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8 Days Goddess Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Spain

  • Suryalila Yoga Retreat Center, Pago de Pajarete, Cortijo La Fabrica, 11650 Villamartin, Cádiz, Spain

Overview

Women Meditation and Yoga Retreat Spain

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.

Highlights

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Welcome pack to help you unwind
  • Yoga studio fully equipped with yoga mats, blocks, and bolsters
  • Complimentary use of the salt water pool and sauna
  • Free tea, coffee, fruit, and drinking water
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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All guests will be staying at the Suryalila Yoga Retreat Center with a variety of accommodations to choose from.

Deluxe double room

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.

Dorm

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.

Superior double 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.

Twin room

The twin rooms share a large bathroom, which is located between them.

Yurt

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.

Sample daily itinerary

  • 07:00 Yoga and meditation
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 11:30 Free time
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 16:00 Yoga
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • Julie Bladon

    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 Dorrian

    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.

Olive oil plantation

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.

Nearby places

  • Arcos de la Frontera, 20 kilometers
  • Cadiz - 45 minutes
  • Grazelema, 30 kilometres
  • Malaga - 2 hours
  • Malaga Airport (AGP) - 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Prado Del Rey, 5 kilometers
  • Ronda - 1 hour
  • Sevilla - 1 hour
Activities
  • Hiking
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Kitesurfing
  • Massage
  • Shopping
  • Spa
  • Swimming
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Lake nearby
  • Lounge
  • River nearby
Services
  • Local market
  • Tour assistance

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.

Benamahoma river trail

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.

Day trip to Cadiz

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.

Day trip to Jerez de la Frontera

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.

Day trip to Ronda

Witness stunning views, ancient Roman bridges, and bullfighting!

Day trip to Seville

Visit Moorish castles, stunning cathedrals, and gorgeous tree-lined streets.

Garganta Verde canyon hiking adventure

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.

Horse riding tours

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.

Nearby white villages

Explore the lovely Spanish white villages of Andalucia, Spain.

Sierra de Grazalema day trip

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.

Spain beaches and Costa de la Luz

Enjoy unspoilt beaches, old fishing villages, and kite surfing!

Visit Cordoba and Malaga

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.

Massage treatments

One hour massages would cost you about 70 EUR, and 100 EUR for 90-minute massages.

  • Ayurvedic massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Thai yoga massage
  • 1 blissful Nidra yoga session
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 3 gourmet vegetarian meals per day
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • A welcome pack to help you unwind
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Internet
  • Tea, coffee, fruits, and drinking water
  • Use of salt water swimming pool and sauna
  • Yoga mats, blocks, and bolsters
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Day trips and excursions
  • Massages and treatments
  • Optional activities
  • Snacks, treats, beverages, and shopping
  • Travel insurance

Driving directions from Jerez

  • If you are driving from Jerez Airport (XRY), take the A4 towards Jerez for a couple of kilometers and then follow the N348 towards Arcos de la Frontera for about three kilometers.
  • Take the exit to follow the A382 for about 35 kilometers all the way to Villamartin.
  • As you approach the town, take a right hand turn signed for Villamartin.
  • Turn right off the short slip road after the exit. The slip road is short and comes up on you quickly, so eyes open here!
  • Follow this road for about five kilometers going straight until the four-way stop.
  • At the four-way stop, go straight ahead along the dirt road. It is signposted La Granja.
  • Carry on along the dirt road for about three kilometers until you see a sign on your left for Suryalila Retreat Center.
  • Then turn left and follow the road to the house.
  • If you miss the turn into la Fabrica, the next sign you will see on the left will be for La Granja. Turn around and come back down the hill.

Driving directions from Malaga

  • Follow the coast road (E15 /AP7) south, past Benalmadena, Fuengirola, and Marbella.
  • Take the A-397 over the mountains to Ronda.
  • After Ronda, take the A372 via Grazalema and Benamahoma to Prado del Rey.
  • When you get to Prado del Rey, you need to pick up the road to Villamartin, which is the A373.
  • After a couple of miles on the road to Villamartin, you will see a left turn and a sign-posted Arcos de la Frontera. It is at the bottom of a long steep hill if you are coming from Prado del Rey.
  • Take this left and follow the road for about two or three miles until you come to a crossroads.
  • At the crossroads, take the dirt road on your left sign-posted La Granja.
  • After about two miles on the dirt road, you will a sign post on your left for Suryalila.
  • Take that and you’ll find Suryalila Retreat Center a few hundred meters up the track.

Driving directions from Seville

  • If you are arriving from Seville Airport (SVQ) car park, follow the exit signs across the first roundabout.
  • At the second roundabout, follow the signs for A4 to Cordoba, going all the way around the roundabout, and keeping right.
  • Follow the A4 until kilometer 526 (the roads in Spain have markers at each kilometer and the junction number is the kilometer number you are along the road) and take the exit onto the SE40
  • Come off the SE40 at kilometer 13 onto the A376 towards Utrera. This slip road has two exits, the first one is towards Utrera.
  • Follow the A376 to Utrera. At Utrera, continue on the A375 to Ronda.
  • Just after Puerto Serrano, the A375 ends at the A384. Take the A384 towards Villamartin.
  • After eight kilometers, take the ramp for A373 signposted Prado del Rey/El Bosque/Ubrique/Villamartín.
  • At the roundabout, go left (last exit) onto the A373 towards Prado del Rey.
  • After five kilometers, take the right turn onto the CA 6105 sign posted to Arcos de la Frontera.
  • After two and a half kilometers, near kilometer 13, turn left. You will see a small Suryalila sign. This takes you off the tarmac, so drive carefully!
  • After approximately five kilometers, the driveway for Suryalila is on the left (again there is a small sign).
  • Follow the driveway and you’ll see Suryalila Retreat Center’s gate and flags. Go up the drive, and as you get to the paving, the car park is on the right.

Arrival by airplane

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.

Arrival by bus

  • From Jerez, you can take the bus to Villamartin, which is about 15 minutes from the Suryalila Retreat Centre. Julie Bladon will pick you up from the airport.
  • From Seville, the city center can be easily reached by bus. Buses between the airport and the city center run every 30 minutes. The journey takes between 30 minutes and a single ticket costs 3 EUR. From Seville city center bus station, you can catch a bus to Villamartin. The ride takes about an hour and a half.
  • From Malaga, there is a bus that leaves the Malaga bus station directly to Villamartin. The price of a one-way ticket is about 15 EUR.

GPS

36.47’14,6″N – 005.35’57,1″W

  • Review by Emma Henry from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Picturesque Suryalila has a very special energy. It is run with complete love and respect. The staff, the views, the food, the accommodation, and much more are the reasons why I keep coming back. It is completely magical!"

    Julie Bladon website, edited

  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "I really loved the space created. Particularly appreciated the suggestions for daily practice which I will take away. I enjoyed the discussion in the studio in some sessions, and Friday morning interactive session was excellent. I liked having time to ask about postures and learning from other people’s questions in the group. Thank you."

    Julie Bladon website, edited

  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "The place and people were very enjoyable, and a good mix of personalities. You two have been very accessible and welcoming."

    Julie Bladon website, edited

  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you, Julie and Jackie for a wonderful week full of joy and fun. It has been very interesting to experience different types of yoga practice and different teaching styles. I feel I have learned a lot and have been convinced that I can include daily yoga practice into my usual routine. You are both excellent inspirational teachers and I appreciate your hard work planning the sessions and all the smooth organisation. Thank you again for your patience and kindness."

    Julie Bladon website, edited

  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Good, caring, and friendly group. I felt very comfortable being part of it. Thank you, Julie and Jackie for making the retreat such a pleasurable experience. What a fantastic experience, thanks to you two. Thank you! Yoga will never be the same again."

    Julie Bladon website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Devon, England
    10 out of 10

    "Just to let you know that your class today was wonderful. I was completely in tune with you and as for the relaxation, well, wow is possibly the best way of describing it. It was a truly moving experience that I have never been able to experience before. I have not stopped smiling and repeating the word wow all afternoon! That was an extremely meaningful and spiritual encounter for me."

    Julie Bladon website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Exeter, England
    10 out of 10

    "I love that every one of Julies yoga classes is different and she always gives a range of options to suit the beginners and more advanced students. Julie has taken me from complete novice to confidently practicing yogic poses in a matter of weeks. I love the weekly yoga classes, they are a fantastic way to relax, rejuvenate, and keep your body supple and strong."

    Julie Bladon website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Exeter, England
    10 out of 10

    "I look forward to attending Julies yoga class, it's a highlight of my week. It's my time to relax, re-energize, and have the best night sleep after the classes. I love it!"

    Julie Bladon website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Exeter, England
    10 out of 10

    "Julies yoga Nidra workshop was amazing. The yoga session was just what I needed and the Nidra was a wonderful experience. I left feeling fully restored, calm, and full of energy. I would recommend the Nidra class to everyone."

    Julie Bladon website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Exeter, England
    10 out of 10

    "R-e-l-a-x-e-d blissful Nidra workshop. I was just floating through this evening and I think itll be an early night. Huge thank you to Julie Bladon. It was wonderful."

    Julie Bladon website, edited

Devon, United Kingdom

Julie Bladon hosts regular yoga classes, workshops, and retreats in UK and internationally.

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Arrival: Saturday May 20, 2017
Departure: Saturday May 27, 2017

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