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Loving Ibiza…

Summer 2011 and life is great here on Ibiza, we were recently interviewed for a new website, Essential Ibiza and its below!

We are now fully settled into Ibiza life, yes we party a little, chill a lot, now nave 2 dogs, Cosmo & Luna and love the varied life Ibiza gives us…

60 Seconds with Reiki Ibiza

Is there a more suitable spot on this planet from which to practise the art of Reiki? Essential Ibiza catches up with Reiki Ibiza to find out…

What is Reiki?

Reiki (pronounced Rey-Key) is a Japanese word meaning Universal (Rei) Life Energy (Ki). In plain English, Reiki is a hands on healing system that uses the natural surrounding energy and the energy of every living thing. After all, we are all bundles of energy! Reiki is the art of utilising universal energy for wellness and activating, applying and balancing the universal life energy that is within every living thing. Reiki treats the whole being at every level – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. It is available to all and is a non-religious, non-invasive, non scary, healing system that is channelled through the hands to a recipient who is fully clothed. It doesn’t hurt; in fact it is a lovely relaxing soothing treatment usually accompanied by calming music. “Reiki flows to the areas of need, soothing pain and supporting the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Reiki restores balance in one’s life” – http://www.ReikiAssociation.org.uk

What are the benefits of a Reiki treatment?

Reiki can be used for stress reduction, relaxation, emotional healing, pain relief, reducing blood pressure, general well being, clearing energy blockages, boosting energy levels, help with insomnia and many more.

What is the double wammy?

The double wammy is a Reiki treatment connecting you with the stream of universal energy to soothe your worries and bathe you in bliss. It is one and a half hours of Luxury Reiki and Chakra Balancing performed by Toby & Belinda all for €64. Our Double Wammy Reiki sessions will give you double the relaxation, double the power and double the healing all in one go and balance your yin and yang. Our Double Wammy Reiki sessions are unique to Ibiza Reiki and include consultation, animal card reading, chakra balancing and guided meditation. Double Power Reiki Treatment with Healing Crystals – the ultimate energy experience!

Are your treatments restricted to your studios?

All sessions are performed either in The Reiki Room, Ibiza Reiki, San Carlos, Ibiza, or we also offer home/hotel/boat visits.

You offer Reiki holidays; what do they include?

Our Reiki holidays are tailor made packages – including accommodation, Reiki treatments, Reiki teaching, Chakra balancing, Lemurian crystal workshop, Spiritual coaching, walking and sight seeing.

Is Ibiza the ideal location for your business?

Ibiza is absolutely perfect for our Reiki business! The energy on the island is very strong due to Es Vedra being the third most magnetic place in the world; this draws many spiritual people to the island looking for energy experiences. This strong energy allows us to channel Reiki at a higher level than other places around the world treating clients to the ultimate energy experience.

There has been an increased awareness in the benefits of spa treatments, have you noticed an increase in business on the island?

Ibiza Reiki was started two years ago when we moved to the island permanently, we now have a good client base and with monthly Reiki teachings we are seeing an increase in clients wanting to learn Reiki.

What led you to Reiki?

Belinda first discovered Reiki in 1994 and over the years was drawn to learn more achieving Master and teaching level in 2004. Toby was always interested in Reiki but being in a very busy corporate lifestyle in the UK never had the time or mind to stop and look further into it. Upon giving up this busy lifestyle in 2008 and travelling Latin America for a year this then gave him the time and space to explore and learn, then becoming attuned by Belinda in Peru.

Does the natural energy on the island make it the logical place for you to live?

Yes, Toby, being born here, is connected into the energy at a very deep level and now only feels grounded when on the island hence Ibiza is a very natural and logical home to him. It is a natural calling for us to be on the island, work as we do in this field and also involve ourselves in organising http://www.healingIbiza.com – an event to help restore and re-balance the energies of Ibiza.

What inspires you about Ibiza?

The nature, the beauty and the freedom of this special island make it an ideal place for an energy worker to live, amongst other like-minded friends. Waking up in the morning with the sunrise peeping through the window is an amazing way to start the day and knowing that on Ibiza we are doing what we love to do – swapping mist, greyness and sitting in a traffic jam for blue skies, sunshine and walking the dog on the beach is a great way to live life!

Describe your ideal day/night on the island?

Getting together with some great friends for a picnic on one of the many stunning beaches, enjoying the crystal clear waters, snorkelling and soaking up the sunshine. Watching the sunset over looking Es Vedra before heading off to Novum for Sushi and cocktails and a relaxed dinner.

What is your favourite time of year on the island?

Late September to November when the days have amazing light, are still warm and swimming is wonderful. The beaches are deserted and once again dog walking on the beach is possible. It’s the time of year when the residents once again get together after the manic high season and have time to enjoy each others company and the islands beauty.

How do you relax and unwind on the island?

In the high season we take our little boat out and enjoy surprisingly deserted coves, taking some jamon, goats cheese, olives, bread and alioli and a nice chilled wine, this gives us time out from the busy crowds and time to chill.

You can also see the interview on the Essential Ibiza website

October 2010 and I departed for a monumental walk around the coast line of Ibiza, Cosmo (our dog) and I with a pack pack including a £5 Tesco tent, a few clothes and lots of luck.  Also decided to only take food and water for 24 hours and only €1 Euro, after that we were on our own, trusting that Ibiza would provide….I kept a blog going on my iphone and took lots of amazing pictures, take a look at http://www.TobyVclarke.com for the full story……….

Summer 2010

Well how time is flying, we are now well and truly settled on Ibiza! Cosmo is 8 months old, the sun is shining each day and the temperature is up in the 30’s most days!  The days consist of walks and swimming down by the sea or in the countryside with Cosmo, picking grapes off vines &  almonds and figs off the trees.  Ibiza has a full bounty and I am sure you could live off the land if you so desired which I might soon as I have this calling to walk around the whole island in September (maybe something to do with being 40 on the 6th September?) and leaving with just enough food for 24 hours!  I will keep you posted!

We have been busy with teachings and treatments with www.IbizaReiki.com and also had an amazing visitor in the form of Lilo the Shaman that we spent time with in Peru, when we left her in Cusco she looked at me and said she would come to Ibiza.  Then we left it to the spirits and here she was, falling in love with Ibiza, swimming in the sea and holding  2 workshops- they were an amazing success:

Are we ‘living the dream?’, yes we are!  Although I do have to pinch myself quite often and remind myself where I am and what I am now doing NOW!  It feels a long time ago that I was driving up to 500 miles a day visiting clients and stuck on the m25, and before you ask, NO I would not change anything, I love the journey I am on!

Cutie Cosmo

We have a new addition to the family… Cosmo the cute puppy!  He is adorable and like Toby was also born on Ibiza.  A mixture of labrador and your guess is as good as mine, he is 2 months old and came from one of the dogs homes here on Ibiza.

Hmmm how easy is it to forget how much attention a puppy needs and sooooo much time.  Even though we have both previously had dogs we’d both forgotton how much training is involved and what a routine.  Oh well it will all be worth it when we have a very well behaved and trained dog.

We’ve had him for 4 days and apart from a slight blip the day after he arrived when he got sick and lethargic, he’s making really good progress already.  He can sit and is house trained, he sleeps really well and like us he loves to be warm.  Now we just need to work on the rest…

We’ve moved!

Toby and Belinda's new home

Well it’s been a while since we last had somewhere to call home but we are pleased to announce that we now have a home again.  The last home was in Chester, which we left 16 months ago and although it’s still there we don’t feel like it’s our home anymore.  During the past 16 months we have lived quite an adventure – traveling Spain with our car packed full of useful stuff and then Latin America with only small backpacks to live out of and now Ibiza.  The first few months here on Ibiza have been a settling in period, getting used to the island and finding our feet and a new home.

We moved in with the help of a couple of friends on Sunday, thank you Jinny and Mike.  We are blessed with renting a beautiful little detached white finca in the tranquil countryside  of San Carlos, off the Cala San Vincent road – it is just what we were hoping for;  a cute 2 bed house that was reformed 2 years ago leaving the adjoining animal corales untouched and intact, the landlord is Ibicencan, lovely and grew up here when it was merely 2 rooms built from stone.

Us with our lovely landlord

The house has been totally modernised with electricity, new kitchen and bathroom but keeps it’s old well which stores rain water over the winter, come summer time we will need to buy a delivery of water to fill it up again which is relatively cheap – €90.  Our new home even comes with internet and a small sea view (or peek through the almond trees more like).  We have lots of land around us and plenty of space for a veg patch, Toby is busy planting Aloe Vera and scented Geraniums as I type!

Our first guest is booked in already – Kirstie will be visiting early March, with lots of you planning to visit at a later date.

Enjoying the sunshine on the terrace

Home at last!

Well what a first few months its been living on Ibiza, our journey continues with us settling down and really feeling ‘at home’!  I (Toby) have the most amazing feelings that I am truly home and that I would be happy if I never left the island again, I know I am amazingly lucky to be in this position of being back where I was born and loving it. 

We are both loving the island, the people, the way of life and many old and new friends that we have made.  Feeling part of a community is so nice, going out and seeing people we know in town or on the beach, knowing the shop keepers name, going into Anitas bar in San Carlos and Vicente knowing us, this is all a new way of life to me and it really does feel settling.  Even dealing with the bank here is a pleasure, if we need to do anything bank related we generally visit the branch and walking in you get a ‘Hola Toby & Belinda’ could you imagine that in Barclays bank in Chester!

We realise that winter here is very different from what we will experience in the summer, going out at the moment is like being out with all your best friends, people generally go to the same places on particular days or nights so Sunday is flea market at Cala Llenya, Friday lunch is Fish & Chips at Ocho, Friday night is great at SOTO in Ibiza town etc.  During the winter people have the time to socialise more and relax before the mad summer season, there are no traffic jams, beaches are deserted and life has a very ‘relaxed’ feel about it-lovely!

Life here seems to be falling into place, we have set up www.IbizaReiki.com and this is taking off little by little, Belinda is working hard on www.ChasingHappiness.net and even got a double page spread in the Sunday Times style magazine last week which is amazing!

We are also moving to our new house next week, a lovely little detatched house in the tranquil countryside just near San Carlos and we can’t wait for that!