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7 Days Mind, Body and Earth In-Depth Journey towards Self-Fruition in Cortijo El Cachete, Granada
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Cortijo El Cachete, Unnamed Road, 18300 Loja, Granada, Spain

Unique Retreat Combining Nature-based Practices, Meditation, Yoga and Silence in Beautiful Nature

In this very special retreat, Earth to Soul Yoga works with the incredible experimental wilderness education leader, Rupert Marques, to skillfully combine nature-based practice on the land with meditation and yoga practice, exploring yourself and the mutuality of these ways of deepening presence. These threads of practice will serve as the foundation through which to explore a number of themes, including Belonging, Self-empowerment, Openness, Engagement and Trust.

Meditation instruction based on the four foundations of mindfulness, dharma talks, guided yoga lessons and practices drawn from the field of experiential ecopsychology will be offered, as well as opportunity for group inquiry and individual meetings with the teachers. In support of deepening this exploration, a significant part of the retreat will be held in silence. The time spent in a cozy cortijo surrounded by peaceful nature is directed toward connecting with the purpose of our life, our gifts and unique contribution - to know that we have a place, that we belong, that we matter.

Be part of this unique opportunity to connect more deeply in order to feel empowered to attend to the demanding and courageous work necessary to bring the vision you have for your life to fruition.

Meet the instructors

Sergio, Franziska, & Rupert
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Highlights

  • Daily morning yoga practice
  • Mindfulness meditation based on the four foundations of mindfulness
  • Teachings in yoga philosophy, breath-work, and relaxation techniques
  • Nature-based practices drawn from the field of experiential ecopsychology
  • Dharma talks and sharing circles as opportunity for group inquiry
  • Trilingual support (Spanish, English, German)
  • 3 daily delicious, healthy plant-based meals
  • 6 nights accommodation in a homey cortijo

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Spanish
Group size: 5-10 participants
Airport transfer available:
Málaga Airport (US$26 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

The Cortijo

El Cachete is a rustic and cozy Spanish Cortijo (farmhouse), built and renovated with love, dedication, and detail. Each area of the property has its own special character. It enchants with distinctive Indian ornaments in windows, modern, and traditional furniture, as well as Andalusian mosaics in tables, windows, and floors.

The Cortijo has:

  • 11 cozy rooms and 1 rustic bungalow for a secluded hide-out in nature
  • a large cozy living room with a fireplace, piano, instruments, and a library
  • several terraces and hidden corners
  • a 20 x 10 x 3-meter pool
  • a lovingly tended courtyard garden
  • a new, beautiful and spacious yoga studio with a magnificent mountain views through its floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • a large and shaded outdoor yoga platform with mountain views
  • a separate spa area
  • a meditation cave and various meditation spots on the 30-hectare property
  • 2 vegetable gardens, 5 chickens and cats

The rooms

There are six rooms in the main house; the rest are directly adjacent in the garden wing. Each room is lovingly decorated and has its own renovated bathroom. Some rooms overlook the valley, while others offer a view of the olive groves or the interior garden.

The suite has a private pool entrance, a large private bath, and a large balcony with pool and mountain view - the best spot for watching amazing sunsets and astonishing night skies. All important features, such as comfortable beds, lamps, sockets, heaters, blankets, and towels are provided.

Program

-Arrival

  • Check-in: 14:00 - 16:00

Shuttle departure at Malaga airport at 14:00 (if booked). We can offer group pick-up of four or more people for 22 EUR per person (one-way; paid separately). Prices increase, if you arrive with less than four people.

It is important to arrive before 4pm, to participate in the introduction to the retreat program.

Departure

  • Check-out: 11:00
  • %Shuttle departure at 11:30 am from El Cachete to Malaga airport (if booked).

Tentative Schedule for Retreat Days

  • 07:30 Wake up and enjoy a cup of tea with some fruit bites
  • Sunrise yoga
  • 09:00 Silent Mediation Practice
  • 09:30 Nourish your body with a delicious breakfast
  • 10:30 Morning Practice Period including periods of silent sitting meditation and walking meditation on the land
  • 14:00 Lunchtime
  • 17:30 Afternoon Practice Period dedicated to exploring nature-based practice / community inquiry
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Evening meditation and Dharma talk
  • 22:00 Time to give your body some beautiful rest

We offer a structure to support a continuity of presence throughout the retreat, whilst making sure there is ample unstructured time each day. There is opportunity to relax in beautiful gardens, hiking in the surrounding land, refreshing in our large pool and to simply rest.

Instructors

Sergio Galaz

Franziska Krasemann

Rupert Marques

Retreat location

A special place to connect, learn, relax, and let go

Located in the heart of the Andalusian countryside between the cultural hotspots of Malaga and Granada, this international community is surrounded by 30 hectares of olive groves as well as interesting valleys and picturesque mountain formations. Away from any hectic and tourism, it is the perfect place to reconnect to nature and to nurture your body, mind, and soul.

Not just any yoga retreat place

Earth to Soul Yoga is not just any retreat center. It is an international community with people from different parts of the world and with various backgrounds in yoga, art, spirituality, science, engineering, sustainability, and nature-based education.

The community aims at creating sustainable livelihoods by supporting local people and combining a wide range of knowledge bases and activities for a holistic development on a personal, communal, and local level.

Activities include:

  • Year-round retreats incorporating yoga, meditation, mindfulness training with Ayurveda, art, dance, theater, ancient healing ceremonies, constellation work, individual coaching, and deeply rooted nature-based practices
  • Educational activities and projects in up-cycling (for jewelry-making), sustainability, permaculture, gardening, and nature restoration

Explore nearby attractions

The two main cultural epicenters, Malaga and Granada, are only 50 minutes away from the Cortijo. You can easily combine time at the ocean in Malaga, with some rejuvenation time in the Andalusian countryside, followed by some cultural explorations in Granada. Or simply take various side trips and adventures during your retreat.

The area offers a lot of activities and attractions ranging from rafting, cycling, climbing, hiking, skiing, sparkling lakes, hot springs, high mountain ranges and forests (e.g. Sierra Nevada, Caminito del Rey), and beautiful towns worth visiting (e.g. Nerja, Sevilla, Antequera, Rio Frio). Earth to Soul Yoga can help arrange adventure or cultural trips for you!

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

During the retreat, you will be served three healthy, freshly prepared, and delicious plant-based meals that support your meditative journey. Depending on the plan, the offer ranges from vitality bowls to colorful buffets and homemade baking. In addition, there are always tea, water, and fresh fruits to enjoy at any time during the day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Private lessons and consultations

Private yoga lessons and consultations (private lessons in yoga, breathing, meditation, and relaxation techniques for 49 EUR per hour).

Spa treatments

Massages

The professional masseuse performs a personalized massage with deep tissue, Shiatsu, relaxation, Thai, and Swedish techniques. You can choose from a full body massage or give a special focus in specific parts of your body (49 EUR for 60 minutes or 55 EUR for 90 minutes).

Ayurvedic sauna

You can also get a good sweat in the Cortijo's one-person Ayurvedic sauna (5 EUR per session of 30 minutes).

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily delicious healthy vegetarian and/or vegan meals
  • Daily morning yoga practice with teachings in yoga philosophy, breath-work, and relaxation techniques
  • Teachings in mindfulness meditation based on the four foundations of mindfulness
  • Nature-based practices drawn from the field of experiential ecopsychology 
  • Dharma talks and sharing circles as opportunity for group inquiry 
  • Individual interviews with teachers (optional)
  • Meditation cave and various meditation spots on the property
  • Beautiful yoga studio with large glass front & shaded outdoor platform, both with incredible views
  • Large pool with sunbathing area and idyllic garden
  • Assistance with shuttle arrangements
  • Use of the in-house library

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Airport shuttle pick-up and drop-off is paid separately
  • Massages

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Malaga

  • Use the following coordinates in Google Maps: 37.168750, -4.272029.

Coming from Malaga, you can take the exit: "La Palma", then go straight in the round-about, pass the gas station, follow the road staying to the right, followed by a quick left to drive downhill into town; follow the main road to go under the tunnel. From there you just go straight until you see the very obvious sign of the Finca El Torro to the right. Just a few meters to the left, you will see the entrance of Cortijo El Cachete.

If you have trouble finding us, please do not hesitate to contact Earth to Soul Yoga.

It is possible, depending on the highway you are taking from Malaga that you will not be able to take the "La Palma" exit. In this case, take the next exit "La Blanca", make a u-turn to go back where you came from. From here follow the below instructions for driving directions from Granada.

Driving directions from Granada

Coming from Granada, take the exit "La Palma". After getting off the highway, take a right, follow the road until you see the very obvious sign of the Finca El Torro to the right. Just a few meters to the left, you will see the entrance of Cortijo El Cachete. If you have trouble finding us, please do not hesitate to contact Earth to Soul Yoga.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your ticket to arrive at Málaga Airport (AGP). Transfer from this airport is available for an additional cost of 22 EUR. You can also arrive at Federico García Lorca Airport (GRX) which is only 43 kilometers from the property. It is rather cheap to rent a car in Spain, which will allow you to explore during your retreat. Rental cars can be hired at the airport. It is advisable to book in advance, especially in vacation seasons.

Arrival by bus

You can also reach the house via a bus from Malaga’s or Granada’s official autobus station. The addresses are:

  • Málaga: Estación de Autobuses de Málaga, Paseo de los Tilos , s/n, 29006 Málaga, España
  • Granada: Estación de Autobuses de Granada, Avenida Juan Pablo II #33, 18014 Granda, España

From the Malaga airport, take the bus (M132, 133, 135, 230, 443), the Renfe train (C1), or the metro (C2) to the Estación de Autobuses de Málaga (about 30 minutes). From the bus station, the fastest connection (about 40 minutes) is at 3 p.m. (Avanza L-531) and at 7 p.m. (MAL-GRA / GRA-Antequera).

Alternatively, there is a longer connection with a change in Antequera at 13:15 - 15:10 (Alameda Marquesina) and 17:30 - 19:25. The name of the final destination bus stop is “Cuesta La Palma”. From there, Earth to Soul Yoga will be happy to pick you up by car (six-minute drive to the house). Please make sure to check the exact times, as times and days seem to change.

Arrival by shuttle

This is the cheapest version, especially if group pickup. Instead of taking a taxi, it is much cheaper to pre-order a private shuttle online at least 24 hours before arrival at the airport. You find many shuttle companies online. Earth to Soul Yoga can also assist in arranging pick-ups and drop-offs from a private company with a more favorable rate.

The cheapest option is to ask the Earth to Soul Yoga team to arrange group pickups and drop-offs. They can offer a group pick-up of four or more people for 22 EUR per person (one-way). Prices increase if you arrive with less than four people. The money is paid in cash to Earth to Soul Yoga upon arrival.

Arrival by taxi

From Granada Airport (GRX) and Malaga Airport (AGP), you can also take a taxi directly to the house (about a 50-minute drive). There are many local taxi companies at the airport. A one-way trip is approximately 90 EUR.

Airport: Málaga Airport Airport transfer available: Málaga Airport (US$26 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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