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Canary Islands: Mindful Nature Meditation

Canary Islands: In this often stressful world, it is sometimes difficult to let go. The breathtaking landscapes of the Canary Islands are thought-provoking.

The immensity of the landscapes, the volcanoes, the beaches, the cliffs and the forests, allow visitors to see the world from another angle and encourage them to enjoy the present moment. There are few, very few places in the world where it is possible to admire such sunsets.

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Thanks to their geography and the initiative of the local population, the Canary Islands have become one of the main destinations in the world for the practice of “mindfulness”, and more particularly knowing how to live in the present moment. The atmosphere of calm that reigns throughout the archipelago has given rise to the creation of groups and associations with facilities specially designed for this practice. Teachers are present to allow visitors to make the most of the present moment in the midst of extraordinary nature. Yoga, meditation and calm thinking classes are offered. Mindfulness doesn’t just mean slow, gentle movements and a peaceful state of mind, it can also mean intense activity. That is why the Mindfulness Network of the Canary Islands offers its clients the possibility of practicing sports such as surfing, diving and trekking.

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Sunset in Los Gigantes (Tenerife)

With its summit, Mount Teide, which has been recorded as the highest mountain in Spain and the third highest volcano on the planet, Tenerife is a summit destination in the world. Many visitors choose to climb Mount Teide and meditate at dusk, when the sun rises over the ocean. Some choose to stay below to observe this unique landscape which has been described by many poets as resembling the moon. The height of 4,000 meters exerts a calming influence on the mind.

Antequera beach is a cocoon between the ocean and a vertiginous cliff. Between these two equally powerful natural treasures, the benefits of practicing yoga and meditation on the sand have long been embraced by locals. The beach is out of the way, accessible by boat from Santa Cruz or San Andrés or by a footpath.

The Estilo Verde retreat center in Güímar is a must for yoga, mindfulness and meditation. Set among volcanoes, avocado farms and the Atlantic Ocean, this center offers exceptional accommodation and teachers.

Gran Canaria

Famous for its varied landscapes, Gran Canaria has often been described as a mini replica of the world. The north of the island is green and lush while the landscape of the south coast contrasts with its aridity. Mountains almost 2,000 meters high, such as Morro de la Agujerada, offer breathtaking views. The contrast of the beaches is impressive: beaches with transparent waters, grandiose rock walls and fine sand, like Guayedra, and black volcanic sand beaches with spectacular mountain views, like Güi Güi, which overlooks Mount Teide.

Among the recommended retreats on this island is the Mahalo Healthy House, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Traditionally, an eight-day stay includes 19 hours of yoga classes, mindfulness and holistic workshops, as well as four excursions to must-see places on the island.

Lanzarote

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Lanzarote of natural beauty has hundreds of volcanoes, lava fields, valleys lined with palm trees, dreamy beaches with turquoise waters and charming little villages with white facades. A short 10 kilometer walk around the Caldera Blanca crater allows you to soak up the wonders of the island. To the south, a five-minute drive from Playa Blanca, the secluded natural pools of Los Charcones are a great place to swim and remember life’s simple pleasures and meditate.

On the island surrounded by vineyards, Shama Retreats is renowned for its exceptional accommodation and healing activities with vegan and vegetarian menus that are ideal for peaceful travellers.

Fuerteventura

Of the 150 kilometers of coastline, no beach on the island of Fuerteventura is similar. For yoga, meditation and relaxation enthusiasts, there is no shortage of places to practice these mindfulness activities.

La Concha is a beach where sea lions once lived. It is part of the natural park of Lobos Island, which aspires to calm and tranquility. It is accessible in about fifteen minutes by boat from Corralejo, in the north of Fuerteventura.

La Casa de La Pared is a retreat that offers surf and yoga retreats. In a formula that combines the thrills of the waves and the serenity of contemplation, the program includes daily yoga and meditation sessions as well as 6 surf lessons. A vegan menu is offered as well as surf and yoga equipment.

La Palma

Contemplating the starry sky has always been a pleasure for the eyes and for the mind. La Palma is renowned for the clarity of its sky. That’s why an astronomical observatory has been built on top of Roque de los Muchachos, a rock formation some 2,420 meters above sea level. Visitors to La Palma can join scientists in contemplating this phenomenon celestial.

La Gomera

Laurel forests are a type of subtropical forest that date back millions of years. La Gomera is one of the few places in the world where they still survive. In addition, the island is famous for its vertiginous ravines, its valleys colored by green palm trees, its black sand beaches, its crystal clear waters and its lush forests with springs. Along the 650 kilometers of hiking trails, visitors discover the serenity of being far from civilization.

The Parador de le Gomera offers retreats for weary minds with yoga, detoxification, meditation, massages, mindfulness talks and excursions. The restful rooms promise restful sleep and the food is specially prepared to purify the body.

El Hierro

In the middle of the marine ecosystem, in a spectacular volcanic landscape, El Hierro is an ideal place to discover the new fashion of underwater meditation. The waters surrounding the island are part of La Mar de las Calmas, one of three marine reserves in the Canary Islands. Freediving El Hierro specializes in free diving and underwater meditation courses taught by professional diver Francisco del Rosario. He explains: “The course is not about acrobatics. It’s about deep relaxation and getting to know yourself on a deeper level than before. »

La Graciosa

La Graciosa is the ideal place to rest. The smallest of the Canary Islands has around 700 inhabitants and is the ideal setting for those looking for a vacation away from the world. A real little piece of paradise, the retreats of yogi José Antonio Machado (with Mundo Armonía Lanzarote) are an ideal place to discover this small island for the first time.

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