Yoga, Pilates & Hiking Retreat in Southern Spain 2023

The Sierra de Grazalema and whitewashed villages serve as the gateways to our Yoga Retreat Center which hosts some of Spain's prettiest mountain scenery. Our retreat center is settled in this picturesque land of diverse terrain with narrow passes connecting the villages over high mountain ridges.

Overview: 

Take the gift of relaxation on our nature and hiking yoga-pilates retreat.

Where the Parque Natural of the Sierra de Grazalema rises from quiet rural byways like an apparition and the natural world takes over, find yourself enticed into wellbeing. Where great buttresses of rock silhouetted against the clouds soar above a forested landscape tinged with green, feel the vitality of this area even when the rest of Andalucía turns yellow under the Spanish sun. Deemed a Unesco Biosphere reserve since 1977 this land is one of the best places to hike in Southern Spain.

The Sierra de Grazalema and whitewashed villages serve as the gateways to our Yoga Retreat Center which hosts some of Spain's prettiest mountain scenery. Our retreat center is settled in this picturesque land of diverse terrain with narrow passes connecting the villages over high mountain ridges.

Being between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, this dynamic area is home to unique plants and animals and has a slightly tropical microclimate. On the same day, there can be warm sunshine, clouds, or rain and directly a return to warm sunshine. From fascinating historical stories of the surrounding whitewashed villages to Neolithic tombs, a visitor to this province can do yoga in the morning, explore serene hiking trails, cool off in one of the five outdoor swimming pools with views of the Sierra, taste local foods, and finally sleep in luxury accommodations with the silence of the mountain.

The accommodations are rooms in villas with views of the mountain, air conditioners, and heaters and there is wifi inside all the buildings.

If you´re looking for a mountain and yoga vacation, this is the place for you!

The villas, gardens, walking paths, and swimming pools that make up the Nature Reserve yoga retreat center are nestled under an escarpment and have a panoramic view of the Sierra Grazalema mountains. Fresh clean mountain air fills a visitor's lungs with every breath. The Andalusian sunlight illuminates the natural landscape and olive trees that dot the mountainside. One can hear the soft chirping of birds and the occasional bleat of goats and sheep roaming the lands outside the retreat center. Just being in this place of stillness brings peace and well-being like no other.

Surrounded by lush mountains in the middle of the Nature Reserve, the Andalucian sunlight illuminates the surrounding panoramic views. The retreat center has 5 swimming pools, a tennis court, gardens, terraces, and hiking trails.

The hiking tour takes yoga retreat participants on paths around the mountain, up to the breathtaking view of the whitewashed villages and to the Giant Dolmen. From the Neolithic period, the magic of the Giant Dolmen takes us back in time and reminds us of the everlasting health of a land where people have resided for thousands of years.

Yoga shala with 52 square meters can serve up to 25 participants.

The yoga teacher on this retreat is Pille Mitt. You can read more about her here.

The Pilates teacher on this retreat is Kaia Heinleht. More information about her in the Estonian language is here. 

Kaia is one of the backbones, and foundations of Estonian Pilates, having been introduced, practiced, and taught Pilates for over twenty years. During all these years, she has consistently developed her skills at various international training under-recognized Pilates master teachers such as Kelly McKinnon, Debora Lessen, and Amy Taylor Alpers. The last training was the Kathy Corey Postgraduate Mentor Program in Germany in 2018.

In addition to Pilates, in recent years Kaia has been improving herself in the field of osteopathy and in 2015 she started studying kinesiology TFH (Touch For Health). Relying on her acquired knowledge and practice of thousands of hours in the fields listed above, Kaia has developed her own personal physical education training course. Physiotherapists and rehabilitation specialists working in the Estonian medical system have improved their knowledge under his guidance.

Program: 

Arrival day pick up from Malaga airport or city center or Ronda train station around 14-15.30

07.00-07.10 Meditation

07.15-08.30 Energizing Yoga class

08.45-09.45 Pilates class

10.00-11.00 Brunch

11.30-16.00 Hiking, free time, or excursion

16.30-17.45 Yin or Restorative Yoga class

18.00 Dinner

20.00 Downtime or workshop

The schedule is flexible. It will adapt to the needs of each group or as necessary.

Departure day 11:00 transport to Ronda train station or Malaga airport.

 

 

Accommodation: 

The accommodations are rooms in villas with views of the mountain, air conditioners, and heaters and there is wifi inside all the buildings.
Villas have a bedroom with a double bed, a living room with a fold-out sofa, an open kitchen, a bathroom, a balcony, and a pool.
The closest village, El Gastor is 3 km away.

The 19 rooms can be single, double, triple, or quadruple occupancy and have air conditioning, heaters, and free wifi.

Food: 

Our retreat chefs prepare vegetarian meals and special diet menus are accommodated upon request. Wine is available for purchase.

  • Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-Free
  • Organic
  • Lactose-Free
  • Whole food

Your investment: 

Very early bird (booking 5 months in advance):
Shared room for 3 people for 885 EUR per person
Shared room for 2 people for 950 EUR per person
Private room for 1 person 1300 EUR per person

Early bird (booking 3 months in advance):
Shared room for 3 people for 965 EUR per person
Shared room for 2 people for 1030 EUR per person
Private room for 1 person 1380 EUR per person

Last-minute booking (less than 3 months in advance):
Shared room for 3 people for 1045 EUR per person
Shared room for 2 people for 1110 EUR per person
Private room for 1 person 1460 EUR per person

Booking and refund options: 

We ask for a non-refundable deposit of 200€ per participant to reserve your spot in this retreat.

The deposit will be paid to MTÜ Tervise Teenistuses EE057700771002626737, if you live in Estonia.

The remaining payment is due 3 months before the start of the retreat.

If you have to cancel your reservation for a valid reason, it is possible to transfer your remaining balance payment for another retreat.

We recommend taking out the insurance contract in case you need to cancel your booking less than 3 months before the retreat starts.

 

 

Payment methods: 

  • Credit card
  • PayPal
  • Bank transfer

Credit Card & Paypal payments have a +4% fee.
To avoid this fee, please contact us for payment by bank transfer.

What is included: 

  • 5 nights at the beautiful Nature Reserve retreat center
  • 2 yoga classes per day: 1 Energizing and 1 gentle yin or restorative yoga
  • yoga mats and props
  • 1 pilates class per day
  • daily guided meditations
  • 2 yoga workshops
  • 2 pilates workshops
  • 2 delicious healthy vegetarian meals daily: brunch and 3-course dinner
  • Five swimming pools
  • Hiking tour to the big Dolmen and El Gastor
  • Hiking to the Tajo Algarin mountain 1067 m.a.s.l.
  • Excursion to the Zahara de la Sierra, olive oil factory tour, and tasting of the local cheese and oil
  • Arrival day and departure day transport between the retreat center and Malaga or Ronda
  • All transportation for included activities

What is not included: 

  • Airfare
  • Insurance
  • Wine
  • Ronda excursion and traditional flamenco show for the extra cost of 85 EUR
  • Setenil De Las Bodegas, wine tasting 70 EUR
  • Massage 60 min 60 EUR
  • Paragliding 120 EUR
  • Caminito Del Rey

Additional Information: 

A Youtube video about the Nature Reserve Retreat Center in Spain is here.

Caminito del Rey - King's Little Path is built onto the side of the limestone rock face, offering spectacular, heart-stopping views down a sheer drop to the churning waters.

If you want to walk Caminito del Ray, it is possible to organize it on April 15 and 27. Arriving day in Malaga will be then on April 14, so we have a full day for the Caminito del Ray. If you join our second retreat, you will stay in Ronda after the retreat for 1 night and in Malaga for 1 night). In this case, the cost of 2 nights at the hotel or apartment will be added to the cost of the tour (entrance ticket and transportation to El Chorro is 65 EUR).

The village of El Gastor is just a few kilometers from the retreat center. El Gastor is also known as the ‘Balcony of the White Villages’ because from the two mountain peaks in its municipality, El Algarín, and Las Grajas, there are magnificent views of other little villages in the area and the surrounding countryside.

Duration: 5 days/5 nights
Price: €200.00
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