Transform and quieten the mind and body after the hectic pace of Christmas by joining Lisa Dunn for a New Year’s Yoga retreat at Suryalila Retreat Centre in Southern Spain.
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.
The Daily Programme
Enjoy energising morning flow yoga and replenishing afternoon restorative yoga. Relax the mind with a daily meditation practice and return to nature with guided walks in the beautiful Andalucían countryside. This retreat is a perfect balance of movement and stillness to help bring in 2018 with deep insights, a revitalized sense of purpose and a joyous celebration of being alive. The classes will be suitable for all levels and experience.
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.
Things to do
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 horse riding on Suryalila’s very own horses. Massage treatments are also available at Suryalila in their own 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.
On New Year’s Eve the local small town, Prado del Rey, celebrates in the town Plaza with fancy dress costumes, music and fireworks! Starting with dinner at Suryalila there is an option for any willing participants to join in as well (and wear their own fancy dress) this is only for those who would like to and absolutely not mandatory at all!
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.
Lisa is a 500-hour certified Vinyasa Flow Yoga teacher based at Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre in Southern Spain. She has been teaching for seven years and practicing for the past 15. She completed a 200-hour foundational teaching training and a 300-hour advanced training both with Vidya Heisel of Frog Lotus Yoga and regularly travels the world leading yoga retreats and assisting on Frog Lotus yoga teacher training programmes. Her formula for a great yoga class is to combine intelligent anatomical sequencing, with continual focus on the breath whilst interweaving yogic philosophy – enhancing the practice to bring a profound sense of well-being and aliveness. Lisa’s passion is to encourage and empower students to develop their practice, and to have a safe life-long yoga experience.