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Winter Yoga Holiday Spain

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!

Meet the instructors

Lidiya & Vidya Jacqueline
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Highlights

  • 7 days of practice
  • 1 or 2 yoga classes per day
  • Hikes and tour to a local Spanish town
  • Pranayama and healing gong bath lessons
  • Kirtan and flamenco sessions
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction
Airport transfer available:
Jerez Airport (La Parra Airport) (US$81 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Málaga Airport (US$174 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Seville Airport (US$105 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
00:00
Check-out Time:
10:30

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 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.

Program

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.

Yoga

  • Vinyasa Flow yoga (with a different focus every morning)
  • Yin yoga and Chinese meridians workshops
  • Healing sound bath with gongs
  • Yoga Nidra meditation
  • Deeply Restorative yoga workshop
  • The art of pranayama (extension of the life force energy through breathwork)
  • Break-down of inversion practices (exploring calming and energizing poses)

Daily schedule

Tuesday, December 21st - Arrival

  • 17:30 Easy flow to unwind after traveling
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Welcome meeting in Ganesha with Vidya and Lidiya

Wednesday, December 22nd

  • 08:00 Vinyasa flow with Vidya - focus on shoulders
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Hike in Grazalema Nature Reserve with a picnic lunch
  • 17:30 Restorative pranayama workshop with Lidiya
  • 19:00 Dinner

Thursday, December 23rd

  • 08:00 Vinyasa flow focusing on hip health with Vidya
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Permaculture tour of the grounds with Emilio
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 17:30 Restorative practice for deep rest and Yoga Nidra with Lidiya
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:30 Six years in search of sanity movie with popcorn

Friday, December 24th

  • 08:00 Vinyasa twists flow with Lidiya
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 17:30 Gong bath session
  • 20:00 Talent show

Saturday, December 25th

  • 09:00 Vinyasa flow focusing on backbends
  • 10:30 Brunch
  • 12:00 Hike to the local village of Prado del Ray
  • 16:30 Christmas feast
  • 18:00 Restorative practice with live classical Indian music with Vidya
  • 19:30 Desserts and cheese boards
  • 20:30 Dancing to live fusion music in the dome with Saeed

Sunday, December 26th

  • 07:30 Pranayama and invigorating cold swim
  • 08:30 Vinyasa flow yoga focusing on balance and strength with Lidiya
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 16:30 Yoga games and Acro yoga with Lidiya and Paddy
  • 19:00 Dinner

Monday, December 27th

  • 08:00 Vinyasa Flow yoga with focus on forwarding folds with Vidya
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Hike to church Virgen de las Montanas and visit a local artist in his home
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 17:30 Inverted restorative practice with Lidiya
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:30 Kirtan with Emilio

Tuesday, December 28th

  • 08:00 Vinyasa flow yoga class
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • Departure any time

Included excursions

  • Stunning hikes
  • Visit to a local Spanish town

Instructors

Lidiya Petkova

Vidya Jacqueline Heisel

Retreat location

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.

Distances

  • City of Cadiz - 45 minutes
  • Jerez Airport (La Parra Airport) (XRY) - 50 minutes
  • Seville Airport (SVQ) - 75 minutes
  • Sevilla - 1 hour by car
  • Málaga Airport (AGP) - 2 hours by car or 3 hours by bus

Unique features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Shopping
  • Spa
  • Steam room
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Balcony
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Lactose Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

  • Deep tissue massage
  • Fresh cold-pressed juices and hot drinks from the Amrita Cafe
  • Horse riding
  • Thai massage

What's included

  • Morning Vinyasa Flow yoga class
  • Evening Restorative, Yin, Nidra yoga, and guided meditation
  • AcroYoga class
  • Stunning hikes
  • 1 visit to a local Spanish town
  • Healing gong bath
  • 1 flamenco dancing class
  • Exquisite live music
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Delicious organic vegetarian breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Tea, coffee, water, and fruit
  • Use of all facilities
  • 10% winter discount

What's not included

  • Horse riding
  • Thai and deep tissue massage sessions
  • Fresh cold-pressed juices and hot drinks from the Amrita Cafe
  • Transfers from and to the airport

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving direction from Seville Airport (SVQ)

  • Follow the exit signs across the first roundabout from the airport car park.
  • Follow the signs for A4 to Cordoba, going all the way around the roundabout and keeping right at the second roundabout.
  • 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 two exits, the first one is towards Utrera.
  • Follow the A376 to Utrera.
  • Continue on the same road at Utrera which is now the A375 to Ronda.
  • Take the A384 towards Villamartin just after Puerto Serrano since the A375 ends at the A384.
  • Take the ramp for A373 signposted Prado del Rey / El Bosque / Ubrique / Villamartín after eight kilometers.
  • Go left (last exit) onto the A373 towards Prado del Rey at the roundabout.
  • Take the right turn onto the CA 6105 signposted to Arcos de la Frontera after five kilometers.
  • Turn left after two and a half kilometers near KM 13.
  • You will see a small Suryalila sign.
  • This takes you off the tarmac so please drive carefully.
  • After approximately five kilometers, the driveway for Suryalila is on the left (again there is a small sign).
  • Follow the driveway and you will see the gate and flags come up the drive and as you get to the paving the car park is on the right.

Driving direction from Jerez Airport (XRY)

  • Take the A4 towards Jerez for a couple of kilometers if you are driving from the airport.
  • Follow the N348 towards Arcos de la Frontera for about three kilometers.
  • Take the exit to follow the A382 for about 35 kilometers all the way to Villamartin.
  • Take a right-hand turn signed for Villamartin as you approach the town.
  • Turn right off the short slip road after the exit. The slip road is short and comes upon you quickly so please be careful.
  • Follow this road for about five kilometers going straight until the four-way stop.
  • Go straight ahead along the dirt road at the four-way stop. It is signposted La Granja.
  • Carry on along the dirt road for about three kilometers until you see a sign on your left for Suryalila Yoga Retreat Center.
  • 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.

Driving direction from Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP)

  • Follow the coast road (E15 / AP7) south past Benalmadena, Fuengirola, and Marbella.
  • Take the A-397 over the mountains to Ronda.
  • Take the A372 via Grazalema and Benamahoma after Ronda 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 two or three miles until you come to a crossroads.
  • Take the dirt road on your left sign-posted La Granja at the crossroads.
  • After about two miles or four kilometers on the dirt road, you will a signpost on your left for Suryalila Yoga Retreat Center.
  • Take that and you will find Suryalila Yoga Retreat Center a few hundred meters up the track.

Arrival by bus

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.

Airport: Jerez Airport (La Parra Airport) Airport transfer available: Jerez Airport (La Parra Airport) (US$81 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Málaga Airport Airport transfer available: Málaga Airport (US$174 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 on arrival.

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Departure: Tuesday December 28, 2021

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