1. What is the daily schedule like?
Wake up time is individual. You can use the kitchen to prepare your morning herbal tea, coffee or lemon water. You’ll be made a fresh green juice or power smoothie around 8.30am and breakfast for your child.
9-10.30 Yoga class on the poolside shala. The childminders will take over looking after the children in the shady central courtyard. They do a range of activities including painting, crafts, trampoline jumping, playing according to theme of week (for eg Indians in the teepee) and walking to see the animals at the adjacent Can Jordi farm. The children have a light snack of fruit, nuts and crackers at around 11am. We have two groups if the ages differ and babies are included in the group where possible, otherwise they get more one on one care.
10.30 Big brunch for the mums
10.30-12.00 Free mama time for massges, consultations, spa visit, relaxing by pool, reading, resting, showering, optional workshops/talks.
12.00-12.30 Childminders hand over the children and they can have lunch before their nap if they take one.
1230 - 1900 Free time for mama and child bonding, beach excursions, poolside relaxing, walking, boutique shopping with playground combo and island trips.
19.00 Light evening meal (that can be taken later for those still out).
Bedtime for babies and wine-time for mums.
We can organize babysitters (or take turns) for those who want to hop over to the Atzaro chill-out. Some women also enjoy shopping trips to Ibiza Town or Santa Gertrudis (shops open until at least 10pm).
We can adjust the schedule according to the needs and wishes of the group.
2. Which meals are included and what are they like?
You have all the meals included. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. All meals are vegetarian and you can tell us if you have any allergies or preferences. Our natural foods chef, Maili, uses only the best fresh, local, organic ingredients. A sample menu would be: Lettuce wraps with buffet of fillings: Quinoa and hazelnuts, rice noodles, steamed seasonal veggies, tempeh or tofu with hoisin and peanut sauce and chia seed pudding for desert. Or: Lentil and rice patties with yoghurt mustard sauce, coleslaw, potato and yam fries with miso gravy, green salad and vegan brownies.
Baby snacks and fruit will be provided throughout the day. There is also an extra fridge for the use of retreat participants.
The house has a dishwasher where you can wash baby bottles.
3. What will the weather be like?
The average temperatures in Ibiza in May and October are around 22-25 degrees Celsius. Perfect for yoga and perfect for babies. There is an average of 8 hours of sunshine per day and the water temperature is around 20 degrees. Nights can be cooler so bring sweaters, wraps and a warm pyjama or sleeping bag for your child. The rooms in the finca have high ceilings and tiled floors which means they stay nice and cool in the day but can get fresh at night. Bring some socks or slippers/flip flops for walking around inside.
4. What clothes should I pack?
You probably have really cute summer outfits for your kids that don’t get much wear, so do bring a couple of your favourite items. However, remember that the kids are outside most of the time and will get dirty with the Montessori guides/on the farm. It’s worth packing some rough and tumble clothes and an apron for painting. The day and night time temperatures can differ quite a lot so pack some warm clothes too (also in case there’s a rainy day – not often, but it can happen). Also don’t forget some warm pyjamas and socks for the kids as well. Don’t bring too much because you can have laundry done and you may want to save some space for shopped items (Ibiza has lots of stylish things to buy).
5. Can I drink wine on the retreat?
Even though this is a yoga retreat you are a mum and you’re in Spain. Alcohol is not included in the retreat price but and the local wine is good and not expensive. There is also a stylish music lounge at Atzaro (http://www.atzaro.com/agroturismo-ibiza/en/) within walking distance, so this is an option if you want an evening out. It is still close enough to get back if the babysitter calls you because your baby has woken up and needs you.
6. Is it safe at the finca?
Can Jordi is very safe. It is in a quiet, rural part of the island, habituated mainly by local people. The grounds are walled so curious babies can’t escape. The pool area is also fenced off with a gate which means children can’t wander there unattended. The house also has an entrance gate with a video camera. Most of the rooms have windows backing out to the pool area and central courtyard so you can keep a window open to hear if your baby wakes up. The walls of the house are very thick so many baby monitors only work sporadically.
7. How do we get there from the airport?
The airport is about a 15-20 minute drive away. A taxi will cost around 30-35 Euros to Can Jordi. We recommend you get a taxi in front of the airport. This is the best and cheapest option. We’ve looked into private car service companies but they charge at least 50 Euros per person one way. And they calculate the baby as one full person! It’s very easy to get a taxi from the airport and there is always a long queue of them waiting outside. The airport is very small and manageable. Basically as soon as you have picked up your luggage, you come through the doors, exit the airport and the taxi-stand is right in front. We will send you exact instructions on how to get to the finca, which you can print out and hand the driver. On the day of departure we’ll call the taxi company to reserve your car. Alternatively you can hire a car ahead of your visit via the internet. There are many car hire companies and they also rent out baby seats. This is a good option because it means you’re flexible to explore the island on afternoons. Sometimes mothers do group together to share taxis to the beach or for excursions.
8. How much do excursions by taxi cost?
The charming village of Santa Gertrudia is around 15 Euros. The famous sunset beach, Benirras is between 15-20 Euros, the Las Dalias market (Saturdays) 11 Euros and Ibiza Town 22 Euros.
9. How far away are the nearest shops?
There is a small supermarket about a 15 minute walk away. However, most mums find they don’t need to buy anything extra during the week. You can also ask us to buy things for you (such as nappies and wine). Atzaro (couple of minutes walk) has a boutique selling clothes. Otherwise the nearest shopping is Santa Eulalia – it’s about 10 mins away by car. Or Santa Gertrudis which is 5km away. Ibiza town is 15km and the sea is 5km or about a 10 minute drive.
10. Should I bring toys and books for my child?
There will be toys and (English) books at Can Jordi. The Montessori guides also bring some materials and create a ‘children’s play area’. There are some beach toys and inflatable balls. Of course if your child has a favourite toy or book you can fit into your bag, you’re welcome to bring these along too. There is a children’s paddling pool as the swimming pool doesn’t have much of a shallow section.
11. What about cots and high-chairs?
Airlines generally allow you to bring two items for the baby; this includes travel cot, car seat and pram. If you are unable to bring a travel cot and do not wish to share the bed with your child (beds are queen size) then we can hire cots for the extra charge of 35 Euros per cot per week. If your child needs a high chair then the rental is an extra 30 Euros per week. Pram rental would cost 35 Euros per week. These costs can be either added to your quote or you can pay separately in Ibiza.
12. Are treatments available at the house?
Yes, therapies and treatments can be booked at Can Jordi. This is the most comfortable for you because you can schedule them while your baby is asleep, with the carers or other mums. We use some wonderful therapists which you can book spontaneously when you get to Ibiza. Prices range from 45 to 70 Euros.
13. Is the yoga just for the mums?
Generally, yes. This is your time for yourself. However, we aim to have a fun class with the children the day after your arrival. This gives everyone a chance to acclimatize and the kids get to see what mum is going to be doing every morning.
14. What are the rooms like? Do they have a fridge to store milk?
The rooms are huge each with its own entrance, big bed and sumptuous bathroom. They don’t have a fridge but there is a fridge for the use of mums where it wouldn’t be a problem to store breastmilk. Also you can heat water and prepare formula no problem. It is a very homely villa with a beautiful, workable kitchen.
15. How old should my baby be?
All babies and children are welcome. You can bring your newborn or six year-old. Most mums come with kids aged from about 6 months to 3 years. Toddlers benefit especially from the Montessori programme.
16. Should I bring nappies for the whole week?
If you have space in your luggage then it’s up to you. Otherwise bring enough for the first days (remember it’s the weekend) and then you can buy nappies in Ibiza. They’re not expensive and mums with kids the same age/size may even want to share a pack of 50 (cost around 10 Euros)
Then again you may have washable nappies. These can be washed at the finca. The cleaner does laundry most days.
17. Are there hiking trails around the house?
Yes, there are a couple of nice caminos (dust tracks) next to and just opposite the house where you can walk with your baby in a carrier or with a stroller. The stroller does need to be quite sturdy though. You can walk to Atzaro and the local grocery shop along a tarmaced road.
18. Do I need to bring a converter or iphone charger?
Spain has 230 V and a two-pronged socket system. So from countries like the UK, USA and Switzerland you would need a converter.
If you have a question that isn’t listed here don’t hesitate to contact us.