5 Days Energizing Yoga Retreat in Malaga, Spain

  • Cortijo Pulgarín Bajo Rural Tourism, 8, 29194 Alfarnatejo, Málaga, Andalusia, Spain

5 Days Energizing Yoga Retreat in Malaga, Spain

  • Cortijo Pulgarín Bajo Rural Tourism, 8, 29194 Alfarnatejo, Málaga, Andalusia, Spain

Inspiring Andalusian Yoga Holiday Spain

If you want less stress and more energy, then join Viva La Vida Yoga for a magical yoga retreat in Spain! With this retreat, you will be inspired by yoga, meditations, food workshops, and special excursions. You will also stay in a traditional old Andalusian farm with breathtaking views and beautiful tropical gardens. Whether you just want to relax more or get your mind clear of clutter, you will definitely leave feeling full of energy and more healthy!

Highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Free participation in cooking workshop
  • 2 yoga excursions to the beach and mountains
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 1 healthy welcome cocktail
  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • Dutch, Spanish, English
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You will be accommodated for 4 nights in Cortijo Pulgarín Bajo. This unique location includes four different buildings. It has a big old country house with several rooms, two additional houses, and an old mill.

You can choose to share a twin room or book a single room. The rooms are decorated in traditional Andalusian style. They are cozy and completely in the atmosphere of this beautiful old farmhouse.

During this yoga holiday, you will learn how to use yoga and meditation to increase your energy level step by step. You will focus on increasing your energy, improve your concentration, flexibility, strength, and relaxation through yoga exercises, breathing techniques, meditations, and relaxation exercises.

You will do, when possible, your yoga and meditation sessions outside. The old farm where you stay at has beautiful tropical gardens with enough shade from the old palm trees. You will be taken to the mountains and to the beach to do the yoga sessions.

Outdoor sessions add a different dimension to your practice and pare yoga down to its original link with nature. Yoga means 'union' and when it’s practiced outdoors it seems like the union with nature, humanity, and the universe is truly felt.

Many aspects of yoga are in fact about being in the moment and at one with nature or the universe. That’s why so many asanas reflect animals and nature. By putting your body into the shape of a tree or a dog, by exploring the graceful wings of a bird or the fluidity of the Sun Salutation, by breathing with the same cyclical sense as the tides or with an ocean sound, you evoke a sense of harmony, timelessness, and connection to the universe.

Outdoors offer another level to focus on—the smell of nature, such as the ocean, pine, grass. When you start to smell the outdoors, it’s as if nature wants you to be present and breathe deeply.

After this retreat, you will be given additional tips for a different mindset (nutrition tips, habits that help to increase your energy level), free meditations, and exercises to motivate you to continue with everything that you have learned during the retreat. You will also receive some nice playlists with the best yoga music to take home with you. In this yoga retreat.

Additional activities and workshops

In addition to the yoga and meditation sessions, you can also participate in a number of other activities. Participation is always voluntary. The following workshops and activities are included in the price.

Beach yoga

You will go to a beautiful beach for a yoga and meditation session. The perfect natural surroundings make an ideal location for an early morning yoga practice. No music is necessary because nature provides it own unique sounds, allowing one to relax while practicing asanas.

Cooking workshop

Together with Viva La Vida Yoga's Spanish chef, Alejandro, they have compiled a cooking workshop. You will learn to make the most delicious fruit and fruitpatés. You will also learn about herbs and how to make your own milk, chocolate, and jam. Alejandro is an expert in the field of vegetarian and vegan cuisine and while share his passion about healthy eating with you.

Walking meditation (silent walk)

A walking meditation is a form of meditation in action. In walking meditation, you will use the experience of walking as your focus. You will become mindful of your experience while walking, and try to keep your awareness involved with the experience of walking.

A walking meditation is an excellent way of developing your ability to take awareness into your ordinary lives. During the walk, you will experience everything around you very intense. The colors, sounds, the sun, and the wind. It is a very pleasant and special experience.

During the walk, you will stop under these thousand-year-old olive trees and do a special yoga session. After this beautiful tour, you enjoy a delicious picnic.

Daily schedule

  • 09:00 Tea / juice and fruit
  • 09:30 Yoga and meditation session
  • 11:30 Extensive lunch
  • 12:30 Free time (tour or special workshop)
  • 17:30 Yoga and meditation session
  • 19:30 Dinner

Yoga on the Beach: in one of the days we will go to a beautiful beach. We will start with a relaxing yoga session followed with a healthy breakfast in a really nice beach club.

Silent walk: We will do a walking meditation in the mountains. Under old olive trees we will do a special meditation and yoga.

During your retreat, you will stay in a restored nineteenth-century farm, Andalusian Cortijo. The finca was formerly used as an olive oil mill, powered by a watermill. The location also has a wonderful museum space. The finca is located in Alta Axarquía and has more than 600,000 square meters. The land is full of fruit and olive trees.

Nearby places

  • Malaga City, 45 kilometers
  • Torre del Mar, 35 kilometers

During your stay, you will be served 4 light breakfast with fresh juice, fruits, and tea, 5 extensive lunch / brunch, and 4 delicious vegetarian dinner buffet. In addition, there will be a healthy welcome cocktail upon arrival.

Viva La Vida Yoga's professional Spanish cook, Alejandro, is specialized in the vegetarian and vegan cuisine. Viva La Vida Yoga can cater for special diets as well like a gluten-free diet. They use ecological products from local farms in the area.

  • A visit to the healing water in Vilo
  • Beauty treatments
  • Complete body cleansing (75 EUR / one hour)
  • Kayaking
  • Massage (35 UER / one hour)
  • Mountain climbing
  • Museum excursions
  • Sailing
  • Standup paddleboarding
  • 1 healthy welcome cocktail
  • 2 afternoon yoga sessions
  • 2 special meditation workshops
  • 2 yoga excursions to the beach and mountains
  • 4 morning yoga and meditation sessions
  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • Free participation in cooking workshop
  • Unlimited water, tea, and fruits
  • Airport transfer
  • Flight to and from Malaga
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel or cancellation insurance

Arrival by airplane

You can book your flight to arrive at Málaga Airport (AGP). From the airport, you can rent a car or request for a transfer arrangement via Viva La Vida Yoga for 30 EUR per single trip.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

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    Review by Anonymous

    Amazing experience

    PROS Pros: 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

    2017-Sep-14 20:09:48

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    Review by Elena Berciano Nistal from Spanish State

    Una experiencia maravillosa.

    PROS Pros: 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!!

    2017-Aug-15 14:39:43

Testimonials

  • Review by Liliane from Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Keywan
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Hester G.
    10 out of 10

    "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!"

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  • Review by Sandra from Amsterdam

    "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!"

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  • Review by Govert Zijlstra

    "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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  • Review by Nicolette de Hartog

    "What a special and inspirational trip!"

    "I have met these nice, sweet and special people. We stayed in beautiful surroundings and had delicious food."

    "The program is very interesting and varied."

    "We had several yoga and meditation sessions and very special guest treachers."

    "Ilse you're top. I think you are a very special, powerful and very relaxed woman."

    "Thank you for your wisdom and what you taught me!"

    "I have enjoyed a lot and will never forget this yoga trip!"

    "Love Nicolette"

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  • Review by Manon Braakman from Amsterdam

    "Dear Ilse"

    "I started this yoga retreat without any expectations. It has been an experience that I will never forget. The location, the healthy food, the variation in the program, the guest teachers, the yoga classes, the special meditations and of course you as a person and teacher. It was complete! A very special experience. Thank you Ilse, you are a beautiful, honest and warm person.I experienced this retreat as a big gift, that I didn’t want to miss. Enough reasons for coming back again to the beautiful and peaceful Pulgarin."

    "Love, Manon"

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  • Review by Monique van der Plas

    "Dear Ilse-Marie"

    "Thanks you for this great week! I really enjoyed it. Alse thanks for the (almost) headstand:) It was a really nice group."

    "I hope to see you soon."

    "Love, Monique"

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  • Review by Hanita van der Vaart

    "Dear Ilse-Marie"

    "What a beautiful and special week we had in these magical surroundings. It started great with a very meaningful meditation. We have “learnt” to breath and we did beautiful meditations. We had delicious food from Alejandro. We have cried, laughed and danced together. You are a sweet person and a fantastic host with attention for everyone. I will definitely come back! Thank you for everything."

    "Love Hanita"

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  • Review by David B

    "I can recommend this retreat to everyone who need a short break. Great vegatarian food, nice yoga and meditation sessions and an amazing location. This retreat really inspired me in a lot of ways. Ilse gave me some really useful tools to apply in my daily life."

    "I had a great time and If I can I will go back again. Thanks!"

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  • Review by Sander from Amsterdam

    "I did not have a lot of experience with yoga or meditation, but I needed a break. I was in between jobs and needed to reload my energy. I friend recommended me to go to this retreat.The location is really peaceful. The program Ilse created is very varied with a lot of nice surprising experiences. The food of Alejandro is very tasteful. I can really recommend this retreat to everyone."

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  • Review by Michelle Munnickhuis

    "Dear Ilse"

    "It was a beautiful week, with so many different and beautiful experiences. I really enjoyed it. You are a beautiful and warm person. Thank you so much for this!"

    "Warm regards,"

    "Michelle"

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  • Review by Barbara Houttuin

    "I had a really nice time. We stayed on a super location! I really liked the guidance and classes of Ilse. Thank you Ilse, you are doing it great with a lot of love and care!"

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  • Review by Hanneke de Raad

    "Dear Ilse-Marie"

    "For me it was the first time going by myself on a holiday. It was ins of scary. But what a beautiful place do you have! I did not feel alone for a second. I really enjoyed the nature, silence, sun, rest and inspiration. A special thanks to Alejandro for the amazing food.It was great! This was a great gift for myself and I can recommend everyone to give this retreat as a present to yourself! Again thanks for everything!"

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  • Review by Sonja van Beek

    "Dear Ilse-Marie"

    "What A fantastic time I had! Breathtaking location, beautiful people and a lot of new experiences. I hope to see everyone again!"

    "Love Sonja"

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  • Review by Miriam van der Hoeven

    "Dear Ilse,"

    "Thanks so much for this incredible experience. It was very special and I really enjoyed it so much. I find you a very beautiful person. With your peace, calmness and sense of humor you really created a fantastic week. I hope to come back next year."

    "Love Miriam"

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  • Review by Marleen van Nimwegen

    "Dear sweet Ilse,"

    "It was a fantastic week! I really really enjoyed it. I had beautiful new experiences. And I loved the food! This all due to your open, friendly, positive and personal way of giving yoga and hosting the retreat. 1000 times thanks! I really found it very special,"

    "Love Margreet"

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  • Review by Sisca Hoek from Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "I would love to go back! An idyllic location, the program has a good balance between group sessions and time for yourself. Ilse has this ability to sense what the group needs and is able to create a fun and very relaxed atmosphere. Ilse inspires absolutely! Yoga sessions are also suitable for beginning yogis. The environment is really beautiful, serene and peaceful. Doing yoga on top of the mountain and overlooking the villages is really relaxing and soothing. The most fun experience I found the yoga session on the beach. The sense of freedom that you experience on this beautiful beach is really special. As well the tasty food and our relaxed outdoor eating sessions make a Viva La Vida yoga retreat a truly unique and beautiful experience. I would definitely book again!"

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  • Review by Monique Schleicher
    10 out of 10

    "This retreat is a beautiful gift to yourself. You receive a very warm welcome when you arrive in the beautiful finca in this magical place close to Malaga."

    "The yoga and meditation sessions are take place in the open air, which gives you a great feeling of space and rest. The beautiful and loving Ilse-Marie connects all participants and elements of the retreat together. Her passion and love for yoga makes her a a very passionate teacher, who has special attention for everyone. Even in the food, prepared by Alejandro you taste power and energy. I think back with very warm feelings to these wonderful, loving days. It was truly was amazing. It was a great gift that vibrates at a soul level. I said good bye with a grateful heart. Namasté! Good luck Ilse-Marie and thanks for everything. See you next time."

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  • Review by Peggy Kleverlaan
    10 out of 10

    "Viva La Vida says it all! How amazing to live 5 days in a totally different, beautiful and peaceful environment. The combination of yoga and meditation in such a beautiful environment was for me a totally new experience. This feeling of peacefulness and rest was really special. The combination of Ilse's professional yoga sessions, the warmth and care of Ilse and her husband Jeroen, the massage of Toni and the special surprise sessions. Ilse professional yoga classes with the proper care during the five days from her and her husband Jeroen, massage and even some surprising sessions made this 5 day Yoga retreat complete and unforgettable. I will go back for sure!"

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  • Review by Jolanda Verachtert-Brandsma
    10 out of 10

    "For me staying with Viva la Vida was in one word "Fantastic"! Ilse-Marie and Jeroen are amazing, warm and lovely people. But I had as well a real connection with my fellow yoga-goers. Just escape from the rat-race where we all live in, and come to Andalusia to relax completely. I returned reborn and completely zen to Belgium! And not to forget, the super chef who makes these delicious & healthy meals! Thank you lovely people that I could stay with you for these 5 days. It was really super!"

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  • Review by Martine Dekker
    10 out of 10

    "This yoga retreat was for me one of the best weeks that I had in the last 5 years! I will always remember this perfect combination of fun, activity, connectedness and health. I felt immediately at ease when I got to know the others during the first delicious lunch. During the retreat anyone could go heror his own way and at the same time there was also plenty to do. Ilse-Marie arranges everything to the last detail. The beautiful surrounding area is worth a visit in itself. I can highly recommend this retreat to everyone!"

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  • Review by An Dehandschutter
    10 out of 10

    "Yoga in nature, what a lovely experience! Ilse is a very good teacher with a lot of passion and love for yoga. She can also easily adjust exercises for beginners and more experienced yoga practitioners. Each yoga session lasts an hour and a half which is a big plus because there’s plenty of time for relaxation. I have become quite a yoga fan by Ilse and started to do yoga daily."

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  • Review by Hester Goet
    10 out of 10

    "Ilse-Marie is a very passionate yoga teacher! 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!"

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  • Review by Susanne Dekker
    10 out of 10

    "I had a great time! What a beautiful location. I really loved the accommodation! The buildings of the old cortijo have a lot of atmosphere and give you an intimate feeling. The tropical gardens I liked a lot, because there were nice places everywhere to relax in the shade or in the sun. And the views are really fantastic. The program was well balanced. You have the freedom to relax and do your own things while there was enough time with the group as well. During the yoga sessions I liked it that it was quiet and that there was a lot of repetition so that you can learn the poses properly. Ilse has a nice voice to listen to. The yoga session on the beach was also superb. I found the food very tasty and nice to see Alejandro cook with so much passion. Tasty fresh vegetables and creative meals. It was great!"

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  • Review by Liliane van den Heuvel from Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "This yoga retreat has been on of my best decisions ever! What did 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 what’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 a 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!"

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  • Review by Martha Delcliseur
    10 out of 10

    "As an entrepreneur I am very busy. I wanted to unwind and relax and I had great interest in yoga and meditation. And where can you better dive into yoga and meditation than under the Spanish sun? This beautiful location felt directly as coming home. A old cortijo has these beautiful charming rooms, amazing gardens, and a lovely pool. And what a setting; the best views of Andalusia! The sessions Ilse-Marie were perfect for me. Through the devotion, personal attention and passion of Ilse-Marie I came quickly in the proper flow of yoga and meditation. But as well the delicious food, the beach visit, the relaxing in between sessions (book certainly a massage) make the retreat a must. Anyone involved in this yoga retreat is doing it with so much with passion, that it makes the retreat really special and personal. Whether you are completely familiar with yoga or a beginner like me, after you returned from the retreat you are totally relaxed and you will love Yoga and meditation. I will definitely participate again!"

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  • Review by Joleen Heymeijer
    10 out of 10

    "Wonderful! What an amazing experience. For me it was the first experience with yoga, meditation, Andalusia and Ilse. Just to say it in one word: amazing! It is difficult to describe in words what happened there, not only with me but with everyone. Ilse knows how to give her guests the warmest welcome. She has this beautiful location. The wonderful chef Alejandro who makes delicious healthy meals. His love and passion for cooking is obvious and you really taste this! The program is very diverse and very fascinating. If you combine this with the enthusiasm and humor of Ilse and even the most sceptic beginning yogi starts to develop a passion for yoga. After 5 days I was hooked. The different styles of yoga and meditation techniques that you learn make the program very special and creates something for everyone. Whether you are doing yoga for years or an absolute beginner like me. There is such a loving and relaxed atmosphere, that you just really want to come back and book another retreat with Ilse."

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  • Review by Lidia Barberio
    10 out of 10

    "I will never forget this yoga retreat! From the first moment I had a great feeling about the email contact with Ilse. She and her husband Jeroen are really warm and enthusiastic people. The location in Alfanatejo is idyllic, what a view! Just being in this place makes your mind quiet straight away. The yoga sessions are a wonderful combination of Yin, Hatha Vinyassa, Kundalini and Ashtanga yoga. We had our yoga sessions not only in the beautiful gardens, but also on the beach and even on top of a mountain. If you like vegetarian food, you're in the right place. Alejandro, the chef has a tremendous passion for the vegetarian cuisine. Furthermore we had a couple of really special workshops from guest teachers. I can really recommend this retreat!"

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  • Review by Sandrine Kwast
    10 out of 10

    "When I get the chance I will go back again! This retreat is like a very special present for yourself, Everything was really well organized. The meals are vegetarian / vegan, but if you think it makes it boring, you are wrong! We got served these huge colorful and flavorful meals. Alejandro the chef prepared this everyday with so much love!"

    "We did the Yoga sessions on beautiful spots in the natural surroundings of southern Spain. Ilse-Marie creates a new themed session every time which offers a lot of variety. You learn a lot of yoga poses in a short time. Furthermore you will learn many ways to relax. It is the perfect way to escape from the everyday hustle and bustle! The music used is wonderful and hugely relaxing. You will notice that Ilse-Marie with her warm personality, love, care and personal attention does everything to make sure your week is perfect! The retreat is very inspiring and makes you feel like you’ve been gone for a month! As soon as I get the chance, I go again!"

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  • Review by Jeanny Ruijters from Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "Ilse-Marie has a very pleasant and relaxed way of teaching. She has this calmness or peacefulness around her, while on the main time she is so passionate while teaching. She explains things clear and knows a lot to tell about the background of yoga. I often have pain in my back and neck and she has helped me with some practical exercises to reduce the pain. The yoga sessions outside with the sounds of nature were an unforgettable experience. I’m following yoga classes for several years, but learned a lot of valuable new things. I really like the way Ilse-Marie teaches yoga and I will definitely come back."

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  • Review by Keywan Oveisiypur from Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "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 & 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."

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  • Review by Tanja op den Kelder
    10 out of 10

    "Your personal attention and genuine interest in everyone makes it very special. “Viva La Vida” basically says it all, 5 amazing days on a a great location in a beautiful setting. The retreat is very diverse and has the perfect balance between yoga, meditation, workshops and relaxation. This combined with the love, care, passion and personal attention that Ilse, Jeroen and Alejandro give you and you go back home with a big smile and full of positive energy! What a great experience! When can I go back?"

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  • Review by Judith Thijssen
    10 out of 10

    "Dear Ilse-Marie, I really enjoyed your wonderful Viva la Vida Retreat. What a stunning setting and magical serene place. Thanks for your great yoga and meditation classes, that you adjusted perfectly to the level of the group. .The yoga Nidra session under the stars was WOW! Passionate.You have a lovely voice to listen to. I really enjoyed your enthusiasm, the program with the special workshops and plenty of rest and space for yourself. And of course the delicious and pure food prepared by Alessandro . And not to forget the personal approach of Jeroen. Thank you all!. I will definitely recommend your retreat to others! Love Judith."

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  • Review by Nicole t.B
    10 out of 10

    "The area is exceptionally beautiful; it starts with the road to the retreat. It makes you completely relaxed and let you escape from your busy life straight away. The olive oil farm is a very nice Retreat location; intimate and yet plenty of room to chill and go your own way. The peace and serenity in and around the location was beautiful . And with a car you can easily go to a lot of interesting places nearby. The program is nicely balanced with room for your own initiative.Ilse knows very well what the needs of the group are and leaves room to whether or not to participate in an activity. At first I was a bit worried that the yoga sessions would be too much (I was still very stiff haha) but after every session I felt so great. The yoga sessions were not too difficult, even though I did not do yoga for a long time. The Meditations were great! I need to like the voice of someone in order to be able to relax completely and to be able to meditate. I really liked the soothing voice of Ilse-Marie. A complement to Ilse! The silent walk was very nice (It felt a bit like coming home) and the yoga session in the mountains was also very special to me. And not to forget the Yoga excursion to the beach: this was great! What a beautiful place; it gave me an immense feeling of freedom, vacation and relaxation. Also the food was great! I have some things home made again. Congratulations to Alejandro. Thanks!"

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  • Review by Karlien Heremans from Antwerpen
    10 out of 10

    "Surrounded with the best care, healthy and surprising food and staying in a breathtaking place. For all those who wish to submerge themselves into yoga and meditation, while being surrounded by mighty mountains, beautiful nature staying in an authentic and idyllic location, this yoga retreat with Ilse from Viva La Vida is an absolute must! The program is varied but leaves plenty of room for personal interpretation or just to do nothing and relax completely. Ilse yoga classes are really nice and long with a good combination of flow and relaxing moments. I’ll definitely come back again!"

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  • Review by Cora Aafjes
    10 out of 10

    "Dear Ilse, What a great time did we have! With you,Alejandro and our nice fellow retreaters. Toni’s massage was for me a very special experience. She knew to find my sensitive spots. In April we have had some cold nights with thick blankets. But I enjoyed the old farm with the nice wood fire, the gardens with the beautiful views, the yoga sessions, healthy food and the commitment of everyone. There was literally and figuratively space to go, let go or keep something for yourself. Thanks!"

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  • Review by Fanneke Oomen
    10 out of 10

    "This retreat has exceeded my expectations. It started with a nice contact with Ilse via whatapp and email. The warm welcome by Jeroen at the airport. After that I was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful nature, and authentic accommodation, the healthy but very tasty food, the great yoga sessions and the really nice people. Ilse creates with her integrity and passion an atmosphere that makes people feel at ease straight away and that you want to open your heart. There was a lot of fun, but tears were welcome as well. The elements of the program are optional, which gives you a great sense of freedom. Therefore these 5 days really felt like a holiday. Do not hesitate, just do it!"

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  • Review by Renate Hogers
    10 out of 10

    "It was my first experience with a yoga retreat but it was unforgettable! The days in Alfarnatejo have had a very positive influence on my life. It gave me a calm mind, relaxation and new energy, but this retreat brought me many new insights as well. I am very grateful for what Ilse-Marie and her team have done! Every aspect of this retreat is just right; the preparation and warm welcome, the great location and beautiful surroundings, amazing yoga and meditation sessions, the delicious food of Alejandro. Very special was the personal and professional approach of Ilse-Marie and the natural way she guides the group and the attention she has for you as an individual. Everything is full of energy, love and vitality. As often with special experiences, it is difficult to explain to someone else what makes it so special. I can only say go experience it for yourself!"

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  • Review by Anouk Reintjens
    10 out of 10

    "Wonderful relaxing days in a beautiful setting. Lots of variety of yoga, meditation and other activities, but as well enough time to relax. I gave me a peaceful mind when I was in between 2 jobs. I was completely rested and energized when I returned home. Ilse does everything with such a passion and fun. This makes it an experience that I can definitely recommend to anyone ( for beginning and advanced yogis). For everyone that wants to enjoy the magical serene surroundings. I had such a relaxed days in this beautiful setting."

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Málaga, Spain

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