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 (7)
Ilse Marie Sobering
Ilse Marie is an advanced yoga and meditation teacher 500RYT. She has followed various teacher training courses, including a master's degree as a yoga teacher in India and she teaches yoga, meditation and coaching courses in three languages to beginners, advanced students, seniors, and children. Ilse developed her own style which is a mix of Hatha yoga, Yin yoga, (Vinyasa) Flow, Restorative and Kundalini yoga. Her classes are a combination of meditation and relaxation exercises, breathing techniques, sun salutations, Vinyasa flow variations, and Asanas.
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.
During the walking holiday I would like to let you experience how beautiful and pure nature is in this area During the holidays we create a balance between active exercise, learning about Andalusian culture, healthy food, stimulating the mind and of course the necessary relaxation. I hope to welcome you to our Viva la Vida Walking and yoga holiday.
Michiel van Buuren
For years, Michael's helped various people find or reach their goals or change their behavior. He started out as a social entrepreneur, and have recently become a life coach and organizer of inspirational trips and retreats. He is a life coach / trainer, hiking guide, and retreat host.
Tiziana born of English and Italian parents is multi-lingual and has experienced many different European cultures. After beginning with a career in commerce and administration, then 12 years of Logistics in the Airfreight her desire to help and nurture others in need led to her qualifying in Child Education as a Youth Worker with behavioral problems, together with gaining experience as a live-in carer for the elderly. After moving to the South of Spain and living a sustainable life on a Finca, growing ecological vegetables, making spelled bread, goat cheese, and natural creams.
Veronique De Buck
Any type of visual art is a common thread throughout Veronique's life. After many years of working independently in the tourism sector - work that has greatly enriched her heart and her lifestyle by all the different cultures and countries she visited, and after going through a heavy illness, she decided to give my life a different way and made the decision to follow the 3 years formation of "the Evolutionary Art Therapy" at the school Ecole PLénitude at Nantes (France). This beautiful study responded to my professional needs to accompany people in their passages of life.
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.
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.
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 Denmark, December 2018
"Perfect week in lovely surroundings"
Lovely people. Beautiful hiking trips and Wonderful and very healhty tasteful foods. Good balance between activities and free time.
from Germany, November 2018
"This is the YTT you need to do"
This was the most amazing experience! If you're thinking about doing a YTT, I highly recommend this one. All three teachers complemented each other very well. The whole group bonded and shared personal stories instantly, which goes to show the safe environment that the teachers created from day one. It may seem like there is a lot listed under what you learn and do, but we truly did touch on all those topics. And you start teaching from the first day so you get plenty of practice and feel confident by the end of the 3 weeks. The teachers were also open to feedback, and were flexible with the schedule. It is also limited to a small group, so you get individual attention throughout the YTT. You also get a mentor assigned to you who you can go to for anything. Ilse, Jane and Hannah provided so much support to everyone in so many different ways, and they continue to do so after the YTT. I am so truly grateful to all of them. And the food was so delicious (and healthy) - Alejandro, Laura and Tiziana are geniuses! And Almu, the owner of the farmhouse, is the most generous and kind person ever. She will make you feel so welcome. Thank you everyone for making this such a special experience.
from Spain, October 2018
The people, the organization, the magnificent hikes and scenery.
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 Ireland, August 2018
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!!
from Netherlands, September 2017
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!!
Jacqui Noel Australia
Viva La Vida Yoga
The amount of care the teachers gave us was incredible, and they continue to support us to this day. I often think back on this YTT with fond memories.
The training has everything you could ask for – teaching practice from day one, lots of knowledge building, passionate teachers, wonderful people, delicious food, amazing location.
I would recommend this YTT to anyone in a heartbeat.
Federica Paletti Italy
Viva La Vida Yoga
It has been one of the best experience of my life.
Teachers are passionate, the place is magic, the food amazing, the energy always positive.
When I first arrived my mind was full of expectations when I left my body was stronger and my heart was full of unconditional and universal Love.
I really recommend this teacher training course to everybody, it will change your life!
Andrea Molnar via Facebook Norway
Viva La Vida Yoga
This is a very special concept. This is a beautiful company.
Ilse the owner put so much love to it.
I was there for the yoga teacher training course for 3 weeks. It was a life changing experience. We learned so much from Ilse, Hannah, and Jane.
All 3 of them are amazing teachers.
I enjoyed all their classes. We also had some really cool special workshops. Example walking meditation in a beautiful mountain, sound journey, acro yoga, etc.
The food was fresh, vegetarian and really delicious. We had 2 amazing private chefs.
The location was absolutely beautiful surrounded by mountains and nature. The yoga shala we spent most of our time was gorgeous. The accommodation was very nice and clean.
I loved every single minute of it. I highly recommend Viva La Vida. I have so much love for them.
Rime Karam Morocco
Viva La Vida Yoga
Amazing experience, great teachers, beautiful setting.
I really enjoyed it. It was very special!
Come and discover for yourself!