Join Erika to welcome the arrival of Spring in the gorgeous setting of Andalusia. Surrounded by stunning rolling hills, sweeping vistas of lakes and fields of spring flowers, Suryalila is the perfect location to revitalise yourself.
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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 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 mats, bricks, blocks, bolsters. blankets, straps, and eye bags.
Nurture your body and mind with twice daily 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. 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.
Life is relationship. No (wo)man is an island unto her/himself. We are all dependant on nature, food, water, light, love, sound and other forms of nourishment that flow into us from sources outside of our own bodies. Each person also in turn influences the world around them through their presence, creativity, movement, actions and communications. True health requires that these many and varied flows develop a dynamic balance, an ever changing equilibrium or ‘homeostasis’.
On a physical level we relate to our environment. On an emotional/mental level, to society, and, on the spiritual level to Nature and Reality. But the most important relationship of all is the one we have with ourselves.
The road to health is a road to self-knowledge, a path of awakening to your personal realities, a merging of all your different awarenesses into one well-integrated awareness, connected at the roots to the water of life that flows from Mother Nature’s spring.
Of all the many aspects of our complex being, what we need most to establish within ourselves is a sense of flow. The health of the family, society and culture that revolves around us depends largely upon our health, and our health rests in turn on our ability to keep our creative energies flowing. Yoga helps us keep our ‘shakti’ energy flowing comfortably, freely and fearlessly so that we may best express our innate creativity – to ourselves, our loved ones and the world in the spirit of ‘seva’ – selfless service or ‘karma’ / ‘bhakti’ yoga.
This seven day retreat has been carefully designed to purify and rejuvenate the bodymind through a wide variety of embodiment practices drawing on the lineages of hatha and kundalini yoga: buddhist teachings and meditation, tantra and advaita vedanta philosophy, shamanism, taoism, shadow work, ritual and ceremony and healing bodywork. Daily rejuvenation is facilitated by purifying the body of toxins so this retreat will be ALCOHOL FREE
Erika will offer around five hours of practice daily including a wide range of dynamic and restorative yoga, partner work, pranayama, meditation, yoga nidra, mantra meditation and singing, ritual/ceremony, nature connection and much more. There will be one afternoon off during the week for excursions further afield.
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).
- 7.00am Morning meditation, pranayama and yoga
- 9.30am Breakfast
- 1.30pm Lunch
- 4.30pm Restorative / Yoga Nidra / Partner / Yin Yoga / Hands on healing
- 7.00pm Dinner
- (occasional after dinner nature walk / yoga nidra / singing / prayer circle)
Book yourself a flight to Seville or Jerez de la Frontera. Transfers (not included) will be arranged for you and we will do our best to arrange shared taxis for all those arriving on the same flights or similar times. There are trains and buses too. For more info see the Suryalila website.
Includes: Three gourmet, organic meals a day, unlimited tea and fruit, accommodation, saunas, all yoga classes and use of equipment.
- Deluxe double with private bathroom: Single £1500.00 Shared £1200.00
- Superior double/twin with shared bathroom Single £1400.00 Shared £1100.00
- Large yurt (one double bed, one double sofa bed)Single £1200.00 Shared £1050.00
- Glamping / fully furnished bell tentSingle £950.00 Shared £825.00
- Four bed women’s dorm: £795.00
- Eco-Casa: Shared £850.00 Single £995.00
You will be required to pay Erika a £400.00 (non-refundable) deposit. The balance will need to be paid eight weeks before departure.
Erika has three decades of healing, yoga and meditation experience. She draws on a wide range of lineages and yoga styles including Hatha: Iyengar, Ashtanga, Yin/Yang, Restorative, Yoga Nidra, Tantra, Kundalini Yoga, Non Linear Movement, Vipassana meditation, Advaita Vedanta philosophy and Buddhism. She has been teaching yoga full time in London’s top yoga studios and leading retreats internationally for over twenty years. She is a part of the Teacher Training Faculty at Triyoga and has been working as a bodyworker / healer for over thirty years. She has worked extensively with plant medicines over the last twelve years which brings a shamanic flavour to her work, connecting to Nature and the elements through ritual and ceremony, music and sound.
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 by using movement and stillness, sound and silence, challenge and relaxation in a soulful, nurturing environment. Erika is constantly inspired by the incredible transformations that she has witnessed in people’s lives through the healing power of yoga.
You can follow her on Instagram / Facebook : Erika Tourell Yoga
To book please contact [email protected]
I have just returned from a magical retreat with Erika. Not only was the location sublime but Erika’s deep seated knowledge and ability to teach across all levels made each and every session rewarding, challenging and at the same time nurturing. I loved every second and highly recommend her wonderful retreats.
I have attended several of Erika’s retreats now, in India, Turkey and Spain.
Erika’s energy, vitality and zest for developing the yoga practice of others, is second to none. Erika pitches her sessions to all levels and abilities, and is always progressive. Bringing groups of people together and getting them to connect in an authentic and nourishing way is a real strength of hers. So, if you’re in need of pressing the ‘pause button’ on life and require a makeover for body, mind and spirit, Erika and her expertise could be just what you’re looking for. I hope that she is able to help you as much as she has helped me.
Dr. B. Chell
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 anyone can benefit; from complete beginners to experience practitioners. Erika also cultivates a real sense of group, so even though you start off 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.
Erika’s retreat was wonderful – our week with her was an exceptional and life affirming experience. The yoga practice was the perfect pace for students of varying levels. It was so beneficial to take a break from daily life and to have the luxury of time and space for meditation / introspection and relaxation. I returned home with a renewed sense of energy and motivation to take on life’s challenges with a smile. I would highly recommend Erika’s retreat. Thank you Erika for giving us this special time for ourselves.
Erika Tourell is one of the most nurturing yoga teachers that I’ve experienced. I find her classes both deeply nourishing and physically stimulating. I particularly enjoy learning and practicing in a non-competitive atmosphere, which encourages me to pursue my own goals without any pressure to keep up with others.
I have just spent a heart warming, invigorating and nurturing week with Erika on her yoga retreat at Suryalila .Erika is a finely tuned, dedicated yoga teacher with so much wisdom, kindness, and love for what she does. Her sensitivity and experience with how she built up the practice over the week, the choice of music and readings she delivered were always spot on for me. The knowledge that I could go at my own pace, rest when I needed, gave me the experience that I was fully there for my own well being.
Erika’s ease, professionalism and non-judgemental way of teaching, the variety in the practice and the special evening of dancing has inspired me to book for next year with her at Suryalila- so really that sums it up for me – I can’t wait to do it again. Heartfelt thanks Erika.