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Awe-Inspiring Yoga Retreat Spain

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Spain.

From the breathtaking Grazalema National Park to picturesque hilltop whitewashed villages, surrounding Cadiz province in Andalusia is brimming with natural beauty and traditional Spanish charm. Join Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre for an awe-inspiring retreat exploring the hidden gems of this beautiful, unspoilt region while reconnecting with yourself and the land at our rural sanctuary in the mountains.

Meet the instructors

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Vidya Jacqueline, Laura, Emma, & 3 More…
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Late afternoon dip at Arcos Lake beach
  • Sunset countryside horse ride through valleys
  • Mindful El Bosque river walk in a breathtaking natural setting
  • Enjoy kayaking on the emerald waters of Zahara Lake
  • Wine-tasting at the family-fun Rivero bodega
  • 3 organic vegetarian meals a day
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction
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Accommodation

At Suryalila Retreat Centre, they provide different levels of accommodation to suit every budget. From glamping in the olive grove to relaxing in the luxury of their deluxe doubles, they will ensure you have the experience of a lifetime. Their furnishings and decorations have all been handpicked from Bali, India, and Morocco. The Spanish farmhouse-style wooden ceilings with beams and the terracotta tiled floors blend harmoniously with the vibrant Asian furniture and wall hangings. The inspiring decor is both soothing to the soul and delightful to the eye.

They offer two of the most beautiful and spacious yoga halls in Europe, a dedicated massage room with skilled massage therapists, and many gorgeous communal spaces like the pool, dining, and living areas to just relax and hang out in. Yoga retreat facilities also include Wi-Fi, office supplies, and anything else you might need during your stay.

Saltwater pool and amenities

Relax around the refreshing saltwater pool as swallows swoop ahead, hang out in a hammock in one of their flower-framed pagodas, or enjoy a blissful massage with one of their highly skilled in-house masseurs.

Om Dome

It was always part of Vidya’s dream to create the most magnificent yoga hall in Europe. The breathtaking Om Dome is the realization of that dream. In the Om Dome, there is a massive bay window overlooking one of their best views of beautiful rolling hills and a ruined convent. The dome can hold 50 yogis very comfortably. It is also a perfect space for conferences and concerts. The dome has underfloor heating, air-conditioning, a state-of-the-art sound system, atmospheric lighting, and a full set of yoga props, including Manduka Pro mats, backjack chairs, bolsters, cork blocks, blankets, and straps.

Ganesha yoga shala

Ganesha yoga shala is upstairs in the main house. It is a beautiful yoga hall with a wood and beam ceiling and wood floors. It has windows on both sides which allow for plenty of light and airflow. There is a balcony attached to the shala with beautiful views, and there is also a small alcove that contains shelves to house the yoga props. They have plenty of mats, blankets, straps, blocks, sandbags, and eye pillows. There is also a mezzanine outside the shala with a couple of couches. This yoga hall holds up to 30 students comfortably.

Organic farm and garden

They produce their own olives and olive oil as well as many of their own fruits and veggies. Everything they grow is organic; no chemicals or fertilizers are used. They have many fruit trees including figs, peaches, pears, apricots, pomegranates, apples, and grapes. In the cooler months, they like to grow plenty of greens, including kale and different varieties of cabbage and lettuce. In summer, they have an abundance of heritage tomatoes. Their organic free-range eggs come from their own happy chickens. Since they are vegetarian, their birds have long and happy lives.

Program

During the five nights Yoga, Nature, and White Villages Retreat, you can expect:

  • Late afternoon dip at Arcos Lake beach and *sunset dinner in Arcos de la Frontera hilltop village
  • Mindful El Bosque river walk in a breathtaking natural setting with a visit to the pretty pueblo of Benamahoma with its whitewashed houses and colourful flower pots
  • Soothing restorative yoga classes
  • Re-energising Vinyasa Flow yoga classes
  • Wine-tasting at the family-fun Rivero Bodega in the picturesque village of Prado del Rey
  • Day trip to the beautiful mountain top town of Ronda
  • "Reconnect with the land" garden tour with our eco-project, Danyadara

Sample daily schedule

October 25 - Monday: Arrival Day

  • 17:30 Easy Flow Yoga
  • 20:00 Welcome Meeting

October 26 - Tuesday

  • 08:00 Dynamic Yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Trip to the beautiful town of Ronda to wander the historic streets and stay for a bite to eat
  • 19:00 Dinner

October 27 - Wednesday

  • 08:00 Dynamic Yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 River swim in El Bosque
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 17.30 Restorative Yoga
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:30 Flamenco class

October 28 - Thursday

  • 08:00 Dynamic Yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 18:00 Late afternoon dip at Arcos Lake Beach and sunset dinner in Arcos hilltop village (dinner at your own cost)

October 29 - Friday

  • 08:00 Dynamic Yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 13.30 Lunch
  • 17:30 Restorative Yoga
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Wine-tasting at Rivero Bodega in Prado

October 30 - Saturday: Departures

  • 08:00 Dynamic Yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast

Instructors

Vidya Jacqueline Heisel

Laura Pardell

Emma

Chloe

Noelia

Carolina

Retreat location

The holiday will take place in Andalusia, Spain. Suryalila Yoga Retreat Center, originally an Olive Hacienda, is located in the heart of the Spanish Andalusian 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 city, 45 minutes
  • Sevilla - 1 hour

Unique features

Activities

  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Shopping
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lake
  • Meditation garden
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

At Suryalila Retreat Centre, they pride themselves on their outstanding vegetarian fare. Meals are delicious, diverse, and beautifully presented, using all organic and mostly local ingredients. They are working towards suppling more and more of produce needs from their own organic farm and garden! The kitchen is a happy and bustling environment and the cooks are all very creative and talented. Eggs are gathered daily from their own happy chickens and when the season allows you will enjoy the freshest of fruit picked from their own orchard of apricot, peach, fig, and pear trees. Suryalila Retreat Centre regularly accommodates vegan, gluten-free, and non-dairy diets, so if you have any special dietary restrictions, just let them know.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • 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)

When you are not enjoying these experiences, allow the sun to kiss you at Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre beautiful saltwater pool, lazily read a book in a hammock, luxuriate with a delicious massage, visit the lovely onsite Amrita cafe for a handmade smoothie or coffee, or wander around the beautiful grounds and surroundings of Suryalila flourishing with orange and fig trees, vegetable garden and ancient olive groves dotted with farm animals.

Activities to do

  • Wine classes
  • Day trip to Seville
  • Day trip to Ronda
  • Visit Cordoba and Malaga
  • Day trip to Cadiz
  • Nearby white villages
  • Spain beaches and Costa de la Luz
  • Day trip to Jerez de la Frontera

Spa treatments

At Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre, they always have a highly trained and insured massage therapist in residence. Currently, the massage therapists are Cátia Garcia and Carolina Gast. Both are warm and caring and clients love their massages.

Type of massages

The types of massage therapy Cátia offers are Thai yoga massage and trigger point massage. Thai yoga massage is an ancient healing art with origins in Ayurvedic medicine, yoga, and Buddhism. It has evolved into a unique and magical combination of deep stretching, rhythmic compression, soft tissue manipulation, gentle rocking, energy balancing, and acupressure. The client is treated on a mattress on the floor whilst fully clothed. It is often called “lazy man’s yoga.”

Carolina Gast offers deep tissue massage, Ayurveda massage, and holistic massage using techniques to eliminate pain and muscular fatigue. The Ayurvedic massage is considered an integral part of traditional Indian medicine. Ayurveda means knowledge of life (mental, physical, and spiritual). It improves blood circulation eliminating toxins. These three treatments re-establish the balance of body, mind, vitality, and emotions allowing the patient to release tension and relax, leading to their physical well-being, the serenity of mind, and harmony. Carolina using oils, personalized for each individual.

The dedicated massage therapy room

They have a beautiful and peaceful dedicated massage room.

Cost for massage treatments

They offer one-hour massages for 70 EUR and 90-minute massages for 100 EUR. You can book your massage at the office. The type of massage therapy available will vary, depending on the therapist currently in residence.

What's included

  • Expert-led yoga sessions
  • Activities listed in the itinerary
  • 3 organic vegetarian meals a day
  • 24/7 use of the saltwater swimming pool
  • Access to all retreat center facilities
  • 5 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer
  • Meals out in Arcos and Zahara
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Jerez de la Frontera

  • Take the A4 towards Jerez for a couple of kilometers.
  • Follow the N348 towards Arcos de la Frontera for about 3 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 5 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 3 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 8 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 5 kilometers, take the right turn onto the CA 6105 signposted to Arcos de la Frontera.
  • After 2.5 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 5 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 2 or 3 miles until you come to a crossroads.
  • At the crossroads, take the dirt road on your left sign-posted La Granja.
  • After about 2 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). Airport transfers are not provided. From there, Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre can arrange a taxi or you can take the public buses to the nearest 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 6:15 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. 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.

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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Arrival: Saturday November 13, 2021
Departure: Thursday November 18, 2021

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