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more about us

Although originally Dutch, Marina and Paul met on the Costa del Sol in 1994 and have been at home in Southern Spain since 1978 and 1989 respectively. We jokingly call ourselves Holandaluzes but our heart feels it's more than a joke. 

our decision to turn our finca...

Our decision to turn our finca in Mijas, into a natural living & wellbeing retreat came about, shall we say naturally, as we could no longer ignore the fact that the world at large started making less and less sense. In 2018, our now adult children moved on and we were ready for our next adventure together. It turned out that everything we had been studying and learning in our free time over the last 20 years, could now be applied in practice. 

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What does it take to live more in contact with the earth and the seasons? To grow our own food? To limit our waste? What are we willing to give up? What will we not live without? Far from virtuous we consider our journey a pragmatic one where finding our balance is becoming a continuous exercise. And yes we want to harvest joy, always.


Depending on where you are on your own journey you will consider us anything in between extremists and imposters. It is not our intention to tell anyone what to do or how to live. We do want to share what we have discovered and hope it may, at worst: trigger your curiosity and at best: inspire you to do something similar.


Marina (55) has an international background where hospitality and wellbeing always played an important role.


Paul (63) has had a medical profession and is now a painter and an avid permaculturist.


Our children Tessa (23) and Sebastian (22) were born in Spain and are now discovering the world and themselves and contributing to BtLT with their own talents.

so why Back to La Tierra?

Coming Back to La Tierra was a conscious choice, to move back to the earth. Back to the soil. To the roots of what life is really all about. La Tierra has been a special place for us ever since we saw the finca for the first time in 2006 and bought it, head over heels. It felt like a place where we could do all the things that made sense to us...and it turns out, to others too.

Now Back to la Tierra is a place to welcome those longing for a more natural way of living in simple elegance. To rest and relax or learn and get inspired. Or both.

We all need a little Back to La Tierra now and then. Are you curious to find out what we offer? Go here.

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