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7 Day Discover Your Inner Child Yoga Retreat in Alpujarras, Granada

Cortijo Casería del Mercado, Almegíjar, Spain

Tranquil Yoga Retreat Spain

Hello, beautiful child of the sun! Sunchild Yoga invites you to seven days of exploring inner calmness and the child within where we welcome all levels to playfully combine and try different styles of yoga-like Ashtanga Vinyasa, Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Restorative, and Nidra yoga. Experience mornings in silence, meditation, pranayama, playfully learn about yoga ethics and philosophy, enjoy vegan cooking sessions in the community, relaxation by the pool, picking figs from the trees, and chanting on the roof in an oasis of peace: a traditional Andalusian country house with incredible views and sunsets over mountains and the Alpujarra Valley.

This retreat can change your life and your view on yoga. All life is a yoga and we discover and play as children do without competition. Learn to understand yourself and find peace and joy :)

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

Meet the instructors

Ina, Pia Kristina, & Chef
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Highlights

  • Sharing session
  • Enjoy 2 daily yoga practices
  • interactive introduction into yoga philosophy
  • Delicious vegan cooking sessions
  • Unforgettable sunset views
  • Family-like atmosphere
  • Mountain view shala
  • All meals included

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 16 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

“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)? We Sunchild Yogis envision tranquility, joy, and play and invite you to join us as children of the sun in our hidden rural paradise. For us, yoga is a way of life and the Peace Yoga Retreat our 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 we go through to discover the unknown “world of yoga” behind it that is far away from our competitive world we are surrounded by every day. Behind this door, you will find a world of love, compassion, gratitude, equanimity, peace, joy, and most probably, yourself!

“Yoga is a scenic journey to our deepest spirit.” D. Swenson

More than an attitude or a worldview, yoga is an approach towards life. When feeling lost or confused, yoga grounds us, when feeling anxious or stressed it relaxes. Just like that, we breathe, experiment and play to connect mind body and soul and reverberate intuition, harmony, and joy. Simply join us and let your inner child rediscover what it means to just 'be'.

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

Whatever previous experience of yoga you have (if any), we want you to know that we all start where we are. We start by accepting where we are at this particular moment in time. Flexibility starts in the mind, not in the body. Yoga philosophy experienced in a playful and interactive way will show us how we can start to live a life that is in more harmony with the world around us and with ourselves. With practice and awareness, personal insights begin to manifest. We become aware of what we put into our bodies and how we interact with the world around us.

“No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell.” - C. G. Jung

Contemporary practices often focus solely on asanas, however, they are a mere fragment of yoga. In fact, yoga philosophy is its foundation. In our Peace Yoga Retreat, we discover the holistic perspective of yoga, rooted in ethical principles. To live a more conscious and harmonious life that leads us out of our habitual cycles (our sufferings) we will also introduce you to the teachings of Buddha and discover the similarities of these two ancient but still very modern philosophies in a playful way.

Find your balance and inner peace

We will introduce you to mornings in silence and introspective meditations to reconnect with your inner self. Furthermore, we experiment with different yoga styles: active and dynamic styles (yang) to begin the day and rather passive and relaxing (yin) styles in the afternoon. Just as tasting a strawberry can not be described theoretically, the different yoga styles can only be tasted through practice. No style is better than another and by tasting them we will enable you to distinguish them and find orientation in the jungle of yoga class names.

As a natural part of non-harming, vegan alimentation will be an essential part of the retreat and together we 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.

To have an intimate atmosphere where acceptance can thrive and enough space for solitude is guaranteed, our retreat will be shelter to 16 guests maximum.

All levels are welcome!

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).

Experience the abundant variety yoga has to offer as a way of being. After this nourishing week, three things will stay with you permanently: love, compassion & gratitude. Ground to rise and be the change the world needs!

Ultimately, peace begins with you.

Day plan

  • 07:30 Pranayama and meditation
  • 08:00 Yoga “Yang”
  • 09:30 Breakfast in Silence
  • 11:00 Yoga “off the mat” (philosophies etc.) on some days / 1:1 classes
  • 13:00 Lunch, prepared participative*
  • 17:00 Yoga “Yin”
  • 20:00 Dinner
  • 21:00 Chanting (on some days)

*see FOOD

Free time suggestions: hiking, swimming pool, exploring the area, discovering yourself, Thai Yoga massage

Yoga

  • Ashtanga Vinyasa, Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra
  • Pranayama and Meditation
  • The ancient teachings of yoga and living a more harmonious life
  • Vegan nutrition
  • Meditative handicrafts
  • Chanting

Included excursions

There is a beautiful winding road leading to Castaras that invites you to sunset-walks or leads you to nearby mountains that can be climbed. You can easily discover this region by yourself. We might join you and show you places but there is no planned excursion in the program.

Instructors

Ina Ko

Pia Kristina Herberg

Chef Mauro

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 our 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 vegan meals per day. Breakfast will be simple and healthy, consisting of different cereals, seasonal fruits, and healthy smoothies.

The main meal of the day (lunch) will be prepared together as a ‘learning by doing’ activity that will not only teach you new vegan cooking skills but you will experience the joy of participating and helping (karma yoga) and awakening the feeling of community and unity (yoga). For the dinner, you don't need to participate in cooking but appreciate that everyone takes care of her or his own 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 book, then Pia's heavenly massages.

Spa treatments

  • Thai Yoga Massage
  • Quiro Massage (full body massage with oil)
  • Foot reflexology
  • Reiki session

What's included

  • Accommodation
  • 3 daily delicious vegan meals
  • 2 daily yoga classes, including meditation and pranayama
  • Interactive yoga philosophy classes by the pool
  • Sunset chanting (learning to sing mantras)

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)

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).

  • 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 amount 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 others 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 about 11pm. Please do not plan to leave before then.

We will organize taxis for you to Órgiva for the time requested. If you fly back from Málaga please plan to take a bus to Granada and from there to Málaga because the only direct bus from Órgiva to Málaga leaves at 8:20 a.m. which would mean you would miss the final morning that has proven to be important for everyone on an emotional level.

GPS coordinates

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% 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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Arrival: Saturday September 19, 2020
Departure: Friday September 25, 2020

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