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Join Tara and her team, to explore all the benefits of yoga, meditation and the power of raw food and discover a lifestyle that will help you waking up every day feeling full of energy. While you leave your alarm clocks, over-scheduled, modern lives behind, you will slip back into the natural rhythms of nature. You will not only stretch your body and mind, but also enjoy cleansing and learning all about the raw food life style. Come and taste, feel and live the difference! While there will be time for relaxation and rest, we also have an exciting array of possibilities for fun outings to the beach, mountains, herb-walk and Buddhist monastery.
You will be spending 10 days together near the village Orgiva in a beautiful retreat centre, situated in the southern hillside of the Sierra Nevada. It has 2,5 hec. of green and fertile land, because of the old watering system created by the Arabs.
Here in the middle of hundred-years-old olive trees, oranges and lemons you'll find cosy and comfortable cottages. There is the main house with 4 bedrooms that offers single and double rooms and there separate self-contained furnished cottages which offer accommodation for 2 to 4 people. They have 2 bedrooms (each with single beds). 2 bathrooms and a covered porch. You can refresh yourself in a big swimming pool surrounded by tropical gardens. An added attraction is that the city of Granada and the beaches are only a short 45-minutes drive away.
Refreshed with lemon water and herbal teas, we start the day at sunrise for meditation. Continuing with an invigorating pranayama session and yoga in the nature.
Breakfast can be anything from almond milk with granola, chia porridge, banana pancakes to crackers with avocado and cashew cheese always accompanied by a fresh smoothy or juice, prepared with Super-foods. Exotic fruits, like mangoes, figs, papayas etc can be taken through out the day and come from the nearby Costa Tropical, organically produced.
After the morning break, one can rest in a hammock in the shade of a palm tree, read a book, take a dip in the pool, chat with like minded people or have a walk in the beautiful nature all around.
Our lunch is always the biggest meal of the day and you will be amazed by the incredible variety of the gourmet raw food dishes that we serve each day.
Then, we offer different workshops about super foods, 'hands-on' raw food preparation or a nutritional talk. Some people like to drift into siesta, enjoy a massage session, have a nature walk, or just be.
At the end of the afternoon, we come together again for a relaxing treat of yin yoga, a meditative sunset view, and more exquisite food at dinner. In the evenings there is no set program but we always have time for a chat with a cup of tea, watch an inspiring DVD together or do some mantra singing in nature.
We dedicate each day to the energy of one of the chakras, starting with the base.
You will be gently taken into a deepening practice of yoga postures, meditation and pranayama. It does not matter if you are a beginner or advanced student. We have small groups and so there is lots of personal attention. Everyone can get deeper into awareness of there body, breath and being. Even when you have never done any yoga before then this is a great opportunity to get into a non-demanding practice in your own pace.
The morning classes will be a more dynamic Yang Yoga style, while we end the day with a more calming Yin-Yoga practice.Tara will be guiding most of the yoga sessions and sometimes we will invite guest teachers.
Indulge in an array of organic, raw and ( when desired also) cooked vegan meals. We will show you that eating raw food can be a sensational culinary experience, that delights the palate and leaves you fully satisfied. You don't need much time or special equipment to be able to make delicious recipes, and we are going to show you how!
Healthy menus include delicious and nutritious protein-filled super-foods lovingly prepared. Our chefs will be sharing with you valuable tips and resources that enable you to take your SunFoodYoga experience home with you.
Tara Esther Kleij
Tara was born in Holland. In 1991, she became a certified rebirther in Haarlem and in 1995, she finished an intensive four-year massage training learning classical massage, rebalancing, and Shiatsu. She learned Thai-yoga massage in Thailand and Ayurvedic yoga massage in India. She likes to share the knowledge of this ancient practice and intermix it with a mantra and pranayama. She uses alignment principles and fun to bring in her own unique teaching style. She specializes in Hatha yoga, Flow yoga, Yin yoga, meditation and pranayama, and teach for over 25 years.
Imagine yourself lying in a hammock drinking a fresh juice in a tropical garden surrounded by orange and ancient olive tree's. You enjoy the sun caressing your skin while in the far distance you see the sun is softly setting behind the beautiful Alpujarra mountain peaks. Welcome to Orgiva on this sunfoodyoga retreat, here you can wind down, relax, recharge and get away from it all. There is a wide variety of landscapes in the Alpujarra's and lots of it is Natural Park, there is a wealth of plant and animal life. The pace of village life is slow and tranquil.