La Crisalida Retreats was created by John and Lisa Brant in 2013. Together, they are explorers in the field of lifestyle change and wellbeing. John and Lisa often share their story publicly that many years ago they were living lives of quiet desperation; living in London, feeling unfulfilled and burnt out. A journey of huge personal change on the inside helped them to dramatically shift the direction of their lives on the outside. They spent years travelling the world searching for the very best information on living a rich and fulfilling life, in all areas. They are inspired to use what they have learned to create something special for their retreat guests.
We have a fantastic team of people at La Crisalida Retreats. Our team come from all over the world, so speak many languages! All are passionate about what they do and how they can help you to enjoy your stay with us. We also have others who work with us, like holistic and massage therapists and other yoga teachers. If you are interested in joining our team, click here to see current vacancies and more information.
Lisa has been working in the field of health for over twenty years, first as an epidemiologist, after studying at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She worked for the Health Protection Agency (now Public Health England) and NHS Blood and Transplant, where she published a number of scientific articles on infectious blood-borne diseases in the English population. Lisa is now following a more alternative health route! She is a therapeutic hatha and yin yoga teacher and also teaches mindfulness meditation. Lisa is a nutritionist so designs all our menus, as well as running the retreats. She is also qualified in NLP and hypnosis. Over the years Lisa has overcome her own health challenges with severe endometriosis and is happy to share her story.
John is an author, speaker and transformational coach. He oversees the retreats, as well as often leading life makeover workshops, meditation, walking, and if you are lucky, rebounding! John worked in a high pressure career as an Actuary before making significant changes in lifestyle culminating in his move to Spain. He is a master trainer of Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), and is also qualified in hypnosis, life coaching and the Demartini Method. John is passionate about helping others to find their own inspired path.
Kaya (General Manager), Carina (Senior Duty Manager) and Cherith (Duty Manager)
Kaya is our lovely General Manager at the retreat. She has many years of experience of managing hotels all over the world and is a lifelong vegetarian. Carina is our multi-talented Senior Duty Manager and has been with us here at the retreat for many years – most guests will know her! This fabulous duo will welcome you with a warm greeting and are here to support you, our guest, during your stay, so that you enjoy your time with us and leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. You might also see them on the guided walks or around the retreat, making sure everything runs smoothly.
Tessa (Manager), Sylvia, Amanda, Juan and Tania
Our programme team have a wealth of experience and training. They lead many of our yoga, meditation, exercise and life makeover workshops and classes. They are here to support you during your stay with us. One of our programme team will speak to you in a welcome chat when you arrive at the retreat. During the welcome chat you have an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the classes and the retreat. The programme team are also around during meals times and other times if you have any questions or need any help.
Finance, Marketing and HR
Janet, Alice and Hayley
Our Finance, Admin, HR and Marketing team work hard behind the scenes to make your stay pleasant. You might spot Alice around the retreat with a camera in hand as she updates our social media pages. Alice and Hayley also help out on reception and Janet is one of our Duty Managers.
Nicola, Jamie, Karly and Naomi
The reception team is a talented group, fantastic at multi-tasking and sorting things out! They are the team who will answer your questions about availability, finalise your booking, arrange your transfers and book any treatments that you want. They are here to help if you have any questions or need something sorted out.
Barbel, Lorna, Virginia, Jan, Marsa, Sue and Paolo
What can we say about our kitchen team except they are AMAZING! Led by the energetic Barbel, together they serve up delicious tasty, home-cooked food and juices every day, always with a smile. You can chat to them if you have any special dietary requirements or allergies.
Housekeeping and maintenance
Cristina (manager), Mircia, Lumi, Cris B, Olga, Julia, Antonio and Alex
Our housekeeping and maintenance team, led by the wonderful Cristina, are the people that keep the retreat clean, tidy and looking great all year round. You might also see some of this smiley team helping out around meal times or in the kitchen.