Yoga and Culture Retreat in Spain
With Silver Kim & Grace Rosewarne
May 17 – May 24, 2019
An infusion of yoga & culture in the heart of stunning Andalusia, Spain
Savour in the sweetness of your own presence in beautiful Southern Spain in Springtime. Let yourself be enraptured by the rolling green hills of the Andalucian countryside, dispersed with beautiful medieval Spanish villages; rich in history & charm. The retreat includes one full week of transformational yoga, ample opportunities to explore the local Spanish culture and delicious, organic Mediterranean meals prepared for you by the onsite chef. This retreat is an invitation to reconnect with yourself as you engage in yoga & in community while exploring the rich history and beauty of Southern Spain.
The retreat will take place at Lucia Yoga in the Sierra de Grazalema National Park in the heart of Andalucia Spain. This area is famed for its collection of charming white villages (“Pueblos Blancos”) that stand out amongst the stunning rolling hills and olive groves. Each beautiful village holds a long and dynamic history, which can still be explored amongst the old winding roads and the occasional medieval castle. Andalucia has the power to disarm you with its poetic charm, stunning landscapes and delicious local fare (including wine & olive oil.)
Three whitewashed villages serve as gateways to the yoga retreat center. The first, Zahara de la Sierra is one of Andalusia’s most striking villages and famed for its traditional Olive Oil factory, sashaying up a craggy, castle-topped peak in the park’s northern reaches and just 30 minutes away by car. The second, El Gastor, also known as the Balcony of the Andalusian White Villages, is a charming small town, just fifteen minutes from our retreat center by foot. The park is a Unesco Biosphere reserve since 1977 ad according to BBC Travel; the best place to hike in Andalucia. The third, Ronda, sits atop the spectacular El Tajo gorge and is the largest of the Andalusian towns, its town fame was spread further by American literary figures Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles who spent much time within the town limits of Ronda and southern Spain.During our time at the retreat we will offer plenty of opportunities to explore some of the Pueblos Blancos and get a taste for their unique flavor. The retreat price includes a night out in the stunning town of Ronda; where we will enjoy a traditional flamenco show while sampling local paella (a signature Spanish dish). The price also includes a morning hike in the Andalucian countryside. In addition, we will offer other optional daytrips to various other locations in the area. More information will be offered soon.
About the venue
The Lucia Yoga Nature Reserve Retreat centre is located 1.5 hours from Malaga and from Sevilla airport. The venue is a collection of charming Spanish villas nestled on in Andalucias spectaluar national park, Sierra de Grazalema. Surrounded by lush mountains and whitewashed villages, accommodations are complete with a beautiful yoga studio, private tennis court, and magnificent hiking trails. A variety of homes and apartments are available. You will have access to 5 beautiful pools, modern kitchens, AC, firewood chimneys, Tennis court and baths.
A variety of rooming options are available; including Private Single rooms, twin shared rooms and triple-shared rooms.
This remarkable area offers both a relaxing immersion in nature as well as ample opportunities to savour in the rich culture & history of Southern Spain. We recommend that each person enjoy their time in the way that best serves their needs and interests. For this reason, we offer a number of excursion options for the “energetic traveler.” For those that wish to spend more time relaxing; the center has 5 pools and plenty of common areas, both inside and outside, where you can relax & enjoy time in the company of friends or pamper yourself with a therapeutic massage at the onsite spa.
The retreat price includes a night out in the stunning town of Ronda; where we will enjoy a traditional flamenco show while sampling local paella (a signature Spanish dish). The price also includes a morning hike in the Andalucian countryside. In addition to this, will offer other optional daytrips to various other locations in the area. More information will be offered soon.
Veggie Organic Meals
Lucia Yoga will provide 3 healthy & delicious organic meals a day. All meals are made with locally sourced foods and are vegan with vegetarian options. We are happy to accommodate food allergies and sensitivities.
Unwind with wonderful massages at the onsite spa centre. Support your self-care & relaxation with a little self-pampering. Massage therapy options are available at any time.
*These samples provide a general idea of our daily schedule. Each day will be slightly different to accommodate excursion options.
*Please note that all excursion and yoga classes are optional
- 7:30 – 8:15am – Morning Sadhana & meditation
- 8:30 – 9:30 – Breakfast
- 9:30 – 12:30 – Tour of local village, with Olive oil tasting & free time to shop & explore (optional)
- 12:30 – 1:30 – Lunch
- 2:30 – 4:30 – Afternoon Yoga Practice
- 7:00 – 8:00 – Dinner
- 8:00 – 9:00 – Goodnight Gentle Yoga
- 7:30 – 8:15am – Morning Sadhana & meditation
- 8:30 – 9:30 – Breakfast
- 10:30 – 12:30 – Morning Practice
- 12:30 – 1:30 – Lunch
- 1:30 – 3:00 – Relaxation/Massage
- 3:00 – 4:30 – Gentle afternoon yoga & restorative
- 6:00 – 9:00 – Evening out in Ronda for Flamenco Show & dinner
The closest airport to the centre is Malaga. Malaga airport can be reached from the United States and from any main European airport. There is a large selection of European budget airlines that offer daily flights to/from Malaga (for example, Ryanair.) You can take the train from Malaga to Ronda or from Sevilla to Ronda, where a pick-up can be arranged for you (see below.) You can also fly into Madrid and either take the train to Ronda or fly into Malaga or Sevilla and arrange a transfer from there. You can take a train from Madrid to Ronda, however the train ride is 5-6 hours +. If you choose this option a transfer from Ronda can be arranged (see the transfer fees below). In additional, there are daily buses from Sevilla, Jerez or Malaga that stop in El Gastor.
If you are intending to arrive into Andalucia early or to stay for a few extra days, we highly recommend spending a day or two in Sevilla. This beautiful old city has an abundance of excellent Spanish restaurants and interesting places to visit, including its famed cathedral. Sevilla is a 1.5 hour drive from the yoga centre. Transport to or from Sevilla will be arranged on request (see transfer prices below).
One-way Airport Transfer from Malaga, Sevilla & Gibraltar:
-with 4 or more people = €40
-with less 1 – 3 people = €160
One-way Ronda Transfer
-with 4 or more people = €15
- with 1 -3 people = €60
One-way El Gastor Transfer = €15
Grace brings an enthusiastic and heart-felt quality to her classes. Her teaching emphasizes physical alignment fused with a spiritually uplifting attitude to facilitate one’s optimal state of health, harmony and joy. Her intention is to uplift and empower her students to align with their highest self that they may realize their potential to live an engaged and joyful life. Her teaching is rooted in Shaiva Tantra yoga which celebrates and affirms the sacred and dynamic beauty inherent in all of life! Grace has been a dedicated and passionate student of yoga for over a decade. She was originally certified in Vinyasa Hatha Yoga, but has since turned her studentship toward a more therapeutic and alignment based approach to yoga asana, primarily rooted in Anusara yoga® and Ashaya yoga®. She received her Hatha Yoga certification from Michelle Cormack and an Anusara certification with Todd Norian and is a licensed Ashaya Yoga® teacher. Over the last ten years she has immersed herself in the growth of her practice and teaching through hundreds of study hours in yoga asana, therapeutics, anatomy and philosophy. She has completed her Advanced Teacher Training in the Ashaya Yoga® method with world renowned teacher Todd Norian.
Grace hails from Canada but presently lives in the mountains of Papua New Guinea with her family. She enjoys travelling and exploring diverse cultures while sharing the teachings of yoga with others.
Silver has been teaching yoga since 2003 and training yoga teachers since 2006. She is honored to be a 200 Hour Ashaya Yoga® Teacher Trainer and a traveling yoga teacher. She teaches trainings, workshops, retreats and conferences internationally.
She is excited to share the therapeutic alignment based, life-affirming, profound transformational and radical self-discovery teachings of Ashaya Yoga®. Silver loves teaching yoga to help heal, transform and empower each of her students. When she supports and nurtures her students as they transform into their true selves, it brings her tremendous joy as she lives her true purpose, her dharma. She teaches intuitively to their potential and lovingly challenges them to never give up. She infuses philosophy, life lessons, humor, depth, light heartedness, therapeutic hands-on assists and weaves stories into all her classes. Every class is a journey.
Silver has studied with many great teachers in many styles including: Ashaya, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Anusara, Therapeutics, Yoga Therapy, Pre-natal, Restorative, Kid’s Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga and many more.
However, it was studying with Todd Norian and the Ashaya Yoga method that completely aligned and healed her whole BEing.
Silver is the founder and former owner of Kula Heart Yoga and Wellness Center.
Silver is a dedicated student of life, mother of 3 boys ages ranges from 21-23 years of age, teacher and lives with the love of her life, José.
After opening and owning a successful yoga studio in Bethlehem, PA for 10 years, they will soon live in Portugal as their home-base, so they can live their next chapter of their lives. Life and her family are her greatest teachers.
She is a writer, traveler, and explorer of diverse cultures all over this beautiful world. She travels and teaches privates, public classes, workshops, retreats, conferences, and trainings throughout the country. She continues to assist her teacher Todd Norian, whenever she is needed and collaborates with other wonderful teachers hosting retreats and trainings.
Her vision is to share Ashaya Yoga® locally and internationally as she connects with hearts, community and culture- our growing kula.
OUR INVITATION & INTENTION
It is our intention to offer a therapeutic, nourishing and uplifting vacation and yoga experience. Through transformational yoga practice and an opportunity to reconnect with your body and heart we hope to offer you revitalization, self-nourishment and a profound connection to your heart, your life and yourself. With plenty of opportunity to enjoy fun adventures and practices together we will cultivate lasting connections with each other and foster a community of support, love and acceptance. This retreat will offer plenty of flexibility so that you may choose to spend your time relaxing by the pool, or engaging in the many opportunities for adventure & exploration.
Space for this retreat is limited! Reserve your space today!
*All prices are in US dollars Accommodation Options:
* We are happy to pair you in shared rooms with other guests where possible. Contact us to find out more!
Triple: $1325 pp
Double $1425 pp
Single: $1675 pp
OUR PRICE INCLUDES:
. 7-nights accommodation at Lucia Yoga
. 3 vegan or vegetarian meals a day
. All yoga practices
. An evening in the beautiful, historic city of Ronda where we will attend a traditional Flamenco show and enjoy an Andalucian paella dinner.
. Countryside hike
. Use of the facilities at the venue
OUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Travel insurance
- Airport transfers
- Extra Excursions (other than those specified)
- Other travel related expenses
We offer 2 payment options:
1. Pay the full retreat price in one payment
2. We offer a Deposit plan to help break down your investment into more manageable installments. Payments will be due in three installments & are bound within the due dates expressed below, unless otherwise agreed upon. *All prices are in US$
1. US$300 due immediately to reserve your space. We cannot guarantee your space without this deposit.
2. 50% of your total minus the initial deposit of $300. Due by November 1, 2018.
4. The remaining balance of 50% of the total, representing 100% of the payment. Due by February 01, 2019.
-All payments will be made directly to Grace Rosewarne. We accept various payment methods: we can accept US money orders/cheques sent via snail mail, Wire transfers, online money transfers (in Canada only), and US cash. However, please note that Wire transfers and Paypal incur notable fees and any fees associated with payment must be assumed by the client.