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8 Days Yoga Retreat in Spain

  • Centro Santillán, Carretera Macharaviaya, Kilómetro 3, 29730 Vélez-Málaga, Málaga, España

8 Days Yoga Retreat in Spain

  • Centro Santillán, Carretera Macharaviaya, Kilómetro 3, 29730 Vélez-Málaga, Málaga, España

Yoga Holiday in Spain

Join this yoga, qigong, and meditation retreat in a stunning retreat center nestled in the open hills of southern Spain. Days will include morning and afternoon sessions to choose from depending on your level and preferences. There will also be plenty of downtime for relaxing, walking the hills, swimming in a salt-water pool, therapies, and napping. Matthew and Mimi will offer teachings that reflect aspects of the heart’s function, as well as its relation to the season of summer and the element of fire.


  • Yoga, qigong, and meditation sessions
  • Free time to explore nearby places of interest
  • Complimentary soft drinks, beer, and wine on selected days
  • 3 daily meals influenced by Italian and Spanish cuisines
  • Tea, coffee, and water available all day
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Centro Santillán

Centro Santillán is a secluded, Andalusian paradise that is surrounded by mountains overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Located in Rincon de la Victoria, it is 20 kilometers from Malaga, the capital of Spain’s Costa del Sol.

​The spacious and beautifully decorated Spanish rooms at Santillán accommodate single, double, and triple occupancy. You will be matched with roommates if you are coming by yourself and would like a double or triple room.

All rooms include a bathtub and shower, toiletries, hair dryer, and air conditioner or fan. There are telephones for internal use, a safe deposit box, and a desk. Each room has a balcony or patio with sea, garden, or mountain views.

As these seven days are about meeting your personal retreat needs and practicing svadhyaya (self-study), all activities are optional.


Days will begin with a light breakfast followed by gentle qigong, pranayama, and meditation inside Santillán's stunning, state-of-the-art studio with views of palm trees and the clear, Mediterranean waters. After a full breakfast, there will be a long morning session including a dharma talk and active practice of yoga, qigong or a combination of both. There will be options given for all levels of practitioners.


After a nourishing lunch, there will be free time to nap, book therapies, sit in the salt-water pool, chill out on a sun bed, play paddle tennis, or take a taxi to the beach, which is just seven kilometers away. The afternoon yoga sessions will be gentle, relaxing, and quiet.


After dinner, there will be an evening meditation session to close the day.

Visit the surroundings

Mid-week, there will be a half-day off. Participants are welcome to rest or visit the historic city of Granada and visit the sacred Alhambra, a Unesco World Heritage site.

The retreat includes an afternoon excursion to a nearby village where you will enjoy a seaside lunch of grilled fish and vegetables. The restaurant is right on the beach, so stunning views of the Mediterranean sea will accompany you while you enjoy the food.

  • Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    Mimi has been a student of yoga since 1995. She teaches a breath and alignment-based vinyasa Yoga that is cross-pollinated with aspects of Daoist and Buddhist teachings. In 2002, Mimi co-founded Yoga Yard, Beijing’s first and leading yoga studio, which she co-directed for seven years. She now teaches classes, workshops, and retreats. She is the author of the DVD Vinyasa Yoga: A Steady Mindful Practice, a contributor on and on triyoga’s yoga teacher training faculty. She is a faculty member on triyoga's teacher training and a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher.

  • Matthew Cohen

    Matthew has a love for the healing practices of yoga, Qigong, Tai Chi, martial arts, Buddhist meditation, and Chinese medicine. He used to teach Mimi Kuo-Deemer's yoga studio in Beijing. He is also passionate about storytelling, a good laugh, and introspection. He aspires to teach safe, sacred, inspiring, and transformative practices that are accessible and open to everyone.

This retreat will take place near Malaga, Spain. Malaga is the capital of Spain’s Costa del Sol and has an international airport with many direct flights from London, New York City, Frankfurt, Madrid, and Paris.

  • Golf course nearby
  • Hiking
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Shopping nearby
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Tennis court
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Beach nearby
  • Garden
  • In-room safe
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Free bottled water
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Library
  • Toiletries

The meals at Santillán are lovingly prepared and are influenced by the Spanish and Italian cuisines. Tea, coffee, and still water are available 24 hours a day. Complimentary soft drinks, beer, and wine are available on the first and last day. At all other times, beverages can be purchased at the bar and paid on check-out. Common dietary requirements will be honored.

Visit to Granada

Mid-week, there will be a half-day off, during which you can visit the historic city of Granada and the sacred Alhambra, a Unesco World Heritage site. Tickets must be booked far in advance for this. You will be asked upon booking as to whether or not you would like to join on this excursion. Please note, the cost of entry ticket and shared luxury coach, approximately 15 EUR for the ticket and 20 EUR for the bus per person, is not included in the retreat costs.

Other activities

  • Horseback riding
  • Go-karting
  • Going to the beach, which is seven kilometers away by car
  • A visit to Malaga, Marbella, Cordoba, Sevilla, Alpujarras, Ronda, Nerja, Frigiliana, Gibraltar, or Morocco with an English-speaking guide. The staff can help arrange this.

Many therapies and treatments are available and can be booked on arrival and are payable in euros directly to the therapist. These include:

  • Massage
  • Osteopathy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Regression
  • Shiatsu massage
  • 3 meals per day
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All class sessions
  • Seaside lunch and beach trip
  • Extra activities and excursions
  • Personal expenses
  • Purchased beverages
  • Transportation to and from Santillán
  • Travel expenses

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Malaga International Airport (AGT).

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.


  • Review by Emma Ford from France
    10 out of 10

    "Mimi was my mentor throughout my 200-hours yoga teacher training, and I could not have asked for a more patient or knowledgeable person to help me through the training. She is warm and compassionate with an in-depth understanding of the philosophy of yoga. I strongly recommend her classes. If I lived in London I would definitely attend weekly!"

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  • Review by Juliet
    10 out of 10

    "My yoga retreat with Mimi and Louise was quite the highlight of 2015. It was a wonderful holiday: relaxing, fun, energizing. It also left me in a more positive frame of mind. Before I left, I was anxious about work and career plans. Now I feel stronger, calmer and excited that there are only possibilities ahead. I would strongly recommend the holiday to anyone who wants to come home feeling physically and emotionally restored."

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer website, edited

  • Review by Bob
    10 out of 10

    "Louise and Mimi taught an excellent retreat and produced a beautifully authentic experience for everyone. They complemented each other extremely well and together brought a wide range of skills and traits to the classroom: Mimi with her serene, calm organised yet natural approach, abounding deep knowledge, and a wide spectrum of yoga and qigong, and Louise with her vast experience and knowledge, together with a kindness, a nurturing, and completely selfless approach, not to mention a great sense of fun. I have been glowing in the aftermath."

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  • Review by Catherine
    10 out of 10

    "The Umbrian retreat with Mimi and Louise created an ideal balance of yoga practice, meditation, and qigong, plus time to relax and make friends, all within well-equipped and beautiful surroundings. Intuitive teaching guided the group through the week, allowing strengths to develop, and new techniques and practices to evolve."

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  • Review by Catherine Karnow from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Mimi is not your usual yoga instructor. Extremely experienced and extremely knowledgeable, she teaches and practices very safe yoga. I place Mimi head and shoulders above not only a good yoga teacher, but even a great yoga teacher. She is also caring, funny, loving, and smart."

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  • Review by Sunil Amrith from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Mimi's classes are an oasis in the midst of each busy week. Mimi teaches yoga with such grace and creativity, each class is a marvel of refreshment and insight. The day-long sessions I have been fortunate to attend have felt like retreats in the best sense, providing a chance to go into things in more depth and a space for deeper reflection. I have come away from each one with new energy and sustenance. Mimi's is a gentle voice of illumination and wisdom, a true inspiration. It is a privilege to be able to learn from her."

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  • Review by Margi Young from United States
    10 out of 10

    "You do not want to miss a chance to take a class with yogi extraordinaire Mimi Kuo-Deemer. Because she embodies yoga, just to be in her presence you will understand the impact of this practice. On top of that, she offers precise, compassionate, and deep teaching. And she has a way of seeing everyone in the room and offering just the perfect amount of support, ideas, and suggestions to help each individual on his or her path."

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  • Review by Chantal Van Ginkel from South Africa
    10 out of 10

    "My deepest thanks go to Mimi's teachings. In every session, there is a gem: a thoughtful adjustment, a shared lightness, a kindness, a profound message. While we ultimately determine our own experiences, her guidance and nurturing bring light to a life practice."

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