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Suryalila Retreat Center has prepared this unique hiking and yoga retreat for all nature lovers where you will be able to discover all the local treasures in Sierra de Grazalema with the help of very experienced guides while nurturing yourself in this charming retreat center. Local eco-tourism organizations, O-Live and Sierra Vida, will lead you on some magical hiking, birdwatching, and biodiversity tours. The goal of this retreat is to help you deepen your yoga practice in a beautiful retreat environment while exploring the Spanish countryside through outdoor activities here in the breathtaking nature of Andalusia.
Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre 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. 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.
It was always part of Vidya’s dream to create the most magnificent yoga hall in Europe. At Suryalila, they already had two other yoga halls, one larger and one smaller. Both are beautiful halls. It took them two and a half years to be ready to begin the "Om Dome Project". They have now designed and created a state of the art yoga hall inside a beautiful geodesic dome. It has been quite a labor of love to build it!
Ganesha yoga shala is the lovely secondary yoga studio, which is large enough to accommodate over 30 yoga students. It is located upstairs in the main house at Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre. 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 air flow.
The Moon shala is a sustainable cob (straw bale and mud building) designed and built by natural builder extraordinaire Tom Rijven and his inspiring students and friends. This wonderful organic structure is located in the olive grove with stunning views of rolling hills and a ruined monastery.
You can often see cooks in the kitchen garden, picking fresh herbs and edible flowers for the meal. They have an extensive herb garden, with rosemary, parsley, basil, mint, lavender, oregano, thyme, chives, and much more. There are several abundant black fig trees and a few orange trees in the garden. August is the month to enjoy figs and they are best picked straight from the tree. The favorite recipe is figs stuffed with local soft goat cheese and baked in the oven; mouth-watering!
Twin rooms contain two single beds located upstairs in one of the beautiful houses in the courtyard. They share a bathroom with one other room.
There are one double eco casa and two twin eco casa. Located a short stroll from the retreat centre, it is built from sustainable cob (strawbale & mud) and has stunning views across the Andalusian countryside. There is a choice of hot outdoor showers with open tops where you can shower under the blue skies or use our indoor showers too. The compost toilets are a short walk away too.
The yoga classes will be focused on alignment, restoring the body, moving with integrity, powerful breathing, and meditation practices. They will be a perfect way to recharge and reenergize after the hiking activities.
During your hiking activities at the nearby mountains of Sierra de Grazalema, you will be able to discover more than 200 species of birds, 40 species of mammals, outstanding Mediterranean flora (including more than 30 species of orchids and the unique Spanish fir), 18 species of reptiles and 9 species of amphibians.
Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre, 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.
Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre is located right in the heart of Andalusia and is surrounded by lovely rolling hills, lakes, and scenic white villages. It's ideally located to explore the stunning nature, fascinating culture, and historic monuments of Andalusia. It's also delighted to take care of you if you just want to rest and relax in a beautiful, gracious, and friendly home away from home.
It's only a short ride from the nearest town, Villamartin, where you’ll find buses to connect you to Seville, Ronda, Malaga, or Jerez if you would like to explore more of Andalusia as part of your stay. They can help you to arrange one-on-one yoga sessions, massages, and give you day trip tips to heighten your experience with them.
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The mouth-wateringly delicious meals prepared at Suryalila are gourmet organic vegetarian, with vegan options. Suryalila’s master chefs, Gemma Russell and Caroline Hiller are simply the best, so expect heavenly food. The retreat center produces its own organic olive oil on the property. The large and happy family of chickens will provide you with eggs. Many organic fruit and vegetables are already grown on the property and the farm will be expanded over time. All of their supplemental fruit and vegetables are supplied by local organic farms.
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.
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.
They have a beautiful and peaceful dedicated massage room.
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.
Jerez Airport (La Parra Airport)
Transfer available for additional US$82 per person
Transfer available for additional US$175 per person
Transfer available for additional US$105 per person
The closest airport to Suryalila is Jerez de la Frontera (XRY). It is a 50-minute drive from the center. Several low-cost European airlines fly into Jerez, including Ryanair, Vueling, Iberia, and others. Some only operate during the summer months. From Jerez, you can either take a bus to Suryalila from the Jerez central bus station or they can organize a taxi for you.
Seville Airport (SVQ) is an hour from the center and there are 19 European airlines that fly there. 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 p.m. The journey takes between 20-30 minutes and a single ticket costs 2.30 EUR. From Seville (Prado San Sepastian), you can catch a bus to Villamartin.
Málaga Airport (AGP) is the largest airport in Andalucía but it is 2 hours and 45 minutes away from the center. There is a wide range of airlines that fly to Malaga from all over Europe and they are often very cheap, catering for the Costa del Sol package holidays. There is a bus that leaves from Malaga bus station directly to Villamartin. The price of a one-way ticket is about 15 EUR.
Suryalili always tries to group as many guests as possible on the transfers in order to make it less expensive. Current prices (per car, for saloon cars carrying up to 4 passengers) are as follows:
Please note that all taxi fares are to be paid in cash (Euros) to the driver upon your arrival to Suryalila.
Suryalili will email you a few days before your arrival date to confirm your taxi pick-up arrangements. In case you require any further information regarding transfers please send them an email and they will be there to help.
IMPORTANT! Please note that Suryalili's reception closes at 9:30 p.m. When booking your transfer, please ensure that the time it takes to get from the airport to Suryalila by taxi allows you to get here on time. Should you have any questions regarding a late arrival, please do not hesitate to contact Suryalili.
If you choose to come to Villamartin by bus, a taxi can pick you up and bring you to Suryalila. The cost of a pick-up from Villamartin to Suryalila is 20 EUR.
As Suryalila guests, the car rental company Sixt car hire offers a 10% discount if you rent a car with them. To benefit from the discount, please send an inquiry.
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