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Whether you are a beginner or experienced, the courses are designed to meet you where you are. Being away and resting from your normal routine, practicing yoga, stillness and meditation, and being outdoors in nature, may help to give a fresh perspective and awareness on yourself and your life. You may prefer to take the week more as a retreat, with more silence and reflection during the free time, or you may just prefer to relax and be on holiday!
Molino del Rey is nestled in a little hamlet called Jorox, with extensive views down the valley towards the Sierra de las Nieves, a national mountain park. Being an old water mill, Molino has beautiful moorish water streams flowing down through the center, creating a refreshing, magical charm to the place. It has everything you would expect from a top yoga retreat and much more.
The yoga retreat facilities are second to none in Spain. In fact, the top yoga experts regularly rate Molino del Rey as one of the best yoga retreats in the world. Molino del Rey, the retreat center is set in beautiful Andalucian Nature Reserve, is just 60 minutes from Malaga Airport on the Costa del Sol in Southern Spain.
Anthony, the owner, followed a vision to convert a ruined water mill into a retreat center, featuring a refreshing, salt treated, mountain water pool, sculpted under the caves with a hidden shower under the banana trees. There are many different individually designed bedrooms on offer, some with valley views, others over the waterfall. The retreat center also has many facilities, such as:
Molino del Rey is extremely fortunate for having caves, particularly appreciated by meditation groups, and can be used for chanting, overtone, Didgeridoo, and so on. In fact, the whole mountain is honeycombed with caves.
Besides the lovely yoga studio, there is also an approximately 60 square meters teak decking area, for enjoying yoga outdoors. During summer months, the wooden gazebo serves as a second Thai and Chavutti massage room.
The magical Grotto pool is equipped with an automatic sea water system and contains no chlorine.
The studio is 100 square meters with wooden parquet flooring and occupies and extraordinary position, hand-cut out of the mountain, floor to ceiling windows with views across the valley and a door leading into the inner stillness of the caves. The latter serves as natural air conditioning in hot summer months. Under floor central heating is available for winter months. The studio has incredible acoustics for working with sound and is fully equipped with yoga props and training materials.
Recommended arrival time is between 14:00 and 16:30 on Sunday, to be able to have relaxing session at 17:30 before dinner at 19:00. Departure times are by 10:00 on the last day of course.
James Jewell's intention as a teacher is to provide an explorative environment where loving kindness can prevail, both to himself, fellow companions, and life itself. Safe, enjoyable, and at times, creatively and playfully fun, James' classes are where your natural, joyful movement, as nature intended, can be reclaimed. He likes to be as creative as possible to encourage, stimulate, and deepen the practice and self inquiry.
This retreat will take place in Jorox, Spain.
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Meals are of great importance on this retreat. All meals during your stay are included in the price. The local cooks, Simone and Gloria, will prepare creative brunches and sumptuous dinners. A lot of the vegetables used are grown in the vegetable garden. The meals are served buffet style so everyone can choose what they like from the varied dishes on offer each meal time.
Molino Del Rey is well situated for day trips by car to Granada with its famous Alhambra, Sevilla one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, Nerja with its famous caves, Cordoba, Gibraltar, Marbella, and of course the delightful city of Ronda. Beautiful walks, hiking, horse riding, closely situated in one of Andalucias most impressive natural reserves. This huge natural park Sierra de las Nieves has been designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, and contains the Abies Pinsapo Boissir, the oldest known species of fire tree found in Europe, just five kilometers from the center.
A spring of the river Rio Grande is born at the entrance of the hamlet. From it the purest of waters pour through the center, offering wonderful bathing facilities whilst surrounded by the wonderful fragrance of mountain flowers. A lovely waterfall is just five minutes hike from there. Depending on yearly rain fall, the waterfall can be enjoyed most of the year.
Being an old water mill, Molino has beautiful Moorish water streams flowing down through the center, creating a refreshing, magical charm to the place. They have refreshing, salt treated, mountain water pool, sculpted under the caves with a hidden shower under the banana trees for you to relax during your free time.
Molino del Rey is in a perfect location too for visiting neighboring Andalucian white villages, or famous towns like Ronda. Hence a hired car could be a good idea for exploring either during the course or for staying on a bit longer afterwards. Prices can start at less than 100 EUR for a week.
During this retreat, there are a huge variety of wonderful healing treatments available from Lidiya and other therapists. You also have the option of relaxing in the pool-side 14-seats sauna. Both are subject for additional cost.
Please book your flight to arrive at Malaga Airport (AGP). You can hire a taxi or a car to get to the retreat venue and the journey will last for around one hour.