Rejuvenating Yoga Retreat

October 6th-11th 2017

Nature Reserve of Grazalema, Cádiz. Andalucia, Spain.
Yoga Retreat Language: English

Feed your body, mind and soul

Set in one of Spain’s most treasured nature reserves this secluded haven offers you the opportunity to take some invaluable time out and focus on a happier, healthier you.

All welcome

Whether you are a total beginner or have been practicing for many years, your feeling of total well-being here will be just the same. Yoga classes of varying styles will be held twice a day and your very own private class will also be made available to you.

Eat well, feel great

Complementing your twice daily yoga classes, a specialist chef will take you on a culinary journey designed to cleanse and replenish you. We are also pleased to offer a food workshop to our programme in which our master chef will teach you how to incorporate a healthier diet into your own lifestyle.

What you can expect

• Two beginner to intermediate level yoga classes offered every day, with all levels of experience welcomed.
• An optional private yoga class tailored to meet your individual needs and answer some of those questions you may have been too shy to ask before.
• A range of yoga styles and practices including: hatha, vinyasa flow, yoga nidra, pranayama breath work and meditation.
• A food workshop with a specialist vegetarian chef experienced in boosting overall health through nutrition.
• A return to nature with hikes in the mountains, swims in the pool, tennis in the grounds and other activities available for you to book such as biking, kayaking, and horseback riding.
• Three vegetarian meals every day with fresh, locally sourced produce and the all the delights of Mediterranean home cooking.
• An in-house professional massage therapist offering a wide range of treatments.

General information

ACCOMMODATION AND LOCATION.

A secluded haven all of its own, this idyllic hacienda rests in over 60 acres of land right in the heart of Grazalema nature reserve. Comprised of a large main house and clusters of small private apartments, each with their own swimming pools, all of your creature comforts will be taken care of. Free wifi is available throughout the venue and you will be surrounded by stunning views of the mountain scenery.

The hacienda is 2.5 miles / 4 km from the town El Gastor, known locally as the balcony of The White Villages of Cádiz, and situated in the Sierra de Grazalema nature reserve. The reserve is Andalucia’s first natural park and has been a UNESCO biosphere reserve since 1977 revered for its limestone cliffs, gullies, caves and gorges as well as its griffon vulture colonies.

Address: Calle Parche, 26 11687 El Gastor Cádiz. Spain Cádiz

BOARD INFORMATION

All of your meals are included in the retreat. We will serve you a lovely prepared buffet-style breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. On the arrival day, dinner is included and on departure day we will serve you breakfast. All the food served will be well balanced, vegetarian dishes planned by our food expert Emma to ensure that you are well taken care of during the retreat. If you have any food allergies or special requests, please let us know so we can prepare the best alternative for your needs.

INFORMATION ABOUT ROOM AND BOARD

In Grazalema house there are either single or double occupancy rooms offered. All homes are beautifully decorated and all have private bathrooms attached. There is WiFi, LED TV, AC and heaters in each room. By default you'll share a room with one other student. If you wish to opt for a single room, there will be an additional fee of GBP 130.

Daily schedule:

07:15-07:30: Pranayama (Breathing practice)
07:30-08:45: Yoga
08:45-09:45: Breakfast
09:45-13:30: Free time
13:30-14:30: Lunch
14:30-18:00: Free time
18:00-19:15: Yoga
19:15-19:30: Meditation
19:30-19:40: Break
19:40-20:40: Dinner
21:30-22:00: Evening activity*

*Evening activity can range from relaxation, yoga nidra, watching a film, or talking about specific yoga topics.

* Please note that this is a provisional schedule and is subject to change.

YOGA LESSONS.

Our yoga classes will be held in a fully equipped yoga studio twice a day and are open to everyone - beginners and intermediate yogis alike.
We will be practicing a range of styles and practices including: hatha, vinyasa flow, yoga nidra, pranayama breath work and meditation.

Food Workshop

We are pleased to offer you a food workshop focused on incorporating food and nutrition into a yogic lifestyle.
Our master chef will explore the concept of Anna Yoga, the relationship between food and our physical and spiritual selves.
He will also be sharing practical tips to help strengthen your digestive system and improve the absorption of key nutrients from the food we eat.
Over the course of your stay you will experience these teachings first hand as our master chef takes you on a culinary journey designed to complement your yoga schedule,cleansing and replenishing you.

Massages

We will have our own in-house qualified holistic therapist, Kerry Wright, who will provide massages during the day. Treat yourself to a range of rejuvenating massages such as:

• Indian head massage
• Relaxing back massage
• Relaxing full body massage
• Sports back, neck shoulders massage
• Sports back & legs massage
LOCATIONS
Address: Calle Parche, 26 11687 El Gastor Cádiz. Spain Cádiz
Distances: 1h 20 min Jerez airport. 1 hour 30 min Sevilla airport. 1h 30 min Malaga airport

The retreat is located at Calle Parche, 26, 11687 El Gastor, Cádiz, Spain. This is 1h 20 mins from Jerez airport, 1h 30 mins from Sevilla airport, or 1h 30 mins from Malaga airport. If you wish to have an airport transfer from Malaga we are very happy to both pick you up and drop you off in time for your flight after the retreat. A transfer there and back can be arranged for GBP 40. You can also get to Grazalema House via train or bus to Ronda. Both buses and trains leave Malaga city regularly throughout the day and we can pick you up from the bus/train station in Ronda.
You can also get there via train or bus to Ronda. Both buses and trains leave Malaga city regularly throughout the day and we will pick you up from the bus/train station in Ronda for the 10 minute drive to Grazalema house.

FAQs

Are activities included in the yoga retreat? Besides the yoga and use of the swimming and tennis facilities, activities will be charged separately allowing you to choose the ones you prefer. Once you arrive, we can arrange these for you.

Is there a check-in and check-out time? We can be fairly flexible on this but will be working to a check-in time after 2pm Friday 14th October and check-out by 12pm Wednesday 19th October. Please let us know if you will need any adjustments to these times.

Which airport should I fly to? Malaga airport is the best airport for international flights and Easy Jet, Ryanair, Monarch and Norwegian Air run cheap flights from the UK to here. The retreat is 1hr 50mins away from Malaga airport.

How can I get to the yoga retreat from the airport? Transfers are not included in your booking but we are happy to help arrange them for you. Several flights arrive into Malaga on Friday 14th October at around 13.30 or earlier and we hope to arrange a transfer at around 14.30 on arrival. For the journey home, lots of flights seem to leave at around 14.00 so we plan to arrange a transfer at 11am to return to Malaga airport. Prices will be dependent on the number of travellers. Should you like to take advantage of this please let us know your flight details as soon as you can.

Can you cater for dietary requirements? Absolutely. Three vegetarian meals will be provided each day and as long as you let us know before your arrival, we can make the necessary arrangements to accommodate dietary needs.

What if I need to cancel? If for any reason you cannot attend the retreat, please email us as soon as possible and we will do our best to fill your place so that we can fully refund you. This may not always be possible however and if we cannot fill your place the following cancellation fees will apply:

o Over 45 days before the retreat begins: £50 cancellation fee
o 44 - 15 days before the retreat begins: 50% of the retreat price
o 14 days or less before the retreat begins: 100% of the retreat price.
Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information about our cancellation policy.

What should I bring? The weather should be mild at this time of year with expected highs of 230 and lows of 170. Bring comfortable clothing for practicing yoga and walking, a swimsuit, beach towel, sunscreen.

Prices & Discounts

Prices
Make use of our Early Bird Discount by booking before 10th July 2017
Triple occupancy - Double room with an extra bed € 700 per person (Early Bird discounted rate € 650)
Double occupancy - Twin or double room: € 750 per person (Early Bird discounted rate € 700)
Single occupancy: - € 900 (Early Bird discounted rate € 850)
Deposit:50%
(*)Booking in advance is essential as there are limited places.
(*)Flights: Flight costs are not included in the price of the training. Best airport is Agadir.
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(*)This is not a Lucia Yoga official Retreat. It is offered by Emma and Krishna using Lucia Yoga Retreat Center and facilities

INCLUDED:

Five nights at this luxury resort in one of Spain’s most treasured nature reserves
• At least two yoga classes a day of varying styles
One private yoga session, individually tailored to suit your needs (optional)
• Yoga mats and props in a beautiful yoga shala
Three vegetarian meals each day
Walks and hikes around the national park.

NOT INCLUDED:

Flights - Easy Jet, Ryanair, Monarch and Norwegian run cheap flights from the UK
Airport transfers – Transfers are not included in your booking but depending on the level of interest we plan to arrange airport transfers from Malaga at approximately 14.30 on arrival and 11.00 for your return home. If you would like to be included in these arrangements please let us know. Prices will be dependent on numbers.
Additional activities – there are all kinds of outdoor activities that you can get involved in from horse riding, biking, guided hikes, kayaking and more. These activities will be charged separately allowing you to choose the ones you prefer.

Teachers

Run by Krishna Hassomal and Emma Macdonald, you will have the benefit of two yoga teachers guiding you through your daily practice. They each bring with them their own authentic styles but are united by the belief that yoga is there to be enjoyed by everyone and always ensure their students enjoy their classes no matter what level of experience they have.


Krishna Hassomal

Krishna is Indian and was born and brought up in Spain. Her first yoga class was in her teens in 2001. This was a huge struggle and she needed her mother to drag her to it! Her reluctance very quickly disappeared when she realised there was something special about this discipline. Her love for yoga grew, and in 2012 she completed a 200 hour Teacher Training course whilst pursuing a career in science. She hasn't stopped studying and teaching yoga since.

Her classes are mainly Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga, with Anusara and Iyengar influences. She has an experimental and light-hearted approach and makes her classes suitable for all ages and abilities. Krishna combines her eastern and western background, and focuses on blending alignment, breath and asana.

Krishna lived in the UK for 12 years and currently resides in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where she teaches yoga. Find out more at www.krishyoga.com

Emma Macdonald

Emma is a passionate yoga teacher who builds dynamic classes around the physical, mental and emotional benefits of yoga. She helps students escape from and power up for their hectic lives, bringing them back to the present moment to refocus, rebalance and recharge.

Blending hatha and vinyasa yoga, her classes will help you increase flexibility, tone and strengthen your body whilst calming and soothing your mind. Emma also teaches yoga nidra, a form of deep relaxation, pregnancy yoga and mum and baby yoga.

Emma has a positive, encouraging and fun style, and makes sure that everyone enjoys the power of yoga no matter what level of experience they have. Find out more at www.theyogapause.com

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