Program (subject to change)

Friday 23rd March:

16:00                   Pick up in Orgiva

17:00                   Arrival at Semilla farm

18:00                  Opening circle – gathering and information

19:00                   Simple dinner

21:00                   Social gathering

23:00                   The retreat enters Noble Silence

Saturday – Wednesday:

The retreat enters Noble Silence every night at 23:00 until next morning at 10:30 where the silence is broken during the morning gathering. All participants are asked to respect the Noble Silence and not to communicate during this period. Read more about Noble Silence below.

07:30                    Wake up gong

08:00 – 09:30      Yoga

09:30 – 10:15      Breakfast in Noble Silence

10:30                    Morning gathering with meditation and information

11:30 – 13:00      Community work

13:00 – 14:00      Simple lunch

14:00 – 15:00      Spare time

15:00 – 16:30      Work shops/group therapy

16:30 – 18:00      Spare time

18:00 – 19:00      Simple dinner

19:30 – 20:30      Meditation and teaching

20:30 – 23:00      Spare time or socializing and self-catering of simple supper

23:00                    Noble silence (until 9:30 next morning)


07:30                    Wake up gong

08:00 – 09:30      Yoga

09:30 – 10:15      Breakfast in Noble Silence

10:30                    Morning gathering with meditation and information

11:30 – 13:00      Closing circle – Summary and evaluation of retreat

13:00 – 14:00      Simple lunch

14:00                    Departure

Throughout the retreat it will be possible to book a singing bowl session with Tom at a special retreat price of 20€ Read more about singing bowls in our singing bowl tap.

Price: 430 euros

Activities during the “Know Yourself” – Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat 23rd – 29th March 2018:

Mindfulness meditation

The ancient mindfulness practice can alleviate many types of mental disorders. Mindfulness helps us understand what is the basis of our behaviour. We have the opportunity to change negative habits, which can make our lives rich and meaningful.

Mindfulness can help us meet our challenges, disappointments and difficulties. We enjoy the life we have, rather than fleeing or fantasising about another life. By being more aware of our body, our thoughts and feelings we will receive and recognise signals about what’s out of balance. Mindfulness teaches us to respect these signals and welcome them instead of pushing them away.

At Semilla Retreat we are committed to practicing mindfulness in all our daily activities. This is a good instrument to enable us to build our lives as we wish. Mindfulness meditation at the retreat involves:

Formal practice (yoga, sitting meditation, lying meditation, walking meditation)
Informal practice (in work, activities, communication and otherwise in everyday life)





Yoga is an ancient eastern discipline that involves controlled breathing, body positions and meditation, aiming at achieving a higher state of physical and mental well-being.

The retreat offers daily yoga sessions. Exercises help to free tension in the muscles and nervous system, calm the mind and increase the concentration. It is also an effective method of disassembling compulsive and impulsive behaviours and triggers, gaining self-esteem, regaining physical health and learning physical and mental self-control. Yoga is moving meditation.

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Community work

Participating in a working community gives dignity and meaning. It gives the opportunity to contribute, to be useful, to mean something. We create and maintain something together. The working community has therapeutic effect on many levels. By bringing mindfulness, awareness, to work and activity, we live more in the moment, we get to know ourselves better and we create an opportunity for change in old patterns.

The work at the retreat consists of gardening, planting, harvesting vegetables, preparing food and cooking.

We work at a leisurely pace and let the hands do the work that is in front of us, while we observe the mind and feel the movements of the body, the air against the skin and the feet against the ground. We work in groups or alone, 1.5 hours daily.




 Noble silence

An important part of our community is the practice of Noble Silence. We ask everyone to take part in this practice. The silence is very healing and a unique opportunity to calm down mental activity and observe what is happening in our minds and in our bodies.

Noble Silence is a break for all the senses. It’s about having a pause from eye contact and conversations, social media and updates. It’s about carving the mind in our head, seeking shelter in the inner peace and calm in a quiet mind.

The ancient practice of Noble Silence helps us start listening in a new way. This is a timeless and wise practice that helps us to be more sensitive and observant. It is a practice of rebuilding power.

We practice Noble Silence every day, see retreat info for details about time.

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Group therapy & workshops

At Semilla Retreat we are committed to learning from each other. Group exercises and activities can contribute to greater understanding of ourselves and others, and to make us better able to meet challenges in our lives in a balanced way.

The group exercises aim to make you more aware of who you are and what qualities you have. They give you the opportunity to understand yourself and others better.





Nature forms a basic starting point for the retreat, and is healing in itself. It invites to activities, walks, observations, learning and contemplation. The retreat area is surrounded by mountains, ancient olive trees and clear streams of healthy mountain water.





The retreat facilitates self-development, learning and growth. We make sure you can be in a supportive community, rest in the routines, learn about yourself and others, listen and share. We can stimulate internal growth through dissemination, tasks and activities, conversations and meditation.


But only you can find the best edition of yourself.




Price: 430 euros







Bodil Skadberg, Mindfulness teacher and founder
of Norwegian retreat center “Finnskogen Retreat”
read more about Bodil here

Emma Randum Merrill, yoga teacher and co founder of Semilla retreat
read  more about Emma here


Tom Merrill, permaculture enthusiast and singing bowl therapist. read more here
on this retreat there will not be any permaculture classes, but I am always around for a
chat if you are curious about anything you see on the farm.