El Convento is a very special retreat centre in the mountains of the Andalucian Sierra de las Nieves, near Ronda. We specialise in family yoga retreats.
Nic’s passion for the outdoors and self styled lifestyle maintains El Convento Retreat with a wonderfully varied selection of activities from parent and partner, caretaker, yoga teacher, walking guide, gardener, mechanic, water manager, eco advocate and fixer, to all things Andalucian.
Tina and Chris
We had a lovely time at El Convento and are now back in England with a slightly heavy heart at returning to everyday life and work! The boys missed all their friends when we left. Thanks also for being so accommodating about Chris's dietary needs. Thanks again for a great holiday and perhaps we will be back again another year. Great memories of staying with you and wishing you all the best
We apologize for leaving without saying goodbye. Thank you for a wonderful experience at the beautiful El Convento. We really enjoyed meeting you and your lovely family. Sally and Leilah were so caring and fun with Mia and Ben. It was great to meet the other families, especially Heather and Grace.
We really enjoyed the yoga and both feel that we have learned a lot from you. You are an excellent teacher. We feel inspired to do a daily yoga practice!
Pachi's cooking was delicious, we also learned a lot from her.
“Memorable, magical and moreish. We loved our week here”
I'd always had a dream of a family yoga holiday, but on the investigation, it became apparent that they are not (yet) much of 'a thing'. However, Nic, his own family, and their team are way ahead of the curve here, having been providing pretty much exactly what I had imagined/hoped for, over many years already.
When my wife found the website and it all looked so lovely, we agreed we simply had to go. In so many ways El Convento surpassed our fantasy of how ideal a week being totally off-grid, with daily stretching and aimless family hanging-out time could be.
From the moment of arrival, the pace of our London lives was dropped, and days became about picking almonds for the talented chef to transform into dinner, discussing our yoga challenges or perhaps wandering up to the old monastery to take a refreshing dip.
Every day was a highlight, but the guided walks, the swim up the river, a visit to Ronda and of course, the serene and peaceful daily sunrise yoga all stand out.
They've got it just right here. They know how to make magic. Hearing the sound of the kids singing and laughter getting louder as they slowly make their way down the hill for their 'second breakfast', while the adults all lie in Shavasana, is close to holiday perfection.
The other guests and the staff quickly became part of an extended family, but there's plenty of space to have a quiet time too. And being taught yoga by the children on the final evening proved to be yet more perfectly orchestrated magic.
One day I'm convinced family yoga will be offered all over the place, but by carving out their niche here, Nic and co. have managed to perfect my dream concept already.
Rebekka Oslo (Norway)
“A beautiful space for yoga and family relaxation - my daughter and I loved it!”
The couple Nic and Henriette have created a wonderful space among olive trees, having renovated an old monastery that serves as the hub of the estate. I had been on the lookout for a different holiday offering serenity yoga and family time and at El Convento, these wishes were met to the fullest! I had booked a bell tent as our place to sleep and it was super cozy and my daughter of now 7 loved it! Also, it felt very connected to nature with an amazing night sky to gaze on in the evenings. NICs yoga routine in the morning was perfect catering to every level in an Ashtanga series - combining elements of the first and second series. He compassionately guided the group through practice every morning. The days were relaxed and the kids on the retreat became good friends and played all day long, although the ages differed a lot. The ambiance was warm and welcoming and Henriette talked to every one of us making sure we had everything we needed. The food was all vegetarian and delicious with extra treats from the wild growing fig trees around! We spent a week in the beginning of July 2017 and although it was hot we managed fine taking dips in the fresh and cool water reservoir close by. The other guests were amazing people with so interesting backgrounds and everyone contributed to making this a very special holiday! My daughter still talks warmly about the time and the friends she made there! So look no further - this is a perfect space for yoga, healing, and connection.
Yvette G., Midsomer Norton (UK)
We came to this very special place for the first time in June for a family yoga retreat and it was really magical. Nic the yoga teacher was very inspiring. He catered for all levels and you could go at your own pace or try more advanced poses. I felt really amazing after doing yoga for a few hours every morning and my husband also really enjoyed it. It was his first yoga retreat and usually this wouldn't be "his thing", however, he really enjoyed it and would certainly be back. It was lovely that we could do yoga and our 2 daughters were doing activities and then we could spend the afternoon together; walking, swimming and playing, It suited everyone. The views are breathtaking and the natural water from the mountains makes you feel young and vibrant:)! We've also kept in contact with some of the families as you meet like-minded lovely people. Great way to spend a vacation. Would highly recommend.