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Come join Lidiya Petkova in Spain for this Christmas retreat to enjoy fun-filled and relaxing days away from the Christmas hype. Lidiya Petkova will lead you to an unforgettable and refreshing yoga retreat in Christmas week. You will refresh your body with yoga class daily, savor delicious organic vegetarian meals, and overnight in cozy comfortable accommodation. There could not be a better way to experience the holy night with a yoga retreat in one of the most favorite holiday destination in Europe, Spain.
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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. 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. On your arrival day, your room will be ready after 4 p.m. and you are welcome to arrive earlier and enjoy the facilities at Suryalila. On your departure day, Suryalila asks that you vacate your room by 10.30 a.m. After you have left your room, you are welcome to use the facilities until you are ready to leave.
Note: Here at Suryalila, the staffs have cats, peacocks, chickens, horses, and the neighbors' dogs often come onto the property so it is best to leave your pets at home. There are also hunters in the area at different times of years.
The days will start with an energizing Vinyasa Flow yoga class and end with the more mellow style of yoga which is Restorative yoga, Yin yoga, guided meditation, or yoga Nidra practices followed by a sauna / sweat lodge session. As part of the retreat, you will also go on a couple of stunning hikes, visit a local Spanish town, experience a guided art workshop (stones in balance with a local world-class artist), and enjoy a flamenco dancing class, live music, and AcroYoga class. You will also snuggle around a log-fire and watch movies. Furthermore, there will be a delicious tofu turkey prepared for Christmas day.
Lidiya is one of Suryalila’s onsite Vinyasa flow and Yin yoga teachers. Her classes are vigorous, fluid, and energizing with a strong focus on pranayama and mindfulness. Apart from being a tourism management specialist and marketing and manager assistant at Suryalila’s office, she leads and organizes various retreats including wellness retreats, most famously the adventure and yoga retreat and dubbed the retreat of a lifetime by previous participants.
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 Andalusía. 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 Retreat Centre lays out gourmet organic vegetarian buffet-style meals in the dining room three times a day. Tea, coffee, water, and fruit are available all day. Dinner on the first day of your stay is included as is breakfast on the last day of your stay and all meals in between. Additional meals are 10 EUR a day. The meal times are at 9.30 a.m. for breakfast, 1.30 p.m. for lunch, and 7 p.m. for dinner.
At Suryalila Retreat Centre, they pride themselves on their outstanding vegetarian fare. The meals are delicious, diverse, and beautifully presented, using all organic and mostly local ingredients. They are working towards supplying more and more of produce needs from their own organic farm and garden.
Suryalila Retreat Centre's kitchen is a happy and bustling environment and the cooks are all very creative and talented. The Suryalila kitchen specializes in gourmet international vegetarian cuisine, using the freshest seasonal, locally-sourced organic fruits and vegetables available, artfully prepared in a varied and truly eclectic international menu. The 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, please just let Suryalila Retreat Centre know. If you are a little nervous about going vegetarian, don’t be. Suryalila Retreat Centre's gourmet vegetarian cuisine will be one of the greatest food experiences of your life and they promise you that you will be raving about the food long after you return home. Additional food goodies such as alcohol, chocolate, and ice cream are available to purchase in the dining room.
Please book your flight to arrive at Seville Airport (SVQ) or Jerez Airport (XRY). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
There are a few airport options close to Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre. The best airport to fly to is Seville Airport (SVQ) (75 minutes’ away), then Jerez Airport (XRY) 50 minutes. Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP) is also an option (two hours by transfer / car or three hours by bus).
Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre organizes transfers from the airport to Suryalila. The cost from Seville Airport (SVQ) is 90 EUR, from Jerez Airport (XRY) is 70 EUR, and from Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP) is 150 EUR. Usually, Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre groups people arriving at the similar time together, so you can share the cost of the transfer. Alternatively, there are buses running to Villamartin from where Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre can pick you up. The cost of a pickup form Villamartin to Suryalila is 10 EUR.
Should you decide to travel by bus, Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre can send you the bus timetable closer to your arrival. 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 p.m. and 11 p.m. The journey takes between 20 to 30 minutes and a single ticket costs 2.30 EUR.
From Seville (Prado San Sebastian), you can catch a bus to Villamartin. From Jerez, you can either take a bus to Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre from the Jerez central bus station. There is also a bus that leaves from Malaga bus station directly to Villamartin. The price of a one-way ticket is about 15 EUR and there are usually four buses every day.
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