You are warmly invited to celebrate the coming spring from 14th – 21st April 2018 (Saturday to Saturday) with this week long retreat in the gorgeous setting of Suryalila Retreat Centre in Andalusia. Surrounded by stunning rolling hills, sweeping vistas of lakes and fields of sunflowers, this is the perfect location to relax, revitalise and rejuvenate.
Suryalila is a unique and beautiful old renovated olive farm, deep in the heart of the lovely Andalusian countryside, in the south of Spain and only an hour from Seville. The residency buildings are surrounded by mountains and are charming, spacious and beautifully decorated with an exotic eastern flavour. There are both indoor and outdoor dining areas and plenty of cosy hang out spots.
The spacious yoga shalas have many windows overlooking the surrounding countryside, stunning hard wood floors and are fully equipped with bricks, blocks, bolsters. blankets, straps, mats and eyebags.
Nurture your body and mind with two long yoga classes per day, and indulge in delicious organic vegetarian cuisine. Soak up some sun by the salt-water swimming pool and experience the detoxifying effects of the sweat lodge made from environmentally friendly materials. There is a riding stables on the premises as well as bicycles to borrow to enjoy the great outdoors. There are lots of beautiful places to walk and you can visit to the local white villages or travel further afield to Ronda, Cadiz or Seville. There will also be one or two resident therapists available to give bodywork sessions in the afternoons, as well as a fabulous shop for those of you that enjoy retail therapy…
Erika will offer around five hours of practice daily (which may sound like a lot but in reality isn’t really – we rest a lot in between practices… and we go slow…) including a wide range of dynamic and restorative yoga – (hatha and kundalini) partner work, pranayama, meditation, yoga nidra, chanting of sanskrit mantras and some free dance. There will be one afternoon off during the week for excursions further afield. The retreat is perfectly suited to all levels including complete beginners. You will be challenged to your edge and also encouraged to take things easy and rest as much as you need. You don’t have to be able to touch your toes! All abilities, all ages warmly welcomed.
Each day of the retreat will begin with 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 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).
Approximate schedule (may be subject to change)
7.00am Morning practice
4.30pm Restorative yoga
Prices per person
Deluxe Ananda suite with private bathroom and sitting area:
Single £1325.00 Shared £1075.00
Deluxe double with private bathroom:
Single £1300.00 Shared £995.00
Superior double/twin with shared bathroom:
Single £1200.00 Shared £925.00
Single £1100.00 Shared £825.00
Family yurt (one double bed, one double sofa bed):
Single £1200.00 Shared £875.00
Shared £725.00 (3 people) or £825.00 (2 people)
Single £1050.00 Shared £825.00
Bell tent/ glamping:
Single £975.00 Shared £750.00
4 bed dorm with shared bathroom:
Please note – all the camping options – Eco-Casas / Yurts and Bell Tents share an outdoor toilet/shower block.
Cost includes: Three gourmet, organic meals a day, unlimited tea and fruit, accommodation, saunas, all yoga classes and use of equipment.
You will be required to pay a £300.00 (non-refundable but transferable if you can find someone to take your place) deposit to reserve your space. The balance will need to be paid eight weeks before departure. Bank details will be sent to you upon booking.
I have wanted to join one of Erika’s retreats for many years and was so fortunate to be in Goa for New Year with her group for my 50th birthday. The yoga classes were a wonderful mix of meditations, posture and breath work, and many unexpected elements to instigate positive change in our lives. Erika was amazing in her ability to teach to people of all abilities including total beginners and to incorporate styles and aspects of yoga to appeal to everyone. Everyone in the group seemed to blossom under Erika’s care. In just a week I felt more centred, more balanced and more content in myself. I am looking forward to the next one!
Becky B. Byron Bay
Erika is the perfect retreat host; welcoming and kind, making everyone feel at ease immediately. Erika’s calming voice eases you through daily meditations opening your heart and mind. Her extensive knowledge, across all types of yoga, ensure that you receive a tailored experience from which everyone can benefit; from complete beginners to experience practitioners. Erika also cultivates a real sense of group, so even though you start as strangers, you end up making friends from all walks of life. Under her care, we laughed, cried and danced like no-one was watching! We left full of gratitude and love, ready to take positivity and light to all those around us in 2018. If only everyone could spend a week with Erika and then I have no doubt the world would be a better place!
Kim B. Brighton
The week spent in the beautiful surroundings and warmest company was a truly wonderful experience. It was nourishing on all levels, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. It felt like home and the care was total. To spend time with Erika was inspirational and allowed me to remember the freedom I had when I was a child. She really embodied the whole spirit of yoga and the week has left me in an excellent state with a strong desire to keep the practice alive. Thanks to all who took the journey with me and I for one am definitely going to return next year.
Catherine R, London.
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for hosting such a lovely week. It was very enjoyable and relaxing and I feel much more myself again after what’s been a pretty difficult couple of months. I’ve been on several yoga retreats and the two that I have done with you have definitely been the best. You have a talent for assessing the needs of the group and for showing sensitivity to the different approaches/attitudes of the individuals. Many yoga teachers impose what is obviously their standard approach without taking the views of the group into account and one either fits in with it or not. I think you do a wonderful job of both letting us get on with things the way we want to and coaxing us to try things we might never normally consider.
Jackie L, London.
Erika is highly experienced in the full spectrum of yogic practices and in her classes she weaves a beautiful tapestry, moving seamlessly from one practice into another. Erika is one of the most creative yoga teachers I have ever met.
Michelle L. Devon
Erika has thirty years of yoga and bodywork experience. She draws on a wide range of experience and many yoga styles including Hatha: Iyengar, Ashtanga, Yin/Yang, Yoga Nidra, Restorative, Tantra, Kundalini Yoga, Vipassana (Insight) meditation, Advaita Vedanta philosophy (non-duality) and Buddhism. She has been teaching in London’s top yoga centres for almost twenty years as well as leading retreats internationally. 2018 sees her stepping into a new role as teacher trainer for Triyoga, the UK’s biggest and most successful yoga centre.
Erika is passionate about natural healing and loves nothing more than to hold the retreat space to offer a precious opportunity for people to experience a profound awakening through yoga using movement and stillness, sound and silence, challenge and relaxation in a soulful, nurturing environment. Erika is constantly inspired by the transformations that she has witnessed in the lives of people through the healing power of yoga.