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6 Days Christmas Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Spain

  • Armonia Alpujarra, Apartment 40, Lanjaron, Granada 18420, Spain


Christmas Yoga Retreat Granada

Join Armonia Alpujarra on this unique opportunity to enjoy a yoga Christmas break, in the spectacular, unspoiled beauty of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Free your heart and body, expand, and stretch. Feel the joy of life pulsating in your veins and let go of all worries and stresses, in this loving, safe, and healing environment. Nourish your body with amazing vegetarian food and enjoy therapy treatments. Still your mind with evening meditation, stretch and flex each morning with yoga.


  • Daily morning yoga classes
  • Various therapies with Yair and Ziza
  • Evening meditation sessions to enhance concentration
  • Expressive dance, qi gong, nature walk, or an energy experience
  • Free time for relaxation and reflection
  • All daily vegetarian meals
  • 5 nights accommodation

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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Casa Iris

Surrounded by ancient olive trees, wild nature, and spectacular views of the high sierras, this 70 square meters house comprises of two bedrooms (one with a double bed and one with twin single beds), two bathrooms, and a beautiful terrace where guests can enjoy the beautiful surroundings. It also has a kitchen, living room, Wi-Fi internet, a small TV, and a DVD player. In addition, guests have full use of the outdoor swimming pool. Casa Iris is an eco-friendly property that uses solar energy for hot water and electricity.


Surrounded by olive orchards sloping up towards the majestic mountains with spectacular views here, guests are close to nature without sacrificing comforts. The yurts are eco-friendly, self-contained, fully furnished, and equipped with all modern facilities. Yurts have a different energy from more conventional living spaces, and their rounded shape and pointed top create a sense of spaciousness and tranquility. Guests can gaze up at the stars at night and enjoy the natural light during the day.

The place where you can breathe in the beauty of nature, fresh mountain air, and feel the joy of being alive in every moment. The place where you can revitalize your body, mind, and soul with transformative yoga and healing therapies. Set within the stunning Sierra Nevada Mountains in Andalucia, Spain, Armonia Alpujarra Healing retreat center offers yoga holidays, personalized retreats, and an abundance of organic goodness.

Armonia Alpujarra is facilitated with love, by two highly qualified yoga teachers and healers, Ziza Fernandes Sagy and Yair Sagy. Both, Ziza and Yair, have more than twenty years of experience within their unique therapies.

What you will do

  • Evening meditation to enhance concentration
  • Free time to relax and reflect in peaceful and harmonious surroundings
  • Morning yoga classes for strength and flexibility
  • Soul enriching activity each afternoon (Expressive dance, qi gong, nature walk, or an energy experience)
  • Therapies with Yair and Ziza
  • Yair Sagy

    After serving in the Israeli army for four years, Yair felt a deep need to change, like an inner voice 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, Qi Gong, and the practice of acupuncture.

  • Ziza Fernandes Sagy

    After finishing her army service and a degree in art, Ziza moved to live in 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.

Nestled in the foothills of the Spanish Sierra Nevada mountains, Armonia Alpujarra is a truly special place. The healing retreat center is surrounded by the pristine unspoiled beauty of rolling hills, high mountains, and ancient olive and almond groves.

Nearby places:

  • Federico García Lorca Airport (GRX) - 1 hour
  • Granada - 45 minutes
  • Lanjaron - 5 minutes
  • Málaga Airport (AGP) - 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Nearest beach resort - 45 minutes
  • Orgiva - 15 minutes
  • Sierra Navada ski resort - 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking / trekking
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Rock climbing
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Car rental nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library

During this retreat, Armonia Alpujarra offers you three specially prepared and healthy vegetarian meals per day.

  • Enjoy nature walks or go hiking
  • Enjoy therapy treatments
  • Exploring the peaceful surroundings
  • Horse riding / trekking (can be pre-booked nearby)
  • Rock or mountain climbing (can be pre-booked nearby)
  • Skiing in Sierra Nevada (only during winter months)
  • Take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool
  • Unwind in the peaceful environment
  • Visit the local tourist sites, such as the Alhambra Palace Granada or the Spa Town of Lanjaron

Treatments are available to book at an extra cost and they will be charged separately.

  • Foot reading, 1 hour and 30 minutes for 70 EUR
  • Holistic facial massage, 1 hour for 50 EUR
  • Holistic reflexology, 1 hour for 50 EUR
  • Massage, 1 hour for 50 EUR
  • Mind and body acupuncture and chakra balancing, 1 hour and 30 minutes for 70 EUR
  • Shiatsu, 1 hour for 50 EUR
  • Tibetan bowls massage, 1 hour for 50 EUR
  • 1 soul enriching activity each afternoon
  • 1 yoga class per day
  • 3 healthy vegetarian meals per day
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Evening meditation sessions
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Any pre-booked outdoor activities
  • Extra therapy treatments
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

Electricity information

Due to green electricity, it is impossible to use hair dryers or other electrical equipment above 100 watts.

Dressing information

Please bring light clothes for yoga and qi gong practice.

What to bring

Flip-flops, a torch, swim wear, walking shoes, a back pack, and a jumper for the evening.

Travel assistance

Car rental is a good option and this allows you the freedom to explore the beautiful surrounding areas.

Important information

Please provide Armonia Alpujarra with an alternative phone number in case it is needed.

Additional Information

For more information, ask your questions directly to Armonia Alpujarra, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.

Arrival by airplane

Please book flights to Málaga Airport (AGP) or Federico García Lorca Airport (GRX). Transfers from and to Málaga Airport (AGP) or Federico García Lorca Airport (GRX) are available upon request. These transfers to the retreat center can be arranged subject to your flight arriving no later than 13:30 and your request being confirmed in advance. To book your transfer, please send Armonia Alpujarra an email. The airport transfer fees cost 90 EUR from Málaga Airport (AGP) and 60 EUR from Federico García Lorca Airport (GRX).

Arrival by bus

There is also one bus a day from Málaga Airport (AGP) direct to Lanjaron. Please contact Armonia Alpujarra for more information or any clarification.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Armonia Alpujarra an inquiry.
  • 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've 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't 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 can't 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 London, 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've 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 London, UK
    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-energise 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 London, UK
    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 colours and sounds feel a million miles from grey London. With love, Julie."

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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." website, edited

  • 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 centred, 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 realised there are so many wonderful ways to cook delicious nutritious food. "

    "After having spent 5 days eating Zizas amazing array of food, I am a convert. I am cooking and preparing differently and I am so much the 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 lead me to a behaviour shift and an opening of many more opportunities for me. Thank you, Ziza." website, edited

  • Review by Jacqueline
    10 out of 10

    "My 2 weeks trip to Andalusia began with a 5-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'd 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." website, edited

  • 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 wouldn't 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." website, edited

  • Review by Shimu from London, UK
    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 breath taking 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'm very grateful for this experience and I look forward to seeing you both again." website, edited

  • Review by Jodie Moyce from Brighton, UK
    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 London, UK
    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/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% personalised 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 Zizas 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's some time since I participated in Yair and Zizas 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'd 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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  • 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!" website, edited

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Departure: Wednesday December 28, 2016

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