Sara grew up in Zahora, Cadiz, and left Spain at the age of 20 to study a career in business management, advertising, and marketing. Sara has lived and worked in many places around the world, where she discovered the benefits of yoga. In 2014, she moved back to Zahora to fulfill her dream of opening a wellness retreat center. Sara started practicing yoga in Bali in 2012, where she saw the benefits of Hatha yoga and the restorative qualities of Yin yoga and now holds a teacher’s training certificate from Akshi Yogashala, a Yoga Alliance USA-certified course.
Akshi Yogashala Yoga Alliance USA (Yin Yoga)
João was born and raised in Portugal but started discovering the world at a very young age. He has practiced many sports, but it was 10 years ago when he started surfing in Angola that he found his true passion. While travelling in India, he was introduced to the practice of yoga and realized that surf and yoga are practices that complement each other. At Casara Way, he helps promoting the development of the body and soul in deeply meditative practices that provide infinite benefits.
Anwella is a meditation teacher from the Australian Yoga Academy in Melbourne, a nutrition health coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York, and a Spanish cuisine certified expert from Le Cordon Bleu who has a true passion for food. She practices a selection of meditation and stress management techniques, modalities that show how to use the mind more effectively, escape the shackles of anxiety and stress, and to function with more ease and confidence. With her teachings, she wants to reduce the current epidemic of depression and anxiety disorders and assist others.
Helena Chalverus comes from an artistic background, as a dancer and choreographer with a diploma from Colorado College, USA. The foundation of her yoga practice is Iyengar style where she received her teacher training certificate in the year 2000 in New Mexico, USA. She has studied and received many levels of formacion in Kundalini, Vinyasa and Yin Yoga as well. She has spent over 15 years teaching classes, with ample experience giving retreats in Spain and the United States and Latin America. Her classes usually include aspects of all of the above practices, adapted to the needs of those
Sophia is a yoga teacher and a professional systemical therapist working with individuals, families, couples, children and young people. She started her career in Munich, where she worked as a family therapist for nine years. She then progressed to Yoga teachings and since 2012 she has been teaching yoga around the world. In 2015 Sophia moved to Spain to realize her dream of living by the ocean and combining her yoga and therapist experience in her holistic approach to work and life. Sophia’s experience gives her the knowledge and experience to help you to find your very personal way.
During 2014 I successfully completed my doctoral thesis on Molecular Biology in Munich. My motivation behind the research was to help humanity understand complex illnesses and find cures for them. As I was discovering yoga, I learned that disease, whether physical or mental, does not simply arise at the molecular level but it does so much earlier and at a deeper level. I have studied with many inspirational teachers around the world as Dr. Sibichen George and I got my Ayurveda Training at Siby´s Kerala Ayurveda & Panchakarma Center and my Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Vidya Gurukul in India.
from United States, May 2018
Food really very good, location beautiful. All accommodation very clean, spacious and well appointed.
from United States, April 2018
"Fantastic week at this yoga/beach horseback riding retreat!"
Sara and her staff at Casara Way went above and beyond to make my stay there as enjoyable as possible. Everything necessary was provided,in the way of transportation to and from the airport, the yoga classes, horseback riding, food and accommodations......and if I needed anything, they were quick to find it for me. Sara even went back to get my jacket that I stupidly forgot and left on the saddle at the riding stable, which was a bit of a drive away!
The yoga classes were challenging enough for the most experienced and seasoned yogi, yet Elena geared them down for us, after our legs were rubber from 2 days of riding!
The horseback riding with Roberto was absolutely superb.....very well trained and cared-for horses, beautiful scenery,challenging yet safe.
The food, prepared by Anna, was delicious, healthy and satisfying.
The accommodations were clean, cheerful yet relaxing, and I could open the windows, which I love.
I cannot say enough about the positive aspects of this retreat.
from Belgium, October 2017
Loved everything about this retreat.
For me it was the perfect short escape from the hurly burly of city life.
The entire programme of events was perfectly timed so there was no need to rush from one activity to another. And when weather scuppered timetable, no effort was spared to reschedule events to everyone's satisfaction.
Loved the concept organic home grown food was incorporated into the menu when possible.
The entire team was super friendly and welcoming. And basically, couldn't do enough to help.
First rate team, location, horses etc etc
Apartment was very well equipped and stocked with plenty of bottled water and selection of tea bags, in addition to drinks being available in the main house.
Elisabeth Wetke Hallgren
from Great Britain, October 2017
"Yoga and horseback riding"
The Finca, great beach and surroundings, horsback riding, vegan food was nicely prepared, accommodation, perfect time of year, nice and very friendly host and staf, sight seeing.
from Great Britain, October 2017
Wonderful health boosting and stimulating experience
from Great Britain, October 2017
"The perfect yoga retreat in a breathtakingly beautiful place"
Friendliness and caring attitude of the team. Delicious food. Beauty of Zahara beach and surrounding countryside. Peace and tranquility. Very high standards of yoga, meditation and breathing teaching. Cleanliness and design of the cottages.
from France, May 2018
La qualité des prestations équestres.
Les paysages vus lors des promenades.
Tiago G. Portugal
If you love yoga, good food, and friendly people, Casara way is the place for you. I cannot wait for my next visit...I'll be back very soon. Wait for me :)
I stayed there for a YOGA, NUTRITION & COOKING CLASSES retreat birthday getaway. The accommodations were clean and comfortable. My husband and I appreciated - and participated in - optional activities cycling, hiking, including yoga each morning. The main house had a special comfort - it was also where we met for group activities. We had fun helping to prepare and enjoy meals together. We learned about foods and innovative preparations. We had an epic hike among other delights. We delved into the Breña National Park and the wetlands of Barbate to take a hiking route arriving at Los Caños de Meca, coursing through the Park containing Pine forests, watchtowers and cliffs over 100m in height from where we can observe the historic Faro de Trafalgar surrounded by sea and sand. In this stretch of coast you find one of the last still functioning fishing weirs from roman times. Ana, Sara and Gomes provided a safe, peaceful, and inspired environment. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there.
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My friend and I were interested in trying yoga in a peaceful, green place by the beach to get away from the fast life. We searched on the internet and found Casara Way. After our first day, we fell in love with the entire place and we changed our plans to stay there for one more week, making two weeks in total. To be completely honest, one week is not enough to fully enjoy this place. The yoga classes with Carol were mazing, I enjoyed very much the morning Ashtanga yoga class, as well as the afternoon Yin yoga class felt great; It helped my body a lot. The people are very friendly and interesting, we felt at home from the day one. We were blessed to have discovered Casara Way. I highly recommend staying here, since you are constantly surrounded by life and love. Thank you and congratulations on such a relaxing, peaceful environment.
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It is hard to put into words how thankful I am that I decided to stay at Casara Way for a six day retreat program. It has been a tonic for the hectic city life I am used to back at home. Urban living keeps us immobile each day. This sedentary lifestyle leads to various health problems and I was looking for a healthy break from the city. I have learned so much from the Yoga in the Beautiful Settings of Zahora Beach Retreat, and from all the wonderful people who live here, such as Sara, Josh, Carol, and Gomes. I will miss seeing the beautiful Zahora beach everyday. It is rare to find a place teeming with so much life. The daily walks felt great, gave me energy, and increased my metabolism. This retreat made me fall in love with Zahora and I hope to be back next year. Thank you Sara for your hospitality, you have been very helpful and it was a pleasure to get to know you. The yoga teacher is also very passionate about what she does and I am very thankful for everything they have thought me. I will remember this retreat forever.
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I did not know what to except before my arrival to Casara. I wanted to find a peaceful place to relax, take a break from my busy life back in London, and learn more about meditation. What I found here was incredible helpful, since i met wonderful people in a picturesque place, practicing two yoga classes per day and one mediation session per day. Anwella taught me so much in such a short visit and helped me through meditation, which was great. She opened my eyes to meditation and the philosophy behind it is fascinating to learn! I practice yoga regularly and in here, I managed to go deeply in my practice, as well as I felt and saw my improvement in only six days. I can say that I left now with both my mind and body fully relaxed. It is now my challenge to bring this clam into my every day life. I will miss you so much, I loved our time sitting around the kitchen area relaxing and talking with everyone, with the sound of the birds singing around us. I will particularly miss your delicious organic food.
I wanted to write you this email to thank everyone who made my experience at Casara Way so amazing! I wish you all well and I hope to return next year.