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7 Days Mindful Walking and Yoga Retreat in Spain

  • Calle Del Mingo Ramos 22, 10200 Trujillo, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain

Spain Yoga and Mindful Walking Retreat

Experience the natural and cultural beauty of Extremadura to improve your physical and mental fitness with this yoga and walking holidays. With daily yoga and gentle walking in the country-side, you will be effortlessly immersed in the moment and improve your physical stamina and mental clarity for greater productivity and creativity.


  • 2-hour morning yoga class
  • 1 - 2 hour afternoon mindful walk
  • special full-day excursion into wild Extremadura
  • Therapies available on-site
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • Spanish, English
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Posada El Baciyelmo

The Posada is a 16th century building stylishly and exquisitely decorated in a contemporary style. The studios have en-suite bathrooms, kitchen, terrace, underfloor heating / air conditioning, TV, and WiFi. There is a library, garden with pool (and lemon tree) and on-site parking. This is an intimate family-run place. The very friendly staff speaks fluent English, Dutch and Portuguese as well as Spanish. Situated in the town center, it is just five minutes' walk from the yoga studio.

Hostal Mesn el Blasn

A good choice if you're looking for affordable single-occupancy and are happy to use the local public facilities - there are two pools (open June - September). The Mesn offers clean, simple and attractive rooms with en-suite bathrooms, central heating / air conditioning and TV. All have windows, some have balconies. The Mesn is situated in the town center within five minutes' walk from the yoga studio.

This is a great way to practice mindfulness meditation and experience Extremadura's pristine beauty. You'll get guided instruction on how to keep your focus and remain present and alert to fully enjoy your experience. If you find sitting meditation challenging, this is the thing for you.

You will start the day with a soothing and invigorating yoga class then walk-off lunch with a leisurely walk in the countryside around Trujillo. You'll also go on a special excursion to the olive and wine growing hills of "Sierra De Los Lagares". The 11.37 kilometers trajectory will take you through olive groves, wine estates and native forests to the "Mirador de La Serrezuela" for unparalelled views of the surrounding sierras.

There is an option of shortening this walk to around half the distance.


  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Yoga class
  • 11:30 Brunch
  • 01:30 Local walking
  • 07:00 Dinner

Special excursion day

  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Yoga class
  • 11:30 Brunch
  • 01:00 Drive to Herguijuela
  • 01:30 Walk to the Mirador
  • 03:00 Rest and refreshments
  • 03:30 Return walk to Herguijuela
  • 05:00 Drive to Trujillo
  • 07:00 Dinner
  • Manuel Ponce

    Manuel started teaching integral yoga in 1980 in the London Sivananda Ashram where he was resident until 1985. He studied full-time at the British School Of Osteopathy, underwent further yoga-teacher-training with Sunra Yoga and most recently has qualified in medical acupuncture. He is a member of the General Osteopathic council and currently practices and teaches in South and East London as well as Trujillo in Spain.

  • Dominique Dolloso

    Dom has been practicing and studying yoga for over 10 years. She began teaching in 1997 after training with Sunra in Ibiza. She has more recently completed another training course at Natural Bodies in the style inspired by Vanda Scaravelli. Dom has a lighthearted approach to teaching and is a great believer in the here and now. She lives and works in Brighton in the UK. She teaches open and pre / post-natal yoga and runs yoga retreats and "parties" in the UK and abroad.

  • Maria Victoria Pizarro-Barrado

    Mavi is native to Trujillo where she lives and works. She is qualified in a number of different body-work modalities and offers massage and reflexology.

The city of Trujillo in central Extremadura houses a population of only 9,800 inhabitants. Yet its size belies its cultural and historic heritage. Set on a high granite tor in wild, mountain-ringed country the city sits in splendid isolation. It's 9th century Moorish castle giving way to a labyrinth of shady streets and open squares housing the rich architectural heritage of nobility, merchants and conquistadors, built for pleasure and good living as much as ostentation of power during Trujillo's long and colorful history. Today it's a place of beauty and tranquility. A place for relaxation and healing. Whether your preference is for activity or letting go and relaxing, for town or country, Trujillo has it all.


  • Posada El Baciyelmo - 5 minute walk
  • Hostal Mesn el Blasn - 5 minute walk
  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool nearby
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool
  • Caf nearby
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Free! Parking
  • Free! WiFi
  • Library
  • Shop nearby

Spanish Yoga Retreat prepares freshly cooked vegetarian meals which include eggs, cheese and other dairy products and nuts. They have a strong preference for locally grown organic produce and will buy directly from the grower when the option is available. They also provide local and other national wines as an option with your evening meal.

Spanish Yoga Retreat serves three meals a day:

  • Pre-yoga continental breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Explore Trujillo's art and history in its monuments and museums
  • Go bird watching
  • Pass through the city gates to stroll or hike in nature
  • Relax in the outdoor cafes of Spain's most theatrical town square
  • Sample local tapas in the very numerous bars and cafs
  • Shop for local crafts and produce
  • Sit and watch people in the splendid town square
  • Swim and relax by the pool

Spa treatments are available as optional extras. Therapies include osteopathy - classical and cranio-sacral- massage, refelxology and acupuncture.

  • 1 daily yoga class
  • 1 afternoon walking excursion
  • 3 daily meals
  • 4 local walks
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Inbound airport transfer (optional)
  • Travel costs
  • Travel insurance

Driving directions from Madrid

  • Trujillo is off the A5 trunk road (Carretera de Extremadura) connecting Madrid to Lisbon, 189 kilometers from Madrid.
  • From the airport follow the signs to the circular M40 travelling south-west (counter clockwise).
  • You will eventually see signs for the Avenida de Extremadura / A5 to Badajoz.

Arrival by airplane

  • The nearest international airport is Madrid's Barajas Airport. Madrid is served by numerous daily flights from the UK.
  • Operators include British Airways, Iberia, Easy Jet and Ryan Air.

Arrival by bus

  • The easiest way of getting to the retreat center is by first-class express coach run by Avanza Bus (autoRes) from Estacin De Autobuses Sur (Metro: Mendez lvaro).
  • If you need to get to the retreat center by yourself follow the signs to Plaza Mayor. This is not always the quickest or least steep route, but it more or less guarantees you'll find the retreat center.
For information about the booking conditions, please send Spanish Yoga Retreat an inquiry.


  • Review by Mary and Herv from Oxford, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Manuel and Brandon welcomed us with open arms into their eclectic, spiritual and peaceful home.Manuel was attentive and considerate in his yoga teaching. This was supplemented with much laughter, joy and discussion during our meal times together with Brandon.The vegetarian menus, lovingly created and inspired by travels and chillies were amazing - each day we looked forward to sampling new tastes.The experience was one of pure relaxation, learning and soul searching. We return to England inspired and wanting more!"

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  • Review by Keith from Lagos, Nigeria
    10 out of 10

    "Many will know Manuel for his yoga, osteopathy and his healing touch in London but this is a another level.There were just two of us on my visit so I cannot comment for a larger group but Manuel specialises in creating intimacy. He has a whole range of experience and skills to add to those stated and has helped me in a number of ways in treatment terms.But here in Trujillo there is the whole aspect of Spanish hospitality thrown in. The cooking is quirky and has influences from Mexico, North Africa and the far east - as well as Spanish of course. The town is a delight to walk round and there are many lovely bars and cafes to share a bottle of wine, relax and talk therapy. Works a treat!"

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  • Review by Father Peter from UK
    10 out of 10

    "I needed an intense time of study to develop my yoga practice. I found Manuels web page, I love Spain, so off to Trujillo I went. A brilliant week of practice - really focused on individual needs of the group of three. The food is spectacular too and Im not a vegetarian! I visited Manuels practice in London for a review session and returned to Spain for another weeks yoga last June. I can't recommend him highly enough."

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  • Review by Anne from London, UK
    9 out of 10

    "Having taken both classes and yoga holidays in Trujillo with Manuel I believe you couldn't do better. He has a true gift for healing, and both body and spirit feel so much better after each session.One of the key differences is that Manuel employs his deep understanding of the body to help you truly experience what yoga should feel like, rather than striving for advanced poses for the sake of it.Its concentrated therapy in a class."

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