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ABOUT SOULSHINE RETREATS

Built on passion, expertise and a whole heap of love

 

Our Soulshine Story

Soulshine Retreats was founded by Soulla Demetriou in 2013. Since discovering Yoga on a South American adventure, Soulla has been fascinated by the powerful physiological, psychological and spiritual effects a Yoga and Meditation practice can offer. It was the incredible impact that these practices had on her own life that lead her to give up a successful career in marketing and surrender fully to a beautiful journey of learning and self-discovery. This journey has taken her around the world on many a wild adventure, during which time she has clocked up over 800-hours in Yoga Teacher Trainings encompassing Mindfulness, Yin Yoga, Anusara Yoga, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga and Yoga for Anxiety, Depression and Mood Management. More recently Soulla has embarked on training as a Coach and developing a Soulshine Transformational Coaching Programme. 

As someone who suffered from Anxiety in her twenties and went through the very bumpy terrain of a major life overhaul in her early-thirties, Soulla has journeyed deeply, and often through the 'shadow side' to explore, experience and discover practices that support us in our pursuit of happiness and peace. It was through her own journey, the highs and the lows, that the desire for Soulshine Retreats and all that it encompasses was born. She is an ardent believer in cultivating a compassionate approach for taking our happiness and our destiny into our own hands in order to live life fully and joyfully and believes that we all hold the innate potential for healing.

Soulla holds a deep desire to share the skills that she has learnt on her journey in an utterly digestible way to hopefully help others in their pursuit of peace, fulfilment, joy and happiness. She hopes to provide the skills through her work and that of her dedicated and passionate Soulshine Team to bring positive transformation into the world so that each and every one of us can embrace our full potential and find the happiness and freedom that exists within us all. Quite simply, to shine bright!


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Soulshine Retreats Vision

 

Soulshine Retreats provide the perfect opportunity to explore, develop and deepen your Yoga and Meditation practice whilst gaining a greater understanding of Holistic healing, all within exceptional, inspiring and fabulously fun environments around the world.

Much more than simply a ‘yoga holiday’, the entire ethos and dream for Soulshine Retreats and all that it encompasses, is to provide healing, empowering and utterly digestible life-changing skills and experiences that allow individuals to embrace positive transformation and live to their greatest, healthiest and most joyful potential. To shine bright!

 


Our Soulshine Promise

 

Here at Soulshine HQ, our goal is to utterly pamper and care for you before, during & after your Soulshine Retreat, so that you don’t need to think about a thing other than relaxing and enjoying yourself.

Before

Prior to your retreat the Soulshine Bookings Team will look after your booking, ensuring that all the logistics and travel run smoothly and that you know exactly what to pack, where to be and when! Our aim - to keep things as stress-free as possible!

During

During your retreat, your dedicated Soulshine Host will be on hand to wrap you up in love and ensure that you don't lift a finger. Our goal is to ensure that you feel utterly cared for so that you can switch off completely. Everything we do is with the intention of making you feel loved. We've been told that we're pretty good at it too!

After

Our love, care and support continues post-retreat with a Soulshine After-Care Pack jammed full of helpful information to continue on your Soulshine journey and the opportunity to continue working with Soulla either 1:1 via skype or telephone or through her workshops and events in London and beyond. Once you've been on a Soulshine Retreat, you're a fully fledged member of the Soulshine Gang for life! 


MEET TEAM SOULSHINE

Soulshine Yoga Teachers

Soulla Demetriou

Founder, Yoga & Meditation Teacher & Coach

 

Yogini, dream-chaser, explorer, meditator, eternal student, ocean-lover and founder of Soulshine Retreats, Soulla’s goal is to inspire people to embrace their full potential and find the happiness and freedom that exists within us all - to shine bright! She’ll be leading Dive Deep Retreats, teaching Yin Yoga, Meditation and leading Soul-Soothing Workshops at Can Shui this summer.


Soulla, I’d like to say Thank you, thank you, thank you for what you have released in me in this Ibiza yoga retreat. I haven’t had time or taken the time to look into myself and reconnect with my spirit for some time. I came to the retreat with an open mind and what I have taken away – thanks to you – is beyond my expectations
— Tanya
  • Find out more about Soulla

    About Soulla

    Since discovering yoga on a South American adventure, Soulla has been fascinated by the powerful physiological, psychological and spiritual effects a Yoga and Meditation practice can offer. It was the incredible impact that these practices had on her own life that lead her to give up a successful career in marketing and surrender fully to a beautiful journey of learning and self-discovery. This journey has taken her around the world on many a wild adventure, during which time she has clocked up over 800-hours in Yoga Teacher Trainings encompassing Mindfulness, Yin Yoga, Anusara Yoga, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga and Yoga for Anxiety, Depression and Mood Management.

    As someone who suffered from Anxiety in her twenties and went through the very bumpy terrain of a major life overhaul in her early-thirties, Soulla has journeyed deeply, and often through the 'shadow side' to explore, experience and discover practices that support us in our pursuit of happiness. It was through her own journey, the highs and the lows, that the desire for Soulshine Retreats and all that it encompasses was born. She is an ardent believer in cultivating a compassionate approach for taking our happiness and our destiny into our own hands in order to live life fully and joyfully and believes that we all hold the innate potential for healing.

    Soulla holds a deep desire to share the skills that she has learnt on her journey in an utterly digestible way to hopefully help others in their pursuit of peace, fulfilment, joy and happiness. She hopes to provide the skills through her work and that of her dedicated and passionate Soulshine Team to bring positive transformation in the world so that each and every one of us can embrace our full potential and find the happiness and freedom that exists within us all. Quite simply, to shine bright!

    What to expect

    With over 800-hours of training, Soulla offers both dynamic and flowing Yang yoga and healing and restorative Yin yoga. Her classes fuse breathwork, meditation, dancing, poetry, intention setting, music, and lots of giggles. Her dynamic Yang flow classes bring together sequences of postures in a powerful practice, developing strength, flexibility and awareness, as well as detoxifying the system. Yin and Restorative classes focus on providing a pause in life to create a deeply healing and relaxing space.

    Her inspiration

    Sarah and Ty Powers of the Insight Institute, Pema Chödrön, Tara Judelle, Leila Sadeghee, Katy Appleton, Bridget Woods Kramer, Judith Lasater, Amy Weintraub of Lifeforce Yoga, Jivamukti, Claire Missingham and all things Anusara.


Rachel Spain

Soulshine Lead Yoga Teacher

Yoga warrior, professional dancer, Pilates expert and long-time devotee of the magic of Yoga, Rachel holds the powerful intention to make the world a better place, one OM at a time. 

I’ve loved every delicious minute! I’ve been comforted, inspired, nourished and pampered. Everything was simply restorative and pleasurable. Rachel made yoga accessible for a complete beginner with support and care.
— Stef
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    About Rachel

    Rachel's journey to yoga started when her Nana took her to a dancing school aged just 8 years old - she was instantly hooked. Dancing provided Rachel with the similar feeling to Yoga - when you dance you are completely in the moment and nothing else matters. When attending a Yoga workshop during her time as a professional dancer Rachel became instantly entranced by the Yoga magic and the immense feeling of lightness that she experienced when practicing. With the realisation that Yoga was much more than just stretching and strengthening the body, she carried this curiosity on to a teacher training with Claire Missingham.

    The training changed her life on a profound level, sending her on an inward journey to seek her highest potential in order to help others and try to make the world a better place in whatever small way that she could. She started to see the world in a more open and flexible way, learning to handle and embrace the ebb and flow of life. With the understanding that Yoga and all that it encompasses is a lifelong journey and a lifelong practice, she aims to cultivate grace and gratitude in every moment.

    What to expect

    Rachel's classes are fluid, flowing, challenging and with strong intention. As a trained Pilates teacher she provides clear, precise, safe and alignment focussed classes. Synchronising movement with breath, expect to be guided through a dance of asana (yoga pose) sequences to stretch and strengthen both the body and mind, releasing physical and mental tension held from any stress and worry. Her aim is to teach each individual to find their own inner teacher, to avoid rising to the ego and forcing or straining beyond our current limits and to develop a compassionate approach to our needs, both on and off the mat. By cultivating acceptance, an understanding that change is constant and the ability to go with the flow, she hopes to help each student on their journey to Santosha - a place of joy, peace and contentment.

    Her inspiration

    Claire Missingham, Stewart Gilchrist, JIvamukti and Annie Carpenter


Richard Woodall

Soulshine Manager & Yoga Teacher Extraordinaire

 

A yogi, a writer, a thinker, a t-total drinker; a seeker of calm, of peace. A lover of stillness and breath, of the ocean and nature. Richard loves seeing people where ever they are in their spiritual journey, embracing the dance. Inspiration for Rich comes when people find the moment they can tune into their super bright, true core awesomeness – even if it’s just for a moment. He’ll be leading the retreats in the Alps and be part of the Ibiza team.


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Lauren Brown

Head of Soulshine Bookings & Operations

 

Lauren is an organisational demon and on hand to ensure that every stage of your Soulshine booking runs as smoothly as possible. There are no such things as silly questions or too many questions - from the moment you connect with us, Lauren wants you to feel the full Soulshine love! 


Check our what previous Soulshiners had to say about their Yoga experience...


Soulshine Wellness Team

The Soulshine Holistic Wellness Team

Having been on a long journey of healing, learning and transformation herself, the founder of Soulshine Retreats Soulla, has a keen eye for exceptional healing talent. And ‘exceptional’ is what you can expect during your Soulshine Retreat. We’ve brought together a Soulshine Wellness Team comprised of passionate, skilled, highly qualified and incredibly authentic and caring Soulshine Yoga Teachers, Hosts and Wellness Experts – all sharing the intention of providing the most nurturing, healing, empowering and transformative bespoke Soulshine Retreat experience to each and every guest.

Our Ibiza Wellness Team is comprised of senior Yoga & Meditation Teachers, Mindfulness guides, Physiotherapists, Nutritionists, Ayurvedic experts, Life-Coaches, Sound-Healers, Oracles, Deep Tissue and Sports Bodyworkers, Reflexologists, Shiatsu experts, Tarot Card Readers and beyond. Each tried and tested to ensure the quality stamp of Soulshine approval and offering a vast array of healing modalities, from Shamanism to Tarot card reading, Thai Massage to Acupuncture, Osteopathy to Reflexology and much more. Whatever it is that you are looking to explore, we will be happy to help make it happen.


Watch our client testimonials 

Lovely Soulla and her brilliant Soulshine team go the extra mile every day to give guests a truly relaxing, positive and transformational retreat experience. I’ve come home on cloud 9, with mind, body and soul nourished and energised and feeling the best I’ve felt for months thanks to Soulshine. Special thanks to Soulla for your heart and soul. Love and hugs xxx
— Sonya