5 Days Personalized Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Spain

  • Secret Garden Retreat, Genalguacil, Spain

Personalized Yoga Retreat Spain

The transformative magic in the retreats happens due to a combination of elements such as meditation, yoga and meditative stretching, in depth personal support and coaching, deep rest, remote nature location, silence, organic delicious meals, intuitive massages, hot tub and a dedicated staff. As a guest you can create a personal retreat package or join one of our many retreats scheduled through the year.


  • Create your own retreat program
  • Intuitive massage and hot stone massages
  • Yoga & Meditation instruction and sessions for all levels
  • Organic delicious home cooked meals
  • Personal in depth coaching sessions
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 3 days with instruction
  • Dutch, German, Spanish, English
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You will be staying in one of our luxury yurts or the guest house, completely surrounded by nature in an orange orchard yet you will have all the comfort you need.

The Guest House

This spacious room is situated on a beautiful spot of the property with views over the orange and mandarin orchards and the mountains. It offers one queen size bed with luxury linens and high quality mattress.

Outside, you have your own private terrace where you can sit and enjoy the morning sounds of the birds or a beautiful sunset. This room has it's own bathroom with a spacious standing shower. Amenities include silky sheets, unlimited mountain spring water, internet.

Orange Yurt & Olive Yurt

A yurt is traditionally a dwelling that provides warm and practical housing for Mongolian tribes on the steppes of Central Asia. These tented structures can be build up or down within a few hours and thus for these migrating tribes an excellent housing option.

In the Secret Garden they offer the ultimate in country side accommodation; living close to nature with all the comforts of a luxurious hotel room.Each yurt is entered through a solid pine door with windows which open out onto a small secluded terrace - guests can enjoy the gardens in their private space.

Spacious in size, each yurt is 4.5 meters in diameter and furnished with a queen size bed (with luxury cotton linen), bean bags, soft lighting, accessories and a wood stove. Each yurt will has an en-suite bathroom which comes complete with overhead shower and a dry toilet.

We offer the opportunity for you to create this retreat, with help and support from the staff of the Secret Garden.

You decide:

  • what your goals are and what you want to achieve
  • the duration of the retreat
  • the date of the retreat
  • where you like support and guidance from the staff
  • how much interaction you want with others

One of the staff will be in contact with you to help you design your retreat. We are completely committed to you reaching your goals and have the best possible experience ever.

Some people like to come and want minimal interaction. The spend their time here in silence. We bring the meals to their accommodations and see very little of them. We have accommodations where you truly feel left "alone" in nature. A great power comes from having absolutely no distractions in this way. Other people like to be on a schedule and want more interaction with us. For us we hold it that we go on the journey with you together. We might start the day together doing yoga followed with a healthy yummy breakfast. Then we might meditate together and discuss some. Lunch is served. The afternoon is usually spend alone, exploring the beautiful nature surroundings or just sitting around in gardens of the Secret Garden. We come together for tapa's and have a great meditation for the evening.

So you see there are many different ways to create your retreat.

  • Rose Tol

    Rose has lived out of a suitcase for the last 25 years. Not because she was homeless. She was on a journey around the world looking for Home. Home of the truth, the love and feeling of belonging, fulfillment and connection that she knows was inside of her but could only feel short moments in time and then for it to disappear again. Along that journey one of the things that crossed her path early on was the practice of meditation. From the first moment she knew she had to master the art of meditating because through and in meditation she realized we can tap into a power that can transform us.

  • Ian

    Ian is Rose's life partner and co-founder of the School for meditation. They live in Andalusia, Spain where they are building a meditation retreat called "Secret Garden Retreats". You could say that this is the "home on earth" for the school for meditation, besides it being online available to the whole world. As this world seems to become more and more crazier with the day their goal is to create a place where you can take time out, relax, let go of all the things you do and think about every day and find our connection again.

The retreat will take place at the Secret Garden Retreat, an 11-acre paradise located in Andalusia, Spain.

  • Hiking nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Garden
  • Internet access

The meals provided are gourmet country style made from ingredients of the eco-gardens. They are nutritionally balanced and absolutely delicious. We also offer juices and special diets on request.

We are located on the banks of the Rio Genal, a stunning mountain spring water fed river. The rives has the best hiking trails for great hiking and exquisite swimming holes for a great swim or a refreshing dip.

The following are available upon request: intuitive massages, full body, back only and acupressure foot massages, hot stone massages. and hot tub.

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 24/7 care and support of the Secret Garden staff
  • All accommodations and meals
  • Coaching sessions
  • Massage sessions
  • Meditation sessions and instruction
  • Unlimited Mountain Spring water and teas
  • Yoga sessions and instruction
  • Transfer from the airport to the retreat site
  • Any form of insurance

The staff of the Secret Garden retreats will support you personally with directions to the retreat and any airport transfer or public transportation options.

For information about the booking conditions, please send School 4 Meditation an inquiry.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

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    Review by Tineke Kramer from Netherlands

    Unique location to get away from distractions and focus on yourself

    PROS Pros: I was amazed when I arrived at the Secret Garden, the beautiful nature, stillness and calm energy are just breathtaking. The accommodation (I stayed in the orange yurt) is just gorgeous, a very special combination of luxury and pure, untouched, nature. To shower outside for me was the icing on the cake, I loved being so close to lush nature. The river is close by and great for a refreshing swim or river-walk and staring into the stream :). Very calming and helps to connect to yourself again, without the distractions which are so normal to us these days, like traffic, social media and TV... Ian and Rose offer a very flowing program, with yoga, massage and meditations that will further relax and strengthen your body and mind and allowed me to catalyse the transformations I am going through. Finally, the food is just amazing, every plate was like a piece of art, super healthy AND very delicious! All in all, this week is a great treat, for me it was pure wellness for both the body and soul.

    10 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

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    Review by Natividad López Blas from Spain
    7.5 Value for money
    7.5 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-May-30 00:23:23

  • Review by Mary
    10 out of 10

    "Paradise Found:) "

    "I was really struggling when I decided to take time-out of my life to focus on myself – I was over-analyzing everything, criticizing myself constantly, I wasn’t sleeping well, I was finding it difficult to make decisions, my concentration was dwindling, and I had completely lost my mojo. Thankfully, I had the good sense to remove myself from my environment, job and relationships and retreat to the Secret Garden for a week. From the moment I spoke to Rose on the phone, I felt reassured that I was going to the right place. When I arrived at the location near Genalguacil, Andalusia, the first thing that struck me was the beauty of the place. Situated in an orchard valley in the mountains, which was blooming at the time, there was a real energy about the place, not to mention the smell of citrus wafting through the air. There were only 2 other girls on the retreat with me so it was very much a personalized retreat. Roses’ husband Ian led our yoga sessions, which I absolutely loved – they energized us in the mornings before breakfast. He also gave me one of the best massages of my life! However, it was the meditation that was the real breakthrough for me. I had zero experience in meditating prior to going on this retreat but this didn’t seem to matter. I learned to move outside of my head and connect with my heart and my true self. Rose also gave us some really useful tools to take with us to equip us in our further pursuit of healing and peace. I could continue on about the beautiful yurt, the river that runs through the finca and the food, the amazing food but I will finish up by saying that this is truly a special place & Rose and Ian are really great people, and I highly recommend The Secret Garden to anyone feeling a little lost in life or just want to reconnect with themselves or nature. I will be back, that’s for sure! "

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  • Review by Rupert Langmead from UK
    10 out of 10

    "Dear Ian and Rose - thank you for a truly amazing few days. Coming to stay even for such a brief time is one of the best things I have ever decided to do. I will be back."

    "The Secret Garden is a hidden gem in a relatively un - discovered part of Andualucia. It is situated in a beautiful orange grove at the base of a valley alongside the spring fed river Genal. The nearest small town is Genalguacil resting 500metres above near the top of the valley. "

    "The peace and tranquility of the place alongside the warmth of the patrons Ian and Rose is positively intoxicating. It has the perfect balance of human connectivity and privacy. You can have as much or as little of each as you desire. Your stay will be on your terms."

    "My yurt was gorgeous ( fully equipped with a wood burner in case of chilly nights), and I slept to the sound of the river and awoke to the sound of the river and the birds - no noise pollution, no light pollution. If you want to escape from modern living, then look no further."

    "I was a beginner in both yoga and meditation and found Ian and Rose to be quietly inspiring in both. When it comes to massage ( and I have had plenty) I have never had a better one than the ones that Ian gave to me. "

    "The meals that Rose prepares are simply exquisite, all the ingredients home grown or locally sourced - I have never eaten so healthy so easily."

    "The Secret Garden really is a one off and even if you do not want to participate in any yoga or meditation I would recommend you experience the place and surrounding area."

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  • Review by Penny Moores from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I was at the Secret Garden for a week and the experience really was wonderful. Rose and Ian couldn’t have been more welcoming, and they were so encouraging regarding my learning. Both of them are extremely knowledgeable and their teachings in meditation and yoga were tailored to my experience and individual requirements. Rose is a nutritionist so the food was absolutely fantastic - as fresh as you can get as it is all locally grown, and an amazing variety of fruits and vegetables. It was so wonderful to be on a retreat that truly embraced nature, peace and relaxation. I'd love to go back and would recommend it to everyone! "

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  • Review by Emma Jane
    10 out of 10

    "The Secret Garden Retreat with Rose and Ian was an experience I will never forget. Everything was organised perfectly - the delicious home made food, the morning yoga sessions, and amazing massages. Rose and Ian were the perfect hosts, and my yurt was just beautiful. The walks and the bathing in the river are very special. It's definitely a place to recharge and regenerate. I will certainly be back!"

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  • Review by Laura Cambridge
    10 out of 10

    "The week I spent at the retreat was amazing. Ian and Rose were very warm, genuine and caring and made me feel welcome right away. The premises are stunning with nice fruit trees, animals and green mountains. I really enjoyed sleeping in the yurt watching the stars through the opening in the ceiling. The splashes in the fresh river water were also lovely. The remoteness of the place helped me to just get away from everything and connect with the lovely group and myself. The meditation was intense and Rose helped me to go deeper than I had expected, I felt liberated and inspired afterwards. I now feel much more aware in my everyday life and have more courage to truly be myself and reach for my dreams. Ian’s massage was really special to me; I could deeply relax and trust. Rose spoilt us with delicious food every day. I can highly recommend this retreat to anyone looking for something personalized, non-commercial and transformative. My week felt really rewarding and was a true gift."

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  • Review by Mary D
    10 out of 10

    "Wonderful experience in the heart of the beauty of Andalucia. Ian and Rose were simply the best. I cannot recommend this retreat highly enough. It's life changing! The food was brilliant and the accommodation was excellent, as well as the yoga and meditation. I am deeply grateful to Ian and Rose."

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  • Review by Jim from Amsterdam

    "A perfect place to unwind and reset. Ian, your yoga sessions were the most powerful yoga I have ever done. Your keen knowledge of the body has helped me to feel so much better in my own body every day, and less pain. Rose, your cooking was just sublime. Can't thank you both enough!"

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  • Review by Yolanda from Nijmegen, Netherlands

    "Gosh! How I loved that meditation retreat at the Secret Garden. I arrived there as a material girl and now I have a rich spiritual connection that is worth everything. My life is so full now. The retreat is away from the noise,has healthy water from the spring, super delicious food, a gorgeous river, trees, and the perfumes of nature. Wow! Really, it was more than beautiful. Rose and Ian are great people. Never hesitate, just go and experience the retreat. It was the best vacation of my life."

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  • Review by Romney from Lancster, UK

    "It was the best vacation ever. Thanks Ian and Rose for your guidance and care in such details."

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  • Review by Leah from London, UK

    "This retreat has taken me so far that I can't stop meditating! I do it every day now without any effort. This is a miracle for me. You have created there something very pure and special!"

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  • Review by Annie from Cornwall, UK

    "The Secret Garden Retreat is a peaceful hideaway in a pristine valley with orchards and a bubbling river. It is the perfect place for rest, recuperation and contemplation. The accommodation is delightful and Rose and Ian are the perfect hosts. Highly recommended."

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  • Review by Carl from Kln, Germany

    "I knew something was missing in my life but I had no clue what it was. In this retreat I found my purpose. And thanks to the follow up support and online guided meditations I have not stopped flying! A true gem of a retreat in this confused world."

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  • Review by Sharon from Zrich, Switzerland

    "Never thought I would enjoy a vacation meditating. Wow...what I found within is worth a million dollars. I will be back for more!"

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  • Review by Jim from Amsterdam, Holland

    "A perfect place to unwind and reset. Ian, your yoga sessions were the most powerful yoga I have ever done. Your keen knowledge of the body has helped me to feel so much better in my own body every day, and less pain. Rose, your cooking was just sublime. Can't thank you both enough!"

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  • Review by Silvia from Cadiz, Spain
    10 out of 10

    "Secret Garden is a special place full of peace, love and warm sunlight. We spent a nice weekend in the comfortable and very nice yurt in front of the wonderful landscape. The meals Rose cooked for us were delicious. And the conversation with both, Rose and Ian, very interesting and kind. It's a place to go in every season. Go and enjoy it like us!"

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  • Review by a traveller
    10 out of 10

    "We were (me and my mate) looking for a different place to spend a time of peace and joyfulness in nature. This is definitely the place! Comfortable atmosphere, clean room, delicious meal and above all the friendly, warm and lovely people we met. Rose and Ian are two beautiful human beings dedicated in body and soul to make this piece of the Sierra de Ronda an unforgettable site. We highly recommend it."

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  • Review by a traveller
    10 out of 10

    "I have stayed three nights at Secret Garden Retreat on two separate occasions and cannot wait to book again. Each stay has been so lovely, and hosts Rose and Ian were very accommodating. My honey and I drove the beautiful scenic roads up from the coast and arrived at Secret Garden Retreat where we were greeted with a warm welcome and shown to our yurt. Neither of us had ever stayed in a yurt and we were far from disappointed. There was a lovely wood burning stove inside of the yurt along with a gorgeous big bed, a television with DVD player, and our own private terrace surrounded by orange trees looking out to the river. Bathroom facilities, which were very clean and luxurious, were just a short walk away through the incredible grounds. We were lucky enough to visit on two separate occasions and each time the colors of the leaves, the orange trees, and the river were absolutely stunning. The second visit fell on my birthday, and I couldn't have made a better choice of where to spend it.We were just a short hike along the river to the nearest venta, our hosts made me a beautiful birthday dinner and breakfast the following morning, and we were even presented with a menu of spa services to enjoy back at the yurt.The location is stunning, the food was natural and fresh, the accommodation and hospitality was incredible, and most of all the price was affordable. I would recommend a stay at Secret Garden Retreat to couples, families, or even singles treating themselves to a peaceful weekend away. This is a must-see location, two thumbs way up!"

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  • Review by Annie from UK
    10 out of 10

    "The Secret Garden Retreat is a true sanctuary for body, mind and soul. It offers the perfect combination of peaceful seclusion, beauty and comfort to support time for both reflection and rejuvenation"

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  • Review by Brigitt from Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "This place made me feel free, still and revitalized. The guest house feels like love in every corner. The food Rose prepares is excellent and healthy too! The river is so inviting to have a bath or just sit and listen. Just beautiful!"

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  • Review by Josem
    10 out of 10

    "El sitio es precioso, puedes encontrar muchos rincones mágicos donde disfrutar del entorno y descansar. Rose e Ian están muy atentos para que todo esté perfecto. Son verdaderamente encantadores y profesionales."

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Genalguacil, Spain

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