THE CREW

MARTA

THE YOGA TEACHER

EVA

THE CAPTAIN

ELENA

THE CHEF

WHY YOGA + SAILING + MENORCA?

Sailing Souls is born from our desire to share what we love and from our will to empower a way of living fully, heartfully, consciously and in harmony with our environment.  We are nature. Every tree, every amazing sunset, every beautiful sea landscape, are a reflection of ourselves. We truly believe that savouring and celebrating the natural beauty around us is directly linked to our health and wellbeing. We want to offer you an inspiring experience so that you can enjoy a week of joy, insight and connection and go back to your daily life balanced and charged.

We have experienced that meditation, and the bliss it brings, is just like sailing. Sailing is itself a form of meditation, as you allow yourself to become immersed in nature and a serene feeling takes over you.

Yoga heightens all of the senses, allowing you to more fully enjoy everything and to feel gratitude for the amazing life that unfolds in front of you.

We choose Menorca because is the most untouched of the Balearic Islands. The laid back atmosphere of an island that has been kept authentic  and wild respecting it’s natural beauty is the perfect setting to recharge.

RETREAT

THE CREW

Marta, founder of Sailing Souls, is the coordinator of the group and yoga teacher. She leads the yoga sessions at the beach and onboard and is in charge of logistics. She will be coming on an off the boat and will share most of your daily life onboard.

Eva, the captain, is in charge of your safety. She will spend the whole week with you sailing the boat to the different locations and teaching you sailing lessons for those who wish to know more. In case you want to relax, feel free to lay down during navigation time and let us take you.

Elena, the chef, won’t be onboard but she has designed healthy ovo-lacto-vegetarian Mediterranean based menus that we will prepare as a crew or have served after our yoga practice.

MARTA RIERA

The Yoga Teacher

Marta, a certified international yoga teacher  (500 E-RYT Yoga Alliance), has been always drawn to the spiritual path actively seeking to move towards a greater harmony with herself, with others and with nature.

In her twenties she developed a career as a contemporary dancer. This experience provided her a deep knowledge in anatomy and body movement. Yoga entered her life at the age of 22 as part of her professional 3 year training at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance where herdaily body conditioning was based in  Iyengar Yoga, Hatha Vinyasa Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga  and Pilates. As a professional dancer yoga always accompanied her as a way of not only of keeping her body balanced, supple and strong but also as way to concentrate and connect with herself before performing.

From 2006 she started teaching Hatha Vinyasa Yoga and Pilates in various schools and studios first in Scotland and later in Barcelona and Menorca where she has collaborated with different luxury villas and rural exclusive accommodations. In 2011 she started her relationship with Menorca and with sailing. She fell in love with the calmed embracing energy of the island. She got to know Menorca from the sea sailing around it in various occasions and learning how to sail certifying as aCoastal Skipper.

In 2013 her studies in traditional Hatha Yoga at  Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashramin India changed her perspective realizing how powerful yoga science is for personal development and as a spiritual path. Her stay at the ashram broadened and enriched her physical practice with a new and more profound aspect introducing her to other ancient yogic techniques including pranayama and meditation.

During her 13 years of teaching experience Marta has kept studying different yoga techniques such as Yin yoga, Jivamukti and Kundalini Yoga that keep enriching her personal practice and her teaching style as well as deepening in her meditation path . She currently lives part of the year in the Catalan Pre-pirenees and part of the year in Menorca with her husband and daughter running yoga and dance classes and working with several dance and theatre companies.

EVA OCTAVIO

The Captain

Eva, owner and captain of ‘Trinidad’,  is a professional skipper licensed at the Merchant Navy as well as a certified Yacht Captain and Professional Skipper for Recreational Yachts. She has an extensive career as a sailor and captain crossing the Atlantic in two occasions. She has sailed in the Caribbean (Costa Rica, Cuba and Panama), navigated to the Antarctic and from Iceland to Barcelona. In the Mediterranean she has sailed in Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, Tunisia and Greece and has volunteered twice with Proactiva Open Arms in the Libya region undergoing refugees rescue operations.

When she was seventeen sailing became her biggest passion and soon became her only profession. Since then she has participated in regattas, taught sailing courses, internships to obtain nautical degrees, she has done boat transfers and organized sailboat trips with countless people and groups. These experiences have made her share fantastic experiences enjoying even more the sea and navigation. It is actually these group experiences led her to train in coaching, specializing in team coaching and graduating at OCC Internatinal School.

Each group becomes a new challenge and adventure for her. Eva likes to share laughs and good conversations on board.  She is very responsible both in terms of navigation and the needs of each group.Eva has good knowledge in biology and astronomy and she’ll be delighted to share her knowledge about cetaceans, marine ecosystems, birds and stars with those who are interested.

EVA OCTAVIO

Captain

Eva, owner and captain of ‘Trinidad’,  is a professional skipper licensed at the Merchant Navy as well as a certified Yacht Captain and Professional Skipper for Recreational Yachts. She has an extended career as a sailor and captain crossing the Atlantic in two occasions. She has sailed in the Caribbean (Costa Rica, Cuba and Panama), navigated to the Antarctic and from Iceland to Barcelona. In the Mediterranean she has sailed in Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, Tunisia and Greece and has volunteered twice with Proactiva Open Arms in the Libya region undergoing refugees rescue operations.

When she was seventeen sailing became her biggest passion and soon became her only profession. Since then she has participated in regattas, taught sailing courses, internships to obtain nautical degrees, she has done boat transfers and organized sailboat trips with countless people and groups. These experiences have made her share fantastic experiences enjoying even more the sea and navigation. It is actually these group experiences led her to train in coaching, specializing in team coaching and graduating at OCC Internatinal School.

Each group becomes a new challenge and adventure for her. Eva likes to share laughs and good conversations on board.  She is very responsible both in terms of navigation and the needs of each group.Eva has good knowledge in biology and astronomy and she’ll be delighted to share her knowledge about cetaceans, marine ecosystems, birds and stars with those who are interested.

ELENA LÓPEZ

The Chef

Elena is a self-taught chef and a lover of vegetarian cuisine, yoga and nature. Her mission in life is to spread a healthy diet, that fills with energy, vitality and balance, besides being very tasty!

A few years ago she was diagnosed with hypothyroidism; a disorder that led her to start taking medication daily. She decided to investigate how to heal this disorder through changing her diet. At the same time she started to study yoga and its philosophy. They were years of researching and experimenting with her own body. This experience led her to a total change in lifestyle and habits. Her illness was healing without medication, she was full of energy and feeling really happy so suddenly she realized that she could help a lot of people through her own experience, so she started to study more and more about nutrition, cooking and a plant-based diet.

On her many trips to Asia Elena has been learning Ayurvedic cooking and Thai and Balinese culinary techniques. Techniques that she has merged with her knowledge in macrobiotic and the bases of the Mediterranean diet, creating a unique and original style of cooking, where love is the main ingredient.