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Join Julie Bladon and Jackie Dorrian to celebrate the divine feminine at the picturesque Suryalila Retreat Center in Southern Spain! The location itself is said to have a very special energy and simply magical. Life can be busy and stressful, so this yoga retreat is a perfect opportunity to take care of yourself, replenish, rejuvenate, relax, and to take the time to honor your body, mind, and soul.
All guests will be staying at the Suryalila Yoga Retreat Center with a variety of accommodations to choose from.
The deluxe double room is on the ground floor of Casa Padma and has a private bathroom. Its window overlooks onto the charming Plaza de las Naranjas. It is available for an individual or a couple. It includes the use of Casa Padma’s living room, dining area, kitchen, and outside patio.
There are several dormitories and room options for yoga group accommodations, or for independent travelers in groups of four, or more. The comfortable, spacious dormitories have four beds per room with shared bathrooms. They are beautifully appointed and comfortable. There is also an eight-bed dorm in Casa Saraswati.
There are two four-person dormitory. One is located on the ground floor of Casa Ganesha, the main house, and has its own ensuite bathroom. The other four-person dorm, is located on the first floor of Casa Govinda, which shares a bathroom with a twin room.
The superior double room shares a large bathroom, with a bathtub. There is also a lovely private sitting room with an open fireplace specially reserved for these rooms.
The twin rooms share a large bathroom, which is located between them.
Staying in a lovely, spacious yurt is a unique holiday experience. It is a delightful twin room, fully furnished, with all of the comforts of the other rooms and a back-to-nature ambience. The yurt is located in a “glamping” area overlooking the ancient olive grove and has access to three hot showers, one toilet, and four eco toilets right beside it. It has a wood burning fire stove for the colder months.
Life can be busy and stressful. To honor your body, mind, and soul, it is important that you take care of yourself to replenish, rejuvenate, and relax. Whether you’re traveling as a group or solo, it is guaranteed that you will meet like-minded people during your retreat!
Retreats are perfect if you are travelling alone, you have the choice to spend time with others or enjoy your own space if you wish. This luxury retreat is led by Julie Bladon (Jayadevi) and Jackie Dorrian (Jagdambe Ma).
During your retreat, you will attend meditation sessions, additional workshops, and yoga classes in a variety of styles including Akhanda yoga, Kundalini yoga, Yin yoga, Restorative yoga, Sivananda yoga, and Nidra yoga.
Julie teaches each a variety of yoga styles, but her main focus is on Hatha yoga, a practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (yoga breathing exercises) which helps bring peace to the mind and body, preparing the body for deeper spiritual practices such as meditation. Hatha yoga helps to develop fitness, balance, co-ordination, a sense of self-awareness, and a deeper peace of mind.
Jackie's journey to present has been an interesting one. Gaining knowledge in aromatherapy, ayurveda, Reiki, yoga, and meditation. India is a country that Jackie holds dear to her heart, it was there that she has been able to research, learn, and develop her skills further within the disciplines of ayurveda and yoga. In 2011 she had the honour to complete her 200-hours yoga teacher training at the Anand Prakash Ashram in Rishikesh, India with Yogi Vishvketu.
Suryalila Yoga Retreat Center, originally an Olive Hacienda, is located in the heart of the Spanish Andalucian hills, close to the charming villages of Arcos de la Frontera and Prado del Rey. On the edge of a stunning, mountainous national park, the property sits in a large river valley overlooking agricultural land, and in the far distance, you will be able to see the white lakeside village of Bornos.
Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre contains an olive grove with over 350 ancient olive trees. Suryalila was previously called ‘La Fabrica’ and was a working olive and dairy farm a hundred years ago. It had several large barns for cattle and also housed an olive mill. All the olive oil was produced on site. Today, they proudly serve their own home-grown organic cured olives and their own buttery gold Suryalila organic olive oil to guests. On the beautiful grounds, you can still see several massive granite olive crushing stones, giant ceramic olive oil urns, and a line of colorful carts which were all part of the original olive farm.
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The price of this retreat includes three gourmet vegetarian meals a day, with free tea, coffee, fruits, and drinking water. In the dining room, you can also find healthy snacks, ice cream, and a selection of beverages including organic wine and beer. Suryalila has an honesty list to sign when taking these items and you pay for everything at the end of your stay.
Suryalila Retreat Center takes pride in their outstanding vegetarian fare. Meals are delicious, diverse, and beautifully presented, using all organic and mostly local ingredients from their own organic farm and garden! The Suryalila gourmet vegetarian cuisine uses the freshest seasonal, locally-sourced organic fruits, and vegetables available, artfully prepared in a varied and truly eclectic international menu.
Eggs are gathered daily from their own happy chickens and when the season allows, you will enjoy the freshest of fruit picked from the orchard of apricot, peach, fig, and pear trees! If you have any special dietary restrictions, just let Suryalila Retreat Center know. Do not be nervous about going vegetarian. This will be one of the greatest food experiences of your life!
During the retreat, you will have one rest day, where you will be able to explore the local area. Trips and excursions can be arranged.
This guided tour starts with a beautiful 30-minute drive into the mountains of Sierra de Grazalema to the picturesque village of Benamahoma, where you will embark on a two-hour hike through an old forest.
Cadiz is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It was a center of the Phoenician empire up to 3,000 years ago and then became the third most important city during the Roman Empire.
Visit the heartland of Flamenco in Spain and a center for Andalucian horse riding. It is also famous for its sherry (Jerez means sherry) and many bodegas can be visited in the city. It has a charming old town and is a great place to spend your day shopping and sightseeing.
Witness stunning views, ancient Roman bridges, and bullfighting!
Visit Moorish castles, stunning cathedrals, and gorgeous tree-lined streets.
Hike through the Garganta Verde canyon in Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park (declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO). It is a spectacular canyon artfully carved by the streams of the Pinar river.
The Garganta Verde canyon hike is five kilometers long with a medium difficulty. The entire excursion lasts for five hours.
Enjoy a horse ride tour directly from Suryalila into the surrounding countryside. The tour includes exploring the natural Cork Oak forests, tour of the ancient Roman salt mines, trekking under the Grazelema mountain range, riding through fields of sunflowers, riding around Bornos lake, and riding through the Pueblos Blancos.
Explore the lovely Spanish white villages of Andalucia, Spain.
Visit Grazalema and hike through the surrounding mountains. Grazalema is one of the most breathtaking Pueblos Blancos, also known as the picturesque white towns of Andalucia. With its 2000 inhabitants, it is dramatically nestled in the middle of the Sierra de Grazalema national park on the edge of the mountain, with an impressive height of 600 to 1600 meters. It is a must-visit spot for all outdoor and nature enthusiasts.
Enjoy unspoilt beaches, old fishing villages, and kite surfing!
Cordoba is he ancient heart of Islamic culture and religion. Cordoba is around a two-hour drive from Suryalila, and is most famous for its unique amalgamation of Moorish and Christian architecture, where the huge and stunning mosque has a cathedral built in its center. It truly represents a mind blowing comparison of religious and cultural forms.
Malaga has one of the busiest airports in Spain, catering to the thousands of tourists coming to the Costa del Sol. It is about two hours from Suryalila, but an amazing drive through some majestic mountains. It does have a beautiful old town and is well worth visiting if one is flying in and out of Malaga.
You can book a massage at the reception after meals with a highly trained and insured massage therapist, with a reservation for an extra cost. All treatments will be done in a beautiful and peaceful dedicated massage room, located in Casa Ananda, the tower house, next to the Shakti Boutique.
One hour massages would cost you about 70 EUR, and 100 EUR for 90-minute massages.
Please book your flight to arrive at Jerez Airport (XRY). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
Seville Airport (SVQ) is also just one hour away from the center and there are 19 international airlines having flights there. Also, if you decide to fly from Malaga airport (AGP), there are a wide range of airlines that fly to Malaga from all over Europe and they are often very cheap, catering for the Costa del Sol package holidays.
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