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4 Days Cooking and Yoga Retreat in Spain

  • Altamira, Askizu, Getaria, Basque Country, Spain

Overview

Cooking and Yoga Retreat in Spain

Take a couple of days out from your daily routine to live and practice a yogic lifestyle with the Health and Creativity team at their beautiful yoga villa on the Basque coast. Learn how to integrate a healthy lifestyle into your day-to-day life by learning easy but life changing plant-based cooking basics. Be surrounded by pure nature and feel inspired by the stunning coastline with its breath-taking sea which is both wild and serene in equal measures. Experience life in the present moment walking on one of the most beautiful and varied sections of the Camino de Santiago.

Highlights

  • Cooking workshop with tasting
  • Once or twice a day Hatha Vinyasa yoga class
  • Guided walk / hike on the Camino de Santiago with a packed lunch
  • Pick up from and drop off in Zarautz or San Sebastian
  • Daily healthy and ecological breakfast or brunch
  • Tea, coffee and fruits for snacks
  • 3 nights’ accommodation
  • 3 vegetarian dinners
  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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The rooms in the beautiful villa are all spacious double rooms with either beautiful sea or countryside views. Yoga takes place in a spacious and light room with a balcony facing the seaside or in the big garden with a stunning view from high up over the Basque coast.

Also, there are two little terraces around the house which are perfect for spending time alone reading or just chilling in the sun. The living room has very comfortable couches and a cozy fireplace for relaxing in the evenings.

The philosophy that the Health and Creativity team live by and transmit is to integrate and maintain awareness in our lives through:

  • Yoga as a source of strength, flexibility and balance - not only on a physical aspect but also on mental level - enhancing the quality of your everyday life.
  • Food as a nourishing source of pure vital energy, creating a healthy relationship with both your own body and the nature that surrounds you.
  • Nature as a powerful yet beautiful force which awakens you to your own life potential and the pure beauty of life.

Retreat itinerary

Day 1

  • 18:00 Airport pick up
  • 20:00 Healthy vegetarian welcome dinner including ecological products from the local area
  • 21:00 Retreat welcome and meditation

Day 2

  • 08:30 Lemon tea
  • 09:00 Morning yoga session
  • 11:00 Healthy brunch including ecological products from the local area
  • 13:00 Beautiful walk along the Camino de Santiago coastline (packed lunch included)
  • 16:00 Free time to surf / relax / read / explore
  • 20:00 Dinner
  • 21:30 Meditation

Day 3

  • 08:30 Lemon tea
  • 09:00 Morning yoga session
  • 11:00 Healthy brunch including ecological products from the local area
  • 12:00 Free time to surf / relax / read /explore
  • 15:00 Workshop: raw food (plus lots of tasting as you cook)
  • 18:30 Evening yoga session
  • 20:00 Dinner

Day 4

  • 08:00 Lemon tea
  • 08:30 Morning yoga session
  • 10:00 Healthy brunch including ecological products from the local area
  • 12:00 Airport drop off
  • Johanna Bregger

    Teaching in San Sebastian since 2013, Sunny is happy to find an individual way for every student to be both safe and challenged in the yoga poses. Being content, kind and loving, enjoying and always trusting in and challenging yourself are the energy Sunny transmits.

The villa is located just 1.5 kilometers from Getaria, a picturesque fishing village on the Basque coast where time seems to have stood still and tradition seeps out of the medieval buildings and cobblestone streets of the miniature old town. The hive of activity in this otherwise sleepy village is centered on its attractive harbor, where you can see fishermen bringing in the catches of the day and restaurant owners haggling over the best cod. The village also boasts two small beaches, one perfect for swimming and the other ideal for surfing.

The villa itself is nestled in a peaceful spot just off the coastal route of the Camino de Santiago, the famous walking route which stretches from France to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. This provides the ideal setting for you to relax and retreat into yourself surrounded by nature, the sea breeze and other kindred souls.

Nearby places

  • Getaria - 5 minutes
  • San Sebastian - 30 minutes
Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming nearby
General
  • Balcony
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Terrace

Breakfast

Daily healthy and ecological breakfast or brunch are included in the price. The food will consist of an array of delights such as the following:

  • Banana bread
  • Coconut and pumpkin muffins
  • Freshly made juices / smoothies
  • Herbal teas
  • Homemade nut butters
  • Seasonal fruits
  • Spiced apple bircher muesli

Lunch

Lunch will be a packed lunch on the day you walk along the Camino de Santiago. On the day of the raw food workshop, lunch will consist of the raw dishes that you create, such as:

  • Raw desserts like lemon cheesecake, brownie with ice-cream and cinnamon rolls
  • Raw dips and crackers
  • Raw lasagne

Vegetarian dinner

The dinner will change according to the season so that the team can nourish you with fresh, seasonal, local produce. Health and Creativity understands that some people like to eat a big dinner, and other people like to have a light dinner so they will serve a combination of hot and cold dishes to suit the tastes of everyone attending the retreat. Dishes could include:

  • Aubergine caponata
  • Chickpea pancakes with tomato salad
  • Courgette pasta with pesto
  • Quinoa and sweet potato cakes with avocado and mango salsa
  • Risotto using the best local mushrooms and asparagus
  • Seasonal salads
  • The best beetroot and mushroom burgers with tahini sauce
  • Tofu and pumpkin panang curry
  • Veggie ceviche
  • Tea, coffee and fruit will be available throughout the day.

Food philosophy

To help you feel light and cleansed during the retreat, dishes will be mostly vegan, and all dairy free, and can be made gluten free by request. The food will be very accessible even for non-vegetarians, so please do not worry - you will not go hungry! Please let them if know you have any dietary requirements and they will be more than happy to cater for you.

  • Explore Getaria, a picturesque fishing village on the Basque coast
  • Go on a day trip to the pretty city of San Sebastian
  • Learn more about vegetarian cooking by helping Grace in the kitchen
  • Spend time by yourself reading on the terrace or just chilling in the sun
  • Surf at the nearby beach: either in Getaria or Zarautz
  • Swim at the nearby beach
  • 4 yoga sessions
  • 3 vegetarian dinners
  • 3 nights’ accommodation
  • 3 healthy and ecological breakfasts or brunches
  • 1 guided walk / hike on the Camino de Santiago with packed lunch
  • 1 cooking workshop with tasting and nibbles as you cook
  • Pick up from and drop off in Zarautz or San Sebastian
  • Tea, coffee and fruits for snacks
  • Plane ticket
  • Special tours
  • Souvenirs

Arrival by airplane

Please book a flight arriving to Bilbao Airport (BIO) and then catch a bus which leaves every hour which will drop you off in Zarautz. Health and Creativity will pick you up from there and drive you to the yoga villa in Getaria, which just 5 to 10 minutes away. Alternatively, you can also book a flight arriving to San Sebastian Airport (EAS), which only has internal flights, then get a bus into San Sebastian city center, the team will the pick you up there. San Sebastian is 25 minutes away from the yoga villa in Getaria by car. Please let Health and Creativity know if you have any questions regarding travel as they are more than happy to help.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Health and Creativity an inquiry.