Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre

Opening the Gateway to Feminine Wisdom: A Women’s Yoga Retreat

With Donna Farhi and Melissa Spamer

May 26, 2018 — June 2, 2018

Join Donna Farhi and Clinical Ayurvedic practitioner and teacher Melissa Spamer for a life-changing week in southern Spain.  Learn and experience how the sister sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda can be incorporated into your everyday life to bring back that inner glow that is the hallmark of radiant health.  Drawn from the ancient wisdom teachings of India, Ayurveda is the science of living in balance with nature.  By attuning ourselves with our unique feminine rhythms and cycles we can restore ourselves to vibrant health, calm the mind, and build a clearer connection with our personal goals and visions for our life.

 Suryalila Retreat Centre

This is a retreat for women of all ages.

Each day of the retreat will begin with a silent meditation (optional for those of you who are not early risers. . . ), followed by an active morning Yoga class.  Morning asana practice will focus on gentle warming and hydrating practices that loosen and release the body as well as strengthening and stabilising sequences.  In the afternoons we will focus on Restorative Yoga practices for all phases of a women’s life as well as the deeply nourishing practice of Yoga Nidra (a guided meditation technique designed to move you into a profound state of relaxation and self awareness).

But that’s just for starters!

Our special guest, Melissa Spamer will introduce you to simple daily Ayurvedic practices that can have a profound effect on your health.  Each day you’ll learn a new lifestyle practice and will be provided with a special kit to take home to implement these changes.  Afternoon and evening lectures will include an introduction to Ayurveda, understanding and deter mining your unique constitution; Ayurvedic nutrition, and special sessions on Ayurveda for self-care and women’s health, specifically regarding menstruation, perimenopause, menopause, and beyond. Melissa will also be available for private Ayurvedic consultations.  Vibrant gourmet vegetarian meals support your retreat.  In between sessions treat yourself to a massage with a Suryalila practitioner, relax at the salt water swimming pool, or simply put your feet up and enjoy a good book while basking in the pure air of Andalucia.

Participants may find these books helpful prereading: Ayurveda for Women by Robert Svoboda and Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life by Claudia Welch.

All-inclusive package from €1455 includes:

  ♦  Three gourmet vegetarian meals a day featuring produce from Suryalila’s organic gardens
  ♦ Active morning and Restorative afternoon Yoga class each day taught by Donna Farhi
  ♦  Optional morning meditation session
  ♦  Extensive lectures including an introduction to Ayurveda, understanding and determining your unique constitution; Ayurvedic nutrition, and special sessions on Ayurveda for self-care and women’s health, specifically regarding menstruation, perimenopause, menopause, and beyond
  ♦  Take home Ayurvedic kit
  ♦  E-book: Yoga For Women Theraputic Practice Sequences
  ♦  Comprehensive digital handouts to complement the Ayurvedic lectures
  ♦  Exclusive use of all facilities at Suryalila Resort including wifi Internet access,saltwater pool, ecosauna, juice bar, and outdoor dining and relaxation areas, all set in the beautiful Andalusian countryside

Additional options:

♦  Melissa Spamer will be available for Ayurvedic Health Consultations, 75 minutes, €135.  Appointment schedule will be sent to you prior to the retreat
♦ Suryalila has its own fabulous massage therapists.  Book directly with Suryalila on your arrival

Not included:

 ♦ International and/or domestic travel to/from Suryalila
 ♦ Travel insurance
 ♦ Wine
 ♦ Juice bar purchases
 ♦ Shop purchases
 ♦ Tours and additional services other than those specified above


Donna Farhi

Donna FarhiDonna Farhi is a Yoga teacher who has been practicing for 40 years and teaching since 1982. She is one of the most sought after guest teachers in the world, leading intensives and teacher training programs internationally. Her approach to Yoga is informed by the refinement of natural and universal movement principles that underlie safe and sustainable Yoga practice. This concentration on fundamental principles allows students of all levels of experience and from all traditions to build their own authentic Yoga practice. Considered the “teacher of teachers” students return to Donna’s intensives year after year to be a part of the inspiring evolution of Donna’s own practice and teaching.

Donna is the author of four contemporary classics; The Breathing Book, Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit: A Return to Wholeness and Bringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living. Her fourth book Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship is a curricular text for teaching trainings worldwide. She has been profiled in four separate publications on exceptional contemporary teachers of our time, including Yogini: The Power of Women in Yoga. After four decades of practice Donna believes that Yoga is about learning to befriend our self and to be in friendship with others as a means to building greater fellowship with all of humanity. American born, Donna now resides in Christchurch, New Zealand on a 30-acre farm with her horses, Santosha, Liberty and Ambrosia.

Melissa Spamer


Melissa Spamer, M.A., C.Ay., ERYT 500, began the formal practice of Yoga twenty five years ago, and has been teaching Yoga professionally for twenty years. Her deep love of Yoga led her to study it’s sister science, Ayurveda. She began to incorporate the principals of Ayurveda into her daily life, and witnessed profound changes in her overall health and well-being. She entered a clinical practitioner program with the highly regarded Dr. Vasant Lad and spent two years studying intensively at the Ayurvedic Institute. During this time she also completed studies with Dr. Robert Svoboda, Swamini Mayatitananda, Dr. Claudia Welch, and Dr. David Frawley. During her years in clinical practice Melissa has worked with a wide variety of healthcare needs presented by her clients. She has gone on to specialize in women’s heath, chronic pain and auto-immune disorders, as well as mental health and Ayurvedic nutrition. Melissa is also a licensed massage therapist, holds a graduate certificate in holistic healthcare, and has a master’s degree in Somatic Psychology. While not traveling and teaching, she maintains a private Ayurveda and counseling practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Ayurvedic Consultations: €135 for approximately 75 minutes

Each consultation will assess:

  • Client’s Primary Concern
  • Current Lifestyle & Diet
  • Ama (level of toxins circulating in the body)
  • Agni (digestive strength), and Organ Health.
  • Pulse diagnosis will be utilized to determine your Prakruti (inherent constitution) and your Vikruti (current imbalance)

After the assessment, the client may be given any of the following:

  • A Daily Routine
  • Dietary and/or Herbal Recommendations,
  • Ayurvedic Lifestyle Practices which may also include a Breathing, Meditation, or Yoga Asana Practice

Refunds and Cancellations Policy

Refund less deposit before December 15, 2017. No refunds after December 15, 2017. In case of cancellation, you may transfer your deposit or your reservation to another person as long as you notify us with 30+ days notice. In case of cancellation by Ladino 2004 Ltd, you will receive a full refund of all funds received by Ladino 2004 Ltd. In case of an emergency where Donna cannot travel, Donna will assign a senior teacher in her place (this is highly unlikely). Due to arrangements made with our vacation hosts, there can be no exceptions to this policy.

All participants will be required to complete an application and sign a liability waiver to participate on the trip.

Travel insurance

We recommend that you consider purchasing travel insurance in case you need to cancel your trip and/or flights.  Please note that travel insurance may need to be purchased within a limited window of reserving your trip or purchasing airline tickets. Please check with your travel agent for details as terms and conditions vary between countries and agencies.