Ayurvedic Lifestyle Retreat

In Begur, Spain,

On the lovely Costa Brava

May 3-8, 2020


FURTHER NOTICE (contact us for inquiries)

Reset mind, body & soul at this one-of-a-kind destination retreat set in the beauty of a quaint medieval village nestled in the hills along the stunning Costa Brava, Spain. Immerse yourself in the practice and lifestyle of Ayurveda with internationally recognized Ayurvedic Doctors, and amazing guest teachers & acclaimed traditional Indian musicians. 

The program includes ...

  • A five day/night immersion that includes pranayama (breath practice) and yoga, vegetarian meals, guided nature hikes, and interactive workshops in Ayurveda, Vedic Astrology, Yogic Relationships, Healing & Environmental Stewardship. 

  • Lodging at beautiful Hotel Galena, a converted historical farmhouse steeped in rustic splendor. Shared or private accommodations available. 

  • Live music (bhajan) by world-renowned musicians from India, Vibhav Khandolkar and Swapna Datar. 

  • Leisure time and community dinners at local eateries.

The inclusive fee for this retreat is $998 USD ($899 Euro).

Clients will be independently responsible for...

  • Arriving to Begur by Sunday (5/3/2020) at 4pm

  • Any airfare, bus, or taxi fees. Please reach out to us or visit the following site for assistance:  www.beguronline.com/reach.htm

  • Costs of dinners out, and any extra food or shopping expenses

  • Transportation to and from retreat

More information below on retreat programs!


Contact jen@rootdownretreats.com

to reserve your space!

Morning Yoga.

Evening Meditation.


Ayurvedic Meals.

And did we mention...


Internationally acclaimed Indian Classical musicians Vibhav Khandolkar & Swapna Datar will accompany our daily yoga practice and evening meditation as well as offer an evening concert on violin and tabla (Indian Drums).

Gurubhai (Joe Rich)

Gurubhai is a master of Kundalini Yoga and Tantric Numerology. He trained personally for several years with Yogi Bhajan, the master teacher who brought Kundalini Yoga from India to the United States over fifty years ago. In the decades since, Gurubhai has borne the wisdom of this ancient and authentic lineage, reverently called the “Golden Chain” of teachers. For him, the teachings truly begin when one steps off the mat and into the world. Gurubhai focuses on “applied consciousness” by bringing universal spiritual teachings to the realms of relationship, career, communication, health, food and world events. He derives joy by helping people move beyond their limiting subconscious response patterns of thought, feeling, and behavior, into a conscious life that serves both the individual and the world at-large. He will personally lead the Yoga of Relationship and Intuition Satsangs, and will throughout the retreat offer unique perspectives that frame discussion topics through lens of yogic philosophy.

Victor Briere

Victor is an Ayurvedic Doctor, Kundalini Yoga Teacher, and the co-founder of Pacific Coast Ayurveda. Victor is a gifted Ayurvedic pulse reader, clinician, and educator. He presented at the 2019 National Ayurvedic Medical Association Conference, and regularly consults with clients from all around the globe. His dedication to his yogic practice make him a rare gem in the health community, bringing both a highly sophisticated intellect and a deeply
intuitive sensing to his counselling and teaching. He has developed expertise on the vagus nerve and its relationship to trauma, addiction and healing. Victor will be co-facilitating our Ayurvedic health workshops and will be available for questions and personalized consultations throughout the retreat.

Jennifer Briere

Jennifer is our lead retreat director and co-founder of Rootdown Retreats. In addition to being a certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher, she is Rootdown’s grand conductor, establishing the organizational framework and fine tuning all the details. She is our powerhouse for all things practical and is your go-to for guest relations.  Jen will be leading the meditative nature hike, offering her guidance, wisdom, and consistent presence throughout the retreat.

Patrick Hentschel

Patrick is a climate action activist and educator with an impassioned edge.  He has a unique ability to confront the truth and inspire people to take a more holistic look at how issues of climate and environment relate to their personal lives. He is the host of “Running on Empty,” a radio show that centers around the global climate crisis, and serves on Mendocino County’s Climate Action Advisory Council. He has facilitated discussion panels at multiple colleges around California, welcoming the voices of youth activists, environmental leaders, and politicians. He is an active participant in the grassroots protests and movements inspired by climate activists around the world. He intends to help lead a transformation in consciousness that leverages both our personal and collective potential for the creation of sustainable and joyful lives.

Madison Madden

Madison is an Ayurvedic Doctor, Kundalini Yoga Teacher, and Dance/Movement Specialist. She is the co-founder of Pacific Coast Ayurveda and Rootdown Retreats. She is most well-known for her healing hands, where she specializes in a hands-on Ayurvedic technique called Marma Therapy. Invited to speak at the 2019 National Ayurvedic Medical Association’s Annual Conference, Madison brings an approachable and inspired approach to education as well as healing. Her passion is empowering people to heal themselves and discover their inseparable relationship to the natural world. She will lead the morning yoga practice and co-facilitate the Ayurvedic health and healing workshops. Madison will be one of your main touchstones for questions and guidance throughout the retreat.

Benjamin Brown

Ben is a gifted Vedic Astrologer (Jyotishi), Kundalini Yoga Teacher, and musician. He merges the Vedic and the Tantric traditions as a devoted student and teacher of both sacred lineages. He has a knack for breaking down the very complex dynamics of astrology into grounded and approachable building blocks, either for those looking to learn about astrology, or more commonly, for those looking to understand themselves more deeply through the lens of astrology. Ben will be leading the Vedic Astrology Workshop, and will also lend his musical talents to play with our guest musicians.

Our Team

Our Workshops...

If you are a local resident and would like to attend one or several workshops, contact jen@rootdownretreats.com about drop-in pricing.

Introduction to Vedic Astrology

Led by Benjamin Brown


May 4th

9:00 - 11:00am

This personalized workshop will introduce Vedic Astrology and its use for your health and
wellbeing. Astrology is a highly complex science that studies the relationship between a
person’s life and the planetary dynamics at play both at the time of their birth and throughout their lives. In this interactive workshop, you will learn the basics of your personal natal chart.

Keys to Healing: Ayurveda & The Vagus Nerve

Led by Dr. Victor Briere & Dr. Madison Madden


May 4th

3:00 - 5:00pm

Ayurveda offers an integrative lifestyle-based approach that sees optimal health as the synergy of well-harmonized relationship between body, mind, spirit and environment. In recent years, modern science has developed an understanding of the Vagus Nerve, a physical system that underlies trauma, stress, and chronic disease. We will explore and experience how this body of knowledge beautifully reinforces the effectiveness and relevance of Ayurvedic healing practices.

Fundamentals of a Healthy Body

Led by Dr. Victor Briere & Dr. Madison Madden


May 5th

9:00 - 11:00am

Applied understanding of these four Sanskrit words: agni, ama, dosha, dhatu, can radically change your personal health. Agni is the power of your digestion; Ama describes toxicity buildup and its resulting inflammatory response; Dosha is your innate constitution and the bio-energetic forces at play in all of nature; and Dhatu refers to the various types of tissue that compose your physical body.

The Yoga of Relationship

Led by Gurubhai


May 5th

3:00 - 5:00pm

Challenge your mainstream notions of relationship by applying a yogic lens. What is the point of relationship? What role does the masculine play? The feminine? How can the experience of frustrating personality friction be transmuted into polarity that drives personal growth and expansion? In the West, Yoga as a practice has been largely reduced to strength and stretching exercises that at best aim to help one “de-stress”. In its origin, however, the word Yoga means “union with the divine.” True yoga, practiced in relationship to others, provides a pathway to authentic communication, purpose, and connection, which in turn leads to mutual upliftment and fulfillment.


Led by Gurubhai


May 6th

9:00 - 11:00am

While everyone has access to their own "higher intelligence," very few know how to truly listen to it and take action based upon it.  Satsang refers to a gathering of people interested in gaining wisdom in an area of life from a spiritual teacher.  In this satsang, will will explore what intuition is, and what it is not.  We will learn the impact that fear has on intuition, and how your intuitive capacity relates to your creativity, career, relationship, health, and general sense of Self.

Ayurvedic Self-Care Workshop

Led by Dr. Victor Briere & Dr. Madison Madden


May 6th

3:00 - 5:00pm

Meet your “inner healer!” Get practical by working with the doctors to craft a self-care regimen personalized to your constitution, phase of life, health condition, lifestyle and resources. Learn the fundamental daily and seasonal practices recommended by Ayurveda to keep your channels free from toxins, nourish all five-sense organs, maintain a vital physical body, and sustain a sharp but relaxed mind.

Climate & Ecology - From Crisis to Consciousness

Led by Patrick Hentschel


May 7th

3:00 - 5:00pm

We will discuss the harsh reality of our planet’s climate and ecology crises, the system of causes, and their connections to our personal health and wellbeing. As above so below – we will explore how climate change as a macrocosmic crisis reflects the microcosmic dynamics of  personal health and empowerment. As the ancient wisdom has always held, what is ‘good’ for ecological vitality is also what supports the sustainability of our physical and mental health.


I loved how this day touched and integrated physical, mental and emotional balance starting with introductions and intention and moving into asana, meditation, digestion, Kirtan and deeper meditation.

I would say the most impactful was the knowledge of the cooking class. Food is medicine.  The hike was a great reminder to take the time to breath and be present, connecting with nature. Helped me reset and focus again.

Thank you for introducing new techniques of Ayurvedic practices that we could actually feel, enjoy and use as habitual disciplines in our lives.  So much in so little time!

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