culture and yoga

Upcoming Dates:

  • 2nd – 9th May, 2020
  • 13th June – 20th June, 2020

This is a specially designed week of cultural trips and Yoga to enable you to enjoy the best of this beautiful and culturally rich area of Spain, in a relaxed and warm environment.

The week is designed in such a way that you will get plenty of Yoga and time to relax whilst experiencing authentic and culturally rich excursions to the fascinating cities of Seville, Ronda and Arcos de la Frontera.

All excursions, transport, yoga, tour guides, accommodation, meals (except for four), use of our facilities, and taxes are included in the tariff.

What is not included in the tariff:

Cost of your shuttle to and from the airport on arrival and departure.

Four of your meals whilst out on excursions, which will allow you to sample local tapas and cuisine. (Dining out in Spain is relatively inexpensive).

Massages, private Yoga sessions and additional items like wine, beer, chocolate and ice-cream from our goodies bar.

Yoga Classes

Jo Cone is a super relaxed and progressive teacher. Happily modifying for beginners while challenging more advanced movers in the same space. It’s yoga for EVERYBODY. She is also a licensed acupuncturist weaving together Chinese Medicine theory and Western Medicine anatomy with traditional asana.

You will have a more dynamic all levels class every morning, with plenty of modifications and help for beginners, as well as a gentle and relaxing yoga class before dinner on five of the days. All classes are optional.

Your Week’s Schedule

Saturday

  • Arrive anytime. We can organise pick-up from the airport for you if you wish.
  • Dinner is at 7pm.
  • There will be a meet and greet introduction to your vacation after dinner on Saturday.

Sunday

  • Relax and Renew Day
  • After your morning Yoga, spend time by the pool, relaxing in a hammock, getting a massage, or private yoga session, if you wish, and generally relaxing and unwinding.
  • An easy optional guided hike with be offered in the afternoon before your restorative Yoga Class.
  • Monday
  • Morning Yoga
  • Visit to the enchanting city of Ronda
  • A tour guide will meet our taxi and give a fascinating walking tour of Ronda (in English).
  • Enjoy tapas in a local restaurant for lunch.
  • Return to Suryalila for the evening Yoga session and dinner buffet.

Ronda is famous for it’s spectacular views, ancient roman bridges & bullfighting! Ronda is just under a one hour drive from Suryalila Retreat Centre. Similar to many towns in the region it is a fortified white town on a hill with stunning views and cliffs that was once a centre of Islamic culture. The old town is situated on the other side of a gorge, with a beautiful bridge connecting it with the newer part. Many travellers and writers have written about Ronda, most famously in the 20th century, Ernest Hemingway and Orsen Wells. Both were enamoured with the culture and landscape and in particular

Hemingway wrote about bullfighting. The ring is still used occasionally for bull fights, as well as being a site of tourist interest, with its lovely architecture. The history of Ronda can be traced back to the 9th century BCE, making it one of Spain’s oldest towns. Walking through the town and the old quarter and then taking the path into the gorge below gives one a good impression of this picturesque town.

Tuesday

  • Morning Yoga
  • A Day in Seville
  • Visit the beautiful Moorish Palace and Gardens of the Alcalzar.
  • Two free hours to wander, shop and enjoy tapas
  • Go for a horse and carriage ride to the Plaza de Espana.
  • Meet outside the cathedral and visit the tomb of Christopher Columbus.
  • Visit the flamenco Museum
  • Enjoy spectacular views over Seville from the Plaza de Encarnacion.
  • Head to La Casa De Memorias for a flamenco show
  • Dine at our favourite Tapas Bar and Restaurant

Sevilla is one of Europe’s most charming and romantic cities. It is probably the most famous historical town in Andalusia, along with Cordoba and Granada. It has a stunning cathedral and Alcazar (moorish palace). With the original minaret of a mosque incorporated into the Christian cathedral it is one more example of the fusion of Islamic and Christian architecture in Andalusia.  Sevilla’s history is woven into folklore, with Bizet’s Carmen capturing the image of a steaming, sultry city fuelled by colonial passions. Columbus’ ‘discovery’ of America in 1492 led to Sevilla gaining a monopoly on Spanish trade with the new-found continent.

Wednesday

  • Morning Yoga
  • Rest/spa day
  • After your morning Yoga, spend time by the pool, relaxing in a hammock, getting a massage, or private yoga session, if you wish, and generally relaxing and unwinding.
  • An easy optional guided hike with be offered in the afternoon before your restorative Yoga Class.
  • A flamenco class will be offered in the evening after dinner.

Thursday

  • Morning Yoga
  • A day in Grazalema and Zahara de la Sierra (hike and a town visit)

Friday

  • Morning Yoga
  • A morning visit to the nearby town Arcos de la Frontera, a Eunesco World Heritage site.
  • Lunch at Suryalila
  • Afternoon visit to the studio of a famous local sculptor and artist, Jose Hinojo.
  • Afternoon Yoga

Arcos is one of Andalusia’s most dramatically positioned pueblos blancos (white villages), Arcos balances atop a rocky limestone ridge, its whitewashed houses and stone castle walls stopping abruptly as a sheer cliff face plunges down to the river Guadalete below. Declared a national historic-artistic monument in 1962 in recognition of its exceptional architecture and impressive location, the old town is a tangled labyrinth of cobbled streets that lead up to a sandstone castle, the Castillo de los Arcos. As you’d expect from such a spectacular vantage point, there are exhilarating views over the town and the rolling plain below.

You can find more information about talented and charmingly eccentric artist Jose Hinojo here: http://www.josehinojo.es/

Saturday

  • Morning Yoga
  • This is your departure day, so you need to vacate your room by 11am, however, feel free to stay and use our facilities as long as you wish.

Price of the Culture and Yoga Holiday Depends on your Accommodation Choice:

  • Mini Dorm: €883 (share with three other attendees of the same sex)
  • Eco Casa/Yurt: €1100| for two people sharing €910
  • Twin: €1030 (share with one other attendee of the same sex)
  • Superior Double (shared bathroom): €1170| for two people sharing €988
  • Deluxe Double (private bathroom): €1275| for two people sharing €1135

For more information and to book please get in touch with the Suryalila team: [email protected]