Let the tension of these turbulent times melt away on this relaxing retreat led by our resident Yin Yoga teacher and Coach, Ellen Aarts. Specifically designed to help you recover from fatigue and stress, you will restore your inner balance, recharge your batteries and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul, leaving you feeling relaxed and renewed.

Upcoming Dates

  • 6th – 11th February 2021

Ellen’s retreat was the perfect antidote to a busy and crowded life. I found calm and created inner space through wonderfully curated meditations, yin and restorative yoga sessions, and a group hike in the beautiful nearby national park. Ellen made sure the whole group felt at ease, and instilled a sense of serenity from the start. Highly recommend this for anyone.

Simon, UK

Join our Relax and Restore retreat

The retreat will offer a lovingly curated mix of restorative practices, therapeutic holistic healing work, coaching and meditations, combined with plenty of relaxing ‘me’ time to leave the busy world behind.

relax and restore retreat

Blissful daily yoga classes

During your stay you will be treated to mixture of rejuvenating Vinyasa Flow classes and daily extensive Yin and Restorative Yoga classes to help you find the equilibrium in body and mind.

Why is Yin and Restorative Yoga so good for you?

Yin yoga specifically targets the deep tissues of the body and stimulates the “rest and digest” response of your nervous system. It will naturally switch your “off” button, enabling an emotional state of openness and flow.

Restorative Yoga helps you to completely let go and to heal the body.

I participated in Ellen’s Relax & Restore Retreat in February 2019. The program was really wonderful and completely aligned with my expectations. The music she choose and use of different scents were a wonderful addition during our yoga sessions. I have been able to fully charge my batteries. RECOMMENDED

Kim S, Belgium

Bed Time Yoga Nidra and guided meditations

Come in your PJ’s to these soothing Yoga Nidra and guided meditation sessions held in our serene Om Dome and Meditation Garden for an evening bliss-out. These practices will help you activate the parasympathetic nervous system and enhance relaxation, creating a buffer of calmness before your bedtime. Just lie down, relax and let yourself drift…

The Relax and Restore retreat with Ellen was terrific. A perfect balance of amazing morning yoga, interactive discussions and evening relaxation yoga, together with the wonderful food and surroundings at Suryalila. Massive thanks to Ellen for cultivating a warm, creative, fun and restful environment, and leading us on a very relaxing and soul-nourishing experience. Highly recommend Ellen’s retreat 🙂 

With love,

Dani, Canada

Complementary: Get a Reiki Healing session or a one-on-one Coaching Session

Included in the retreat is a 30 min Reiki session or a 30 min one on one counselling session with your retreat leader, Ellen.

Reiki

Receive a therapeutic holistic Reiki session that will put you in a deep state of relaxation and boost your energetic system.

Coaching

Gain a new perspective on life with a personal coaching session, equipping you with empowering life strategies.

There is also an option to extend both of these for a small additional cost.

When I went to Suryalila I was expecting to take a break in my hectic lifestyle where I can recharge, but little did I know that the retreat imparted by Ellen Aarts did not only replenish but also rebalance my mind, soul and body. Every morning we started with a different meditation,  we also practised restorative yoga, nidra yoga, and now my favourite, thanks to Ellen, yin yoga. We took a scenic path by a river in a National Park nearby. The weather was wonderful the whole stay.

I will repeat this retreat! 
Sonia, Rota (Spain)

Meet Ellen Arts, your retreat leader, Yin yoga teacher and life coach

Beautiful hike in nature

Take a breather and enjoy the beautiful nature of Andalusia with a group hike.

Escape to the Majaceite river and enjoy a picnic surrounded by the regions stunning flora and fauna.

On the 7 day retreat, you will be treated to two hikes, one to the river and other to the stunning mountains of Grazalema where we will finish with a visit to a traditional ‘pueblo blanco’.

Dear Ellen, thanks for all of your heartfelt and beautiful teachings. I really needed the retreat to find my balance and journey into my centre, and you gave us such gentle yet strong guidance and support that I was able to fully relax and let go of stresses that had built up. I have somewhat let go of my personal yoga  practice in favour of strength and weights exercises (keeping me young as I am nearly 50!!) and am now reminded that it is as necessary for my mental and spiritual wellbeing as it is physical. I will always be glad to hear from you.

Janice, Liverpool

Media detox challenge

Optional practice for the brave ones! We invite you to our media detox challenge for the duration of your stay. Leave your phone and laptop in your bag and discover the magic of silence. A temporary disconnection from technology can empower you and give you the chance to connect with yourself and focus inward, rather than the outside world.

In November 2019 I attended Ellen’s Relax and Restore Week in Andalucia…..I (had) realised I needed to create a “fire break” in my busy life ….. and immerse myself in the truly wonderful environment created by Ellen. My advice: if you want to reset your holistic well being, start here.”

Michael, Dublin

And there is more..

With the breathtaking natural scenery, delicious and nutritious organic vegetarian food, free use of our facilities (comfy seating areas, salt water swimming pool, nature trails) and stunning sunsets, we assure you that you will have everything you need to relax, rejuvenate and restore at our rural sanctuary.

Retreat includes:

  • 3 organic delicious vegetarian meals a day
  • Free use of the facilities (salt water swimming pool, comfy lounge area, eco showers under the stars)
  • Daily therapeutic Yoga session – either Yin Yoga or Restorative Yoga
  • Daily Vinyasa Flow classes in morning
  • 2 bed time Yoga Nidra sessions
  • Guided meditations in our Shala or Meditation Garden
  • Stress Buster Workshop
  • 1 Reiki healing session (30 min) or personal coaching session (30 min)
  • Hike (3 hours) through Grazalema Natural Park finishing in Grazalema town
  • Hike alongside the river in Grazalema Park and picnic (2 hours)

Additional option:

  • Therapeutic deep tissue massage, Ayurvedic, Thai or relaxation massage

Here’s what you can expect from the 5 day retreat:

(Breakfast is served at 9.30, Lunch at 13.30 and Dinner at 19.00)

Arrival day 1: “The Landing, Suryalila Style – “The Om Dome Hug”: 

  • Arrival & time for yourself! 
  • Dinner 
  • 20.30 – 21.30 – Word of welcome by Ellen followed by Deeply Relaxing Yoga Nidra Session

Day 2: “A new day. An Andalusian Sun – Leaving The World Behind”:

  • 8.00 – 9.30 – Option to join Suryalila’s Vinyasa Flow class in the morning
  • 10.30 – 11.15 – Personal Intentions session (meditation & writing, bring notebook
  • 17.00 – 19.00 –  Restorative Yoga Class ´Detoxing and Grounding´

Day 3: “Retooling in Paradise – How to build up your Relaxation Reserves”:

  • 8.00 – 9.30 – Option to join Suryalila’s Vinyasa Flow class in the morning
  • 12.00 – 13.30 – Workshop ´Stress Busters´ (this workshop will provide you with lots of tools to deal with stress and challenges, bring your notebook!)
  • 17.00 – 19.00 – Yin yoga session ´Stress Relief and Ultimate Relaxation´
  • 20.30 – 21.30 – Therapeutic Yoga Nidra Session ‘The deepest relief and recharge that you have experienced in a long time’ (20.30 – 21.30)

Day 4: “A Nature Bath – Walking in the Andalusian Garden”:

  • 8.00 – 9.30 – Option to join Suryalila´s Vinyasa morning class
  • Hike to Majaceite River Benamahoma (11.00 – 14.00ish, we will have lunch at Suryalila) 
  • 17.00 – 19.00 – Yin Yoga Session ´Recharge your inner battery, focus on Kidneys and Backbends´
  • Optional: SAUNA after dinner (minimum 4 people)

Day 5: “The Hills Are Alive! A Day Of Joy”:

  • 8.00 – 9.30 – Option to join Suryalila´s Vinyasa morning class (8.00 – 9.30) 
  • 11.00 – 12.30 – ´What makes your heart sing´workshop (bring your notebook)
  • 20.30 – 21.30 –  Deep Sleep Inducing Yoga Nidra Session

Departure day: “A Relaxed Farewell

  • 8.45 – 9.30 – Morning closing meditation & sharings
  • Breakfast
  • Goodbye’s & Hugs (and see you later’s)

Here’s what you can expect from the 7 day retreat:

Here’s what you can expect from a 7 day retreat:

(Breakfast is served at 9.30, Lunch at 13.30 and Dinner at 19.00)

Arrival Day 1:

  • Arrival and introduction
  • 17:00 – 19.00 – Yin yoga session

Day 2:

  • Option to join Vinyasa Flow class in the morning
  • Morning mediation in Meditation Garden, setting intentions
  • 17.00 – 19.00 – Restorative Yoga Class and sound healing
  • Sauna after dinner

Day 3:

  • Option to join Vinyasa Flow class in the morning
  • 11.00 – 13.00 – Empowering workshop on Stress Buster techniques
  • Hike to Grazalema Natural Park after lunch
  • Evening: Bed Time Yoga Nidra Session

Day 4:

  • Day OFF, enjoy our pool, get a treatment, read a book: the day is yours
  • Optional: Evening meditation after dinner

Day 5:

  • Option to join our Vinyasa morning class
  • Hike alongside the gorgeous Majaceite River in Grazalema Natural Park followed by picnic in nature. Bring your notebook
  • 17.00 – 19.00 – Deeply Restorative Yoga Session
  • Dinner and Sauna

Day 6:

  • Option to join the Vinyasa morning class
  • Afternoon meditation
  • 17.00 – 19.00 – Yin Yoga class
  • Evening: Bed Time Yoga Nidra session, come in your pyjamas

Day 7:

  • 8.00 – 9.30 – Morning Yin Yoga session and closing meditation
  • Lunch together and sharing
  • Free time

Departure Day 8:

  • Morning closing meditation and sharing
  • Breakfast
  • Goodbye’s

Retreat Cost – from October (5 Night Retreats)

  • Deluxe Double (Private Bathroom) Sole Occupancy: 795€
  • Deluxe Double (Private Bathroom) Shared: 690€ pp
  • Superior Double (Shared Bathroom) Sole Occupancy: 715€
  • Superior Double (Shared Bathroom) Shared: 580€ pp
  • Twin ( 2 people): 615€ pp
  • Eco Casa, Sole Occupancy: 665€
  • Eco Casa, Shared: 525€ pp
  • Mini Dorm (4 people): 505€ pp
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Meet your retreat host, Ellen Aarts

Ellen is a Yin yoga teacher, Relaxation Retreat holder and Coach. 

Ellen is praised for her serene and calming presence, her down-to-earth approach on spirituality and her intuitive strength. Once a manager in a risk management company, a journalist and a high intensity Amsterdam girl, she now runs her own coaching and retreat business and dedicates herself and her service to sharing the true art of relaxation. 

What do others say?

Amazing, really wonderful. Ellen’s retreat was very personal and varied. Ellen talks about the spiritual in a very down-to-earth way, that is quite special. I feel more in my body now, this retreat has helped me to feel again where I am in my life and in my body. What made the most impact on me (after I received a healing on that day from Ellen) was the yin class on Saturday in the Dome. It was really magical – and the whole group felt like that. I will really hold that memory in my heart.

I would recommend both this retreat and Ellen. The environment is fantastic, you really want to be at Suryalila, believe me : ). It’s beautiful. And I would definitely recommend Ellen as a retreat leader: she is so relaxed and so spontaneous at the same time. It is playful, never boring or dull and there is room for flexibility (sometimes the programme was adjusted slightly based on the groups’ energy etc). You can see that Ellen knows herself deeply and she radiates that to the whole group

Sophie F, The Netherlands

Ellen created a wonderful and relaxing programme filled with kindness. It taught me to be calm, listen to my body and most importantly to be present. I have become a lot more aware of what is good for me and my body and I try to apply these methods and ideas in my everyday life.

Ellie, Belgium