Granada Province, Andalusia, Spain

Saturday 17th – Saturday 24th June 2017

It’s lovely you’re considering coming to the Summer retreat – seven days at the Hacienda from 17th to 24 June 2017 – read on for full details and booking

New PictureBarefoot Doctor is truly magical. His retreats allow you time and space to relax, breathe, laugh, love and discover your true self.”  Cath

Still riding the wave of euphoria after a week with the Doc,  not worried about crashing back down to earth as I’ve been provided with the tools to surf life.”  David

poolside2“An amazing time with a diverse and wonderful bunch of people from all walks of life and from all over the world, led with a lot of skill and nurture by one very special and gifted guy, magical, uplifting, genuine, full of laughter, and so life affirming. Brings you home to yourself, life will never be the same, and that’s good thing.”

Barefoot gets you barefoot in the soul (barefoot soles optional) – easy, relaxed, juicy and vital – drop the garbage weighing you down and clogging the arteries of your mind and emerge clear, focused, invincible and resplendent in all your original power and glory, loved to the hilt and ready to grab the next phase of your adventure by the horns and live it, love it, and ride it for all it’s worth – all amidst the unparalleled magnificence of the mountains of Andalusia.

Doc teaching cropCome on your own, with friends or as a couple and enjoy this retreat in the beautiful, remote, rustic Hacienda. Nestled between two striking hilltop churches, the Hacienda farmhouse is a tranquil space, in five acres with countless nature trails through olive groves, wheatfields and umbrella pine forests. The nearest town, Montefrio, is just 15 mins away and Spain’s most southerly ski resort, the Sierra Nevada, is only an hour’s drive. At slightly over 2,200 feet above sea level, the climate in Andalusia is one of the mildest in Europe – averaging 300 days of sunshine.

When you’re not learning Taoist life skills with Barefoot, there’s plenty time for swimming in the pool, lazing on the patio, stretching on the shady yoga area, meditating in the shala, or simply strolling through the private woodland and olive groves.

barefoot poolside cropThe inclusive retreat includes all teaching and full board accommodation. Food at The Hacienda is vegetarian and plentiful – the freshly prepared daily menu uses a selection of seasonal local produce to create a wide variety of delicious and healthy dishes. The farmhouse kitchen has a wood burning oven and there’s a barbecue area in the courtyard. Depending on the weather, dining can either be indoors in the Moorish-style lounge or on the outdoor terrace.

Bedrooms in the Main House are spacious and en-suite with private balcony and mountain views. If you’re coming to the retreat on your own and prefer a single room with no supplement the School House offers a selection of single and twin rooms with shared bathrooms (no more than three people sharing).

There’s wifi available in the Main House (if you must!) – but why would you when you could indulge in a shiatsu massage, book to go horse riding in the in moonlight or soak up history and Moorish culture in the ancient Alhambra palace just a short distance away?

These small group retreats fill up fast so book as soon as you can to secure a place


Hacienda dining

All prices are per person for teaching, accommodation and full board – payments are via Paypal – you can purchase using your credit/debit card or Paypal account.

Flights & transfers are not included. Please ensure you take out travel insurance in case you are unable to travel.


All prices are in US dollars (as that’s the only currency our booking system accepts) but you can check the exchange rate on any online currency converter – we use: 


best Granada mountain shotThere are five twin rooms available in the main house, all en-suite with balcony and lovely mountain views – you can pay in one instalment or spread the cost with three equal payments.

All payments include a NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $500 .

Full payment is required on booking.


There are four single rooms available in the School House with no single supplement as well as two twin rooms and one triple room. All the rooms in the School House share three bathrooms – which means there’s never more than three people sharing one bathroom.

When booking you can pay in one instalment or spread the cost with three equal payments. All payments include a NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $500. Full payment is require eight weeks in advance of the retreat.


Getting there and other important information

Flights and transfers are not included – low cost flights to Malaga are plentiful – transfer to retreat time 1 hour 20 minutes. Transfer to the retreat is available early afternoon – retreat starts with dinner Saturday evening. Further details on this transfer option, plus car hire, available once you have booked.

If you have any pressing questions before booking, please contact Sue on the Crew who will do her best to help.



in conversation“The Barefoot Doctor is the perfect person for Taoist retreats.  His kindness, wisdom and warmth are the antidote to all that ails modern civilisation – stress, tension, worries and anger. I can personally vouch for the cleansing and healing skills of the man.  He has made a man of war into a man of complete peace with himself and the world.” Spike

Doc and Steve chatting“A week spent in a retreat with BD will show you how much you can connect and feel the love you are born to be surrounded with. The magic of his presence makes you feel that everything will be fine no matter what your distress at the present moment.” Josee

group work“I have never met anyone who unearthed/inspired//fanned/provoked in me such a deeply felt, sustainable, thankful, brilliant, joyful love for life. Barefoot has not changed my life. He has changed the way I experience it.” Jasmine      

“Get ready to be told by the barefoot doctor that you are lovable, magnificent, powerful, glamorous, holy, beautiful, miraculous and some other wonderful stuff. at first you might cringe, but by the end of the week you start to believe it. not because you’re that special all of a sudden. but because you have been that all along, as everyone is. what a lesson.”

barefoot at table cropped“After a week of Barefoot facilitating a safe haven for the group to be heard and meeting wonderful people I have come away with a sense of peace, stillness and a new reflection on living and loving”. D

“Barefoot brings ancient mysteries of the Tao to life with humour and a no nonsense down to earth approach. The qigong work was amazing and life changing. Can’t wait for his next retreat.” Steven

teaching space“The good doctor attracts an interesting crowd. I’ve never been in a group with more colourful, brilliant, hilarious, glamorous, lovable, witty, generous and yes, mercifully weird people in my life. i still miss them.”

“Barefoot retreats are powered by a unique energy – he takes you back to your original self, reconnecting the parts you’ve left behind, forgotten or disconnected from. You leave a better version, having bathed in pure, unconditional love.”
Hacienda bedroom

Barefoot Doctor/Stephen Russell – Vespa Solutions Ltd

Unit 7, 1a Frognal, London, NW3 6AL, England, UK

Company registered in England – Company registration No 89826

In case of queries, contact: 00-44-797-326-3903