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3 Day Yoga and Introduction to Horse Riding in Villamartin, Cadiz, Andalusia

Cortijo La Fabrica, Pago de Pajarete, 11650 Villamartin, Province of Cádiz, Andalusia, Spain

Spain Yoga and Horse Riding Weekend

If you like nature and horses, join Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre for this weekend program of yoga and horse riding beginner course. The yoga classes are open to all levels, and the horse riding course consists of the introduction and first contact with horses in freedom, practice in the round-pen, and guided rides out in the countryside. These will be nearly private hands-on and learning by doing lessons with 2 or 3 persons max in one group, As the beginners´ horses are not very tall, riders should weigh less than 75 kilograms.

If you already have some experience with horses, you can opt for a longer ride on Saturday instead of the Friday evening introduction.

Apart from that, the morning yoga classes, three delicious vegetarian meals per day, and the refreshing saltwater pool make sure that you will have time to unwind and relax on your weekend.

Meet the instructors

Lidiya & Conny
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Highlights

  • Daily Vinyasa flow yoga classes
  • 3 days of horse activities (1 from the ground, 2 ridings)
  • Max weight for horse riding 75 kg / 11.8 stone / 165 pounds
  • 3 delicious vegetarian meals every full day
  • Tea, coffee, water, and fruit 24/7
  • 2 nights of lodging

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Spanish
Airport transfer available:
Jerez Airport (US$81 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Málaga Airport (US$175 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Seville Airport (US$105 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Suryalila is a beautiful old renovated olive farm consisting of eight houses that form the Cortijo. In typical Spanish style, there are two inner courtyards, one of which blooms with orange and lemon trees. The property sits on 45 acres of land and is still a working olive farm with 350 olive trees. They also grow organic vegetables and fruits and keep chickens for eggs.

Suryalila is nestled serenely in a large open valley in the foothills of the Sierra de Grazelema. This majestic mountain range can be seen looming large on the horizon behind Suryalila. A striking part of the natural beauty of the property is the breathtaking vista extending in all directions: rolling hills, fields of sunflowers, and lakes. The sense of vastness and expansiveness is very uplifting.

The houses on the property are all artfully and tastefully furnished and decorated with careful attention to detail. Every room is uniquely beautiful with impeccable Feng Shui. Suryalila has three yoga halls. Ganesha yoga shala has a gorgeous wooden ceiling as well as a wooden floor and is filled with light from windows on both walls as well as a skylight. It also has a lovely balcony with benches for enjoying the expansive views. Ganesha yoga shala comfortably holds 30 people.

The Om Dome has been dubbed the most magnificent yoga hall in Europe. The sacred geometry creates a cathedral-like space, which is awe-inspiring.

The dome overlooks rolling hills, olive groves, and a ruined convent. Inside, the dome boasts underfloor heating and cooling, and two long walls for practicing inversions. The walls have been beautifully decorated with colorful murals of Indian gods and Tibetan imagery. There is a state of the art sound system as well as atmospheric lighting. The dome can comfortably hold 60 people practicing yoga and a lot more for concerts and other events. Both of the yoga spaces are fully outfitted with yoga props.

Apart from three gorgeous yoga halls, Suryalila Retreat Centre boasts a saltwater swimming pool, eco sauna / sweat lodge, and views of the most magnificent and vibrant sunsets.

Program

Sample schedule

Friday

  • 15:00 Arrival
  • 17.30 yoga class
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20.00 Introduccion and first contact with the horses in freedom

Saturday

  • 08:00 Morning yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 11.00 Horse riding practice in walk + 1 hour guided ride in the countryside

Sunday

  • 08:00 Morning yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Checkout from your rooms (but you can still use common showers, pool, etc)
  • 11.00 Horse riding 1.5 hours in the countryside
  • 13.00 program ends

Notes

The yoga is catered for all levels. This Horse riding practice course is thought for beginners. Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre has another week program for more intermediate/advanced riders and a short break that is also suitable for intermediate/beginners.

Included excursions

  • Introduction with the horses in freedom
  • Two guided horse rides of about 1.5-hour each

Instructors

Lidiya Petkova

Conny Muennemann

Retreat location

Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre, originally an Olive Hacienda, is located in the heart of the Spanish Andalucian Hills, close to the charming villages of Arcos de la Frontera and Prado del Rey. It is approximately 45 minutes from the historic and beautiful walled city of Cadiz and an hour’s drive from Sevilla, the vibrant heart of Andalucía. On the edge of a stunning mountainous national park, the property sits in a large river valley overlooking agricultural land and in the far distance, the white lakeside village of Bornos.

Distances

  • Cadiz - 45 minutes
  • Jerez Airport (XRY) - 50 minutes
  • Sevilla - 1 hour by car
  • Seville Airport (SVQ) - 75 minutes
  • Málaga Airport (AGP) - 2 hours by car

Unique features

Activities

  • Horse riding
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga shala

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre prides themselves in offering sumptuous banquets of delicious gourmet vegetarian and vegan-friendly organic food. They grow as much of their food as possible and keep their own happy chickens who provide them with eggs. Their goal is to provide the perfect space and environment for retreats with excellent customer service, whilst creating a real sense of family-style intimacy.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
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)

During your free time you can visit the historical cities of Arcos de la Frontera, Sevilla, Cordoba, Jerez de la Frontera, Ronda, Cadiz, Vejer de la Frontera, Tarifa, and Malaga.

You can also visit stunning and empty beaches on the Costa de la Luz, stretching from Cadiz to Tarifa, and can be reached by car in 90-minute from Suryalila. Only 30 minutes away is located in the beautiful mountain town of Grazalema, which has the highest rainfall in Spain. Amazing walks, trekking, canyoning, and kayaking can also be found in this area.

Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre also have massage therapists available on-site to take care of you after those extra long days!

What's included

  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Dinner on arrival day
  • 3 vegetarian meals on Saturday
  • Breakfast on departure day
  • 3 days of yoga sessions
  • 2 horse riding days
  • 1 introduction to the horses in freedom on arrival day
  • Use of all accommodation facilities
  • Tea, coffee, water, and fruit available 24/7
  • Yoga props and riding hats

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Jerez de la Frontera

  • Take the A4 towards Jerez for a couple of kilometers and then follow the N348 towards Arcos de la Frontera for about three kilometers.
  • Take the exit to follow the A382 for about 35 kilometers all the way to Villamartin.
  • As you approach the town, take a right-hand turn signed for Villamartin.
  • Turn right off the short slip road after the exit. The slip road is short and comes up on you quickly.
  • Follow this road for about five kilometers going straight until the four-way stop.
  • At the four-way stop, go straight ahead along the dirt road. There is a sign posted La Granja.
  • Carry on along the dirt road for about three kilometers until you see a sign on your left for Suryalila.
  • Then turn left and follow the road to the house.
  • If you miss the turn into La Fabrica, the next sign you will see on the left will be for La Granja. Turn around and come back down the hill.

Driving directions from Seville

  • From the airport car park, follow the exit signs across the first roundabout
  • At the second roundabout, follow the signs for A4 to Cordoba going all the way around the roundabout and keeping right.
  • Follow the A4 until kilometer 526 (the roads in Spain have markers at each kilometer and the junction number is the kilometer number you are along the road) and take the exit onto the SE40.
  • Come off the SE40 at kilometer 13 onto the A376 towards Utrera, this slip road has two exits; the first one is towards Utrera.
  • Follow the A376 to Utrera, at Utrera continue on the same road which is now the A375 to Ronda.
  • Just after Puerto Serrano the A375 ends at the A384, take the A384 towards Villamartin.
  • After eight kilometers, take the ramp for A373 signposted Prado del Rey, El Bosque, Ubrique, and Villamartn.
  • At the roundabout, go left (last exit) onto the A373 towards Prado del Rey.
  • After five kilometers, take the right turn onto the CA 6105 signposted to Arcos de la Frontera.
  • After two and a half kilometers, near kilometer 13, turn left and you will see a small Suryalila sign. This takes you off the tarmac so drive carefully.
  • After approximately five kilometers, the driveway for Suryalila is on the left (again there is a small sign).
  • Follow the driveway and you will see the gate and flags. Come up the drive and as you get to the paving the car park is on the right.

Driving directions from Malaga

  • Follow the coast road (E15 /AP7) south past Benalmadena, Fuengirola, and Marbella.
  • Take the A-397 over the mountains to Ronda.
  • After Ronda, take the A372 via Grazalema and Benamahoma to Prado del Rey.
  • When you get to Prado del Rey you need to pick up the road to Villamartin, which is the A373.
  • After a couple of miles on the road to Villamartin, you will see a left turn with a sign posted Arcos de la Frontera. It is at the bottom of a long steep hill if you are coming from Prado del Rey.
  • Take this left and follow the road for about two or three miles until you come to a crossroads.
  • At the crossroads, take the dirt road on your left sign-posted La Granja.
  • After about two miles on the dirt road, you will see a sign-post on your left for Suryalila.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Jerez Airport (XRY), Seville Airport (SCQ), or Málaga Airport (AGP). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

From there, Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre can arrange a taxi or you can take the public buses to the nearest by village Villamartin, from where you will need a pickup. Please note that the last buses often leave already in the afternoon, so are not available for late flights. When you are in doubt, just ask Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre!

Arrival by bus

From Seville, the city center can be easily reached by bus. Buses between the airport and the city center run every 30 minutes between 06:15 and 23:00. The journey takes between 20 to 30 minutes and a single ticket costs approximately 3 EUR. From Seville city center bus station, you can catch a bus to Villamartin.

From Jerez, you can also take a bus to Villamartin from the Jerez central bus station. There is a bus that leaves from Malaga bus station directly to Villamartin. The price of a one-way ticket is about 15 EUR.

Villamartin is about 15 minutes from the retreat center. Suryalila Retreat Centre can pick you up from there, so please do inform them if a pickup is needed.

Arrival by taxi

A taxi can be arranged to pick you up and bring you to Suryalila from Jerez Airport (XRY) for an additional cost.

GPS

Latitude: 36.787274

Longitude: -5.599254

Airport: Jerez Airport Airport transfer available: Jerez Airport (US$81 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Málaga Airport Airport transfer available: Málaga Airport (US$175 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Seville Airport Airport transfer available: Seville Airport (US$105 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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