Relax, Refresh, Renew
In Andalucia, Spain
12th - 19th October 2019
Come play in the sun! Rejuvenate amid the rolling Spanish hills of Andalucia with seasonal yoga and tai chi. What would you say to spending 7 dreamy nights under the stars of the Milky Way? Imagine yourself relaxing by the salt-water pool after a rejuvenating yoga class with views stretching out over the golden horizon.
Yoga, Seasonal Wellness, Tai Chi and Qi Gong
The morning classes will be designed to gently wake you up and stretch you out ready for a relaxing day ahead. The early evening classes will be more restorative and will work on balancing out your energy. Drift off with dreamy sessions of yoga nidra.
There will be abundant opportunities during the week to refresh mind, body and soul. Sink into the season and the fruit of the harvest with the Seasonal Living Wellness informational sessions where you will learn how to support and nourish both mind and body during this time of the year. Qi Gong-Shibashi-Tai Chi sessions will also be offered and offer a huge array of benefits with the main ones being to promote calm, ease tension and bring balance to the energetic (meridian) systems of our body.
Beginners to yoga are very welcome on this retreat. There will always be options to challenge yourself but the main focus will be doing whatever it is your body needs – so if that’s rest, please listen to that!
Our yoga classes will be held in the retreat’s purpose built studios. Our practice will be divided between the Moon Shala (a sustainable eco-built cobb building) and in the farmhouse in the cozy wooden-beamed Ganesha studio. All studios are equipped with Manduka yoga mats and props but if there is anything in particular that you need for your practice then it’s best to bring it with you.
Remember, this retreat is for you, so you can get involved with the classes and activities as much as you like! Rest is also good for the soul so if you’d rather sleep in and skip class, you have our full permission.
Suryalila is a composite of two Sanskrit words. Surya refers to the ancient sun god and lila means cosmic play (of the gods). Together the words mean “Cosmic Play of the Sun”.
Our relaxing eco-retreat is nestled serenely in a large open valley in the foothills of the Sierra de Grazelema Natural Park. This majestic mountain range can be seen looming large on the horizon behind Suryalila- a dedicated and tranquil yoga centre. A striking part of the natural beauty of the property is the breathtaking vistas extending in all directions: rolling hills, fields of sunflowers, and lakes.
Relax in a hammock, walk the trails to an ancient monastery, delight in the gardens, daydream, explore the nearby villages, treat yourself to a massage, work on your tan, read by the pool, say hello to the animals. Observe and live the art of sustainable architecture first hand from our hosts.
- 7 nights accommodation
- 3 x delicious organic vegetarian meals a day served buffet-style from lunch on day of arrival to breakfast on checkout day –much of the produce is raised in their own organic permaculture garden!
- 6 x morning yoga classes
- 6 x evening yoga classes
- Use of manduka yoga mats and studio props
- Shibashi, Qi Gong, Tai Chi sessions
- Seasonal wellness informational sessions
- Warm sauna dreaming session
- Filtered drinking water, hot drinks and fruit throughout the day
- Pool and bath towels
- Tour of Dandayara – The Permaculture-Sustainability Project onsite
What's not included?
- Transport to retreat centre
- Travel insurance
- Massages and other treatments
- Goodies from the amazing Shakti yoga boutique
- Additional activities or excursions not mentioned. If you would like to explore the countryside our hosts have an entire catalogue of excursions. Prices vary based on number of participants.
- Colour therapy – life alignment personal session
- Personal postural alignment session
- Extra spending money for activities, souvenirs, etc
Food & Drinks
Three beautiful vegetarian meals a day will be presented buffet style in the farmhouse dining room. Suryalila is renowned for the outstanding quality of their kitchen. Our meals will be vegetarian and organic with much of the produce coming from their own permaculture garden. Special diets and allergies e.g. wheat free, gluten free, vegan, nut allergies? No worries, when booking just let us know your dietary requirements. With such bounty it is unlikely you could ever be hungry, but just in case…fresh juices, smoothies, wine and snacks are available for purchase.
Our accommodation is both soothing to the soul and delightful to the eye. The furnishings and the room decorations have all been imported from Bali, India and Morocco. The Spanish farmhouse-style wooden ceilings with beams and the terracotta tiled floors blend harmoniously with the exotic Asian furniture and wall hangings. Choose to stay in either the farmhouse buildings or the sustainably built Eco Casas. The Eco Casas contains three charming and romantic eco-friendly rooms built from sustainable cob – straw bale & mud, which all have access to the very pleasant nearby hot showers and toilets.
No matter where you sleep, there is even the option to try the sustainable outdoor shower that works to water the gardens. Watch for rainbows galore while splashing under a bluebird blue sky. It’s heaven!
Each of the bedrooms has the capacity to sleep two. If you are planning on coming on this retreat as a person on your own, we would pair you up with another same sex person travelling on their own. Alternatively, if you fancy more privacy, each room is available for single occupancy. Prices below are per person for 7 nights accommodation, yoga and meals, from Saturday 12th lunch to Saturday 19th breakfast. The setup in each bedroom is as follows.
Ananda Shanti Deluxe Double Room -£995pp sharing or £1295 single occupancy: SOLD OUT
Ananda Tower Twin Room – £895pp sharing or £1175 single occupancy: ONLY 1 LEFT
EcoCasa Soma double room – £845pp sharing or £1115 single occupancy
EcoCasa Maya twin room – £845pp sharing or £1115 single occupancy
EcoCasa Devi twin room – £845pp sharing or £1115 single occupancy
£150 non-refundable deposit per person secures your space*
*Availability of room and bed choice is on a first come-first served basis
“A journey taken with the heart leads to life’s greatest destinations” – HK
Living by the Four Agreements makes life less complicated; Always do your best, don’t take things personally, proper speech and don’t make assumptions.
How to get there?
The nearest airport is Seville, which can be reached from Bristol and London airports with Vueling, Easyjet, Ryanair and British Airways. We usually use the skyscanner website to find great value flights. Currently roundtrip flights from London Gatwick on EasyJet or British Airways are approximately £85-135 but remember they tend to increase in price the nearer you get to the date.
Flying into Jerez or Malaga are also options, but the travel times to the retreat centre are longer.
From Seville airport the travel time is approximately a 1.5 – 2 hour drive.Transfers can be organised for you at a cost of approx. 90 Euro per car of four.
Jerez (nearer) and Malaga (further) airports are also possibilities. As soon as you book your flights, please let us know so we can try to group people together to split the cost for the pick-up. You will be paying Euro cash directly to the driver, so it is best to bring Euros with you as there are no money exchanges in either the Seville or Jerez airports.
Sounding good for the soul?
Then let’s get into the nitty gritty! Our commitment to you is to bring you a week of relaxation, rejuvenation, movement and nutritious food. You will come away from the retreat having restored energy levels, calmed the mind and had the experience of a lifetime. This is a seven-night retreat which will run from Saturday 12th October until Saturday 19th October 2019. Check-in will be from 3pm on the Saturday and checkout will be 11am on the following Saturday.
I'm Ready - How Do I Sign Up?
- Non Refundable Deposit Confirms your space on the retreat
- 50% of remaining balance due by 30th June 2019
- Final Balance due by 31st August 2019
Spaces are limited, group size is limited to no more than 15.
Questions? Please feel free to get in touch.
Terms and Conditions
A non-refundable deposit of £50.00 is needed to hold your spot. 50% mid payment is due by: 30th June 2019. Final payment is due by 31st August 2019. Payments must meet the deadlines to remain on the trip. Should payment deadlines be missed, it may be necessary to release the space back for sale to the public. In this situation, no monies paid to date would be refundable.
Cancellation and Refunds
Once the initial £50 deposit is paid, this payment is non-refundable. Any cancellation from the date of paying your deposit to 30th June 2019 will receive back all monies paid less the £50 initial deposit. Any cancellation made between 30th June and 31st August 2019 will lose the deposit and the 50% interim payment. Any cancellation made after 31st August 2019 will result in the total loss of funds paid. We reserve the right to cancel the trip if it is not meeting the trip minimum (if we do so, all funds paid to date will be refunded). Trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended to give you flexibility in the face of the unknown.
Holly Kellam reserves the right to cancel any trip prior to departure for any reason whatsoever, including an insufficient number of participants or logistical problems (e.g. acts of God, war, strikes, etc.), which may impede trip operations. The refund of payments shall release Holly Kellam from any further liability, financial or otherwise. A trip cancellation due to insufficient numbers would normally occur at least a month prior to departure, unless acts of God, war, strikes or other events impede our departure causing large numbers of participants opt to cancel participation on the journey in the last days before departure.