6 Days Cooking, Health, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat in Valencia, Spain

6 Days Cooking, Health, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat in Valencia, Spain

  • Benissiva, Alicante, Valencia, Spain

Cooking, Health and Yoga Retreat Spain

Yoga Sutra Shala invites you to this retreat that will teach you not only yoga to an excellent level, but also to teach you about the health benefits of yoga with the best knowledge in the world on the subject. Yoga Sutra Shala has a lot of experience in running yoga retreats with several different themes in Spain. On Yoga Sutra Shala's retreat, you can be sure that the quality of excellence in every aspect is constantly maintained and that a warm homely atmosphere as well as personal attention for each guest are guaranteed. Yoga includes physical practice of asanas - each one of which has positive health benefits on the body. As well as this yoga encompasses a healthy diet known as a 'sattvic' diet in Sanskrit. Namit, the founder of Yoga Sutra Shala has worked for many years as a leading healthcare professional and as has studied with some of the most respected yoga teachers in the world. As a result his retreat is designed to offer you knowledge at the highest level of all the health benefits of yoga practice.

Yoga in a scientific perspective

Your teachers knowledge of health allows this to be translated in a scientific way so that you are given the healthiest food on the planet as well as explained with the latest research the principles of the healthy diet that you will taught about. We want this retreat to be the best experience of yoga and health that we can give you. At Yoga Sutra Shala you are in the most perfect place in the world for a retreat on Yoga and Health as the nature walks that surround us are the most beautiful in the world. The tranquility and the mountain air that surround make this place perfect for developing your wellbeing and learning about developing your long-term health.

Highlights

  • 3 cooking workshops
  • Morning Vinyasa yoga class (yang)
  • Morning chanting & pranayama class
  • Relaxing evening Vinyasa yoga class (yin)
  • Daily guided meditations & different series of yin & yang based Vinyasa
  • Only 15 minutes drive to one of Valencia's most beautiful and secluded beaches
  • 3 delicious organic healthy vegetarian meals prepared by professional chefs
  • 5 nights cozy accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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Yoga Sutra Shala offers accommodation with excellent quality, assuring that you will have a pleasant and comfortable stay. During your retreat, you will be staying at a beautiful secluded retreat centre situated in Benissiva. The villa is just 15 minutes drive to one of Valencia's most beautiful and secluded beaches, Oliva.

All of the rooms have beautiful views of the mountains or the village. There are eight bedrooms, each one with ensuite bathroom to make your stay really comfortable. Two of the rooms have their own balcony and three of the rooms have a large balcony which they share with each other. All rooms have air conditioning and central heating.

Budget twin room

El LLimaner has cosy twin beds and has lovely views of the beautiful hamlet of Benissiva. The room has a lovely ensuite bathroom.

Budget double room

All double rooms can be booked by couples or single travellers as a private double room

  • Tossal Gros: This room has a very comfortable double bed and a beautiful balcony with views looking over the mountains. It also has an ensuite bathroom.
  • El Colomer: This room has a lovely double bed and beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. It also has a nice ensuite bathroom.

Double rooms

All double rooms can be booked by couples or single travellers as a private double room.

  • La Forada: This room has a double bed and a shared terrace with lovely views of the Valencian mountains. It also has an ensuite bathroom.
  • La Solana: This room has one double bed and lovely views of the mountains. It also has an ensuite bathroom.

Twin rooms

All twin rooms can be booked individually by two same sex single travellers wanting to share or by two friends booking at the same time.

  • El Misserat: This room has two single beds with a shared balcony and ensuite bathroom. It has lovely views of the surrounding mountains.
  • L'Albureca: This room has two single beds, a shared balcony and amazing views of the mountains. It also has an ensuite bathroom.

Deluxe double room

L'Umbria is a very special room. It has a double bed, an additional double bed on a mezzanine, its own balcony and lovely views of the surrounding Valencian mountains and unspoilt countryside. It is perfect for a couple, a parent and child, or for single occupancy For price list, please contact Yoga Sutra Shala.

Typical timetable

  • 07.30 : Chanting class (optional)
  • 07.45 : Pranayama class
  • 08.00 : Morning Vinyasa yoga class (Yang based)
  • 09.15 : Morning guided meditation
  • 09.30 : Silence time
  • 10.00 : Organic healthy and delicious breakfast
  • 11.00 : Rest time, time for snacks
  • 14.00 : Organic vegetarian lunch
  • 15.00 : Free time for reading, walking, resting
  • 17.30 : Pranayama class
  • 17.50 : Evening yoga class (Yin based)
  • 18.10 : Evening guided meditation
  • 20.15 : Organic vegetarian dinner

Yoga and meditation classes

Throughout these retreats, 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. There will be different series of yin and yang based vinyasas taught to you every day - yang every morning and yin every evening - designed to slowly open up the whole body over five days so that by the last day of the retreat, every muscle within your body feels open, alive, relaxed, rejuvenated and energized.

"Free to do/attend" retreat

Note that all the classes are all optional during your yoga retreats. We want you to develop at your own pace and we want you to enjoy your stay. We 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.

"Your yoga" structure

At your yoga retreat centre, our aim is to help you develop your health, learn relaxation techniques and learn meditation so helping 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 we 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.

Namit will be using his highly developed teaching system during each class at your yoga retreat at Yoga Sutra Shala to teach Vinyasa Yoga. Your yoga retreat centre will be run specifically as a shala - a place of refuge and a place to find inner peace. Your shala will be a perfect place to escape the stresses of the modern world and develop a sense of peace, calm, well-being and happiness.

Cooking workshops

Amparo Aranda is the chef at Yoga Sutra Shala - a Yoga Retreat Center in Benissivá (Alicante), founded and run by Namit and Maru Kathoria.

Having been born in Morocco, where she lived a great part of her life, she traveled through Europe, the USA, Africa and Asia. Motivated by a spectrum of humanistic and artistic concerns, her enthusiasm has led to her success in everything she is passionate about: Art, photography, massage therapy and of course, cookery - a family tradition!

Her interest in cooking began when, at a young age, she frequently joined her mother in the kitchen. Her fascination with living food was the trigger to change her profession and in her mid-late twenties, Amparo moved away from the world of massage therapy to indulge in the gastronomy of vegetarian food preparation.

From her personal experience with vegetarianism; macrobiotics; energy food; veganism; raw veganism and Ayurveda, she understands that the diet - beyond the physical body - directly affects the emotions and the mind.

Following this realisation, Amparo decided to broaden her field of action in the service of helping people, by what she calls “Conscious Cooking” or “Metaphysical Food Preparation”.

She discovered that the greatest possible revolution in this planetary moment is to stay healthy at all levels - physical, emotional and mental - by consuming organic products and nourishing ourselves with the good food which can sustain our bodies and maintain our energy levels.

Amparo believes that it is this that allows us to fulfill the worthy purposes of every human being through this walk of life on the wonderful Planet Earth.

Amparo will be leading Conscious Cooking workshops, where in addition to sharing specific recipes, three specific themes will be explored:

1) Why it is necessary to eat organic and balanced meals: Theory and practice with elaborate, balanced meals.

2) Living Foods: Recipes and preparation of raw vegan cheeses, water kefir, kombucha, kwass and sauerkraut.

3) Raw deserts: Elaborate, raw-vegan recipes for turrón, marzipan and delicious raw vegan sweets.

Guided walks

During this retreat, there will be 2 guided walks (on Mondays and Tuesdays). You will be taken to the beautiful mountain called La Forada in the stunning Valencian valley called La Vall de La Gallinera. In summer, when the days are warmer, the guided walks will take place in early morning. During autumn and spring, they will take place in late morning. During winter season, midday is the best time to do the guided walks and catch the sun.

  • Namit Kathoria

    Namit has a strong family tradition of yoga and has studied yoga all over the world including in his native India. His background as a leading health professional allows him to apply and explain the health benefits of yoga scientifically and to a high level. Namit has yoga teaching qualifications from Rishikesh in India (the birthplace of yoga) and also from Dharamsala in the Himalayas in India (the current residence of His Royal Holiness the Dalai Lama). He has also spent time deepening his own practice in the Shala of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India.

  • Maru Ortiz

    Maru is a KPJAYI Authorised teacher. Her interest in Yoga started a very young age when she started studying Buddhism from her mother. In 2016 she received the blessings of her guru and was authorized to teach the primary series of Ashtanga Yoga. She also adds warmth, friendliness, compassion and a positive energy that will make you grow, learn and develop your health further still as well as become more peaceful, more internalized and happier.

Retreats are based at the yoga and meditation retreat centre in Benissiva, a village in the province of Alicante, Valencia, Spain. The retreat centre is surrounded by 8 beautiful mountains and it is situated in complete silence. The retreat center is only 15 minutes drive to one of Valencia's most beautiful and secluded beaches, Oliva.

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 Namit and Maru, the founders of Yoga Sutra Shala. 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 on the yoga retreats. All the food is vegetarian in the tradition of yoga and ahimsa (non-violence). The yoga tradition encourages the vegetarian diet during the practice of meditation in order to increase the experience of peace.

Instead your meals at the yoga retreat centre 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, and wheat free will also be catered for. Gluten free and lactose free diets as well as other allergies can also be catered for. Our chefs will make delicious alternatives for you.

During your free time, you can go for a nature walk and admire some of the stunning views of the surrounding mountains as well as breathe in some of the lovely mountain air. You can also arrange a trip with a local taxi driver to the surrounding villages or to one of Valencia's most beautiful and secluded beaches, Oliva. Most people, however, like to relax by the pool, read, chat to new friends at your yoga retreat centre or listen to quiet music.

There are people from the local villages who come to the shala and offer deep tissue massage. Treatments tend to cost around 60 EUR each. Please feel free to send an inquiry to Yoga Sutra Shala if you want to find out more.

  • 3 cooking workshops
  • 5 nights accommodation in the cosy villa
  • Fun and professional yoga and meditation classes twice a day
  • 3 delicious organic vegetarian meals daily
  • Use of the swimming pool
  • Over 20 of the best quality organic teas from around the world which you will have available to drink whenever you want to
  • Wi-Fi available for the entire length of your stay
  • A library of books on yoga, philosophy, meditation and travel
  • A library of CDs with mantras, meditation music, philosophy lectures and classical music
  • A library of blue ray discs and DVDs with documentaries on nutrition, yoga and philosophy
  • Fresh organic fruit from the local organic farmers available all day for you to snack on
  • Airport transfers (30 EUR one way)
  • Flights

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is Alicante (ALC). Yoga Sutra Shala can help you organizer a transfer from Alicante airport to the venue and from the venue to the airport during scheduled times below:

  • On Sundays at 12pm (airport - venue)
  • On Fridays at 1.45 pm (venue - airport)

The cost is 30 EUR each way.

Valencia, Spain

Yoga Sutra Shala aims to provide you with excellence at every level during your yoga retreat stay in terms of knowledge, nutrition, yoga, views and teaching.

  • Availability: The Yoga Retreats of this organizer are available 86% of the time.
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6 days / 5 nights

Price information:

Prices start at 396 EUR. Final price depends on dates and room available and chosen. Select your preferred arrival date and room option below!

 

Special discount:

The prices of December 10, 2017 retreat below include a last minute discount of 20% per person, and the prices of December 17, January 7 and 14, 2018 retreats include a discount of 10% per person. Book your spot now!

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