Escape Christmas Yoga Retreat at Suryalila, 21st – 28th December
Come join us in Spain for our Escape Christmas Retreat in 2018! Enjoy a week of fun-filled and relaxing time away from the Christmas hype.
The days will start with an energising Vinyasa Flow Yoga class and end with more mellow style of yoga: Restorative Yoga, Yin yoga, guided Meditation or Yoga Nidra practices followed by a sauna/sweat lodge session. As part of the retreat, we will also go on a couple of stunning hikes, visit a local Spanish town, experience fun surprise workshops, enjoy a flamenco dancing class, live music and AcroYoga class. We will also snuggle around a log-fire and watch movies.
Apart from this you will be nurtured with the most exquisite vegetarian cuisine.
There will be a many special meals among which mulled wine and delicious Tufu Turkey prepared for Christmas day.
Suryalila is a beautiful old renovated olive farm consisting of eight houses that form the cortijo. In typical Spanish style there are two inner courtyards, one of which blooms with orange and lemon trees.
The property sits on 45 acres of land and is still a working olive farm with 350 olive trees. We also grow organic vegetables and fruits and keep chickens for eggs.
Suryalila is nestled serenely in a large open valley in the foothills of the Sierra de Grazelema. This majestic mountain range can be seen looming large on the horizon behind Suryalila. A striking part of the natural beauty of the property is the breathtaking vista extending in all directions: rolling hills, fields of sunflowers, and lakes. The sense of vastness and expansiveness is very uplifting.
At Suryalila Retreat Centre, we provide different levels of accommodation to suit every budget. From glamping in the olive grove to relaxing in the luxury of our deluxe doubles, we will make sure you have the experience of a lifetime! We offer a wide range of hotel accommodations to suit both independent travellers and large Yoga groups and retreats.
Our accommodation packages are all inclusive, which means that whether you are sleeping in a dorm or in our deluxe room, you will enjoy three gourmet vegetarian buffet-style meals per day and have full access to all of our beautiful common areas and facilities.
Unique Furnishings & Decorations:
Our furnishings and 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. The designer decor is both soothing to the soul and delightful to the eye.
Suryalila has three Yoga halls. Ganesha Yoga Shala has a gorgeous wooden ceiling as well as a wooden floor and is filled with light from windows on both walls as well as a skylight. It also has a lovely balcony with benches for enjoying the expansive views.
The Om Dome has been dubbed the most magnificent Yoga Hall in Europe. The sacred geometry creates a cathedral-like space, which is awe-inspiring.
The Dome overlooks rolling hills, olive groves and a ruined convent. Inside, the Dome boasts underfloor heating and cooling and two long walls for practicing inversions. The walls have been beautiful decorated with colourful murals of Indian gods and Tibetan imagery. There is a state of the art sound system as well as atmospheric lighting.
Vidya Heisel Vidya is Suryalila’s and Frog Lotus Yoga International Director. Read more about her bio here.
Lidiya is a resident teacher at the beautiful Suryalila Retreat Centre in Southern Spain where she also leads Adventure & Yoga. Yoga has been a central part of Lidiya’s lifestyle since discovering the practice more than ten years ago.
Her yoga classes are vigorous and energising, and at the same time balanced with more gentle and calming sequences. Lidiya puts strong focus on breath work while drawing awareness within to inspire conscious integration of the physical body and the mind. She is an attentive teacher and aims to inspire her students to bring meditation into movement. Leading the practitioners with a feeling of strength, freedom and inner calm. Her classes usually end with singing bawls sound therapy.
Apart from vinyasa flow she teaches yin yoga, pranayama, restorative and AcroYoga classes.
With her students, she loves sharing what yoga has given her – balance in life, inner wellbeing and radiant health.
Lidiya was elated to discover Frog Lotus Yoga International, a school which is influenced by Ashanga, Iyengar, and Forrest Yoga. She studied to become a vinyasa flow yoga teacher with the internationally acclaimed, Vidya Heisel. Recently she has completed a yin yoga training with Sara Powers and Thai Yoga Massage with Tripple Gem School of Thai Massage.
In addition to teaching yoga, Lidiya is a tourism management specialist, with a background in product development and organisation of wellness retreats. Her holidays are fun, adventurous and explorative.
We pride ourselves in offering sumptuous banquets of delicious gourmet vegetarian and vegan-friendly organic food. We grow as much of our food as possible and we keep our own happy chickens who provide us with eggs.
Our goal is to provide the perfect space and environment for retreats with excellent customer service, whilst creating a real sense of family style intimacy.
Our kitchen is a happy and bustling environment and the cooks are all very creative and talented. 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. Eggs are gathered daily from our own happy chickens and when the season allows you will enjoy the freshest of fruit picked from our own orchard of apricot, peach, fig and pear trees!
We regularly accommodate vegan, gluten-free, and non-dairy diets, so if you have any special dietary restrictions, just let us know!
If you are a little nervous about going vegetarian – don’t be! Our gourmet vegetarian cuisine will be one of the greatest food experiences of your life and we promise you, you will be raving about the food long after you return home!
What past guests have said
“Suryalila honestly is what Yoga dreams are made of. From the breathtaking views and the beautiful accommodation to the idyllic practice spaces and incredible food. The meals are fantasticly colourful, satisfying and healthy – lots of nourishing superfoods to choose from! It is so much more than a Yoga retreat. It is a safe and welcoming community that quickly becomes your home.” – Joanne Cone,
Prices are in Euros
Mini Dorm: 725€ (share with three other attendees of the same sex)
Twin: €880 (share with one other attendee)
Eco Casa Twin (share with one other attendee): €755
Superior Double (shared bathroom): €1010 single occupancy | for two people €830 p/p
Deluxe Double (private bathroom): €1120 single occupancy | for two people €980 p/p
Deluxe Suite for two people: €1050 p/p
Accommodation, three delicious organic meals a day, yoga classes and the use of the retreat centre facilities are included in your package stay at Suryalila.
How to get here
There are a few airport options close to us. The best airport to fly to is Seville (75 min away), then Jerez de la Frontera (50 min). Malaga is also an option (2 hours by transfer/car or 3 hours by bus). We recommend Skyscanner to search for the best airfares.
Should you decide to travel by bus, we can send you the bus timetable closer to your arrival. Otherwise, organise transfers from the airport to Suryalila. The cost from Seville is €90, from Jerez – €70 and from Malaga – €150. Usually we group people arriving at similar time together, so you can share the cost of the transfer.
Alternatively, there are buses running to Villamartin from where we can pick you up. The cost of a pick up form Villamartin to Suryalila is €10.
To make an enquiry or book this Escape Christmas retreat, send your request to the team who will get back to you within 24 hours or email us directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.