Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Spain.
Here at Yoga Sutra Shala we aim to provide you with excellence at every level during your yoga retreat stay. Yoga Sutra Shala has a lot of experince 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. Both the teachers have travelled the world learning from the most experienced yogis in order to give you the best in yoga knowledge that the world has to offer. Both teachers have also studied nutrition to a very high level in order to give you the most delicious and healthy meals available on any yoga retreat in the world. All of the food we give you is vegan, wholemeal, fresh, 100% organic and sourced from local farms. Add to this the weather, the mountain views and the beautiful shala and you can understand why we are developing the reputation for giving you the best yoga retreat in the world. Our experience after travelling the world was that we could not find the one perfect place for finding inner peace so we established Yoga Sutra Shala to be the perfect place for finding peace within yourself and for learning to live and eat healthily.
The aim of this retreat is to teach you not only yoga to an excellent level, but also to teach you about health and nutrition with the best knowledge available in the world. The teachers on this retreat are both experts in nutrition. As a result of their combined experience this week will be full of delicious and healthy recipes. The emphasis will be on locally grown organic fresh fruit and vegetables as well wholemeal foods, antioxidants and low-glycaemic living. You will be taught, explained how to make the healthiest food. You will also be given the healthiest and most delicious food that exists all based on the most highly educated knowledge on the planet. You will be explained the health benefits of all the foods we use - the locally produced organic food that is free of pesticides, foods made from spelt and we are sure you will agree that you will return feeling like you have learnt the best secrets of healthy cooking, living and practicing yoga.
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.
La Solana has twin single beds and has lovely views of the beautiful hamlet of Benissiva. The beds can either be booked individually by two same-sex solo travellers wanting to share or by two friends booking at the same time. It can also be booked for single occupancy. The room has a lovely ensuite bathroom as well.
Tossal Gros has a very comfortable double bed and a beautiful balcony with views looking over the mountains. It also has an ensuite bathroom. The room can either be booked by a couple or for single occupancy.
All double rooms can be booked by couples or by solo travellers as a private double room.
El Colomer has a lovely double bed and beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. It has a nice ensuite bathroom.
El LLimaner has one double bed and lovely views of the village. It also has an ensuite bathroom.
La Forada has a double bed and a shared terrace with lovely views of the Valencian mountains. It also has an ensuite bathroom.
All twin rooms can either be booked individually by two same-sex solo travellers wanting to share, or by two friends booking at the same time.
El Misserat has twin single beds with a shared balcony and ensuite bathroom. It has lovely views of the surrounding mountains.
L'Albureca has twin single beds, a shared balcony and amazing views of the mountains. It also has an ensuite bathroom.
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, 2 family members, or for single occupancy. For price list, please contact Yoga Sutra Shala.
We observe silence in the morning until after breakfast.
Silence time in the evening after yoga until dinner
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our experience of guests arriving late leads us to strongly advise you to come for the 6 days (5 nights), Sunday to Friday:
On the Sunday we have a Welcome lunch and introductions to staff, fellow guests and the retreat program: This is the time that many good friendships begin and you have the opportunity to orientate yourself and rest from your journey.
The first yoga and meditation class, on Sunday afternoon, provides the important foundation for you to build on for the rest of your week.
To get the most out of your retreat and fully enjoy the loving and peaceful family sentiment here, come for the whole retreat.
If your available flights don't match the retreat times, you could stay a night in Alicante or Valencia before and/or after the retreat and make use of our Alicante shuttle bus transfer (the quickest, easiest and often the cheapest way to get to and from the retreat) or use public transport from Valencia.
If you decide to come for less time, be aware that your booking and cost would be as for the whole retreat and you may miss out on certain aspects of the retreat experience.
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.
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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.
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:
The cost is 30 EUR each way.