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Lanzarote is the oldest and most easterly island of this Spanish archipelago, lying just 86 miles from the African coast - therefore enjoying average sunny, November daytime temperatures of 25-28 degrees Celsius! So if you are looking for a very reasonable sunny, winter retreat, in a quiet, rural center, where every contrasting view you see below is within a 20-40 minute drive away, then James Jewell winter sun yoga retreat is for you.
You will be accommodated in shared en-suite rooms at Amatista Retreat. Amatista is an inspiring and tranquil haven in the unspoilt countryside and vineyards of La Geria Natural Park. Is is composed of six small houses, studios and one yurt and it sleeps up to 20 people. The group room is 70 square meters, the villa has a solar heated swimming pool, solar panels, water recycling system and composting, and Wi-Fi access. Casa Amatista has its own vegetable gardens, where a lot of the delicious meals come from. But also providing nice, green restful places to sit and enjoy.
Situated in a central location, Amatista is the perfect base for exploring the magical island of Lanzarote. The secluded country setting and Amatista´s excellent facilities make it a wonderful place for peaceful holidays as well as courses and groups.
Whether you are a beginner or experienced, the courses offered in a smaller group 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! Most importantly you begin from where you are.
The retreat centre, Villa Amatista, is an inspiring and tranquil haven, nestled in the un spoilt countryside and vineyards of La Geria Natural Park, Lanzarote. The island itself offers extraordinary beauty and spectacular contrasts. So much so, it became part of the world heritage of protected landscapes and was declared a Biosphere in 1993 by UNESCO.
Along the dramatic coastline of Lanzarote you will find beaches with white or black sand, coves, long open stretches and lagoons with clean turquoise water in which you can swim and snorkel all year round. The rolling countryside behind Casa Amatista in the island centre, with vineyards and hilly volcanoes awaits for you to walk up.
With just a 20 minute walk up the volcano hill behind Casa Amatista, you are rewarded with these panoramic views, where you can also see the sea from the other side. The expansive Famara Beach, loved by kite surfers, is just 15 - 20 min drive away.
The landscape often surprises the first-time visitor by its diversity and breathtaking beauty -mountains and rugged fields of recent lava (270 years ago), soft rolling hills covered with flowers in spring, and wide plains make up the 500 square mile island.
With 300 volcanoes, many areas of the island seem to be bizarre and otherworldly. The island is dotted with tiny, rural, white villages, such as the lovely Haria in the North with its square where they serve great coffee, smoothies, and tapas!
Geological delights such as this bright green lagoon alongside rolling Atlantic Ocean, with red and black sand in between and The Geyser in the Fire Mountain National Park are also located just 15 minutes from the center.
The small island of Graciosa, a stunningly beautiful tiny island is very close by and you could visit it by ferry, or take a catamaran tour around it. With beautiful beaches and surely one of the few places without asphalt in Europe!
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Daily brunch and dinner are included in the price. The delicious meals are prepared by the Italian chef, Francesca. Fresh eggs come from Casa Amatista’s own chickens.
Breakfast and lunch are excluded.
You have to book flights to Lanzarote Airport (ACE).
From the airport you can also hire a taxi to take you to the accommodation.