The Healing Space

A retreat with Petri Raisanen 

12 April to 19 April 2025 and 19 April to 26 April 2025

Petri Raisanen Tenerife Purple Valley

The traditional Ashtanga Yoga method was always meant to be adapted to the practitioners individual needs and conditions. The Ashtanga asana sequences are the ground from which we can build our own personal practice based on our unique bodies, ages, identities, mind types, injuries and traumas. 

At the Beauty of Ashtanga Yoga Retreat you will be accepted as you are and be encouraged to follow the traditional method with kindness, care and love.

I’m inviting everyone the opportunity to enjoy the practice, movement, spiritual growth and great company in beautiful Tenerife.  

My hope is to open us all up to more diversity (which is required for a healthy yoga community), more safety (which makes everything to bloom) and more happiness (which is the essence of an individual and collective yoga process) wherever we are in our personal yoga evolution.

This retreat is open for all levels of practitioners – from beginners to advanced.

Petri Raisanen Tenerife Purple Valley
Petri Raisanen Tenerife Purple Valley

Retreat schedule

Each week consists of 5 morning Mysore classes, 1 guided class and 4 afternoon workshops. 

Saturday 12.04
14:00-18:00 Arriving to the resort
18:00 Retreat opening discussion, schedule, introduction
19:00 Dinner 

Sunday 13.04
06:00 or 7:30 Mysore style (two groups)
15:00-17:00 Discussion on your personal practice and accessibility in Ashtanga Yoga; What is your need? The Beauty of Ashtanga Yoga
17:00-18:00 Pranayama, Meditation, Chanting
18:30 Dinner 

Monday 14.04
06:00 or 7:30 Mysore style (two groups)
15:00-17:00 A practitioner-centered approach to Ashtanga asana and adjustments  
17:00-18:00  Pranayama, Meditation, Chanting
18:30 Dinner 

Tuesday 15.04
06:00 or 7:30 Mysore style (two groups)
Free Day 

Wednesday 16.04
06:00 or 7:30 Mysore style (two groups)
14:00-17:00 Primary and Intermediate series techniques and adjustments
17:00-18:00 Pranayama, Meditation, Chanting

Thursday 17.04
06:00 Led class Intermediate series
08:00 Led class Primary series
15:00-17:30 Touching the Prana: Energy healing techniques
17:30-18:15 Self Healing Meditation (guided)

Friday 18.04
06:00 or 7:30 Mysore style (two groups)
Free Day

Saturday 19.04
7:00-8:00 Pranayama
8:00-9:00 Closing circle

Saturday 19.04
14:00-18:00 Arriving to the resort
18:00 Retreat opening discussion, schedule, introduction
19:00 Dinner 

Sunday 20.04
06:00 or 7:30 Mysore style (two groups)
15:00-17:00 Discussion on your personal practice and accessibility in Ashtanga Yoga; Using the tools; walls, blocks and belts in the practice  
17:00-18:00 Pranayama, Meditation, Chanting
18:30 Dinner 

Monday 21.04
06:00 or 7:30 Mysore style (two groups)
15:00-17:00 A practitioner-centered approach to Ashtanga asana and adjustments (different than in week 1) 17:00-18:00  Pranayama, Meditation, Chanting
18:30 Dinner 

Tuesday 22.04
06:00 or 7:30 Mysore style (two groups)
Free Day 

Wednesday 23.04
06:00 or 7:30 Mysore style (two groups)
14:00-17:00 Primary and Intermediate series techniques and adjustments (different than in week 1)
17:00-18:00 Pranayama, Meditation, Chanting

Thursday 24.04
06:00 Led class Intermediate series
08:00 Led class Primary series
15:00-17:30 Yoga philosophy: Yoga sutra chapter 3-4, Sinddhis and Kaivalya. The final transformation.  
17:30-18:15 The earth and sky meditation (guided)

Friday 25.04
06:00 or 7:30 Mysore style (two groups)
Free Day

Saturday 26.4
7:00-8:00 Pranayama
8:00-9:00 Closing circle

Petri Raisanen Tenerife Purple Valley
Petri Raisanen Tenerife Purple Valley

Teacher

Petri Raisanen


Petri Räisänen (born August 13, 1967) is an internationally renowned and respected Ashtanga yoga teacher. Petri started practicing Ashtanga yoga in 1989 and teaching in 1991. He is the co-owner and director of Astanga Yoga Helsinki, Finland (established in 1997). Petri lives in Helsinki, Finland with his wife Wambui Njuguna-Räisänen and their two sons Sesam and Sumu. He has been a regular practitioner in Mysore India since 1996 and has received a teacher authorisation from K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Rangaswamy (Jois) in 2001. 

Throughout his yogic path Petri has studied with many Ashtanga yoga instructors such as Derek Ireland, Radha Warrell, Lino Miele, Gwendoline Hunt, Eddie Stern, R. Sharath Jois and K. Pattabhi Jois. Petri focuses on integrating healing and therapy with yoga, meeting the student’s individual needs and guiding them throughout  their progress.His friendly, relaxed behaviour and intuitive perception gives an open, energetic and meditative atmosphere to his classes. Petri’s teaching gives you an opportunity to experience the wholeness of the practice, and his teachings aims to lead to an experience of deep concentration (pratyahara) and meditation (dhyana).

Petri has been written two books on the subjects of Ashtanga Yoga. First one “Ashtanga Yoga- In the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois” was first published in Swedish in 2005 and in English in 2013. The intermediate series book “Nadi Shodhana” was released in Finnish in 2008 and English in 2017. Both books are written from the interviews with K. Pattabhi Jois and R.Sharath Jois. They illustrate uniquely the Primary and Intermediate series practice, benefits and tradition as it is taught in Mysore, India. 

Petri started studying the Finnish Folk-healing tradition called Jäsenkorjaus (Bone-setting), with the Finnish healing masters in 1990. In addition, he learned energy healing and cupping. He also studied Swedish massage, Naturopathy, Natural Cosmetics, Reiki, Reflexology and Hawaiian (Kahuna) Shamanism. His broad knowledge in various bodywork systems and healing is deeply integrated in his teaching of ashtanga yoga. 

Practical details about the retreat center

Currently the internet at the retreat is not reliable. If you are dependent on internet for work, we ask you to bring your own data on your phone, to which you can connect your laptop, if needed. Phones work very well. There is also a cafe 10 minutes from the retreat with good internet, however, it is a busy cafe and not very suitable for work. 

Finca Naranjas (previously Cristoforo) , our retreat centre is a simple yet beautiful place, built by an architect named Denis Devaris, who had an intention to create a meeting point for Spiritual seekers. Built slowly over 30 years using volcanic rocks from the island, the rooms are all unique with their own distinct personalities featuring beautiful details and personal touches. Given the nature of these types of buildings, imperfection is to be expected with a plumbing system not quite up to modern standards! However, set right into the land with a wonderfully lush garden, Finca Naranjas really is an oasis in South Tenerife. Through the years we have noticed that once the students and teachers arrive they immediately adapt to the peaceful environment, rarely wanting to leave the beautiful surroundings. Finca Naranjas is truly a retreat to retreat at! When packing for your retreat, make sure you add warmer clothes. From December till March the mornings and evenings can be quite chilly. The rooms are not heated, but are equipped with cozy duvets and blankets.

The meals
The food served at the retreat will be mainly vegan and completely vegetarian, prepared freshly everyday by our wonderful retreat chefs. We try were possible to use local and organic products. We sometimes use eggs or dairy in the kitchen. If you have food allergies/sensitivities, please let us know. Gluten free options are available. We have a self service tea & coffee station for guest use and try to provide fruit for snacking during the day.
You have the option to enjoy your food either inside or outside in the beautiful garden.

The practice
Maximum number of students is 25.
Practice will take place inside the beautiful wooden garden Shala. Savasana is usually taken outside to make space in the Shala, especially during full retreats and occasionally afternoon workshops will take place outside. Make sure you pack warm practice clothes for Savasana.

Arrival day and check out. 
The rooms are available after 3pm. The retreat starts with an introduction meeting at 5pm, followed by dinner at 6.30pm. All students should aim to arrive for the introduction meeting. The first practice is on Sunday morning and the last practice is on Friday in the morning. The check out is on Saturday at 9am. 

Accommodation
This year we have exiting accommodation news!  

As much as possible we are trying to adjust to various budgets, and this year we offer two comfortable dormitory options - La Huerta  and Danae 2. We also have a wonderful villa which can accommodate 5 practitioners - Yin Yang. The Yin-yang option is perfect for friends and families.  

The list below shows the rooms available to book.  Since all accommodation options are very unique, we can not list the individual images of them on the website. Write to us and we will share a link to our google drive folder with images of all the rooms.

Shared option mean that 2 students of the same gender share room. 

Premium rooms
The premium rooms are the largest rooms at the retreat. These rooms have attached indoor bathrooms.
Shared: 1250 GBP/week
Currently available: Danae 1, Venus, Casa Blanca

Single: 1450 GBP/week
Currently available week 1: Casita 1, Casita 2, Palmera 

Standard
The standard rooms are smaller than the premium rooms. These rooms have attached, indoor bathrooms. La Granja is a house with two rooms which share a bathroom. Ficus has a charming outdoor bathroom. 
Shared: 1150 GBP/week
Currently available week 1: Ficus, 5 Peldanos, La Granja 1, La Granja 2,

Single: 1350 GBP/week
Currently available week 1: 6 Peldanos, Tao, Pino De Oro

Budget
The budget rooms are the smallest rooms at the retreat. Some of the rooms share bathrooms, a few of them are outdoors bathrooms. In a few of the rooms there may be disturbance from the road.
Shared: 1050 GBP/week
Currently available week 1: Fuente 2, Consulta, Bella Dormiente

Single: 1250 GBP/week
Currently available week 1: Fuente 1

Yin -Yang Exclusive 
A unique 5 bed villa perfect for a group of friends or a family. The house has a kitchen, private patio and 2 bathrooms. Is also used for students booking individually. 
Price per person: 1000 GBP
Currently available: 5 spots

Dormitory Danae 2 (3 people sharing)
The dormitory is a spacious room for 3 people.
Shared: 880 GBP/week
Currently available: 3 spots

Dormitory Huerta (3 people sharing) 
The dormitory is a spacious room for 3 people.
Shared: 780 GBP/week
Currently available: 3 spots

The accommodation price is all-inclusive (includes accommodation, all meals and yoga). There is an option to pay a deposit of 50% of the full amount to secure your place. The deposit is non-refundable and the balance must be paid at least 4 weeks prior to the start date.

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