Lanzarote is a volcanic island belonging to the Canary Islands, an archipelago and autonomous community of Spain. The group of islands are just 60 miles west of Morocco and face northwest Africa in the Atlantic Ocean.
This special trip is a journey that will take you to the key emblematic places of the island, which have been touched by the hand of the famed artist and architect Cesar Manrique (1919-1992). Manrique had a major influence on the planning and development of Lanzarote, noted in the use of boutique low rise hotels which honor the breathtaking landscapes native to the island.
We will experience the energetic vortexes that help create the magical and beautiful sensations evoked by Lanzarote. A dedicated Yoga practice will be held daily with the 500 RYT certified Erin Fabian, as well as meditation and Restorative Yoga with Anais Conde. We will engage in the art of painting and drawing with the acclaimed plastic artist Rufina Santana and her husband, Paco Curbelo, at the Art Centre, located in San Bartolome, and visit the charming nearby town of Teguise. Additionally, we will journey to most enchanted places throughout the island:
- “La Montana del Fuego” (Mountain of Fire)
- El Jardin del Cactus (“Cactus Garden”)
- “Los Jameos del Agua”
- Cesar Manrique Foundation
- Winery Visit
Even more surprises await, such as an immersion into the beautiful waters of Famara beach, hiking through the remnants of volcanic areas, tastes of the best cheese made from the milk of the “yogi goats” and “gofio,” a delicious type of organic grain utilized by the native people as nourishment. We will also have encounters with nature, and the local art scene. This is your adventure to journey inside by discovering new places.
ARRECIFE GRANDE HOTEL, LANZAROTE
The Arrecife Grande Hotel is a 5 star hotel located in the quaint beach town of Arrecife with incredible water vistas, spa services, indoor swimming pool, a long promenade for walks and a breathtaking view for sunsets and sunrises. You will be transported by private cars to all the places where every day we will have our activities and tours.
You will be picked up at the airport and transported effortlessly to the luxury accommodations upon arrival, which are very nearby to the Lanzarote airport. Upon check-out on the last day, you will be also transported back to the airport.
Breakfast will be served daily after yoga class.
Both single and double rooms are available depending upon your preference. All the rooms will be equipped with free Wi-Fi, in room safe, black out drapes, desk, minibar, satellite TV, A/C, complimentary toiletries, and all the amenities for a 5-star hotel. We want you to rest comfortably during your stay, and will attempt to accommodate any special requests.
THIS BEAUTIFUL AND UNIQUE EXPERIENCE INCLUDES:
- 6 nights’ accommodation. Breakfast is included (to be served after yoga)
- Organic & nutritious meals (lunch and dinner) at different locations.
- 1 Daily Yoga class
- Meditation sessions
- 1 Daily Plastic Art Session
- Daily cultural activities visiting emblematic touristic spots
- Daily Private transportation
- Pick up/Drop off at/from the airport
- Exclusive “Flower Party” at the Art Center hosted by our Artist Friends.
- Additional “Surprises” depending on the wather and time.
- AIRFARE IS NOT INCLUDED.
Cancellation notification received 60 days before the start of the trip: We will reimburse only 70% of the full fee.
Cancellation notification received 30 days before the start of the trip: We will reimburse only 50% of the full fee.
We reserve the right to cancel the trip. If this happens, the participants who have registered will received full reimbursement.
The travel costs will not be reimbursed. Airfare is not included.
Please bring yoga clothes (the mats will be provided in situ), and a kaftan or long flowing dress (“Ibizenco”) for the “Flower Power” party hosted at the Art Center the last day for the closing of this unique experience.
RUFINA SANTANA, THE ARTIST & the HOSTESS
Rufina Santana is an Artist with a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona. She resides in the Canary Islands, Spain and has expanded her artwork abroad, traveling internationally and acquiring external influences which has contributed notably in the development of her work. Throughout her fruitful career, she has participated in numerous artistic and literary courses and workshops; one of the most noteworthy being with the acclaimed painters Lucio Muñoz and Rafael Canogar. In 1990, Rufina created an interesting lecture entitled “Alphabet for an Island“, which constitutes the beginning of her reflection on the nature of the primitive garden.
Approximately ten years later, she further developed this concept resulting in the collective project “Hesperides: The Inner Garden” (2001) and in the solo exhibitions “Archeology of the Garden” and “Cartographies of the Garden“,projects exhibited in Art Centers of Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Senegal, France and Japan. She advances one more step in that meditative idea, creating a geography of paradises lost in the memory through a group of paintings and sculptural pieces where the symbolic vegetable element is predominant.
Fascinated by these elements of Art and Nature, she creates “Jardin de dos Orillas” (Garden of two shores), a project which celebrates Life and Art together with Dr. Maasaki Hatsumi, a Japanese artist who has received important awards such as “Living Treasure”, where he keeps and guards his cultural traditions. During this period, she establishes links that give rise to a dialogue and the creation of singular works with marked Oriental influence.
Another idea deeply rooted in her work is Myth and the Greco-Latin tradition, a place of special relevance in the connections between Europe and the rest of the world. The island, that microcosm of ideal paradise, is at once a place surrounded by an uncertain sea, attracting new cultures and traditions that enrich both the islanders as well as the travelers.
In the materialization of this idea, two other great projects are generated: “Oceanicos Azules” (Oceanic Blue, 2007) located in the Hotel Balneario Blancafort in Barcelona and “Cartografías del Agua” (Water Cartographies). In this case, Santana displays her mastery and her reflection on water-related myths, with works of great format dominated by blue. “El Viaje del Heroe” (The Journey of the Hero), was a more recent project made for the Exhibition “Cartografías del Agua”, held at the Frost Art Museum in Miami in 2015.
Another significant project about the landscape of the Canary Islands is “Canarias, Paisaje Intimo” (Canarias, Intimate Landscape, 2010-2011). This project was sponsored by the government of the Canary Islands, in which she develops a great series of paintings about the varying landscapes of all the islands with an important use of color and a technique converging figurative and abstract styles.
In a complementary way, Santana has also done numerous solo exhibitions and has participated in international art fairs leading her to expand her work in Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, England, the United States, and Japan.
The theoretical basis of her work, her technical knowledge and the experience gained during more than thirty years of professional practice, has given her the opportunity to lecture and teach courses at the Universities of Barcelona, Florida, and Boston, as well as other private counseling courses for professional artists as well as amateur artists looking to deepen their knowledge. In addition to holding several editions of catalogs, books illustrations in “Book of the Artist” “Art and Objects of Art,” she is also the founder of the “Escuela del Sol” (School of the Sun), a multidisciplinary experience for the dissemination of Art, Science and Spirituality.
Rufina Santana currently resides between Madrid and the island of Lanzarote, where she has her workshop next to the sculptor Francisco Curbelo, and in which she develops her artistic and pedagogical works. A tireless traveler, she will continue to explore special places that can offer her answers to the questions posed by her Art.
For more information: www.rufinasantana.com
PACO CURBELO, THE SCULPTOR AND RUFINA’S HUSBAND
Born in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain, Paco Curbelo began his studies in 1975 in the School of Fine Arts of Las Palmas. Two years later he moved to Barcelona, and continued his university career in the Faculty of Fine Arts.
In 1980 he finished his studies in painting. During these years, he also took several courses in engraving, ceramics, and photography, as well as a course in Restoration of Mural Painting in the International School “Miguel Farré”. In 1981, he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Sculpture from the University of La Laguna in Tenerife.
From this moment on and throughout his career, Curbelo has been combining his docent labor as professor of Volume at the Pancho Lasso School of Art in Lanzarote. He has reaped great professional successes as sculptor of Monumental Work. Part of the production includes nearly 40 monumental works located in public and private spaces.
He has also held numerous national and international exhibitions, and has designed and built sculptures which received several awards such as the International Sailing Regatta “Trofeo César Manrique.” His creations, made mostly of basalt stone, marble, granite, iron, and onyx, speak of simplicity, emotion, and are a tribute to movement and space.
For more information: www.pacocurbelo.es
ERIN FABIAN, Light being, Healer, Yogi, writer & singer
Erin Fabian is a certified ERYT 500 yoga teacher who discovered yoga five years ago, with a desire to connect with a like-minded community and longing to experience something deeper than gym weights and cardio machines. This led her to Rina Yoga in Coral Gables. There she completed her ERYT 200 certification in Hatha and Vinyasa yoga with experienced teacher Rina Jakubowicz. Since that time, she has experienced significant growth both physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and in addition, has adopted a yogic lifestyle by observing the eight limbs (Ashtanga or Raja Yoga) as much as possible.
Her journey has since taken her to Trio Yoga, where she completed her 300-hour training to complete the 500-hour certification with studio owners Michelle Berlin and Ariane Traverso (creator of Bizzy Yogi) as well as the creator of Radiate Apothecary, yoga teacher, and mantra specialist, Susan Duprey. This training has given her many more tools to harness the healing potential of the yogic practice.
Aside from teaching yoga, Erin is also the founder of Earth and Sky Wellness (www.earthandskywellness.com), a holistic wellness business offering yoga classes, sound healing, Reiki sessions, as well as specialized corporate wellness programs. She is a published author of two books, “Letters to a Muse” and “To Be a Unicorn” as well as a being classically trained singer.
Erin is passionate about nature, Ayurveda, sustainable farming, cooking, music, and just about anything else which raises the personal and collective vibration! Her mission is to bring light and love to the world in whatever capacity she can as well as inspire others to follow their passion.
ANAIS CONDE, co-HOSTESS, ART LOVER & YOGI
Since I was a child, I always had the desire to discover unfamiliar places and by doing so, learn something about myself. I had a happy childhood, followed by more introverted and studious teenage years.
I did not know what exactly to do, but I wanted to be able to sustain myself economically. This led me to study business and economics at the University of Deusto, in Bilbao, Spain. I achieved a Master’s degree equivalent and was lucky enough to gain a scholarship at the University of Edinburgh, where I experienced some of the most beautiful and exciting moments in my life up until that point.
I interacted with individuals who taught me about art, music, and urban architecture. I was thereby exposed to an amazing world of culture that I had never seen before. I had the opportunity to visit museums and found all those painted faces, landscapes, and incredible images intriguing. They all formed a story and had the ability to transport me to another world. I could say that it was there when I fell in love with art, which has become a lifelong appreciation. Nevertheless, it took me many years before I really decided to start working in this field.
Of course, during those years there are other stories and experiences that have coalesced to make me the person I am today.
I worked for over 15 years in the corporate world and was very fortunate to combine my experience in International Trade and Commerce with my passion for travelling. During those years, I travelled to more than 60 countries around the world discovering unique people and beautiful places on this planet.
In the last few years, I went into a more introspective journey of myself, exploring and acquiring knowledge in holistic therapies such as Reiki, “Bioneuroemotion”, and yoga philosophy and practice. I am still developing myself in these new alternative therapies to help, serve and elevate consciousness in order to co-create a better world.
I hope that you can join us on this magical and unforgettable experience in Lanzarote!
For more information: www.anaisabelconde.com
“My name is Rufina Santana, I am a painter, I am also the founder of “Volcanic Creativity,” a program for the dissemination of Art, Science, and Spirituality. Art is my great passion, as I am always in the pursuit of Beauty and Harmony. I have developed my artistic skills in each new project and I have been fortunate to exhibit in Germany, Japan, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, and the United States.
When I become obsessed and immersed in a subject, I begin to draw and paint it without rest. I always have four verbs present in my life (actions): Know, Bear, Love and work in Silence. With a spirit of service, I am interested in generating value for my community and for collectors, many of whom have become followers and contributors in my work. Luckily, I am easily understood as I belong to a family of artists. My husband, Paco Curbelo, is a sculptor, and my son Néstor (HUGU), is a designer and illustrator. Together we have created an intercultural meeting place in our house-workshop in Lanzarote, where we have also developed a whole lifestyle. I encourage everyone to explore this unique world as well as discovering your most artistic side! It is extremely fulfilling to help others develop their talents in a different and creative way! Celebrating Life and Art: Rufina Santana.
A PLACE FOR CREATIVITY
The residence and art center Curbelo Santana is in the center of the island, in a quiet rural area with easy access and connections. The space has several creation studios, art gallery, garden with native plant species and sculptures, and parking area.
A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE- Programming
Date: 5 days (pending date). Hours: The estimated duration of each day is approximately 1-2 hours.
1 st DAY. Introduction. “Knowledge through Art”
-Brief introductory talk (20 min) -Realization of a prospective exercise to analyze the level and manual skills – Explanation about the material that is going to be needed
2 nd DAY. “The creative journey through the point, the line, the plane, texture, shapes and color”
– Performing practical exercises of initiation to the drawing
3 rd DAY. “Daily Emotions” – Elaboration of a book that will serve as souvenir – memory of the experience in Lanzarote”
4 th DAY. “My body, my art, the inner artist”
-Exploration of the gesture, mandalas and labyrinths -Art as an expression of the sacred
5 th DAY. “The playful spirit”
-Experimentation of forms and colors through different techniques