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It is lovely to spend the turning of the year in harmony with nature and one’s own being. The Days of Twelvetide symbolize such change in their own unique way by welcoming silence, contemplation, and higher consciousness into our lives. Thus, Earth to Soul Yoga invites you to leave the hectic Christmas time as well as the stress of the last year behind and experience a very special New Year’s celebration within a safe and healing environment.
In the cozy Finca “El Cachete”, nestled in the countryside idyll of sunny Andalusía, you make use of the powerful energies of the Twelvetide in order to let go of old things that no longer serve you. You look back and re-calibrate yourself, relax, and release tensions. You strengthen your trust and cultivate thankfulness to fully surrender to your life´s magical path. In this retreat, you spend time being creative, dancing, celebrating life, and stepping into a new relationship with yourself, others, and life itself. Yoga, meditation, delicious and healthy food, beautiful nature, silence, as well as diverse rituals, ceremonies, and energy practices will support you in this unique passage of the year.
Mark this meaningful shift into 2021 by finding stillness and peace and by cultivating true presence. This retreat is the perfect gift to yourself or a loved one to manifest what is essential for your well-being and to align your life towards what truly matters to you!
Be part of this gentle, yet vibrant transition in a nurturing setting. Join Earth to Soul Yoga on this unforgettable journey.
Tri-lingual language support (German, English, Spanish).
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.
During this retreat, Earth to Soul Yoga offers various activities on selected afternoons and/or evenings that are tailored to the Twelvetide themes. These activities include, for example, a guided hike in nature, rituals, and ceremonies, creative work, immersing yourself in silence (day of silence), teachings about yoga philosophy, or an additional yoga class.
On New Year's Eve, the transition to the New Year is celebrated in a very special way.
In your free time, you have enough time to relax, or to enjoy a massage, which can be booked in addition.
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 the activities are voluntary, so you can decide what you need at a given time and can thus develop at your own pace.
The activities are held in English, but the translation to German and Spanish is possible.
Guided hike in the surrounding area.
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 (e.g. Sierra Nevada), and beautiful towns worth visiting (e.g. Nerja, Seville, 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.
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.
Federico García Lorca Airport
Transfer not provided
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.
A free shuttle service is available from Malaga airport (AGP): To the house on December 28, 2020, with departure from Malaga airport at 3 p.m. The meeting point will be announced. To the airport on January 03, 2021, with departure from the house at 12 noon. Please register for the shuttle directly with Earth to Soul Yoga by December 14, 2020. For more information, you can send a request to Earth to Soul Yoga.
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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