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If you like nature and horses, join to this summer holiday for experienced riders. Enjoy wonderful yoga sessions and amazing horse riding trips following the amazing colors of the Mediterranean sunsets on the back of one of the friendly Andalusian part bred horses. Be delighted by vegetarian meals and spend time in a refreshing salt water pool to make sure that you will relax on this holiday. If you love to ride horses and practice yoga, then this is the holiday for you.
During this retreat, you will stay either in a private or twin room or a glamping style single or twin tent. Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre is a little different than a regular hotel. They have three rooms (double deluxe rooms), which have their own bathrooms. The rest of the 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.
They never have men and women sharing bathrooms (except for couples). The bathrooms are cleaned well every day and the beautifully furnished glamping tents are for lower budget travelling with shared outside bathrooms and showers. Other facilities include sauna, a salt water pool, pagodas and hang out areas, and a fabulous yoga shop boutique.
During this retreat, you will enjoy daily horse trails or day rides 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 and olive trees and rolling hills. Each day, you can enjoy a yoga class followed by a guided ride through the Andalusian countryside. Enjoy the surprising variety of nature around the hacks and day rides with the friendly Andalusian part bred horses.
The rides will lead you through endless sunflower fields, to an old hermitage, and to a lake on your day-ride with a picnic break. You will be led to beautiful mountaintop villages, through ancient cork oak forests, and along beautiful trails through the valleys. For the longer rides, riders have to be comfortable in walk, trot, and canter and be able to ride for up to five hours a day.
The horses are 1.55 meters tall and riders need to weigh less than 90 kilograms. This program is designed for riders with reasonable horse riding experience as you will ride walk, trot, and canter in the countryside. You should at least be able to smoothly follow the horse movements in walk, trot, canter, and to control a horse in the countryside in walk, trot, canter. Helmets will be provided.
Daily horse riding trips around the area are included in this retreat.
Vidya Jacqueline Heisel
Vidya Jacqueline Heisel, E-RYT 500, 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 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.
This retreat will be held at Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre in Andalusia, Spain. Suryalila is a beautiful old renovated olive farm located in the heart of Andalusia, in southern Spain. It consists 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.
They also grow organic vegetables and fruits and keep chickens for eggs. Suryalila is nestled serenely in a large open valley in the foothills of the Sierra de Grazelema. This majestic mountain range can be seen looming large on the horizon behind Suryalila. A striking part of the natural beauty of the property is the breathtaking vista extending in all directions with rolling hills, fields of sunflowers, and lakes.
The sense of vastness and expansiveness is very uplifting. Andalusia is famous for its mountains, white painted towns perched on hills, stunning coastlines, and cities full of history. For six hundred years, the Moors dominated much of Andalusia, leaving indelible cultural and architectural icons such as Alhambra in Granada and the grand mosque in Cordoba. Within one to two hours of travel from Suryalila, you can visit historical cities and some of Europe’s most stunning and empty beaches.
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During this retreat, all daily buffet style meals are included. 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 produce their own olives and olive oil, as well as many of their own fruits and vegetables. Everything they grow is organic and 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. The organic free-range eggs come from their own happy chickens and since they are vegetarian, their birds have long and happy lives.
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). Another options are to arrive at Seville Airport (SVQ) or Málaga Airport (AGP). Airport transportation can be arranged on request for an additional cost.
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.