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Join this refreshing yoga retreat to develop a close relationship with your own physical body and follow the wise guidance towards body healing, where you can lie the key to this healing. In this retreat, Catia will offer a practice that allows your time for inner listening, tuning, and bringing harmony of your body. You will be served delicious vibrant vegetarian meals and beautifully housed in bright shared accommodation with access to a divine saltwater pool and sauna and the best sunset in the hills of Andalusia.
Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre is a beautiful, old-renovated olive farm consisting of eight houses that form the cortijo. In typical Spanish style, there are two inner courtyards, one of which blooms with orange and lemon trees. The property sits on 45 acres of land and is still a working olive farm with 350 olive trees.
The houses on the property are all artfully and tastefully furnished and decorated with careful attention to detail. Every room is uniquely beautiful with impeccable feng shui. Suryalila has three yoga halls. Ganesha yoga shala has a gorgeous wooden ceiling as well as a wooden floor and is filled with light from windows on both walls as well as a skylight. It also has a lovely balcony with benches for enjoying the expansive views. Ganesha yoga shala comfortably holds 30 people.
The Om Dome has been dubbed the most magnificent yoga hall in Europe. The sacred geometry creates a cathedral-like space, which is awe-inspiring. The dome overlooks rolling hills, olive groves, and a ruined convent. Inside, the dome boasts underfloor heating and cooling and two long walls for practicing inversions. The walls have been beautifully decorated with colorful murals of Indian gods and Tibetan imagery. There is a state of the art sound system as well as atmospheric lighting.
The dome can comfortably hold 60 people practicing yoga and a lot more for concerts and other events. Both of the yoga spaces are fully outfitted with yoga props. Apart from three gorgeous yoga halls, Suryalila Retreat Centre boasts a saltwater swimming pool, eco sauna / sweat lodge, and views of the most magnificent and vibrant sunsets. On your arrival day, your room will be ready after 4 p.m. and you are welcome to arrive earlier and enjoy the facilities at Suryalila. On your departure day, Suryalila asks that you vacate your room by 10.30 a.m. After you have left your room, you are welcome to use the facilities until you are ready to leave.
Note: Here at Suryalila, the staffs have cats, peacocks, chickens, horses, and the neighbors' dogs often come onto the property so it is best to leave your pets at home. There are also hunters in the area at different times of years.
At a certain point, Catia Garcia realized that there was plenty of action and striving in her life but she felt very little rest and acceptance. She could see that this imbalance, clinging to yang and ignoring the importance of yin, was causing her to suffer. It is bringing physical discomfort and metabolic disharmony into her body. At that time, she was working as the occupational therapist in a hospital to understand the importance of balance and acceptance. It was propelled her to search deeply for more knowledge and teachings in different energetic bodywork fields. She is grateful to her teachers in this field who are Cyriac Joseph, Fabian Scarpan, Till Heeg, Jack Chaya, Rosemary Wallace, Krishnatakis, David Lutt, Sahji Sivanada, Sara Power and Thich Nhatt Hanh. They led her to look more deeply at Thai and Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, Taoism, and Buddhist philosophy.
Tarthang Tulku, a Tibetan lama, said:
“in brief tranquil moments when the senses are relaxed and responsive when the heart is easy and the mind light, we can hear the voice of silent space speaking… Awareness responds, and the blessing of healing and knowledge flows forth.”
In many wisdom traditions around the world, there is an understanding of the balance between striving and acceptance. This balance allows you to be in your natural state of joy and health. Whenever the energy (known as chi, prana, lom, lung or life force) is stagnant, deficient, or excessive, the physical body is affected. Consequently, the emotional body is also affected or it might also be vice versa.
“… all emotional stress is stored physically as tension in the body. The stress of past traumatic experiences, neurotic patterns, and of day-to-day living cause physical blockages… Emotional and physical problems can block your growth as individuals in many ways. Physical and emotional health, however, creates a strong foundation for developing and unfolding on all levels of your being which are physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual.”
Michael Reed Gach with Carolyn Marco, Acu-Yoga (Tokyo and New York: Japan Publications, 1981), 17.
Many people are out of touch with what they are feeling because they are lack of time and space in their lives to explore the deeper aspects of themselves. In this weeklong retreat, Catia Garcia will offer a practice that allows the individual time for inner listening, tuning the body, and bringing harmony between the visceral (organs), emotional, and energetic layers of the body.
As traditional medicine, this retreat is opening its doors to ancient healing arts. Now, there is a great opportunity to integrate the concepts of meridians from Chinese medicine, the power of herbs from ancient Greek medicine, massage, and steam, as well as integrative breath work and holistic healing yoga born from the Taoist and Ayurvedic tradition. You will also develop body awareness and release old stored patterns using osteopathy, cranio-sacral, and biodynamic concepts. Last but not least, you will employ the mindful practice of meditation from the Buddhism.
The aim of this week is to offer a variety of tools to take back home that can facilitate the healing process. You will be given a manual where all the practices will be shared, including the Therapeutic yoga poses that you will practice each day in the retreat, the name and properties of each herb used for the herbal cleanse teas and for the hot herbal compresses, different meditations, qi-gong / tai chi exercises, etc.
Please note that on day four, there will be a cleansing day. You will only do a gentle therapeutic practice in the morning and a lying meditation. The rest of the day will be for resting and relaxing in the sauna and swimming pool. You will do a belly releasing massage and there will be a special day of cleansing food. Meanwhile, on day five, after breakfast, there will be a free day to visit some of the interesting local attractions.
Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre is the perfect place where you can find the pace to move into healing. Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre, originally an olive hacienda, is located in the heart of the Spanish Andalusian hills, close to the charming villages of Arcos de la Frontera and Prado del Rey. It is approximately 45 minutes from the historic and beautiful walled city of Cadiz and an hour’s drive from Sevilla, the vibrant heart of Andalusía. On the edge of a stunning, mountainous national park, the property sits in a large river valley overlooking agricultural land and in the far distance, the white lakeside village of Bornos.
You will be served vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner per day and also a cleansing herbal tea every morning. Suryalila Retreat Centre lays out gourmet organic vegetarian buffet-style meals in the dining room three times a day. Tea, coffee, water, and fruit are available all day. Dinner on the first day of your stay is included as is breakfast on the last day of your stay and all meals in between. Additional meals are 10 EUR a day. The meal times are at 9.30 a.m. for breakfast, 1.30 p.m. for lunch, and 7 p.m. for dinner.
At Suryalila Retreat Centre, they pride themselves on their outstanding vegetarian fare. The meals are delicious, diverse, and beautifully presented, using all organic and mostly local ingredients. They are working towards supplying more and more of produce needs from their own organic farm and garden.
Suryalila Retreat Centre's kitchen is a happy and bustling environment and the cooks are all very creative and talented. The Suryalila kitchen specializes in gourmet international vegetarian cuisine, using the freshest seasonal, locally-sourced organic fruits and vegetables available, artfully prepared in a varied and truly eclectic international menu. The eggs are gathered daily from their own happy chickens and when the season allows, you will enjoy the freshest of fruit picked from their own orchard of apricot, peach, fig, and pear trees.
Suryalila Retreat Centre regularly accommodates vegan, gluten-free, and non-dairy diets, so if you have any special dietary restrictions, please just let Suryalila Retreat Centre know. If you are a little nervous about going vegetarian, please don’t be. Suryalila Retreat Centre's gourmet vegetarian cuisine will be one of the greatest food experiences of your life and they promise you that you will be raving about the food long after you return home. Additional food goodies such as alcohol, chocolate, and ice cream are available to purchase in the dining room.
Please book your flight to arrive at Seville Airport (SVQ) or Jerez Airport (XRY). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
There are a few airport options close to Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre. The best airport to fly to is Seville Airport (SVQ) (75 minutes’ away), then Jerez Airport (XRY) 50 minutes. Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP) is also an option (two hours by transfer / car or three hours by bus).
Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre organizes transfers from the airport to Suryalila. The cost from Seville Airport (SVQ) is 90 EUR, from Jerez Airport (XRY) is 70 EUR, and from Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP) is 150 EUR. Usually, Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre groups people arriving at the similar time together, so you can share the cost of the transfer. Alternatively, there are buses running to Villamartin from where Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre can pick you up. The cost of a pickup form Villamartin to Suryalila is 10 EUR.
If you decide to travel by bus, Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre can send you the bus timetable closer to your arrival. From Seville, the city center can be easily reached by bus. Buses between the airport and the city center run every 30 minutes between 6.15 p.m. and 11 p.m. The journey takes between 20 to 30 minutes and a single ticket costs 2.30 EUR.
From Seville (Prado San Sebastian), you can catch a bus to Villamartin. From Jerez, you can either take a bus to Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre from the Jerez central bus station. There is also a bus that leaves from Malaga bus station directly to Villamartin. The price of a one-way ticket is about 15 EUR and there are usually four buses every day.