Awareness through movement

Meet the team

Ilse Vanbrabant lives with her 6 dogs in Cortijo El Castillo, the main house.
You can keep a good distance, with respect for everyone’s privacy, and yet not alone.

Ilse offers you a safe, warm bed during your stay.
Her strength lies in being restraint in moments when non-being is appropriate. ​
She immediately gives you a feeling of coming home.
Making people sparkle and shine has always been part of her work, as a fashion stylist and designer of her own brand she took care of very wealthy customers, who enjoyed her exclusive and personal attention.
Existential life questions fascinate her and have always been part of her work and now as hostess of Cortijo ell castillo and trainer of awareness through movements she guides you through an exclusive way exclusive way on your journey of becoming aware from your inner power!

During your stay you will be introduced to the special energy of a dog family, they all have their own personality and one by one fill your heart with their unconditional love!
Moste, the mama still takes care of her puppies every day and enjoys their attention so much. Bernard is the lovely big teddy bear. Michel, is super sweet and full of energy, he wants to be the first to see and smell everything and he is the little pig who eats everything he can finds. Quinta, is always very close and can demand attention in a special way. Goldie, being the most verbal, uses her special barking technique to draw attention to herself. Mieke, like to be by herself but if your energy matches hers she will stay close to you all the time, she realy don’t like it when your raise your voice and she make sure that there is no stress in the house.
They are a strong and energetically powerful group / dog family and will never abandon each other, they play and fight and at the end off the day they all sleep in each other’s laps including Ilse

unconditional love

Ilse and her energetically powerful dog family

Before you book your retreat, let me tell you a little more about this particularly powerful place in the mountains of Andalusia.

Cortijo El Castillo

Cortijo, pronounced Korticho and literally means farm – it is also sometimes called a Finca rústica con casa de campo, or a country house located in the mountains of Andalusia.
El Castillo is pronounced as “el kastijo” and means “The castle.
And that is exactly what it is … a cozy farmhouse in Moorish architectural style, located in the mountains of Andalusia, about 15 minutes from the town Albox, +/- 45 minutes from the coast town Vera, Garrucha and Mojácar and about 1h20min. from the city of Almeria.

The small building that was once used as a stable has been transformed into a cozy studio where you can stay during your individual training session.
You can enjoy your own private pool with a breathtaking view of the Rambla and the mountains of Andalusia.

If you register for a “Full membership” you can spend 14 individual training days in Cortijo “El Castillo”
You will be trained exclusively by Qigong & Feng shui expert Ilse Vanbrabant
during your individual training days you experience the awareness process and you discover the power in yourself
Thanks to her high sensitivity, Ilse Vanbrabant can easily feel what is going on in you and in your life, she lets you experience a lot of possibilities to get into your own power, thanks to these training sessions and the combination of “Yin & Yang energy” you can find the best in yourself and apply it in your own life

The Finca rústica is furnished according to Feng Shui and the 5 elements, so you will experience the peace and the feeling of coming home.


Respect is an important value within Cortijo El Castillo. Respect for yourself, each other, the property, the environment and nature.

We use the guidelines for strict hygiene, before your arrival the Cabaña is completely disinfected.
No one will enter the Cabaña during your stay . After your stay the Cabaña will be completely desinfected.

Cabaña “little house”
Your stay is free, breakfast in your fridge is included as well as the meals we prepare together (in the main house) that are part of your training “healthy nutrition and listening to your body”
bedlinen towels for shower and swimming pool provided.

Cortijo El Castillo is not a treatment or therapeutic center, no treatments are given.
In the training process it is assumed that you can carry yourself, be safe for yourself and your environment.
The training programm is very comprehensive but may contain specialized toppic depending on your needs.
Day one we discuss the planning of the training sessions according to your rhythm.

Visitors or inviting other people into the cabana is not allowed to keep the safe setting.

Cabaña has sleeping accommodation for max 2 persons, it is possible to get together with someone who does not follow training, no extra costs will be charged for overnight stay.

Travel costs are not included
Airport transfer is possible, Alicante airport or Murcia airport: extra costs 50 euros one way.

A unique membership where there is a place to discover and develop your passion.

In this unique training program there is room to discover and develop your passion!
As an Awareness coach, life becomes so much easier and you will discover that you don’t have to help others, but that your presence will influence and awaken others in their consciousness – that your own inner YIN power has so much potential – you discover that presence from consciousness has more to offer than presence from ego… It will fill you with abundance, it shows you (not with your eyes, but with your consciousness) what is already present to create from there.

Your awareness starts here, Ilse Vanbrabant guides you on your journey – awareness brings you closer to yourself and the feeling “less is more” will be strongly present.

individual retreat

14 Individual training days – total 48 hours training hours – 1 year access to all online events included
Each individual training is recorded and can be viewed again in your own secure personal account.
During the training you will become familiar with the energy directions, where the emphasis is on feeling.
The gentle energetic exercises loosen your joints and ensure a good energy flow throughout your body.

During the training sessions we will mainly focus on movement, inside and outside the body. (neidan and waidan)
You will discover the effect of movement and the effect of gentle energetic exercise on yourselve and your environment.
During your stay you will come into a strong connection with the forces of nature, which can be particularly powerful in Andalusië, nature shows all its beauty, but the effect of yin and yang is strongly present.
You become aware that your body is always in motion, just like nature is always in Yin & Yang

Healthy food and prepare meals according to your body’s needs can be part of your daily routine
Design a space according to your energy needs by using Feng shui.
Daily training and experience the benefits of simple Qigong and Taiji movements and how you can apply them in your daily life.
Using the meridians and understand the flow and functioning of the organs.
In all training we follow the cycle of the earth, the seasons and her 5 elements…
The different dimensions of awareness will be part of our conversations.

Full membership to become a certified awareness coach: 1680.00
Stay 14 days / 48 training hours
Are you ready to start your journey of awareness book your stay now
560,00 euros need to be paid to confirm your booking – the balance can be paid on arrival

It wil be a journey about

action & reaction – yin & yang – more & less and creating your new lifestyle.
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