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7 Days Christmas Yoga Retreat in Spain

  • Kaliyoga, Orgiva, Andalucia, Spain

Overview

Christmas Yoga Holidays in Spain

Are you bored by the usual Christmas and New Year routine of over-eating and family tension? The Kaliyoga Christmas week is a relaxing and fun time with a focus on yoga, inventive cuisine, walks in the sunshine, and laughter with new friends. Join us and you will enjoy your holiday season with yoga, beautiful nature, delicious food, and local Spanish culture.

About Kaliyoga

Yoga teachers Jonji and Rosie Miles founded Kaliyoga in 2002. Kaliyoga offers life-changing retreats for wellbeing and self-knowledge. Their sensitive staffs provide a caring environment in which guests can feel deeply at ease, and their team of world-class therapists provides opportunities for deeper enquiry and healing.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Restorative and Hatha yoga classes
  • Ashtanga and Dynamic yoga practices
  • 2 guided hill walks in Las Alpujarras region
  • 3 daily delicious vegetarian meals
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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The Mulberry

2 beds, en-suite

This extra large room has 2 wide beds and a spacious en-suite bathroom. There is ample room for a third bed if required. Tiled floors with rugs, air con/heating. French doors open to the pool terrace and windows with wooden shutters overlook mature trees and lawn.

The Barn

2 beds, en-suite

This double room has 2 comfy single beds, tiled floor with rugs, en-suite shower/WC, air con. North-east facing windows with wooden shutters and views of hills and mature olive tree.

Shakti

Single room, adjacent bathroom

This single room has a comfy bed, tiled floor with rugs, air con/heating. Adjacent bathroom is also used by 'Ganesha' room. The room is in a cozy corner of the inner courtyard and has a west facing window with wooden shutters.

Ganesha

Single or double, en-suite

This room can be configured as a double, twin or single. Tiled floor with rugs, air con/heating. This room is adjacent to Shakti and has a west facing window with wooden shutters. The nearby bathroom is shared with Shakti.

Casita

Wooden Chalet, en-suite

This self-contained accommodation can be configured as a double, twin, or single. It has en-suite bathroom (shower), air-con/heating and a veranda with verdant valley and mountain views.

Single and double Tipi

High quality American Indian style canvas tent

Our large canvas tipis are 5m high and have been furnished with comfortable bedding, quality linen, tiled floor with rugs, bedside table, electric light and a power point to recharge your phone or laptop. Shared bathroom facilities are nearby. This accommodation is not available in winter.

Kaliyoga has created an exclusive Christmas program which includes 3 delicious vegetarian meals per day, 2 yoga classes per day, and two days of guided hill walking in the beatiful Alpujarra hills between the Sierra Nevada and the Mediterranean coast. Cultural excursion can be arranged (optional) for tasting of regional Andalusian culture. You are welcome to use the outdoor facilities at any time: infra-red sauna, outdoor hot tub, and solar heated swimming pool (heating depends on the sun). Our world-class holistic therapists are also available on demand.

Schedule

Sunday:

  • Arrivals at 12:00
  • Yoga class at 17:30

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday:

  • Morning yoga class (2 hours)
  • Breakfast
  • Free time for therapies and relaxation
  • Lunch
  • Free time for therapies and relaxation
  • Yoga class
  • Mocktails and supper

Tuesday and Thursday:

  • Breakfast
  • Walking day
  • Picnic lunch
  • Return in time for restorative yoga class
  • Mocktails and supper

Saturday:

  • Morning yoga self-practice
  • Breakfast
  • Fond farewells at 12:00

Lelly

Lelly has studied Hatha and Ashtanga yoga and trained with the Sivananda school in Kerala. Her teaching style is influenced by Godfrey Devereux's 'Dynamic yoga training method' and by Sarah Powers' insight yoga teachings, as well as Buddhist meditation. Lelly's yoga classes are powerful and reflective. The practice level is accessible to beginners as well as to advanced students, with variations and adjustments given according to needs.

Kaliyoga is located in rural countryside near the market town of Orgiva which lies in the Alpujarra mountain range between Granada city and the Mediterranean coast. Transfers from Granada airport take about an hour by car, and under 2 hours from Malaga airport.

GPS

  • 36°53'54.9"N, 3°26'27.9W

Distances

  • Granada city, 53 kilometers
  • Lanjaron, 7.5 kilometers
  • Orgiva, 2.5 kilometers
Activities
  • Horse riding/rental nearby
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
Services
  • ATM/banking nearby
  • Free! WiFi
  • Shop nearby
  • Tour assistance

The best vegetarian ingredients are sourced from local organic growers and then lovingly prepared by our own chefs. Kaliyoga's delicious cuisine will not only bring pleasure to your taste buds - each mouthful will make you feel happier and healthier too. Optional hands-on workshops for creating healthy food.

If you are allergic to certain ingredients Kaliyoga will do their best to meet your requirements, provided that you advise them in advance. If you have dietary needs that require special ingredients, please bring those items with you. There are two excellent health food shops in the nearby town of Orgiva. There is also a good homeopathic pharmacy.

The Las Alpujarras region is a bio-diverse natural park; a really superb area for walking, hiking, and horse riding. Cultural trips to the Alhambra Palace world heritage site in Granada, and other cultural excursions in the local area can also be arranged. You can also go to a Tibetan Buddhist retreat centre and therapeutic salt-water pools in nearby town, Lanjaron.

Thai yoga massage (65 EUR/1.5 hours)

A unique and powerful massage therapy combining acupressure, gentle stretching and applied yoga. This traditional ancient healing art has been handed down from teacher to pupil since the third century BC. Thai Massage works on an energy line system (the ten sen) through which the body's natural life force flows.

Blockages in this life force cause aches, pains, and disease. The therapist uses hands, feet, and elbows to apply pressure to important points along these lines, in combination with gentle stretching and applied Hatha yoga. This releases blocked energy and frees the body's own natural healing potential, thus restoring balance, health, and harmony.

Full body aromatherapy massage (65 EUR/1.5 hours)

Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to conditions involving stress or improving emotionally-related conditions. It is a massage with highly concentrated plant oils added to the massage lotion. Our sense of smell is called the limbic system and this system controls emotions and influences the nervous system and hormones.

When you inhale essential oil molecules, messages are transmitted to the limbic system which affects heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion, and the immune system. Essential oils are also absorbed through the skin. Each essential oil has different healing properties. For example, some are calming while others are energizing.

Indian head massage (40 EUR/ 45 minutes)

This wonderful treatment originated from the ancient system of holistic medicine, Ayurveda- “Ayur” meaning life and “veda” meaning science or knowledge. Indian Head Massage provides relief from discomfort in the areas where most tension is held: upper back, shoulders, upper arms, chest, neck, scalp, and face.

The techniques used help to clear the mind and achieve a calm state of consciousness, while the selected aromatic oils nourish the skin, scalp, and hair. It is an effective yet effortless way to release mental and physical tension, leaving you with a deep sense of well-being which has to be experienced to be fully understood.

Chiropractic alignment and deep tissue sports massage (50 EUR /1 hour)

Using the gentle and holistic approach of McTimoney-Corley Chiropractic in conjunction with a number of muscle energy, positional release, and massage techniques, the therapist assess and treats a wide variety of muscular-skeletal issues, ranging from postural imbalances and flexibility problems, through to more serious muscular and skeletal injuries, both acute and chronic.

Yoga practitioners are not immune to injury and many people discover that long-term skeletal misalignment is the cause of limited flexibility or discomfort which, if not healed, can often lead people to giving up exercise altogether. Deep tissue sports massage can be given either on its own, or in conjunction with chiropractic alignment.

Naturopathy and nutrition (Person to person consultations 50 EUR/1 hour)

Veronika Poola is a qualified Naturopath and Nutritional Therapist. She adopted a 99% raw food diet about 6 years ago and since then her main focus has been giving advice on natural nutrition and detoxification. She will teach you how to make positive nutritional and lifestyle changes via a healthy diet based on fruit, vegetables, grains, and super foods.

She will give you healthy alternatives to your present diet that won’t compromise your palate, and offer advice on which natural health supplements (super foods) will best serve to boost your internal health and energy levels. Veronika believes that an annual or bi-annual detoxification is an essential part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Mind-body acupuncture ( 65 EUR/1.5 hours)

This is a powerful tool for diagnosis and healing of physical, emotional, and spiritual disease.

The essence of the therapy is to observe the energy imbalances within a person and then work to assess why these have arisen. The next stage is a process of letting go of these issues, and finally creating tools that you can utilize to help you with a new approach to life.

Mind-body acupuncture is a technique and a science from China that combines diagnosis and treatment in one session. The precision of the system is profound and subtle, reaching far beyond the "drugs or surgery" approach of western medical science.

Reflexology (50 EUR /1 hour)

The conditions of your feet are an indication of what's going in your body and the therapist is happy to discuss this with you. If you have emotional issues that come up during the treatment, the therapist can explain how having a foot reading session can identify and resolve negative issues that happened in the past but may still be active in your sub-conscious.

Foot reading (65 EUR/1.5 hours)

Foot reading is a development of reflexology in which the client's life history is discussed in connection with present symptoms. It is often found that unresolved emotional trauma from the past is a powerful driver of present chronic conditions, both physical and mental.

Quantum SCIO (65 EUR/1.5 hours)

The Quantum SCIO therapist assesses your organic, systemic, chakra and energetic function. The Quantum SCIO heals as it diagnoses using bio feedback technology. SCIO stands for scientific consciousness interface operating-system. During your consultation, you will learn how present physical and emotional symptoms relate to unresolved past events in your life.

The Quantum SCIO also tests for food intolerances, nutritional and mineral deficiencies and allergies. At the end of the treatment session the Quantum therapist prescribes further treatment where necessary, including homeopathy, Bach flower essences and natural supplements.

Bio magnetic pair therapy (50 EUR/1 hour)

What can bio magnetism heal? Biomagnetism is the best shortcut to correct imbalances in the body. Simply by changing the Ph balance in your body, these special magnets can correct a broad range of illnesses that can all be easily eradicated, including: candida, sinusitis, rhinitis, psoriasis, parasites, and herpes. Virus, bacteria, fungus and parasites don't stand a chance against the PH healing power of biomagnetism.

Also if you are doing a juice fast, the biomagnets help to expel heavy metals from the pancreas, liver, and kidneys. The therapist uses kinesiology to diagnose imbalances in your body, then she places the small but powerful magnets to specific areas of your body for a period of 15 minutes. During this time, your blood passes many times through the magnetic fields which correct any imbalance in your body's Ph, thereby neutralizing the pathogens.

  • 2 days of guided hill walking (4-5 hrs per day)
  • Accommodation
  • Additional activities for your delight and surprise
  • All meals (vegan and special diets possible)
  • Infra red sauna and outdoor hot tub
  • Optional excursion to a traditional Spanish bodega
  • Swimming pool (solar heated)
  • Yoga courses (total 15 hours)
  • Holistic treatments
  • Travel and transfers

Driving directions from Malaga airport

  • On leaving the airport follow signs for Malaga and then signs for Sevilla, Cordoba, Granada, Almeria and Motril (A7).
  • After about 10 kilometers, the motorway splits into two motorways, it is important that you now keep to the left on the A7 in the direction of Almeria and Motril and that you don’t follow signs for Cordoba, Sevilla, and Granada. You are on the Autovia del Meditaraneo driving east along the side of the sea.
  • The motorway runs out shortly after the ‘La Herradura and Almunecar’ turn off, and the slip road rejoins with the coast road for about 10 kilometers.
  • After the Salobrena turn off, take the direction for Granada and Jaen and rejoin the motorway (A44 autovia de Sierra Nevada). You are now driving north and inland.
  • Continue on this motorway until junction "175 kilometers" (about 20 kilometers from the coast), and turn off in the direction of Orgiva and Las Alpujarras.
  • The slip road brings you down hill to the large dam and roundabout where you turn right towards Orgiva.
  • Keep going until you go through a tunnel, then turn left over the River Guadalfeo towards Orgiva.
  • Continue through Orgiva town. Bear left at the traffic lights before the church, (signs are for A348 Lanjaron and Trevelez).
  • As you leave Orgiva you will pass a small BP filling station near the bridge, then carry straight on and after 0.5 kilometers there is a larger BP filling station on the right.
  • Continue for about 1 kilometers and you will see 'Camping Puerta de la Alpujarra' campsite on your left with red pyramid shaped roofs.
  • Carry on about 400 meters - there is a short section of straight road followed by a sharp right hand bend.
  • Slow down at the chevron, Indicate left and turn left immediately by the long green hedge and the community bin shed.
  • Now choose the track that runs between the glass-fronted bus stop and the sign for Olive Mill. Don't be tempted by the other track near the hedge, it's a dead end.
  • Having turned off the main road, drive along the unmade track slowly (it's quite bumpy).
  • You will pass a white farm building on the right and then at the bottom of the hill is a building called "Fabricolat de Queso de las Alpujarras".
  • Follow the road to the left, past a round water container on the right.
  • Continue straight on for about 600 more metres. Keep going straight, don't take any turnings to the right, you're nearly there.
  • The Kaliyoga sign is on the right just after the brow of a steep uphill section.
For information about the booking conditions, please send KaliYoga Retreats Spain an inquiry.
  • Review by a traveler from Newport Beach, California

    "I entered this place and it felt just like home!! We had a great yoga week and our group returned basking in the glow of this amazing retreat. I had Lelly and Artanza as our yoga teachers - beautiful vibe, loved their authentic practice and complementary styles. Jane is the office manager and took great care of all the house guests and the lady who booked my trip was super helpful with making all the arrangements. Food was unbelievable, healthy and fresh. Kicks in a detox. I did 4 therapies - completely different from one another - good combination for relaxation and reflection. Summers can be hot so be prepared. They have a nice pool. Yogashala is very peaceful. Must Visit!!"

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  • Review by Joni Furstenborg

    "Thank you for an outstanding week in Spain that not only changed my life but got me to open up on a whole new level. Without doubt the best vacation I've ever taken. It was hard to leave but deep inside I never left and hope I never will. The vision and goals in my life are very clear for me now. I'm going to concentrate on life quality from now on and fulfilling my dreams. Great things lie ahead. Can't thank you enough."

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  • Review by Angelika Sverdrup

    "I came to Kaliyoga after a hard and hot week of trail running in Loja. It was like coming to my personal designed Paradise. First to be met by Jane, with glittering eyes, then introduced to this heaven; so beautiful, harmonious and with a benevolent atmosphere, with a fantastic nature, view, pool, sounds and smells of lavender, rosemary and jasmine. We had exquisite raw food every meal, all we needed was provided for. I also got the opportunity to have a session with Kym, a fantastic sound healer. The session with her was very important for me. Julie, our beautiful yoga teacher guided and taught us through our chakras over the week, with very effective yoga poses, and a containing and caring sensitivity for all the participants. I am so happy that I got this opportunity to spend a week at Kaliyoga and experience this bit of heaven on earth!"

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  • Review by Henrietta

    "Before the retreat I was stressed, tense and over-anxious. Even when I didn't have lots of work to do, I made myself worry constantly. This did not make me the best person to be around! I was also very consumed by thoughts about my weight and an obsession with healthy eating and exercise. Kaliyoga has changed my life and how I will approach each day from now on. Every morning at yoga, with our focus on breathing and meditation, I began to feel calmer. After each massage, I learned how tense my body was and that I needed to give it a break; and after seeing Celia, I felt almost cured of an eating disorder that I have been dealing with since I was 15. Most importantly, I have realized that I must embrace life! I must embrace my job as I know I love it. If I approach something positively, even if it's something boring or difficult, it will be so much more enjoyable. If I am calmer, I just know I will feel better and be kinder and more patient with others. Kaliyoga has made me learn how to honor myself and others; we are all different, we are all unique and that's what makes us all beautiful. Thank you so much for an incredible stay."

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  • Review by Rosali from Vienna, Austria
    10 out of 10

    "Hard to find words, how beautiful Kaliyoga Italy is. The retreat, the location, the people, the yoga, the therapies, everything is just wow."

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  • Review by Devaney from Birmingham, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Where shall I start? The yoga tuition because the purpose of the trip was to spend a quiet healthy week improving my yoga and without doubt the instruction was not only excellent but Tashi is inspiring. the location is perfect for what promised to be a week of self improvement, yoga, reflection. The southern Italian landscape is beautiful and the actual location is stunning, tranquil and totally fit for purpose.With an Italian chef offering very healthy food and the opportunity to visit local sights and take a trip to the beach, this package offered me everything I needed to chill, reflect and develop a brilliant yoga practice...thank you Kaliyoga."

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  • Review by Natalie from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Can't speak highly enough about this wonderful retreat. Great staff, wonderfully characterful accommodation, fantastic yoga and so relaxing. The perfect get away from London!"

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  • Review by Alex from Munich, Germany
    10 out of 10

    "Wonderful place, awesome yoga, great food, lovely people. I will definitely be back - this is the best yoga place I know - and it doesn't matter whether you are new to yoga or very advanced."

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  • Review by Benjamin from Oxford, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I had nearly 2 weeks at the Italy Kaliyoga with Tashi. Three things were outstanding; the teaching, the staff and the food. The venue and location are not bad either!There seems to be a natural flow of goodness about this retreat which stems from the authenticity of the teaching itself. Around that a staff of helpers and managers seems to have added itself effortlessly into the place in a way which complements the philosophy and the tone of the teaching. Then the food fits into that cocktail seamlessly. And the programme itself, although ostensibly simple, seems just right; enough to be worth it, but not too complex. I recommend the massages and therapies too. It all just... works.Overall I was able to visit a new place inside myself, from a lapsed, non-expert yogi, and for that I'm really grateful. Honestly I thought it seemed expensive when I booked, but when I left, I thought it was priceless."

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  • Review by Ksenia Tyutrina
    10 out of 10

    "I learned more about myself in that one week than in my whole life. Being surrounded by such pristine nature and having the time to notice the beauty of every day simple life really helped me understand what I wanted from my destiny."

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  • Review by Eva Hartl
    10 out of 10

    "Exceeded my expectations. It was a perfect week! Cant name one specific area, I just went home with a very good feeling."

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  • Review by Helenee Arkhem
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you so much! Kaliyoga retreat was fantastic! The yoga teacher Tashi, the hamlet, the beautiful landscape, the walks, the food, I loved it! It was one of the best weeks of my life."

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  • Review by Ariadna from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Kaliyoga is by far my favorite yoga retreat in Europe. Their locations are stunning, the food is to die for, the yoga is soothing yet energizing and challenging if you want it to be, treatments are some of the best, and the hosts provide the atmosphere to truly unwind, relax and get yourself back! it can be just a relaxing holiday, or a real breakthrough - depending what you want from it!"

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