Viva La Vida Yoga

Viva La Vida Yoga offers all year yoga & hiking retreats, Yoga Teacher Trainings and other courses for all levels at the most beautiful places in Spain.

Yoga Retreats (1)

Instructors (1)

Jane Bakx

Jane is an E-200RYT + 500RYT yoga teacher (Yoga Alliance certified) from the Netherlands. She lived in Amsterdam for most of her life and worked as a producer in advertising. She practised yoga for over 15 years and has been teaching for years. After her two yoga teacher training courses (both in India), she decided to leave her job in advertising and follow her heart and passion for yoga full time. Since then, she has been teaching and traveling around the world and also organizes retreats. She mainly practices Vinyasa and Yin yoga herself and sometimes also Ashtanga.

Reviews (9)


from Spain, October 2018

"beautiful retreat"

The people, the organization, the magnificent hikes and scenery.

Abi Eastwell

from Great Britain, October 2018


I had the best time at this retreat, it was truly magical. You are surrounded by nature: mountains, lakes, sea, birds, dogs (sausage) and cats (Fran). I have learnt a lot of new yoga styles and techniques.

Highlights for me were: the beach yoga, the amazing food, the silent hike, the cafe! Hannah’s magical massage, and meeting a lovely group of people. I went to the retreat stressed and tense and have come back relaxed and positive. Don’t hesitate to book this, it really is paradise.

Thank you so much IIse-Marie, Hannah and Alejandro for a wonderful stay.


from Great Britain, September 2018

"A loving oasis in the heart of Andalucía "

What a lovely retreat! You can tell that every activity was planned with care and love. The location has a stunning view, the food was amazing. We learned loads about breathing techniques and we tried different yoga styles. The other activities included (SUP and the walk along the river) were also fabulous.

Sean Moran

from Ireland, August 2018

"Yoga Experience"

I liked everything about this experience. Ilse-Marie Soderberg is an excellent teacher and incredibly kind. Her enthusiasm for the process is inspiring. The food prepared by Alejhandro the Chef was amazing. What a wonderful experience in an inspiring setting. I would go back again tomorrow if it were possible!!

Laura Sleigh

from Great Britain, July 2018

"Yoga & SUP retreat"

The variety of yoga, the colourful food, the sound journey, the beautiful location and the friendly group.

Eva Vlug

from Netherlands, May 2018

"Veelzijdige en ontspannen yoga retreat"

Ilse en Jeroen zitten vol enthousiasme en warmte en zorgen dat iedereen het naar de zin heeft. De kok maakt heerlijk eten in overvloed. En de activiteiten waren zeer veelzijdig. Je kunt heerlijk aan het zwembad liggen, maar je hoeft je niet te vervelen.


from Netherlands, September 2017

"Amazing experience"

I can really recommend this yogaretreat.

Cortijo Pulgarín Bajo is a beautiful location to stay. The tropical garden is fantastic to relax en yoga. The program is varied with yoga, meditation and breathing exercises on beautiful locations. Ilse-Marie is a great teacher with a good sense of humor. Because the group is small there is a familiar atmosphere. I had a great time.

I went home completely relaxed and inspired by the people and practice.

Thank you Ilse -Marie

María Elena Berciano Nistal

from Spain, August 2017

"Una experiencia maravillosa."

Me gustaron las clases de yoga y las meditaciones impartidas por Ilse, el entorno es increíble, el alojamiento es un lugar precioso, con jardines y muchas zonas distintas para relajarse y practicar yoga. Me encantaron el día en la playa y el paseo por la montaña. El concierto con cuencos tibetanos fue increíble.

Ha sido una experiencia enriquecedora, intensa y gratificante. ¡Para repetir! ¡¡Gracias por todo, Ilse!!

Testimonials (5)

Liliane Netherlands

Viva La Vida Yoga website

How I enjoy those wonderful retreat days! I feel it in every fiber of my body and heart. It has brought me so much. The environment, the people, the yoga, the atmosphere, the food - it’s like a dream! I will always cherish the experience. And it is reflected in my daily life back home. The retreat with Ilse-Marie is one of my best decisions ever. You receive everything that’s promised, but it’s worth so much more. Ilse-Marie is a special and compassionate woman. She has a lot of joy, wisdom, and knowledge that she shares with love.

The personal approach makes it really unique. Ilse-Marie feels what everyone needs. She is also part of the group while she still has this natural leadership. She has this gift to create an atmosphere in which totally different people feel at home straight away and connect. We did the amazing yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises when possible outdoors in the beautiful tropical gardens, on the beach and in the mountains. The environment is so magical with such breathtaking views that you experience a constant feeling of happiness. The food is so delicious, full of flavor and pure. I want to return again.


Viva La Vida Yoga website

For me it was the first time I have experienced such a retreat in this form and capacity. I can only say that I was very pleased. The group was amazing right from the start. Ilse and her husband have this wonderful ability to put you at ease instantly. From Ilse, you get nothing but positive energy. The most important thing I’ve learned is what really matters this life: letting go and being in the now. Ilse shows this through themed yoga and meditation sessions, beautiful workshops and excursions and a very special silent walk. You become aware of what you do have instead of what you don’t have - “count your blessing.” I will recommend everyone to experience this amazing retreat. Ilse will give you amazing new insights in a nice and casual way. I am very happy that I was able to experience all this as my first experience of retreat. I liked it so much that I have gone twice to their Viva La Vida retreat.

Hester G.

Viva La Vida Yoga website

I really had some wonderful days with Ilse-Marie. What a passionate yoga teacher! She is a wonderful hostess who pampers her guests and knows what they need. She inspired us all with plenty of suggestions for a life without stress. Thanks!

Sandra Amsterdam

Viva La Vida Yoga website

I did not know what to expect from a yoga week like this, but this retreat has but it really exceeded my expectations. A fantastic location in nature. The varied program of yoga, the meditations, the hikes and the special music sessions. I really enjoyed the silent walk We had delicious vegetarian food. We also had a very nice group of people. We had these really interesting conversations and there was a cozy atmosphere. And Ilse is a very sweet teacher who keeps motivating you and continues to send tips. I can really recommend this!

Govert Zijlstra

Viva La Vida Yoga website

I can highly recommend this! Without any yoga or meditation experience I booked a plane ticket to Spain and not a second I have had any regret. The location and the surroundings are beautiful. The food was special and delicious and the program was interesting for every level. But if I would book again (this chance is very big) than it is mainly for the fantastic atmosphere that Ilse creates: relaxed, open for everyone and with a good sense of humor. In other words if you are a yogi or just someone who is looking for a 'structural' break I would say book this now!

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