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.

ANDALUCIA

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.


Activities

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.



Schedule Sample
*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
Sample 1:
  • 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
Sample 2:
  • 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

Getting There

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).

Transfers:
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

Travel References:
Train Travel from Malaga to Ronda: http://www.renfe.com
Train Travel from Sevilla to Ronda: With Los Amarillos
Sevilla: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/spain/seville
Cadiz: www.lonelyplanet.com/spain/andalucia/cadiz


INVESTMENT
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!

Early Early Bird Price, Save $225 if you register before July 1, 2018!!
Triple: $1200 pp
Double: $1300 pp
Single: $1550 pp

Early Bird Price, Save $100 if you register before December 1, 2018!
Triple: $1325 pp
Double $1425 pp
Single: $1675 pp

Early Early Bird Price, Save $225 if you register before July 1, 2018!!
Triple: $1200 pp
Double: $1300 pp
Single: $1550 pp

Early Bird Price, Save $100 if you register before December 1, 2018!
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:
- Airfares
- Travel insurance
- Airport transfers
- Extra Excursions (other than those specified)
- Other travel related expenses

PAYMENT

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$

Deposit Schedule:
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.

Contact

Silver at [email protected] or Grace at [email protected] to inquire about the retreat or to reserve your space. We would love to hear from you!