanti - Les Gavatxes is a traditional Catalan Masía with plenty of history, built over two hundred years ago. It is immersed in the middle of unspoiled nature in the mountains of the nature reserve of Alta Garrotxa. The estate is 56 hectares and consists mostly of forest, meadows and two rivers. The mission of Kshanti is to create space for mindful transformation.


3 meals per day, all vegetarian, and homemade with love.
The food is served in a self-service style.
Please let us know as soon as possible if you have allergies or dietary requests. Special diets such as gluten-free will be charged €15 extra (€2.5 per day).

How to get there?

Pricing includes everything except your flight/train and ride to Les Gavatxes
Kshanti - Les Gavatxes, 17867 Beget (Girona), Spain.
You can arrive with your own vehicle. If you have space to pick up other participants from nearby towns, please let us know so we can save on transportation!
You can take a bus (http://www.teisa-bus.com) from Barcelona or Girona to Castellfollit de la Roca or Olot. There we can come to pick you up or we can organise to share cars to the house.
Here are the available options for lifts:
  • Castellfollit de la Roca or Olot bus station (by a Kshanti team member):
    • 20 euros per journey per person if only one person travels
    • 10 euros per journey per person if 2 or 3 people travel
  • Beget : free
  • Girona airport (by taxi):
    • 170 euros (can be shared with other participants)
  • Girona centre (by taxi):
    • 150 euros (can be shared with other participants)
To be paid cash on the day of.

Yoga and Meditation Props

Yoga mats, meditation cushions and blankets are provided if you do not wish to bring your own.


Camping: €595 (sold out)
Yurt: €695 (per person) (sold out)
Shared Room: €780 (per person)
Private Room: €895
  • Includes:
    • 2 yoga asana classes, 2 meditation sessions and 1 activity per day
    • Accommodation for 6 nights
    • 3 homemade (delicious) vegetarian meals a day made with love by Eva
    • Welcome drink
    • Use of yoga mat and meditation cushions from the centre
    • Use of the property and its hiking paths

Registration and Payment

To sign up, please fill this form
Any questions? Email me at retreat@athena.yoga.
A deposit of €250 is required to save your spot.
Bank transfer if paying in Euros:
ADM Vassilatos Kirste
NL85 ABNA 0869 9088 04
Please write "Yoga Retreat, (your name)" in the desription.
Paypal (5% fees added):
If paying in another currency, you can use Wise:
Using the Euro Bank information


If you need to cancel, please email retreat@athena.yoga.
The deposit amount is refundable until 1 June 2024 less €20 administration fee and any associated bank fees. If cancelled by 27 June 2024, you will get a 50% refund, less any associated bank fees. Any cancellation after 27 June 2024 will not be refunded.

Retreat Time

Starting: Thursday 18 July 2024 at 18:00
Finishing: Wednesday 24 July 2024 at 15:00
You may arrive at Les Gavatxes from 14:00 on the first day (ideally by 17:00) and must leave by 17:00 on the last day.
There may be the possibility to extend your stay at Les Gavatxes, before or after the retreat. Contact Sara if you would like to inquire about this possibility: info@lesgavatxes.es

The teachers

My name is Athena, I have been teaching yoga since 2015. My practice began in Montreal, Canada in 2010, I began learning from many teachers through practice, and took a 200 hour training in Bali, Indonesia in 2015. I continued studying in Canada diving into topics such as yin yoga, hands-on assisting, Yoga Tune Up (functional movement in yoga and Myofascial Release). I moved to the Netherlands in early 2020, where I teach and since 2021, I am studying physiotherapy.

My purpose as a yoga and meditation teacher is to offer the space for presence, away from the distractions of everyday life, and to take the time to feel any thought and emotion as it shows up. This is practised through mindful movement, understanding of one's body, and through stillness, rest, silence and sounds.

My intention for this retreat is to offer you a space to lean towards silence - inner and outer - to feel present in your body and to savour the beautiful mountains, nature and of course the delicious food.


Ten years ago Sylvain fell into the magical world of yoga when he joined a small lesson in a park in downtown Montreal, on a bright sunny day. Since that day, he has been commited to exploring and discovering the great gifts that this world has to offer. This has led him to many great studios in Montreal, a fulfilling teacher training in Bali, and now to the warm community at Open Yoga, Groningen. He hopes to continue to be able to receive and return the support, practice and love of yoga for many years to come.

This retreat is offered in English.
We also speak French, and a basic level of Dutch.

Do you want to join us?

First, fill this form
Reach out to me (retreat@athena.yoga) to know if there are still early bird pricing spots, and if you would like a camping space or private room.
Save your spot by sending the deposit.
Get ready for a week of flow and rest in July 2024!

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