Do you want to find more balance in your life?

Do you want to take time to relax and learn to organize your life in a new way?

Do you want to learn how to take better care of your body? (mental, physical, emotional and spiritual)

Would you like to enhance self-confidence, self-esteem and self-awareness?

Are you ready to develop new habits that will provide you with a higher quality of life?

Do you want to take a week off to reconnect with yourself, relax and find balance in a beautiful and sunny spot in Andalucía, Spain?

Join our Viva La Vida  Balance retreat in Spain.

Find your balance

People are continuously searching for the right balance in life in various ways. Finding the right way to divide the available time between work and private life is an ongoing challenge.

During this week we are focusing on this theme and doing this in a very relaxing way with like minded people. We will playfully oranise creative and interactive workshops to relax and get more insights in how to organise life differently.

This we combine with yoga, hiking, healthy food and massages, making it an unforgettable week. We will also provide you with tools to continue your new lifestyle at home.


Viva La Vida Balance Week

7 days full of inspiration to find more balance in your life with creative workshops, yoga sessions & meditation, breath work, a healthy cooking workshop, breathtaking hikes and excursions to the beach and the surrounding mountains.  

We will facilitate you in getting more balance and provide you with new tools that can help you to improve your quality of life.

By escaping for a few days from your busy life, you can make space for new insights and personal growth.

Take time to reflect on what’s really important to you in your life.



Tuesday 5th of November – Monday 11th of November 2019

Small group – Limited Spaces

Price: 995,- euro shared room & single room 1145,- euro







 Stay at a beautiful finca surrounded by mountains.

3 Life Balance Workshops from an experienced Life Coach

2 Creative Art Workshops

A Healthy Juicing Workshop

A Sound Experience & Meditations Sessions

Beautiful hiking excursion

Yin & Yang Yoga Sessions & Qigong

Mindfulness & Breathwork

Excursion to the beach with Beach Yoga & time to relax.

Including a relaxing massage



During our retreat the focus is on finding your balance, increasing your energy, improving your concentration, increasing your flexibility and building your strength. You can completely relax and renew in a beautiful environment.

We will teach you some practical exercises and techniques that you can easily integrate into your daily life when you go back home.

Be inspired by our yoga & meditation sessions, including a Beach Yoga session..

You can also join a juicing workshop and get inspired by our passionate chef Tizian

You will  notice that when you pull out from your hectic life, you can create space for new insights and personal growth.

Take time for yourself to reflect on what is really important to you in your life.


Balance workshops (by Michiel)

We will organize balance development workshops introducing topics & tools that can help to create more rest and balance in your life. The workshops will teach you how to simplify, how to focus on the right things and how to organise your time better, to prioritise and how to use your energy in the most effective way.






Breathwork & Mindfulness

We will focus a lot on simple breathing and mindfulness exercises during this week. These exercises help you to get more energized, more focussed and make you more calm.

These short exercises have a very strong effect, but are easy to remember and to take home with you.







Excursion to the beach

We will go to the beach for a nice yoga beach session and a picknick. Afterwards you can relax on the beach and enjoy the Mediterranean sea.


Special juicing workshop

You will have a workshop about how to make really nice, healthy and tasty juices. You will  learn more aboutb why, when and what to juice. And  more about juices versus smoothies.



Creative Workshops (by Veronique)

Evolutionary Art Therapy can help, guide and promote psychological health and wellbeing. It’s promoting self-expression, feelings, and emotions and it can facilitate positive perspectives on one’s life. By practicing this art you will discover yourself, give color to your life, develop your potential and start to experience life on a daily basis with harmony, love and peace. There is no need to have artistic skills (everything is allowed from lines, symbols, words and colors) to initiate,  evolve and work on one self, while having fun in the process.


Sound (by Tiziana)

Sound journeys and sound massages have a very relaxing effect on people and create new order in the mind. We will introduce this special way of releasing stress and fully relax you. We will have several sound sessions with beautiful meditations during the week. We will start and end each day with a sound exercise. 

Just relax and enjoy this beautiful sound journeys!

Everyone will receive a special sound massage during this week. This is an unique experience! Very relaxing and re-energizing.




A beautiful hike

We will go on a really nice hike in nature and surrounded by breathtaking views we will do one of the balance workshops.


Yoga, Meditation and Qigong

Our retreat is suitable for all levels. The yoga/qigong sessions are created for beginners and for people who already have experience with yoga and / or meditation and who would like to deepen their practice.

Yoga and meditation experience is certainly not required, the workshops are accessible for everyone. We do adjust the sessions to everyone’s level.



We start the day with a freshly pressed juice followed by  10 minutes of sound, to center ourselves and welcome the day ahead, followed by a wonderful healthy breakfast.

You will experience your first creative Art Workshop.

Afterwards our chef will serve a tasty, vibrant, and inspiring lunch. You can plan your afternoon siesta as you please, by enjoying a beautiful walk, read a book, have a swim in the pool , reflect and write in your diary or just get to know and converse with your fellow participants. You will have the possibility to enjoy a deep relaxing Sound Massage adapted to your individual needs.

Followed by a creative balance workshop in the midst of beautiful nature. On your return the Chef invites you to a flavorful dinner.  We will end the day with a tea and relaxing night sound, preparing you for a good night sleep.



During this retreat you stay at one of the most beautiful places in Andalusia. The old cortijo (farm) where we stay is a converted traditional Andalusian farmhouse.

The cortijo has a cozy large kitchen and living room. A beautiful terrace and a nice tropical garden. There is also a large swimming pool. The cortijo overlooks the mountains.

In general the weather around that time is very nice. The cortijo has a lot of space outdoors. The view is breathtaking. This place has a very good and peaceful atmosphere. The perfect place to relax and renew.

In the beautiful finca where we stay, there are different types of rooms available. All rooms are decorated in the typical Andaluz style. If you come together with a partner or with a friend or relative you can also book a room together. The house has 7 rooms, 3 shared bathrooms and an extra toilet.

There is also a room for 3 people available.

We have rooms with double beds and rooms with single beds.


La Axarquía

La Axarquía area, east of Málaga city,  is breathtakingly beautiful and has not been spoilt.

The main attractions are the area’s dramatic hill and mountain scenery and its unspoiled white washed villages. Because of the region’s sub-tropical climate, this is also a region where some of the more tropical fruits, such as mango and kiwi are grown.


The charming village of Periana is located in the beautiful Axarquía region of Málaga, affording stunning views to the surrounding countryside. To the north are spectacular mountain ranges and to the south the beautiful Lake (Reservoir) Viñuela and the coastline.

The village sits along the scenic Route of the Olive Oil and Mountains, which follows the land through olive groves, mountain ranges and ancient pueblos blancos (white villages).

Periana is located just a 40 minute drive from the city of Málaga and its airport and less than 40 minutes away are the coastal towns of Nerja, Torrox and Torre Del mar, which boast lovely beaches.



Walking distance from the finca: beautiful Mondrón

The small white village of Móndron boasts all local amenities as well as stunning panoramic views of the beautiful mountains, surrounding countryside and nearby Lake Viñuela.

Mondrón is nestled in the hills approx 600m above sea level. This small village is only 10 min walk from our finca and has a store and a nice local Spanish restaurant.

More information about the trip


Monday 9th of September – Sunday 15th of September 2019

Tuesday 5th of November – Monday 11th of November 2019


  • 7 days of valuable workshops
  • 6 nights accommodation in the Cortijo
  • 1 healthy welcome cocktail
  • 3 x delicious Vegetarian meals per day
  • Unlimited water, tea and fruit
  • Yoga, meditation, mindfulness and Qigong classes by a professional Viva la Vida lifestyle Teacher
  • 1 x diary to write personal reflections and experiences
  • 2 x creative Art Workshops
  • Daily group Morning and Evening sound
  • 3x special group sound Journeys
  • 1 to 1 Sound massage
  • 3 x Balance Workshops
  • 1 x hike into the surrounding mountains
  • Unlimited use of the beautiful swimming pool
  • A juicing workshop
  • Use of towels
  • Use of Yoga Mats, blocks, belts and blankets

How can you book your retreat?

To reserve your spot we ask you to pay 150 euros deposit, or you can transfer the entire amount in one go. You can book securely and directly through our website via a direct transfer. We can also send you an invoice by email if you prefer this.

Costs Retreat

Shared twin room  (two single beds) 995,- euro per person (shared bathroom)

Single room 1145, – per person (shared bathroom)

Book for Monday 9th of September – Sunday 15th of September 2019 Book FOR Tuesday 5th of November – Monday 11th of November 2019


  • Flight to and from Malaga.
  • Transfer airport – finca. We have a fixed transfer time (departure from airport or Malaga city center). If you travel at that time you pay 25 euros per ride. We can also arrange a transfer for you, but then the costs are higher (80 euro). Of course you can also rent a car yourself via, for example,
  • A travel and / or cancellation insurance.
  • Personal Expenses like additional drinks on the beach etc.

Good to know:

  • Bring relaxed clothing
  • Yoga mats, meditation cushions and other yoga props are available for use.
  • Check-in at the location is possible from 13:00. Check out is around 12:00 (in consultation with the location sometimes later). Inquire with us about the flights that fit best.
  • You can book a flight at a good price with Transavia, Ryanair or Vueling or EasyJet. We usually use the website It can often be cheaper to book two single tickets. You can thus book the most advantageous price / time with eg two different companies.

If you want, we help you book.

TIP: many participants book a day and night in Malaga before or after the retreat. This is highly recommended. It is a very nice and relaxed city by the sea.

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Be spoiled with the most delicious health veggie and vegan dishes

During this week we will prepare delicious meals and healthy fresh juices. The organic meals are prepared from scratch using local produce from local farmers. As it is very important for us to support local organic/ecological farmers.


If you have special dietary requirements like a complete vegan or gluten-free meal, or an allergy we will adapt the meals for you.

Tiziana will surprise you with delicious vegetarian meals during the retreat. You can also join her for a juicing workshop.


In the last years we have been able to bring together a very nice group of people who make all Viva La Vida activities possible. We are very happy that we have been able to gather such special people around us. We organize this week together with a great team.

We do the balance weeks with five of us. We have developed this week together and created a very nice program for you.


A week full of inspiration where you also learn some very useful tools to apply more balance in your life.

Michiel van Buuren
Life coach / Trainer and Hiking Guide, Retreat Host

Let me introduce myself: For years I’ve helped various people find or reach their goals or change their behaviour. I started out as a social entrepreneur, and have recently become a life coach and organiser of inspirational trips and retreats with my company Life-Travels (
Massage therapy is also a newly discovered passion for me. 
From a young age, I was fascinated by the way people and their surroundings function (or sometimes don’t function). One of things that has always been important to me is to try and help people improve their quality of life. Travelling has been a great second education for me. I now choose to combine these elements to form the basis of my working life. 
For the last 15 years, I’ve worked as a social entrepreneur and, with the help of many others, have assisted dozens of organisations and thousands of people tackle their challenging life circumstances. I´m extremely proud of this and have learned that it was possible to follow my own path from a young age and to use my skills to assist people who need help. I´ve had an entrepreneurial spirit my whole life and I can now use all the experience I´ve gained to assist my clients. I hope to meet you soon!

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Veronique De Buck
Evolutionary Art Therapy

Any type of Visual art is a common thread throughout my life. After many years of working independently in the tourism sector – work that has greatly enriched my heart and my lifestyle by all the different cultures and countries I visited – and after going through a heavy illness , I decided to give my life a different way and made the decision to follow the 3 years formation of ‘ the Evolutionary Art Therapy ‘ at the school ‘ Ecole PLénitude’ at Nantes ( France).
This beautiful study responded to my professional needs to accompany people in their passages of life.

The study responded to my personal needs of a deep philosophy, rooted in the joy of living and became the passion of my life. To improve my work, I follow different supervisions per year.
My experiences of life, being a proud mother of 2 children, the nature, discovering a different lifestyle in Spain, the knowledge of books on personal growth, humanistic psychology and the creative, spiritual study of ‘Evolutionary Art Therapy’ led me to use my knowledge to accompany people on a creative, colorful way on their personal journey who want to come actors or actresses of their life.
By practicing this art you will discover yourself, color the beauty of your life, develop your potential and start to experience life on a daily basis with harmony, love and peace.
I started 6 years ago with workshops in Belgium, but after a while I decided to combine the beautiful Spanish life with my new passion. I work now :
+ as a permanent medical team member in the caminorecovery center.
+ with children, placed in families to find their way back into life.
+ organize workshops for women ‘rediscover your feminine beauty and strength’
,+ organize wokshops for people who want to develop their talents, potential and creativity.
+ I am co-founder of the association ‘spirale et couleurs’, specialized in organizing humanitarian trips, where we guide children in need with art therapy.

My wish is to share my creative passion with love to all the clients of Viva la Vida . Experience in the drawing is not required.

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Jeroen Ruijters Viva La Vida Wandel En Yoga Vakanties

Jeroen Ruijters
Life coach / Trainer en Hiking Guide

Jeroen and Ilse-Marie, arrange everything around the Viva La Vida retreats, courses and training courses. Jeroen loves sport and did a study in Sports, Economics and Communication. During this course  he was trained to organize sporting events and trips. He developed himself further and has studied psychology and life coaching.

He is a very passionate hiker and organizes Hiking & Yoga Retreats throughout the year. He takes people to the most beautiful places in southern Spain. In addition, Jeroen is lifestyle coach / trainer and together with Michiel and Ilse-Marie he organizes special personal development weeks.

During this week he will take you on a beautiful hike.

Tiziana Santi
Yoga Teacher * Sound Massage Specialist * Body, Spirit & Mind Health Instructor * Chef * Healthy Food Specialist * Retreat Host

Tiziana born of English & Italian parents is multi-lingual and has experienced many different European cultures.  After beginning with a career in commerce and administration, then 12 years of Logistics in the Airfreight her desire to help and nurture others in need led to her qualifying in Child Education as a Youth Worker with behavioral problems, together with gaining experience as a live-in carer for the elderly.  After moving to the South of Spain and living a sustainable life on a Finca, growing ecological vegetables, making spelt bread, goat cheese and natural creams.

Here in Andalucía she spent the next 12 years looking after conflict vulnerable young teen-agers re-booting them and offering them a new life. Through her work with the children and her holistic approach using Food as medicine and applying movement and relaxation therapies she was able to really make a difference in their lives.
Her passion and importance for real food, vegetarian/vegan cooking, making things with her hands, hiking and applying Sound and other therapies for well-being and relaxation were mastered. Tiziana currently works with different retreat Centres were she is able to incorporate her true passions. Tiziana is a Certified Yoga teacher and a Sound Massage specialist and a Body, Spirit and Mind health Instructor (certified Peter Hess Institute, Germany). Tiziana offers sound journeys and Sound Massages using Tibetan Singing Bowls and Gong resulting in deep relaxation, cleansing and rebalancing of the mind, body and spirit. Furthermore she also offers various other therapies (Reiki, ayurvedic reflexology, Meditation, Cacao Ceremonies). She enjoys the interaction with people during the retreats and embraces the opportunity to inspire and make a positive difference to their lives. 

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Ilse-Marie Sobering - Yoga Teacher 500 RYT

Ilse-Marie Sobering
Senior Yoga & Meditation Teacher RYT500 * Trainer * Spiritual & Mindfulness Coach * Reiki Master

Together with Jeroen Ruijters the founders of Viva La Vida.

Ilse-Marie has been doing for a long time and did various teacher training courses. She did a master course in yoga in an Ashram in India.

She is skilled in various yoga styles and has created her own style over the years, combining different styles of yoga.

llse-Marie moved to Spain with her family 5 years ago. She teaches yoga, meditation and courses in three languages ​​to beginners, advanced students, seniors and children. She organizes retreats, teacher trainings, courses, master classes and workshops.

Ilse has a great passion for yoga, qigong, meditation, mindfulness and healthy nutrition. Yoga and meditation had a big impact on her own life. Ilse-Marie: “I live much more in the present moment, I can handle stress better and I enjoy the little things in life even more. For me, Yoga is a still point in a rapidly changing world.

Through yoga I also realized what is really important to me and how I can make a positive contribution in my own way. Teaching gives me a lot of energy and I think it’s great to see what positive effect it has on people.
It is  so nice to share your knowledge with others and to do what you really love.”

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More about the Retreat

Is this Yoga Retreat something for you?

This week is especially created to inspire you to integrate simple healthy eating, self-development, body work and creative workshops in a playful way. We offer you new tools to help you center and bring you closer to yourself. By recognizing old patterns and belief systems, and bringing new solutions and new habits it will enhance your well-being and strengthen your core. To help you master your daily work, life and the balance between them, with more joyfulness and fulfillment.

The diary that you will be given, will not just help you to reflect and integrate new tools, it will also give you something to look back on and read to help anchor your new skills once back home and remember the special moments of the week.

What kind of people are coming to our retreats?

People come to us for a variety of reasons.

Some people just want to relax and have some time for themselves in a beautiful place.  Other people visit us because they have (or had) a difficult or stressful time or because they had an emotional period.

But this retreat is for everyone who wants to relax and who wants to feel stronger, more energetic and more focused. To create more balance in his or her life.

It is for anyone who wants to calm their mind in a peaceful place.

A retreat is  great place to meet like-minded people and we have seen a lot of new friendships grow.

During the retreat you have all the freedom to be by yourself and enjoy the  beautiful spots in the tropical gardens.

All activities are also voluntary. The most important thing is that you can relax and enjoy this special time for yourself.

We choose to work with small groups. There will be a maximum of 10 people participating.



Are you interested in coming to our Viva La Vida Balance Week?

Would you like to contact us before you book?

You can always call, text or WhatsApp us via +31 6 14 900 730 (Ilse-Marie)

You can also send us an email at or leave a message here.

Greetings from the beautiful Andalusia,



Viva La Vida

Who created Viva La Vida? We are a Dutch family who decided a couple of years ago to go on an adventure in the beautiful Andalusia. We first planned to go for a year, but we enjoyed it so much that we  decided to stay here for a longer period.


We, Jeroen and Ilse-Marie, and our two daughters Elise-Sophie and Ana Rosa, have found a pretty old cortijo in an incredibly beautiful area.

We are very enthusiastic about the area and like to share it with other people. We organize yoga retreats, courses, coaching weeks, yoga & hiking holidays all year round at the most beautiful places in Andalusia.

We really enjoy to create a special program for you. We try to give our retreats something extra. We bring you to beautiful places and organise do special activities, hikes and workshops.

Furthermore we will learn you some useful tools to relax and to re-energize to take home with you.