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Come and join Suryalila Yoga Retreat Center in Spain for this escape Christmas program in 2021. Yoga workshops and classes, superb live music, festive cuisine, guided meditations, kirtan, sound healing gong bath, mountain walks, games, unforgettable time, and quality sleep practices. Enjoy a week of fun-filled and relaxing time away from the Christmas hype!
Suryalila Yoga Retreat Center 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 Center boasts a saltwater swimming pool, eco sauna or sweat lodge, and views of the most magnificent and vibrant sunsets.
Your rooms are located in a renovated Spanish farmhouse on the grounds of Suryalila. It has the traditional wooden beamed ceilings and terracotta tiled floors from its farmhouse heritage and has been brought to life with exotic Asian furniture and wall hangings from Bali, India, and Morocco. They have a mixture of double and single deluxe rooms which have their own bathrooms, double or single superior rooms with shared bathrooms, twin rooms, and mini dorms.
On your arrival day, your room will be ready after 4:00 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 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 the year.
The days will start with an energizing Vinyasa flow yoga class and end with the more mellow style of yoga: Restorative yoga, Yin yoga, guided meditation, or Yoga Nidra practices. As part of the retreat, you will also go on a couple of stunning hikes, visit a local Spanish town, experience the healing gong bath, enjoy a flamenco dancing class, exquisite live music, and AcroYoga class. You will also snuggle around a log fire and watch movies.
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.
Vidya Jacqueline Heisel, an E-RYT 500 and SYT, is the director of Suryalila Retreat Center 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, she has taught yoga extensively worldwide.
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 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.
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Suryalila Retreat Center 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 7:00 p.m. for dinner. At Suryalila Retreat Center, 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 production needs from their own organic farm and garden. Suryalila Retreat Center'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 Center 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, do not 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.
Jerez Airport (La Parra Airport)
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There are buses running to Villamartin from where Suryalila Yoga Retreat Center can pick you up. The cost of a pickup from Villamartin to Suryalila is 10 EUR. Should you decide to travel by bus, Suryalila Yoga Retreat Center 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 11:00 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 Center 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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