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If you like nature and horses, join Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre for this short break for all levels. Morning yoga classes, three vegetarian meals, and a refreshing salt water pool make sure that you will have time to relax on your holiday. Our daily 1 to 2,5-hour riding trips will lead you through the amazing rolling hills of the Andalusian countryside. We will have separate riding groups for more advanced riders and more beginners, so please let us know shortly your experience, and also height and weight to find a matching horse.
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Yoga Retreat Centre is a little different than a regular hotel. We have three rooms (our double deluxe rooms), which have their own bathrooms. The rest of our rooms are laid out Spanish farmhouse style and share bathrooms. The bathrooms are luxurious, usually with tubs, and are typically shared with two or three other guests.
We never have men and women sharing bathrooms (unless they are couples). The bathrooms are cleaned well every day. There are also beautifully furnished glamping tents for more low budget traveling, that share outside bathrooms and showers
During this retreat, you will enjoy daily horse trails in the stunning landscape of rural Andalusia, daily yoga classes and delicious vegetarian full board meals in the yoga hotel with view on the horses, olive trees, and rolling hills. Discover the surprising variety of nature around with our friendly Andalusian part bred horses.
The rides will lead you through endless sunflower fields, to an old Armitage, and under ancient oak trees. The horses are about 1.55 meters tall and riders need to weigh less than 85 kilograms. We will have separate riding group for beginners and more advanced riders, and helmets can be provided.
1 to 2,5 hours Horse riding trips late morning, afternoon or evening depending on temperatures and group.
The rides will lead us for example through endless sunflower fields, to an old hermitage, and to a lake on our day ride with picnic break.
Vidya Jacqueline Heisel
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)
Vidya Jacqueline Heisel, an E-RYT 500 and SYT, is the director of Suryalila Retreat Centre and the director of Frog Lotus Yoga International yoga teacher training programs. Vidya grew up in England and lived in India, Bali, and the USA, before arriving in southern Spain in 2011. Yoga has been Vidya’s life-long passion. She started studying, practicing, and teaching yoga in 1975 and since then, she has taught yoga extensively worldwide.
Conny Muennemann, who keeps her eight beautiful horses on the Suryalila Retreat Centre property, has been riding and leading treks through Andalucía for over ten years. By riding with Conny you will see the real Andalucía, which most tourists miss.
Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre is located right in the heart of Andalucia and is surrounded by lovely rolling fields, lakes, and scenic white villages. We are ideally located to explore the stunning nature, fascinating culture and historic monuments of Andalucia.
At Suryalila Retreat Centre, we pride ourselves on our outstanding vegetarian fare. Meals are delicious, diverse, and beautifully presented, using all organic and mostly local ingredients. We produce our own olives and olive oil, as well as, many of our own fruits and veggies.
Everything we grow is organic - no chemicals or fertilizers are used. We have many fruit trees including figs, peaches, pears, apricots, pomegranates, apples, and grapes. In the cooler months, we like to grow plenty of greens, including kale and different varieties of cabbage and lettuce. In summer we have an abundance of heritage tomatoes.
Our organic free-range eggs come from our own happy chickens. Since we are vegetarian, our birds have long and happy lives! Our prices include full board buffets - we do not have room service or an a la carte menu.
During your free time you can visit the historical cities of Arcos de la Frontera, Sevilla, Cordoba, Jerez de la Frontera, Ronda, Cadiz, Veher 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 minutes from Suryalila. Only 30 minutes away is located the beautiful mountain town of Grazelema, which has the highest rainfall in Spain. Amazing walks, trekking, canyoning, and kayaking can also be found in this area.
Durin this retreat, you may enjoy massage services at Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre for an additional cost. The price for the massages is 65 EUR for 60 minutes or 90 EUR for 90 minutes. You may book your massage at the reception desk after meals.
The type of massage therapy available will vary, depending on the therapist currently in residence. In the past, they have offered Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, Thai yoga massage, and Ayurvedic massage.
Please book your flight to arrive at Jerez Airport (XRY) (70 kilometers), Seville Airport (SCQ) (90 kilometers) or Málaga
Airport (AGP) (180 kilometers). 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 us!
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 centre. Suryalila Retreat Centre can pick you up from there, so please do inform them if a pickup is needed.
A taxi can be arranged to be pick you up and bring you to Suryalila from Jerez Airport (XRY) for an additional cost.
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