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Earth to Soul Yoga is a unique place for beginners and experienced yogis, as well as anyone, who carries a longing for a better world as well as a mindful and fearless approach to life while understanding that such change starts from within. Tucked away in a beautiful cortijo in the mountains between Malaga and Granada, you are invited to enjoy a holistic and deeply soulful retreat experience:
Earth to Soul Yoga´s well-rounded and nature-based approach supports you in unearthing your true nature as well as your soul´s life purpose so that you can live a more balanced, meaningful, and, most importantly, joyful life! For this purpose, the retreats aim at balancing and aligning you on a physical, emotional, mental, and energetic level.
The Earth to Soul Yoga team will lovingly care for you, so that when you leave, you will feel more grounded, rejuvenated, relaxed, and connected with yourself, fellow human beings, and life itself. You will take home and be able to apply many fundamental tools and powerful practices to create a more present and peaceful life, so you can fully manifest the warrior you already are.
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:
There are five 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. All important features, such as comfortable beds, lamps, sockets, heaters, blankets, and towels are provided.
Every morning you will enjoy a magnificent mountain view with the sun rising right in front of Earth to Soul Yoga´s brand-new yoga studio with a 12-meter glass front, where you start your day with breath work (pranayama), meditation, and a deep and reflexive asana (postures) practice. The afternoons will be a mixture of activities designed to go deeper in your practice or explore specific activities or themes of yoga philosophy in more detail (e.g.: additional yoga practice or teachings, energy work, guided hikes, inspirational workshops, creative work, dancing, kirtan, nature-based practices, rituals, or ceremonies).
In-between activities, you will have enough time to relax, connect, reflect, or play. You can enjoy some sauna time in the portable Ayurvedic sauna, release all tensions via the healing hands of our professional masseuse, or book some private sessions (i.e. yoga, breathwork, relaxation techniques, cooking, and jewelry-making or drawing workshop).
At any time, you can relish in peace in the many hideouts on the property, read a book or journal in the beautiful garden, while listening to the bird choirs. Find yourself hiking and meditating within beautiful nature, jumping the trampoline, or refreshing in a large pool. You can also get your feet dirty in the community garden just before you gently kiss the day goodbye with a peaceful evening meditation and time marveling at breathtaking sunsets and awe-inspiring night skies over the mountains of Andalusia.
The philosophy at Earth to Soul Yoga is to promote conscious and reflexive yoga that fosters inquisitive and playful attitudes as well as deep intention to support you in unearthing your true nature as well as your soul's calling. In our retreats, we uniquely combine a large variety of yoga styles as well as meditation, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques with nature-based soul work, for you to fully experience the healing powers of Mother Earth.
Many teachings at Earth to Soul Yoga are also:
During your stay, it is the goal for students to attune more to their own needs, which are so often muted in their busy day-to-day lives. So, at Earth to Soul Yoga participation in the program is encouraged, but not mandatory. ALL our activities are voluntary, so you can decide what you need at a given time and can thus develop at your own pace.
Align your body's energy system by practicing asanas, pranayamas, meditations, bandhas, mudras, and mantras, and eat delicious food; all carefully tailored to a different chakra each day:
Earth to Soul Yoga has fixed arrivals on Fridays and Saturdays.
Please, contact Earth to Soul Yoga, if you wish to arrange a more flexible stay.
1 guided nature hike and/or excursion to a local waterfall
For Sergio, yoga has been a life anchor gifting him with mental strength and physical endurance, especially during the most challenging times in his life. In addition to his two-year-long training in Aikidō, Muay Thai, he has learned different yoga styles from well-respected teachers around the world and became a certified yoga teacher in 2019. He loves integrating a vigorous practice (Yang qualities) with a calm and gentle approach (Yin qualities). He thus teaches mindful and gentle - yet at the same time challenging - yoga aiming at honing his students’ mind-body-spirit connection.
In 2011, Franziska traveled to Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, and Thailand to learn more about yoga philosophy and Buddhism in monasteries and ashrams. Since then, she has passed on her knowledge as a certified Hatha yoga teacher and nature-enthusiastic outdoor trainer. In order to support people in harmonizing their feelings, thought, and behavior patterns, she uses the healing power of nature and its five elements, breathing, and various rituals. Her approach lies in nature-based in-depth work, in-depth ecology, and ecopsychology.
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.
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.
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!
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During the retreat, you will be served three healthy, freshly prepared, and delicious plant-based meals. Depending on the plan, the offer ranges from vitality bowls to colorful buffets. In addition, there are always tea, water, and fresh fruits to enjoy at any time during the day.
Private yoga lessons and consultations: You can request private lessons in yoga postures or philosophy, breathing, meditation, and relaxation techniques (49 EUR per hour).
Depending on the type of retreat and the on-site staff, Earth to Soul Yoga might be able to offer professional coachings, psycho-therapy sessions, constellation work, acupuncture, or Ayurvedic consultations.
Let all stress and tension melt away during a massage in the comfort of healing hands. You can choose from a 60 or 90-minute full-body massage or focus on specific parts of your body.
During the deep tissue or relaxation massage your body will receive a mix of Swedish, Shiatsu, and aromatherapy massage techniques, along with Thai massage stretches (if necessary). The masseuse also performs energetic work to not only release toxins, but also energy blockages in your body. In all massages, only natural products are used.
You can also get a good sweat in the cortijo's one-person Ayurvedic sauna (5 EUR per session of 45 minutes).
Transfer available for additional US$26 per person
Please book your ticket to arrive at Málaga Airport (AGP). You can also arrive at Federico García Lorca Airport (GRX) which is only 43 kilometers from the property.
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 we have found is to ask the Earth to Soul Yoga team to arrange group pickups and dropoffs. 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.
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.
You can also reach the house via a bus from Malaga’s or Granada’s official autobus station. The addresses are:
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, we are 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.
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.
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.
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.
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