In October, we are flying to South of Spain, in Granada !
Come join us for a 7-day yoga retreat in the peaceful hillsides of the famous Sierra Nevada, Spain.
The retreat will take place at Cortijo Caseria del mercado, an established retreat centre. The center offers 2 beautiful yoga rooms, a big pool, and a huge veranda overlooking the valley below where we will have all our meals. The retreat centre is far away from all the big cities and you will be surrounded by the sounds and smells of nature. During our time at the center we will be in full harvest season, so expect to indulge in the freshest produce possible. All meals will be prepared for a vegan diet (vegetarian options available).
Your schedule will be filled with 2 daily yoga / movement classes one in the morning and one in the afternoon. In addition you can join us for some exciting outdoor activities, evening ceremonies (Kirtan & Bonfire) and dances. All themed around the universal topic of connection. We will be connecting to our bodies, our mind, our intentions and most importantly with the nature and people around us.
The retreat will be held in English. Translation to German, French and Spanish is possible if needed. No previous knowledge of yoga is required to attend the retreat. The content of the retreat will be tailored to beginners and advanced yogis.
Where and When?
The retreat will take place from Sunday afternoon (October 17) to Sunday (October 24) at Cortijo Caseria del mercado (El Cortijo). El Cortijo is located in rural Southern Spain. Offering accommodation in the heart of the Alpujarra mountains, honouring nature, ecology and tradition.
El Cortijo has been adapted as a retreat centre with traditional Spanish accommodation, a natural mineral water swimming pool and a yoga studio with breathtaking views.
Daily asana practice
Every day you will have a morning and evening yoga class. We will start every day with a meditation to prepare ourselves for the day and to set our intentions and focus our minds. The aim of the meditation sessions is
to connect to your inner self and set your intentions for the coming day.
The afternoon classes will be themed around connectivity and held similar to a workshop where we will dive deeper into specific aspects (for example contact dance, or acroyoga). The focus will be around creative movement.
The Cortijo is located 1,250 meters high in the mountains bordering the National Park of Sierra Nevada. Nestled between the small villages of Almegíjar and Cástaras and some 100 km from Granada. The closest town is Orgiva, which is a tiny village with a tiny convenience store. The setting is ideal to disconnect from the outside world and let go. The local area is a fantastic hiking country with spectacular mountain views and isolated “White villages”. There will be expeditions to the river (yes, we can swim there) streams and through the hills where the local produce is being harvested.
Have you ever wondered how almonds get out of their shell and into your mouth? We will be at el Cortijo during the most interesting season of the year, harvest season. We can partake in the daily activities or stay by the pool and just relax in the sun.
Over the years, Lars has had many deeply inspiring teachers who led him along the path of yoga. He is a certified yoga and acro yoga teacher and has had a regular yoga practice for many years. Lars has spent large periods of his life traveling and has had the opportunity to learn from many very talented and diverse teachers. What all of these teachers have in common is their love and dedication to the practice, they don’t take themselves too seriously and probably most important, they love to have fun and do things differently.
Their ways have shaped and defined Lars’ personal practice and his way of teaching and you can expect to get challenged both physically and mentally but you will always leave his class with a smile on your face.
Vaida has a background in movement and dance and holds a Master's degree in Choreography from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. She also studied yoga in Bali where she became a Yoga Alliance certified teacher.
Vaida is also a licensed personal trainer, female entrepreneur and co-creator of Conscious Fit Coaches company.
Movement is her way of understanding and experiencing life. She is very passionate about the connection between physical and mental strength combined with deep philosophical exploration and body improvisation.
She is a teacher who focuses on details, alignment and pushes her students to become the best version of themselves! However, she always leaves space for exploration, new discoveries and deeper understanding of our true selves.
Océane is passionate about the relationship body/mind and how the microcosmos that we are is related to the macrocosmos which is holding us.
She is teaching themed Vinyasa flows but also Yin classes and holds space for freedom and embodiment in her classes, for deep listening of the now.
She is also trained in Budokon and loves coming back to a stronger and more disciplined practice too as a perfect balance of discipline and surrender, to find FLOW in life !
Being also fascinated about contact improvisation, she spent some time in Bali diving into the practice of Contact Beyond Contact, a dance improvisation practice that focuses on creating an environment and holding space for transformation and healing, integrating chi gong, yoga, healing, authentic relating, mindfulness and leadership skills, Buddhist and Taoist philosophies within Contact Improvisation (CI) and Authentic Movement (AM).
Price (in EUR)
Early Bird Camping 650
Early Bird House 750
Early bird promotion is available until 17 April 2021 (6 months in advance)
Included in the price:
− 7 overnight stays
− Brunch and dinner
− Tea, fruits and snacks in the afternoon
− All yoga classes and evening activities
Not included are
− Trip to/from El Cortijo
− Alcoholic drinks from the house bar
For any questions and please email the teachers:
Lars Eckmann at firstname.lastname@example.org
Vaida Vaiciulyte at email@example.com
Océane Rome at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upon receipt of your registration, we will confirm your participation, and the registration is binding from that date on. At the same time, you will be invoiced a non-refundable deposit of EUR 200.- which is due within 10 days. Upon payment of this deposit, your space is secured.
The remainder is due by 01 October 2021.
If the retreat is cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions we will fully refund your deposit, no questions asked.
The retreat should be accessible to anyone. If your financial situation currently does not allow you to pay the full price, special arrangements can be made. Maybe you have a way of contributing to the retreat in the kitchen or have some other skill that you would like to share. Please get in touch for special arrangements.
Please book your flights or trains or buses to either Malaga or Granada, from there we will arrange a transport to the retreat center. You can also make your way directly to the retreat center (by car for example). The pick up times are as follows:
Pick up 17 October:
4pm from Malaga airport
5pm from Granada central bus station
Departure 24 October
9am to Malaga
10am to Granada
Insurance is your own responsibility. The facilitator/the teacher shall not be held liable for any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to persons. The participant waives any claim against the company/the teacher for any such loss, damage or injury.