New Year Retreat in Andalusia
Dec 28th 2023 - Jan 2nd 2024
6 days of deep yoga, free movement, music and meditation, delicious organic food, southern Spanish sun – and some serious fun for New Year’s Eve!
Come to recharge, relax, and renew yourself for the new year at the beautiful Suryalila Retreat Centre in Andalusia. Join Malva and start the New Year in the best way: with great company in an extraordinary setting, enjoying a daily program of yoga practices designed to centre, energise, and connect to your true essence and to make 2024 your best year!
The yoga that you will find in this retreat will mainly be different explorations of Vinyasa Yoga (dynamic practices linking breath and movement) and Synergy Yoga (a modern flow style fusing traditional Indian Hatha Yoga, internal martial arts, and western physiotherapy).
However this will also vary according to group needs, time of day and different focuses, and we’ll include time for both fun partner yoga sessions as well as deeply relaxing restorative yoga!
The idea of our practice and teachings is to create a practice for the modern Western body, which in some ways is quite different from the traditional bodies that yoga was originally created for. You will find that the practices we do are very effective, efficient, and will help you develop strength, flexibility and inner power by using mainly active movements and key actions to help the circulation of blood, energy and information through the body.
Pause, breath, listen.
The word “retreat” means as much as “withdrawing yourself” from everyday life. During a retreat you can fully immerse yourself in the process, you do not have to do anything else. It is an opportunity to slow down and find a safe space to be with true essence.
Floor-based poses are held for a longer period of time, typically three to five minutes or longer to target the connective tissues and fascia, rather than focus on the muscles. This increases flexibility while working on the meridians (energy channels) of the body. The practice allows for deep relaxation and energetic recharge.
Begin the new year with an open heart and sense of aliveness! This unique ritual is a space for inner reflection, celebration and intention setting.
On the 1st day of January 2024 everyone will be served a ceremonial dose of 42g. You be led through a guided visual meditation to embark on journey. Following the meditation we'll open up to the group to give anyone interested an opportunity to share and release their experience. Sharing is completely optional but is an incredible tool for releasing and healing.
Drinking cacao together in a sacred ritual, where intentions are set, this can unlock euphoric states, release negative emotions and connect us to ourselves and the loving energy within our body. Cacao connects us to our energetic hearts, helps open our heart space and connects us on a deeper level to ourselves and others through the frequency of love, compassion and joy.
It is a natural stimulant, superfood, vasodilator and muscle relaxant. Helping to relax our hard working bodies, allowing blood to flow more freely through our blood vessels and energize the nervous system.
Suryalila Retreat Centre, Andalusia
This retreat will take place in Villamartín, Spain. Situated in the heart of Andalusia, famous for its mountains, white painted towns perched on hills, stunning coastlines, and cities full of history.
Suryalila 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. Suryalila also grows organic vegetables and fruits and keeps chickens for eggs.
Suryalila is nestled serenely in a large open valley in the foothills of the Sierra de Grazalema. This majestic mountain range can be seen looming large on the horizon behind Suryalila. A striking part of the natural beauty of the property is the breathtaking vista extending in all directions: rolling hills, fields of sunflowers, and lakes. The sense of vastness and expansiveness is very uplifting.
Three daily delicious and homemade organic vegetarian meals are included in the total cost of this retreat.
Suryalila Retreat Centre pride themselves on their outstanding vegetarian fare. Meals are delicious, diverse, and beautifully presented, using all organic and mostly local ingredients. They produce their own olives and olive oil, as well as, many of their own fruits and veggies.
Everything they grow is organic – no chemicals or fertilizers are used. They have many fruit trees including figs, peaches, pears, apricots, pomegranates, apples, and grapes. In the cooler months, they like to grow plenty of greens, including kale and different varieties of cabbage and lettuce.
The organic free-range eggs come from our own happy chickens. Since the team is vegetarian, the birds have long and happy lives!
Malva brings together powerfully transformative yoga, movement and meditation practices and present them in an accessible way. In her practices the postures are interconnected in a fluid way, without losing detail. She always seeks to transmit her way of feeling in yoga, integrating different techniques to enrich the practice for all.
She believes that the best yoga is practiced in nature, and that is why she values and enjoys retreats so much as it is a great way to break routine habits and get in touch with oneself in beautiful natural spaces.
She also believes that to teach yoga is to extend physical empathy beyond one’s own body her main interest is to help students practice yoga in healing way. Her teaching style incorporates Synergy Yoga Method which helps people live better through yoga. She connects the poses to individual needs of ones body.
From WEDNESDAY 28th December
Check in 3-6PM
To MONDAY 2nd January
check out 3PM after Lunch
08:00h Vinyasa Yoga Practice
09:30h Wim Hof Breathwork & cold swim
17:00h Lunar Yoga Practice/ Workshop/ Yin Yoga/ Sound bath
Pricing & Acommodation
All prices are indicated per person. The price includes all retreat activities and workshops, daily meals and your choice of accommodation
Private and shared rooms:
Pause. Breathe. Listen.
We welcome you as you are.
All parts of you are embraced in the vast field of yoga. On our retreats we aim to create a safe environment for everyone to walk their path.
We are here to encourage and support you.
It is suitable for all yoga levels including beginners.
This special retreat is all about you and your own journey. Whether your intention is to heal, to let go and release the past, or to invite in a new chapter, you're coming to the right place.
During the retreat all that we offer is an open invitation. It is the time dedicated to focus on your own well being so feel free to take what you need. We are here to facilitate your time for healing, self reflection and renewal.
This is your time!
Planning your travel
Arrival & check in: Wednesday, 28th Dec, 15:00
Departure & check out: Monday, 2nd Jan, 14:00/15:00
Several airlines fly to Seville, Jerez de la Frontera or Malaga. The closest international airport, 40 minutes away, is the airport at Jerez de la Frontera, but the property can also be reached in just one hour from the airport in Seville. Malaga airport is two and a half hours away.
Most people fly into Seville so this is usually the best option for sharing transfers.
Transfers cost €80 one way for a taxi from Jerez de la Frontera or €100 from Seville. These will be arranged for you and people will be grouped together where possible to share the cost (apron 10-15€ per person).
Cancellations and refunds
We do not offer refunds of any kind for the retreat deposit. Refunds for the balance payments vary depending on timing. Should you need to cancel with more than 30 days until the retreat date, you will be refunded 100% of the total amount (less deposit). Should you need to cancel within 30 days of the retreat date, 70% of the total amount (less deposit) will be refunded. Finally, under no circumstance will there be any refunds given for cancellation requests made within 14 days of the retreat date. Exceptions cannot be made for any reason, including weather, injury/illness, or personal emergencies. We do not offer refunds or credit for a guest who fails to attend, arrives late, or leaves early.
Naturally, no one books with the intention of cancelling or postponing their retreat, but unexpected things do happen, so please consider purchasing travel cancellation insurance.
If we may cancel the retreat date for any reason, you may transfer your full retreat payment to another retreat, or you may request a refund of your payment amount (less the deposit which can be applied to another retreat) to your original payment method.
Organisers are not responsible for your expenses incurred in preparation for any cancelled retreat, such as airline tickets, loss of work, and/or other costs associated with preparing for your trip.