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Sanne van Gaalen

Sanne van Gaalen


Current City: Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Birthday: June 27
Member Since: Sunday - Oct 16, 2016


    • Villa Sayulita is a lovely hotel with a secret garden decorated with comfy hammocks and home to an array of ducks, dogs, and chickens. Here you can join a yoga class accompanied by clucking! Or enjoy a healthy shake from the smoothie bar and have the dogs come for a cuddle. We loved this intimately

      • The drive to this retreat center in the region of Nayarit, Mexico is pure magic. Take a moment for yourself as you pass the edge of the volcanic crater to feast your eyes on the Laguna de Santa María del Oro. Big, blue and beautiful. Within these volcanic cr

        • At the start of my yoga journey, I would rather spend my time at a sweaty Vinyasa practice than joining a Yin Yoga class. However, after years of practicing and teaching this dynamic style, my interest grew. I’ve wanted to explore the deeper layers of the physical and energetic body and mind

          • The hills around the picturesque fishing village of Sayulita in Mexico are decorated with stunning summer houses. With Villa Amor in its centre. Here you have best of both worlds: the privacy and facilities of a villa and the service of a hotel. Villa Amor is located on a dirt road at the end of the

            • Words can not describe this place. Maybe the video and pictures can give you a better idea, but we suggest you experience it at least once in your life. Palapa Ganesh is a real paradise: three unique villas hidden in the middle of the Mexican jungle - offering spectacular views overlooki

              • Are you looking for a comfortable place to kick back for a few days and enjoy an amazing view overlooking the ocean? We found a small eco-friendly boutique hotel, located in the Costa Azul area on the west coast of Mexico. The perfect spot to immerse yourself in eco-luxe, surrounded by jungle and

                • A yoga teacher training course is most of the time a life-changing moment. However, during an AcroYoga Teacher training, you go literally hand-to-hand through this transformational learning process what makes it even more special. This AcroYoga Teacher Training in Mexico is the perfect case in point

                  • Huge respect for the local community who have built and furnished this place by hand. Xinalani eco-retreat is nestled on a very steep hill between a lush jungle and the Pacific ocean of Mexico. Every bungalow is built on poles, and there are 176 steps to navigate around this slice of paradise. So

                    • There are so many yoga brands to choose your pants from, it can be overwhelming. But sometimes your eye catches and settles on a unique design. This happened to me in Slovenia, when my teacher wore a Pitaya legging. I forgot to ask her for the name of the brand. And then, a few months later I met on

                      • This is by far one of the most beautiful retreat sites we have ever visited. Gorgeous setting on a hillside, from where you can enjoy breathtaking views overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The area is so abundant with nature’s blessings: butterflies, birds, flowers all around you. Best of

                        • We fell in love with this cute boutique hotel in the heart of the surf/yoga town of Sayulita on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Petit Hotel d’Hafa has so much character. The building alone is an eye-catcher, hard to miss when you walk down the street. The walls are painted a beautiful bright re

                          • Sayulita has become a hub for yoga on the Mexican west coast. If you are visiting this charming little surf town, don’t forget to join a yoga class at Paraiso Yoga. This lovely studio is located just a short stroll from the beach. The perfect place to strengthen and stretch your body, before

                            • Since 2012 Willemien van Egmond organizes days, weekends and even whole holidays for yoga, mindfulness, and healthy cooking. She selects the most beautiful places in the Netherlands, Ibiza, and Morocco where guests can relax and feel at ease. With Retreat Yourself she likes to inspire people to ta

                              • Rasalila is a unique yoga and dance studio, home to sisters Floortje and Willemijn Laan; two driven and spontaneous entrepreneurs who are passionate about elegant exercise.The studio offers different styles of classes including aerial yoga, acroyoga and pole dancing, and if that's not enough,

                                • There is a lovely new spot flourishing near town. A hidden gem you definitely want to explore now, before it's discovered by the Amsterdam crowd. This is the perfect place to unwind from your busy city life, surrounded by the beauty of nature. Be active or relax, and recharge with positive en

                                  • AcroYoga, created by founders Jason Nemer and Jenny Sauer-Klein, blends three main elements: yoga (Elemental), acrobatics (Solar), and healing arts (Lunar). The combination leaves room for a lot of magic and growth to happen. This practice elevates the connection between you and others throug

                                    • After the great success in Rotterdam, Spirit Restaurant has finally conquered Amsterdam. In this canteen-style restaurant, you can fetch your vegetarian food from a long buffet counter and pay by weight. A unique concept concerning the zero waste policy!  So grab a plate and have a

                                      • Do you know the exciting feeling of extreme happiness while dancing to the musical climax at a vibrant dance party? Your body's super active but your mind is focused and nicely quiet. Eduard Kouwen discovered that this free flowing energy is comparable to the natural high he experienced af

                                        • We had the pleasure of joining the third edition of YogaFest Amsterdam. A two-day festival in one of the most vibrant areas in the city: Het Westergasterrein. With unlimited traditional and progressive yoga by national and international teachers like Felix Price, Lucia Andrade, and Andréa P

                                          • Once you enter Volkshotel, you'll never want to leave. This is the place, where you can enjoy yourself 24/7. Regardless of whether you're working and relaxing, into drinking or wellness, partying till sunrise or enjoying a long, luxurious sleep. Yin and Yang. Volkshotel has it all.The name is deri

                                            • Are you looking for a peaceful green sanctuary to kick back and relax after a great day of surfing? This private guesthouse on Siargao island, situated in a tropical garden, is definitely the place for you! While relaxing in the garden you can really experience this off-the-grid feeling, even though

                                              • You have seen the most popular yoga destinations India, Bali, and Thailand--where would you like to go off the beaten track for your next blissful holiday? We have found a lovely commune for the yogi, surfer,  conscious, and adventurous traveler in the Philippines. The Lotus Shores is

                                                • The Philippines is probably not the first destination you think of when selecting your surf/yoga holiday. Yet the small tropical island Siargao has over fifteen amazing surf breaks for all levels, reachable by a bit of paddling, motorbike or boat.Looking for a great place to stay? Kermit Surf R

                                                  • Planning a visit to Palawan in the Philippines? Make sure you spend a few days at the wellness detox retreat center of Bahay Kalipay, a peaceful green getaway just a 20-minute cycle ride outside the city of Puerto Princesa.  You’ll find amazing raw vegan food, great yoga classes, inspirin

                                                    • Palawan is famous for her clear blue water, limestone cliffs, and tropical islands. In the northwest coast of the island, it is almost hard to see any of this beauty by the mass of boats packed with tourists. The northeast coast of Palawan, however, is almost undiscovered.In a tranquil bay decorat

                                                      • Most people visit Panglao Island in the Philippines for scuba diving, free diving, snorkeling or hanging on the beach. Yet if you feel the need to stretch out your diving legs, yoga can be the perfect replenishment. Luckily, we found a charming yoga studio located in the tranquil countryside. Shou

                                                        • Do you know, you can do a physical and emotional detox, just with your breath? We tried a Breath of Bliss journey with Anshu Singh in her beautiful ‘Villa Bliss' in Bali.Our breath carries life energy. Adjusting your breath can bring a huge change in your life. By consciously controlling the b

                                                          • In the heart of Bali, on the southern slopes of Mount Batukaru, we found an amazing eco-treasure: Bali Eco Stay. Eight uniquely designed Balinese bungalows, a restaurant with fresh mountain grown food straight from the permaculture garden and a pure volcanic spring waterfall including a natural swim

                                                            • Are you looking for a place to slow down and live in the moment with nature?We have found a tranquil paradise on the slopes of Bali's Batukaru mountain where you can do just that! Here you can breathe fresh forest air, enjoy tropical delights, and tap into its magical restorative powers. Even after

                                                              • Have you ever been speechless and fully overwhelmed by the beauty of a place?This is what happened when we arrived at Fivelements Puri Ahimsa Retreat. This eco-conscious wellness village is nestled near Ubud in a lush environment of bamboo, palms, and flowers. Peaceful and serene, this is tranquilit

                                                                • This story begins with two men meeting each other while walking on the beach in Bali.Michael, who is British, had moved to Bali and previously worked as a property developer. However, he was looking to do something more meaningful. Made, who is Indonesian, had lost his wife and was trying to find hi

                                                                  • Are you up for a juice cleanse? But thinking of buying all the groceries and preparing the juices makes you feel tired already? In the RAW makes it easy for you. They deliver their raw Cold Pressed juices in Bali every morning fresh on your doorstep!We were touched by the story of the owner, Mark Ba

                                                                    • Cosmos, a sort of super trendy yoga retreat in town, located just across the road from Samadi Yoga Studio and down a small street.  Cosmos Oasis provides a collaborative space for an exciting getaway stay in Pererenan. Quality is their passion and they deliver their guests with qua

                                                                      • We were first intrigued by the funny name of this new café in Seminyak. When we discovered they only serve vegan meals, we definitely had to check it out!This vegan warung is really tiny, yet warm and cozy. When we entered, it felt exactly like we were in our own living room and abs

                                                                        • The practice of observing silence is called 'mauna' in Sanskrit. The aim is less about silencing the voice and more about silencing the mind. Although you can experience the hardcore way of Vipassana (10 consecutive days of meditating and silence), there are less intensive ways to encounter the powe

                                                                          • Have you ever experienced a yoga class with the sounds of a babbling stream, crickets, birds, gecko’s and frogs nearby? If you dare to go off the beaten track into the quieter parts of Ubud, Bali’s hub for yoga studio’s and spiritual awakening, you can find real treasures hidden in

                                                                            • We have had our sights on Oka’s Bakery & Cafe for years and have been curiously following the changes of this place closely. Seven years ago they started as a warung and bakery of sweet Indonesian bread. Although there are still some Indonesian dishes on the menu, Oka’s slowly change

                                                                              • “Take a deep breath in and bend your left knee towards the rice paddies. Take a deep breath out and lift your arm to the banana leaves at the back of the room.”Hearing these kind of instructions during a yoga class lets you truly experience the vibe of outdoor yoga. Looking through the

                                                                                • Are you in eastern Bali and want to escape the hustle and bustle of Amed? Follow the hearts along the coastal road with stunning ocean views to reach a lovely place called Life in Amed. Situated in the traditional fishing village of Lean, it’s a perfect spot to re-energize and connect to your

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