Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre

Relax and Restore Retreat

with Ellen Aarts

July 3, 2019 — July 7, 2019

Next Upcoming Dates for 2019:

10th Sep – 14th Sep
11th November – 18th November* 

*New week long schedule to be announced.

We invite you to our Relax and Restore Retreat, the perfect antidote for our often very stressful modern times.

Gift yourself the joy and power of silence and come back to your center. This retreat is specifically designed to help you recover from stress and fatigue, to restore your inner balance, recharge your batteries and make you feel renewed and rejuvenated!

Yin Yoga Retreat

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We will offer a mixture of restorative practicestherapeutic holistic healingwork and coaching, all carefully picked to give maximum benefits to your emotional, physical and psychological health. Together with plenty of time and space to relax and leave the busy world behind!

With a daily extensive Yin yoga or Restorative yoga class you can put your body and mind in a state of relaxation where it can heal, recuperate and restore. Each class is designed for the purpose of relaxation and finding equilibrium in body and mind. 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.



Daily Yoga Nidra and guided meditations

Each day you can relax deeply with a Yoga Nidra session before bedtime or unwind in a guided meditation. This will help you activate the parasympathetic nervous system and move away from the detrimental fight-and-flight mode.

We normally go to bed with a lot of to-dos and thoughts in our head. Other times we watch something on tv or check our smartphones. Yoga Nidra and guided meditations will create a buffer of calmness before your bedtime, priming your brain you for a full, restorative sleep.


Get a reiki healing session or a one-on-one coaching session (30 min)
Receive a therapeutic holistic reiki session that will put you in a deep state of relaxation and boost your energetic system. You can also choose to get a personal coaching session. A one-on-one coaching session will allow you to get a new perspective at your life situation and provide you with practical tools to come back to your life with more resources and strategies.

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 really connect with yourself and focus inward, rather than the outside world.

Hike in Natural Park of Grazalema

Take a breather and enjoy the beautiful nature of Andalusia with a group hike. We will discover silence here together and let the local jewels help you unwind and enjoy.

Hiking Grazalema, Sites & Day Trips in Andalusia

And there is more..

With amazing organic food, lots of quiet time, free use of our facilities (sauna, swimming pool) we assure you that you will have everything you need to relax, rejuvenate and restore.

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This retreat is led by Ellen Aarts, our resident Yin Yoga teacher and Burnout Coach. (More information below).

Retreat includes:
  • Daily 2 hour restorative yoga (either Restorative or Yin)
  • Daily Yoga Nidra or guided meditation (either one of the two)
  • Hike (approximately 3 hours) in Natural Park Grazalema.
  • Reiki healing session (30 min) or personal coaching session (30 min)

Optional Extras: Deep Tissue Massage, Thai Yoga Massage; Reiki healing session (60 min);  personal coaching session (60 min)

A stay in our luxurious holistic hotel will also provide you with:

  • Accomodation in one of our many beautifully decorated luxurious rooms, eco houses or yurts
  • Three delicious organic vegetarian meals
  • Unlimited teas/coffees fruit and snacks
  • Sauna (on assigned days)
  • Natural salt swimming pool
  • Surrounded in picturesque rolling hills of the countryside

–Ananda Laxmi Suite: Sole Occupancy 750€ or 1240€ for two people sharing
–Deluxe Double: Sole Occupancy 660€ or 1160€ for two people sharing
–Superior Double: Sole Occupancy 610€ or 992€ for two people sharing
–Twin: 520€ per person
–Glamping Tent: Twin share 420€ sole occupancy 520€

Day 1 : Arriving
Landing safe and sound in the heavens of Suryalila, this day is about arriving and relaxing.

  • Arrival & time for relaxing
  • Little welcome and introduction on what you can expect
  • Yin yoga session specifically designed to help restore the body and land before dinner

Day 2 Leaving the world behind
Today you slowly start to embark on a journey inward, leaving the outer world behind. We will start the day with an intention, the guided meditation and yoga session are designed to support the theme of the journey inward. Media detox starts (optional)

  • Guided meditation before breakfast
  • Time slots for coaching/reiki sessions/massages
  • Restorative yoga session with sound healing before dinner

Day 3 Coming to yourself
This day will be about stillness, coming back to yourself and finding tools to work with to ground and center yourself. The guided meditation, hike and yin yoga session will support the theme of stillness and coming back to yourself.

  • Guided meditation before breakfast
  • Hike in Natural Park of Grazalema
  • Yin yoga session designed to detox and revitalize the body

Day 4 Retooling & Recharging
Today you will connect with a more empowered version of yourself, feeling recharged, calm and stronger. You will learn tools in the workshop, restore the complete body and fall into a deep sleep after a healing and relaxing yoga nidra session.

  • Meditation before breakfast
  • Workshop about stress and what you can do about it
  • Time slots for
  • Time slots for coaching/reiki sessions/massages
  • Restorative yoga before dinner
  • Yoga nidra to induce deep restorative sleep before bedtime

Day 5  Back to the World
Feeling rejuvenated after a good Yin yoga session and breakfast, in your own time you will relax and pack, making your way back home.

  • Relaxing and Revitalizing Yin yoga session before breakfast
  • Time to relax & pack



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The retreat will be led by Ellen Aarts, our resident Yin Yoga teacher. Ellen also runs her own practice as a Burnout Coach and works with clients to help them overcome stress, anxiety and burnout.

Ellen is praised for her serene and calming presence. Her soothing voice creates atmospheres where people find inner stillness and come back to their centre.

She lived in Amsterdam for a big part of her life, where she was a manager in a risk management company and a journalist. After experiencing and overcoming a deep episode of burnout years ago she decided to make it her mission to help people who are in the same place as she once was. She is dedicated to create and hold a space where people can come back to their true nature and find a bit of peace on earth.




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 l¨ –  Simon, UK

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

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 : ). Its 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