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Yoga and Hiking Retreat in Spain

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.

Highlights

  • Birdwatching and permaculture tour
  • Powerful breathing and meditation practices
  • Hiking in Grazalema focusing on biodiversity
  • Riverwalk, refreshing bath, and forest bathing
  • Yoga classes focusing on alignment and restoring the body after hiking
  • Use of the saltwater swimming pool and facilities
  • 3 organic delicious meals a day
  • 5 nights accommodation

Yoga styles


5 days with instruction
Airport transfer available:
Jerez Airport (La Parra Airport) (US$82 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

Facilities

  • Sauna
  • Shopping
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance

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.

The Om Dome: The magnificent yoga hall

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 hall: The beautiful indoor yoga studio

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

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.

Organic kitchen vegetable garden

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 room

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.

Eco Casa

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.

Program

Yoga

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.

Hiking

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.

Retreat Activities

  • Hike in the breathtaking Grazalema National Park with focus on Biodiversity
  • El Bosque river walk and swim in refreshing rock pools flowing with pure mountain water
  • Hike from the beautiful whitewashed hilltop village of Benaocaz into the mountains
  • Hike to Prado del Rey and a visit to our favorite bar
  • Permaculture tour around our 50 acres of land flourishing with an organic vegetable garden, food forest, ancient olive groves, and farm animals
  • Revitalizing morning Vinyasa Flow yoga classes
  • Relaxing afternoon Yin/Restorative yoga classes

Included excursions

  • Hike in Grazalema with focus on biodiversity
  • River walk, refreshing bath, and forest bathing
  • Birdwatching and hiking
  • Hike from Suryalila
  • Permaculture tour

Retreat location

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.

Distances

  • A UNESCO ancient town - 15 minutes
  • Cadiz - 45 minutes
  • Jerez de la Frontera (XRY) - 50 minutes
  • Seville Airport (SVQ) - 1 hour
  • Málaga Airport (AGP) - 2 hours and 45 minutes

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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)

  • 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

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Yoga sessions
  • 3 organic delicious meals a day (one of which will be packed for you to take on the hike)
  • Use of the saltwater swimming pool and facilities
  • Hike in Grazalema with focus on biodiversity
  • River walk, refreshing bath, and forest bathing
  • Birdwatching and hiking
  • Hike from Suryalila
  • Permaculture tour

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

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:

  • Malaga Airport - 150 EUR
  • Sevilla Airport - 90 EUR
  • Sevilla Train Station - 100 EUR
  • Sevilla Center - 110 EUR
  • Jerez Airport - 70 EUR
  • Villamartín Bus Station - 20 EUR

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.

Arrival by bus

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.

Arrival by car

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.

Directions from Seville

  • The ride takes about an hour and a half and buses leave as follows:
  • 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 km 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 km 13 onto the A376 towards Utrera, this slip road has 2 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.8
  • After 8 kilometers take the ramp for A373 signposted Prado del Rey/El Bosque/Ubrique/Villamartín
  • 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 km 13, turn left, you will see a small Suryalila sign. This takes you off the tarmac, 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’ll see Suryalila's gate and flags, come up the drive and as you get to the paving the car park is on the right.

Directions from Jerez De La Frontera

  • If you are driving from the airport, take the A4 towards Jerez for a couple of kilometers and then 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 upon you quickly – so eyes open here!
  • 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. It is signposted 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.

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 – 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 a signpost on your left for Suryalila.
  • Take that and you’ll find Suryalila a few hundred meters up the track.

GPS

36.47’14,6″N – 005.35’57,1″W

Airport: Jerez Airport (La Parra Airport) Airport transfer available: Jerez Airport (La Parra Airport) (US$82 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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6 days / 5 nights
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  • Deluxe double for two people 785 EUR per person (total 1.570 EUR)
  • Deluxe Suite for two people 840 EUR per person (total 1.680 EUR)
Thursday November 4, 2021
(6 days / 5 nights)

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