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7 Day Holistic Yoga & Mindfulness Retreat in Magnificent Nature and Beautiful Cortijo in Spain

Cortijo El Cachete, Unnamed Road, 18300, Loja, Granada

Unleash your Inner Warrior During this Soulful & Nature-Based Retreat in a Loving International Community

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:

  • Strengthen your body by combining different yoga styles - like Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Nidra, Karma, Partner, and Power Yoga.
  • Investigate and calm your monkey mind by learning different meditation and relaxation techniques.
  • Immerse in nature-based practices as powerful tools to re-connect to Mother Earth and the calling of your warrior soul.
  • Enjoy delicious food, beautiful nature, inspiring workshops, while simply enjoying the HERE and NOW by having some fun in the sun with loving people from across the globe!

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.

Meet the instructors

Sergio & Franziska
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Highlights

  • Daily afternoon or evening activity
  • Daily morning yoga practice and evening meditation
  • Yoga philosophy, breath-work, and chakra rebalancing
  • Meditation and relaxation techniques and mindfulness training
  • Nature-based practices, rituals, ceremonies, and sharing circles
  • Beautiful Yoga studio and shaded outdoor platform with incredible sunset and mountain views
  • Large outdoor pool, enchanting garden and many hide-away spots
  • Experience community-living in a loving international community
  • Meditation cave and various meditation spots on the property
  • 3 daily delicious and healthy vegetarian meals
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Spanish
Group size: 2-9 participants
Airport transfer available:
Málaga Airport (US$26 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga studio
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Wireless internet

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:

  • 10 rooms
  • a large cozy living room with a fireplace, piano, instruments, and a library
  • several terraces and hidden corners
  • a 20m-long pool
  • a lovingly tended courtyard garden
  • a new, beautiful and spacious yoga studio with a magnificent sunrise views
  • a large outdoor yoga platform with mountain views
  • a massage room
  • a meditation cave and various meditation spots on the 30-hectare property
  • 2 vegetable gardens, 5 chickens and cats

The rooms

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.

Program

What to expect

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.

Teaching approach

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:

  • attuned to natural circles (i.e. moon cycle, equinoxes, solstices, season change) to strengthen our connection to Mother Earth and the universe.
  • grounded in chakra work, which is directly linked to your personal development as well as your spiritual, energetic, mental, and emotional well-being. Working with the chakra system helps you to investigate yourself more deeply, systematically pinpoint potential blockages as well as ways to unlock your full human potential.

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.

A usual retreat day looks like this:

  • 7:30 Wake up and enjoy a cup of tea with some fruit bites
  • 8:00 Sunrise yoga session (min. 90 minutes)
  • 10:00 Nourish your body with a delicious breakfast
  • 14:00 Lunchtime
  • 17:30/18:00 Afternoon/evening activity (60-90 minutes)
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 21:00 Evening meditation (30 minutes)
  • 22:00 Time to give your body some beautiful rest / Noble Silence

Thematic Retreat schedule 2020 (incl. dates, themes, and short descriptions)

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:

  • 23-30 October "Going Deeper: Yoga, Mindfulness, & Meditation": Go deeper and strengthen your immune system to prepare for the colder months of the year. Practice asanas, pranayama, meditation, and periods of silent inquiry to encounter the depth of your unconscious.
  • 6 November to 11 December "Re-Awaken the Sacred with Yoga, Mindfulness & Meditation": Shed the weight of the year by releasing old topics and toxins, by letting go of what no longer serves you, and by taking time to reflect on what you really want in life. Spend time practicing yoga, meditation, quiet reflection, and silence, while placing a special focus on reawakening the sacred in everyday life through mindfulness training.
  • 28 December 2020 - 3 January 2021 "New Years Yoga & Meditation Retreat" (bookable via separate listing entry)

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.

Included excursions

1 guided nature hike and/or excursion to a local waterfall

Instructors

Sergio Galaz

Franziska Krasemann

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 coachings, 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. 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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • 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, consultations, and coachings

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.

Spa treatments

Massages

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.

  • 60 minutes (49 EUR)
  • 90 minutes (55 EUR)

Ayurvedic sauna

You can also get a good sweat in the cortijo's one-person Ayurvedic sauna (5 EUR per session of 45 minutes).

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily delicious healthy vegetarian and/or vegan meals
  • Daily morning yoga practice
  • Daily afternoon or evening activity (i.e.: yoga practice, inspiring workshops, ceremonies, rituals, guided hikes)
  • Daily evening meditation
  • Trilingual support (German, English, and Spanish)
  • Assistance with shuttle arrangements or any adventure you are looking for

What's not included

  • Airport shuttle pick-up and drop-off
  • Massages
  • Private consultations / sessions (e.g.: breathing, mediation, and relaxation techniques, yoga lessons, plant-based cooking workshop, massage workshop, etc.)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

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.

Arrival by pre-ordered shuttle (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 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.

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.

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, 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.

Arrival with a rental car

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.

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.

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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Thursday November 26, 2020
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