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In today's world, you face multiple stress inducing demands and pressures, as well as constant connectivity through media devices. You are managing numerous fluctuating priorities and balancing competing demands for your personal and professional goals. You are constantly extroverted, identifying with the senses and the external environment. This retreat is to help find balance in life through skillful action and harmony between head and heart.
All ages are welcome as participants.
Yoga Eco Oasis offers accommodation with excellent quality, assuring that you will have a pleasant and comfortable stay. If you are a solo traveler and wish to have more privacy, good news for you, as single person supplements are available for all rooms. If you don't mind sharing with other participants, Yoga Eco Oasis can find someone of the same sex to share with.
There is also a swimming pool, which you can use and swim during your retreat. Wi-Fi is also available for the entire length of your stay. A library of books on yoga, philosophy, meditation, and travel and a library of CDs with mantras, meditation music, philosophy lectures, and classical music is also provided for you to use.
This retreat will take place at the Axarquia region, which is situated in the eastern most part of the province of Malaga. Competa is an inland white village in the Axarquia, which is a small region, well-known for the Andalusi legacy of Muslim rule.
The location is a privileged tourist destination surrounded by olive groves, almond trees, and a 4000 hectare wildlife reserve in Sierra Almijara, just 15 to 20 kilometres from the main tourist attractions of the Costa del Sol, including the beaches (a nudist beach is very near if required) of Torre del Mar, the famous caves of Nerja, and within striking distance of Granada, Sierra Nevada, and other places of interest.
Have you been looking out so much that you have forgotten to look within? You have lost personal peace and the quality of observation that can help you to find balance in your life. Samatvam, the yoga of equanimity, means being able to keep the mind steady and balanced in every condition of life. It is the ability to be forever serene, contented, calm, and peaceful.
Freedom from mental distractions and dissipation, the ability to remain cheerful in adverse conditions and realization of the ultimate state of peace existing within and around everyone. The purpose of this retreat is to understand and cultivate an attitude of equanimity in your yoga and meditation practices in order to integrate this experience into your everyday events to bring peace and harmony to your life.
Yoga Eco Oasis' approach to yoga is for everyone, whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced practitioner, flexible or stiff, young or old. During this retreat, you will focus on the following topics:
During your sessions, you will use clear, concise, yet practical methods of attaining samatva or equanimity, discuss the obstacles towards achieving it, and how equanimity can be sustained. You will practice a variety of yoga and meditation techniques, such as yoga Nidra, and use excerpts from yoga and tantra texts, inspirational readings, and storytelling.
Please note that on Wednesday, there will be no evening yoga class. Throughout this retreat, you will be focusing on different guided meditations every day in the morning and evening to teach your mind to relax and focus on silence within. The aim is to help you return with a more positive and happy mindset.
Note that all the classes are all optional during your yoga retreats. Yoga Eco Oasis wants you to develop at your own pace and they want you to enjoy your stay. They want you to enjoy your yoga retreats as much as possible, to become healthy in mind and body, to learn how to relax and deal with stress, and to learn how to feel at one with yourself.
Each morning at 08:00, there will be a meditation and yoga session while every evening, there will be a meditation session. Attendance to both of these is highly recommended as these are designed to assist in your detoxification process. During the detoxification process, blockages, and tensions held in the physical, mental, and emotional levels of the body are released. These practices help you to let go of them, to relax properly, and to sleep more comfortably.
During the day, you can relax, swim, have a therapy session, explore, and walk around the area, and even help out in the organic gardens.
At your yoga retreat center, their aim is to help you develop your health, learn relaxation techniques, and learn meditation to help you to deal with stress, improve the quality of your life, your happiness, and your sense of well-being. On your yoga retreats, you will be taught meditation, asana (posture), chanting, and breathing techniques. All classes will be optional, as they want you to enjoy your stay and develop at your own pace.
You will be asked at the beginning of each yoga retreat what areas you want to develop in. Your yoga retreat will be personalized according to your wants and needs for your own development whether you are a new or established student of yoga.
Your yoga teacher will be using his highly developed teaching system during each class at your yoga retreat at Yoga Eco Oasis to teach yoga. Your yoga retreat center will be run specifically as a shala, which is a place of refuge and a place to find inner peace. Yoga Eco Oasis will be a perfect place to escape the stresses of the modern world and develop a sense of peace, calm, well-being, and happiness.
Please book your flight to arrive at Málaga Airport (AGP). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Yoga Eco Oasis will pick you up from the airport. The scheduled collection time from Malaga airport is 12 p.m. on Sundays and on Fridays from Eco Oasis at 2 p.m. to be dropped off at 3 p.m. for flights leaving after 5 p.m. at Málaga Airport (AGP). Please inform your flight itineraries upon booking.
Airport transfer from and to Málaga Airport (AGP) after 12 p.m. on Sundays (arrival day) and flights departing before 5 p.m. on Friday (departure day) will not be included by Yoga Eco Oasis. If you wish to be transferred before or after the established time, they can arrange for a local driver to collect you, which normally charges at 80 EUR.
At 12 p.m.
Maximum 10 persons.
This allows for Yoga Eco Oasis to give a lot of personal attention to each student's development.
Please bring loose clothing for practicing the yoga postures. Also, bring a shawl for meditation practice if you have one.
Yoga Eco Oasis has yoga mats which you are more than welcome to use. Alternatively, if you prefer to bring your own mat you are welcome to do so. Please bring aloe vera if you are going to sit by the pool. Bring insect repellant too just in case. They recommend citronella based ones as they are more natural. Remember your travel adaptor if you are bringing a laptop etc. There are towels, organic shampoo, and organic body wash provided for you to use too.
If you would like to spend a few days before the retreat or after the retreat in the beautiful city of Malaga, there is a lot to see there. You can visit the lovely Pablo Picasso museum, walk along Malaga beach, visit the ancient Arabic castle of the Alcazaba and the Hamam baths, see the Cathedral, enjoy some tapas, or go to one of the lovely vegetarian restaurants there. You can rejoin Yoga Eco Oasis afterwards at the airport for transfer. Taxi, bus, or train are cheap and easy to arrange between Malaga airport and city.
Retreats start on Sunday evenings and last till Friday afternoon. It is best to arrive Sunday morning and leave Friday early evening. The yoga retreats are suitable for students of all levels including beginners because all the classes are personalized for the students on each particular yoga retreat. Their aim is for you to move at your own pace, at a pace that you enjoy and feel comfortable at.
The yoga taught at their yoga retreat center uses movement and flow from one posture to another to bring the student closer in awareness to the breath and to give them the experience of meditation. Practitioners from all backgrounds should gain benefits of meditation and inner silence by practising at Yoga Eco Oasis.
The classes involve postures that can put pressure on the uterus. Whilst the exercises help with your health at normal times, they may disturb the developing baby during pregnancy so if you are pregnant, Yoga Eco Oasis prefers you go to a retreat that will help you with the specific parts of yoga that are designed for pregnancy, such as breathing and hip opening.
For more information, ask your questions directly to Yoga Eco Oasis, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.
Carmen is a qualified yoga teacher with many years of teaching experience both in Spain and the UK. She has been teaching yoga and meditation in yoga retreats to over 50 groups for the past three years. She teaches integral yoga, which is a form of yoga that seeks to create a balance between the physical, psychic, and spiritual aspects of each individual. She is also a Thai massage therapist and has been teaching Thai massage training courses for over 10 years.
Since 1999, when Ana came into contact with veganism, she made a personal decision to adopt that philosophy of life. This is a philosophy that renounces food of animal origin, in search of a personal ethic in harmony with the environment without sacrificing the pleasure of tasting flavors, textures, and aromas. She later set up her own restaurant and was completely self-taught researching and creating her own culinary style.
Spain From a young age, Jose was interested in mysticism and he practiced in different Western schools looking for something that would give him inner harmony that he was seeking. He practiced mind control and meditation for many years. Jose dedicated himself to reconcile nutrition with people's spiritual side because one can hardly balance his or her energy if the physical body is not properly harmonized. He also dedicated entirely to provide students the necessary path for the body to function properly according to their biological heritage.
Healthy, delicious vegetarian, 100% organic meals will be provided using locally grown organic fruit and vegetables on every yoga retreat. The recipes used will be created by health and nutrition experts, including Jose and Anna, the founders of Yoga Eco Oasis. Wholemeal foods will be used, as well as foods low in saturated fat during your yoga retreats. All meals are based on the principles of good nutrition, health, and good taste.
There is no meat or fish during the yoga retreats. All food served is vegetarian in the tradition of yoga and ahimsa (non-violence). The yoga tradition encourages a vegetarian diet during the practice of meditation, in order to increase the experience of peace.
Instead, your meals at the yoga retreat center will contain beans, nuts, avocados, tofu, seeds, and other vegetarian sources of protein, allowing you to build core, back, and other muscle groups that have been developed from practicing yoga postures by yogis for millennia. Other special dietary requests, such as vegan, dairy free, gluten free, and wheat free will also be catered for.
Yoga Eco Oasis can offer massage, Thai massage, and reflexology treatments. Treatments tend to cost around 50 EUR each. Please feel free to send an inquiry to Yoga Eco Oasis if you want to find out more.
During your free time, you can go for a nature walk in the mountains and admire some of the stunning views here, as well as breathe in some of the lovely mountain air. You can also arrange a trip with the driver to the surrounding villages or to the local beach at Maro. There is also a nearby natural park that the driver can take you to if you feel like a nice walk one day. Most people, however, like to relax by the pool, read, chat to new friends at the yoga retreat center, or listen to quiet music.
Since Yoga Eco Oasis is situated on a strategic location on the Costa del Sol, they are able to organize excursions to various destinations nearby, being able to travel from the mountain snow in Sierra Nevada to the beaches on the Costa del Sol in just one hour. The following excursion proposals of interest to visitors are classified by distance from Eco Oasis.
Located on the slopes of the Almijara mountains, five kilometers from the tourist resort town of Nerja and one kilometers from Maro, are a series of caverns called the natural cathedral of the Costa del Sol, with an area of 140,000 square meters and a maximum length of 700 meters open to the public. The most impressive feature is a huge central column 32 meters high in the Hall of Cataclysm, which is considered the tallest in the world and the world's largest stalagmite.
The show gallery is accessed by an eight-meter flight of stairs leading to the entrance hall (Sala de Vestibulo), where archaeological excavations took place and where some of the finds are now displayed. Work is currently under way to open new galleries.
This is a tourist trail for hikers to enjoy the beauty spots and clear mountain waters running under their feet. A tour with alternating gorges, where the river narrows, and pools of water. The source of the river is over 1200 meters high on the Almijara mountain range in the heart of the natural park of the sierras of Almijara, Alhama, and Tejeda, at Piedra Sellada Mountain, although its main tributaries are 500 meters away at a location known as, La Vegeta de la Grarna.
The Chillar River maintains a fairly constant flow throughout the year even during periods of drought and runs almost entirely along a deep gorge of dolomite marble.
This is one of the wildest places of the Axarquia region of Málaga, which is within walking distance. It is a protected natural park located in an unspoilt highland region ideal for hiking and biking routes. The natural park of Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara, and Alhama has an area of 40,662 hectares covering the mountainous landscape of the sierras of Tejera and Almijara between the province of Málaga and Granada, in a northeast southeast direction towards the sea and the natural cliffs of Maro.
This is in the municipality of Rincón de la Victoria. With many spectacular galleries, it is one of the three known marine caves in the world and the only one of its kind in Europe. The cave can be reached by bus, on a bike, or as part of a pleasant walk along the seashore. Dating back to the jurassic period, the cave is carved in a natural limestone promontory forming a cliff on the shores of the Mediterranean sea. Its name stemming from a legend about an Almoravid royal treasure hidden there.
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"Hello Anna and Jose Antonio, Thanks to you both for a fantastic course and the most welcoming atmosphere at Eco Oasis. After this, I can improve my life through yoga. We are now cooking something from the course every day and I am still eating a vegan diet. Before the retreat, I really needed inspiration for a healthy way to live and eat and now I feel so inspired to continue on this vegan/raw path .I’m really looking forward to your upcoming activities and workshops so we have a reason to visit Spain and Andalusia again."
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"Thank you so much for such a fantastic weekend, I was very sad to leave so soon because we had such an amazing time. The best part for me was being around like minded people with whom i can be 100% myself which doesn’t happen very often in my life unfortunately. I always try to be very open minded and socialize with people who just don’t understand veganism but this weekend has taught me that I need to make more friends with like minded vegans and spend more time with people like myself. Overall the yoga retreat has taught both myself and James a lot and we will take everything we learnt and use it in our everyday lives. Its helped us change the way we live for the better, and hopefully it will help James to understand why I live the way I do a little bit more (hes getting there slowly). Ana was the STAR of the show and made cooking so much fun, we laughed and laughed the entire retrait which is the best medicine one could ever wish for so thank you so so much for the time we shared this week"
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"Eco Oasis is a very special place. A huge amount of care and attention is put into the classes and the food! I could not recommend it highly enough."
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"First of all I’d like to start with a big ‘Thank you’. I had booked my week in Cómpeta fairly spontaneously, only two weeks in advance. I’d had a bit of a rough time earlier in March and felt I needed to treat myself, to get back into shape and recharge my batteries. The Yoga and Cooking Class Retreat with Eco Oasis seemed just what I needed – and overall my expectations were exceeded. First of all, I thoroughly enjoyed with Yoga practice and all the cooking class, and the style and atmosphere in which they were taught. Our group was very small, and José Antonio took care of each visitor’s needs, which made all of us progress and develop day by day. It was so useful to have someone help you make constant adjustments and improvements. And what I learned has kept me motivated and helped me to improve my practice now that I’m back in London, both in class and at home. Food was amazing too! Anna was an absolute star! Every single dish was delicious. And it was impressive to see how much care went into it to make every meal special and healthy. I would have enjoyed my week with my group pretty much anywhere, I’m sure. But the fact that we were surrounded by beautiful mountains and had lots of sun and fresh air made the whole experience all the more enjoyable. I wish I could do it again soon, and highly recommend it!"
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