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Nature Yoga Retreat Spain

Hello, beautiful child of the sun! Sunchild Yoga invites you to seven days of revitalizing your mind and body in plain nature where we welcome all levels to playfully combine and try different styles of yoga such as Ashtanga Vinyasa, Vinyasa Flow, Yin, and Restorative. Experience mornings in silence with meditation and breathwork. Creative and active daytime activities like hikes to peaceful mountains and magic valleys, improvisation dance, workshops on how to make soaps and hydrolates with medicinal herbs, a vegan cooking session in the community, relaxation by the pool, and chanting mantras on the rooftops in an oasis of peace. All takes place in a traditional Andalusian Finca with incredible views and sunsets over the Alpujarra Valley.

*Instruction will be offered in English and/or Spanish

Meet the instructors

Ina & Pia Kristina
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Highlights

  • Enjoy 2 daily yoga practices
  • Mantra chanting, pranayama, and meditation
  • Hikes to the magic river and the goat man (quesería)
  • All meals included (vegetarian, other diets can be catered on request)
  • Family-like atmosphere and a safe space to be who you are
  • A booklet for journaling and positive affirmations
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Bilingual retreat

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Spanish
Group size: 5-12 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
18:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

Rooms are spread spaciously over the property, allowing social distancing as needed

For several generations up until now, the Cortijo has been an active place of production with many different buildings for many different uses and only a little extra room to spare for accommodation. Hence almost all rooms have shared bathrooms, some are only divided by curtains and some do not have windows, but we will spend most of the time outside anyway so the accommodation is mainly just for sleeping.

You have different options for accommodation - a mix of single, double and shared twin rooms and a four-bed dormitory in an old barn.

Program

This retreat can change your view on yoga completely. All life is yoga and we discover and play as children do without competition. Start where you are, learn to understand yourself, and find peace and joy.

Feel safe - the place of the retreat is far from any bigger town (and far from crowds of people), our group is kept small (maximum 12 people) and has the place for itself. There is lots of space to allow keeping a distance and to do most activities outdoors.

“One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste” Albert Einstein

What comes to your mind if you think about yoga? Flexibility or maybe asanas (yoga postures)? Sunchild Yogis envision tranquility, joy, and play and invite you to join them as children of the sun in their hidden rural paradise. For them, yoga is a way of life and the Peace Yoga Retreat means of sharing these ideas. Both on and off the mat.

There is so much more to yoga than performing asanas, but often these asanas serve as the door you go through to discover the unknown “world of yoga” behind it that is far away from your competitive world you are surrounded by every day. Behind this door, you will find a world of love, compassion, gratitude, equanimity, peace, joy, and most probably, yourself!

Sunchild Yoga Peace Yoga Retreat is a wonderful experience aimed at deconstructing rigidity and cultivating childlike openness.

Revitalize your body and mind

Sunchild Yoga will introduce you to mornings in silence and introspective meditations to reconnect with your inner self. Furthermore, Sunchild Yoga will experiment with different yoga styles: active and dynamic styles (yang) to begin the day and rather passive and relaxing (yin) styles in the afternoon.

After breakfast we set our energies free on invigorating hikes in this magical area, we will get creative in soap and hydrolases workshops with medicinal herbs, creating beautiful "Ojos de Dios", learning some partner and acro-yoga techniques, or just enjoy a massage or the tranquility by the pool.

As a natural part of non-harming, vegetarian alimentation will be an essential part of the retreat and together you will learn more about it not only theoretically but also in practice as the daily offered meals will be prepared together in little teams as a convivial and participative activity.

All levels are welcome!

Whatever previous experience of yoga you have (if any), Sunchild Yoga wants you to know that you all start where you are. You start by accepting where you are at this particular moment in time. Flexibility starts in the mind, not in the body.

You can also book 1:1 classes on-site to deepen your practice or if you have any specific doubts or postures you want to learn (on additional costs).

Day plan

  • 08:30 Pranayama and meditation
  • 09:00 Yoga “Yang”
  • 10:15 Breakfast in Silence
  • 11:30 Activity (Hikes, Soap workshop, Cooking Class, Improvisation Dance)
  • 14:00 Lunch / picnic (on hikes)
  • Time for relaxation, massages, etc.
  • 18:00 Yoga “Yin”
  • 20:00 Dinner
  • 21:00 Chanting (on some days)

Free time suggestions: hiking, swimming pool, exploring the area, discovering yourself, reading, book a Thai Yoga massage with Pia

Yoga

  • Ashtanga Vinyasa
  • Vinyasa flow
  • Yin Yoga
  • Restorative yoga
  • Pranayama and meditation

Included excursions

2 days are dedicated to hiking and Sunchild Yoga will take you down to a magic river in an isolated valley and up the mountain with amazing views to the “goat man” where you can buy local cheese and honey.

Instructors

Ina Ko

Pia Kristina Herberg

Retreat location

“Yoga begins in the present moment, and the present moment begins in silence.” - Michael Stone

This retreat takes place in the cottage “Cortijo Casería del Mercado” - a natural oasis of peace located 1250 meters high up in the Alpujarra mountains of Andalusia. This traditional Spanish country house that overlooks the whole beautiful valley is home to several friendly dogs and beautiful peacocks that stroll freely through its wonderful gardens which are abundant with healthy, organic vegetables, colorful flowers surrounded by expansive fields of almond, fig and olive trees. Memorable sundowners illuminate this beauty around you and your beauty within. Other features of the venue are:

Spacious yoga shala with a spectacular mountain-view (big enough to ensure the needed COVID19 distances)

Outdoor dining under a plant roof and indoors with a fireplace

A pool with a shady lawn

Fully equipped common kitchen

The Alpujarra region is located between the Sierra Nevada and the Mediterranean Sea. Clean air and freshwater things for which it is renowned. The Cortijo itself is a calm and magical oasis amidst the vast openness of these remote lands where your heart will find peace.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

At this retreat, a fresh and healthy diet plays a significant role. The food menu is designed to support all the practices on the course by detoxifying as well as energizing our bodies. Using mostly organic ingredients as well as seasonal and local fruits and vegetables, you will be provided with 3 vegetarian meals per day. Breakfast will be simple and healthy, consisting of different cereals, seasonal fruits, and healthy smoothies.

Sunchild Yoga's goal is to make this retreat affordable for many people and to create a sense of community in everyone. Rather than an all inclusive event, we want to focus on the appreciation of work and on working together as a family. So after the meals, we will wash ours and the kitchen´s dishes together. Yoga is union :)

The retreat includes one cooking class to teach you how to create wonderful and tasty vegan dishes :)

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Massages

Please be aware that we are up in the mountains and have the most beautiful entertainment there: nature, peacocks, peaceful dogs, yummy figs to pick from the trees, lovely walks to Cástaras (the only nearby, very sleepy, town), a refreshing pool, lovely people to get to know, and being with your self. There is no other entertainment to the book than Pia's heavenly massages.

Spa treatments

  • Thai yoga massage
  • Quiro massage (full body massage with oil)
  • Reiki session

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily delicious vegetarian meals
  • 2 daily yoga classes, including meditation and pranayama
  • Daily journaling
  • vegan cooking class
  • hike to the river and the goat man
  • Sunset chanting (learning to sing mantras)
  • The most peaceful place on earth

What's not included

  • Air travel
  • Transfer from airports to the retreat center
  • Massages
  • Reiki sessions
  • Private yoga classes
  • Yoga mat (please bring your own / rental 15 EUR per week)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport is Granada. Malaga is the second best option. The Cortijo (our retreat) is located high in the Alpujarra mountains close to a tiny village called Cástaras. Trevélez, known as the “highest town of Spain” (1476 m) is only 15 kilometers away. The biggest town in the region is Órgiva, which is approximately 45 minutes drives away from the Cortijo. Órgiva is also the access town to the Alpujarra valley, coming from Granada or Màlaga, with some good bus connections.

If you do not rent a car, you all have to make your way to Órgiva by BUS arriving there at 6 p.m. at the latest. There we will pick you up at 6:15 p.m. and bring you to the Cortijo / Retreat (12 EUR per person).

  • Getting to Órgiva

To Granada there are less direct flights but from there it is easier to get to Órgiva (5 buses a day) and it is well worth a visit with the Alhambra and the Albaicín.

Málaga is the main airport of all the Andalusian Mediterranean area as it is close to the very touristic Costa del Sol. Still quite unpopular, Málaga is a charming Mediterranean city at the coast with a tranquil Spanish flair, city beaches, a huge tropical plants park, home of Picasso and a pittoresque castle and is worth a visit if you wish to extend your stay or come some days earlier.

Some people also fly to Seville for visiting this beautiful andalusian city and take a bus to Granada from there...

Arrival by bus

ALSA is a bus company that offers budget and punctual bus rides throughout Spain. The timetable can be checked here but the website shows connections only some weeks in advance (so do not check connections yet. Be patient and trust. Spanish bus companies work perfectly, but not on the internet. It is usually totally ok to buy the ticket directly at the bus station).

  • From Granada to Órgiva

Buses run five times a day from Granada to Órgiva for 5 EUR (one-way)

  • From Malaga to Órgiva

There is one daily connection from Málaga to Órgiva leaving Málaga at 3 p.m. and arriving in Óriva at 6 p.m. (12 EUR). Perfect, our pick up in Orgiva will wait for your bus!

Don´t worry. Depending on the number of people arriving in Málaga or Granada we will help you to organize the best possible and most economical option. We can do so about 2- 3 weeks before the retreat.

Car rental

Another option is to rent a car: it is economical (about 70 EUR / week) and more flexible. We can offer to connect you with other retreat guests so you can share the ride and costs. You will not need a car once you are in the Cortijo but of course, getting there and away requests less planning ahead and avoids being dependent on bus schedules. Also, you can visit Trevelez or other white villages when you bring your own car.

Departure

The retreat will end with a final sunrise yoga class and a collective farewell breakfast that will finish at about 10 pm. Please do not plan to leave before then. At 10:30 a taxi (15€ can bring you down to Orgiva (or fro 30 EUR even to Granada (if you are 4 people)

GPS coordinates

  • 36° 55.543, -3° 16.388 (open in google maps)

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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This trip requires a minimum of 5 participants

Availability

Arrival: Saturday September 25, 2021
Departure: Friday October 1, 2021

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