8 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Spain

  • Centro Santillan, Carretera Macharaviaya, 29730 Rincon de la Victoria, Malaga, Spain


Rejuvenating Yoga Retreat Spain

  • 7 days with instruction
  • The Yoga Beat invites you to join them in their intensive yoga retreat held in the wonderful Andalusian hills of Spain. Enjoy relaxing yet focused daily yoga sessions that will fit your yoga needs. While on your leisure time, you can stroll along the beautiful sandy beach and maybe after dinner, join mantra chanting to calm your mind. You will come home not only feeling inspired but also recharged!


    • 3 daily yoga classes
    • Evening meditation sessions
    • Pranayama and celestial communications sessions
    • Choose between Vinyasa, Kundalini, and Restorative yoga
    • Yogic breakfasts, lunches, and suppers
    • Unlimited tea, coffee, and water
    • 7 nights accommodation
    • Airport transfers

    Skill level

    • Beginner

    • Intermediate

    Group sizes

    The maximum participants in the group is 14.


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: German, English
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    You will be staying at Santillan Yoga and Wellness Center. The center is located in the peace of the Spanish countryside and yet it is still conveniently reachable as it is only 20 minutes away from Malaga Airport (AGP). The family atmosphere, the delicacy of service, gardens, small corners, and interior spaces make it an ideal venue for yoga retreats or explore meditation, deepening silence, and stillness space.

    All rooms at Santillan have an en-suite bathroom with a bathtub and shower. The superior rooms are equipped with underfloor heating in the bathroom, two wash-hand basins, and hydro massage in the bathtub. There are complementary toiletries, hairdryer, hot and cold air conditioning or fan, kettle, television and DVD player, telephones for internal use, safe deposit box, work desk, and a balcony or patio with sea or garden and mountain views.

    During this retreat, you will have three daily yoga classes with Chris Leuenberger and Stella Shakerchi. Experience extensive sessions of Vinyasa yoga, pranayama, Kundalini yoga, Restorative yoga, and celestial communication (mantras with extended mudras) in the evening. The week will follow through the chakras, so the first day will be root chakra and the last day, the crown chakra. Each class during the day will relate to that day's chakra.

    In this retreat, you will start your day with 90 minutes Vinyasa class and silent relaxation. After your morning yoga and relaxation session, you will have your breakfast. Around midday, you will have 60 minutes kundalini or dance based class and music relaxation, followed with lunch. In the evening, you will have another 90 minutes evening Vinyasa class with meditation or Nidra yoga. After dinner, there will be 20 minutes of mantras with music and mudras.

    • Stella Shakerchi

      Stella found yoga in Bermuda 17 years ago and developed her practice all around the world. After overcoming ovarian cancer, she trained for her first teaching certificates in South India. With a joyful style of teaching backed by her wisdom of nutrition and healing, she is a KYTA member (Kundalini Level 1 teacher) and Yoga Alliance Member (RYT 500), graduated from Tribe Worldwide Yoga School, specializing in pranayama, meditation techniques, Astanga, Vinyasa, and Restorative yoga. Her daily sadhana practice is a blessing.

    • Chris Leuenberger

      Chris’s yoga classes are based on the Astanga Vinyasa method. Individual asanas are coordinated with the breath and linked with each other like a dance. This flowing style of yoga can be quite dynamic or more meditative depending on the level of the students and the desired effects of the class. In his classes and workshops, he often includes elements of meditation, pranayama (breathing techniques), as well as sound explorations.

    Set in a secluded location, Santillan is an Andalusian paradise, nestled in a Malaga hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It is located in the countryside, surrounded by the silence of the mountain and with wonderful sea views.

    Nearby places

    • Costa del Sol, 20 kilometers
    • Malaga Airport (AGP), 25 kilometers - 20 minutes
    • Red Nacional de Ferrocarriles Españoles train and bus station, 24 kilometers
    • Golf course nearby
    • Horse riding / rental nearby
    • Massage
    • Mountain walking / trekking nearby
    • Reiki
    • Spa
    • Swimming
    • Swimming pool
    • Air-conditioned rooms
    • Beach nearby
    • Garden
    • In-room safe
    • Restaurant
    • Hair dryer
    • Toiletries

    In this retreat, healthy yogic food with vegetarian and dietary options will be served. The cooks at Molino de Santillan will be sharing their popular Spanish-influenced healthy Mediterranean cuisine in this retreat. They can cater for vegetarian, vegan, raw diets, and also for genuine food allergies and intolerances, such as gluten-free and dairy-free. For more information on food, kindly send an inquiry to The Yoga Beat.

    The following meals are included:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Drinks

    The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

    • Gluten Free
    • Other dietary requirements on request
    • Vegetarian
    • Yogic
    (If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
    • Enjoy a swim in the salt-water pool
    • Have a walk in their stunningly beautiful gardens
    • Sunbathe and take a relaxing salt water bath in a natural environment
    • Read books at the multi-language library

    Walking trail options:

    Route one

    You will walk around the hotel and this walking trail takes about 30 to 40 minutes. Walk down the mountain to the water basin, climb round the other side of the hotel.

    Route two

    You will walk through the mountains with beautiful sea views, this walk can be as long as you want.

    For an additional cost, these range of therapies can be arranged for you.

    • Facial beauty treatments
    • Massage
    • Osteopathy
    • Physiotherapy
    • Regression and soul therapies
    • Reiki
    • Shiatsu massage
    • Thai yoga massage

    Sessions are to be booked on arrival and payable in EUR directly to the therapist.

    • 3 daily yoga classes
    • 7 nights accommodation
    • Airport transfers
    • Complimentary drinks on arrival and departure days
    • Daily yogic breakfast, lunch, and supper
    • Pranayama and celestial communications sessions
    • Teas, coffees, and water
    • Use of all facilities
    • Vinyasa, Kundalini, and Restorative yoga
    • Wi-Fi
    • Airfares
    • Alcohol
    • Excursions
    • Massages

    Driving directions from Malaga Airport.

    • The drive from Malaga airport is straightforward. Leave the airport in the direction of Malaga.
    • Follow signs that say ‘Almeria’ and ‘Motril’ on what will become the A7 motorway heading east toward Almeria and Motril. Do not go towards Granada, Cadiz, and Seville.
    • Stay on A7 11 and after about 20 minutes and then take EXIT 258 off the motorway, which comes directly after EXIT 256, in the direction of Marcharaviaya, (Torre de Benalgabon).
    • Please note that the motorway exit signs are not in strict numerical order. Then turn left and follow the road underneath the motorway and up the hill towards Macharaviaya following the signs painted on the rock, as explained above.

    Driving directions from Costa del Sol

    • To go to the Santillán just take the Mediterranean motorway towards Almeria, Nerja. After the Rincon de la Victoria get off the motorway at EXIT 258 in the direction of Macharaviaya, go through the tunnel under the highway and follow the road up the hill towards Macharaviaya.
    • Here you will start to see our signs ‘MOLINO DE SANTILLAN’ painted on the rock in green and red letters against a white background and green frame. Be sure to take the right fork next to the school at the beginning of the mountain road, as signposted.
    • The painted signs on the rock will guide you along a serpentine road up the hill for 3 kilometers, with quite spectacular views north over the mountains and nearby White Mountain villages and southward to the Mediterranean Sea. Just after 3 kilometers on this mountain road, you will see a big black and white sign with red letters at a sharp right-hand turn.
    • Take this turn to the right and follow this second, narrower mountain road for about 1.2 kilometers and Molino de Santillan is at the end of a right-hand turn off this mountain road.

    Arrival by airplane

    Please book your flight to arrive at Malaga Airport (AGP). The Yoga Beat will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.


    • Review by Alice Drew

      "The week on the retreat could not have been better. The Butterfly House was fantastic, the hosts incredibly welcoming, the food delicious and healthy and the setting beautiful. Stella’s classes were perfect and carefully planned to complement each other, making the practice increasingly rewarding and exciting everyday. From various schools of Yoga, Kundalini, Vinyasa flow, Ashtanga and Hatha to mantras and meditations, Stella carefully adapted her teaching to every person, encouraging us to follow our own path and work with our own capacities, limitations, and targets. As do her classes in Oxford, Stella’s teachings do not stop in the classroom but extend much further – helping you to balance physical and mental energy in all aspects of your daily life"

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    • Review by S. Craig

      "A massive thank you for everything. I had such a lovely time at the retreat - it did my mind, body, and soul well. Thank you so much for organizing such a great retreat - the place, the yoga and the SUP were all brilliant. It was so so much better than the other retreat I did! You’re a great teacher and an inspiration."

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    • Review by M. Dreaper

      "I always look forward to your classes, they keep me going and inspire me to stay fit. Over the last five years, your classes have also made me feel calm and balanced."

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    • Review by D. Cox

      "Thank you for last night I really enjoyed it. I found it physically challenging but also serene and calming. I particularly liked the gong and its vibrations as well as the smoothie! I would really enjoy another 1:1."

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    Arrival: Sunday May 7, 2017
    Departure: Sunday May 14, 2017

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