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Discover a yoga retreat in one of the most stunning beaches of southern Spain. During this journey, you will develop your creativity, enjoy nature and outdoor activities, and grow in self-reflection by participating in wellness workshops that will help you find a better spiritual balance. Join the Casara Way family in a life-changing inner trip that will refresh your mind, body, and soul, improve your lifestyle, get in touch with who you really are, and reinvent yourself for the future.
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Casara Way offers a beautiful villa accommodation on a large, beach-facing property next to a plantation of seasonal vegetables, including potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, carrot, pepper, corn, beet, lettuce, tomatoes, and fruits such as watermelon, melon, and strawberries, among others. The retreat's center nearby wild beach, Zahora, does not usually fill up with tourists, which makes of this place one of the last surviving secrets of Spain.
Casara Way has five rural cottages, just fifty meters away from the beach. You will have private access to Zahora Beach by walking a short track that passes by an area with beautiful horses, chickens, and turkeys. The venue has a calm and friendly atmosphere with a total of five tastefully decorated and self-contained cottages and shared spaces in the beautiful garden, which will make you go home feeling totally rejuvenated.
The cottages are chic and stylish, as well as they have all the amenities required to make your stay comfortable and memorable, such as international television, fridge, freezer, microwave, coffee-maker, kettle, toaster, juicer, blender, washing machine, iron, and alarm clock. Additionally, private or shared rooms with bathroom and shower are available in all the cottages.
Wherever you stay, you will be able to stroll through the gardens, walk along Zahora Beach, hear the roaring waves of the Atlantic Ocean, or just listen to the birds singing from your room. Also, its inviting outdoor areas will provide everything you need for chilling out, such as loungers, deck chairs, and hammocks, making yourself feel completely at home.
This 70-squared meter, light-filled cottage offers lots of charm in its two levels and its welcoming porch. On the ground floor, you will find a living room with a wood-burning stove, a kitchenette, and a bathroom with shower. On the upper floor, you will find a 30-squared meter bedroom with views to the Zahora Beach. This cottage is practical and functional, perfect for couples or couples with a small child. A big world map in the room will encourage dreams of future travels.
This 80-squared meter space is a tower that was built in the 1970s, and which has been renovated and turned into a three-story house. Today, this cottage is a place decorated with objects from trips to Asia, as well as it features a collection of masks from Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Tibet, India, Nepal, and China.
On the ground floor, you will find a kitchen, a dining area, and a wood-burning stove. The first floor features a bathroom and a living room, while the upper floor offers a large bedroom with amazing views of the Zahora beach, which will make you fall asleep to the sound of the sea.
This 70-squared meter cottage has the traditional architecture of the area with its sixty-centimiter wide walls, making the house cool in summer and cozy in winter. The house has only one floor, which features two bedrooms and a living room with a wood burning stove, as well as it is decorated with objects and details from trips to Africa with a collection of masks from central Africa.
This 100-squared centimeter two-floor loft has a pitched roof with white beams. From the main bedroom in the upper floor, you can access a small terrace with views to the Zahora Beach. When you enter the house, you will be greeted by a large space, with a living room and a dining room that feature a wood-burning stove.
On the lower floor, you will find an independent bathroom and a bedroom with a large wardrobe. This house is large and bright, as well as it is decorated with objects and details from trips to Ghana, Morocco, and Turkey.
This 80-squared meter cottage is a two-floor space, which features a living room, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a wood-burning stove on the ground floor. On the first floor, you will find two bedrooms and a bathroom with shower. The master bedroom has access to a terrace with amazing 360-degree views of the Zahora Beach, the Cape Trafalgar lighthouse, and the Breña Natural Park, as well as its decoration features objects from Africa.
During this retreat, you will combine daily Pranayama lessons and Ashtanga classes in the morning, with walking tours for you to explore the beautiful beaches of Zahora, La Breña y Las Marismas del Barbate Natural Park, and the local countryside. You will also practice Yin yoga classes in the early evening, take evening workshops, and enjoy three delicious vegetarian meals per day.
You can participate in the activities and yoga practices, regardless of your age, weight, physical condition or general health so you can attain your physical fitness objectives. The retreat's groups welcome only 12 participants, which will allow a more personalized guided instruction.
Ashtanga yoga is a system of yoga transmitted to the modern world by Sri K Pattabhi Jois. This method of yoga involves synchronizing a progressive series of postures, linked by movement and breath. Ashtanga classes are great for students who are new to yoga, yoga practitioners who want to learn more about Ashtanga, or anyone looking for a refreshing course.
During this retreat, you will go through the fundamentals of Ashtanga yoga practice in a slow, safe, and comprehensive manner. Ashtanga practice produces intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result will be an improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.
This practice stretches the entire body as well as it increases flexibility. Ashtanga yoga also relaxes the nervous system, improves concentration, and provides overall physical and mental well-being. Ashtanga reduces stress and tension, as well as it regularizes the metabolism, noticeably improving digestion and sleep.
The ancient Pranayama breathing techniques are an efficient way of purifying the body and stimulating your metabolism. With the basic act of bringing in more oxygen, vitamins and minerals will be more easily absorbed. With good exhalation, more toxins will be removed from your bloodstream, which will revitalize your organs and clarify your mind.
Breathing properly will send oxygen flooding into every single cell in your body. The air will not just come into your lungs, but will be taken to every single cell in your body via your circulation system. Pranayama techniques are beneficial in treating a range of stress and emotional related disorders, as well as it aids in relieving the symptoms of asthma.
Practicing Pranayama everyday can assist in developing a steady mind and strong willpower. Numerous studies show that Pranayama causes changes in the cardio respiratory system, including lowering blood pressure.
Yin Yoga is a meditative practice that consists of floor postures (asanas) held passively for extended periods of time (one to five minutes). The postures target the underlying connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, fascia) of the hips, pelvis, and back. The practice of surrender opens the body and helps cultivate the ability to observe and stay with the sensation.
After a day of fun exercise, full of movement, rhythm, and repetition, your muscles expand and contract. The muscles tend to lose their natural softness and become more inflexible. Practicing yin yoga helps give you the balance your body needs. You will not only heal injuries from the past, but also prevent injuries in the future.
This practice calms and balances the mind and body, increases circulation, and improves joint mobility and fascial release. It also reduces stress and anxiety, helps injury recovery and reduces the risk of new injuries.
During this retreat, you will receive three walking tours through the beach, the forest, and the countryside. Casara will do its best to also take you to a nearby cultural or folklore show (also known as flamenco), a Spanish concert, or jam session.
They will also take you to one of the beautiful White Towns of Andalusia. The White Towns of Andalusia, or Pueblos Blancos, are a series of towns and large villages. The towns were previously inhabited during Al Andalus and later on the towns were established on the front line of the Christians' centuries-long fight to recapture Spain from the Moors, who were slowly pushed back into Africa.
Today, these hill towns are just passing time peacefully. The old center is a labyrinthine wonderland, a photographer's feast. Viewpoint-hop through town. Feel the wind funnel through the narrow streets as cars inch around tight corners.
The beach walk will take place in Zahora, a beach with wonderful sunsets. The most spectacular aspects of this beach are the huge reef that shows at low tide and the enormous lagoon that appears when the water is shallow. The sunsets and the scenery create one of the most breathtaking sights of all southern Spain.
This walk will take place in the rolling hills of the countryside, which will provide you with fantastic views from ancient drovers' roads and cattle tracks. You will walk to the ancient hermitage of San Ambrosio, which dates back to Roman times. You will also visit the El Palomar de la Brena, the largest dovecote in the world.
The forest walk will take place at La Breña y Marismas del Barbate Natural Park, the second largest coastal reserve in Andalusia. Its shore is lined by towering cliffs, which are home to teeming colonies of herring gulls and egrets.
Thick stands of stone pine provide shade for a stunning variety of Mediterranean wildflowers, as well as impressive cliffs fall over a hundred meters into the Atlantic Ocean. This is one of the most environmentally diverse and best-preserved parts of the Andalusian coast.
Akshi Yogashala Yoga Alliance USA (Yin Yoga)
Sara grew up in Zahora, Cadiz, and left Spain at the age of 20 to study a career in business management, advertising, and marketing. Sara has lived and worked in many places around the world, where she discovered the benefits of yoga. In 2014, she moved back to Zahora to fulfill her dream of opening a wellness retreat center. Sara started practicing yoga in Bali in 2012, where she saw the benefits of Hatha yoga and the restorative qualities of Yin yoga and now holds a teacher’s training certificate from Akshi Yogashala, a Yoga Alliance USA-certified course.
João was born and raised in Portugal but started discovering the world at a very young age. He has practiced many sports, but it was 10 years ago when he started surfing in Angola that he found his true passion. While travelling in India, he was introduced to the practice of yoga and realized that surf and yoga are practices that complement each other. At Casara Way, he helps promoting the development of the body and soul in deeply meditative practices that provide infinite benefits.
Carol studied Feng Shui, mandalas, practiced different styles of meditation, and took several spiritual workshops, until she discovered Ashtanga yoga, her real passion. Since 2007, she has not stopped practicing and learning this style. In 2010 she started teaching and late that year she traveled to India to learn from the source. Additionally, She has been taking workshops to learn more about Ashtanga, yoga anatomy, and yoga philosophy.Her purpose is to teach with love and humility and pass along her knowledge and experience obtained by great teachers.
Anwella is a meditation teacher from the Australian Yoga Academy in Melbourne, a nutrition health coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York, and a Spanish cuisine certified expert from Le Cordon Bleu who has a true passion for food. She practices a selection of meditation and stress management techniques, modalities that show how to use the mind more effectively, escape the shackles of anxiety and stress, and to function with more ease and confidence. With her teachings, she wants to reduce the current epidemic of depression and anxiety disorders and assist others.
This retreat will take place in Zahora Beach, in Andalusia, Spain; an idyllic enclave with 3000 meters long, 40 meters wide, and stunning views of the majestic waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Trafalgar. With its fine, gold sand, crystal-clear, blue waters, 300 days of sunlight per year, and its charms around the province of Cadiz and Costa de la Luz, this place makes an earthly paradise that seems like a glimpse of heaven.
The ancient watchtowers of Torre del Tajo and Torre de Meca (which date from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries) stand on the cliffs overlooking the sea, where local fishermen use the traditional almadraba technique to catch tuna fish. The local area is protected due to the precious rock ecosystem and the rich variety of the offshore marine life, making this place one of the most ecologically diverse and best-preserved parts of the entire Andalusian coast.
During this retreat, you will receive nutritionally dense, artfully prepared, and organic, plant-based food that will fuel your body and delight your senses. The venue has a large dining room in the main house, where buffet-style meals will be served three times per day, either at the inside or at the outside tables. In the dining room, you will be able to enjoy healthy snacks, fresh fruit, filtered water, and infusions throughout the day.
Nutrition during this retreat will be based on the healing principles of healthy nutrition by serving organic products that will help you detox your body and flush away any toxins. The retreat center produces many of the vegetables and fruits that are cooked and served during your meals, and, when necessary, the venue buys products from local farmers, depending on the season.
The retreat center can easily accommodate diets, such as gluten free and vegan, among other dietary requirements. To benefit from this special menu requests, please send an inquiry to Casara Way, who will be happy to assist you.
For breakfast, you will be served with fruit salad, homemade bread, granola, yogurt and jam, coffee, tea, infusions, detox water; regular, almond, or soya milk, eggs, butter, and gourmet honey.
During this meal, you will be served with a variety of salads and vegetables, hummus, guacamole, falafel, freshly made soups, rice, pasta, pizza, bruschetta, lasagne, Spanish omelette, wok-style cooking, stews, pies, homemade bread, desserts, fruit, coffee, tea, or infusions.
During this meal, you will be served with low carb dinners, including a variety of salads and vegetables, soups, wok-style cooking, homemade bread, infusions, and fruit.
During this retreat, you will have free time to sunbathe, swim, or jog at Zahora Beach, as well as you will be able to enjoy other activities, such as cycling, playing with the Frisbee, cycling, taking a walk through the surrounding areas, or playing with beach bats. You can benefit from these activities for free or practice kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, surfing, and horseback riding at an additional cost.
Zahora is also the perfect place for discovering the charms of the province of Cadiz and the whole Costa de la Luz. Located in the center of the coast of Cadiz, there are nearby destinations of great interest that you can visit just one-hour drive away. This destinations include Cadiz itself, Puerto Santa María, Jerez de la Frontera, Tarifa, Vejer, Conil, Zahara de los Atunes, Bolonia, and other small towns all over the province.
Please book your flight to arrive at Seville Airport (SVQ), Jerez Airport (XRY), Málaga Airport (AGP), or Gibraltar International Airport (GIB). Transfer from and to these airports is available upon request.
Casara Way can book a shuttle for you from the Seville Airport (SVQ), Jerez Airport (XRY), Málaga Airport (AGP), or Gibraltar International Airport (GIB) to the retreat center. Casara Way will match you with other arriving guests to spread the cost. If you want Casara Way to book a shuttle for you, please notify this at least three days in advance.
If you arrive to Conil de la Frontera, Vejer de la Frontera, or Barbate, Casara Way will pick you up at these points free of charge. Just send an inquiry to Casara Way and let them know in advance. Conil de la Frontera, Vejer de la Frontera and Barbate are all around 10km from Casara Way.
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