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7 Days Ricote Valley Spain Yoga Retreat

  • Sun Salute Retreats, Ricote Valley, Murcia, Spain

Overview

Yoga Retreat in Spain

In this wonderful yoga retreat in Ricote Valley, you can discover the natural beauty of the valley next to the Segura river in Murcia, Spain. Be inspired with a sense of calm, tranquility and healthy living, compared to your usual busy life. The venue promotes healing, inspiration, meditation, exploration and a profound and liberating sense of fun under the Mediterranean sun. You will also get the chance to explore scenic spots in Murcia and find your mind and body reconnected with the aid of mother nature.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • A trip to Calblanque Natural Park
  • An afternoon trip to Murcia with guide
  • A hot spring escape in Balneario de Archena
  • Transfers to and from Murcia train station included
  • All breakfast, 5 lunches, and 5 evening meals
  • 7 nights accommodation in a villa

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 14.

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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There are three exclusive houses to accommodate up to 14 students. All three houses have been restored respecting their original structure and Spanish charm, but adapted for comfortable living requirements: there are 3 living rooms with fireplaces, 8 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 3 fitted kitchens where you can help yourself to tea or coffee.

Together with yoga instructor, Amanda Dee, get beautifully lost and found in this retreat. Relax and unwind in daily yoga sessions while in the calming silence of the lovely gardens around the property. Enjoy delicious breakfast daily and 5 lunch meals that are prepared especially for this retreat. 5 intimate dinners will also be shared by the group during the retreat and one of which will be a special Paella dinner by the pool while being serenaded by a live guitar performance. Sun Salute Retreats wants you to enjoy your stay so you can do activities around the property whenever you feel like!

Discover Calblanque National Park

Besides the relaxation of yoga you will also enjoy a trip to Calblanque National Park. Within the park is Calblanque Beach, an underdeveloped virgin coastline. The beach is fringed with dunes and rocky bays and because of its location, the place is very peaceful. With the landscape all to yourself, enjoy bathing in the crystal clear waters and soak in some Mediterranean sunshine. There are also many beautiful hiking areas around the area, if sun worshipping is not your thing.

Soak in peace

This retreat becomes extra special as Sun Salute Retreats will take you on a relaxing visit one of the best natural / hot mineral water spas in the south of Europe. The mineral spring around which the Archena Spa was built emanates from the Ricote Valley, near the Segura River. The spa is surrounded by rugged mountains and outstanding viewsof the valley. The mineral waters have been and are still used today for both preventive and medicinal purposes by the locals.

There are numerous water jets, lazy rivers, saunas, Jacuzzi's, flotation pools, ice caves and turkish baths.There are also wide variety of thermal treatments available for an inexpensive additional cost. The place is still unknown to the tourist world and is a paradise to discover for water therapy and nature lovers. Enjoy the view while soaking and benefit from the preventive and medicinal wonders brought about by these fantastic waters.

Amanda Dee

Before Amanda moved to Spain to set up her own yoga retreat space, she was teaching yoga for 10 years, all over New York City. She has taught in many established centers, such as, Sonic Yoga, Life in Motion, Kula Reebok Sports Club to name but a few. She also opened up her own studio (The Ladybird Center in 2004) where she began to run worldwide yoga retreats to places such as Peru, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Africa and Italy.

She continues to teach classes online with Be More Yogic. Amanda has a 200 hour E-RYT with Yoga Alliance. But she has done a lot more extensive hours of training. Her advance anatomy training (2 years), was with Leslie Kaminoff(author of Yoga Anatomy) in 'Breath Centered Yoga' a therapeutic approach to yoga, using the breath as a starting point to understand the anatomy of the body in depth.

She studied with Tom Myers (author of Anatomy Trains). With Tom she learned "body reading" or understanding the individual needs of each body and working with the connective tissue. She also studied with Zachery Dacuk for one year and learned "the art of conscious embodiment and the anatomy of yoga". Amanda is a certified prenatal/restorative yoga teacher and a Doula (DONA certified).

Amanda brings together her many years of knowledge of teaching and running yoga retreats, to help other teachers host their own. She has learned from experience to cater the retreats for each individual client, making sure their needs are met. Creating a fun, calming, nurturing environment, filled with many wonderful experiences. Opening Sun Salute Yoga Studio in Spain, Amanda aims to give an experience of a home away from home.

The Ricote Valley is in a Region located in the south east of Spain named Murcia. The capital of the county is a cute friendly city with the same name: Murcia. The city is lively, full of young people as it hosts one of the major university communities in Spain, shopping centers, theaters, small traditional shops and tapas bars everywhere.

Activities
  • Hiking nearby
  • Hot spring nearby
  • Kayak nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Mountain walking/trekking nearby
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Beach nearby
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Free Wi-Fi

This retreat includes daily breakfast as well as 5 lunches and 5 dinners. Savor lovely meals prepared especially for this trip and look forward to a Paella dinner by the pool with a live guitar performance. That is when you will know you are truly in a wonderful Mediterranean escapade. The kitchens around the villas will also give you the freedom to enjoy that perfect cup of coffee or tea when you feel like it.

Relax around the retreat space, use the hammock and read a book

Swim in the pool on site

Try activities like kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, cycling tours, or joining a jewelry making class.

Visit nearby spots in Murcia

  • 7 night accommodation
  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 evening meals
  • Daily yoga classes with Amanda
  • Transfers to and from Murcia Train Station
  • Trip to Calblanque Beach Natural Park (including transfers).
  • Afternoon trip to Murcia (including transfers and guide).
  • Hot Spring morning, visit to the Balneario de Archena
  • Spring Water refills for you bottle
  • 2 lunches and dinner meals out
  • Gratuity to the staff
  • Optional activities require additional charges

Driving directions from Highway A-30 (Madrid / Cartagena)

Take the exit 121A

Drive towards Archena town and Balneario the Archena.

Once you are in the Balneario de Archena Sun Salute Retreat can pick you up for a transfer to the center

Send a request for pick up to Sun Salute Retreats when you choose this option

Arrival by airplane

If you are from Europe, book a flight to Murcia / San Javier Airport or to Alicante Airport and send an inquiry to Sun Salute Retreats for the schedules of bus links to Murcia City. You may also send a request to Sun Salute Retreats for a pick up.

Arrival by train

Catch a train ride from Madrid, Spain. The travel will take about 4 hours. If you are travelling from Barcelona, the train ride can take up to 7 hours. Arrange a pick up from Murcia train station and send a request to Sun Salute Retreats. The transfer price is included in price.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Sun Salute Retreats an inquiry.
  • Review by Elke Finkenauer
    10 out of 10

    "I absolutely loved my 5 day trip to the Sun Salute yoga retreat in Torre de la Horodada. Amanda is a lovely person, and an excellent and experienced yoga teacher. She explains postures thoroughly to help the class understand the pose and get the most out of their yoga practice. The classes are interesting, varied, and inspiring, and the locals who attend the classes are very friendly. It was a rewarding experience and I felt both energized and relaxed after my 5 day visit. "

    "The apartment accommodation is very cute and a perfect getaway, right on the beach overlooking white sand and ocean. The town was quiet when I was there (November), the skies were clear and the sun was shining. It was everything I had hoped for! "

    "Amanda and Unai are also very generous. They arranged a cheap transfer to/from Alicante airport for me, and when I arrived at the apartment the fridge was extremely well stocked with food. On one of the days I was there Amanda very kindly drove me to a spot from which I could do a beautiful walk through a nature reserve and salt flats. "

    "I would definitely go back to Sun Salute/Torre de la Horodada for another visit."

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  • Review by Sara Ramsey
    10 out of 10

    "I was lucky enough to go on the Sun Salutes Yoga/Safari retreat in Tanzania. It was such an incredible experience, I can not recommend it enough. Well-organized with lovely accommodations, delicious food and jaw-dropping nature. And if you’ve never taken Amanda's yoga classes before, she’s one of my all-time favorites (and I’ve taken classes with so many amazing teachers in New York and Los Angeles). You truly feel the love and passion that she puts into every class. I can’t wait to go on another Sun Salutes retreat! Thanks!"

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  • Review by Louise Durk
    10 out of 10

    "In September 2016 I was truly blessed to take part in the YTT in Torre de la Horadada. The training was very intense and complete, not to mention the 8 months of study and homework completed before the training."

    "Amanda Dee is a fountain of yogic knowledge, she explains everything so clearly and is a true inspiration to anyone wanting to improve their yogic knowledge. She preforms yoga asanas with true grace and beauty. She is one of those few teachers who teach more from the heart than from the books."

    "My YTT 200hr Certificate does not give justice to what Amanda has shared with me, for now I am not only a Yoga Teacher who stays on her mat demonstrating the whole class, I am also a choreographer, a DJ, an expert in anatomy, a healer with my hands with the adjustments, a good listener, a masseur, the list is endless."

    "Amanda is a humble soul who has ignited the flame of yoga which I have always had deep within my heart."

    "Thank you so much Sun Salute Studio."

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  • Review by Samantha Harrington
    10 out of 10

    "The 200hr Month Intensive YTT at Sun Salute Studio was absolutely what it says it is: intensive. I felt like you really took us students to deeper levels than most 200hr YT trainees, which really helped me for the "real world" of becoming a teacher. I was (and am) so glad for the 8 months of homework pre- (and post) training because it prepared me more than I thought it would for that month and for teaching in general. It also gave me a deeper love and appreciation for not just asana practice, but for philosophy and yoga anatomy. I loved the outpouring of knowledge you gave to all of us and your encouragement to dig deeper than surface level. You really trained us to know all aspects of yoga and I was glad that you pushed us like you did. I also loved all of the workshops we had and the guest speakers! It was an incredible month. Better than I could have ever imagined, and staying in Torre was wonderful. The house was absolutely amazing and I felt so at home there. You and Unai really made sure we were all taken care of, and I can't say how appreciative I was of that, especially for someone who had never even been to Europe. I would absolutely refer others to take this teacher training program if they really wanted to dive deep into yoga and become knowledgeable teachers. The program was intense, yet so much fun and if I could do it all over again, I would. "

    "Thank you, Amanda!"

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  • Review by Jenna Conner
    10 out of 10

    "I had the time of my life during this teacher training! It was a small group of people so we really all got personal attention from Amanda to help us grow and learn more each day. Amanda was very thorough in her teaching and gave us a lot more information than you normally get in a 200 hour certification. The location was amazing, right on the beach, and there were lot's of fun activities to do as well. We all got the opportunity to teach several times. Amanda's program is very special because she is one of a kind with her New York training, British charm, and worldly travels all coming together to create a one of kind learning experience! "

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  • Review by Michelle Finley
    10 out of 10

    "I had been looking for a yoga school to take my 200 hour YTT certificate. I considered a few schools in London but when I saw that Amanda was offering YTT, I knew immediately that I need look no further. I’d practiced with Amanda at her studio in Spain a number of times since it had opened. I loved her classes and her style of teaching, in particular, her way of communicating alignment in the postures. I knew that by being trained by such an awesome teacher, I’d stand a really good chance of becoming a great teacher myself."

    "The course was excellent. I studied online for 7 months while travelling, keeping in touch with Amanda over email and Skype. Any questions I had about the homework were answered quickly and her guidance was easy to follow. The month in Spain with Amanda and the other trainees was an experience of a lifetime. I made friends for life with some truly beautiful souls. The knowledge and passion that Amanda passed onto us was incredible and 2 months later, I am still taking it all in. The course was just the right blend of hard work, study and of course fun. I’d come back do it all over again in a heart -beat. Thank you Amanda! I hope to make you proud."

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  • Review by Mira Sophia Adornetto
    10 out of 10

    "When I heard about the yoga and safari retreat June 2016 with Amanda Dee I immediately knew I had to go. How could I pass up a yoga retreat in exotic lands with the opportunity to see wild animals roaming the Serengeti live and in person? This is the stuff dreams are made of! I had high expectations and was not disappointed. The place we stayed in Zanzibar was lovely and the island itself is wonderful. We had a nice balance of exploring, relaxing, and yoga with two excellent yoga instructors - one being Amanda. The safari part was every bit as exciting as I had hoped. I will never forgot spotting our first elephants, and then later giraffes, lions, zebras and so much more. There is nothing like it. I don't know how many people can say they went on vacation, lost all of their luggage and still had an amazing time but I can."

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  • Review by Merav Ben Horin
    10 out of 10

    "I led a yoga retreat in Spain last year (May 2016) in collaboration with sun salutes retreats. The experience was amazing and went smoothly in every single aspect. The team was extremely professional and kind. They helped me organize the retreat schedule in terms of activities, meals and commute so I didn't have to take care of anything and I could focus on what I love doing most which is teaching and spending time with my students. The food was amazing, the rooms were clean and the activities were super fun and well planned. It was very easy and pleasant to communicate with them before and during the retreat. In general It was a pleasure working with them and I can't wait till next time!"

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  • Review by Michaela Metcalfe
    10 out of 10

    "I have had the wonderful opportunity to travel with Amanda to Costa Rica twice, Guatemala, and Peru. Each retreat had a unique mix of yoga, meditation, adventure, culinary delight, and friendship. Amanda is truly gifted in creating an amazing community of love and laughter. She shares her gentle kindness both as a devoted yoga instructor and citizen of the world."

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  • Review by Wendy McCulloch
    10 out of 10

    "I attended Amanda's retreat in Tuscany in 2013. The setting was wonderful and the yoga sessions were great. Amanda is the best yoga teacher I've ever had. She puts a lot into her sessions. She is very attentive during class and is always giving helpful adjustments and guidance. She has a wonderful personality and makes everyone feel welcome and special. She would vary the program and there were excursions too. I would highly recommend one of her trips."

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  • Review by Mary Gatchell
    10 out of 10

    "Amanda is not only a loving, caring, and soulful being, she is a consummate and highly creative yoga teacher. As a musician, I was often in awe at her extensive skill of weaving in and out of poses seamlessly and artfully, just like a jazz musician improvises combining musical understand and soul. It is a craft with Amanda and one she excels in. She is truly unique in this manner. Taking classes and doing retreats with Amanda has been life changing for me and I am forever indebted to her for sharing her gifts with me. She is a gem!"

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  • Review by Tatyana Cherkasets
    10 out of 10

    "Amanda is one of the best yoga instructors with a heart of gold and a very unique ability to even in group classes make you feel like you're the only student there. She is incredibly organized which is key for any leader of yoga retreats. But while Amanda is experienced in getting groups of people to show up on places like Machu Picchu, she is always flexible and kind, and adjusts programs where needed. Since almost decade ago, I had come to Amanda's studio in Manhattan. Since that, I have been following my teacher to the several retreats including Italy, Peru, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Her spirit is felt throughout her classes. All the activities she plans during the retreats are appropriate, fun, and set the right tone. If I could go to every one of her retreats, I would book ten years in advance!"

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  • Review by Lynna Borden
    10 out of 10

    "I met Amanda when she was teaching yoga in New York and would always rush out of work so I could make it to her class on time. There are a ton of yoga teachers in New York, but Amanda is truly unique. Her classes are thoughtfully sequenced and challenging, with a keen attention to form, alignment, and breath. I attended Amanda's 2014 retreat in Bali and needless to say, it was an amazing experience. Not only is Bali a magical and spiritual place, but everything about the retreat space Amanda selected was perfect. The food was healthy and locally influenced, the space was serene and beautiful, and the staff were welcoming and accommodating. Aside from that, Amanda herself is such a kind and generous person. She really goes out of her way to make sure everyone is happy and able to get the most out of their experience. I can definitely see myself doing another retreat with her in the future!"

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  • Review by Sharon Lindeman
    10 out of 10

    "Amanda is one of the most accepting and loving people I have ever met. I have found her to be a masterful teacher. At whatever level one finds oneself at, she is there with you. Whether you have never taken yoga or are a yoga teacher yourself, she inspires. Her retreats are more than just about postures. They are about union, the yoking of the body, and the soul. They are also about understanding oneself and others and letting go of fear. She is highly educated in anatomy and physiology, so when you ask her a question, it comes from a knowledge deep within. She deals not just with the physical but with the realm of spirit, of how to bring a joyous spirit to the practice and to one's life. For me, this is the essence of Rumi's poem "spirit sees nothing to criticize". Amanda sees people in their wholeness and this is the gift she shares with others."

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  • Review by Kat Bates
    10 out of 10

    "Hold the phones and listen up everybody! Amanda is the best yoga teacher in the universe and her retreats are ridiculously fun and relaxing. I have literally been on every single retreat for seven years now. Not only that, but I have formed numerous lifelong incredible friendships from the amazing people on these retreats. Amanda always pulls in a great crowd of retreat folks and she puts forth so much work, dedication, and effort to make these retreats as fantastic as possible. I have seen the world and been on beautiful journeys with Amanda. My heart is filled with so much joy, gratitude, and thanks for the many years of service and friendship that we have had together through her being my yoga guru, mentor, teacher, and friend. You will eat delicious food, do crazy fun activities, meet amazing people, and literally have an experience of a lifetime if you come on Amanda's yoga retreat. Also, you will probably meet me too and I'm pretty awesome!"

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  • Review by Derek Rose
    10 out of 10

    "I had so much fun on Amanda's retreat to Peru in 2010! Amanda is such a kind, giving, and fun person who truly loves life and it rubs off on people. And as a yoga teacher, her classes are challenging, yet accessible. I cannot wait to go on another retreat with her!"

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  • Review by Nancy Ma
    10 out of 10

    "One thing that can be described of Amanda's retreats is that you'll not only enjoy great yoga classes in beautiful settings all over the world, you'll have loads of fun and adventure! I have experienced something new on each retreat I've attended. I have gone rock climbing in Peru, hiked up a volcano in Guatemala, went diving, went on a three day safari in Africa, and learned to surf in Nicaragua. Amanda is one of the sweetest souls I've ever known. As a teacher, she is gifted and nurturing with a keen understanding of alignment and the subtle movements of the body. Her classes are dynamic and flowy with intelligent sequencing. Having lead retreats all over the world, Amanda has the experience to anticipate the needs of every type of client. I can't recommend attending one of her retreats highly enough!"

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  • Review by Theresa Banovic
    10 out of 10

    "I went on Amanda's yoga retreat in Tuscany in 2013 with my partner. The venue was sublime. We both enjoyed our time there immensely and left feeling rejuvenated, inspired, and having made new friends and kindred spirits. Amanda's passion for yoga and spreading its positive benefits radiates out to all around her. She is a gentle and free-spirited woman with a wealth of yoga experience to offer her students. The yoga sessions were inspiring and supportive, and if any adjustments were needed, she seemed to always be there softly adapting the posture to individual needs. We really hope to attend another Sun Salute Retreats in the near future."

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  • Review by Grisel Olivo
    10 out of 10

    "Wow! I think that's the best phrase to describe both Amanda and the various retreats I've been on with her. Like a good craftsperson, over the years, her art just keeps getting better and better. Her knowledge base never fails to impress me. I feel like every time I take a class with her, I learn something new. I have witnessed my own yoga practice evolve time and time again under her guidance. Amanda also knows how to pick great retreat spots and her naturally caring and joyful personality has a way of bringing people together. The lasting friendships I've made at the retreats have not been few. I can't wait for the next adventure!"

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  • Review by Paul Gruen
    10 out of 10

    "Amanda's attention to detail makes her retreats a shining star in a sea of mediocrity. She cares about the experience of every one of her students, and she bends over backwards (literally!) to offer a spiritual vacation, as well as yoga retreat. She comes with a plan for fun things to do everyday but will also understand if your choice is to simply chill. Her classes are filled with the joy and expertise that she brings to every aspect of her life. She works hard to keep the prices reasonable and somehow still finds the time to make herself available to anyone who needs a little one on one. I highly recommended these retreats."

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  • Review by Joshua Levine
    10 out of 10

    "I've been on several retreats with Amanda Dee. I had taken her classes for about a decade in New York City and I was fortunate enough to go with Amanda and about twelve yogis to Nicaragua for a week. I also did two more local retreats with her after that. I find her classes have just the right mix of playfulness and groundedness. Her manner is so comforting and her flow so great that you naturally push yourself to new levels without really feeling like you are pushing. She is a lovely person to be around outside of yoga classes and I find that she attracts a really mature, but fun loving group. I recommend joining Amanda Dee for a retreat anytime, anywhere. Out of five stars, she gets ten!"

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  • Review by Leah Greenglass
    10 out of 10

    "I've been on a few of Amanda's retreats, including a trip to Peru in 2010. Her retreats are the perfect mix of yoga, adventure, relaxation, and culture. We practiced yoga outside in beautiful nature, which was so different than practicing in a studio. Amanda is such a warm, loving, and knowledgeable yoga teacher, that she makes every moment fun!"

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  • Review by Paul Gruen from New York City, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Amandas attention to detail makes her retreats a shining star in a sea of mediocrity. She cares about the experience of every one of her students, and she bends over backwards (literally!) to offer a spiritual vacation, as well as yoga retreat. She comes with a plan for fun things to do every day but will also understand if your choice is to simply chill. Her classes are filled with the joy and expertise that she brings to every aspect of her life. She works hard to keep the prices reasonable and somehow still finds the time to make herself available to anyone who needs a little one on one. Highly recommended."

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  • Review by Erica Heinz from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "Amanda is the sweetest person and her yoga retreats are amazing. I got to explore Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Tuscany because of her awesome research and planning. She finds beautiful local spots, leads a variety of movement classes, and organizes lots of optional activities, so at the end of the retreat you're both drunk on yoga and high on vacation fun. Her classes are thoughtful and inspiring, teaching you about anatomy and philosophy while you sweat, dance, or meditate. She takes great care of her groups, and somehow makes it all affordable too. So grateful to know her!"

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Arrival: Saturday December 17, 2016
Departure: Friday December 23, 2016

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