Retreat to Cádiz, Andaluica, Spain

Venue

Suryalila, originally an olive hacienda, is a fabulous retreat centre located in the heart of Andalucia, close to the charming villages of Arcos de la Frontera and Prado del Ray. It is less than an hours drive away from the historic and beautiful cities of Cadiz and Seville and the very best unspoilt beaches in Spain.

On the edge of a mountainous national park, the property sits in a large river valley overlooking rolling hills and in the far distance, the white village of Bornos, situated by the side of a large lake.

With its beautifully decorated rooms, gorgeous rolling hills and olive groves, sauna, salt water pool and nourishing meals, Suryalila offers it all.

Suryalila has a magnificent dome yoga shala. This stunning space with underfloor heating has a dome window with breathtaking views across the rolling hills.

Throughout the day you will be offered three delicious vegetarian meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Suryalila kitchen specialises in gourmet international vegetarian cuisine, using the freshest seasonal, locally-sourced organic fruits and vegetables available, artfully prepared in a varied and truly eclectic international menu.

Between yoga classes there will be the chance to explore the beautiful natural surroundings or simply relax.

Accommodation

Suryalila offers luxurious, comfortable, designer decorated accommodation in little houses each with their own kitchen and living room area.

There are different levels of accommodation to suit every budget, including doubles with private bathrooms, singles, twins and spacious mini dormitories for up to four people.

Beautiful yurts and canvas tents with proper beds, furniture and electricity are also on offer for those who want something comfortable but more affordable and to get closer to nature.

The Om Dome Yoga Hall

Suryalila has designed and created a state-of-the-art yoga hall inside a beautiful geodesic Dome.

The dome has an underfloor heating and cooling system, a state-of-the-art sound system and atmospheric lighting. It is fully equipped with Manduka Pro Mats, blocks, straps, bolsters and eye pillows.

The outside of the Dome has been constructed to resemble a Nepalese temple with a golden stupa on top, prayer flags and the Buddha eyes. Inside the Dome there are two long solid walls (so yoga students can practice inversions), which are beautifully decorated with a beautiful mural of Hindu and Tibetan imagery.

In the Dome there is a massive bay window overlooking one of our best views of beautiful rolling hills and a ruined convent.

Eco Pool, Suna & Relaxation

At Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre, you can relax and rejuvenate in our natural salt water pool.

The pool is set amidst stunning and vast vistas of the beautiful Spanish countryside.  There is a lovely covered terrace with dappled light which offers shade from the hottest part of the day. You can also choose to sun yourself poolside on our wooden sun-beds in the full sunshine.

The pool is kept chlorine-free, and the salt water makes you wonderfully buoyant! Perfect for floating on your back as the clouds drift by.  There are fresh water poolside showers and all guests are provided with large bath sheet on arrival.

Suryalila is constantly upgrading their facilities.  Their latest addition is the Eco Sauna!  It was built out of completely natural materials – mainly clay and cob. You will be able to enjoy the rejuvenating and detoxifying effect of our cosy sauna up to three times a week.

Pagodas

Suryalila have several lovely pagodas to hang out in, as well as hammocks under the olive trees and numerous artfully placed benches.

The new Moroccan pavilion contains colourfully embroidered cushions from India, Guatemala and Bali as well as a Moroccan silver tray table. It is a great spot to relax, read a book, contemplate the expansive views, or watch the glorious Suryalila sunsets.

The front pagoda is graceful and elegant and overlooks the vegetable garden and the glorious view of Bornos Lake.

The back pagoda is peaceful and also has lovely views over the ruined convent and rolling hills. Both pagodas have benches, lounging chairs and hammocks.

Massage Treatments

At Suryalila, they always have a highly trained and insured massage therapist in residence.

The type of massage therapy available  will vary, depending on the therapist currently in residence. The range of treatment are:

∗  Deep Tissue Massage

∗  Thai Yoga Massage

∗  Ayurvedic Massage

Sample Schedule

Join Catherine for a week of revitalising yoga at the beautiful Suryalila. Y . A wonderful opportunity for you to relax your mind, rejuvenate your body and reawaken your spirit in beautiful Cadiz, Andalucia, Spain. You will enjoy two yoga classes daily which focus on movement, breath and relaxation.

The day begins with the morning class in the light and airy yoga space which includes meditation and practice focusing on breath and alignment to release and unwind long held tensions. After the morning session breakfast will be served on the terrace. The group will meet again in the late afternoon to work into a deeper exploration of the poses, or for a more relaxing and restorative class. There may also be some yoga nidra, depending on how everyone is feeling that day.

There will be one yoga free day and the classes will be suitable for all levels and yoga experience.

Below is a sample daily schedule.

DAY 1

15:30 .... Arrive at venue

18:00 .... Welcome meeting

19:00 .... Dinner

DAY 2

08:00 - 10:0 .... Yoga

10:00 - 11:00 .... Breakfast

13:00 - 14:00 .... Lunch

14:00 - 17:00 .... Free time to explore the local area, walk, chill-out and relax by the pool or pamper yourself to an on-site massage treatment.

17:00 - 19:00 .... Yoga

19:30 .... Dinner

20:30 .... Free time

DAY 3

08:00 - 10:0 .... Yoga

10:00 - 11:00 .... Breakfast

13:00 - 14:00 .... Lunch

14:00 - 17:00 .... Free time to explore the local area, walk, chill-out and relax by the pool or pamper yourself to an on-site massage treatment.

17:00 - 19:00 .... Yoga

19:30 .... Dinner

20:30 .... Free time

DAY 4

08:00 - 10:0 .... Yoga

10:00 - 11:00 .... Breakfast

13:00 - 14:00 .... Lunch

14:00 - 17:00 .... Free time to explore the local area, walk, chill-out and relax by the pool or pamper yourself to an on-site massage treatment.

17:00 - 19:00 .... Yoga

19:30 .... Dinner

20:30 .... Free time

DAY 5

Day off 

08:30 - 09:30 .... Breakfast

10:00 .... A day to relax and explore the local area, to take time out for an excursion, or simply to chill out and enjoy a relaxing massage.

DAY 6

08:00 - 10:0 .... Yoga

10:00 - 11:00 .... Breakfast

13:00 - 14:00 .... Lunch

14:00 - 17:00 .... Free time to explore the local area, walk, chill-out and relax by the pool or pamper yourself to an on-site massage treatment.

17:00 - 19:00 .... Yoga

19:30 .... Dinner

20:30 .... Free time

DAY 7

08:00 - 10:0 .... Yoga

10:00 - 11:00 .... Breakfast

13:00 - 14:00 .... Lunch

14:00 - 17:00 .... Free time to explore the local area, walk, chill-out and relax by the pool or pamper yourself to an on-site massage treatment.

17:00 - 19:00 .... Yoga

19:30 .... Dinner

20:30 .... Free time

Day 8

08:30 - 09:30 .... Breakfast

12:00 .... Departure

Please note that whilst I will do everything possible to adhere to the programme and details laid out above, some things are outside my control, and therefore I reserve the right to make changes if necessary.

Explore

Suryalila is perfectly located to visit many of the stunningly beautiful and culturally rich towns and cities of Andalucia, as well as the gorgeous unspoiled beaches of the Costa de Luz.

There will be time set aside each day to take in the stunning beauty of the surroundings. Perfect for long walks, bicycle rides or massage treatments at Suryalila's treatment rooms with local therapists.

Included in the retreat price is an excursion to Grazalema, a beautiful white town nestled in the mountains close to Suryalila. There will be a guided hike in the national park followed by a visit to the town. During the retreat there will also be a chance to enjoy a traditional Flamenco dance class.

Venue Testimonials

Sasha

We absolutely loved the retreat - the venue was lovely and the food out of this world!! Would definitely go again! A really excellent and refreshing week.

Lara

I spent an amazing and beautiful week at Suryalila - practicing yoga, we danced flamenco, and visited the lovely surrounding of the place. Moreover I met many interesting and dedicated yogis and yoginis in an amazing location in the middle of the Andalusia's countryside. I will certainly recommend this place for those who are looking for a peaceful and really cosy place.

Roxy

Probably the best trip of my life.  The location was exceptional and the food incredible but the yoga blew my mind. The classes were varied and engaging. We were mixed in ability but everyone was buzzing at the end of each session; they were like little journeys that took you to another place. I will be back!

Kate

I absolutely loved the trip and couldn't praise it highly enough. I was really pleased with all aspects of the holiday - fantastic teachers, friendly centre staff, beautiful venue, quality accommodation, delicious food, great facilities and optional extras (massage, horse riding, on site shop, excursions) and smooth travel arrangements. I would highly recommend it and would definitely book with Yoga on a Shoestring and to go to Suryalila again.

Gemma

I had a wonderful week at Suryalila. It was a great decision to go - beautiful location, great weather and lovely interesting people. Quality of teaching was excellent too. I had a really great time and came back rejuvenated. Thank you again for a really enjoyable and seamless experience.

Zahra

Our week at Suryalila was truly amazing. The people were fun, kind and so wonderful. The venue was spectacular - I don't think I'll ever forget watching a flock of birds flying across the dome as the sun rose during out yoga class! Another key highlight was the food, we were so spoilt with such incredible food. A huge thank you to everyone who made it such a special week. I look forward to my next visit!

Travel

Getting There

By Air

Several airlines fly to Seville, Jerez de la Frontera or Malaga. The closest international airport, 40 minutes away, is the airport at Jerez de la Frontera, but the property can also be reached in just one hour from the airport in Seville. Malaga airport is two and a half hours away.

Both Easyjet and Ryanair fly from London to Seville and offer low cost airfares, particularly if you book early.

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Transfers cost €70 one way for a taxi from Jerez de la Frontera or €90 from Seville for up to 3 persons. These will be arranged for you and people will be grouped together where possible to share the cost.

Arrival to Suryalila must be before 21.15 on the first day of the retreat.

Address

Suryalila Retreat Centre

Cortijo La Fabrica,
Pago de Pajarete,
11650 Villamartin,
Cádiz,
Spain

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