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4 Days Biodanza and Yoga Holiday in Spain

  • Armonia Alpujarra, Apt.40 Lanjaron, Granada 18420, Spain

Vitalizing Biodanza and Yoga Holiday Spain

Join Armonia Alpujarra in this life-changing retreat for more joy and happiness in life, greater self-confidence and presence, healing of past traumas, wounds and hurts, deeper connections with others, nature and oneself, and feel the body as a source of pleasure, rather than one of pain. Set within the stunning Sierra Nevada mountain range and facilitated with love by two highly qualified yoga teachers and healers, with over twenty years of experience within their unique therapies, Armonia awaits you. Go beyond the ego, connect with all there is.

Biodanza

Biodanza is a system of self-development that utilizes music, movement and positive feelings to deepen self-awareness. It promotes the ability to make a holistic link between oneself and one's emotions. Biodanza supports in deepening the bond with others and with nature.

Highlights

  • Daily morning yoga classes
  • Daily Biodanza special sessions
  • 3 times delicious vegetarian meals a day
  • Sierra Nevada Mountains view
  • Evening meditation sessions
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 4 days with instruction
  • Spanish, English
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Casa Iris

Surrounded with ancient olive trees and wild nature, with spectacular views to the high sierras.The house is 70 square meters, comprising 2 bedrooms (one with a double bed and one with 2 single beds), 2 bathrooms, and a beautiful terrace from which you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the property. Fully furnished and equipped kitchen and living room, with a small TV and a DVD player. Wi-Fi internet is also available. In addition, guests may have full use of the swimming pool. Casa Iris is eco-friendly, using solar energy for electricity and heating water. Cosy wood burning stove is available for cold night.

Yurts

Nestling in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Spain, Armonia Alpujarra is a truly special place. They wanted to create a space where their visitors could be close to nature, and where they could be part of a community, while enjoying their own privacy. It was important that Cortijo Eco-friendly Yurt Holiday Retreat Farm would be environmentally self-sufficient, in line with their belief that we should do our best to live in harmony with the natural world. So the water comes from their own well, and their electricity is solar-powered.

Respecting the harmony and tranquil energy of the area, they have built two yurts for holiday rental. Both yurts are eco-friendly, self-contained and fully furnished, and equipped with all modern facilities. Yurts have a different energy from more conventional living spaces: their rounded shape and pointed tops create a sense of spaciousness and tranquillity. At night, you can gaze up at the stars. During the day, natural light fills the yurt. Looking out, you gaze across to rolling hills with olive orchards sloping up towards majestic mountains. You can enjoy being close to nature, without sacrificing your comfort.

The retreat will start on Thursday, May 4, 2017 and will end on Sunday, May 7, 2017 in the morning. In a day, you will have various activities that can heal and help you get a better view toward life from daily yoga classes, Biodanza special sessions and meditation sessions in the evening. You will also have time to relax yourself for revitalizing your body and mind.

  • Yair Sagy

    After serving in the Israeli army for four years, Yair felt a deep need to change, like an inner voice that was whispering "that is not it, you need to continue and explore, your destiny is calling." That voice was so strong that he could not ignore it. So he packed up and embarked on a spiritual quest which led him to India where he discovered yoga, meditation, and a deep urge to unite with the divine. As the magic continued to evolve, Yair was guided in a way that allowed him, through teaching yoga, Qigong, and the practice of acupuncture, to help others to heal and transform.

  • Ziza Fernandes Sagy

    After finishing her army service and a degree in art, Ziza moved to Los Angeles. Whilst living there, she was invited by a friend to model in a foot reading and reflexology class. She was amazed by the depth and amount of information the students managed to gather from her feet, as well as the deep physical and emotional experience when she was treated. That experience had a profound effect which helped her understand herself in a new way. For the first time, Ziza understood there is a connection between body, mind, and emotions, and so she decided to become a therapist herself.

The retreat centre is located on the foot hills of the Sierra Nevada natural park. With pristine unspoiled beauty of rolling hills, high mountains and ancient olive groves.

Distances

  • Alhambra - 45 minutes
  • Granada - 45 minutes
  • Granada Airport - 1 hour
  • Lanjaron - 5 minutes
  • Malaga Airport - 2 hours
  • Orgiva - 15 minutes
  • Playa Granada Beach - 45 minutes
  • Sierra Nevada ski resort - 1.5 hours
Activities
  • Horse riding/rental nearby
  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • Spa
General
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Terrace
Services
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Wireless internet

During this retreat, Armonia Alpujarra offers you great vegetarian food for daily breakfast, lunch and dinner.

During your free time, you can also enjoy these activities:

Coast / Beaches. Nearest beaches on the Costa Tropical are Playa Granada near Salobrena and at Torrenueva just east of Motril. Journey time about 45 minutes.

Foot reading

Holistic reflexology

Horse riding. Horses trekking facilities are available nearby and may be pre-booked, as can visits to the Alhambra in Granada, 45 minutes drive from the centre. Nature walks, high altitude treks and other activities can also be arranged locally.

Massage

Mind & body acupuncture and chakra balancing

Shiatsu

Spa treatments are available for you to enjoy during your free time for an extra cost and will be charged separately:

Foot reading - 70 EUR for 1.5 hours

Holistic reflexology - 50 EUR per hour

Mind & body acupuncture and chakra balancing - First treatment 70 EUR for 1.5 hours, second treatment 50 EUR per hour

Massage - 50 EUR per hour

Shiatsu - 50 EUR per hour

Holistic facial massage - 50 EUR per hour

Tibetan bowls massage - 50 EUR per hour

  • 3 times healthy vegetarian food per day
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily Biodanza workshops
  • Daily morning yoga workshop
  • Evening meditation sessions
  • Airport transfer
  • Treatments

Arrival by aeroplane

The nearest airports are Malaga and Granada Airports. Low cost group transfer from Malaga airport to the centre can be arranged, subject to your flight arriving no later than 13:30 and your request being confirmed in advance. Please contact Armonia Alpujarra for more information regarding this.

Car rental is another option which allows exploring the beautiful area surrounding Lanjaron.

Arrival by bus

From Malaga Airport's railway station take the train to Malaga. The main railway station in Malaga is Mlaga-Mara Zambrano Station. Just outside this railway station, you can find busses to Lanjaron and the villages of the Alpujarra.

Alternatively, there is one bus a day direct to Lanjaron from the airport. Information about buses in English can be found at: http//.alsa.es

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

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    Review by Inmaculada Jiménez Pineda from Spain

    Vacaciones para abrir los sentidos a la naturaleza en familia

    CONS Cons: No hay nada que no me gustara. A todo te puedes adaptar. Siempre que aceptes y conozcas el lugar a donde vas. La Yurta grande, muy acogedora y especial. Si tuviese la ducha y el aseo dentro, sería perfecta. Sobre todo x las urgencias nocturnas de los peques.

    PROS Pros: La experiencia en general. Disfrutar en familia de un descanso en pleno contacto con la naturaleza. El trato personal y profesional de Yair (una persona de 10) y su familia. La excelente comida de Ziza y la convivencia con dos familias estupendas.

    Organizer response: Muchísimas gracias por sus bellas palabras. Un abrazo de agradecimiento y amor. Yair

    2017-Aug-12 07:18:32

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    Review by Sandra Ortlieb from Spain

    CONS Cons: No tengo nada de que quejarse.

    PROS Pros: En los 3 días que estuve en el centro de Yair y Ziza me he relajado tanto y me he recargado las pilas a tope con buena energía. Estuve alojada en casa Iris, una casa muy bien cuidado y tranquila. La comida vegetariana es espectacular y hecho con mucho amor. Las clases de yoga son cada vez diferentes, que me gusto mucho. Por causa del calor por la tarde, nos daba clase en la piscina. Ha sido una experiencia nueva y buenísima! Muchas gracias por todo!

    Organizer response: Querida Sandra, Muchas gracias por su bonitas palabras. Un saludo y abrazos. Ziza y Yair

    2017-Aug-07 22:41:14

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    Review by Anonymous

    Yoga get away

    CONS Cons: Nothing of note

    PROS Pros: I loved the beautiful environment: the surrounding mountain area (on which I went horseriding- kindly arranged by my hosts) The different areas we practiced yoga in were inspiring and relaxing, especially the platform surrounded by olive trees and a gorgeous view. My house mate was lovely and my hosts were very kind and accommodating. I also received treatment that they offered and was delighted with the results.

    Organizer response: Dear Sophie, Many thanks for your lovely review. Sending you loads of blessings and looking forward to see you again. Love, Yair

    2017-Jul-22 05:48:54

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    Review by Anonymous

    Organizer response: Hi and many thanks for your lovely review. Blessings Yair

    2017-Jul-19 21:40:32

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    Review by Manasi Shah from India

    Must-have experience!

    PROS Pros: Would highly recommend everyone to immerse in this experience at least once. It is a beautiful, purifying and peaceful environment, everything from the unique yurt stay to the fresh, home-grown food and the first-time biodanza experience! The best part yet is the wonderful hosts, Yair and Ziza. They felt like family and made this an unforgettable experience!

    Organizer response: Lovely Manasi, thanks you so much for your lovely review. It was pleasure to spend time with you and we wish you endless joy and success on your life journey. Much love, Yair and Ziza

    2017-Jun-09 19:42:10

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    Review by Gerald Garratty from United Kingdom

    2017-May-13 15:30:25

  • Review by Yolanda from Spain
    10 out of 10

    "Yair and Ziza, have created the perfect place to disconnect from the world and to be able to reconnect with yourself. The yoga classes in the morning arel a luxury; and the afternoon yoga classes in the pool (in the water) were just what one needs in the middle of August. The stay at Casa Iris was very comfortable and gives you absolute independence. The food was exquisite. Yair and Ziza, with their kindness and affection create a super pleasant atmosphere. I am sure that I will return. A hug!"

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  • Review by A traveler
    10 out of 10

    "The setting was amazing, it was like a haven, with beautiful greenery all around and only the sound of nature to listen to. Casa IRIS was very clean, comfortable and well-ventilated. The food prepared by Ziza was so healthy, colourful and delicious. The yoga and meditation sessions with Yair were very calming, relaxing yet energizing, and conducted with patience and care. I highly recommend this retreat."

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  • Review by Manasi Shah from India
    10 out of 10

    "Must have experience!"

    "Would highly recommend everyone to immerse in this experience at least once. It is a beautiful, purifying and peaceful environment, everything from the unique yurt stay to the fresh, home-grown food and the first-time biodanza experience! The best part yet is the wonderful hosts, Yair and Ziza. They felt like family and made this an unforgettable experience!"

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  • Review by Denise from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I had the most amazing time, met wonderful people, which I will keep in touch with. Yair and Ziza were very friendly and welcoming, I felt very comfortable, like being at home. Food was amazing, brought lots of ideas back home, even brought the recipe book and already made some soup. Yoga was excellent, beautiful surroundings, just what I needed, highly recommend the foot reading. Recommended the retreat to ladies at my yoga class."

    "Thank you Yair and Ziza, my focus on life is a whole lot different. xx"

    "Kind Regards"

    "Denise "

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  • Review by Gerald
    10 out of 10

    "Dear Yair and Ziza,"

    "Thank you for hosting a lovely retreat last week. It was a lovely five days. Wonderful location, great yoga, exceptional food, great accommodation. Thank you both for making it all possible."

    "Fond regards Gerald"

    " "

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  • Review by Sami, Betti, and Chris
    10 out of 10

    "One could think that it was a very nice coincidence but the more I think of it, the more I am sure it was destiny that brought us here...we wanted to get away for a few days with our little son and ended up in the most unusual place, a place I might think of very close to paradise."

    "So peaceful and full of harmony, living in the yurts, tasting your delicious food and experiencing your treatment, yoga and qi gong... that was magical."

    "Thank you for so much love and peace! "

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  • Review by Miranda from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "What can I say? I have nothing but good words about my stay here. Ziza and Yair have created a little heaven in and around their Olive Farm, a place filled with so much love, energy and care and a reminder to us all that life can be truly beautiful. Experienced yoga under the stars, beautiful walks, fantastic food, and interesting conversations."

    "Ziza and Yair are two very special people who will do everything they can to ensure that you have a wonderful time in their retreat. There is always plenty of time for relaxation too!If you want to get away from the city and immerse yourself in nature, with beautiful people and beautiful things, then this is the place for you! Ziza and Yair, thank you on so many levels. It was an absolute pleasure."

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  • Review by Kate from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Yair is special. He has a gift in transforming your energy. I always feel more centered, more energetic, and more positive after a session with Yair. He has been my secret energy transformer. His gifts are so powerful, the secret needs to spread. Ziza understands food is medicine but she makes it so tasty. I have transformed how I look at vegetables now and realized there are so many wonderful ways to cook delicious, nutritious food. "

    "After having spent five days eating Ziza's amazing array of food, I am a convert. I am cooking and preparing differently and I am so much healthier. I now also have a knowledge on how to make a variety of vegetarian dishes that are so delicious, you do not miss the meat! Ziza's food is a feast to behold. If you can get her recipes or are lucky enough to go to her retreat, you are in for a very special treat. Ziza can give you insights about your life through your feet. She uses a combination of reading the feet and reflexology, and the result is a real shift in perception. That perception shift led me to a behaviour shift and an opening of many more opportunities for me. Thank you, Ziza."

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  • Review by Jacqueline
    10 out of 10

    "My two-week trip to Andalusia began with a five-night stay with Yair and Ziza on a personal retreat at their beautiful yurt setting. Despite my initial anxieties, this warm and gentle couple immediately made me feel welcome and at ease. I gradually felt myself unwind in their easy company and settled into the beautiful and peaceful surroundings. Their style of yoga and meditation is individual and unique and I felt like I learned so much from the pair of them. Ziza was also kind enough to work through some simple routines for me for the lower back, so I could keep practicing after I left. I had been feeling a little disconnected at the time - too much living in my head! "

    "Through the energy work we did together and the foot reading from Ziza, I could feel myself coming alive again. I felt emotional, but it was a good feeling. They helped me to be more open, more connected, and more in touch with who I am. The food was also wonderful and part of the nurturing experience - each dish was like a creation of art and you could see how much care and love had gone into every meal. I also had the opportunity to spend a few hours with Ziza in her kitchen showing me how to recreate some of them, which was an added treat for me.There is something special about this place and something very special about Yair and Ziza. I treasure the time I spent with them and hope to visit again one day in the future."

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  • Review by Liz, Pete, and Hector
    10 out of 10

    "My husband and I chose Yair and Ziza's retreat for our last holiday as a couple before having our baby. Towards the end of my pregnancy, I feared that I would not be able to connect with my child. After a session with Ziza, something magical happened. I actually produced milk - the ultimate connection between a mother and baby! Both Ziza and Yair enable you to untangle emotions and use energy in a subtle yet profound way. Yair's energy reading class made me feel like a child again, within a world of possibilities. Their company is easy, interesting, and warm, and the food is just delicious. I still want that cabbage recipe. Mmmmm, I really did love every meal. We will return with our son one day. Thank you both for a very special experience."

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  • Review by Shimu from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I have just had the most wonderful experience with Yair and Ziza in their home. It was a surreal experience, that took my mind, body, and soul out of the the hustle of London and strengthened it in the middle of the mountains. I was taken by the serenity and quietness of space we occupied. I felt so blessed to have been in the company of Ziza and Yair. Yair was an excellent yoga and meditation teacher, I have yet to explore his other talents. Ziza was kind, nurturing, and had the most breathtaking cooking ability. I always looked forward to dining with them and tasting her delicious and healthy food."

    "The facilities were just right. I stayed in the big yurt, which had a view of the mountains and was surrounded by trees. It had a kitchen area, sleeping, and relaxation area. It was full of cushions to sit on and very spacious. The outside seating area, hammock, shower was so wonderful. The compost toilet experience was also fun!I have no doubt that I will go back there again, the yoga experience was great, and Ziza and Yair's warmth and conversations was just what I needed to grow and feel contained within. They were so accommodating and did quite a lot to make me feel at home. I felt comfortable to be myself, felt free and strong. Thank you Yair and Ziza, I am very grateful for this experience and I look forward to seeing you both again."

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  • Review by Carmen Regatero
    10 out of 10

    "Estuve en Armonía Alpujarra a finales de agosto y mi estancia fue maravillosa. Yair y Ziza, consiguen que te sientas realmente bien allí, creando un ambiente de libertad y respeto, a la vez que dejan que sientas su cariño y amor por todas las cosas que hacen y organizan para sus huéspedes. El sitio es bello. La comida espectacular. Las sesiones de yoga y meditación de calidad. Todo está preparado para hacer de tu estancia lo que buscabas. O al menos eso me sucedió a mí. Fue el viaje perfecto entre la soledad (que buscaba) y la compañía tan grata que encontré. Es un sitio al que espero volver. Gracias Ziza y Yair!"

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Testimonials

  • Review by Noemie
    10 out of 10

    "Wow! Just wow! Go for it you will not regret it! My experience at Armonia Alapujarra was unique. I didn't expect to live a so intense experience when I came. Life sometimes smiles at you by giving you hints that you are on the right way and going at Armonia Alapujarra was, for me, one of them. The environment was just perfect, in the middle of the mountain with amazing views. Relaxing, peaceful and close to nature. You can't imagine the pleasure of taking a shower and, waking up hearing the birds. The Yurts are very comfortable. It's the perfect place to do a yoga retreat. The yoga sessions were very nice. Yair is patient and a very good teacher - he gave me a lot of insights to help me continue the exercises when I am back home, which I do. The treatments they provide are mastered and healing for the body and for the mind. Yair and Ziza are two amazing and inspiring people. In minutes, you will feel at home. They are cheerful and welcoming and they share so much. I learned a lot from them and they made me discover so many things such as Biodanza, which I loved. I am grateful I had the chance to meet both of them. Ziza is also an amazing cook. Every meal was a pleasure for the eyes and for the taste. It is difficult for me to write about this fulfilling experience. My only advice would be to go and experience it yourself. You won't regret it. Thank you Yair and Ziza from the bottom of my heart."

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  • Review by Ida
    10 out of 10

    "I just wanted to get away over Christmas, and ended up in a magnificent environment with people I'll never forget. This place is magical in all ways. I can't wait to go back, not only for the yoga, the meditations, the treatments, the landscape and the wonderful food, but to dive back into this parallel world where love and harmony is surrounding you. Where you feel at home. Ziza and Yair, I will never forget you, and I will definitely be back."

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  • Review by Jackie
    10 out of 10

    "Whilst sitting on the porch of my gorgeous wooden hut, watching the sunset behind the mountain, I felt like I'd died and gone to heaven. The yoga, the food and most of all the healing therapies made me feel like I might float from my seat! I think I'll call Yair and Ziza magicians, not actors. Yes that's it. What they create between them is an elaborate magical trick to make you feel alive, peaceful and lighter. But you don't have to thank me for forewarning you, just go and feel the magic for yourself. Yair and Ziza I love you. Namaste!"

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  • Review by Carly from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I had an incredible time here. The surroundings are peaceful and beautiful, the accommodation is very comfortable (In the small yurt, I have never slept better, surrounded by the smells and sounds of the local nature). Ziza and Yair are faultless hosts, I felt like a part of their family. They have a beautiful way of life, which for the duration of my stay I was lucky enough to experience and share. The food is delicious and beautifully presented, I could not wait to get stuck in at every meal time, Ziza is an amazing cook."

    "Both Ziza and Yair were happy to take me on hikes, to the beach, pick me up/take me to the bus stop as I arrived and departed and were just generally helpful and lovely people all around. Come here to regenerate, heal and reconnect - it worked for me. I look forward to visiting time and time again. I cannot wait to introduce my family and friends, too."

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  • Review by Cathy from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for a wonderful stay and amazing treatments! You were both fantastic and I feel more positive than I did before I arrived. I will definitely be back! Lots of love to you both."

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  • Review by Lucy
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for a wonderful retreat. I have come away feeling beautifully relaxed, recharged and encouraged to keep going on my journey! The generosity and care you both showed us was so heartwarming. Sharing your home reminded me about the joys of nourishing healthy food prepared with love and also about living with the environment not inspite of it. A deep and expanding experience. You guys rock! I look forward to seeing you both again."

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  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Huge thanks to Ziza and Yair for their very warm hospitality. The location was amazing, delicious food, energizing yoga and treatments. I feel fantastic and something inside me has shifted! I would highly recommend this resort to anyone. "

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  • Review by Cher
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you so much for all the nourishment and loveliness I received from your home. It was the best birthday I have ever had. Such a beautiful time of reconnecting and meeting beautiful people. Such a gift! And, I will think of you and Ziza always, as an inspiration for how to stay centered in a beautiful way of life and to share it with others. Again, much love, kisses, and gratitude for the beautiful time."

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  • Review by Josh from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Thank Yair and Ziza who have created a beautiful environment for healing and relaxation. They are warm individuals who welcome you into their home and way of life. The setting is idyllic, the food fresh and always delicious and the yoga invigorating. Being able to spend a week with them allowed me to re-energize and restore balance while equipping me with some insights that I can continue to use in everyday life. I recommend for anyone who wants to re-connect with themselves. Love, Josh."

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  • Review by Julie from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I wanted to say what a wonderful time I had. I felt absolutely repaired when I returned home. Thank you. I also wanted to send you a few pictures that I took in your garden. The beautiful colors and sounds feel a million miles from grey London. With love, Julie."

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  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I came to stay with Ziza and Yair over the Christmas period, with the intention not to escape over the holidays, but I guess to find myself a little after quite a challenging year. As soon as I met Yair and Ziza, I felt incredibly comfortable and relaxed. They are so warm and kind but also incredibly perceptive and seemed to tune in to what my needs were over that time. Both are very capable practitioners in terms of mind-body work, and I learned a huge amount about myself through yoga and acupuncture, as well as the whole experience of being in such a wonderful environment. Yair was able to really help me improve my understanding of the importance of core strength in yoga practice, and was supportive but also not afraid to offer direct advice in terms of how to adjust myself in certain postures. This has really helped me to continue yoga at home, in a way that I had not previously felt able to do. "

    "I cannot praise Ziza enough for the amazing food that was prepared each day. In all honesty, a week of consuming light, nourishing food with such goodness has really changed my outlook on nutrition and how the body can respond so well in the absence of many foods eaten in abundance, i.e. sugar and dairy. I was aware after three or four days that my body was so content with such goodness, and that in fact I wasn't eating many things that I would have considered a staple part of my diet back home. This is just a personal experience and not something that I had anticipated before the trip, so was in fact extra exciting to have discovered this change!"

    "I should add to this that the surroundings of Armonia Alpujarra are so incredibly beautiful. There is a real sense of space but also a real closeness to nature. I felt a lot more connected to nature and to myself by the end of my stay, and left with a huge sense of gratitude for such kind and caring hosts - Yair and Ziza are very special people, with so much to give - but also for the space to be able to appreciate so much in a short space of time."

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  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Amazing retreat in a really special place. I stayed in the large yurt on the property which was nothing short of perfect, everything is really well thought through with an emphasis on eco or sustainable living and guest comfort. The food is made with love and attention using all fresh ingredients and could not have been better. Ziza should be giving cooking classes as there such a range of veggie dishes. Yoga and treatments were 100% personalized, which, again, was fantastic. The location is incredible, although worth getting directions as it can be tricky to find."

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  • Review by Dani, Saul, Micah, and Jess
    10 out of 10

    "In August 2013, our little family set out to the beautiful Andalucian region to join Yair and Ziza's yoga retreat. We found a small oasis of paradise amidst the heat. In the beautiful space that Yair and Ziza have so lovingly created, there are fruit trees and wild herbs, beautiful views, and peace and calm. Ziza prepared delicious and wholesome food that we all enjoyed together in their exquisite hand-decorated courtyard. We had beautiful relaxing yoga each morning with Yair and plenty of time to enjoy the pool and the other adventures on offer in the region - rock climbing, kayaking, gorge-hiking, a visit to the nearby Zen Buddhist monastery, a visit to the Alhambra, and market in Orgiva. Our young kids emerged stimulated, excited, and happy and we were completely relaxed and energized by the calmness and the special treatments that Yair and Ziza offer. Thank you for a truly magical week."

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  • Review by Emma
    10 out of 10

    "A retreat week on the magical and unspoilt island of Sifnos in Greece helped me to unwind, restore, and re-balance. The unique combination of therapies, bodywork, teachings, and mindful meditation combined so naturally with the warmth of the island, so stunningly beautiful, so unassuming. Meditating to the sunrise, swimming at deserted beaches, sharing food so fresh and alive with energy, balancing being and doing, mind-body-spirit. Thank you, thank you, thank you."

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  • Review by Kay
    10 out of 10

    "It has been some time since I participated in Yair and Ziza's energy and foot reading retreat; and yet, the memories of the retreat linger on, like the sweet smell of roses on a warm summer's day. I arrived at the retreat tired, with aching muscles, and feeling stressed, tight, anxious. I remember, just a day or two into the retreat, suddenly noticing that the aches and pains in my body had disappeared, as if by magic, and I was feeling energized, light, happy, at ease with myself, the people around me, and the world. The retreat is based in a peaceful, sunny, warm, and beautiful place, and Yair and Ziza created a holding, caring, supportive, and loving environment. "

    "I really enjoyed the morning yoga, qigong, and meditation sessions; the afternoon teaching and practice sessions, often spent outdoors, and the warm lazy evenings spent outdoors, around a table of light, healthy, delightful food, with easy, good company. The energy and foot reading teaching and practice sessions really supported me to get in tune with my mind, body, heart, and spirit. They supported me to let go of things that were blocking me, holding me back, and to open up to new possibilities, new ways of knowing, new ways of connecting, new ways being in the world. The retreat supported me to let go, relax, open up, and to fully step into the life I was born to live. It was a truly magical retreat, in a magical place, with magical people. I would go back without hesitation!"

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  • Review by Josh Adams
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks so very much for the important lesson you taught me this year. When I was on detox in May, after the setback in my career, you taught me how to see things from the point of view of my adversaries, to understand that we are all connected with one another - in short, you taught me how to learn to love my enemies. This is truly one of the hardest lessons to learn in life, and I have found it deeply challenging to apply it over the past few months. At the same time, I have also found great power in trying to apply this lesson, hard though it can be. I look forward to seeing you and Ziza again in 2012."

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  • Review by Guy, Katerine, and Josefine
    9 out of 10

    "Thanks for the week at Casa Iris. We very much enjoyed our time with you doing yoga and a few healing sessions. The view from Casa Iris took our breath away every morning as we enjoyed our tea on the porch. Ziza is such an artist with food and we could hardly wait for each meal. Thanks for helping organize adventures for our family, climbing, bike riding, this made all the difference so that we could enjoy the time as a family. We are looking forward to coming back again."

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Alpujarras, Spain

Armonia Alpujarra creates harmony at every level, offers yoga holidays for growth and transformation, and combines a family holiday with a healing yoga retreat.

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